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Johnny Pursley Captures First Career Carolina Clash Super Late Model Series Championship

The 2016 race season has come to a close for the Carolina Clash Super Late Model Series and Johnny Pursley of Clover, South Carolina is our 2016 Carolina Clash Super Late Model Series Champion. Pursley scored four wins with the Carolina Clash in 2016 and finished the season out with 1646 points over Ross Bailes which earned 1447 points this season. The top ten points finishers in 2016 were Johnny Pursley, Ross Bailes, Dennis Franklin, Anthony Sanders, Chris Ferguson, Doug Sanders, Brett Hamm, Jeff Smith, Donald Bradsher, and Josh Langley. The series saw nine different winners this season which included Ross Bailes, Dennis Franklin, Chris Ferguson, Brett Hamm, Willie Milliken, Chad ogle, Johnny Pursley, Jeff Smith, and Darrell Lanigan. Brett Hamm of Newberry, South Carolina took Rookie Of The Year honors.

The Carolina Clash Super Late Model Series would like to thank all fans, drivers, and sponsors for their support throughout the season.

 

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Darrell Lanigan Wins Carolina Clash "Blue Gray 100" At Cherokee

(Gaffney, South Carolina) 10/23/16 - Darrell Lanigan of Union, Kentucky took the lead from Don O'Neal on lap 91 to take home the victory in the Carolina Clash Super Late Model Series "Blue Gray 100" event at Cherokee Speedway on Sunday worth $10,000. This marked Lanigan's first win with the Carolina Clash Super Late Model Series. Don O'Neal, Casey Roberts, Jeff Smith, and Chris Ferguson rounded out the top five finishers. Chris Ferguson set fast time in qualifying with a time of 15.151 seconds. Heat race winners included Chris Ferguson, Don O'Neal, and Chris Madden. Zack Mitchell was the consolation race winner.

As the 2016 season for the series came to a close at Cherokee Sunday; Johnny Pursley of Clover, South Carolina captured his first series championship with the Carolina Clash.

Cherokee Speedway Race Results

1. Darrell Lanigan
2. Don O'Neal
3. Casey Roberts
4. Jeff Smith
5. Chris Ferguson
6. Chris Madden
7. Johnny Pursley
8. Dennis Franklin
9. Kenny collins
10. Brent Dixon
11. Anthony Sanders
12. Kelly Guy
13. Scott Shirey
14. Kevin Wilson
15. David Yandle
16. Jimmy McNamara
17. Mike Huey
18. Tim Allen
19. Zack Mitchell
20. Doug Sanders
21. Trent Ivey
22. Rick Weeks
23. Kenny Rominger Jr
24. Steve Phillips

 

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Carolina Clash Rule Change

PLEASE NOTE THE CHANGE TO THE RULE FOR ADDING WEIGHT TO FRAME OR CHASSIS:

All attached lead weights must be painted either white or silver and MUST have car number and driver’s name on the weight. ALL weight attachments MUST BE securely fastened using TWO - 1/2 inch minimum bolts and fasteners.

AMENDED 10/18/16: Weights can ONLY be bolted to the chassis frame or roll cage

 

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The Carolina Clash Super Late Models Series Travels To Cherokee Speedway Sunday October 23rd For The $10,000 To Win "Blue Gray 100"

The Carolina Clash Super Late Model Series will travel to Cherokee Speedway located in Gaffney, South Carolina on Sunday October 23rd for the 26th Annual "Blue Gray 100" event paying $10,000 to win. Along with the Carolina Clash Super Late Model Series Cherokee Speedway will also be hosting Stock 4 (WC4CN Qualifier), UMP Modifieds ($1000 to win), Thunder Bomber, Extreme 4, and Young Guns. Gate will open at 3 PM with drawing from 3 PM to 4:30 PM. Hot Laps will begin at 5 PM with racing to follow. Cherokee Speedway is located at 153 Speedway Road in Gaffney, South Carolina (29431). Contact Cherokee Speedway at 864-489-1969 on visit them online at www.cherokeespeedwaysc.com .

 

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Jeff Smith Takes Carolina Clash $5,000 Victory At Carolina

(Gastonia, North Carolina) 10/15/16 - Sixth starting Jeff Smith of Dallas, North Carolina held off Dennis Franklin to take home the victory in the Carolina Clash Super Late Model Series Saturday at Carolina Speedway worth $5,000. The event was also the annual "Clash Bash" and apart of the "King Of The Carolinas". Dennis Franklin, Joey Coulter, Anthony Sanders, and Doug Sanders rounded out the top five finishers. Zack Mitchell set fast time in qualifying with a time of 15.189 seconds.

Carolina Speedway Race Results

1. Jeff Smith
2. Dennis Franklin
3. Joey Coulter
4. Anthony Sanders
5. Doug Sanders
6. Johnny Pursley
7. Brian Ledbetter
8. Kevin Wilson
9. Kenny Rominger Jr
10. Scott Shirey
11. Mike huey
12. David Yandle
13. JimBo Bray
14. Ross Bailes
15. Steve Phillips
16. Zack Mitchell
17. Josh Langley
18. Ricky Weeks
19. Daulton Wilson
20. Bubba McGee
21. Kelly Guy
22. Jason Womack

 

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The Carolina Clash Super Late Model Series Returns To Carolina Speedway October 15th

The Carolina Clash Super Late Model Series returns to Carolina Speedway located in Gastonia, North Carolina on Saturday October 15th for the "17th Annual Clash Bash" paying $5,000 to win which is apart of the "4th Annual King Of The Carolinas".

Two of the biggest Late Model races in the Carolina's will share the same stage on one epic weekend in October, as the "17th Annual Carolina Clash Bash" and the "6th Annual Bill Hendren Memorial" will both be a part of the event.

October 13th, 14th, 15th, race teams from all over the area will converge on the 4/10 mile oval. Last season's event saw a record 202 race cars pack the Gaston County, North Carolina oval.

The SECA sanctioned "Bill Hendren Memorial" will pay the winner $3,000 and the "Carolina Clash Bash" will award the victor $5,000.

Also in action over the weekend will be championship races for other divisions. Friday night October 15th will see a the $3,000 to win "Bill Hendren Memorial" as well as a $750 to win SECA Modified feature and a $500 Hornets main event. Street Stocks, Renegades, SECA Crate Sportsman, and the MMSA Four Cylinders will qualify and run heat races for Saturday nights events.

On Saturday night the Carolina Clash Super Late Models will be joined with $1,500 to win features for SECA Crate Sportsman, Renegade, and Street Stocks, along with a $2,500 to win Monster Min Stock Association event and a $1,000 to win Hornets feature.

Thursday night October 13th will be an open practice session.

Carolina Speedway is located at 6355 Union Road in Gastonia, North Carolina (28054) . Contact Carolina Speedway at 704-869-0313 or visit them online at www.carolinaspeedway.net .

 

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Carolina Clash Event Scheduled For Saturday October 8th At Volunteer Speedway Canceled

After talking with officials from the Carolina Clash Super Late Model Series, "Border Wars at The Gap" scheduled for Saturday October 8th at Volunteer Speedway has been canceled due to a conflict with a Super Late Model show in East Tennessee at another track that later scheduled on the same date.

"When we released our 2016 racing schedule back on Dec. 10, 2015 we had carefully made certain no other Super Late Model touring series events were already scheduled in East Tennessee on Saturday, Oct. 8 – and there were no other races scheduled," said Volunteer Speedway owners Joe and Phyllis Loven." The sole reason we had scheduled a date with the Carolina Clash Super Late Model Series for Saturday, Oct. 8 was because it wouldn’t conflict with any other track. Then back in the spring, another series and track schedules a race for the same date that we already had scheduled.

"Volunteer Speedway and the other track are within reasonable driving distance of each other, and with drivers and race teams looking each week at races they can compete in that pays the bigger purse, in having two (touring series Super Late Model) races on top of one another all it’s going to do is divide both cars and race fans. With the decline in car count for Super Late Models over the past few years, there are just not enough cars in this region alone to have two touring series special events the same night. We regret in having to cancel our scheduled race, but it’s just a matter of what makes most sense financially in operating a racetrack. Overall we’ve had a very good racing season at ‘The Gap,’ and we want to thank both fans and race teams for coming out to support us."

