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“Ronnie and Terri Stuckey have been amazing to me over the past several years. From providing me with a great job at Stuckey Enterprises to even allowing me to race one of their cars on multiple occasions, they’ve been like family to me,” said Alberson, who relocated from New Mexico to Louisiana in 2014 to work for the Stuckeys. “However, after spending the past two years primarily turning wrenches on Earl Pearson Jr.’s car, my passion to return to driving is stronger than ever. I want to turn my focus back to being a driver, while I’m still young.
Alberson began his 2019 season in January by entering six races in a team car to Pearson Jr. during the annual Wild West Shootout at FK Rod Ends Arizona Speedway. Garrett’s best finish was an eighth, which came in the miniseries finale. His struggles in the driver’s seat made him realize that he needed to start racing regularly again to stay sharp.
While Garrett has talked to a few teams about local opportunities, he’s currently seeking a ride that will allow him to compete on a regional basis. He’s open to relocating from his current residence in Louisiana to pursue opportunities.
“I’m honestly opening to moving anywhere right now. Obviously, I’d love to have a ride somewhere in a hotbed of racing, like Illinois, Kentucky, Iowa, or Ohio, but I’m prepared to move to wherever my best opportunity might be,” Alberson noted.
Experience as well as a relentless, work ethic are some of the strongest benefits that Alberson has to offer a perspective team.
“Over the past several years I’ve been blessed to get to learn from some of the best racers and industry leaders in our sport. Furthermore, I’ve collectively got a decade of Dirt Late Model experience in both the driver’s seat and the crew aspect,” Alberson shared. “Last but not least, I recognize that this isn’t a cheap sport, so my ultiamtely goal for any team that I drive for is to always make the experience drama free and enjoyable for the car owner.”
In addition to finding a full-time ride for 2020, Alberson is hoping to find a ride for the 14th Annual Keyser Manufacturing Wild West Shootout at FK Rod Ends Arizona Speedway (Queen Creek, Arizona) on January 11-19. Garrett has competed in every addition of the miniseries since 2010 and hopes to keep that streak live.
A Rookie No More
CONCORD, NC – Nov. 23, 2019 – Now that he’s had a few weeks to let it sink in, 2019 Rookie of the Year Ricky Weiss has done a bit of reflecting back on the remarkable first season he completed aboard the World of Outlaws Morton Buildings Late Model Series. At this point, the “rookie” denotation he wore throughout the 41 contested races might have been the most unfitting word to describe his first year on a national tour.
With 13 podium finishes, 17 top-fives, 30 top-10s and an average finish of 7.6, this was far more than just a “rookie” season. Weiss took the title to unprecedented heights this year while most of his competition just took notes.
“It felt pretty good hearing everyone’s speeches at the banquet, commenting on our team and how they don’t really consider us a rookie,” Weiss said. “That was definitely pretty humbling.”
“We kinda had our hearts set on [the Rookie of the Year title] when we rolled into Volusia, and that was a goal that was not going to be taken away from us no matter how hard we tried” said Shawn Gage, Weiss’ crew chief. “We just had to envision that was going to be the first goal we achieved.”
His large northern fanbase from years of racing around the upper Midwest and his home in Headingley, Manitoba, followed him throughout the year and grew exponentially from beginning to end. A solid runner-up finish in the tour’s annual stop at River Cities Speedway in North Dakota brought the local crowd flocking to the pit area after the race to see the former track regular and add to his ever-counting merchandise sales. There he stood, in a sea of black-and-orange t-shirts, signing autographs for a line of fans longer than the one he waited in to get his pit pass earlier that day.
Even those that didn’t follow him in his pre-Outlaw days were quite familiar with the nickname Manitoba Missile by season’s end after watching each race live on DIRTVision. It’s the fans, he said, and their constant support both at the track and online, that make he and the team’s daily grind more worthwhile.
