Rock Gault Memorial
Cherokee Speedway | Gaffney, SC
Saturday, March 26, 2022
Event Info

Rock Gault Memorial
March 25, 2022 to March 26, 2022
Cherokee Speedway
153 Speedway Rd
Gaffney, SC 

Event Description
“The Place Your Mama Warned You About” returns to the schedule in March for the second annual Rock Gault Memorial. The two-night weekend will see the World of Outlaws take on the Southeast Super Late Model stars of the Drydene Xtreme DIRTcar Series for a shot at the $20,000 grand prize on Saturday, March 26.

Series Racing
Xtreme DIRTcar Series, World of Outlaws Late Model Series

Late Model Track Record
14.411 seconds by Daulton Wilson on 11/2/21

To Win Amount

Feature Laps Length

Event Schedule
2 PM Pit Gates open
4 PM Grandstand Gates open
6:30 PM Drivers Meeting
7 PM Hot Laps/Qualifying
8 PM Opening Ceremonies

2 PM Pit Gates open
4 PM Grandstand Gates open
6 PM Drivers Meeting
6:30 PM Hot Laps/Qualifying
7 PM Opening Ceremonies
*All times Eastern

Frequently Asked Questions
To Win Amount

Type of Grandstand

Stadium Seating
Stadium seats are allowed

Handicapped Seating
Top Row of frontstrech

Handicapped Parking
25 spots up in front parking

Pit Age Limit
NO age restriction for pits. 17 and under must be accompanied by a parent/ guardian.

Pit Gate Location
Turn 1 side of the facility

Personal Coolers
Yes, Coolers are permitted

Credit Card Use
Concessions, Ticket Window

Alcohol Sales
Yes - No glass bottles

Smoking Policy

Family Section
Flagstand to turn 4

Camping Availability
non-electric, onsite

Camping Cost

Closest Airport

Other Airport

Track Info

Cherokee Speedway
153 Speedway Rd
Gaffney, SC 

Track Phone
(864) 489-1969

Ticket Phone
(864) 489-1969

Track Email
[email protected]

Track Size & Type

Competitor Info
Competitor Downloads

Competitor Info
(Hoosier 1350) (American Racer 48) (4) corners
(Hoosier 70) (American Racer 56) Right Rear Option
*You MUST Qualify, Heat Race, and LCS on the same tires. You can change 2 tires for the Feature.

DIRTVision Highlights
Race Recap

VIPER STRIKE: Blair Grabs 2022 Rock Gault Memorial at Cherokee

While a World of Outlaws CASE Construction Equipment Feature win slipped through Max Blair’s fingers Friday night, he wouldn’t let his inexperience cost him another victory at Cherokee Speedway.

The Centerville, PA driver took what he learned Friday and used it to his advantage, leading the final 43 laps to win the second annual Rock Gault Memorial Saturday at Cherokee.

A few late-race restarts tested Blair again, as Ross Bailes challenged the Rookie of the Year contender for the win. Blair aced the final two restarts, keeping Bailes at bay for the $20,000 prize.

He had mixed emotions about the multiple yellow flags at the end.

“The first [caution] I was actually really happy about because it got you out of lap traffic and into clean air,” Blair said. “I’m very inexperienced in this type of racing, so being in clean air without those lap cars were a big deal.

“The next couple that came out at the end I didn’t want to see. I just can’t believe we just won this race.”

While Blair led most of the race, a break fell his way on Lap 18 while running second to reigning Series champion Brandon Sheppard. The New Berlin, IL driver, pulled away from the field but spun after contact while trying to pass Brent Larson in Turn 4.

Blair seized his opportunity from that point forward but stated he didn’t have anything for Sheppard.

“I think [Sheppard] probably had us covered there,” Blair said. “We had some good fortune on our side there. I hate it for them guys.”

Sheppard rebounded to finish 12th. The “Rocket Shepp” looked destined for his 78th career win before the contact dashed his hopes for victory.

