Rocket 1 Racing announced they will switch gears for 2022
Brandon Sheppard is the driver of the No. 1 Rocket Chassis house car.
Since 2017, Brandon Sheppard has run full-time in the World of Outlaws Late Model Series. On Tuesday, Rocket 1 Racing announced they would be jumping over to run full-time with the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series in 2022.
Sheppard sits 3rd in WoOLMS standings, picking up 1 win. Meanwhile, he currently sits P1 in LOLMDS standings with 4 feature wins.
Sheppard is a three-time World of Outlaws Late Model Series champion. He claimed the title in 2017, 2019 and again in 2020. He was the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series rookie of the year winner in 2015 but he doesn’t have a Lucas championship on his resume.
“The past few years we’ve come out of Speedweeks either atop the Lucas Oil (Late Model Dirt Series) points or near the top of the standings,” team owner Mark Richards stated via a team release.
“This year was the same, and after Speedweeks we had a meeting as a team to discuss if we wanted to try something different this year, and it was a unanimous decision to go after the Lucas Oil title.”
“The World Racing Group and the World of Outlaws have been great to us over the past several years, and we are grateful for all the support they’ve shown us. We’re just to a point that it was time to shuffle the deck and try something new, and who knows, next year we might be back chasing a World of Outlaws Late Model Series championship.”
“I think the most exciting aspect for our team is that we’ll get to run some events and visit some tracks this year that either we haven’t been to in a long time or maybe we’ve never even been to.”
“We are going to put everything we’ve got into getting our first Lucas Oil championship this year,” Richards concluded.
This Friday and Saturday the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series returns to action in Sheppard’s home state of Illinois. He’ll race at Tri-City Speedway, chasing $12,000 on Friday. Macon Speedway is set to pay $15,000 to win on Saturday.