“With social media nowadays, we’re trying to get our team more known and progressively better, and trying to help get our sponsors seen,” Weiss said. “It’s a pretty proud moment to say that we sold the most t-shirts and have fans stick up for you on the Internet. When something happens on the track, I try not to get into it too much, but when you scroll through the comments and see 90% in my favor, it makes us proud to know that we’ve got the backing of the fans.”
That constant support helped carry Weiss and the team through the toughest of times this year, more specifically his two DNFs late in the season that sent him back from second in points to fifth — a hole which he climbed out of by the Can-Am World Finals conclusion to finish third and become the highest-finishing rookie in Series history.
Even in what might have been Weiss’ darkest hour, his fans stuck with him. While leading with only six laps remaining in Lernerville Speedway’s Firecracker 100 in late June, Weiss cut a right-rear tire, dashing his chances for $30,000 and the first World of Outlaws win of his career.
“I wish one of my highlights could have been the Firecracker, that was close,” Weiss said. “Not to say we won’t get that again. But we know we can unload there and be quick.”
He stood beside his car after the race, completely dejected, with the glummest face anyone had seen him wear all season. But the car got loaded up, the tire got changed, and the team showed up the following week for the next race in Terre Haute, IN. Back to work he went, just as the veterans of the sport do.
Weiss was ultimately unable to get that elusive first Outlaw victory by season’s end, despite posting the second-most podium finishes. He had the equipment, he had the knowledge and determination, he certainly had the skill and the experience. But there was just one touch of something else missing that he said would have made a difference in getting to Outlaw Victory Lane, even just once.
“With a great racer comes great luck. If you’re not lucky, you’re not going to be a good racer. That all plays a factor,” Weiss said.
It may not have been in the cards on 41 particular nights for the 31-year-old Canadian, but that doesn’t mean the racing gods didn’t look his way at all in 2019.
Two victories to kick the year off all the way back in January at Arizona Speedway’s Wild West Shootout, two regional series victories at Tennessee’s Smoky Mountain Speedway and even a trophy at Knoxville Speedway played a nice supporting cast to the two brightest stars of his season — a win for Team Outlaws in Eldora Speedway’s Dirt Late Model Dream Thursday night preliminary Feature and another the Sunday before the 49th annual World 100 in the Baltes Classic.
“People strive their whole career to try and win at Eldora Speedway. Even if it’s the Sunday before at the Baltes Classic, to win that it’s pretty special. But to win during one of the preliminary nights of the big one and be in contention in the top three or top five, or even to lead laps in the big races, it’s pretty humbling for our team. Just to know we’re in the hunt with the best of the best in the world,” Weiss said.
It’s often been said that nobody knows their way around Eldora better than the 12-time crown jewel winner at the facility, Scott Bloomquist. Throughout 2019, Weiss had as much help from the Hall-of-Famer as he’s ever had, especially at the one place he knows the best. That, and his new Sweet-Bloomquist chassis seemed to make quite the difference, both in his Eldora runs and throughout the year on the Outlaws tour.
The 2004 World of Outlaws champion has been much more than just a racing resource and a host shop to Weiss this year. Bloomquist became a personal friend and mentor for life around the racetrack, and Weiss turned that knowledge into some of the best results he’s had in his career.
“We’ve been here pretty much 80% of the season, and we’ve gained a true friend,” Weiss said. “He respects me as a racer, I respect him as a racer. Even when we’re not talking racing, we’re sitting on the couch, having a drink or hanging out and just talking about life.
“Any time Scott touches something, it’s for the better. We see that, and our eyes and ears are always open to making things better, just as he did in his career. We’re just trying to take that legacy and put it into our team, and it definitely showed throughout the season.”
Another slice of #7’s success this season goes to a man who’s been around the Bloomquist shop for quite some time as well – Weiss Racing crew chief Shawn Gage. He’s been around Southeast Dirt Late Model racing for several years, having previously crewed for Team Zero and built engines for fellow Tennessean Vic Hill. This driver-chief combination displays some of the most dedicated work ethics on the circuit, and since their pairing just a few seasons ago, Gage still marvels at the effort Weiss puts into his operation.
