Former NASCAR Pinty’s Series race winner to drive car prepared by veteran car owner and crew chief Dave Jacombs beginning at Jukasa Motor Speedway.
Shepherd and Jacombs will field a car and compete in the next race on the 2018 Pinty’s Series schedule on June 16 and the duo plan on teaming up for a handful of races this season.
“It’s a great place for us to start the season. I was fortunate enough to turn a lot of laps there last year and I am really comfortable with the place,” said Shepherd.
Shepherd has five wins in his previous 24 Pinty’s Series starts and four overall with Jacombs.
“A lot of people may not remember but I had a brief stint with Dave (Jacombs) in 2008,” said Shepherd. “He is a guy who never cuts corners with his race team, everything is meticulous, but more importantly his cars are always fast.”
Shepherd with join teammate Adam Martin on the Jacombs-owned team. Martin is the defending Josten’s Rookie of the Year and Shepherd looks forward to working with Martin and the entire team.
“I’ve had plenty of experience racing with guys out of the same shop,” added Shepherd. “To me it’s a benefit to be able to share information like that. I think that Jacombs Racing does a fantastic job with setting up the cars and I know that we will be really close right out of the trailer at every track.”
Shepherd III will also have a familiar name on the car with a very familiar family number as he’ll be racing the No. 79 National Exhaust Ford. His colors will mirror his father’s (Pete Shepherd Jr.) paint scheme he used in the early 1990s.
“I thought it was a great opportunity to bring back some of my favorite memories as a child,” said Shepherd. “My father is my racing hero and the timing was great to honor his success. He retired at the age of 32 so that I could pursue my racing dreams and I am that age now.
“I can’t thank Tom Baker from National Exhaust enough for buying into this paint scheme with me, and if we can re-create some of the victory lane photos that my Dad, and family, did back in the early 90’s we will be okay!”
Shepherd will follow up the race at Jukasa with his next race slated to be his initial visit to Autodrome Chaudiere.
“I’m confident we will be able to get out east to Antigonish, but I really would like to do the Toronto Indy this season,” said Shepherd. “I think I can showcase how strong my road course skills have become. New Hampshire is also not out of the question, so follow me on social media for the latest news!”