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Sheppard Romps from Nineteenth to Win at Knoxville

September 25th, 2018

KNOXVILLE, IOWA – From nineteenth on the grid, Brandon Sheppard charged through the field to win Friday night’s portion of the Lucas Oil Late Model Knoxville Nationals presented by Casey’s General Store.

Sheppard used a late-race restart to take the top spot from Frank Heckenast Jr. and then sprinted away for his fifth Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series victory of 2018 and his first-ever win at Knoxville.

Heckenast led from the onset of the 25-lap main event as he looked for his third victory of the season. A restart with six laps remaining was the ticket for Sheppard, who had climbed through the field for the second night in a row. Sheppard dove to the inside of the race track entering turn one and powered by Heckenast down the back straightaway to grab the lead from his fellow Illini driver.

Sheppard pulled away in the closing laps to clinch the $7,000 victory. Heckenast finished second followed by Don O’Neal in third. Jonathan Davenport came home in fourth after running as high as second in the race. Tim McCreadie, who started tenth, rounded out the top five.

“I can’t believe it,” said the 25-year-old in Lucas Oil Victory Lane. “My crew has been working so hard this week. We have had a really fast car the whole time. We qualified good the last two nights, but we started so deep in the heat races. The earlier heat races it’s hard to pass, but the later heats it’s a lot better once the track slicks off. The feature tonight I hope it’s a lot like tomorrow night, because it’s a lot of fun. This is the Knoxville I love coming to.”

“My car was a little tight there for a while, but I made up good time on the bottom. I had a good restart one time and I hit one-and-two just right and I went around a couple of guys. I got to third and then I was hoping on the restart to start on the bottom. I learned from Josh [Richards] here in 2013 about getting the lead. When Frankie [Heckenast] entered turn one on that last restart he drifted up high and that just opened the door on the bottom for me.”

Heckenast, who was seeking his first career Lucas Oil win, held on for the second spot at the finish. “We had a really car tonight. We have been good all weekend. We had a fifth here last night. We are kind of parked over there by ourselves. We were really close tonight. I can’t thank everyone enough. I gave the race away on the restart. On the restarts they would get such a run on me into one. I thought I could hang out there on the top and get a run off of two, but Brandon obviously had a lot of traction. His car was good. I guess if we are going to have one taken away I would rather have it tonight than tomorrow night.”

O’Neal, who won the main event at Knoxville in 2011, finished in third to earn the fourth-starting spot for Saturday night’s finale. “All-in-all it was good run for us tonight. We had a good race there at the end with Davenport and we were able to get by him. We are getting better this week, we just need to get a little better for tomorrow night. We would have liked to have won tonight, but tomorrow night is what really counts.”

Sheppard’s, Mark Richards Racing Rocket Chassis House Car is powered by a Durham Racing Engine and sponsored by: Valvoline, Seubert Calf Ranches, Gunter’s Honey, Ace Metal Works, Sallack Well Service, Sunoco Race Fuels, Keyser and Integra.

Completing the top ten were Jimmy Mars, Tyler Bruening, Jimmy Owens, Chad Simpson and Kyle Bronson.

Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series Marketing Partners Include: Allstar Performance, Andy Durham Racing Engines, AR Bodies, ASi Racewear, Bad Boy Mowers, Black Diamond Chassis, Sweet-Bloomquist Race Cars, Boyd Bilt Fabrication, BRODIX, CatSpot, COMP Cams, CV Products, DirtonDirt.com, Dirty Girl Racewear, Dunn-Benson Ford, E3 Spark Plugs, Earnhardt Technologies Group, Eibach Springs, Fast Shafts, FK Rod Ends, GEICO, General Tire, Heath Lawson Photography, Hoosier Tire, Hot Rod Processing, JRi Shocks, Keyser MFG, K&N Engineering, Lucas Oil Products, Lucas Oil Racing TV, Longhorn Chassis, MAVTV Motorsports Network, Midwest Sheet Metal, Miller Welders, MSD Performance, Öhlins Shocks, Optima Batteries, Outerwears, Performance Bodies, PFC Brakes, Pierce Race Cars, Pro Power Racing Engines, Protect The Harvest, QA1, Rhino AG, RockAuto.com, Rocket Chassis, Rugged Radios, Schoenfeld Headers, Simpson Race Products, STEEL-IT, Sunoco Race Fuels, Super Clean, Wrisco Aluminum, 5150 Race Trailers

About Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series
Founded in 2005, the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series is the nation’s premier dirt late model sanctioning organization. In 2018, the LOLMDS will sanction 60 events in 22 states. The series is owned by the parent company Lucas Oil Products Inc. and receives national exposure through a TV package filmed, produced and edited by Lucas Oil Production Studios. LOLMDS events will be broadcast on four TV Networks including CBS, NBC Sports, CBS Sports Network and the MAVTV Motorsports Network. For more information about the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series visit the official website at: www.LucasDirt.com.

About Lucas Oil Racing TV
The Future of Motorsports is HERE! Get Lucas Oil Racing TV and experience racing excitement like you’ve never seen! Lucas Oil Racing TV is the online app for all your favorite devices like Amazon Fire TV, Roku, Android Devices and more! No matter where you are or when you want to watch, you can stream the best and most exciting motor racing on the planet!

Lucas Oil Racing TV has all your favorite motorsports – from grass roots to international competition, as well as exclusive LIVE EVENTS and behind the scenes interviews and footage that you won’t see anywhere else! But that’s just the beginning! Lucas Oil Racing TV brings you some of motorsports greatest broadcasters and build specialists… from Dave Despain to the mechanics of Two Guys Garage, as well as all the latest news, reviews, and interviews from every genre of racing.

Lucas Oil Racing TV is the Exclusive, Unlimited, 24/7 All-Access Motorsports App and it’s available NOW! For more information or to sign up, go to: www.LucasOilRacing.TV.

About MAVTV Motorsports Network
Owned and operated by Lucas Oil Products, MAVTV is a television network with its roots deep in the automotive world. MAVTV offers an unparalleled line-up of exclusive motorsports, that includes prestigious events such as the Chili Bowl, The AMA Pro Motocross series, the Lucas Oil Challenge Cup and NHRA Drag Racing. But MAVTV goes far beyond the national mainstream events and also covers multitudes of grassroots series’ from across the globe: Drag boats, sprint boats, drag racing, pro pulling, rally racing, drifting, dirt racing, ice racing and everything in between.

MAVTV also knows you don’t have to be a race fan to be an automotive enthusiast, which is why we have developed a package of automotive reality and custom build shows that is truly second to none. If it has a motor, it’s on MAVTV…MAVTV is THE motorsports network. To learn more about MAVTV go to: www.MAVTV.com.

About Lucas Oil Products
Founded in 1989 by Forrest and Charlotte Lucas, Lucas Oil Products, Inc. has established itself as one of the fastest-growing lubrication product lines in the consumer automotive aftermarket, featuring a line of engine oils, greases, gear lubes, problem-solving additives, and car-care products. Through innovative product research and development, along with aggressive marketing programs, Lucas Oil has established itself as a worldwide leader in the lubrication industry. Motorsports has always been part of the Lucas Oil culture and the cornerstone of the company’s marketing strategy. Such passion for motorsports has inspired Lucas Oil to sponsor many race teams, events and series at all levels, including, NHRA, IRL, ASCS, NASCAR, IHRA and many more. Lucas Oil has also taken ownership and operational control of a number of high profile racing properties, such as: Lucas Oil Off Road Racing Series, Lucas Oil Drag Boat Series, Lucas Oil Pro Pulling League, Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series, Lucas Oil Modified Series, Lucas Oil Speedway in Wheatland, MO. and the Lucas Oil I-10 Speedway in Blythe, CA.

