Bold Move propels Ferguson to Hall of Fame SASE-victory
Dale Wilkerson September 2010
Last year Chris Ferguson could only watch as victory slipped from his grasp in the 2009 Cherokee Speedway Hall of Fame race. This year, after following Casey Roberts for most of the race, Ferguson was able to capture his first win in the Hall of Fame race.
Numerous cautions slowed the Southern All Stars East race, which was held in front of a near capacity crowd. As the cars rolled off the grid, the car of 2010 Hall of Fame Inductee Paul Gose paced the field. The last Gose from Morristown TN won an unprecedented 47 races in a row at Gaffney. When he showed up for #48, he was paid the winner’s purse not to compete. Members of the Gose family drove from seven states to attend the pre-race ceremony and to see the Tennessee Orange #32 A-model Ford driven by his grandson Cody Carpenter, make laps at the track where the late Mr. Gose was so successful.
Other inductee’s included Ricky Weeks who was competing in the Hall of Fame race, Jack Pennington who still holds the track record for the fastest lap on the old half mile layout, car builder Barry Wright who has built cars for the best in the business including Weeks and Pennington, and the late Mike Butler who served as track photographer until his sudden death last December.
Pole sitter Casey Roberts was able to drive away from the pack on most every restart until around the 50 lap mark of the event. Ferguson took several looks under Roberts all while Johnny Pursley closed in looking for a way around both cars.
With five laps to go Roberts had to pedal the throttle in turn four. Pursley looked low while Ferguson charged to the outside. Fergy grabbed the top spot as Roberts and Pursley made contact in turn one resulting in the next to last caution of the night. Pursley had to park with an overheating issue while Roberts’ crew changed a flat tire and sent him back out on track.
Another caution would set up a two lap dash for cash. Roberts charged to fourth place while up front Ferguson drove to a four car length win over Dennis ‘Rambo’ Franklin.
Ferguson dedicated the win to the late Jack Starrette, his team owner who passed away last month.
Chris Ferguson in the Mike Butler Victory Lane at Cherokee, dedicated the win to the late Jack Starrette, his team owner who passed away last month.