Sheppard claims fifth win of the season at Senoia Raceway

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

SENOIA, G.A. – The World of Outlaws Craftsman® Late Model Series took the track at Senoia Raceway for the first time ever for the third annual Billy Clanton Classic. Despite this race being many of the drivers first time on the unique gray gumbo surface, everyone seemed to enjoy how racy the track was all night long. It was ultimately Brandon Sheppard who was able to hold off the field to land his fifth Series win of the season.
“We got the win and it was tough racing out there,” said Sheppard. “Lap traffic was tricky and if you hit the top just right it was awesome and you couldn’t hardly move off of it and be fast. Congratulations to Terbo. He raced me hard and we had a lot of fun out there.”
Tyler Erb left everything he had on the track come the checker flag but he came up just a little short. The young gun was putting Sheppard to work throughout all 50-laps as he was trying find the line to his first Series win. With the help of lap traffic, Erb was able to cut down Sheppard’s lead to only .6 seconds but unfortunately a few cautions would throw away the ground he had gained on the leader and eliminated the obstacles for Sheppard.
 “I hated to see all of those cautions,” said Erb. “Every time I would catch lap cars was when Brandon would start having to move off of that top. I might have had a shot but we gave it everything that I had so we will just have to try to come back next year and try again.”
Eric Wells also found his way to the podium but it wasn’t an easy task to get there. Wells, Erb, and Clanton found themselves three wide throughout the feature event dueling for second and third. Chub Frank also found himself into the mix with Erb, Wells and Clanton after battling with Devin Moran and Clint Smith in similar fashion.
“This is more like the kind of tracks that we like,” said Wells. “I was telling my crew guys that it is too bad we don’t live in Atlanta because we would run every class this place has weekly. I love this place. I had a lot of fun out there. This place was really racy tonight. I hope we get to come back again.”
Although Clanton finished one spot short of the podium he was still all smiles in Victory Lane as he spoke about his late father, Billy Clanton, and the race that was created in his honor three years ago.
“It’s hard to be up here and him not being with me. He has been gone for a couple of years now,” said Clanton. “As long as we can live his life like we’re doing and just honor him as much as we can. He’s done a lot for the racing in the south east. It’s an honor to be here tonight.”
The next stop for the Series will be in Ontario for two nights of shootouts at Brighton Speedway on June 17and Cornwall Motor Speedway on June 18.

Senoia Raceway Results:

Craftsman Club Feature: 1. 1- Brandon Sheppard[1]; 2. 91- Tyler Erb[2]; 3. 18- Eric Wells[4]; 4. 25- Shane Clanton[3]; 5. 44- Chris Madden[19]; 6. 1*- Chub Frank[12]; 7. 101- Casey Roberts[6]; 8. 9- Devin Moran[10]; 9. 3s- Brian Shirley[13];10. 44s- Clint Smith[9]; 11. 14m- Morgan Bagley[8]; 12. 41R- T.J. Reaid[5]; 13. 18x- Michael Page[15]; 14. 91j- Jimmy Owens[20]; 15. 2c- Joey Coulter[16]; 16. 99jr- Frank Heckenast Jr[7]; 17. 54- David Breazeale[14]; 18. 12- Ashton Winger[18]; 19. 7- Rick Eckert[17]; 20. 15- Mason Massey[21]; 21. 24- Zach Leonhardi[23]; 22. 111- Steven Roberts[11]; 23. 14- Glenn Morris[24]; 24. 16- Austin Horton[22]

Last Chance Showdown: 1. 44- Chris Madden[7]; 2. 91j- Jimmy Owens[11]; 3. 15- Mason Massey[2]; 4. 16- Austin; Horton[10]; 5. 24- Zach Leonhardi[1]; 6. 14- Glenn Morris[5]; 7. X- Jim Rogers[8]; 8. 9f- Shane Fulcher[4]; 9. 29- Laddie Fulcher[3]; 10. 19- Trey Wood[6]; 11. 0- Craig Scott[9]

Heat 1: 1. 25- Shane Clanton[1]; 2. 18- Eric Wells[5]; 3. 99jr- Frank Heckenast Jr[3]; 4. 9- Devin Moran[9]; 5. 3s- Brian Shirley[4]; 6. 2c- Joey Coulter[8]; 7. 24- Zach Leonhardi[7]; 8. 9f- Shane Fulcher[6]; 9. 44- Chris Madden[2]; DNS. 16- Austin Horton[10]




Heat 2:  1. 1- Brandon Sheppard[1]; 2. 101- Casey Roberts[2]; 3. 14m- Morgan Bagley[5]; 4. 111- Steven Roberts[4]; 5. 54- David Breazeale[3]; 6. 7- Rick Eckert[8]; 7. 15- Mason Massey[7]; 8. 14- Glenn Morris[6]; 9. X- Jim Rogers[9]; DNS. 91j- Jimmy Owens[10]

