2020 News

Third Time’s a Charm: Ricky Weiss Eyeing Championship Campaign in 2021

Canadian Sensation Brings Back Drydene as Sponsor, Building His Own Cars

If statistical trends mean anything, 2021 will be the year of Ricky Weiss. (Michael Boggs Photography)

Today, the Headingly, Manitoba, Canada native confirmed that he’ll return to the World of Outlaws Morton Buildings Late Model Series in 2021 with his sights set on the $100,000 championship. After earning Racing Electronics Rookie of the Year honors with a third-place finish in 2019, then a runner-up result in 2020, all that remains for The Manitoba Missile is the prestigious title.

Continuing his relationship with Drydene Performance Products, Weiss is proudly bringing them back as the primary sponsor on his No. 7 for the second year now. He’ll keep Vic Hill power under the hood, but is making some changes elsewhere in his program.

Building his own chassis, Weiss has split with his Team Zero Race Cars over the off-season to build his own machines in 2021; a new adventure that he hopes will instill some new life in his budding operation.

“I feel more confident than ever going into this next year with our whole team,” Weiss said. “If you look back at where we started with the Outlaws in 2019 to where we are now, we’ve grown leaps and bounds. We were the top rookie, then we won some races, now I really want to go contend for a title with Brandon [Sheppard]. I’m proud to have Drydene back on board with us and ready to get the season rolling next month.”

With more than 55+ races on a massive 2021 slate spanning from January to November and Florida to North Dakota, a championship against The Most Powerful Late Models on the Planet will be no easy task. To earn the crown and write his name into the record books, Weiss will have to dethrone the modern-day king of the Outlaws: Brandon Sheppard, who enters a new year fresh off his third World of Outlaws title with Rocket1 Racing.

Tough? Sure. Possible? Absolutely.

Since joining the World of Outlaws Morton Buildings Late Model Series on a full-time basis in 2019, Weiss has certainly ascended up the ladder in his tenure. Why not climb just one position more?

He went winless in year one, but came close to victory on countless occasions. Leading 82 laps across several different races, Weiss was slowly grooming himself into the title contender he would soon become. Backed by the consistency of 17 top five finishes and 30 top ten efforts in 41 shows, a third-place championship result gave him Rookie of the Year honors over Cade Dillard and propelled him into an even more successful sophomore season.

Led by his first career victories at Vado (N.M.) Speedway Park in January and Jackson (Minn.) Motorplex in May, Weiss recorded a career year in 2020 which saw him place second in the point standings. He set career highs in every statistical category with 150 laps led, 19 top five finishes and 31 top ten results. Solidifying that he was not only here to stay, but here to become a championship contender.

“Switching to our own cars is going to be a new challenge, but it’s something we’re ready for,” noted Weiss on the change. “To have our own resources and be able to make all of the adjustments that we can think of or desire will be good for us. We’ve been tinkering with a lot of things in the shop this off-season and doing a lot of fine tuning on this deal. I’m excited to get to Volusia next month and really start working on this thing at the track.”

His hopeful championship campaign will kick off in just over a month when the 2021 World of Outlaws Morton Buildings Late Model Series season begins at Volusia (Fla.) Speedway Park for the Sunshine Nationals on January 14-16. Four additional nights at Volusia will follow three weeks later when the 50th annual DIRTcar Nationals takes center stage on February 10-13. If you can’t be there, you can watch Every Lap LIVE on DIRTVision.

Single-day tickets and packages are now available to purchase to both events for fans. You can buy Sunshine Nationals and DIRTcar Nationals TICKETS RIGHT HERE.

FOR A GOOD CAUSE: Weiss & Drydene Fighting Against Cancer with The V Foundation

Canadian Late Model Sensation Promoting Breast & Ovarian Vancer Awareness in Personal Campaign 

This year’s World of Outlaws Morton Buildings Late Model Series runner-up, Ricky Weiss, has been using his platform with the help of Drydene Performance Products to promote and fight against cancer. (Jacy Norgaard photo)

The Headingly, Manitoba native, who has quickly risen himself and his team into one of the nation’s top contenders, has multiple connections to cancer.

His initial passion for this fundraiser stems from his grandmother, Rose, who is fighting with ovarian cancer: after beating the disease a few years ago, she once again is battling ovarian cancer. In addition, breast cancer runs in Ricky’s family on his mom’s side. The connection has impacted his racing family as well: the wife of Vic Hill, his engine builder, fought breast cancer several years ago and is now in remission. His crew member Jason Palubicki also had stage four Hodgkin’s Lymphoma in 2001 and is also now in remission.

