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05.07.21
THUNDERING TO 70: SHEPPARD ENDS DROUGHT WITH DAIRYLAND SHOWDOWN WIN AT MISSISSIPPI THUNDER SPEEDWAY!

Cory Mahder Turns Late-Race Run Into USRA Modified Win on Night 1 Of Two-Day Special!



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By World Of Outlaws.com & Dan Bailey
FOUNTAIN CITY, WI (Friday May 7, 2021) – IT’S THE NEW BERLIN, IL DRIVER’S 70TH CAREER WORLD OF OUTLAWS VICTORY

Holding his hands together, Brandon Sheppard raised them to the sky in thanks of the gift before him. Victory. Relief… Finally.

The three-time and defending champion ended his longest drought of starting a season without an official World of Outlaws Morton Buildings Late Model win (15 races) by finding Victory Lane Friday night at Mississippi Thunder Speedway. Along with it came a $12,500 top prize, as well.

It was also the New Berlin, IL driver’s 70th Series win. He’s now eight wins away from tying four-time champion Josh Richards for most all-time (78).

Sheppard felt a victory was coming after several consistent runs over the last month.

“Everybody’s been working together really hard trying to figure out what we need to do to get back to Victory Lane,” Sheppard said. “I know we’ve been close the last month, but we’ve been just trying to find that little bit of extra, and we’re getting things back to normal.”

While Sheppard added to his impressive list of accolades, he also kept another driver from taking his first checkered flag.

Lake Elmo, MN driver Brent Larson got off to a fast start, keeping his car locked on the bottom. He powered past six drivers in the first 10 laps and grabbed the lead.

Larson opened a sizeable advantage in traffic, but Sheppard started to reel him back in. That’s when the “Rocket Shepp” made his move, driving around Larson on the outside. It wasn’t something Sheppard could do early in the race.

“At the beginning of the race, the bottom was blowing crumbs up to the top, so I knew the top wasn’t the best place to be,” Sheppard said. “Once we got into lap traffic, we got up there and started hustling and it worked out for us.”

When the top groove came in, it may have signaled the end of Larson’s chances to win. He knew he couldn’t come off the bottom if he wanted to keep his momentum going.

“The top came in, and I was really too tight to be up there,” Larson said. “I didn’t cut our tire up to take that much abuse. We didn’t see any tire wear [Thursday] when we were testing, and tonight we blistered.”

Even though Larson didn’t get to Victory Lane, second is still important for the Minnesota campaigner. It’s his best finish on the World of Outlaws Late Models Series, so far.

“It’s a great feeling,” Larson said. “It’s a great accomplishment for our team. It’s a good reminder to us that we can do this, and show other people the same thing.”

Jimmy Mars finished third, Cade Dillard was fourth, and Chris Madden crossed the line fifth.

Sheppard and Larson weren’t the only contenders for the win. Both had late challenges from Ryan Gustin, who was running third until his night took an unfortunate end due to a mechanical failure with five laps to go. “The Reaper” had a lot of damage including a broken driveshaft.

He was disappointed because it was a car he felt could win.

“I’m not sure what tires the other two were running, but that caution toward the end didn’t help us,” Gustin said. “We should be able to get it back together and hopefully be there at the end tomorrow.”

UP NEXT: The Most Powerful Late Models on The Planet return to Mississippi Thunder Speedway Saturday, May 8, for night two of the Dairyland Showdown presented by Dynamic Concrete Resurfacing.

Saturday’s Feature is 60-laps, paying $22,500-to-win. If Sheppard wins again, he’ll get a $5,000 bonus.

CORY MAHDER RIPS OFF MODIFIED FEATURE WIN IN CLOSING LAPS

Elk Mound, WIs Cory Mahder turned a late-race charge into a USRA Modified feature win with his #55. "I saw Cory (Crapser) just couldn't quite keep it down on the bottom of one & two," said Mahder in the Whitewater CDJR Victory Lane, "When he gave me that opening, and wasn't about to NOT take it."

After grabbing the evening's opening heat race, Mahder lined up his Modified on the outside of the second row of the 24-car field. Racing into the top 3 on lap four and never dropping out of the 20-lap battled that raged at the front of the pack until the checkered flag waived.

Pole sitter Cory Crapser was dominant through the first half of the 25-lap feature, keeping his #07 chugging along at the bottom of the banking on both ends of the speedway. While Crapser was showing strength and speed coming up and out of the turns, Jake Timm challenged from the topside with his #49.

