Carson Ferguson has solidified himself as one of the top dirt Pro Late Model racers in what has been a breakout 2019 season that has seen him have success on both track surfaces. The Charlotte, North Carolina driver has won four FASTRAK Racing Series races so far and leads the points standings going into the final stretch of the season. He also won the Pro Class championship at the Bojangles’ Summer Shootout at Charlotte Motor Speedway in a Legends car.
The 19-year-old is coming off a win Friday night at Princeton Speedway (WV) and his second straight East Coast Rumble championship. Despite a subpar Saturday night at Tyler County Speedway, he was able to clinch the mini-series championship with a runner-up finish the next night at Tyler County.
On Monday, Ferguson joined Speed51’s “The Morning Bullring” to discuss his 2019 season and East Coast Rumble Championship. Ferguson said he is not focusing on the points, instead going for wins on the track.
“We really just look at it like we’re just going after the win every race and we’ll let the points shake out the way it ends up being,” Ferguson told Speed51. “We went to Princeton Friday and had a good showing there and then Saturday we were a little tight in qualifying but you’ve got to be on the gas and turning the whole time so if you’re tight, it’s extra costly. We had a fuel pump break before the heat race, so I had to run the B-Main and was able to transfer, even though we had a provisional we still wanted to gain as much spots as we could to where we wouldn’t have to pass them in the feature. We were able to flip things around Sunday and contend for the win. We had a shot there at the end and just came up a little short.”
Ferguson now heads to the $50,000-to-win FASTRAK World Championship at Virginia Motor Speedway next weekend, where he has had good results in two previous appearances this season. He won the FASTRAK portion of the USA 100 back in June on a last-lap, last-corner pass of Layton Sullivan after Sullivan blew a tire in what was a battle of attrition. He was also leading the Prelude to the World Championship at the Jamaica, Virginia facility late before giving up the lead to defending FASTRAK World Championship winner Logan Roberson on a slidejob with two laps to go and setting for second.
With a heavy list of drivers expected to make their way to Virginia Motor Speedway next weekend, he says everything will have to go right just to make the 60-lap A-Main.
“If we can get into the big show, I feel pretty good about it,” he said. “We’ve done our homework the past couple weeks and I feel like we’ve learned a lot about what to do with the car and what it really likes. We’re getting more familiar with the adjustments and how far we can go with each adjustment. At the end of the day you’ve got to be perfect to win these things. You can be off by thirty pounds of load on your right front or something and that could cost you the race. There’s a lot of things that have to go right just to make the feature, and then to win it you’re going to have a lot more things go right as well.”
Another driver expected to be at the FASTRAK World Championship is Carson’s cousin, Chris Ferguson. The younger Ferguson always looks forward to anytime he and “Fergy” are able to be at the racetrack at the same time, though this will be a rare occurrence where the two will actually get to compete against each other.
“We’ll be racing against Chris and his dad; it’ll be a fun little family competition I guess you could say,” he said. “But at the end of the day we’re going for the $50,000 and if I’ve got to give Chris the door on the last lap then I definitely will.
“We don’t get to race a lot at the same racetrack just because of the Tour and all that stuff,” he continued. “I actually got to spot for him during his race. At Tyler County it’s so dusty on the outside I was wearing my helmet and I still had my suit on because I was about to race and I had the spotter sticks on for him. His dad is a really big help for us so anytime we can race with him, between my good crew and Chris’s dad and Chris, we normally have a lot of speed but we haven’t had a lot of good luck. To have a good run in front of the Lucas guys was a really big stepping point for us just to prove that we had speed and I also think we put on a good show for the fans.”
With some of the Southeast’s top Super Late Model drivers expected to switch to the less-powerful Pro Late Model for the FASTRAK World Championship, he admits there is added pressure on him to perform. He says the $50,000 winner’s take will ultimately come down to who comes closest to running a perfect race.
“At this point it just puts more pressure on yourself,” he said. “There’s only so fast you can go in a Crate car around Virginia. I’m in a Crate car almost every weekend so I feel like I have the upper hand, but at the same time they’re racing every weekend, multiple times a weekend. They have more seat time, so at the end of the day it’ll come down to who makes the fewest mistakes. The big names that are coming in are not going to make mistakes, so to win the $50,000 you’re going to have to have a mistake-free and here in the past couple weeks I really haven’t done a good job minimizing my mistakes, but at the same time I’ve been showing a lot of speed.”
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-Story by: Koty Geyer, Speed51.com State Editor (IN/MI) – Twitter: @kgeyer3
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