With Series points leader Brandon Sheppard picking up his ninth victory in 17 races last Friday at the Terre Haute Action Track, the Rocket1 Racing team now boasts a win percentage of just under 53 percent in World of Outlaws Morton Buildings Late Model Series standings. Prior to Friday night, Sheppard had never won at the famed half-mile oval in Outlaws competition.

This weekend, he and the Rocket Chassis house car team will lead the Outlaws northward into one place not seen by the tour in some time, and one staple of the Northern/Midwest swing – Independence Motor Speedway on July 5 and Deer Creek Speedway on July 6.

Sheppard has yet to win at either of these two tracks. However, his predecessor in the Rocket1 ride, four-time Series Champion Josh Richards, has won at both in past seasons. In fact, Richards’ last win in World of Outlaws action at Deer Creek came during his 2016 championship-winning and record-setting season. That record being the single-season wins tally of 18 – a feat that Sheppard accomplished himself just one season later, after replacing Richards in the blue #1.

This brings up an interesting question – how do these two dominant seasons compare to the one Sheppard is having in 2019, and is he on pace to break the record he shares with Richards this season?

Looking in the win column going into the always-busy month of July, 2016 Richards had eight wins in 20 races, garnering a win percentage of 40. Before the first race of July in 2017, Sheppard was seven for 20, or a win percentage of 35.

However, both 2016 Richards and 2017 Sheppard outdid themselves in the second half of their respective seasons. Richards went on win 10 races in his next 19 starts (excluding preliminary/special Features) with a win percentage of 52.6, while Sheppard went 11 for 23 for a win percentage of 47.8.

In both of those seasons, both drivers needed to win at least 10 Features in the last five months of the year to get to 18 wins. Going into this weekend with an outlook to November, Sheppard only needs nine wins over the next 26 races (excluding preliminary/special Features), barring any rainouts or cancelations. That’s a win percentage of 34.6 – a whole 18.3 percent worse than what he has right now.

Judging by win percentage, it appears Sheppard is on pace to break the 18 mark. In support of that statement, he has won at nine of the next 23 tracks the Series is scheduled to visit over the next five months – exactly the number of wins he needs to reach 18.

All previous stats considered, the potential is there. But which driver looks best to stop him? For starters this weekend, look no further than current runner-up in points, Darrell Lanigan.

Of the four World of Outlaws races ever held at Independence, Lanigan has won the last three of them, the most recent coming in 2014.

As for Deer Creek, no other driver has won more World of Outlaws races there than Lanigan (6 of 16). Richards is the next closest with two (2011 and 2016).

However, “The Bluegrass Bandit” has not won yet with the Outlaws this season, so all eyes will be on him to see if he can break through this weekend at two tracks he’s certainly no stranger to.

THIS WEEKEND AT A GLANCE

WHEN & WHERE
Friday, July 5 at Independence Motor Speedway in Independence, Iowa
Saturday, July 6 at Deer Creek Speedway in Spring Valley, Minnesota

FRIDAY
• Pit gate opens at 4 p.m.
• Spectator gate opens at 4:30 p.m.
• Hot Laps at 6:45 p.m.

SATURDAY
• Pit gate opens at 2:30 p.m.
• Spectator gate opens at 3 p.m.
• Hot Laps at 6:30 p.m.

ABOUT THE TRACKS
Independence Motor Speedway is a 3/8-mile dirt oval. The track record is 13.865 seconds set by Chad Simpson on August 5, 2013.
Online – https://www.independencemotorspeedway.com/
Phone – (319) 334-9287

Deer Creek Speedway is a 3/8-mile dirt oval. The track record is 13.9 seconds set by Tim Fuller on July 3, 2014
Online – http://www.deercreekspeedway.com
Phone – (507) 754-6107

TICKETS
Tickets for both tracks can be purchased at the gate.
DEER CREEK ADVANCE SALE TICKETS

3/8-MILE WINNERS
There have been five races on 3/8-mile tracks so far this season. Two at Screven Motor Speedway, Brandon Overton won the first on Feb. 8 and Shane Clanton won the second on Feb. 9. Ross Bailes won the third at Cherokee Speedway on May 3. Brandon Sheppard won the fourth at Wayne County Speedway on May 18, and Brandon Overton won the fifth at Cochran Motor Speedway on May 31.

