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Brandon Sheppard Wins Rain-Delayed Farmer City 74

Brandon Sheppard

Dirt Racing’s Winning Moment: Brandon Sheppard closed out Illinois Speedweek with another score for the home-state drivers, besting Gordy Gundaker with 28 laps to go and driving away to the Farmer City 74 win Monday night (April 15). The feature had originally been scheduled for Friday but was rescheduled due to rain.

Gundaker took the lead from the pole and led the majority of the event, but eventually fell to Sheppard’s pressure after having several bad laps where he didn’t hit the cushion right, according to his post-race interview on MAVTV. 

Again, an Illinois bullring wreaked havoc on the points standings and contenders in the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series ranks, with Hudson O’Neal retaking the lead with a top-five run after Brandon Overton faded in the late laps. 

Dirt Racing’s Dramatic Moment: The two most recent LOLMDS champions made hard contact on lap 30, with Tim McCreadie suffering a flat left-rear tire, turning into traffic and tearing up Jimmy Owens’s passenger side like a can opener.

McCreadie endured another rough finish as a result and remained a distant fifth in the series standings, while Owens soldiered on to a top-10 finish.

What Dirt Racing Fans’ll Be Group Chatting About This Morning

Let’s recap Illinois Speedweek. Yes, the racing on the black-dirt bullrings was very good, with the additions of Farmer City and Fairbury to the Lucas Oil tour worthy changes to the slate (and Farmer City was confirmed during Monday’s stream to be returning for 2024).

While the racing was excellent on the merits, the chaos that these events caused among the LOLMDS regulars should not be expected to repeat itself in 2024. This time next year, all the LOLMDS that don’t call Illinois home will return with an actual notebook for these tracks and will immediately be more competitive for it.

Away from Monday’s rescheduled program, Flo Racing was again in the news with the American Sprint Car Series announcing that their broadcast deal with the streamer had been put on pause.

Unfortunately, the American Sprint Car Series will not be broadcast on FloRacing for the foreseeable future. We are working to rectify the situation as quickly as possible. We are sorry for the inconvenience.

Posted by American Sprint Car Series on Monday, May 15, 2023

As of this writing there’s nothing official that’s been reported as to the cause of the outage, though combing through social media the…

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