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August 14, 2018

Ricky Weiss Claims Career-Win in 36th Annual North-South 100
COMP Cams Topless 100 Up Next at Batesville Motor Speedway

Headingly, Manitoba, Canada (08/14/18) – Ricky Weiss recorded a dream performance in Saturday night’s 36th annual Sunoco Race Fuels North-South 100 at Florence Speedway behind the wheel of his Derrick’s Sandblasting #7w Sweet-Bloomquist Race Car/ Vic Hill Race Engine Late Model.

The Canadian hot shoe took the lead on lap 59 and went on to pace the field for the final 41 circuits en route to the $50,000 payday in the crown jewel event.

“It’s hard to put into words what this win means to me,” Weiss said. “Our team has come so far. We used to go to these races and just hoped to make the big show. Now we are winning these shows. Shawn (Gage) and my whole crew have been pushing and working so hard, and it shows on the track. Cody (Mallory) and Scott (Bloomquist) have been a tremendous help with my program. I want to thank all of my sponsors because I couldn’t do it without them. We hope to add some more marketing partners before next year, so that we can go after a national tour next year. I think this shows that we are ready.”

After starting the extended Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series (LOLMDS) weekend quietly with a 25th-place finish in Wednesday night’s Ralph Latham Memorial at Florence Speedway (Union, Kentucky), Weiss kicked things into gear on Thursday night with a sixth-place finish in the $10,000-to-win North/South Shootout.

Friday night saw 56 LOLMDS entries signed in for the opening round of the two-day North-South 100. Following a third-place finish in his first heat, Weiss streaked to a 10-lap heat race victory in his second heat, which locked him into the sixth-starting position for the A-Main on Saturday evening.

After running in a podium spot for the first 58 circuits, Weiss inherited the lead on lap-59 when the leader suffered a flat-tire. Holding off Hudson O’Neal in the closing laps, Ricky Weiss captured his first-career national touring victory and his 15th win of the season along with a $50,000 payday. Tim McCreadie, Hudson O’Neal, Jimmy Owens, and Jonathan Davenport completed the Top-5 finishers in the 100-lap affair.

For more results from these events, please visit .

Weiss will carry his hot hand into this weekend’s COMP Cams Topless 100 at Batesville Motor Speedway (Locust Grove, Arkansas). It will mark the first time that he’s competed at the 3/8-mile oval. Thursday and Friday will see a $5,000 top prize on the line each night, while Saturday’s finale will post a $40,000 winner’s check.

For more information on the event, please visit and .

Ricky Weiss would like to thank his marketing partners and sponsors including Derrick's Sandblasting. A.I.E. Bell Mobility, Sweet Bloomquist Race Cars, RDW Recycling, Keewatin Truck Service, Team Red Line Graphix, Penske Racing Shocks, Turk Enterprises, Hawkeye Construction, Vic Hill Race Engines, Mark Brandt Trucking, Fastenal, Schaeffer’s Racing Oil, Go Lithium Batteries, Straight Ahead Ventures Inc., Allied Roofing Inc., FK Rod Ends, Metalz in Motion, FastShafts, Beyea Custom Headers, Arizona Sport Shirts, Wilwood, Swift Springs, and Marketing Services.

For more information on Ricky Weiss please visit his website at .

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August 14, 2018

Dustin Strand Collects Two More 2018 Victories
Four-Race Weekend Up Next

Grand Forks, North Dakota (08/14/18) – For the second-straight week Dustin Strand scored a pair of feature triumphs in his Q&Z Plumbing & Heating #71 Naastad Acres/ Millenium Chassis Late Model.

The wins pushed his 2018 total to lucky #13.

“We decided last minute to go to Red River Co-op Speedway on Thursday, and it paid off with a sweep,” Strand commented. “Friday at River Cities was a so-so night, and then we were back on our game on Saturday night at Devil’s Lake Speedway. Our car is performing really well right now, and I’m looking forward to taking a shot at four wins this coming weekend.”

On Thursday night Dustin Strand traveled to Red River Co-op Speedway (Winnipeg, Manitoba), where he was competing in a field of 11 Super Late Models. After starting the night with a heat race victory, Dustin outran a hard-charging Mike Balcaen to capture his 12th win of the season over Balcaen, Shane Edginton, Shane Holden, and Rick Fawcett.

The following night at River Cities Speedway (Grand Forks, North Dakota), Strand advanced two spots in his 8-lap heat race to finish fifth. Starting the feature in the 10th position, Dustin passed six cars in the 20-lapper to notch a fourth-place finish behind Brad Seng, Ryan Corbett, and Joey Pederson with Jeff Hapala finishing fifth.

Saturday evening found Strand visiting Devil’s Lake Speedway (Lakota, North Dakota) to do battle in a Weekly Racing Series Event. Holding his spot in his 10-lap heat, Dustin recorded a runner-up finish behind Mike Balcaen, which locking him into the fifth-starting position for the feature. Slipping past race-leader Mike Balcaen early, Dustin Strand cruised to his 13th win of the season, topping Balcaen, Brody Troftgruben, Travis Robertson, and Troy Schill at the line.

