Franklin Holds Off Weeks in Clash Opener at Fayetteville Speedway
By Larry Long, FMS Press
Fayetteville, NC April 12, 2008- The Rain Showers again hit in the Cape Fear Region on this Saturday afternoon but finally the 2008 Carolina Clash Super Late Model Series got in their 2008 season opener a $4,000 to win 40 lap showdown at Fayetteville Motor Speedway (FMS).
NAPA Super Late Model points leader at FMS Ricky Weeks of Rutherfordton on a two race win streak at the clay oval powered his Parton Lumber-Starrette Trucking-American Race Tires Rocket ride to the pole-sitter spot and won the Industrial Solutions & Supply $100 bonus for his effort as he started on the front row after all the heats with Dennis “Rambo” Franklin of Gaffney in his Barry Wright Race Cars-Clements Race Engines-Cherokee landscaping mount on the outside of the front row in the 25 car field . Weeks would lead the opening lap and then Franklin took the lead and would not let Weeks get it back. Weeks made several charges along the way on the restarts during the battle. Clash Rookie candidates Craig Shuffield of Fayetteville in his Southern Machine-Monty’s Heating & AC Shaw entry was ducked in third place with Clash Rookie Scott Neighbors of Spring Lake in his Nichols Plumbing-Pro Engines Barry Wright ride fourth and Springwood veteran Doug Sanders for Starrette Trucking was fifth in the early laps and the top five stayed that way until Neighbors tires went away and Sanders pulled to fourth for the final few laps as the checkers waved on Franklin for his 12 Clash victory and moves him to third on the Clash all time winners list after 160 shows. Neighbors settled for fifth. Weeks held on for second with Clash Rookie of the Year frontrunner Shuffield placing third in the final rundown. Ricky Boahn of Puppy Creek looking for a top five finish for Star Leasing-Smith International-Menscer Motorsports entry cut a tire down on lap 37 and his hopes for a strong finish was over with for the night. .2002 Clash Rookie of the Year driver David Taylor of Fayetteville was battling for a top five along with Clash 2002 champ Scott Autry of Fayetteville and Gray Creek hot charger Chris Blackwell along with Saluda’s Deano Long were all looking for a strong finish in the last couple of laps, Long roared to a sixth place run for Newby Racing then came Blackwell in his Blackwell Landscaping entry seventh. Taylor rolled home eighth for BTO-VP Race Fuel AMP Drinks. Autry took ninth for L&M Food Marts-Woods Logging-Smith International and the Heintz Performance Hard Charger Award went to Scott Shirey of Swansea in his Shirey Motorsports entry as he finished tenth in the final rundown
Roger Lucas of Benson in his Matco Group Ford and Autry won heat events. The CBD Fast Dash honors went to Weeks and Franklin on the evening. The Clash returns on July 5th to FMS for a $5,000 showdown.
The NAPA Super Late Model FMS Points looks this way after 3 shows in 2008, Weeks holds down the top spot followed by Chris Blackwell second then it’s Ed Gibbons of Manning third for Woods Logging-Carquest Auto Parts then comes Autry fourth and 2007 FMS Super Late Model Champion Jeff Smith of Dallas is now fifth for J&J Race Cars-Norton Stereo-Starrette Trucking Rocket machine.
The HGR Truck & Trailers Late Model action saw Speedy Shaun Harrell of Raeford set the fast pace all evening in his Carolina Concrete Finishers-Midway Mini Storage hot rod as he sail to his second win of season and continues to hold the top spot in the points chase over Leland’s defending champ Willie Milliken for Lease Wholesale-Corky’s Auto Sales-TWA Concrete machine. Milliken settled for second on this evening. Fayetteville’s upstart driver Ronald Hammonds ran third for Eastern Atlantic Underground and is looking a win in April for sure. Spring Lake’s Mike Mason put the Pittman Roofing ride in the fourth spot with 2006 track champ D J Tyndall of Dunn fifth for D&K Muffler-Cabinets on Main Street-Day Lee Chevy finishing fifth for the night.
Harrell holds a 16 point edge over Milliken going to the action this Saturday evening at FMS. Tyndall is third in the chase with Wayne Gray Jr. fourth and upcoming driver Johnny Cain is fifth in the points.
Andy Floyd of Vass powered his way to his second win in the Mid South Auto Recycling . Open Wheel Mod feature as Floyd out ran Fayetteville’s speedster Carlos Jaramillo in his Mid South Wrecker entry to the wave of the checkers and in the process moves atop the leader board by 7 points over Travis Yow of Fayetteville. Hank Edwards of Hope Mills ran third for Williams Motorsports & Plant Works in Ash, NC. Jacksonville’s Matt Valiquette ran fourth for a good night. Tow had a strong run but settled for fifth place in his High Tech Transmission-Roberts Used Cars-Moffitt Machine Shop-Master Muffler mount. Jaramillo along with Yow, Crystal Carter and Hank Edwards and Jeff Tyndall are inside the top five in points. This is going to be a close points chase all year long for sure.
The Moffitt Machine Shop action saw defending champ Glenn ”Fireball” Howard of Wade roared to his third win of the season for Jerry’s Bumper Sales holding off Rob Spatorico in his AAA Towing Chevy at the finish line. Previous week winner Thomas Stewart of Godwin placed third with Jeff Hilliard fourth for Hilliard Racing and rounding out the top five for the show was Brandon Carter who is having a solid year for Carter Racing. Howard is first in the points with Stewart second then it’s Carter third followed by a tough Richard Martinez fourth and Fred Gibson of Ft. Bragg is fifth in the chase.
A J Huffman, the point frontrunner posted his second win in the Auto Plus U Cars showdown as he held off defending champ Eddie Longhany. Mike Parker Jr. finished third with fourth going to David ”Cowboy” Nelson and Lighting Coburn took a fifth to the house for his efforts. Nelson, Parker Jr. and Longhany and Richard Young are chasing Huffman for the top spot in the points for the season.
The Young Gun saw Jordon Tyndall and Ricky Carter Jr. both collect $25 on this night.
This Saturday it’s another night of dirt kickin Southern Style dirt track action for all regular classes and make your plans to attend for a good night of hot racing action at FMS.
Promoters Larry and Ed thank you again for your support this season in our 38th year of racing.
Larry Long, FMS Press
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