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Hamm "Doubles Up" With FUEL At Carolina & Fayetteville

Brett Hamm took the FUEL Racing Series weekend by storm by sweeping the $3000 to win features on Friday night at Carolina Speedway and then on Saturday at Fayetteville Motor Speedway. For Hamm, they were his 3rd and 4th wins of the season for the Newberry, SC native who now has 3 consecutive victories in FUEL Racing Series action.

The weekend kicked off on Friday night at Carolina Speedway in Gastonia, NC. While the series was rained out during its first attempt at Carolina (June 27th), Mother Nature was very cooperative this time around. Gib Gibbons would once again capture the pole in Klotz Synthetic Lubricants Time Trials. R.E. Suspension Heat Race #1 would see the pole sitter Gibbons finish as a runner up to Donald Bradsher who would drive to the win. In KRC Power Steering Heat Race #2, three time series winner Ross Bailes earned the victory with Brett Hamm finishing 2nd. After the traditional re-draw for the top 4 Brett Hamm would draw the pole position. After starting out front Hamm would never relinquish the lead as he led flag to flag for the win. While several drivers made a valiant effort to chase down the race leader, they would all be denied in front of a packed house. Donald Bradsher, who surged to 2nd with an impressive performance, scored his season best finish with the series via his runner up effort. Ross Bailes, Gib Gibbons and Steve Banal rounded out the top 5 in a fast paced event that yielded only 1 caution flag.

Saturday, the FUEL Racing Series headed East for its first visit to Fayetteville Motor Speedway. In Klotz Synthetic Lubricants Time Trials it would be Ross Bailes setting the fastest time and capturing the pole award. In R.E. Suspension Heat Race #1, it would be another dominant Bailes performance as he would prevail with a hard charging Mitchell Coble finishing 2nd. In KRC Power Steering Heat Race #2, an amazing show would unfold as Donald Bradsher, Billy Hicks and Brett Hamm would exchange the lead several times. Hicks would hold on for the win with Hamm finishing 2nd and earning a spot in the redraw along with Hicks, Bailes, & Coble. Brett Hamm would draw the pole for the feature. Billy Hicks joined Hamm on the front row while Bailes and Coble filled up row 2 on the feature starting grid. While Hamm surged to the initial lead, multiple caution flags word force the Newberry, SC driver to reestablish his position at the point through the double file restarts. While most of the caution flags resulted in drivers returning to the speedway to compete, both the track and series officials held their breath on one unfortunate incident. Veteran racer Billy Hicks would go for a scary ride in turn 1 as his #79 would abruptly hit the inside wall during an intense double file restart. While the violent incident severely damaged his car, all in attendance breathed a huge sigh of thanks and relief as the long time racer emerged to walk away from the accident. From there, it was all Hamm once again as his #18 rolled to his 3rd consecutive win and 4th FUEL triumph of the season. Donald Bradsher secured a highly successful weekend by scoring his 2nd consecutive runner up finish and was followed to the finish line by Gib Gibbons, Ross Bailes and Mitchell Coble.

Next up for the FUEL Racing Series will be a newly announced trip to Rolling Thunder Speedway in Ararat, VA . The small bullring nestled in the Blue Ridge Mountains will host the next series event on Friday August 15th.

Partners of the FUEL Racing Series include Chevrolet Performance, City Chevrolet Performance Parts, Hoosier Racing Tire, State Water Heaters, Klotz Synthetics, RE Suspension, KRC, Mega Plumbing of the Carolinas, B&B Motorsports, Flag To Flag, Kenny Lamb Racing Engines, Heintz Brothers Performance, Performance Tees, D&E Marine, WP Racing Shocks, Renegade Race Fuels, JRi Shocks, Beyea Headers, Eibach Springs, The Joie of Seating, To The Point, Gale Force Suspensions, Roush Yates Performance Products, AR Bodies, Insane Racing Graphics, Velocita, Superior Trailers, Local Race Chat, and Thomas Clarke Performance.