As Timm and Crapser ran the extreme two grooves (top and bottom respectively) Mahder used the entire feature to size up the competition and pick the perfect opportunity to make a move. In the closing laps, Crapser slipped ever so slightly in turn one, leaving an open invitiation for mahder to pounce on the extreme inside lane that suddenly became available.

The three sliced and diced for the closing circuits with Mahder holding on for a run to the checkeres followed by Crapser and Alex Williamson.

Second and third heat race winners Rodney Sanders and Calvin Iverson succumed to machanical issues which forced early race DNFs on both.

MISSISSIPPI THUNDER SPEEDWAY returns to green-flag action tomorrow night (Saturday) with night number two of the The World of Outlaws Morton Buildings Late Models two-day special event - The DAIRYLAND SHOWDOWN PRESENTED BY DYNAMIC CONCRETE RESURFACING!!

The evening's festivities begin with the general admission Grandstand Gates opening at 3:30 pm; Hot Laps at 5:30 will be followed by Qualifying at 5:45 and then 6:15 Opening Ceremonies will be followed by green-flag action from The World of Outlaws Morton Buildings Late Models & Rivercity Manufacturing USRA Modifieds!
  • Adult Grandstand admission just $40
  • Senior Citizens (65 & Older) only $37
  • Students (13-17) only $5
  • Children 12 & under ABSOLUTELY FREE!
Remember, it's the 2021 policy of MISSISSIPPI THUNDER SPEEDWAY that all members of Law Enforcement are welcomed to the track with free grandstand admission (with proper ID) all season long!

MISSISSIPPI THUNDER SPEEDWAY is located 3.0 miles north of Fountain City on Wisconsin Highway 35. For more information, call 608-687-3282 or visit www.MississippiThunder.com on the World Wide Web.

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MISSISSIPPI THUNDER SPEEDWAY is presenting its 13th season of top-notch dirt track action in Fountain City, WI. The high-banked 1/3 mile dark-clay oval has become known as one of the best speedways in the upper Midwest presenting dirt track racing in a fan and family friendly atmosphere Friday nights throughout the racing season.

For all details, continue visiting the MISSISSIPPI THUNDER SPEEDWAY web site: www.MississippiThunder.com



RESULTS - FRIDAY MAY 7th

5/7/2021 Night #1 of The Dairyland Showdown presented by Dynamic Concrete Resurfacing at MISSISSIPPI THUNDER SPEEDWAY

Morton Buildings Feature (40 Laps)-1. 1-Brandon Sheppard [2][$12,500]; 2. B1-Brent Larson [7][$6,000]; 3. 28M-Jimmy Mars [11][$3,500]; 4. 97-Cade Dillard [4][$2,800]; 5. 44-Chris Madden [12][$2,500]; 6. 25-Chad Simpson [10][$2,300]; 7. 8-Kyle Strickler [5][$2,200]; 8. 32-Bobby Pierce [6][$2,100]; 9. 99JR-Frank Heckenast [9][$2,050]; 10. 18B-Shannon Babb [14][$2,000]; 11. 10S-Taylor Scheffler [8][$1,600]; 12. 49-Jake Timm [18][$1,400]; 13. 28-Dennis Erb [20][$1,200]; 14. 7-Ricky Weiss [23][$1,100]; 15. 99B-Boom Briggs [15][$1,050]; 16. 74-Mitch McGrath [13][$1,000]; 17. 11-Gordy Gundaker [22][$1,000]; 18. 29-Spencer Diercks [19][$1,000]; 19. 55C-Chad Mahder [21][$1,000]; 20. 19R-Ryan Gustin [3][$1,000]; 21. 16-Tyler Bruening [1][$1,000]; 22. 20-Rodney Sanders [16][$1,000]; 23. 22-Daniel Hilsabeck [24][$1,000]; 24. 32S-Chris Simpson [17][$1,000] Hard Charger: 7-Ricky Weiss[+9]

Qualifying Flight-A –1. 74-Mitch McGrath, 13.743; 2. 16-Tyler Bruening, 13.821; 3. 8-Kyle Strickler, 13.822; 4. B1-Brent Larson, 13.837; 5. 97-Cade Dillard, 13.842; 6. 32S-Chris Simpson, 13.85; 7. 99JR-Frank Heckenast, 13.896; 8. 28M-Jimmy Mars, 13.934; 9. 3-Brett Swedberg, 13.963; 10. 99B-Boom Briggs, 13.964; 11. 77-Jordan Yaggy, 14.067; 12. 25J-Jared Siefert, 14.098; 13. 66-Ron Berna, 14.223; 14. 29-Spencer Diercks, 14.284; 15. 10-Paul Parker, 14.459; 16. 24-Brad Waits, 14.519; 17. 10C-Chad Olsen, 14.589; 18. 22-Daniel Hilsabeck, 14.71; 19. 55C-Chad Mahder, 14.738

