Ferno, Alex

            Alex enters his second year in the Tiger Sportsman Division with a new look and a ton of confidence!  Although only a Junior in High School, Ferno has already packed 10 years of racing under his firesuit.  Starting in go-karts and eventually graduating to a truck when he was 14, this kid is a pro!  He is incredibly calm behind the wheel and saves his equipment when others may try ill-advised moves.  Look for the Click It Or Ticket hot rod in Victory Lane at some point in 2011!

EVENT 1 - MERCHANTS BANK 150
MAY 1, 2011


Alex looked great on Opening Day, nearly picking up his first Checkered Flag in his heat race.  After holding off
the field until the last few laps, he settled for second and a trip straight into the Feature.

Ferno battles his way down the front stretch during the first Tiger Feature of 2011


Fighting to stay in contention for a trophy with only a handful of laps remaining, Alex's rear corner
is lifted off the track....


Leading to a hard ride into the wall and a 22nd Place finish.  No real structural damage....
and knowledge that this car is just plain fast!  Expect to see Alex on the podium soon!

EVENT 2 - MEKKELSEN RV MEMORIAL DAY CLASSIC
MAY 29, 2011


Alex had a good fight with Jason Allen in the qualifier

Young Guns Alex Ferno and Mike MacAskill

Ferno's hopes to make the 100 Lap Feature went away after being caught up in a wreck on the front stretch

EVENT 3 - FERGUSON WATERWORKS
JUNE 16, 2011

Class move by Team Ferno.....crew member Ethan Byrd graduated High School last week so the team
wrote a congratulatory message across the back bumper.  Very cool....Congrats EB!!


Alex gets pinched during his heat race and shuffled back...his night got worse as he was wrecked in the Feature (again). 
Can't this guy catch a break?!?


EVENT 4 - HERITAGE EQUIPMENT
JUNE 19, 2011

Alex did not compete in this event

EVENT 5 - GOVERNOR'S CUP
JUNE 26, 2011

Team Ferno did a great job putting this back together after Alex's last race

Alex got turned around on the frontstretch but luckily spun into the infield without any major damage (at least it didn't look too bad)

Ferno joined the field for the Feature Event....but the rain came before they could get it in.  Double Features on Thursday!

EVENT 6 - FAIRPOINT COMMUNICATIONS
JUNE 30, 2011

Alex did not compete at this event

EVENT 7 - PEPSI HOLIDAY EVENT
JULY 4, 2011

Alex did not compete at this event

EVENT 8 - CHARTER COMMUNICATIONS
JULY 7, 2011

Alex did not compete at this event

EVENT 9 - TIMES ARGUS MID-SEASON CHAMPIONSHIPS
JULY 14, 2011

Alex did not compete at this event

EVENT 10 - CASELLA WASTE MANAGEMENT
JULY 21, 2011

After missing the last month, it was great to see Alex back on the track!

Thankfully this spin on the last lap didn't pick up any damage to the car and Ferno came home with a
17th place finish. More importantly....he made it all night without collecting any damage!

EVENT 11 - WDEV & CALKINS PORTABLE TOILETS
JULY 28, 2011

Heat race action

Battling with Tim Potter in the Feature.  Alex finished 19th

EVENT 12 - SAFELITE AUTO GLASS
AUGUST 4, 2011

Action from the heat race

Battling Chris Pelkey in the LCQ

The Tiger Feature was a bit of a wreck-fest.....Alex was fortunate to come away with a 16th place finish
and no significant damage to his car!

EVENT 13 - M&M BEVERAGE ENDURO &
STREET STOCK SPECIAL
AUGUST 7, 2011

Alex's division did not compete at this event

EVENT 14 - TRIPLE 50'S SPECIAL EVENT
AUGUST 11, 2011

Alex competed this week with a heavy heart as crew member and long-time family friend George "J.R." Byrd
had lost his battle with personal demons just a couple days before.  J.R. was a great guy....and someone
who believed in Alex enough to give his time freely to help him succeed.  He will be missed....not only by
Ferno and his team...but by everyone who ever had the pleasure of hearing him laugh.  RIP JR!!!

Alex drove his best race of the season....he was credited with a 14th place finish

I am not a religious person - and there are likely a million explanations for this - but this is the ONLY photo
I have taken at Thunder Road in two seasons that has this ball of light....something tells me that
JR was watching over his friend!

EVENT 15 - VERMONT ACE HARDWARE STORES
AUGUST 18, 2011

Alex in qualifying

Tiger Consi

When the flagger threw the white a lap early....and then threw it again next time around....a number
of cars let off thinking the race was over.   Alex lost 4-5 spots thanks to another issue with
throwing the flags on the correct laps.

EVENT 16 - AUBUCHON HARDWARE - BENJAMIN MOORE PAINT
AUGUST 26, 2011

Battling Shawn Fleury in qualifying

Ferno trying to get by Tucker Williams in the LCQ

You may recall two weeks ago I posted the shot of Alex with a big orb....this week
I was stunned to see this shot of what looks like a "guiding light" in front of him.

EVENT 17 - BOND AUTO LABOR DAY CLASSIC
SEPTEMBER 3-4, 2011

Alex finished the first segment in 19th

Ferno battling with Blair Bassett in segment two

SEASON RECAP

*Alex finished 24th in the Tiger Sportsmen Division*

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