Carolina Clash/VRS: From 15th,
Compton Grabs First Clash
Win at Wythe Raceway
RURAL RETREAT, Va. - Aug. 8. Kenny Compton, Jr. was able to grab his first career Carolina Clash win at Wythe
Raceway Saturday. The win came in Compton’s third race of the season with the Carolina Clash in his Appalachian
Leasing sponsored, Clements powered, Bloomquist chassis. The event was co-sanctioned with the Volunteer Racing
Chris Ferguson grabbed the early lead from polesitter Dan Breuer, who would lose a left rear tire on the second
lap, ending his night on the tow truck. On the restart, Donald Bradsher got out of shape and slammed the outside
frontstretch wall, and was able to continue only until lap four when he pulled off for the night.
Back under way, the scene looked like an Interstate highway during rush hour with two and three-wide racing and
bump drafting down the straightaways. Billy Ogle, Jr. was on the move during this time, passing cars high and low
en route to the Hard Charger of the Race Award as he overtook 15 positions during the race.
Also on the move at this time was Compton, who started the race in 15th. With three quick cautions in
succession, Ferguson saw his big lead diminish to nothing. Jeff Smith, who lately has been mentoring Ferguson, sat
in second, but with the restart,Compton made his way from fourth to first in just one lap, grabbing the lead away
from Ferguson with an inside pass in turn three.
During the next 25 lap green flag stretch, Compton set a blistering pace and lapped six cars on the large 1/2
mile, high banked oval before the final caution flew on lap 35. Freddy Smith had stopped with heavy smoke trailing
from behind his car. Under caution, Jeff Smith also went pitside with a flat tire, dropping from the fourth
With the final five lap dash, Ferguson was able to stay on Compton’s back bumper for the first lap until Compton
put on the afterburners and pulled away en route to his first career victory with the Carolina Clash. Bringing home
the third place finish behind Ferguson was Ogle, trailed by Dean Bowen and Vic Hill.
Aug. 7 - Carolina Clash - Wythe
1) Kenny Compton, 2) Chris
Ferguson, 3) Billy Ogle, Jr., 4) Dean Bowen, 5) Vic Hill, 6) Ty Dillon, 7) Kerry Jones, 8) Ricky Weeks,
9) Dennis Franklin, 10) Jeff Smith, 11) Tim Allen, 12) David Taylor, 13) Daniel Baggerly, 14) Mike
Weeks, 15) Jay Sessoms, 16) Stephen Evans, 17) Jordan Bland, 18) Freddy Smith, 19) G.R. Smith, 20)
Jerry Jarnigan, 21) Craig Shuffield, 22) Luke Roffers, 23) Donald Bradsher, 24) Dan
Fast Time (32 entries): Bradsher (16.873 secs.); Heat wnners Smith, Breuer, Ferguson, Bowen;
B-Main winners: Shuffield, Ogle
Missy Hendrickson photo