Qualifying Flight-B-1. 1-Brandon Sheppard, 13.504; 2. 32-Bobby Pierce, 13.638; 3. 10S-Taylor Scheffler, 13.698; 4. 19R-Ryan Gustin, 13.706; 5. 25-Chad Simpson, 13.75; 6. 44-Chris Madden, 13.788; 7. 18B-Shannon Babb, 13.815; 8. 19-Dustin Sorensen, 13.854; 9. 49-Jake Timm, 13.864; 10. 76-Blair Nothdurft, 13.911; 11. 11-Gordy Gundaker, 14.009; 12. 28-Dennis Erb, 14.013; 13. 15-Nick Anvelink, 14.166; 14. 20-Rodney Sanders, 14.21; 15. 90-Lance Matthees, 14.322; 16. 7-Ricky Weiss, 14.324; 17. 43-Jeremy Grady, 14.453; 18. 6M-Jeff Massingill, NT; DNS. 39-Tim McCreadie, NT

Drydene Heat #1 – Flight (A) (10 Laps) – Top 4 Transfer-1. 97-Cade Dillard [3]; 2. 8-Kyle Strickler [2]; 3. 99JR-Frank Heckenast [4]; 4. 74-Mitch McGrath [1]; 5. 3-Brett Swedberg [5]; 6. 66-Ron Berna [7]; 7. 77-Jordan Yaggy [6]; 8. 55C-Chad Mahder [10]; 9. 10C-Chad Olsen [9]; 10. 10-Paul Parker [8]

Drydene Heat #2 – Flight (A) (10 Laps) – Top 4 Transfer-1. 16-Tyler Bruening [1]; 2. B1-Brent Larson [2]; 3. 28M-Jimmy Mars [4]; 4. 99B-Boom Briggs [5]; 5. 32S-Chris Simpson [3]; 6. 29-Spencer Diercks [7]; 7. 25J-Jared Siefert [6]; 8. 24-Brad Waits [8]; 9. 22-Daniel Hilsabeck [9]

Drydene Heat #3 – Flight (B) (10 Laps) – Top 4 Transfer-1. 1-Brandon Sheppard [1]; 2. 10S-Taylor Scheffler [2]; 3. 25-Chad Simpson [3]; 4. 18B-Shannon Babb [4]; 5. 49-Jake Timm [5]; 6. 15-Nick Anvelink [7]; 7. 11-Gordy Gundaker [6]; 8. 90-Lance Matthees [8]; 9. 43-Jeremy Grady [9]; 10. 39-Tim McCreadie [10]

Drydene Heat #4 – Flight (B) (10 Laps) – Top 4 Transfer-1. 19R-Ryan Gustin [2]; 2. 32-Bobby Pierce [1]; 3. 44-Chris Madden [3]; 4. 20-Rodney Sanders [7]; 5. 28-Dennis Erb [6]; 6. 7-Ricky Weiss [8]; 7. 19-Dustin Sorensen [4]; 8. 76-Blair Nothdurft [5]; 9. 6M-Jeff Massingill [9]

Last Chance Showdown 1 (10 Laps) – Top 3 Transfer-1. 32S-Chris Simpson [2][-]; 2. 29-Spencer Diercks [4][-]; 3. 55C-Chad Mahder [7][-]; 4. 22-Daniel Hilsabeck [10][$110]; 5. 24-Brad Waits [8][]; 6. 3-Brett Swedberg [1][$110]; 7. 10C-Chad Olsen [9][$110]; 8. 77-Jordan Yaggy [5][$110]; 9. 25J-Jared Siefert [6][]; 10. 66-Ron Berna [3][]; 11. 10-Paul Parker [11][]

Last Chance Showdown 2 ( Laps)-1. 49-Jake Timm [1][-]; 2. 28-Dennis Erb [2][-]; 3. 11-Gordy Gundaker [5][-]; 4. 15-Nick Anvelink [3][$110]; 5. 7-Ricky Weiss [4][]; 6. 90-Lance Matthees [7][$110]; 7. 43-Jeremy Grady [9][$110]; 8. 6M-Jeff Massingill [10][$110]; 9. 19-Dustin Sorensen [6][]; 10. 76-Blair Nothdurft [8][]; 11. 39-Tim McCreadie [11][]

