FAYETTEVILLE, N.C. — Brandon Sheppard led all 50 laps during the World of Outlaws Craftsman Late Model Series’ 10th race of the season Saturday at Fayetteville Motor Speedway.
Sheppard’s victory at the three-eighths-mile track marked his ninth career win.
“We’ve been working really hard on this Rocket Chassis,” said Sheppard. “I want to thank Mark and Steve and everyone at Rocket Chassis for letting me drive this thing. It’s awesome. We’ve been working really hard lately to get ready for these Carolina tracks and Tennessee tracks because I’ve always struggled a little bit at those places, so it definitely feels good to be getting a win and a top-three [last night].”
Tyler Erb started the feature from the outside of the front row, and was heavy on the pedal trying to run down polesitter Sheppard throughout the 50-lap distance. The feature saw six caution flags due to tire troubles.
During every restart, Sheppard was able to create an impressive lead over Erb and the rest of the field. In one lap, Sheppard was able to gain up to a 1.643-second lead.
Erb was able to reel Sheppard in a few times, giving the crowd a glimmer of hope that he could pull off his first ever World of Outlaws Craftsman Late Model Series win.
The young driver from New Waverly, Texas is one of the most consistent drivers in the series this season. He is currently second in the standings and the only driver in the top-four of points who has not had a series win this season.
“I sure hope [to land that first win soon],” said Erb. “I’ve been putting in a lot of work lately. I can’t thank everyone enough who supports us.”
Rick Eckert also found his way to the podium for the first time since his win at the season opener at Screven Motorsports Complex.
Some drivers were not so lucky come the checkered flag at Fayetteville. Frank Heckenast Jr. had a tough break on the last lap of the feature, as he sustained a flat tire on the backstretch and slowed from a top-10 running position.
Full race results can be viewed on the next page…