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September 11, 2021 - Top-10 finish in World 100 prelim at Eldora Speedway
Returning to the driver’s seat of the Hatcher Motorsports No. 6 Late Model, Ashton Winger was one 80 Late Models on hand at Eldora Speedway (Rossburg, Ohio) on Wednesday afternoon to compete in preliminary action for the 51st annual World 100. With the stout field divided into two groups, Ashton edged his way into the $10,000-to-win A-Main with a fourth-place finish in his heat. Carry a steady pace throughout the 25-lapper, Winger recorded a 16th-place finish. (Todd Healy photo)

Starting in sixth in his heat race on Thursday, Winger secured his spot into the $54,000-to-win World 100 with a second-place finish. Rolling off 10th, Ashton rebounded to place 16th after getting involved in a tangle on the 15th circuit.

1For another round of preliminary features on Friday as the 50th annual World 100 kicked off, Ashton grabbed the fifth-and-final transfer spot in his heat, which positioned him 17th on the starting grid for the A-Main. With $10,000 on the line, Winger advanced forward seven spots to register a ninth-place finish.

For the finale on Saturday, Winger came in sixth in his heat before streaking to a 20-lap consolation victory. Starting the $53,000-to-win World 100 in 22nd, Ashton was an early retiree from the 100-lapper on the third circuit.

For more results from these events, please visit www.EldoraSpeedway.com.

September 5, 2021 - Sixth-place finish in Baltes Classic at Eldora
1Behind the wheel of the Hatcher Motorsports No. 6 Late Model, Ashton Winger visited Eldora Speedway (Rossburg, Ohio) on Sunday afternoon for the Baltes Classic. Drawing 33 Sunoco American Late Model Series (ALMS) entries for the test session leading up the double World 100’s, Winger recorded a third-place finish in his heat, which positioned him 11th on the starting grid for the $5,000-to-win A-Main. After running as high as third, Ashton experienced mechanical issues on the final circuit that dropped him back to sixth.

For more results from this event, please visit www.AmericanLateModelSeries.com.

August 28, 2021 - SAS triumph at Senoia marks Winger's third straight win
A rain delay nor a talented field of competitors at Senoia Raceway on Saturday night could slow down Ashton Winger’s hot streak. The Georgia racer took his E-Z-GO No. 12 Dekalb / Johnny Doan Plumbing/ Keyser Manufacturing/ XR1 Rocket Chassis / Pro Power Racing Engine Super Late Model to victory lane in the 2021 edition of the Michael Head Jr. Memorial.

The $5,054 win was his second of the year at Senoia Raceway and his ninth overall of the 2021 season.

“It seems like I’ve been on the road forever with the Summer Nationals and to come back home and pick up another win, man it’s hard to put into words how great that feels,” Winger said. “(Brandon) Overton turned up the heat late, and just keeping him behind me was a win in itself. We’ve got to get some engines freshened before we race again, so we are on hold for that, but man I just am so proud of our team and the season we’re having. Thanks so much to everyone, who supports this operation.”

1Returning to his home-state of Georgia, Ashton Winger traveled to Senoia Raceway (Senoia, Ga.) on Saturday afternoon for the Southern All Star Series-sanctioned Michael Head Jr. Memorial. In a field of 38 cars, Winger recorded the fastest lap in time trials to pick up the Knowles Races Parts & Bodies Fast Time Award. Starting the feature on the pole, Ashton contained Brandon Overton’s late-race charge in the waning laps of the 54-lapper to secure his third straight victory and ninth overall of 2021.

Winger took the checkers ahead of Overton, Dalton Cook, Payton Freeman, and Oliver Gentry to claim $5,054.

For more results from this event, please visit www.SASDirt.com.

August 21, 2021 - Winger wins final two Hell Tour events, finishes second in standings
Ashton Winger ended his freshman year on DIRTcar Nationals trail with a bang. The Georgia racer won the final two races of the miniseries at Michigan’s Tri-City Motor Speedway and Merritt Speedway. (Terry Page photos)

He collected $10,000 for each victory in his E-Z-GO No. 12 Dekalb / Johnny Doan Plumbing/ Keyser Manufacturing/ XR1 Rocket Chassis / Pro Power Racing Engine Super Late Model
. With the triumphs his 2021-win total grew to eight.

“The way we’re running right now, I almost wish this deal was just getting started,” the 21-year-old Winger said following Saturday night’s victory at Merritt Speedway. “The good thing about winning this one is we can celebrate it a while. When you run every day like we do on this deal, people forget about who wins pretty quick. Finishing it up the way we did, winning both of these last two races, it’s going to be something cool to look back on. I’ve had a blast, but now I’m excited to head back to Georgia. I even get to race at my home track (Senoia Raceway) this Saturday, so I’m really looking forward to that.”

1Ashton Winger invaded Butler Motor Speedway (Butler, Mich.) on Wednesday afternoon, where he entered his Johnny Doan Plumbing No. 12 Late Model into battle for the final week with the DIRTcar Summer Nationals.

After topping the 24-car field in time trials, Winger outdueled Rusty Schlenk in his heat race to pick up the win. Receiving the third-starting position for the $5,000-to-win A-Main via the redraw, Ashton nosed ahead of Devin Moran late in the 40-lapper to secure a runner-up finish. He followed Bobby Pierce across the line with Moran, Mitch McGrath, and Rusty Schlenk rounding out the Top-5.

On Thursday at I-96 Speedway (Lake Odessa, Mich.) with another $5,000 prize on the line, Ashton came in third in his heat before passing four cars in the feature to register a third-place finish.

The following night at Tri-City Motor Speedway (Auburn, Mich.), Winger’s 10-lap heat race win promoted him into the redraw. Rolling off third, Ashton tracked down early pacesetter Frank Heckenast Jr. on the 18th circuit and stole the lead on an ensuing restart. He turned back Devin Moran’s late charge to capture his seventh win of the season and a $10,000 prize. Moran, Heckenast Jr., Tanner English, and Donna Marcoullier trailed him to the checkers.

