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TAMPA, FL (February 5, 2018) - Brandon Sheppard passed Devin Moran coming off turn four on the final lap to win the opening night of the Wrisco Industries 42nd Annual Winternationals - Presented by E3 Spark Plugs.

The 30-lap, Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series event saw four different leaders. Moran held the top spot at two different points and finished in second, with Earl Pearson, Jr. claiming the third position. Jonathan Davenport was in contention for the win until the end when he came home fourth. Scott Bloomquist romped from his eighteenth-place starting spot to finish fifth.

"I really didn't find anything, it was treacherous getting off the corners. I had to get off the bottom in the brown. It's tricky. I guess I never lifted on that last lap. My dad texted Mark [Richards] before the race and told him to get on me and that I needed to get up on the wheel more," said the former Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series Rookie of the Year.

"I knew my dad was at home watching on television. I can't thank Mark Richards and Steve Baker enough for what they have done for me, and everybody at Rocket Chassis as well. It's a dream come true to drive for them. My dad and my grandpa have always supported me, and I appreciate that."

Kyle Bronson started from the pole and led the first lap of the event until Moran forged ahead. Josh Richards then picked up the pace as he took the lead for the first time on lap thirteen. Richards led three circuits until Sheppard appeared at the head of the field for the first time on lap sixteen.

Two circuits later, Moran regained the point and looked to be on his way to first career win at "The Clay by the Bay." However, Moran was forced to battle lapped traffic entering turn three on the final lap, allowing Sheppard to go high on the track and beat Moran to the finish line by a narrow margin.

Moran was pleased with his second-place finish, but disappointed he didn't get that first win at the 1/3-mile oval. "It was an awesome race. With all the rain they got yesterday, Al [Varnadore] did a great job with the track. It would have been better if we would have won. My dad [Donnie] and brother [Wylie] were at home tonight and I had my brother Tristan here. It was a good run. We will come back tomorrow and try to improve one more spot," said the driver of the Tye Twarog-owned, Eddie's Sunoco, Rocket.

The Ronnie Stuckey Enterprises, Black Diamond, Lucas Oil entry driven by Earl Pearson Jr. battled amongst the top five the entire race before crossing the finish line in third. "Those kids up front put on a good show, that's for sure," smiled Pearson afterwards. "For the first night here at East Bay we will take this and build from there. That was a heck of a show in front of me. They were dicing it out, back and forth, the fans had to enjoy that one."

Sheppard's winning Mark Richards Racing-owned, Rocket Chassis entry is powered by an Andy Durham Racing Engine and sponsored by: Valvoline, Seubert Calf Ranches, Gunter's Honey, Integra Racing Shocks, Ace Metal Works, Sallack Well Service, and Sunoco Race Fuels.

Completing the top ten were Josh Richards, Billy Moyer Jr., Tyler Erb, Austin Hubbard, and Corey Conley.

Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series
Race Summary
Monday, February 5, 2018
Wrisco Industries East Bay Winternationals - presented by E3 Spark Plugs
East Bay Raceway Park - Tampa, FL

Miller Welders Fast Time Group A: Kyle Bronson / 14.794 seconds
Miller Welders Fast Time Group B: Josh Richards / 14.718 seconds

Eibach Springs Heat Race #1 Finish (10 Laps, Top 4 Transfer): Kyle Bronson, Tyler Erb, Brandon Sheppard, Brian Shirley, Gregg Satterlee, Austin Hubbard, Freddie Carpenter, Joey Moriarty, Rance Garlock, Bob Geiger-DNS

FK Rod Ends Heat Race #2 Finish (10 Laps, Top 4 Transfer): Devin Moran, Earl Pearson, Jr., Mason Zeigler, Jeff Mathews, Donald McIntosh, Coleby Frye, Carder Miller, Craig Wolford, Shane Tankersley, Byron Meeks

Simpson Performance Products Heat Race #3 Finish (10 Laps, Top 4 Transfer): Josh Richards, Jonathan Davenport, Tim Dohm , Jonathan Rowan, Scott Bloomquist, Corey Conley , Ryan King, Hudson O'Neal, Jason Jameson, Walker Arthur

QA1 Heat Race #4 Finish (10 Laps, Top 4 Transfer): Bobby Pierce, Billy Moyer, Jr., Dennis Erb, Jr., Mike Benedum, Tim McCreadie, Allen Murray, Travis Stemler, Jesse Stovall, Bob Gardner, Greg Oakes

