Madden Takes Carolina Clash Checkers!
By Larry Long, Editor
The Carolina Clash Super Late Model Series made it's return to Thunder Valley Speedway on this Friday night for event #7 of the Fifth year "Blue Collar" Clash Series with another 50 lap show
paying $4,000 to the winner.
Gray Court's Chris Madden put the Hamrick's of Gaffney machine on the
pole with a lap of 17.336 to edge out Clash Rookie frontrunner Roger Pate of Inman, SC. In his Time Out Family Restaurant-The Pancake House Machine.
Pate jumped out front for a few seconds but Madden over took Pate as
they battled off turn two for the top spot with Newport, TN hotshoe Jimmy Owens and Ricky Weeks of Rutherfordton all battling for a shot at running down a hooked up Madden on this evening on the half mile clay oval. Madden would lead the opening lap and set sail toward his first Carolina Clash win this season and his Fifth Clash series all-time win. Owens in his Mach II Motorsports Mastersbilt entry would grab second place early on and would chase Madden all night with Weeks the 2004 Clash Points leader third in the rundown after a handful of laps in his IV Corner Motorsports GRT entry Pate
in his Time Out family Restaurant-The Pancake House Barry Wright ride
settled in fourth place. Inman's David Smith in his Hamrick's of Gaffney ride along with Rutherfordton's Furman Parton and Steve Hendren in his Hendren's Race Engine mount were trying for a fifth place finish as the laps were winding down for the 50 lap battle.
Madden set the pace all night as he was hooked up and all Owens could do was try and keep the pressure on and see if Madden would slip out of his groove, it never happen as the Checkers waved on Madden for the first time in 2004.
Owens settled for a runner-up finish. Weeks placed third and left "The
Valley" with a 163 points lead in the Clash points chase for the year.
Pate took home a fourth place finish and remains the Clash Rookie of
The Year points leader over Lake Wylie's Brandon Ifft as Ifft had a tough night with a 14th place finish.
Smith battled all night to make it a top five finish and he did that in the final tally.
Parton ran sixth with Hendren taking a seventh place finish. Kings
Mountain veteran Jeff Smith put his J&J Race Cars-Starrette Trucking-J&N Auto Sales ride in the eighth spot and looks forward to the upcoming Clash events. Jacksonville's Johnny Collins rolled to a ninth place run as "The Locomotive" may be ready to make a move inside the top twenty points standings on the Clash circuit.
Danbury's wily veteran Gary Mabe put his Hedgecock Builders -Barry
Wright mount in the tenth spot as he moves toward the top ten in the points chase after sixth events in 2004. 23 cars entered the action and Madden set the pace from green to checkers. Madden gave credit to his crew members for all their support and thanked Hamrick's of Gaffney for giving him such a great Super Late Model ride. Thanks to DMC Auto Exchange & Dirt Trax Motorsports for their bonus money for the event.
Final Carolina Clash Rundown - June 4 at Thunder Valley Speedway in
Lawndale, NC event # 6 for 2004.
Chris Madden, Gray Court, SC
Jimmy Owens, Newport, TN
Ricky Weeks, Rutherfordton, NC
Roger Pate, Inman, SC
David Smith, Inman, SC
Furman Parton, Rutherfordton, NC
Steve Hendren, Rutherfordton, NC
Jeff Smith, Kings Mountain, NC
Johnny Collins, Jacksonville, FL.
Gary Mabe, Danbury, NC
Noel Tucker, Mt. Airy, NC
Nicky Smoak, Gaston, SC
Scott Autry, Fayetteville, NC
Brandon Ifft, Lake Wylie, SC
Mo Gordy, North Augusta, SC
Larry Blankenship, Mooresville, NC
Vic Chandler, Weaverville, NC
Roger Hamrick, Shelby, NC
Jamie McBride, Danbury, NC
Doug Sanders, Gastonia, NC
Billy Hicks, Mt. Airy, NC
Mike Duvall, Cowpens, SC
Petey Ivey, Union, SC
Cars entered: 23
Lap Leader: Madden 1-50
Carolina Racing Supply Hard Charger: Johnny Collins
Fast Lane Pole Award: Chris Madden 17.336
Posted by Wayne Clayton