2019 News

Drydene to Sponsor Rookie of the Year Weiss on 2020 World of Outlaws Tour

Canada’s favorite Dirt Late Model sensation will be back and bigger than ever in 2020.

Drydene Performance Products, the leader in high-performance oils and lubricants, announced today their newest sponsorship with Ricky Weiss, the 2019 World of Outlaws Morton Buildings Late Model Series Rookie of the Year.

The Weiss Racing team will hit the road as part of the full-time World of Outlaws roster for its second consecutive season, this time donning a brand-new graphics scheme featuring Weiss’ signature black base and the traditional Drydene red-and-white.

“We’re pretty excited to be able to be one of those guys who are labeled as the Drydene car. Hopefully, we can get them in Victory Lane at the new track,” said Weiss, of Headingley, Manitoba.

He’ll have his first chance to do exactly that in just 29 days, when the Outlaws head to New Mexico’s Vado Speedway Park for the inaugural Battle at the Border – another new track to Weiss, which will also be new to almost all competitors. But he’s done his homework and will be ready for the first points race on Jan. 3.

“We’re more than excited,” Weiss said. “We watched some footage from the races that they’ve had there, and it looked to be a lot like a track that will suit my driving style and my car.”

Since becoming the Official Motor Oil and DEF of the World of Outlaws and DIRTcar Racing last year, Drydene has made tremendous strides in the motorsports industry, highlighted by a title sponsorship deal made with the Xtreme DIRTcar Series in November. In 2020, Drydene and Weiss will take aim at World of Outlaws Victory Lane on the Late Model side together, as Weiss looks score a number of big checks as the newest member of Team Drydene.

“It’s awesome to see what Drydene’s putting into the sport,” Weiss said. “I think it’s phenomenal how much they can provide. They’re definitely getting their name out there. People definitely know, and if they don’t know, they’re going to know this year who Drydene is and what their goal is.”

Drydene unveiled its line of racing oil, Drydene Racing Formulas (DRF), last month during the Can-Am World Finals at The Dirt Track at Charlotte. Weiss believes it will propel him to a World of Outlaws victory for the first time in his career.

“I’m excited to get to use the products,” Weiss said. “I know it’s proven, but we’re definitely going to put it to the test. They’re not lacking on anything, and they’re not cutting corners, so I know it’s going to be top-of-the-line.”

See Weiss’ new Drydene-branded hot rod in action Jan. 2-5 at Vado Speedway Park for the 2020 season opener! Tickets are available at WorldofOutlaws.com or by calling 844-DIRT-TIX.

Weiss Tallies Seven-Win 2019 Season, Finishes 3rd in World of Outlaw Point Standings

The 2019 season saw Ricky Weiss travel to a total of 76 events behind the wheel of the Derrick’s Sandblasting No. 7 Kakela Farms/ J&C Properties/ Sweet-Bloomquist Race Car/ Vic Hill Race Engine Super Late Model entry. Losing 12 of his scheduled dates to Mother Nature, Weiss recorded seven wins, 38 Top-5 finishes, and 58 Top-10 outings.

He will look to kick off the 2020 season in mid-January at FK Rod Ends Arizona Speedway (Queen Creek, Ariz.) for the 14th annual Wild West Shootout.

World Finals Cap Off World of Outlaws Season, Weiss Finishes 3rd in Point Standings

Wrapping up the World of Outlaws Morton Buildings Late Model Series season, Ricky Weiss invaded the Dirt Track at Charlotte (Concord, North Carolina) on Thursday evening for the Can-Am World Finals. Drawing 69 cars for the rain-shortened qualifying session, Weiss recorded the 15th fastest time in his group before coming in ninth fastest on his second lap.

Coming two spots shy of a transfer position in his heat on Friday with a 5th place finish, Ricky went on to pick up a 10-lap consolation victory which positioned him 20th on the starting grid for the A-Main. With $12,000 on the line, Weiss passed six cars in the 50-lapper to place 14th.

