Roffers Claims Third Win in Calamitous Fayetteville Outing
FAYETTEVILLE, N.C. - June 4. Luke Roffers continued his winning ways
Saturday at Fayetteville Motor Speedway with his third victory of the season. Roffers closed in on early leader
Chad Paxton and made the winning pass near the midpoint of the race.
The current Klotz Lubricants Rookie of the Year points leader Paxton set
fast time during XS Power Racing Batteries Qualifying. The pole was Paxton's first of the year with the Carolina
Paxton got the jump on the 24-car starting field electing the inside
line on the start. A five car breakaway would ensue with Craig Shuffield pulling out all the stops attempting to
pass Paxton on the inside during the first nine laps before the first caution waved for debris on the
The same five car breakaway continued, with Roffers making some daring
moves, passing cars on the inside making his way to the front. On lap 21, Roffers made his move, passing Paxton
in turn three to take over the top spot. In just three laps, Roffers
had pulled out to nearly a half-straightaway lead over second place Paxton.
Lap 21 saw Travis Hair coming to a stop in turn four, bringing out
another caution with Roffers leading, Paxton sat in second ahead of Dustin Mitchell, Mike Gault, and Craig
On the restart, Jeff Smith would spin on the backstretch in a dust
storm, bringing out the caution. Then just two short laps later, G.R. Smith and Shawn Beasley made contact and
spun in turn one. Both were unable to continue.
Paxton's night began on a very positive note would end on a bad one. On
a lap 27 restart, Paxton spun, collecting Jeff Smith, Mike Parker, and Jay Sessoms. On the restart, Dale Hammond
got sideways and Smith drove over his front-end, sending Smith airborne and over the turn two banking.
Smith was okay after the incident.
On the restart, Dustin Mitchell was able to get around Gault for the
second position and set his eyes on Roffers. Mitchell caught Roffers on lap 31 and began to apply heavy pressure
until a scary lap 37 caution. Kenny Compton, Jr. began smoking on lap 35 and as he came out of turn four on lap
37, his power plant blew up, engulfing his car in a massive fire ball. The Carolina Clash safety crew was there
and had the fire out within seconds and Compton, Jr. was okay after the incident.
On the restart, a massive pileup on the backstretch took out Paxton, who
slammed the inside wall head-on before collecting Gary Mabe, Mike Parker, and Michael Mason. All four were
brought in on the hook.
On the restart, Roffers and Mitchell broke away from the field as Gault,
who was running the third position began to get a right-rear flat. Gault was able to hold on and finish the
race, but went from third to sixth in the last three laps with the flat tire.
Roffers was able to hold off the hard charging Mitchell for the win.
Scott Autry passed seven cars in route to a third place finish. Rookie of the Year Contender, Travis Yow had his
best ever finish with the series, crossing the line in the fourth position. Craig Shuffield, who had has best
ever qualifying run with the Carolina Clash before starting on the outside pole, raced his way to a fifth place
With the win, Roffers was able to close the gap to within seven
points of Dennis Franklin. Even with the horrific wreck, Chad Paxton still leads the Klotz Lubricants Rookie of the Year
standings by 81 points over Travis Yow.
June 11 - Fayetteville Motor
Speedway Carolina Clash
Roffers, 2) Dustin Mitchell, 3) Scott Autry, 4) Travis Yow, 5) Craig
Shuffield, 6) Mike Gault, 7) Dennis Franklin, 8) David Taylor, 9) Justin Labonte, 10)
Jay Sessoms, 11) Michael Mason, 12) Kenny Compton, Jr., 13) Gary Mabe, 14) Chad Paxton,
15) Mike Parker, 16) Chris Blackwell, 17) Ray Tucker, 18) Dale Hammond, 19) Jeff Smith,
20) Shawn Beasley, 21) G.R. Smith, 22) Travis Hair, 23) Greg Clark, 24) Jim
Fast Time (24 entries): Paxton (18.295)