Sheppard Is East Bay Late Model Star

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Brandon Sheppard (1) races under Tyler Era at East Bay Raceway Park. (Al Steinberg photo)
Brandon Sheppard (1) races under Tyler Erb at East Bay Raceway Park. (Al Steinberg photo)

GIBSONTON, Fla. — Brandon Sheppard returned to victory lane at East Bay Raceway Park on Tuesday night during the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series-sanctioned Wrisco Industries Winternationals presented by Lucas Oil.

This win was Sheppard’s fourth career win at the “Clay by the Bay” and he becomes the third different winner in three events this year.

Brandon Overton charged from 13th starting spot to finish second, his second podium finish in three series races this season. Tim McCreadie gained seven positions to claim third at the finish.

Tim Dohm started on the pole and finished in fourth, while defending series champion Jonathan Davenport rounded out the top five.

Dohm and Sheppard started on the front row and had a spirited race for the lead in the early going. Sheppard led the first circuit before Dohm assumed the point a lap later. Sheppard regained the lead as he had to hold off a brief challenge from Overton to secure his 16th career series victory.

Sheppard was in contention for the win on Monday night until he and Kyle Bronson got together, he was not going to be denied victory lane in the second race of the week at East Bay.

“I was surprised that he (Overton) was there,” Sheppard said. “There are a lot of tough cars here and especially when I messed up down in that one corner. I started doing something different and I knew the top was going to go away as the race wore on. I probably squeezed Brandon off a little bit going into one there.”

Brandon Sheppard (Paul Arch photo)
Brandon Sheppard (Paul Arch photo)

Overton was complimentary of the track.

“What an awesome race track,” Overton said. “I just got there a little too late when it cleaned up a little bit on the bottom. We had a really good race car again. Yesterday I just made the wrong adjustments on everything and I kind of figured it out tonight in our heat race, now on to tomorrow. This place is crazy, we just need to quit burying ourselves early in the night. We kind of have been using up our stuff to get to the front.”

McCreadie made a nice charge to finish third.

“You are forced to move out there a lot,” McCreadie said. “We made some good changes on this Mega Plumbing ride. We made it way better in the feature. I did get every restart on the bottom there at the end, which helped. For a lot of years all I ever thought was winning is all that matters and everything else wasn’t a lot of fun, so you realize you are going to leave a lot of nights unhappy. Consistency is not a bad thing, because once you are consistent and you gain speed, the wins will come.”

The finish:

Brandon Sheppard, Brandon Overton, Tim McCreadie, Tim Dohm, Jonathan Davenport, Mike Marlar, Josh Richards, Jeff Mathews, Devin Moran, Billy Moyer Sr., Mason Zeigler, Billy Moyer Jr., Tyler Bruening, Hudson O’Neal, Shane Clanton, Trever Feathers, Earl Pearson Jr., Dennis Erb Jr., Jimmy Owens, Shanon Buckingham, Tyler Erb, Stormy Scott, Chris Garnes, David Breazeale, Brian Shirley, Boom Briggs, Johnny Scott, G.R. Smith, Chase Junghans.