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Pair of 9th Place Finishes to Open DIRTcar Nationals

Monday night saw Ricky Weiss return to action at Volusia Speedway Park (Barberville, Florida) for the 49th annual DIRTcar Nationals. Drawing 49 DIRTcar Late Models, Ricky followed up the fastest lap in his time trial group with a 2nd place finish in his heat behind Brandon Sheppard. Dropping three spots in the 30-lap feature, Weiss recorded a 9th place finish.

The following night, Weiss posted a runner-up finish in his heat behind Brian Shirley which positioned him 9th on the starting grid for the A-Main. With $7,000 on the line, Ricky held his spot for all 30-laps to place 9th. (Jim DenHamer photos)

On Wednesday afternoon as 51 World of Outlaws Morton Buildings Late Model Series entered the event, Ricky locked his spot into the $10,000-to-win A-Main with a 2nd place finish in his heat behind Mark Whitener. Starting in 11th, Weiss slipped back to a 20th place outing after bringing out a caution on lap 30.

For the fourth round of the 49th annual DIRTcar Nationals on Thursday, Weiss came in 6th in his heat before placing 2nd in his B-Main behind Chase Junghans. Coming one spot shy of a Top-10 finish in the feature, Ricky advanced through the field 13 spots to register an 11th place finish.

On Friday night, Weiss scored a 3rd place finish in his heat which positioned him 12th on the starting grid for the $10,000-to-win A-Main. Passing five cars in the 40-lap affair, Ricky notched a 7th place finish.

Wrapping up the 49th annual DIRTcar Nationals on Saturday, Ricky followed up the seventh fastest lap in his time trial group with an 8-lap heat race victory. Earning the third-starting position for the $10,000-to-win finale, Weiss gained one spot in the 50-lapper to place 2nd behind Jimmy Owens with Kyle Bronson, Darrell Lanigan, and Brandon Sheppard rounding out the Top-5.

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

Weiss Records Five Top-5 Finishes in Wild West Shootout

For the third round of the Wild West Shootout on Wednesday night at FK Rod Ends Arizona Speedway (Queen Creek, Arizona), Ricky Weiss laid down the fastest lap in his time trial group before streaking to an 8-lap heat race victory. Starting the $5,000-to-win A-Main in third, Weiss held his spot for all 30-laps to place 3rd behind Brandon Sheppard and Jimmy Mars with Brian Shirley and Chase Junghans rounding out the Top-5. (Mike Ruefer photo)

Returning on Friday evening, Weiss secured his spot into the A-Main with an 8-lap heat race victory. Receiving the third-starting position via the redraw, Ricky dropped one spot to register a 4th place finish behind Brian Shirley, Brandon Sheppard, and Chris Simpson with Ricky Thornton Jr. coming in 5th.

On Saturday night, Ricky followed up the fastest time in his qualifying group with a 2nd place finish in his heat behind Chase Junghans. Passing three cars in the 30-lap feature, Weiss notched a runner-up finish behind Brian Shirley with Brandon Sheppard, Cade Dillard, and Bobby Pierce trailing them to the checkers.

For the final round of the 14th annual Wild West Shootout on Sunday afternoon, Weiss posted a 3rd place finish in his heat which positioned him ninth on the starting grid for the $15,000-to-win finale. Wheeling his way into a podium spot, Ricky passed six cars to place 3rd behind Brandon Sheppard and Johnny Scott with Brian Shirley and Bobby Pierce completing the Top-5 finishers. (Tom Macht photo)

For more results from this event, please visit www.WildWestShootout.net.

Runner-up Finish in Round Two of Wild West Shootout

Ricky Weiss was one of 46 Super Late Models on hand at FK Rod Ends Arizona Speedway (Queen Creek, Arizona) on Saturday night for the 14th annual Wild West Shootout opener. Following the third fastest time in his qualifying group, Weiss posted a 3rd place finish in his heat which positioned him 18th on the starting grid for the opening night feature. Breaking into the Top-10, Ricky passed 11 cars in the 30-lap affair to place 7th.

The following night for another $5,000-to-win A-Main, Ricky came in fastest in his time trial group before placing 2nd in his heat race behind Brandon Sheppard. Starting the feature in sixth, Weiss gained four spots to reel in a runner-up finish behind Sheppard with Bobby Pierce, Chase Junghans, and Brian Birkhofer rounding out the Top-5. (Mike Ruefer photo)

For more results from these events, please visit www.WildWestShootout.net.

Weiss Wheels to First Career World of Outlaws Victory at Vado

A World of Outlaws (WoO) Morton Buildings Late Model Series victory is something that has eluded Ricky Weiss for some time. That changed on Saturday night at Vado Speedway in Vado, N.M.

The 31-year-old Canadian driver piloted his Drydene Performance Products No. 7 J&C Properties/ G-Style Transport/ Team Zero Race Cars/ Vic Hill Race Engine Super Late Model to a $5,000 payday in the inaugural Battle at the Border.

“We’ve been really good,” Weiss said. “We were real good last year, and we’ve just been tweaking and tweaking.”

Ricky followed up the fourth fastest lap overall in time trials on Saturday with an 8-lap heat race victory. Starting the A-Main in third, Weiss blasted past teammate Chris Madden on lap 14 and held off a charging Brandon Sheppard late to capture the win. Sheppard, Madden, Darrell Lanigan, and Cade Dillard completed the Top-5 finishers. (Terry Page photo)

“Right before the caution, I knew I could rotate the bottom a little bit better than [Madden],” Weiss explained. “I knew we needed to get down there, and then the caution came out and I knew the next challenge was to beat Sheppard [running third] into the [first] corner [on the restart]. If we could do that, I felt pretty good about our changes, and we were able to. I was just trying to play it safe but be smart at the same time.”

“Now that we got that out of the way, maybe we’ll see a lot more of these wins in our near future. I think we’ve got a pretty good team this year. We’re building bigger and better.”

On Friday night, Weiss recorded the third fastest time in his qualifying group before capturing an 8-lap heat race victory. Earning the pole position for the $5,000-to-win A-Main, Ricky dropped two spots in the 30-lap affair to place third behind Chris Madden and Brandon Sheppard with Scott Bloomquist and Mike Marlar rounding out the Top-5.

For the final round of the Battle at the Border on Sunday, Weiss fell one spot short of a transfer position in his heat with a fifth-place finish. Grabbing the third and final transfer spot in his B-Main, Ricky locked into the 21st-starting position for the $15,000-to-win finale. Wheeling his way into the Top-5, Ricky Weiss advanced through the field 16 spots to place fifth behind Cade Dillard, Brandon Sheppard, Darrell Lanigan, and Scott Bloomquist.

With the first weekend of the schedule completed, Ricky is currently second in the World of Outlaws Morton Buildings Late Model Series point standings. For more results from these events, please visit www.WoOLMS.com.

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.