latemodelamerica.com - June 7 - Cleveland Co Speedway
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Franklin Gets Second Road Show Win at Cleveland Co.

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FAYETTEVILLE, N.C. - June 7.Picking up right where he left off at the previous touring event, Dennis “Rambo” Franklin vaulted into the lead from the pole position and dominated Friday's Heintz Performance Road Show event at Cleveland County Speedway to claim his second win in as many starts on the NDRA touring series.

Road Show points leader Jeff Cooke set fast time in GM Performance Time Trials for Event 3 and was joined by Franklin, Bill Straight, and Ron Parker for the GazZu Energy Top 4 redraw prior to the  40 lap feature event.   Franklin, who drew the pole, was joined by Bill Straight on the front row.  Parker and Cooke drew the 3rd and 4th positions respectively setting the stage for an exciting main event.

From the outset, Franklin, Parker, and Cooke quickly asserted themselves at the head of the field and occupied the first three positions early on in the feature event.   Franklin opened up an early advantage as Cooke pursued Parker for the runner up position.  Through some early caution flags and double file restarts, the two veterans traded positions on multiple occasions early in the race. 

Jimmy Schiltz, Timbo Mangum, and Jordan Anderson were looking to work their way into the Top 3 while Kent Peckham was making his move from the 10th starting position.  Two extended green flag runs allowed Franklin to extend his lead as Cooke worked his way past Parker.  Peckham surged into 4th late in the event as the top 3 worked lap traffic.  In the end, Franklin would go on to capture his second consecutive Road Show touring race.

Cooke, who followed Franklin to the checkered flag, finished in the runner up spot for the third consecutive time in Road Show competition.  Cooke also extended his points lead to 31 over Ron Parker.  Parker, Peckham, and Schiltz rounded out the top 5.  Steve Hendren and Roger Pate received the FK Rod Ends Hard Luck and Hard Charger awards respectively

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