27 December, 2002 -- American Sprintcar sensation Jeff Shepard tonight showed glimpses of his true form in the eighth round of the World Series Sprintcar Championship at Murray Bridge's Riverview Speedway. In his first visit to the tight 360m ...
27 December, 2002 -- American Sprintcar sensation Jeff Shepard tonight showed glimpses of his true form in the eighth round of the World Series Sprintcar Championship at Murray Bridge's Riverview Speedway.
In his first visit to the tight 360m circuit Shepard qualified a lowly 15th after only 3 hot laps when his session was cut short due to another car spinning in his session.
The opening heat race for the 31-year-old American treading where others feared to tread taking two cars on the outside in turn three to take over the race lead on the third circulation.
From this point on Shepard wasn't challenged and went on to record an easy heat victory.
"I had to get as many points as possible because we missed the qualifying set up a little and we need to move forward," said Shepard after his opening heat victory.
He then found his way to the front of his second qualifying heat before a rut caught the former World of Outlaws Rookie of the year off guard with an already loose set up sending him spinning out of the race lead.
"We changed the car slightly between heats and it was real loos in the opening laps, I just got up mid track and hit a rut when I was already sideways which brought me to a halt," lamented Shepard.
Shepard steered the Advanced Linemarking/Dave Jack Paving Eagle to sixth place at the chequered.
Starting from 11th in the 30 Lap A Main event Shepard manoeuvred his way into 7th by the end of the opening circulation and was moving forward in the pack at a rapid rate.
Within 3 laps however he pulled to the infield with a fuel leakage problem ending his good run.
"From the time I pushed off I knew something was a miss there was fuel coming in the cockpit on the right hand side," said Shepard.
"I could see it flowing in and I had to tilt my head to the left so I could see but after a few laps when it didn't go away I knew something had to be a miss.
"At this stage we haven't been able to pinpoint the problem but we will be cracking the whip to try and get it sorted before tomorrow nights race."