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BRANDON SHEPPARD BEGINS BUBBA ARMY WINTER NATIONALS WITH WIN – NeSmith Racing Touring Series

26620Ocala, FL – New Berlin, IL driver Brandon Sheppard got his Bubba Army Winter Nationals weekend started in great fashion by picking up the win on Night #1 at Bubba Raceway Park. Sheppard piloted the #17 Sallack Well Service sponsored Rocket Chassis to a 1.256 second margin of victory over 2nd place finisher Kyle Bronson of Brandon, FL. Ringgold, GA’s Jamie Perry crossed the stripe in 3rd ahead of Hall of Famer Ronnie Johnson in the CVR Race Cars house car in 4th,and Mike Pegher Jr. of Cranberry Township, PA rounded out the top 5.

Sheppard led the race wire-to-wire, as he was able to keep his Chevrolet Performance 604 powered Rocket Race Car ahead of the hard, side-by-side action that was going on behind him. Johnson, Bronson, and Perry had waged war on each other swapping positions and battling for the runner spot. This allowed Sheppard to jump out to a several car length lead at times, but lap traffic would allow that battle to reel Sheppard in. Before those in pursuit of the #17 could prepare their assault, the caution would wave or Sheppard would clear the lapped cars leaving the others to battle amongst themselves and the lappers.

The initial start to the race took a couple of attempts as the first try was void when several cars came together bringing out the yellow laundry. The second attempt at a start saw the 7A of Corey Almond go for a single car spin. The field would finally get a clean start and race for a short run as damage from the initial attempt at a start would take the #88 of Trent Ivey out of contention on lap 3. The field would race to lap 21 when the 12S of Brian Swank went for a spin collecting the 33 of Jeff Matthews. On the ensuing restart the 5 of Mark Whitener went for a spin after contact from the 111 of Max Blair. Two more cautions were for flat tires when the 56jr of Colton Horner on lap 33 and Mark Whitener on lap 38 setting up a two-lap dash to the finish.

Sheppard would be able to re-establish his lead as he flashed under the Sunoco Race Fuels checkered flag. The NeSmith Dirt Late Model Series RockAuto.com Winter Shootout returns to Bubba Raceway Park for the second night of the Bubba Army Winter Nationals Friday night January 27th. The night will feature a 40 lap, $2,000 to win main event ahead of Saturday’s big 100 lap, $10,000 to win Chevrolet Performance World Championship.

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Feature Finish Results
Pos Car # Driver Name
1 17B Brandon Sheppard
2 40B Kyle Bronson
3 P4 Jamie Perry
4 5 Ronnie Johnson
5 RJ1 Mike Pegher
6 71 Hudson O’Neal
7 19 Marcus Minga
8 33 Jeff Matthews
9 12 Doug Horton
10 6 Blake Spencer
11 21 Ivedent Lloyd Jr.
12 30 Tyler Bare
13 87 Walker Arthur
14 111 Max Blair
15 9 Will Thomas
16 5 Mark Whitener
17 56jr Colton Horner
18 14 Tyler Clem
19 6 Victor Lee
20 7A Corey Almond
21 12S Brian Swank
22 17 Logan Roberson
23 58 Devin Dixon
24 88 Trent Ivey

Entries: 41

Fast Qualifier: Brand Sheppard – 14.983

Provisionals: None

Lead Changes: None

Lap Leaders: Sheppard – 1-40

Cautions: 7

Margin of Victory: 1.253 seconds

Time of Race: 31 minutes, 5 seconds
NEXT RACE:  January 27th – Bubba Army Winter Nationals – Bubba Raceway Park, Ocala, FL – $2,000 to win, 40 laps

Qualifying Results    
Group A      
Pos Car # Driver Name Time
1 17B Brandon Sheppard 14.983
2 5 Ronnie Johnson 14.984
3 40B Kyle Bronson 15.140
4 5 Mark Whitener 15.190
5 2 Dennis “Rambo” Franklin 15.246
6 6 Blake Spencer 15.294
7 30 Tyler Bare 15.380
8 14 Tyler Clem 15.393
9 6 Victor Lee 15.455
10 311 Ken Monahan 15.490
11 0F Troy Frazier 15.607
12 9 Will Thomas 15.611
13 19 Marcus Minga 15.756
14 1 Connor Meade 16.072
15 51M Mark Steube 16.134
16 9 Geraid Gault 16.160
17 17 Logan Roberson 16.189
18 0 Ryan Scott 16.308
19 21 Ivedent Lloyd Jr. NT
20 J21 Jamie Wrightsman NT
21 87 Walker Arthur NT
       
Qualifying Results    
Group B      
Pos Car # Driver Name Time
1 P4 Jamie Perry 15.001
2 RJ1 Mike Pegher 15.304
3 88 Trent Ivey 15.358
4 33 Jeff Matthews 15.499
5 7A Corey Almond 15.527
6 58 Devin Dixon 15.577
7 56jr Colton Horner 15.582
8 71 Hudson O’Neal 15.645
9 12 Doug Horton 15.690
10 24 Guy Taylor 15.852
11 117 Jake Teague 15.937
12 12S Brian Swank 15.944
13 101 Forrest Trent 15.978
14 147 Hunter Carroll 15.983
15 111 Max Blair 16.052
16 J17 Joe Kump 16.184
17 22 Austin Burns 16.551
18 15 Jason Britton 16.619
19 5H Mark Heatherly NT
20 71 Pierce McCarter NT

B-Main Finishes(Top 6 Transfer to Feature):

B-Main 1 – 1. Whitener, 2. Bare, 3. Lloyd, 4. Minga, 5. Almond, 6. O’Neal, 7. Monahan, 8. Teague, 9. Carroll, 10. McCarter, 11. Gault, 12. Burns

B-Main 2 – 1. Matthews, 2. Lee, 3. Spencer, 4. Thomas, 5. Horner, 6. Arthur, 7. Trent, 8. Taylor, 9. Kump, 10. Scott, 11. Heatherly, 12. Steube

B-Main 3 – 1. Horton, 2. Blair, 3. Clem, 4. Dixon, 5. Roberson, 6. Swank, 7. Meade, 8. Britton, 9. Wrightsman, 10. Frazier, 11. Franklin

NeSmith Chevrolet, Buick, GMC is the Official Title Sponsor of the NeSmith Chevrolet Dirt Late Model Series.

Chevrolet Performance is an Official Sponsor of the NeSmith Chevrolet Dirt Late Model Series.

Hoosier Racing Tire is the Official Tire of the NeSmith Dirt Late Model Series.

Sunoco Race Fuels is the Official Race Fuel of the Series.

Cruise with the Champions is the Official Vacation and Rookie of the Year Sponsor for the Series.

RockAuto.com is an Associate Sponsor of the Series and Official Sponsor of the RockAuto.com Winter Shootout Series.

David Smith Carburetors is the Official Carburetor of NeSmith Racing.

Contingency Sponsors Include: Crate Insider.com, AR Bodies, FreeStyle Graphix, and Knowles Racing Parts and Bodies.

2017 Chassis Sponsors are Trak-Star Race Cars, Warrior Race Cars, Rocket Chassis, GRT Race Cars, and CVR Race Cars.