“The determination, the work ethic… this isn’t his second job, this isn’t what he does for fun, this is his life,” Gage said. “Basically, you’re looking at the next Scott Bloomquist on work ethic. The knowledge that he retains and puts into his program, I saw that right away with him, he never ceases to amaze me on making stuff better and better.
“To make a long story short, he’s got the talent behind the wheel, in the shop, on the phone… I really don’t know that there’s a higher-caliber 31-year-old out there or will be out there for some time.”
Until that time has come where another rookie team comes along and proves themselves more worthy of a third-place finish in their first year aboard a national tour, Weiss and the Sweet-Bloomquist gang stand atop the rookie ranks of the Dirt Late Model world. 2019 was great, but in 2020, the gloves are off. Weiss will get more shots at reaching World of Outlaws Victory Lane.
“Right now, I’d say we’re one of the most prepared teams for 2020 and one of the teams most looking forward to it,” Weiss said.2020 kicks off with the inaugural Battle at the Border at Vado Speedway Park, Jan. 2-5. Get your tickets to see The Most Powerful Late Models on the Planet invade New Mexico today!
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Chris Ferguson Scores Fourth Win of the Season at Screven
Mt. Holly, N.C. (11/25/19) – Chris Ferguson drove his Diff-Tran Machining, Inc. No. 22 K and K Trucking/ Bloomquist Race Car/ Clements Racing Engine Super Late Model to a $5,000 victory in Friday’s Georgia State Outlaw Championship at Screven Motor Sports Complex (Sylvania, Ga.).
“We raced hard. I hadn’t won since May and I really wanted to win this one,” Ferguson said in Victory Lane. “We threw a couple sliders, I bet the fans really enjoyed that race. Thanks to all my friends, family, sponsors, fans and the good Lord for blessing us with this win.”
In a field of 20 cars, Ferguson registered the second fastest lap in his time trial group behind Zack Mitchell, which positioned him third on the starting grid for the A-Main.
After tracking down race-leader Zack Mitchell when he made contact with the wall, Chris slid ahead on lap 36 and built more than a three-second margin in the remaining 14 circuits to capture his fourth win of the season. Mitchell, Jeff Smith, Cla Knight, and Kyle Hardy trailed him to the checkers in the 50-lap affair. (TDW Photography)
Full results from the event are available at www.ULTIMATESupers.com.
Saturday night’s Carolina Clash Super Late Model Series event at Lancaster (S.C.) Speedway was doomed by Mother Nature. From there, Chris made the trek to Cherokee Speedway (Gaffney, S.C.) on Sunday for the 29th Annual Blue-Gray 100.
A stout field of 38 entries registered for the $10,000-to-win event. Following the second fastest time in his group behind Ross Bailes, Ferguson recorded a 10-lap heat race victory, locking his spot into the finale. Rolling off fourth, contact with another competitor sent Chis slamming into an infield tire. Unable to finish, Chris Ferguson was an early retiree from the 100-lapper on the seventh circuit.
For complete results from Sunday’s event, visit www.CarolinaClash.com.
The team’s plans for the remainder of 2019 are uncertain at this time. Keep your browsers pointed to www.ChrisFerguson22.com for the latest team news and updates.
