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Wichita Late Model Showdown
81 Speedway | Wichita, Kansas
Friday, June 23, 2023
Race Recap  

HEARTLAND MOMENTUM: Brandon Sheppard, Bobby Pierce Kickoff Wichita Late Model Showdown with Prelim Wins

A pair of Illinois drivers opened the Wichita Late Model Showdown at 81 Speedway for the World of Outlaws CASE Construction Equipment Late Models with a trip to Victory Lane.  

Brandon Sheppard and Bobby Pierce each made strong early moves that propelled them to their preliminary Feature wins and a $4,000 prize Friday night. 

They also earned the pole of their Heat Races on Saturday, as they aim for $30,000 and a strong start to the World of Outlaws Heartland Speedweek. 

FEATURE 1: Brandon Sheppard took advantage of a miscue by Kyle Bronson to keep his undefeated streak alive in World of Outlaws competition at 81 Speedway. 

Bronson led the first six laps, pounding the cushion and pulling away from the field until his fortune changed on Lap 7. 

The Brandon, FL driver got too high entering Turn 4, sending him up the racetrack and into the wall.  

Sheppard rushed past him on the bottom, taking the lead as they exited the corner and held on to win Friday’s first preliminary Feature.  

The New Berlin, IL driver understood the importance of finishing up front and what it meant for his chances on Saturday. 

“We knew we needed to be out front tonight because it sets us up for tomorrow night for the big money,” Sheppard said. “We had a really good car tonight. We didn’t change a lot. It was a brand-new Longhorn Chassis, so hats off to them guys who build a really great race car. It’s a team effort, and it means a lot to be out here doing what we love.” 

Ryan Gustin crossed the line second, taking the runner-up spot from Bronson on a Lap 13 restart.  

Ryan Gustin
Ryan Gustin took 2nd from Kyle Bronson on a Lap 13 restart/Jacy Norgaard photo

The “Reaper” dove to the bottom from the outside starting spot in Turn 1, clearing the #40B’s nose as they exited the corner.  

Gustin closed the gap on Sheppard but didn’t have enough to catch him. 

“I tried to cut to the bottom, thinking maybe I could get a good run and maybe get a slider on him,” Gustin said. “It was right around the cushion, which was fun and exciting. It’s been a while since I’ve been able to run a cushion like that. [Taylon Center] changed some things on the race car to where I can do that again.” 

Bronson fell to third, unable to challenge the top two. He said he knew one turn was enough to cost him the $4,000 prize.  

“I just kind of missed my marks twice in one lap, and that gave the race away,” Bronson said. “Congratulations to Brandon. He did everything right. And Gustin ran second. Then I got back there and got quarter-paneled and banged around a little bit. We got to get up on the wheel tomorrow and throw some quarter-panels back.” 

Brian Shirley crossed the line fourth, while Series points leader Chris Madden finished fifth. 

FEATURE 2: Bobby Pierce has navigated a course to Victory Lane at 81 Speedway before, but his journey to do so again Friday night came with new adversities. 

Tanner English drove around him on the outside to lead Lap 1, but that’s when the Oakwood, IL, moved to the bottom, giving him momentum. 

Tanner English and Bobby Pierce
Tanner English battles Bobby Pierce for the lead in Feature 2/Jacy Norgaard photo

Pierce only needed six laps to regain the lead, as he passed English on the bottom in Turn 4 on Lap 7.  

The “Smooth Operator” looked like he would cruise to the win until Germfree Labs Rookie of the Year contender Nick Hoffman found the outside.  

Hoffman picked off cars one by one on the top, moving into second with 10 laps to go and closed on Pierce in traffic. 

However, his charge was slowed by a late race caution for Jacob Magee, setting up a green-white-checkered finish.  

From there, Pierce held on for the final two laps to earn the $4,000 win in the second preliminary Feature.  

Pierce said he was comfortable running the bottom despite losing the lead on the first lap. 

“It felt really good down there,” Pierce said. “I was pretty chill and content running down there. But then Hoffman started pressuring us, and the track started really moving around to the bottom, middle, and top.  

“It got really good. It was a really good racetrack there. And I’m excited for tomorrow.”  

English snuck by Hoffman on the race’s final restart to climb back to second. The Benton, KY driver said he needed that caution to move up another position on the podium. 

