Johnny Pursley Drives Away With Cleveland County Clash Win

By: Alex Cummings

LAWNDALE, N.C. - May 8. Johnny Pursley was able to motor past the field
to bring home the $4,000 Carolina Clash main event check at Cleveland County Speedway Saturday. The win is the second of his career and his first win of the 2010 season.

The first few laps of the race saw nearly the entire field running side by side
from first to 24th position. The first caution flag was thrown on lap eight for a four-car incident that collected the cars of Dean Bowen, Craig Shuffield, Jay Sessoms, and Brian Ledbetter. Under caution, polesitter Chris Blackwell, who had dropped to sixth position, pitted to replace a flat right rear tire.

Then on lap 12, the #A1 of Randle Chupp hit the outside turn one wall hard. Chupp was able to walk away from the wreck, but his car left the track on the business end of the wrecker.

Finally on lap 15, Pursley was able to take over the lead coming out of turn four making a power move to the inside of #22 Chris Ferguson.
Pursley pulled away, and after the final lap 37 retart for a blown tire on Ricky Weeks' car, was able to fend off the hard charges of Chris Ferguson and Jarrett Landers for the last three laps.

The final three-lap dash for cash, with 18 cars left in the race, saw the #54 of
Ricky Weeks blow a right rear tire on the backstretch. On the restart,
Pursley was able to pull away by 5 car lengths and cruise to the victory
followed by the 777 of Jarrett Landers, the 22 of Chris Ferguson, the 421
of Anthony Sanders, and the 99 of Jeff Cooke.

During the race, Jeff Smith was able to motor his way past 13 cars en route to the hard charger award. Jarred Landers muscled his way past 12 cars, as did Jeff Cooke.

 “The racing surface tonight was remarkable with three grooves around the entire track and passing all over the place. Every lap a position was changing somewhere on the track” said Carolina Clash Event Coordinator Marion Limbaugh.

Chris Blackwell set fast time during qualifying with a time of 17.844, a new track record at Cleveland County Speedway. The pole was the first ever for Blackwell, but the hard luck award also went to Chris Blackwell and his #6 car, as he started on the pole and ended up finishing in the 20th position due to tire and mechanical issues.

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