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Blair Grabs 2022 Rock Gault Memorial at Cherokee
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6/16/2022 -
Gaffney, SC (June 16, 2022) – Strong gusty winds swept the speedway with severe thunderstorms in the surrounding area Thursday afternoon. Storms cause
Ross Bailes cruises to Ultimate checkers at Cherok...

Ross Bailes cruises to Ultimate checkers at Cherok...

5/29/2022 -
Ross Bailes made his lone start of the Memorial Day weekend on Sunday afternoon at Cherokee Speedway (Gaffney, S.C.) for the Ultimate Southeast Series
Blair Grabs 2022 Rock Gault Memorial at Cherokee

Blair Grabs 2022 Rock Gault Memorial at Cherokee

3/27/2022 -
By Mike Warren, WOO Sprint Series PR (Gaffney, SC) -- While a World of Outlaws CASE Construction Equipment Feature win slipped through Max Blair’s fin

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Cherokee Cancelled After Strong Storms Sweep the Area

Cherokee Cancelled After Strong Storms Sweep the Area

6/16/2022
Gaffney, SC (June 16, 2022) – Strong gusty winds swept the speedway with severe thunderstorms in the surrounding area Thursday afternoon. Storms caused widespread power outages, that include Cherokee Speedway. The staff at Cherokee Speedway along with the Lucas Oil Late...more
Ross Bailes cruises to Ultimate checkers at Cherokee

Ross Bailes cruises to Ultimate checkers at Cherokee

5/29/2022
Ross Bailes made his lone start of the Memorial Day weekend on Sunday afternoon at Cherokee Speedway (Gaffney, S.C.) for the Ultimate Southeast Series-sanctioned Mike Butler Memorial. (Zack Kloosterman photos) With his second-fastest qualifying effort placing him on the...more
Blair Grabs 2022 Rock Gault Memorial at Cherokee

Blair Grabs 2022 Rock Gault Memorial at Cherokee

3/27/2022
By Mike Warren, WOO Sprint Series PR (Gaffney, SC) -- While a World of Outlaws CASE Construction Equipment Feature win slipped through Max Blair’s fingers Friday night, he wouldn’t let his inexperience cost him another victory at Cherokee Speedway. PHOTO CREDIT: Jacy...more
Fifth-place finish with World of Outlaws at Cherokee Speedway

Fifth-place finish with World of Outlaws at Cherokee Speedway

3/26/2022
Cla Knight was one of 40 World of Outlaws Case Late Model Series entries on hand at Cherokee Speedway (Gaffney, S.C.) on Friday afternoon for the event co-sanctioned with the Drydene Xtreme DIRTcar Series. Following a fifth-place finish in his heat, Knight secured his spot...more


Blair Grabs 2022 Rock Gault Memorial at Cherokee
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Blair Grabs 2022 Rock Gault Memorial at Cherokee

By Mike Warren, WOO Sprint Series PR (Gaffney, SC) -- While a World of Outlaws CASE Construction Equipment Feature win slipped through Max Blair’s fingers Friday night, he wouldn’t let his inexperience cost him another victory at Cherokee Speedway.

PHOTO CREDIT: Jacy Norgaard

The Centerville, PA driver took what he learned Friday and used it to his advantage, leading the final 43 laps to win the second annual Rock Gault Memorial Saturday at Cherokee.

A few late-race restarts tested Blair again, as Ross Bailes challenged the Rookie of the Year contender for the win. Blair aced the final two restarts, keeping Bailes at bay for the $20,000 prize.

He had mixed emotions about the multiple yellow flags at the end.

“The first [caution] I was actually really happy about because it got you out of lap traffic and into clean air,” Blair said. “I’m very inexperienced in this type of racing, so being in clean air without those lap cars were a big deal.

“The next couple that came out at the end I didn’t want to see. I just can’t believe we just won this race.”

While Blair led most of the race, a break fell his way on Lap 18 while running second to reigning Series champion Brandon Sheppard. The New Berlin, IL driver, pulled away from the field but spun after contact while trying to pass Brent Larson in Turn 4.

Blair seized his opportunity from that point forward but stated he didn’t have anything for Sheppard.

“I think [Sheppard] probably had us covered there,” Blair said. “We had some good fortune on our side there. I hate it for them guys.”

Sheppard rebounded to finish 12th. The “Rocket Shepp” looked destined for his 78th career win before the contact dashed his hopes for victory.

“The stars were aligned before we got to lap traffic,” Sheppard said. “The lap car in front of me got tight and started to push on the bottom, and I was kind of in the middle rolling around lap cars. When he started to push, I seen it, and I started to check up a little bit, and then he hit the little hole in Turns 3 and 4. I guess he jammed on his brakes, parked right in front of me, and I had nowhere to go.”