To wrap up his first year on tour with the DIRTcar Summer Nationals, Ashton stopped at Merritt Speedway (Merritt, Mich.) on Saturday evening. With a heat race win sending him into the redraw, Winger slipped back to second on the start but began closing in on fellow front-row starter Travis Stemler on lap 15. Rocketing past the leader two circuits later, Ashton streaked to his second win as many nights over Devin Moran, Stemler, Chad Finley, and Tanner English. He earned $10,000 for his eighth win of the season along with the $2,000 for the weekly points title.

He was also awarded a $11,600 payday for finishing second in the DIRTcar Summer Nationals point standings.

For more results from these events, please visit www.DIRTcarSummerNationals.com.

August 14, 2021 - Pair of Top-5 finishes with DIRTcar Summer Nationals
1Rejoining the DIRTcar Summer Nationals after a mid-summer break, Ashton Winger trekked to Highland Speedway (Highland, Ill.) on Friday afternoon for the event rescheduled from July 10. With 29 Late Models entered, Winger edged his way into opening night feature with the fifth-and-final transfer spot. With a recent rain shower making for rough track conditions, Ashton plowed forward 10 spots in the 50-lapper to register a fifth-place finish. He followed Brandon Sheppard, Bobby Pierce, Tanner English, and Garrett Alberson across the line.

On Saturday afternoon at Federated Raceway at I-55 (Pevely, Mo.), Ashton timed in fastest in his 17-car group before placing second in his heat. Starting the $10,000-to-win A-Main in fifth, Winger jumped up two spots to finish third. He took the checkers behind Bobby Pierce and Brandon Sheppard with Shannon Babb and Gordy Gundaker rounding out the Top-5

Ashton remains in third in the latest Summer Nationals point standings. For more results from these events, please visit www.DIRTcarSummerNationals.com.

August 7, 2021 - Winger scores USA Nationals prelim victory, finishes third in finale
Ashton Winger enjoyed a successful crown jewel weekend during Cedar Lake Speedway’s USA Nationals in his E-Z-GO No. 12 Dekalb / Johnny Doan Plumbing/ Keyser Manufacturing/ XR1 Rocket Chassis / Pro Power Racing Engine Super Late Model.

He registered a thrilling $6,000 World of Outlaws (WoO) Morton Buildings Late Model Series prelim feature win on Friday evening before racing to a third-place finish in the USA Nationals $50,000 finale on Saturday night.

"I don't know what it is about this place," Winger said after climbing from his car and celebrating with his patented steering wheel drop on Friday evening. "This place is awesome ... to see all the awesome fans out here. This place, every time we roll in here, it feels like home. This will definitely always be a special place to me, getting my first Outlaw win here last year and now my second won here this year."

Winger then backed up his prelim feature win with a third-place finish in Saturday night’s 100 lapper. The Georgia racer ran as high as second, challenging Kyle Bronson for the lead, before seeing Jonathan Davenport slip past him for the spot and ultimately the win.

"I really thought I was going to give them guys a run there. I knew my best shot was restarts," Winger said. "I threw a couple (of sliders), and threw one, and did everything I could just short of wrecking Kyle (Bronson)  — I hope I didn't mess him up — and then the one where J.D. went to the lead, I actually think that I could've went in there a little bit harder. But I figured if I did, I was going to send J.D. and Bronson out to the corndog stand. So, I didn't figure I needed to do that.

"So congrats to J.D., he definitely had the better car than me at the end there. I could stay with him for one or two laps, but he would drive off a couple (tenths of a second) every lap. I just got beat on that last restart. It's good company to be in up here, so we'll lick our wounds and go on to the next one."

1On Tuesday afternoon Ashton Winger returned to action with the World of Outlaws (WoO) Morton Buildings Late Model Series as the tour headed north to Outagamie Speedway (Seymour, Wis.) for the FVP Platinum Batteries Showdown. In a field of 29 cars, Ashton clocked in sixth fastest in his group before placing third in his heat. Holding his spot throughout the 40-lap feature, Winger recorded a 12th-place finish.

On Thursday evening the opening night of the USA Nationals weekend came to life at Cedar Lake Speedway (New Richmond, Wis.), and Winger outdueled Dennis Erb Jr. in his heat race to pick up the win.

With Mother Nature postponing the 30-lap feature to Friday afternoon, Ashton blasted past polesitter Chase Junghans on the eighth circuit and held off Junghan’s late charge to capture his sixth win of the season and a $6,000 prize. He took the checkers ahead of Junghans, Brandon Sheppard, Jimmy Owens, and Nick Hoffman to record his second series triumph.

With a pair of heat races on Friday’s docket to kick off the 34th annual USA Nationals, Winger advanced forward five spots in his first heat to pick up the win. Coming in fourth in the second round, Ashton was tied for the lead overall in passing points with Jimmy Owens, which positioned him second on the starting grid for the Saturday night’s $50,000-to-win USA Nationals.

Grabbing the lead on the drop of the green flag, Winger held the top spot for the first three circuits until a charging Kyle Bronson grabbed the lead. Ashton went on to place third in the 100-lapper, which came behind Jonathan Davenport and Brandon Overton. Jason Feger and Brandon Sheppard completed the Top-5 finishers.

For more results from these events, please visit www.WorldofOutlaws.com.


July 31, 2021 - Ashton Winger attends Prairie Dirt Classic at Fairbury
1Ashton Winger was one of 74 World of Outlaws Morton Buildings Late Model Series entries entered at Fairbury Speedway (Fairbury, Ill.) on Friday afternoon for the 31st annual Prairie Dirt Classic weekend. With the massive field split into two groups for time trials, Winger’s 35th fastest qualifying effort positioned him 18th on the starting grid for his $3,000-to-win preliminary feature. With the Top 4 finishers getting locked into the main event on Saturday, Ashton passed eight cars to finish 10th.

