Friday night in front of a huge crowd at Carolina Speedway, the FUEL Late Model Series ran almost flawlessly Friday night with only one caution caused by a spin by Kenny Van Derveer on lap 13. Brett Hamm of Newberry, South Carolina led the field to the green and maintained a dominant lead the entire race en route to the victory.
“We generally struggle at Carolina,” said Hamm after the race. “But we got a good draw and that was a big thing. It was a good night. We made it two in a row and three series wins this year which ties us with (Ross) Bailes who I’m in competition with to see who can get the most wins this year.”
Donald Bradsher and Ross Bailes battled for second most of the race. Later, Bailes was challenged by Gib Gibbons, who set fast time of 17.098-seconds in time trials. Bradsher would hold off the pack to finish second behind Hamm, while Bailes and Gibbons finished third and fourth and were followed by Steve Banal in fifth.
“We had a pretty good car to run second but I don’t think we had anything for Brett,” Bradsher said. “The car was a little loose of the corner, but I’ll take it.”
The next night, Hamm won the FUEL event at Fayetteville Motor Speedway in North Carolina, taking home both of the weekend’s $3,000-to-win events.
The FUEL Late Models will next be in action on August 15th at Virginia’s Rolling Thunder Speedway.
– By Jody Salter, Speed51.com/Street Stock Nation. Photo credit: ZSK Photography