Visit Volunteer Speedway online at www.volunteerspeedway.com .

 

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Carolina Clash Super Late Model Series $4,000 To Win 'Border Wars' Scheduled Saturday, Oct. 8 At Volunteer Speedway

Bulls Gap, Tenn. - The Carolina Clash Super Late Model Series $4,000 to win "Border Wars at The Gap" headlines the racing program on Saturday, Oct. 8 at Volunteer Speedway. Also in action on the high banks will be Sportsman Late Model ($800 to win 25 laps) and Modified Street ($500 to win 20 laps).

Chad Ogle of Sevierville recorded the $4,000 victory back in June when the Carolina Clash Super Late Model Series made its first visit in 2016 to Volunteer Speedway. Three Carolina Clash Super Late Model Series races were held in 2015 at Volunteer Speedway, with bragging rights remaining in the Volunteer State as Ogle, Vic Hill of Mosheim, and Mark Douglas of Knoxville each visited victory lane. Who will take the checkered flag on Saturday, Oct. 8 will it be a racer from the Carolinas, Tennessee, Georgia, Kentucky, Virginia or another state?

Entering the Volunteer Speedway event on Saturday, Oct. 8, the top five drivers in Carolina Clash Super Late Model Series point standings are Johnny Pursley of Clover, S.C.; Ross Bailes of Clover, S.C.; Brett Hamm of Newberry, S.C.; Chris Ferguson of Mount Holly, N.C.; and Dennis Franklin of Gaffney, S.C. Also expect to see a good contingent of East Tennessee competitors trying to defend their home turf.

Pit gate opens at 4 p.m. and grandstand gate at 5:30 p.m. Hot laps are tentatively scheduled to start at 7 p.m., immediately followed by qualifying and then green flag racing action beginning around 8:30 p.m.

Directions to Volunteer Speedway: South on Interstate 81 from Tennessee/Virginia state lines, take Exit 23 (Bulls Gap/Greeneville), then turn right onto Hwy. 11-E at bottom of the exit ramp. Look for track entrance approximately 200 yards on left.

North on Interstate 81 from I-81/I-40 split (East of Knoxville, TN), take Exit 23, then turn left onto Hwy. 11-E at bottom of the exit ramp. Continue underneath the interstate over-pass and track entrance approximately 300 yards ahead on left.

Visit Volunteer Speedway online at www.volunteerspeedway.com .

 

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Johnny Pursley Scores Carolina Clash Victory At Fayetteville

(Fayetteville, North Carolina) 10/1/16 - Johnny Pursley of Clover, South Carolina took over the lead on lap eleven from pole sitter Chris Ferguson after Ferguson had to go pit side due to mechanical issues. Donald Bradsher challenged leader Johnny Pursley at times, but Pursley was able to hold on to the lead to take home the victory in the Carolina Clash Super Late Model Series event at Fayetteville Motor Speedway Saturday worth $5,000. Dennis Franklin, Donald Bradsher, Michael Rouse, and Anthony Sanders rounded out the top five finishers. Chris Ferguson set fast time in qualifying with a time of 17.251 seconds.

Fayetteville Motor Speedway Race Results

1. Johnny Pursley
2. Dennis Franklin
3. Donald Bradsher
4. Michael Rouse
5. Anthony Sanders
6. Ross Bailes
7. Scott Shirey
8. Mike Parker
9. Jimmy McNamara
10. Willie Milliken
11. Doug Sanders
12. Dale Hammond
13. Justin Williams
14. Kevin Wilson
15. Chris Ferguson
16. Jeff Smith
17. Ron Pope
18. Zack Blackwell
19. Zack Cox


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Carolina Clash Set For Busy October

Four events to wrap up 2016 season to kick off this Saturday in Fayetteville, NC for $5000 to Win Boom City Classic

Carolina Clash Super Late Model Series PR

Race #309/#65 at Fayetteville with Carolina Clash

This weekend will be booming at the loaded 4/10 Fayetteville Motor Speedway where two nights of racing are set to run the Boom City Fall Classic for the historic Fayetteville Motor Speedway, "Your Hometown Track" since 1968.

Seven divisions of racing will entertain the fans each night of the weekend, which will feature Super Late Model and Budweiser Weekly Late Models on Friday, along with Carolina Clash and FUEL Series Late Models on Saturday night.

In addition to late model action, the AMRA sanctioned Diet Mt. Dew Open Wheel Modifieds will be on hand each night.

FK Rod Ends $400 "FK Fast Time" award. Fayetteville Motor Speedway is pleased to announce FK Rod Ends has come on board to sponsor the Fast Time Awards for the Super Late Model Division on Friday, September 30th and Saturday, October 1st as part of the 2nd Annual Boom City Fall Classic Weekend. The driver that sets Fast Time during qualifying for the super late model division will receive a $400 Cash Award on both nights, compliments of FK Rod Ends.

I'm thrilled to have FK Rod Ends on board for the Boom City Fall Classic. Maria Melillo has been a big supporter of dirt late model racing nationwide and it's a privilege to have her company associated with this big event", stated Jim Long Jr, promoter of Fayetteville Motor Speedway.

Fayetteville Motor Speedway is located at 3407 Doc Bennett Road in Fayetteville, North Carolina. For tickets, camping, hotels and information about the 2nd Annual Boom City Fall Classic, call 910-223-RACE (7223) or visit:
www.fayettevillemotorspeedway.com .

Also follow us on all social media outlets including Facebook, Fayetteville Motor Speedway and on Twitter @FayMotorSpeed. For information about The Carolina Clash Super Late Model Series visit their website at www.carolinaclash.com and for the FUEL Racing Series visit www.fuelracingseries.com .

FRIDAY NIGHT SCHEDULE

$5,000 to win Battle for Bragg Super Late Models
$1,500 to win Budweiser Late Models
$1,250 to win AMRA Diet Mtn Dew Modifieds
$750 to win Super Streets
$500 to win Camping Word Pure Stocks
$300 to win Legends
$250 to win Modlites

SATURDAY NIGHT SCHEDULE

$5,000 to win Carolina Clash Super Late Model Series
$3,000 to win FUEL Racing Series
$1,500 to win AMRA Diet Mtn Dew Modifieds
$1,000 to win UCAR
$750 to win King of the Super Street Series
$500 to win Camping World Pure Stocks
$500 to win Legends

 

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The Carolina Clash Super Late Model Series Invades Fayetteville Motor Speedway October 1st

The Carolina Clash Super Late Model Series will invade Fayetteville Motor Speedway located in Fayetteville, North Carolina on Saturday October 1st for a $5,000 to win event which is apart of the "The 2nd Annual Boom City Fall Classic".

Along with the Carolina Clash Super Late Model Series Fayetteville Motor Speedway will also be hosting FUEL Late Models, Open Wheel Modified, Super Street, Pure Stock, U-Car, Sport Mod, Legend, and Mod Lite on October 1st. It will also be double points night for local divisions.

Fayetteville Motor Speedway is located at 3407 Doc Bennett Road in
Fayetteville, North Carolina (28306). Contact Fayetteville Motor Speedway at 910-223-7223 or visit them online at www.fayettevillemotorspeedway.com .

 

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Ross Bailes Scores Carolina Clash Victory At Friendship
 

(Elkin, North Carolina) 9/10/16 - Pole sitter Ross Bailes of Clover, South Carolina led flag to flag Saturday at Friendship Motor Speedway to pick up the win in the Carolina Clash Super Late Model Series worth $4,000. Dennis Franklin, Johnny Pursley, Anthony Sanders, and Billy Hicks rounded out the top five finishers. Ross Bailes set fast time in qualifying with a time of 15.274 seconds. Heat race winners included Anthony Sanders and Jeff Smith.

Friendship Motor Speedway Race Results

1. Ross Bailes
2. Dennis Franklin
3. Johnny Pursley
4. Anthony Sanders
5. Billy Hicks
6. Jeff Smith
7. Doug Sanders
8. Jimmy McNamara
9. Kevin Wilson
10. Mike Huey
11. Derek Brown
12. Kenny Rominger Jr
13. Gary Mabe
14. Greg Clark
15. Chase McCormick
16. Timbo Mangum


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Friendship Motor Speedway Hosts The Carolina Clash Super Late Model Series Saturday September 10th

The Carolina Clash Super Late Model Series will travel to Friendship Motor Speedway located in Elkin, North Carolina on Saturday September 10th for a $4,000 to win event.