Transferring into the B-Main on Saturday, Winger gained five positions in the 20-lapper to grab the second-and-final transfer spot. Earning the 22nd-starting spot for the $50,000-to-win Prairie Dirt Classic, Ashton clawed forward four spots in the 100-lap affair to place 18th. (Jacy Norgaard photo)

For more results from these events, please visit www.WorldofOutlaws.com.

July 25, 2021 - Winger tops Clarksville foes for $10,000 payday
Continuing his recent surge in his freshman year on the DIRTcar Summer Nationals, Ashton Winger banked another $10,000 victory on Saturday night. His latest winning accomplishment came at Tennessee’s Clarksville Speedway in his E-Z-GO No. 12 Dekalb / Johnny Doan Plumbing/ Keyser Manufacturing/ Clements Racing Engine Super Late Model. (Josh James Artwork)

The victory marked his fourth DIRTcar Summer Nationals win of the year and his fifth triumph overall.

"Things have really picked up for our team in the past few weeks. My dad and Will went to work and our car got better. I really felt like we were going to win some races earlier in the year, whether it was going to be on the Hell Tour or not, and they got away from me. Then I had some motor trouble — and I've been doing some dumb stuff," Winger said. "On this Hell Tour, I started on the front row a couple of times, and honestly, I just didn't do a good job, you know what I'm saying? And then it got to the point where we all started clicking and jelling and me and my dad sat down and we had a serious conversation about what it takes to win these races, even if they are 40 laps.

“I’m truly grateful to be out here getting to do this, and I thank everyone who supports us from the very bottom of my heart. "It's hard to win a 20-lap race, so if you are to tell me I'd have won four races, especially after Fayette County when I started next to (Brandon Sheppard) and run like seventh, man, I'd have told you that you were a liar. Luckily we have eight or nine more of (Summer Nationals races) to go, so hopefully we can shoot for 12 or 13 (victories)."

1The fifth week on tour with DIRTcar Summer Nationals brought Ashton Winger to Springfield Raceway (Springfield, Mo.) on Thursday afternoon to do battle for the $5,000 prize. With a second-place finish in his heat race placing him fifth on the starting grid for the feature, Winger advanced forward three spots in the 40-lapper to register a runner-up finish. He followed Bobby Pierce across the line with Scott Crigler, Joe Godsey, and Tim Lance rounding out the Top-5.

On Friday evening at Tri-City Speedway (Granite City, Ill.) for the Russ Wallace Memorial, Ashton secured his spot into the $10,000-to-win A-Main with a second-place finish in his heat. Scoring a podium finish in the 40-lap affair, Winger passed three cars to finish third. Bobby Pierce and Ryan Unzicker took the checkers ahead while Tanner English and Shannon Babb completed the Top-5 finishers.

In a field of 26 cars on Saturday at Clarksville Speedway (Clarksville, Tenn.), Winger came in second fastest overall before placing first in his heat race. With the redraw positioning him on the pole, Ashton avoided a lap-12 tangle to lead all 40 laps over Bobby Pierce, Dennis Erb Jr., Tanner English, and Joe Godsey. He pocketed $10,000 for his fifth win of 2021.

Sunday night took the team to Richmond (Ky.) Raceway, where Ashton advanced from the fourth-starting spot to finish second in the finale behind Bobby Pierce with Tanner English, Joe Godsey, and Derek Fisher completing the Top 5.

Ashton remains in third in the latest Summer Nationals point standings. For more results from these events, please visit www.DIRTcarSummerNationals.com.

July 18, 2021 - Ashton Winger goes back-to-back with Summer Nationals
Just a week after registering his first-career DIRTcar Summer Nationals victory, Ashton Winger added two more to the tally with triumphs at Michigan’s Thunderbird Raceway and Ohio’s Oakshade Raceway. (Jim DenHamer photos)

The third and fourth wins of the 2021 season came behind the wheel of Winger’s E-Z-GO No. 12 Dekalb / Johnny Doan Plumbing/ Keyser Manufacturing/ Clements Racing Engine Super Late Model
.

"I'm blessed. I'm 21 years old and get to race and do what I love. I'm super thankful," Winger said in Victory Lane. "We've had a bad luck this year and hard times, and it's starting to come around. My goal was to win one Summer Nationals feature, and now I’ve won three in a week. Kinda crazy, and hopefully we can keep this momentum rolling."

1Ashton Winger embarked on the fourth week of DIRTcar Summer Nationals competition on Wednesday evening at Circle City Raceway (Indianapolis, Ind.) as the track made its debut on the Hell Tour after opening in early 2021. Drawing 25 Late Models, Ashton posted a third-place finish in his heat race, which positioned him ninth on the starting grid for the main event. Improving three spots in the 40-lap affair, Winger recorded a sixth-place finish.

The following night at Thunderbird Raceway (Muskegon, Mich.), Winger topped the 33-car field in time trials before picking up the heat race win. With the redraw placing him second on the starting grid for the main event, Winger shadowed fellow front-row starter Tanner English in the early laps before making his pass for the lead on the 16th lap. He led the final 14 circuits of the 40-lapper to capture his second DIRTcar Summer Nationals victory and third win of his season. He took the checkers ahead of Bobby Pierce, English, Jeep Van Wormer, and Travis Stemler to claim a $5,000 payday.

After Friday’s scheduled stop at Hartford Speedway (Hartford, Mich.) was rained out, Ashton trekked to Oakshade Raceway (Wauseon, Ohio) on Saturday afternoon for the 23rd annual Birthday Race.

In a season-high field of 53 cars, Winger outdueled Devin Shiels late in his heat race to pick up the 10-lap victory. Receiving the third-starting position for the A-Main via the redraw, Ashton powered ahead of early race pacesetter Jeep Van Wormer on the 22nd lap and led the remaining 28 circuits to capture his second-straight DIRTcar Summer Nationals triumph and a $10,000 prize. Bobby Pierce, Tanner English, Rusty Schlenk, and Van Wormer followed him across the line.

