Johnathon Ferguson Takes Number 1 Speed Equipment Sportsman Series Opener

By Tim Baltz:

The 35 lap Number 1 Speed Equipment Sportsman Series opener saw a strong 32 car field take to the speedway with pole sitter Jesse Hudson taking the early race lead over Mike Stacey, Johnathon Ferguson, Nick Heywood and Zack Arquiett. As the field completed lap 1 a scary moment occurred on the front stretch as 5 cars tangled sending Gabriel Cyr flipping several times and landing on top on Gilles Godard. All drivers involved were not injured but their cars were done for the night. When the green flew Johnathon Ferguson was able to get by for the lead with Jesse Hudson, Stacey, Heywood, and Brian Hudson completing the top 5. Ferguson was on a rail on this night in his Splash Well Drilling machine but last week's runner up Nick Heywood was also on the move and searching for the lead. After clearing Mike Stacey for 2nd he still had over a straightaway to make up as Ferguson pulled away at the half way point. Lapped traffic started to come into play in the late stages allowing Nick Heywood to close in and make a run at the leader but without the aid of a caution Heywood had a tough job ahead of him. Johnathon Ferguson worked the traffic perfectly and with clear race track in front of him would march on to his first ever Number 1 Speed Series win and first Sportsman win at Mohawk. Nick Heywood brought his ride home to another runner up finish with Mike Stacey, Ryan Stabler and 4 time Series Champion Dylan Evoy who came from 17th on the grid to complete the top 5.