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July 25, 2020 - Winger tops Late Model field at I-55 Raceway for third of the season
A weekend off from the grueling demands of the World of Outlaws Morton Buildings Late Model Series didn’t stop Ashton Winger from getting in the driver’s seat. (Jacob Dearing photo | STLRacing.com)

Winger used the opportunity to enter a weekly racing event at Federated Auto Parts Raceway at I-55 (Pevely, Mo.) and put his Johnny Doan Plumbing No. 12 E-Z-GO/ Franklin Enterprises/ Keyser Manufacturing/ Rocket Chassis/ Clements Racing Engine Super Late Model in Victory Lane.

“We had a great car on Saturday night and thankfully was able to get it done,” said Winger. “During these uncertain times, we have to race an opportunity we can. Thanks to everyone who makes this possible, especially all of our great sponsors for their continued support.”

1Marching forward five spots in his heat race to score a second-place finish behind Rusty Griffaw, Winger locked into the pole position for the A-Main. Holding off Jeff Herzog, Ashton streaked to his third win of the season over Herzog, Griffaw, Tim Ratajczyk, and Kyle Stolzer.

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

July 19, 2020 - Pair of Top 5 finishes on World of Outlaws northern swing
1Continuing on the northern stint with the World of Outlaws Morton Buildings Late Model Series, Ashton Winger visited Gondik Law Speedway (Superior, Wis.) on Tuesday afternoon competing in a field of 29 cars. Gaining three spots in his heat race to place third, Winger locked into the 10th-starting position for the main event. With $10,000 on the line, Ashton marched through the field five spots to register a fifth place finish behind Brandon Sheppard, Ashton Winger, Jimmy Owens, and Darrell Lanigan.

After Friday night’s program was postponed to Sunday by Mother Nature, Ashton traveled to Red River Valley Speedway (West Fargo, N.D.) on Saturday evening for the $10,000 prize. Following the fourth fastest time in his group, Winger notched a runner-up finish in his heat behind Darrell Lanigan. Rolling off sixth for the A-Main, Ashton jumped up one spot in the 50-lapper to place fifth behind Darrell Lanigan, Brandon Sheppard, Ricky Weiss, and Chase Junghans. (Jacy Norgaard photo)

The following night at River Cities Speedway (Grand Forks, N.D.), Winger posted a third place finish in his heat, which positioned him seventh on the starting grid for the $10,000-to-win finale. Falling three spots in the 50-lap affair, Ashton recorded a 10th place outing.

Ashton remains in eighth in the latest World of Outlaws point standings. For more results from these events, please visit www.WoOLMS.com.

July 11, 2020 - Ashton Winger lands Top 10 finish with World of Outlaws at Plymouth
1Friday night saw Ashton Winger return with the World of Outlaws Morton Buildings Late Model Series in the Badger State at Outagamie Speedway (Seymour, Wis.). Following the fourth fastest time in his group, Winger cruised to a 10-lap heat race victory, which positioned him second on the starting grid for the $10,000-to-win A-Main. Overtaking polesitter Dennis Erb Jr. for the lead on the second lap, Ashton led the next 12 circuits until Jason Rauen slipped by. Wrestling back the top spot on lap 14, Winger was collected in a tangle with another competitor while navigating through lapped-traffic that sent him to the tail. He salvaged a 15th place outing in the 50-lap affair.

On Saturday evening at Plymouth Dirt Track (Plymouth, Wis.), Ashton edged his way into the $10,000-to-win finale with the fourth and final transfer spot in his heat race. Rolling off 16th, Winger advanced through the field eight spots in the 50-lapper to place eighth. (Jacy Norgaard photo)

Ashton sits in eighth in the latest World of Outlaws point standings. For more results from these events, please visit www.WoOLMS.com.

July 4, 2020 - Winger scores first career World of Outlaws victory at Cedar Lake
1Ashton Winger out-dueled the best of the best on Friday night to earn his first-career World of Outlaws (WoO) Morton Buildings Late Model Series victory.

Aboard the Franklin Enterprises No. 12 Total Fire Protection/ B&D Leasing/ Keyser Manufacturing/ Rocket Chassis/ Clements Racing Engine Super Late Model, the 20-year-old held off two-time and defending series champion, Brandon Sheppard, to earn a $20,000 payday.

“This is so awesome man,” Winger shouted in victory lane. “This is all I’ve ever wanted to do. I never wanted to NASCAR or anything like that. I always wanted to be at the top level of the Dirt Late Model Racing and here we are. I’m so glad we got to do this in front of a full crowd. This is so badass! I’m speechless.”

The action kicked off on Thursday evening with the Elimination Showdown. The Top-12 qualifiers from the first-time trial session were locked into the invert. Winger recorded the sixth fastest time, which positioned him seventh on the starting grid for the elimination style shootout.

Eliminating four cars after each 5-lap segment, Ashton survived all three segments to compete in the 8-lap dash to the finish for $3,000. Losing two spots when the checkered flag flew, Ashton posted a ninth-place outing.

Coming in second in his heat race on Friday afternoon, Winger secured his spot into the redraw. Receiving the pole position for the 40-lapper, Ashton pulled away to a comfortable advantage at the start. (Jacy Norgaard photo)

Winger’s challenges came when Sheppard began to apply pressure at the halfway mark. The two went side-by-side in the final laps, trading sliders, all while navigating lapped traffic.

With just three to go, Sheppard launched a turn one slider and cleared Winger for the top spot. Winger returned the favor with a turn three slider, retaking command of the lead at the two-to-go signal. Over the final two laps, Ashton held off Sheppard for the win. Ricky Weiss finished third, with Dennis Erb Jr., and Darrell Lanigan completing the Top-5.

“Sheppy was showing me a nose that whole time and this race track moved around so much that I just didn’t know where to be,” noted Winger. “This is a dream come true. I have to thank so many people: my mom, my dad, Billy Franklin, Colby, Todd Pruett, everybody who has ever turned a wrench on any of my race cars since I was nine years old. This is all for them. I’m so thankful.”

For another $20,000-to-win A-Main on Saturday evening, Ashton came in third in his heat, which locked him into the seventh-starting position for the finale. Dropping three spots in the 40-lap affair, Winger posted a 10th place finish.

Ashton climbed to eighth in the latest World of Outlaws point standings. For more results from these events, please visit www.WoOLMS.com.