Some folks on social media used 140 characters to scratch their heads as to why a kid with only a three years worth of Legends Car experience got voted in as one of the nation's top short track prospects in the 2015 Short Track Draft presented by PFC on Speed51.com earlier this month.
Thursday, 15-year-old Carson Ferguson backed up the voting panel's decision with an "all-star" performance.
Ferguson charged from deep in the field in the second 25-lap segment of the Legends All-Star Race on the infield quarter-mile at Charlotte Motor Speedway. According to the US Legends Car Twitter and a CMS press release, Ferguson started the second segment in the eighth position, but he used some carnage ahead of him and a late-race restart to claim the lead and the trophy.
"This is definitely one of the biggest races of my life that I won,” Ferguson, a 2014 CMS Summer Shootout Legends Car Champion, said. “I knew I had to save my stuff out there in the first 25 laps. I think I hit a piece of debris out there during one of the cautions and messed up the steering a little bit. After the break we were able to battle back slowly but surely. It was a good race.”
Jordan Black, a 16-year-old Floridian, finished second in the Legends All-Star Race, which followed NASCAR Sprint Cup Series qualifying for Sunday's Coca-Cola 600 at CMS. Joey Padgett, Chase Purdy and William Byron rounded out the top five.
Earlier Thursday at Charlotte Motor Speedway it was announced that 51 TV, the Performance Racing Network (PRN) and CMS were partnering for a live pay-per-view video stream of the 2015 Bojangles' Summer Shootout Legends Car and Bandolero series. Click here for more information.
- By Matt Kentfield, Speed51.com Executive Director - Twitter: @MattKentfield
- Photo credit: CMS/HHP photo