Back-To-Back Podiums Make Chris Ferguson Anxious To Tackle Dublin

Back-To-Back Podiums Make Chris Ferguson Anxious To Tackle Dublin

Fresh of a win at Wythe Raceway and a second-place at Virginia Motor Speedway, Chris Ferguson is revved up for Dublin.

Sep 28, 2017 by Dan Beaver
Back-To-Back Podiums Make Chris Ferguson Anxious To Tackle Dublin

Chris Ferguson will be competing with the Ultimate Southeast Late Model drivers for the series' upcoming stop at Dublin (NC) Motor Speedway, which is streaming live on FloRacing next weekend. 

Ferguson competes throughout the Southeast with the Ultimate SE and nationally with both the World of Outlaws and Lucas Oil Dirt Late Model Series.

Ferguson is fresh off a win this past Saturday at Wythe Raceway in Rural Retreat, VA, where he led lap-to-lap for his sixth victory of season.

“It was about perfect to be honest with you," Ferguson said. "We were the fastest in practice and the fastest in qualifying. We got a good start, and when we got the lead on the start we got out front. I could tell about two laps into a green flag run that we could keep the lead. The car was really flawless."

This was his second consecutive podium finish in a row.

He finished second to Ross Bailes in the Fastrak World Championship at Virginia Motor Speedway, which was also shown live on FloRacing. That entire weekend is available for replay in the Fastrak Challenge/Championship archives.

Ferguson started further back then he would have liked after being the fastest in practice and second in qualifying.

“I was kind of patient at the beginning of the race -- patient with cars because there were a lot of guys that were fading, a lot of guys that on the restart were in the groove I was in," he said. "I didn’t want to take myself out of contention early in the race. I was real patient the first part of the race and then midway through the race I started to get a little bit more aggressive and pass a lot of good cars."

Ferguson's results at VMS and Wythe were a great bounce back from a disappointing showing in the final night of the World 100 at Eldora Speedway in New Weston, Ohio, on Sept. 9. Ferguson struggled with his setup after having a strong showing in both preliminary nights of the three-day showcase. While he didn’t qualify for the main show in that event, the team learned from the first two nights and was able to hold its own against series regulars on Friday.

“We were really happy with Friday’s feature because we didn’t pass a lot of cars but we raced a lot of good cars," Ferguson said. "I raced door to door with Brandon Sheppard and Tim Robinson and Jonathan Davenport. We were happy with the car Friday night and then rolled out in practice on Saturday, and we were fourth in practice overall and I thought we were really behind it and then the track just changed on us. We were terrible in our heat race. It was pretty frustrating to make both prelims and be in the top half of the cars and then struggle.” 

Looking forward to next weekend at Dublin, Ferguson will be back with the Ultimate racers at a track that has treated him very well. 

Before suffering a lost tire in his visit to the track early this year, he won four of his last five visits.

"We just really like that place," he said. "I feel like I have a pretty good knack for it. We’ve always been able to qualify good there. I won there last year by taking the lead with five to go and there have been a couple of times where I’ve led every lap. It’s one of my favorite tracks in the Carolinas. It’s a fun, challenging track because it has a dogleg backstretch, you carry a lot of speed going into turn three.”

Ferguson ran with the Ultimate series full-time in its first season and was crowned the series inaugural champion. This season he’s racing throughout multiple series in the hopes of putting himself in the best position to better his racing program and bring home the big checks.

“It’s definitely fun to be able to pick and choose your races," Ferguson said. "The good thing about the Ultimate series is that you still get to race against some of the best in the area. A lot of time you run a little easier or less challenging race it doesn’t help your racing program. But when you run with a series it’s nice to be able to run against the regulars because a lot of the regulars are really good drivers."

Watch Ferguson LIVE on FloRacing as we jet off to Dublin, NC, on Oct. 7.

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