“This time of the year you always hear a lot about raising awareness for cancer and this year we wanted to get involved,” said Weiss. “We have a lot of personal connections to people who have battled the disease and with the amount of people we are in front of both at the track and on DIRTVision and social media we’re hoping to make a difference.”

Creating a personal campaign with the V Foundation, Weiss has already raised more than $4,000 of his $15,000 goal.


On top of that, his partners at Drydene have already matched $10,000 of his winnings and made their own five-figure pledge to the organization.

All proceeds will support the V Foundation for Cancer Research, an organization committed to declaring Victory Over Cancer®. The research the V Foundation funds is critical. Donators are supporting carefully vetted, cutting-edge research at prominent cancer centers nationwide.

To help promote his fight against cancer, Weiss has been donning a special design on his car and a unique paint job on his helmet.

His Team Zero Race Car No. 7 switched from a standard black and red livery to a two-sided design. Brett Wyatt of Martell Signs developed a design teal accents on the driver side for ovarian cancer and pink accents on the right side for breast cancer.

His Bell Helmet also received a makeover from BKP Art, who similarly painted teal and pink accents on both sides of Weiss’ helmet.

To help the cause and join the fight against cancer with Weiss and Drydene, you can donate to his personal campaign HERE.
The World of Outlaws Morton Buildings® Late Model Series is brought to fans across the country by many important sponsors and partners, including: Drydene (Official Motor Oil), E-Z-GO Golf Carts (Official Golf Cart) Hoosier Racing Tire (Official Tire), iRacing (Official Online Racing Game), Morton Buildings (Official Building), Arizona Sport Shirts (Official Apparel Company), SIS Insurance (Official Insurance Provider) VP Racing Fuels (Official Racing Fuel); in addition to contingency sponsors, including: ARP Automotive Racing Products, Cometic Gasket, COMP Cams, DART, Penske Racing Shocks, Quarter Master, and Wrisco (Exclusive Racing Aluminum); along with manufacturer sponsors, including: Capital Race Cars, FireAde, Integra Shocks, Intercomp, Racing Electronics, Rocket Chassis and TNT Rescue.

Founded in 1978, the World of Outlaws®, based in Concord, NC, is the premier national touring series for dirt track racing in North America, featuring the most powerful cars on dirt, the World of Outlaws NOS® Energy Drink Sprint Car Series and the World of Outlaws Morton Buildings® Late Model Series. Annually, the two series race nearly 140 times at tracks across the United States and Canada. CBS Sports Network is the official broadcast partner of the World of Outlaws. DIRTVision® also broadcasts World of Outlaws events over the Internet to fans around the world. Learn more about the World of Outlaws.

Ricky Weiss grabs $5,000 ACAS victory at Bulls Gap

Ricky Weiss put an exclamation point on his 2020 season over the weekend in his Drydene Performance Products No. 7 J&C Properties/ G-Style Transport/ Eagle Race Engine Crate Late Model. (Michael Boggs Photography)

Weiss bagged $5,000 in the opening round of Volunteer Motorsports Crate Late Model National Championship at Volunteer Speedway in Bulls Gap, Tenn.

“What a great way to end the season,” Weiss said. “To pick up $5,000 in just our second-ever Crate Late Model race is awesome. I think we had a car that could have swept the weekend if it hadn’t been for the mechanical issues on Saturday. This has been a great year, I can’t wait to see what 2021 has in store for us.”

Friday night saw Ricky Weiss return to Volunteer Speedway in Bulls Gap, Tenn. for the second straight week to kick off the inaugural Crate Late Model National Championship.

Drawing a stout field of 73 American Crate All-Star Series entries for the two-day event, Weiss sat atop of the podium in time trials with a 13.300 second lap.Cruising to a 10-lap heat race victory over Tyler Arrington, Ricky locked into the second-starting position for the A-Main.

Sneaking past polesitter Zach Sise on lap 13, Weiss led the remaining distance of the 50-lapper en route to his third win of the season and a $5,000 payday. Jason Welshan, Trevor Sise, Drew Kennedy, and Aaron Guinn completed Top-5 finishers.

The following night, Ricky topped the speed charts again in time trials before capturing a heat race win. Earning the pole position for the $15,000-to-win Crate Late Model National Championship, Weiss overtook Jensen Ford for the lead on the third lap and set the pace for the next 26 circuits until Jimmy Owens tracked him down for the top spot on lap 30. Sitting in second after the lap-50 fuel stop, Ricky suffered a broken shock two laps later that sidelined him for the remainder of the evening.

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

Ricky Weiss has already begun preparations for the 2021 season where he plans to chase the World of Outlaws Late Model Series championship once again.

