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Daily Dirt 12/08/2023 09:05:23

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July 4
Cherokee Speedway,
Gaffney, SC
Sanction: Ultimate Southeast Series - $5,000
Information provided by: Series and track reports (last updated July 6, 7:16 am)
Ferguson edges Bailes for $5,000 at Cherokee
  1. Chris Ferguson
  2. Ross Bailes
  3. Dennis Franklin
  4. John Henderson
  5. Trent Ivey
  6. Anthony Sanders
  7. Johnny Pursley
  8. Corey Gordon
  9. Cla Knight
  10. Zack Mitchell
  11. Jeff Smith
  12. Ryan Gifford
  13. Matthew Nance
  14. Doug Sanders
  15. Bryson Harper
  16. Tim Vance
  17. Brian Connor
  18. Chris Blackwell
  19. Christian Thomas
  20. Adam Yarbrough
  21. Will Harris
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Chris Ferguson poses in victory lane at Cherokee on July 4.
What won the race: Holding off Ross Bailes after a caution appeared on lap 43, fourth-starting Chris Ferguson of Mount Holly, N.C., soared to his 15th career Ultimate Southeast Series victory on Saturday night at Cherokee Speedway. Taking the checkers 0.615 of a second ahead of Bailes, Ferguson earned $5,000.
Key notes: Ferguson recorded his second triumph of 2020; his other checkered was also in Ultimate Southeast action at Cherokee on May 30. ... Zack Mitchell of Enoree, S.C., entered the event on a three-race series winning streak but could only manage a 10th-place finish after starting 14th. ... The Ultimate Southeast Series visited Cherokee for the second night of the tour’s weekend doubleheader; it was the seventh visit in series history and second time this season. … The first five visits came during the tour’s inaugural season in 2011.
On the move: Trent Ivey of Union, S.C., started 10th and finish fifth.
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 weekend, Zack Mitchell (196 points) led Jeff Smith (114), Anthony Sanders (109), Dennis Franklin (97) and Michael Brown (96).
Current weather: Clear, 77°F
Car count: 21
Fast qualifier: Dennis Franklin
Time: 15.344 seconds
Polesitter: Christian Thomas
Next series race: July 25, Modoc Raceway (Modoc, SC) $5,022
Editor's note: Results and race details are unofficial.

Feature lineup

Row 1: Thomas, Franklin
Row 2: Knight, Ferguson
Row 3: Blackwell, Bailes
Row 4: Conner, Henderson
Row 5: A. Sanders, Ivey
Row 6: Smith, Gordon
Row 7: Pursley, Mitchell
Row 8: Nance, Harper
Row 9: Gifford, Harris
Row 10: D. Sanders, Vance
Row 11: Yarbrough
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