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Daily Dirt 03/25/2023 18:20:37

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May 30
Cherokee Speedway,
Gaffney, SC
Sanction: Ultimate Southeast Series (The Big Chief 40) - $5,000
Information provided by: Series and track reports (last updated June 1, 10:42 pm)
High-side maneuver earns Ferguson $5,000
The Big Chief 40
  1. Chris Ferguson
  2. Michael Brown
  3. Kyle Hardy
  4. Anthony Sanders
  5. Brett Hamm
  6. Austin Kirkpatrick
  7. Dennis Franklin
  8. Ricky Weeks
  9. Dustin Mitchell
  10. Doug Sanders
  11. Jeff Smith
  12. Chris Blackwell
  13. Christian Thomas
  14. Zack Mitchell
  15. Trent Ivey
  16. Corey Gordon
  17. Brian Ledbetter
  18. Adam Yarbrough
  19. Ethan Wilson
  20. G.R. Smith
  21. Joey Moriarty
  22. Rodney Martin
  23. Payton Freeman
  24. Justin Hudspeth
presented by
Blake Harris
Chris Ferguson grabbed a $5,000 victory at Cherokee.
What won the race: Sliding ahead of polesitter Brett Hamm on lap 13 of the feature, Chris Ferguson of Mount Holly, N.C., streaked to the Ultimate Southeast Series victory on Saturday night in The Big Chief 40 at Cherokee Speedway. Tallying his 14th career series win, Ferguson captured $5,000 for the triumph.
Key notes: A dozen drivers completed all 40 circuits, with third-starting Adam Yarbrough retiring early on lap 11. … Following an 11-week hiatus due to restrictions related to the Covid-19 pandemic, the Ultimate Southeast Series returned to action at Cherokee Speedway for the first time since 2011. … It was the sixth visit in series history, with all five previous stops in ’11. … The series returns to Cherokee on July 4.
On the move: Austin Kirkpatrick of Ocala, Fla., started 20th and finished sixth.
Winner's sponsors: Ferguson’s Bloomquist 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, Champion, The Racing Warehouse, RPM Truck & Trailer Sales & Service, New Point Lighting & Design, Carver & Son’s Roofing, Christopher Reeve’s Southeast Foundation and Crawlspace Repair, Langley Collision Center and Keith’s Handyman Services.
Points chase: Entering the event, Donald McIntosh (35 points) of Dawsonville, Ga., led Zack Mitchell (34), Cory Hedgecock (33), Booger Brooks (32) and Jeff Smith (31).
Current weather: Broken Clouds, 70°F
Car count: 28
Fast qualifier: Brett Hamm
Time: 15.175 seconds
Polesitter: Brett Hamm
Heat race winners: Trent Ivey, Joey Moriarty
Next series race: June 6, Lancaster Speedway (Lancaster, SC) $4,000
Editor's note: Results and race details are unofficial.

Feature lineup

Row 1: Hamm, Z. Mitchell
Row 2: Yarbrough, Ferguson
Row 3: Brown, Hardy
Row 4: Franklin, J. Smith
Row 5: Thomas, Freeman
Row 6: Ivey, Moriarty
Row 7: A. Sanders, D. Sanders
Row 8: G. Smith, Weeks
Row 9: Blackwell, Ledbetter
Row 10: D. Mitchell, Kirkpatrick
Row 11: Hudspeth, Martin
Row 12: Wilson, Gordon

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