August 2014

Weiss Wins Opening Round of Viking Doubleheader!

Ricky entered the opening round of a doubleheader at Viking Speedway (Alexandria, Minnesota) on Saturday night.

The $1,600-to-win program, which was sanctioned by the Northern Late Model Racing Association (NLRA), drew a field of twenty-seven competitors to the oval. Weiss charged from seventh to win his preliminary heat race, locking him into the second starting spot for the main event.

Weiss and fellow front-row starter, Jeff Wildung waged a fierce batttle for the top spot early in the race, until Wildung suffered mechanical issues while running second on lap seventeen. From there, Weiss avoided any serious challenges for the lead, cruising to his second victory of the weekend over Eric Breeschoten, Zach Johnson, Rick Schroeder, and Don Shaw.

The weekend came to a close on Saturday night with Round #2 of the Labor Day weekend special at Viking Speedway. Another $1,600 top prize was posted for competitors, which saw twenty-one entries return for battle. Weiss finished second in his heat race after starting fifth, positioning him starting sixth in the finale. In the feature Ricky advanced from his third-row starting spot to finish second behind race winner, Jeff Wildung. Zach Johnson, Mike Balcaen, and Brad Parson rounded out the top five finishers. (Nick Anderson Photo)

Full results from the events are available at www.VikingSpeedway.net

Busy Weekend for Ricky Weiss; Wins at Red River Co-op!

Ricky Weiss competed in the inaugural CanAm Late Model Challenge on Thursday night at Red River Co-op Speedway (Winnipeg, Canada). Weiss finished second behind Steve Anderson in WISSOTA Late Model Heat #1, earning him the eighth starting position for the finale.

In the feature, Weiss progressively worked his way forward, finding himself in the top five with ten laps remaining. Following a caution the field got set for a single file restart, with Cole Schill leading the pack. Schill held the top spot for one lap until Weiss blasted by on the high-side exiting turn two. Kevin Sexton followed Weiss around the top side to move into second. As the laps wore down, Sexton stayed close but it wasn’t enough to bid for the lead. Weiss took the checkered flag ahead of Sexton, Brad Seng, Cole Schill, and Steve Anderson.

Full results from the event are available at www.VictoryLane.Mb.Ca

Friday night took the team to I-94 Speedway (Fergus Falls, Minnesota) for a WISSOTA Late Model Weekly Racing Series program. A third place finish in his heat race earned Ricky the sixth starting spot on the feature grid. When the race went green, Weiss slowed with a flat tire in turn on just as the first lap was scored. He was able to rejoin the tail of the field, and recovered to a second place finish behind race winner, Cody Skytland. Brady Johanneck, Cole Schill, and Eric Breeschoten rounded out the top five finishers.

Complete results are available at www.I94Speedways.com

Weiss Back to Winning Ways with I-94 Victory

Ricky Weiss was back to his winning ways on Friday evening with a triumph at I-94 Speedway (Fergus Falls, Minnesota). Marking his fourteenth win of the season aboard his #7 Derrick’s Sandblasting/ Bloomquist Super Late Model, Weiss started his outing by winning the second heat race. As a result he started fifth in the main event, and charged to the victory over Eric Breeschoten, Darrell Nelson, Casey Meyer, and Cody Skytland. Complete results are available at www.I94Speedways.com

On Saturday night the team made their first visit of 2014 to Madison Speedway (Madison, Minnesota) for a Late Model Special Event. Ricky came from the fifth starting spot to claim the win in his heat race, sending him to the redraw for the main event. Weiss was the recipient of the seventh starting spot for feature. Unfortunately, he was caught in a melee early, leaving him with sheet metal damage to his #7 entry. He held on for a seventh place finish in the final rundown. Full results from the event are available at www.MadisonSpeedwayMN.com

Ricky Weiss Charges to Red River Co-Op Victory!

Ricky entered a trio of events over the weekend, which started with a trip to Victory Lane at Red River Co-Op Speedway (Winnipeg, Canada) on Thursday evening. (Tim Johnson Photo)

Weiss finished second his heat race behind Mike Balcaen, earning him the eighth starting spot for the feature.

In the main event, Weiss climbed through the field and made an outside pass on the frontstretch to assume the point from Shane Edginton with eight laps remaining.

From there, Ricky opened a huge lead over his nearest competitors, taking the checkered flag a full-straightaway ahead of Edginton. Brad Seng finished third, with Mike Balcaen and Mike Martin rounding out the top five finishers.

Full results from the event are available at www.VictoryLane.Mb.Ca

Weiss went into battle against a field of twenty-two Late Models on Friday night at River Cities Speedway (Grand Forks, North Dakota).

Ricky charged to a convincing heat race win to lock into the finale. In the feature he set the pace for much of the event before getting caught in lap traffic, and slipping back to a runner up finish behind Brad Seng. Donny Schatz, Joey Penderson, and Dustin Strand completed the remainder of the top five.

Complete results from the program are available at www.RiverCitiesSpeedway.com

The weekend drew to a close on Saturday night at I-94 Speedway (Fergus Falls, Minnesota), as twenty-one Late Models converged on the oval.

By virtue of the draw, Ricky started at the back of his heat race. He advanced to a fourth place finish, earning him the eleventh starting spot on the feature grid.

