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Daily Dirt 06/23/2024 06:26:04

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July 5
Golden Isles Speedway,
Brunswick, GA
Sanction: Ultimate Southeast Series (Red, White and Blue 50) - $10,000
Information provided by: Series reports (last updated July 6, 11:43 am)
Fergy outduels Rambo for Golden Isles victory
Red, White and Blue 50
  1. Chris Ferguson
  2. Casey Roberts
  3. Ross Bailes
  4. Dennis Franklin
  5. Brent Dixon
  6. Russell Brown Jr.
  7. Ivedent Lloyd Jr.
  8. Dustin Mitchell
  9. Jeff Smith
  10. Donald Bradsher
  11. Frank Ingram
  12. Scott Shirey
  13. Donald McIntosh
  14. Cecil Eunice
  15. Trey Shirey
  16. Josh Langley
  17. Steven Roberts
  18. Anthony Sanders
  19. Cale Simons
  20. Tristan Sealy
  21. Kyle Pierce
  22. Zack Mitchell
  23. Casey Barrow
presented by
Troy Bregy
Chris Ferguson (22) and Dennis Franklin (2) battle for the lead at Golden Isles Speedway.
What won the race: Chris Ferguson of Mount Holly, N.C., won a back-and-forth battle with Dennis Franklin of Gaffney, S.C., for a $10,000 victory in the Ultimate Super Late Model Series-sanctioned Red White & Blue 50 at Golden Isles Speedway. Ferguson took the lead for good on the 30th lap and cruised the rest of the way for his second series victory of the season.
Key notes: Prelims were held Friday and Saturday's action was rained out, forcing the Sunday afternoon event. ... Franklin was competing after recuperating from a spider bite. ... Fifth-finishing Brent Dixon of Elberton, Ga., debuted a new Black Diamond Chassis. ... The series made its Golden Isles debut.
On the move: Ross Bailes of Clover, S.C., started eighth and finished third.
Winner's sponsors: Ferguson's family-owned Longhorn Chassis is powered by a Clements Race Engine and carries sponsorship from Live Oak Family Dentistry, Langley Collision Center, Carver and Sons Roofing, On Site Solutions and Keith's Handyman Service.
Points chase: Runner-up Casey Roberts of Toccoa, Ga., extended his points lead over Franklin.
Car count: 24
Fast qualifier: Dennis Franklin
Time: 15.730 seconds
Polesitter: Dennis Franklin
Heat race winners: Dennis Franklin, Brent Dixon, Chris Ferguson
Next series race: July 10, Smoky Mountain Speedway (Maryville, TN) $5,000
Editor's note: Results and race details are unofficial.
From series reports

BRUNSWICK, Ga. — Chris Ferguson was feeling pretty good about his chances Sunday afternoon at Golden Isles Speedway after he overtook polesitter Dennis “Rambo” Franklin before a lap-15 caution.

But two laps later in the first-ever Ultimate Super Late Model Series event at the southeastern Georgia oval, Ferguson was kicking himself for making a mistake in turns one and two that allowed Franklin to regain the lead.

The third-starting Ferguson settled down, chased Franklin into the second half of the Red, White & Blue 50, then made the winning move on lap 30 as the Carolina drivers mixed it up at the 4/10-mile oval.

“Any time you got two guys that race as hard as we do, it’s going to happen,” Ferguson said of the contact among the leaders. “I still can’t believe I got back by him, because I thought once I messed up and tried to stay out of the holes in (turns) one and two, I thought it was really going to mess me up … a win’s a win and we’ll take it.”

The Mount Holly, N.C., driver pocketed $10,000 for his sixth special event victory of the season and second on the Ultimate circuit, which saw its main event postponed to Sunday afternoon because of Saturday evening rain.

“First and foremost, I’ve gotta thank God for blessing me with this,” Ferguson said. “I’m never good in the day and luckily the track had enough moisture in the corner where I could still get on the gas.

"My crew guys, my brother and my dad, they made the tire call today and I think that’s what won us the race. I believe we went softer (with tire compound) than about everybody, and it paid off. Thanks to them, thanks to all my guys, my crew guys. I’m worn out. That was a pretty tough race. You really had to hit your marks and not mess up in both corners.

“Helluva race with Rambo. Me and him drive each other pretty hard. We rubbed a little bit, but that’s racing, I think. And I slipped up and let him get back by me, but luckily we got back by him.”

Series points leader Casey Roberts of Toccoa, Ga., made a high-side charge on a restart with three laps remaining that fell short while eighth-starting Ross Bailes of Clover, S.C., grabbed the third spot from Franklin on the last lap. Franklin and Brent Dixon of Elberton, Ga., who debuted a new Black Diamond Chassis during the weekend, rounded out the top five.

Roberts took his overheating car to the pits after the race while Bailes joined Ferguson on the frontstretch for postrace ceremonies.

“That first lap, I broke something on the left-front and just couldn’t steer in. If I got on the brakes, it pushed real bad,” Bailes said. “But there at the end, I was just like, 'I’ve gotta try something, I’m not going to settle back here and just ride around.' I was trying stuff and luckily Rambo, he hit that hole and got bobbled, so I got to third. We’ll take it and go on to the next one.”

Franklin took command at the outset with Ferguson stalking him in the early laps and slipping underneath exiting turn two just before Zack Mitchell slowed with a flat tire.

After another caution for a turn-two collision that involved Kyle Pierce and Scott Shirey, Ferguson led the field to green, but Franklin stayed right with Ferguson and regained the point on the backstretch to lead the 17th laps.

Franklin was in control over Ferguson at halfway while Roberts got sideways in turn four on the 24th lap, slipping behind Dixon and Ivedent Lloyd Jr. before working his way back into contention.

A lap-26 caution waved for Anthony Sanders and Ferguson continued his assault of Franklin, working back ahead on the 30th lap when Franklin pushed exiting turn two.

With Franklin beating and banging with Dixon for second the next few laps, Ferguson stretched his margin to more than three seconds and wasn’t seriously challenged the rest of the way despite a lap-36 yellow for Dustin Mitchell and lap-47 slowdown for Donald McIntosh.

Feature lineup

Row 1: Franklin, Dixon
Row 2: Ferguson, C. Roberts
Row 3: Barrow, D. Mitchell
Row 4: Lloyd, Bailes
Row 5: Bradsher, Langley
Row 6: McIntosh, Pierce
Row 7: Simons, Eunice
Row 8: Z. Mitchell, Sanders
Row 9: Brown, S. Shirey
Row 10: S. Roberts, Sealy
Row 11: J. Smith, Ingram
Row 12: T. Shirey, Brasington
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