May 2020

Podium Finish in Davenport Doubleheader

Ricky Weiss returned with the World of Outlaws Morton Buildings Late Model Series on Friday night at Davenport Speedway (Davenport, Iowa) for the doubleheader at the facility that features a quarter-mile oval inside of the half-mile oval. With the 38-car field being split into two separate groups for qualifying, Weiss followed up the 12th fastest time in his group with a third place finish in his heat. Passing eight cars in the 30-lap feature, Ricky notched a third place finish behind Brandon Sheppard and Ricky Thornton Jr. with Ryan Unzicker and Shannon Babb rounding out the Top-5. (Mike Ruefer photo)

On Saturday evening on the half-mile, Ricky edged his way into the $10,000-to-win finale with the fourth and final transfer spot in his heat. Rolling off 13th, Weiss jumped up five spots in the 40-lapper to place eighth.

Ricky sits 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

Weiss Soars to Double Down Opener at Jackson

Just eight races after his elusive first career World of Outlaws (WoO) Morton Buildings Late Model Series win, Ricky Weiss picked up his second WoO victory on Friday night. (Richard Keech photo)

A dominating performance by Weiss in his Drydene Performance Products No. 7 J&C Properties/ G-Style Transport/ Team Zero Race Cars/ Vic Hill Race Engine Super Late Model earned him a $6,000 payday in the WoO Return to Racing at Minnesota’s Jackson Motorplex.

“I was just so excited to finally get going and race again,” said Weiss in a quiet victory lane since the event was run without fans due to local mass gathering restrictions. “I wanted to do it safely; the Outlaws took their time and did it right. This is a race I was looking forward to. We did really good at Knoxville and, well, this is a mini-Knoxville. It’s a wonderful facility and I was just praying the rain would hold off.”

Weiss came in second fastest overall in time trials behind Shannon Babb before picking up a 10-lap heat race victory. Drawing the second-starting position for the 30-lap A-Main, Weiss quickly overtook polesitter Brent Larson to jump to the lead at the drop of the green flag.

After a slew of cautions hampered the early running, the pace finally picked up. Racing on a lightning fast-surface, Weiss clocked a run of 15.379 seconds on the fifth lap, which was over a half-second faster than the overall quick time of the night. With that speed, Weiss had built a full-straightaway advantage by the next caution on lap five.

“These Bloomquist Race Cars are so strong on the bottom,” Weiss said. “You know 10 years back I was a high side guy through and through, but man this thing just turns so great down low.”

The reigning WoO Rookie of the Year survived one other restart with 12 laps remaining to cross the finish line 1.203 seconds over second-place, Brandon Sheppard.  Babb, Chase Junghans, and Chris Madden completed the Top-5.

“Jason was keeping me calm with the signals there,” noted Weiss on those behind him. “We have great communication together and he’d signal me for when they’re coming, when I need to go, when I need to hold back. I really just can’t thank my guys enough.”

Saturday’s $20,000-to-win finale saw Ricky charge passed seven cars in his heat race to record a third-place finish. Improving seven spots in the 60-lap main event, Weiss reeled in a runner-up finish behind Ricky Thornton Jr. with Sheppard, Chad Simpson, and madden trailing them to the checkered flag.

Ricky remains 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