The FASTRAK Racing Series season picked up at Toccoa Raceway in beautiful North Georgia Saturday evening as Matt Long and Carson Ferguson each went for their second FASTRAK Feature win of 2019.
The two friends were in a league of their own all night long, qualifying one-two, winning their heats, and finishing atop the leaderboard at the end of the night as Ferguson took home the checkered flag.
“I knew the start was going to mean a bunch with dirty air and everything,” Ferguson told Speed51. “The track didn’t really widen out like we thought it would. It was really kind of slimy on the bottom so you had to blast the top pretty good.”
“I got out front pretty early,” continued Ferguson. “I tried to run hard to make a gap and save when I could. I was a little too patient with the lapped cars and I saw the spotter’s sticks close up real fast and I knew Matt was breathing down my neck. So, I knew I couldn’t waste any more time with the lappers and just go hard the rest of the race.”
Long, the winner in the FASTRAK season opener at Toccoa earlier this year, settled for a second-place finish behind Ferguson.
“Being here earlier this year for the other FASTRAK race that we won, we changed some things to get a little bit better,” said Long. “They changed the track a little bit. It was us and Carson on the front row and it was all about that jump. He got me in the first corner when I got sideways and then we got into lapped traffic and I got stuck. I finally got around them and chased him back down. His car was just a little bit better than mine and well, he’s good. We’re good friends and that was a hard race. I think we’re well ahead of third place and this place is fun. It’s elbows up and will wear you out.”
Ferguson, now the winner of back-to-back races with the FASTRAK Racing Series, will look to continue his winning streak in two weeks. The next race on the FASTRAK schedule is June 15 at Virginia Motor Speedway for the $3,000-to-win “USA 100”.
Fans who weren’t able to attend the FASTRAK Paratrooper 40 at Toccoa Raceway can watch all the highlights on the Speed51 Network, the official video home of the FASTRAK Racing Series.
FASTRAK Racing Series Paratrooper 40 Unofficial Results:
Toccoa Raceway (GA) – June 1, 2019
-Story by: Allick Jorgensen, Speed51.com National Correspondent – Twitter: @AJorgensen24
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