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    Sheppard Secures Third Dirt Track World Championship at Portsmouth

    Brandon Sheppard Scores His Third $100k Victory of 2019 (HeathLawsonPhotos.com)

    PORTSMOUTH, Ohio (October 19, 2019) – Brandon Sheppard captured the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series-sanctioned 39th Annual Rhino Ag Dirt Track World Championship – Presented by Optima Batteries on Saturday night at Portsmouth Raceway Park. He earned $100,000 for his third career DTWC victory and also marked his 25th victory of 2019.

    Sheppard was one of four different race leaders in the 100-lap event. Mike Marlar finished in second, with 2019 Eibach Rookie of the Year, Tyler Erb finishing in third. Rounding out the top five were two-time DTWC winner Josh Richards and Dennis Erb Jr. Richards was in position to become the first driver in the 39-year history of the race to win the crown jewel race three years in a row and kept himself in the hunt for the entire distance.
    Shane Clanton took the lead at the start of the race and led the first five laps until former DTWC winner Jimmy Owens passed him for the top spot. Owens then held the point for several laps before yielding the point to Sheppard. Sheppard briefly gave up the lead to Richards on lap 68, but the very next lap Sheppard regained the point for good. Sheppard withstood a caution with ten laps to go and then controlled the last ten laps of the race by distancing himself from both Marlar and Tyler Erb for his third $100,000 win of the year.
    In Lucas Oil Victory Lane for the fourth time this year, Sheppard thanked his team for a special year. “The year we have had has been unbelievable. My guys are the best of group of guys I have ever worked for. My guys are the best at what they do. They give me the best equipment night in and night out. I just go do my job with it. Thanks to Mark Richards, Steve Baker, and all of my crew, Austin Hargrove, Joel Rogers, and Danny White. It’s been a dream year. It looks like they had a heck of crowd and to do it in front of them is special.”
    Sheppard’s other $100,000 victories this season came in the Dirt Late Model Dream at Eldora Speedway ($125,000) and the Dirt Million at Mansfield Motor Speedway ($101,000). “I want to thank everyone who helps me, especially my family back home, dad, and grandpa. Without them, I wouldn’t be where I am at today. When I started my career, I never thought I would be a three-time Dirt Track World Champion.”
    Marlar was seeking his first win in the famed event but came home in second. “I got my car a little looser than I wanted to. I tightened it up more than I was last night, but I was a little loose. Honestly, I was on a softer left rear tire than Sheppy. Earlier in the race when I could tell that I was in a little disadvantage when it came to tires. My best chance was to take it easy on the tires to be there at the end.”
    Erb claimed the 2019 Eibach Rookie of the Year finishing on the podium and he ended the year with six series wins. “I was a little behind where I wanted to be early in the race, because I started ninth. Those other guys put themselves in a better starting position. I am very happy with the finish tonight and this year. I broke Randall’s streak of three wins in a row tonight, but it has been an awesome year for us at Best Performance. To come out of this season with the Rookie-of-the-Year Championship is fantastic, and I can’t wait for our team to build on that next year,” said the Best Performance Motorsports Team driver.
    The winner’s Mark Richards Racing, Rocket Chassis House Car is powered by a Durham Racing Engine and is sponsored by: Valvoline, Seubert Calf Ranches, Ace Metal Works, Sunoco Race Fuels, Gunter’s Honey, Integra Racing Shocks, and Keyser Manufacturing.
    Completing the top ten were Bobby Pierce, Scott James, Scott Bloomquist, Hudson O’Neal, and Kyle Bronson.
    Dale McDowell won the Jim Dunn Memorial Non-Qualifiers race by holding off Jared Hawkins for the win. Brandon Overton led early in the race, but he tangled with a car that he was trying to lap, and was knocked out of the race lead. McDowell then led the rest of the race. Hawkins tried to make it close but just couldn’t overtake McDowell as the checkers waved. Hawkins finished in second, followed by R.J. Conley, Doug Drown, and Brandon Fouts.
    Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series
    Race Summary
    Friday, October 18th, 2019
    Portsmouth Raceway Park – Portsmouth, OH

    Miller Welders Time Trials
    Fast Time Group A: Chris Ferguson / 14.658 seconds (overall)
    Fast Time Group B: Jimmy Owens / 14.727 seconds

    Penske Race Shocks Heat Race #1 Finish (15 Laps): Scott James , Chris Ferguson, Shanon Buckingham, Gregg Satterlee, Stormy Scott, Jackie Boggs, Zack Dohm, Billy Moyer, Jr., Jon Hodgkiss, Allen Murray, Logan Roberson-DNS

