2018 News

Weiss Soars to Fourth Straight Win; Tops Fall Classic at Ogilvie

After a stellar 2018 campaign it only seemed fitting that Ricky Weiss would win his final race of the season. The Canadian racer did just that by taking his Derrick’s Sandblasting #7w Sweet-Bloomquist Race Car/ Vic Hill Race Engine Late Model to Victory Lane on Saturday evening during the finale for the Minnesota Truck Headquarters Fall Classic at Ogilvie Raceway. (Shawn Swanstrom photo)

The win was his 25th of the season, and was worth $2,000. Even more, he officially clinched the 2018 WISSOTA National Late Model Championship. This marks the fifth time that Weiss has achieved the feat.

“For the second-straight week, the weather changed our initial plans, but it didn’t slow us down,” Weiss said. “We headed to Ogilvie Raceway on Saturday, and even though we had a good car, we had to really work for the win after starting seventh. I’ve had 20 plus wins in a year before, but never with wins of this caliber. The icing on the cake was clinching our fifth WISSOTA National Championship.

“This has been a dream season, and I can’t want to see what the 2019 season will hold. We’re already focused on getting things ready, and hopefully we can add a few more marketing partners so that maybe we can make a run at a national tour. I want to say a special thank you to everybody who made this incredible year possible.”

On Saturday night Ricky Weiss was one of 25 Wissota entries signed in at Ogilvie (Ogilvie, Minnesota) for the Minnesota Truck Headquarters Fall Classic. Dropping one spot in his heat, Weiss scored a runner-up finish behind Travis Budisalovich, which positioned him seventh on the starting grid for the feature.

Outrunning fourth-starting Pat Doar, Ricky Weiss charged to his 25th win of the season, which came over Doar, Travis Budisalovich, Jesse Glenz, and John Kaanta. He pocketed a $2,000 payday for his 35-lap victory.

For more results from this event, please visit www.WISSOTA.org.

The 2018 season is now likely over for Weiss. He looks to open his 2019 season in early January during the 13th annual Wild West Shootout at FK Rod Ends Arizona Speedway. The miniseries will include six racing events held over the course of 10 days. For more information on the events, please visit www.WildWestShootout.net.

Ricky Weiss Captures Red Clay Classic Win at ABC Raceway

With Mother Nature wiping out his original plans, Ricky Weiss was 30 Super Late Models signed in at ABC Raceway (Ashland, Wisconsin) on Friday night for the 43rd annual Red Clay Classic. After laying down the fastest time overall in qualifying, Weiss cruised to a heat race victory locking him on the pole for the feature on Saturday night. Leading flag-to-flag, Ricky Weiss cruised to his 24th win of the season over Travis Budisalovich, Jimmy Mars, A.J. Diemel, and Kyle Peterlin. He was awarded a $5,000 payday for his dominant performance in the 50-lap affair. (Troy Krob photo)

For more results from this event, please visit www.ABCRaceway.com.

Weiss Tops Stock Car Stampede at Jamestown; Victorious in Autumn Classic at Casino Speedway

Friday night found Ricky Weiss in action at Jamestown Speedway (Jamestown, North Dakota) for the 47th annual Stock Car Stampede. With 25 Super Late Models on hand for the two-day event, Weiss improved six spots in his heat race to pick up the win. Earning the 3rd-starting position for the main event on Saturday night, Ricky passed Dustin Strand for the lead on lap-26 and held the top spot for the final four laps capturing his 22nd win of the season and a $3,000 payday. Strand, Shane Edginton, Curt Gelling, and Mike Balcaen completed the Top-5 finishers in the 30-lap affair. (Mike Spieker photo)

On Sunday Ricky stopped at Casino Speedway (Watertown, South Dakota) for the final night of the Autumn Classic. After starting the night off with a heat race victory, Weiss topped Chad Becker, Josh Skorczewski, D.J. Tesch, and Curt Gelling in the 25-lap feature registering his 23rd win of the season.

For more results from these events, please visit www.JamestownSpeedway.com and www.CasinoSpeedway.com.

