The first ever Commonwealth 100, a World of Outlaw Sanctioned event paying a hefty $25,000 to the winner, drew a field over 60 cars recently. The race was run at Bill Sawyer's Virginia Motor Speedway, in Jamaica, Virginia. The event also introduced another First Annual Race; the Rumble of the River 30 lapper, which paid a sweet $3,000 to cars that for whatever reason didn't transfer into the Commonwealth 100. Forever inked in racing history as the first ever winner of the Rumble is the Mt. Holly, North Carolina driver Chris Ferguson.
Ferguson will forever live in racing history as the first ever winner of the Rumble of the River 30.
Taking the low line, Ferguson slid inside the leader on lap ten and never looked back – pulling to nearly a straight away lead for the victory.
"It feels really great to finally get a win after being so close a few times already this year. I definitely feel like we have some momentum rolling now after getting our first win," remarked Ferguson.
A mysteries gremlin engine miss during qualifying heats and the consolation races kept Ferguson out of the feature race. However, after rocketing from 18th to ninth in Saturday's consolation race, thereby securing an eighth place starting position in the Rumble, there was yet another brass-ring for Ferguson to grab.
Making the most of the low line in turns three and four in the 30 lap dash, Ferguson pulled a "slide-job" on leader Dan Stone on lap ten. Ferguson held on for the remainder of race, pulling to nearly a straight away lead for the victory.
"We finally did figure out what the miss was, but it took us going through the carburetor, fuel filter, fuel regulator, ignition boxes, and toggle switches. It actually ended up being a bad Battery," said Ferguson. "Can you believe a bad battery can ruin a whole weekend? My Starrette Trucking Race Team and I definitely would like to thank all our sponsors for their support."
"My team's relationship with K&N is going awesome right now. I couldn't ask for products that are better than what K&N have to offer. We rely on K&N's air and oil filters, covers and cleaners, for our race program. Seems like every time I use the air filter cleaner, the K&N air filter looks brand new again after I wash it."
"We are improving each week running with top series such as Lucas Oil Dirt Series and World of Outlaws," continues Ferguson.
"I feel like we should be able to win one of those national series races by the end of season. I'm also looking forward to competing in the $100,000 to win Dream at Eldora Speedway, in New Weston, Ohio, in June. I think now that we have a win under our belt, the rest will start to come easier."
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