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Posted 16 April 2017 - 01:03 AM

               MODOC, SC – Chris Ferguson of Mt. Holly, NC drove his appropriate  #22 RPM Tralers Sales Rocket to his third straight Jack Starrette Memorial 50 win for the ULTIMATE Super Late Model Series South East Region on Saturday night at Modoc Raceway.  The win was worth $5,022 to Ferguson, and the number 22 is prevalent because Starrette used #22 on his race cars as a National Dirt Late Model Hall of Fame Car owner.

 

               Ferguson was Starrette’s driver in his #22 machine at the time of his death in a construction accident in 2010.  Ferguson continued his dirt late model career using the number 22, and won the first ULTIMATE SE Championship in 2011.

 

               After taking the lead under caution on lap 16, Ferguson led the remaining 34 laps and took a 3.673 second margin of victory over Jonathan Davenport of Blairsville, GA in the Barry Wright Race Cars “House Car.”  Three-time ULTIMATE SE Champion Casey Roberts of Toccoa, GA finished third, and fourth went to Brent Dixon of Elberton, GA.

 

               The defending and two-time ULTIMATE SE Champion Dennis Franklin of Gaffney, SC took the fifth spot in the M&W Transport Longhorn.  Franklin was another former Starrette driver that was looking for his third Jack Starrette Memorial 50 victory.  G.R. Smith of Statesville, NC was sixth, and Michael Brown of Lancaster, SC drove to a seventh-place finish.

 

               Brian Ligon of Augusta, GA finished eighth one lap down and ninth went to Brian Connor of Martins, GA.  Jason Welshan of Maryville, TN rounded out the top ten in the Hidden Hollow Motorsports Special.  Connor and Welshan completed 34 and 32 laps respectively.

 

               Davenport was the $200 M&W Transport “Haulin’ It” Fast Qualifier Award Winner with a lap around Modoc Raceway in 16.940 seconds.  He earned the pole position for the main event, with Ferguson starting on the outside of the front row.  When the field went green to start the race, it quickly went yellow and then red for a multi-car tangle.

 

               Joe Langley of Lancaster, SC, Scott Shirey of Swansea, SC, and Brandon Carpenter of Grovetown, GA were done for the night without completing a lap.   The complete restart saw Autolite/Fram/DirtOnDirt.com Rookie of the Year candidate Brett Hamm of Newberry, SC take the lead from his third starting spot, followed by Ferguson, Davenport, Roberts and Dixon.

 

               By lap six, Hamm opened up a .8 second lead on Ferguson, who shaved a half a second off of that by lap eight.  Hamm turned up the wick, and took back the half a second by lap ten.  One wick up turn deserves another, as Ferguson closed to within two tenths of a second by lap 13.  The reason Hamm began to give up ground on to Ferguson was soon discovered.

 

               Hamm suddenly slowed on lap 16 to bring out the caution flag.  The car was handling perfectly, and the engine was running strong.  However, the most perfectly handing race car powered by the world’s strongest engine isn’t going anywhere without the part that runs from the transmission to the rear wheels called a driveshaft.

 

               Ferguson assumed the point with Davenport, Roberts, Dixon, Franklin, Anthony Sanders of Spartanburg, SC, Smith, Brown, Connor and Welshan doubled up behind him in second through tenth respectively.  Zack Mitchell of Enory, SC gave up the seven spot under caution and went to the pits.  When the field went back to green flag action, Sanders retired on lap 24, and by the halfway point, Ferguson held a 3.6 second lead over Davenport.

 

               The final caution flag of the race came out on lap 29 to bunch up the field with Ferguson leading Davenport, Roberts, Dixon, Franklin, Smith, Brown, Connor, Welshan, and Ligon in the top ten.  Welshan fell off the pace after the restart, and retired on lap 32 to be credited with the tenth spot.  Connor fell out on lap 34 to claim the ninth spot.

 

               Ferguson held a 2.1 second lead on Davenport with ten laps to go, and put another second and a half on him when the checkered flag fell on lap 50, 37 minutes and eight seconds after the initial green flag started the race. 

 

               The next two races on the 2017 ULTIMATE SE schedule of events will be a pair of $4,000-to-win, $400-to-start events.  Senoia Raceway in Senoia, GA will host the ULTIMATE SE Region on Saturday night, April 22, and then travel to Rome Speedway in Rome, GA on Sunday night, April 23.

