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October 10
Fayetteville Motor Speedway,
Fayetteville, NC
Sanction: Fast Unified Engine Late Model Series (Racing for Heroes Freedom 50) - $5,000
Information provided by: Series and track reports (last updated October 11, 6:19 pm)
Thomas tops FUEL field at Fayetteville
Racing for Heroes Freedom 50
  1. Christian Thomas
  2. Russell Erwin
  3. Michael Batten
  4. Shaun Harrell
  5. Kyle Hardy
  6. Dustin Mitchell
  7. Michael Rouse
  8. Matthew Bissette
  9. Skeeter Liles
  10. Kerry King Jr.
  11. Cody Wright
  12. Dean Bowen
  13. Eric Menscer
  14. Clint Hodges
  15. Chandler Fowler
  16. Robbie Emory
  17. Roger Lucas
  18. Chris Radford
  19. Daniel Tucker
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Christian Thomas takes the checkers for his $5,000 victory.
What won the race: Fourth-starting Christian Thomas of Wake Forest, N.C., led the final 35 laps and cruised to win the inaugural Racing for Heroes Freedom 50 at Fayetteville Motor Speedway, collecting $5,000 on the Fast Unified Engine Late Model Series.
Key notes: Saturday's victory was the third of Thomas' career, with the FUEL series and his second win at Fayetteville this season. ... Thomas won by 0.561 seconds over Russell Erwin of Beaverdam, Va. … The feature was slowed by multiple caution flags and lasted just over 30 minutes. ... Only the top-10 finishers were able to complete all 50 laps. ... Dustin Mitchell of Pine Level, N.C., continues to post a series-best three FUEL victories in 2020, but settled for a sixth place finish on Saturday. ... After winning at Fayetteville earlier this season, Dean Bowen of Whiteville, N.C., saw his night end just before the final caution flag on lap 47, relegating him to finish 12th. ... It was the FUEL series' third visit of the season to Fayetteville and the 12th visit of all-time. ... Fayetteville’s grandstands were open to fans for the first time since the beginning of the Covid-19 pandemic in the Spring.
On the move: Skeeter Liles of Bailey, N.C., started 16th and finished ninth.
Winner's sponsors: Thomas drives a Sherrill and Miranda Sewell-owned Rocket Chassis powered by a Collie Engine and sponsored by Sewell Logging, J.S. Sewell Hauling and Bobby Taylor Oil Company.
Points chase: Entering the event, Russell Erwin (872 points) of Beaverdam, Va., led Dustin Mitchell (826), Robbie Emory (822), Matthew Bissette (794) and Michael Rouse (790).
Current weather: Overcast, 73°F
Car count: 19
Fast qualifier: Christian Thomas
Time: 14.984 seconds
Polesitter: Kyle Hardy
Next series race: October 16, County Line Raceway (Elm City, NC) $5,000
Editor's note: Results and race details are unofficial.

Feature lineup

Row 1: Hardy, Batten
Row 2: Harrell, Thomas
Row 3: Erwin, Bowen
Row 4: Emory, Mitchell
Row 5: Hodges, Bissette
Row 6: King, Tucker
Row 7: Rouse, Wright
Row 8: Mesner, Liles
Row 9: Radford, Lucas
Row 10: Fowler
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