latemodelamerica.com - July 2 - Harris Motor Speedway
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Ricky Weeks Captures Win Again at Harris

By: Alex Cummings 

WINGATE, N.C. - July 2. Ricky Weeks motored his way to his second victory of the season with the Clash South Saturday at Harris Speedway. Weeks led flag to flag in route to his series leading second victory of the season which helped to add to his ever growing points lead with the Clash South.

“I want to dedicate this win to a very special person that is close to my heart, my uncle, the late J.D. Weeks” Weeks said after the race. “I want to thank my sponsors also, Starrette Trucking, Parton Lumber, Adams Electric, and a special thanks to Phyllis and Ike”.

Weeks took his Randy Clary powered Rocket chassis and placed it on the pole with a time of 15.267, a new track record at the newly configured Harris Speedway. Weeks opted to take the outside pole starting position to get the run on the high side. He and polesitter Johnny Pursley raced around Harris Speedway dead even, door handle to door handle for the first eight laps.

While the lead was being highly contested, Mike Gault and Ross Bailes were swapping the fourth position around, switched positions a total of four times within the first eight laps before the first caution waved when Jeff Cooke slowed with a bad skip in his motor. Cooke was pushed behind the wall for the night.

On the restart, Pursley got a bad push in turn two and lost two positions. Then on lap 10, Gault and Dennis Franklin tangled in turn two, sending Franklin into the spin cycle for the second caution of the night.

Lap 17 saw Randy Harmon go for a spin, and on the very next lap, Pursley had more problems when the rear end broke. Pursley had to go on the business end of the wrecker, his night over.

When the green was thrown for the final 17 lap dash, Weeks led as Jay Sessoms and Franklin battled door to door for the fourth position. For the final 15 laps of the race, the two battled it out side by side. with Sessoms able to prevail in the end. Weeks rode to victory lane again, followed by Gault, Ross Bailes, and Sessoms, who had a career night with his best ever fourth place finish. Rounding out the top five in the heavily contested race was Franklin.

Randy Harmon also had a career best, with a seventh place finish in the race.

NOTES: The #12w of Gabe Wilson made his first ever Clash South appearance as he towed from North Georgia for the race. The #38 of Jamie Oliver also made his first ever Clash South appearance after towing from Murphy, N.C.

After three races in the Clash South, Ricky Weeks is still showing the way as the point’s leader with no signs of letting up. Weeks already has two victories to his name this season, one at Travelers Rest and one at Harris.

1) Ricky Weeks, 2) Mike Gault, 3) Ross Bailes, 4) Jay Sessoms, 5) Rambo Franklin, 6) Gabe Wilson, 7) Randy Harmon, 8) Johnny Pursley, 9) Furman Parton, 10) Jeff Cooke, 11) Jamie Oliver

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