Chris Ferguson would like to thank all of his marketing partners, including Diff Tran Machining, K and K Trucking, Keith’s Handyman Services, The Racing Warehouse, Live Oak Aesthetic and Family Dentistry, Heckles Plumbing LLC, Carolina Roofing and Gutters, Carver and Sons Roofing, Dirt Trackin’ App, Western Clean Up Corporation, Rosewood Assisted Living, Beaux-Tie Limousine Service, Tom Bennington, Vinson Sims Construction, Xceldyne Technologies, Schaeffers Oil, Dynamic Custom Metal Works, On Point Polishing and Detailing, DirtCarLift.com, Penske Racing Shocks, RM Solutions, Peach State Truck Equipment, Sweet Bloomquist Race Cars, Buzze Racing, Sweet Manufacturing, Big A's Custom Graphics, ASI Racewear, Hoosier Racing Tires by Bryan, Harkey Racing, Joes Racing Products, K&N Performance Filters, Fluidyne High Performance, Indocil Art , Frankland Rear-Ends, Bell Racing USA, Hypercoil Springs, Brinn Transmissions, Weld Racing, Go Lithium, Dynamic Drivelines, Outerwears Pre-Filters, ButlerBuilt Motorsports Equipment, All Star Performance, Motorstate, FK Rod Ends, Fragola Performance Systems, VP Racing, Hooker Harness, Stock Car Steel and Aluminum Inc., SRI Supplies, SRI Performance, Clements Racing Engines, Waterman Racing Components, Pro Fabrication Headers, Performance Bodies,, Tadpole Fabrication, NecksGen, and MSRMafia.com Marketing Services.”
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Cory Hedgecock Motorsports Claims Topless Outlaw Series Championship
Loudon, Tenn. (11/25/19) – Cory Hedgecock piloted his Cushman No. 23 K&P Used Cars/ Hidden View Lake/ XR1 Rocket Chassis/ Eagle Racing Engine Late Model to the Topless Outlaw Dirt Racing Series (TODLMS) championship on Sunday afternoon at I-75 Raceway in Sweetwater, Tenn.
“This was a good weekend for our team,” Hedgecock said. “Started on the pole with a new track record in the TODLMS race and outside pole in the UCRA event in our new car. We fell back but fought and got it going in both. I think we needed less than three laps in both to make it a DAMN good weekend.”
After inclement weather shifted Saturday night’s event to Sunday, Hedgecock entered the TODLMS finale against a strong field of 22. Cory followed up the fastest lap overall in Time Trials (a new track record) with a Dash victory to lock into the A-Main.
Starting on the pole of the $2,500-to-win main event, Hedgecock fell back early before rebounding to a second-place finish behind race winner Chase King. Trevor Sise, Kyle Courtney, and Austin Neely rounded out the top-five.
Cory ended the inaugural season of the TODLMS with six victories on the 11-race tour along with numerous fast-time awards in route to the series championship.
For more results from this event, please visit www.TODLMS.com.
Hedgecock also entered the United Championship Racing Alliance - UCRA portion of Sunday’s event at I-75 Raceway. Cory secured his spot into the A-Main with the second fastest time overall in qualifying behind Jason Welshan.
With $2,000 on the line in the feature, Hedgecock slipped outside the top-five early on before charging back in the 30-lap affair to finish second behind Zach Sise. Kyle Courtney, Jesse Lowe, and John Ownbey trailed them to the finish line.
Complete results from the event are available at www.UCRARacing.com.
The team is currently undecided on their weekend plans. Visit the team’s official website at www.CoryHedgecock23.com as well as social media outlets at https://www.facebook.com/coryhedgecock23/ and https://twitter.com/Hedgecock23 often for the latest team updates.
Cory Hedgecock would like to thank all of his sponsors, which include Cushman, Rocket Chassis, Five Star Hyundai, Eagle Racing Engines, K&P Used Cars, Hidden View Lake, Budget Transmissions, VP Racing Fuels, VooDoo Technology, Timeless Memories Photography, Hoosier Racing Tires, CFYA, Wells Racing Photography, Strange Oval Racing, High Velocity Heads, Wilds Race Products, Crowder Small Engines, Jesel Valve Train Innovation, Stealth Racing Carburetors, QuickCar, Bicknell Racing Products, MSD Ignition, CV Products, CP Pistons, Boydbilt, Ohlins Shocks, Winters Performance, Integra Shocks & Springs, Brucebilt Performance, Wiles Driveshafts, Simpson Race Products, Martel Signs and MSRMafia.com Marketing Services.