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Welcome to the official website of the FUEL Racing Series. The FUEL (Fast Unified Engine Late Model) Racing Series is a dirt late model organization featuring Chevrolet's CT 525 engine.


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FUEL Racing Series

2016 FUEL
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FUEL History
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Mullis Slides To First FUEL Win In Epic Finish At Friendship

(Elkin, NC) In the most dramatic finish in the history of the FUEL Racing Series, Bryan "Cheeseburger" Mullis captured his 1st career series victory with a last lap slide job off of Turn 4 in a crowd thrilling three way battle with veteran Jeff Smith and championship leader Jonathan Edwards. It was the 2nd trip of the 2016 season to Friendship Speedway and the loyal fans at the Elkin, NC oval would be treated to one of the most intense events and finishes in recent racing memory.

In Klotz Synthetic Lubricants Time Trials, Matt Long captured Fast Time Honors with a lap of 15.929 narrowly edging out Mitchell Coble's time of 15.930. Edwards, Smith, Mullis, and Furman Parton would round out the Top 6 qualifiers.

In the D&E Marine Top 6 Dash it was a battle of the top qualifiers as Long and Coble would go toe-to-toe for the entire 8 laps. Coble would pull alongside Long numerous times but Long would hold on to win and earn the pole position for the City Chevrolet Performance main event. Coble would follow in a close 2nd. Smith would finish 3rd with Edwards, Mullis and Parton rounding out the finishing order for the dash.

In the Hoosier Racing Tire/Heintz Performance Heat Race, Steve Banal would vault to the lead and pace the field for the first 2 laps before disaster struck. Damage to the nose of the Swartz 8B forced Banal to the pits. Timbo Mangum would inherit the lead and dominate the rest of the way to set the starting lineup for the 40 lap feature event.

From the start, Matt Long used his pole position to jump to the early lead. Long would battle with Mitchell Coble back and forth for the top position early on. As the battle for the lead raged on, Jeff Smith and Jonathan Edwards were working their way into contention just behind the lead duo. Just past the halfway point, disaster would strike the early race leaders as Coble would hit the outside wall while working the high line of the speedway and that incident would ultimately end his night. On the Lap 21 restart, Jeff Smith would jump to the top of the track and successfully power around Long to steal the lead away. Smith began to distance himself away from the field before a caution flag gave Long, Edwards, and the rest of the field a shot at the Dallas, NC veteran.

The restart was intense as Long and Edwards exhausted every effort to get by Smith. With just 7 laps to go and Smith maintaining his lead, trouble would find Long as his hopes for a series leading 3rd victory literally went up in smoke due to engine failure. The final restart of the event offered more of Smith at the head of the pack as he would lead the way into the closing laps though Edwards and Mullis would follow right behind. While Smith held strong, his lap times begin to slow ever so slightly. With 3 laps remaining the stage was set for a thrilling conclusion as Mullis (working the inside) and Edwards (rolling his momentum up top) drew within striking distance of the leader. As the white flag fell, all three drivers left nothing in reserve as the 1 lap dash for $3000 was in full force. While Smith (fighting potential engine woes) and Edwards worked the outside line, Mullis remained poised and committed to the bottom groove. A strong surge into Turn 3 gave Mullis the room to clear Smith exiting the final turn. The South Carolina rookie completed the veteran-like move and prevailed for the largest win and payday of his career. Smith and Edwards would follow close behind in 2nd & 3rd respectively. Michael Batten and Robbie Emory would round out the Top 5.

Up next for the FUEL Racing Series is the annual trip to Wythe Raceway in Rural Retreat, VA for a $3,000 to win / $300 to start event. For more information about FUEL Racing Series you can visit the website (fuelracingseries.com), find us on Facebook (FUEL Racing Series), and follow us on Twitter (@FUEL525SERIES).

Partners of the FUEL Racing Series include City Chevrolet Performance Parts, Hoosier Racing Tire, Klotz Synthetics, KRC Components, FK Rod Ends, 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, VP Racing Fuels, To The Point, Keizer Aluminum Wheels, AR Bodies, Ntense Graphcs, Velocita, Superior Trailers, Local Race Chat, and Thomas Clarke Performance.

City Chevrolet Performance Feature Results (*Results are unofficial pending Tire Test)

1. Bryan Mullis
2. Jeff Smith
3. Jonathan Edwards
4. Michael Batten
5. Robbie Emory
6. Mark Dysart
7. Matt Long
8. Chuck Smith
9. Brandon O'Neil
10. Mitchell Coble
11. Timbo Mangum
12. Furman Parton
13. Steve Banal

14. Gary Wood

Klotz Synthetic Lubricants Quick Time: Matt Long 15.929
D&E Marine Dash Winner: Matt Long
Hoosier Racing Tire/Heintz Performance Heat Race Winner: Timbo Mangum

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FUEL Blazes A Path Towards Friendship

With the 2016 championship tightening up after the last event at County Line Raceway, the FUEL Racing Series makes it return to Friendship Speedway this Saturday night for a $3000 to win / $300 to start event. It will be the 10th stop on the 2016 tour for the CT525 / Steel Block Late Model series and the 2nd trip to the Elkin, North Carolina venue this season.