Ross Bailes settled for second, missing out on the $20,000 payday in front of his home fans. However, while the Clover, SC driver, didn’t find Victory Lane, he did enough to win the Drydene Xtreme DIRTcar Series championship—scoring $15,000.

“We came here wanting to win the race, but obviously, the points deal was in the back of our minds,” Bailes said. I felt like [Blair’s] car either went away, or mine came to at the end. I wish it would’ve stayed green, and I could’ve pressured him a little more and see what would happen.”

From Fayetteville, NC, Daulton Wilson finished third, his third consecutive World of Outlaws top-five at Cherokee. He continues to knock on the door for his first win on a national tour and is confident it’ll happen soon.

“We’re up and coming, but we’ll keep our head down and keep working,” Wilson said. “If we keep running top three with this crowd, the wins will come.”

Hudson O’Neal finished fourth, and North Augusta, SC driver Cla Knight rounded out the top five.

Dennis Erb Jr., who finished sixth, leaves Cherokee Speedway with the Series points lead—30 points ahead of Brandon Sheppard.

Max Blair took the lessons he learned from his heartbreak Friday at Cherokee Speedway and turned it into glory to end the weekend. The more experience he gets, the more of a factor he could be in determining this year’s World of Outlaws CASE Late Models Series Champion.

UP NEXT: The Most Powerful Late Models on the Planet travel to the Land of Lincoln for the Illini 100 at Farmer City Raceway April 1-2. For Tickets: CLICK HERE.

If you can’t make it to the track, you can watch all the action live on DIRTVision – either online or through the DIRTVision App.

RESULTS

Case Construction Feature (60 Laps): 1. 111V-Max Blair[3]; 2. 79-Ross Bailes[4]; 3. 18D-Daulton Wilson[1]; 4. 71-Hudson O'Neal[8]; 5. 42-Cla Knight[5]; 6. 28-Dennis Erb Jr[6]; 7. 57-Zack Mitchell[7]; 8. 19R-Ryan Gustin[14]; 9. 11H-Spencer Hughes[12]; 10. 69*-Carder Miller[10]; 11. 42S-Carson Ferguson[24]; 12. 1-Brandon Sheppard[2]; 13. 45-Kyle Hammer[9]; 14. 24D-Michael Brown[19]; 15. 421-Anthony Sanders[17]; 16. 16-Tyler Bruening[23]; 17. 16W-Ben Watkins[20]; 18. B1-Brent Larson[21]; 19. 81E-Tanner English[15]; 20. 11D-David Duke[18]; 21. 99B-Boom Briggs[27]; 22. 1R-Josh Richards[25]; 23. 11-Gordy Gundaker[13]; 24. 118-Matt Henderson[11]; 25. 121-Pearson Williams[22]; 26. 16E-Ethan Wilson[26]; 27. 1D-Brent Dixon[16]

Last Chance Showdown 1 (10 Laps): 1. 421-Anthony Sanders[1]; 2. 24D-Michael Brown[2]; 3. B1-Brent Larson[4]; 4. 2X-John Henderson[5]; 5. 93L-Cory Lawler[3]; 6. 97C-Cody Overton[6]; 7. 99B-Boom Briggs[7]; 8. 54-David Breazeale[8]; 9. 07-Brian Ledbetter[9]; 10. (DNS) 20H-Bryson Harper; 11. (DNS) 88-Trent Ivey; 12. (DNS) 10-Earl Shirey Jr

Last Chance Showdown 2 (10 Laps): 1. 11D-David Duke[1]; 2. 16W-Ben Watkins[3]; 3. 121-Pearson Williams[2]; 4. 2F-Dennis Franklin[5]; 5. 42S-Carson Ferguson[4]; 6. 16-Tyler Bruening[9]; 7. 5-Corey Gordon[6]; 8. 16E-Ethan Wilson[10]; 9. 11K-Austin Kirkpatrick[8]; 10. 41-Jay Sessions[12]; 11. 1R-Josh Richards[7]; 12. 03-David Yandle[11]

Heat 1 (10 Laps): 1. 18D-Daulton Wilson[2]; 2. 42-Cla Knight[3]; 3. 45-Kyle Hammer[4]; 4. 11-Gordy Gundaker[5]; 5. 421-Anthony Sanders[7]; 6. 93L-Cory Lawler[6]; 7. 2X-John Henderson[9]; 8. 99B-Boom Briggs[8]; 9. 07-Brian Ledbetter[10]; 10. 88-Trent Ivey[1]

