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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.