InsideDirtRacing.com will be providing live updates from the $10,000-to-win Drydene Xtreme DIRTcar Series/Carolina Clash co-sanctioned Blue-Gray 100 event at Cherokee Speedway in Gaffney, SC on Sunday, November 21, 2021. The updates will be provided by Richard Allen(@RichardAllenIDR on Twitter and @RichardAllenIDR on Instagram).
These updates are brought to you by Smoky Mountain Speedway in Maryville, Tenn. The 2021 season has concluded at SMS. Check in for the full 2022 schedule at a later date but make plans now to attend the $50,000-to-win Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series event on the weekend of June 17-18, 2022.
Weather Forecast: Daytime highs in the 50s with nighttime lows dropping into the 30s with little to no chance for rain.
Drivers Meeting: 12:30pm
Feature Payout: $10,000-to-win. 100 laps
Track Description: 4/10 mile clay oval with banked turns.
Other Classes: Limited Late Models, 602 Late Models, Thunder Bomber and Street Stock.
Pre-race Notes: This is the first race of the 2021-22 season for the Drydene Xtreme DIRTcar Series.
This is the final race of 2021 for the Carolina Clash Series.
Michael Brown holds a narrow lead over Jeff Smith in the Carolina Clash standings.
12:45- Drivers meeting has concluded.
1:05- Hot laps for all classes about to begin.
1:40- Xtreme/Carolina Clash qualifying up soon.
Xtreme DIRTcar Series/Carolina Clash
Car Count: 29 cars
Drivers Here: 01- Chris Ferguson, 2- Dennis Franklin, 03- David Yandle, 4-Mark Huey, 6- Dillon Brown, 7MM- Michael Maresca, K7- Gary Dillon, 07- Brian Ledbetter, 8- Kyle Strickler, 9- Devin Moran, 16- Ben Watkins, 17v- Tim Vance, 18- Brett Hamm, 18D- Daulton Wilson, 18E- Ethan Wilson, 20H- Bryson Harper, 24D- Michael Brown, 32- Dustin Mitchell, 33- Chuck Smith, 44- Chris Madden, 55- Benji Hicks, 69- Carder Miller, 70- Jeff Smith, 76- Brandon Overton, 79- Ross Bailes, 91- Derrick Ramey, 93- Carson Ferguson, 93- Cory Lawler, 421- Anthony Sanders
Qualifying Results: 1. Overton(14.839), 2. Bailes, 3. Moran, 4. D Wilson, 5. Chris Ferguson, 6. Madden, 7. Ramey, 8. Hamm, 9. M Brown, 10. Harper
Heat Race Results: There will be three heat races with the top-5 transferring to the feature. The top-2 from each heat will go to the redraw.
Heat 1 Lineup- 1. Overton, 2. D Wilson, 3. Ramey, 4. Harper, 5. Maresca, 6. Strickler, 7. D Brown, 8. Lawler, 9. Vance, 10. C Smith
Heat 1 Finish- 1. Overton, 2. Maresca, 3. Ramey, 4. D Brown, 5. Strickler
Heat 2 Lineup- 1. Bailes, 2. Chris Ferguson, 3. Hamm, 4. D Mitchell, 5. Watkins, 6. E Wilson, 7. Franklin, 8. Dillon, 9. Yandle, 10. Carson Ferguson
Heat 2 Finish- 1. Bailes, 2. Chris Ferguson, 3. Carson Ferguson, 4. E Wilson, 5. Dillon
Heat 3 Lineup- 1. Moran, 2. Madden, 3. M Brown, 4. J Smith, 5. Hicks, 6. Sanders, 7. C Miller, 8. Huey, 9. Ledbetter
Heat 3 Finish- 1. Madden, 2. Moran, 3. M Brown, 4. J Smith, 5. Hicks
Last Chance Showdown Results: There will be one Last Chance Showdown with the top-5 transferring to the feature.
1. Franklin, 2. Lawler, 3. Sanders, 4. Watkins, 5. Vance
Redraw Results: 1. Bailes, 2. Chris Ferguson, 3. Maresca, 4. Moran, 5. Overton, 6. Madden
Feature Lineup- 1. Bailes, 2. Chris Ferguson, 3. Maresca, 4. Moran, 5. Overton, 6. Madden, 7. Ramey, 8. Carson Ferguson, 9. M Brown, 10. D Brown, 11. E Wilson, 12. J Smith, 13. Strickler, 14. Dillon, 15. Hicks, 16. Franklin, 17. Lawler, 18. Sanders, 19. Watkins, 20. Vance, 21. Miller, 22. Hamm
4:30- Doing a little track prep. Feature should be rolling out soon.
4:55- Feature rolling out. 100 laps for $10,000.
5:02- Four wide!
5:05- Green flag!
Lap 7 caution for smoke from the Watkins car. Bailes leads Chris Ferguson, Moran, Maresca, Overton, Madden, Carson Ferguson, Ramey
Lap 21 caution for Lawler. Bailes leads Ferguson, Moran, Madden, Overton, Carson Ferguson, M Brown, Maresca
Lap 28 caution for flat tire on Lawler. Last restart got a little rough from 5th back. Bailes leads Moran, Chris Ferguson, Madden, Carson Ferguson, M Brown, Overton, D Brown.
Tire wear will become an issue as the race goes on.
Red flag just after the restart as a pileup on the backstretch occurred. Maresca rolled over. Hamm, Miller, Sanders and Vance all involved. Franklin and Dillon were also involved. All drivers reported to be ok.
5:37- Engines have re-fired. Drivers during the red flag told DirtVision that they believe tires will start to give way in another 30-40 laps.
Lap 42 caution for D Brown. Bailes leads Chris Ferguson, Moran, Carson Ferguson, Madden, M Brown
Halfway- Bailes leads Chris Ferguson, Moran, Madden, Carson Ferguson, M Brown, Strickler, Overton
Lap 54 caution for Sanders. Bailes leads Chris Ferguson, Madden, Moran, Carson Ferguson
Lap 65 caution for Lawler flat tire. Bailes leads Madden, Chris Ferguson, Carson Ferguson, Moran, Strickler.
Overton just pitted for two new rear tires. He did that in this race last year and won.
Lap 69 caution. Ramey crashes as Overton was charging forward and on his outside. They had contact and Ramey hit the backstretch wall.
Bailes still leads Madden, Carson Ferguson, Chris Ferguson, Moran, Strickler, M Brown, Overton.
Lap 79 caution as leader Bailes and fourth running Chris Ferguson suffer flat tires at the same time. Madden now leads Carson Ferguson, Moran, Strickler and Overton.
Lap 83 caution for flat on Moran. Overton now flying as he is up to second and was pressuring Madden.
Jeff Smith spins on the restart. Overton had slipped up and lost second on the restart.
Madden did not change tires during the race. It’s his seventh Blue-Gray 100 win.
Overton threw everything at him but Madden held on.
Feature Results: 1. Madden, 2. Overton, 3. Moran, 4. Carson Ferguson, 5. M Brown, 6. Watkins, 7. Bailes, 8. Chris Ferguson, 9. J Smith, 10. Miller, 11. Lawler, 12. Strickler, 13. Ramey, 14. Sanders, 15. D Brown, 16. E Wilson, 17. Maresca, 18. Dillon, 19. Hamm, 20. Franklin, 21. Vance, 22. Hicks