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Daily Dirt 09/24/2022 21:55:44

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July 5
Friendship Motor Speedway,
Elkin, NC
Sanction: Fast Unified Engine Late Model Series - $3,000
Information provided by: Series reports (last updated July 7, 5:14 pm)
Bailes collects $3,000 with Friendship victory
  1. Ross Bailes
  2. Steve Banal
  3. Billy Hicks
  4. Donald Bradsher
  5. Brett Hamm
  6. Mitchell Coble
  7. Pat Lindsay
  8. Greg Knight
  9. Gary Wood
  10. Ricky Weeks
  11. Kenny Van Derveer
  12. Ryan Atkins
  13. Lance Reynolds
  14. Kennie Compton Jr.
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Gene Lefler
Ross Bailes picked up $3,000 for his victory at Friendship.
What won the race: Fourth-starting Ross Bailes of Clover, S.C., jumped to the lead early and raced to his third of the season on the first-year tour, collecting $3,000 for his efforts.
Key notes: Second-running Ricky Weeks of Rutherfordton, N.C., was forced to retire early with 10 laps remaining in the feature event. ... Bailes previously won FUEL events on April 26 at Friendship and June 14 at Harris (N.C.) Motor Speedway. ... Saturday's stop was scheduled as the second of two holiday events for FUEL competitors, but Thursday's event at Cherokee Speedway in Gaffney, S.C., was rained out following time trials. ... The tour is amid its busiest month of action. ... Cherokee's event was reset for July 12. ... The first-year tour also set a July 25-26 doubleheader at Carolina Speedway in Gastonia, N.C., and Fayetteville (N.C.) Motor Speedway this week.
On the move: Steve Banal of Troutman, N.C., came forward from sixth to claim runner-up honors; Donald Bradsher of Burlington, N.C., advanced from 11th to place fourth.
Winner's sponsors: Bailes drives a MasterSbilt Race Car sponsored by Bailes Construction, DirtWorks Performance, Felony Farms, FK Rod Ends, John Page Racing and WP Racing Shocks.
Points chase: Bailes increased lead with 592 points over Brett Hamm (558), Ricky Weeks (538) and Donald Bradsher (538).
Car count: 15
Fast qualifier: Ross Bailes
Time: 16.133 seconds
Polesitter: Ricky Weeks
Heat race winners: Ross Bailes, Ricky Weeks
Next series race: July 12, Cherokee Speedway (Gaffney, SC) $3,000
Editor's note: Fixes Bailes' starting position.
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