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February 9
East Bay Raceway Park,
Gibsonton, FL
Sanction: Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series (Wrisco Winternationals) - $7,000
Information provided by: Kevin Kovac (last updated February 10, 7:14 am)
B-Shepp regains lead, grabs East Bay's $7,000
Wrisco Winternationals
  1. Brandon Sheppard
  2. Ashton Winger
  3. Tyler Erb
  4. Kyle Bronson
  5. Ricky Thornton Jr.
  6. Hudson O'Neal
  7. Earl Pearson Jr.
  8. Stormy Scott
  9. Tim McCreadie
  10. Devin Moran
  11. Tyler Bruening
  12. Brian Shirley
  13. Dennis Erb Jr.
  14. Mark Whitener
  15. Daulton Wilson
  16. Garrett Alberson
  17. Tanner English
  18. Cody Overton
  19. Brandon Overton
  20. Josh Putnam
  21. Ross Robinson
  22. Freddie Carpenter
  23. Spencer Hughes
  24. Shane Clanton
  25. Chase Junghans
  26. Clinton Hersh
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Brandon Sheppard notched his 23rd career Lucas Oil victory and seventh at East Bay.
What won the race: Regaining the lead from Brandon Overton on the 13th lap, pole-starting Brandon Sheppard of New Berlin, Ill., became the third two-time Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series winner of the season Wednesday at East Bay Raceway Park. Sheppard dominated the second half of the 40-lapper to earn $7,000 in taking the checkers 2.034 seconds ahead of Ashton Winger in the second round of the Wrisco Winternationals.
Key notes: Sheppard has 23 career Lucas Oil victories, seven at East Bay. ... Brandon Overton led laps 8-12 after Sheppard briefly went to the high groove, but Sheppard slid underneath him in turn two to regain the point. ... Overton faded later after left-front damage from a tangle with Ricky Thornton Jr. and retired with four laps remaining ... Kyle Bronson pitted under and early caution and rallied in the high groove to finish fourth. ... Series action continues Thursday with another $7,000-to-win program at East Bay (Tuesday's action rained out but won't be rescheduled). ... Watch live streaming all week at MavTV Plus.
On the move: Tyler Erb of New Waverly, Texas, started 11th and finished third; he'd run second before losing the spot on the final restart.
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 Rocket Preowned Motors.
Points chase: After East Bay Wednesday: 1. Devin Moran (1,220); 2. Brandon Sheppard (1,195): 3. Tim McCreadie (1,125); 4. Ricky Thornton Jr. (1,055); 5. Tyler Erb (1,050); 6. Hudson O’Neal (1,035); 7. Dennis Erb Jr. (1,000); T8. Jimmy Owens (965); T8. Ashton Winger (965); T8. Earl Pearson Jr. (965).
Current weather: Clear, 54°F
Car count: 70
Fast qualifier: Brandon Sheppard
Time: 14.980 seconds
Polesitter: Brandon Sheppard
Heat race winners: Brandon Sheppard, Brandon Overton, Ashton Winger, Devin Moran, Earl Pearson Jr., Tim McCreadie
Consolation race winners: Chase Junghans, Mark Whitener, Spencer Hughes
Provisional starters: Daulton Wilson, Garrett Alberson
Next series race: February 10, East Bay Raceway Park (Gibsonton, FL) $7,000
Editor's note: Results and race details are unofficial.
From staff reports

GIBSONTON, Fla. — Pole-starting Brandon Sheppard made the wrong move in losing the lead to Brandon Overton on the eighth lap of Wednesday's Wrisco Winternationals main event. The 29-year-old New Berlin, Ill., driver made all the right moves the rest of the way at East Bay Raceway Park.

Regaining the point from Overton on the 13th lap, Sheppard kept the 26-car field in check the rest of the 40-lapper in becoming the third two-time Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series winner of the season.

"(Overton) passed me in lapped traffic there, and when you're leading you don't know whether you need to pull out (to the high groove) and try to pass him guys or what to do," Sheppard said, "so luckily he was missing the bottom there a little bit getting into (turn) one, and that let us be able to get underneath him in one and two. After that I knew I needed to hit my marks and the cautions fell when they needed to fall."

