Weiss Breaks Through Under Arizona Sun

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Ricky Weiss en route to victory Saturday at Arizona Speedway. (Mike Ruefer photo)

SAN TAN VALLEY, Ariz. — Ricky Weiss broke Bobby Pierce’s stranglehold on the 13th annual Keyser Manufacturing Wild West Shootout presented by O’Reilly Auto Parts victory lane by topping Saturday afternoon’s 30-lap feature at FK Rod Ends Arizona Speedway clay oval.

While the Manitoba driver picked off his first Wild West Shootout win of the year, other Saturday winners included D.J. Shannon and Dereck Ramirez in modified action and Brock Gronwold and Jaime Torres in X modified competition.

Brandon Sheppard and Kyle Beard led the Black Diamond Super Late Models presented by M&W Transport feature to the green flag with Sheppard jumping into the early lead with third-starting Weiss immediately moving into second.

Sheppard and Weiss wasted little time establishing a two-car race, slipping away from the field in short order. Weiss closed in and stuck his nose under Sheppard on the eighth round to take command.

The duo raced through traffic a near straightaway ahead of the rest of the field until the race’s only caution flew after 19 laps.

Weiss took off once again, leaving Sheppard to fend off his foes for second.  Sheppard began closing back in over the final handful of laps but never could cut the lead to less than five car-lengths.

Chris Simpson rounded out the podium in third behind Weiss and Sheppard with Chase Junghans slipping by Pierce on the 26th lap to claim fourth.  Pierce rounded out the top five after winning the first three rounds of competition.

The finish:

Ricky Weiss, Brandon Sheppard, Chris Simpson, Chase Junghans, Bobby Pierce, Kyle Beard, Jason Papich, Cade Dillard, Don Shaw, Brandon Overton, Michael Maresca, Ricky Thornton, Jr., Scott Bloomquist, Cody Laney, Stormy Scott, Hudson O’Neal, Garrett Alberson, Joey Moriarty, Cole Schill, Terry Phillips, Pat Doar, Jimmy Mars, Earl Pearson Jr., R.C. Whitwell.