Weeks dominates at home track, earns $3,500
By Alex CummingsClash South Tour
HARRIS, N.C. (July 1) — Fast qualifier and outside front-row starter Ricky Weeks of Rutherfordton, N.C., led every lap at Harris Motor Speedway for his second straight victory on the first-year Clash South Tour. Weeks earned $3,500 at the track just three miles from his home, which hosted Super Late Models for the first time in three years. | Slideshow
Mike Gault, who survived a 10-lap scramble with fellow Gaffney, S.C., driver Dennis Franklin, finished second in the 11-car field followed by Ross Bailes of Blacksburg, S.C. Jay Sessoms of Stanley, N.C., fought off Franklin in the final laps to finish fourth.
Johnny Pursley of Clover, S.C., started on the pole and chased Weeks in the early laps. But he lost two positions on a lap-eight restart and was towed off the track on the 18th lap with a broken rear end.
Notes: Weeks drives a Randy Clary-powered Rocket Chassis sponsored by Starrette Trucking, Parton Lumber and Adams Electric. ... He dedicated the victory to late uncle J.D. Weeks and also thanked Phyllis and Ick in victory lane along with RE Suspensions. ... The fast time of 15.267 gave Weeks the track record at the reconfigured oval. ... Jeff Cooke of Spartanburg, S.C., retired on the eighth lap with engine problems. ... Randy Harmon’s lap-17 spin knocked him out of the race. ... North Carolina drivers Gabe Wilson and Jamie Oliver made their first series appearances. ... Clash South competitors head to Lavonia (Ga.) Speedway for a July 10 event.
Clash South @ Harris: (1) Ricky Weeks, (2) Mike Gault, (3) Ross Bailes, (4) Jay Sessoms, (5) Dennis Franklin, (6) Gabe Wilson, (7) Randy Harmon, (8) Johnny Pursley, (9) Furman Parton, (10) Jeff Cooke, (11) Jamie Oliver. Fast qualifier (among 11 cars): Weeks, 15.267 seconds.