Team Makes Return to Batesville for the First Time in Almost 20 Years
SHINNSTON, W.Va. (08/15/22) – Weekend action found Rocket1 Racing battling through a challenging return to Florence Speedway with their Valvoline / Seubert Calf Ranches No. 1 Ace Metal Works / XR1 Rocket Chassis / Durham Racing Engine Super Late Model.
After seeing Thursday’s programed washed away Sheppard finished ninth in Friday’s prelim program before registering a 15th-place finish in Saturday night’s Sunoco Race Fuels North-South 100 finale.
“Florence Speedway is a challenging place to get around, and me and the team just don’t have many laps around that place over the past several years. We gave it all we had all weekend, but just didn’t have the finishes we were looking for. We definitely learned a lot for the next time we go back there,” Sheppard said. “We’re gearing up for another track this coming week (Batesville Motor Speedway) that neither of us have many laps at. Rocket1 Racing hasn’t been there since 2003, and I’ve only been there at the 2015 Topless 100. We’re ready for the challenge though and look forward to seeing a lot of fans we haven’t seen in a while.”
Brandon Sheppard and the Rocket1 Racing crew returned to action with the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series (LOLMDS) on Thursday evening at Florence Speedway (Union, Ky.) as the 40th annual North-South 100 weekend kicked off with prelims.
Shortly after qualifying third-fastest in his time trial group, wet weather and an unfavorable forecast cancelled the remainder of Thursday’s program.
On Friday, Brandon’s fifth-place finish in his heat race pinned him on the seventh row for his preliminary feature. With $5,000 on the line, Sheppard gained four spots in the 25-lapper to finish ninth.
Rolling off from the second row of his heat race on Saturday afternoon, Sheppard secured his spot into the $75,000-to-win Sunoco Race Fuels North-South 100 with a second-place finish. Starting 12th, Brandon was only able to manage a 15th-place finish the finale.
With another weekend of LOLMDS action complete, Brandon continues to sit second in the latest series’ standings.
For more information on the event as well as the latest series standings, please visit www.LucasDirt.com .
The team now turns their attention to the 30th annual COMP Cams Topless 100 presented by Nutrien Ag Solutions at Mooney Starr’s Batesville Motor Speedway (Locust Grove, Ark.). The program, which spans Friday and Saturday, concludes with a $50,000-to-win program on Saturday night.
Sheppard last raced at the 3/8-mile oval in 2015 in his family-owned No. B5 and finished fifth in the feature. The last appearance by Rocket1 Racing at the high-speed facility came in 2003 with chauffer Steve Francis. The team finished 10th in the night’s 100-lap finale.
For more information on the crown jewel weekend, please visit www.BatesvilleMotorSpeedway.com .
Rocket1 Racing would like to thank all of their marketing partners, which include Valvoline, Seubert Calf Ranches, Rocket Chassis, Ace Metal Works, Durham Racing Engines, Five Star RaceCar Bodies, Gunters Honey, Hoosier Racing Tire, Integra Racing Shocks, Keyser Manufacturing, Petroff Towing, Slavic Custom Racing Shirts & Decals, Sweet Manufacturing, Sunoco Race Fuels, Accu-Force Shock Service, ATL Fuel Cells, Aurora Rod Ends, Barnes Dry Sump Oil Systems, Bazell Race Fuels, Beyea Custom Headers, Brown & Miller Racing Solutions, Brinn Transmissions, Cometic Gasket, COMP Cams, CP Carrillo, Dohm Cycles, Edelbrock, Fibreworks Composites, Hardrock Powder Coating, Howe Racing Enterprises, Jones Racing Products, Kenny’s Components, Maxima Racing Oils, MSD, E3 Spark Plugs, Tel Tac, Performance Bodies, Peterson Fluid Systems, Powers Performance, Performance Rod & Custom, Quarter Master, QuickCar Racing Products, Rocket Pre-Owned Motors, Safecraft, Show Trucks Unlimited, Simpson, Stealth Carburetors, Strange Oval, Suave Talk, Total Power Valvoline Pro-V Racing, Walker Performance Filtration, Weld Racing, Wiles Driveshafts, Wilwood Brakes, Winters Performance Products, Wrisco Aluminum, Xceldyne Valvetrain, and MyRacePass Marketing Services.
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