Vado Speedway Park (Vado, NM) – Wild West Shootout – January 7th-8th, 2023. (Tyler Rinken photo)


Brandon Sheppard

Brandon Sheppard banks four top-five finishes in Wild West Shootout

Brandon Sheppard returned to the driver’s seat of the Sheppard Riggs Racing No. B5 Longhorn Chassis Late Model on Wednesday afternoon to compete in the third round of the Rio Grande Waste Services Wild West Shootout at Vado Speedway Park (Vado, N.M.).

Following the second-fastest lap in his time trial group, Sheppard outran Garrett Alberson in his heat to pick up the win. Losing one spot late in the 30-lap feature, Brandon raced to a third-place finish. He followed Jonathan Davenport and Bobby Pierce across the line.

For another $10,000-to-win program on Friday, Brandon came in first in his heat race before dropping one spot in the A-Main to finish fifth. He recorded his fourth consecutive top-five finish behind Bobby Pierce, Jonathan Davenport, Garrett Alberson, and Kyle Larson.

On Saturday, Sheppard’s runner-up finish in his heat race placed him on the third row for the feature. With $10,000 on the line, Brandon was an early retiree from the 40-lapper on lap 16 after battling a faulty spark plug.

The weekend concluded on Saturday with Brandon grabbing the fourth-and-final transfer spot into the $25,000-to-win Wild West Shootout finale. Coming one spot shy of a top-10 finish in the 50-lap affair, Sheppard inched forward three positions to place 11th.

Brandon finished seventh in the final Wild West Shootout miniseries point standings.

Full results from the weekend are available at

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