INDEPENDENCE MOTOR SPEEDWAY PREVIOUS WINNERS
2014 – Darrell Lanigan on July 24
2013 – Darrell Lanigan on Aug. 5
2012 – Darrell Lanigan on Aug. 6
2011 – Josh Richards on Aug. 8

DEER CREEK SPEEDWAY PREVIOUS WINNERS
2018 – Mike Marlar on July 7
2017- Chris Madden on July 8
2016- Josh Richards on July 9
2015 – Darrell Lanigan on July 18
2014- Darrell Lanigan on July 12
2013 – Darrell Lanigan on July 6
2012 – Shane Clanton on July 7
2011 – Josh Richards on July 13
2010 – Tim McCreadie on July 7
2009 – Darrell Lanigan on July 8
2008 – Brian Birkhofer on July 9
2007 – Chub Frank on June 14
2006 – Rick Eckert on June 1; Darrell Lanigan on July 28; Clint Smith on July 29

ON THE INTERNET
World of Outlaws Late Model Series – www.worldofoutlaws.com/latemodels
Twitter – Twitter.com/ WoOLateModels (@WoOLateModels)
Instagram – Instagram.com/ WoOLateModels (@WoOLateModels)
Facebook – Facebook.com/WorldofOutlawsLateModelSeries
YouTube – YouTube.com/WorldofOutlaws
DIRTVision – Dirtvision.com – Get your Late Model Fast Pass to watch all races LIVE for only $39/month!
Twitter – Twitter.com/DIRTVision – @DIRTVision
Facebook – Facebook.com/WatchDIRTVision

DRIVER INFO
Follow full-time World of Outlaws drivers on Twitter:
Brandon Sheppard – @B_Sheppard_B5
Shane Clanton – @clanton25
Darrell Lanigan – @DarrellLanigan
Chase Junghans – @ShopQuik18
Dennis Erb Jr. – @DennisErbJr
Boom Briggs – @boom99b
Brent Larson – @BrentLarsonB1
Ricky Weiss – @weissracing7
Cade Dillard – @CDillard97
Blake Spencer – www.blakespencer.com (not on Twitter)

AROUND THE TURN
The World of Outlaws Morton Buildings Late Model Series continues their North/Midwestern swing with four races next week, starting on Tuesday, July 9 at ABC Raceway in Ashland, WI. Then, a three-race weekend at River Cities Speedway in Grand Forks, ND on Friday, July 12; Ogilvie Raceway in Ogilvie, MN on Saturday, July 13 and at Red Cedar Speedway in Menomonie, WI on Sunday, July 14.

2019 STATS
There have been 17 World of Outlaws Morton Buildings Late Model Series Feature events this season.

MORTON BUILDINGS FEATURE WINNERS (8 different drivers)
Rank – Driver, Hometown – Wins
1 – Brandon Sheppard, New Berlin, IL – 9
2 – Brandon Overton, Evans, GA – 2
– Shane Clanton, Zebulon, GA – 1
– Jimmy Owens, Newport, TN – 1
– Brian Shirley, Chatham, IL – 1
– Ross Bailes, Clover, SC – 1
– Michael Norris, Sarver, PA – 1
– Tim McCreadie, Watertown, NY – 1

PFC BRAKES FAST TIME AWARD WINNERS (13 different drivers)
Rank – Driver, Hometown – Quick Times
1 – Brandon Sheppard, New Berlin, IL – 4
2 – Shane Clanton, Zebulon, GA – 1
– Tim McCreadie, Watertown, NY – 1
– Scott Bloomquist, Mooresburg, TN – 1
– Jonathan Davenport, Blairsville, GA – 1
– Jason Covert, York Haven, PA – 1
– Kent Robinson, Bloomington, IN – 1
– Chase Junghans, Manhattan, KS – 1
– Tanner English, Benton, KY – 1
– Ross Bailes, Clover, SC – 1
– Chris Madden, Gray Court, SC – 1
– Tyler Erb, New Waverly, TX – 1
– Ricky Weiss, Headingley, Manitoba – 1

