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DAVENPORT Early Favorite to REPEAT Skyler Memorial

Sure seems like it, after the last two weekends in NC & Ga along with the blistering lap times in practice a few weeks ago at Cleveland County Speedway, Blairsville Georgia`s Jonathan Davenport is the hottest driver on dirt in the Southeast leading up to the 8th Annual Skyler Trull Memorial

The eighth annual event will be at a new venue this season as the staff of Cleveland County Motorsports Park will welcome some of the best super late models in the country on Friday May 2nd and Saturday 3rd in two seperate events with one driver possibly walking away with $20,000.

Friday night’s portion of the weekend will be a $5,000 to win Carolina Clash Super Late Model event featuring the touring stars in the 9th year of the Carolina Clash Super Late Model Series.

Over 40 cars are espected for this early season shootout as Ricky Weeks goes after his 5th Carolina Clash Championship against a stellar field.

The Skyler Trull Memorial will take the center stage on Saturday night where the winner of the 58 lap event will earn $10,000.

Any driver that can win both main events will collect a $5,000 bonus making it a possible $20,000 weekend at Cleveland County Motorsports Park.

The annual event has quickly blossomed into one of the premier dirt late model races in the Southeast.

"We have brought the Carolina Clash in on Friday for their touring event and they will officiate on Saturday in a show of respect for the Trull family & in order to run the show in a precise manner and get everybody home at a decent hour. That is what we intend to be about in 2008 at CCS" said new promoter Duane Goins, also the ' voice ' of the Carolina Clash on Saturday nights.

"I plan on bringing in my old friend Ozzie Altman on Saturday, a seasoned veteran of big time racing events including LOWES and Atlanta Raceway to work pit road for the fans and we will introduce some new blood in the anouncing business to the area from another tour, a young man that I think will add to the pageantry and help make this possibly the biggest weekend ever in Cleveland County.

If I`m lucky, maybe I can get a word or two in" said the 24 year veteran that has announced at some of the most famous venues in short track racing.

This year the Carolina Clash Super Late Model Series will oversee race day operations of the event and are working closely with the Skyler Trull Memorial Committee to honor this special young lady with the largest event to date in the eight year history of the race.

Skyler Trull was a special little girl whose family is deeply involved in dirt racing. Her uncle is super late model start Doug Sanders. When Skyler lost her battle with Leukemia on March 14th, 2000 she was only 5 years old. Her family decided a Memorial race in her honor would be a fitting tribute to the bright eyed redhead.

The family went to work taking donations from fans and businesses to make the purse. The first STM was a $1,200 to win six car dash.

Today the Skyler Trull Memorial is part of one of the largest dirt late model weekends in the South.

“We are very honored and proud to be associated with the Skyler Trull Memorial”, said Carolina Clash President Larry Lee. “The Trull family has worked very hard to preserve the spirit of Skyler throughout the racing community and we are just happy to assist in any way possible.”

This year’s event will once again pay a whopping $10,000 to win with $500 to srtar the event. American Racer Tire company will give 4 new tire to the first car that does not make the field. Vice president Dave Mateer is expected to be on hand.

Other local sponsors are being sought after locally for the three other classes that will compete in this prestigious weekend.

Race fans will get to see plenty of action with qualifying and heat races to determine the starting field.

The top six drivers will be locked into the feature through qualifying with the remainder of the field being set through a series of heat races.

Provisional will be awarded to the highest ranked Carolina Clash driver that has not made the show and the highest finisher of last year’s STM who has yet to transfer.

This will be an open tire race with Carolina Clash body rules in effect.

This change will bring in drivers & cars not ever seen in Cleveland County. In fact, the American Racer Tire Company in Pa. has wagered $1,000 for charity that a car with their tires will win the event over Tony Stewart`s 'favorite tire', Hoosier. Hoosier has yet to respond.

Blairsville Ga`s 'Superman' Jonathan Davenport is the defending race winner and his Beaver Bail Bonds of Shelby team will be one of the favorites again this season as they picked up two big wins in one night March 22nd at Lavonia Ga in again thsi past weekend at Madison NC in two seperately nationaly sanctioned events in dominating fashion.

Davenport has already lowered the unofficial track record at CCS by almost a second in testing on the newly configured track.

Past winners include 4-time Carolina Clash Champion Ricky Weeks, Southern All Star Champ & 3-time Grassy Smith Memorial winner Chris Madden, crowd favorite & major threat to win Dennis 'Rambo' Franklin, the legendary Mike Duvall and Wesley Hood. Only Wesly hood will not be expected as he has retired.

In an unprecdented move, fans can register on Friday night & early Saturday night and will be taken down on the track to personally introduce their favorite drivers before the race.

This is a personal invitation to all fans and Drivers to attend,

Thanks for the past seven years...The Trull Family


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