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posted July 09, 2001 02:00 AM UIN: 16262997
Friendship Speedway

Elkin, N.C. 28621

News Release

Story submitted by Jimmy Layell and Cynthia Allred

July 07, 2001

The Carolina Clash Super Late Model Series returned to Friendship Speedway in Elkin, NC Saturday night to offer up the kind of action that fans love. This was the second appearance for the Super Late Model touring series at Friendship this season. Semi-Modified 4 and Sportsman Division features completed the evening's race program.

Barry Suddreth of Jonesville, NC in his Leagon's Racing Heads, Somers Custom Paint Toyota, took the victory in an action packed Semi-Modified 4 feature that kept fans on the edge of their seats. After numerous lead changes Suddreth held on to take his first win at Friendship since 1993. It was also the first time that a Toyota has visited Victory Lane in the history of the speedway. Steve Faw with a strong run finished second with Tim Wyatt third. Eddie Blackburn was fourth with Michael Tulbert having his best finish of the year in fifth.

Joel Bray of Hamptonville, NC in his Fleetwood Homes, Stratford Hearing Aid Center Monte Carlo took home another victory in the Sportsman Division after battling Greg Brown for the lead most of the race. When Brown fell victim to mechanical problems, Bray took the lead and held on for the checkers. Daniel Moss took down second place honors with John Stamper finishing third, Terry Zachary in fourth and Gary Barnes in fifth.

When the Super Late Models took the track for the evening's Main Event fans knew what was in store. With Ed Gibbons setting quick time and Ray Tucker starting outside the front row, the stage was set for Carolina Clash Super Late Model action at its finest. Gibbons and Tucker received special bonus money for front row qualifying positions sponsored by Hicks Water Stoves, Coram Construction, Tobacco Land and all the tobacco farmers. Greensboro, NC's Tucker, in his second race since rejoining the R & R Racing team, held off a determined Gibbons to make it two wins in a row in his Mack Rich Trucking Pontiac Grand Prix. Gibbons fell victim to problems late in the race after battling Tucker in the early stages. Scott Autry, one of the Clash regulars, battled his way through the field to a strong second place finish followed by Dan Breuer in third. Jeff Smith and local driver Phil Hall battled intensely with Smith taking fourth and Hall rounding out the top five.

The gates will open at 4:00 PM this Saturday at Friendship Speedway with a full race program beginning at 6:00 PM.

Top Five Finishers

Semi-Modified 4

Barry Suddreth, Jonesville, NC

Steve Faw, Wilkesboro, NC

Tim Wyatt, Millers Creek, NC

Eddie Blackburn, Elkin, NC

Michael Tulbert, Union Grove, NC


Joel Bray, Hamptonville, NC

Daniel Moss, Elk Creek, VA

John Stamper, Mt Airy, NC

Terry Zachary, Yadkinville, NC

Gary Barnes, White Plains, NC

Carolina Clash

Super Late Models

Ray Tucker, Greensboro, NC

Scott Autry, Autryville, NC

Dan Breuer, Mooresville, NC

Jeff Smith, Dallas, NC

Phil Hall, Mt. Airy, NC

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