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Brandon Sheppard began his career as a third-generation driver from Illinois, racing Late Models in his mid-teens alongside father Steve Sheppard, co-owner of family-run Shepp’s Speedway – a track that formerly hosted weekly Sunday night racing until 2012 when the track ceased operations.
Sheppard first made headlines in 2012, climbing aboard the Rocket Chassis house car after regular pilot Josh Richards stepped aside to focus on his NASCAR opportunity. He made 18 appearances by the season’s end and garnered his first career victory with the Outlaws at Belle-Clair Speedway on September 9.
Returning to his family-owned #B5 machine for the years after, Sheppard made intermittent appearances with the Outlaws, collecting 5 more victories with the Series from 2013-2015. He made only one appearance in 2016, preceding what would become the biggest opportunity of his driving career for the following season.
In 2017, Sheppard returned to the Rocket Chassis house car full-time for the first time since 2012. The young, dominant Late Model driver wheeled his team to an impressive 18 wins, tying his predecessor in the Rocket1 Racing ride, Josh Richards, for the Series’ all-time single-season wins record. Sheppard collected his first World of Outlaws title and the team’s fifth championship during his first full season on tour.
After such a tremendous year in 2017, Sheppard followed it up with a runner-up effort in 2018 Series points championship, collecting 13 victories – again, the most of any driver that year. 2019 was his best season yet, winning a record-tying 18 Features yet again and his second World of Outlaws championship under car owner Mark Richards – the sixth in team history.
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Engine Builder – Durham Racing Engines
Sponsors – Valvoline, Seubert Calf Ranches, Ace Metal Works, Gunter’s Honey, Keyser Manufacturing
Nickname – The Rocket Shepp / B-Shepp
Crew Members – Mark Richards – car owner; Danny White – crew chief; Austin Hargrove – tires, Joel Rogers – utility man.
Favorite Track – Farmer City because it’s racy every time I go there, and it’s the track I grew up on.
Would you rather race on a slick or tacky track? – Tacky
Who is/was the driver you look(ed) up to the most? – My dad. Steve Sheppard Jr.
Most memorable racing moment, good or bad? – Winning the 2019 Dirt Late Model Dream at Eldora Speedway
What’s the most enjoyable part of racing? – I love it all!
Favorite restaurant to stop at while on the road? – Outback Steakhouse
Do you have a favorite fan experience, and what was it? – I’ve always enjoyed going to the Springfield Mile to watch Late Models as a kid.
What’s one thing you can’t live without while on the road? – My phone!
What’s the last movie you watched and what did you think of it? – Moana. It’s a great kids movie!
If you had a theme song, what would it be? – Kickstart My Heart by Mötley Crüe