Penske Racing Shocks B-Main #1 Finish (12 Laps, Top 3 Transfer): Gregg Satterlee, Donald McIntosh, Austin Hubbard, Freddie Carpenter, Rance Garlock, Joey Moriarty, Coleby Frye, Shane Tankersley, Carder Miller, Craig Wolford, Byron Meeks-DNS, Bob Geiger-DNS

Fast Shafts B-Main #2 Finish (12 Laps, Top 3 Transfer): Scott Bloomquist, Jesse Stovall, Corey Conley , Jason Jameson, Hudson O'Neal, Ryan King, Walker Arthur, Allen Murray, Bob Gardner, Greg Oakes, Tim McCreadie, Travis Stemler

DirtOnDirt.com Strawberry Dash Finish (8 Laps): Walker Arthur, Jason Jameson, Allen Murray, Freddie Carpenter, Rance Garlock, Bob Gardner, Coleby Frye, Joey Moriarty, Ryan King, Carder Miller

Feature Finish (30 Laps):

1 9 1s Brandon Sheppard New Berlin, IL $5,000
2 3 9 Devin Moran Dresden, OH $3,000
3 7 1 Earl Pearson, Jr. Jacksonville, FL $2,000
4 6 49 Jonathan Davenport Blairsville, GA $1,500
5 18 0 Scott Bloomquist Mooresburg, TN $1,000
6 2 1R Josh Richards Shinnston, WV $900
7 8 21JR Billy Moyer, Jr. Batesville, AR $750
8 5 91 Tyler Erb New Waverly, TX $700
9 19 11 Austin Hubbard Bridgeville, DE $650
10 22 14C Corey Conley Wellsburg, WV $600
11 24 71 Hudson O'Neal Martinsville, IN $550
12 12 28 Dennis Erb, Jr. Carpentersville, IL $500
13 4 32 Bobby Pierce Oakwood, IL $500
14 1 40B Kyle Bronson Brandon, FL $500
15 20 0 Jesse Stovall Billings, MO $500
16 17 22 Gregg Satterlee Indiana, PA $500
17 14 56 Jonathan Rowan Jackson, TN $500
18 10 6T Tim Dohm Cross Lanes, WV $500
19 21 7m Donald McIntosh Dawsonville, GA $500
20 11 25Z Mason Zeigler Chalk Hill, PA $500
21 15 33 Jeff Mathews Brandon, FL $500
22 25 22G Greg Oakes Franklinville, NY $500
23 26 87 Walker Arthur Forest, VA $500
24 23 39 Tim McCreadie Watertown, NY $500
25 16 25B Mike Benedum Salem, WV $500
26 13 22* Brian Shirley Chatham, IL $500

Race Statistics
Entrants: 40
Lap Leaders: Kyle Bronson (Laps 1 - 2); Devin Moran (Laps 3 - 12); Josh Richards (Laps 12 - 14); Devin Moran (Lap 15); Brandon Sheppard (Laps 16 - 17); Devin Moran (Laps 18 - 29); Brandon Sheppard (Lap 30)
Cautions: Brian Shirley (Lap 6); Tim Dohm (Lap 14)
Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series Provisionals: Tim McCreadie, Hudson O'Neal
Wrisco Industries Winternationals Provisional: Greg Oakes
Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series Emergency Provisionals: N/A
Wrisco Feature Winner: Brandon Sheppard
Optima Batteries Hard Charger of the Race: Scott Bloomquist (Started: 18th; Finished: 5th; Advanced 13 Positions)
Midwest Sheet Metal Spoiler Challenge Point Leader: Josh Richards
Allstar Performance Power Move of the Race: Tim Dohm
Sunoco Race for Gas Highest Finisher: Brandon Sheppard
Hot Rod Processing Rookie of the Race: N/A
COMP Cams Engine Builder of the Race: Durham Racing Engines
Ohlins Shocks Chassis Builder of the Race: Rocket Chassis
Outerwears Crew Chief of the Race: Cody Mallory (Scott Bloomquist)
Fastest Lap of the Race: Josh Richards (Lap #13 - 15.9709 seconds)
STEEL-IT Most Laps Led: Devin Moran (23 Laps)
Dirty Girl Racewear Farthest Traveler: Joey Moriarty
PFC Brakes Pole Award: Kyle Bronson
Time of Race: 13 minutes 19 seconds

