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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
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"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.