By STEVE EIGHINGER
Herald-Whig Staff Writer
With off-the-track news grabbing the headlines Sunday at Quincy Raceways, Brandon Sheppard put the focus back on the racing.
Sheppard, of New Berlin, Ill., led flag-to-flag in the 30-lap main event, lapping all but three other cars to win his second late model feature of the season. It was only the second flag-to-flag late model feature victory since May 12 -- the date of Sheppard's first win at Quincy.
Sheppard, the reigning UMP Summer Nationals Hell Tour champ, is expected to make Quincy his Sunday night home for the majority of what's left of the season. Sheppard is also chasing the UMP national title and Quincy is the only track in the region that runs on Sunday nights.
Sheppard also set a UMP era qualifying record when he ripped off a 79.361 mph lap in the prelims.
Series points leader Mark Burgtorf was second, more than six seconds behind Sheppard, the widest margin of victory at the track this season. Michael Long was third, Ricky Frankel fourth and Clint Kirkham fifth. Burgtorf (559) and Denny Woodworth (522) lead the points.
In the modifieds, Steven DeLonjay won for the eighth time in 11 tries this season, leading the final 20 feature laps ahead of Mike Van Deriet, Shawn Deering, Dave Wietholder and Shane Lewis. DeLonjay has led 154 of a possible 280 laps this season.
In the sport mods, Tony Dunker was a feature winner for the sixth time and extended his string of consecutive first- or second-place finishes to 24. Jim Gillenwater, Tanner Klingele, Greg Uppinghouse and Charles Van Zandt made up the rest of the top five.
In the stock cars, Terry Houston's third feature win tightened the series points race, pulling the defending champ within eight (339-331) of leader Abe Huls, who finished fifth.
In the sport compacts, Pat Dunker dominated field for his fourth checkered flag in a main event. Austen Becerra was runner-up.