Outlaw Invasion
Atomic Speedway | Waverly, OH
Saturday, April 23, 2022
Race Recap  

REACHING THE PEAK: Sheppard Holds Off Erb at Atomic, Ties Richards for Most World of Outlaws Wins

Actor Tom Hiddleston once said, “You keep putting one foot in front of the other, and then one day you look back, and you’ve climbed a mountain.”

Since 2012, and his first Series victory at Belle-Clair Speedway, Brandon Sheppard has climbed the World of Outlaws CASE Construction Equipment Late Model Series Mountain.

He finally reached the peak of all-time wins Saturday night at Atomic Speedway, holding off a late charge by Dennis Erb Jr. to win the Outlaw Invasion—his 78th Series triumph. He’s now tied with Josh Richards for most wins all-time, a milestone that each four-time champion holds.

For Sheppard, it’s a moment he cherishes, and he is thankful for everyone that’s helped him on his journey.

“When I started, my dad and grandpa gave me everything I needed to get going, “Sheppard said. “I’m just thankful for them and Mark Richards picking me up back in 2012, and everyone that’s backed me for my whole career.

“I think it’s my first win [at Atomic], so that’s exciting, too. I feel like I’ve had a fast car here a lot and just haven’t been able to get the job done.”

Sheppard seemed poised to dominate the $15,000-to-win Feature after wrestling the lead away from Max Blair on a Lap 16 restart. The New Berlin, IL driver, pulled away from the field until he couldn’t carry the same momentum he had early in the race. That’s when Erb set himself up to strike.

The World of Outlaws points leader locked his car to the bottom of the track, pulling even with Sheppard a few times down the backstretch. Erb’s best shot came with three laps remaining as he slid the reigning champion in Turn 2, but Sheppard crossed him back over to keep control. The Illinois veteran may have had another shot, but a caution came out, putting Erb directly behind Sheppard on the restart.

“The Rocket Shepp” held on during the final three laps to win his first World of Outlaws Feature of 2022. Sheppard stated that his charge toward the front early in the race impacted his tires toward the end.

“I think I burned my tires up pretty early in that race trying to get the lead,” Sheppard said. “It was cleaning up and starting to take a little rubber getting into [Turns 1 and 2], and I think I was using a bit too much, and that slowed me down a bunch.

“I was kind of stumped out there, I didn’t know which way to go [in lap traffic], and then Dennis showed me the nose, and I was trying to change what I was doing, but he always races me clean.”

Erb crossed the line second—his fifth top-five of 2022. He felt the last caution took away his opportunity to get by Sheppard.

“The car was working really good while we were under green,” Erb said. “I really didn’t want to see that caution there at the end but [Sheppard’s] car was good too, and we fired off real good and gave it a shot.”

Erb and Blair battle for second
Dennis Erb and Max Blair rounded out the podium at Atomic Speedway/Jacy Norgaard photo

Erb’s runner-up finish extended his points lead for the second consecutive night—44 points ahead of Max Blair, who finished third, rounding out an all-Rocket Chassis podium.

The Centerville, PA driver thundered from his ninth starting position to the lead in 15 laps before falling to third at the checkered flag. Blair’s car got tighter as the race went on.

“If it was a 20-lap race, I feel like we had a car we could’ve won with,” Blair said. “Once the bottom started to give up a little bit, and I had to move up, I was just a little too tight to roll the center as good as what Brandon could.”

Gordy Gundaker crossed the line fourth, his first top-five of 2022. It’s the World of Outlaws Rookie of the Year contender’s best finish of the season.

“At the end, it seemed like we were just better than everyone in front of us,” Gundaker said. “I just had to pick and choose, and I got my way around Josh [Rice] and Devin [Moran] those last few laps to run fourth.”

Dresden, OH driver Devin Moran rounded out the top five.

Brandon Sheppard’s win on Saturday is one of many historical milestones in his career. But this time, it’s at the top of a mountain, cementing his place as one of the best in World of Outlaws Late Model history.

UP NEXT: The World of Outlaws CASE Late Models join the World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Cars for the Bristol Bash April 28-30 at Bristol Motor Speedway in Bristol, TN.

If you can’t make it to the tracks, watch all the action live on DIRTVision – either online on with the DIRTVision App.

CASE Construction Feature (50 Laps): 1. 1-Brandon Sheppard[3]; 2. 28-Dennis Erb Jr[12]; 3. 111V-Max Blair[9]; 4. 11-Gordy Gundaker[6]; 5. 9-Devin Moran[4]; 6. B1-Brent Larson[11]; 7. 11R-Josh Rice[5]; 8. 16-Tyler Bruening[23]; 9. 71-Hudson O’Neal[1]; 10. 45-Kyle Hammer[2]; 11. 81E-Tanner English[21]; 12. 29-Darrell Lanigan[16]; 13. 99JR-Frank Heckenast Jr[17]; 14. C9-Steve Casebolt[10]; 15. 44B-Colten Burdette[19]; 16. 71R-Rod Conley[22]; 17. 19R-Ryan Gustin[15]; 18. 99B-Boom Briggs[24]; 19. 1R-Josh Richards[13]; 20. 1T-Tyler Erb[8]; 21. 53C-Andy Bond[18]; 22. 37-Jacob Hawkins[7]; 23. 44H-Dave Hess Jr[14]; 24. 1AM-Austyn Mills[20] FOX Factory Hard Charger: Tyler Bruening [+15].