Along with the Carolina Clash Friendship will host double points night in all classes.

Gates open at 3:30pm with drivers meeting around 6:15pm.

Friendship Motor Speedway is located at 11420 NC-268 Hwy in Elkin, North Carolina (28621). Contact Friendship Motor Speedway at 336-416-2648 or visit them online at www.friendshipspeedwaync.com .

 

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Chris Ferguson Wins Carolina Clash Hall Of Fame Event At Cherokee

(Gaffney, South Carolina) 9/4/16 - Chris Ferguson of Mount Holly, North Carolina took home the win Sunday at Cherokee Speedway in the Carolina Clash Super Late Model Series "Hall Of Fame" event worth $4,000. Johnny Pursley, Ross Bailes, Doug Sanders, and Dennis Franklin rounded out the top five finishers. Chris Ferguson set fast time in qualifying with a time of 15.069 seconds.

Cherokee Speedway Race Results

1. Chris Ferguson
2. Johnny Pursley
3. Ross Bailes
4. Doug Sanders
5. Dennis Franklin
6. Brent Dixon
7. Anthony Sanders
8. Josh Langley
9. Jimmy Mac
10. Kenny Rominger Jr
11. Kevin Wilson
12. Mike Huey
13. Jeff Smith
14. Robbie Bailey
15. Zach Mitchell
16. Gary Wood


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The Carolina Clash Super Late Model Series Returns To Cherokee Speedway Sunday September 4th For "Hall Of Fame" Event

The Carolina Clash Super Late Model Series returns to Cherokee Speedway located in Gaffney, South Carolina on Sunday September 4th for its annual "Hall Of Fame" event paying $4,000 to win.

Cherokee Speedway support divisions will include SECA Crate Late Model, Crate Sportsman (River Wars), Limited Sportsman, Stock 4, Young Guns, Thunder Bomber, and Dwarfs.

Gates will open at 5:00pm with drivers meeting around 7:00pm.

Cherokee Speedway is located at 153 Speedway Road in Gaffney, South Carolina (29341). Contact Cherokee Speedway at 864-489-1969 or visit them online at www.cherokeespeedwaysc.com .

 

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Jeff Smith Wins Carolina Clash Event At Lancaster With Last Lap Pass

(Lancaster, South Carolina) 9/3/16 - Jeff Smith of Dallas, North Carolina made a last lap pass on Johnny Pursley on the outside coming off of turn four at Lancaster Speedway Saturday night to take home the win in the Carolina Clash Super Late Model Series event worth $4,000. This win marked Smiths 29th all time win with the Carolina Clash Super Late Model Series. Johnny Pursley, Ross Bailes, Ben Watkins, and Josh Langley rounded out the top five finishers. Heat race winners included Jeff Smith and Ben Watkins.

Lancaster Speedway Race Results

1. Jeff Smith
2. Johnny Pursley
3. Ross Bailes
4. Ben Watkins
5. Josh Langley
6. Anthony Sanders
7. Jimmy McNamara
8. Chris Ferguson
9. Kenny Rominger Jr
10. Billy Hicks
11. Doug Sanders
12. Jonathan Edwards
13. Mike Huey
14. Zack Mitchell
15. Bryan Mullis
16. David Yandle
17. Hank Taylor


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The Carolina Clash Super Late Model Series Returns To Lancaster Speedway Saturday September 3rd

 

The Carolina Clash Super Late Model Series returns to Lancaster Speedway located in Lancaster, South Carolina on Saturday September 3rd for a $4,000 to win show.

 

Lancaster Speedway support divisions will include SECA Crate Sportsman (River Wars), Renegade, Super Stock, Extreme 4, and Vintage.

 

Pit gates open at 4:00pm with grandstands gates opening at 5:00pm.

 

Lancaster Speedway is located at 223 Shiloh Unity Road in Lancaster, South Carolina (29721). Contact Lancaster Speedway at 803-285-1877 or visit them online at www.lancastersuperspeedway.com .

 

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Pursley Takes Third Straight Clash Victory At Fayetteville

(Fayetteville, North Carolina) 8/13/16 - Johnny Pursley of Clover, South Carolina took home the victory Saturday night at Fayetteville Motor Speedway in the Carolina Clash Super Late Model Series worth $4,000. This marks Pursleys third straight win with the Clash. Willie Milliken, Zack Mitchell, Ben Watkins, and Ross Bailes rounded out the top five finishers. Willie Milliken set fast time in qualifying with a time of 16.910 seconds. Heat race winners included Ben Watkins and Jonathan Edwards.

Fayetteville Motor Speedway Race Results

1. Johnny Pursley
2. Willie Milliken
3. Zack Mitchell
4. Ben Watkins
5. Ross Bailes
6. Jonathan Edwards
7. Michael Rouse
8. Scott Shirey
9. Billy Hicks
10. Mark Dysart
11. Ray Mason
12. Brett Hamm
13. Dustin Mitchell
14. Greg Clark
15. Mike Parker
16. Michael Mason

 

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The Carolina Clash Super Late Model Series Returns To Fayetteville Motor Speedway Saturday August 13th

 

The Carolina Clash Super Late Model Series returns to Fayetteville Motor Speedway located in Fayetteville, North Carolina on Saturday August 13th for a $4,000 to win show.

 

Fayetteville Motor Speedway support divisions will include Late Model, Super Street, SportMod, Pure Stock, and U-Car.

 

Pit gates open at 4:00pm with grandstands gates opening at 5:00pm.

 

Fayetteville Motor Speedway is located at 3407 Doc Bennett Road
in Fayetteville, North Carolina (28306). Contact the Fayetteville Motor Speedway at 910-223-7223 or visit them online at www.fayettevillemotorspeedway.com .

 

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Pursley Wins Carolina Clash Shrine Race At Carolina

(Gastonia, North Carolina) 8/9/16 - Johnny Pursley of Clover, South Carolina took home the victory Tuesday night at Carolina Speedway in the Carolina Clash Super Late Model Series Shrine event worth $3,000. Chris Ferguson, Dennis Franklin, Jeff Smith, and Doug Sanders rounded out the top five finishers. Brett Hamm set fast time in qualifying with a time of 15.294 seconds.

Carolina Speedway Race Results

1. Johnny Pursley
2. Chris Ferguson
3. Dennis Franklin
4. Jeff Smith
5. Doug Sanders
6. Ross Bailes
7. Brian Ledbetter
8. Kenny Rominger Jr
9. Tim Allen
10. Bryan Mullis
11. Jonathan Edwards
12. Anthony Sanders
13. Brett Hamm
14. Billy Lambert

 

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Johnny Pursley Rides High To Stick Elliott Win At Cherokee

(Gaffney, South Carolina) 8/6/16 - When Brett Hamm chose to start on the inside of row one after capturing the VP Racing Fuels Fast Time, that was all the incentive Johnny Pursley needed to set his sights on the bullseye entering turn one and it was a perfect strike. Pursley used a very present upper half cushion of an awesome Cherokee surface to power his way to the lead. He kept a comfortable distance between himself and the second-place cars throughout the event, which was caution-free after lap three, when Douglas Davis slowed to a stop in turn three. The race went the rest of the 37 laps nonstop as Johnny Pursley and Chris Ferguson stretched out to a near half a lap lead over the third place contender Brett Hamm, the CarQuest Auto Parts Rookie of the Year contender.

Pursley has struggled in recent months with his super late model program, ever since a catastrophic crash at Swainsboro, Georgia destroyed his car. However, the new Longhorn powered by Clements Race Engines was awesome as Pursley and Ferguson used the upper groove to best the pace of the rest of the field, putting nearly two-thirds of the field a lap down by the checkers.

Anthony Sanders scored his best finish of the season with a fourth place run, where he was mounting a charge on Brett Hamm for third near the end of the show. Josh Langley (Heat 1 winner) returned to racing after several weeks off with a solid fifth place run. Doug Sanders, Jeff Smith, Ross Bailes, Kelly Guy (Heat 2 Winner), and Tim Allen rounded out the top 10 of the 18 car field.

