Sheppard Rules Mansfield’s Dirt Million

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Sheppard Rules Mansfield’s Dirt Million

Story By: Jeremy Shields/LOLMDS

Photos By: Heath Lawson/LOLMDS

MANSFIELD, Ohio (August 24, 2019) – Brandon Sheppard took the race lead from Jonathan Davenport on lap 30 and led the rest of the way to win the 2nd annual Dirt Million – Presented by Arizona Sport Shirts on Saturday night at Mansfield Motor Speedway.

Sheppard held off both Mike Marlar and Chase Junghans at the finish line. It was Sheppard’s third Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series win of the year and his 22nd triumph in 2019.

Sheppard and his car owner, Mark Richards took home $101,626.20 for his second six-figure victory of the season. He withstood a caution with two laps to go and another on the final lap while fighting off challenges from Marlar and Junghans.

Marlar earned a career-high $50,813.10 payday for finishing second. Junghans also topped his best previous earnings for a race by collecting over $33,000 for third. Jimmy Owens and Ricky Weiss completed the top five finishers.

Davenport took the lead at the start of the race with Sheppard and Scott Bloomquist running in the top three. Junghans slipped by Bloomquist on lap three and joined in the fray. That trio ran nose-to-tail up to lap 14 as traffic started to become a factor.

With the back-to-back cautions on lap 16 and 17, Davenport was unable to pull away from the field. On the lap 18 restart, Junghans moved into second, dropping Sheppard to third. Junghans stayed with Davenport in the race for the lead. On lap 30, Sheppard passed both Davenport and the second place running Junghans to take over the lead of the race.

Sheppard went to Lucas Oil Victory Lane for the 14th time in his career. “This is just amazing! My guys worked so hard on this thing. I put a lot of pressure on myself. I know this car can go to Victory Lane every night as long as I do my part. It was a phenomenal night. I knew I didn’t want to lead early on in that race. I didn’t want to run the top all night, so once I got to the lead, I got back on the bottom. It was a fun race. Thanks to Mark Richards and Steve Baker for giving me this opportunity.”

Marlar tried a couple of times on the topside to pass Sheppard, but ultimately settled on a second-plcae finish. “The whole race, I was just trying to make sure I had enough tires at the end. I was hoping when Brandon got to the traffic that he would get behind one of the cars in the back long enough to hold him up. Brandon is an awesome driver; he doesn’t make many mistakes. He is always fast, and you have to be faster to beat him. My car owner Ronnie Delk is a go for it type of guy and he trusts me with whatever decision I make out there and I think he would have had faith in me to make the best choice.”

Junghans, who entered Saturday with two consecutive runner-up finishes, was looking for his first career Lucas Oil victory. “If I could have gotten around JD [Davenport] earlier or if I had started on the pole it might have been different. The car has been good all weekend I just need to thank my crew for giving me a great car. I am kind of disappointed that we ran third, I felt like we should have won. It’s pretty cool to earn that kind of money for third. I am here to race. I wish I was standing in Victory Lane with the trophy and big check but we will try again next time.”

The winner’s Mark Richards Racing, Rocket Chassis is powered by a Durham Racing Engine and sponsored by: Valvoline, Seubert Calf Ranches, Ace Metal Works, Gunter’s Honey, Integra Racing Shocks, Sunoco Race Fuels, and Keyser Manufacturing.

Completing the top ten were Darrell Lanigan, Jonathan Davenport, Tyler Erb, Hudson O’Neal, and Scott Bloomquist.

Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series
Race Summary
Saturday, August 24, 2019
2nd annual Dirt Million – Presented by Arizona Sport Shirts
Mansfield Motor Speedway – Mansfield, Ohio

Penske Race Shocks Heat Race #1 Finish (10 Laps, Top 2 Transfer): Josh Richards, Darrell Lanigan, Max Blair, Shannon Babb, Gregg Satterlee, Mike Benedum, Eddie Carrier, Jr., Jason Miller, Zack Dohm-DNS

FK Rod Ends Heat Race #2 Finish (10 Laps, Top 2 Transfer): Ricky Weiss, Jared Landers, Brandon Overton, Dale McDowell, Kyle Bronson, Johnny Scott, Brett Bee, Donald McIntosh-DNS, Dave Hess, Jr.-DNS

Simpson Race Products Heat Race #3 Finish (10 Laps, Top 2 Transfer): Jimmy Owens, Rick Eckert, Bobby Pierce, Shanon Buckingham, Boom Briggs, Mason Zeigler, Greg Oakes, Justin Chance

Lucas Oil Products Penetrating Oil Heat Race #4 Finish (10 Laps, Top 2 Transfer): Tim McCreadie, Hudson O’Neal, Doug Drown, Brian Shirley, Kent Robinson, Billy Moyer, Jr., Matt Irey, Ryan Scott

Eibach Springs Heat Race #5 Finish (10 Laps, Top 2 Transfer): Tyler Erb ®, Dennis Erb, Jr., Devin Moran ®, Gordy Gundaker, Stormy Scott, Robby Hensley, Chris Ferguson, Steve Sabo

FK Rod Ends Heat Race #6 Finish (10 Laps, Top 2 Transfer): Earl Pearson, Jr., Steve Casebolt , Shane Clanton, Billy Moyer, Dan Angelicchio, Ryan Markham, Ryan Missler, David Scott

Dirt Million Dash (6 Laps, All Transfer): Jonathan Davenport, Brandon Sheppard, Chase Junghans, Scott Bloomquist, Mike Marlar, Michael Norris

Lucas Oil Products Red “N” Tacky Spray Grease B-Main #1 Finish (12 Laps, Top 2 Transfer):, Brandon Overton, Max Blair, Shannon Babb, Gregg Satterlee, Johnny Scott, Dale McDowell, Kyle Bronson, Mike Benedum, Eddie Carrier, Jr., Brett Bee, Jason Miller-DNS, Zack Dohm-DNS, Donald McIntosh-DNS, Dave Hess, Jr.-DNS

FAST Shafts B-Main #2 Finish (12 Laps, Top 2 Transfer): Doug Drown, Brian Shirley, Boom Briggs, Shanon Buckingham, Kent Robinson, Greg Oakes, Matt Irey, Justin Chance, Ryan Scott, Billy Moyer, Jr., Bobby Pierce, Mason Zeigler-DNS

Arizona Sport Shirts B-Main #3 Finish (12 Laps, Top 2 Transfer): Shane Clanton, Devin Moran ®, Gordy Gundaker, Billy Moyer, Stormy Scott, Dan Angelicchio, Robby Hensley, Ryan Missler, Ryan Markham, Steve Sabo, Chris Ferguson-DNS, David Scott-DNS

Dirt Million Non-Qualifiers’ Race Finish (20 Laps, Winner Transfers): Shannon Babb, Gregg Satterlee, Dale McDowell, Shanon Buckingham, Boom Briggs, Kent Robinson, Billy Moyer, Johnny Scott, Robby Hensley, Dan Angelicchio, Ryan Missler, Brent Bee, Gregg Oakes, Kyle Bronson, Gordy Gundaker, Stormy Scott, Mike Benedum-DNS, Eddie Carrier-DNS, Billy Moyer Jr.-DNS

Lucas Oil Feature Finish (100 Laps):

