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August 11
Florence Speedway,
Union, KY
Sanction: Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series (North-South 100 Thursday first prelim) - $5,000
Information provided by: Todd Turner and series reports (last updated August 12, 2:58 am)
Rain spoils opening night at North-South 100
Heath Lawson/heathlawsonphotos.com
A look at Florence Speedway on Thursday afternoon.
Key notes: The 2022 North-South 100 marks the 39th running of the crown jewel event that began in 1983. … This year’s expanded format adds $60,000 to the weekend purse, raising the three-day total to more than $300,000, the richest in Florence Speedway history. … Action begins Thursday with a complete program featuring twin $5,000-to-win features. Friday’s schedule will be a duplicate of Thursday. … Drivers accumulate points the first two nights to determine lineups for Saturday’s heat races. … Modifieds will compete in a complete $1,000-to-win program on Thursday and Friday. … There have been 26 different North-South 100 winners since its inception. … Ten drivers have multiple North-South wins, led by Jimmy Owens and the late Jack Boggs with three victories each. … Only three drivers managed to win the race in back-to-back seasons: Pat Patrick (’83-’84), Owens (’10-’11) and Don O’Neal (’12-’13). … Pit gates open at 3 p.m. Grandstands open at 5:30 p.m. Hot laps at 6:30 p.m. … Watch via MavTV on FloRacing.
Who to watch: Tim McCreadie of Watertown, N.Y., who has two North-South 100 victories.
Points chase: Before Florence: 1. Tim McCreadie (5,655); 2. Brandon Sheppard (5,495); 3. Ricky Thornton Jr. (5,300); 4. Hudson O'Neal (5,115); 5. Tyler Erb (5,075); 6. Earl Pearson Jr. (4,975); 7. Garrett Alberson (4,570); 8. Daulton Wilson (4,325); 9. Spencer Hughes (4,260); 10. Jimmy Owens (4,110).
Current weather: Scattered Clouds, 72°F
Car count: 55
Fast qualifier: Chris Ferguson
Time: 15.483 seconds
Next series race: August 12, Florence Speedway (Union, KY) $5,000
Editor's note: Results and race details are unofficial.
From staff reports

UNION, Ky. — Updates from Thursday's opening night of the Sunoco North-South 100 weekend, including a pair of split-field $5,000-to-win events on the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series (results unofficial):

Rained out

Thursday's event was cancelled about 10:20 p.m. ... A heavy 10-minute rainstorm hit the track at 8:30 p.m. and attempts the whip the track and facility into shape for 90 minutes were eventually scrapped and the race cancelled.. ... The rain hit during the modified heats (Late Model heats were scheduled to follow the mod heats). ... Chris Ferguson of Mount Holly, N.C., picked up a $2,034 bonus in memory of Doug Lee by virtue of his quick time. … With 55 cars split into two features, Florence promoter Josh King agreed with the series to add extra starting spots to both races to that everyone transfers through heat races (28 cars in the first feature, 27 cars in the second feature). … The first three heats will set the lineup for the first feature and the final three heats will set the lineup for the second feature. … There are no Late Model consolation races, but the undercard modified division has more than 60 cars entered.

Time trials

Driver (car no.), hometown, time

  1. Chris Ferguson (22), Mount Holly, N.C., 15.483
  2. Jonathan Davenport (49), Blairsville, Ga., 15.526
  3. Brandon Sheppard (1), New Berlin, Ill., 15.635
  4. Garrett Alberson (58), Las Cruces, N.M., 15.637
  5. Tyler Erb (1), New Waverly, Texas, 15.641
  6. Dustin Linville (D8), Bryantsville, Ky., 15.654
  7. Tim McCreadie (39), Watertown, N.Y., 15.664
  8. Josh Rice (11), Verona, Ky., 15.683
  9. Carson Ferguson (93), Lincolnton, N.C., 15.710
  10. Devin Moran (9), Dresden, Ohio, 15.729
  11. Hudson O’Neal (71), Martinsville, Ind., 15.773
  12. Bobby Pierce (32), Oakwood, Ill., 15.784
  13. Spencer Hughes (11), Meridian, Miss., 15.841
  14. Jimmy Owens (20), Newport, Tenn., 15.893
  15. Trevor Landrum (18), Erlanger, Ky., 15.965
  16. Joe Godsey (14G), Edinburgh, Ind., 15.983
  17. Kent Robinson (7R), Bloomington, Ind., 16.056
  18. Ross Robinson (7), Georgetown, Del., 16.056
  19. Kye Blight (31aus), Katanning, Western Australia, 16.156
  20. Austin Lay (33aj), Walton, Ky., 16.383
  21. Clint Keenan (29), Patalaska, Ohio, 16.397
  22. Jeremy Creech (17), Richmond, Ind., 16.570
  23. Tim Vance (17T), Clover, S.C., 16.573
  24. Kyle Fogt (2), Camden, Ohio, 16.799
  25. Jason Jameson (12), Lawrenceburg, Ind., 17.342
  26. Vern Lefevers (90), Cincinnati, Ohio, 17.621
  27. Brayton Laster (13), Greenwood, Ind., 17.827
  28. P.J. Simpson (28), Berry, Ky., time unavailable

Thursday's schedule

2:30 p.m. - Pit gates close
3 p.m. - Pit gates open
5 p.m. - Grandstands closes
5:30 p.m. - Grandstands reopen
2-5:45 p.m. - Registration and tech inspection
6 p.m. - Drivers' meeting
6:30 p.m. - On-track activity (MavTV on FloRacing stream begins)
- Lucas Oil hot laps
- Modified hot laps
- Lucas Oil time trials (2 laps)
- Allstar Performance fast time presentation
Opening ceremonies
- Modified heat races (8 laps)
- Lucas Oil heat races (8 laps)
- Modified consolation (10 laps)
- Lucas Oil first feature (25 laps)
- Lucas Oil second feature (25 laps)
- Modified feature (20 laps)

 
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