The win was the 7th career Carolina Clash win for Pursley, joining a tie with Jonathan Davenport, Ed Gibbons and Jack Pennington on the winners list with seven wins. It was Pursley's first Carolina Clash win at Cherokee Speedway and first series win since October 19, 2013 at Fayetteville Motor Speedway to close out the 2013 season, where he finished runner up to Dennis Franklin in the championship standings that season.

Johnny Pursley is from Clover, SC and drives a 2016 Longhorn Chassis powered by Clements Race Engines. The car is owned by his family Pursley Grading and is sponsored by Farmers Service Center of York, SC.

The next race for the Carolina Clash will be the 44th annual Shrine 100 at the Carolina Speedway in Gastonia, NC paying $3000 to win. Then, the series moves to Fayetteville Motor Speedway for the Back to School Bash on Saturday, August 13, 2016.

Thanks to all of the series sponsors for their support in 2016.

Cherokee Speedway Race Results

1. Johnny Pursley
2. Chris Ferguson
3. Brett Hamm
4. Anthony Sanders
5. Josh Langley
6. Doug Sanders
7. Jeff Smith
8. Ross Bailes
9. Kelly Guy
10. Tim Allen
11. Scott Shirey
12. Brent Dixon
13. Josh Richeson
14. Greg Clark
15. Timbo Mangum
16. Mike Huey
17. Douglas Davis
18. Billy Lambert
DNS - Steve Banal

 

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Carolina Clash Resumes Action This Saturday August 6th At Cherokee Speedway

Cherokee Speedway Hosts Annual Stick Elliott Memorial Race

Carolina Clash Begins Second Half of 2016 Campaign

Mark Huey - Carolina Clash PR

The Carolina Clash Super Late Model Series will resume the 2016 season this weekend at the Cherokee Speedway in Gaffney, South Carolina with the annual running of the Cherokee Speedway Stick Elliott Memorial Race. The event will pay $4000 to win.

The Cherokee Speedway has given outstanding support to the Carolina Clash Super Late Model Series in recent years, hosting eight events in the past three seasons. The speedway has a long-standing heritage running super late models and hosts national and regional events each season.

Chris Ferguson of Mount Holly, NC has posted three wins at Cherokee win the Carolina Clash, most recently on May 7, 2016 in the first race of the season there. Dennis Franklin and Chris Madden, both of Gaffney, SC, have each scored two Cherokee checkers with Clash.

The race marks the beginning of a three-race stint in seven days, as the Clash teams will visit Carolina Speedway in Gastonia, NC on Tuesday, August 9, for the annual Gaston County Shrine 100, before marking a return to Fayetteville Motor Speedway on August 13 for their "Back to School Bash with Clash."

The Cherokee Speedway race information is as follows:

Saturday Aug 6, The Carolina Clash Super Late Model Series Stick Elliott Memorial $4000 to win.


Buddy Crook Memorial Monster Mini Stock Association Stock 4 $3000 to win.


Other Divisions Running:

SECA Late Models, Joe's Towing Limited Sportsman, Renegade, Vintage Cars and Extreme 4.

Gates open 5:00 - Drawing 5:30 - 6:50 - Drivers meeting 7:00.

Stands $20 - Pits $30 - Kids 10 & Under Free

 

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Bailes Holds Off Madden For Shrine Race Victory At Laurens

(Laurens, South Carolina) 6/14/16 - Ross Bailes of Clover, South Carolina took home the win in the Carolina Clash Super Late Model Series event held at Laurens County Speedway on Tuesday worth $3,500. The event was also the annual Shrine Race. Bailes held off Chris "Smokey" Madden to capture his seventh career Carolina Clash victory. Chris Madden, Johnny Pursley, Donald Bradsher, and Zack Mitchell rounded out the top five finishers. Brett Hamm set fast time in qualifying with a time of 14.448 seconds.


Laurens County Speedway Race Results

1. Ross Bailes

2. Chris Madden

3. Johnny Pursley

4. Donald Bradsher

5. Zack Mitchell

6. Brett Hamm

7. Travis Blackwell

8. Mark Davis

 

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Carolina Clash Travels To Laurens County Speedway For Shriners Race June 14th

Come out to Laurens County Speedway June 14th for the 35th annual Shriners Race and be entertained by the Carolina Clash Super Late Models. This division will have a $3,500 purse for the winner and $300 for anyone starting the race.

Also racing: Monster Minis will have $1,500 up for grabs, SECA Crates will have $1,200 for the winner plus SECA regional points. Hobbies, Front Wheel Drives, and Stock Thunder divisions will each have a $500 purse. All of this means more competition from the drivers and more excitement for the fans.

Visit Laurens County Speedway online at www.laurensspeedway.com  . Visit the Carolina Clash online at www.carolinaclash.com .

 

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Ogle Flexes Muscles For Carolina Clash $4,000 "Border Wars" Victory At Volunteer Speedway

By Robert Walden
Volunteer Speedway - Media/Public Relations

Bulls Gap, Tenn. (6/11/16) - If you'd ask Chad Ogle of Sevierville whether he wished the Carolina Clash Super Late Model Series would schedule more events at Volunteer Speedway, it's quite likely he would say yes. After all, he's become accustomed to winning when the series sanctions racing at “The Gap.”

The 40-year-old Ogle moved into the lead on lap 15 during running of the "Border Wars" 40-lap feature and, once out front he never looked back en route to capturing the $4,000 victory in convincing fashion.


"This is a really awesome win for our race team, we needed it," Ogle said with a smile on his face in victory lane. "We had a really strong car, and with the track in such great shape we were flat-out getting it around these high banks. With the track fast as it was tonight, it really takes a physical toll on your body with the G-forces.

"Once I got out front into the lead, I just moved up top in the banking with the right-rear tire against the cushion in the corners and let her (car) roll. I just wanted to be focused and click off consistent lap times and not make any mistakes."


Even though the calendar doesn't yet show it's officially summer, you'd have a hard time convincing everybody present at the track otherwise because temperatures Saturday around East Tennessee were in the mid-90s. And generally with hot conditions and the sun baking down on the surface, it leads to a dusty, dry-slick track.

However, that wasn't the case as several Carolina Clash Super Late Model Series competitors were hot lapping at times (11.80s and 11.90s) well below the existing track qualifying record (12.001 seconds 120.004 mph), leading many to believe a new standard would be set in time trials.

Ricky Weiss of Winnipeg, Manitoba Canada, making his first-ever start at Volunteer Speedway competing as a teammate with five-time track champion Vic Hill, flirted with a new track record as he powered to a fast-time at 12.032 seconds. Ogle was second quickest at 12.107.


Weiss powered out to the lead at drop of the green flag over Ogle, Donald Bradsher, Mack McCarter and Ray Cook. McCarter got around Bradsher on the second circuit racing off the fourth turn for third.

But smashing the loud pedal and rocketing his way forward from his seventh-starting position was Donald McIntosh, as he blasted around both Cook and Bradsher on lap 3 to move himself into the fourth position. Just one lap later racing off the second corner down the backstretch he passed McCarter to take the third spot.

With the track hooked-up and tacky, speeds were fast and action was intense all back through the field. While Weiss was showing the way out front over Ogle and McIntosh, behind them battles for real estate were taking place involving McCarter, Cook, Vic Hill, Brett Hamm, Johnny Pursley, Jordon Horton, Billy Ogle Jr., Justin Rattliff, Ross Bailes, and a host of other chauffeurs.

With the lead trio catching some slower traffic at back of the field to begin lapping, the 23-year-old speedster McIntosh seized the moment when Weiss and Ogle momentarily were held back to overtake both and move into the lead on lap 12. Ogle got around Weiss for second place just one lap later.

What looked like a possible run to victory turned into disappointment for McIntosh when power steering issues sidelined him prematurely on lap 15, thus turning the lead over to Ogle. The event’s only caution waved on lap 21, when Ross White and Tommy Bailey got together between turns one and two.

