WSS: DFR, Shepard - podium finish 2002-12-28

28 December, 2002 -- After two disappointing nights on the World Series Sprintcar Championship trail Jeff Shepard returned to the podium in the ninth round of Australia's premiere Sprintcar Series. After qualifying a lowly 13th Shepard was ...

28 December, 2002 -- After two disappointing nights on the World Series Sprintcar Championship trail Jeff Shepard returned to the podium in the ninth round of Australia's premiere Sprintcar Series.

After qualifying a lowly 13th Shepard was determined to move up the order finishing second in his two heat races to be in seventh position entering the A Main, missing a maiden start in the pole shuffle by a mere two points.

Following several aborted starts due to turn one incidents Shepard maneuvered his way into 5th position by the completion of the opening circulation.

His charge was assisted when the third placed runner spun out of contention mid way through turns one and two on lap 3, meaning Shepard lined up in fourth position for the restart.

Within a lap the former World of Outlaws Rookie of the year capitalized on a mistake by the third placed runner to elevate the Advanced Linemarking/Dave Jack Paving Eagle into a podium finishing position.

"I wasn't even pushing it was all about capitalizing on everyone else's mistakes," said Shepard.

As the leading trio sliced their way through lapped traffic with 6 laps remaining Shepard pounced to take over the runner up position and set about closing the gap between him and the race leader.

In the closing laps Shepard chased down to be in a challenging position for the race lead only to be hampered by lapped traffic and forced to settle for second place.

"After the last two nights I am very happy for me and the entire team to be on the podium, especially after our disappointing qualifying effort," said Shepard on the podium.

"I knew the set up was good from the start of the final and it was only going to get better, which it did.

"The track was really racy in the feature event but my main aim was to get the car across the line in one piece and reward the team with a result after their tireless efforts over the past few days."

The Disbury Family Racing team will now ready themselves for an assault on the tough Sydney Sprintcar scene on January 1st to ready themselves for an assault on the Part Plus $50,000 to win show.

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