Bowen Brings Home First Career Clash Win in Carolina
By: Alex Cummings
GASTONIA, N.C. - March 21. Dean Bowen was able to outrun the other 23 starters in the
tenth annual "Skyler Trull Memorial" at Carolina Speedway to bring home his first ever career Carolina Clash
“This victory is a big accomplishment for me, anytime
you win in the Carolina Clash Series, you have accomplished something because these drivers are some of the
best,” said Bowen shortly after taking the win in his Williams and Son Farms and Bowen’s Tire sponsored Impala.
“I’m looking forward to defending next weekend at 311, I hope the guys are ready because I’m going to make a run
for the Championship this year. We have a great car and a great team.”
Leading the 24 car starting field to the green flag was
last season’s rookie of the year winner, Chris Ferguson, with the outside pole held by was this season’s rookie
of the year contender, Donald Bradsher. At the drop of the green, Ferguson was able to motor his way to
the lead until lap 10 when his steering linkage broke and he had to retire from the
This gave the top spot to the #15 of Bowen, whoe would
race nose to tail with Dennis “Rambo” Franklin and Jeff Smith for the next
14 laps until another caution flag flew. On the restart, a major accident on the front stretch involving Justin
Labonte andLuke Roffers sent them spinning out of control into the inside wall. Neither car was able to return
to the racing action.
On the restart, Bowen was able to motor away to the win,
while the fight for the second position was getting hot and heavy during the final laps between Franklin and
Smith. The two cars ran side by side through the corners for the entire last ten laps, with Franklin being able
to come away with second ahead of Smith, Ricky Weeks, and Jo9hnny Pursley.
The hard charger award went to G.R. Smith, who started
shotgun on the field in the 24th position after blowing an engine in practice and having to change motors during the
night. Smith was able to finish the race in the eighth position.
The hard luck award went to the #22 of Chris Ferguson for
his tough luck when he broke on lap 10 while leading the race. Heintz Performance put up $250 to the fastest
qualifier, which was Chris Ferguson (15.358 secs.) who donated the money to the Make-A-Wish
Heat winners were Ken Schrader and Jay