Hometown Hero Bowen Gets Second Clash Win at
By Alex Cummings
N.C. - April 11. The hometown hero, Dean Bowen was able to outlast the
attrition filled race at Fayetteville Motor Speedway night for his second win of the
The start of the feature saw four attempts at a start
before the drivers could complete one lap. A scary accident happened on the third attempt saw the 18m of
Jeff Smith slam into the inside turn onewall and bouncedback out into traffic. Tim Allen, Craig Shuffield,
Dennis Franklin, Jay Sessoms, and David Taylor were all collected in the wreck. Everyone was able to continue
but heavy damage was received to both Smith and Allen, who spent extensive time on pit road fixing the
On the next restart, another five-car pileup sent the #33 of Chris
Meadows behind the wall.
With another start, G.R. Smith took the lead, but spun on lap
four with a broken power steering pump. This gave the lead up to Ricky Weeks with Bowen hot on his tail. For
the next 22 laps, Weeks and Bowen battled it out for the top spot as they checked out from the rest of the
field. But, on lap 26, as he crossed the start finish line, Weeks broke something in the ignition box, ending
his hopes of winning his first race of 2010.
This gave the lead up to Bowen, with Franklin and Chris Blackwell hot
in tow. The Blackwell brothers, Chris and Timmy were showing each other some brotherly love, fighting it out
for third, running side by side for the last 10 laps. For the next 14
laps, Bowen was able to checkout from the field and easily win over Franklin and Chris Blackwell. Timmy Blackwell was found light at the scales and
relinquished his fourth place finish. Billy Thompson was able to muscle his way past 14 cars in route to
the hard charger award along with finishing the feature in the fifth position.
The first heat race saw the 33 of Chris Meadows lead from flag to
flag to pick up the win.
The second heat race saw a scary wreck when the #51 of Randy Harmon
broke something in the left front which sent him flying into the turn four wall. Harmon was able to walk
away after the wreck. The 17 of Tim Allen was able to lead the first 7 laps with the 44 of Justin Labonte hot
on his tail. Then on the last lap coming down the backstretch, Labonte was able to motor around Allen for the
G.R. Smith set fast time during qualifying among 29 drivers with a
time of 16.915.
OFFICIAL FINISH: (1) Dean Bowen, (2) Dennis Franklin, (3) Chris
Blackwell, (4) Chris Ferguson, (5) Billy Thompson, (6) Justin Labonte, (7) Travis Hair (prov.), (8) Craig Shuffield, (9) Shawn
Beasley, (10) Jay Sessoms, (11) Donald Bradsher, (12) David Taylor, (13) Stephen Evans, (14) Brian
Ledbetter, (15) D.J. Tyndall, (16) Ricky Weeks, (17) Tim Allen, (18) G.R. Smith, (19) Scott Shirey, (20) Jeff Smith, (21)
Randy Harmon (prov.), (22) Dustin Mitchell, (23) Chris Meadows, (24) Timmy Blackwell