The Carolina Clash Super Late Model Series is gearing up for its 15th year of competition in the Southeastern United States.
In addition to the traditional tracks visited by the Carolina Clash, the tour will make stops at three new venues in 2014. Volunteer Speedway in Bulls Gap, Tennessee, Screven Motor Speedway in Sylvania, Georgia, and Clary’s Speedway in Brinkleyville, North Carolina, have all joined the Carolina Clash schedule for this year.
“The current schedule has 18 races in the regular season, with a few TBA dates, rain dates, and definite off weekends defined. The off weekends are planned for Easter weekend and coincide with a few other major events in the southeast. We are currently waiting on confirmation on a few other races and will have all the events in place by the first race of the year at Carolina Speedway in Gastonia, NC,” said Mark Huey of the Carolina Clash Super Late Model Series.
The Countdown to the Cup Championship Series will feature six or more races, starting with the August event at Lancaster (South Carolina) Speedway.
Other schedule highlights include stops at Laurens County Speedway for the annual Laurens County Shrine Club Benefit Race, an annual visit to the highlands of southwest Virginia to Wythe Raceway, another Shrine Race at Carolina Speedway with the Gaston Shrine Club Shrine 100 and two Carolinas-Tennessee Challenge Matchups at Volunteer Speedway in May and July. More details will be announced for this two-race series as the events draw closer. Ray Cook and Austin Dillon were each winners at Volunteer in 2011. Cherokee Speedway in Gaffney, S.C., will play host to the series during their Hall of Fame event on Sunday, Aug. 31.
The Carolina Clash will be returning to Friendship Motor Speedway for two races in 2014, and could potentially play host to the Carolina Clash Bash season finale event. Friendship came back to the tour last September and has hosted 13 events there in the past. Three-time series champion Dennis Franklin is the most recent winner there.
Two stops on the tour will take teams to Clary’s Speedway. The Carolina Clash has only raced at Clary’s twice, but not since June 28, 2008, when Ray Tucker went to victory lane. Booper Bare won the other event there on May 27, 2006.
The season was to be highlighted by the Winter Freeze event at Screven Motor Speedway in February. The race was designated as a bonus race, but was cancelled due to winter weather in the area. Screven officials did, however, book a regular season Carolina Clash event on May 3, 2014, the first official visit since 2009.
Four to five races are currently on tap for the Fayetteville Motor Speedway, which was the birthplace of the series, where Johnny Pursley was most recently the winner in October 2013. The first race in Fayetteville will be April 5, 2014 with the annual running of the Ed Gibbons Memorial race. Two races are on schedule for Lancaster Speedway, as well, starting with the track’s season opener on March 29.
2014 Carolina Clash Super Late Model Series Schedule:
Date – Track – Location
March 8 – Carolina Speedway – Gastonia, N.C.