On Saturday afternoon starting in third in his heat, Weiss streaked to an 8-lap heat race victory locking his spot into the $12,000-to-win finale. Rolling off sixth, Ricky broke into a podium spot early and overtook Jonathan Davenport for second on lap 33. Unable to close in on Jimmy Owens, Ricky Weiss notched a runner-up spot behind Owens with Dale McDowell, Mike Marlar, and Chris Madden rounding out the Top-5. (Brent Smith photo)

With his finish on Saturday night, Ricky Weiss finished third in the final World of Outlaws Morton Buildings Late Model Series point standings.

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

Weiss Attends Dirt Track World Championship at PRP

On Friday evening Ricky Weiss was one of 66 Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series entries on hand at Portsmouth Raceway Park (Portsmouth, Ohio) for the 39th annual Rhino Ag Dirt Track World Championship. With a new format setting the grid for the $100,000-to-win A-Main on Saturday night, Weiss followed up the 14th fastest time in his group with a 4th place finish in his heat. (Heath Lawson photo)

Transferring into the B-Main on Saturday, Ricky grabbed the third and final transfer spot which positioned him 21st on the starting grid for the main event. After pitting under caution on lap 15, Weiss brought out a caution on lap 53 that dropped him back to a 23rd place outing.

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

Top 10 Finish in Outlaw Action at 411 Motor Speedway

Ricky Weiss followed the World of Outlaws Morton Buildings Late Model Series to Lavonia Speedway (Lavonia, Georgia) on Thursday night kicking off the tripleheader. With 22 cars registered in for action, Weiss recorded the second fastest lap overall in time trials before cruising to an 8-lap feature. Starting the opening night feature in 4th, Ricky was battling for a Top 5 spot the majority of the race until contact with another competitor on lap 43 sent him spinning. Unable to finish, Weiss was credited with a 14th place outing.

On Friday evening at Cherokee Speedway (Gaffney, South Carolina) for the inaugural Mike Duvall Memorial, Ricky dropped one spot in his heat to place 5th. Starting the $10,000-to-win A-Main in 15th, Weiss improved one position in the 50-lapper to place 14th.

The following night at 411 Motor Speedway (Seymour, Tennessee), Weiss laid down the fastest lap overall in time trials before picking up a 10-lap heat race victory. With $10,000 on the line in the feature, Ricky dropped three spots in the 50-lap affair logging a 9th place finish. (Rick Neff photo)

Ricky has slipped back to fifth in the latest World of Outlaws point standings. For more results from these events, please visit www.WoOLMS.com.

Weiss Sweeps Fall Classic at Smoky Mountain

Ricky Weiss once again visited Victory Lane at Tennessee’s Smoky Mountain Speedway in his Derrick’s Sandblasting No. 7 Kakela Farms/ J&C Properties/ Sweet-Bloomquist Race Car/ Vic Hill Race Engine Super Late Model. His latest conquest at the Tennessee oval came on Saturday night with the Southern All Stars and was worth $7,500. (Zach Yost photo)

“We entered two Southern All Star events at Smoky Mountain Speedway this year, and we got two wins. That’s pretty awesome for our team,” Weiss said. “I knew we were real good [in the feature]. I could see [crewman] Shawn’s [Gage] signals. His sticks were getting further and further apart. I felt really good until the lapped cars. I was trying to move up, and it was give or take a little bit. The bottom was better one lap, the top was better the next. I tried to go through the middle, but it was a little too dirty. Finally, I was able to clear the traffic, and it was smooth sailing from there.”

On Saturday night Ricky Weiss visited Smoky Mountain Speedway (Maryville, Tennessee) for the Southern All Star Series sanctioned, King of the Mountain Fall Classic. In a field of 26 cars, Weiss topped the charts in time trials, which positioned him on the pole for the main event. Leading wire-to-wire, Ricky cruised to his seventh win of the season over Shanon Buckingham, David Crabtree, David Breazeale, and Eric Wells. Recording his second-career, Southern All Star Series victory, Weiss pocketed $7,500.

For more results from the event, please visit www.SASDirt.com.

Runner-up Finish in Outlaw Action at Selinsgrove

Ricky Weiss returned with the World of Outlaws Morton Buildings Late Model Series on Thursday night at Stateline Speedway (Busti, New York). Drawing 27 cars, Weiss edged his way into the $10,000-to-win A-Main with the 6th and final transfer spot in his heat. Rolling off 16th, Ricky gained five spots to place 11th.

