Chris Ferguson, Brandon Sheppard disqualified from DTWC following altercation

There was an altercation involving a four-wheeler and a motorcycle at Portsmouth Raceway Park

Tonight, the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series is racing in Portsmouth, Ohio. The 3/8-mile track of Portsmouth Raceway Park is hosting the Dirt Track World Championship.

The winner of tonight’s feature takes home a check for $100,000. It’s also the finale race of the year for the national super late model division.

Brandon Sheppard of New Berlin, IL and Chris Ferguson of Mount Holly, NC started on the front row in heat 5. Ferguson slid from the bottom to the top in turn one. It looked clear. That was mostly confirmed via a dusty video replay.

However, as Sheppard was placed in dirty air, his car got light and he jumped the cushion. In one corner, Sheppard dropped outside the top 5 as he gathered it up.

Fergsuon went on to win heat 5 of 6. He was scheduled to start in 4th for the 100-lap DTWC.

After the checkered flag, Ferguson drove to the scales and back to the pit area. In the process, Mark Richards, the car owner for Brandon Sheppard pulled alongside Ferguson’s car.

He didn’t ride alongside the car for long as crew member for Ferguson reportedly used his four-wheeler to cut off Mark Richards.

That was followed by a physically altercation in the pits. Multiple crews members from both teams were involved per witnesses.

Per the rules, “drivers are in charge of their crew members.”

Several hours after, it was announced that both drivers had been disqualified from the rest of the event. There finishing positions in the heat were removed, giving the heat 5 win to Jimmy Owens.

The 100-lap main event has yet to take place.

This story will be updated upon new information.

Brandon Sheppard - Dirt Late Model
Brandon Sheppard – Dirt Late Model


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