Sheppard will try and protect points lead Sunday

April 26, 2012 9 Comments

Brandon Sheppard, the 19-year-old sensation from New Berlin, Ill., will return to the Bullring Sunday night as the UMP Super Late Model national points leader. The first-year regular at 8000 Broadway has a mildly comfortable lead over Scott Schmitt of Tonica, Ill., who was on hand in Quincy on opening night.

Sheppard has 614 points and Schmitt 568 in the early going. UMP Super Late Model drivers get to count their top 35 shows of the season, so there’s obviously a long, long, long way to go. But it’s still kind of cool we have the national points leader as a Sunday night regular in at the Bullring.

UMP SUPER LATE MODEL NATIONAL POINTS LEADERS
Drivers in bold face have raced at Quincy this season
1. Brandon Sheppard, 614
2. Scott Schmitt, 568
3. Dewayne Kiefer, 555
4. Jim Moon, 541
5. Ryan Unzicker, 535
6. Jason McBride, 496
7. Michael Kloos, 460
8. Bobby Pierce, 457

WHAT A NIGHT IT MIGHT HAVE BEEN

What was doubly disappointing about last Sunday’s rainout was the quality of late model field that was going to be on hand. During one of my grandsons’ soccer games a few days ago I was able to spend a few minutes talking with a crew member of one of our local drivers who was at the Northern Allstars race last Fiday in Farmer City. He said all the big guns that were on hand that night — including Shannon “The Moweaqua Missile” Babb — said hey were going to make the trek to the Bullring on Sunday. Oh well, patience is a virtue, they say. There should still be plenty of big nights at the Bullring this summer.

EVERY THREE HOURS

At this writing, the weather looks decent, a slight chance of a mild shower early Sunday. What you always need to remember about the forecast is it changes every three hours. If we can get in Sunday’s action I would say April would be a success, despite rainouts the last two weeks. I’ll take three race nights in April any year. If it makes you feel any better, Lee County Speedway in Donnellson, Iowa, has not been able to race yet. Hopefully, new promoter Dewain Hulett can get in his twice-delayed opening night on Friday.

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  1. just a fan says:

    How does Unzicker with 5335 points get 5th? Are You using blonde math again? We’re hoping to catch some double dirt slinging this weekend. 18 days feels like a year. See ya SUNDAY!

  2. tracy reed says:

    how about some lap times with all the down time. bench racin is better than no racin.

  3. just a fan says:

    Oh yes I wanted to ask you. If I haven’t completely lost my mind for two weeks in a row Long & Reed have finished 2nd & 3rd in the UMP mods, with two different winners sneaking buy for the checkers. In your professional opinion do you think Long or Reed will finally have it hooked up a flying all sails ahead to victory lane or does another driver slide in for the win? I haven’t made up my mind yet but figure it should be quite interesting. Lot of dark horse drivers in that class.

  4. seighinger says:

    just a fan, first comment: trying to be a smart aleck, eh??!!! bwahahahaha …

    tracy, i have forwarded your request to the prince of numbers …

    just a fan, second comment: i feel a michael long win coming sunday night … wonder what GMF thinks?

  5. GMF says:

    Im all for Long winning Sunday…. Dear Jesus I need a whale and to prove Im not the hex in this blondeship!

  6. just a fan says:

    Did he send you a letter respectfully declining you fanship since you’ve taken him both times thus season? You’re a hex do do do do do you’re a hex. Bwahaha! Hoping to see some of our local IMCA boys take it to Victory lane tonight. Good luck to all the UMP boys traveling this weekend.

  7. GMF says:

    Just so you know Lori totally hexeded Mr waterman with her slutty should be on the pole hair

  8. lead foot says:

    What pole are you talking about? Is Lori taking pole dance leasons from FLASH DANCE WILSON?

  9. just a fan says:

    Bwahaha! Heard him & Dave both finished second. Also heard Long won. Watched Dunker win last nigh. Gee those Illinois boys clean up nice. Woohoo rocking it Illinois style!! Congratulations to all. So ready for Sunday.

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