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October 23, 2021 - Winger sweeps SAS doubleheader at Senoia Raceway
The grey dirt at Senoia Raceway has been especially kind to Ashton Winger in 2021. Over the weekend the Georgia oval was even more generous as Winger raced to back-to-back Southern All Star (SAS) wins at the facility in the Team 22 Inc. No. 89 Longhorn Race Car / Cornett Racing Engine Super Late Model.

In five starts in 2021 at Senoia Raceway, Winger is a perfect five-for-five.

"This place is badass. It's wide, you can race, it seems like 10 lanes on it. The main thing I do is I go in there, and I try to attack lapped traffic as hard as I can. And even if them guys cross me over, at least they know I'm there and, you know, they're good enough about letting me go, and I appreciate that," Winger said. "It really all goes to having a really maneuverable race car and having awesome people around me. I get to do the front part. As hard as it may be to believe, this is definitely the easy part. And everybody behind me who works their ass off on this thing, it don't go unnoticed and I'm super thankful for it."

1On Friday evening, Ashton Winger visited Senoia Raceway (Senoia, Ga.), where he returned to the driver’s seat of the Team 22 Inc. No. 89 Late Model for the opening round of the doubleheader weekend with the Southern All Star Series.

Drawing 24 entries for the Billy Clanton Classic, Ashton’s third-fastest qualifying effort in time trials pinned him on the second row for the feature. Overtaking early pacesetter Austin Horton for the lead on the 18th circuit, Winger charged to his 11th win of the season, which came ahead of Horton, Shane Clanton, Brandon Overton, and Dalton Cook. He earned $3,025 for his winning performance.

For the Hence and Reba Pollard Memorial on Saturday evening, Winger outdueled polesitter Shane Clanton in his heat race to pick up the 10-lap victory. Whizzing past fellow front-row starter Brandon Overton for the lead on the fifth circuit of the feature, Ashton raced to his second win as many nights and 12th overall on the 2021 campaign. He took the checkers ahead of Overton, Ricky Weiss, Austin Horton, and Shane Clanton to claim $10,000.

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

October 16, 2021 - Runner-up finish at Friendship Motor Speedway
Friday night found Ashton Winger in action at Friendship Motor Speedway (Elkin, N.C.) piloting the Team 22 Inc. No. 89 Late Model for the North Carolina State Championship. With his time trial effort locking him into the fourth-starting position for Saturday’s $10,500-to-win A-Main, Winger improved two spots in the 50-lapper to register a second-place finish. He trailed Kyle Strickler to the checkers with Daulton Wilson, Benji Hicks, and Dennis Franklin rounding out the Top-5. (Kevin Ritchie photo)

October 10, 2021 - Ashton Winger debuts in Team 22 Inc No. 89 at WVMS
After Mother Nature nixed the second attempt of the Mountain Moonshine Classic on Friday at Smoky Mountain Speedway (Maryville, Tenn.), Ashton Winger made his debut behind the wheel of the Team 22 Inc No. 89 Late Model on Saturday at West Virginia Motor Speedway (Mineral Wells, W.Va.) for the two-day Racefest World Championship. Drawing 24 Valvoline Iron-Man Northern Series entries, Winger secured his spot into the $5,000-to-win preliminary feature with a second-place finish in his heat. Starting in third, Ashton was an early retiree from the 25-lapper after folding his nose under. (Zach Yost photo)

On Sunday, Ashton suffered terminal engine issues during his hot lap session that brought an early end to his weekend.

For more results from this event, please visit www.IMDirt.net.

October 2, 2021 - Winger conquers World of Outlaws invasion at Senoia Raceway
Even under the most challenging of circumstances, Ashton Winger was able to continue his banner 2021 season on Saturday night with a World of Outlaws (WoO) Morton Buildings Late Model Series victory at Senoia Raceway. (Jacy Norgaard photo)

He overcame illness throughout the week as well as a last-minute scramble to get his car ready for action to pick up the $10,000 victory in his E-Z-GO No. 12 Dekalb / Johnny Doan Plumbing/ Keyser Manufacturing/ XR1 Rocket Chassis / Clements Racing Engine Super Late Model.

