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August 6
Cedar Lake Speedway,
New Richmond, WI
Sanction: World of Outlaws Morton Buildings Late Model Series (USA Nationals prelim) - $6,000
Information provided by: Kevin Kovac (last updated August 7, 5:19 pm)
Winger edges Junghans in USA Nationals prelim
USA Nationals prelim
  1. Ashton Winger
  2. Chase Junghans
  3. Brandon Sheppard
  4. Jimmy Owens
  5. Nick Hoffman
  6. Jimmy Mars
  7. Tyler Bruening
  8. Dennis Erb Jr.
  9. Brandon Overton
  10. Chris Madden
  11. Kyle Bronson
  12. Shannon Babb
  13. Cade Dillard
  14. Chris Simpson
  15. Jonathan Davenport
  16. Max Blair
  17. Garrett Alberson
  18. Boom Briggs
  19. Brent Larson
  20. Ricky Weiss
  21. Chad Simpson
  22. Jake Timm
  23. Frank Heckenast Jr.
  24. Bobby Pierce
  25. Ryan Gustin
  26. Jason Feger
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Ashton Winger's patented steering wheel drop in victory lane.
What won the race: A high-flying Ashton Winger of Hampton, Ga., overtook polesitter Chase Junghans on the eighth lap Friday at Cedar Lake Speedway, then held off a last-lap bid by Junghans for a USA Nationals preliminary victory worth $6,000. Junghans finished 0.107 of a second behind in the 30-lapper postponed by Thursday rain as Winger survived turn-three contact from Junghans on the last lap and nipped his competitor at the line for his second career WoO victory, both at Cedar Lake.
Key notes: Winger's first career WoO victory came in July 2020 at Cedar Lake, a $20,000 payday. ... The race was a makeup from Thursday's rainout. ... After the feature, Friday's regularly scheduled action includes a double-heat race program and dash. ... Saturday's racing continues with consolation races and the 100-lap weekend main event. ... Cedar Lake action is streamed live at DIRTVision.com as a pay-per-view.
Winner's sponsors: Winger’s Rocket Chassis is powered by a Pro Power Racing Engine and sponsored by E-Z-Go, Keyser Mfg., Integra Shocks, Johnny Doan Plumbing, Boyd-Bilt Fabrication, Spring-Pro, Collins Signs, Turkey Creek Snacks, The Realty Queen Team and Advanced Technology Motorsports.
Points chase: After Cedar Lake prelim: 1. Brandon Sheppard (4,662); 2. Chris Madden (4,560); 3. Tyler Bruening (4,322); 4. Dennis Erb Jr. (4,252); 5. Ricky Weiss (4,240); 6. Cade Dillard (4,194); 7. Ryan Gustin (4,190); 8. Boom Briggs (3,928); 9. Brent Larson (3,884); 10. Kyle Strickler (2,536).
Current weather: Clear, 79°F
Car count: 49
Fast qualifier: Cade Dillard
Time: 13.640 seconds
Polesitter: Chase Junghans
Heat race winners: Jonathan Davenport, Ashton Winger, Chase Junghans, Nick Hoffman, Boom Briggs, Brandon Sheppard
Consolation race winners: Cade Dillard, Jason Feger, Chad Simpson
Provisional starters: Ryan Gustin, Brent Larson
Next series race: August 7, Cedar Lake Speedway (New Richmond, WI) $50,000
Editor's note: Results and race details are unofficial.
From series and staff reports

NEW RICHMOND, Wis. — Ashton Winger was flying in the high groove early in Friday's 30-lap preliminary feature at Cedar Lake Speedway, sweeping into the lead over polesitter Chase Junghans on the eighth lap.

But Winger's performance in the low groove in the race's waning laps was drastically different.

A revived Junghans dove under the low-running Winger entering turn three on the final lap with the frontrunners making contact and Junghans briefly edging ahead before Winger won the race to the checkers by a mere tenth of a second in the early evening affair.

Winger's $6,000 payday in the rain-postponed prelim for the USA Nationals weekend — there's $50,000 on the line Saturday — came at a track where the 21-year-old Hampton, Ga., driver won his first World of Outlaws Morton Buildings Late Model Series race 13 months earlier.

"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. "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."

Manhattan, Kan.'s Junghans, aiming for his first series victory since 2019, led the first seven laps and finished second in a race scheduled for Thursday but pushed to the beginning of Friday's program because of rain the previous night. Series points leader Brandon Sheppard of New Berlin, Ill., was third in the Rocket Chassis house car while Jimmy Owens of Newport, Tenn., and Nick Hoffman of Mooresville, N.C., subbing for Scott Bloomquist, rounded out the top five.

Junghans got the early jump but Winger broke away from a four-wide battle off turn two on the first lap and got rolling on the high side. He tracked down Junghans and swept past on the backstretch on the eight lap.

After a pair of midrace cautions, Winger again cruised in the high groove, but when he dropped low amid traffic — brushing past a slower Chad Simpson entering turn three with five laps remaining — the leader lost his rhythm in a race he called "one of the best day races I've ever been a part of."

