August (By Tyson Graves)
Brandon Sheppard has won about everything these is to win in dirt late model racing. The leading money winner from 2019 in all late model racing still has a couple events he has not won. One of those was right in his back yard. The Herald & Review 100 at Macon Speedway is considered a crown jewel to any Illinois driver.
A month later than normal the Summer Nationals Hell Tour rolled into the small town of Macon, Illinois. The fifth-mile high banked oval produces some of the best racing anywhere in the nation. Brandon Sheppard cut his teeth as a race car driver at the central Illinois bullring.
With the World of Outlaws off throughout some big portions of the Hell Tour Sheppard was able to jump in his family’s B5 Rocket and compete in some events. After nearly winning the night before at Fairbury Speedway, Brandon was hungry for that first Herald & Review win.
Brian Shirley took the early race lead and led the first 80 laps. On lap 81 Brandon was able to slip by Shirley and take over the race lead. Sheppard would hit his marks and cruise on to his first ever win in the Herald & Review 100. What made this night even more special was having his family with him in victory lane. This included his uncle Ed Bauman who is a two-time winner of the event.
Brandon has won some big races in his career but his win that night at Macon Speedway will be one he will never forget. Brandon Sheppard’s win in the fortieth annual event is one the top moments we experienced during the 2020 race season.
Photo: Tyson Graves