While Clover, South Carolina racer Jonathan Edwards still sits atop the standings, Steve Banal and Matt Long are both riding recent momentum that has propelled both drivers into championship contention. Long is one of only two repeat winners this season and currently rides 3rd in the standings. Banal, after overcoming mechanical challenges earlier in the season, has four consecutive Top 4 finishes including his first win of the season in the most recent event at County Line. Long picked up his 1st career FUEL victory in the earlier visit to Friendship Speedway back in May. Robbie Emory and Bryan Mullis, who currently reside 4th & 5th in the championship standings respectively, are looking for redemption at the 4/10 mile oval. Veterans Donald Bradsher, Jeff Smith, Dan Breuer, Michael Batten, Tim Neighbors and numerous others are very familiar with Friendship and are more than capable of capturing the $3000 payday. With only 2 races remaining on the current schedule after this Saturday night's event, the showdown at Friendship is destined to play a deciding role in this year's championship.

In addition to the $3000 To Win FUEL headliner, Friendship has another stellar night of racing scheduled. The five other divisions on the agenda include SECA Late Models, SECA Crate Modifieds, Limited Sportsman, Renegade, & Xtreme Stock 4. For more information about Friendship Speedway, visit them online (friendshipspeedwaync.com) or on Facebook (Friendship Motor Speedway).

For more information about FUEL Racing Series you can visit the website (fuelracingseries.com), find us on Facebook (FUEL Racing Series), and follow us on Twitter (@FUEL525SERIES).

Partners of the FUEL Racing Series include: City Chevrolet Performance Parts, Hoosier Racing Tire, Klotz Synthetics, KRC Components, FK Rod Ends, 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, VP Racing Fuels, To The Point, Keizer Aluminum Wheels, AR Bodies, Ntense Graphcs, Velocita, Superior Trailers, Local Race Chat, & Thomas Clarke Performance.

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Banal Draws "The Line" In Elm City Showdown

(Elm City, NC) Overcoming early season adversity and thrusting himself back into championship contention, Steve Banal turned away a late race charge from Dustin Mitchell to score his 1st career series victory and the $3,000 payday in FUEL's inaugural visit to County Line Raceway.

21 FUEL Late Models lined the grid for Klotz Synthetic Lubricants Time Trials where Donald Bradsher would blister the track with a lap of 14.939 seconds. Bradsher edged out Matt Long for Fast Time accolades and would follow up his pole run with a win in the D&E Marine Dash over Long and Banal.

In Hoosier Racing Tire Heat Race #1, local product Michael Batten would earn a popular win. In Heintz Performance Heat Race #2, Brent Robinson would make a late race pass for the lead and hold on for the win over championship leader Jonathan Edwards Jr.

In the City Chevrolet Performance Main Event, Bradsher would spring to the early lead building nearly a 1.5 second advantage. Lap traffic became a challenge as side by side racing was in abundance throughout the field in the 19 lap stretch of green flag racing that set the tone for the evening. Bradsher's lead would literally be "cut" short as contact with lap traffic forced Bradsher to the pits with a flat tire. Banal, who had closed in on Bradsher ever so slightly before the caution flew, inherited the lead. Seizing the opportunity, Banal flexed his muscle at the point. Long and Christian Joyner were in a heated battle trying to fend off challenges from Dustin Mitchell. Mitchell eventually surged into the runner-up spot and set his sights on the race leader. With laps winding down, Banal would be tested as Dustin Mitchell stalked the leader in search of his first series win as well. Ultimately, Mitchell could not close the gap enough to give himself a chance for victory and Banal would hold on for the win. Mitchell would follow the 1st time FUEL winner to the stripe with Joyner, Long, and Michael Batten rounding out the Top 5.

Up next for the FUEL Racing Series is a return trip in 2016 to Friendship Speedway in Elkin, NC for a $3,000 to win / $300 to start main event.

For more information about FUEL Racing Series you can visit the website (fuelracingseries.com), find us on Facebook (FUEL Racing Series), and follow us on Twitter (@FUEL525SERIES).

Partners of the FUEL Racing Series include: City Chevrolet Performance Parts, Hoosier Racing Tire, Klotz Synthetics, KRC Components, FK Rod Ends, 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, VP Racing Fuels, To The Point, Keizer Aluminum Wheels, AR Bodies, Ntense Graphcs, Velocita, Superior Trailers, Local Race Chat, and Thomas Clarke Performance.

City Chevrolet Performance Unofficial Feature Results (*Pending Tire Test)

1. Steve Banal
2. Dustin Mitchell
3. Christian Joyner
4. Matt Long
5. Michael Batten
6. Brent Robinson
7. Cy Nelms Jr
8. Hunter Bailey
9. Robbie Emory
10. Daniel Baggerly
11. Bobby Bottoms
12. Austin Holcombe
13. Cy Nelms Sr
14. Donald Bradsher
15. Jonathan Edwards
16. Bryan Mullis
17. Chuck Smith
18. Tim Neighbors
19. Mark Dysart
20. Matthew Bissette
21. Gary Dillon

Klotz Synthetic Lubricants Pole: Donald Bradsher 14.939
D&E Marine Dash Winner: Donald Bradsher
Hoosier Racing Tire Heat Race #1 Winner: Michael Batten
Heintz Performance Heat Race #2 Winner: Brent Robinson