Brandon Sheppard, of New Berlin, Illinois, looks to capitalize on his success in recent years and challenge for the Lucas Oil Products Rookie of the Year Championship this season. The 22-year-old Sheppard pilots the Sheppard Racing Team, #B5 Rocket Chassis with a Pro Power Racing Engine. He is sponsored by Kid’s Castle Learning Center, Valvoline, Keyser Manufacturing, Sheppard Auto Sales, Champion Spark Plugs, and Integra Racing Shocks. Sheppard, who was the 2013 Dirt Track World Champion, brings several years of experience in super late models to his quest for the Rookie of the Year title. On his decision to run for the Rookie of the Year Championship and goals for this season, Sheppard commented, “I decided to run for Rookie of the Year for a lot of reasons, and this is a way to really get my name out there. The TV package with the series is unbelievable for the drivers. The way the series treats its drivers is just top-notch and incredibly professional. My goals for this year are to win the Rookie title, win as many races as I can on the series, and finish in the Top-5 in points.”
Chris Brown, a 36-year-old hot-shoe from Spring, Texas, has also committed to contend for the Rookie of the Year Championship. Brown brings with him, several years of racing experience and loads of success in racing modifieds and super late models. Brown is the 2013 U.S. National Open Wheel Modified Dirt Track World Champion. He can be recognized as the driver of the #21B, Black Diamond Club 29 Race Car, powered by a Durham Race Engine. The team’s sponsors include: Lonestar Hydro and Maintenance, Performance Graphix, Integra Racing Shocks, Ralo’s Lube and Auto, Durham Race Engines, Stuckey Enterprises, and Club 29 Race Cars. When asked why he decided to contend for the Lucas Oil Products Rookie of the Year Championship, he exclaimed, “I’ve wanted to do this for quite some time and toyed with the idea for several years. With the way things fell into place this year, and if we are ever going to do it, this is the year! We see the potential and see that the goal is to win the Rookie of the Year and stay in the Top-10 in points all year.”
The driver that wins the Rookie of the Year honors in 2015 will earn $10,000 in cash and other prizes at the year-end awards banquet. The Rookie of the Year runner-up will take home $2,500 in cash and several product awards for his efforts. Associate sponsors of the Rookie of the Year program will be awarding numerous product awards and include: Performance Bodies, Fast Shafts, AR Bodies, C&R Racing Inc., Keyser Manufacturing, QA1, and Wrisco Aluminum.
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About Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series
Founded in 2005, the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series is the nation’s premier dirt late model sanctioning organization. In 2015, the LOLMDS will sanction 50 events in 19 states. The series is owned by the parent company Lucas Oil Products Inc. and receives national exposure through a TV package filmed, produced and edited by Lucas Oil Production Studios. LOLMDS events will be broadcast on four TV Networks including CBS, NBC Sports, CBS Sports Network and the MAVTV. For more information about the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series visit the official website at: www.Lucasdirt.com.
Owned and operated by Lucas Oil Products, MAVTV is a television network with its roots deep in the automotive world. MAVTV offers an unparalleled line-up of exclusive motorsports, that includes prestigious events such as the Chili Bowl, The AMA Pro Motocross series, the Lucas Oil Challenge Cup and NHRA Drag Racing. But MAVTV goes far beyond the national mainstream events and also covers multitudes of grassroots series’ from across the globe: Drag boats, sprint boats, drag racing, pro pulling, rally racing, drifting, dirt racing, ice racing and everything in between.
MAVTV also knows you don’t have to be a race fan to be an automotive enthusiast, which is why we have developed a package of automotive reality and custom build shows that is truly second to none. If it has a motor, it’s on MAVTV…MAVTV is THE motorsports network.
Learn more about MAVTV go to: www.mavtv.com.
About Lucas Oil Products
Founded in 1989 by Forrest and Charlotte Lucas, Lucas Oil Products, Inc. has established itself as one of the fastest-growing lubrication product lines in the consumer automotive aftermarket, featuring a line of engine oils, greases, gear lubes, problem-solving additives, and car-care products. Through innovative product research and development, along with aggressive marketing programs, Lucas Oil has established itself as a worldwide leader in the lubrication industry. Motorsports has always been part of the Lucas Oil culture and the cornerstone of the company’s marketing strategy. Such passion for motorsports has inspired Lucas Oil to sponsor many race teams, events and series at all levels, including, NHRA, IRL, ASCS, NASCAR, IHRA and many more. Lucas Oil has also taken ownership and operational control of a number of high profile racing properties, such as: Lucas Oil Off Road Racing Series, Lucas Oil Drag Boat Series, Lucas Oil Pro Pulling League, Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series, Lucas Oil Modified Series, Lucas Oil Speedway in Wheatland, MO. and the Lucas Oil I-10 Speedway in Blythe, CA.
In 2007 Lucas Oil founded its own production house, Lucas Oil Production Studios, dedicated to producing high action motorsports television. Currently Lucas Oil Production Studios produces over 300 hours of original programming for networks such as CBS, CBS Sports, NBC Sports and MAVTV. More information about Lucas Oil Products, Inc. visit the company website at: www.lucasoil.com.