For the third consecutive season, the FASTRAK Racing Series powered by Chevrolet Performance made its way to Screven Motorsports Complex (GA) to wrap up the season at the Georgia Outlaw State Championship. Action got underway Friday night with the penultimate event of the season, and when the race concluded it was Twin Cities, Georgia driver Ches Chester taking the checkered flag at the conclusion of an eventful race under the lights.
The race would get underway with defending FASTRAK Racing Series champion Matthew Nance and Ches Chester leading the field to the green flag, with Chester quickly jumping out to the top spot. A handful of caution flags slowed the pace during the first half of the race, including two unassisted yellows for Elliott Sanders and Jordan Benefield.
The big one occurred on a Lap 11 restart when Nance and Chuck Bowie tangled as the entered turn one. Contact was made, sending both cars up the track as several other drivers piled in, including 2019 FASTRAK Racing Series champion Carson Ferguson. Ferguson only needed to take the green flag Friday night to secure the championship at the Sylvania, Georgia 3/8-mile clay oval.
Following the accident, under yellow flag conditions, Nance took matters into his own hands off turn four turning Bowie and then plowing into the right rear of his machine. FASTRAK immediately waved the black flag and disqualified Nance from the race. Bowie was given his spot back before cutting down a tire on the ensuing restart.
All the while, Chester stayed clear of the chaos behind him to keep a firm grasp on the top spot. The last caution would fall on Lap 25m setting up a final 15-lap run to the checkered flag.
On the restart, Ches Chester held off a hard-charging Nick Schlager who was fast and looking for his first career FASTRAK win. Schlager would close into the left rear on Chester’s car but that was as close as he could get. The checkered flag waved over Chester as he picked up his second career FASTRAK national touring series victory at the same facility where he conquered his first career win in April 2018.
Video highlights from Friday's race can be viewed now on the Speed51 Network by clicking here.
The FASTRAK Racing Series will be in action for the final time in 2019 Saturday night at Screven Motorsports Complex. Speed51, the official video home of FASTRAK, will have full video highlights and more from the season finale.
FASTRAK Racing Series Unofficial Results
1) 9 Ches Chester 2) 22 Nick Schlager 3) 21x Bob Roberson, 4) 1n Jordy Nipper 5) 4 Jeremy Faircloth 6) 4b Lonnie Brant, 7) 7a Corey Almond 8) 01 Mark Whitener 9) 00 Carson Ferguson 10) 14c Chuck Bowie 11) 3 Chesley Dixon 12) 0 Scott Shirey 13) c12 Chris Usery 14) G2G Jordan Feider 15) 12 JJ Reich 16) 5 Enger Thomas 17) KB1 Kerry King 18) 10 Jordan Benefield 19) 28 Elliott Sanders 20) Matthew Nance (DQ)
-Story by Wesley Outland, FASTRAK
-Photo credit: Speed51