Heat 2 (10 Laps): 1. 111V-Max Blair[1]; 2. 57-Zack Mitchell[2]; 3. 69*-Carder Miller[4]; 4. 19R-Ryan Gustin[3]; 5. 24D-Michael Brown[5]; 6. B1-Brent Larson[6]; 7. 97C-Cody Overton[8]; 8. 54-David Breazeale[7]; 9. 20H-Bryson Harper[10]; 10. 10-Earl Shirey Jr[9]

Heat 3 (10 Laps): 1. 1-Brandon Sheppard[1]; 2. 71-Hudson O'Neal[5]; 3. 118-Matt Henderson[2]; 4. 81E-Tanner English[7]; 5. 11D-David Duke[4]; 6. 16W-Ben Watkins[6]; 7. 2F-Dennis Franklin[9]; 8. 1R-Josh Richards[3]; 9. 16-Tyler Bruening[8]; 10. 03-David Yandle[10]

Heat 4 (10 Laps): 1. 79-Ross Bailes[1]; 2. 28-Dennis Erb Jr[2]; 3. 11H-Spencer Hughes[3]; 4. 1D-Brent Dixon[4]; 5. 121-Pearson Williams[5]; 6. 42S-Carson Ferguson[6]; 7. 5-Corey Gordon[8]; 8. 11K-Austin Kirkpatrick[7]; 9. 16E-Ethan Wilson[9]; 10. 41-Jay Sessions[10]

Qualifying Group A (2 Laps): 1. 88-Trent Ivey, 00:15.224[12]; 2. 111V-Max Blair, 00:15.395[17]; 3. 18D-Daulton Wilson, 00:15.422[3]; 4. 57-Zack Mitchell, 00:15.491[1]; 5. 42-Cla Knight, 00:15.494[6]; 6. 19R-Ryan Gustin, 00:15.549[19]; 7. 45-Kyle Hammer, 00:15.555[20]; 8. 69*-Carder Miller, 00:15.576[18]; 9. 11-Gordy Gundaker, 00:15.590[16]; 10. 24D-Michael Brown, 00:15.617[7]; 11. 93L-Cory Lawler, 00:15.629[8]; 12. B1-Brent Larson, 00:15.655[9]; 13. 421-Anthony Sanders, 00:15.736[4]; 14. 54-David Breazeale, 00:15.768[14]; 15. 99B-Boom Briggs, 00:15.801[11]; 16. 97C-Cody Overton, 00:15.839[15]; 17. 2X-John Henderson, 00:15.847[10]; 18. 10-Earl Shirey Jr, 00:16.640[13]; 19. 07-Brian Ledbetter, 00:16.889[5]; 20. (DNS) 20H-Bryson Harper, 00:16.889

Qualifying Group B (2 Laps): 1. 1-Brandon Sheppard, 00:15.276[2]; 2. 79-Ross Bailes, 00:15.403[12]; 3. 118-Matt Henderson, 00:15.497[13]; 4. 28-Dennis Erb Jr, 00:15.575[7]; 5. 1R-Josh Richards, 00:15.597[4]; 6. 11H-Spencer Hughes, 00:15.606[10]; 7. 11D-David Duke, 00:15.626[11]; 8. 1D-Brent Dixon, 00:15.627[18]; 9. 71-Hudson O'Neal, 00:15.629[5]; 10. 121-Pearson Williams, 00:15.636[15]; 11. 16W-Ben Watkins, 00:15.667[16]; 12. 42S-Carson Ferguson, 00:15.692[14]; 13. 81E-Tanner English, 00:15.703[19]; 14. 11K-Austin Kirkpatrick, 00:15.719[8]; 15. 16-Tyler Bruening, 00:15.772[17]; 16. 5-Corey Gordon, 00:15.859[20]; 17. 2F-Dennis Franklin, 00:15.875[3]; 18. 16E-Ethan Wilson, 00:16.081[1]; 19. 03-David Yandle, 00:16.241[6]; 20. 41-Jay Sessions, 00:16.250[9]


602 OPEN WHEEL MODIFIEDS

A Feature 1 (25 Laps): 1. 8-Austin Holcombe[2]; 2. 5-Ethan Wilson[11]; 3. 25-JASON ALTIERS[6]; 4. 25P-Robert Poole[3]; 5. 14-Jeff Robinson[1]; 6. 312-Greg Brown[7]; 7. 42X-Ryan Ayers[12]; 8. 2T-Ty Norder[4]; 9. 121-Chase Cardwell[9]; 10. 18-Ray Suman[17]; 11. 37-charles barnes[14]; 12. 16-Daniel Allen[18]; 13. 31-Stephen Pedulla[5]; 14. 42-kevin pangrazio[8]; 15. 92-Tyler Love[13]; 16. 69-Harley Stanley[10]; 17. 29-brandon bentley[16]; 18. 23K-Kenny Kallam[15]