On Sunday, Winger stopped at Red Cedar Speedway Red Cedar Speedway (Menomonie, Wis.) for the World of Outlaws Morton Buildings Late Model Series sanctioned program. After finishing second in his heat race, Winger ran into mechanical issues before the start of the feature that sidelined his No. 12 entry. He charged from the tail of the field in the Sam Mars-owned No. 28 Late Model to finish 16th.

Ashton climbed to third in the latest Summer Nationals point standings. For more results from these events, please visit www.DIRTcarSummerNationals.com and www.WorldofOutlaws.com.

July 9, 2021 - Winger notches first career DIRTcar Summer Nationals win
Despite getting off to a rough-and-tumble start to his first venture on the DIRTcar Summer Nationals, Ashton Winger and his team refused to give up. Their perseverance and hard work paid off last Tuesday night with a $5,000 series victory at Illinois’ Knox County Fair Raceway. (Brendon Bauman photo)

The triumph came aboard Winger’s E-Z-GO No. 12 Dekalb / Johnny Doan Plumbing/ Keyser Manufacturing/ Clements Racing Engine Super Late Model and marked his second overall win of the season.

“We’ve had a heckuva start to this deal with everything from mechanical failures to flips, but we’ve kept digging, and it all finally came together. I know it’s just a $5,000-to-win race, but that 32 car (Bobby Pierce) is not easy to beat, and Tanner (English) too,” Winger declared in Victory Lane. “I’m just a Georgia boy out here trying to make everybody back home proud.”

“We’ve worked so hard for this. We’ve been through so many issues,” Winger continued. “We’ve just been clawing and clawing. I’ve torn up cars, I’ve blew up motors, I’ve flipped cars, and it’s all led to this. This is so awesome.”

1On Tuesday night, the DIRTcar Summer Nationals debuted at Knox County Fair Raceway (Knoxville, Ill.) to compete atop the half-mile oval. After topping the 22-car field in time trials, Winger dashed to a heat race victory, sending him into the redraw.

Receiving the second-starting position for the A-Main, Ashton turned back challenges from Bobby Pierce after a late-race encounter with lapped-traffic to secure his first-career Hell Tour victory. He finished ahead of Pierce, Tanner English, Mitch McGrath, and Jason Feger to earn $5,000.

With the win he became the first Georgian to ever win a DIRTcar Summer Nationals feature.

One night later the miniseries rolled into Spoon River Speedway (Banner, Ill.), here Ashton raced from the 18th-starting position to a 10th-place finish. Meanwhile, Thursday night’s action at “The Mighty” Macon (Ill.) Speedway found Winger advancing from the 19th-starting spot to a 10th-place finish in his first attempt at a Herald & Review 100.

Taking a provisional to start 22nd on the gird on Friday night at Farmer City (Ill.) Raceway, Winger passed seven cars to finish 12th.

Both Saturday and Sunday’s action at Highland (Ill.) Speedway and Tri-State Speedway (Haubstadt, Indiana) fell victim to rain.

Ashton sits in fourth in the latest Summer Nationals point standings. For more results from this event, please visit www.DIRTcarSummerNationals.com.

July 4, 2021 - Ashton Winger races to third-place finish at Beaver Dam
Lifting the lid on the third week with the DIRTcar Summer Nationals, Ashton Winger trekked to Beaver Dam Raceway (Beaver Dam, Wis.) on Wednesday for the eighth stop of the Hell Tour. With 22 Late Models entered, Winger recorded a third-place finish in his heat, which positioned him eighth on the starting grid for the $5,000-to-win A-Main. Improving five spots in the 40-lap affair, Ashton notched a third-place finish. He trailed Bobby Pierce and Brandon Sheppard to the checkers with Brian Shirley and Tanner English rounding out the Top-5. (Terry Page photo)

1The following night at Davenport Speedway (Davenport, Iowa) on the quarter-mile oval, Ashton clocked in second fastest in his group before placing second in his heat, trailing Cade Dillard. Losing three spots in the 40-lap feature, Winger recorded a 10th-place outing.

On Friday evening at Dirt Oval Route 66 Raceway (Joliet, Ill.), Winger secured his spot into the $10,000-to-win A-Main with a third-place finish in his heat. Breaking into the Top-10, Ashton charged forward three spots in the 30-lap affair to register a fourth-place finish. He followed Bobby Pierce, Frank Heckenast Jr., and Brian Shirley across the line with Tanner English coming in fifth.

In a field of 35 Late Models on Saturday at Fayette County Speedway (Brownstown, Ill.), Ashton followed up the fourth fastest time in his group with a 10-lap heat race victory. Receiving the second-starting position for the main event, Winger ran up front for the first 20 circuits but faded late in the caution-free 50-lapper to finish seventh. (Brendon Bauman photo)

For the weekend finale on Sunday at Lincoln Speedway (Lincoln, Ill.), Winger place second in his heat race before passing one car in the feature to place sixth.

Ashton remains in fourth in the latest Summer Nationals point standings. For more results from these events, please visit www.DIRTcarSummerNationals.com.

June 25, 2021 - Winger notches podium finish at Sycamore Speedway
For the second week with the DIRTcar Summer Nationals, Ashton Winger traveled to La Salle Speedway (LaSalle, Ill.) on Wednesday afternoon for the $5,000 prize. After a flip in time trials prevented him recording a time, Winger charged from the tail of the field in his heat race to finish third. Earning the 11th-starting position for the A-Main, Ashton was running in fifth with two laps remaining when he tagged the wall on the final lap. The bobble dropped him back to eighth when the checkered flag flew. (Jim DenHamer photo)

Persistent rain postponed Thursday night's event at Spoon River Speedway (Banner, Ill.) to July 7th.

