Trent Ivey made the jump from Crate Late Models to Super Late Models for the 2019 season. Now, “The Little Headknocker” has jumped into victory lane, taking the checkered flag in Friday’s Carolina Clash Super Late Model Series feature at Carolina Speedway (NC).
Ivey inherited the lead on lap 16 of the 40-lap feature when polesitter Chris Ferguson went to the pits under caution with a flat right-rear tire. Ferguson charged from the back of the pack to a second-place finish, but in the end Ivey held on for the biggest win of his racing career.
“This is crazy,” Ivey said in victory lane. “I hate it for Chris [Ferguson] having that flat tire. We were going to have a good race, I know we were. I didn’t want to win it like this for my first one, but everyone else deserves this more than I do. We’ve all been grinding, been working. Nobody’s given up. I just can’t thank all my crew enough, my mom and dad for letting me do this. My mom couldn’t make it tonight, that’s probably the worst thing ever.”
Before the flat tire, Ferguson and Ivey battled for the top spot on a dusty Friday night at “Carolina’s Action Track.”
“I hate that for Ferguson, but I think we would have had something for him either way,” said Ivey. “We’ll never know.
“It would be so bad,” Ivey added in reference to the dust. “Literally, I was racing Ferguson and I wouldn’t see him until he came back by me. It looked like we were out in the desert. It was still fun for me, I got the win.”
Ferguson noted the dry conditions may have contributed to his flat tire before his charge through the field.
“I gassed it up down the frontstretch [under caution] and it laid over on the right-rear,” said Ferguson. “I guess we cut it running up high trying to pass lapped traffic. When the track gets real dry like that, running through the infield it throws some rocks out there, I probably ran over a rock.
“It was definitely pretty sketchy out of four,” Ferguson added. “I couldn’t really clear guys really good going into three. I would pass them on the outside but I couldn’t clear them to get in line. I just had to float out in the middle in the dust and powder. I couldn’t see nothing until I got to the straightaway. In one and two, we made up all our ground. I think I could have been a little more aggressive and got up there faster.”
In spite of the disappointment of seeing a victory slip away, Ferguson was highly complimentary of Ivey following his monumental win.
“He’s been driving really good,” Ferguson said of the second-generation racer. “He drove really good at Gaffney a few times. I knew it wouldn’t be long to grab one. There were some good cars around him, Johnny [Pursley], Rambo [Dennis Franklin], best cars in this area, no doubt. He was able to go out there and get it done.”
With his first career Super Late Model win under his belt, Ivey now hopes he can get it done in some big races coming up on his schedule at Eldora Speedway (OH) and Cherokee Speedway (SC).
“We’ve got a busy couple of weeks coming up,” said Ivey. “We’re going to Eldora, we’ve got a big Lucas [Oil Late Model Dirt Series] race at Gaffney. We’ve been wanting to win one so bad. It finally came together.”
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-Story by: Zach Evans, Speed51.com Southeast Editor – Twitter: @ztevans
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