Mt. Holly, North Carolina — Chris Ferguson will be heading into the off-season with some extra change in his pocket. On Saturday night, the pilot of the Diff-Tran Machining #22 K and K Trucking/ Sweet-Bloomquist Race Car/ Clements Racing Engine Super Late Model streaked to the $10,000 payday with the Southern All Star Dirt Racing Sereis in the Palmetto 50 at Lancaster Speedway.
The win was his third of the 2018 season. He backed it up with a strong runner-up finish on Sunday afternoon during the Blue-Gray 100 at Cherokee Speedway.
“Our car was perfect on Saturday night at Lancaster Speedway,” Ferguson said. “I can’t thank Scott (Bloomquist) and Cody (Mallory) enough for their help. Those guys had their hauler break down about 30 minutes from the track, and even though they couldn’t get there to race, I sent a pickup truck to pick up Cody and he came and helped me.
“I thought I was going to get another big win on Sunday evening at Cherokee Speedway. We had the race won, and then a caution came out late. (Brandon) Overton had fresh tires on, and he got us. It was nothing to hang our head about, but man I wanted that win. Throw in the runner-up finish from Screven on Friday night, and we had a really solid weekend.”
On Friday evening Chris Ferguson invaded Screven Motor Speedway (Sylvania, Georgia), where he was competing in a field of 20 Ultimate Southeast Series entries for the Georgia State Outlaw Championship. Receiving the sixth-starting position for the $5,000-to-win A-Main via preliminary events, Ferguson gained four spots in the 50-lapper to place second behind Brandon Overton with Zack Mitchell, Brent Dixon, and Kyle Hardy trailing them to the checkers.
The following night at Lancaster Speedway (Lancaster, South Carolina) for the Southern All Star Series-sanctioned Palmetto State 50, Ferguson followed up the fourth-fastest time in his qualifying group with a fourth-place finish in his heat race.
Earning the eighth-starting position for the A-Main, Chris slipped past race-leader Zack Mitchell on lap 29 and distanced himself from the field in the remaining 21 circuits scoring his third win of the season and a $10,000 payday. Winning by over a three-second margin, Ferguson topped Michael Brown, Mike Maresca, Ross Bailes, and Brandon Overton at the line.
Sunday night found Ferguson at Cherokee Speedway (Gaffney, South Carolina) for the Carolina Clash Super Late Model Series sanctioned Blue-Gray 100. In a field of 26 cars, Chris locked his spot into the $10,000-to-win A-Main with a heat race victory.
Rolling off on the front row for the finale, Ferguson jumped into the lead on the opening lap and held the top spot for first 38 circuits. Losing the lead to Brandon Overton, Chris bided his team before eventually wrestling the top spot away from Chris Madden on lap 75. After leading for the ensuing 17 laps, Chris Ferguson saw Overton slip past for the lead in the closing laps. He finished in the runner-up spot behind Overton with Mike Maresca, Cla Knight, and Justin Hudspeth completing the Top-5 finishers.
With his 2018 season officially in the rearview mirror, Ferguson would like to thank everyone who has helped him this year.
“We struggled out of the gate, but the second half of the year was really good for us. I want to say a very special thanks to all of our marketing partners including Diff Tran Machining, K and K Trucking, Champion Parts, The Racing Warehouse, Live Oak Aesthetic and Family Dentistry, Christopher Reeves Southeast Crawlspace and Foundation Repair, Carolina Roofing and Gutters, Carver and Sons Roofing, Dirt Trackin’ App, Western Clean Up Corporation, Tom Bennington, New Point Lighting and Design, RPM Trailer Sales, Brandon Hightower, Xceldyne Technologies, CV Products, Race City Race Parts, Penske Racing Shocks, RM Solutions, Sweet Bloomquist Race Cars, Sweet Manufacturing, TW Automotive, Big A’s Custom Graphics, Keith’s Handyman Services, Dirty Grass Soul, ASI Racewear, Hoosier Racing Tires by Bryan, Harkey Racing, Joes Racing Products, K&N Performance Filters, Fluidyne High Performance, Indocil Art , Frankland Rear-Ends, Bell Racing USA, Hypercoil Springs, Brinn Transmissions, Weld Racing, Dynamic Drivelines, Outerwears Pre-Filters, PFC Brakes, ButlerBuilt Motorsports Equipment, All Star Performance, Motorstate, Keyser Manufacturing, FK Rod Ends, Fragola Performance Systems, Alpha Canvas and Awning, Randy Renfrow Pit Carts, VP Racing, Hooker Harness, Stock Car Steel and Aluminum Inc., SRI Supplies, SRI Performance, Clements Racing Engines, Waterman Racing Components, Pro Fabrication Headers, Schaeffers Oil, TruForm Race Products, Tadpole Fabrication, NecksGen, Carolina Roofing and Gutters, and MSRMafia.com Marketing Services.”
Chris also wants to say a special thanks to everyone, who has stood beside him all year to help keep his program moving forward.
“It takes so many people, who tirelessly devote their time, to keep everything churning. My brother Brandon for all his hard work, he’s the glue that holds it all together. My Mom, Dad, Tadpole, Mindy, Corey, Caitlyn, Michael, Dr Tim, Dylan, Page, and everybody who has helped crew this year at some point or another. I had so many people that stepped up and helped us when our crew couldn’t get off work to go racing. Very thankful for all the hard work they all put in every week.
“Also, special thanks to Ben Shelton for working his butt off on keeping our website and also our online store current at all times. Ryan, Jennifer, and Elizabeth at ASI Racewear for taking care of everything we need apparel wise. Thanks to my Mom and Jimmie Ann, along with everybody else who helped for working the apparel trailer all year long.”
Chris is now busily preparing for next season. Keep your browsers pointed to www.ChrisFerguson22.com as details on his 2019 campaign are released.
-MSR Marketing Press Release
-Photo credit: HB Photography