| By Mark Huey, Carolina Clash PR
- Fayetteville, NC
The stars of the Carolina Clash are set to embark on the 13th season of super late model competition as they assemble at the Carolina Speedway, off Hwy. 274 in Gastonia, NC on Saturday, March 10 for a $4,000 to win event. The 12th Annual Skyler Trull Memorial Race will once again open the season for the Carolina Clash Super Late Model Tour. The "Skyler Trull Memorial" 40 lap Carolina Clash main event will pay $4,000 to the winner. Also on the card will be a $3,000 to win NDRA GM Performance Late Model "Road Show" feature event for the GM Performance Late Models. The Open Wheel Modifieds will also battle for a $1,000 to win feature event. The Street Stocks will also be on hand for a $500 to win event.
Skyler Trull was a special little girl whose family is deeply involved in dirt racing. Her uncle is super late model start Doug Sanders. When Skyler lost her battle with Leukemia on March 14th, 2000 she was only 5 years old. Her family decided a Memorial race in her honor would be a fitting tribute to the bright eyed redhead. The family went to work taking donations from fans and businesses to make the purse. The first STM was a $1,200 to win six-car dash.
"We are very honored and proud to be associated with the Skyler Trull Memorial", said Carolina Clash President Larry Lee. "The Trull family has worked very hard to preserve the spirit of Skyler throughout the racing community and we are just happy to assist in any way possible."
Gaffney, South Carolina driver Dennis "Rambo" Franklin enters the 2012 season as a two-time defending champion of the series. He, along with his race team, celebrated their second title crown in January at the Charlotte Motor Speedway Club during the series banquet. Mt. Holly, NC's Chris Ferguson is the defending champion of the Skyler Trull Memorial and is a two-time (2011, 2009) winner of the coveted event. Dean Bowen, 2010 Rookie of the Year, took top honors in 2010. Last year saw 32 top regional teams enter the event and the 2012 show looks to best that number. The 2011 "Hard-Charger of the Year" Mike Gault was last year's runner-up and looks to break into victory lane for the first time with Carolina Clash. Luke Roffers, Dan Breuer and Tim Allen rounded out the top five in the 2011 event. Five-time Carolina Clash Champion Ricky Weeks, of Rutherfordton, NC prepares for his "Fix-4-Six Tour" at this event. "We are planning on running the whole deal in 2012, going after our sixth-championship with Clash," stated Weeks via telephone.
Also, 2011 Carolina Clash Rookie of the Year Travis Yow will also be in attendance with his new race team.
Two (optional) practice rounds for super late models will be held on Friday night, March 9, at the "Carolina's Action Track" as a part of the track's Friday night "double-header" racing program. However, it is not mandatory for Clash teams to attend the Friday event. The pit ticket booth will open at 3:00 PM with racing at 7:00 pm. The general admission ticket booth will open at 4:30. The Carolina Clash will qualify on Saturday night, along with Clash heat races and a 40 lap main event.
The Hampton Inn of Belmont is proud to be the host hotel for the Skyler Trull Memorial race weekend. Please call the hotel at: 704 825 6100 and ask for the Skyler Trull rate ($79). For more hotel information and driving directions go to: www.hamptoninnbelmont.com
A mandatory Carolina Clash drivers meeting will be held at 6pm on Saturday night. For more information about the Carolina Clash, go to www.carolinaclash.com
Upcoming events on the 2012 Schedule include March 24 - The Ed Gibbons Memorial Race - Fayetteville Motor Speedway - $4,000 to win and March 31 - 311 Motor Speedway "Martinsville Weekend" and Season Opener - $4,000 to win.