1On Friday afternoon at Sycamore Speedway (Maple Park, Ill.), Ashton topped the 28-car field in time trials before picking up a 10-lap heat race victory. Receiving the third-starting position for the $10,000-to-win A-Main via the redraw, Winger ran a steady pace throughout the 50-lapper, scoring a third-place finish at the line. He trailed Brian Shirley and Bobby Pierce to the checkers with Ryan Unzicker and Jason Feger rounding out the Top-5.

Mother Nature axed Saturday and Sunday's scheduled dates at Federated Raceway at I-55 (Pevely, Mo.) and Jacksonville Speedway (Jacksonville, Ill.).

Ashton climbed to fourth in the latest Summer Nationals point standings. For more results from these events, please visit www.DIRTcarSummerNationals.com.

June 19, 2021 - Eighth-place finish in Hell Tour opener at Brownstown Speedway
1Ashton Winger made the trek to Brownstown Speedway (Brownstown, Ind.) on Tuesday afternoon to kick off the DIRTcar Summmer Nationals with the Hoosier Dirt Classic. Drawing 24 Late Models, Winger rebounded to finish fourth in his heat after experiencing engine issues in his time trial session. Starting the opening night feature in 12th, Ashton improved four spots in the 40-lapper to register an eighth-place finish.

On Wednesday evening at Peoria Speedway (Peoria, Ill.), Ashton missed a transfer spot by one position in his heat, sending him into the B-Main. Picking up a 10-lap consolation victory, Winger locked into the 17th-starting position for the $5,000-to-win A-Main. Wheeling his way into the Top-10, Ashton passed 10 cars to finish seventh. (Todd Healy photos)

For the third round on Thursday at Kankakee County Speedway (Kankakee, Ill.), Winger timed in fifth fastest in his group before placing third in his heat race. With $5,000 on the line in the feature, Ashton faded one spot in the 40-lap affair to place ninth.

The following night at Tri-City Speedway (Granite City, Ill.), Ashton was slated to start on the pole of his heat but suffered a broken transmission. Rallying from the tail of his C-Main and B-Main to pick up the wins, Winger locked into the 17th-starting position for the main event. After wheeling his way into the Top-10 in the first half of the 50-lapper, Ashton tagged the wall following a lap-37 restart that ended his night early.

On Saturday afternoon at Fairbury Speedway (Fairbury, Ill.), Winger followed up the fifth fastest time in his group with a runner-up finish in his heat behind Tanner English. Starting the $10,000-to-win A-Main in fifth, Ashton faded five spots in the 50-lapper to finish 10th.

Sunday's finale at Plymouth Speedway (Plymouth, Ind.) fell victim to Mother Nature.

Ashton is currently sixth in the latest Summer Nationals point standings. For more results from these events, please visit www.DIRTcarSummerNationals.com.

May 31, 2021 - Pair of Top-5 finishes over Memorial Day weekend
1Lifting the lid on his Memorial Day weekend slate, Ashton Winger invaded Thunderhill Raceway (Summertown, Tenn.) on Saturday afternoon for the Southern All Star Series sanctioned program. With time trial results aligning him eighth on the starting grid for the $4,000-to-win A-Main, Winger gained three spots in the 40-lapper to register a fifth-place finish. He trailed Matt Cooper, Payton Freeman, Dane Dacus, and Sam Seawright to the checkers.

On Monday afternoon at 411 Motor Speedway (Seymour, Tenn.) for the ninth annual Scott Sexton Memorial, Ashton secured his spot into the $10,052-to-win Spring Nationals finale with a 10-lap heat race victory. Losing one spot in the 53-lap affair, Winger notched a third-place finish behind Jimmy Owens and Randy Weaver. Dale McDowell and Mike Marlar completed the Top-5 finishers. (Michael Moats photo)

For more results from these events, please visit www.SASDirt.com and www.SpringNationals.com.

May 22, 2021 - Winger grabs first win of 2021 in Roscoe Smith Classic at Senoia
Ashton Winger finally shook the monkey off his back on Saturday night. The driver of the E-Z-GO No. 12 Dekalb / Johnny Doan Plumbing/ Keyser Manufacturing/ Rocket Chassis/ Clements Racing Engine Super Late Model claimed the $4,044 top prize in Saturday night’s Roscoe Smith Classic at Senoia Raceway.

Winger’s first win of the season came in Southern All Star Series-sanctioned action in the 11th edition of the event.

“We’ve raced like 30 times this year and it’s hard not to get emotional,” Winger said in Victory Lane. “I’ve had the time of my life the past two years and it’s really, really been tough this year on us. We just haven't had a lot go our way … But this feels so awesome. I want to thank my family, my team, and all of my sponsors for standing behind me and making this possible."

1On Saturday evening Ashton Winger invaded Senoia Raceway (Senoia, Ga.), piloting his Johnny Doan Plumbing No. 12 Late Model in the Southern All Star Series-sanctioned Roscoe Smith Classic.

After leading the opening three circuits of the feature, Winger slid back to fifth but began closing on race-leader Michael Page as he dealt with lapped-traffic. Charging past Page on lap 27, Ashton ran away to register his first win of the season, which over Joseph Joiner, Austin Horton, Jay Scott, and Mike Collins. Winger crossed the finish line with a five-second margin to claim the $4,044 top prize.

For more results from this event, please visit www.SASDirt.com.

May 8, 2021 - Ashton Winger visits Batesville for Comp Cams doubleheader
1Friday night saw Ashton Winger return with the Comp Cams Super Dirt Series (CCSDS) at Batesville Motor Speedway (Batesville, Ark.) for the Joe Garrison Memorial. Drawing 29 Late Models, Ashton laid down the fastest time in his group before picking up an eight-lap heat race victory. After setting the pace out front for the first 14 circuits, Winger suffered a flat tire on lap 14 that dropped him to the tail. He salvaged a 17th-place outing in the 30-lap affair.

