21 January, 2003 - It is with extreme disappointment that the Disbury Family Racing team have announced that they will not be competing in this weekend's Standard Grand Annual Sprintcar Classic.

With American sensation, Jeff Shepard remaining in America to support his family and friends through an illness of a close friend the team has elected to not compete this Saturday and Sunday.

"It is extremely disappointing for myself and the entire team because we went so close last year and were ready to have another crack at it this year," said a disappointed team owner, Darren Disbury.

"We could have put another driver in the car but I just didn't feel right about it at such a big event to have someone in the car that the team hasn't worked with before."

Shepard equally disappointed at missing the event but hopes that the fans understand his position.

"I'd love to be down there now as we had originally planned but right now my family and friends mean more than any race in the world ever could," commented Shepard.

"After last year we said that we will be back to win this thing and we will be, just not this year.

"I wish I was there with the team but I also know that being the close knit team that they are they understand the importance of me being back home at this time."

The team will however compete in the Kings Challenge at Mount Gambier on Friday night with Brad Heywood aboard the Advanced Linemarking/Dave Jack Paving Eagle.

"We have finished on the podium in out last two outings at the Mount, with a bit of luck Brad can make it three in a row," Disbury said.

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