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Daily Dirt 02/28/2024 17:55:34

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May 19
Carolina Speedway,
Gastonia, NC
Sanction: Ultimate Southeast Series - $4,000
Information provided by: Roby Helm (last updated May 21, 1:03 pm)
Jeff Smith scores $4,000 Ultimate-Clash victory
  1. Jeff Smith
  2. Brett Hamm
  3. Michael Brown
  4. Tyler Millwood
  5. Ben Watkins
  6. Zack Mitchell
  7. G.R. Smith
  8. Jason Welshan
  9. Scott Shirey
  10. Johnny Pursley
  11. Jim Manka
  12. David Yandle
  13. Dennis Franklin
  14. Jonathan Davenport
  15. Ross Bailes
  16. Doug Sanders
  17. Anthony Sanders
  18. Justin Labonte
  19. Bryan Mullis
  20. Adam Yarbrough
  21. Josh Langley
  22. Billy Hicks
  23. Brian Ledbetter
  24. Chris Ferguson
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Jeff Smith in victory lane after his $4,000 victory.
What won the race: Surviving an overheating engine, fifth-starting Jeff Smith of Dallas, N.C., topped seventh-starting Brett Hamm to capture the first Ultimate Southeast-Carolina Clash showdown at Carolina Speedway. Smith, who led the final 15 laps, took the checkers 3.680 seconds ahead of Hamm for a $4,000 payday.
Quotable: “The temperature gauge started going towards hot at the halfway point in the race, and I wasn’t sure if I should pull in, or go for it,” Smith said. “We were that close to the front, so I had to go for it and hope if we could take the lead, we could get some cooler air through the radiator.”
Key notes: Smith has 23 Carolina Clash victories; it was his first Ultimate victory. ... Third-place finisher Michael Brown led laps 10-25. ... Early leader and polesitter Jonathan Davenport suffered damage in a tangle with David Yandle's slower car after losing the lead to Brown. ... Nine of the 24 starters completed 40 laps. ... Davenport inherited fast time when Ross Bailes was disqualified for a tire infraction. ... The event marked the first time the Ultimate and Clash tours have co-sanctioned an event. The circuits do it again Saturday in Lavonia, Ga. ... Friday’s race was officiated by Carolina Clash officials while Lavonia's program will be overseen by Ultimate officials.
On the move: Zack Mitchell of Enoree, S.C., charged from his 19th starting position to finish sixth.
Winner's sponsors: Smith's No. 00 is sponsored by Horne's Towing, Ms. D's Auto Service and Chaos Cages Customizing.
Points chase: Entering the weekend Jonathan Davenport of Blairsville, Ga., led the Ultimate standings, while Zack Mitchell of Enoree, S.C., led Johnny Pursley topped the Carolina Clash chase.
Car count: 24
Fast qualifier: Jonathan Davenport
Time: 15.982 seconds
Polesitter: Jonathan Davenport
Heat race winners: Tyler Millwood, Ben Watkins
Next series race: May 29, Volunteer Speedway (Bulls Gap, TN) $10,000
Editor's note: Fixes track location.
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