DRYDENE HEAT RACE WINNERS (28 different winners)
Rank – Driver, Hometown – Wins
1 – Brandon Sheppard, New Berlin, IL – 12
2 – Chris Madden, Gray Court, SC – 7
3 – Darrell Lanigan, Union, KY – 6
4 – Scott Bloomquist – Mooresburg, TN – 4
– Brandon Overton, Evans, GA – 4
6 – Shane Clanton, Zebulon, GA – 3
– Chase Junghans, Manhattan, KS – 3
– Dennis Erb Jr., Carpentersville, IL – 3
– Josh Richards, Shinnston, WV – 3
10 – Tim McCreadie, Watertown, NY – 2
– Kyle Hardy, Stephens City, VA – 2
– Brian Shirley, Chatham, IL – 2
– Ricky Weiss, Headingley, Manitoba – 2
14 – Dale McDowell, Chickamauga, GA – 1
– Jonathan Davenport, Blairsville, GA – 1
– Jimmy Owens, Newport, TN – 1
– Devin Moran, Dresden, OH – 1
– Jason Covert, York Haven, PA – 1
– Kent Robinson, Bloomington, IN – 1
– Frank Heckenast Jr., Frankfort, IL – 1
– Tanner English, Benton, KY – 1
– Ross Bailes, Clover, SC – 1
– Chris Ferguson, Mt. Holly, NC – 1
– Ben Watkins, Lancaster, SC – 1
– Johnny Pursley, Clover, SC – 1
– Boom Briggs, Bear Lake, PA – 1
– Mason Zeigler, Chalk Hill, PA – 1
– Michael Norris, Sarver, PA – 1

LAST CHANCE SHOWDOWN WINNERS (26 different drivers)
Rank – Driver, Hometown – Wins
1 – Brandon Overton, Evans, GA – 2
– Shane Clanton, Zebulon, GA – 2
– Dale McDowell, Chickamauga, GA – 2
– Devin Moran, Dresden, OH – 2
5 – Darrell Lanigan, Union, KY – 1
– Josh Richards, Shinnston, WV – 1
– Steve Casebolt, Richmond, IN – 1
– Mike Marlar, Winfield, TN – 1
– Jimmy Owens, Newport, TN – 1
– Brent Larson, Lake Elmo, MN – 1
– Tyler Bruening, Decorah, IA – 1
– Kent Robinson, Bloomington, IN – 1
– Tyler Erb, New Waverly, TX – 1
– Kyle Hardy, Stephens City, VA – 1
– Tanner English, Benton, KY – 1
– John Ownbey, Cleveland, TN – 1
– Cory Hedgecock, Loudon, TN – 1
– Tommy Kerr, Maryville, TN – 1
– Shannon Babb, Moweaqua, IL – 1
– Ryan Unzicker, El Paso, IL – 1
– Bob Gardner, Washington, IL – 1
– Blake Spencer, St. Augustine, FL – 1
– Donald Bradsher, Burlington, NC – 1
– Chase Junghans, Manhattan, KY – 1
– Anthony Sanders, Spartanburg, SC – 1
– Dan Stone, Thompson, PA – 1

PODIUM FINISHES (22 different drivers)
Rank – Driver, Hometown – # of podiums
1 – Brandon Sheppard, New Berlin, IL – 14
2 – Chris Madden, Gray Court, SC – 3
– Brian Shirley, Chatham, IL – 3
– Don O’Neal, Martinsville, IN – 3
– Ricky Weiss, Headingley, Manitoba– 3
– Darrell Lanigan, Union, KY – 3
– Chase Junghans, Manhattan, KS – 3
8 – Shane Clanton, Zebulon, GA – 2
– Brandon Overton, Evans, GA – 2
– Ross Bailes, Clover, SC – 2
– Bobby Pierce, Oakwood, IL – 2
12 – Kyle Hardy, Stephens City, VA – 1
– Josh Richards, Shinnston, WV – 1
– Scott Bloomquist, Mooresville, TN – 1
– Mike Marlar, Winfield, TN – 1
– Tanner English, Benton, KY – 1
– Jimmy Owens, Newport, TN – 1
– Jimmy Mars, Menomonie, WI – 1
– Michael Brown, Lancaster, SC – 1
– Michael Norris, Sarver, PA – 1
– Mason Zeigler, Chalk Hill, PA – 1
– Tim McCreadie, Watertown, NY – 1

