Franklin Unbeatable In 311 Clash
MADISON, N.C. – Two-time defending Carolina Clash Super Late Model Series champion Dennis Franklin led flag-to-flag in the first round of the Chase for the Championship at 311 Motor Speedway on Saturday.
From the pole position with a fast qualifying time of 15.948, the only driver to crack into the 15 second range, he never looked back after an early challenge from Chris Ferguson, who took outside pole honors.
On lap one Ferguson had rear end issues on his No. D1 Carver & Sons Roofing machine. Ferguson fell out on the opening lap and finished 26th.
There were several cautions during the event’s first 15 laps, which featured chase contenders Ross Bailes, Wayne Hughes, Michael Marlowe and Doug Sanders each experiencing mechanical problems.
Marlowe and Hughes were involved in a very tight point battle for Rookie-of-the-Year and stayed on the track for the event in damaged cars. Marlowe finished one spot ahead of Hughes in the final rundown and stretches his point lead to seven over Hughes.
Luke Roffers had problems on the No. 21 car on lap 20 and pitted. He was the point leader entering the event. He battled back to finish seventh to salvage what could have been a disastrous night.
Tim Allen returned to Clash racing with a very impressive run and finished second. Scott Autry held on to third position at the finish, followed by Jeff Smith and Ricky Weeks.