Stick Elliot Memorial winner, Chris
Ultimate Racing Series:
Ferguson's on the Stick at Cherokee
GAFFNEY, S.C. - Oct. 1. On
Saturday night, the annual "Stick Elliott Memorial" at Cherokee Speedway celebrated the memory of a great
racer, and displayed the skills of another potentially great one. Chris Ferguson, of Mt. Holly, N.C., dominated the
race from the drop of the green, leading flag to flag to win the 40-lap Ultimate Late Model Series feature, and
picked up $4,000 for his win.
Ferguson started on the front row alongside series point leader
and pole-winner Chip Brindle. An aggressive move on the first lap by Ferguson earned him the lead, and ultimately,
the victory. With the win, Ferguson also took the points lead.
Chris Feguson toward Victory Lane in Cherokee
Speedway's "Stick Elliot Memorial".(George
"I knew we
kinda got a good jump on Chip, I might have had about a nose ahead of him at the flagstand," Ferguson said.
"Usually if you can pinch the corner, you can cut off about a car length or two coming off. I pulled up at the last
second, just a little, going down the backstretch, and felt my back end pick up just a little bit. Then I knew
(Brindle) was there. Then I immediately jerked back down."
From that point on, it was all Ferguson. Brindle closed in to
within a car length just past the halfway mark, but on lap 26 suffered a mechanical failure. With Brindle parked in
the pits, Ferguson cruised to the win. At the stripe, his lead over second-place finisher Jeff Smith was about a
straightaway. Rounding out the top five was Brent Dixon, Spartanburg's Jeff Cooke, and Jay Sessoms.
Next on the series schedule is the season-ending "Blue Gray
100" at Cherokee on November 20th. Chris Ferguson leads defending champ Casey Roberts by a mere two points,
and Chip Brindle is currently in third place only 4 points. With these three drivers nearly deadlocked for the
points lead, this traditional event now has an increase level of tension to add to the mix along with the $10,000
Oct. 1 - Cherokee Speedway Stick Elliot Memorial
1) Chris Ferguson, 2) Jeff Smith, 3) Brent Dixon, 4) Jeff
Cooke, 5) Jay Sessoms, 6) Casey Roberts, 7) Ricky Weeks, 8) John Henderson, 9) Mike Gault, 10) Travis
Leake, 11) Daniel Baggerly, 12) Doug Sanders, 13) Chip Brindle, 14) Ross Bailes, 15) Thomas Hedgepath,
16) Kelly Thacker, 17) Zach Mitchell, 18) Dennis Williams, 19) Johnny Pursley
Fast Time (19
entries): Chip Brindle (15.211)
George Missita photo