- June 26 - New Dublin Speedway by Sam Holbrooks


Carolina Clash: Luke Roffers Collects First Career Win at Dublin

Alex Cummings

WINGATE, N.C. - June 26.  Luke Roffers made a long haul from Concord, N.C. and was able to collect his first career Carolina Clash win at The New Dublin Speedway Saturday after apparent winner Ray Tucker was deemed took light at post-race weigh-in.

Roffers also set fast time at Dublin, earning him his first career pole with the Carolina Clash in his Cal-Les-2 transport sponsored Rocket.

“We’ve always run really well here at Dublin in the past and tonight was no different” Roffers said after the race. “It was a great night, the car was hooked up and all of the pieces fell into place perfectly for us this evening”.

Roffers first win came in front of a packed house, with 24-car starting field keeping the fans standing the entire race. Roffers took the early lead and set sail until Jared Landers looped his#777 in turn four, and under caution, fifth running Timmy Blackwell went pitside with a flat tire.

On lap 22, the caution returned when Steve Blackburn and Dennis Franklin both pitted with flat tires. Justtwo laps later, Brian Ledbetter pulled behind the wall trailing fluid, unable to continue.

Lap 25, saw the biggest event of the night when Ricky Weeks slowed on the backstretch after breaking the rear-end, andDean Bowen slid to avoid the slowing car of Weeks. 

During the middle of the race, most of the field was running along the bottom of the track, but Ray Tucker was hanging his #27 out high and wide along the outer rim of the track, chased by Tim Allen and Landers. The three cars hooked up like a freight train and ran the outside of the track until lap 31 saw a pass for the lead when Tucker made a power move around Roffers and set sail.

Lap 35 saw Breuer with a flat tire, dropping him from second, and on the next circuit. When the green flag came back out again, Tucker put the gas pedal to the floor board and never looked behind, only to be found light at the scales. With the trophy relinquished to Roffers, Shawn Beasley ended up second. Dennis Franklin made his way all the way back up to the third position after an early caution. Bowen took fourth after his lap 27 fiasco with Weeks.

NOTES: Dennis Franklin now holds a 63 point lead over Weeks, and Bowen is only two points behind Weeks.  The New Dublin Speedway was a night of firsts for the young man named Travis Yow. It was his first appearance with the Carolina Clash and he made his debut and presence known. Yow was able to motor home with an eighth place finish. Saturday night was also the return of the *72 of Mike Parker after a seven-year drought with the Carolina Clash after racing with the series in its first three years of operation.

Carolina Clash - New Dublin Speedway
1) Luke Roffers, 2) Shawn Beasley, 3) Dennis Franklin, 4) Dean Bowen, 5) Jay Sessoms, 6) Jared Landers, 7) Craig Sheffield, 8) Travis Yow, (9) Dustin Mitchell, (10) Mike Mason, (11) David Taylor, (12) Michael Marlowe, (13) Travis Hair, (14) Tim Allen, (15) Zach Cox, (16) Mike Parker, (17) Chuck Smith, (18) Dan Breuer, (19) Timmy Blackwell, (20) Ricky Weeks, (21) Brian Ledbetter, (22) Dale Hammond, (23) Steve Blackburn. 24) Ray Tucker (disqualified)

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