GASTONIA, N.C. – Dennis Franklin won his fourth Carolina Clash Super Late Model Series Gaston County Shrine 100 at Carolina Speedway on Wednesday.
The win, worth $3,000, marked the 27th Carolina Clash win of Franlkin’s career. He led all 30 laps of the feature event from the pole position.
Franklin won the 2012 version of this charity event, on August 14, 2012, in an event sponsored by the Gaston Shrine Club of Gastonia, NC, who all total have raised in excess of $2,000,000 since 1922.
The first lap of the main event saw the field roar down the main straightaway before a caution foiled the action on the opening lap. Kennie Compton Jr. spun off turn four, backing his Bloomquist Chassis entry into the safety retainer at the entrance of the pit road. Compton was able to continue with minimal damage and finished seventh.
Johnny Pursley started third and made the pass on second-place Chris Ferguson before making serious runs at Franklin amid lapped traffic as the race eclipsed the halfway point.
After two cautions for single-car stalls, the race returned to green until five laps to go when Jonathan Edwards slowed in turn four. During the final three laps, Ricky Weeks dusted off the high-side and raced into the sixth place position after running eighth during the latter stages.
Franklin, however, was unstoppable and pulled out to a six car-length lead en route to his fourth Shrine 100 win. He was followed by Pursley, Ferguson, Zack Mitchell and Tim Allen.
“I want to thank M&W Towing. They bought the engine for this car and it has been just awesome since we put it in,” Franklin said. “I mean, it was awesome winning at my home track of Gaffney a few weeks ago and I always love winning in front of this crowd.
“We gotta keep winning. I mean, I told the guys that work on this car – Daddy, Billy, (and many others) – that when we started the season, it was all about winning and the championship would come to us.”