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Daily Dirt 02/27/2020 18:48:11

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June 28
Terre Haute Action Track,
Terre Haute, IN
Sanction: World of Outlaws Morton Buildings Late Model Series - $10,000
Information provided by: Todd Turner (last updated June 29, 12:11 pm)
Sheppard dominates for $10,000 at Terre Haute
  1. Brandon Sheppard
  2. Bobby Pierce
  3. Darrell Lanigan
  4. Billy Moyer
  5. Shannon Babb
  6. Brian Shirley
  7. Mike Marlar
  8. Ricky Weiss
  9. Frank Heckenast Jr.
  10. Shane Clanton
  11. Brent Larson
  12. Cade Dillard
  13. Dennis Erb Jr.
  14. Boom Briggs
  15. Rusty Schlenk
  16. Jason Feger
  17. Chase Junghans
  18. Blake Spencer
  19. Steve Godsey
  20. Paul Stubber
  21. Chuck Hummer
  22. Paul Parker
presented by
Todd Battin
Brandon Sheppard led all 30 laps Friday in Terre Haute, Ind.
What won the race: Brandon Sheppard of New Berlin, Ill., blew away the combined World of Outlaws Morton Buildings Late Model Series-DIRTcar Summer Nationals field Friday at the Terre Haute Action track, earning $10,000 by finishing 2.978 seconds ahead of runner-up Bobby Pierce.
Key notes: B-Shepp won his 20th career Summer Nationals race and 46th on the World of Outlaws circuit. ... Four drivers held the second spot: Darrell Lanigan, Ricky Weiss, Billy Moyer and then Bobby Pierce, who made a late charge on the outside of the track to reach second place on lap 24 but couldn't draw close enough to challenge Sheppard ... Fourteen drivers finished on the lead lap.
On the move: Runner-up Bobby Pierce of Oakwood, Ill., started eighth; Shannon Babb of Moweaqua, Ill., started 15th and finished fifth.
Winner's sponsors: Sheppard's Rocket Chassis has a Durham Racing Engine and sponsorship from Valvoline, Seubert Calf Ranches, Rocket Chassis, Ace Metal Works, Gunter’s Honey, Hoosier Racing Tire, Integra Racing Shocks, Keyser Manufacturing Co., Petroff Towing, Slavic Shirts & Decals, Sunoco Race Fuels and Sallack Well Services.
Points chase: WoO after Terre Haute: 1. Brandon Sheppard (2,198); 2. Darrell Lanigan (2,070); 3. Ricky Weiss (2,012); 4. Chase Junghans (2,012); 5. Shane Clanton (1,998). Summer Nationals after Terre Haute: 1. Brian Shirley (541); 2. Bobby Pierce (528); 3. Frank Heckenast Jr. (479); 4. Rusty Schlenk (389); 5. Shannon Babb (385).
Current weather: Sunny, 82°F
Car count: 22
Fast qualifier: Ricky Weiss
Time: 20.847 seconds
Polesitter: Brandon Sheppard
Heat race winners: Ricky Weiss, Darrell Lanigan, Brandon Sheppard
Next series race: July 5, Independence Motor Speedway (Independence, IA) $10,000
Editor's note: Results and race details are unofficial.
By Todd Turner
DirtonDirt.com managing editor

TERRE HAUTE, Ind. — It was a big night for Brandon Sheppard on Friday at Terre Haute Action Track.

Racing on a big track and building a big lead, the New Berlin, Ill., star raced to a big victory, earning $10,000 in a race co-sanctioned by the big brother World of Outlaws Morton Buildings Late Model Series and little brother DIRTcar Summer Nationals.

Sheppard, who has championship trophies from both tours, built leads of more than five seconds in cruising to the co-sanctioned victory, his ninth of the season on the national tour and second of 2019 on the regional tour.

The pole-starting Sheppard took the checkers 2.978 seconds ahead of runner-up Bobby Pierce and thanked the Rocket Chassis house car team for providing yet another capable car.

“This thing’s just awesome. I can’t think my crew enough … they work their butts off on this thing and it’s definitely a dream to drive,” said Sheppard, who is also running away in the WoO points chase. “And (team owner) Mark (Richards) is so good at tuning this thing and using what feedback I have to dial this thing in just right, and he did it again tonight.”

The high-running Pierce, who rallied from his eighth starting spot and was one of four drivers to hold the second position, finished as the runner-up while Darrell Lanigan of Union, Ky., Billy Moyer of Batesville, Ark., and 15th-starting Shannon Babb of Moweaqua, Ill., rounded out the top five in the caution-free 30-lap feature.

Besides Ricky Weiss challenging Sheppard exiting turn two on the second lap, the race was a runaway for the Rocket house car. But those pursuing him had fun mixing it up with Weiss (laps 2-13), Lanigan (lap 1), Moyer (14-25) and then Pierce (26-30) taking turns in the second spot.

“Congrats to Brandon on the win. I’m sure (the lapped cars) were slowing him down there at the end,” Pierce said. “He had such a big lead. I could’ve been a lot faster those last three laps, but I was just off the gas and my Dad gave me a big lead (signal), and I was just satisfied with second. I knew he was so far out there I wasn’t going to catch him unless I really gave it all I had, and everything was already running hot (because) of how iit was, because it was so dusty those first 10 laps.

“It’s heckuva racetrack,” added Pierce, who shaved more points off the Summer Nationals lead of Brian Shirley, who finished sixth. “I always wanted to race here up on the (outside) fence, and finally I got to do it. …. another good points night and I’m finally making some money now, and that’s good.”

The third-finishing Lanigan made his Terre Haute debut and drove it like he’d been there before.

