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Welcome to the official website of the FUEL Racing Series. The FUEL (Fast Unified Engine Late Model) Racing Series is a dirt late model organization featuring Chevrolet's CT 525 engine.


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FUEL Racing Series

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FUEL Racing Series Prepares For 2017 Season

With its 3rd season of competition complete and the recent crowning of 2016 champion Jonathan Edwards still fresh on our minds, the FUEL Racing Series is eyeing the upcoming trade show season as plans for the 2017 season are already well underway. From the season opener at Cherokee Speedway to the finale at County Line Raceway, 2016 delivered several exciting events at multiple venues across the southeast. A healthy blend of different tracks and talented drivers delivered one of the most intriguing seasons in FUEL history. While the series remains committed to reviewing all aspects of its program, this past season has definitely provided a great foundation for growth.

Numerous events have already been booked for 2017 as series officials continue to work with multiple tracks and series in the southeast to deliver an action packed 2017 schedule. “We’ve had great response thus far”, stated Series Director Jason Atkins. “With 3 seasons under our belt, we feel that FUEL has earned a home on the southeast regional touring level. Though a lot of work still remains to complete our 2017 plan, we are very pleased with the response and support that we have received to this point. We have great track partners that host our events and our marketing partners continue to give us the resources necessary to be successful.” While series officials continue to work on their schedule and review their plans for 2017, FUEL will be represented at the Performance Industry Trade Show (December 8th – December 10th) in Indianapolis, IN.

Numerous teams have already expressed their interest to continue with the series next season. In addition, fans will be treated to some new faces as interest continues to grow. Detailed information about the upcoming season will be released throughout the off season. Until then, we thank everyone for their continued support and encourage each of you to visit us online (fuelracingseries.com), find us on Facebook (FUEL Racing Series), and follow us on Twitter (FUEL525SERIES)

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Consistency Delivers Edwards FUEL Championship & Rookie of the Year Honors

(Charlotte, NC) When the 2016 FUEL Racing Series scheduled was first released Jonathan Edwards Jr. and his team was torn on whether or not to follow a touring series for the 2016 season. After analyzing the schedule with his father, the South Carolina racer set his sights on the FUEL Racing Series and that commitment was ultimately rewarded with the 2016 FUEL Racing Series Championship.

Edwards kicked his 2016 FUEL campaign with 4 consecutive Top 5 finishes highlighted by a runner-up finish at Friendship Speedway. After misfortune derailed him in the June visit to Fayetteville, Edwards roared back to post back to back runner-up finishes at Modoc Raceway and Carolina Speedway. The 2nd place performance at Carolina may have very well been the defining moment in his championship run. After mechanical woes prevented him from making the call in time trials, Edwards rebounded in the heat race and survived a race filled with attrition to increase his championship lead. “We avoided a huge setback at Carolina”, Edwards recalled. “We were having battery/ignition problems and when we couldn’t get the car started for qualifying, I was afraid that our chance at a championship was beginning to slip away.” Edwards kept his pursuers at bay and maintained his position atop the championship standings through the season finale at County Line Raceway. While Edwards may not have achieved his goal of visiting Victory Lane in FUEL competition, capturing the series championship definitely solidified a season that included multiple weekly event victories as well as the track championship at Carolina Speedway. In addition, Edwards was named the FK Rod Ends Rookie of the Year. “We definitely had some opportunities to get a FUEL victory but we just couldn’t seal the deal. That is disappointing but to have our consistency rewarded with a championship is obviously fulfilling. I would personally like to thank the following people and companies that supported our team this season: My family, Edwards Grading Service, Wesley Page with WP Racing Shocks, Dirtwrap, Schaeffer’s Oil, Vascular Technologies, PFC Brakes, our crew, and everyone that pitched in to help at the shop and track throughout the season.”

Rounding out the Top 5 in the 2016 FUEL Racing Series Championship Standings were series rookie Matt Long (2 wins & 6 Top 5 finishes), Deleware racer Robbie Emory (4 Top 5 finishes), series veteran Steve Banal (1 Win & Top 5 finishes), and rookie Bryan Mullis (1 win & 3 Top 5 finishes). On behalf of the FUEL Racing Series and our marketing partners, we extend our congratulations to these drivers and our appreciation to every track and team that made 2016 a successful season.

For more information about FUEL Racing Series you can visit the website (fuelracingseries.com), find us on Facebook (FUEL Racing Series), and follow us on Twitter (@FUEL525SERIES).