RESULTS FROM FRIDAY, JULY 25TH AT CAROLINA SPEEDWAY

City Chevrolet Performance Feature Results: Brett Hamm, Donald Bradsher, Ross Bailes, Gib Gibbons, Steve Banal, Ryan Atkins, Mitchell Coble, Billy Hicks, Pat Lindsay, Casey Traxler, Kenny Van Derveer, Furman Parton, Clinton Cook

R.E. Suspension Heat Race #1 Results: Donald Bradsher, Gib Gibbons, Steve Banal, Mitchell Coble, Pat Lindsay, Clinton Cook, Casey Traxler

KRC Power Steering Heat Race #2 Results: Ross Bailes, Brett Hamm, Ryan Atkins, Furman Parton, Billy Hicks, Kenny Van Derveer

Klotz Synthetic Lubricants Time Trials: Gib Gibbons, Ross Bailes, Steve Banal, Brett Hamm, Mitchell Coble, Ryan Atkins, Donald Bradsher, Furman Parton, Pat Lindsay, Billy Hicks, Clinton Cook, Kenny Van Derveer, Casey Traxler.

RESULTS FROM SATURDAY, JULY 26TH AT FAYETTEVILLE MOTOR SPEEDWAY

City Chevrolet Performance Feature Results: Brett Hamm, Donald Bradsher, Gib Gibbons, Ross Bailes, Mitchell Coble, Tim Neighbors, Colby Jenerette, Pat Lindsay, Chris Staples, Casey Trexler, Chuck Smith, Billy Hicks, Steve Banal

R.E. Suspension Heat Race #1: Ross Bailes, Mitchell Coble, Gib Gibbons, Steve Banal, Colby Jenerette, Chris Staples, Chuck Smith

KRC Power Steering Heat Race #2: Billy Hicks, Brett Hamm, Donald Bradsher, Tim Neighbors, Pat Lindsay, Casey Traxler

Klotz Sythetic Lubricants Time Trials: Ross Bailes, Brett Hamm, Gib Gibbons, Billy Hicks, Mitchell Coble, Donald Bradsher, Steve Banal, Tim Neighbors, Colby Jenerette, Pat Lindsay, Chuck Smith, Casey Trexler, Chris Staples

Carolina & Fayetteville Headline FUEL Weekend

Coming off a successful event at Cherokee, the FUEL Racing Series fires back up this weekend with 2 exciting events. While Ross Bailes continues to sit atop the championship standings, Brett Hamm closed in ever so slightly with his impressive victory at Cherokee. The combination of these upcoming events now offers FUEL drivers and other teams with CT525 engines the chance at a $6000 weekend! Several drivers including Donald Bradsher, Ryan Atkins, Kenny VanDerveer, Billy Hicks, Steve Banal, Furman Parton, and many others are still looking to break through with their first series win.


This Friday, the series heads to Carolina Speedway for Friday Night Live and a $3000 to win event! The 40 lap FUEL feature highlights an action packed night filled with Carolina Speedway's support divisions and a special visit from Lizard Lick Towing & Recovery's Bobby Brantley! The series was rained out in its previous attempt at Carolina and it returns this week ready for an exciting night at Gastonia, NC oval.

On Saturday, FUEL travels to the eastern part of the state for its first visit to Fayetteville Motor Speedway. The Toler Supply Fast & Furious 40 headlines the card along with Fayetteville's support divisions. While many of the drivers have raced at the 4/10 mile venue, some teams will be making their first visit to the Fayetteville, NC facility.

As a reminder, Crate Late Model teams with the GM604 engines are welcomed in the FUEL series as well. Crate Late Model teams racing with FUEL should note that they are allowed to run the tire(s) that coincide with the local track rule for crate late models.

Partners of the FUEL Racing Series include Chevrolet Performance, City Chevrolet Performance Parts, Hoosier Racing Tire, State Water Heaters, Klotz Synthetics, RE Suspension, KRC, Mega Plumbing of the Carolinas, B&B Motorsports, Flag To Flag, Kenny Lamb Racing Engines, Heintz Brothers Performance, Performance Tees, D&E Marine, WP Racing Shocks, Renegade Race Fuels, JRi Shocks, Beyea Headers, Eibach Springs, The Joie of Seating, To The Point, Gale Force Suspensions, Roush Yates Performance Products, AR Bodies, Insane Racing Graphics, Velocita, Superior Trailers, Local Race Chat, and Thomas Clarke Performance.


 

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Hamm "Twice As Nice" In FUEL Series Event At Cherokee

In dominating fashion, Brett Hamm piloted his #18 late model to the $3000 victory at Gaffney, South Carolina's Cherokee Speedway this past Saturday night.  It was the 2nd FUEL Racing Series win of the season for the Newberry, SC racer with his previous win also coming at Cherokee Speedway came in the inaugural FUEL Racing Series event back in April.

