Ferguson wins in Dirt Nationals | Sports News

BRISTOL, Tenn. – Chris Ferguson discovered the secret to success at Bristol Motor Speedway.

With a dominating performance late Saturday night, the Mt. Holly, North Carolina resident won the Super Late Model portion of the Bristol Dirt Nationals for the second year in a row.

In a sport run by big-money teams with full-time runners, self-funded Ferguson is something of an underdog. He took home a $50,000 prize for his XR Super Series conquest on Saturday.

“It’s awesome,” said Ferguson, who led the last 42 laps. “It’s the biggest win I’ve ever had and I can’t believe I’m in this moment.

“Man, what an amazing race car we had. This thing was flawless.

Ferguson held off eventual NASCAR Cup champion Kyle Larson en route to winning the BMS last year. His latest victory sounded familiar.

“It’s the exact same car we won on the first night of last year at Bristol,” said Ferguson. “We brought it back and supposedly it’s not even my fast car.

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“I wanted to win the big race here last year and I didn’t. But this year, all four races are important and we have already eliminated one.

Scott Bloomquist (Mooresburg, TN) finished two seconds behind Ferguson after finding a quick pace midway through the race.

“I moved around the track a bit until late,” Bloomquist said. “We just stuck to the bottom and I hung with [Ferguson] pretty good for a while, but had a bit harder tire and could punish it a bit more.

Bloomquist and Ferguson actually worked together on car preparation and race strategy over the winter.

Pole sitter Ricky Weiss finished third, with Jonathan Davenport and Ricky Thornton Jr. completing the top five in the 50-lap event.

“It was definitely an interesting race,” Weiss said. “Once I was in front, I was trying to set a decent pace and not burn out too soon.”

Ferguson took advantage of the doubled traffic to get around Weiss and take the lead.

“I followed Ferguson and his car was really good out front,” Weiss said.

Bloomquist, who has overcome various injuries over the past year, has offered his support for lucrative Super Late Model events such as the Dirt Nationals.

“Anyone who doesn’t support this is a bit of a fool because there have never been so many events offering this type of feedback on the hottest tracks, especially early in the season,” Bloomquist said.

Night turned on lap 10 for Tim McCreadie as his car slammed into the outside wall. Just 11 laps later, Jimmy Owens (Newport, TN) hit the wall in the same spot while racing in third place.

For the second night in a row, fans were forced to endure cold and windy weather to watch the track titans generate speeds in the 125mph range.

The heat race winners were Weiss, Owens, Ferguson and Bloomquist.

Action was delayed during the B Main transfer race when the car driven by Johnny Scott (Las Cruces, New Mexico) slammed into the outside wall. Scott was able to enter the ambulance alone.

Johnson City driver Jensen Ford was unable to compete on Saturday after his car was damaged in Friday’s event.

In the 20-lap 602 Late Model finale, Colton Trouille (Valdosta, Georgia) capped off a good week with a win.

“My dad worked hard on this car every day, and it was money today,” Trouille said.

Trouille, 15, who also competed in the 2021 Bristol Dirt Nationals, grew up competing in motocross.

One of Trouille’s stops was Muddy Creek Raceway in Blountville, where he performed well in a regional qualifier for the National Amateur Motocross Championship at Loretta Lynn’s Ranch in Tennessee.

“We hit all the big [motocross] races, but this stage is huge,” said Trouille. “The biggest track I raced before Bristol was Charlotte, but it’s like going from Late Model to NASCAR.

“The track was just a bit difficult here last year, and we were unlucky, but it was great this time.”

Teenager Dallon Murty (Chelsea, Iowa) appeared to take the win in the Stock Car Division after charging from the middle of the pack, but his car failed post-race inspection. Dustin Vis was declared the winner.

Sir Lawrence O Connor (Vancouver) took the Modified victory after violations were found on Shane Demey’s car.

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