RIVERCITY MANUFACTURING USRA MODIFIEDS
A FEATURE (25 Laps)

Finish Start # Competitor Hometown +/-
1 4 55 Cory Mahder Cory Mahder Elk Mound, WI 3
2 1 07 Cory Crapser Cory Crapser Chippewa Falls, WI -1
3 6 15W Alex Williamson Alex Williamson Rushford, MN 3
4 3 49 Jake Timm Jake Timm Winona, MN -1
5 9 89 A.J. Diemel A.J. Diemel Elk Mound, WI 4
6 8 22T Michael Truscott Michael Truscott Chippewa Falls, WI 2
7 10 1M Curt Myers Curt Myers Cameron, WI 3
8 13 69 Lucas Schott Lucas Schott Chatfield, MN 5
9 15 51 Chris Oertel Chris Oertel Marshfield, WI 6
10 12 99 Josh Angst Josh Angst Winona, MN 2
11 11 94 John Doelle John Doelle Arcadia, WI -
12 18 21 Jacob Bleess Jacob Bleess Chatfield, MN 6
13 17 99L Steve Lavasseur Steve Lavasseur River Falls, WI 4
14 24 93 Mike Knopps Mike Knopps Chippewa Falls, WI 10
15 20 30 Matt Leer Matt Leer Bruce, WI 5
16 14 33Z Zack VanderBeek Zack VanderBeek New Sharon, IA -2
17 23 15 Steve Bangart Steve Bangart Auburndale, WI 6
18 19 2 Andrew Bleess Andrew Bleess Chatfield, MN 1
19 DNF 22 6T7 Brian Albrecht Brian Albrecht Winona, MN 3
20 DNF 2 20 Rodney Sanders Rodney Sanders Happy, TX -18
21 DNF 5 0 Jake O'Neil Jake O'Neil Tucson, AZ -16
22 DNF 7 27X Calvin Iverson Calvin Iverson Eleva, WI -15
23 DNF 16 51W JT Wasmund JT Wasmund Pine Island, MN -7
24 DNF 21 18 Michael Hofer Michael Hofer Cochrane, WI -3


USRA MODIFIEDS
HEAT 1
Finish Start # Competitor Hometown +/-
1 3 55 Cory Mahder Cory Mahder Elk Mound, WI 2
2 2 0 Jake O'Neil Jake O'Neil Tucson, AZ -
3 4 07 Cory Crapser Cory Crapser Chippewa Falls, WI 1
4 1 99 Josh Angst Josh Angst Winona, MN -3
5 5 33Z Zack VanderBeek Zack VanderBeek New Sharon, IA -
6 7 99L Steve Lavasseur Steve Lavasseur River Falls, WI 1
7 8 2 Andrew Bleess Andrew Bleess Chatfield, MN 1
8 6 6T7 Brian Albrecht Brian Albrecht Winona, MN -2

USRA MODIFIEDS
HEAT 2
Finish Start # Competitor Hometown +/-
1 3 27X Calvin Iverson Calvin Iverson Eleva, WI 2
2 1 22T Michael Truscott Michael Truscott Chippewa Falls, WI -1
3 2 49 Jake Timm Jake Timm Winona, MN -1
4 5 1M Curt Myers Curt Myers Cameron, WI 1
5 6 69 Lucas Schott Lucas Schott Chatfield, MN 1
6 7 21 Jacob Bleess Jacob Bleess Chatfield, MN 1
7 4 30 Matt Leer Matt Leer Bruce, WI -3
8 8 15 Steve Bangart Steve Bangart Auburndale, WI -


USRA MODIFIEDS
HEAT 3
Finish Start # Competitor Hometown +/-
1 2 20 Rodney Sanders Rodney Sanders Happy, TX 1
2 1 15W Alex Williamson Alex Williamson Rushford, MN -1
3 3 89 A.J. Diemel A.J. Diemel Elk Mound, WI -
4 5 94 John Doelle John Doelle Arcadia, WI 1
5 4 51 Chris Oertel Chris Oertel Marshfield, WI -1
6 8 51W JT Wasmund JT Wasmund Pine Island, MN 2
7 7 18 Michael Hofer Michael Hofer Cochrane, WI -
8 6 93 Mike Knopps Mike Knopps Chippewa Falls, WI -2


full results

MTS results at MyLaps.com

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