121SBrandon SheppardNew Berlin, IL$101,626.20
25157Mike MarlarWinfield, TN$50,813.10
3318JChase JunghansManhattan, KS$33,875.40
4920Jimmy OwensNewport, TN$17,737.70
5117wRicky WeissHeadingley, MB$13,550.16
61329Darrell LaniganUnion, KY$9,485.11
7149Jonathan DavenportBlairsville, GA$9,907.60
8101TTyler Erb ®New Waverly, TX$8,591.34
91671Hudson O’NealMartinsville, IN$8,152.59
1040Scott BloomquistMooresburg, TN$7,113.83
11839Tim McCreadieWatertown, NY$7,475.08
121728Dennis Erb, Jr.Carpentersville, IL$6,436.33
131214Josh RichardsShinnston, WV$6,897.57
1465Michael NorrisSarver, PA$5,758.82
15192Brandon OvertonEvans, GA$5,420.06
1671Earl Pearson, Jr.Jacksonville, FL$5,881.31
1718C9Steve CaseboltRichmond, IN$4,742.56
1822111Max BlairCenterville, PA$4,403.80
192636Matt IreyAshland, OH$4,065.05
20150ERick EckertYork, PA$3,726.29
212125Shane ClantonZebulon, GA$3,387.54
223018Shannon BabbMowequa, IL$3,218.16
2314777Jared LandersBatesville, AR$3,048.79
242532PBobby PierceOakwood, IL$2,710.03
252012dDoug DrownWooster, OH$2,710.03
26290RRyan ScottGarland, PA$2,710.03
27233sBrian ShirleyChatham, IL$2,710.03
28241MDevin Moran ®Dresden, OH$3,510.03
29275mRyan MarkhamAshland, OH$2,710.03
302892Justin ChanceLexington, OH $2,710.03

Race Statistics
: 56Lap Leaders: Jonathan Davenport (Laps 1 – 29); Brandon Sheppard (Laps 30 – 100) Wrisco Feature Winner: Brandon Sheppard
Margin of Victory: 0.677 seconds
Cautions: Debris (Lap 16); Shannon Babb, Devin Moran, Ryan Markham, Ryan Scott (Lap 17); Bobby Pierce (Lap 43); Debris (Lap 74); Shane Clanton (Lap 98); Rick Eckert (Lap 99) 
Dirt Million Rewards Standings Provisionals: Bobby Pierce, Matt Irey, Ryan Markham, Justin Chance, Ryan Scott
Optima Batteries Hard Charger of the Race: Darrell Lanigan (Advanced 7 Positions) 
Midwest Sheet Metal Spoiler Challenge Point Leader: Jonathan Davenport
Allstar Performance Power Move of the Race: Brandon Overton
Sunoco Race for Gas Highest Finisher: Brandon Sheppard 
Eibach Springs Rookie of the Race: Tyler Erb
COMP Cams Engine Builder of the Race: Durham Racing Engines 
Ohlins Shocks Chassis Builder of the Race: Rocket Chassis 
Outerwears Crew Chief of the Race: Danny White (Brandon Sheppard)
Dirty Girl Racewear Fastest Lap of the Race: Jonathan Davenport (Lap #4 – 18.160 seconds)
Hot Rod Processing Tough Break of the Race: Devin Moran
STEEL-IT Most Laps Led
: Brandon Sheppard (71 Laps)
PFC Brakes Pole Award: Jonathan Davenport 
Time of Race: 58 minutes 6 seconds  Lucas Oil Championship Point Standings:

149Jonathan DavenportBlairsville, GA6245$230.782.60
214Josh RichardsShinnston, WV5675$123,922.57
339Tim McCreadieWatertown, NY5625$110,865.08
41TTyler Erb ®New Waverly, TX5565$139,866.34
520Jimmy OwensNewport, TN5485$150,212.70
61MDevin Moran ®Dresden, OH5470$97,465.03
71Earl Pearson, Jr.Jacksonville, FL5460$117,161.31
871Hudson O’NealMartinsville, IN5325$125,152.59
950Shanon BuckinghamMorristown, TN4805$70,790.00
1040BKyle BronsonBrandon, FL4755$72,745.00
112sStormy ScottLas Cruses, NM4510$52,735.00
1221JRBilly Moyer, Jr.Batesville, AR4335$49,760.00
135Don O’NealMartinsville, IN3620$45,150.00
140Scott BloomquistMooresburg, TN3530$69.613.84