“The car felt really good,” English said. “But I had a bit of a carburetor stumble, and that was killing me. Especially when I was slowing down really bad there in the middle of the race, I’d let off, and it would fall on its face.  

“I don’t think I really had anything for Nick or Bobby until that restart happened. I just sent it in a little harder than I had been, and it stuck.” 

Hoffman settled for third, ultimately losing second to English on Lap 24. 

“My give-a-shit level went to nothing, and my meter got pegged out,” Hoffman said. “I was getting frustrated racing with some of them guys who were sweeping the whole racetrack, and I fell back to probably sixth or seventh. I just wasn’t very good, so I just got pissed off and started hammering the top and made a lot of speed.  

“Then I found that middle in [Turns] 3 and 4 and made a lot of gains there. And get back by Tanner for a second.” After that, I was trying to run Bobby down, and I made gains, but he was on a harder tire than me.” 

Defending Series champion Dennis Erb Jr. finished fourth, and Cade Dillard rounded out the top five. 

UP NEXT: The World of Outlaws CASE Late Models return to 81 Speedway for night two of the Wichita Late Model Showdown. Drivers will battle for $30,000 in a 60-lap finale—the highest paying Feature of World of Outlaws Heartland Speedweek.  

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

CASE Construction Equipment Feature 1 (25 Laps): 1. B5-Brandon Sheppard[2]; 2. 19R-Ryan Gustin[3]; 3. 40B-Kyle Bronson[1]; 4. 3S-Brian Shirley[7]; 5. 44-Chris Madden[8]; 6. 174-Ethan Dotson[11]; 7. 1ST-Johnny Scott[9]; 8. 54-David Breazeale[5]; 9. 60-Kip Hughes[14]; 10. 04-Tad Pospisil[10]; 11. 99-Jesse Sobbing[6]; 12. B1-Brent Larson[13]; 13. B1X-Dustin Bolster[15]; 14. 76-Blair Nothdurft[12]; 15. 19M-Colby Moore[19]; 16. 18-Chase Junghans[4]; 17. 47-Chris Kratzer[17]; 18. 229-Damian Patocka[16]; 19. 18B-Bob Bills[18]

CASE Construction Equipment Feature 2 (25 Laps): 1. 32-Bobby Pierce[1]; 2. 96V-Tanner English[2]; 3. 9-Nick Hoffman[4]; 4. 28-Dennis Erb Jr[3]; 5. 97-Cade Dillard[5]; 6. 11-Gordy Gundaker[9]; 7. 28S-Dustin Sorensen[6]; 8. 25-Shane Clanton[7]; 9. 22-Daniel Hilsabeck[12]; 10. 7D-Dusty Leonard[10]; 11. X-Jacob Magee[11]; 12. 30-Todd Cooney[8]; 13. 92S-Delbert Smith[14]; 14. 12-Scott Crigler[13]; 15. 14W-Dustin Walker[15]; 16. 112-Tyler Smith[18]; 17. 15B-Braxton Berry[19]; 18. 10-TeeJay Janousek[17]; 19. (DNS) 27-Rayce McCord

