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Daily Dirt 03/03/2021 05:59:06

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November 7
Carolina Speedway,
Gastonia, NC
Sanction: Ultimate Southeast Series - $5,000
Information provided by: Series and track reports (last updated November 8, 8:06 am)
Bailes sweeps Ultimate with victory at Carolina
  1. Ross Bailes
  2. Chris Ferguson
  3. Trent Ivey
  4. Tyler Carpenter
  5. Derrick Ramey
  6. Benji Hicks
  7. Matthew Nance
  8. Zack Mitchell
  9. Dennis Franklin
  10. Michael Brown
  11. Kerry King Jr.
  12. Anthony Sanders
  13. Will Harris
  14. Doug Sanders
  15. Ron Geehring II
  16. Jeff Smith
  17. Tim Vance
  18. Michael Batten
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What won the race: Leading flag-to-flag to secure his second win in as many nights, polesitter Ross Bailes of Clover, S.C., cruised to the $5,000 Ultimate Southeast Series victory on Saturday evening at Carolina Speedway. He turned back challenges from Chris Ferguson late after a caution set up a shootout with four laps remaining.
Quotable: “We had a really good night. Set fast time, led every lap. The track was a little wet, but there at the end it got good,” said Bailes. “It’s not really hard on tires, it just they get so hot you’ve got to, you know, be a little bit easy with them and make sire you’ve got something at the end.”
Key notes: Bailes kept fellow front-row starter Chris Ferguson at bay for all 40 laps as he soared to his eighth career victory with the series. … Point leader Zack Mitchell of Enoree, S.C., salvaged an eighth-place finish after blowing a right-rear tire on lap 13 while running in third. … Eight cars retired early from the feature while two failed to complete a lap. … The Ultimate Southeast Series visited Carolina Speedway for the second night of a weekend doubleheader. … It was the tour’s second-ever visit to the Gastonia, N.C., oval.
On the move: Derrick Ramey of Mooresville, N.C., started 12th and finished fifth.
Winner's sponsors: Bailes’s Big Frog Motorsports Rocket Chassis is powered by a Clements Race Engine and sponsored by Dave’s Towing, M&W Transport, Collins Signs, Integra and Sunoco.
Points chase: Heading into the weekend, Zack Mitchell (243 points) of Enoree, S.C., led Anthony Sanders (230), Jeff Smith (215), Doug Sanders (197) and Dennis Franklin (190).
Current weather: Clear, 66°F
Car count: 19
Fast qualifier: Ross Bailes
Time: 15.568 seconds
Polesitter: Ross Bailes
Next series race: November 13, Lavonia Speedway (Lavonia, GA) $4,000
Editor's note: Results and race details are unofficial.

Feature lineup

Row 1: Bailes, Ferguson
Row 2: Brown, Ivey
Row 3: Franklin, Carpenter
Row 4: Mitchell, Nuttall Jr.
Row 5: Smith, Hicks
Row 6: Nance, Ramey
Row 7: King, D. Sanders
Row 8: Batten, Harris
Row 9: A. Sanders, Geerhing
Row 10: Vance
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