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KNOXVILLE, IOWA (September 14, 2018) – 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
Race Summary
Thursday, September 14, 2018
15th Annual Lucas Oil Late Model Knoxville Nationals – presented by Casey’s General Stores
Knoxville Raceway – Knoxville, IA

Miller Welders Time Trials
Fast Time Group A: Chad Simpson / 18.130 seconds
Fast Time Group B: Scott Bloomquist / 17.875 seconds (overall)

Eibach Springs Heat Race #1 Finish (12 Laps, Top 3 Transfer): Matt Furman, Tyler Bruening, Chad Simpson, Earl Pearson, Jr., Brent Larson, Mike Mataragas, Scott James , Brian Birkhofer, Chase Junghans

FK Rod Ends Heat Race #2 Finish (12 Laps, Top 3 Transfer): Billy Moyer, Jonathan Davenport, Brian Shirley, Brandon Sheppard, Shannon Babb, Shane Clanton, Jason Feger, Jonathan Brauns, Rob Toland

Simpson Performance Products Heat Race #3 Finish (12 Laps, Top 3 Transfer): Scott Ward, Jeremiah Hurst, Jesse Stovall, Dennis Erb, Jr., Josh Richards, Brandon Overton, Mason Zeigler, Jared Landers, Mike Fryer, Dave Eckrich

QA1 Heat Race #4 Finish (12 Laps, Top 3 Transfer): Scott Bloomquist, Austin Rettig, Tim McCreadie, Morgan Bagley, Kyle Bronson, Spencer Diercks, Justin Zeitner, JC Wyman, Nick Marolf, Junior Coover

Lucas Oil Heat Race #5 Finish (12 Laps, Top 3 Transfer): Bobby Pierce, Jimmy Mars, Frank Heckenast, Jr., Chris Simpson, Tyler Erb, Gregg Satterlee, Darrell Lanigan, Jake Neal, Al Humphrey

Casey’s General Store Heat Race #6 Finish (12 Laps, Top 3 Transfer): Don O'Neal, Jimmy Owens, Justin Duty, Ricky Thornton Jr., Chris Spieker, Zach McMillan, Joey Moriarty, Brian Harris, Lyle Zanker

FAST Shafts C-Main Finish (12 Laps, Top 4 Transfer to B-Main): Darrell Lanigan, Jason Feger, Jared Landers, Jake Neal, Brian Birkhofer, Scott James , Mason Zeigler, Joey Moriarty, Rob Toland, Nick Marolf, Brian Harris, Dave Eckrich, Mike Fryer, JC Wyman, Al Humphrey, Justin Zeitner, Jonathan Brauns, Lyle Zanker, Chase Junghans, Junior Coover

Penske Racing Shocks B-Main Finish (15 Laps, Top 6 Transfer to A-Main): Brandon Sheppard, Tyler Erb, Kyle Bronson, Josh Richards, Shannon Babb, Shane Clanton, Ricky Thornton Jr., Spencer Diercks, Dennis Erb, Jr., Earl Pearson, Jr., Brandon Overton, Darrell Lanigan, Gregg Satterlee, Chris Spieker, Jason Feger, Mike Mataragas, Morgan Bagley, Jake Neal, Brent Larson, Jared Landers, Zach McMillan, Chris Simpson

Lucas Oil Feature Finish (25 Laps):

1 19 1S Brandon Sheppard New Berlin, IL $7,000
2 2 99JR Frank Heckenast, Jr. Frankfort, IL $4,000
3 4 5 Don O'Neal Martinsville, IN $3,000
4 3 49 Jonathan Davenport Blairsville, GA $2,000
5 10 39 Tim McCreadie Watertown, NY $1,500
6 12 28m Jimmy Mars Menomonie, WI $1,000
7 1 16T Tyler Bruening Decorah, IA $900
8 6 20 Jimmy Owens Newport, TN $800
9 7 25s Chad Simpson Mt. Vernon, IA $700
10 21 40B Kyle Bronson ® Brandon, FL $600
11 18 32 Bobby Pierce Oakwood, IL $580
12 20 91 Tyler Erb New Waverly, TX $560
13 15 3s Brian Shirley Chatham, IL $540
14 23 18 Shannon Babb Mowequa, IL $520
15 11 58H Jeremiah Hurst Dubuque, IA $500
16 9 21 Billy Moyer Batesville, AR $490
17 13 51 Matt Furman Portland, OR $480
18 14 15d Justin Duty Portland, OR $470
19 16 94 Austin Rettig Sikeston, MO $460
20 5 00s Jesse Stovall Billings, MO $450
21 24 25C Shane Clanton Zebulon, GA $440
22 17 37 Scott Ward Hayti, SD $430
23 22 1R Josh Richards Shinnston, WV $410
24 8 0 Scott Bloomquist Mooresburg, TN $400

