11 December, 2002 -- American Sprintcar sensation is only 8 days away from again gracing Australian shores. In his debut tour "down under" last summer Shepard won many fans through his sensational speed on the circuit and charismatic charm off...
11 December, 2002 -- American Sprintcar sensation is only 8 days away from again gracing Australian shores.
In his debut tour "down under" last summer Shepard won many fans through his sensational speed on the circuit and charismatic charm off the track. He came within 3 minutes of capturing Australia's greatest Sprintcar race, the Grand Annual Sprintcar Classic.
This year he has competed in the All Star Series of Champions where he won more feature events than any other driver, including the 1200lbs Nationals at the world's home of Sprintcar racing, Knoxville Raceway.
Following his first Christmas without snow 31-year-old Shepard will debut in the World Series Sprintcars Championship at Adelaide's Speedway City on his first of three straight night's racing with Disbury Family Racing.
Currently he is getting as much of his favourite past time as possible in his native Upperco, Maryland area hunting down as many geese and deer as possible.
He is a passionate hunter and enjoys the challenge immensely "You Aussie's just don't understand how much fun this is!" joked Shepard recently
"No it's not cruel, it is a sport and a great challenge testing your reflexes and hand to eye co-ordination."
Despite not contesting the entire 2002 World of Outlaws Championship Shepard was last week voted as one of the top 20 drivers in America.
"It is an honour to be held in as high regard with such drivers inside the top 20 and I hope to be further up next year after joining with the Helm Motorsports team in the 2003 World of Outlaws Championship," commented Shepard on the announcement.