Fifth-starting Ashton Winger of Hampton, Ga., drove under Tyler Erb of New Waverly, Texas, on the last restart to grab the second spot while home-track driver Kyle Bronson of Brandon, Fla., rallied from an early pit stop in the top groove to finish fourth. Ricky Thornton Jr. of Chandler, Ariz., rounded out the top five.

Evans, Ga.'s Overton, a two-time Lucas Oil winner who led laps 8-12, fell from contention after a lap-30 restart and retired in the final laps. His car suffered left-front damage in a turn-two tangle with Ricky Thornton Jr. just after the yellow flag dropped with 11 laps remaining.

Monday's winner Dennis Erb Jr. of Carpentersville, Ill., wasn't a factor in finishing 13th while series points leader Devin Moran of Dresden, Ohio — another two-time series winner — was 10th for his worst finish of the season.

Erb took a few cracks at Sheppard, but the Rocket Chassis house car driver held on for his seventh career Winternationals victory.

"Man, the restarts are really stressful here," he said. "You don't know where to take off at. I took off way too early that one time, but I thought that was gonna you know keep me from getting passed on one of them restarts."

Winger posted his best career Speedweeks finish and congratulated Sheppard for his solid performance.

"It feels like you lose about 10 of them before you get a chance to win one," Winger said."I guess if you're gonna run second to anybody, it should be a Brandon. Congrats to them guys. I know they've been working hard, and their cars really good and they got really good program there. We're just a little off. I can't fire off I feel like as good as I need to. Man, them restarts are hectic."

Erb, who held the second spot from laps 16-20 and again from 24-36, wasn't happy with the track's drier-than-usual conditions.

"Just happy to get to second there and then just had to try something on the restart," Erb said. "Went to the top and let Winger get by us. But we'll take it and move on to tomorrow and hopefully the grader and the water truck's got plenty of water, because this isn't the East Bay people want to see."

Bronson, who started 16th, was mired in 17th when he pitted on the first caution. But he got rolling in the high groove to charge into contention.

"We wasn't that good at the beginning of the race, but we come in and made a few changes there and our car got pretty good there, you know. I'm just going to give all the credit the guys and stuff," Bronson said. "After that ... most of the time I had a clear shot (in the high groove.) I could hear my fans up there — you know, that's my hometown crowd — yelling at me, screaming at me for running 15th all week.

"So, you know, we've got to get up on the wheel and give these guys a win before the end of the week. So I'm looking forward to it. We went back to what we know and it was pretty good. We're just going to tweak on that and hopefully I'll be back in victory lane tomorrow."

The 40-lapper was slowed by six cautions, the first two coming back-to-back on the ninth and 10 laps. The initial caution flag dropped when series points leader Devin Moran spun near the turn-three entrance, while another quick yellow appeared Spencer Hughes stopped in turn two.

The third caution appeared on lap 21 for a slowing Freddie Carpenter and the fourth slowdown came out on lap 30 for debris just before Overton and Thornton tangled in turn two, causing left-front damage on Overton's machine.

The fifth and final yellow dropped on lap 37 for the slowing Overton.

Action resumes Thursday with another $7,000-to-win event with favorable weather forecasts the rest of the week after Tuesday's rainout, which won't be made up.

Notes: Sheppard has 18 career Georgia-Florida Speedweeks victories. ... Seventeen of 26 starters completed 40 laps. ... First-year East Bay attendee Clinton Hersh finished second in the first consy to transfer to his first career East Bay main event, but he was the first retiree.

Feature lineup

(40 laps)

Row 1: Brandon Sheppard, Devin Moran
Row 2: Brandon Overton, Earl Pearson Jr.
Row 3: Ashton Winger, Tim McCreadie
Row 4: Ricky Thornton Jr., Stormy Scott
Row 5: Ross Robinson, Hudson O'Neal
Row 6: Tyler Erb, Brian Shirley
Row 7: Tyler Bruening, Tanner English
Row 8: Dennis Erb Jr., Kyle Bronson
Row 9: Cody Overton, Josh Putnam
Row 10: Chase Junghans, Mark Whitener
Row 11: Spencer Hughes, Clinton Hersh
Row 12: Freddie Carpenter, Shane Clanton
Row 13: Daulton Wilson, Garrett Alberson

Consolation race results

(10 laps; top two transfer)

First consolation: Chase Junghans, Clinton Hersh, Pierce McCarter, Brenden Smith, Garrett Smith, Billy Boyd Sr., Ryan King, Mason Oberkramer, Johnny Scott, Jason Riggs, Larry Greer, John Henderson, Jason Hiett, Jadon Frame, Michael Lake, Colton Flinner. Scratched: Blake Spencer, Matt Cosner.

