Smoky Mountain Speedway,
Sanction: Southern All Star Series (Rockin' with the Stars 50) - $7,500
Information provided by: Richard Allen and other reports (last updated May 1, 8:48 am)
Smoky Mountain gives B-Shepp first SAS win
Rockin' with the Stars 50
- Brandon Sheppard
- Chris Madden
- Tim McCreadie
- Shane Clanton
- Eric Wells
- Mike Marlar
- Brian Shirley
- Tyler Erb
- Shanon Buckingham
- Jimmy Owens
- Jason Jameson
- Ricky Weiss
- Michael Chilton
- Joey Coulter
- Vic Hill
- T.J. Reaid
- Austin Horton
- Bo Shirley
- Tommy Kerr
- Skip Arp
- Michael Page
- Donald McIntosh
- Kyle Hardy
- Brandon Overton
Brandon Sheppard climbed atop the Rocket Chassis house car.
What won the race: Overtaking polesitter Shane Clanton of Zebulon, Ga., on lap 15 of 50, second-starting Brandon Sheppard of New Berlin, Ill., led the remaining circuits for his first career Southern All Stars victory at Smoky Mountain Speedway. He collected a $7,500 payday.
Quotable: "Going to Bulls Gap last night really helped me out a lot," said Sheppard. "Driving for Mark (Richards) and this team is just amazing and I learn stuff every week. I just keep learning and learning and it means a lot to me to be able to drive this car. Me and Mark just talked a lot this week and just talked about what I needed to do as a driver. We've got a good piece every week ... you know I'm still learning and stuff. It feels awesome to get a win here at Smoky Mountain."
Key notes: Sheppard notched his sixth Super Late Model victory of 2017; his last came in World of Outlaws Craftsman Late Model Series action at Farmer City Raceway on April 1. ... The race was slowed by one caution on the initial start. ... Sixth-place finisher Mike Marlar of Winfield, Tenn., was the winner of Friday's Scott Sexton Memorial at Volunteer Speedway. ... Entering the event, Casey Roberts of Toccoa, Ga., topped the series points standings, but he was not among Saturday's competitors. ... The series made the first of three scheduled stops at Smoky Mountain; the tour returns to the Maryville oval on June 17 for a $5,000-to-win event. ... Sheppard, Madden and the rest of the WoO regulars have a race at Smoky Mountain on May 13.
On the move: Jimmy Owens of Newport, Tenn., advanced from the 16th starting position to notch a top-10 finish.
Winner's sponsors: Sheppard's Rocket Chassis is powered by a Durham Race Engine and sponsored by Valvoline, Ace Metal Works, Seubert Calf Ranches, Gunter's Honey and Hoosier Racing Tire.
Points chase: Entering Smoky Mountain, Casey Roberts (382 points) of Toccoa, Ga., topped the standings over Bo Shirley (336), Austin Horton (314), Tristan Sealy (304) and Clint Smith (302).
Car count: 36
Fast qualifier: Brandon Sheppard
Time: 15.246 seconds
Heat race winners: Shane Clanton, Jason Jameson, Brandon Sheppard, Brian Shirley
Consolation race winners: Donald McIntosh, Vic Hill
Next series race: May 6, Talladega Short Track (Eastaboga, AL) $4,000
Editor's note: Results and race details are unofficial.