The following night at Outlaw Speedway (Dundee, New York), Ricky recorded a runner-up finish in his heat behind Shane Clanton which positioned him 6th on the starting grid for the main event. After breaking into a podium spot near the halfway point of the 50-lapper, Weiss got tangled up with a lapped car that brought an early end to his night.

On Saturday evening at Selinsgrove Speedway (Selinsgrove, Pennsylvania) for the Jeff’s Auto Body National Open, Weiss passed five cars in his heat to pick up the 8-lap victory. Holding his spot for all 40-laps of the feature, Ricky notched a runner-up finish behind Darrell Lanigan with Brandon Sheppard, Shane Clanton, and Gregg Satterlee trailing them to the checkers. (Barry Lenhart photo)

Ricky is currently third in the latest World of Outlaws point standings. For more results from these events, please visit www.WoOLMS.com.

Weiss Records Preliminary Feature Win at Knoxville

Ricky Weiss achieved yet another career first over the weekend. The chauffeur of the Derrick’s Sandblasting No. 7 Kakela Farms/ J&C Properties/ Sweet-Bloomquist Race Car/ Vic Hill Race Engine Super Late Model streaked to his first-career victory at Knoxville Raceway on Friday night during a prelim for the 16th annual Lucas Oil Late Model Knoxville Nationals.

“Man, what a dream come true to win at Knoxville. It’s pretty crazy to think that we’ve got our first wins at Knoxville and Eldora all in the same year,” Weiss reflected. “We were real good on both Thursday and Friday night. Then on Saturday night we had a great car for the first half of the event, but after that lap-50, fuel stop we just weren’t as good. We weren’t bad, but if you are going to win at Knoxville against that caliber of competition, you have to be spot on. We’ll take our eighth-place finish and head down the road to the Outlaws events.”

On Thursday night Ricky Weiss trekked to Knoxville Raceway (Knoxville, Iowa) as the 16th annual Lucas Oil Late Model Knoxville Nationals came to life. With 55 Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series (LOLMDS) competitors on hand, Weiss locked his spot into the $7,000-to-win preliminary feature with a third-place finish in his heat race. Advancing two positions in the 25-lapper, Ricky notched a fourth-place finish behind Shane Clanton, Tyler Erb, and Darrell Lanigan with Ricky Thornton Jr. completing the Top 5.

Friday night presented the second round of preliminary action. Ricky laid down the ninth-fastest lap in his time trial group before capturing a 12-lap heat race victory. Starting on the pole for the feature, Weiss overtook Chris Madden for the lead on lap 16 as the duo battled through lapped traffic. From that point Ricky dominated the remaining distance en route to his sixth win of the season and a $7,000 payday. The win was his first-ever at the hallowed, ½-mile oval. (Heath Lawson photo)

Madden, Josh Richards, Tyler Bruening, and Don O’Neal trailed him to the checkers in the 25-lap affair.

With preliminary finishes from Thursday and Friday’s programs determining the starting grid for Saturday night’s finale, Weiss locked into the third-starting position. With $40,000 on the line, Ricky Weiss battled for a Top-5 finish early in the 100-lapper but ultimately faded after the fuel stop on lap 50 to cross the finish line in the eighth position.

For full results from the weekend’s events, please visit www.LucasDirt.com.

Ricky Weiss Records Podium Finish in World 100 Finale

Less than a week after winning the Baltes Classic at the famed Eldora Speedway, Ricky Weiss raced to a podium finish in the coveted World 100 at the ½-mile oval in his Derrick’s Sandblasting No. 7 Kakela Farms/ J&C Properties/ Sweet-Bloomquist Race Car/ Vic Hill Race Engine Super Late Model.

“We had an uphill battle most of the weekend with the inverts and everything, but we has an awesome racecar from the time that we unloaded and ended up with a podium finish in the World 100. It’s hard to be upset about that,” Weiss said. “We had a heck of a race there with [Bobby] Pierce and [Jonathan] Davenport for the second half of Saturday night’s race. We got to second at one point, and I thought I might have a chance to get to the lead, but the cards just didn’t fall quite right. I’m still thrilled with a third-place finish in the biggest race of the year.

