Lonnie Wheatley, SAN TAN VALLEY, Ariz. (January 6, 2018) –
Canada’s Ricky Weiss cashed in on the opening leg of the 12th
Annual Keyser Manufacturing Wild West Shootout presented by
O’Reilly Auto Part by racing to a $5,000 Super Late Model
victory in Saturday night’s headliner atop the 1/3-mile FK Rod
Ends Arizona Speedway.
After surrendering the point prior to midway to Chris Simpson,
the Manitoba racer rallied back by on the high side in the
closing rounds to top the initial round of Black Diamond/Club 29
Super Late Models presented by M&W Transportation competition.
“This is a great field, it’s the best of the best and feels good
to be here,” Weiss said in Hoker Trucking Victory Lane.
While Weiss enjoyed Super Late Model victory lane, Ricky
Thornton, Jr., and Scott Bintz visited Hoker Trucking Victory
Lane in Wild West Shootout action as well by besting the USRA
Modifieds and X-Modifieds, respectively, as a total of 139 cars
filled the pit area for the first of six rounds of competition
over the next eight days.
In the Black Diamond/Club 29 Super Late Models presented by M&W
Transport feature, Weiss lead the initial 17 circuits before
Simpson slipped by on the low side exiting turn two on the 18th
But, as Simpson approached lapped traffic in the latter stages,
Weiss spied an opportunity to pounce back on the lead.
“We closed on the 18 car (Chase Junghans), he moved to the top
and pulled away,” Weiss related. “I moved up
there not thinking it would be that good, but I found out it was
a lot better.”
Weiss raced back around Simpson on the high side to take command
for keeps on the 34th round, putting himself in line
for a potential Keyser Manufacturing $250,000 bonus for the
driver that can top all six rounds.
Iowa’s Simpson settled for runner-up honors, commenting that,
“It sucks leading that many laps and losing like that, but all
in all it was a good night.”
Tennessee’s Mike Marlar filled out the podium in third with
Brandon Sheppard and Garrett Alberson rounding out the top five.
Chandler, Arizona’s Ricky Thornton, Jr., picked right up where
he left off last year, racing to victory lane in the 25-lap
MVT/Border International USRA Modified presented by Arizona
Differential feature event after topping last year’s Wild West
After three aborted starts, fourth-starter Thornton, Jr., split
the front row of Josh Angst and Matt Leer at the outset en route
to a wire-to-wire triumph in the non-stop affair.
“They didn’t give me as much room after the first couple of
restarts, I think I just wanted it more,” Thornton, Jr., said in
victory lane. “The car was really good on the
restarts and then we went to the bottom, we were geared for that
and not the top.”
It worked out well for Thornton, Jr., as he cruised out front
the entire distance with Lucas Schott taking runner-up honors
ahead of Stormy Scott, who rallied from 12th to the
show position in the early rounds. Angst and
Justin Kay rounded out the top five.
In RHRSwag.com X-Mods presented by Barnett Harley-Davidson
action, Jamestown, North Dakota’s Scott Bintz found his way back
into victory lane by wiring the field from the pole position in
“I didn’t think I’d ever get back here,” Bintz exclaimed in
Hoker Trucking Victory Lane. “It has been a
long dry spell at the Wild West Shootout.”
Bintz left little doubt about this one, leading the duration to
the stripe ahead of Cole Searing, Lucas Roden, Stephen
Muilenberg and Shawn Fernkes.
The Wild West Shootout continues at FK Rod Ends Arizona Speedway
on Sunday with racing action set to go green at 5:00 p.m. with
ensuing rounds to follow on Wednesday, January 10, and then
Friday through Sunday, January 12-14.
A $5,000 winner’s share is up for grabs for the Super Late
Models through the opening five nights of competition before the
stakes are upped to $13,000-to-win for the January 14 finale.
Advanced tickets may be purchased online at
www.wildwestshootout.net/schedule/ and ticket
pricing/purchasing information can be found at
www.wildwestshootout.net or by calling the Wild West
Shootout office at 520-664-2074.
Wild West Shootout Hotel Information can be found at
http://www.wildwestshootout.net/fan-info/lodging-2/ or by
calling La Quinta Inn & Suites at 480-844-8747.
The La Quinta Phoenix Mesa West is located at 902 W.
Grove in Mesa, AZ.
Saturday and Sunday races will go green at 5 p.m. with Wednesday
and Friday events starting at 7 p.m.
Arizona Speedway is located just minutes from Phoenix.