The 2021 tour features 55 events at 33 different venues across 16 states – beginning with the DIRTcar Sunshine Nationals at Volusia Speedway Park in Barberville, Fla. On January 14-16.

Runner-up finish in Last Call finale, finishes second in WoO points

Ricky Weiss mounted a great charge in Thursday’s World of Outlaws Late Model Series finale at The Dirt Track at Charlotte.

Piloting his Drydene Performance Products No. 7 J&C Properties/ G-Style Transport/ Vic Hill Race Engine Super Late Model, Weiss registered a second-place finish. His podium appearance secured him the runner-up spot in the national tour’s final championship standings.

“Going up and down the road is real hard, but it’s been worth it this year. We’ve put our blood, sweat and tears into this thing. I’m very proud of my team and what we accomplished this year. Hopefully in 2021, we can make a run at that championship and give Brandon [Sheppard] a run for his money.”

Weiss was one of 55 World of Outlaws Late Model Series entries on hand at The Dirt Track at Charlotte in Concord, N.C. on Wednesday night for the “Last Call” – a midweek doubleheader that replaced the tour’s season-ending World Finals because coronavirus restrictions limiting large gatherings.

Coming one spot shy of a transfer position in his heat with a fourth-place finish, Weiss transferred into the B-Main for another shot at the opening night feature. Outdueling Rick Eckert to pick up the 10-lap consolation victory, Ricky earned the 20th-starting position for the A-Main. With $12,000 on the line, Weiss passed 10 cars in the 50-lapper to finish tenth.

For another $12,000-to-win program on Thursday, Ricky followed up the sixth fastest time in his qualifying group with a heat race win. Receiving the second-starting position for the feature via the redraw, Weiss blasted past Dale McDowell on the opening lap to take command of the lead.

With a handful of restarts slowing his momentum as the race hit the midway point, Ricky surrendered the top spot to Tim McCreadie on lap 30 when McCreadie slipped by coming out of turn two. Weiss went on to score a runner-up finish behind McCreadie with Brandon Overton, Chris Madden and Dale McDowell rounding out the Top-5.

“I’m just proud of my guys and everyone who helps us,” Weiss spoke in his final podium of the Outlaws season. “Thank you to everyone who is a part of this team. A lot of folks from Drydene are here tonight and I really a win for them. We ran our hearts out though, and that’s all we can do. Maybe next year we’ll get that win here.”

He second-place finish on Thursday evening secured a runner-up finish in the World of Outlaws Late Model Series final point standings. For complete results from these events or to view the final championship standings, please visit www.WoOLMS.com.

On Saturday, Weiss visited Volunteer Speedway in Bulls Gap, Tenn. piloting an Eagle Racing Engines, Inc. powered Drydene Performance Products Crate Late Model in a Weekly Racing Series event. Laying down the third fastest qualifying lap in a field of 27 cars, Ricky locked into the third-starting position for the A-Main.

Clawing forward one spot in the 25-lap affair, Ricky Weiss notched a runner-up finish behind Jason Welshan. Matt Henderson, Jensen Ford, and Mack McCarter completed the Top-5 finishers.

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

Weiss lands Top-5 finish in Tar Heel 50 at Tri-County

Ricky Weiss was one of 26 Schaeffer’s Fall Nationals series entries on hand at Tri-County Racetrack (Brasstown, N.C.) on Thursday evening for the FK Rod Ends Tar Heel 50. Following the fifth fastest lap in his qualifying group, Ricky picked up a 10-lap heat race victory, locking him into the $10,053-to-win A-Main. Marching forward four spots in the 53-lap affair, Weiss registered a fourth place finish Brandon Overton, Shane Clanton, and Dale McDowell with Donald McIntosh coming in fifth.

The following night at Lavonia Speedway (Lavonia, Ga.) for the Carolina Clash Super Late Model Series-sanctioned Buck Simmons Memorial, Weiss locked his spot into the A-Main with the fastest lap overall in a field of 23 cars. With $6,000 on the line, Ricky was involved in tangle on the opening lap that saw him withdraw from competition without completing a circuit. (Richard Barnes photo)

For more results from these events, please visit www.SouthernNationalsSeries.com and www.CarolinaClash.com.