Partners of the FUEL Racing Series include City Chevrolet Performance Parts, Hoosier Racing Tire, Klotz Synthetics, KRC Components, FK Rod Ends, Mega Plumbing of the Carolinas, B&B Motorsports, Flag To Flag, Kenny Lamb Racing Engines, Heintz Brothers Performance, Performance Tees, D&E Marine, WP Racing Shocks, Renegade Race Fuels, JRi Shocks, Beyea Headers, To The Point, Keizer Aluminum Wheels, AR Bodies, Ntense Graphics, Velocita, Superior Trailers, Local Race Chat, and Thomas Clarke Performance.

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Mitchell Scores First FUEL Victory, Edwards Secures Series Championship


(Elm City, NC) On a night filled with side-by-side racing and intense late race restarts, Dustin Mitchell denied multiple challengers and kept his new Longhorn Chassis out front en route to $3000 and his first career win with the FUEL Racing Series. While Mitchell withstood a late race challenge from Brent Robinson to secure the victory, Jonathan Edwards was busy wrapping up his first series championship.

In Klotz Synthetic Lubricants Time Trials, Daniel Tucker bested a field of 23 FUEL Late Models to capture fast time honors with a lap of 14.554. Dustin Mitchell and Russell Erwin rounded out the Top 3 qualifiers. In the D&E Marine Top 6 Dash, Mitchell surged to the lead from the outside of the front row and never looked back in capturing the dash victory over Tucker, Erwin, Donald Bradsher, Steve Banal and Austin Holcombe. Jonathan Edwards Jr dominated Hoosier Racing Tire Heat Race #1 while Brent Robinson held off a hard charging Matt Long to earn the win in Heintz Performance Heat Race #2.

In the City Chevrolet Performance main event, Mitchell took command and captured the lead. Daniel Tucker would apply early pressure along with series newcomer Russell Erwin and Donald Bradsher. As the cars raced side by side and sometimes even three-wide, Brent Robinson was mounting a charge from his 8th starting position. Mitchell maintained his lead throughout the race but the action just behind him remained intense throughout the course of the event. Restarts were pivotal throughout the race as everyone inside the Top 10 jockeyed for track position. The final caution emerged with just 4 laps to go, bringing the field back to Dustin Mitchell. On the final restart Mitchell would hold off a final charge from Robinson, Tucker and Russell Erwin to earn the final win of the 2016 FUEL Racing Series season.

Clover, South Carolina driver Jonathan Edwards claimed his first FUEL Racing Series Championship. A detailed look into the champion's season and his thoughts on the 2016 season will be chronicled in a forthcoming press release.

With that, the FUEL Racing Series concludes its 3rd season of competition. Stay tuned to FuelRacingSeries.com for up-to-date news and information. Be sure find us on Facebook (FUEL Racing Series), and follow us on Twitter (@FUEL525SERIES).

Partners of the FUEL Racing Series include City Chevrolet Performance Parts, Hoosier Racing Tire, Klotz Synthetics, KRC Components, FK Rod Ends, Mega Plumbing of the Carolinas, B&B Motorsports, Flag To Flag, Kenny Lamb Racing Engines, Heintz Brothers Performance, Performance Tees, D&E Marine, WP Racing Shocks, Renegade Race Fuels, JRi Shocks, Beyea Headers, VP Racing Fuels, To The Point, Keizer Aluminum Wheels, AR Bodies, Ntense Graphcs, Velocita, Superior Trailers, Local Race Chat, and Thomas Clarke Performance.

City Chevrolet Performance Feature Results (*Results unofficial pending Tire Tests)

1. Dustin Mitchell
2. Brent Robinson
3. Russell Erwin
4. Daniel Tucker
5. Matt Long
6. Steve Banal
7. Michael Barnett
8. Austin Holcombe
9. Cy Nelms Jr
10. Donald Bradsher
11. Robbie Emory
12. Justin Pinno
13. Joey Cascell
14. Cy Nelms Sr
15. Matthew Bissette
16. Jonathan Edwards
17. Mark Dysart
18. Brad Rigdon
19. Bobby Bottoms
20. Bryan Mullis
21. Roger Lucas


Klotz Synthetic Lubricants Quick Time: Daniel Tucker (14.554)

D&E Marine Dash Winner: Dustin Mitchell

Hoosier Racing Tire Heat Race 1 Winner: Jonathan Edwards Jr

Heintz Performance Heat Race 2 Winner: Brent Robinson