It's an exciting time of year for short track teams and race fans. The summer season chasing points is over for many, and the focus now turns to those special, open-comp events that wrap up another year. With that, well-known tire specialist Wes Weed is once again offering bonuses and incentives to teams that elect to use his services during “big race season.”
For any client that can win two of the following races, they will get free tire service at the Snowball Derby. The four races include the Winchester 400, the All American 400 at Nashville, the Governor's Cup at New Smyrna and the inaugural Commonwealth Classic at Richmond.
If a Weeder Nation client is fortunate enough to win three of those races, they will receive a $1,500 bonus. If they win three of the four and the Snowball Derby, they will receive a $6,000 bonus. Big races, big incentives to utilize one of the best tire specialists in the business. Weed says it's all done to support racing.
“We're all in this short track game together,” Weeder began. “We all need to stay positive and promote our sport so it can survive in the future. As aging race fans lose interest in following superspeedway racing, the short track community welcomes them back to the bullrings with open arms. I hope this growth continues.”
The Livermore, Maine native is gearing up for the biggest event of the year in his sport, the 51st annual Snowball Derby at the famed Five Flags Speedway in Pensacola, Florida. The prestigious race is set for Nov. 28-Dec. 2.
Weed and a full compliment of skilled tire specialists are already making plans to service some of the nation's top teams as they go after the big prize. The Derby is the most prestigious race of the year, and Weeder Nation expects one of its clients to be in contention for the win.
“I'm getting excited about working with so many talented, high-profile teams capable of winning that race,” Weed said. “This year, I'll be working with Harrison Burton, Jeff Choquette, Stephen Nasse, Connor Okrzesik, Garrett Jones and Spencer Davis in the Super Late Models. Jeff, Connor and Spencer will also utilize me in the Pro Late Models on Saturday, along with Indiana native Cole Williams.
“All are very strong race teams with great drivers behind the wheel and a smart guy calling the shots. My team of workers will provide the right tires and proper service to enhance their chances of victory.”
Along with the 30-year veteran tire specialist himself, Weeder Nation will also have Dalton Myers, Ben Hammock, Michael Mulder and Cam Robinson on-site at this year's Snowball Derby. These men have proven themselves as capable tire masters on numerous occasions. It's a super-team of tire managers.
“I'm taking these specific guys down this year because I know they'll do a great job for my clients,” Weed explained. “I can trust them to oversee tires for key clients and feel confident those teams are getting what they need for their setups and driver's style of racing. Everybody gets what they need.”
Weed has played an integral role in wins at nearly every major short track race in the country serving as a tire specialist. In the past six years, he's been in Victory Lane at the Snowball Derby three times (twice with NASCAR regular Erik Jones), including in 2016 with rising star Christian Eckes.
This year, Weed was a part of Burton's winning effort at the Rattler 250 in Alabama. He made it a clean sweep of the podium, as clients Choquette (second) and Tyler Ankrum (third) also performed well. In this year's Montana 200, Weed won with Jeremy Doss, while client Preston Peltier finished second.
“I'm hoping to continue our momentum and tradition of winning at this year's Snowball Derby,” Weed said. “We've had a strong year thus far, but another win at Five Flags on December 2 would make it great.”
As the 51st annual Snowball Derby draws near, Super Late Model and Pro Late Model (for the Allen Turner Snowflake 100 on Sat. night) teams around the country will be gearing up in a big way. Weeder Nation will be doing the same, discussing tire-related issues and possible tire strategies.
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-Story by Phil Whipple, Speed51.com Northeast Correspondent
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