August 2018

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.

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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)

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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.  

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