Brandon Sheppard Grabs Series Win Number Four at Wayne County Speedway

Contact: Kayla May (World of Outlaws Craftsman Late Model Series PR)

Orrville, Ohio — During the World of Outlaws Craftsman® Late Model Series event at Wayne County Speedway, a fan in attendancedecided to support the Series further than the purchase of his ticket price. Joe Seins, from JD Empire Trucking, posted an extra $2,500 towards the to-win amount of an already $10,000 prize. Series powerhouse, Brandon Sheppard, was the lucky winner of the evening as he found his way to Victory Lane for the first time since the beginning of the month.

“We’ve had a good car every time we’ve hit the track, we just haven’t had things go our way and that’s why it’s called racing and not winning” said Sheppard. “We couldn’t do this without all of our help and all of our sponsors.”

Sheppard started sixth in the feature and found his way past five cars to claim the lead on lap 21. Further proving that no matter what number the Rocket 1 driver pulls in the redraw, he can still find his way to the front.

Yet, the most impressive hard charger of the evening was Devin Moran, who started 19th in the feature and found his way to Sheppard’s bumper by lap 34. With several cautions throughout the event, Moran was hoping to pass the no. 1 during the restarts but Sheppard was able to significantly pull away from the field every time.




“Just to start back that far and be able to come up to second just shows how good the race track was to race on,” said Moran. “I really thought we had a shot to win this thing once we got in to second but Brandon and them guys were really good and I used up my tires a little bit too much. Starting 19th and running second, it was a good night. I can’t complain.”

Moran and his crew worked diligently throughout the day in order to land on the podium for the second night in a row. Unlike the previous night at Atomic Speedway, the stars did not align quite as nice for Moran as he had some mechanical issues during his heat which would place him eighth in the Last Chance Showdown. Between the heat and the Showdown the Tye Twarog/ DMR team was able to dial in the Rocket XR1 as Moran went on pass seven cars to win the Showdown.

Shane Clanton also had his hands full getting ready for the feature after he lost the right side and nose of his car during his heat race. He and Brian Shirley were running door-to-door on the front straightway towards the checker flag when the pair got tangled.

Despite damages, Clanton’s momentum kept him going, ultimately putting him in the redraw. Luckily, for Clanton the damage was mostly cosmetic so it was all hands on deck for him and his crew to get ready for the big show.

Chris Madden rounded out the podium at Wayne County Speedway after making a last-lap pass around young gun, Tyler Erb. Madden also set a new track record of 16.580. The previous track record was 16.737 held by Russ King.

Next up for the World of Outlaws Craftsman® Late Model Series is the Ray Varner 50 at Tazewell Speedway on June 2 followed by the Billy Clanton Classic at Senoia Raceway on June 3.

Craftsman Club Feature: 1. 1- Brandon Sheppard[6]; 2. 9- Devin Moran[19]; 3. 44- Chris Madden[2]; 4. 91- Tyler Erb[7]; 5. 25- Shane Clanton[5]; 6. 18- Eric Wells[21]; 7. 3s- Brian Shirley[23]; 8. 14m- Morgan Bagley[16]; 9. 27- Michael Lake[11]; 10. 44s- Dave Hess Jr[1]; 11. 99jr- Frank Heckenast Jr[8]; 12. 19- Cody Scott[20]; 13. 5m- Ryan Markham[15]; 14. 240- Doug Drown[10]; 15. 14- J.R. Gentry[18]; 16. 1*- Chub Frank[4]; 17. H1- Jared Miley[12]; 18. 2c- Joey Coulter[13]; 19. 7- Rick Eckert[9]; 20. 56- Russ King[3]; 21. 1m- Benjamin Mott[22]; 22. 111- Matt Lux[14]; 23. 36- Matt Irey[17]; 24. 93- Donald Bradsher[24]

Last Chance Showdown: 1. 9- Devin Moran[8]; 2. 19- Cody Scott[2]; 3. 18- Eric Wells[11]; 4. 1m- Benjamin Mott[1]; 5. 15B- Mike Bores[7]; 6. 32B- Brian Baumberger[5]; 7. 59- Larry Bellman Jr[9]; 8. 8- Rob Anderzack[3]; 9. 72- Jim Nicely[12]; 10. 54- Thomas Baker[10]; DNS. 3s- Brian Shirley; DNS. 93- Donald Bradsher; DNS. 79- Brad Malcuit

Heat 1: 1. 44- Chris Madden[1]; 2. 25- Shane Clanton[3]; 3. 91- Tyler Erb[6]; 4. 240- Doug Drown[5]; 5. 2c- Joey Coulter[4]; 6. 14m- Morgan Bagley[7]; 7. 1m- Benjamin Mott[9]; 8. 3s- Brian Shirley[2]; 9. 15B- Mike Bores[10]; 10. 54- Thomas Baker[11]; DNS. 79- Brad Malcuit

Heat 2: 1. 1- Brandon Sheppard[1]; 2. 1*- Chub Frank[2]; 3. 99jr- Frank Heckenast Jr[3]; 4. 27- Michael Lake[7]; 5. 111- Matt Lux[6]; 6. 36- Matt Irey[10]; 7. 19- Cody Scott[9]; 8. 32B- Brian Baumberger[8]; 9. 9- Devin Moran[5]; 10. 18- Eric Wells[4]