In 2007 Lucas Oil founded its own production house, Lucas Oil Production Studios, dedicated to producing high action motorsports television. Currently Lucas Oil Production Studios produces over 300 hours of original programming for networks such as CBS, CBS Sports, NBC Sports and MAVTV. More information about Lucas Oil Products, Inc. visit the company website at: www.LucasOil.com.
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Moyer Dominates Night One of Knoxville Nationals

September 18th, 2016

KNOXVILLE, IOWA – Billy Moyer ran away from the field on night one of the 13th Annual Lucas Oil Late Model Knoxville Nationals on Thursday Night at Knoxville Raceway. In the waning months of the final year of his racing career, Billy Moyer led all 25 laps of the event to claim his 815th career victory. Brandon Sheppard tried to track down Moyer late in the race, but had to settle for second place in the Best Performance Motorsports/Dargie-powered/Rocket. Josh Richards’ Valvoline/Mark Richards Racing/Rocket crossed the line in third. Completing the top five were: Shane Clanton and Jimmy Mars. Moyer started on the outside of the front row and got the jump at the start of the race and never trailed. “I wasn’t pleased with the car during the heat race, so we made some adjustments and it really took off well in the feature.”

“I didn’t know how close those guys were. It’s a fine line up top here. One mistake here and you could wind up in the wall. I have always enjoyed coming here to race and maybe it will turn out like 2010.” Moyer was speaking of the Knoxville weekend where he won all three main events. It was Moyer’s ninth career win at Knoxville. Sheppard ran second for the entire distance, but the pole-sitter couldn’t get close enough to take over the lead. “We tried our best to get up there. We drove hard, but Billy was just better than everyone tonight. I thought when he jumped that cushion that we had a shot, but I just wasn’t close enough. We will take this second place finish and build on it for tomorrow. Tonight was a good point night.”

Richards had a hard-fought battle with Clanton for most of the race. The two raced side-by-side several times before the third spot was settled. “We love coming here to race. Tonight we had a good car and we learned a lot, so maybe tomorrow night we can come back even better.” Completing the top ten were: Bobby Pierce, Chris Simpson, Don O’Neal, Jonathan Davenport, and Tim McCreadie.

In preliminary action, Mike Marlar set the overall Miller Welders Fast Time (Group A) amongst the 69 entrants, with a lap of 17.596 seconds. Kyle Bronson set the fastest time in Group B with a time of 17.644 seconds. Jimmy Owens, Steve Francis, Darrell Lanigan, Billy Moyer, Gregg Satterlee, and Jason Rauen won their respective heat races. Spencer Diercks won the D-Main. Jake O’Neal won the C-Main. Mike Marlar won the B-Main.

Willmar USMTS win to Hughes

June 21st, 2016

WILLMAR, Minn. — Jason Hughes was third on lap 27 but by the end of the 28th lap he was in front and en route to his 141st career USMTS victory Thursday at the KRA Speedway.

Jake Timm led the first three laps of the race before Tim Johnson took control for the next 24 go-arounds.

Meanwhile, Hughes was working his way forward after starting the 42-lapper in the fourth row.

The defending USMTS national champ and current RealTruck.com Northern Region points leader grabbed third from Dan Ebert with 14 laps complete and chased the leaders for 13 more laps before passing both on lap 27 to grab the lead.

From there, Hughes ran away from the field. He finished nearly four seconds ahead of Rodney Sanders, who got by Johnson on the next-to-last lap.

The win, worth $3,000, was the eighth of the 2016 campaign for Hughes.

Johnson was third with Jason Thoennes taking fourth and Jacob Bleess rounding out the top five.

Johnny Scott came from 15th to finish sixth, followed by twin brother Stormy Scott, Justin Oestreich, Ricky Thornton Jr. and Cade Dillard.

The week culminates with the 18th Annual Masters at the Cedar Lake Speedway in New Richmond, Wis., on Friday and Saturday, June 17-18.

Both days will feature a complete program of UMP Hell Tour Late Models and USMTS Modifieds with racing getting started at 7 p.m.

