Brandon Sheppard and Rocket Chassis have enjoyed a lot of success together since their partnership began in 2012, with Sheppard filling in for normal driver, Josh Richards, as Richards focused on an opportunity in NASCAR's Xfinity Series. During that 2012 season, Brandon was able to pilot the Rocket1 entry on 18-occasions, delivering his first World of Outlaws Morton Buildings Late Model Series victory on September 9th, at Belle-Claire Speedway. Even with that success, with full-time driver, Josh Richards, returning to the seat in 2013, Sheppard returned to his families operation for the next number of years, capturing five more WoO Late Model wins, from 2013-2016.
In 2017, Sheppard and Rocket Chassis hooked up, once again, to chase the World of Outlaws Morton Buildings Late Model Series championship title, full-time on the tour, with Brandon aboard the Richards' family No. 1. This was only half of a very interesting deal between Rocket1 Racing and Ohio's Best Performance Motorsports, which saw Josh Richards head to the Rocket Chassis No. 1 for BPM, competing full-time on the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series tour, completing a ride-swap between Richards and Sheppard, giving Rocket Chassis the ability to chase both premier late model series titles during the 2017 season.
During that magical 2017 season, Josh Richards delivered a Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series championship, to go along with his historic four World of Outlaws Morton Buildings Late Model Series titles, and Brandon Sheppard kept the Rocket1 right where it belonged, capturing the teams fifth World of Outlaws championship trophy and his first-career major touring series title. Along with the title, Sheppard tied Richards' WoO Late Model single-season wins record, of eighteen and secured his spot as one of the divisions biggest talents.
2018 saw more of the same for Sheppard and Rocket Chassis, with the tandem visiting World of Outlaws Late Model victory-lane on thirteen-more occasions and missing out on back-to-back series championships narrowly, to Mike Marlar and the 157. This performance once again gave Brandon and team a high amount of momentum coming into the 2019 season, as they looked to correct small mistakes and go after an unprecedented sixth series team championship, along with Sheppard's second touring title.
The team came out swinging in 2019, with Sheppard taking a number of early-season wins, setting himself up with a huge series points lead heading into the grueling summer months. In June, Brandon and Rocket1 Racing held off Dale McDowell for the teams first major event victory at Eldora Speedway, taking home the $125,000-to-win Dirt Late Model Dream. This hot streak continued into the 2nd annual Dirt Million at Mansfield Motor Speedway, in August, where Sheppard and Rocket Chassis dominated the 100-lap event, cashing in their second $100,000+ check in a matter of two months. Couple these performances with another 18-win World of Outlaws Morton Buildings Late Model Series season, with a high chance of breaking his own single-season wins record before years-end, along with a nearly 300-point lead in the points, and this has been a historically successful season for Sheppard, Rocket Chassis and Rocket1 Racing.
If all of that wasn't enough for you to call their 2019 season one of the best in modern-late model racing, Brandon Sheppard and team have cashed in over a half-a-million dollars in winnings, between major events and regular World of Outlaws Morton Buildings Late Model Series victories. There is no debating the fact that Brandon and his Rocket1 crew have put together one of the best seasons in late-model history, and if you don't see that by now, you may want to rethink your standards.
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