Bulls Gap, TN – Fergy Time has arrived to the mountaintop…in a big way. The past eight days have been about the most fun Chris Ferguson has had as a late model racer – now that he and his Brian Conard Motorsports Warrior Racecar have “figured out what it needed,” which is what Ferguson was heard saying from victory lane on the Volunteer frontstretch.
“This is amazing…that’s all I can say about it. We have finally figured out what this thing needed. I have to thank Sanford (Goddard) for this Warrior car. This track…let me catch my breath…was super fast tonight. I don’t know if you remember or not the last time we were here, but I was leading when I run the right-rear tire off of the thing. Tonight was just perfect.”
This win comes on the heels of Ferguson’s biggest win in his career last weekend. He was able to put his Langley’s Collision Center, Keith’s Handyman Service #22 racer just about anywhere he wanted to around the high-banked Volunteer Speedway.
Brad Neat of Dunnville, Kentucky finished second, after keeping pace with Fergy early on, but faded as the laps past 10. Once the green flag fell for the lap 9 restart, the race stayed green for most of the rest of the event.
The most significant accident occurred on lap 9 when Kevin Wilson connected with Scott Shirey on the frontstretch, sending the #10 Performax Automotive Rocket into a tire at the exit of pit road. The front of his machine was damaged and he was out of the event.
The best racing action was for third through sixth, as Rambo Dennis Franklin, Zack Mitchell, Kennie Compton and Jason Welshan battled aggressively over the entire event.
For three laps, those drivers passed one another, swapped positions, at one time having Compton split Rambo and Kid Quick in a daring move off of turn two.
Jason Welshan blew a right-rear tire early in the event, but a quick tire change watched the local hotshoe march his way into the top 10 over the next 6 laps. Not sure if Welshan could have raced into the top three, but he was setting some of the fastest laps of the event late in the race.
Randle Chupp made his Carolina Clash 2014 debut to a seventh-place finish along with Vic Hill, who was the winner of heat race #1. Ricky Weeks was the winner of heat race #2.
Matt Henderson and Ellery Leake were the provisional starters. Henderson retired early and Leak went on to advance 8 positions to win the hard charger of the race and a gallon of Safety-Kleen Orange Hand Cleaner.
Dennis Franklin unofficially takes the series points lead to the next event at Lancaster Super Speedway, with a 4 point lead over Kennie Compton.
Brandon Overton still leads the Renegade Race Fuels Rookie of the Year standings by 6 points over Jonathan Edwards and Anthony Sanders.
The next event will take place this Saturday night at Lancaster Super Speedway in Lancaster, SC, located at 223 Shiloh-Unity Rd. located off US Hwy. 521 (Charlotte Hwy.)
Carolina Clash Point Standings
After 4 races *(Volunteer Speedway)
1 Dennis Franklin 121
2 Kennie Compton, Jr. 117
3 Kyle Pierce 113
4 Johnny Pursley 112
5 Zack Mitchell 105
6 Brandon Overton – R 102
7 Scott Shirey 101
8 Jonathan Edwards – R 96
9 Anthony Sanders – R 95
10 Kevin Wilson 81
11 Mike Gault 78
12 Doug Sanders 73
13 Jonathan Davenport 72
14 Ricky Weeks 54
15 Chris Ferguson 53
16 Doug Davis – R 50
17 Tim Allen 43
18 Luke Roffers 34
Brad Neat 34
20 Jordy Nipper 33
Casey Barrow 33