During the course of the finale, Weiss advanced to an eighth place finish in the final rundown.

Complete results are available at www.I94Speedways.com

Weiss Crowned 2014 Blaine Brothers Challenge Series Champion

Ricky Weiss and the team concluded their busy stint with Blaine Brothers Challenge Series over the weekend. A tripleheader with the tour kicked off on Thursday night at Norman County Raceway (Ada, Minnesota). Twenty-seven WISSOTA Late Models registered for the event, and a heat race win sent Ricky to the redraw for the main event. After receiving the seventh starting spot for the feature, Weiss raced to a ninth place finish in the final rundown.

Action shifted to Amsoil Speedway (Superior, Wisconsin) on Friday night for a $2,000-to-win race. Twenty-six entries converged on the oval, and Ricky starting his outing by finishing third in the first heat race to lock into the ninth starting position on the feature grid. In the main event Weiss battle his way up to third where he finish behind race winner, Brady Smith, and Jake Redetzke. Don Shaw and Darrell Nelson rounded out the top five finishers.

The series’ season finale was contested on Saturday night at Ogilivie Raceway (Ogilvie, Minnesota). A modest fifteen entries were on hand for the program, which saw Weiss finish third in his heat race after starting fifth. He drew the fourth starting spot for the feature, but ultimately settled to a sixth place finish in the final rundown.

Ricky unofficially clinched his first series championship over John Kaanta, and Jake Redetzke. Full results from the events and the complete series standings are available at www.WISSOTA.org

Ricky Weiss Back in Victory Lane with Electric City Victory!

Ricky Weiss continued his chase for the WISSOTA Blaine Brothers Challenge Series title on Thursday night at Electric City Speedway (Great Falls, Montana).

Twenty competitors registered for the $2,000-to-win program, as Ricky drew the fourth starting spot for his heat race. He charged to the heat race win, locking him into the fifth starting spot for the feature. In the main event Weiss overtook seventh-starting John Kaanta to score his second Series victory in the last three events over Kaanta, Jake Redetzke, Kelly Hample, and Dave Smith.

On Friday night the team traveled to Gallatin Speedway (Belgrade, Montana), which saw the winner’s check increased to $3,000. Twenty-one entries were on hand for the event, and despite mechanical issues early in the night Ricky managed a fifth to third run in his heat race. Weiss drew the fourth starting spot for the finale, and raced around the top five for much of the event before crossing the finish line in fourth behind race winner, Chad Becker, John Kaanta, and Jake Redetzke.

The weekend drew to a close on Saturday evening with a $3,000-to-win, Challenge Series event at Billings Motorsports Park (Billings, Montana). Twenty WISSOTA Super Late Models registered for battle, as Ricky looked to carry his momentum to the 3/8 mile oval. He came from the fifth starting spot to win his heat race, earning him a spot in the redraw where he was the recipient of the fifth starting for the feature. Weiss ran third for much of the main event until the race’s final caution waved with three laps to go. Ricky took control on the restart but was unable to hold off a hard charging Jake Redetzke and settled for a second place finish at the checkered flag. John Kaanta, Dave Smith, and David McDonald rounded out the top five finishers.

Weiss currently leads the latest Challenge Series standings by just 7 markers ahead of John Kaanta. Full results and the latest series’ standings are available at www.WISSTOA.org

Ricky Weiss Enters a Trio of WISSOTA Challenge Series Events

Ricky Weiss set out to enter a trio of events over the weekend with the WISSOTA Blaine Brothers Challenge Series, which began on Thursday evening at Brown County Speedway (Aberdeen, South Dakota). Twenty-nine WISSOTA Late Models registered for the event, and a tenth to fourth run in his heat race earned Ricky a spot in the evenings redraw. Weiss drew the second starting spot to lock into the outside-front-row for the feature alongside Donny Schatz. In the main event Weiss ran second for much of the race before falling back to fourth late in the event. He managed a third place finish final rundown behind race winner, Jeff Wildung, and Donny Schatz. David McDonald and Zach Johnson rounded out the top five finishers.

On Friday night action shifted to Dacotah Speedway (Mandan, South Dakota) for the annual North Dakota Governor’s Cup, as twenty-nine entries converged on the oval. Ricky drew the eighth starting spot for his heat race, and despite starting in the back of the pack he advanced to a second place finish. In the redraw Weiss was the recipient of the sixth starting spot in the main event. During the course of the feature he raced his way up to the second spot when the caution flag waved with six laps remaining. On the restart Weiss slipped back to third where he would finish behind race winner, Zach Johnson, and John Kaanta. Jake Redetzke rounded out the top five finishers.

Round #2 of the Governor’s Cup was contested on Saturday night, which saw Ricky snare his first ever victory with the Blaine Brothers Challenge Series. Weiss won his heat race from the pole position, then drew the outside-front-row starting spot alongside Zach Johnson for the $2,000-to-win finale. Weiss outdueled Johnson for the race lead at the drop of the green flag, but Johnson would not give up easily. The duo swapped the lead several times throughout the course of the event, but it was Weiss who would go to Victory Lane over Johnson, Jake Redetzke, Jeff Wildung, and Eric Mass.

Full results from the events are available at www.WISSOTA.org