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Results  
Feature Results
POSStart+/-#DriverLapsBehindLedStatusPointsMoney
12+1B5Brandon Sheppard 250.00019Running0$4,000
23+119RRyan Gustin 25-1.109Running0$2,000
31-240BKyle Bronson 25-2.9256Running0$1,500
47+33SBrian Shirley 25-5.558Running0$1,250
58+344Chris Madden 25-6.921Running0$1,000
611+5174Ethan Dotson 25-8.358Running0$900
79+21STJohnny Scott 25-8.748Running0$800
85-354David Breazeale 25-10.920Running0$750
914+560Kip Hughes 25-11.945Running0$700
1010004Tad Pospisil 25-12.563Running0$650
116-599Jesse Sobbing 25-13.085Running0$600
1213+1B1Brent Larson 25-13.671Running0$550
1315+2B1XDustin Bolster 25-18.275Running0$500
1412-276Blair Nothdurft 19-6 LapsDNF0$475
1519+419MColby Moore 18-7 LapsDNF0$460
164-1218Chase Junghans 15-10 LapsDNF0$450
1717047Chris Kratzer 12-13 LapsDNF0$440
1816-2229Damian Patocka 6-19 LapsDNF0$425
1918-118BBob Bills 3-22 LapsDNF0$400
FOX Factory Hard Charger: Ethan Dotson
Feature 2 Results
POSStart+/-#DriverLapsBehindLedStatusPointsMoney
11032Bobby Pierce 250.00020Running0$4,000
22096VTanner English 25-1.0265Running0$2,000
34+19Nick Hoffman 25-1.246Running0$1,500
43-128Dennis Erb Jr25-2.385Running0$1,250
55097Cade Dillard 25-2.440Running0$1,000
69+311Gordy Gundaker 25-3.361Running0$900
76-128SDustin Sorensen 25-3.738Running0$800
87-125Shane Clanton 25-3.772Running0$750
912+322Daniel Hilsabeck 25-4.238Running0$700
101007DDusty Leonard 25-4.781Running0$650
11110XJacob Magee 25-5.289Running0$600
128-430Todd Cooney 25-5.686Running0$550
1314+192SDelbert Smith 25-6.455Running0$500
1413-112Scott Crigler 25-6.727Running0$475
1515014WDustin Walker 24-1 LapsRunning0$463
1619+315BBraxton Berry 22-3 LapsDNF0$450
1717010TeeJay Janousek 6-19 LapsDNF0$437
18180112Tyler Smith 1-24 LapsDNF0$425
1916-327Rayce McCord 0-25 LapsDNS0$412
FOX Factory Hard Charger: Gordy Gundaker
Qualifying Flight 1 Results
POSStartCarDriverHometownTimeDifference
11840BKyle Bronson Brandon, FL16.2690.000
24B5Brandon Sheppard New Berlin, IL16.323-0.054
3119RRyan Gustin Marshalltown, IA16.370-0.101
4918Chase Junghans Manhattan, KS16.433-0.164
5354David Breazeale Four Corners, MS16.441-0.172
61999Jesse Sobbing Malvern, IA16.445-0.176
783SBrian Shirley Chatham, IL16.454-0.185
8644Chris Madden Gray Court, SC16.594-0.325
9121STJohnny Scott Las Cruces, NM16.661-0.392
101504Tad Pospisil Norfolk, NE16.733-0.464
1116174Ethan Dotson Bakersfield, CA16.764-0.495
121176Blair Nothdurft Renner, SD16.772-0.503
1313B1Brent Larson Lake Elmo, MN16.792-0.523
141060Kip Hughes Enid, OK16.840-0.571
157B1XDustin Bolster Belle Plaine, KS17.035-0.766
165229Damian Patocka Enid, OK17.928-1.659
171447Chris Kratzer , 17.980-1.711
18218BBob Bills Wichita, KS19.476-3.207
191719MColby Moore Springtown, TX19.476-3.207
Qualifying Flight 2 Results
POSStartCarDriverHometownTimeDifference
1732Bobby Pierce Oakwood, IL16.0570.000
21596VTanner English Benton, KY16.395-0.338
3228Dennis Erb JrCarpentersville, IL16.405-0.348
4169Nick Hoffman Mooresville, NC16.413-0.356
51497Cade Dillard Robeline, LA16.443-0.386
6428SDustin Sorensen Rochester, MN16.494-0.437
71825Shane Clanton Zebulon, GA16.556-0.499
81330Todd Cooney Des Moines, IA16.565-0.508
9611Gordy Gundaker St. Charles, MO16.574-0.517
10127DDusty Leonard Marysville, KS16.736-0.679
1119XJacob Magee Caney, KS16.751-0.694
121722Daniel Hilsabeck Earlham, IA16.956-0.899
13812Scott Crigler Alton, MO17.115-1.058
14992SDelbert Smith Wichita, KS17.526-1.469
15514WDustin Walker Polk, MO17.690-1.633
161027Rayce McCord , 17.909-1.852
17310TeeJay Janousek Hays, KS18.636-2.579
181112Tyler Smith Gibbon, NE18.830-2.773
191115BBraxton Berry Colby, KS18.830-2.773
Hot Laps Results
POSStartCarDriverHometownTimeDifference
12128Dennis Erb JrCarpentersville, IL16.6300.000
23230Todd Cooney Des Moines, IA16.763-0.133
33397Cade Dillard Robeline, LA16.781-0.151
43725Shane Clanton Zebulon, GA16.815-0.185
51504Tad Pospisil Norfolk, NE16.912-0.282
6359Nick Hoffman Mooresville, NC16.928-0.298
713B1Brent Larson Lake Elmo, MN16.972-0.342
83496VTanner English Benton, KY17.015-0.385
9918Chase Junghans Manhattan, KS17.054-0.424
1038XJacob Magee Caney, KS17.054-0.424
11121STJohnny Scott Las Cruces, NM17.059-0.429
122328SDustin Sorensen Rochester, MN17.062-0.432
131840BKyle Bronson Brandon, FL17.068-0.438
141999Jesse Sobbing Malvern, IA17.089-0.459
151060Kip Hughes Enid, OK17.181-0.551
162712Scott Crigler Alton, MO17.189-0.559
17644Chris Madden Gray Court, SC17.192-0.562
18119RRyan Gustin Marshalltown, IA17.226-0.596
192632Bobby Pierce Oakwood, IL17.250-0.620
204B5Brandon Sheppard New Berlin, IL17.271-0.641
212511Gordy Gundaker St. Charles, MO17.298-0.668
2283SBrian Shirley Chatham, IL17.299-0.669
232414WDustin Walker Polk, MO17.327-0.697
24317DDusty Leonard Marysville, KS17.504-0.874
251176Blair Nothdurft Renner, SD17.521-0.891
26354David Breazeale Four Corners, MS17.549-0.919
277B1XDustin Bolster Belle Plaine, KS17.550-0.920
2816174Ethan Dotson Bakersfield, CA17.609-0.979
293622Daniel Hilsabeck Earlham, IA17.613-0.983
302892SDelbert Smith Wichita, KS17.818-1.188
311719MColby Moore Springtown, TX17.937-1.307
3220112Tyler Smith Gibbon, NE18.027-1.397
33218BBob Bills Wichita, KS18.610-1.980
345229Damian Patocka Enid, OK18.618-1.988
351447Chris Kratzer , 18.648-2.018
362927Rayce McCord , 19.535-2.905
373015BBraxton Berry Colby, KS20.220-3.590
382210TeeJay Janousek Hays, KS0.00016.630
DIRTVision Highlights  
Event Info  

