5.27.17 World of Outlaws Late Models Results - Dirt Racing Report

5.27.17 World of Outlaws Late Models Results

Orrville, Ohio— May 27, 2017— During the World of Outlaws Craftsman® Late Model Series event at Wayne County Speedway, a fan in attendancedecided to support the Series further than the purchase of his ticket price. Joe Seins, from JD Empire Trucking, posted an extra $2,500 towards the to-win amount of an already $10,000 prize. Series powerhouse, Brandon Sheppard, was the lucky winner of the evening as he found his way to Victory Lane for the first time since the beginning of the month.

“We’ve had a good car every time we’ve hit the track, we just haven’t had things go our way and that’s why it’s called racing and not winning” said Sheppard. “We couldn’t do this without all of our help and all of our sponsors.”

Sheppard started sixth in the feature and found his way past five cars to claim the lead on lap 21. Further proving that no matter what number the Rocket 1 driver pulls in the redraw, he can still find his way to the front.

Yet, the most impressive hard charger of the evening was Devin Moran, who started 19th in the feature and found his way to Sheppard’s bumper by lap 34. With several cautions throughout the event, Moran was hoping to pass the no. 1 during the restarts but Sheppard was able to significantly pull away from the field every time.

“Just to start back that far and be able to come up to second just shows how good the race track was to race on,” said Moran. “I really thought we had a shot to win this thing once we got in to second but Brandon and them guys were really good and I used up my tires a little bit too much. Starting 19th and running second, it was a good night. I can’t complain.”

Moran and his crew worked diligently throughout the day in order to land on the podium for the second night in a row. Unlike the previous night at Atomic Speedway, the stars did not align quite as nice for Moran as he had some mechanical issues during his heat which would place him eighth in the Last Chance Showdown. Between the heat and the Showdown the Tye Twarog/ DMR team was able to dial in the Rocket XR1 as Moran went on pass seven cars to win the Showdown.

Shane Clanton also had his hands full getting ready for the feature after he lost the right side and nose of his car during his heat race. He and Brian Shirley were running door-to-door on the front straightway towards the checker flag when the pair got tangled.

Despite damages, Clanton’s momentum kept him going, ultimately putting him in the redraw. Luckily, for Clanton the damage was mostly cosmetic so it was all hands on deck for him and his crew to get ready for the big show.

Frank Heckenast Jr. and his crew chief Axle Wicker helped put the nose of their 99jr machine on the Capital Race Car. Clanton was trying to avoid using his backup car at all costs because it would ultimately cost him his redraw position which was a guaranteed top-six start in the feature. The crews’ hard work paid off as Clanton went on to make an steady run during the feature where he stayed among the top-five every lap. He finished fifth.

Chris Madden rounded out the podium at Wayne County Speedway after making a last-lap pass around young gun, Tyler Erb. Madden also set a new track record of 16.580. The previous track record was 16.737 held by Russ King.

Next up for the World of Outlaws Craftsman® Late Model Series is the Ray Varner 50 at Tazewell Speedway on June 2 followed by the Billy Clanton Classic at Senoia Raceway on June 3.

Craftsman Club Feature: 1. 1- Brandon Sheppard[6]; 2. 9- Devin Moran[19]; 3. 44- Chris Madden[2]; 4. 91- Tyler Erb[7]; 5. 25- Shane Clanton[5]; 6. 18- Eric Wells[21]; 7. 3s- Brian Shirley[23]; 8. 14m- Morgan Bagley[16]; 9. 27- Michael Lake[11]; 10. 44s- Dave Hess Jr[1]; 11. 99jr- Frank Heckenast Jr[8]; 12. 19- Cody Scott[20]; 13. 5m- Ryan Markham[15]; 14. 240- Doug Drown[10]; 15. 14- J.R. Gentry[18]; 16. 1*- Chub Frank[4]; 17. H1- Jared Miley[12]; 18. 2c- Joey Coulter[13]; 19. 7- Rick Eckert[9]; 20. 56- Russ King[3]; 21. 1m- Benjamin Mott[22]; 22. 111- Matt Lux[14]; 23. 36- Matt Irey[17]; 24. 93- Donald Bradsher[24]

Last Chance Showdown: 1. 9- Devin Moran[8]; 2. 19- Cody Scott[2]; 3. 18- Eric Wells[11]; 4. 1m- Benjamin Mott[1]; 5. 15B- Mike Bores[7]; 6. 32B- Brian Baumberger[5]; 7. 59- Larry Bellman Jr[9]; 8. 8- Rob Anderzack[3]; 9. 72- Jim Nicely[12]; 10. 54- Thomas Baker[10]; DNS. 3s- Brian Shirley; DNS. 93- Donald Bradsher; DNS. 79- Brad Malcuit

