All the stars and all the planets tend to lineup when it is your night.  That was the case for Chris Ferguson who had the magic touch even in the face of disaster at the Skyler Trull Memorial at Carolina Speedway (SC) on Saturday night.


The race was at his home track, but the added pressure of more fans and more family watching didn’t do much to faze the 25-year-old driver on this night.


What did rattle him was the rattling of his race car (literally) up and over the side of a lap car in the cloud of dust.  Despite the damage suffered, Ferguson stayed on the track after confirmation from his crew he could finish.  The dominate leader was damaged and had to limp home over the final nine laps, but held off challenges over a trio of green-white-checkered attempts to claim his eighth win in the Carolina Clash Series.


“It went all black and it was like I hit a dirt bike ramp and the car went up in the air,” said Ferguson of the incident.  “Everything is bent over there.  I could see it in the car and my crew members told me in victory lane how messed up it is.  The car was still good and we were able to get the win.”


Ferguson won the pole and led the entire race, basically untouchable before the lap 31 incident. The win was the third in the Skyler Trull Memorial for Ferguson, who has ties to the race.


“I grew up watching this race before I got to run it myself,” said Ferguson. “There have been a lot of guys who have won it twice, but now we are the first three-time winners. I can’t say enough about how much this means to us as we knew the family and all my family come out to watch us race here. There were like 1000 pictures in victory lane and I am okay with that.”


Ben Watkins used the incident between Ferguson and the lapped car, as well as some timely restarts to finish second.  Chris Madden came back to finish third after a flat tire before halfway.


The 2015 season will find Ferguson playing the jump around game again as he’ll chase money and big races, not points.


“We thought about doing some points chasing, but we had engine trouble earlier this year in Georgia and that changed our idea on that.”


-By Elgin Traylor, Correspondent – Twitter: @ElginTraylor
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Unofficial Results Skyler Trull Memorial Results
1 22 Chris Ferguson 40
2 16 Ben Watkins 40
3 44 Chris Madden 40
4 5 Ross Bailes 40
5 42 Doug Sanders 40
6 7 Josh Langley 40
7 12B Travis Brookover40
8 07 Brian Leadbetter40
9 G2 Kevin Goodwin 40
10 618 Kevin Wilson 35
11 2 Joey Coulter 33
12 32 Jonathan Edwards30
13 9 Bill Lambert 29
14 57 Zach Mitchell 8
15 421 Anthony Sanders 6
16 47 Johnny Pursley 5
17 48 Timbo Mangum 4
18 28 Kelly Guy 2
19 22 GR Smith 1
20 17 Tim Allen 0
21 10 Scott Shirey 0
22 72 Robbie Bailey 0


Ferguson Goes Up and Over Lapped Car, Wins Carolina Clash