Ricky Rules WISSOTA 100 at I-94 Speedway

On Wednesday night Ricky Weiss kicked off the WISSOTA 100 at I-94 Speedway (Fergus Falls, Minnesota) pulling double duty in the Super Late Model and Open Wheel Modified ranks. In a field of 38 Super Late Models, Weiss gained four positions in his heat scoring a 2nd place finish behind Shawn Kirwin. Earning the 3rd-starting position for the preliminary feature, Ricky moved up one spot to place 2nd behind Brian Diede with Dan Ebert, Don Shaw, and Marshall Fegers rounding out the Top-5.

Hopping behind the wheel of Cody Skytland-owned #711 Open Wheel Modified, Ricky came up one spot short of a transfer position into the opening night feature with a 5th place finish in his heat.

The following night, Ricky locked his spot into the Super Late Model feature with a 8-lap heat race win. Starting on the pole, Weiss topped Jeff Wildung, Cole Schill, Mike Balcaen, and Shane Edginton at the line in the 15-lappper scoring his 20th win of the season. (Mike Spieker photos)

In the Open Wheel Modified division, Weiss dropped one spot in his heat logging a 3rd place finish. Starting the feature in 23rd, Ricky passed eight cars reeling in a 15th place outing.  

On Friday night after dropping one spot in his heat race to place 3rd, Ricky passed ten cars in the feature registering a 2nd place finish behind Don Shaw with Kyle Peterlin, Ryan Mikkelson, and Josh Skorczewski.

During the same night in his Modified, Ricky was an early retiree from his heat race that prevented him from transferring into the the A-Main.

Wrapping up the WISSOTA 100 on Saturday, Ricky had already locked into the 5th-starting position based off his preliminary performances. Outrunning 3rd-starting Jeff Wildung after a late-race restart, Ricky Weiss soared to his 21st win of the season in the 40-lapper beating Wildung, Shane Edginton, Josh Skorczewski, and Kyle Peterlin to the line. He pocketed a $10,000 payday for his dominant performance.

Rolling off 7th in his Open Wheel Modified Last Chance Race, Ricky scored a 6th place finish positioning him 30th on the starting grid for the finale. With 30-laps to gain some ground, Ricky Weiss passed 12 cars to place 18th.

For more results from these events, please visit www.WISSOTA.org.

Weiss Sweeps John Seitz Memorial Weekend at River Cities Speedway

The weekend may have not gone exactly as Ricky Weiss envisioned it, but by the time the final checkered flag had dropped, the Canadian racer was all smiles. (Mike Spieker photos)

After being unable to compete in the 48th annual World 100 at Ohio’s Eldora Speedway because of technical issues, the team hightailed it to River Cities Speedway (Grand Forks, North Dakota), where they entered the 12th annual John Seitz Memorial. The long trip paid dividends as Ricky Weiss won a prelim feature and then streaked to the $9,200 finale victory in his Derrick’s Sandblasting #7w Sweet-Bloomquist Race Car/ Vic Hill Race Engine Late Model.

“Well, the weekend couldn’t have possibly started on a more disappointing note, but it ended up really well,” Weiss said after winning his first-career John Seitz Memorial. “We were really bummed that we were unable to compete in the World 100, but the rules are the rules, and now that we know we have an issue, we’ll make the necessary changes.

“Despite the letdown, our team didn’t give up and we came back and had an awesome weekend at River Cities Speedway. I’ve been wanting to win this race for a long time. It’s kind of funny how things work out sometimes.”

The 12th annual John Seitz Memorial weekend started on a sour note after Mother Nature forced Thursday’s Northern Late Model Racing Association (NLRA), Prelude to the Johnny program to be postponed until Saturday afternoon.

As a result the event officially came to life on Friday night with preliminary action for the $9,200-to-win, John Seitz Memorial. Weiss passed three cars in his heat race to finish in the runner-up slot behind Scott Ward. Earning a spot into the Dash, Ricky posted a third-place finish positioning him the third on the starting grid for Saturday night’s finale.

