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Ricky Weeks - Carolina Clash VL at Carolina Speedway

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Carolina Clash: Weeks Takes 11th annual "Skyler Trull Memorial" Opener at Carolina Speedway

GASTONIA, N.C. - Mar. 13. Ricky Weeks was able to outperform 32 of the best Late Model drivers in the southeast Saturday evening at Carolina Speedway for the 11th annual "Skyler Trull Memorial". Weeks passed Chris Ferguson on the high side after a lap 32 restart and led the remainder.

"The Trulls are great people and winning this race means a lot to me" said Ricky Weeks in victory lane after the feature. "It was a hard fought win tonight with such good competition here". Ross Bailes was able to sit on the pole for the 40 lap feature race.

Rick Weeks - Skyler Trull Memorial winner at Carolina Speedway

Veteran Ricky Weeks took a late lead to the Carolina Clash season opening win at Carolina Speedway Saturday. (Kyle Armstrong) 

Ross Bailes chose to start the event on the outside pole and used it to his advantage by taking the early lead. The first major caution came on lap 10 when six cars tangled, with everybody but Furman Parton able to resume the race. On lap 17, the Carolina Clash defending Rookie of the Year had problems and went pitside to never return. Defending Carolina Clash Series Champion, Dennis Franklin also had his own troubles during the feature, bringing out three different cautions in a span of 10 laps.

The worst wreck of the night occured on lap 28 restart when Jay Sessoms slammed the outside frontstretch wall and spun down the track into oncoming traffic, collecting Mike Huey and Scott Shirey. All three cars were unable to continue.

During the last few laps, Weeks had been taking a look to the outside lane, dusting it off somewhat and plotting where he would take over the lead cars. On lap 32, Petey Ivey also slammed the outside wall, ending his night. On the restart, Weeks made his move, passing Ferguson on the high side of turns three and four and on the very next lap, he would power into the lead, passing Bailes in turn four.

With Weeks running the high side, Ferguson decided it was time to make his move as he also followed in Weeks' tracks and passed Bailes on the outside on lap 37. Ferguson was making ground up on Weeks, but ran out of time as Weeks led the final few laps en route to a special win. Chris Ferguson crossed the line in second, followed by Bailes, Mike Gault, and Luke Roffers.

 

March 13 - Carolina Clash - Carolina Speedway (Finish Revised After Disqualifications)
1) Chris Ferguson, 2) Mike Gault, 3) Luke Roffers, 4) Dan Breuer, 5) Tim Allen, 6) Chad Paxton, 7) David Taylor, 8) Dennis Franklin, 9) Craig Shuffield, 10) Petey Ivey, 11) Doug Sanders, 12) Kenny Compton, 13) Mike Huey, 14) Jay Sessoms, 15) Scott Shirey, 16) Johnny Stovall, 17) Dean Bowen, 18) Furman Parton, 19) Chris Meadows, 20) Jeff Smith, 21) Brent Robinson. Disqualified: Ricky Weeks (1st), Ross Bailes (3rd), Dustin Mitchell (8th). 
Heat Winners (32 entries): Allen, Parton; B-Main winner: Paxton.

 

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