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Travelers Rest Speedway

Smith outruns Weeks for back-to-back Clash wins

May 24, 2009, 6:31 am
From series reports

TRAVELERS REST, S.C. (May 23) — Taking command on the second lap at Travelers Rest Speedway, Jeff Smith of Dallas, N.C., raced to his second consecutive Carolina Clash Super Late Model Series victory on Saturday to earn $4,000. Smith started outside the front row and moved past polesitter Ricky Weeks of Rutherfordton, N.C., to take a lead he'd never give up.

Weeks, the five-time and reigning series champion, settled for second in the 40-lapper while Smith picked up his 19th career series victory and first back-to-back victories since 2006. Casey Roberts of Toccoa, Ga., was third while Frankie Beard of Hartwell, Ga., and Doug Sanders of Springwood, N.C., rounded out the top five.

Notes: Smith's Mike Menscer-owned Rocket Chassis has a Gaerte Engine and sponsorship from Star Leasing. ... Smith is second in all-time series victories, nine shy of Weeks. ... Larry Blankenship of Mooresville, N.C., moved from the tail to 12th for hard charger honors. ... Next up for Clash competitors is a $4,000-to-win event at Fayetteville (N.C.) Motor Speedway on May 30.

Carolina Clash @ Travelers Rest: (1) Jeff Smith, (2) Ricky Weeks, (3) Casey Roberts, (4) Frankie Beard, (5) Doug Sanders, (6) Dan Breuer, (7) Keith Freeman, (8) Dennis Franklin, (9) Johnny Pursley, (10) Chris Meadows, (11) Chris Ferguson, (12) Larry Blankenship, (13) Luke Roffers, (14) Darryl Freeman, (15) Brent Dixon, (16) Tim Allen, (17) Scott Neighbors, (18) Scott Shirey, (19) Justin Labonte. Fast qualifier (among 19 cars): Weeks, 15.951 seconds.

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