Rain helps Shepard 's cause 10 January, 2003 - The fickle Sydney weather turned it's wet weather performance on at the right time for Jeff Shepard and the Disbury Family Racing team in Night One of the Parts Plus $50,000 to win Sprintcar ...
Rain helps Shepard 's cause
10 January, 2003 - The fickle Sydney weather turned it's wet weather performance on at the right time for Jeff Shepard and the Disbury Family Racing team in Night One of the Parts Plus $50,000 to win Sprintcar Championship.
Rain delayed the start of proceedings by over 2 hours and with Shepard to be the fifth car on the rain soaked raceway qualifying well was always going to be tough.
Battling with a tight set up on the Advanced Linemarking/Dave Jack Paving Eagle Shepard set a fast time of 12.700 seconds around Parramatta City Raceway.
As the field filed through for qualifying Shepard dropped down the order from 3rd fastest when the time was set to 19th at the completion of qualifying.
With the top 16 qualifiers being inverted for the heat races Shepard started from position 5 inn his heat. In a high calibre field 31-year-old Shepard finished fourth to ensure a direct transfer into the A Main event.
By finishing fourth he also qualified for the second dash race to decide the starting positions for the outside row of the 20-lap Preliminary A Main event.
Starting from position 7 Shepard maneuvered his way into sixth at the finish to start the Preliminary A-Main from 12th spot.
Continuing to battle with a tight racecar the team made some set up changes prior to the A Main event but unfortunately coming through turn two for the second occasion the Advanced Linemarking/Dave Jack Paving Eagle suffered a severe bicycle.
Such was the severity of the two wheeled adventure that Shepard was lucky to bring the car back to the surface without upending the machine. The impact however stripped the left hand rear torsion stop ending his run.
"I knew I had to run the bottom because the car was so tight all night long but I couldn't get down there and the car came up on two wheels. I knew we were done as soon as I came back down," lamented Shepard.
But all was not lost for the South Australian based team with a rain shower coming during a red light stoppage three laps later forcing race organizers to reschedule a complete restart to start proceedings tomorrow night.
"For once it seems some luck has gone our way," said Shepard.
"I wont speak too soon but it appears as though we have hopefully put our motor problems that have plagued us over the past few events and I am looking forward to moving up the order tomorrow."
The Disbury Family Racing team will return to Parramatta City Raceway tomorrow night for the final night of the Parts Plus $50,000 to win Sprintcar Championship.