- Apr. 15 - Cleveland Co. Speedway by Sam Holbrooks


Carolina Clash: Roffers Outruns the Storm to win at Cleveland County

Alex Cummings

LAWNDALE, N.C. - April 15. The inclement weather on the way and severe thunderstorms in the3 forecast, Luke Roffers outran both the storm and a stout field of 25 of Late Model drivers at Cleveland County Speedway for his second Carolina Clash win of the young season. It also propelled Roffers to sole possession of first place in the championship points.

With impending weather, officials from Cleveland County Speedway and the series decided it was best to qualify and go immediately into the feature event, starting all 25 cars present. Roffers set fast time during qualifying for his first pole of the 2011 season with a time of 17.182. 13 cars were able to break the track record of 17.664 on the newly configured high-banked half-mile.

Roffers was able to jump out to the early lead when the feature began as the rest of the field behind him raced two and three-wide for position. On lap three, Dean Bowen collected the inside tire barrier in turn two, receiving extensive damage. Further in the pack, Scott Autry, Ricky Weeks, and Tim Allen ran three-wide for nearly six laps. Chris Ferguson made his move on lap 10 when he passed Kenny Compton, Jr. for second place and set sail for Roffers. Ferguson would get side by side with Roffers for the next five laps.

On lap 16, Furman Parton stopped in turn two while seventh running Scott Autry went pitside with a flat tire. Dennis Franklin, who had been quite so far this season, made his way from 10th to third in just 16 laps. Jay Sessoms was also a man a mission tonight and was already in the top 10 by lap 16. Sessoms won the Hard Charger Award, advancing 16 positions during the feature event.

Lap 19 saw a scary incident when Ferguson, while attempting to make a pass for the lead, got crossed up in turn three, sliding up the track into Roffers then hard into the outside wall where Ferguson came to rest on the top of the wall. Johnny Pursley made his way to second after the lap 19 incident and began reeling in Roffers. On lap 29, Pursley made his move to the inside of Roffers as the two would run side by side for the lead for the next five laps until Roffers was able to prevail and take over the lead.

The final caution flew on lap 34 when David Taylor slowed with a flat tire. Under the caution, Mike Gault, who was on his way to the hard charger of the race award, began smoking heavily and stopped in turn one. This was a major blow to Gaults' championship hopes as he came into the race tied for first place in championship points.

On the restart, Roffers walked away from the rest of the field and brought home the win. Johnny Pusley was able to finish second and Petey Ivey was able to finish third. Outside polesitter Kenny Compton, Jr. finished the race in fourth and Dennis Franklin rounded out the top five.

"I would like to thank Wolfpack Racing, Cal Les 2 Trucking, Wayne Roffers Trucking, Chad Roffers Trucking, Roffers Wildlife Studio, and Wisconsin Lock & Load," said Roffers in victory lane. "My crew gave me a great setup tonight."

Cleveland Speedway - Carolina Clash
1) Luke Roffers, 2) Johnny Pursley, 3) Petey Ivey, 4) Kenny Compton, 5) Dennis Franklin, 6) Jeff Smith, 7) Jay Sessoms, 8) Chad Paxton, 9) Robbie Bailey, 10) Mike Huey, 11) Travis Yow, 12) David Taylor, 13) Mike Gault, 14) Scott Autry, 15) Brian Ledbetter, 16) Dustin Mitchell, 17) Chris Ferguson, 18) Tim Allen, 19) Furman Parton, 20) Ricky Weeks, 21) Craig Shuffield, 22) Doug Sanders, 23) Dean Bowen 


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