Heat 1: 1. 44- Chris Madden[1]; 2. 25- Shane Clanton[3]; 3. 91- Tyler Erb[6]; 4. 240- Doug Drown[5]; 5. 2c- Joey Coulter[4]; 6. 14m- Morgan Bagley[7]; 7. 1m- Benjamin Mott[9]; 8. 3s- Brian Shirley[2]; 9. 15B- Mike Bores[10]; 10. 54- Thomas Baker[11]; DNS. 79- Brad Malcuit

Heat 2: 1. 1- Brandon Sheppard[1]; 2. 1*- Chub Frank[2]; 3. 99jr- Frank Heckenast Jr[3]; 4. 27- Michael Lake[7]; 5. 111- Matt Lux[6]; 6. 36- Matt Irey[10]; 7. 19- Cody Scott[9]; 8. 32B- Brian Baumberger[8]; 9. 9- Devin Moran[5]; 10. 18- Eric Wells[4]

Heat 3: 1. 56- Russ King[1]; 2. 44s- Dave Hess Jr[3]; 3. 7- Rick Eckert[2]; 4. H1- Jared Miley[4]; 5. 5m- Ryan Markham[5]; 6. 14- J.R. Gentry[7]; 7. 8- Rob Anderzack[9]; 8. 93- Donald Bradsher[6]; 9. 59- Larry Bellman Jr[8]; 10. 72- Jim Nicely[10]

Qualifying: 1. 44- Chris Madden, 16.58; 2. 1- Brandon Sheppard, 16.607; 3. 56- Russ King, 16.618; 4. 3s- Brian Shirley, 16.712; 5. 1*- Chub Frank, 16.742; 6. 7- Rick Eckert, 16.857; 7. 25- Shane Clanton, 16.879; 8. 99jr- Frank Heckenast Jr, 16.899; 9. 44s- Dave Hess, 16.903; 10. 2c- Joey Coulter, 16.932; 11. 18- Eric Wells, 16.964; 12. H1- Jared Miley, 16.969; 13. 240- Doug Drown, 17.065; 14. 9- Devin Moran, 17.082; 15. 5m- Ryan Markham, 17.109; 16. 91- Tyler Erb, 17.126; 17. 111- Matt Lux, 17.127; 18. 93- Donald Bradsher, 17.199; 19. 14m- Morgan Bagley, 17.206; 20. 27- Michael Lake, 17.288; 21. 14- J.R. Gentry, 17.371; 22. 79- Brad Malcuit, 17.397; 23. 32B- Brian Baumberger, 17.4; 24. 59- Larry Bellman Jr, 17.511; 25. 1m- Benjamin Mott, 17.626; 26. 19- Cody Scott, 17.641; 27. 8- Rob Anderzack, 17.689; 28. 15B- Mike Bores, 17.701; 29. 36- Matt Irey, 17.761; 30. 72- Jim Nicely, 18.219; 31. 54- Thomas Baker, 19.149

CONTINGENCY WINNERS: Craftsman/Sears ($200 Cash): Brandon Sheppard, Devin Moran, Chris Madden, Tyler Erb, Shane Clanton; Craftsman/Sears ($100 Cash): Michael Lake; Comp Cams ($50 product certificate): Brandon Sheppard; MSD Ignition ($50 Cash): Brandon Sheppard; Quarter Master ($100 Product Certificate): Devin Moran; Wrisco (Three Sheets of aluminum): Brandon Sheppard; Penske Racing Shocks ($50 Product Certificate): Chris Madden; JE Pistons ($50 Cash): Morgan Bagley; VP Racing Fuels ($50 Cash): Dave Hess; Edelbrock ($50 Cash): Dave Hess; Comp Cams ($50 Cash):Dave Hess; Extended Stay America ($50 Cash): Frank Heckenast Jr; Cometic ($50 Cash): Doug Drown; JRI Shocks ($50 Cash): Chub Frank; Superflow Dyno’s ($50 Cash): Doug Drown; Quartermaster ($25 Product Certificate): Chub Frank; JE Pistons (One set of piston rings): Jared Miley Quartermaster ($50 Product Certificate): Rick Eckert; Arizona Sport Shirts ($100 Product Certificate):Donald Bradsher.; JE Pistons (One set of piston rings): Brandon Sheppard; MSD Ignition ($25 Cash): Donald Bradsher QA-1 ($50 Cash): Chris Madden; Rookie Bonus: Devin Moran; Bonus Bucks: Michael Lake

Brandon Sheppard- 4 (Whynot Motorsports Park on March 24, Farmer City Raceway on April 1, Fayetteville Motor Speedway on May 6, Wayne County Speedway on May 27)
Shane Clanton- 2 (Volusia Speedway Park on Feb. 24, Cherokee Speedway on May 6)
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)

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