Second consolation: Mark Whitener, Freddie Carpenter, Max Blair, Garrett Alberson, Tim Dohm, Dale Hollidge, Kyle Lear, Jake O'Neil, Will Roland, Colten Burdette, Daulton Wilson, Trevor Collins, Joe Denby, Logan Zarin, Adam Boyd, Chris Nash.

Third consolation: Spencer Hughes, Shane Clanton, Frank Heckenast Jr., Bob Gardner, Blair Nothdurft, Kody Evans, Josh Rice, Jason Miller, Todd Brennan, Dan Stone, Jimmy Sharpe Jr., Chad McClellan, Bryant Dickinson, Drake Troutman, Kenny Monahan, Brennon Willard, Deshawn Gingerich.

Heat race results

(Eight laps; top three transfer)

First heat: Brandon Sheppard, Ricky Thornton Jr., Tyler Bruening, Chase Junghans, Jadon Frame, Jason Riggs, Colton Flinner, Jason Hiett, Pierce McCarter, Michael Lake, Larry Greer, Billy Boyd Sr.

Second heat: Brandon Overton, Ross Robinson, Dennis Erb Jr., Garrett Smith, Johnny Scott, Clinton Hersh, Ryan King, Blake Spencer, Matt Cosner, John Henderson, Brenden Smith, Mason Overkramer.

Third heat: Ashton Winger, Tyler Erb, Cody Overton, Freddie Carpenter, Daulton Wilson, Dale Hollidge, Jake O'Neil, Will Roland, Logan Zarin, Adam Boyd, Joe Denby.

Fourth heat: Devin Moran, Stormy Scott, Tanner English, Max Blair, Mark Whitener, Garrett Alberson, Tim Dohm, Kyle Hardy, Colten Burdette, Trevor Collins, Chris Nash, Kyle Lear.

Fifth heat: Earl Pearson Jr., Hudson O'Neal, Kyle Bronson, Shane Clanton, Jason Miller, Frank Heckenast Jr., Blair Northdurft, Todd Brennan, Jimmy Sharpe Jr., Chad McClelland, Deshawn Gingerich, Bryant Dickinson.

Sixth heat: Tim McCreadie, Brian Shirley, Josh Putnam, Spencer Hughes, Josh Rice, Drake Troutman, Bob Gardner, Kody Evans, Kenny Monahan, Dan Stone, Brennon Willard.

Time trials

First group   

  1. Brandon Sheppard (1), New Berlin, Ill., 14.980
  2. Brandon Overton (76), Evans, Ga., 15.132
  3. Tyler Erb (1), New Waverly, Texas, 15.173
  4. Ricky Thornton Jr. (20rt), Chandler, Ariz., 15.232
  5. Ross Robinson (7R), Georgetown, Del., 15.293
  6. Ashton Winger (89), Hampton, Ga., 15.313
  7. Tyler Bruening (16), Decorah, Iowa, 15.335
  8. Dennis Erb Jr. (28), Carpentersville, Ill., 15.365
  9. Cody Overton (97), Evans, Ga., 15.456
  10. Chase Junghans (18), Manhattan, Kan., 15.538
  11. Johnny Scott (1ST), Las Cruces, N.M.,    15.595
  12. Freddie Carpenter (K), Parkersburg, W.Va., 15.640
  13. Colton Flinner (48), Allison Park, Pa., 15.666
  14. Garrett Smith (10), Eatonton, Ga., 15.678
  15. Dale Hollidge (0), Mechanicsville, Md., 15.757
  16. Pierce McCarter (71M), Pigeon Forge, Tenn., 15.793
  17. Blake Spencer (6S), St. Augustine, Fla., 15.806
  18. Will Roland (22R), Jasper, Ga., 15.817
  19. Jadon Frame (J27), Winchester, Tenn.,    15.832
  20. Clinton Hersh (16H), Somerset, Pa., 15.833
  21. Daulton Wilson (18D), Fayetteville, N.C., 15.838
  22. Jason Hiett (19M), Oxford, Ala.,    15.845
  23. Ryan King (1G), Seymour, Tenn.,    15.867
  24. Logan Zarin (1z), Moon Township, Pa., 15.872
  25. Jason Riggs (81), College Grove, Tenn., 15.874
  26. Matt Cosner (66C), Ridgeley, W.Va., 15.957
  27. Jake O’Neil (0), Tucson, Ariz., 16.022
  28. Larry Greer (9G), Bowling Green, Ky.,    16.085
  29. Brenden Smith (17SS), Dade City, Fla., 16.156
  30. Adam Boyd (6b), Riverview, Fla., 16.182
  31. John Henderson (2x), North Augusta, S.C., 16.202
  32. Michael Lake (27), Uniontown, Pa., 16.202
  33. Joe Denby (27D), Winchester, Tenn., 16.333
  34. Billy Boyd Sr. (3B), Riverview, Fla., 17.014
  35. Mason Oberkramer (93), Brosley, Mo., no time