Heat 3: 1. 91- Tyler Erb[2]; 2. 41R- T.J. Reaid[1]; 3. 44s- Clint Smith[4]; 4. 1*- Chub Frank[8]; 5. 18x- Michael Page[3]; 6. 12- Ashton Winger[6]; 7. 29- Laddie Fulcher[7]; 8. 19- Trey Wood[5]; 9. 0- Craig Scott[9]

Qualifying: 1. 25- Shane Clanton, 13.489; 2. 1- Brandon Sheppard, 13.665; 3. 41R- T.J. Reaid, 13.794; 4. 44- Chris Madden, 13.9; 5. 111- Steven Roberts, 13.912; 6. 91- Tyler Erb, 13.947; 7. 99jr- Frank Heckenast Jr, 14.044; 8. 54- David Breazeale, 14.06; 9. 18x- Michael Page, 14.113; 10. 3s- Brian Shirley, 14.163; 11. 101- Casey Roberts, 14.171; 12. 44s- Clint Smith, 14.211; 13. 18- Eric Wells, 14.226; 14. 14m- Morgan Bagley, 14.25; 15. 19- Trey Wood, 14.265; 16. 9f- Shane Fulcher, 14.267; 17. 14- Glenn Morris, 14.386; 18. 12- Ashton Winger, 14.39; 19. 24- Zach Leonhardi, 14.458; 20. 15- Mason Massey, 14.481; 21. 29- Laddie Fulcher, 14.537; 22. 2c- Joey Coulter, 14.574; 23. 7- Rick Eckert, 14.591; 24. 1*- Chub Frank, 14.653; 25. 9- Devin Moran, 14.887; 26. X- Jim Rogers, 15.025; 27. 0- Craig Scott, 15.046; DNS. 16- Austin Horton; DNS. 91j- Jimmy Owens

CONTINGENCY WINNERS: Craftsman/Sears ($200 Cash): Brandon Sheppard, Tyler Erb, Eric Wells, Shane Clanton, Chris Madden; Craftsman/Sears ($100 Cash): Casey Roberts; Comp Cams ($50 product certificate): Brandon Sheppard; MSD Ignition ($50 Cash): Brandon Sheppard; Quarter Master ($100 Product Certificate): Brandon Sheppard; Wrisco (Three Sheets of aluminum): Brandon Sheppard;  Penske Racing Shocks ($50 Product Certificate): Eric Wells; JE Pistons ($50 Cash): Chris Madden; VP Racing Fuels ($50 Cash): TylDevin Moran; Edelbrock ($50 Cash): Joey Coulter; Comp Cams ($50 Cash):Morgan Bagley; Extended Stay America ($50 Cash): Morgan Bagley; Cometic ($50 Cash): Joey Coulter; JRI Shocks ($50 Cash): Chub Frank; Superflow Dyno’s ($50 Cash): Joey Coulter.; Quartermaster ($25 Product Certificate): Joey Coulter; JE Pistons (One set of piston rings): Frank Heckenast Jr. ;Quartermaster ($50 Product Certificate): Zach Leonardi; Arizona Sport Shirts ($100 Product Certificate): Steven Roberts; JE Pistons (One set of piston rings): Zach Leonardi;; MSD Ignition ($25 Cash): Brandon Sheppard; QA-1 ($50 Cash):Shane Clanton; Rookie Bonus: Devin Moran; Bonus Bucks:  T.J. Reaid

SEASON WINNERS: 
Brandon Sheppard- 5 (Whynot Motorsports Park on March 24, Farmer City Raceway on April 1, Fayetteville Motor Speedway on May 6, Wayne County Speedway on May 27, Senoia Raceway on June 3)
Shane Clanton- 3 (Volusia Speedway Park on Feb. 24, Cherokee Speedway on May 6, Tazewell Speedway on June 3)
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 2222 0
2 44 Chris Madden 2100 122
3 91 Tyler Erb 2084 138
4 25 Shane Clanton 2066 156
5 7 Rick Eckert 2042 180
6 9 Devin Moran 2042 180
7 18 Eric Wells 2038 184
8 3S Brian Shirley 1980 242
9 1* Chub Frank 1962 260
10 99JR Frank Heckenast Jr. 1934 288
11 14M Morgan Bagley 1880 342
12 2C Joey Coulter 1836 386
13 93 Donald Bradsher 1486 736
14 21JR Billy Moyer Jr. 952 1270
15 116 Brandon Overton 850 1372
16 18C Chase Junghans 826 1396
17 101 Casey Roberts 688 1534
18 C9 Steve Casebolt 590 1632
19 4-D’s Chad Hollenbeck 572 1650
20 21 Billy Moyer 538 1684