While some may have taken the extended Labor Day weekend to rest, there are those who used this time to chase their dreams. This includes the king of dirt late model racing Brandon Sheppard, who needed a bit of magic to continue his drive towards making World of Outlaws Morton Buildings late model history this weekend. At Saturday night’s 40 Lap feature race at Bulls Gap, TN’s own Volunteer Speedway, Sheppard was fortunate enough to draw the outside pole, putting him on the front row with Championship rival Chris Madden.
The “Rocket Shepp” gave himself a chance to win after making sure he finished his Drydene Heat Race in a redraw spot and using his starting position to garnish yet another win. As the green flag waved over the 4/10-mile-long dirt racetrack, the rocket ship that is Sheppard’s Rocket1 Racing / Valvoline No. 1 made his way around Madden in Turn 2 in lap one and never looked back to earn his 77th World of Outlaws victory. As he sits one win away from tying Josh Richards at the top of the all-time wins list (78), Sheppard said the possibility of making WOO history is the last thing on his mind.
“The possibility of making history is really cool, but I just try not to think about it, you know, because when you think about it, it gets in your head, and then you want to win too bad, and then it messes you up,” said Sheppard. “I am just grateful to come home with the win and the Rocket1 Racing house car still in one piece.”
Brandon Sheppard has six races left in 2021 to try and grab a piece of World of Outlaws history. Even though he’s on the doorstep, Rocket1 Racing is taking things one race at a time.
“We just keep on doing our thing and keep racing, and the wins are sure to come whenever they come,” said Sheppard.
Sheppard and the rest of his competitors travel to The Rev in Monroe, LA, for a doubleheader on Sept. 24-25. Stay tuned to RacingJunk for the latest news from the dirt.