26 December, 2002 - It seems ironic that with all of his achievements across America and last year in Australia Jeff Shepard will tonight be a World Series Sprintcar Championship "Rookie." Making his first appearance this summer with the Disbury...
26 December, 2002 - It seems ironic that with all of his achievements across America and last year in Australia Jeff Shepard will tonight be a World Series Sprintcar Championship "Rookie."
Making his first appearance this summer with the Disbury Family Racing team Shepard will make his first start in a World Series sanctioned event at Adelaide's Speedway City.
In last season's debut at the circuit Shepard took a comprehensive victory in a local event followed the next week by a incident that ended his night on the opening lap of the Sprintcar Stampede A Main while in a promising position.
The seventh round of the World Series Sprintcars will be the first of three straight nights of racing for Disbury Family Racing as the follow the tour through to Murray Bridge and Mount Gambier.
"Last year we did a couple of shows at the Adelaide track which is quite a nice circuit, well it was when we raced last year, they tell me it was a little different when World Series came to town in November," said Shepard.
"Whatever they dish up I'm sure we can work on a fast set up."
With regards to the Riverview circuit the only time Shepard has viewed the track is footage from last years World Series round at the venue.
"I watched a video last year when I was out here and it seems a real tight bullring and not real easy to pass. I think qualifying is going to be ever so important on such a tight track and with such tough competition," commented Shepard.
The third straight night of racing will be in the South East of South Australia at the Borderline Speedway in Mount Gambier where the Shepard finished third in last year's Kings Challenge.
"We really sucked in qualifying and in our heat races but we made it to the A Main and kept out of trouble to finish third, if we can get a better start to the night I'm sure we will be up the front come feature time," Shepard believes.
All in all the next three days will be action packed for the former World of Outlaws Rookie of the Year and Disbury Family Racing.