 

Check out the official website for the Ultimate Super Late Model Series at www.ultimatesupers.com, and continue to follow our social media networks on Facebook at Ultimate Super Late Model Series and on Twitter @ULTIMATESupers to get up to the minute news and details as they become available.

 

OFFICIAL RESULTS OF ROUND 3 AT MODOC RACEWAY IN MODOC, SC ON 4/15/17:

 

POS       STRT    CAR #   DRIVER                             HOMETOWN                   LAPS     $ WON
1.            2             22           Chris Ferguson                 Mt. Holly, NC                   50           $5,022
2.            1             49           Jonathan Davenport       Blairsville, GA                  50           $2,500
3.            5             101        Casey Roberts                  Toccoa, GA                       50           $1,500
4.            7             1             Brent Dixon                       Elberton, GA                     50           $1,200
5.            8             2             Dennis Franklin                              Gaffney, SC                       50           $1,000
6.            11           22s         G.R. Smith                         Statesville, NC                  50           $850
7.            10           24d        Michael Brown                 Lancaster, SC                   50           $750
8.            13           4             Brian Ligon                       Augusta, GA                      49           $700
9.            15           77           Brian Connor                    Martins, GA                      34           $600
10.          18           29           Jason Welshan                 Maryville, TN                   32           $550
11.          20           14           B.J. Cochcroft                  Leesville, SC                     25           $500
12.          6             421        Anthony Sanders              Spartanburg, SC              24           $450
13.          3             18           Brett Hamm                      Newberry, SC                   16           $425
14.          4             57           Zack Mitchell                   Enory, SC                          16           $400
15.          17           31           Tyler Millwood                Cartersville, GA                             16           $400
16.          16           26           Jimmy Sharpe Jr.            Soperton, GA                    9             $400
17.          19           42           Doug Sanders                    McAdenville, NC              5             $400
18.          9             7             Josh Langley                     Lancaster, SC                   0             $400
19.          12           10           Scott Shirey                       Swansea, SC                      0             $400
20.          14           B4          Brandon Carpenter         Grovetown, GA                0             $400

 

ENTRIES:  20
M&W TRANSPORT “HAULIN’ IT” FAST QUALIFIER:  Davenport, 16.940 Seconds
PROVISIONALS:  None
LEAD CHANGES:  1
LAPS LEADERS:  Hamm, 1-16; Ferguson, 17-50
LAPS LED:  Ferguson, 34; Hamm, 16
HARD CHARGER OF THE RACE:  Cochcroft (started 20th and finished 11th)
CAUTIONS:  3 (1 Red)
MARGIN OF VICTORY:  3.673
TIME OF THE RACE:  37 Minutes and 8.654 Seconds

 

M&W TRANSPORT “HAULIN’ IT” QUALIFYING:

 

POS       CAR #   DRIVER                             TIME   

1.            49           Jonathan Davenport       16.940
2.            22           Chris Ferguson                 16.954
3.            18           Brett Hamm                      17.093
4.            57           Zack Mitchell                   17.104
5.            101        Casey Roberts                  17.196
6.            421        Anthony Sanders              17.216
7.            1             Brent Dixon                       17.266
8.            2             Dennis Franklin                              17.378
9.            7             Josh Langley                     17.486
10.          24d        Michael Brown                 17.512
11.          22s         G.R. Smith                         17.513
12.          10           Scott Shirey                       17.619
13.          4             Brian Ligon                       17.649
14.          B4          Brandon Carpenter         17.678
15.          77           Brian Connor                    17.809
16.          26           Jimmy Sharpe Jr.            17.811
17.          31           Tyler Millwood                17.910
18.          29           Jason Welshan                 18.090
19.          42           Doug Sanders                    18.413
20.          14           B.J. Cochcroft                  20.128  

 

 

 

The ULTIMATE Super Late Model Series would like to recognize their marketing partners for the 2017 season which include: American Racer, Hoosier Race Tires, VP Race Fuels, M&W Transport, PPM Racing Products, Arizona Sport Shirts, DirtonDirt.com, Big A’s Custom Graphics, AR Bodies, Five Star Race Bodies, Schaeffer’s Racing Oil and Lubricants, Autolite/Fram, RockAuto.com, Safecraft, Simpson, Thomas Clarke Performance Web Design and RacingJunk.com.




 





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