Ferguson takes third USLMS Jack Starrette Memorial win

By Roby Helm
Posted 4:00PM on Monday 17th April 2017 ( 1 year ago )

MODOC, S.C. – Chris Ferguson drove to his third straight Jack Starrette Memorial 50 win for the ULTIMATE Super Late Model Series South East Region on Saturday night at South Carolina’s Modoc Raceway.

The win was worth $5,022 to the Mt. Holly, North Carolina driver. 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, Georgia.

Three-time series Casey Roberts of Toccoa, Georgia finished third, and fourth went to Brent Dixon of Elberton, Georgia, rounding out a strong Peach State contingent in the top four. Defending series champ Dennis Franklin finished fifth.

Davenport was the fast qualifier with a lap at 16.940 seconds to earn the pole, 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, Scott Shirey and Brandon Carpenter were done for the night without completing a lap. The complete restart saw Brett Hamm take the lead from his third starting spot, followed by Ferguson, Davenport, Roberts and Dixon.

By lap six, Hamm had opened up a .8 second lead on Ferguson, who closed to within two tenths of a second by lap 13. The reason Hamm began to give up ground was soon discovered.

Hamm suddenly slowed on lap 16 to bring out the caution flag, as his mount suffered driveshaft issues.

Ferguson assumed the point with Davenport giving chase. By the halfway point, Ferguson held a 3.6 second lead over Davenport.

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.

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 in Georgia, as Senoia Raceway the series on Saturday night, April 22. The series then moves to Rome Speedway on Sunday night, April 23.

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ULTIMATE Super Late Model Series
Modoc Raceway – Modoc, SC
Jack Starrette Memorial 50 – April 15, 2017

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

Chris Ferguson, seen here from an earlier event, drove to the win in Saturday night's Jack Starrette Memorial 50 for the ULTIMATE Super Late Model Series at Modoc Raceway.

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