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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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.

For more information about FUEL Racing Series, 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 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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Bailes Stays Hot, Dominates Friendship For 3rd Win Of 2014

For the third time in 2014, Ross Bailes rose to the top and never looked back as the Clover, SC native won his 3rd race of 2014 in the FUEL Racing Series Saturday at Friendship Motor Speedway. Bailes became the first back to back winner this season and scored his 2nd series win at Friendship in as many visits for FUEL to the Elkin, NC track.

"This thing was a rocket ship," said Bailes. "The groove was up top and once I got up there it took off. I went down into turn 1 on a restart on the outside, drove it in deep, and it stuck. After that, I stayed on the top."

In Klotz Synthetic Lubricants Time Trials, it would once again be a shining moment for Bailes as he set quick time by posting a 16.133. He was followed closely by Ricky Weeks with his lap of 16.163. R.E. Suspension Heat Race #1 would produce an intense battle as Bailes would hold off a hard charging Billy Hicks to earn the heat race victory. In KRC Power Steering Heat Race #2, for the 2nd straight race, Ricky Weeks would take home the win followed closely by Brett Hamm. After a redraw of the top 2 finishers from each heat race, Ricky Weeks would draw the pole for the 40 lap feature, followed by Hamm, Hicks and Bailes.

Off the start, Weeks would jump out front and control the race early on followed by Brett Hamm. While Weeks established himself at the point, Bailes would battle intensely with Hicks for the 3rd position. After several laps of tough nose fighting, Hicks would finally relent and Bailes would get by for 3rd. Bailes would eventually slide by Hamm to position himself behind the race leader. Following the first caution of the night, Bailes would go to the high side for a restart and was able to put his #75 out in front of Weeks for the lead. As Bailes began building himself a lead, several contenders were having troubles of their own. Over a series of cautions, Kennie Compton Jr., Ryan Atkins, and Ricky Weeks would all fall out in separate incidents. That would open the door for series newcomer Steve Banal. Banal moved around Hicks and into 2nd place. Banal tried hard, but Bailes was not to be denied as he streaked away from the field for the victory. Banal would hold on for a runner up finish in his first FUEL event of the season and Hicks claimed 3rd as Donald Bradsher and Brett Hamm rounded out the top 5.

Up next for the FUEL Racing Series will be a July 12th race at Cherokee Speedway. After being rained out on July 3rd, the series returns to the Gaffney, SC venue for event #6 of the season.

CITY CHEVROLET PERFORMANCE PARTS Main Event Results: Ross Bailes, Steve Banal, Billy Hicks, Donald Bradsher, Brett Hamm, Mitchell Coble, Pat Lindsay, Greg Knight, Gary Wood, Ricky Weeks, Kenny Van Derveer, Ryan Atkins, Lance Reynolds, Kennie Compton Jr.

R.E. SUSPENSION Heat Race #1 Results: Ross Bailes, Billy Hicks, Ryan Atkins, Kennie Compton Jr., Kenny Van Derveer, Donald Bradsher, Lance Andrew Reynolds

KRC POWER STEERING Heat Race #2 Results: Ricky Weeks, Brett Hamm, Steve Banal, Mitchell Coble, Greg Knight, Pat Lindsay, Gary Wood

KLOTZ SYNTHETIC LUBRICANTS Time Trials: Ross Bailes 16.133, Ricky Weeks 16.163, Kennie Compton Jr. 16.180, Steve Banal 16.219, Billy Hicks 16.265, Brett Hamm 16.265, Ryan Atkins 16.418, Mitchell Coble 16.492, Donald Bradsher 16.558, Greg Knight 16.621, Lance Reynolds 16.662, Pat Lindsay 16.878, Kenny Van Derveer 17.025, Gary Wood 17.190

For more information about FUEL Racing Series, 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 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.