    FK Rod Ends Heat Race #2 Finish (15 Laps): Jonathan Davenport, Tyler Erb ®, Brandon Sheppard, Ricky Weiss, Brandon Overton, Drake Troutman, Steve Casebolt , Mike Benedum, Kevin Wagner, Justin Rattliff, Blake Naylor

    Simpson Race Products Heat Race #3 Finish (15 Laps): Scott Bloomquist, Josh Richards, Jason Covert, Chase Junghans, RJ Conley, Dale McDowell, Mason Zeigler, Nick Hoffman, Rick Eckert, Lee Logan, Robert Starett

    Lucas Oil Products Penetrating Oil Heat Race #4 Finish (15 Laps): Don O’Neal, Mike Marlar, Hudson O’Neal, Jimmy Owens, Jacob Hawkins, Eric Wells, Jared Hawkins, Ricky Thornton Jr., Colton Flinner, Josh Hall, Eric Webber

    Simpson Race Products Heat Race #5 Finish (15 Laps): Shane Clanton, Devin Moran ®, Chub Frank, Dennis Erb, Jr., Delmas Conley, Kody Evans, Shannon Thornsberry, Austin Rettig, JT Conley, Brandon Fouts, Earl Pearson, Jr.

    Lucas Oil Products Penetrating Oil Heat Race #6 Finish (15 Laps): Bobby Pierce, Kyle Bronson, Tim McCreadie, Tyler Carpenter, Doug Drown, Jason Jameson ®, Rod Conley, Boom Briggs, Kirk Phillips, Dave Hornikel, Charlie Jude

    Lucas Oil Products Red “N” Tacky Spray Grease 
    B-Main Finish (20 Laps, Top 3 Transfer): Scott Bloomquist, Stormy Scott, Ricky Weiss, Brandon Overton, Dale McDowell, RJ Conley, Chase Junghans, Zack Dohm, Jackie Boggs, Justin Rattliff, Gregg Satterlee, Rick Eckert, Mike Benedum, Billy Moyer, Jr., Drake Troutman, Allen Murray, Lee Logan, Jon Hodgkiss, Robert Starett, Kevin Wagner, Steve Casebolt , Nick Hoffman-DNS, Mason Zeigler-DNS, Blake Naylor-DNS, Logan Roberson-DNS

    FAST Shafts 
    B-Main Finish (20 Laps, Top 3 Transfer): Don O’Neal, Jacob Hawkins, Devin Moran ®, Jared Hawkins, Brandon Fouts, Rod Conley, Doug Drown, Colton Flinner, Kody Evans, Chub Frank, Eric Wells, Boom Briggs, Jason Jameson ®, Josh Hall, Kirk Phillips, Austin Rettig, Dave Hornikel, Charlie Jude, Earl Pearson, Jr., Ricky Thornton Jr., Delmas Conley, Tyler Carpenter, JT Conley, Eric Webber-DNS

    Lucas Oil Feature Finish (100 Laps):

    FINISH
    START
    CAR #
    DRIVER NAME
    HOMETOWN
    EARNINGS
    1
    5
    1s
    Brandon Sheppard
    New Berlin, IL
    $100,000
    2
    4
    01
    Mike Marlar
    Winfield, TN
    $20,000
    3
    9
    1t
    Tyler Erb ®
    New Waverly, TX
    $10,800
    4
    3
    14
    Josh Richards
    Shinnston, WV
    $7,800
    5
    12
    28
    Dennis Erb, Jr.
    Carpentersville, IL
    $5,000
    6
    10
    32p
    Bobby Pierce
    Oakwood, IL
    $3,500
    7
    13
    83
    Scott James
    Lawrenceburg, IN
    $3,200
    8
    17
    0
    Scott Bloomquist
    Mooresburg, TN
    $3,000
    9
    16
    71
    Hudson O’Neal
    Martinsville, IN
    $3,500
    10
    14
    40b
    Kyle Bronson
    Brandon, FL
    $3,200
    11
    22
    1m
    Devin Moran ®
    Dresden, OH
    $3,150
    12
    15
    72c
    Jason Covert
    York Haven, PA
    $2,400
    13
    24
    21
    Billy Moyer, Jr.
    Batesville, AR
    $3,050
    14
    11
    50
    Shanon Buckingham
    Morristown, TN
    $3,000
    15
    1
    22f
    Chris Ferguson
    Mount Holly, NC
    $2,250
    16
    6
    20
    Jimmy Owens
    Newport, TN
    $3,000
    17
    20
    8H
    Jacob Hawkins
    Fairmont, WV
    $2,150
    18
    23
    1
    Earl Pearson, Jr.
    Jacksonville, FL
    $2,900
    19
    18
    5
    Don O’Neal
    Martinsville, IN
    $2,075
    20
    25
    c9
    Steve Casebolt
    Richmond, IN
    $2,060
    21
    26
    17t
    Shannon Thornsberry
    Martin, KY
    $2,050
    22
    8
    39
    Tim McCreadie
    Watertown, NY
    $2,740
    23
    21
    7w
    Ricky Weiss
    Headingley, MB
    $2,030
    24
    2
    25
    Shane Clanton
    Zebulon, GA
    $2,020
    25
    19
    2s
    Stormy Scott
    Las Cruses, NM
    $2,810
    26
    7
    49
    Jonathan Davenport
    Blairsville, GA
    $3,100

