Brandon Sheppard and Rocket1 Racing have one weekend of racing left on the 2021 docket. The team will take their Valvoline No. 1 Seubert Calf Ranches / Durham Racing Engines-powered XR1 Rocket Chassis Super Late Model into action on November 4-6 at The Dirt Track at Charlotte Motor Speedway for the NGK NTK World Finals. (Heath Lawson photo)
Sheppard only has to enter the weekend’s events to clinch the 2021 World of Outlaws (WoO) Morton Buildings Late Model Series Championship, which marks the Illinois’ racer’s third-straight title and his fourth overall.
Additionally, Sheppard is one victory away from tying Josh Richards for the most World of Outlaws Late Model wins in Series history (78). A weekend sweep would put him at the top of the mountain with more wins than any other driver.
“Unfortunately we saw our weekend come to an early end at the Dirt Track World Championship, but not we are looked ahead to Charlotte, and wrapping up this fourth title. We’re going to go into the weekend looking for a pair of wins. The record for all-time wins on the tour would be great, but we are just taking it a race at a time,” Sheppard said. “As always, I want to thank Mark Richards, Steve Baker, and everyone at Rocket Chassis and Rocket1 Racing for working so hard and giving me such a great car.
“Total appreciation goes out to all of my family, sponsors, and fans as well. Everyone plays a role in our success.”
Rocket1 Racing rolls into The Dirt Track at Charlotte (Concord, N.C.) on November 4 for two rounds of qualifying, which will set the heat race line-ups for the next two nights. Friday and Saturday’s programs at the NGK NTK World Finals are each headlined by $12,000-to-win WoO events.
For more information on the weekend as well as the complete standings, please visit www.WoOLMS.com.
Last weekend the Sheppard and Rocket1 Racing entered the 41st Dirt Track World Championship at Portsmouth (Ohio) Raceway Park. Sheppard was looking to defend his title in the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series (LOLMDS) event. Unfortunately, after qualifying fifth fastest in his group and finishing fifth in his heat race, Sheppard was forced to scratch from the remainder of the night’s program.