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August 19
Richmond Raceway,
Richmond, KY
Sanction: Ultimate Heart of America Series (Butterball Wooldridge Memorial) - $20,059
Information provided by: InsideDirtRacing.com, track and series reports (last updated August 22, 12:57 pm)
Weiss captures Butterball as Rice falters
Butterball Wooldridge Memorial
  1. Ricky Weiss
  2. Zack Dohm
  3. Victor Lee
  4. Trevor Landrum
  5. Josh Rice
  6. Tristan Chamberlain
  7. Kenny Collins
  8. Logan Walls
  9. James Rice
  10. Blake Creech
  11. Jason Jameson
  12. Michael Chilton
  13. Tyler Carpenter
  14. Wesley Brummett
  15. Jeremy Creech
  16. Dustin Linville
  17. Shane Irvin
  18. Derek Fisher
  19. Tim Tungate
  20. Scott James
  21. Larry Martin Jr.
  22. Jared Hawkins
  23. Brady Lear
  24. Brayton Laster
presented by
Jimmy Pittman
Ricky Weiss led the final two laps for a $20,059 payday.
What won the race: Taking command when Josh Rice got into the wall exiting turn two on the second-to-last lap, low-running Ricky Weiss of Headingley, Manitoba, grabbed a $20,059 victory in Saturday's 35th annual Paul "Butterball" Wooldridge Memorial. Weiss took the checkers ahead of last year’s winner Zack Dohm while Rice, who survived a few other scrapes with the wall, saw his hopes dashed just before the finish of the 60-lapper as he settled for fifth.
Key notes: Ten cautions slowed the action, including when second-running Jared Hawkins hit the turn-one wall on the seventh lap and retired. ... Top home-state contender Michael Chilton had an early right-rear flat tire, rallied back into contention but got into the wall while running third with five laps remaining. ... Scott James was running sixth when he pulled into the infield before the halfway point. ... Top-five runner Derek Fisher headed to the infield during the ensuing caution. ... Dustin Linville was running third when he slowed on the 21st lap and pitted for a new tire; he ended up retiring just past halfway. ... Shane Irvin had right-front problems for a lap-30 caution. ... James Rice spun into the turn-one infield with 16 laps remaining. ... Tyler Carpenter retired during the caution for the James Rice spin. ... Blake Creech spun inside turn three on lap 46.
On the move: Trevor Landrum of Erlanger, Ky., started 12th and finished fourth.
Winner's sponsors: Weiss drives a Sniper Chassis powered by a Vic Hill Racing Engine and sponsored by J&C Properties, G-Style Transport, Turk Enterprises, Collins Brothers Towing, Derrick’s Sandblasting, Drydene Performance Products, Keewatin Truck Service, Wiesner Trucking and RWD Recycling.
Points chase: Before Richmond: 1. James Rice (100); 2. Tristan Chamberlain (87); T3. Jeremy Creech (68); T3. Dustin Linville (68); 5. Larry Martin Jr. (62).
Current weather: Scattered Clouds, 75°F
Car count: 33
Fast qualifier: Josh Rice
Time: 14.151 seconds
Polesitter: Jared Hawkins
Consolation race winners: Larry Martin Jr., Jason Jameson
Next series race: October 28, Richmond Raceway (Richmond, KY) $3,000
Editor's note: Results and race details are unofficial.
From various reports

RICHMOND, Ky. — In dominating most of Saturday's 35th annual Paul "Butterball" Wooldridge Memorial at Richmond Raceway, Josh Rice had an early scrape with the outside fence exiting turn two. He survived.

Then Rice got too high in turn four after a lap-44 restart. He survived again.

Then on the second-to-last lap at the 3/8-mile oval, Rice again got into the wall at the top of the backstretch. it didn't go so well this time.

With Rice trying to wrestle his car away from the concrete, third-starting Ricky Weiss of Headingley, Manitoba, blew past and headed for the white flag, leading the final two laps for a $20,059 payday in the Ultimate Heart of America Series event.

"I was just pumped for my guys, pumped for everybody that works on this thing," Weiss said in victory lane. "We got this thing rolling and finally we got a big one this year again. Hopefully we can keep it rolling.

Last year's race winner Zack Dohm of Cross Lanes, W.Va., who started fourth but faded from contention early in the race, fought back to finish second with Victor Lee of Danville, Ky., in third and 12th-starting Trevor Landrum of Erlanger, Ky., finishing fourth.

Rice, who led 58 of 60 laps after starting outside the front row, settled for a fifth-place finish in Richmond's richest and longest-running event.

Weiss scored his fourth overall victory of the season, all of them coming on different touring series.

"It was tough," Weiss said in victory lane. "I said, you know, 30 (laps), 20, 10 to go, I mean, you can't beat (Rice) up top. I don't know if he used up his right-rear (tire). I started rolling the middle there and I knew if I could hit the bottom in (turns) one and two, we could say with them. I don't think we we're any better.

"But all I had to do is show my door a little bit. He got me back. I missed my line a little bit and I thought I gave it away. Then he missed his a little worse."

Rice's final miscue was all Weiss needed to finish off his second-richest victory of the season.

Dohm crossed the line second, but he had no designs on taking a checkered flag after his suspension setup didn't match track conditions.

"We was terrible. We tightened up way too much," Dohm said. "I could see like a black streak coming in (the track surface) in the B-mains and whatnot, so we just did what we always do and that was absolutely horrible. I think I hung out around 10th most of the race, to be honest ... to finish first, first you must finish. So we just adopted that philosophy and came home with a pretty good payday and a second place finish. But we probably had about a 15th-place car."

Nine cautions slowed the action, several of them with contenders falling by the wayside, including on the seventh lap when polesitter and second-running Jared Hawkins of Fairmont, W.Va., got into the turn-one wall.

Sixth-starting Dustin Linville of Bryantsville, Ky., was running third when he slowed on the 21st lap with a flat tire. He pitted for new rubber but retired just past halfway with a 16th-place finish.

Michael Chilton of Salvisa, Ky.,  had an early flat tire and rallied back to the third position, but he got into the wall with five laps remaining to end his chances.

Notes: Weiss had three previous victories entering action at Richmond. He won March 19 at Boyd's Speedway in Ringgold, Ga., on the Ultimate Southeast Super Late Model Series. ... He won in World of Outlaws Case Late Model Series competition April 30 at a dirt-covered Bristol (Tenn.) Motor Speedway, pocketing a season-high $25,000. ... He also won July 3 at Tazewell (Tenn.) Speedway in Valvoline Iron-Man Racing Series action. ... Among other retirees at Richmond was fifth-starting Scott James of Bright, Ind., who was running sixth when he pulled into the infield before the halfway point. ... Top-five runner Derek Fisher headed to the infield during the caution after the James departure. ... Shane Irvin had right-front problems for a lap-30 caution. ... James Rice, the winner's older brother, spun into the turn-one infield with 16 laps remaining. ... Former race winner Tyler Carpenter retired during the caution for the James Rice spin. ... Blake Creech spun inside turn three on lap 46.

Feature lineup

Row 1: Hawkins, Jo. Rice
Row 2: Weiss, Z. Dohm
Row 3: James, Linville
Row 4: T. Carpenter, Fisher
Row 5: Lee, Chilton
Row 6: Ja. Rice, Landrum
Row 7: T. Chamberlain, J. Creech
Row 8: Tungate, Collins
Row 9: Martin Jr., Jameson
Row 10: Irvin, Brummett
Row 11: Walls, B. Creech
Row 12: Lear, Laster
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