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Results  
Feature Results
POSStart+/-#DriverLapsBehindLedStatusPointsMoney
13+21Brandon Sheppard 500.00034Running150$15,000
212+1028Dennis Erb Jr50-0.675Running146$7,000
39+6111VMax Blair 50-2.3484Running144$4,500
46+211Gordy Gundaker 50-3.938Running142$3,500
54-19Devin Moran 50-3.95011Running140$3,000
611+5B1Brent Larson 50-4.284Running138$2,800
75-211RJosh Rice 50-5.003Running136$2,600
823+1516Tyler Bruening 50-5.238Running134$2,500
91-871Hudson O'Neal 50-5.655Running132$2,400
102-845Kyle Hammer 50-5.9481Running130$2,300
1121+1081ETanner English 50-6.129Running128$1,800
1216+429Darrell Lanigan 50-6.228Running126$1,600
1317+499JRFrank Heckenast Jr50-6.938Running124$1,400
1410-4C9Steve Casebolt 50-6.967Running122$1,300
1519+444BColten Burdette 50-7.636Running120$1,250
1622+671RRod Conley 50-8.100Running118$1,200
1715-219RRyan Gustin 50-8.997Running116$1,200
1824+699BBoom Briggs 50-9.034Running114$1,200
1913-61RJosh Richards 50-9.524Running112$1,200
208-121TTyler Erb 47-3 LapsDNF110$1,200
2118-353CAndy Bond 28-22 LapsDNF108$1,200
227-1537Jacob Hawkins 19-31 LapsDNF106$1,200
2314-944HDave Hess Jr15-35 LapsDNF104$1,200
2420-41AMAustyn Mills 13-37 LapsDNF102$1,200
Micro-Lite Last Chance Showdown Results
POSStart+/-#DriverLapsBehindLedStatusPointsMoney
11099JRFrank Heckenast Jr100.0003Running0$0
22044BColten Burdette 10-0.4717Running0$0
33081ETanner English 10-1.101Running0$0
49+56DZack Dohm 10-1.871Running90$110
55016Tyler Bruening 10-4.454Running0$0
64-211HJared Hawkins 10-5.168Running90$110
76-199BBoom Briggs 10-5.954Running0$0
87-120Todd Brennan 10-6.581Running90$110
98-129CClint Keenan 10-8.234Running90$110
101001*Chub Frank 4-6 LapsRunning90$110
Micro-Lite Last Chance Showdown 2 Results
POSStart+/-#DriverLapsBehindLedStatusPointsMoney
12+153CAndy Bond 100.000Running0$0
21-11AMAustyn Mills 10-0.540Running0$0
34+171RRod Conley 10-1.492Running0$0
46+221William Phillips 10-2.202Running90$110
53-295Jerry Bowersock 10-4.079Running90$110
65-115Justin Duty 10-5.094Running90$110
78+16Travis Carr 10-5.896Running90$110
87-1511Chris Lockhart 10-7.819Running90$110
99020TCTristan Chamberlain 10-9.374Running90$110
Heat 1 Results
Pos.Start+/-#DriverLaps CompletedBehindLaps LedStatus
1109Devin Moran 100.00010Running
2201TTyler Erb 10-1.736Running
36+3111VMax Blair 10-3.263Running
43-11RJosh Richards 10-5.393Running
54-199JRFrank Heckenast Jr10-5.402Running
65-181ETanner English 10-5.606Running
78+116Tyler Bruening 10-7.291Running
89+120Todd Brennan 10-8.132Running
97-26DZack Dohm 10-8.676Running
Heat 2 Results
Pos.Start+/-#DriverLaps CompletedBehindLaps LedStatus
11045Kyle Hammer 100.00010Running
22037Jacob Hawkins 10-0.589Running
34+1B1Brent Larson 10-1.242Running
43-119RRyan Gustin 10-3.751Running
55044BColten Burdette 10-4.773Running
68+211HJared Hawkins 10-5.938Running
77099BBoom Briggs 10-7.221Running
89+129CClint Keenan 10-9.911Running
96-31*Chub Frank 8-2 LapsRunning
Heat 3 Results
Pos.Start+/-#DriverLaps CompletedBehindLaps LedStatus
12+171Hudson O'Neal 100.00010Running
21-111RJosh Rice 10-1.293Running
35+2C9Steve Casebolt 10-3.190Running
43-144HDave Hess Jr10-6.999Running
56+11AMAustyn Mills 10-7.494Running
64-295Jerry Bowersock 10-8.798Running
78+115Justin Duty 10-11.075Running
89+1511Chris Lockhart 10-11.686Running
97-220TCTristan Chamberlain 10-12.197Running
Heat 4 Results
Pos.Start+/-#DriverLaps CompletedBehindLaps LedStatus
1101Brandon Sheppard 100.00010Running
25+311Gordy Gundaker 10-4.006Running
32-128Dennis Erb Jr10-4.023Running
43-129Darrell Lanigan 10-6.625Running
54-153CAndy Bond 10-7.334Running
66071RRod Conley 10-8.211Running
77021William Phillips 10-8.869Running
8806Travis Carr 10-10.823Running
My Place Hotels Qualifying Results
POSStartCarDriverHometownTimeDifference
149Devin Moran Dresden, OH13.5980.000
2345Kyle Hammer Clinton, IL13.723-0.125
3171TTyler Erb New Waverly, TX13.773-0.175
4537Jacob Hawkins Fairmont, WV13.810-0.212
571RJosh Richards Shinnston, WV13.813-0.215
61319RRyan Gustin Marshalltown, IA13.901-0.303
71199JRFrank Heckenast JrFrankfort, IL13.903-0.305
812B1Brent Larson Lake Elmo, MN13.923-0.325
9681ETanner English Benton, KY13.980-0.382
101844BColten Burdette Parkersburg, WV13.987-0.389
118111VMax Blair Centerville, PA14.027-0.429
12101*Chub Frank Bear Lake, PA14.060-0.462
1326DZack Dohm Cross Lanes, WV14.110-0.512
141599BBoom Briggs Bear Lake, PA14.153-0.555
151616Tyler Bruening Decorah, IA14.159-0.561
16911HJared Hawkins Fairmont, WV14.184-0.586
17120Todd Brennan Zanesville, OH14.452-0.854
181429CClint Keenan Pataskala, OH14.695-1.097
My Place Hotels Qualifying Flight 2 Results
POSStartCarDriverHometownTimeDifference
1611RJosh Rice Verona, KY13.5680.000
2141Brandon Sheppard New Berlin, IL13.600-0.032
3171Hudson O'Neal Martinsville, IN13.803-0.235
4528Dennis Erb JrCarpentersville, IL13.914-0.346
5244HDave Hess JrWaterford, PA14.061-0.493
6729Darrell Lanigan Union, KY14.100-0.532
7395Jerry Bowersock Wapakoneta, OH14.147-0.579
8953CAndy Bond Coolville, OH14.148-0.580
916C9Steve Casebolt Richmond, IN14.184-0.616
101111Gordy Gundaker St. Charles, MO14.392-0.824
1141AMAustyn Mills Cincinnati, OH14.446-0.878
121771RRod Conley Wheelersburg, OH14.563-0.995
13820TCTristan Chamberlain Richmond, IN14.610-1.042
141521William Phillips Ashland, KY14.750-1.182
151015Justin Duty Mulino, OR14.774-1.206
16136Travis Carr Stoutsville, OH14.878-1.310
1712511Chris Lockhart Huntington, WV14.903-1.335
DIRTVision Highlights  
Event Info  

