Continuing our coverage of the United States Lawnmower Racing Association ( USLMRA ) STA-BIL Nationals, we had a chance to sit down with Kevin Ferguson and discuss the Georgia Nationals. You can view Kevin’s Driver Profile pages by following the link at the end of the interview.
Mowersport.com : I want to start off by saying thanks for doing this interview with us, overall how would you say the weekend went?
Kevin : No problem, the weekend was great overall had some ups and downs but I had my best nation finish ever. And got spend it with great friends.
Mowersport.com : You’re apart of the Mason-Dixon Local Chapter correct?
Kevin : Yes I am and it’s a great bunch of people.
Mowersport.com : How many of your Chapter members made it down with you to the Southern Shootout in McDonough, Georgia?
Kevin : I think there were 10 of us racing in Georgia.
Mowersport.com : Is it encouraging to be racing along side with so many of your local chapter racers?
Kevin : Yes i believe we do encourage each other, we are alwa’s willing to help each other with any problem we could have.
Mowersport.com : With having taking first in both previous Local Chapter Races, did you have high hopes for how you’d place at the Southern Shootout?
Kevin : Um yes i have finally started to get everything tweaked, I always have high hopes where ever i go, but I never take the great bunch of racers I compete against for granted ever.
Mowersport.com : You ran into a little trouble in the First heat/feature races at the Georgia Nationals, can you tell us a little about that?
Kevin : The first heat race i was running for first when Alex Stella got real loose and we could of got tied up and steered away from it and lost second to Keith Beacom. Now the first feature race i have my feeling that I was ran into in between turn three and four on lap 12, where i broke my front spindle and brake line cut my front tire also.
Mowersport.com : I know I saw you working on your tractor pretty heavily between the first and second set of races. It seemed to pay off well too. Were you certain that the work you had done would last the next race?
Kevin : Yes it was alot of work that had to done just be able to compete in the 2nd feature. I must say thank you to everyone that helped or asked to help, Jason Brown, Wally Bender, and Keith Beacom for all of there help and parts.Yes it paid off for sure, i was certain that everything was put back together correctly and was going to hold up the only thing that i was uncertain about was the steering wasn’t going to be straight which threw the handling off it was a little of a handful but i have defintley had worse steering equipment in the past bu tthe thing i was worried about the most was me if I could hold up. It was a hot long day and doing alot of work between rounds took a a lot of energy out of me.
Mowersport.com : The evening CP race was definately an action packed race, at any point were you worried you wouldnt place well?
Kevin : It was action packed and was hard work trust me at times Chris Coxs was right there. If i juggled just a little bit I could of slipped to second real fast. The only thing i had in my favor was the two of us catching the rear of the field and i made all of the right moves to dispose of them fast to put space between me and Chris Cox. I will tell you from the first national race in FL Chris and I battled in both races. He is a great racer and is a pleasure to race against.
Mowersport.com : I could see going into those final few laps you were reallying giving it your all, how good did it feel to cross the finish line and take first?
Kevin : Yes I saw the five to go and I told myself I can do this. It felt great it took four years to cross a national race start finish line in first place.
Mowersport.com : With all the ups and downs that day of racing, would you say in the end it was worth it?
Kevin : Well there were definitely more down than ups, oh yes it was definitely worth it.
Mowersport.com : Well, we hope you continue to race well and I’m sure we will talk again soon. Best luck to you for the rest of the season.
Kevin : Thank you very much, I truly hope so. I would like to thank all of my sponsors, Bully Bling Energy, WM Gibson Construction, Masterpiece Autobody, S & J Heating & Air, D. Anne Emery & Associates & special thanks to Mom and Dad, and a BIG thank you to Chrissy for all her support and help.
It was a great weekend for Kevin, bringing home his first National 1st place finish, and another win for the Mason-Dixon Lawnmower Racing Association. For more information on Kevin check out his driver profile page:
Driver Profile – Kevin Ferguson
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