Sheppard Nabs First Southern All Star Win At Smoky Mtn.

Brandon Sheppard celebrates in front of the crowd after winning Saturday night’s Southern All Stars Dirt Racing Series feature at Smoky Mountain Speedway. Photo by Michael Moats

Brandon Sheppard made his first visit to Maryville, Tennessee’s Smoky Mountain Speedway count as he got his first win with the Southern All Stars Dirt Racing Series on Saturday night.

The win gave the Berlin, Illinois speedster a $7,500 payday in the 50 lap feature.

Sheppard took the lead from pole sitter Shane Clanton of Zebulon, Georgia, on lap 15, and then worked lapped traffic to his advantage en route to the win in a caution free event.

Chris Madden moved up from his seventh place starting spot to finish in second, with Tim McCreadie in third, Clanton in fourth and Eric Wells in fifth.

Mike Marlar, Brian Shirley, Tyler Erb, Shannon Buckingham and Jimmy Owens rounded out the top ten.

Points leader Casey Roberts of Toccoa, Georgia did not attend the event, giving the points lead to Bo Shirley.

Seventy-two year old Lamar Winkle, a member of the East Tennessee Racing Hall of Fame, attempted to qualify for the event, but failed to make his way into the feature. Meanwhile, Chickamauga, Georgia’s Dale McDowell developed mechanical problems at the start of his heat race, ending his night.

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Southern All Stars Dirt Racing Series
Smoky Mountain Speedway – Maryville, TN
Race Results – April 29, 2017

Pending Tire Test

1. Brandon Sheppard
2. Chris Madden
3. Tim McCreadie
4. Shane Clanton
5. Eric Wells
6. Mike Marlar
7. Brian Shirley
8. Tyler Erb
9. Shannon Buckingham
10. Jimmy Owens
11. Jason Jameson
12. Rickey Weiss
13. Michael Chilton
14. Joey Coulter
15. Vic Hill
16. T.J. Reaid
17. Austin Horton
18. Bo Shirley
19. Tommy Kerr
20. Skip Arp
21. Michael Page
22. Donald McIntosh
23; Brandon Overton
24. Kyle Hardy


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