Ogle, driving the GEO Services - Geotechnical & Materials Engineers/Ogle's Neighborhood Service & Towing/Brooks Malone/Hoosier Racing Tire/Matlock Decal Co./Custom Race Engines/Rocket Chassis/No. 10 Chevrolet Corvette, shot back out into the lead off the restart while behind him two- and three-wide racing was taking place involving Weiss, Bradsher, Cook, Hill, McCarter and a host of other drivers.

With the race reaching lap 30, Ogle was in command out front and it was quite evident that the only thing to keep him from winning would be for mechanical gremlins to park him in the pits. While Ogle was on rails out front, Cook was on the move getting around both Bradsher and Weiss.

Ogle recorded the win over Cook, Weiss, Hill and Bradsher. Completing the top 10 finishers were Bailes, Pursley, Dustin Linville, David Watts and McCarter.

"This is our first victory anywhere since we won the Carolina Clash Super Late Model Series race here last spring," Ogle stated. "It's not like we've not had some good runs, because we have. But when you're competing in series races with Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series, World of Outlaws Late Model Series, Southern All Stars Racing Series, Ultimate Super Late Model Series and these Carolina Clash events, the competition is stiff. If you finish in the top 10 you've really had a pretty good night."

"There are several touring series races at tracks here in East Tennessee where you can show up and race for good purses. We've got a really good Rocket Chassis car and a good motor from Custom Race Engines, so hopefully we can have some good luck as the season goes along and get us another win or two. Night's like tonight where you get the winner's check and get to take the big trophy home, that’s what it’s all about."

 

Carolina Clash Super Late Model Series "Border War" (40 Laps $4,000 To Win) Saturday June 11, 2016

Showing Finish Position, Starting Position In Parentheses, Driver Name, Car Number, Hometown

1. (2) Chad Ogle #10 - Sevierville, TN
2. (6) Ray Cook #52 - Brasstown, NC
3. (1) Ricky Weiss #7 - Winnipeg, Manitoba Canada
4. (5) Vic Hill #1 - Mosheim, TN
5. (3) Donald Bradsher #93 - Burlington, NC
6. (13) Ross Bailes #87 - Clover, SC
7. (9) Johnny Pursley #09 - Clover, SC
8. (20) Dustin Linville #‎D8 - Bryantsville, KY (SRI Hard Charger)
9. (16) David Watts #04 - Blacksburg, VA
10. (4) Mack McCarter #51 - Gatlinburg, TN
11. (12) Justin Ratliff #16 - Campbellsville, KY
12. (15) Mark Vineyard #4 - Powell, TN
13. (10) Jordon Horton #56 - Sneedville, TN
14. (22) Greg Estes #31 - Jonesville, VA
15. (8) Brett Hamm #18 - Newberry, SC
16. (19) Tommy Bailey #11 - Corbin, KY
17. (11) Billy Ogle Jr. #201 - Knoxville, TN
18. (17) Ross White #0 - Knoxville, TN
19. (14) Mark Douglas #‎52D - Knoxville, TN
20. (7) Donald McIntosh #7 - Dawsonville, GA
21. (18) Jeremy Hines #‎5H - Seymour, IN
22. (21) Travis Greer #‎11G - Marion, VA

Did Not Start: Chris Barton #144, Ellery Leake #34, Brian Smith #7, Chris Chandler #8, Bobby Mays #25

Heat #1: 1) Johnny Pursley #09, 2) Billy Ogle Jr. #201, 3) Ross Bailes #87, 4) Mark Vineyard #4, 5) Ross White #0, 6) Tommy Bailey #11, 7) Greg Estes #31, 8) Chris Barton #144

 

Did Not Start: Brian Smith #7, Ellery Leake #34

Heat #2; 1) Jordon Horton #56, 2) Justin Rattliff #16, 3) Mark Douglas #52D, 4) David Watts #04, 5) Jeremy Hines #5, 6) Dustin Linville #D8, 7) Travis Greer #11g

 

Did Not Start: Chris Chandler #8, Bobby Mays #25

 

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Carolina Clash Super Late Model Series $4,000 To Win At Volunteer Speedway On Saturday, June 11

Saturday June 11 The Carolina Clash Super Late Models Series headlines the racing program paying $4,000 to win, along with Sportsman Late Model ($800 to win) and Modified Street ($500 to win) racing.

Pit gate opens at 4 p.m. and grandstand gate at 5:30 p.m. Hot laps are tentatively scheduled to start at 7:30 p.m. (once sun begins to set over the track), followed by qualifying at 8:15 p.m. and then green flag racing action around 9 p.m.

Adult grandstand admission is $18, youth (ages 7-12) $5, with kids 6-and-under admitted free. Pit passes $30 per person (regardless of age).

Larry Lee (Series Promoter)

Carolina Clash Super Late Model Series: 910-263-2285 www.carolinaclash.com
Mark Huey - Public Relations: 803-609-5532
Rick Ellison - Race Director: 864-491-6174

Volunteer Speedway (Recording Only): 423-235-5020 www.volunteerspeedway.com
Phyllis Loven (Track Owner): 423-676-9081
Vic Hill - Race Promoter (Vic Hill Racing Engines): 423-312-4206

To view complete event details, visit the track website at www.volunteerspeedway.com

 

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Milliken Scores First Career Carolina Clash Victory At Fayetteville

(Fayetteville, North Carolina) 6/4/16 - Willie Milliken of Roanoke Rapids, North Carolina took the lead from pole sitter Donald Bradsher on lap sixteen in the Big Boss Man 50 to score his first career Carolina Clash Super Late Model Series victory worth $7,500. Johnny Pursley, Chris Ferguson, Donald Bradsher, and GR Smith rounded out the top five finishers. Donald Bradsher set fast time in qualifying with a time of 16.882 seconds. Heat race winner included Dustin Mitchell and Kerry King Sr.


Fayetteville Motor Speedway Race Results

1. Willie Milliken
2. Johnny Pursley
3. Chris Ferguson
4. Donald Bradsher
5. GR Smith
6. Ben Watkins
7. Dustin Mitchell
8. Dennis Franklin
9. Ross Bailes
10. Kenny Collins
11. Mark Parks
12. Mike Parker
13. Brett Hamm
14. Brandon Overton
15. Josh Langley
16. Roger Lucas
17. Kerry King
18. Tim Allen
19. Zach Mitchell
20. Mark Davis
21. Chris Meadows
22. Scott Shirey
DNS - Jeff Smith

 

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Carolina Clash Heads To Fayetteville June 4th For The Big Boss Man 50 Paying $7,500

 

After a short break in their schedule the stars & cars of "The Blue Collar Tour" will go after $7,500 to win for The Big Bossman 50 tomorrow night! Recent Carolina Clash Super Late Model Series winner Brett Hamm will bring his Longhorn Chassis to Boom City which has been horns up all season long in Super Late Model action! The grandstand gates open for a night of side by side action at 5:00pm with pits & trackside parking at 4:00pm! Drivers meeting will be at 6:30pm with hotlaps beginning at 7:00pm!

In action:

Carolina Clash Super Late Model Series $7,500 to win
Budweiser Late Models
Diet mtn Dew Modifieds
Camping World Pure Stocks
Super Streets
U-Cars

Admission
Grandstands
Adults $20
Kids 11-15 $10
10 & Under FREE

Pits
Adults $30
10 & Under FREE

 

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Brett Hamm Picks Up First Career Carolina Clash Win At Modoc

(Modoc, South Carolina) 5/14/16 - The Cart Barn of Evans, GA was the title sponsor of the $4000 Carolina Clash show at Modoc Raceway, the first time the series had been at the McCormick, South Carolina facility in nearly 10 years. The track is operated by Jim and Ann Cushman of Evans, Georgia. Mr. & Mrs. Cushman have revived the 4/10 mile oval located along the banks of the Savannah River in rural McCormick County, SC and are turning the place into a gem of racing. A new clay surface was worked in the previous weeks and appears to have made a huge impact in the upgrades being done there.

The race was terrific as Brett Hamm of Newberry, SC scores his first Carolina Clash win. The driver of the #18 Longhorn is powered by Hamm Automotive and sponsored by John Page Racing, Stokes-Trainor Chevrolet-Buick-GMC, Wilson Tractor Company and Hamm Automotive.

