11 March 2003 - Jeff Shepard and the Helm Motorsport team continued to "gel" and improve as the O'Reilly World of Outlaws Championship continued last weekend at New Mexico's Hollywood Hills Speedway. During qualifying on the preliminary night ...
11 March 2003 - Jeff Shepard and the Helm Motorsport team continued to "gel" and improve as the O'Reilly World of Outlaws Championship continued last weekend at New Mexico's Hollywood Hills Speedway.
During qualifying on the preliminary night Shepard displayed his best qualifying effort in the five O'Reilly World of Outlaw events held thus far in 2003 stopping the clocks with a 13.379 second circulation aboard his Vivarin Maxim placing him seventh after qualifications.
He then went on to record a fourth place finish in his heat race ensuring that he earned his fifth A-Main event start this season, in the process he also qualified for the second dash race to decide the outside row starting positions.
On a track that was "taking rubber" and becoming quite a one lane affair Shepard finished fourth in his dash to earn the eight starting position for the feature.
Throughout the Preliminary A-Main event Shepard was involved in some titanic battles with points leader, Danny Lasoski and Randy Hannagan. Despite passing Lasoski for sixth place with just over two laps remaining he was repassed and crossed the line in seventh.
"That was real hard, tough and fun racing out there, it's great to be able to be competitive and race as hard as we did tonight," said Shepard.
"The track was sort of one lane but also very fast, I really enjoyed myself out there."
On the final night Shepard didn't fair quite so good in qualifying managing a time to place him just outside the top 10. The former Kevin Gobrecht Rookie of the Year went on to record a second place finish in his heat race meaning he would start from position 15 in the 35-lap A-Main event.
Continuing to improve Shepard moved forward to be classed 10th at the completion of the event and record his third top 10 finish from six starts for the World of Outlaws Season.
The 31-year-old now lies 10th in the O'Reilly World of Outlaws point standings.
Shepard and the Helm Motorsport team will be in action aboard the Vivarin Maxim at the State Fair Speedway in Oklahoma City, OK on Friday night, which is followed by the Spring Nationals at Devils Bowl Speedway in Mesquita, TX.