"I got lost there without about four or five (laps) to go after I lapped Chad," Winger said. "I know I went pretty hard early and I wasn't sure if I had killed my tire. When I went to move down (to the low groove), I couldn't move down.

"I knew when I was going into that bottom I was stalling out. About halfway down the back straightaway I'd launch forward — I think (the surface) started to patch up and rubber — so I didn't really 100 percent know where to be. I don't usually use a stick guy (giving signals), but I probably could've used somebody there with hands, I know (officials) took the sticks away.

"But man, this racetrack's awesome. You never know where to be and this sun's glaring on this thing and we're two- and three-wide. And then once I got to them lapped cars I was just stalling out."

Junghans took his best shot at Winger on the final laps.

"I just needed to leave a little bit better off of (turn) four," the runner-up said. "But I seen him take the bottom on that last lap and I was licking my chops. I was like, 'I'm going to blast it off in here and hopefully cross him over.' But we did all we could. I ain't going to wreck him for $6,000 or nothing, so, we'll just build off of that and keep on trucking."

Winger, who has spent the previous weeks scoring four victories on WoO's sister DIRTcar Summer Nationals, called his car "awesome right now" in securing his second WoO victory.

"This is awesome," he said, thanking sponsors, crew and family members. "I'm just a silly old Georgia boy trying to make everybody at home proud and to get to come out here and do it in front of all these awesome people."

Two cautions slowed the action, both on the 13th lap. The first appeared when Ryan Gustin's car went up in a plume of white smoke, forcing him out of the race. On the ensuring restart, Bobby Pierce and Jake Timm ended up facing the wrong direction on the frontstretch while taking the green.

WoO competitors went right back to work after the race for a double-heat race program that will set up the starting lineup for Saturday's 100-lapper paying $50,000-to-win.

Feature lineup

Row 1: Chase Junghans, Boom Briggs
Row 2: Nick Hoffman, Ashton Winger
Row 3: Brandon Sheppard, Jonathan Davenport
Row 4: Jimmy Owens, Jimmy Mars
Row 5: Dennis Erb Jr., Tyler Bruening
Row 6: Brandon Overton, Chris Madden
Row 7: Bobby Pierce, Shannon Babb
Row 8: Garrett Alberson, Chris Simpson
Row 9: Max Blair, Frank Heckenast Jr.
Row 10: Cade Dillard, Jason Feger
Row 11: Chad Simpson, Ricky Weiss
Row 12: Jake Timm, Kyle Bronson
Row 13: Ryan Gustin, Brent Larson

Consolation results

(10 laps; top 2 transfer)

First consolation finish: Cade Dillard, Ricky Weiss, Mitch McGrath, Brian Shirley, Mark Whitener, Daniel Hilsabeck, Trevor Gundaker, Shawn Kirwin, Billy Moyer Jr., Tim Isenberg (DNS) Jason Rauen.

Second consolation finish: Jason Feger, Jake Timm, Chad Mahder, Rick Eckert, A.J. Diemel, Allan Hopp, Gordy Gundaker, Allen Murray, Nick Anvelink, Thomas Hunziker

Third consolation finish: Chad Simpson, Kyle Bronson, Brent Larson, Ryan Gustin, Jordan Yaggy, Ryan Unzicker, Lance Matthees, Johnny Scott, Kyle Hammer, Jeffrey Massingill.

Postponement

Rain that arrived four laps into the first of Thursday night's three consolations turned into a thunderstorm that deluged Cedar Lake Speedway, prompting track and World of Outlaws officials to postpone the last-chance races and 30-lap, $6,000-to-win feature to Friday.

The start time of Friday's program will be pushed up to 5:30 p.m. for hot laps to allow the completion of Thursday's action. Following a short break to rework the track surface, Friday's regularly-scheduled show — double-heats and a dash to set the lineups for Saturday's USA Nationals A-main and consolations plus a full card for Cedar Lake's weekly Late Model division — will then be contested.

The USRA Late Model feature that was part of Thursday's program will be rescheduled for the next time the division competes at Cedar Lake.

After forecasts of early-evening rain suddenly were updated for the better late in Thursday afternoon, the weather shifted again as qualifying was underway to indicate thunderstorms were likely to strike before 9 p.m. Officials were able to rip off all six heat races by 8:25 p.m. and barely 10 minutes later had the first B-main rolling, but then precipitation began to fall to force the field to the pit area. Moments later the rain turned into a full-fledged deluge, dooming the evening's racing.

Heat race results

(10 laps; top 3 transfer)

First heat: Jonathan Davenport, Jimmy Owens, Bobby Pierce, Cade Dillard, Mark Whitener, Brian Shirley, Trevor Gundaker, Tim Isenberg (DNS) Billy Moyer Jr.

Second heat: Ashton Winger, Dennis Erb Jr., Garrett Alberson, Ricky Weiss, Jason Rauen, Mitch McGrath, Daniel Hilsabeck, Shawn Kiriwin.

Third heat: Chase Junghans, Brandon Overton, Max Blair, Jason Feger, Chad Mahder, Allan Hopp, Gordy Gundaker, Thomas Hunziker.

