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Daily Dirt 05/25/2024 06:32:27

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May 2
Fayetteville Motor Speedway,
Fayetteville, NC
Sanction: World of Outlaws Morton Buildings Late Model Series (Tar Heel 100) - $10,000
Information provided by: Series reports (last updated May 3, 2:58 pm)
Ferguson sweeps WoO Carolina doubleheader
Tar Heel 100
  1. Chris Ferguson
  2. Brandon Overton
  3. Darrell Lanigan
  4. Steve Casebolt
  5. Rick Eckert
  6. Dennis Franklin
  7. Josh Richards
  8. Eric Wells
  9. Shane Clanton
  10. Johnny Pursley
  11. Boom Briggs
  12. Chub Frank
  13. Chase Junghans
  14. Frank Heckenast Jr.
  15. Jordan Yaggy
  16. Morgan Bagley
  17. Dean Bowen
  18. Tim McCreadie
  19. Dustin Mitchell
  20. Justin Labonte
  21. G.R. Smith
  22. Donald Bradsher
  23. Jeff Smith
  24. Brian Ligon
presented by
Jim DenHamer
Chris Ferguson celebrates his weekend sweep at Fayetteville.
What won the race: Polesitter Chris Ferguson of Mount Holly, N.C., led all 50 laps of Saturday's World of Outlaws Late Model Series stop at Fayetteville Motor Speedway, sweeping the series North Carolina doubleheader with his second straight victory. He earned a $10,000 payday.
Quotable: "I never thought that I would lead the whole race and have a dominant car like this," Ferguson told the Fayetteville Observer. "Last night, I’m thinking, 'I'm not even worried about Fayetteville. If we go down there and run good, if we don’t — we’ve already got one in the bag.' This is just icing on the cake."
On the move: Boom Briggs of Bear Lake, Pa. (started 21st, finished 11th) and Chase Junghans of Manhattan, Kan. (started 23rd, finished 13th) both improved 10 positions in the 50-lapper.
Winner's sponsors: Ferguson's family-owned Longhorn Chassis is powered by a Clements Race Engine and carries sponsorship from Live Oak Family Dentistry, Langley Collision Center, Carver and Sons Roofing, On Site Solutions, and Keith's Handyman.
Points chase: Shane Clanton of Zebulon, Ga., ended the weekend leading Darrell Lanigan of Union, Ky., by 60 points (1,690-1,630) and Josh Richards of Shinnston, W.Va., by 92 markers.
Car count: 27
Fast qualifier: Chris Ferguson
Time: 16.586 seconds
Polesitter: Chris Ferguson
Heat race winners: Chris Ferguson, Brandon Overton, Frank Heckenast Jr.
Next series race: May 8, Ponderosa Speedway (Junction City, KY) $10,000
Editor's note: Results and race details are unofficial.
By Joshua Joiner
WoO Late Model Series

FAYETTEVILLE, N.C. (May 2) — It didn't take Chris Ferguson long to prove his first career World of Outlaws Late Model Series victory was no fluke.

One night after scoring a breakthrough WoO triumph at Friendship Motor Speedway, Ferguson, 25, of Mount Holly, N.C., led every lap of Saturday's Tar Heel 100 main event at Fayetteville Motor Speedway to complete a sweep of the national tour's weekend doubleheader in North Carolina.

Much like he did Friday at Friendship in Elkin, N.C., Ferguson dominated the entire program at Fayetteville, setting fast time in qualifying, running unchallenged in his heat race and dominating the majority of the 50-lap A-Main. He cruised through most of the race in his Clements-powered Longhorn Chassis and smoothly handled lapped traffic on his way to a $10,050 victory.

"This is unbelievable. It's the greatest weekend of my whole life," said Ferguson, who became just the second repeat WoO winner of the season. "This car is amazing. I'm not even doing nothing special. The car is so fast, I'm just holding the steering wheel."

Leading WoO rookie Brandon Overton of Evans, Ga., equaled his best career finish on the circuit with a runner-up performance. Darrell Lanigan of Union, Ky., ran second for much of the way but slid back to third after a back-and-forth battle with fourth-place finisher Steve Casebolt of Richmond, Ind. Rick Eckert of York, Pa., rounded out the top five in a race slowed by six cautions.

Starting from the pole, Ferguson easily pulled away from Lanigan and Josh Richards of Shinnston, W.Va., early in the race and built more than a half-straightaway advantage before lapped traffic slowed his pace around lap 10.

Ferguson struggled to overtake the slower cars using the track's preferred low groove, allowing Lanigan and Richards to close the gap. Langian pulled alongside Ferguson exiting turn two on lap 13, but Ferguson charged the top of the track entering turn three on that lap and pulled back ahead.

The move to the outside line also allowed Ferguson to begin passing traffic more easily, and he soon began to ease away from his challengers.

"I was kind of worried because I wasn't sure how good the top was," Ferguson said. "Everybody was running the middle to the bottom. I thought I might have saw (Lanigan) on the left side of me coming off of two one time, so I just started pressing the issue and driving in as hard as I could. I thought I was gonna be over there on the dragstrip a few times going into turn one."

The fourth-starting Overton faded early in the race, dropping as far back as seventh before charging forward after the halfway mark. He moved by both Lanigan and Casebolt to take second following a lap-33 restart. But he never could mount a serious challenge on Ferguson and instead had to hold off a resurgent Lanigan in a side-by-side finish for the runner-up spot.

"That wasn't too bad," said Overton, whose previous second-place WoO finish came in the tour's season opener at Screven Motor Speedway in Sylvania, Ga. "We definitely got the car a little better. We just gotta keep digging and we'll keep getting better."

Dennis Franklin of Gaffney, S.C., finished sixth in the final rundown, while Richards slid back to seventh after running third for much of the race. Eric Wells of Hazard, Ky., was eighth, while points leader Shane Clanton of Zebulon, Ga., salvaged an otherwise forgettable night with a ninth-place finish. Johnny Pursley of Clover, S.C., rounded out the top 10 finishers.

Five caution flags slowed the event. G.R. Smith of Cornelius, N.C., drew a caution on lap 21; a yellow flew for Tim McCreadie of Watertown, N.Y., on lap 33; Dean Bowen of Whiteville, N.C., drew a caution on lap 35; a yellow was needed on the ensuing restart for Morgan Bagley of Tyler, Texas, and Boom Briggs of Bear Lake, Pa.; and Frank Heckanast Jr. of Frankfurt, Ill., drew the final caution on lap 41 with a flat tire.

The World of Outlaws Late Model Series returns to action Fri., May 8, with its first ever visit to Ponderosa Speedway in Junction City, Ky., for a $10,000-to-win program at the 3/8-mile track. The series then moves to Smoky Mountain Speedway in Maryville, Tenn., on Sat., May 9 for another $10,000-to-win event, the Mountain Outlaw 50 Presented by NAPA.

WoO points

(Through May 2)
1. Shane Clanton - 1,690
2. Darrell Lanigan - 1,630
3. Josh Richards - 1,598
4. Chub Frank - 1,562
5. Morgan Bagley - 1,524
6. Tim McCreadie - 1,518
7. Rick Eckert - 1,496
8. Frank Heckenast Jr. - 1,484
9. Eric Wells - 1,474
10. Brandon Overlton - 1,448
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