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Sheppard Rockets to DIRTcar Nationals Late Model Volusia Victory

Don O’Neal, Brandon Sheppard and Josh Richards celebrate in Victory Lane Wednesday night at Volusia Speedway Park

Decker fights off Wight, Pauch in Super DIRTcar Series Big-Block Modifieds thriller

BARBERVILLE, FL — Feb. 13, 2019 — The #1 Rocket Chassis Dirt Late Model has always been a threat to win through the years at Volusia Speedway Park’s DIRTcar Nationals, and Brandon Sheppard proved its dominance again Wednesday night for his first World of Outlaws Morton Buildings Late Model Series victory of the year.

While Sheppard was so smooth and mistake-free up front in the 50-lap, $10,000-to-win feature, it was a wild race behind him with cars charging and fading all night. Don O’Neal was as far back as 16th before mounting a surge to second, while former DIRTcar Nationals champion Josh Richards battled all race on top and bottom of the half-mile dirt oval to finish third. Chase Junghans’ hot start continued with a fourth-place run for his third top-five in three races, and Jonathan Davenport rounded out the top five by powering from 15th to fifth.

“The first win has been avoiding me for a long time it seems,” said Sheppard, the 2017 series champion from New Berlin, Ill. “We’ve got a great team and a great race car and we’ve been right there every night. We just haven’t had things fall quite our way. Finally, things are playing our way so hopefully we can keep it rolling.”

Super DIRTcar Series Big-Block Modifieds: Billy Decker, Larry Wight and Billy Pauch put on a thrill-show to kick off the Super DIRTcar Series Big-Block Modifieds portion of the DIRTcar Nationals. Decker moved around the track looking for a fast lane to victory lane as he fended off Wight in the low groove and Pauch on the cushion. Wight and Pauch circled the half-mile almost side-by-side for the final 11 laps as they tried to find a way past Decker. Wight, the defending NAPA Super DIRT Week champion, wound up second with the legendary Pauch in third as Decker picked up the $2,000 win.


DIRTcar Nationals Race Report; Volusia Speedway Park; Feb. 13, 2019

World of Outlaws Morton Buildings Late Model Series (50 laps): 1. Brandon Sheppard ($10,000); 2. Don O’Neal; 3. Josh Richards; 4. Chase Junghans; 5. Jonathan Davenport; 6. Dale McDowell; 7. Darrell Lanigan; 8. Brian Shirley; 9. Shane Clanton; 10. Chris Madden; 11. Hudson O’Neal; 12. Kent Robinson; 13. Devin Moran; 14. Brandon Overton; 15. Jimmy Owens; 16. Kyle Bronson; 17. Kyle Hardy; 18. Dennis Erb Jr.; 19. Scott James; 20. Brent Larson; 21. Mike Norris; 22. Scott Bloomquist; 23. Tyler Erb; 24. Ricky Weiss; 25. Mike Marlar; 26. Ivedent Lloyd Jr.; 27. Blake Spencer.

Super DIRTcar Series Big-Block Modifieds (30 laps): 1. Billy Decker ($2,000); 2. Larry Wight; 3. Billy Pauch; 4. Anthony Perrego; 5. Pat Ward; 6. Erick Rudolph; 7. Matt Sheppard; 8. Brett Hearn; 9. Rick Laubach; 10. Mat Williamson; 11. Ryan Godown; 12. Peter Britten; 13. Demetrios Drellos; 14. Kim Britt; 15. Stewart Friesen; 16. Danny Johnson; 17. Jessey Mueller; 18. Kyle Coffey; 19. Will Thomas; 20. Jack Lehner; 21. Mario Clair; 22. Jeremy Smith; 23. Tim Fuller; 24. Justin Haers; 25. Yan Bussiere; DNS: Tyler Siri


DIRTcar Nationals Remaining Schedule

Thursday, Feb. 14: World of Outlaws Morton Buildings Late Models and Super DIRTcar Series Big-Block Modifieds. Reserved tickets are $45, General Admission $39.

Friday, Feb. 15: World of Outlaws Morton Buildings Late Models and Super DIRTcar Series Big-Block Modifieds. Reserved tickets are $45, General Admission $39.

Saturday, Feb. 16: World of Outlaws Morton Buildings Late Models and Super DIRTcar Series Big-Block Modifieds. Reserved tickets are $45, General Admission $39.

 
LATE MODEL GATOR CHAMPIONSHIP POINTS

SPOT

CAR #

NAME

NAME

11-Feb

13-Feb

TOTAL

1

14

JOSH

RICHARDS

65

70

135

2

29

DARRELL

LANIGAN

75

53

128

3

1

BRANDON

SHEPPARD

45

80

125

4

18

CHASE

JUNGHANS

53

65

118

5

6m

MIKE

MARLAR

80

31

111

6

25

SHANE

CLANTON

60

49

109

7

5

DON

O'NEAL

33

75

108

8

17M

DALE

MCDOWELL

51

55

106

9

0

SCOTT

BLOOMQUIST

70

34

104

10

2

BRANDON

OVERTON

47

42

89

11

44

CHRIS

MADDEN

41

47

88

12

9

DEVIN

MORAN

44

43

87

13

72

MIKE

NORRIS

49

35

84

14

39

TIM

MCCREADIE

55

28

83

15

40B

KYLE

BRONSON

43

40

83

16

3s

BRIAN

SHIRLEY

32

51

83

17

7k

KENT

ROBINSON

34

44

78

18

36v

KYLE

HARDY

35

39

74

19

7

RICKY

WEISS

39

32

71

20

28

DENNIS

ERB

29

38

67

21

B1

BRENT

LARSON

30

36

66

22

97

CADE

DILLARD

40

25

65

23

12

JASON

JAMESON

38

27

65

24

16

TYLER

BRUENING

36

26

62

25

49

JONATHAN

DAVENPORT

 

60

60

26

99B

BOOM

BRIGGS

37

22

59

27

7m

DONALD

MCINTOSH

30

28

58

28

58

IVEDENT

LLOYD

28

30

58

29

6

BLAKE

SPENCER

26

29

55

30

2s

DAN

STONE

31

24

55

31

7F

JASON

FITZGERALD

28

26

54

32

11B

STACY

BOLES

29

23

52

33

76

BLAIR

NOTHDURFT

24

25

49

34

99jr

FRANK

HECKENAST

27

20

47

35

CO2

TYLER

CLEM

23

23

46

36

53

HILLARD

MILLER

24

22

46

37

71

HUDSON

O'NEAL

 

45

45

38

16H

MIKE

HAMMERLE

22

21

43

39

116

TANNER

ENGLISH

42

 

42

40

20

JIMMY

OWENS

 

41

41

41

83

SCOTT

JAMES

 

37

37

42

91

TYLER

ERB

 

33

33

43

48

COLTON

FLINNER

31

 

31

44

33

JEFF

MATTHEWS

27

 

27

45

51m

JOEY

MORIARTY

 

27

27

46

942

STEVE

ISENBERG

26

 

26

47

1x

CHUB

FRANK

25

 

25

48

22x

G R

SMITH

25

 

25

49

1P

EARL

PEARSON

 

24

24

50

25h

CHUCK

HUMMER

 

21

21