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August 18
Richmond Raceway,
Richmond, KY
Sanction: Ultimate Heart of America Series (Butterball Wooldridge Memorial) - $20,059
Information provided by: Series and track reports (last updated August 20, 2:53 pm)
Weiss rolls to another Butterball at Richmond
Butterball Wooldridge Memorial
  1. Ricky Weiss
  2. Tyler Carpenter
  3. James Rice
  4. Ross Bailes
  5. Dustin Linville
  6. Greg Johnson
  7. Justin Rattliff
  8. Trevor Landrum
  9. Jason Jameson
  10. Derek Fisher
  11. Robby Hensley
  12. Tyler Nicely
  13. Blake Creech
  14. Tristan Chamberlain
  15. Forrest Trent
  16. Logan Walls
  17. Skylar Marlar
  18. Henry Hornsby III
  19. Dalton Brown
  20. Dustin Nobbe
  21. Jarrod Carey
  22. Jeff Watson
  23. Michael Chilton
  24. Kyle Hardy
presented by
Ryan Roberts
Ricky Weiss waves the checkered flag in victory lane.
What won the race: Ricky Weiss of Headingley, Manitoba, controlled all 59 laps of Saturday's Butterball Wooldridge Memorial at Richmond (Ky.) Raceway to win the $20,059 top prize with the Ultimate Heart of America Series. Weiss's second Butterball victory in a row came over Tyler Carpenter after apparent runner-up finisher Kyle Hardy failed postrace technical inspection.
Key notes: Apparent runner-up finisher Kyle Hardy of Stephens City, Va., crossed the checkers 1.689 seconds behind Weiss but failed postrace technical inspection. At one point, Hardy was within 0.714 of Weiss for the race lead. ... Nick Hoffman of Mooresville, N.C., was slated to start sixth on Saturday but withdrew after competing in Friday's prelims. ... Richmond hosted its third Ultimate Heart of America Super Late Model Series special of the season with the two-day 36th annual Butterball Wooldridge Memorial. … ... Friday's heat race winners Greg Johnson, Ricky Weiss, Ross Bailes and Kyle Hardy received $500 bonuses courtesy of Puckett Automotive and DY Enterprises. … Johnson earned the pole position for the feature with his prelim victory while Weiss, the defending Butterball race winner, shareed the front row. ... The event honored National Dirt Late Model Hall of Famer Paul “Butterball” Wooldridge of Frankfort, Ky., a longtime racer and supporter of Richmond Raceway. He died Christmas Day 1987 at 56.
On the move: Dustin Linville of Bryantsville, Ky., started 19th and finished fifth.
Winner's sponsors: Weiss drives a Sniper Chassis powered by a Vic Hill Racing Engine and sponsored by G-Style Transport, Turk Enterprises, Collins Brothers Towing, Derrick’s Sandblasting, Drydene Performance Products, Keewatin Truck Service, Borderland Hay & Straw, Wiesner Trucking, VP Racing Fuels, DirtCarLift.com, Total Works Truck & Equipment, Straight Ahead Ventures, Inc., Penske Racing Shocks and RDW Recycling.
Points chase: After Richmond: 1. Tristan Chamberlain (139); 2. Dustin Linville (128); 3. Blake Creech (121); 4. James Rice (97); T5. Michael Chilton (83); T5. Derek Fisher (83).
Current weather: Clear, 73°F
Car count: 31
Fast qualifier: Michael Chilton
Time: 14.006 seconds
Polesitter: Greg Johnson
Heat race winners: Greg Johnson, Ricky Weiss, Ross Bailes, Kyle Hardy
Consolation race winners: Justin Rattliff
Next series race: September 1, Circle City Raceway (Indianapolis, IN) $10,000
Editor's note: Results and race details are unofficial.
From staff reports

RICHMOND, Ky. (Aug. 19) — Another Paul "Butterball" Wooldridge Memorial down at Richmond (Ky.) Raceway, another victory for Ricky Weiss.

Like last year, the Headingley, Manitoba, wheelman captured Saturday’s top prize of $20,059-to-win in the event that honored Wooldridge, the National Dirt Late Model Hall of Famer of Frankfort, Ky., and longtime supporter of Richmond Raceway.

