As the stars of the World of Outlaws Morton Buildings Late Model Series roared into their second live race weekend since the COVID-19 shutdown, one driver would be the story of the weekend. While America witnessed a manned rocket launch into space this weekend, race fans would witness another rocket launch into an incredible two race sweep at Iowa’s Davenport Speedway.
After conquering the ½-mile Speedway’s ¼-mile in thrilling fashion on Friday night, the Rocket1 Racing machine of Brandon Sheppard was back at it on Saturday night from the inside out at this track’s large and in charge ½-mile. Drawing fourth for the Morton Buildings feature redraw, Sheppard had to start the 40-lap feature from the outside of row two behind Frank Heckenast Jr. of Frankfort, IL, and Ashton Winger of Hampton, GA, on the front row. Within five laps Sheppard was in command with every other driver doing their best to chase the rocketing away driver.
Although a debris caution on Lap 27 created a restart, that allowed the top-5 in the field to catch Sheppard, but this wasn’t enough to stop him from sneaking away from the field as he tested every inch of the unique ½-mile surface. In the end, this rocket fast driver drove away to a 2.086 second advantage as he crossed the stripe for his 58th career World of Outlaws Morton Buildings Late Model Series victory. Completing a clean sweep of ‘Inside Out’ weekend presented by Hoker Trucking.
“It feels so great to be back in victory lane,” said Sheppard. “I am so grateful to my team that I feel got our confidence back on Friday night despite a tough fought battle and this confidence is what made this final race weekend win. We qualified good, won the heat race, and that was the key to getting another win and I can’t thank Mark, Dan, Austin, Joel, and all the guys back at the shop enough; this car has been a dream to drive.”
The World of Outlaws Morton Buildings Late Model Series will take next week off but will return to racing at Cochran Motor Speedway in Cochran, GA, on Friday and Saturday, June 12-13. Stay tuned to RacingJunk for the latest from the dirt.