Chris Ferguson recently dropped off the World of Outlaws tour; Plans to regroup with a new ride on the way
North Carolina resident Chris Ferguson set the gps for the national dirt late model tour in 2018. He netted a best finish of 4th which came at Cherokee Speedway back in May.
Last week, the team announced plans to drop off the WoO tour and take a few weeks off from racing to regroup. Ferguson was 10th in series standings and 2nd in the Rookie of the Year standings at the time he dropped off the schedule.
“I hate to leave the Outlaws tour, but I’ll just be blunt that we have yet to perform to our potential this season, and it’s time for us to make some changes and regroup,” Ferguson stated in the July 5th release.
“I don’t like to not finish something that I committed to, but right now we are just spinning our wheels. We are entering events, but in my heart, I know we aren’t contenders with where we are at right now. I hope to make another run at the WoO tour next year, when I have everything, where it needs to be.”
“We are leaving no stone unturned during this time of regrouping,” Ferguson noted. “We’ve got some equipment changes coming as well that I think will aid in getting us to where we need to be. I’ll be releasing those details in the next few weeks.”
What equipment changes?
On July 6th, Chris Ferguson showed up to Cherokee Speedway which is a little less than an hour from his race shop near Charlotte, NC. However, Ferguson didn’t bring the #22 machine. Instead, he was there to work as a crew member on the #0 piloted by Scott Bloomquist. That night, the team went to victory lane.
Now, Chris Ferguson will be making the switch to Sweet-Bloomquist Chassis. He has one new chassis on the way. It’s being constructed in Mooresburg, TN. The team hopes to debut the new ride at Fairbury American Legion Speedway at the end of July. The 29th annual Prairie Dirt Classic pays $30,000 to the winner, that race is set for July 27-28th.
How did this move to Sweet-Bloomquist come about?
“I’ve worked with Scott for a while now with ButlerBuilt seats. So we’ve been in contact for work all year about the new seats. And a few months ago we started talking about maybe switching to his car,” Ferguson explained to RacingNews.co .
“With the new rules that came out for SFI 39.2 we have had to build him new ones just like everybody else. I also pour all his custom seat inserts for him.”
Chris Ferguson has worked for ButlerBuilt Seats for the last 4 years. His full-time job presented the opportunity for the conversation.
“But, I think the conversation started after we struggled at VMS earlier this year. Eventually it led to where it is now. I’m friends with his crew chief Cody Mallory, things just come about.”
Chris Ferguson finished 12th at Virginia Motor Speedway in Jamaica, VA. That race was sanctioned by the ULTIMATE Super Late Model Series and paid $20,000 to the winner. Bloomquist ran the event as well and finished in 2nd.
Will we see you on the Lucas Oil tour in 2019?
“I don’t foresee it but maybe with the sponsor support I could get back to WoO or Lucas. That’s the dream.”
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