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Daily Dirt 10/23/2021 18:20:49

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September 16
Virginia Motor Speedway,
Jamaica, VA
Sanction: Fastrak Racing Series (World Championship) - $20,000
Information provided by: Various reports (last updated September 18, 10:05 am)
Bailes tops Ferguson for $20,000 Fastrak triumph
World Championship
  1. Ross Bailes
  2. Chris Ferguson
  3. Ryan Montgomery
  4. Walker Arthur
  5. Tyler Bare
  6. Trent Ivey
  7. Jensen Ford
  8. Devin Moran
  9. Banjo Duke
  10. Lee Cooper
  11. Brent Hilton
  12. Allen Brannon
  13. Brett Hamm
  14. Daryl Charlier
  15. Corey Almond
  16. Victor Lee
  17. Justin Williams
  18. Thomas Robinson
  19. Travis Pennington
  20. Joshua Bishop
  21. Dale Hollidge
  22. Henry Hornsby III
  23. Logan Roberson
  24. Jacob Hawkins
presented by
Jamie Brabson
Ross Bailes completes his flag-to-flag victory in the Fastrak World Championship.
What won the race: Leading all 60 laps, Ross Bailes of Clover, S.C., picked up a flag-to-flag victory in Saturday's Fastrak World Championship. Bailes outran 13th-starting Chris Ferguson of Mount Holly, N.C., and Ryan Montgomery of Fairmont, W.Va., to earn a career-high $20,000 payday.
Key notes: Bailes finished .965 seconds ahead of Ferguson. ... Eight of the 24 starters completed all 60 laps. … Justin Williams of Shipman, Va., won Friday’s $5,000-to-win World Challenge. … Benji Hicks of Mount Airy, N.C., leads the tour with four victories.
Winner's sponsors: Bailes was driving a Barry Wright Race Car sponsored by HNO Hauling and Grading, B&A Pallet Division, D and E Marine, C&H Paving, Penske Shocks, Base Racing Fuel and DirtCarLift.com.
Points chase: Benji Hicks has 392 points to lead Jensen Ford (370), Cla Knight (369), Matthew Nance (366) and Ron Parker (349).
Car count: 71
Fast qualifier: Ross Bailes
Heat race winners: Ross Bailes, Corey Almond, Jacob Hawkins, Jensen Ford, Thomas Robinson, Ryan Montgomery, Brian Swank, Trent Ivey
Consolation race winners: Joshua Bishop, Brett Hamm, Daryl Charlier, Tyler Bare
Next series race: October 14, Toccoa Raceway (Toccoa, GA) $0
Editor's note: Results and race details are unofficial.
Dave Seay
Fastrak Racing Series

JAMAICA, Va. — Ross Bailes of Clover, S.C., put on a clinic, leading flag-to-flag to capture the $20,000 Fastrak World Championship Saturday at Virginia Motor Speedway. Bailes took the lead at the drop of the green flag and then held off a hard charging Chris Ferguson of Mt. Holly, N.C., to claim a .985-second victory.

“If you don’t have a Barry Wright ICON race car, you need to get you one. This car was flawless all weekend,” said Bailes. “I can’t thank Barry Wright and the crew enough for putting such a great car under me.”

Finishing behind Ferguson in third was Ryan Montgomery of Fairmont, W.Va., Walker Arthur of Forrest, Va., and Tyler Bare of Rockbridge Baths, Va.

Bailes and Corey Almond led the 24-car field to the green with Bailes jumping to the lead out of turn two and Jacob Hawkins following to second. The night ended early for the second-running Hawkins, who drew the first caution on lap three, due to a blown engine.

On the restart Bailes pulled away with Ryan Montgomery working his way to second. By lap 17, Bailes was working traffic and on the following lap split two lapped cars to make it three-wide in turn one as he had Montgomery closing. On a lap-19 restart, Almond spun in front of the field, collecting Thomas Robinson and Justin Williams. The accident resulted in a red flag.

On the ensuing restart, an eight-car pileup caused yet another red flag and thinning the field out. As the race finally went back green, Bailes pulled away from the field while Ferguson began to pick off several positions. Over the next three laps he made his way to third. By the halfway mark of the 60-lapper, Bailes had stretched his lead to a little over four seconds. On lap 38 Ferguson worked inside Montgomery in turn three to take over the second spot.

Catching traffic again on lap 42, Bailes came upon a side-by-side battle. He patiently worked his way around while extending his lead. With the laps winding down, the driver on the move was Tyler Bare who had been caught up in the big wreck on lap 19.

By lap 48, Bare had worked his way back to sixth. On lap 52, Walker Arthur worked his way into fourth as caution came out for Daryl Charlier who slowed in turn two. The cautioned erased the lead and  set up an eight-lap shootout for the $20,000 top prize.

On the restart Ferguson tried to stay with the leader, but Bailes was able to stretch his lead to four car lengths. Though Ferguson was able to cut the deficit in half with just two laps remaining, he wasn’t able to mount a challenge for the lead.

Notes: The event attracted a record car count for Virginia Motor Speedway of 71 entrants. … The event's presenting sponsor is James River Equipment. ... Jacob Hawkins of Fairmont, W.Va., held off Chris Arnold of Matoaca, Va., for his first Southeast Dirt Modified Series win and the $3,000 check. … Thirteen drivers finished the race, with eight of the 24 starters completing all 60 laps. ... Hawkins, winner of the third heat, completed just two circuits, before retiring due to an expired engine. ... Eight drivers retired after only 19 laps. ... This was the richest race of the season for the series. … Justin Williams of Shipman, Va., won Friday’s weekend opener. … There were 37 entrants in Friday’s invitation-only, $5,000-to-win World Challenge.

Feature lineup

Row 1: Bailes, Almond
Row 2: Hawkins, Ford
Row 3: Robinson, Montgomery
Row 4: Hilton, Ivey
Row 5: Lee, Moran
Row 6: Roberson, Arthur
Row 7: Ferguson, Hornsby III
Row 8: Brannon, Williams
Row 9: Bishop, Hamm
Row 10: Charlier, Bare
Row 11: Hollidge, Pennington
Row 12: Cooper, Duke

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