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Daily Dirt 07/19/2024 01:04:33

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August 6
Virginia Motor Speedway,
Jamaica, VA
Sanction: Ultimate Southeast Series (USA 100) - $20,000
Information provided by: Series and track reports (last updated August 9, 9:59 am)
Fergy repels Erwin for $20,000 USA 100 at VMS
USA 100
  1. Chris Ferguson
  2. Russell Erwin
  3. Gregg Satterlee
  4. Zack Mitchell
  5. Kyle Hardy
  6. Jamie Lathroum
  7. Jason Covert
  8. Doug Sanders
  9. Dale Hollidge
  10. Trevor Collins
  11. Brian Ledbetter
  12. Tyler Emory
  13. Sam Archer
  14. Josh Harris
  15. Cla Knight
  16. Ethan Wilson
  17. Mason Zeigler
  18. Anthony Sanders
  19. Tyler Millwood
  20. Tyler Bare
  21. Davis Lipscombe
  22. Jake Rithmeier
presented by
Kevin Ritchie
Chris Ferguson earned his second career USA 100 victory at Virginia Motor Speedway on Saturday, collecting $20,000.
What won the race: Taking the lead for good on lap 13, Chris Ferguson of Mount Holly, N.C., narrowly held-off Russell Erwin of Beaverdam, Va., in the closing laps, earning his second career USA 100 feature victory at Virginia Motor Speedway on Saturday and $20,000. The win is the 16th of Ferguson's career with the Ultimate Southeast Series.
Key notes: While Erwin was never officially credited with leading a lap at the line, he drew-even with Ferguson with five laps to go, but faded to finish 1.132 seconds back. ... Gregg Satterlee of Indiana, Pa., ran inside the top-three all race and led lap 11, before finishing third. ... Winner of the three previous Ultimate Southeast Series events, Zack Mitchell of Enoree, S.C., led a total of 11 laps (lap one through 10 and lap 12), before finishing fourth. ... Eleventh-starting Jamie Lathroum of Mechanicsville, Md., advanced five positions and finished sixth. ... Saturday's feature, the 35th annual USA 100, an event that began in 1977 with Gene McNeely of Charleston, W.Va., winning at Beckley (W.Va.) Motor Speedway, was slowed by five cautions and lasted 30 minutes, with 10 competitors completing all 50 laps.
On the move: Doug Sanders of Springwood, N.C., started 16th and finished eighth.
Winner's sponsors: Ferguson’s Team Zero Race Car is powered by a Clements Racing Engine and sponsored by Diff-Tran Machining, Live Oak Aesthetic and Family Dentistry, K&K Trucking, Carolina Roofing & Gutter, The Racing Warehouse, Little Mountain Farm, Heckle’s Plumbing, Keith’s Handyman Services, Hoosier Racing Tire, Fox Racing Shox, Vinson Sims Construction and Beaux-Tie Limousine Service.
Points chase: Before VMS: 1. Zack Mitchell (337); 2. Anthony Sanders (269); 3. Doug Sanders (229); 4. Brian Ledbetter (219); 5. Corey Gordon (191).
Current weather: Clear, 75°F
Car count: 22
Fast qualifier: Chris Ferguson
Time: 17.797 seconds
Polesitter: Chris Ferguson
Heat race winners: Chris Ferguson, Zack Mitchell, Russell Erwin
Next series race: August 13, Lake View Motor Speedway (Lake View, SC) $5,000
Editor's note: Ultimate Southeast officials announced on Aug. 9 the disqualification of Ferguson because he used a tire that didn't comply with event rules; Russell Erwin was elevated as the winner of the event.
From staff reports

JAMAICA, Va. (Aug. 6) — The first time Chris Ferguson won the USA 100, the $10,000 triumph was a vital victory in the middle of an impoverished season for the then 24-year-old driver from Mt. Holly, N.C. My how things have changed since that win — Ferguson’s first of the 2014 season — eight years ago. While that much-needed victory way back when came at just the right time for Ferguson, his latest USA 100 win comes in the middle of one of his best seasons.

Leading the final 37 laps at Virginia Motor Speedway on Saturday, Ferguson pocketed a cool $20,000, double what he earned for his first USA 100 win. The victory also comes during a season in which he’s already won a pair of $50,000-to-win events — the Show-Me in Wheatland, Mo., and at dirt-covered Bristol (Tenn.) Motor Speedway — as well as at the famed Eldora Speedway in Rossburg, Ohio.

Steering his Clements-powered Team Zero Race Car to a 1.132-second victory over runner-up Russell Erwin  of Beaverdam, Va., in the event sanctioned by the Ultimate Southeast Series, Ferguson notched his 16th career tour victory. Gregg Satterlee of Indiana, Pa., who finished second to Ferguson in 2014, finished third on Saturday after starting fourth, while polesitter Zack Mitchell of Enroee, S.C., saw his three-race win streak snapped and finished fourth, despite leading 12 of the first 13 circuits. Fifth-starting Kyle Hardy of Stephens City, Va., finished fifth.

Ferguson had to make sure his tires were fresh enough to withstand Erwin’s late challenge. Erwin appeared to nose ahead to lead lap 45, crossing under the flagstand just in front of Ferguson, but he didn’t officially lead the lap according to timing to scoring, which had Ferguson ahead by a scant two-hundredths of a second.

“I appreciate Russell driving me clean. He gave me a little bit of room there with a lapped car,” said Ferguson. “I respect him and (Gregg) Satterlee and also Zack (Mitchell). That was a fun race. I just got kinda content there and was running a decent groove. I wasn’t really pulling away from them but they weren’t gaining on me. I think Russell may have turned the wick up on me.”

Russell managed to run Ferguson down in the waning laps, only to see his bid for the lead thwarted with five to go.

“As soon as I seen (Erwin), I didn’t feel like I was gonna be good enough to run the very bottom to hold ‘em off so at that point you just gotta get elbows up and get on the cushion. Luckily I didn’t make no mistakes up there and was able to pull away. I was pretty comfortable. For the most part I didn’t feel great, but I didn’t feel bad. I knew the tires was good (and) we were good.”

For Erwin, who was seeking his second career Ultimate Series win, it was another near miss.

“I think it was like 2014 and (Ferguson) was leading and we were passing for the lead and we blew up,” said Erwin. “We’ve been so close so many times. Every time we’ve come up here to this USA 100, you know, I’ve been trying so long to get that eagle (trophy). We’ve been close, I don’t know. It feels like I just needed a couple laps to get going there. He could fire off a lot better than I could.

“Congratulations to them guys. (Ferguson) ran a good race, a good smart race. I think the top four or five of us were battling pretty hard there at one point in time during the race. I needed them green flags to get going.”

Satterlee was among those drivers in the top five mixing it up throughout the main event. Satterlee held down the second spot for 18 lap. He even snuck by Mitchell to lead lap 11.

“Just needed to be a little bit better than these other two 22s here in front of me,” said Satterlee. “Started off really, really good at the beginning of the feature. It just seemed like once (the track) got cleaner I just wasn’t tight enough. I’m not really sure. I just kinda was not good enough there at the end. But congrats to these two guys. It was a fun race.”

Feature lineup

Row 1: Ferguson, Mitchell
Row 2: Erwin, Satterlee
Row 3: Hardy, Covert
Row 4: Hollidge, Collins
Row 5: Millwood, Emory
Row 6: Lathroum, A. Sanders
Row 7: Wilson, Bare
Row 8: Knight, D. Sanders
Row 9: Harris, Ledbetter
Row 10: Archer, Zeigler
Row 11: Lipscombe, Rithmeier

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