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Clash South: Roberts Fights For Second Series Win at Screven; Weeks Takes Series Title

By: Alex Cummings

SYLVANIA, Ga. - Oct. 16. Casey Roberts was able to battle his way around 32 of the top Late Model drivers in the southeast Saturday at Screven Motor Speedway in the 50 lap, $5,000-to-win feature event. The win came in the Clash South’s firstever appearance at the 3/8-mile, high banked, red clay Georgia oval.

Roberts finishes the season in the Clash South with two victories in two starts with the series. “This is a great win in memory of Jack Starrette” said Roberts after the race, of one of the sport's most ardent supporters in the region, who recently passed away.

Ricky Weeks was also able to muster a second place finish to capture his first
ever Clash South Championship, which earned him a cool $6,000.

“It feels great to get the Championship in the inaugural season of the Clash South”said Weeks after the race.

Weeks led Roberts from his outside pole starting position before a second lap caution flew as fifth running Jeremy Faircloth looped his car, causing everyone behind him in the field to pile in. A total of 19 cars made turn one look like a parking lot.

The very next lap saw Mike Measamer spin and collect Jim Rasey and Donald Bradsher. Rasey sustained heavy right front damage and went ot on the business end of the wrecker after making some daring passes on the high side in the first few laps.

On the restart, Roberts was able pull alongside Weeks and the two would
battle hot and heavy for the lead until a lap six caution for a spinning Monk Gulledge. Under the caution, the third place car of Chesley Dixon pulled behind the wall with mechanical failures.

On the restart, Roberts was again able to pull alongside of Weeks on
the inside and the two would battle door handle to handle around the ultra-fast bullring for the next 14 laps. Then on lap 20, Roberts was finally able to make the move stick on the low side in heavy lap traffic.

Weeks wasn’t to be out done by Roberts and tried a slide job in turns one and two, but wasn’t able to make the move stick. Then on lap 27, coming into turns three and four, Weeks set up Roberts and made his move to the low side trying to use a lapped car on the high side as a pick, but it would almost cost him the race. Dennis Franklin had broken a drive shaft and was almost at a standstill on the inside of turn four. Weeks had to take evasive action to miss Franklin as he and Roberts split the difference between the two slower cars. Franklin pulled behind the wall for the night.

The 88 of Scott Shirey was involved on the lap 3 pile up in turn 1 and
received heavy left front damage but decided to continue the race with a
bent upper A frame. The A frame would only last until lap 29 when it
finally broke in turn 1 ending Shirey’s night.


Finally, the caution returned on lap 31 when Gulledge and Faircloth spun simultaneously, bringing the field together for a 19-lap showdown, with Weeks on Roberts' rear bumper yet again. But, when the green flag was dropped for the sprint to the finish, Roberts was able to pull away from Weeks, with his home track advantage and knowledge of the speedway.

John Henderson came home in thirrd, followed by Chris Ferguson and Jeff Smith.

The 32 cars in attendance Saturday evening were the most cars at a single
race this season for the Clash South.

Clash South - Screven Motor Speedway
1) Casey Roberts, 2) Ricky Weeks, 3) John Henderson, 4) Chris Ferguson, 5) Jeff Smith, 6) Johnny Pursley, 7) Randle Chupp, 8) Mike Collins, 9) Brent Dixon, 10) Jay Sessoms, 11) Colby Cannon, 12) Monk Gulledge, 13) Stephen Evans, 14) Scott Shirey, 15) Jeremy Faircloth, 16) Dennis Franklin, 17) Tim Allen, 18) Chesley Dixon, 29) Mike Measamer, 20) Donald Bradsher, 21) Jim Rasey, 22) Bobby Morris, 23) Randy Harmon, 24) Brian Nuttall, Jr. 

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