Shepard Wins At Route 66

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Jeff Shepard sure got his kicks on Route 66 Thursday, leading all 25 laps of the “A” feature on his way first preliminary Pennzoil World of Outlaws feature win of the 2001 season.

“I just went out and did the best I could,” Shepard said. “I guess we finally got that monkey off of our back.”

Shepard got a jump off of turn four on the first lap, took the lead and never looked back. Behind him, positions two though five changed places many times. In the end, Mark Kinser came home second followed by Danny Lasoski, Andy Hillenburg, and Tim Schaffer.

Even though he dominated throughout the race, Shepard won by only half a car length, having to hold off Kinser at the end.

“I was working the bottom there at the end of the race, but then I started moving back up the track when I got into traffic,” Shepard said. “I got boxed in and when you start getting off the throttle and making mistakes like I was, I knew someone would be coming. I didn’t know it was Mark, but anytime you have to start checking up here somebody’s going to be right behind you.”

Paul McMahan finished sixth followed by Donny Schatz, Steve Kinser, Stevie Smith and Craig Dollansky.

The third place finish gave Danny Lasoski a two-point lead over Mark Kinser in the World of Outlaws Championship standings. Steve Kinser sits in third, 147 markers behind Lasoski.

The World of Outlaws return to action Friday night at Route 66 Raceway to complete the second leg of their double feature. The action is scheduled to begin at 7 p.m. (ET).

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