Shepard on the charge at Powercom. 24 April, 2003 - When the World of Outlaws returned to the Powercom Park on Tuesday evening Jeff Shepard was a man on the move. Driving the Helm Motorsport Vivarin Maxim Shepard pass more cars than any other...
Shepard on the charge at Powercom.
24 April, 2003 - When the World of Outlaws returned to the Powercom Park on Tuesday evening Jeff Shepard was a man on the move.
Driving the Helm Motorsport Vivarin Maxim Shepard pass more cars than any other driver in the 40-lap A-main event, passing some of them twice including series leaders Steve Kinser and Danny Lasoski.
"We were fast, the car was great all night long," said Shepard.
Shepard set the 9th fastest qualifying time around the 1/3 mile venue during the 2-lap qualifiers that virtually set the rest of the night up.
He then went on to finish second on his heat race to earn a top ten starting position for the A-Main event.
By mid race Shepard was making huge inroads on the race leaders to be inside the top 5 before a fuel nozzle line came adrift brining him to a halt in turn one.
"The motor went off song and then when I looked down to I knew exactly what the problem was," lamented the former Kevin Gobrecht Rookie of the year.
With 18 laps still remaining Shepard had the Vivarin Maxim pushed to the work area to have the problem rectified and restarted from the rear of the field.
Knowing that he had the pace on board to match it with the leaders the Upperco, Maryland pilot sliced his way through the traffic to be knocking on the door of his fourth top 5 finish at the chequered flag.
Although a little disappointed to finish sixth with such a fast set up Shepard was pleased with the outright pace of the Vivarin Maxim and believes that the team is not far away from another victory.
"Man we were fast. To pass that many cars in such a stellar field you have got to be fast," Shepard commented.
"If it wasn't for our mishap I think we would have been a serious contender for the victory, but hey that's motor racing."
Shepard and the Vivarin Helm Motorsport team will now focus on the next World of Outlaws sanctioned event, the Spring Classic, to be held this Friday and Saturday night at Knoxville Raceway, IA.