Ross Bailes was Untouchable in FASTRAK World Championships

Jamaica, VA – After a great field of FASTRAK late models showed up for the exclusive Friday race an outstanding 71 cars qualified for Saturday’s festivities. Ross Bailes set the overall fastest time with a 18.449 second lap around the half mile track after going out last in the first of eight groups.

The top-2 drivers in every heat moved on to the feature race with out much challenge to their positions, but a few did trade first and second place. In the b-mains it wasn’t as easy for the front row though with at least 13 cars slated to start in all four races and only the top-2 advancing.

In the first B-main Joshua Bishop was able to hold on to his first place position but Ron Parker wasn’t so lucky with his second place spot. Dale Hollidge battled from sixth place riding the cushion to grab a transfer spot into the feature and was able to challenge for the win in the closing laps. The second B-main saw the same two positions move on. Brett Hamm ran strong up front while Travis Pennington moved up from sixth place to transfer to the main. For the third 12 lap race Caryl Charlier and Lee Cooper moved on to the feature while this year’s USA 100 winner Benji Hicks failed to gain enough ground to continue his night. In the final B-main last year’s World Champion Dennis “Rambo” Franklin rolled off ninth after struggling to find speed through qualifying and his heat race. Virginia Motor Speedway regular Tyler Bare came up from second place to grab the checkers while Banjo Duke also moved up a spot from third to move to the feature after surviving a late charge from Terry Cregger.

On the start Bailes continued to show the speed he had for qualifying as he put a big gap over the second place driver. Hawkins made an early move to get by Almond for second but just three laps in his motor let go and his night and chance for doubling up was done. On the restart Almond was passed by Ryan Montgomery and Bailes was sailing away up front as he approached the rear of the field twelve laps in.

On the seventeenth lap the caution flew for Logan Roberson slow down the back stretch and not being able to safely get to the pits. Bailes once again got a great restart but multiple cars behind him come together and the red flag is deployed for cleanup. Corey Almond and 2017 track champ Justin Williams get the worst of it and both were taken into ambulances to be checked on and one left the track [Editor’s Note: I think it was Almond but could not confirm]. On the next restart the red flag immediately comes out again as six cars come together and block the front straight.

Once the racing resumed Bailes got back into his groove and Montgomery was trying his best to catch the leader but fell back about a straightaway from Ross. While all this s going on Tyler Bare, who started 20th, was charging his way through the field working his way up to fifth place with just a handful of laps remaining. Chris Ferguson did mount a late charge on the leader with a late race caution but Ross Bailes was just too strong and led flag to flag to become the 2017 Fastrak World Champion and take home that sweet $20,000 check.

 

RACE RESULTS FASTRAK WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP PRESENTED BY JAMES RIVER EQUIPMENT – SATURDAY SEPTEMBER 16, 2017:

FASTRAK Pro Late Model World Championship (60 Laps): 1. 40B-Ross Bailes, [1]; 2. 22F-Chris Ferguson, [13]; 3. 12M-Ryan Montgomery, [6]; 4. 87-Walker Arthur, [12]; 5. 30-Tyler Bare, [20]; 6. 88-Trent Ivey, [8]; 7. 83-Jensen Ford, [4]; 8. 99M-Devin Moran, [10]; 9. 28D-Banjo Duke, [24]; 10. 14-Lee Cooper, [23]; 11. 33-Brent Hilton, [7]; 12. 11B-Allen Brannon, [15]; 13. 75-Brett Hamm, [18]; 14. 12C-Daryl Charlier, [19]; 15. 7A-Corey Almond, [2]; 16. 6-Victor Lee, [9]; 17. 89-Justin Williams, [16]; 18. 78-Thomas Robinson, [5]; 19. 01P-Travis Pennington, [22]; 20. J1-Joshua Bishop, [17]; 21. 0-Dale Hollidge, [21]; 22. 39-Henry Hornsby III, [14]; 23. 17-Logan Roberson, [11]; 24. 13-Jake Hawkins, [3]

Heat 1 (8 laps – Top 4 to A Main) – 1. 40B-Ross Bailes, [9]; 2. 6-Victor Lee, [7]; 3. 11-David Smith, [8]; 4. 12B-K.C. Burdette, [2]; 5. J1-Joshua Bishop, [6]; 6. 36-Cody Dawson, [1]; 7. 10-Zachary Kane, [5]; 8. 01-Matt Glanden, [3]; 9. 79-Mark Sant, [4]

Heat 2 (8 laps – Top 2 to A Main) – 1. 7A-Corey Almond, [2]; 2. 99M-Devin Moran, [1]; 3. 23-Corey Gordon, [4]; 4. 0-Dale Hollidge, [5]; 5. 8-Ron Parker, [3]; 6. 5-Mark Whitener, [8]; 7. 184-Kyle Lukon, [6]; 8. 66X-Matt Tarbox, [9]; 9. 03-Stephen Childress, [7]

Heat 3 (8 laps – Top 2 to A Main) – 1. 13-Jacob Hawkins, [2]; 2. 17-Logan Roberson, [1]; 3. 75-Brett Hamm, [4]; 4. 47-Matt Quade, [5]; 5. KB-Kerry King, [6]; 6. 23C-Cory Hedgecock, [3]; 7. 44-Dylan Lewis, [8]; 8. 2*-Jared Powell, [7]; 9. 28-Carl Vaughan, [9]

