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Ultimate Series at Cherokee Speedway - 9/17 Results
09/22/11 at 3:28pm
September 22, 2011

Roberts Returns to Ultimate Victory Lane at Cherokee Speedway

by Tommy Tedder
Gaffney, South Carolina (September 17) - Casey Roberts picked up his first win in the Ultimate Series at the "Hall of Fame 50" at Cherokee Speedway Saturday night. After the rainout on Sept 4th, the Ultimate teams returned for a complete new show. Ross Bailes picked up the pole in the Shell Racing Solutions Time Trials running a quick lap of 15.385 with Casey Roberts lining up 2nd. Brent Dixon was 3rd quick with Chris Ferguson lining up 4th in the $5000 to win main event. The field was locked in via qualifying and went to straight to the main event following several support division main events.

Ross Bailes chose the outside line on the initial start as he led the field to green. Bailes used that outside line to quickly pick up the lead beating Casey Roberts off of turn 2 for the lead. Bailes opened up a lead of almost 2 seconds before a caution slowed the field on lap 18. Bailes restarted out front using the Ultimate choose rule which places the Leader out front and all other drivers choosing the inside or outside lane. Roberts chose the inside line with Brent Dixon moving up to the outside lane.

As the field came back to green, Bailes again opened up a lead but after only a few laps, Roberts started reeling in the Clover SC driver. Bailes and Roberts battled for laps as Roberts took it to the very bottom of the corners trying to race by Bailes. On lap 28 Roberts got by on the inside and took off. Roberts opened up a straightaway lead as the field kept it clean and green for the rest of the night. Roberts was jubilant and obviously happy to be back in Victory Lane. In Victory Lane, Roberts stated "The team worked real hard this week rebuilding this car. We changed things back to the way we had them last year and obviously it paid off for us." Roberts also jokingly added "I should have my butt kicked for not doing this earlier."

Bailes continued his late season charge finishing 2nd, he was followed by Dixon, Ferguson and Ultimate Points Leader Chip Brindle finished 5th. Perhaps the best battle of the night was for 6th. Jonathon Davenport and Johnny Purlsey battled for 30 laps side by side, switching high side to the low side lap after lap. Davenport beat Pursley to the line for the 6th spot. Full results below.

The Ultimate Super Late Model teams will return to Wythe Raceway in Rural Retreat, Virginia this Saturday, September 24th for the $5000 Grand Finale of the Dirt Late Model Super Nationals. For more information and to see a complete schedule visit www.ultimatesupers.com

Hall of Fame 50 Results (pending tire lab results)
1) Casey Roberts #101
2) Ross Bailes #B4
3) Brent Dixon #1D
4) Chris Ferguson #22
5) Chip Brindle #21
6) Jonathan Davenport #49
7) Johnny Pursley #09
8) Ricky Weeks #1W
9) Jeff Cooke #99
10) Donald Bradsher #93
11) Randy Weaver #5W
12) John Henderson, Jr. #2X
13) Monk Gulledge #104
14) Zack Mitchell #57
15) Doug Sanders #42
16) Mitch Warlick #04
17) Travis Leake #4T4
18) Robbie Bailey #72
19) Kelly Thacker #V8
20) Anthony Sanders #87
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