Pair of second place finishes with Southern All Stars at SMS

Friday night found Ricky Weiss in action at Smoky Mountain Speedway (Maryville, Tenn.) for the Southern All Star Series doubleheader. Drawing 34 Late Models for the King of the Mountain Championship, Weiss set a blistering lap in time trials with a 16.269 second lap, which positioned him on the pole for the opening night feature. After leading the first 20 laps, Ricky fell short in a late-race battle with Dale McDowell to finish second behind McDowell with Sam Seawright, Ashton Winger, and Tommy Kerr rounding out the Top-5. (Michael Moats photo)

On Saturday afternoon, Ricky secured his spot into the $7,000-to-win finale with an 8-lap heat race victory. Clawing forward two spots in the 50-lap affair, Weiss notched a runner-up finish behind Dale McDowell with Sam Seawright, Michael Page, and Austin Kirkpatrick completing the Top-5 finishers.

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

Runner-up finish with World of Outlaws at 411 Motor Speedway

Behind the wheel of his Derrick’s Sandblasting No. 7 Late Model, Ricky Weiss followed the World of Outlaws Morton Buildings Late Model Series to Cherokee Speedway (Gaffney, S.C.) on Friday night for the Mike Duvall Memorial. In a field of 39 cars, Weiss followed up the third fastest time in his qualifying group with a runner-up finish in his heat behind Brandon Overton. Receiving the sixth-starting position for the A-Main via the redraw, Ricky held his spot for all 50 laps to register a sixth place finish.

The following night at 411 Motor Speedway (Seymour, Tenn.), Ricky scored a second place finish in his heat, which positioned him eighth on the starting grid for the $10,000-to-win A-Main after the redraw. Marching forward six spots, Weiss reeled in a runner-up finish behind Chris Madden with Brandon Sheppard, Cory Hedgecock, and Ross Bailes rounding out the Top-5. (Michael Moats photo)

Ricky is currently second in the latest World of Outlaws Morton Buildings Late Model Series point standings. For more results from these events and complete standings, please visit www.WoOLMS.com.

Weiss lands Top-10 finish in Thunderfest finale at Thunder Mtn.

Taking part in the World of Outlaws Morton Buildings Late Model Series doubleheader, Ricky Weiss made the trek to Thunder Mountain Speedway (Knox Dale, Pa.) on Friday night for the Thunderfest. After coming one spot shy of a transfer position in his heat with a fifth place outing, Weiss secured his spot into the opening night feature with a runner-up finish in his B-Main behind Cade Dillard. With $10,000 on the line, Ricky advanced forward eight spots to finish 12th.

On Saturday afternoon, Ricky followed up the second fastest time in his group behind Mason Zeigler with a third place finish in his heat. Starting the $10,000-to-win finale in 11th, Weiss jumped up three spots in the 50-lapper to place eighth. (Jacy Norgaard photo)

Ricky remains in second in the latest World of Outlaws Morton Buildings Late Model Series point standings. For more results from these events and complete standings, please visit www.WoOLMS.com.

Runner-up finish in Butterball Woolridge Memorial

Instead of enjoying a weekend off with the World of Outlaws Morton Buildings Late Model Series, Ricky Weiss was back in action on Friday night at Richmond Raceway (Richmond, Ky.) for the Ultimate Heart of America Series-sanctioned Butterball Woolridge Memorial. Drawing 36 cars for the two-day event, Weiss picked up a $1,059 payday for winning his heat, which positioned him third on the starting grid for the Saturday night’s $20,059-to-win A-Main. Clawing forward one spot in the 59-lap affair, Ricky notched a runner-up finish behind Mike Marlar with Zack Dohm, Ross Bailes, and Scott James rounding out the Top-5. (Michael Moats photo)

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

Weiss loses motor while battling for Intercontinental Classic win at Eldora

With the 50th annual World 100 getting shifted to 2021, Ricky Weiss was one of 48 Late Models invited to Eldora Speedway (Rossburg, Ohio) on Thursday afternoon to kick off the Intercontinental Classic. After laying down the fourth fastest lap overall in time trials, Weiss outran Jimmy Owens in his heat race to pick up the 10-lap victory. Earning the second-starting position for the $10,000-to-win preliminary feature, Ricky dropped one spot in the 30-lapper to place third behind Josh Richards and Brandon Overton with Tim McCreadie and Chase Junghans rounding out the Top-5. (Zach Yost photos)

The following night for another $10,000-to-win preliminary feature, Weiss posted a runner-up finish in his heat behind Shannon Babb, which positioned him eighth on the starting grid for the A-Main. Dropping six spots in the 30-lap affair, Ricky logged a 14th place outing.

With preliminary results from Thursday and Friday setting the grid for the heat races on Saturday, Ricky gained two spots in the 15-lapper to finish behind Dale McDowell. Starting the $50,000-to-win Intercontinental Classic in fifth, Weiss suffered a blown motor on lap 55 while battling for the lead that brought an immediate end to his evening. He was credited with a 19th place finish.

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