Outlaw Invasion
April 22, 2022 to April 23, 2022
Atomic Speedway
2535 Blain Hwy
Waverly, OH 

Event Description
The Outlaws INVADE OHIO at Atomic Speedway for two nights of racing for $15,000-to-win events! Watch the CASE Late Models race around the 3/8-mile circuit in a battle for the ages.

Series Racing
World of Outlaws Late Model Series

Sprint Car Track Record
10.915 seconds by Brock Mayes in 2005

Late Model Track Record
12.748 seconds by Jimmy Owens in 2015

To Win Amount
$15,000.00

Feature Laps Length
50

Event Schedule
4-22
2PM Pit Gates open
5PM Grandstand Gates open
6:30PM Hot Laps/Qualifying
7:30PM Opening Ceremonies
Classes
$10,000 - World of Outlaws CASE Late Models
$600 - Sport Mods
FUN - Legends

4-23
2PM Pit Gates open
5PM Grandstand Gates open
6:30PM Hot Laps/Qualifying
7:30PM Opening Ceremonies
Classes
$15,000 - World of Outlaws CASE Late Models
$3,000 - OVSCA 410 Sprints
$1,000 - Modifieds
*All times Eastern

Frequently Asked Questions  
To Win Amount
$15,000.00

Type of Grandstand
Bleachers

Stadium Seating
Stadium seating is allowed

Handicapped Seating
Front Row

Handicapped Parking
At Front Gate

Pit Age Limit
none

Personal Coolers
14 inch coolers or smaller are permitted. No Alcohol or glass bottles

Credit Card Use
Concessions, Pit Gate, Ticket Window

Alcohol Sales
Alcohol is available at track (Not Allowed in)

Family Section
turn 4

Parking Cost
$0.00

Camping Availability
onsite

Camping Cost
None (Special Events $30)

Closest Airport
Chillicothe

Other Airport
Columbus

Track Info  

Atomic Speedway
2535 Blain Hwy
Waverly, OH 

Track Phone
(740) 703-9749

Ticket Phone
(740) 703-9749

Track Size & Type
0.375;

Sprint Car Track Record
10.915 seconds by Brock Mayes in 2005

Competitor Info  

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