|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.
YOU CAN DONATE TO HIS CAMPAIGN HERE.
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 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.
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.