- Mar 27 - 311 Fastrack by Sam Holbrooks


Dillon Wins First ever Carolina Clash Main Event  

By: Alex Cummings 

MADISON, N.C. - March 27. Austin Dillon was able to bring home his first ever Carolina Clash victory Saturday at 311 Fastrack. The race was his second of the day as Dillon also ran in the Camping World Truck Series race in Martinsville, Va. earlier in the day.

“I’m very happy about our win tonight, it’s redemption for our day at Martinsville” said Dillon in victory lane. This was the second race of the year for the Carolina Clash Series and the second first time winner of the year.

When the green flag was dropped over the 24 car starting field, it was Dillon taking the early lead with the other 23 cars behind him running two and three wide for position. Five cautions slowed the race during the first 11 laps of the main event, with problems for the #14 of David Taylor, last week’s winner Dean Bowen in his #15 machine, the #44 of Justin Labonte, and the #22 of Chris Ferguson.

On the restart on lap 11, the #31 of Billy Thompson and the #87 of Ross Bailes tangled coming to the green and both cars went spinning uncontrollably into the inside wall. Both cars were able to continue, but Bailes would drop out of the race on lap 30. Through all the early cautions, Dillon was able to fend off the threats presented to him by the rest of the field.  

During the first part of the race, nearly everyone from second place on back was two-wide, fighting tooth and nail for each positionack. Jeff Smith was showing the competition around the track on the high side during the early portion of the feature.  

The race was red flagged on lap 14 when a four-car pileup in turns one and two blocked the entire track. Involved in the accident was the #17 of Tim Allen, the #84 of Jay Sessoms, the #6 of Chris Blackwell, and the #25 of Shawn Beasley. Allen’s car was brought into the pits on the hook with major front end damage, while the other three racers were able to continue. Two laps later, Sessoms spun again. Under caution, last week’s winner, Bowen, pulled behind the wall for the night.  

Chris Ferguson was on the move after bringing out an early caution on lap 11. Ferguson restarted the race in the 21st position and by lap 16, was already running in the ninth position. In just five laps, Ferguson was able to pass 12 cars utilizing both the high and low sides of the ultra-fast 311 speedway.  

On the final restart of the night on lap 30, Dillon was able to pull out to a small lead over Weeks and the two would fight back and forth for the top spot for the next seven laps keeping the fans riveted. When the checkered flag flew, it was Dillon coming home with the victory over Weeks, Smith, Jordan Bland, and Ferguson.

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