In the opinion of this writer, the clear choice for breakout driver of the year in the 2018 Dirt Late Model racing season had to be Ricky Weiss. In all, the Canadian driver racked up a total of 25 checkered flags and the Wissota Racing Series championship during the course of the campaign. Those victories covered a wide swath of territory as the No. 7 machine pulled into victory lanes ranging all the way from Arizona to Georgia to the Dakotas and even on his home turf north of the border.
Most notably, of course, Weiss secured his first crown jewel triumph last August when he took home $50,000 from the North-South 100 at Kentucky’s Florence Speedway.
Prior to the 2018 season Weiss made the move to Sweet-Bloomquist Race Cars and worked alongside National Dirt Late Model Hall of Fame driver Scott Bloomquist. That combined with his standing relationship with Vic Hill Racing Engines provided the spark that led to a stellar effort last year.
Now, Weiss appears to be set for even more success as he has begun the 2019 season in much the same way as his 2018 campaign initiated. During the Wild West Shootout held earlier this month in Queen Creek, Arizona the No. 7 team earned two wins just as had been the case one year ago. The team also compiled a total of five top-10 finishes in the unsanctioned races held in the desert region of the American southwest.
Weiss completed his time in Arizona by scoring a $14,000 victory on the final night of racing action. That brought his total earnings during the six race span to just over $21,000.
The Headingly, Manitoba native will kick off the “regular season” in February at the Screven Motorsports Complex in Sylvania, Georgia as he begins his quest for Rookie of the Year and series title honors on the World of Outlaws Late Model Series. If 2018 serves as an indication, Ricky Weiss will no doubt be a serious contender for even more racing glory in 2019.
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