“The stars were aligned before we got to lap traffic,” Sheppard said. “The lap car in front of me got tight and started to push on the bottom, and I was kind of in the middle rolling around lap cars. When he started to push, I seen it, and I started to check up a little bit, and then he hit the little hole in Turns 3 and 4. I guess he jammed on his brakes, parked right in front of me, and I had nowhere to go.”

Ross Bailes settled for second, missing out on the $20,000 payday in front of his home fans. However, while the Clover, SC driver, didn’t find Victory Lane, he did enough to win the Drydene Xtreme DIRTcar Series championship—scoring $15,000.

Ross Bailes at Cherokee Speedway
Ross Bailes is the 2022 Drydene Xtreme DIRTcar Series Champion/Jacy Norgaard photo

“We came here wanting to win the race, but obviously, the points deal was in the back of our minds,” Bailes said. I felt like [Blair’s] car either went away, or mine came to at the end. I wish it would’ve stayed green, and I could’ve pressured him a little more and see what would happen.”

From Fayetteville, NC, Daulton Wilson finished third, his third consecutive World of Outlaws top-five at Cherokee. He continues to knock on the door for his first win on a national tour and is confident it’ll happen soon.

“We’re up and coming, but we’ll keep our head down and keep working,” Wilson said. “If we keep running top three with this crowd, the wins will come.”

Hudson O’Neal finished fourth, and North Augusta, SC driver Cla Knight rounded out the top five.

Dennis Erb Jr., who finished sixth, leaves Cherokee Speedway with the Series points lead—30 points ahead of Brandon Sheppard.

Max Blair took the lessons he learned from his heartbreak Friday at Cherokee Speedway and turned it into glory to end the weekend. The more experience he gets, the more of a factor he could be in determining this year’s World of Outlaws CASE Late Models Series Champion.

UP NEXT: The Most Powerful Late Models on the Planet travel to the Land of Lincoln for the Illini 100 at Farmer City Raceway April 1-2. For Tickets: CLICK HERE.

If you can’t make it to the track, you can watch all the action live on DIRTVision – either online or through the DIRTVision App.

CASE Construction Feature (60 Laps): 1. 111V-Max Blair[3]; 2. 79-Ross Bailes[4]; 3. 18D-Daulton Wilson[1]; 4. 71-Hudson O’Neal[8]; 5. 42-Cla Knight[5]; 6. 28-Dennis Erb Jr[6]; 7. 57-Zack Mitchell[7]; 8. 19R-Ryan Gustin[14]; 9. 11H-Spencer Hughes[12]; 10. 69*-Carder Miller[10]; 11. 42S-Carson Ferguson[24]; 12. 1-Brandon Sheppard[2]; 13. 45-Kyle Hammer[9]; 14. 24D-Michael Brown[19]; 15. 421-Anthony Sanders[17]; 16. 16-Tyler Bruening[23]; 17. 16W-Ben Watkins[20]; 18. B1-Brent Larson[21]; 19. 81E-Tanner English[15]; 20. 11D-David Duke[18]; 21. 99B-Boom Briggs[27]; 22. 1R-Josh Richards[25]; 23. 11-Gordy Gundaker[13]; 24. 118-Matt Henderson[11]; 25. 121-Pearson Williams[22]; 26. 16E-Ethan Wilson[26]; 27. 1D-Brent Dixon[16] FOX FACTORY HARD CHARGER: Carson Ferguson [+13]