Lucas Oil Championship Point Standings:

1 1R Josh Richards Shinnston, WV 510 $24,100
2 40B Kyle Bronson Brandon, FL 420 $7,300
2 49 Jonathan Davenport Blairsville, GA 420 $6,300
4 1s Brandon Sheppard New Berlin, IL 410 $9,500
5 B1 Brent Larson Lake Elmo, MN 385 $2,875
6 28 Dennis Erb, Jr. Carpentersville, IL 375 $4,975
7 39 Tim McCreadie Watertown, NY 370 $3,775
7 1 Earl Pearson, Jr. Jacksonville, FL 370 $5,650
7 20 Jimmy Owens Newport, TN 370 $4,450
10 14 Darrell Lanigan Union, KY 360 $3,050
11 91 Tyler Erb New Waverly, TX 340 $4,200
12 32 Bobby Pierce Oakwood, IL 335 $3,575
12 99B Boom Briggs Bear Lake, PA 335 $2,825
12 71 Hudson O'Neal Martinsville, IN 335 $6,850
15 50 Shanon Buckingham Morristown, TN 325 $2,025
16 25Z Mason Zeigler Chalk Hill, PA 310 $2,700
17 5 Don O'Neal Martinsville, IN 305 $2,900
18 22 Gregg Satterlee Indiana, PA 290 $3,150
19 116 Brandon Overton Evans, GA 285 $1,850
20 77 Brian Connor Martinez, GA 270 $1,000
20 0 Scott Bloomquist Mooresburg, TN 270 $3,700

*Points are unofficial until Close of Business on the Tuesday following Race Day*

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Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series Official Sponsors Include:

ASi Racewear - The Only Choice for Premium Quality Merchandise
Bad Boy Mowers - Mow with an Attitude
Bilstein Shocks - "The Official Shock" of the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series
CatSpot Organic Litter - Litter as Mother Nature Intended
DirtonDirt.com - All Late Models. All The Time.
Dunn Benson Ford - "The Official Pace Truck" of the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series
E3 Spark Plugs - Born to Burn
GEICO - Saving People Money on More than Just Car Insurance
General Tire - Anywhere is Possible
Hoosier Tire - Tires Designed for Champions
K&N Engineering - "Make your Move" to K&N Performance Filters
Lucas Oil Products - Made in America, SOLD to the World
MAVTV Motorsports Network - MAVTV is Motorsports
Miller Welders - WE BUILD With You
Nitro-Bee PLUS - "The Official Race Receiver" of the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series
Optima Batteries - The Ultimate Power Source
ProtectTheHarvest.com - Standing up for America's Farmers, Hunters, and Animal Owners
RockAuto.com - All the Parts Your Car Will Ever Need
RhinoAg - Born to Lead
Rugged Radios - “The Official Communications” of the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series
Steel-It - Stainless Steel Coating in a Can
Sunoco Race Fuels - "The Official Fuel" of the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series
Super Clean - Super Easy, Super Fast!
Wrisco Aluminum - 100 Years of Industry Experience

Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series Marketing Partners Include:

Allstar Performance, Andy Durham Race Engines, AR Bodies, Black Diamond Chassis, Boyd Bilt Fabrication, BRODIX, COMP Cams, CV Products, Dirty Girl Racewear, Earnhardt Technologies Group, Eibach Springs, Fast Shafts, FK Rod Ends, Heath Lawson Photography, Hot Rod Processing, JRi Shocks, Keyser MFG, Longhorn Chassis, Midwest Sheet Metal, MSD Performance, Öhlins Shocks, Outerwears, Performance Bodies, Penske Shocks, PFC Brakes, Pierce Race Cars, Pro Power Racing Engines, QA1, Rocket Chassis, Schoenfeld Headers, Simpson Race Products, SRI Performance Sweet-Bloomquist Race Cars, Sweet Manufacturing, and 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

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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.

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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

2020 Championship Points

Points as of 10/17/2020
Pos Competitor Points
1stJimmy Owens (#20)7940
2ndTim McCreadie (#39)7560
3rdJonathan Davenport (#49)7375
4thJosh Richards (#14)7295
5thTyler Erb (#1T)7110
6thShane Clanton (#25)6780
7thDevin Moran (#9)6690
8thKyle Bronson (#40B)6690
9thTanner English (#81E)6455
10thEarl Pearson (#1)6390

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