“What a big track. I’ve never been up here, but man, you can really get around this place,” he said. “This place kind of reminds me a little bit of that Selinsgrove (Pa.) Speedway, it’s a big ol’ flat track. But it’s fun to race out here. Like I said, you can race all over this thing, so we had a good night.”

Notes: Sheppard has 46 career WoO victories and 20 with the Summer Nationals …Fourteen drivers finished on the lead lap. … Jason Feger of Bloomington, Ill., had to go to a backup car after time trials when he broke the powerplant in his primary car. … Rusty Schlenk of McClure, Ohio, missed his heat race because of battery problems; he made repairs for the feature, where he finished 15th. … With 22 cars on hand, officials scrapped the consolation race and didn’t need provisionals. … The event was governed by Summer Nationals rules.

Preliminary results and notes:

Feature lineup

(30 laps)
Row 1: Brandon Sheppard, Darrell Lanigan
Row 2: Ricky Weiss, Dennis Erb Jr.
Row 3: Billy Moyer, Shane Clanton
Row 4: Brian Shirley, Bobby Pierce
Row 5: Frank Heckenast Jr., Boom Briggs
Row 6: Mike Marlar, Paul Parker
Row 7: Brent Larson, Cade Dillard
Row 8: Shannon Babb, Steve Godsey
Row 9: Blake Spencer, Paul Stubber
Row 10: Jason Feger, Chase Junghans
Row 11: Rusty Schlenk, Chuck Hummer

Third heat

Polesitter Brandon Sheppard led all the way in the final heat, turning back an early challenge from Frank Heckenast Jr. and pulling away. Shane Clanton took second from Heckenast on the backstretch of the fourth lap as the pair finished nearly a straightaway behind the winner. The race required four starts. Shannon Babb lost his outside front-row starting spot when he twice jumped the start. He was moved back to fourth and was tagged again with jumping on the third start.

Finish (all transfer): Brandon Sheppard, Shane Clanton, Frank Heckenast Jr., Paul Parker, Shannon Babb, Paul Stubber. Scratched: Rusty Schlenk.

Second heat

Darrell Lanigan turned back repeated challenges from Billy Moyer to win the second eight-lap heat. Moyer entered turn three side-by-side with Lanigan on the fourth lap, but couldn't complete the pass. Bobby Pierce finished further back in third.

Finish (all transfer): Darrell Lanigan, Billy Moyer, Bobby Pierce, Mike Marlar, Cade Dillard, Blake Spencer, Chase Junghans.

First heat

Fast qualifier Ricky Weiss took a half-straightaway lead after two laps and cruised to a eight-lap victory. Weiss ended up taking the checkers 2.217 seconds ahead of runner-up Dennis Erb Jr., who narrowly fought off a last-lap charge by Brian Shirley on the outside. Jason Feger, who went to a backup car after breaking a motor in time trials, was seventh.

Finish (all transfer): Ricky Weiss, Dennis Erb Jr., Brian Shirley, Boom Briggs, Brent Larson, Steve Godsey, Jason Feger, Chuck Hummer.

Prerace setup

Competitors on the big brother World of Outlaws Morton Buildings Late Model Series and little brother DIRTcar Summer Nationals face off Friday night in a co-sanctioned affair with $10,000 on the line.

A pair of Illinois drivers — New Berlin’s Brandon Sheppard (WoO) and Chatham’s Brian Shirley (Summer Nationals) — are the points leaders heading into the event at the historic half-mile Terre Haute Action Track oval.

With the event following the Summer Nationals format, the field will split into three qualifying groups with the drivers time-trialing and heat-racing by group. The heat race finishes will set the feature lineup.

Time trials (unofficial)

(Heats lined up straightup by time)
First group

Ricky Weiss (7W), Headingley, Manitoba, 20.847
Brett Larson (B1), Lake Elmo, Minn., 20.934
Brian Shirley (3S), Chatham, Ill., 21.097
Dennis Erb Jr. (28), Carpentersville, Ill., 21.339
Boom Briggs (99B), Bear Lake, Pa., 21.701
Steve Godsey (14), Bedford, Ind., 22.227
Chuck Hummer (25), Lyons, Ohio, 23.604
Jason Feger (25), Bloomington, Ill., no time
Second group
Darrell Lanigan (29), Union, Ky., 20.896
Bobby Pierce (32), Oakwood, Ill., 21.195
Billy Moyer (21), Batesville, Ark., 21.530
Mike Marlar (157), Winfield, Tenn., 21.694
Blake Spencer (6S), St. Augustine, Fla., 21.838
Chase Junghans (18), Manhattan, Kan., 21.937
Cade Dillard (97), Robeline, La., 22.157
Third group
Brandon Sheppard (1), New Berlin, Ill., 21.431
Shannon Babb (18), Moweaqua, Ill., 21.603
Shane Clanton (25), Zebulon, Ga., 21.770
Frank Heckenast Jr. (99jr), Frankfort, Ill., 22.093
Rusty Schlenk (CJ1), McClure, Ohio, 22.193
Paul Stubber (31aus), Bunbury, Australia, 22.850
Paul Parker (10), DePere, Wis., 23.125

Friday’s schedule

7 p.m. Hot laps/time trials
- Late Model hot laps
- Modified hot laps/qualifying

Opening ceremonies
- Modified heat races (6 laps)
- Late Model heat races (8 laps)

- Modified features (20 laps)
- Late Model feature (30 laps)

Feature lineup

Row 1: Sheppard, Lanigan
Row 2: Weiss, Erb
Row 3: Moyer, Clanton
Row 4: Shirley, Pierce
Row 5: Heckenast, Briggs
Row 6: Marlar, Parker
Row 7: Larson, Dillard
Row 8: Babb, Godsey
Row 9: Spencer, Stubber
Row 10: Feger, Junghans
Row 11: Schlenk, Hummer

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