Johnny Pursley after a Dominant Run in Carolina Clash
action at Lancaster Speedway. (Johnny Sims)
Carolina Clash: Pursley Sails to Clash Win at
By: Alex Cummings
LANCASTER, S.C. - April 30. Johnny Pursley cruised to victory at Lancaster Motor Speedway Saturday, beating out
a stout field of 34 for the $4,000 to win Carolina Clash feature event. Pursley set fast time with a blistering
fast time of 18.702, then lead every lap of the feature.
Before the feature event even took the green flag, current series points leader Luke Roffers had trouble pulling
behind the wall with motor problems. As the cars came to the green, a major five car pileup right before the
start-finish line collected Scott Autry, Travis Yow, Chad Paxton, Jimmy McCormick, and David Taylor. Both Autry and
Taylor were unable to continue.
Lap 15 saw three cars come pitside with flat tires including Paxton, McCormick, who pitted for the night, and
Mike Gault. On the restart, Pursley led while Dennis Franklin and Benji Cole were running second and third,
battling hot and heavy as they passed each other high and low, with one slide job after another.
Chris Ferguson suffered a flat right rear tire on lap 22, bringing out another caution while running in the
sixth position, and just five laps later, fourth running Ray Tucker slowed and retired from the race. Not even five
time Carolina Clash Champion, Ricky Weeks, was immune to mechanical failure. While running in the seventh position
on lap 29, he slowed and pulled behind the wall.
The final caution came out on lap 30 when Benji Cole, who was pressuring leader Pursley, also broked down. This
would set up a 10 lap dash for the cash with Pursley on point, followed by Franklin, but Pursley was able to motor
away to a three length victory over Franklin. Jeff Smith took third over Petey Ivey and Kennie Compton, Jr.
Lancaster Speedway - Carolina
1) Johnny Pursley, 2) Dennis
Franklin, 3) Jeff Smith, 4) Petey Ivey, 5) Kenny Compton, 6) Mike Gault, 7) Tim Allen, 8) Ross Bailes,
9) Dustin Mitchell, 10) Chris Ferguson, 11) Mike Huey, 12) Robbie Bailey, 13) Jay Sessoms, 14) Benji
Cole, 15) Ricky Weeks, 16) Ray Tucker, 17) Randy Smith, 18) Chad Paxton, 19) Craig Shuffield, 20)
Travis Yow, 21) Jimmy McCormick, 22) Scott Autry, 23) David Taylor, 24) Luke Roffers.
Time (34 entries): Pursley; Heat winners: Ivey, Paxton; B-Main winners: Allen.
George Missita photo