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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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Watkins Post Race Inspection Results In DQ; Emory Declared FUEL Carolina Speedway Event Winner

 

At the conclusion of the June 29th FUEL Racing Series event at Carolina Speedway, post race inspection was completed by series officials. During this inspection, a fuel sample from the winner was taken and secured for analysis at an independently contracted laboratory.

The result of this analysis have confirmed that the fuel does not comply with the guidelines set forth in the FUEL Racing Series Rulebook. As a result of these findings, series officials are in the process of correcting the official rundown from the June 29th event at Carolina Speedway beginning with Robbie Emory being declared as the official winner.

The FUEL Racing Series staff extends its appreciation to everyone involved for their professionalism and, at his request, has agreed to include the following statement from Ben Watkins in this release.

"First we would like to thank the series for working with us in a professional manner during this difficult situation and we respect the series, officials, and employees of FUEL. With that being said we are very disappointed with the final decision and we assure our fans and team that we did not intentionally break the rules pertaining to fuel. We pride ourselves in operating within the sanctioning body's rules and ran a VP product that was represented as a legal product. We would never jeopardize our championship hopes by adding an illegal additive to our fuel. We are in contact with VP Fuels to figure out what the issue is with the said product. I will add more as we continue to work with VP to figure out what caused the sitiation and hopefully keep anything like this from ever happening again."

 

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

Partners of the FUEL Racing Series include: City Chevrolet Performance Parts, Hoosier Racing Tire, KRC Power Steering, FK Rod Ends, Flag To Flag, Threewide Clothing, D&E Marine, WP Racing Shocks, Renegade Race Fuels, JRi Shocks, Beyea Headers, AR Bodies, Ntense Graphics, Velocita, Hicks Waterstoves, & Thomas Clarke Performance.

 

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Watkins Prevails At Carolina Speedway


(Gastonia, NC) Despite a rash of cautions and his closest championship competitor knocking at his door, South Carolina’s Ben Watkins led all 35 laps en route to his 3rd FUEL Racing Series victory of 2018 this past Friday night at Carolina Speedway.


In Renegade Race Fuel Time Trials, Watkins blistered the stopwatch with a 16.002 second lap to edge Steve Banal (16.004) for his 3rd pole of 2018 and a new FUEL Series qualifying record at the Gastonia, NC oval.

In Hoosier Racing Tire Heat Race #1, Watkins would battle early with Derrick Ramey for the top spot. Caution flags in the opening laps would temporarily disrupt the pace but Watkins would ultimately earn the win over Ramey and Mark Dysart to capture the pole position for the main event.

FK Rod Ends Heat Race #2 showcased Steve Banal grabbing the initial advantage while Robbie Emory, Shaun Harrell, and Bryan Mullis battled feverishly behind the leader. In the end, Banal would hold off all pursuers to earn the heat race victory.

Rookie of the Year contender Brandon White and Anthony Sanders would lead the field to the green flag in City Chevrolet Performance Heat Race #3. White was able to grab the early edge, but as the laps wound down Sanders would get closer and closer to the race leader. White would prove to be up for the task, holding off Sanders for his first FUEL Racing Series heat race win.

In the Direct Racing Industry Virtual Expo Main Event, Ben Watkins and Steve Banal guided the field to the opening green but multiple cautions in the opening laps hindered the field from establishing any early momentum. Through early cautions, Watkins maintained his lead as the battle for position inside the Top 10 intensified.

White and Emory would spar for the runner up spot early on. Emory would soon find just enough bite off of the corner to take the 2nd spot away from White who was working towards his best finish of the season with the FUEL Racing Series. Multiple drivers had to work from the back to the front after being involved and/or caught up in cautions. Ramey, who started 4th, got involved in an early caution would work his way from the rear back into the top 5. Adam Yarbrough would show similar grit after having to come from the back and get rallied through the field and into the Top 5.

Despite the early cautions and the pursuit from Emory, Watkins would not be denied as he would pull of the proverbial “hat trick” (Fast Time, Heat Race, and Main Event). Robbie Emory maintains his streak of Top 4 finishes with another runner-up performance and Brandon White earned his best finish of the season with his 3rd place outing.

Up next for FUEL is a few weeks off for summer vacation before we return to action on July 28th at Cherokee Speedway in Gaffney, SC. For more information on the FUEL Racing Series visit our website fuelracingseries.com, find us on Facebook (FUEL Racing Series) and follow us on Twitter (@FuelLateModels).

Partners of the FUEL Racing Series include: City Chevrolet Performance, FK Rod Ends, Renegade Race Fuels, Hoosier Racing Tire, The DIrect Racing Industry Virtual Expo, Ntense Graphics, Hicks Waterstoves and Flag to Flag.

Carolina Speedway 6/29/2018
The DRIVE Main Event Results
(Pending Tire Test Results)

1) Ben Watkins #16
2) Robbie Emory #9E
3) Brandon White #26W
4) Derrick Ramey #12
5) Adam Yarborough #57
6) Shaun Harrell #3
7) Doug Sanders #42
8) Gary Puckett #P90
9) Chuck Smith #33
10) Timmy Rominger #448
11) Reid Windham #2
12) Anthony Sanders #421
13) Dylan Davis #10
14) Willie Milliken #1
15) Bryan Mullis #67
16) Jonathan Warlick #4
17) Lance Moss #71
18) Mark Dysart #66
19) Steve Banal #8B
20) Coty Tanquary #26
21) Brandon ONeil #65


Renegade Race Fuels Fast Time Award: Ben Watkins 16.002

Hoosier Racing Tire Heat Race 1 Winner: Ben Watkins

FK Rod Ends Heat Race 2 Winner: Steve Banal

City Chevrolet Performance Heat Race 3 Winner: Brandon White

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Carolina Speedway Friday June 29th Next For FUEL

The FUEL Racing Series will travel to Carolina Speedway located in Gastonia, North Carolina on Friday June 29th as the Speedway will host the "3rd Annual Fish Camp Jam" featuring the FUEL Late Models along with double points in their support divisions. The FUEL Racing Series event will be 35 laps paying $2,500 to win / $275 to start.

Carolina Speedway will host a full night of racing on Friday June 29th with racing in the FUEL Racing Series, Super Street, Crate Sportsman, Renegade, Open Wheel Modified, Hornets, and Thunder Bomber. Pits gates will open at 4:00 PM with grandstand gates opening at 5:00 PM followed by on track action. Grandstand admission will be $15 for Adults with Kids under 11 free. Pit admission will be $25.

Come out Friday June 29th to "Carolinas Action Track" Carolina Speedway and feel the excitement of the FUEL Racing Series as FUEL competitors battle around the 4/10 mile oval all chasing a $2,500 payday.

The June 29th FUEL event is the one and only race of the 2018 season scheduled for the FUEL Late Models at Carolina so be sure to join us and see the stars of the FUEL Racing Series.


Carolina Speedway is located at 6355 Union Road in Gastonia, North Carolina (28054). For further information on Carolina Speedway visit the Speedway online at www.carolinaspeedway.net .
 

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

Partners of the FUEL Racing Series include: City Chevrolet Performance Parts, Hoosier Racing Tire, KRC Power Steering, FK Rod Ends, Flag To Flag, Threewide Clothing, D&E Marine, WP Racing Shocks, Renegade Race Fuels, JRi Shocks, Beyea Headers, AR Bodies, Ntense Graphics, Velocita, Hicks Waterstoves, & Thomas Clarke Performance.