The 2019 Northeast ULTIMATE Super Late Model Series opened up in dramatic fashion back in March on the clay of Hagerstown Speedway, as Maryland’s own Justin Weaver wheeled the Coleman Farms No. 72 to the win, the first of his career in a Super Late Model. This Saturday, ULTIMATE Northeast returns to Hagerstown for an encore, with Weaver hoping to do the same; only this time, it will be in his own ride.
After many accomplishments in the Late Model Sportsman ranks, Weaver has been working hard throughout the first half of 2019 to get his equipment up to SLM spec. After doing so, he’s now had a few races to get some valuable laps on the new engines. Now, he feels the time is right to go chase his first SLM trophy as an independent driver.
“We’ve been trying to get a deal together to run a Super and we finally got all of our ducks in a row,” Weaver told Speed51. “The Super deal is a big step for us on our end with me funding my own stuff now.
“We kind of struggled the first week out there at Hagerstown, we were able to come away with a fifth. But we learned a lot at Winchester (VA) last week and finished second. We’re looking forward to Saturday since we turned a corner.”
Of course, racing just 15 minutes away from his hometown is certainly a boost to Weaver’s confidence. Paired with the experience of winning with a fast and well-handling car, success all comes down to the execution.
“I always enjoy going to Hagerstown, it’s basically my home track, and we’ve had a lot of success there. To run with the amount of guys and good cars that were there with ULTIMATE in March was a big confidence booster.”
But even if Weaver wins the night on Saturday, he and the No. 2J team are looking for something of equal value, knowledge. The knowledge to be able to continue building into an operation that can compete in Super Late Model races, including ULTIMATE Northeast, for years to come.
“We came out of the box quick once we got back to my own equipment. We had limited motors at the time, but since then we’ve put two Super Late Model motors together, and we plan to go that route next season full-time. Now we’re hitting the bigger races around here the rest of the year, and just having fun with it.”
This time however, Weaver would prefer that victory comes without the cost of an engine, as it did back in March where as the laps wound down, smoke poured from the headers. After taking the checkered flag, all the life had been squeezed out of the power plant, with Weaver needing a push to victory lane from scales, leaking oil wherever the car went.
“We’re going to try to do it without detonating a motor this time. The one we got is running pretty good here, it’s a new piece, and knock on wood we don’t have any issues. But, the car has been pretty good, we’ve set fast time at Hagerstown; we got the speed, it’s just all about putting everything together and starting up front, and getting something out of it.”
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-Story by: Connor Sullivan, Speed51 Northeast Editor – Twitter: @Connor51CT
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