MERIDIAN, MS -- The World of Outlaws Craftsman® Late Model Series visited Whynot Motorsports Park in Meridian, MS for the first time ever on March 24. A total of 45 Late Models appeared on the scene to test their luck and their skill at the House of Hook but it was ultimately Brandon Sheppard who took the checkers in the 50-lap feature and claimed his first Series win of the 2017 season.
Sheppard showed how consistent he and his Rocket crew will be this season as he placed fourth in qualifying and won his heat. Sheppard also struck a little bit of luck during the redraw as he pulled out wrench number one from the Craftsman tool box.
"I got to thank Mark [Richards] and all of the guys at Rocket for making this happen for me," said Sheppard. "This is an awesome team and I am really excited for the rest of the year."
Yet, Sheppard didn't have an easy stroll to the lead as Billy Moyer Sr. started second in the Feature, shot to the lead early and held on to that position for 22 laps. Sheppard and Moyer ran door-to-door but with the help of some lap traffic Sheppard pulled away.
Timothy Culp also used lap traffic to his advantage as he made his way from a sixth place start to compete with Moyer for second on lap 22 and then battled with Sheppard for first on lap 24. It was a juggling match between Sheppard and Culp until the last lap.
"Rodney gave us a great racetrack and shoot I am just tickled to death to be standing here right now," said Culp. "To compete with these guys is just awesome. I got stuck on the bottom for a bit and I tried to roll onto the middle but if it wasn't for those lap cars I think we might have had a little bit different of an outcome at the end."
Chris Madden rounded out the podium as he found his way from a tenth place start to finish third in the Feature. In Victory Lane, Series Announcer Rick Eshelman reminded Madden that he is racking up the "points, points, points" this Season and Madden laughed and said we want to "win, win, win".
The Feature wasn't the only part of the night that had fans on their feet. The 3/10-mile 80-foot-wide track stayed true to its reputation of being really racey top to bottom all night long. To start the night out, Donald Bradsher put his name on the map as he claimed his first career Quick Time and almost defeated the current track record. Bradsher landed a 12.542 lap time and the Whynot Motorsports Park track record is a 12.510.
The Series is now headed to Billy Moyer Jr's stomping grounds of Arkansas to race at I-30 Speedway on March 25.
Feature: 1. 1- Brandon Sheppard; 2. C8- Timothy Culp; 3. 44- Chris Madden; 4. 21- Billy Moyer; 5. 18- Eric Wells; 6. 91- Tyler Erb; 7. 157- Mike Marlar; 8. 18s- Jack Sullivan; 9. 1*- Chub Frank 10. 7- Rick Eckert; 11. 99j- Frank Heckenast Jr; 12. 3s- Brian Shirley; 13. 21j- Billy Moyer Jr; 14. 14M- Morgan Bagley; 15. 1C- Chad Thrash; 16. 18c - Chase Junghans; 17. 9- Devin Moran; 18. F5- Garrett Alberson; 19. 2c- Joey Coulter; 20. 96- Tanner English; 21. 93- Donald Bradsher; 22. R5- Chandler Petty; 23. 25- Shane Clanton; 24. 4-Ds- Chad Hollenbeck
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