For the Bad Boy 98 on Saturday, Winger recorded a third-place finish in his heat, which positioned him ninth on the starting grid for the $12,000-to-win main event. Getting caught in a multi-car tangle, Ashton was an early retiree from the 68-lapper on lap 34. (Millie Tanner photo | Turn 3 Photography)

Ashton sits in third in the CCSDS point standings. For more results from these events, please visit www.CompDirt.com.

May 1, 2021 - Winger notches podium finish in King of the Hill 40
Ashton Winger was one of 29 Schaeffer’s Spring Nationals series entries on hand at Crossville Speedway (Crossville, Tenn.) on Friday afternoon for the $4,053 prize. In a field of 29 cars, Winger secured his spot into the opening night feature with the fourth fastest time in his group. Rolling off seventh, Ashton suffered a flat tire on lap 28 that brought an early end to his night. (Thomas Hendrickson photo)

1The following night, Winger headed to Clayhill Speedway (Atwood, Tenn.) for the Southern All Star Series-sanctioned King of the Hill 40. Earning the fifth-starting position for the $4,000-to-win A-Main via preliminary events, Winger jumped up two spots to place third, trailing Payton Freeman and Dillon Tidmore to the checkers. Matthew Brocato and Dean Carpenter completed the Top-5 finishers in the 40-lap affair.

For more results from these events, please visit www.SpringNationals.com and www.SASDirt.com.

April 23, 2021 - 11th-place finish with Spring Nationals at Tri-County
1On Friday night, Ashton Winger invaded Tri-County Racetrack (Brasstown, N.C.) for the Schaeffer’s Spring Nationals event. With time trials setting the grid for the $4,053-to-win A-Main, Winger posted the second fastest time in his group behind David Payne. Running into trouble near the halfway point of the feature, Ashton slowed on the track and headed into the infield pit area on lap 24. He was credited with an 11th-place finish.

Saturday night's Carolina Clash Super Late Model Series event at Travelers Rest Speedway (Travelers Rest, S.C.) fell victim to Mother Nature.

For more results from this event, please visit www.SpringNationals.com.

April 17, 2021 - Pair of Top-5 finishes with Lucas Oil MLRA at I-80 & Davenport
1 Tuesday night found Ashton Winger in action at I-80 Speedway (Greenwood, Neb.) for the Tuesday Tickler. With 34 Lucas Oil Midwest LateModel Racing Association (MLRA) entries entered, Ashton secured his spot into the opening night feature with a third-place finish in his heat. With $5,000 on the line, Winger advanced through the field nine spots to place third, trailing Tony Jackson Jr. and Chase Junghans to the checkers with Mason Oberkramer and Billy Moyer rounding out the Top-5.

In a field of 31 MLRA competitors on Wednesday at Stuart Speedway (Stuart, Iowa), Winger grabbed the fourth and final transfer spot in his heat race, which positioned him 16th on the starting grid for the $5,000-to-win A-Main. Passing nine cars in the 40-lap affair, Ashton registered a seventh-place finish. (Mike Ruefer photos)

On the quarter-mile oval on Thursday at Davenport Speedway (Davenport, Iowa), Ashton came in third in his heat, which positioned him fifth on the starting grid for the A-Main. Breaking into the Top-5, Winger marched forward six spots to finish fourth, following Billy Moyer, Jason Papich, and Brian Shirley across the line with Terry Phillips coming in fifth.

With the Comp Cams Super Dirt Series (CCSDS) weekend opener on Friday getting axed by Mother Nature, Winger returned with the Lucas Oil MLRA at 34 Raceway (West Burlington, Iowa) to kick off the Slocum 50 weekend. Following a third-place finish in his heat, Ashton improved three spots in the feature to place seventh.

On Saturday night, Ashton fell short of a transfer position in his heat and B-Main, forcing him to rely on a provisional into the $10,053-to-win Slocum 50. Improving seven spots, Winger recorded an 18th-place outing.

For more results from these events, please visit www.MLRARacing.com.

April 9, 2021 - Winger detours to Lincoln Speedway after weekend rainout
With Mother Nature wiping out his weekend plans at Lucas Oil Speedway (Wheatland, Mo.), Ashton Winger headed north to Lincoln Speedway (Lincoln, Ill.) on Friday afternoon for the rescheduled Fall Nationals from 2020. In a field of 15 cars, Winger timed in fastest in his qualifying group before pulling off early in his heat. Starting the $3,000-to-win A-Main in 12th, Ashton was an early retiree on the third lap. (Todd Healy photo)

For more results from this event, please visit www.LincolnSpeedwayIL.com.

April 3, 2021 - Top-5 finish with Comp Cams at Poplar Bluff
Ashton Winger kicked off the Comp Cams Super Dirt Series (CCSDS) doubleheader weekend on Friday night at Poplar Bluff Motorsports Park (Poplar Bluff, Mo.) piloting his Johnny Doan Plumbing No. 12 Late Model. Following a sixth-place finish in his heat race, Winger edged his way into the opening night feature with the fourth and final transfer spot in his B-Main. With $3,000 on the line, Ashton marched through the field 15 spots in the 30-lapper to register a fifth-place finish. He trailed Billy Moyer, Tony Jackson Jr., Brian Rickman, and Billy Moyer Jr. across the line. (Millie Tanner photo | Turn 3 Photography)

1On Saturday evening at Legit Speedway Park (West Plains, Mo.), Ashton followed up the fourth fastest time in his qualifying group with a runner-up finish in his heat behind Brian Rickman. Starting the $3,000-to-win A-Main in seventh, Winger clawed forward one spot in the 40-lap affair to place sixth.

Ashton sits in third in the CCSDS point standings. For more results from these events, please visit www.CompDirt.com.

March 20, 2021 - Ashton Winger finishes second in Will McGary Tribute at I-30
1On Friday night, Ashton Winger followed the Comp Cams Super Dirt Series (CCSDS) to Old No. 1 Speedway (Harrisburg, Ark.) for the Cow Patty 50. In a field of 26 cars, Winger laid down the fifth fastest time in his qualifying group before placing third in his heat race. Starting the $5,000-to-win A-Main in ninth, Ashton jumped up three spots in the 40-lapper to finish sixth.

