(Above) Casey Roberts raced to a $3,500 win over #15 Brent Dixon in the Clash South Tour's
first appearance at Lavonia (Ga.) Speedway. (Thomas Hendrickson)
South: Roberts Captures
WINGATE, N.C. - July 10. Casey Roberts captured the checkered flag in the Clash South’s first ever appearance at
Lavonia Speedway Saturday. One of the notorious "Georgia Bandits", Roberts was able to rein supreme for the $3,500
win in his home state against 22 fellow southeastern Late Model drivers.
Roberts took the lead on the high side of the track over Brent Dixon, but the caution flew twice before one lap
could be completed whenTim Allen broke something in his motor and came to rest, and again when Gary Collins,
Sessoms, and Richie Corley tangled. Collins was unable to continue, and Sessoms continued with major right
On the second lap, Clash South points leader Ricky Weeks broke another driveshaft coming down the frontstretch
and made his way behind the wall, as his night was over.
Finally, the green stayed out and on lap eight, Roberts got into heavy traffic, which gave Dixon and Dennis
Franklin the opportunity to catch the leader. Dixon showed his nose under Roberts for the next 10 laps going into
each corner, but was unable to successfully make the pass as he was feeling heavy pressure from behind from
The third and final caution flew on lap 18 when Sean Mcgahee and Randy Harmon wrecked. Under caution, Mcgahee
pulled behind the wall, and was joined by Mike Gault and Michael Akeson.
On the fiinal restart, Roberts was yet again able to motor away from the field as the fans attention
turned to Dixon and Franklin, battling tooth and nail for the second position. Behind them, Colby Cannon also had
his hands full with Jeremy Ledford and Randy Harmon. Both battles on the track would ensue for the entire race
until the checkers were thrown, with Cannon beating out Ledford, then Harmon. Up front, Casey Roberts was followed
by Dixon, Franklin, and Jamie Oliver.
Jim Rasey's fifth place finish added to his already successful weekend as he won a Memorial Race in Ohio on
Wednesday in his Big Block Modified car.
July 10 - Clash South Tour - Lavonia Speedway
1) Casey Roberts, 2) Brent Dixon, 3) Dennis Franklin, 4) Jamie Oliver,
5) Jim Rasey, 6) Ethan Hunter, 7) Keith Freeman, 8) Colby Cannon, 9) Jeremy Ledford, 10) Randy Harmon,
11) Jay Sessoms, 12) Jimmy Ivester, 13) Richie Corley, 14) Mike Gault, 15) Sean McGahee, 16) Michael
Akeson, 17) James Roulette, 18) Corey Roulette, 19) Ricky Weeks, 20) Gary Collins, 21) Tim Allen, 22)
|Thomas Hendrickson photo