On Friday, tickets are $25 for adults, $12 for students ages 6-16 and kids; 5 and under are free. Pit passes are $35. On Saturday, tickets are $30 for adults, $15 for students ages 6-16 and kids; 5 and under are free. Pit passes are $40.

Trackside parking available for the entire weekend only. Regular parking available for the day or weekend for free. Camping is available for $35 for the entire weekend. Call (612) 363-0479 for details.

The Masters will also be carried live via pay-per-view by DirtonDirt.com.

The Cedar Lake Speedway is a high-banked 3/8-mile clay oval located 1 mile east of SR 35 on SR 64, then 4.2 miles north on CR C to CR CC, then left 1.8 miles. For more information, call (612) 363-0479 or (715) 248-7119 or check out www.cedarlakespeedway.com online.

All four shows will pay $3,000 to win.

All roads lead to the highly-anticipated inaugural Widow Wax Summersota Nationals, June 22-25, at the I-94 Raceway in Fergus Falls, Minn., where a $15,000 payday awaits the winner.

To learn more about the United States Modified Touring Series, visit www.usmts.com online or call 515-832-7944. You can also like us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/usmts, follow us on Twitter at www.twitter.com/usmts and Instagram at www.instagram.com/usmts or subscribe to our YouTube channel at
www.youtube.com/usmtstv.

Thatcher snatches USMTS checkers at KRA Speedway

June 14th, 2015

WILLMAR, Minn.–After leading all 40 laps of the United States Modified Touring Series feature at the KRA Speedway Wednesday evening, Craig Thatcher was standing in victory lane and breathing a sigh of relief.

The USMTS Casey’s Cup powered by S&S Fishing & Rental made its maiden voyage to the speedplant located in Willmar, Minn., with a big crowd looking on, and despite the fact that Thatcher crossed the start-finish first every time around, the main event was anything but boring.

The track was slick and smooth with a cushion on the high side being the preferred path around the semi-banked 3/8-mile yellow clay oval. Thatcher used his outside front row starting slot to grab the advantage from polesitter Casey Arneson.

Just one lap into the race, a blown engine puked oil onto the track and several cars were involved in an early-race melee including Brent Larson, Travis Saurer, Brady Gerdes, Eric Pember, Troy Girolamo and two-time defending USMTS National Champion Rodney Sanders.

Sanders, who came into the event as the points leader in the Farm Boy BBQ Sauce Northern Region presented by Day Motor Sports, saw his night end early along with Saurer, Gerdes, Pember and Girolamo while Larson continued from the back of the pack.

From that point forward, Arneson shadowed Thatcher at the front of the field with Jesse Glenz, Dan Ebert and Zack VanderBeek in tow.

As the top side of the speedway began to wear thin, things got even racier throughout the field. With four laps to go, Arneson dove underneath Thatcher and nosed ahead of him as the pair entered turn 3, but Arnesons momentum carried him around into a spin and the races final caution flag waved as the USMTS Rookie of the Year contenders victory celebration plans were dashed.

Back under green, Thatcher cruised the final four laps to capture his third career USMTS trophy with a three-car-length cushion, and a $3,000 paycheck for the Knapp, Wis., veteran.

Ebert used the final restart to move by Glenz for second and 14th-starting Tim Johnson went by both VanderBeek and Glenz to secure the third spot. Glenz and VanderBeek held on for fourth and fifth.

Lucas Schott garnered the sixth spot while Jesse Sobbing advanced 14 positions during the race to finish seventh. Eighth was Joey Jensen, Danny Bayer was ninth and Don Eischens rounded out the top 10.

Although he completed just two laps and finished 23rd on the final score sheet, Sanders maintained his lead in the Farm Boy BBQ Sauce Northern Region points battle while Ebert narrowed the gap to 35 points (439 to 404) with his third top-5 finish in his first five USMTS starts. Larson is third in the rankings with 379 markers, followed by Vanderbeek (374) and Glenz (368).

