Survival of the fittest. That phrase described the FASTRAK Racing Series portion of the USA 100 at Virginia Motor Speedway on Saturday night. In a finish that seemed fitting to the race, Layton Sullivan blew a tire exiting turn four on the final lap, handing the lead and the victory over to Carson Ferguson.
Ferguson started the race mid-pack and ran there throughout the majority of the race before attrition took its toll and he started moving towards the front. In the end, he was in the right place at the right time to make the winning move coming to the checkered flag.
After the race, Ferguson admitted his car was not the greatest throughout the race and that luck played a factor in the final outcome of the race.
“We didn’t have anything for them at the beginning, just since it rubbered up and there was going to be no passing,” Ferguson told Speed51.com. “I hate to win a race like that, but it fell right into my lap so I’m going to take it.
“We really sucked all night, to be honest,” he continued. “We just didn’t get the breaks we needed but it all came together. They made the call to come down pit road and give me those two fresh tires. I hate saying that because it sounds like we’re racing asphalt, but that’s what it was like. We’ll definitely take it and carry on with the momentum.”
After his first career FASTRAK win on Memorial Day weekend at Friendship Motor Speedway, Ferguson has now won three straight series races and has taken the points lead during this run. While being able to win is always nice, Ferguson saw this race as a learning experience.
“We’re going to take the momentum. This wasn’t really a confidence booster; it was a survival race,” he said. “We kind of have an idea on what to do with the car if it rubbers up again. The track was so different than what I’ve ever been on. I’m not used to slick and rubbered up tracks, so definitely a learning experience but we’ll definitely take it.”
It was an up and down race for Layton Sullivan as well. After starting eighth and running toward the front throughout, he inherited the lead after Trevor Feathers went down pit road with a flat tire with five laps to go. However, it was not meant to be as he blew a tire just a couple hundred feet from the start-finish line, settling for a third-place finish.
Despite the heartbreak, he was positive after the race after a top-five finish in just his second series start.
“At the first caution, me and the No. 20 (Trevor Feathers) got together and it jumped out of gear on me,” Sullivan said. “Ever since then the shifter was rattling so bad and it finally broke off. After that, it was fine. I worked my way up and got to the front and inherited the lead and got lucky on that deal. If it wasn’t for all them restarts it would’ve been fine, but coming out of four it just blew on us. It’s our first time here and only our second FASTRAK ever, so second is pretty good for us.”
Feathers would battle back and pass Sullivan just before the checkered to finish second, while Sullivan, Corey Almond, and Ryan Adams rounded out the top five.
The FASTRAK Racing Series will have nearly a month off before they head to their next race at I-77 Speedway in West Virginia on July 12.
An on-demand video broadcast of Saturday night’s race can be viewed for free on Speed51.com.
The Speed51 Network, the Official Video Home of FASTRAK, also features highlights, post-race interviews and other exclusive video content from Saturday’s USA 100.
-Story by: Koty Geyer, Speed51.com National Correspondent
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