    Jim Dunn Memorial

    Non-Qualifiers Race Finish (25 Laps): Dale McDowell, Jared Hawkins, RJ Conley, Doug Drown, Brandon Fouts, Rod Conley, Chub Frank, Zack Dohm, Rick Eckert, Justin Rattliff, Colton Flinner, Jason Jameson, Jackie Boggs, Brandon Overton, Austin Rettig, Lee Logan, Allen Murray, JT Conley, Delmas Conley, Kirk Phillips, Kody Evans, Eric Wells, Boom Briggs, Drake Troutman

    Race Statistics
    Entrants
    : 66
    Lap Leaders: Shane Clanton (Laps 1 – 5); Jimmy Owens (Laps 6 – 34); Brandon Sheppard (Laps 35 – 67); Josh Richards (Lap 68); Brandon Sheppard (Laps 69 – 100)
    Wrisco Feature Winner: Brandon Sheppard
    Margin of Victory: 1.184 seconds
    Cautions: Ricky Weiss, Earl Pearson Jr., Stormy Scott (Lap 4); Steve Casebolt (Lap 15); Scott Bloomquist (Lap 28); Jonathan Davenport (Lap 40); Devin Moran (Lap 51); Tim McCreadie (Lap 53); Jimmy Owens (Lap73); Earl Pearson Jr. (Lap 80); Shannon Thornsberry (Lap 85); Don O’Neal (Lap 85); Don O’Neal (Lap 90)
    Series Provisionals: Earl Pearson Jr., Billy Moyer Jr.
    Portsmouth Raceway Park Track Provisionals: Steve Casebolt, Shannon Thornsberry
    Optima Batteries Hard Charger of the Race: Devin Moran (Advanced 10 Positions)
    Midwest Sheet Metal Spoiler Challenge Point Leader: Jonathan Davenport
    Allstar Performance Power Move of the Race: Jason Covert
    Sunoco Race for Gas Highest Finisher: Brandon Sheppard
    Eibach Springs Rookie of the Race: Tyler Erb
    COMP Cams Engine Builder of the Race: Durham Racing Engines
    Ohlins Shocks Chassis Builder of the Race: Rocket Chassis
    Outerwears Crew Chief of the Race: Danny White (Brandon Sheppard)
    Dirty Girl Racewear Fastest Lap of the Race: Jimmy Owens (Lap #6 – 15.523 seconds)
    Hot Rod Processing Tough Break of the Race: Stormy Scott
    STEEL-IT Most Laps Led
    : Brandon Sheppard (65 Laps)
    PFC Brakes Pole Award: Chris Ferguson
    Time of Race: 69 minutes 22 seconds

    Lucas Oil Championship Point Standings:

    POS
    CAR #
    DRIVER NAME
    HOMETOWN
    POINTS
    EARNINGS
    1
    49
    Jonathan Davenport
    Blairsville, GA
    8170
    $275,287.60
    2
    39
    Tim McCreadie
    Watertown, NY
    7700
    $163,755.08
    3
    14
    Josh Richards
    Shinnston, WV
    7660
    $190,612.57
    4
    1t
    Tyler Erb ®
    New Waverly, TX
    7590
    $191,066.34
    5
    20
    Jimmy Owens
    Newport, TN
    7540
    $227,102.70
    6
    1m
    Devin Moran ®
    Dresden, OH
    7305
    $132,490.03
    7
    71
    Hudson O’Neal
    Martinsville, IN
    7235
    $172,427.59
    8
    1
    Earl Pearson, Jr.
    Jacksonville, FL
    7160
    $151,986.31
    9
    40b
    Kyle Bronson
    Brandon, FL
    6525
    $111,290.00
    10
    50
    Shanon Buckingham
    Morristown, TN
    6505
    $97,345.00
    11
    2s
    Stormy Scott
    Las Cruses, NM
    6135
    $78,040.00
    12
    21
    Billy Moyer, Jr.
    Batesville, AR
    5965
    $72,565.00
    13
    5
    Don O’Neal
    Martinsville, IN
    5485
    $85,900.00
    *Results are unofficial until Close of Business on the Tuesday following Race Day*
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