Brian Ligon of Evans, GA was the fastest qualifier of the event but was relegated to the rear after a spin on lap three. Brett Hamm took the lead on the opening lap from the outside front row and held off charges from Johnny Pursley of Clover, SC to secure his first Clash win, leading all 40 laps. The event featured tight battles for the lead and for third place between Ross Bailes and Casey Roberts, with all of the teams battling the new clay at Modoc.

The Carolina Clash would like to dedicate this event and the remainder of the 2016 season to the memory of Nancy Bennett, wife of Carolina Clash VIP Gary "Spud" Bennett. Mrs. Nancy entered the eternal kingdom on Thursday morning after a struggle with cancer. Our thoughts and prayers go out to the entire family at this very tough time.

Modoc Raceway Race Results

1. Brett Hamm
2. Johnny Pursley
3. Ross Bailes
4. Casey Roberts
5. Brent Dixon
6. Dennis Franklin
7. Brian Connor
8. Hunter Peacock
9. Doug Sanders
10. Brian Ledbetter
11. Scott Shirey
12. Ahnna Parkhurst
13. Brian Ligon
14. Kenny Collins
15. Kelly Guy
16. Michael Akeson
17. Anthony Sanders

 

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Carolina Clash Returns to Modoc Raceway in Modoc, South Carolina This Saturday, May 14, 2016

The Carolina Clash Super Late Model Series last visited Modoc Raceway on April 28, 2006, with Ricky Weeks capturing the checkers. Five Carolina Clash events have been run at Modoc, with the first coming on September 5, 2003 with Doug Sanders capturing the win, the second of two career wins with Clash. That was the 60th race in Carolina Clash history. The race this weekend at Modoc will mark the 297th race in Carolina Clash history and sixth all-time there. Jeff Smith and Royce Bray are two other drivers who captured Modoc wins from 2003 - 2006.

The night will be sponsored by The Cart Barn in Evans, GA. The Cart Barn sells new and used golf cars along with providing service, parts and accessories for any make of golf cars.

Modoc will feature 5 classes, headlined by the Carolina Clash Super Late Models racing for $4000 to the winner. Crate Late Models will return for a $1000 to win. The very popular Stock V8 class will also be racing for $1000 to win. The Super Street class will be racing for $700 to win. The FWD class will be racing for $500 to the winner.

Entry fee for Crate, Stock V8, Super Street will be $50. Entry for the FWD will be $20.

Special thanks to our 2016 Sponsors: Big Dog Stump & Tree, BCI Asphalt, Bad Boy off road, Cart Barn, E-Z-GO, Cushman Paint and Body, C&H Paving, Triple MMM Site Work, Garnto Southern and our newest sponsor Pro-Fit your full-line of parts and accessories for many brands of golf carts.

Modoc Raceway is located at 1133 Washington School Rd. Modoc, South Carolina 29838.

Contact Brian Stewart at (706) 833 - 0972 OR for more information about this event visit www.modocraceway.com

 

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Ferguson Dominates Cherokee Speedway Carolina Clash Event

Johnny Pursley claims hold to Carolina Clash points lead as the series moves to Modoc, SC on Saturday

Gaffney, South Carolina (5/7/16) - Chris Ferguson of Mt. Holly, NC only needed one lap of qualifying to bump Johnny Pursley of Clover, SC off the VP Fastest Qualifier rank by a margin of 0.040 seconds. Pursley set the standard on the first lap of qualifying, while Ferguson completed the bookends with nearly an identical lap, only a blink of an eye faster, as the last car to go under the clock.

The top four positions from time trials moved into the feature event while the remainder of the 18 car field set their starting positions from two heat races.

Newberry, SC driver Brett Hamm, the CarQuest Auto Parts Rookie of the Year contender, threw down a third-fastest lap, while Ross Bailes bested Dennis Franklin by 0.136 seconds to take fourth.

In the Hoosier Racing Tire Heat Race #1, Josh Langley of Lancaster, SC took top honors over Dennis Franklin, Doug Sanders, Ritchie Corley, Kevin Wilson, Derek Brown and Chase McCormick.

In the American Racer Heat Race #2, Donald Bradsher bested Dean Bowen, Brent Dixon, Scott Shirey, Travis Blackwell, Kenny Rominger, Jr, and Anthony Sanders (who pulled off when the field took the one-to-go indication relinquishing the front row starting spot). The heat race winners were awarded five bonus points for their heat race victories.

Once accepting the lead to turn two on lap one, Ferguson put his brand new Longhorn on cruise-control and seldom had any traffic to contend with en route to his 12th career Clash victory, moving him into a 4th place tie with Hall of Fame racer Billy Hicks who also has 12 Clash wins.

The racing was intense early as many challenges for positions were observed on the events five different restarts, which took a few tense entries three-wide into turn one throughout the field as the drivers knew their only chance to advance potentially was on restarts.

The only major mishap was when Ritchie Corley tagged the wall in turn one, sending him pitside for the night after just 13 laps.

Dennis Franklin used the restarts to advance from the seventh-place starting spot to move into second, but could never move near Ferguson to challenge for the lead.

Johnny Pursley maintained his position throughout the event and finished third, which was good enough to put him in P1 in the Carolina Clash points standings by 2 over Ferguson.

Brett Hamm scored his season high finish with fourth while Donald Bradsher came in fifth.

The Performance Tee's Hard Charger of the Race was Anthony Sanders, who started the race from the rear after not completing a heat race lap. He advanced from 18th place starting spot to finish 8th. He received 5 bonus points for that effort and will receive a gift voucher from SRI of Concord, NC.

Cherokee Speedway Race Results

1. 22 Chris Ferguson
2. 2 Dennis Franklin
3. 09 Johnny Pursley
4. 18 Brett Hamm
5. 93 Donald Bradsher
6. 87 Ross Bailes
7. 7 Josh Langley
8. 421 Anthony Sanders
9. 1 Brent Dixon
10. 42 Doug Sanders
11. 999 Travis Blackwell
12. 15 Dean Bowen
13. 618 Kevin Wilson
14. 448 Kenny Rominger Jr
15. 10 Scott Shirey
16. 300 Derek Brown
17. 15M Chase McCormick
18. 04 Richie Corley
 

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Cherokee Speedway Hosts Carolina Clash Super Late Models This Saturday May 7, 2016

Gaffney, South Carolina

The Carolina Clash Super Late Model Series has been idle since the Ed Gibbons Memorial Race on March 26, 2016, which was won by three-time champion Dennis Franklin on a last lap pass of leader Willie Milliken, who has taken the dirt late model world by storm recently with wins in the FUEL Series and World of Outlaws Late Model Dirt Series at Fayetteville Motor Speedway in recent weeks.

While the Clash may have been idle in April, many of the teams were rather busy filling their weekends with action at various local tracks, supporting both regional and national late model tours that visited the Carolinas ovals.

Ross Bailes of Clover, SC already has two Carolina Clash wins in 2016, but he pocketed a rather impressive FUEL series victory at Cherokee on April 9, 2016, with a dramatic pass over race leader and fellow Clash competitor Donald Bradsher. Each driver will be looking at Cherokee to continue their success at the 3/8 mile clay-oval located off I-85 in Gaffney, SC.

Bailes will enter the event second in points coming off a rather disappointing showing at the WoO event at Carolina Speedway in Gastonia, NC, where he won the first Clash race of the season.

Carolina Clash point leader Dean Bowen of Whiteville, NC is also eager to get back into action after the long break.

The event at Cherokee Speedway this coming Saturday, May 7, 2016, will be a $4000 to win event and will start 22 cars from all entrants. Also on hand will be the exciting SECA Late Models for a $1200 to win feature event. Other divisions include: Joe's Towing Limited Sportsman $800 to win, Mechanical Edge Stock 4 $800 to win, SECA Crate Sportsman $500 to win, Extreme 4 $500 to win, Thunder Bombers $500 to win, plus Dwarf cars and Young Guns.

Gates open at 5 drivers meeting at 7.
 

Grandstand admission will be $20 and pit admission is $30.

DIRECTIONS TO CHEROKEE SPEEDWAY:


Cherokee Speedway is located at 153 Speedway Rd. Gaffney, SC 29340, adjacent to Interstate 85 and exit 96 in Cherokee County.