The tireless USMTS touring titans will make another first-time visit on Thursday as they set sail for the Viking Speedway in Alexandria, Minn. the high-flying half-mile touted as the fastest dirt track in Minnesota.

The USMTS A Main pays $3,000 to win for the inaugural event presented by Allstate Peterbilt Group. Bonus money of $250, $150 and $100, respectively, is up for grabs for the top three finishing WISSOTA Modifieds.

The pits open at 4 p.m., grandstands open at 5 and racing starts at 7 p.m. Adult tickets are $20, kids ages 6-15 are $10 and children 5 and under get in for free. Pit passes are $35. Support classes include Pure Stocks, Street Stocks and Midwest Mods (no track points).

Race fans can grab discount coupons good for $2 off an adult admission at Caseys General Stores locations in Alexandria, Glenwood, Long Prairie and Sauk Centre. To find the location nearest you, visit www.caseys.com.

The Viking Speedway is a semi-banked 1/2-mile clay oval located I-94 to exit 103, then 1.0 mile north on SR 29, then 0.8 mile west on CR 82 (at the Douglas County Fairgrounds). For more information call 320-762-1559 or visit www.vikingspeedway.net online. You can also find them on Facebook at www.facebook.com/vikingspeedway and Twitter (@VikingSpeedway).

The USMTS masters of mud-slinging polish off the Farm Boy BBQ Sauce Northern Region swing for two nights at the Cedar Lake Speedway in New Richmond, Wis., on Thursday and Friday, before blasting off for the Cresco (Iowa) Speedway for the 13th Annual Stars & Stripes Shootout on Sunday, June 14.

To learn more about the United States Modified Touring Series, visit www.usmts.com online or call 515-832-7944. You can also like us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/usmts, follow us on Twitter at www.twitter.com/usmts or subscribe to our YouTube channel at www.youtube.com/usmtstv.

Five straight nights for USMTS starts Wednesday

June 10th, 2015

WILLMAR, Minn.-The mud-slinging modifieds of the USMTS Caseys Cup powered by S&S Fishing & Rental will kick off a whirlwind month of June this Wednesday with the first of 13 blockbuster events over the course of 18 days.

The party gets started this Wednesday, June 10, when the KRA Speedway in Willmar, Minn., hosts the United States Modified Touring Series for the first time in the 17-year history of the series for the first of five straight shows in the Farm Boy BBQ Sauce Northern Region presented by Day Motor Sports.While the winner of the USMTS main event will pocket a cool $3,000, an anonymous sponsor has put up $600 in extra bonus money to the three highest-finishing WISSOTA Modifieds.

The highest-finishing WISSOTA Modified driver will get an extra $300, the second highest $200 and the third highest will earn a $100 bonus.

To be eligible for the bonus money, the race car must be completely legal under WISSOTA Modified rules, and the driver must possess a WISSOTA license and have raced in two or fewer USMTS shows in 2015.

Also on the racing card will be WISSOTA Midwest Mods ($400 to win) and WISSOTA Street Stocks ($300 to win). Event sponsors include Marthaler Chevrolet, Kent’s Auto Body, Kandi Koating, JV Excavating, ThermoSeal Insulation and & Uncommon USA.

Racing starts at 7 p.m. on Wednesday. Spectator tickets are $20 and pit passes are $35. On race day, fans can grab discount coupons good for $2 off an adult admission at Caseys General Stores locations in Atwater, Cosmos and Willmar. To find the location nearest you, visit www.caseys.com.

The KRA Speedway is a semi-banked 3/8-mile yellow clay oval located off north of Willmar, Minn., on US 71, the 0.3 mile west on Ella Ave. NW, then 0.5 mile north on 7th St. NW (at the Kandiyohi County Fairgrounds). For more information call 320-212-8503 or check them out online at www.kraspeedway.com and on Facebook at www.facebook.com/KraSpeedway.

