Brandon Overton out-dueled Dennis “Rambo” Franklin to claim the 40-lap Carolina Clash feature Saturday night at Friendship Motor Speedway.
Elkin’s Trent Chatham claimed the Super Stock 4 division feature, while Kevin Gwyn won his third straight Renegades feature and Buck Stevens took the Open Wheel Modifieds feature for the third time in four weeks. Matt Long won the SECA Crate Late Model feature; Kenneth Miller won the UCars feature.
Overton, of Appling, Georgia, took the lead for the first time on lap 2 when he tried to go high first — between turns 1 and 2 — and then low — between turns 3 and 4. The low pass worked and he held a nervous lead until lap 27.
Overton looked to go wide in turn 2 and Franklin took advantage, holding the lead until lap 38. Overton got underneath Franklin in turn 2 and held on through the white and then the checkered flag.
Chatham won the Super Stock 4 feature comfortably — his second win in three weeks. Robbie Brown held off Chad Call in a tight battle to claim second.
Gwyn, of Mount Airy, led from pole to checkered flag. A first-lap pileup claimed Ronda’s Michael Harrell, but he was able to recover and finish second. Harrell, who said his vehicle sustained major body damage, said the vehicle just did hold out long enough to finish the race. Jody Miller finished third.
“People having bad luck makes me look good,” Gwyn said. “It’s a good car,” Gwyn said of his No. 11. “Drives good. Runs good.”
Gwyn and Harrell finished 1-2 the week before.
After the battle between Overton and Franklin, the night’s second-best battle may have been the one for fourth in the Renegades feature. After running several laps door handle-to-door handle, Shaun Robinson held off Jr. Blackburn to get the fourth-place finish.
Chad Paxton was running away with the Open Wheel Modifieds from the pole when his power steering line went on lap 11. “A $20 part,” Paxton said. “We’re happy the car was so strong.” Paxton said.
It was Paxton’s second time back after being away from the track for three years. “We’re very happy we can be competitive,” Paxton said.
Friendship, Paxton said, is where he won his first dirt-track race in 1999. “It feels like home to me,” Paxton said.
Paxton’s was the second modified to look dialed in and suffer misfortune. Jeff Parsons, on lap 8, dropped out with a broken rocker arm. Parsons had moved from seventh to second in the race’s first seven laps.
Stevens, of Statesville, claimed the lead when Paxton went out, holding off Justin Hudspeth the rest of the 25-lap feature. “Maintenance, maintenance,” Stevens said, adding working on the car is the key to his recent success.
“We’re just trying to get it to the end of the race,” Stevens said.
Hamptonville’s Chris Cheek turned the fastest qualifying lap at 16.580 to take the pole for the late model feature. Matt Long, of Concord, started second and the two battled side-by-side through the first two laps before Long took the lead for good.
Cheek tried Long on the inside on lap 3, but Long held and the order held the rest of the way.
Kenneth Miller of Wilkesboro took the UCars feature over Stephanie Clew Caudle. It was Caudle’s second straight second-place finish.
Brandon McClure took third — his second week in the No. 01. McClure, who is hoping to have his No. R10 Honda back soon, picked up the No. 01 on the way to the track the week before and finished fourth.
Saturday night is a regular race night with all divisions. There will also be a chain race. A chain race is three cars chained together. The first car has the steering; the second car has the motor; and the third car has the brakes.
Results — Renegades: 1. Kevin Gwyn; 2. Michael Harrell; 3. Jody Miller. Open Wheel Modifieds: 1. Buck Stevens; 2. Justin Hudspeth; 3. Richard Clew. SECA Crate Late Model: 1. Matt Long, Concord, NC; 2. Chris Cheek; 3. Justin Hudspeth. Super Stock 4: 1. Trent Chatham, Elkin, NC; 2. Robbie Brown; 3. Chad Call. Carolina Clash: 1. Brandon Overton, Appling, Georgia; 2. Dennis “Rambo” Franklin; 3. Zack Mitchell; 4. Kennie Compton, Jr.; 5. Ricky Weeks. UCars: 1. Kenneth Miller, Wilkesboro; 2. Stephanie Clew Caudle; 3. Brandon McClure.
Jim Fuller may be reached at 336-835-1513 or Twitter @elkinareasports.