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Two-time NLRA series champion, and now five-time Wissota national titlist, Ricky Weiss will run his final races in Arizona before beginning his battle for Rookie of the Year with the World of Outlaws Late Model Series in 2019.
Weiss showed up in Arizona last year as the defending NLRA series champion, and left as the series' breakout performer, scoring two wins in the No. 7 Derrick's Sandblasting Bloomquist.
Weiss also chalked up four podiums, in the six events contested at last season's shootout.
The area was well represented even further as at-the-time defending Wissota national champion Don Shaw won two events as well, putting Wissota country four-for-six at the 2018 shootout.
Another familiar name that is heading south for the shootout is Cole Schill. Schill will make his return to the shootout in his No. 44 Mid Ag Dispatch MB Custom.
Schill made two of the four rounds contested two years ago. He finished 19th and 22nd in those two main event starts during the 2017 shootout.
Scott Bintz will serve as the Grand Marshal of the Wild West Shootout. Bintz will retire at the event's conclusion.
Speedway Shots photo.
Newly minted three-time NLRA series champion Dustin Strand will also head to the desert to campaign his No. 71 Flagstaff Nissan Subaru Millenium SRT Modified. Strand ended last years shootout in style, scoring a victory in the finale. Strand will look for a victory for the third straight year, as he has Modified wins in each of the previous two shootouts.
Scott Bintz, who ran with the NLRA in the No. 1S Realtruck.com Millenium SRT on occasion during the past couple of seasons, has been named the Grand Marshal of this season's shootout, as he plans to retire at the series conclusion. Bintz scored a win on the opening night of last years shootout.
Many Modified and Midwest Modifieds drivers from our area have abandoned the cold weather to get some racing in during January in the past. Last season, Austin & Casey Arneson, Ryan Cousins, Al Giesbrecht, Dylan Goplen, Scott Greer, Blake Jegtvig, Rusty Kollman, Tyler Peterson, Chris Unrau, and Billy Vogel competed in the Modified division. Jegtvig won round four at the 2018 shootout.
Along with Bintz, Preston Carr, Dean Eggebraaten, Kelly Hagel, Cole & Eric Haugland, Lucas Rodin, Lance Schill, Brian Strand, Matt Sparby, and Joseph Thomas, ran with the "X-Mods" at the Shootout in 2018. Austin Hunter will also make the trip to Arizona after finishing as the runner-up in the Wissota national standings this past season.
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