Continuing on a northern swing with the World of Outlaws Morton Buildings Late Model Series, Rocket1 Racing pilot Brandon Sheppard invaded Gondik Law Speedway (Superior, Wis.) on Tuesday afternoon. In a field of 27 cars, Brandon followed up the fourth fastest time in qualifying with a heat race win. Receiving the fourth-starting position for the main event via the redraw, Sheppard blasted ahead of race-long pacesetter Dennis Erb Jr. on the high-side and held the top spot when a caution on the final lap set up a two-lap shootout. He held off Chris Madden’s charge to capture his fourth win of the season and 72nd World of Outlaws triumph of his career. Finishing ahead of Madden, Dennis Erb Jr., Tyler Bruening, and James Giossi, Brandon bagged $10,000. (Jacy Norgaard photos)
After having two scheduled days off, the World of Outlaws Morton Buildings Late Model Series picked back up on Friday afternoon at River Cities Speedway (Grand Forks, N.D.). With a runner-up finish in his heat race placing him seventh on the starting grid for the $10,000-to-win A-Main, Sheppard jumped up two spots in the 40-lapper to register a fifth-place finish. He followed Dennis Erb Jr., Jimmy Mars, Ryan Gustin, and Cade Dillard across the line.
The following night at I-94 Sure Step Speedway (Fergus Falls, Minn.), Brandon earned a spot into the redraw after picking up a heat race win. Receiving the fifth-starting position, Sheppard passed three cars in the 40-lap affair to finish second. He trailed Frank Heckenast Jr. to the checkers with Tyler Bruening, Chris Madden, and Ryan Gustin rounding out the Top-5.
For the weekend finale on Sunday at Red Cedar Speedway (Menomonie, Wis.), Sheppard topped the 34-car field in time trials before storming to a heat race victory. Locked into the second-starting position for the A-Main, Brandon slid ahead of early pacesetter Ricky Weiss on the eighth lap to assume command of the top spot. He turned back challenges from Cade Dillard in the second half of the race to secure his fifth win of the season over Dillard, Chris Madden, Jimmy Mars, and Ricky Weiss. Sheppard pocketed $10,000 for his 73rd career World of Outlaws triumph.
Brandon strengthened his lead atop the World of Outlaws point standings. For complete results from these events, please visit www.WorldofOutlaws.com.