Dirt Late Model driver Chris Ferguson continued a strong season in the hot summer months with a pair of big victories. The Mt. Holly, North
Carolina, driver took home the checker flag at both Thunder Mountain Speedway in Hanover, West
Virginia and at I-77 Speedway in Chester, South Carolina.
Dirt Late Model driver Chris Ferguson drives the number 22 race car
Ferguson, who drives the Barry Wright Race Cars Chevrolet Performance Late Model owned by Mike Mercer, was appreciative of the hard work his team put in, especially after overheating problems threatened to end his weekend before the event at I-77 even kicked off.
"I really appreciate all of my crew and supporters standing behind me and our team. I am blessed to have the opportunity to drive this car for Mike Mercer and his family and the sponsors that he has. I am proud to be a part of his program and to be able to win races for him.”
Ferguson and his team set sail for Carolina Speedway in Gastonia, North
Carolina on the Friday before the win at I-77. After a poor qualifying run, Ferguson drove through the NDRA
(National Dirt Racing Association) field and onto the lead in just 12 laps. But under yellow he noticed the engine running too hot and had to pull it in for the night.
"I sure hated to pull in but I didn't want to take any chance on hurting the motor. So we had to give up the lead. It was tough but it's just a part of racing. We will be back at Carolina (Speedway) again and it owes us one.”
The next day, Ferguson and his team decided against travelling to Eldora Speedway in Ohio and instead stayed local, not knowing if the motor had been seriously injured the night before. The decision paid off when Ferguson passed pole sitter Brett Hamm on lap one and went on to lead every lap while cashing in on a $1,200 pay day.
A few weeks later, Ferguson and the number 22 team once again found themselves in position to cash in on a big weekend. This time, Mother Nature would postpone the event at Thunder Mountain Speedway. The FASTRAK race, scheduled to pay $2,000. During Friday night qualifying, the rain dropped in and pushed action to Saturday. Inclement weather would once again move the race back a day. Because of this, the race lost its national points distinction, but Ferguson and a smaller field then intended stuck around and raced for the full purse on Sunday.
Ferguson once again had a poor start to the day, but on lap 7 made a pass for the lead and cruised to the victory, in the process cashing another stout check. The win made Ferguson just the third driver with multiple victories in the FASTRAK series in 2012. Despite only running a handful of FASTRAK events so far, Ferguson is still in the top 10 in the Southeast/Mideast region points.
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