Fourth heat: Nick Hoffman, Jimmy Mars, Shannon Babb, Jake Timm, A.J. Diemel, Rick Eckert, Nick Anvelink, Allen Murray.

Fifth heat: Boom Briggs, Tyler Bruening, Chris Simpson, Chad Simpson, Brent Larson, Ryan Unzicker, Lance Matthees, Jeffrey Massingill.

Sixth heat: Brandon Sheppard, Chris Madden, Frank Heckenast Jr., Johnny Scott, Kyle Bronson, Ryan Gustin, Jordan Yaggy. Scratched: Kyle Hammer.

Time trials

First group

  1. Cade Dillard (97), Robeline, La., 13.640
  2. Ashton Winger (12), Hampton, Ga., 13.782
  3. Jonathan Davenport (49), Blairsville, Ga., 13.787
  4. Dennis Erb Jr. (28), Carpentersville, Ill., 13.794
  5. Brandon Overton (76), Evans, Ga., 13.859
  6. Bobby Pierce (32), Oakwood, Ill., 13.953
  7. Ricky Weiss (7W), Headingley, Manitoba, 14.032
  8. Max Blair (111), Centerville, Pa., 14.067
  9. Jimmy Owens (20), Newport, Tenn., 14.093
  10. Garrett Alberson (59), Las Cruces, N.M., 14.094
  11. Jason Feger (25), Bloomington, Ill., 14.125
  12. Brian Shirley (3S), Chatham, Ill., 14.126
  13. Jason Rauen (98), Farley, Iowa, 14.135
  14. Allan Hopp (80), Harlan, Iowa, 14.153
  15. Mark Whitener (58), Middleburg, Fla., 14.194
  16. Shawn Kirwin (10K), Morris, Minn., 14.256
  17. Gordy Gundaker (11), St. Charles, Mo., 14.277
  18. Billy Moyer Jr. (21jr), Batesville, Ark., 14.375
  19. Chase Junghans (18), Manhattan, Kan., 14.375
  20. Daniel Hilsabeck (22H), Adel, Iowa, 14.396
  21. Chad Mahder (55C), Eau Claire, Wis., 14.501
  22. Trevor Gundaker (11T), St. Charles, Mo., 14.522
  23. Mitch McGrath (74), Waukesha, Wis., 14.637
  24. Thomas Hunziker (38), Bend, Ore., 14.691
  25. Tim Isenberg (9T), Marshfield, Wis., 14.732

Second group   

  1. Nick Hoffman (0), Mooresville, N.C., 13.829
  2. Tyler Bruening (16), Decorah, Iowa, 13.987
  3. Chris Madden (44), Gray Court, S.C., 14.010
  4. Jimmy Mars (28), Menomonie, Wis., 14.036
  5. Brent Larson (B1), Lake Elmo, Minn., 14.059
  6. Brandon Sheppard (1), New Berlin, Ill., 14.108
  7. Shannon Babb (18), Moweaqua, Ill., 14.190
  8. Boom Briggs (99B), Bear Lake, Pa., 14.207
  9. Johnny Scott (1ST), Las Cruces, N.M., 14.218
  10. Jake Timm (49), Winona, Minn., 14.244
  11. Chad Simpson (25), Mount Vernon, Iowa, 14.247
  12. Frank Heckenast Jr. (99jr), Frankfort, Ill., 14.255
  13. A.J. Diemel (10C), Elk Mound, Wis., 14.258
  14. Chris Simpson (32), Oxford, Iowa, 14.323
  15. Kyle Bronson (40B), Brandon, Fla., 14.326
  16. Rick Eckert (0E), York, Pa., 14.375
  17. Ryan Unzicker (24), El Paso, Ill., 14.382
  18. Ryan Gustin (19), Marshalltown, Iowa, 14.523
  19. Nick Anvelink (15A), Bonduel, Wis., 14.532
  20. Jeff Massingill (6M), Keewatin, Minn., 14.561
  21. Jordan Yaggy (77), Rochester, Minn., 14.568
  22. Allen Murray (2M), San Antonio, Texas, 14.738
  23. Lance Matthees (90), Winona, Minn., 14.832
  24. Kyle Hammer (45), Clinton, Ill., no time

Thursday's schedule

2 p.m. - Pit gates open
5 p.m. - Grandstand gates open
6 p.m. - Drivers’ meeting
6:30 p.m. - Hot laps
7 p.m. - Competition begins
- Late Model time trails
Opening ceremonies
- Limited Late Model heats (10 laps)
- Late Model heats (10 laps)
- Late Model consolations (10 laps)
- Limited Late Model feature (20 laps)
- Late Model feature (30 laps)
- After party in the Cedar Lake Arena

Feature lineup

Row 1: Junghans, Briggs
Row 2: Hoffman, Winger
Row 3: Sheppard, Davenport
Row 4: Owens, Mars
Row 5: D. Erb, Bruening
Row 6: Overton, Madden
Row 7: Pierce, Babb
Row 8: Alberson, Chris Simpson
Row 9: Blair, Heckenast
Row 10: Dillard, Feger
Row 11: Chad Simpson, Weiss
Row 12: Timm, Bronson
Row 13: Gustin, Larson
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