- July 9 - 311 Speedway by Sam Holbrooks


Carolina Clash: Weeks Claims Victory at 311 Speedway

Alex Cummings

MADISON, N.C. - July 9. The five-time Carolina Clash Champion Ricky Weeks Moved his Parton Lumber, Adams Electric, Rocket Impala to the point on lap 15 and went on to take the win at 311 Speedway Saturday.

"I had a lot better car than I qualified with tonight. I left some of it out on the track during qualifying," said Weeks "My last race here, I rolled in turn three a couple times, so this win means a lot to me here."

A Wolfpack Racing front row consisting of fastest qualifier Luke Roffers and Scott Autry led the 24 car starting field to the green flag.  Autry was able to use the cushion on the high side to get around Roffers to lead the first two laps, but his Wolfpack Racing teammate wasn't to be outdone as Roffers took over the top spot on lap three.

With just 1 second separating the top 21, it was the closest field of competitors in Carolina Clash history. With a racy track surface, drivers were able to run two distinct grooves, with much of the field running two and three wide from fifth on back as drivers jockied for position early. The first caution waved on lap 13 as both Mike Parker and Ray Tucker slowed in turn four as Tucker was just breaking into the top 10.

By this time, Weeks was closing in on the top spot and made the pass for the lead on lap 15. Mike Gault, who came into the evening third in points, had trouble on lap 16 when some cars tangled and Gault had nowhere to go, spinning into the outside wall. Gault would continue after extensive repairs behind the wall before finishing 13th.

A multiple car wreck on lap 18 forced Chris Meadows, Dan Breuer, and Chad Paxton behind the wall for the rest of the evening. On the restart, another multiple car wreck took place in the exact same location, forcing Ronnie Hoover and Dustin Mitchell behind the wall.

Weeks still showed the way on lap 19 with Dennis Franklin, Autry, Roffers, and Jay Sessoms in tow. During the next 14-lap green flag stretch, Roffers was able to pass Autry yet again for the third position and set his sights on Franklin, who was just one point behind Roffers in the current Carolina Clash point's championship.

Roffers ran side by side with Franklin for the rest of the race as Franklin drove the high groove, with Roffers on the inside. The outside proved to be the preferred groove as Franklin held onto the second spot. Ricky Weeks took the checkered flag first, with Franklin the runner up over Roffers, Jay Sessoms, and Scott Autry.

Travis Yow had one of his best races of the year breaking into the top 10 on lap 34 and made a last lap pass on Tim Allen in turn 4 to finish ninth. Yow now sits just 105 points behind Chad Paxton who currently leads the Klotz Rookie of the Year standings. 

July 9 - Carolina Clash at 311 Speedway
1) Ricky Weeks, 2) Dennis Franklin, 3) Luke Roffers, 4) Jay Sessoms, 5) Scott Autry, 6) Kenny Compton, 7) Ross Bailes, 8) Jeff Smith, 9) Travis Yow, 10) Tim Allen, 11) Craig Shuffield, 12) Donald Bradsher, 13) Mike Gault, 14) David Taylor, 15) Billy Thompson, 16) Gary Mabe, 17) Dustin Mitchell, 18) Ronnie Hoover, 19) Chad Paxton, 20) Dan Breuer, 21) Chris Meadows, 22) Ray Tucker, 23) Mike Parker, 24) Jim Shuffield
Fast Time (24 entries): Roffers (17.260)


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