Brandon Sheppard and Rocket1 Racing tackled five days of action at I-80 Speedway last week with their Valvoline No. 1 Seubert Calf Ranches/ Durham Racing Engines-powered XR1 Rocket Chassis Super Late Model. (Heath Lawson photo)
The team’s extended racing weekend culminated with a sixth-place finish in the $53,000-To-Win Silver Dollar Nationals.
“It was a long and hot week of racing in Nebraska. We had our ups and downs. Overall it wasn’t a bad week, we just weren’t quite where we needed to be, but it was still great to see a lot of fans and sponsors in Nebraska that we don’t get to see the rest of the year,” Sheppard said. “This weekend is maybe my favorite of the whole year. Fairbury (Speedway) is a special place for me, and we’ve won the Prairie Dirt Classic twice. We’re geared up to go after a third title this weekend.”
Embarking on a five-night swing with the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series (LOLMDS), Rocket1 Racing and Brandon Sheppard visited I-80 Speedway (Greenwood, Neb.) on Tuesday afternoon for the opening round of the I-80 Nationals. With passing points determining the starting lineup for the preliminary feature, Sheppard came in second in his heat before placing second in his B-Main. With $7,000 on the line, Brandon was an early retiree from the 30-lapper with a mechanical issue.
For another $7,000-to-win preliminary feature on Wednesday, Brandon followed up the 11th fastest time in his group with a heat race victory. Starting the feature in 15th, Sheppard clawed forward two spots to finish 13th.
With results from Tuesday and Wednesday lining up Sheppard 15th on the starting grid for the $30,000-to-win Al Belt Custom Homes I-80 Nationals A-Main, Brandon improved two positions in the 53-lap affair to place 13th.
On Friday afternoon double heat races to kicked off the Silver Dollar Nationals prelims, and Brandon recorded a pair of third-place finishes.
Locked into the 12th-starting position for Saturday night’s $53,000-to-win A-Main, Sheppard advanced forward six spots in the 80-lapper to bring home a sixth-place finish.
For complete results from these events, please visit www.LucasDirt.com.