Hampton, Ga.'s Ashton Winger repelled one of the hottest dirt late model racers in America Friday night at Cedar Lake Speedway in Wisconsin to win the $20,000 World of Outlaws Late Model series prize. Brandon Sheppard (#1) nearly overpowered the #12 on numerous occasions, but in the end the "Franklin Enterprises, Showtime Properties, EZ-GO" sponsored Rocket racer kept his cool for the biggest win of his career. Tennesseean and multi National Dirt Late Model champion Scott Bloomquist was 7th overall.
Another Saturday $20,000 to-Win feature is slated for Saturday night again alongside the World of Outlaws Sprint Car series.
In Zanesville, Ohio, Georgian Jonathan Davenport thought he had a Lucas Oil Dirt Late Model series feature win, until Texan Tyler Erb raced by with seven laps remaining on Friday night at Muskingum County Speedway. The victory snaps Jimmy Owens of Newport, Tn., four race win streak and is the first of the season for the fan favorite "T-Erb-O" racer. Devin Moran, whose family owns the track, was second just ahead of a fleeting Davenport. Owens was sixth in the official rundown. The series moves to Portsmouth, Ohio Saturday night.
In Tennessee, Randy Weaver (# 16) of Crossville beat Ooltewah's Riley Hickman to win the J. Paul Smith Memorial Crate Late Model race at his home track Friday. Weaver is one of the winningest racers in Crossville Speedway's history and has won four races so far in 2020. Harrison's Ethan Hunter fell to a dismal 12th place finish.
Wartburg Speedway hosted a special Friday night Topless Outlaw Late Model series feature. Knoxville's Jed Emert (#51) got the $3,000 victory. Saturday tracks around the Tennessee Valley and Northeast Alabama area are hosting special 4th of July races, most of which are shooting off Fireworks in celebration of our country's Independence Day.
Sweetwater's I-75 Raceway, Mountain View Raceway in Dayton/Spring City and Fort Payne Motor Speedway all have plans on racing Saturday night around 7 p.m. local time.