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Feature Results
13+2111VMax Blair 600.00043Running150$20,000
24+279Ross Bailes 60-0.531Running146$10,000
31-218DDaulton Wilson 60-1.119Running144$5,000
48+471Hudson O'Neal 60-1.813Running142$4,000
55042Cla Knight 60-2.429Running140$3,500
66028Dennis Erb Jr60-2.742Running138$3,000
77057Zack Mitchell 60-3.164Running136$2,800
814+619RRyan Gustin 60-3.586Running134$2,700
912+311HSpencer Hughes 60-4.184Running132$2,600
1010069*Carder Miller 60-4.695Running130$2,500
1124+1342SCarson Ferguson 60-5.026Running128$2,000
122-101Brandon Sheppard 60-5.53117Running126$1,800
139-445Kyle Hammer 60-6.071Running124$1,600
1419+524DMichael Brown 60-6.515Running122$1,500
1517+2421Anthony Sanders 60-6.911Running120$1,400
1623+716Tyler Bruening 60-7.142Running118$1,300
1720+316WBen Watkins 60-7.623Running116$1,200
1821+3B1Brent Larson 60-7.967Running114$1,200
1915-481ETanner English 60-8.340Running112$1,200
2018-211DDavid Duke 60-8.581Running110$1,200
2127+699BBoom Briggs 60-8.869Running108$110
2225+31RJosh Richards 60-9.123Running106$1,200
2313-1011Gordy Gundaker 60-10.087Running104$1,200
2411-13118Matt Henderson 29-31 LapsDNF102$1,200
2522-3121Pearson Williams 26-34 LapsDNF102$1,200
2626016EEthan Wilson 25-35 LapsDNF102$1,200
2716-111DBrent Dixon 17-43 LapsDNF102$1,200
Micro-Lite Last Chance Showdown Results
110421Anthony Sanders 100.00010Running0$0
22024DMichael Brown 10-0.455Running0$0
34+1B1Brent Larson 10-1.779Running0$0
45+12XJohn Henderson 10-4.501Running90$110
53-293LCory Lawler 10-7.819Running90$110
66097CCody Overton 10-8.509Running90$110
77099BBoom Briggs 10-9.230Running0$0
88054David Breazeale 10-9.731Running90$110
99007Brian Ledbetter 10-11.400Running90$110
1010020HBryson Harper 0-10 LapsDNS90$0
1111088Trent Ivey 0-10 LapsDNS90$0
1212010Earl Shirey Jr 0-10 LapsDNS90$0
Micro-Lite Last Chance Showdown 2 Results
11011DDavid Duke 100.00010Running0$0
23+116WBen Watkins 10-0.430Running0$0
32-1121Pearson Williams 10-1.598Running0$0
45+12FDennis Franklin 10-2.713Running90$110
54-142SCarson Ferguson 10-3.137Running0$0
69+316Tyler Bruening 10-3.746Running0$0
76-15Corey Gordon 10-4.252Running90$110
810+216EEthan Wilson 10-6.202Running0$0
98-111KAustin Kirkpatrick 10-7.443Running90$110
1012+241Jay Sessoms 10-7.679Running90$110
117-41RJosh Richards 10-7.824Running0$0
1211-103David Yandle 10-9.356Running90$110
Heat 1 Results
Pos.Start+/-#DriverLaps CompletedBehindLaps LedStatus
12+118DDaulton Wilson 100.00010Running
23+142Cla Knight 10-1.452Running
34+145Kyle Hammer 10-3.781Running
45+111Gordy Gundaker 10-4.625Running
57+2421Anthony Sanders 10-6.202Running
66093LCory Lawler 10-7.560Running
79+22XJohn Henderson 10-8.726Running
88099BBoom Briggs 10-9.988Running
910+107Brian Ledbetter 10-16.346Running
101-988Trent Ivey 0-10 LapsDNF
Heat 2 Results
Pos.Start+/-#DriverLaps CompletedBehindLaps LedStatus
110111VMax Blair 100.00010Running
22057Zack Mitchell 10-1.774Running
34+169*Carder Miller 10-5.443Running
43-119RRyan Gustin 10-6.556Running