Heat 3: 1. 56- Russ King[1]; 2. 44s- Dave Hess Jr[3]; 3. 7- Rick Eckert[2]; 4. H1- Jared Miley[4]; 5. 5m- Ryan Markham[5]; 6. 14- J.R. Gentry[7]; 7. 8- Rob Anderzack[9]; 8. 93- Donald Bradsher[6]; 9. 59- Larry Bellman Jr[8]; 10. 72- Jim Nicely[10]

Qualifying: 1. 44- Chris Madden, 16.58; 2. 1- Brandon Sheppard, 16.607; 3. 56- Russ King, 16.618; 4. 3s- Brian Shirley, 16.712; 5. 1*- Chub Frank, 16.742; 6. 7- Rick Eckert, 16.857; 7. 25- Shane Clanton, 16.879; 8. 99jr- Frank Heckenast Jr, 16.899; 9. 44s- Dave Hess, 16.903; 10. 2c- Joey Coulter, 16.932; 11. 18- Eric Wells, 16.964; 12. H1- Jared Miley, 16.969; 13. 240- Doug Drown, 17.065; 14. 9- Devin Moran, 17.082; 15. 5m- Ryan Markham, 17.109; 16. 91- Tyler Erb, 17.126; 17. 111- Matt Lux, 17.127; 18. 93- Donald Bradsher, 17.199; 19. 14m- Morgan Bagley, 17.206; 20. 27- Michael Lake, 17.288; 21. 14- J.R. Gentry, 17.371; 22. 79- Brad Malcuit, 17.397; 23. 32B- Brian Baumberger, 17.4; 24. 59- Larry Bellman Jr, 17.511; 25. 1m- Benjamin Mott, 17.626; 26. 19- Cody Scott, 17.641; 27. 8- Rob Anderzack, 17.689; 28. 15B- Mike Bores, 17.701; 29. 36- Matt Irey, 17.761; 30. 72- Jim Nicely, 18.219; 31. 54- Thomas Baker, 19.149

CONTINGENCY WINNERS: Craftsman/Sears ($200 Cash): Brandon Sheppard, Devin Moran, Chris Madden, Tyler Erb, Shane Clanton; Craftsman/Sears ($100 Cash): Michael Lake; Comp Cams ($50 product certificate): Brandon Sheppard; MSD Ignition ($50 Cash): Brandon Sheppard; Quarter Master ($100 Product Certificate): Devin Moran; Wrisco (Three Sheets of aluminum): Brandon Sheppard;  Penske Racing Shocks ($50 Product Certificate): Chris Madden; JE Pistons ($50 Cash): Morgan Bagley; VP Racing Fuels ($50 Cash): Dave Hess; Edelbrock ($50 Cash): Dave Hess; Comp Cams ($50 Cash):Dave Hess; Extended Stay America ($50 Cash): Frank Heckenast Jr; Cometic ($50 Cash): Doug Drown; JRI Shocks ($50 Cash): Chub Frank; Superflow Dyno’s ($50 Cash):  Doug Drown; Quartermaster ($25 Product Certificate): Chub Frank; JE Pistons (One set of piston rings): Jared Miley Quartermaster ($50 Product Certificate): Rick Eckert; Arizona Sport Shirts ($100 Product Certificate):Donald Bradsher.; JE Pistons (One set of piston rings): Brandon Sheppard; MSD Ignition ($25 Cash): Donald Bradsher QA-1 ($50 Cash): Chris Madden; Rookie Bonus: Devin Moran; Bonus Bucks: Michael Lake

SEASON WINNERS: 
Brandon Sheppard- 4 (Whynot Motorsports Park on March 24, Farmer City Raceway on April 1, Fayetteville Motor Speedway on May 6, Wayne County Speedway on May 27)
Shane Clanton- 2 (Volusia Speedway Park on Feb. 24, Cherokee Speedway on May 6)
Rick Eckert– 1 (Screven Motorsports Complex on Feb. 17)
Chris Madden– 1 (Screven Motorsports Complex on Feb. 18)
Don O’Neal- 1 (Volusia Speedway Park on Feb. 25)
Timothy Culp- 1 (LoneStar Speedway on March 26)
Brian Shirley-1 (Farmer City Raceway on April 2)
Brandon Overton- 1 (Smoky Mountain Speedway on May 13)
Mike Marlar- 1 (Duck River Raceway Park on May 14)
Devin Moran-1 (Atomic Speedway on May 26)

Unofficial World of Outlaws Craftsman Late Model Series Championship Standing

Pos. Car # Driver Points Trail By
1 1 Brandon Sheppard 1932 0
2 44 Chris Madden 1818 114
3 91 Tyler Erb 1804 128
4 7 Rick Eckert 1792 140
5 25 Shane Clanton 1774 158
6 9 Devin Moran 1772 160
7 18 Eric Wells 1762 170
8 3S Brian Shirley 1724 208
9 1* Chub Frank 1694 238
99JR Frank Heckenast Jr. 1694 238
11 14M Morgan Bagley 1624 308
12 2C Joey Coulter 1590 342
13 93 Donald Bradsher 1486 446
14 21JR Billy Moyer Jr. 952 980
15 116 Brandon Overton 850 1082
16 18C Chase Junghans 826 1106
17 C9 Steve Casebolt 590 1342
18 4-D’s Chad Hollenbeck 572 1360
19 101 Casey Roberts 552 1380
20 21 Billy Moyer 538 1394