This victory was far more easygoing for Weiss, who controlled all 59 laps from start to finish, a polar opposite plot line from a year ago when the Canadian skirted around a faltering Josh Rice with two laps to go.

Navigating slower traffic midway through the running posed as the only resistance Weiss faced all evening, especially when his four-second lead dwindled to less than a second by lap 26. Even then, Weiss wasn’t worried.

“When we got to lapped cars there, I could tell I slowed down a bit, you know, with the dirty air. I could see signals. They weren’t gaining,” Weiss said. “I got by a couple of them and knew they were between us."

Two cautions slowed the 59-lap main event: the first for Blake Creech on lap 33 and the last for Forrest Trent on lap 45. Weiss set an unmatched pace the opening 33 laps, opening up a 1.5-second lead by lap five over the pole-starting Greg Johnson. He ran that to a multi-second advantage two laps later, and then to three seconds by lap 10.

Once the would-be final caution period ran its course, Weiss just wanted to click off clean, productive laps to finish the job.

“When the caution came out, I didn’t know. I could feel it the last 10 laps starting to grip up in turns three and four, and there’s that hole in one I could kind of float that,” Weiss said. “On the bottom of two, we were real good. I did see (Tyler) Carpenter come up to third. I didn’t know if he would try to rip the lip. I just didn’t want to screw up there. Just proud of my guys. They work real hard on this thing. I couldn’t do it without them.

“Everybody back at home, this one’s for my grandma, and my mom and dad, my grandpa, everybody,” Weiss added. “I know they wish they were down here, but they’re watching this. I’m sure they have tears in their eyes. I’m actually flying home tomorrow, so I can’t wait to see them. Pretty awesome we could win this race back-to-back. Hats off to the guy working on this track. I know they work real hard here. It’s just getting better every time we come.

Though apparent runner-up Kyle Hardy, crossed the checkers 1.689 seconds behind Weiss, the Stephens City, Va., driver failed postrace technical inspection. Hardy later wrote in a Facebook post that he didn’t meet the series deck height requirement.

“Dang, had a good weekend over here in Kentucky,” Hardy wrote. “Ended up second and was really good in the feature, but evidently the deck was too high after the race.”

That meant Tyler Carpenter of Parkersburg, W.Va., inherited second. Carpenter started eighth and made his way into the top three by lap 16. A softer tire choice supposedly hindered Carpenter on the race’s initial 33-lap green-flag run. He did engage in the most thrilling battle of the night for the runner-up spot with Hardy. In the end, Carpenter had nothing for Weiss.

“I definitely went with the wrong tire choice,” Carpenter said. “I was probably one of the softest cars there on tires and it kicked my ass there on long runs. I needed about three laps and then a yellow. Three laps and a yellow. You live and learn, and that’s what this race is all about. Not everybody claims to be the smartest son of a (expletive). But hey, we got third, but I guess we got second.”

James Rice of Verona, Ky., inherited a third-place finish on Saturday, his first podium since July 9 in the $10,000-to-win 4B4EVER 40 at Brushcreek Motorsports Complex in Peebles, Ohio.

"We’ve really been struggling this year,” Rice said. “It feels good to get a good run here. I hate it for Kyle and his guys. They’ve been good all weekend. He’s a great guy. As I said, it is what it is. We’ll take it and move on. I have to thank all my guys for sticking with me. We’ve been running terrible and it feels good to get them a good run. They work hard on this thing. So, glad to put it up front for them for once.”

Feature lineup

Row 1: G. Johnson, Weiss
Row 2: Bailes, Hardy
Row 3: Fisher, Jameson
Row 4: Trent, T. Carpenter
Row 5: Chilton, Ja. Rice
Row 6: Creech, Hensley
Row 7: Hornsby III, S. Marlar
Row 8: Walls, Rattliff
Row 9: Nicely, Landrum
Row 10: Linville, T. Chamberlain
Row 11: D. Nobbe, Brown
Row 12: Carey, Watson
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