Dan Ferguson Earns 70th Career Win In Canadian Modified Win At BrightonWednesday - August - 2016
Dan Ferguson races Doug O’Blenis on the way to a win during Saturday’s Canadian Modified race at Brighton Speedway. (Rod Henderson photo).
BLOOMFIELD, Ont. – August 31, 3016 – Dan Ferguson got back on top of the Canadian Modified division with his 70th career feature race victory on Saturday night at Brighton Speedway. The win was a strong end to a rough six-race stretch for the driver of the Kilmarnock Enterprise/Mark Heating & Cooling No.11.
“It was good to get back to victory lane. We’ve had a tough month. It started with the motor blowing than two transmissions in three weeks and the week before that three flat tires in one night,” Ferguson said describing the misfortune. “It’s nice to get back to victory lane and hopefully we can keep it that way to finish the year out.”
Ferguson’s 70th career win was also his fourth this season. It’s an impressive accomplishment for Ferguson who has been racing for nearly two decades.
“It’s always a goal to win every week. I don’t know how many people can say they’ve won 70 features,” Ferguson said happily. “It’s been over a long span – it’s been 17 years we’ve been racing at Brighton – and probably 65 of those wins were at Brighton. It’s a pretty big accomplishment.”
To date, Ferguson has 94 heat victories to accompany 70 feature wins for a total 164 checkered flags. He would like to reach 200 total victories before the end of his career.
For now, Ferguson hopes the misfortune that hit his battled team through July and August is over. It was a tough challenge to overcome for the multi-time champion, but he and his team took some consolation that it was beyond their control.
“Part failures are always a real headache. The car has worked great. Every night that we broke we had been running in the top-three,” Ferguson explained. “You kind of just have to shake your head, laugh and carry on to the next week. When parts fail, parts fail. You can maintain until the cows come home, but that one day something is going to break and you’re on a tow truck back to the pits.”
Ferguson currently sits second in the championship standings and is in the midst of a tight battle with Kraig Handley, who sits five points back. A championship is likely out of the cards for now, which only makes Ferguson even more eager to win over the final month of the season.
“The Danny Reid race is the big race. It’s about winning races from here on out. The championship is out of our hands so you just try to win races,” he said. “We still want to finish second in points, but we’d also like a few more trophies on the wall.”
Following his win Saturday night, Ferguson announced to the crowd in attendance this would be his final full season at Brighton. Ferguson is expecting his first daughter with his wife, Aimus. He doesn’t have a concrete plan for 2017, but isn’t closing the door on a part-time return to Brighton.
“We haven’t really thought about exactly what we want to do. The car will be for sale starting this week. If the car sells, we might go do something else. If it doesn’t sell, we’ll run a part-time schedule at Brighton,” he explained.
Ferguson will be in the field for this weekend’s Labour Day Classic doubleheader at Brighton on September 3 & 4. Event details are available at www.brightonspeedway.ca.
Dan Ferguson 2016: 15 Starts – 4 Wins, 9 Top-5s, 14 Top-10s
September 3 & 4 – Brighton Speedway – Labour Day Classic Weekend
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Dan Ferguson’s 2016 season is made possible by the support of several dedicated corporate advertisers, including: Kilmarnock Enterprise, Mark Heating and Cooling, Manlow Electric, Cataraqui Woods Dentistry, Grosse Construction, Lakeshore Farms, Scott’s Haulage, Cobourg Welding Supply, Vanzuylen Tire Service, K-D Transmissions, The Vinyl Solution Sign Company, County Steel, Image Factor Motorsport Designs, Clayton Johns Media and Ruhlman Racecars.
Prepared By: Clayton Johns Media