Shepard wins at Pike County. 23 March, 2003 - Driving the Vivarin supported Helm Motorsport Maxim Jeff Shepard returned the winners circle on Friday night in the O'Reilly World of Outlaws round held at Pike County Speedway. In doing so he...
Shepard wins at Pike County.
23 March, 2003 - Driving the Vivarin supported Helm Motorsport Maxim Jeff Shepard returned the winners circle on Friday night in the O'Reilly World of Outlaws round held at Pike County Speedway.
In doing so he became the seventh different winner in the O'Reilly World of Outlaws Championship thus far in 2003.
The victory was Shepard's third career O'Reilly World of Outlaws A-Main event adding to his 3 Preliminary A-Main events he has won throughout the years.
After qualifying 11th fastest in the 28 car field the former Kevin Gobrecht Rookie of the Year winner went on to finish fourth in his heat race and qualify for the first dash to decide the inside row positions for the A-Main event.
By virtue of winning the dash the 31-year-old started on pole for the 35-lap A-Main.
At the drop of the flag Shepard jumped into the race lead to open a comfortable gap before an incident where Craig Keel turned over brought about the first caution of the event.
Joey Saldana made an attempted outside pass on the restart to take over the race lead but Shepard held strong. Several laps later Shepard was relieved of the front running by Saldana and then dropped one further position mid race when Steve Kinser passed him.
With 10 laps remaining Shepard was comfortable in third place when Kinser stopped with a flat right rear tyre. During the caution period the race leader also stopped leaving Shepard to inherit the race lead.
He went on to take the win ahead of good friend, Daryn Pittman who finished 8-car lengths adrift of the Vivarin Maxim.
"We got lucky, there is no doubt about it but when your running with the Outlaws you have got to have luck on your side," smiled Shepard in victory lane.
"It's about time I had some luck go my way. My guys did a great job with the Vivarin Maxim tonight and the Charlie Garrett Engine, Goodyear tyres and VRP shocks all worked superbly."
"I hope we can have a lot more nights in victory lane throughout the season as the team have worked very hard to get here and it's great to be able to reward them with a win."
The following night Shepard and the Vivarin Helm Motorsport team travelled to Houston Raceway Park in Baytown, Texas. Shepard qualified in 17th position to make the transfer through his heat race into the A-Main event. After starting from 17th in the A-Main event he finished 14th.
After 8 events in the 2003 O'Reilly World of Outlaws Championship Shepard is currently seventh, 98 points in arrears of Championship leader Danny Lasoski.