Weiss grabbed the lead early in the 92-lap finale, and paced the field until A.J. Diemel took control on lap 50. Regaining the lead from Diemel on lap-66, Ricky Weiss held off a hard-charging Don Shaw to pick up 19th win of the season over Shaw, A.J. Diemel, Scott Ward, and Joey Pederson. Weiss pocketed a $9,200 prize for his performance in the 92-lap affair.

Earlier on Saturday, Weiss outran a talented field of 44 Northern Late Model Racing Association (NLRA) entries at River Cities Speedway to claim the rescheduled Prelude to the Johnny. Leading flag-to-flag, Ricky Weiss topped Jeffrey Massingill, Jake Redetzke, Dustin Strand, and Shane Edginton at the line capturing a $1,292 payday.

For more results from these events, please visit www.NLRA.org.

Ricky Weiss Tallies 16th Win of the Season at Winnipeg; 17th at River Cities

Kicking off the action packed Labor Day Weekend, Ricky Weiss invaded Red River Co-op Speedway (Winnipeg, Manitoba) on Thursday evening for the WISSOTA Race of Champions Qualifier. Gaining one spot in his heat, Weiss scored an 8-lap heat race victory positioning him on the pole for the A-Main. Outrunning 7th-starting Mike Balcaen, Ricky Weiss cruised to his 16th win of the season topping Balcaen, Dustin Strand, Jesse Teunis, and Kevin Sexton at the line. (Tim Johnson photo)

The following night at River Cities Speedway (Grand Forks, North Dakota), Weiss locked his spot into the A-Main with an 8-lap heat race victory. Starting the feature in 9th, Ricky wheeled his way to the front to pick up his 17th win of the season over David Smith, Bill Mooney, Brody Troftgruben, and Mike Balcaen.

Saturday night brought 26 Northern Late Model Racing Association (NLRA) entries to Viking Speedway (Alexandria, Minnesota) for the Labor Day Doubleheader. Jumping up three spots in his heat, Weiss scored a 5th place finish locking him into the 14th-starting position for the $1,200-to-win A-Main. Moving up two spots in the 30-lapper, Ricky Weiss logged a 12th place outing.

On Sunday evening for another $1,200-to-win A-Main, Ricky secured his spot into the finale with a 2nd place finish in his heat behind Don Shaw. Rolling off 4th, Weiss was an early retiree from the 30-lapper while being credited with a 22nd place finish.

For more results from these events, please visit www.RedRiverCoopSpeedway.cawww.RiverCitiesSpeedway.com, and www.NLRA.org.

Weiss Lands Runner-up Finish in Dirt Million Prelim; 4th in Saturday’s Finale

On Friday evening Ricky Weiss followed the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series (LOLMDS) to Mansfield Motor Speedway (Mansfield, Ohio) for the inaugural Dirt Million. With a stout field of 77 Super Late Models on hand for two rounds of preliminary features, Weiss jumped up one spot in his heat to place 2nd behind Jonathan Davenport. Earning the 5th-starting position for the $10,000-to-win opening night A-Main, Ricky passed three cars in the 30-lapper reeling in a 2nd place finish behind Davenport with Don O’Neal, Devin Moran, and Shannon Babb completing the Top-5 finishers. (Heath Lawson photo)

With his spot already locked into Saturday’s $202,940-to-win finale, Weiss received the 3rd-starting position after the redraw. Overtaking Don O’Neal for the lead on the lap-10, Ricky held the top spot for the next five circuits until Shannon Babb took control for the ensuing 60 laps. Hanging on to a Top-5 finish in the 100-lap affair, Ricky Weiss notched a 4th place spot behind Earl Pearson Jr., Bobby Pierce, and Gregg Satterlee with Scott Bloomquist coming in 5th.

For more results from these events, please visit www.LucasDirt.com.

Ricky Weiss Captures First Career National Touring Victory; $50,000 Richer

Ricky Weiss recorded a dream performance in Saturday night’s 36th annual Sunoco Race Fuels North-South 100 at Florence Speedway behind the wheel of his Derrick’s Sandblasting #7w Sweet-Bloomquist Race Car/ Vic Hill Race Engine Late Model.

The Canadian hot shoe took the lead on lap 59 and went on to pace the field for the final 41 circuits en route to the $50,000 payday in the crown jewel event.