"This feels real good", said Hamm in victory lane. "We've been searching around and things hadn't been working the way we wanted but tonight we got the car back where we needed it."

Hamm would have to hold off hard charges from points leader Ross Bailes and eventual race runner up Ricky Weeks.  Thanks to a series of cautions in the 40 lap main event, Hamm was forced to choose on multiple restarts which line he would go with as the race leader.  "The first few starts we had something to lean on in turn 1. Then after awhile, everyone went to the bottom and threw all of the marbles up top so I just got down to the bottom."

While Hamm would start the night off atop the speed charts after hot laps, in Klotz Synthetic Lubricants Time Trials it would be Steve Banal who would top the charts with a lap of 16.248.  Bailes, Hamm, Mitchell Coble and Ryan Atkins would round out the top 5 in time trials.

In R.E. Suspension Heat Race #1, pole sitter Steve Banal led the field to the green but was quickly overtaken by Brett Hamm on the outside as Hamm would go on to win. In KRC Power Steering Heat Race #2, it would be a dominating win for Ross Bailes while Donald Bradsher would overtake Mitchell Coble just past halfway to earn a runner up finish in the heat race.

After the top 4 redraw, Bradsher would draw the #1 starting position out of the hat with Hamm joining him on the front row. Bailes and Banal drew the 3rd and 4th positions respectively.

To start the feature, the high side was the place to be as Hamm would use the top groove on the speedway to put himself out in front of the field on the opening lap of the main event.  Early disaster would strike down in turns 3 & 4 as Furman Parton and Kenny Van Derveer would get collected in a wreck that immediately ended Parton's night and eventually ended Van Derveer's race as well.  As the race wore on, 9th starting Ricky Weeks methodically worked his way towards the front.  Hamm would face several close challenges, initially from Bailes and later from Weeks, but no one could pull alongside and wrestle away the lead. Hamm widened his margin and cruised to the checkered flag followed by the hard charging Weeks, Ross Bailes, Ryan Atkins and Donald Bradsher.

Up next is a doubleheader on Friday, July 25th at Carolina Speedway in Gastonia, NC followed by a Saturday night show on July 26th at Fayetteville Motor Speedway in Fayetteville, NC.

CITY CHEVROLET PERFORMANCE PARTS Main Event Results: Brett Hamm, Ricky Weeks, Ross Bailes, Ryan Atkins, Donald Bradsher, Matthew Turner, Greg Knight, Casey Traxler, Steve Banal, Mitchell Coble, Kenny Van Derveer, Furman Parton, Gib Gibbons (DNS)

R.E. SUSPENSION HEAT RACE #1 Results: Brett Hamm, Steve Banal, Ryan Atkins, Gib Gibbons, Ricky Weeks, Greg Knight, Casey Traxler.

KRC POWER STEERING HEAT RACE #2 Results: Ross Bailes, Donald Bradsher, Mitchell Coble, Matthew Turner, Kenny Van Derveer, Furman Parton.

KLOTZ SYNTHETIC LUBRICANTS Time Trials: Steve Banal 16.248, Ross Bailes 16.275, Brett Hamm 16.315, Mitchell Coble 16.402, Ryan Atkins 16.499, Donald Bradsher 16.510, Gib Gibbons 16.518, Matthew Turner 16.527, Ricky Weeks 16.687, Furman Parton 16.708, Greg Knight 16.871, Kenny Van Derveer 16.992, Casey Traxler 17.743.

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Partners of the FUEL Racing Series include Chevrolet Performance, City Chevrolet Performance Parts, Hoosier Racing Tire, State Water Heaters, Klotz Synthetics, RE Suspension, KRC, Mega Plumbing of the Carolinas, B&B Motorsports, Flag To Flag, Kenny Lamb Racing Engines, Heintz Brothers Performance, Performance Tees, D&E Marine, WP Racing Shocks, Renegade Race Fuels, JRi Shocks, Beyea Headers, Eibach Springs, The Joie of Seating, To The Point, Gale Force Suspensions, Roush Yates Performance Products, AR Bodies, Insane Racing Graphics, Velocita, Superior Trailers, Local Race Chat, and Thomas Clarke Performance.