Heat 4 (8 laps – Top 2 to A Main) – 1. 83-Jensen Ford, [2]; 2. 87-Walker Arthur, [1]; 3. 79B-Michael Brown, [5]; 4. 25-Zach Dohm, [3]; 5. 01P-Travis Pennington, [6]; 6. 24-Matthew Nance, [4]; 7. 88B-Donald Bradsher, [8]; 8. 71-Davis Lipscombe, [9]; 9. 40-Brent Bordeaux, [7]

Heat 5 (8 laps – Top 2 to A Main) – 1. 78-Thomas Robinson, [2]; 2. 22F-Chris Ferguson, [1]; 3. 12C-Daryl Charlier, [3]; 4. 14-Lee Cooper, [4]; 5. 11H-Austin Hubbard, [6]; 6. 42-Cla Knight, [9]; 7. 55-Benji Hicks, [5]; 8. 99T-Teddy Tate, [8]; 9. 002-Tyler Arrington, [7]

Heat 6 (8 laps – Top 2 to A Main) – 1. 12M-Ryan Montgomery, [1]; 2. 39-Henry Hornsby III, [2]; 3. 1P-Andy Picklesimer, [5]; 4. 38-Kenny Moreland, [4]; 5. 93-Derrick Shaw, [9]; 6. 11W-Joe Warren, [6]; 7. 12-Rick Williams, [3]; 8. 32-Tristan Clawson, [7]; 9. 23M-John McClellan, [8]

Heat 7 (8 laps – Top 2 to A Main) – 1. 33-Brent Hilton, [2]; 2. 11B-Allen Brannon, [1]; 3. 21-Billy Beachler, [3]; 4. 28D-Banjo Duke, [4]; 5. 1-Terry Cregger, [6]; 6. 12S-Brian Swank, [8]; 7. 2-Dennis Franklin, [5]; 8. 4-Troy Frazier, [7]; 9. 5J-Darrell Dow, [9]

Heat 8 (8 laps – Top 4 to A Main) – 1. 88-Trent Ivey, [1]; 2. 89-Justin Williams, [2]; 3. 30-Tyler Bare, [4]; 4. RJ1-Mike Pegher Jr, [3]; 5. C4-Shane Hitt, [6]; 6. 14D-Braden Dillinger, [5]; 7. 54-Justin Wooford, [8]; 8. 14C-Chuck Bowie, [7]

B Feature 1 (12 laps – Top 2 to A Main) – 1. J1-Joshua Bishop, [1]; 2. 0-Dale Hollidge, [6]; 3. 5-Mark Whitener, [8]; 4. 12B-K.C. Burdette, [3]; 5. 8-Ron Parker, [2]; 6. 66X-Matt Tarbox, [14]; 7. 01-Matt Glanden, [7]; 8. 36-Cody Dawson, [9]; 9. 11-David Smith, [5]; 10. 10-Zachary Kane, [13]; 11. 03-Stephen Childress, [10]; (DNS) 23-Corey Gordon, ; (DNS) 79-Mark Sant, ; (DNS) 184-Kyle Lukon,

B Feature 2 (12 laps – Top 2 to A Main) – 1. 75-Brett Hamm, [1]; 2. 01P-Travis Pennington, [6]; 3. 79B-Michael Brown, [2]; 4. 47-Matt Quade, [3]; 5. 25-Zach Dohm, [4]; 6. KB-Kerry King, [5]; 7. 2*-Jared Powell, [11]; 8. 71-Davis Lipscombe, [12]; 9. 88B-Donald Bradsher, [10]; 10. 44-Dylan Lewis, [9]; 11. 40-Brent Bordeaux, [14]; 12. 28-Carl Vaughan, [13]; 13. 23C-Cory Hedgecock, [7]; 14. 24-Matthew Nance, [8]

B Feature 3 (12 laps – Top 2 to A Main) – 1. 12C-Daryl Charlier, [1]; 2. 14-Lee Cooper, [3]; 3. 11H-Austin Hubbard, [5]; 4. 1P-Andy Picklesimer, [2]; 5. 42-Cla Knight, [7]; 6. 38-Kenny Moreland, [4]; 7. 11W-Joe Warren, [8]; 8. 93-Derrick Shaw, [6]; 9. 55-Benji Hicks, [9]; (DNS) 12-Rick Williams, ; (DNS) 99T-Teddy Tate, ; (DNS) 32-Tristan Clawson, ; (DNS) 002-Tyler Arrington, ; (DNS) 23M-John McClellan,

B Feature 4 (12 laps – Top 2 to A Main) – 1. 30-Tyler Bare, [2]; 2. 28D-Banjo Duke, [3]; 3. RJ1-Mike Pegher Jr, [4]; 4. C4-Shane Hitt, [6]; 5. 1-Terry Cregger, [5]; 6. 12S-Brian Swank, [7]; 7. 2-Dennis Franklin, [9]; 8. 4-Troy Frazier, [11]; 9. 14C-Chuck Bowie, [12]; 10. 14D-Braden Dillinger, [8]; (DNS) 21-Billy Beachler, ; (DNS) 54-Justin Wooford, ; (DNS) 5J-Darrell Dow,

Fast Qualifier: Ross Bailes – 18.449 second, 97.57 mph
Entrants: 71

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