(Carson Ferguson celebrates another Legend car win / LN Photo)
CONCORD, NC : While he has been forced to scale back his racing over the past couple of seasons, Carson Ferguson proves time and again that he is a wheel man. Ferguson made a rare appearance on Friday night at Concord Speedway in a team car to Matt Mead for Mark Nahrstedt Race Cars in the 25-lap Open Legends feature. Ferguson put his familiar shaped 00 on the pole and led the field to the green flag.
Ferguson rocketed out to the lead as the field fired off into turn 1 on the first of 25 laps. Jacob Heafner slotted in second ahead of Jensen Jorgensen, Mead and Nolan Pope.
The only caution flew after debris from the #9 of Donald Buell and a spin by Timothy Sipes occurred at nearly the same time. The restart opened the door for Heafner and others to try and mount a challenge on Ferguson, but nobody seemed to have anything for the 00 ride.
Ferguson and Heafner were able to pull away from the battle for third and made it a two horse race for the win. During the midstages, Mead moved around Jorgensen for third, and in the final laps Pope was able to clear Jorgensen for fourth. Up front, however, Ferguson cruised home to his first win of the 2016 season at Concord Speedway. The win followed up a win at the Summer Shootout at Charlotte Motor Speedway and a second place overall finish at LegendStock in Bethel, NY just two weeks ago for Ferguson.
“It was pretty good [the race]. I got a good start and Jacob [Heafner] ran me clean and I thank him for that. I was trying to save my stuff there and I started to catch lap traffic and saved more than I wanted and Jacob caught me. The last couple laps I went really hard and got the win.”
“I have to thank Mark Nahrstedt for a great car and hopefully we can run a couple more races and make a surprise appearance somewhere. I have to also thank Matt Mead and his mom and dad for letting me run his backup car. I have to thank Dennis Lambert cut tires, “Cheeseburger”, my dad and the good Lord for keeping us safe.”
On being asked what Ferguson’s future plans are this year, he didn’t revel much, “We aren’t sure yet on Waterford, anything can happen. We ran one Shootout race with Steven Ross Motorsports in Eddie Fatscher’s backup car and almost won there. We won in this car the second time out at the Shootout. We had a little bad luck in New York and still got the Pro win. It is all in God’s hands what happens from here, and whatever it is I hope I am in the seat.”
Legends – Open Unofficial Results :
- Carson Ferguson
- Jacob Heafner
- Matt Mead
- Nolan Pope
- Jensen Jorgensen
- Dwayne Holder
- Josh Plummer
- Donald Buell
- Les Miranda
- Jamie Smith
- Timothy Sipes