Please visit the track website at www.cherokeespeedwaysc.com for more information and phone numbers for the track.
 

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Dennis Franklin Leads Last Lap To Garner Fayetteville Win

Ed Gibbons Memorial Race provides thrilling finish between Franklin and Milliken

Mark Huey - Carolina Clash PR


Fayetteville, North Carolina (3/26/16) - As forecasted throughout much of the week, Saturday's weather was supposed to be perfect. Unlike last week's event at Lancaster, the weather threat was near zero percent for Saturday. However, when Saturday rolled around, Mother Nature had written a completely different story. Rain threatened the event for most of the day, with a heavy shower accenting pre-race activities. Actually, for some drivers, the rain was an added benefit to help make create a racier track. Yet, for the second week in a row, several cars fell victim to mechanical problems, overheating engines, tire failures, and this week - crashes.

Earl Pearson, Jr. of Jacksonville, FL appeared for the event since the Lucas Oil Series was idle for Easter weekend. He was fastest in hot laps, but was not able to clinch the fastest qualifier for the event. That nod went to Roanoke Rapids, NC "Wild Child" Willie Millken, who was the only one of 28 entrants to crack the 16 seconds bracket during time-trials, at 16.823.

Milliken took the lead on the opening lap in a battle with Earl Pearson, Jr, but a caution in turn one halted the event. The second attempt was to the advantage of "The Hurricane" with a second caution halting the event once again. This time a serious crash involving Casey Barrow, Doug Sanders and Johnny Pursley caused damage to their machines. All were able to continue, but Sanders and Barrow pitted after lap two, along with Kyle Pierce, who had engine problems. While Milliken was able to maintain the lead, more cars fell out with mechanical issues, including Tim Allen, Roger Lucas, Kevin Wilson, and Jeff Smith.

The most serious incident of the evening involved the point leader Ross Bailes. Transferring into the feature by virtue of a heat race win, Bailes was battle with Dustin Mitchell on lap 14 when the cars came together in turn two. Bailes car slowly slid up and over the turn two bank, but the transition off of the banking caused his car to slow-roll onto its top. Bailes was okay, but he and Mitchell were both out by lap 19. After a long green-flag run, Milliken appeared to be on his way to victory.

After taking the signal for two laps to go, Milliken approached the backstretch with a different look. His #1 Price Construction Longhorn seemed to be loosing grip and appeared to lose momentum entering turn three. Franklin quickly closed and capitalized on it. Milliken took the white flag and found his chance on the bottom as Milliken drifted high in turn two. Rambo powered past Milliken and held off a turn three charge to collect the win by 0.788 seconds. Chris Ferguson, Earl Pearson, Jr. and Donald Bradsher all provided the fans with some great racing for the rest of the top five.

Hard Charger of the Race Anthony Sanders notched his best finish of the season with a 6th place run from his 19th place starting position. Dean Bowen collected a 7th place finish and inherits the lead in the Carolina Clash point standings. Another rookie to Carolina Clash racing Greg Clark finished 8th, while Johnny Pursley and Forrest, VA driver Mark Parks, driving the JC Clary automobile rounded out the top 10.

Entering the Fayetteville race, Ricky Weeks was on his way to a successful return to Carolina Clash racing, but an engine problem during the qualifying was discovered and Weeks left the scene before the heat races and did make the feature.

Defending champion Ben Watkins of Rock Hill, SC continues to experience early woes with a 12th place finish, having retired from the event just past halfway. Watkins and Rookie of the Year driver Brett Hamm were both having strong runs until pulling off after 29 laps.

After three consecutive weeks of racing, the will go on a hiatus until May 7, 2016 with a return to Cherokee Speedway in Gaffney, SC for the first of four stops there in 2016.

The Carolina Clash series would like to congratulate Hoosier Racing Tires for their return to Carolina Clash Victory Lane on the Dennis Franklin Longhorn machine sponsored by M&W Towing and Transport and C&D Properties.


Fayetteville Motor Speedway Race Results

1. 2 Dennis Franklin
2. 1 Willie Milliken
3. 22 Chris Ferguson
4. 1 Earl Pearson Jr.
5. 93 Donald Bradsher
6. 421 Anthony Sanders
7. 15 Dean Bowen
8. 39 Greg Clark
9. 09 Johnny Pursley
10. 89 Mark Parks
11. 18 Brett Hamm
12. 16 Ben Watkins
13. 10 Scott Shirey
14. D8 Dustin Mitchell
15. 87 Ross Bailes
16. 17 Tim Allen
17. 79 Roger Lucas
18. 618 Kevin Wilson
19. 00 Jeff Smith
20. 281 Kyle Pierce
21. 42 Doug Sanders
22. 98 Casey Barrow


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8th Annual Ed Gibbons Memorial Race At Fayetteville Motor Speedway Up Next For Carolina Clash

Fayetteville
, North Carolina (3/23/16) - The series' next stop is to Fayetteville, North Carolina for the 8th Annual Ed Gibbons Memorial Race.

The event will honor the 2001 Carolina Clash champion who passed away in 2009. This will be the 62nd race for the Carolina Clash series to be run at the Fayetteville, NC track.

Ricky Weeks and Dennis Franklin have a combined 15 wins between the two at FMS, while Jeff Smith, Ray Tucker and Luke Roffers each have 5 wins apiece there. Additionally, 21 different drivers have tasted victory with Clash, including Earl Pearson, Jr. who is expected to appear with the Dunn-Benson Ford ride on this Easter off-weekend for the national tours. Ed Gibbons was generally considered a frequent visitor to Fayetteville and Lake View Motor Speedways throughout the years, while Sumter Speedway, located near his hometown of Manning, SC, was where you would find him on a typical Saturday night. He had three Carolina Clash wins at Fayetteville.

The event will pay $5,000 to win and will start 22 cars at $400 to start. Additional purse information can be found online at www.carolinaclash.com

Other divisions will be featured on this exciting card, including Fayetteville Motor Speedway regular divisions: FMS Late Models, Diet Mtn. Dew Modifieds, Pure Stocks, Super Streets, Camping World Sportmods, and U-Cars. Gates will be open at 4:00pm with grandstands following at 5:00pm.

Fayetteville Motor Speedway would like to invite all Carolina Clash and support division competitors to a Friday Night practice session and pit party to be held after the practice. For more information about the event, please follow Fayetteville Motor Speedway and Carolina Clash on Twitter and Facebook. Visit FMS online at www.fayettevillemotorspeedway.com .

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Ross Bailes Captures Checkers In Carolina Clash Event At Lancaster Speedway

Lancaster, South Carolina (3/19/16) - After starting fourth Ross Bailes of Clover, South Carolina took home the win in the Carolina Clash Super Late Model Series event held on Saturday at Lancaster Speedway worth $5,000. That marked Bailes second straight win with the Carolina Clash in 2016 and his sixth all time win with the series. Fast qualifier Chris "Smokey" Madden of Gray Court, South Carolina led the first 27 laps of the event until having to go pit side due to right rear issues. Madden set fast time with a 18.219 second lap around the fast half mile lowering the track record at Lancaster Speedway. Dean Bowen, Chris Ferguson, Ricky Weeks, and Tim Allen rounded out the top five finishers.

Lancaster Speedway Race Results

1. 87 Ross Bailes
2. 15 Dean Bowen
3. 22 Chris Ferguson
4. 1W Ricky Weeks
5. 17 Tim Allen
6. O9 Johnny Pursley
7. 421 Anthony Sanders
8. 44 Chris Madden
9. 18 Brett Hamm
10. 7 Josh Langley
11. 16 Ben Watkins
12. 93 Donald Bradsher
13. 2 Dennis Franklin
14. 48 Timbo Mangum
15. 618 Kevin Wilson
16. 42 Doug Sanders

DQ - 22 GR Smith


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Ross Bailes Captures 5th Carolina Clash Checkers In 16th Annual Skyler Trull Memorial Race

Bailes gains lead in final laps to secure first Skyler Trull win.

By Mark Huey, Carolina Clash Press

Gastonia, North Carolina (3/12/16) - Once again, the weather was perfect. Once again, the race track and facility were perfect. For the first time, Ross Bailes takes the Skyler Trull Memorial Race at the Carolina Speedway in Gastonia, NC.

