ALLSTAR: Jeff Shepard leads standings after East Bay

17 February, 2003 - Jeff Shepard has started the 2003 season in almost the best way possible by leading the points in the All Star Series of Champions after the first 8 nights of competition. Competing in the traditional Florida swing of the ...

17 February, 2003 - Jeff Shepard has started the 2003 season in almost the best way possible by leading the points in the All Star Series of Champions after the first 8 nights of competition.

Competing in the traditional Florida swing of the series that includes the prestigious Winter Nationals Shepard was one of the pace setters all fortnight long.

Following his feature win on the 3rd of four nights in the Winternationals Shepard was the top pointscorer for the 50-lap A Main event.

With the format for the Winternationals being that the top 6 in points are inverted for the starting positions in the feature Shepard started from 6th in his Imperial Packaging Denny Ashworth owned Eagle.

Battling with a very wet track, humid conditions and a tight race car Shepard was unable to make any impressions on the leaders of the event, eventually being classed as sixth across the line.

"The car was just too tight all race long. It was the first time in 2 weeks that we have missed the set up and I couldn't move forward or even be on the pace," said Shepard.

"In saying that though it has been great to work with the Ashworth team again and reward them with their first ever win here in Florida on Friday night."

The Florida events were the perfect shakedown for the former World of Outlaws Rookie of the Year prior to his return to "the greatest show on dirt" this weekend in the O'Reilly World of Outlaws opener at Hanford, California.

"I am really looking forward to the season with the Vivarin supported Helm Motorsports team with the Outlaws and I am confident that we can be one of the front running teams all year long," commented Shepard.

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