55024DMichael Brown 10-7.135Running
660B1Brent Larson 10-7.727Running
78+197CCody Overton 10-10.620Running
87-154David Breazeale 10-11.049Running
910+120HBryson Harper 10-13.266Running
109-110Earl Shirey Jr 10-15.488Running
Heat 3 Results
Pos.Start+/-#DriverLaps CompletedBehindLaps LedStatus
1101Brandon Sheppard 100.00010Running
25+371Hudson O'Neal 10-3.834Running
32-1118Matt Henderson 10-8.585Running
47+381ETanner English 10-8.815Running
54-111DDavid Duke 10-10.351Running
66016WBen Watkins 10-10.910Running
79+22FDennis Franklin 10-12.266Running
83-51RJosh Richards 10-13.023Running
98-116Tyler Bruening 10-14.228Running
1010003David Yandle 9-1 LapsRunning
Heat 4 Results
Pos.Start+/-#DriverLaps CompletedBehindLaps LedStatus
11079Ross Bailes 100.00010Running
22028Dennis Erb Jr10-1.617Running
33011HSpencer Hughes 10-2.974Running
4401DBrent Dixon 10-4.582Running
550121Pearson Williams 10-5.392Running
66042SCarson Ferguson 10-5.769Running
78+15Corey Gordon 10-7.110Running
87-111KAustin Kirkpatrick 10-8.430Running
99016EEthan Wilson 10-8.965Running
1010041Jay Sessoms 10-10.059Running
My Place Hotels Qualifying Results
11288Trent Ivey Union, SC15.2240.000
217111VMax Blair Centerville, PA15.395-0.171
3318DDaulton Wilson Fayetteville, NC15.422-0.198
4157Zack Mitchell Enoree, SC15.491-0.267
5642Cla Knight North Augusta, SC15.494-0.270
61919RRyan Gustin Marshalltown, IA15.549-0.325
72045Kyle Hammer Clinton, IL15.555-0.331
81869*Carder Miller Salem, VA15.576-0.352
91611Gordy Gundaker St. Charles, MO15.590-0.366
10724DMichael Brown Lancaster, SC15.617-0.393
11893LCory Lawler Hanover, PA15.629-0.405
129B1Brent Larson Lake Elmo, MN15.655-0.431
134421Anthony Sanders Spartanburg, SC15.736-0.512
141454David Breazeale Four Corners, MS15.768-0.544
151199BBoom Briggs Bear Lake, PA15.801-0.577
161597CCody Overton Evans, GA15.839-0.615
17102XJohn Henderson Aiken, SC15.847-0.623
181310Earl Shirey Jr Swansea, SC16.640-1.416
19507Brian Ledbetter Stanley, NC16.889-1.665
20220HBryson Harper Forrest City, NC16.889-1.665
My Place Hotels Qualifying Flight 2 Results
121Brandon Sheppard New Berlin, IL15.2760.000
21279Ross Bailes Clover, SC15.403-0.127
313118Matt Henderson Loudon, TN15.497-0.221
4728Dennis Erb JrCarpentersville, IL15.575-0.299
541RJosh Richards Shinnston, WV15.597-0.321
61011HSpencer Hughes Meridian, MS15.606-0.330
71111DDavid Duke Sumter, SC15.626-0.350
8181DBrent Dixon Elberton, GA15.627-0.351
9571Hudson O'Neal Martinsville, IN15.629-0.353
1015121Pearson Williams Dublin, GA15.636-0.360
111616WBen Watkins Lancaster, SC15.667-0.391
121442SCarson Ferguson Concord, NC15.692-0.416
131981ETanner English Benton, KY15.703-0.427
14811KAustin Kirkpatrick Charlotte, NC15.719-0.443
151716Tyler Bruening Decorah, IA15.772-0.496
16205Corey Gordon Charlotte, NC15.859-0.583
1732FDennis Franklin Gaffney, SC15.875-0.599
18116EEthan Wilson Fayetteville, NC16.081-0.805
19603David Yandle Monroe, SC16.241-0.965
20941Jay Sessoms Stanley, NC16.250-0.974

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