“This car was in a million pieces yesterday because we had barely done anything because I was sick most of the week,” Winger said in Victory Lane. “Luckily tested negative (for covid on Friday), and we thrashed on this thing all night. Honestly, this morning I wasn’t even gonna race. I was just burned out and couldn’t get things to go the right way. But I’m just super thankful, and I’m really blessed to get to do what I love.”

The win was his third of the year at Senoia Raceway and his 10th overall of the 2021 season.

“It’s cool to be able to race with these guys,” he continued. “They all come out here and they’re pretty good. It’s cool to be competitive with them. That’s all I can ask for is to be competitive, but to run up and down the road with them like I have, I’ve been humbled a lot this year. I made some mistakes, done some dumb stuff, crashed some cars, won some races, had a helluva time, met some awesome people. This is just awesome.”

1On Saturday afternoon, Ashton Winger entered his Johnny Doan Plumbing No. 12 Late Model into battle at Senoia (Ga.) Raceway to defend his home turf against a field of 32 World of Outlaws (WoO) Morton Buildings Late Model Series entries. After topping his time trial group, Winger dashed to an eight-lap heat race victory, which promoted him into the redraw.

Receiving the second-starting position for the A-Main, Ashton shot into the lead on the opening circuit and led wire-to-wire in the 40-lapper to capture his third-career WoO triumph and 10th overall win of his 2021 campaign. He took the checkers ahead of Chris Madden, Mark Whitener, Tyler Bruening, and Ricky Weiss to claim $10,000.

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

October 1, 2021 - Ashton Winger to pilot Team 22 Inc No. 89
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Ashton Winger of Hampton, Ga., will take over as the primary driver for Brodnax-Shaker Motorsports effective immediately, the team’s current pilot and managing partner, G.R. Smith of Statesville, N.C., told DirtonDirt.com.

Smith, who merged his Team 22 Inc. operation with good friend J.C. Clary’s Brodnax-Shaker effort, decided to reduce his driving duties and bring on the 21-year-old Winger after competing in the recent double World 100s at Eldora Speedway in Rossburg, Ohio.

“I feel like we finally got our program, J.C. and I together, that it’s a really top-notch deal,” Smith said. “I mean, we have Longhorn cars, Cornett engines, crew guys in position to do this (with car chief Bryce Nichols). And at this stage in my life and career, I have a 2-year-old and a 7-year-old … I enjoy (driving), and I can do it, but Eldora made me realize that I can’t be gone from a Monday to Saturday. I can come in for the weekend and run a race, but I can’t be focused on racing that long.”

Smith, who owns Victory Auto Sales in Statesville, identified Winger as a prospect who intrigued him. He spoke with Winger at Eldora, then discussed his feelings afterward with Clary and the two team owners soon struck a deal with the young Georgian.

“I think he’s on the cusp,” Smith said of Winger, who has nine wins this season in family-owned equipment, including seven on the DIRTcar Summer Nationals and one World of Outlaws Morton Buildings Late Model Series triumph. “I’ve been watching him for awhile, and he’s a guy who can go race at Senoia on the black-ice and turn around and race on the cushion and get up on the wheel at Fairbury. I think to find that versatility at that age, that’s kind of where the sport is going to.”

Winger is expected to debut in the Brodnax-Shaker car — which will continue to carry the No. 89 in honor of Clary’s father — in Oct. 8’s Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series event at Smoky Mountain Speedway in Maryville, Tenn. He will run selected other races this season before the team turns its attention to 2022 Georgia-Florida Speedweeks. A specific schedule for Winger in ’22 isn’t yet determined, however; Smith, meanwhile, plans to run a limited number of events next year in a second car.

“For G.R. to call me and put his faith in my, it’s something pretty cool,” said Winger, who will likely run Saturday’s WoO show at Senoia (Ga.) Raceway in his family’s car if he gets back a negative Covid-19 test Friday (he’s been quarantining since testing positively recently but with no significant symptoms). “We’re changing everything down to my number, so I’m pretty excited to be in that deal.”