WoO Late Models Prep For Duck River Invasion

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Brandon Sheppard. (Jim DenHamer photo)

LEWISBURG, Tenn. – When the World of Outlaws Morton Buildings Late Model Series returns to Duck River Raceway Park on March 8, it will mark its fifth visit in series history.

There have been four different winners in the previous four appearances at the quarter-mile clay oval, with Volunteer State native Mike Marlar becoming the first driver from Tennessee to win an Outlaw race at the Duck when he won in 2017.

Marlar held off eventual series champion Brandon Sheppard to win that event.

Eric Wells (2013), Darrell Lanigan (2014) and Dale McDowell (2016) have also won Outlaw races at Duck River.

Sheppard will need to win to keep his hot streak rolling. Sheppard swept four World of Outlaws Morton Buildings Late Model Series events during the DIRTcar Nationals at Volusia Speedway Park and will be aiming for his fifth consecutive series victory.

If Sheppard can win at Duck River, then he’ll look to follow it up the next night at Smoky Mountain Speedway and tie the series’ consecutive win record.

Lanigan, second on the series’ all-time win list and owner of the six-race win-streak that Sheppard is looking to attack, will no doubt be motivated to protect his record by collecting his second victory at Duck River.

On the strength of his four wins, Sheppard is atop the championship standings in his quest for a second series crown. Shane Clanton, the 2015 champion from Georgia who won in February at Screven Motorsports Park is chasing Sheppard, with Chris Madden, Chase Junghans and Brian Shirley rounding out the top five in the standings.

Racing activity will get underway on Friday around 6 p.m., with the drivers meeting and hot laps to follow. Adult tickets are $25, kids 6-12 are $15 and kids 5 and under are free.

Joining the Outlaws in the racing program are the Durrence Layne Street Stocks, Durrence Layne 604 Crate Late Models, Pure Ponies, Pure/Hobby Stocks and Mod Lites.