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Daily Dirt 06/01/2023 03:36:10

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April 9
Cherokee Speedway,
Gaffney, SC
Sanction: Fast Unified Engine Late Model Series - $3,000
Information provided by: Series reports (last updated April 11, 9:50 am)
Bailes captures FUEL opener at Cherokee
  1. Ross Bailes
  2. Donald Bradsher
  3. Steve Banal
  4. Jeff Smith
  5. Jonathan Edwards
  6. Trent Ivey
  7. Bryan Addy
  8. Michael Batten
  9. Robbie Emory
  10. Carter Stokes
  11. Travis Stoner
  12. Chris Usry
  13. Kenny Rominger Jr.
  14. Chuck Smith
  15. Doug Sanders
  16. Matt Long
  17. Mark Dysart
  18. Justin Hudspeth
  19. Timbo Mangum
  20. Dan Breuer
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Winner Ross Bailes (87) and Donald Bradsher (93) battle at Cherokee.
What won the race: Overtaking polesitter Donald Bradsher on the 28th of 40 laps, two-time and reigning series champion Ross Bailes of Clover, S.C., captured Saturday's Fast Unified Engine Late Model Series opener at Cherokee Speedway to earn $3,000.
Key notes: Bailes picked up his series-leading 11th career FUEL Series victory; he's never finished outside of the top 10 in 21 all-time FUEL events. ... The car count of 34 Late Models was the highest in FUEL's three-season history. ... In the off-season, the tour legalized other limited engine packages for the tour that was originally founded strictly for Late Models powered by Chevy's CT 525 powerplants.
Winner's sponsors: Bailes drivers a MastersBilt Race Car sponsored by Bailes Construction, Felony Farms, FK Rod Ends, DirtWorks Performance, Service Master Clean, WP Racing Shocks, Velocita and Carver and Sons Roofing.
Points chase: The event opened FUEL's season.
Car count: 34
Fast qualifier: Donald Bradsher
Time: 16.172 seconds
Polesitter: Donald Bradsher
Dash winner: Donald Bradsher
Heat race winners: Justin Hudspeth, Robbie Bailey, Jonathan Edwards
Next series race: April 16, Fayetteville Motor Speedway (Fayetteville, NC) $3,000
Editor's note: Results and race details are unofficial.
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