On Saturday afternoon, Ashton was one of 28 Late Models on hand at I-30 Speedway (Little Rock, Ark.) for the fifth annual Will McGary Memorial. Passing two cars in his heat race to place second behind B.J. Robinson, Winger locked into the fifth-starting position for the feature. With $5,000 on the line, Ashton took part in a heated battled for the lead with Logan Martin late in the 40-lap affair but fell short to place second, trailing Martin to the checkers with Kyle Beard, Morgan Bagley, and B.J. Robinson rounding out the Top-5. (Jennifer Newkirk-Heath photo)

Ashton remains in third in the CCSDS point standings. For more results from these events, please visit www.CompDirt.com.

March 13, 2021 - Winger scores runner-up finish at Boothill Speedway
1Saturday night saw Ashton Winger return to action at Boothill Speedway (Greenwood, La.) piloting his Johnny Doan Plumbing No. 12 Late Model for the two-day Ronny Adams Memorial. Drawing 34 Comp Cams Super Dirt Series (CCSDS) entries, Ashton grabbed the third and final transfer spot in his heat race, which positioned him 11th on the starting grid for the opening night feature. With $3,000 on the line, Ashton clawed forward four spots in the 30-lapper to register a seventh-place finish.

The following night, Winger timed in third fastest in his qualifying group before placing second in his heat behind Timothy Culp. Starting the $7,000-to-win A-Main in fifth, Ashton improved three spots in the 40-lapper to finish second, trailing Cade Dillard across the line with Brian Rickman, Earl Pearson Jr., and Logan Martin rounding out the Top-5. (Scott Burson photo)

With the first weekend in the books, Ashton is third in the CCSDS point standings. For more results from these events, please visit www.CompDirt.com.

February 11, 2021 - Consistent motor issues ends Winger's Florida Speedweeks
1Ashton Winger continued on his Florida Speedweeks slate on Monday afternoon at Volusia Speedway Park (Barberville, Fla.) for the 50th annual DIRTcar Nationals. In a field of 51 cars, Winger fell short of a transfer position in his heat with a fifth place finish, sending him into the B-Main. Needing to place second or better in his B-Main to make the opening night feature, Ashton came one spot short with a third-place outing.

On Tuesday afternoon, Ashton ran into motor issues in his heat that saw him scratch from his B-Main. (Michael Boggs Photography)

1After replacing his power plant overnight, Winger failed to transfer out of his heat race and B-Main on Wednesday, forcing him to rely on a provisional into the $10,000-to-win A-Main. Improving two spots in the 40-lap affair, Ashton logged a 27th-place outing.

He experienced more motor issues during his qualifying session on Thursday that brought a disappointing end to his Speedweeks.

For more results from these events, please visit www.DIRTcar.com and www.WorldofOutlaws.com.

February 5, 2021 - Fourth place finish in Winter Nationals opener at EBRP
On Thursday afternoon, Ashton Winger was back in action at East Bay Raceway Park (Tampa, Fla.) for the Crate Racin’ USA Winter Series-sanctioned Winter Nationals. Drawing 78 cars, Winger laid down the fastest lap in his time trial group before streaking to a 10-lap heat race victory. Starting the $2,500-to-win A-Main in sixth, Ashton gained two spots in the 30-lapper to register a fourth-place finish, trailing Mark Whitener, Kyle Lukon, and Cory Hedgecock across the line with Kyle Hardy coming in fifth. (Brian McLeod photo | Dirt Scenes)

1The following night, Ashton jumped up one spot in his heat race to finish third. Transferring into the B-Main for another shot at the $2,500-to-win A-Main, Winger came one spot shy of a transfer position with a third-place outing.

For more results from these events, please visit www.CrateRacinUSA.com.


January 29, 2021 - Top-10 finish in fourth round of Winternationals at East Bay
1Monday night saw Ashton Winger return to action at East Bay Raceway Park (Tampa, Fla.) behind the wheel of the Ken Monahan-owned No. 311A Late Model entry for the 45th annual Wrisco Winternationals. In a stout field of 76 Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series (LOLMDS) entries, Winger posted a sixth place finish in his heat race, sending him into the B-Main for another shot at the opening night feature. Transferring the Top 2 into the show, Ashton was an early retiree from the 12-lapper on the sixth lap.

1For another $5,000-to-win preliminary feature on Tuesday afternoon, Ashton timed in 14th fastest in his qualifying group before placing fourth in his heat. Needing a second place finish or better in his B-Main to make the A-Main, Winger came one spot shy with a third-place outing.

On Wednesday evening, Winger fell two spots short of a transfer position in his heat race with a fifth-place finish. Rolling off third in his B-Main, Ashton was running in third when Mother Nature made an appearance and postponed the remainder of the program to Thursday evening. He ended up withdrawing from the remainder of the 10-lapper.

For the fourth round of the Wrisco Winternationals on Thursday, Ashton posted a fourth place finish in his heat, giving him one last shot at the feature with a B-Main appearance. Locking in the Top 2, Winger streaked to a 10-lap consolation victory, which positioned him 20th on the starting grid for the $7,000-to-win A-Main. Wheeling his way into the Top-10, Ashton passed 10 cars in the 40-lapper to register a 10th-place finish. (Mike Horne photo)

The following night, Winger was an early retiree from his heat on the sixth lap, sending him into the B-Main for one final shot at the $12,000-to-win A-Main. Slated to start near the tail, Ashton made the decision to scratch from the 10-lapper to save equipment.

For more results from these events, please visiwww.LucasDirt.com.