From there, the tireless USMTS touring titans embark on another first-time visit as they head to the Viking Speedway in Alexandria, Minn. the high-flying half-mile touted as the fastest dirt track in Minnesota on Thursday, June 11.

The USMTS A Main pays $3,000 to win for the inaugural event presented by Allstate Peterbilt Group. Bonus money is up for grabs for the top three WISSOTA finishers earning an extra $250, $150 and $100, respectively.

The pits open at 4 p.m., grandstands open at 5 and racing starts at 7 p.m.. Adult grandstand tickets are $20, kids ages 6-15 are $10 and children ages 5 and under get in for free. Pit passes are $35.

On race day, fans can grab discount coupons good for $2 off an adult admission at Casey’s General Stores locations in Alexandria, Glenwood, Long Prairie and Sauk Centre. To find the location nearest you, visit www.caseys.com.

Support classes include Pure Stocks, Street Stocks and Midwest Mods (no track points).

The Viking Speedway is a semi-banked 1/2-mile clay oval located I-94 to exit 103, then 1.0 mile north on SR 29, then 0.8 mile west on CR 82 (at the Douglas County Fairgrounds). For more information call 320-762-1559 or visit www.vikingspeedway.net online. You can also find them on Facebook at www.facebook.com/vikingspeedway and Twitter (@VikingSpeedway).

The USMTS masters of mud-slinging polish off the Farm Boy BBQ Sauce Northern Region swing for two nights at the Cedar Lake Speedway in New Richmond, Wis., as the legendary speedplant hosts the 17th Annual Masters, which also features UMP Late Models both days.Grandstands open at 5 p.m. on Friday and 4 p.m. on Saturday. Race time is 7 p.m. both nights. Ticket prices are $25 on Friday and $30 on Saturday. Kids ages 6-16 are half price and children ages 5 and under are free.

The Cedar Lake Speedway is a high-banked 3/8-mile clay oval located 1.0 mile east of SR 35 on SR 64 (in Somerset), then 4.2 miles north on CR C to CR CC, then left 1.8 miles. For more information call 715-248-7119 or check out www.cedarlakespeedway.com online.

13th Annual Stars & Stripes Shootout which was rained out Memorial Day Weekend at the Upper Iowa Speedway will take place at the Cresco Speedway in Cresco, Iowa, on Sunday, June 14.

The event will also put the spotlight on the Holley Iron Man Series featuring USRA Stock Cars and USRA B-Mods plus USRA Hobby Stocks will also be in action at the mighty Howard County Fairgrounds.

Hot laps start at 6 p.m. with racing to follow.

The Cresco Speedway is a high-banked 4/10-mile clay oval located 0.2 miles north of SR 9 on SW 7th (at the Howard County Fairgrounds). For more information call 563-547-3400.

After a three-day rest, action heats back up on Wednesday and Thursday, June 17-18, for a pair of MSD Central Region shoot-outs at the Valley Speedway in Grain Valley, Mo., and C. Ray Halls 81 Speedway located just outside of Wichita, Kan.

The annual USMTS Southern Speedweek commences on Friday, June 19, at the new Red River Speedway in Wichita Falls, Texas, for the first of seven events in nine days in the highly-competitive Double H Bands Southern Region.

With trips to the Route 66 Motor Speedway in Amarillo, Texas, on June 22; Heart O Texas Speedway near Waco, Texas, on June 23; Devil’s Bowl Speedway in Mesquite, Texas, on June 24; Mountain Creek Speedway in Grand Prairie, Texas, on June 25; and Southern Oklahoma Speedway in Ardmore, Okla., on June 26; the swing through the south wraps up on Saturday, June 27, at the historic Lawton Speedway in Lawton, Okla.

Nearly $40,000 has been earmarked for the winners from an overall purse of more than $250,000 for events during the month of June.

SCHEDULE OF EVENTS
Wed Jun 10 … KRA Speedway, Willmar, Minn. [N]
Thu Jun 11 … Viking Speedway, Alexandria, Minn. [N]11