“It’s hard to put into words what this win means to me,” Weiss said. “Our team has come so far. We used to go to these races and just hoped to make the big show. Now we are winning these shows. Shawn (Gage) and my whole crew have been pushing and working so hard, and it shows on the track. Cody (Mallory) and Scott (Bloomquist) have been a tremendous help with my program. I want to thank all of my sponsors because I couldn’t do it without them. We hope to add some more marketing partners before next year, so that we can go after a national tour next year. I think this shows that we are ready.”

After starting the extended Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series (LOLMDS) weekend quietly with a 25th-place finish in Wednesday night’s Ralph Latham Memorial at Florence Speedway (Union, Kentucky), Weiss kicked things into gear on Thursday night with a sixth-place finish in the $10,000-to-win North/South Shootout.

Friday night saw 56 LOLMDS entries signed in for the opening round of the two-day North-South 100. Following a third-place finish in his first heat, Weiss streaked to a 10-lap heat race victory in his second heat, which locked him into the sixth-starting position for the A-Main on Saturday evening.

After running in a podium spot for the first 58 circuits, Weiss inherited the lead on lap-59 when the leader suffered a flat-tire. Holding off Hudson O’Neal in the closing laps, Ricky Weiss captured his first-career national touring victory and his 15th win of the season along with a $50,000 payday. Tim McCreadie, Hudson O’Neal, Jimmy Owens, and Jonathan Davenport completed the Top-5 finishers in the 100-lap affair. (Heath Lawson photo)

For more results from these events, please visit www.LucasDirt.com.

Weiss Attends Sun Drop Shootout at Shawano Speedway; Wins FANSFund Dash at Cedar Lake Speedway

Tuesday night saw Ricky Weiss in action at Shawano Speedway (Shawano, Wisconsin) for the World of Outlaws Craftsman Late Model Series sanctioned Sun Drop Shootout. In a field of 26 cars, Weiss got caught in a tangle in his heat race that left him sidelined for the evening.

On Thursday evening Weiss followed the World of Outlaws to Cedar Lake Speedway (New Richmond, Wisconsin) for the 31st annual USA Nationals. With 45 cars registered in for action, Ricky gained two spots in his heat logging a 6th place finish. Transferring into the B-Main for another shot at the A-Main, Weiss scored a runner-up finish behind Chris Simpson positioning him 19th on the starting grid for the feature. With $6,000 on the line, Ricky Weiss advanced through the field 11 spots in the 40-lap affair to place 8th.

The following night for two rounds of heat races, Weiss jumped up two spots in his first heat to place 3rd. Rolling off 5th in his second heat, Ricky passed three cars reeling in a runner-up finish behind Jimmy Mars. Earning a spot in the USA Nationals Pole Dash, Ricky dropped three spots in the 8-lapper to place 8th.

During the same night, Ricky landed a 2nd place finish in the 40-lap NASCAR Late Model feature trailing Jesse Glenz across the line with Darrell Nelson, Jake Redetzke, and James Giossi completing the Top-5 finishers.

Earning a spot into the FANSFund Dash, Ricky Weiss topped the 11-car field in the 12-lapper to pick up the $2,900 prize.

Starting the $30,000-to-win finale in the 8th on Saturday evening, Ricky Weiss slipped back to a 17th place outing after bringing out a caution on lap-94.  

For more results from these events, please visit www.WoOLMS.com.

Ricky Weiss Stays Undefeated at Red River Co-op Speedway

Ricky Weiss invaded Red River Co-op Speedway (Winnipeg, Manitoba) on Thursday evening piloting his A.I.E. Communications #7 Super Late Model entry. Gaining four spots in his heat, Weiss cruised to an 8-lap heat race victory positioning him 7th on the starting grid for the A-Main. Outrunning hard-charging Mike Balcaen, Ricky streaked to his 14th win of the season in the feature topping Balcaen, Kevin Sexton, Shane Edginton, and Aaron Turnbull at the line.  (Tim Johnson photo)

For more results from this event, please visit www.RedRiverCoopSpeedway.ca.