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Daily Dirt 02/05/2023 21:27:34

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March 26
Fayetteville Motor Speedway,
Fayetteville, NC
Sanction: Carolina Clash Super Late Model Series (Ed Gibbons Memorial) - $5,000
Information provided by: Series reports (last updated March 27, 5:22 pm)
Last-lap pass lifts Franklin at Fayetteville
Ed Gibbons Memorial
  1. Dennis Franklin
  2. Willie Milliken
  3. Chris Ferguson
  4. Earl Pearson Jr.
  5. Donald Bradsher
  6. Anthony Sanders
  7. Dean Bowen
  8. Greg Clark
  9. Johnny Pursley
  10. Mark Parks
  11. Brett Hamm
  12. Ben Watkins
  13. Scott Shirey
  14. Dustin Mitchell
  15. Ross Bailes
  16. Tim Allen
  17. Roger Lucas
  18. Kevin Wilson
  19. Jeff Smith
  20. Kyle Pierce
  21. Doug Sanders
  22. Casey Barrow
presented by
Gene Lefler
Dennis Franklin celebrates after his last-lap victory at Fayetteville.
What won the race: Dennis Franklin of Gaffney, S.C., overtook polesitter and race-long leader Willie Milliken on the final lap at Fayetteville Motor Speedway's 40-lapper for a $5,000 Carolina Clash victory in the Ed Gibbons Memorial.
Quotable: "Willie was awesome. ... when I seen five (laps) to go, I knew it was time to put the dice down there," Franklin said. " I didn't know if I could pass him. He bobbled just a little bit and that's all it took."
Key notes: Franklin ended the two-race win streak of Ross Bailes, who finished 15th after getting caught up in a lap-14 accident. ... Franklin's 41 victories top the all-time Carolina Clash list. ... He's still considering chasing the World of Outlaws Craftsman Late Model Series Rookie of the Year title. ... Runner-up Willie Milliken, a long-time Limited Late Model racer, was chasing his first career Carolina Clash victory. ... The ninth annual Ed Gibbons Memorial honored the 2001 Carolina Clash champion who died in a 2009 highway accident. ... The race marked the 62nd time the Carolina Clash have visited Fayetteville.
On the move: Franklin started fifth and came home with the victory.
Winner's sponsors: Franklin's Longhorn Race Car is sponsored by M&W Transport, C&D Properties, Nichols Plumbing and Hoosier Racing Tire.
Points chase: Dean Bowen moved into the series points lead (292) over Ross Bailes (272) and Johnny Pursley (270).
Car count: 29
Fast qualifier: Willie Milliken
Time: 16.823 seconds
Polesitter: Willie Milliken
Heat race winners:
Consolation race winners: Johnny Pursley, Ross Bailes
Next series race: May 7, Cherokee Speedway (Gaffney, SC) $4,000
Editor's note: Corrects winner's chassis brand.
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