“I just want to thank each-and-every sponsor on my racecar as well as everybody on my team. We’re having a great year right now and hopefully we can go to Knoxville this weekend and get a win.”

Ricky Weiss was back in action at Eldora Speedway (Rossburg, Ohio) on Thursday evening, kicking off the 49th annual World 100. In a field of 98 DIRTcar Super Late Models, Weiss recorded the 10th-fastest lap in his time trial group before placing fourth in his heat race. Starting the $10,000-to-win preliminary feature in 13th, Ricky passed six cars in the 25-lapper to register a sixth-place finish. (Heath Lawson photo)

Back to the grind on Friday evening, Ricky posted a third-place finish in his heat race, which positioned him 12th on the starting grid for the final preliminary feature. With $10,000 on the line, Weiss gained seven spots to finish fifth behind Dennis Erb Jr., Chris Madden, Jason Jameson, and Shanon Buckingham.

Wrapping up the 49th annual World 100 on Saturday evening, Weiss secured his spot into the finale with a runner-up finish in his heat race behind Stormy Scott. Starting the $52,000-to-win A-Main in the eighth position, Ricky improved five spots in the 100-lap affair to register a third-place finish behind Jonathan Davenport and Jimmy Owens with Stormy Scott and Chris Madden rounding out the Top 5.

For full results from the weekend’s events, please visit www.EldoraSpeedway.com.

Weiss Cruises to Baltes Classic Win at Eldora

For the second time in 2019, Ricky Weiss stood atop the Victory Lane stage at the famed Eldora Speedway. The latest visit to the coveted location came on Sunday evening during the 12th annual Baltes Classic.

The win marked his fifth of the 2019 season in his Derrick’s Sandblasting No. 7 Kakela Farms/ J&C Properties/ Sweet-Bloomquist Race Car/ Vic Hill Race Engine Super Late Model.

“I let a win slip away on Friday night with the Outlaws at Sharon Speedway, but tonight’s win definitely softens the blow. Anytime you can win at Eldora Speedway, it’s something special,” Weiss said. “”We unloaded with what we came here at the Dream, and all we did was free up all night. We were still a tick tight in the feature there, but hat’s off to the crew. They worked so hard, and I’m really fired up to get the World 100 underway.”

On Thursday night Ricky Weiss opened his extended Labor Day weekend of racing. He was one 26 World of Outlaws Morton Buildings Late Model Series entries on hand at I-96 Speedway (Lake Odessa, Michigan). Gaining one spot in his heat, Weiss recorded a fourth-place finish, which locked him into the $10,000-to-win feature. Passing four cars in the rain-shortened 24-lap affair, Ricky posted an eighth-place outing.

One night later, Weiss was in action in the “Buckeye State” as the Battle at the Border came to life on Friday evening at Sharon Speedway (Hartford, Ohio). Ricky followed up the ninth-fastest lap in time trials with a runner-up finish in his heat behind Chase Junghans. Starting the $6,000-to-win A-Main in the second position, Weiss raced to the lead on the 20th circuit of the 25 lapper. He held the top spot until the white flag lap when Brandon Sheppard nosed ahead for the lead. Sheppard won the drag race back to the line as Weiss had to settle for yet another runner-up finish in series action. Chase Junghans, Shane Clanton, and Darrell Lanigan rounded out the Top-5.

On Saturday evening, action at Sharon Speedway was preempted by a power failure at the track. The event was bumped to Sunday evening, but unfortunately Mother Nature axed the second round of the Battle at the Border. As a result, Weiss made the short trip to Eldora Speedway (Rossburg, Ohio) for the 12th annual Earl Baltes Classic.

In a field of 38 Sunoco American Late Model Series entries, Ricky secured his spot into the main event with an 8-lap heat race victory. Leading from wire-to-wire, Ricky Weiss soared to his fifth win of the season, which came over Freddie Carpenter, Zack Dohm, Jimmy Mars, and Ashton Winger. He earned a $5,000 payday for his dominant performance. (Jim DenHamer photo)

Ricky continues to sit second in the latst World of Outlaws point standings and has a commanding lead in the series’ Rookie of the Year battle.

For full results from the weekend’s events, please visit www.WoOLMS.com and www.EldoraSpeedway.com.