January 16, 2021 - Winger salvages 11th place finish in season opener at Volusia
1Behind the wheel of his Johnny Doan Plumbing No. 12 Late Model, Ashton Winger made the trek to Volusia Speedway Park (Barberville, Fla.) on Wednesday afternoon to kick off the 2021 season with the DIRTcar Sunshine Nationals. Drawing 38 World of Outlaws Morton Buildings Late Model Series entries, Winger suffered a blown engine in hot laps, forcing him to hop behind the wheel of Mike Collins’ No. 3 Late Model for the remainder of the evening. Following an eighth place finish in his heat race, Ashton logged an 11th place outing in his B-Main. Earning a provisional into the opening night feature, Winger marched through the field 13 spots in the 40-lapper to register an 11th-place finish.

With a rainout on Friday evening allowing Ashton and his team more time to replace the motor in his No. 12 machine for Saturday night's contest, Winger followed up a ninth place finish in his heat with an eighth place outing in his B-Main. Relying on a provisional into the $10,000-to-win finale, Ashton got caught behind a wreck on lap 23 that brought a disappointing end to his weekend. (Rich LaBrier photo | Dirtman Photography)

For more results from these events, please visit www.WorldofOutlaws.com.

December 10, 2020 - Winger tallies three-win 2020 season; to open 2021 season at Volusia
With the Covid-19 pandemic limiting the number of events he could attend early in the 2020 season, Ashton Winger participated in a total of 60 races behind the wheel of his Franklin Enterprises No. 12 Late Model. He amassed three wins, 11 Top-5 finishes, and 27 Top-10 outings.

He will kick off his 2021 season on January 14 at Volusia Speedway Park (Barberville, Fla.) for his sophomore season with the World of Outlaws Morton Buildings Late Model Series.

November 21, 2020 - Top-5 finish in Billy Clanton Classic at Senoia Raceway
1Saturday night found Ashton Winger in action at Senoia Raceway (Senoia, Ga.) for the sixth annual Billy Clanton Classic. Drawing 33 Schaeffer’s Fall Nationals entries, Winger came in sixth fastest in his time trial group before picking up a 10-lap heat race victory. Starting the $10,000-to-win A-Main in fourth, Ashton fended off a charging Michael Page late in the 60-lapper to place fourth behind Chris Madden, Mike Marlar, and Billy Moyer Jr. with Page coming in fifth.

For more results from this event, please visit www.SouthernNationalsSeries.com.

November 11, 2020 - Ashton Winger takes World of Outlaws Rookie of the Year honors
Ashton Winger has quickly established himself as a standout on the World of Outlaws Late Model Series, claiming the tour’s Rookie of the Year honors in 2020. (Michael Boggs Photography)

The 20-year-old’s maiden voyage with the World of Outlaws Late Model Series was highlighted by his first-career win at Cedar Lake (Wisc.) Speedway on July 3, when he outdueled Brandon Sheppard for a $20,000. He continued to improve as the year wound down, returning to the podium again at Thunder Mountain (Pa.) Speedway in September with an impressive charge from 21st to third.

Winger drove the Franklin Enterprises No. 12 Total Fire Protection/ B&D Leasing/ Keyser Manufacturing/ Rocket Chassis/ Clements Racing Engine Super Late Model to a total of six Top-5’s, and 19 Top-10’s in 2020 and finished seventh in the tour’s overall championship standings.

“Our car was fast all year long, I just made too many mistakes at times. We picked up a lot around June and then we got that win at Cedar Lake, where I lost probably ten years of my life thanks to Sheppy [Brandon Sheppard]. I felt like we were in contention to win some other races, but we let some get away. This whole season and winning Rookie of the Year means a lot to me. I hope we can do this deal again next year.”

For more results from these events, please visit www.WoOLMS.com.

November 5, 2020 - Winger finishes seventh in World of Outlaws point standings
After officials were forced to postpone the Can-Am World Finals to 2021 due Covid-19 restrictions, Ashton Winger invaded the Dirt Track at Charlotte (Concord, N.C.) on Wednesday night for the Last Call. In a stout field of 55 World of Outlaws Morton Buildings Late Model Series entries, Ashton came in eighth in his heat before placing sixth in his B-Main. Relying on a provisional into the opening night feature, Winger was an early retiree from the 50-lapper on lap 39. (Zach Yost photo)

1The following night for another $12,000-to-win A-Main, Winger posted a runner-up finish in his heat behind Dale McDowell, which positioned him 12th on the starting grid for the finale. Running into trouble late in the feature, Ashton pulled off early on lap 37 with 13 circuits remaining.

Ashton finished seventh in the final World of Outlaws Morton Buildings Late Model Series point standings.

For more results from these events, please visit www.WoOLMS.com.

October 24, 2020 - Blown motor cuts short Winger's Fall Classic at Whynot
1On Friday afternoon Ashton Winger visited Whynot Motorsports Park (Meridian, Miss.) to take part in the two-day Coors Light Fall Classic. Drawing 43 Late Models, Winger suffered a blown motor during his time trial session that brought his weekend to an abrupt ending.

For more results from this event, please visit www.WhynotMotorsportsPark.com.

October 17, 2020 - Ashton Winger scores fourth place finish in SAS opener at Smoky Mountain
Friday night saw Ashton Winger return to action at Smoky Mountain Speedway (Maryville, Tenn.) behind the wheel of the Johnny Doan Plumbing No. 12 Late Model for the Southern All Star Series doubleheader. With 34 cars on hand for the King of the Mountain Championship, Ashton secured his spot into the opening night feature with the second fastest time in his qualifying group behind Ricky Weiss. With $3,000 on the line, Winger faded one spot in the 30-lap affair to finish fourth behind Dale McDowell, Ricky Weiss, and Sam Seawright with Tommy Kerr coming in fifth. (Michael Moats photo)

1On Saturday evening, Winger timed in third fastest in his time trial group before picking up an 8-lap heat race victory. Starting on the pole for the $7,000-to-win finale, Ashton surrendered the top spot to Dale McDowell early in the race but reeled in the leader near the halfway point. Attempting to throw a slider on McDowell after a restart, Winger made hard contact with the wall that forced him pitside for the remainder of the evening on lap 24.

For more results from these events, please visit www.SASDirt.com.