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The upcoming weekend – August 16-19 – has Strand Racing going into battle in four events in his #71 Millenium Chassis Late Model. Action opens on Thursday night at Red River Co-op Speedway (Winnipeg, Manitoba) with the Northern Late Model Racing Association (NLRA). On Friday evening the team will compete in a Weekly Racing Series Event at River Cities Speedway (Grand Forks, North Dakota).

Saturday and Sunday will find Strand competing in a pair of NLRA Late Model events at Red River Valley Speedway (Fargo, North Dakota) and Sheyenne River Speedway (Lisbon, North Dakota).

For more information on the events, please visit and .

Dustin Strand would like to thank all of his sponsors including, RHR Brew, Q&Z Plumbing & Heating, Keewatin Truck Service, Naastad Acres, Walhalla Builders, Newgard Insurance, McCaughen Builders, Generations Salon & Spa, Sam’s Auto Body, Bemidji Welders Supply, RH Rebel Storage, Ben Adams Racing Engines, Forest Flying Service, Altru’s Sports Advantage powered by EXOS, Parallel Technologies Inc., Troy Pecka Trucking, and Marketing Services.

For more information on Dustin Strand, please visit his official internet home at .

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August 14, 2018

Jake Knowles Records Runner-Up Finish in the Governor’s Cup
Resumes Chevrolet Performance Series Action this Weekend

Rome, Georgia (08/14/18) – Jake Knowles overcame adversity early in the night to record a runner-up finish in his Knowles Race Parts & Bodies #66 Josh Roberts Trucking/ Longhorn Chassis Late Model in the inaugural Governor’s Cup on Saturday night at Talladega Short Track.

“We didn’t get to hot lap because we had an issue with the box, so we had to rush to replace it and the harness,” Knowles recounted. “We had a fast car though, and were able to pick off a few spots in the feature before the track locked down. Overall, it was a pretty good night for us, and we are looking forward to getting back to series action this Saturday at Cochran.”

On Saturday night Jake Knowles returned to Talladega Short Track (Eastaboga, Alabama) for the inaugural Governor's Cup. With a stout field of 45 Southern All Star Series (SAS) Super Late Model entries on hand, Jake timed in second fastest in his group before charging to a heat race victory.

Earning the fourth-starting position for the $10,000-to-win A-Main, Jake Knowles improved two spots in the 60-lap affair to finish in the runner-up position behind Michael Page with Jason Hiett, William Thomas, and Riley Hickman completing the Top-5 finishers.

For full results from this event, please visit .

This Saturday, August 18 the team will travel to Cochran Motor Speedway (Cochran, Georgia), where he’ll enter a $3,000-to-win, Chevrolet Performance Super Late Model Series event. Jake is currently second in the latest series standings, just 12 markers removed from the top spot.

For complete standings and more information on the event, please visit .

Jake Knowles would like to thank his marketing partners, which include Knowles Race Parts & Bodies, Josh Roberts Trucking, Buster Goss Body Shop, Martins Wrecker Service, Curbow Logging, Coosa Heating & Cooling, JW Motorsports, Cruise with the Champions, Shorty’s Shock Service, Hoosier Racing Tire by Pup, Knowles Trucking, Keyser Manufacturing, Wiles Racing Driveshafts, Joe’s Transmission, Carolina Racing Supply, Big A’s Custom Graphics, AG Calf Ranch, Renegade Racing Fuels, Mitchell Jenkins Photography, Dynojet, and Marketing Services.

For more information on Jake Knowles please visit .


Transmission Failure Ends Roberts Run at Cherokee

MARYVILLE, Tenn. (Aug. 14) A misplaced gear and an exploding transmission took care of any chance that Casey Roberts and the Blount Motorsport team would have had in the Clash race at Cherokee Speedway on Saturday.

The track was so muddy for hot laps that it was impossible to tell that the car had the wrong gear.

“The gears got switched around at the last race and the crew chief shot himself in the foot when he didn’t check the gear before he put it in the rear end,” said David Bryant with a grimace. “The track for hot laps was really muddy and we didn’t find out about the gear until we went out to qualify. Vic Hill makes a good engine, but I don’t care how good it is it wouldn’t stand up to those rpms.”

Needless to say they didn’t qualify well and were relegated to the B main. While leading the B the transmission came apart signaling that it was time to call it a night. Roberts and the team loaded up and headed home.

“We will just keep digging and be at Crossville this Friday night and down at North Georgia on Saturday,” concluded Bryant.

Blount Motorsports enjoys sponsorship from Stowers (CAT) Machinery Corp., Blount Excavating, Massey Electric, Tennessee RV, Turner Hydraulics, Ole Ben Franklin Motors, Food City, and The Wine and Spirits Cellar.

BMS races Rocket XR1 Chassis. Power is provided by Vic Hill Racing Engines with Dyer’s Top Rods, Driven Racing Oil, Waterman Fuel Pumps, VP Race Fuels and starting power from Go Lithium batteries. Gauges and wiring harnesses from QuickCar. Drive train components are from Quarter Master with Carbon Fiber drive shafts from Fastshafts. The shocks are Penske Racing Shocks with chassis and suspension components from TWM and springs from Hyperco. Noses and body parts are from Five Star Stock Car Bodies and tires are Hoosier Performance Tires from Hoosier Tires South.

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