Pursley captures Clash checkers

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Super Late Model Race



Johnny Pursley cruised to victory at Lancaster Motor Speedway, beating out a stout field of 34 Super Late Models in the Southeast on Saturday evening at Lancaster Motor Speedway for the $4,000 to win Carolina Clash feature.

The standing room only crowd at Lancaster witnessed the largest car count of any series in the Southeast Saturday evening so far this season with the biggest names and best drivers in the Southeast present to tackle the LMS high banks.

Johnny Pursley set fast time during XS Power Racing Batteries Qualifying with a blistering pace of 18.702. Five drivers were able to break into the 18-second barrier on the high side, half mile at LMS.

Before the feature even took the green flag, current Carolina Clash points leader Luke Roffers had trouble and pulled behind the wall with motor problems. As the cars came to the green, a major five-car pileup ensued right before the start-finish line to collect Scott Autry, Travis Yow, Chad Paxton, Jimmy McCormick and David Taylor. Autry and Taylor were unable to continue.

Lap 15 saw three cars go pitside with flat tires including Paxton, McCormick and Mike Gault. McCormick pulled behind the wall ending his night.

On the restart, Dennis Franklin and Benji Cole ran second and third, respectively and battled hot and heavy.

Both drivers fought for the position, passing each other high and low every other lap. Both drivers did slide job after slide job, bringing the crowd to its feet.

Chris Ferguson received a flat right-rear tire on lap 22, bringing out another caution while running sixth.

Then, just five laps later, Ray Tucker, who was running fourth, slowed in turn two and retired from the race.

Not even, the five-time Carolina Clash Champion, Ricky Weeks was immune to mechanical failure. While running seventh on lap 29, Weeks slowed on the front stretch and pulled behind the wall.

The final caution came on lap 30, when Benji Cole, who was pressuring Pursley for first, broke to end his night.

This set up a 10-lap dash for the cash with Pursley on point followed by Franklin.

Pursley was able to motor his way to a three-car length lead over Franklin and take the Carolina Clash victory.

Franklin was second, followed by Jeff Smith, Petey Ivey and Kennie Compton Jr.

Four Klotz Rookie of the Year contenders made the field, with Mike Huey showing the way to win the Klotz Rookie of the Race Award.

Tim Allen, who won the Shell Racing Solutions B-main, also won the Safety Kleen Hard Charger of the Race Award, advancing 14 positions on the night.

Ivey won the first R2C Performance heat race and Paxton paced the field in the second R2C Performance heat race.