The plan this season for Jerod Weston was to sell his sports modified “B-Mod” car and focus solely on running a rookie season in Adams County Speedway’s Division I “A-Mod” modified division. When he couldn’t find a buyer for his B-mod car, he decided to race both divisions at the NASCAR Whelen All-American Series sanctioned half-mile dirt oval in Corning, Iowa.
Weston’s thought was buyers would see him race the B-mod car, see how good it was and decide to bite. That never happened.
Instead, Weston kept racing the car and winning. He finished the season Saturday with seven wins in 15 races on the way to a track championship in the O’Reilly Auto Parts B Modifieds at Adams County.
“Nobody’s bought it so I just keep it going,” Weston said Saturday prior to the final race. “It’s a really good car. I guess I’ve just been really lucky.”
In addition to the B-mod win, Weston also won Saturday’s Division I Poet Biorefining Modifieds feature, his first win of the season in that class.
“It was an awesome night,” Weston said Monday.
Weston already had three championships in the sports modified division at Adams County, but made the decision before this season to move up to Division I. When asked why he said simply with a laugh, “I’m old.”
“I don’t know. The A-mod class, I’ve always liked watching those guys and when I grew up my dad raced so I grew up watching him race the A-mods,” the 36-year-old said. “The rookie of the year kind of sparked my interest a little more. I don’t’ think we’re going to get it but it was fun trying I guess.”
Weston is fourth in the Iowa state Division I points standings, and second among rookie drivers.
This season was Weston’s 22nd racing. He started at Adams County when he was 14, and has only once missed a season at the track.
There were several years he ran at other tracks on Friday nights, and Adams County on Saturdays, but that was always in the same car. Racing two cars in two different series was a new challenge.
“I don’t recommend it to anybody. It’s exhausting,” he said with a laugh. “Just trying to keep my head straight and what car I’m trying to change stuff. Should I do the right changes to the right car and stuff like that. It just wears a guy out. It’s crazy trying to keep tires for one car and tires for the other car. I’ll start working on one car and remember I’ve got to do something to the other car so I have to go back and forth. It gets pretty crazy.”
Racing though, has never been too much for Weston. He grew up watching his dad run at Adams County, which is about 30 minutes from his home.
He had racing dreams from a young age.
“When I was a little kid that’s all I did,” Weston said. “I’d be sitting in the race car in the driveway. I probably raced 10,000 laps as a little kid just sitting in the driveway. Sitting in the race car and making race car noises. I knew that’s what I wanted to do. I knew I wanted to race.”
Weston has even passed down the racing gene to his two children. His 7-year-old son, Carter, already has a championship in go-karts, and his 4-year-old daughter, Cambree, will get behind the wheel sometime around Thanksgiving.
Racing at Adams County also gives Weston the chance to race against his best friend, Josh Sink, who finished second in the B-mod class at the track this season. Sink bested Weston for the championship a season ago, and the two were neck-and-neck heading into the final race Saturday.
Weston thought he had the championship locked up last week, but he got into a wreck, making a good finish in the final race crucial.
“It’s just exciting to see how things turn out,” he said. “If it works out, great. If not, at least I know my friend is going to win. We both race the same chassis and basically have the same cars. We pit right next to each other. As long as one of us wins it’s all right.”
Weston is happy when his friend wins, but on the track they’re not so cordial.
“When we get on the racetrack we’re always battling each other. We always want to beat each other,” Weston said. “I always drive him harder than I drive anybody else.”
Sink is part of Weston’s second family, his racing family, the people he said keep the sport fun.
The plan for 2020, for now, is for Weston to sell both of his cars this offseason and buy something new so he can focus on the A-class modifieds series full time. Getting his first win Saturday night was special enough, and gets him even more excited for the future.
“I think it went better than I actually thought it was going to,” Weston said of his 2019 season. “I thought it would be more of a struggle for me to try to figure out the car. I’m pretty happy with it though. It’s been fun. From when my dad raced the A-mods to what the A-mods are now it’s totally different. It’s fun. I’m happy with the way everything we went.”
The NASCAR season is over at Adams County, but the track will host one final race, the 22nd annual NAPA Tradition on Ford Championship Weekend on September 27 and 28, featuring Brandon Towing and Recovery Compacts, Chat Mobility Hobby Stocks, Northland Oil Stock Cars, O’Reilly Auto Parts B Modifieds, and Poet Biorefining Modifieds.