Qualifying 1: 1. 14-Jeff Robinson, 00:18.209[16]; 2. 8-Austin Holcombe, 00:18.295[13]; 3. 25P-Robert Poole, 00:18.366[1]; 4. 2T-Ty Norder, 00:18.451[5]; 5. 31-Stephen Pedulla, 00:18.470[3]; 6. 25-JASON ALTIERS, 00:18.518[4]; 7. 312-Greg Brown, 00:18.626[8]; 8. 42-kevin pangrazio, 00:18.658[17]; 9. 121-Chase Cardwell, 00:18.663[15]; 10. 69-Harley Stanley, 00:18.919[11]; 11. 5-Ethan Wilson, 00:18.989[2]; 12. 42X-Ryan Ayers, 00:19.053[18]; 13. 92-Tyler Love, 00:19.395[6]; 14. 37-charles barnes, 00:19.570[14]; 15. 23K-Kenny Kallam, 00:19.780[12]; 16. 29-brandon bentley, 00:19.822[10]; 17. 18-Ray Suman, 00:20.020[7]; 18. 16-Daniel Allen, 00:20.270[9]

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STREET STOCKS

A Feature 1 (25 Laps): 1. 83-Calob McLaughlin[1]; 2. B5-Andrew Blackwood[6]; 3. 9-Dalton Peavy[2]; 4. 18-Ricky Greene[7]; 5. 18D-MItchell Duvall[3]; 6. 11-Kade Langley[9]; 7. 208-Bubba Kolb[12]; 8. B12-Blake Bentley[4]; 9. 39-Steve Greene[16]; 10. 1ST-Kelly Fegter[10]; 11. 96-Dalton Pannell[20]; 12. 70-Everette Dunlap[13]; 13. 38-Brandon Chandler[14]; 14. 78-Blake Pryor[5]; 15. 45-Wayne Curtis[11]; 16. 13-David Clark[19]; 17. 1X-Andy Blackwood[15]; 18. 118-Cameron Holloway[8]; 19. 15-Donovan Long[21]; 20. (DNS) 98-Shawn Brooks; 21. (DNS) 1-Chad Sellers

Heat 1 (6 Laps): 1. 83-Calob McLaughlin[1]; 2. B12-Blake Bentley[3]; 3. 18-Ricky Greene[2]; 4. 1ST-Kelly Fegter[5]; 5. 70-Everette Dunlap[6]; 6. 39-Steve Greene[4]; 7. 13-David Clark[7]

Heat 2 (6 Laps): 1. 9-Dalton Peavy[1]; 2. 78-Blake Pryor[4]; 3. 118-Cameron Holloway[3]; 4. 45-Wayne Curtis[6]; 5. 38-Brandon Chandler[7]; 6. 1-Chad Sellers[5]; 7. (DQ) 96-Dalton Pannell[2]

Heat 3 (6 Laps): 1. 18D-MItchell Duvall[1]; 2. B5-Andrew Blackwood[2]; 3. 11-Kade Langley[3]; 4. 208-Bubba Kolb[6]; 5. 1X-Andy Blackwood[4]; 6. 98-Shawn Brooks[7]; 7. 15-Donovan Long[5]

Qualifying 1: 1. 83-Calob McLaughlin, 00:18.535[2]; 2. 9-Dalton Peavy, 00:18.592[9]; 3. 18D-MItchell Duvall, 00:18.604[6]; 4. 18-Ricky Greene, 00:18.710[19]; 5. 96-Dalton Pannell, 00:18.762[12]; 6. B5-Andrew Blackwood, 00:18.767[3]; 7. B12-Blake Bentley, 00:18.802[21]; 8. 118-Cameron Holloway, 00:18.848[15]; 9. 11-Kade Langley, 00:18.896[18]; 10. 39-Steve Greene, 00:18.934[8]; 11. 78-Blake Pryor, 00:18.938[1]; 12. 1X-Andy Blackwood, 00:18.966[14]; 13. 1ST-Kelly Fegter, 00:18.971[5]; 14. 1-Chad Sellers, 00:19.137[13]; 15. 15-Donovan Long, 00:19.149[4]; 16. 70-Everette Dunlap, 00:19.195[20]; 17. 45-Wayne Curtis, 00:19.209[7]; 18. 208-Bubba Kolb, 00:19.375[17]; 19. 13-David Clark, 00:19.387[16]; 20. 38-Brandon Chandler, 00:19.549[10]; 21. 98-Shawn Brooks, 00:19.549[11]


Submitted By: Kirk Elliott

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