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