From Phoenix, take US 60 east to Ironwood Dr., turn right
(south) and go four miles, Arizona Speedway is on the right hand
side. For more information, visit
www.wildwestshootout.net or call 520-664-2074.
The 2018 Wild West Shootout is made possible by Keyser
Manufacturing, O’Reilly Auto Parts, FK Rod Ends, Black
Diamond/Club 29 Race Cars, M&W Transport, Mesilla Valley
Transportation, Border International Trucks, Arizona
Differential, RHR RacingSwag, Barnett Harley Davidson, Hoker
Trucking, Total Seal Piston Rings, Karl Performance, Textron
Off-Road, Shaw Trucking, M&S Concrete, AR Bodies, Earnhardt
Chrysler-Jeep-Dodge Ram, Pro Power Engines, VP Racing Fuel,
Penske Racing Shocks and Hoosier Tires.
Keyser Manufacturing Wild West Shootout presented by O’Reilly
Auto Parts Results
FK Rod Ends Arizona Speedway – Saturday, January 6, 2018
Black Diamond/Club 29 Super Late Models presented by M&W
Transportation (50 Cars):
Heat Winners: 42s-Don Shaw, 157-Mike Marlar,
7w-Ricky Weiss, 37-Scott Ward, 01-Garrett Alberson, 32-Chris
“B” Main Winners: 18-Chase Junghans, 2T-Ryan
Pro Power Dash Winner: 44x-Clint Smith.
“A” Main (40 Laps): 1. 7w-Ricky Weiss, 2.
32-Chris Simpson, 3. 157-Mike Marlar, 4. B5-Brandon Sheppard, 5.
01-Garrett Alberson, 6. 42s-Don Shaw, 7. 97-Cade Dillard, 8.
16-Austin Siebert, 9. 75-Terry Phillips, 10. 90-Lance Malthees,
11. 86-Kyle Beard, 12. 32p-Bobby Pierce, 13. 2T-Ryan Gustin, 14.
0-Jake O’Neil, 15. 18-Chase Junghans, 16. 89-Mike Spatola, 17.
20-Rodney Sanders, 18. 12-Nick Bartels, 19. 96rc-R.C. Whitwell,
20. 15-Justin Duty, 21. 7d-Austin Theiss, 22. 37-Scott Ward, 23.
3k-Tanner Kellick, 24. 15k-Justin Kay.
MVT/Border International USRA Modifieds presented by Arizona
Differential (48 Cars)
“A” Main (25 Laps):
1. 20RT-Ricky Thornton,
Jr., 2. 69-Lucas Schott, 3. 2s-Stormy Scott, 4. 99-Josh Angst,
5. 15k-Justin Kay, 6. 1s-Johnny Scott, 7. 23-Adam Kates, 8.
7a-Shane Sabraski, 9. 23x-Matt Gilbertson, 10. 44-Christy
Barnett, 11. 18z-Zane Devilbiss, 12. 65x-Carlos Ahumada, Jr.,
13. G17-Fito Gallardo, 14. 19-Lucas Rodin, 15. 6-Casey Skyberg,
16. 6d-Dylan Goplen, 17. 30-Matt Leer, 18. 2J-Blake Jegtvig, 19.
7k-Jason Krohn, 20. 96rc-R.C. Whitwell, 21. 2a-Casey Arneson,
22. 19sb-Lance Mari, 23. 71-Dustin Strand, 24. J17-Jake
RHRSwag.com X-Mods presented by Barnett Harley-Davidson (41
“A” Main (20 Laps):
1. 1s-Scott Bintz, 2.
0-Cole Searing, 3. 19-Lucas Roden, 4. 39-Stephen Muilenburg, 5.
99-Shawn Fernkes, 6. 30-Dewayne Tesch, 7. 44JT-Jamie Torres, 8.
10c-Cole Hauglend, 9. 777-Mike Rosales, 10. 88-Nathan Smith, 11.
32-Eric Hauglane, 12. 55-Mike Hailman, 13. 57x-Chad Horst, 14.
14-Shawn Strong, 15. 51w-Ronald Webster, 16. 6c-Kalvin Caitlin,
17. 7T-Joseph Thomas, 18. 3J-Josh Cain, 19. 71-Dustin Strand,
20. 16-Jason Vanderkamp, 21. 782-Jeremiah Christensen, 22.
22-Jesse Haynye, 23. 07-Donovan Flores, 24. 6-Dean Eggebraaten.