WoO LM: Brandon Sheppard tries to maintain early success against Stacked Volusia Field

Brandon Sheppard

The Morton Buildings World of Outlaws Late Models are geared up for four nights of racing at the DIRTCar Nationals in Volusia this weekend, only it won’t open the season this time.

The tour kicked off it’s year way back in the first weekend of January in Vado, New Mexico for a three-race weekend and come to Barberville this week for what is normally the season opener.

Fans of Brandon Sheppard are just hoping it goes as well as the first portion of his season has gone.

WoO LM: Brandon Sheppard tries to maintain early success against Stacked Volusia Field

Sheppard and Rocket1 Racing have been putting the entire dirt racing community on notice in the first month of the year.

In his 13 races with the team, Sheppard has corralled four wins and has failed to finish outside of the top three just once in that time.

That includes a stretch of three, second-place finishes with the Outlaws at Vado Speedway Park.

The stellar start to the season has Sheppard sitting atop the Outlaws late model points standings three races into the planned, 55-race schedule.

With the DIRTCar Nationals stretching on over the week, it will bring some extra competition and familiar faces in to take on the series regulars.

Both 2016 and 2018 series champions Josh Richards and Mike Marlar, respectively, as well as 10-time Sprint Car champion Donny Schatz plan on racing through the weekend.

Not to mention, 2015 rookie of the year Brandon Overton plans to race as well.

It all starts on Wednesday night at Volusia Speedway Park, with hot laps scheduled to begin at 5:30 p.m. ET on DirtVision.com.

For more breaking news and updates for this race as well as all of the World of Outlaws events for the year, follow our Motorsport department on twitter at @RacingVault.

2020 World of Outlaws Late Model Standings
Position Driver Points Behind
1 Brandon Sheppard 438 -0
2 Ricky Weiss 434 -4
3 Chris Madden 428 -10
4 Cade Dillard 422 -16
5 Darrell Lanigan 412 -26
6 Mike Marlar 412 -26
7 Scott Bloomquist 400 -38
8 Dennis Erb Jr. 394 -44
9 Rick Eckert 388 -50
10 Stormy Scott 380 -58
11 Bobby Pierce 378 -60
12 Chase Junghans 378 -60