Brandon Sheppard's special helmet for the Gateway Dirt Nationals. (Sheppard Riggs Racing Photo)

Sheppard To Race Special Scheme During Gateway Dirt Nationals

NEW BERLIN, Ill. — With the Gateway Dirt Nationals approaching, Sheppard Riggs Racing has formed a unique partnership with TrueTimber and Anheuser-Busch to honor and pay tribute to the more than 16,000 members of the Veteran Golfers Association nationwide.

The partnership was formed to introduce new fans to the sport of dirt late model racing, with the Gateway Dirt Nationals being held in the backyard of Anheuser-Busch Headquarters. 

“The race at the Dome in St. Louis is one of the coolest atmospheres that we race in all year.” said Co-Owner and Driver Brandon Sheppard. “The idea that we can welcome such an awesome group of Veterans into our sport by introducing them to some exciting dirt track racing is just an honor and both the Riggs and Sheppard families couldn’t be more excited about what we can do to further the VGA mission in 2023.”

Sheppard will debut a new red, white and blue paint scheme on his Sheppard Riggs Rocket XR1 featuring TrueTimber’s Viper Snow pattern, the iconic Budweiser logo on the rear quarter panel, and the VGA’s logo on the hood. 

The VGA, having just wrapped up its National Championship at Trump Doral in Miami last month, is eager to continue to grow what has already become the Nation’s largest competitive Veteran sporting organization.

“On behalf of the Veteran Golfers Association, we are Honored that Brandon Sheppard and the Sheppard Riggs Racing Team have chosen to support the VGA as a salute to its thousands of members across the country during the Gateway Dirt Nationals as well as the 2023 racing season.” stated VGA President Josh Peyton. 

“We are excited to have Brandon spread the mission of the VGA and give our members and fans an opportunity to go out and watch some exciting racing.” added VGA Vice President, Joe Caley.

Brandon Sheppard and the Sheppard Riggs VGA/Budweiser / TrueTimber XR1 will hit the track for the first prelim of the Gateway Dirt Nationals on Thursday with a $30,000 prize on the line during Saturday Nights Finale.