HARD CHARGERS (14 different drivers)
Rank – Driver, Hometown – # of merits
1 – Chase Junghans, Manhattan, KS – 3
2 – Darrell Lanigan, Union, KY – 2
3 – Cade Dillard, Robeline, LA – 1
– Frank Heckenast Jr., Frankfort, IL – 1
– Brian Shirley, Chatham, IL – 1
– Dale McDowell, Chickamauga, GA – 1
– Mike Marlar, Winfield, TN – 1
– Morgan Bagley, Longview, TX – 1
– Shane Clanton, Zebulon, GA – 1
– Spencer Diercks, Davenport, IA – 1
– Brent Larson, Lake Elmo, MN – 1
– Chris Madden, Gray Court, SC – 1
– Dennis Erb Jr., Carpentersville, IL – 1
– Shannon Babb, Moweaqua, IA – 1

TOTAL LAPS LED (15 different drivers)
Rank – Driver, Hometown – Laps
1 – Brandon Sheppard, New Berlin, IL – 360
2 – Brandon Overton, Evans, GA – 72
3 – Jimmy Owens, Newport, TN – 60
– Shane Clanton, Zebulon, GA – 50
– Ross Bailes, Clover, SC – 50
6 – Darrell Lanigan, Union, KY – 48
7 – Ricky Weiss, Headingley, Manitoba – 33
8 – Tanner English, Benton, KY – 32
9 – Michael Norris, Sarver, PA – 25
10 – Chase Junghans, Manhattan, KS – 24
– Tim McCreadie, Watertown, NY – 24
12 – Brian Shirley, Chatham, IL – 20
13 – Ben Watkins, Lancaster, SC – 19
14 – Chris Madden, Gray Court, SC – 11
15 – Mason Zeigler, Chalk Hill, PA – 5

2019 WORLD OF OUTLAWS SCHEDULE & WINNERS
No. / Day, Date / Track / Location / Winner (Total Wins)
1. Friday, Feb. 8 / Screven Motor Speedway / Sylvania, GA / Brandon Overton (1)
2. Saturday, Feb. 9 / Screven Motor Speedway / Sylvania, GA / Shane Clanton (1)
3. Wed, Feb. 13 / Volusia Speedway Park / Barberville, FL / Brandon Sheppard (1)
4. Thursday, Feb. 14 / Volusia Speedway Park / Barberville, FL / Brandon Sheppard (2)
5. Friday, Feb. 15 / Volusia Speedway Park / Barberville, FL / Brandon Sheppard (3)
6. Saturday, Feb. 16 / Volusia Speedway Park / Barberville, FL / Brandon Sheppard (4)
7. Friday, March 22 / Duck River Raceway Park / Lewisburg, TN / Brandon Sheppard (5)
8. Saturday, March 23 / Smoky Mountain Speedway / Maryville, TN / Jimmy Owens (1)
9. Friday, April 4 / Farmer City Raceway / Farmer City, IL / Brian Shirley (1)
10. Saturday, April 5 / Farmer City Raceway / Farmer City, IL / Brandon Sheppard (6)
11. Friday, May 3 / Cherokee Speedway / Gaffney, SC / Ross Bailes (1)
12. Saturday, May 18 / Wayne County Speedway / Orrville, OH / Brandon Sheppard (7)
13. Friday, May 31 / Cochran Motor Speedway / Cochran, GA / Brandon Overton (7)
14. Saturday, June 1 / Lancaster Motor Speedway / Lancaster, SC / Brandon Sheppard (8)
15. Friday, June 21 / Lernerville Speedway / Sarver, PA / Michael Norris (1)
16. Saturday, June 22 / Lernerville Speedway / Sarver, PA / Tim McCreadie (1)
17. Friday, June 28 / Terre Haute Action Track / Terre Haute, IN / Brandon Sheppard (9)

2019 World of Outlaws Championship Top 5 (Through Terre Haute Action Track)

World of Outlaws Morton Buildings Late Model Points 11/9/19
1st#1Brandon Sheppard 5562--
2nd#25Shane Clanton5222-340
3rd#7Ricky Weiss5212-350
4th#18Chase Junghans5206-356
5th#29Darrell Lanigan5186-376