First ever Carolina Clash Main Event
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.
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