Wichita Late Model Showdown
Friday, June 23, 2023
81 Speedway
7700 N Broadway St
Wichita, Kansas 67219 

Event Description
The World of Outlaws CASE Construction Equipment Late Models roll into 81 Speedway for a doubleheader showdown!

Series Racing
World of Outlaws Late Model Series

To Win Amount
$4,000.00

Feature Laps Length
25

Event Schedule
2PM Pit Gates open
4PM Registration open
5PM Grandstand Gates open
6:30PM Drivers Meeting
7:00PM Hot Laps/Qualifying

All times are CT.
*All times Central

Entertainment/Additional Events
Autograph session on Saturday at 5:30PM.

Ticket Options  
Options And Prices
Friday June 23
General Admission Adults $30
General Admission Kids (12 & under) $10
Pit Pass $40
Tailgate Parking $50 (plus cost of pit pass)
Other Non-Tow Vehicles $20 (plus cost of pit pass)

Saturday June 24
General Admission Adults $35
General Admission Kids (12 & under) $10
Pit Pass $45
Tailgate Parking $50 (plus cost of pit pass)
Other Non-Tow Vehicles $20 (plus cost of pit pass)

Frequently Asked Questions  
To Win Amount
$4,000.00

Track Info  

81 Speedway
7700 N Broadway St
Wichita, Kansas 67219 

Track Phone
(316) 755-1781

Track Size
0.375

Sprint Car Track Record
13.023 by Carson Macedo on 3/30/2024

Late Model Track Record
15.718 by Mike Marlar on 10/22/22

Track Map
Competitor Info  
Competitor Downloads
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Tire Rules
Left Front Tire: Hoosier (Open)
Left Rear & Right Front Tire: Hoosier (90) LM30, (90) W30, (90) NLMT3 Right Rear Tire: Hoosier (92) LM30, (92) W30, (92) NLMT3, (92) LM40, (92) NLMT4 **Grooving & Siping will be allowed**

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