Second group

  1. Devin Moran (9), Dresden, Ohio, 15.282
  2. Earl Pearson Jr. (46), Jacksonville, Fla., 15.540
  3. Josh Rice (11), Verona, Ky., 15.600
  4. Tanner English (81E), Benton, Ky., 15.621
  5. Kyle Bronson (40B), Brandon, Fla., 15.623
  6. Brian Shirley (3s), Chatham, Ill., 15.634
  7. Stormy Scott (2s), Las Cruces, N.M., 15.706
  8. Shane Clanton (25), Zebulon, Ga., 15.733
  9. Tim McCreadie (39), Watertown, N.Y., 15.735
  10. Kyle Hardy (99), Stephens City, Va., 15.759
  11. Hudson O’Neal (71), Martinsville, Ind., 15.768
  12. Spencer Hughes (11H), Meridian, Miss., 15.789
  13. Max Blair (111V), Centerville, Pa., 15.805
  14. Todd Brennan (20B), Zanesville, Ohio,    15.868
  15. Josh Putnam (212), Florence, Ala., 15.870
  16. Kyle Lear (151), Severna Park, Md., 15.877
  17. Frank Heckenast Jr. (99jr), Frankfort, Ill., 15.891
  18. Dan Stone (2d), Thompson, Pa., 15.896
  19. Tim Dohm (6), Cross Lanes, W.Va., 15.919
  20. Jason Miller (94), Winchester, Va., 15.942
  21. Kody Evans (4G), Camden, Ohio, 15.979
  22. Garrett Alberson (58), Las Cruces, N.M., 16.083
  23. Blair Nothdurft (76), Sioux Falls, S.D., 16.098
  24. Bob Gardner (4G), East Peoria, Ill., 16.104
  25. Colten Burdette (44), Parkersburg, W.Va., 16.109
  26. Chad McClellan (119), Stoystown, Pa., 16.124
  27. Drake Troutman (7D), Hyndman, Pa., 16.269
  28. Trevor Collins (11AC), Seaford, Del., 16.274
  29. Deshawn Gingerich (0g), Dover, Pa., 16.275
  30. Brennon Willard (3W), Lebanon, Mo., 16.316
  31. Mark Whitener (58), Middleburg, Fla., 16.416
  32. Jimmy Sharpe Jr. (26JR), Vidalia, Ga., 16.555
  33. Ken Monahan (311), Lakeland, Fla., 16.638
  34. Chris Nash (354), Portage, Mich., 17.618
  35. Bryant Dickinson (5*), Ionia, Mich., 17.657

Wednesday's schedule

(All times Eastern)

1:30 p.m. - Pits cleared
2 p.m. - Pits reopen
5:30 p.m. - Hot laps
- Time trials
7 p.m. - Invocation and national anthem
- Heat races (8 laps)
- Consolation races (10 laps)
- Feature (40 laps)

Feature lineup

Row 1: Sheppard, Moran
Row 2: B. Overton, Pearson
Row 3: Winger, McCreadie
Row 4: Thornton, S. Scott
Row 5: Robinson, O'Neal
Row 6: T. Erb, Shirley
Row 7: Bruening, English
Row 8: D. Erb, Bronson
Row 9: C. Overton, Putnam
Row 10: Junghans, Whitener
Row 11: Hughes, Hersh
Row 12: Carpenter, Clanton
Row 13: Wilson, Alberson

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