Race Statistics
Entrants: 57
Lap Leaders: Frank Heckenast Jr. (Laps 1 – 19); Brandon Sheppard (Laps 20 – 25)
Wrisco Feature Winner: Brandon Sheppard
Margin of Victory: 0.909 seconds
Cautions: Austin Rettig (Lap 1); Jesse Stovall (Lap 18); Matt Furman (Lap 19)
Optima Batteries Hard Charger of the Race: Brandon Sheppard (Advanced 18 Positions)
Midwest Sheet Metal Spoiler Challenge Point Leader: Jonathan Davenport
Allstar Performance Power Move of the Race: Brandon Sheppard
Sunoco Race for Gas Highest Finisher: Brandon Sheppard
Hot Rod Processing Rookie of the Race: Kyle Bronson
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: Austin Hargrove (Brandon Sheppard)
Fastest Lap of the Race: Frank Heckenast Jr. (Lap #2 – 19.143 seconds)
STEEL-IT Most Laps Led: Frank Heckenast (19 Laps)
Dirty Girl Racewear Farthest Traveler: Justin Duty
PFC Brakes Pole Award: Tyler Bruening
Time of Race: 21 minutes 04 seconds


FAST Shafts C-Main Line Up (15 Laps, Top 4 Transfer to B-Main):

Scott James 83 22 Gregg Satterlee
Morgan Bagley 14m 14z Zach McMillan
Rob Toland 39T B1 Brent Larson
Justin Zeitner 1GRT 93J Jay Johnson
Mike Fryer 54 93 Brian Harris
JC Wyman 4W 6H Al Humphrey
Jonathan Brauns 22B 9 Lyle Zanker
Joel Callahan 40 10C Junior Coover

Penske Racing Shocks B-Main Line-Up (20 Laps, Top 6 Transfer to A-Main):
Jeremiah Hurst 58H 3s Brian Shirley
Matt Furman 51 1777 Jared Landers
Justin Duty 15D 94 Austin Rettig
Scott Ward 37 58 Dave Eckrich
Darrell Lanigan 14 14J Jake Neal
Dennis Erb Jr. 28 29D Spencer Diercks
Ricky Thornton Jr. 20RT 1M Mike Mataragas
Joey Moriarty 51M 56s Chris Spieker
Jason Feger 25F 33 Nick Marolf

Lucas Oil Late Model Knoxville Nationals Feature Line-Up (100 Laps):
Brandon Sheppard 1s 1 Earl Pearson Jr.
Scott Bloomquist 0 5 Don O'Neal
Tyler Erb 91 25s Chad Simpson
Jimmy Owens 20 99JR Frank Heckenast Jr.
Jonathan Davenport 49 32s Chris Simpson
Kyle Bronson 40B 76 Brandon Overton
Tim McCreadie 39 16T Tyler Bruening
Shane Clanton 25c 28m Jimmy Mars
Shannon Babb 18 25z Mason Zeigler
Brian Birkhofer 30 18J Chase Junghans
Josh Richards 1R 32 Bobby Pierce
Jesse Stovall 00s 21 Billy Moyer
B-Main - 1st 25th 26th B-Main - 2nd
B-Main - 3rd 27th 28th B-Main - 4th
B-Main - 5th 29th 30th B-Main - 6th
LOLMDS Prov. 1 31st 32nd LOLMDS Prov. 2

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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

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

2021 Championship Points

Points as of 5/1/2021
Pos Competitor Points
1stTim McCreadie (#39)2210
2ndHudson O'Neal (#71)2165
3rdJonathan Davenport (#49)2090
4thRicky Thornton (#20RT)1995
5thShane Clanton (#25)1990
6thJosh Richards (#14)1985
7thDevin Moran (#9)1975
8thTyler Erb (#1T)1970
9thKyle Bronson (#40B)1945
10thMike Marlar (#157)1910

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