Sheppard Bests Simpson In LaSalle Late Model Skirmish

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Brandon Sheppard celebrates after winning Sunday's MARS Racing Series feature at LaSalle Speedway. (Mike Ruefer Photo)
Brandon Sheppard celebrates after winning Sunday's MARS Racing Series feature at LaSalle Speedway. (Mike Ruefer Photo)

LASALLE, Ill. – Brandon Sheppard found a way by Chris Simpson to win Sunday’s MARS Racing Series Rip-It 50 at LaSalle Speedway, earning $10,000 for his efforts.

Simpson started second and took the lead early on, with Sheppard coming from fourth to pursue Simpson. Sheppard moved into second on lap 28 when Rusty Schlenk dropped out of the race with mechanical issues.

From there it was a battle between Sheppard and Simpson, with Sheppard eventually emerging with the lead after nearly 20 circuits on lap 46.

Sheppard would go on to win by 1.7 seconds, with Simpson holding off Brian Shirley to finish second. Josh Richards and Bobby Pierce completed the top-five.

The finish:

Brandon Sheppard, Chris Simpson, Brian Shirley, Josh Richards, Bobby Pierce, Frank Heckenast Jr., Dennis Erb Jr., Jimmy Mars, Ryan Unzicker, Kyle Strickler, Shannon Babb, Jason Feger, Taylor Scheffler, Rich Bell, Myles Moos, Mike Provenzano, Mike Chasteen Jr., Rusty Schlenk, Mike Spatola, Jake Miller, Tegan Evans, Lyle Zanker.