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Alex Cummings
DUBLIN, N.C. (June 26) - Luke Roffers was able to collect his first career Carolina Clash win at The New Dublin Speedway, Saturday night. Roffers also set fast time at Dublin earning him his first career pole with the Carolina Clash in his Cal-Les-2 transport sponsored, Rocket Chassis with Pro Power motors under the hood. It was a night of first for Roffers who made the long haul all the way from Concord, NC. "We've always run really well here at Dublin in the past and tonight was no different" Roffers said after the race. "It was a great night, the car was hooked up and all of the pieces fell into place perfectly for us this evening". Roffers first win came in front of a packed house with every bleacher seat taken and every standing point taken up near the fence. The 24 car starting field kept the fans standing the entire race with nearly everyone enthusiastically rooting on their favorite driver.

When the green flag was thrown on the 24 car starting field, the 21 of Luke Roffers took the early lead and set sail until the 777 of Jared Landers looped it in turn 4. Under caution, the 17 of Timmy Blackwell went pit side with a flat left front while running in the 5th position. On lap 22, the caution flew when the 54 of Steve Blackburn stopped on the front stretch with a flat right rear tire. Under caution, the Carolina Clash point's leader, Dennis Franklin came pit side with a flat left rear tire. Then just two laps later, the 07 of Brian Ledbetter pulled behind the wall trailing fluid and was unable to continue for the rest of the night. Lap 25, saw the biggest event of the night when the 1w of Ricky Weeks slowed on the backstretch after breaking the rear-end and the 15 of Dean Bowen slid to avoid the slowing car of Weeks. Weeks went pit side and never returned.

During the middle of the race, most of the field was running along the bottom of the track but the 27 of Ray Tucker was hanging it out, high, wide, and pretty along the outer rim of the track. Tucker was on the charge followed by the 17 of Tim Allen and the 777 of Jared Landers. The three cars hooked up like a freight train and ran the outside of the track giving the fans the best show of the night.

Lap 31 saw a pass for the lead when the 27 of Ray Tucker made a power move around Roffers and set sail. Lap 35 saw the 20 of Dan Breuer receive a flat tire while running 2nd. Then on lap 36, the 17 of Tim Allen also received a flat tire while running in the 4th position. When the green flag came back out again, Tucker put the gas pedal to the floor board and never looked behind taking the checkered flag but after post race inspection, Tucker was deemed light at the scales which relinquished the win to the 21 of Luke Roffers.

The 25 of Shawn Beasley ended up 2nd in his Beasley's body shop sponsored, Beasley engines, Masterbuilt Chassis. The 2 of Dennis Franklin made his way all the way back up to the 3rd position after an early caution in his Cherokee Landscaping sponsored, Clements powered, Barry Wright Chassis. Coming home in the 4th position was the 15 of Dean Bowen after his lap 27 fiasco with Weeks in his William and Son's Farm, Bowen Tire sponsored, Clements powered, Rocket Chassis. Rounding out your top 5 was the 84 of Jay Sessoms who made the long haul all the way from Stanley, NC in his South Pine Needles, Alloy Fabrication sponsored Rocket Chassis.

Dennis Franklin now holds a 63 point lead over the 1w of Ricky Weeks and the 15 of Dean Bowen is only 2 points behind Weeks. The 84 of Jay Sessoms now sits 4th in points trailed by the 22 of Chris Ferguson. 6th through 10th in the points is David Taylor, Jeff Smith, Donald Bradsher, Luke Roffers, and Craig Shuffield.

Saturday night at The New Dublin Speedway was a night of first for the young man named Travis Yow. It was his first appearance with the Carolina Clash and he made his debut and presence known. Yow was able to motor home with an 8th place finish. Saturday night was also the return of the 72 of Mike Parker after a 7 year drought with the Carolina Clash after racing with the series in its first 3 years of operation.

The next Carolina Clash event is scheduled for August 7 at Wythe Raceway in Rural Retreat, VA. Be there as the best of the best the southeast has to offer descend onto the high banked, half mile. The August 7th race will also be co-sanctioned with the Volunteer Racing Series for a 50 lap, $5,000 to win showdown. Which series will prevail? You will have to be there to see it for yourself.

Carolina Clash Super Late Models
Dublin Motor Speedway
June 26, 2010

1. Luke Roffers
2. Shawn Beasley
3. Dennis Franklin
4. Dean Bowen
5. Jay Sessoms
6. Jared Landers
7. Craig Shuffield
8. Travis Yow
9. Dustin Mitchell
10. Mike Mason
11. David Taylor
12. Michael Marlowe
13. Travis Hair
14. Tim Allen
15. Zach Cox
16. Mike Parker
17. Chuck Smith
18. Dan Breuer
19. Timmy Blackwell
20. Ricky Weeks
21. Brian Ledbetter
22. Dale Hammond
23. Steve Blackburn
DQ Ray Tucker (light at scales)

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