The winner of one past Shrine 100 race at Carolina Speedway, one of the Carolina's most coveted events, Ross Bailes was all smiles and had so many people to thank from victory lane in his fifth Carolina Clash feature win.

Bailes, of Clover, South Carolina, was able to power to the lead in the final three laps and overcome a white-flag caution flag restart to lead the final lap of the event, a race that he has wanted to always win.

"There are so many people that I need to thank," said Bailes with an apparent quiver in his voice caused by the elation of this once elusive win. "I hope I didn't leave anyone out, but the one that has stood by me through all of this is this man (Ronnie McCarter), who has been with me forever!" The #87 Longhorn racer is owned by Ronnie McCarter, a Clover-area businessman, who has helped Bailes field late model racecars since the mid-2000s. Bailes Construction and FK Rod Ends also supports Bailes on his team.

However, one of the most significant out-takes of this victory was a strong showing by American Racer racing tires, which were mounted on Bailes car. Scott McAdoo of American Race Tire was equally as excited in victory lane to celebrate the return of American Racer to Carolina Clash victory lane.

26 cars signed up for the event, with the top 8 qualifiers locked into the feature. Two heat races were run and the top 6 finishers advanced into the race. Anthony Sanders and Kevin Wilson each used a point provisional from 2015 points to start 21st and 22nd. The Carolina Clash reduced its starting field to 22 cars, down from 24 in years past.

The Carolina Clash would like to thank all who attended this first race of the season and give praises to the Skyler Trull race committee and Mr. Lowry Trull and family for this great event to begin the season for the Clash since 2009. Also, the Carolina Clash would like to extend thanks to the management and staff of Carolina Speedway in Gastonia, NC for hosting this event annually. Prior to the race, each of the 22 starters were gathered on the frontstretch as the Skyler Trull ceremony began. Trull addressed the drivers and the crowd. After driver introductions, Doug Sanders made his parade lap and the event began.

Chris Ferguson started from the Heintz Performance pole position from his fastest qualifying time of 14.910. Fergy led the first 22 laps of the race until a problem with a control arm on the right front sidelined him for the event just past halfway. Third-place starter G.R. Smith of Cornelius, NC made his return to Carolina Clash action with a fast start from the second row. Smith and Bailes battled among the top five for the first half of the race, with both drivers making hard side contact as they raced in turn three. The damage was more visible on Smith's car, but was able to continue.

Ross Bailes started fifth and moved up to second on lap 12 when a caution came out. They both drove their cars hard into three and both were fast on exit and made hard contact. It surely made for an exciting moment for the massive crowd of fans.

The race began with an opening lap caution that began developing in turn two when front-row starter Brett Hamm of Newberry, SC drifted high on exit and ran up into the back of Ferguson's car. That caused a back-up among the cars behind them and created a jockeying of competitors to avoid crashing. As the field came through turn four, Johnny Pursley made contact with Ben Watkins and the result was catastrophe for the defending series champion. Watkins sustained severe damage to the left front of his Cartersville Country, Sandwood Enterprises #16. He and first time entrant Bryan Mullis and Anthony Sanders were resigned from the event on lap 1. Pursley was able to continue after a pit stop forced him to restart in the rear.

Other competitors from the Skyler Trull included Michael Rouse from Rocky Mount, NC. In his first ever Carolina Clash Skyler Trull appearance, he managed to avoid the mishaps and place a respectable 9th finish, one behind the Hard Charger of the Race - Dobson, NC Chase McCormick. Chase started the race from 18th advancing 10 spots.

Five time series champion Ricky Weeks and three-time champion Dennis Franklin have a combined 75 Carolina Clash victories among themselves. Weeks started 12th and raced his way to a top 5 finish. Franklin scored a win in the American Racer Heat Race #1. Franklin worked throughout the event to improve his car and they were in the top three at the drop of the white flag. Franklin and Brett Hamm were in a fierce battle for third as they approached the white flag. They would tangle with both cars spinning to the inside of turn one. They finished 11th and 12th officially.

Race officials were forced to throw a red flag on the field, which occurred on lap 39, setting up a one lap shootout for the win. Bailes got a great start off turn four, which shuffled the field on the final lap.

Dennis Franklin and Dean Bowen captured checkered flags in the American Racer and Hoosier Race Tire Heat Races, which set the field after the top-eight qualifiers were locked in to the feature. Dean Bowen, the 2010 winner of the Skyler Trull, made his return to Clash competition at the track where he collected his first career win six years ago.

Colbert, GA driver Kenny Collins and Donald Bradsher of Burlington, NC scored top 10 finishes. Each driver has hopes to run most of the Carolina Clash season, along with returning Lancaster, SC driver Josh Langley, who scored 13th after pitting on lap 33 while running 8th. Other drivers to enter the event to have mechanical problems were Doug Sanders, Ferguson, Kevin Wilson, Brock Morris of Charleston, West Virginia, Jonathan Edwards, and Ken Rominger, Jr. Four other cars did not transfer into the feature.

16th Annual Skyler Trull Memorial Race Results

1. 87 Ross Bailes
2. 15 Dean Bowen
3. O9 Johnny Pursley
4. 22 GR Smith
5. 1W Ricky Weeks
6. 1C Kenny Collins
7. 93 Donald Bradsher
8. 15M Chase McCormick
9. 23 Michael Rouse
10. 39 Greg Clark
11. 18 Brett Hamm
12. 2F Dennis Franklin
13. 7 Josh Langley
14. 42 Doug Sanders
15. 22 Chris Ferguson
16. 618 Kevin Wilson
17. 529 Brock Morris
18. 32 Jonathan Edwards
19. 448 Ken Rominger, Jr.
20. 16 Ben Watkins
21. 421 Anthony Sanders
22. 67 Bryan Mullis


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Carolina Clash 2016 Tire Rule Amendment

2016 Tire Rule Amendment effective immediately. NO Hoosier "White Dot" 1300 will be allowed for competition in ANY Carolina Clash event.

Tire rules from 2015 will be used for the first three races in 2016 until any future changes are made. Tire rules are subject to change as existing compounds are currently under review by series officials.

 

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16th Annual Carolina Clash Skyler Trull Memorial

Gastonia, NC - One of the South’s most prestigious racing events is only a few weeks away as once again Carolina Speedway's season opener will be the 16th Annual Carolina Clash Skyler Trull Memorial, March 11-12, 2016.

"This is a special weekend every year," said Carolina Speedway's Bruce Arrants. "This is much more than a race and it has turned into a huge event, that we are very proud to host."

The event held in the honor of Skyler Trull each March has become a fixture in the southeast over the last decade. Skylar's father Larry is a crew member and cousin of veteran racer Doug Sanders. Sanders’ car carries the colors of the event each year.
 

Thursday March 10th 2016 practice. Gates open at 4:00. Practice is from 6:00 to 10:00. Admission pits $15. Grandstands are free!

Friday night March 11th will feature a full night of racing. The Q2U BBQ Pit Four Cylinders and Tilley Harley Davidson Renegades will each have a $500 to win. The NC 811 Call Before You Dig Pure Stocks will have a $300 to win event. The SECA Thunder Crate Sportsman will have a $750 to win event. The SECA Late Models will be qualifying and running heat races on Friday night.

Saturday night, March 12th will be a full program for the Carolina Clash Super Late Models with the main event being the $5,000 to win Skyler Trull Memorial. The SECA Late Models will have a $3,000 to win 30 lap event. Also on the card will be the Domino's Pizza Street Stocks with a $750 to win main event. The Hornets FWD will have a $300 to win main event.


Pit gate opens on Friday night March 11th at 4:00 PM with Grandstands open at 5:00 PM. Drivers meeting will take place at 7:00 with hot laps at 7:15. Racing will begin at 8:00 PM. General admission tickets are $12, pits are $25.


Saturday March 12th pit gates will once again open at 3:00 PM. Grandstands will open at 4:00 pm. Drivers meeting will be at 6:15 with racing at 7:00 PM. General admission will be $25 with pit admission $35. Two day tickets can be purchased also. General admission two day ticket is $35 and a two day pit pass is $55.

For more info please visit www.carolinaspeedway.net or call the track hotline @704-869-0313

 

 

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