Muscles For Carolina Clash $4,000 "Border Wars"
Victory At Volunteer Speedway
By Robert Walden
Volunteer Speedway - Media/Public Relations
Bulls Gap, Tenn. (6/11/16) - If you'd ask Chad
Ogle of Sevierville whether he wished the Carolina
Clash Super Late Model Series would schedule more
events at Volunteer Speedway, it's quite likely he
would say yes. After all, he's become accustomed to
winning when the series sanctions racing at ďThe
The 40-year-old Ogle moved into the lead on lap 15
during running of the "Border Wars" 40-lap feature
and, once out front he never looked back en route to
capturing the $4,000 victory in convincing fashion.
"This is a really awesome win for our race team, we
needed it," Ogle said with a smile on his face in
victory lane. "We had a really strong car, and with
the track in such great shape we were flat-out
getting it around these high banks. With the track
fast as it was tonight, it really takes a physical
toll on your body with the G-forces.
"Once I got out front into the lead, I just moved up
top in the banking with the right-rear tire against
the cushion in the corners and let her (car) roll. I
just wanted to be focused and click off consistent
lap times and not make any mistakes."
Even though the calendar doesn't yet show it's
officially summer, you'd have a hard time convincing
everybody present at the track otherwise because
temperatures Saturday around East Tennessee were in
the mid-90s. And generally with hot conditions and
the sun baking down on the surface, it leads to a
dusty, dry-slick track.
However, that wasn't the case as several Carolina
Clash Super Late Model Series competitors were hot
lapping at times (11.80s and 11.90s) well below the
existing track qualifying record (12.001 seconds
120.004 mph), leading many to believe a new standard
would be set in time trials.
Ricky Weiss of Winnipeg, Manitoba Canada, making his
first-ever start at Volunteer Speedway competing as
a teammate with five-time track champion Vic Hill,
flirted with a new track record as he powered to a
fast-time at 12.032 seconds. Ogle was second
quickest at 12.107.
Weiss powered out to the lead at drop of the green
flag over Ogle, Donald Bradsher, Mack McCarter and
Ray Cook. McCarter got around Bradsher on the second
circuit racing off the fourth turn for third.
But smashing the loud pedal and rocketing his way
forward from his seventh-starting position was
Donald McIntosh, as he blasted around both Cook and
Bradsher on lap 3 to move himself into the fourth
position. Just one lap later racing off the second
corner down the backstretch he passed McCarter to
take the third spot.
With the track hooked-up and tacky, speeds were fast
and action was intense all back through the field.
While Weiss was showing the way out front over Ogle
and McIntosh, behind them battles for real estate
were taking place involving McCarter, Cook, Vic
Hill, Brett Hamm, Johnny Pursley, Jordon Horton,
Billy Ogle Jr., Justin Rattliff, Ross Bailes, and a
host of other chauffeurs.
With the lead trio catching some slower traffic at
back of the field to begin lapping, the 23-year-old
speedster McIntosh seized the moment when Weiss and
Ogle momentarily were held back to overtake both and
move into the lead on lap 12. Ogle got around Weiss
for second place just one lap later.
What looked like a possible run to victory turned
into disappointment for McIntosh when power steering
issues sidelined him prematurely on lap 15, thus
turning the lead over to Ogle. The eventís only
caution waved on lap 21, when Ross White and Tommy
Bailey got together between turns one and two.
Ogle, driving the GEO Services - Geotechnical &
Materials Engineers/Ogle's Neighborhood Service &
Towing/Brooks Malone/Hoosier Racing Tire/Matlock
Decal Co./Custom Race Engines/Rocket Chassis/No. 10
Chevrolet Corvette, shot back out into the lead off
the restart while behind him two- and three-wide
racing was taking place involving Weiss, Bradsher,
Cook, Hill, McCarter and a host of other drivers.
With the race reaching lap 30, Ogle was in command
out front and it was quite evident that the only
thing to keep him from winning would be for
mechanical gremlins to park him in the pits. While
Ogle was on rails out front, Cook was on the move
getting around both Bradsher and Weiss.
Ogle recorded the win over Cook, Weiss, Hill and
Bradsher. Completing the top 10 finishers were
Bailes, Pursley, Dustin Linville, David Watts and
"This is our first victory anywhere since we won the
Carolina Clash Super Late Model Series race here
last spring," Ogle stated. "It's not like we've not
had some good runs, because we have. But when you're
competing in series races with Lucas Oil Late Model
Dirt Series, World of Outlaws Late Model Series,
Southern All Stars Racing Series, Ultimate Super
Late Model Series and these Carolina Clash events,
the competition is stiff. If you finish in the top
10 you've really had a pretty good night."
"There are several touring series races at tracks
here in East Tennessee where you can show up and
race for good purses. We've got a really good Rocket
Chassis car and a good motor from Custom Race
Engines, so hopefully we can have some good luck as
the season goes along and get us another win or two.
Night's like tonight where you get the winner's
check and get to take the big trophy home, thatís
what itís all about."
Super Late Model Series "Border War" (40 Laps $4,000
To Win) Saturday June 11, 2016
Showing Finish Position, Starting Position In
Parentheses, Driver Name, Car Number, Hometown
1. (2) Chad Ogle #10 - Sevierville, TN
2. (6) Ray Cook #52 - Brasstown, NC
3. (1) Ricky Weiss #7 - Winnipeg, Manitoba Canada
4. (5) Vic Hill #1 - Mosheim, TN
5. (3) Donald Bradsher #93 - Burlington, NC
6. (13) Ross Bailes #87 - Clover, SC
7. (9) Johnny Pursley #09 - Clover, SC
8. (20) Dustin Linville #D8 - Bryantsville, KY (SRI
9. (16) David Watts #04 - Blacksburg, VA
10. (4) Mack McCarter #51 - Gatlinburg, TN
11. (12) Justin Ratliff #16 - Campbellsville, KY
12. (15) Mark Vineyard #4 - Powell, TN
13. (10) Jordon Horton #56 - Sneedville, TN
14. (22) Greg Estes #31 - Jonesville, VA
15. (8) Brett Hamm #18 - Newberry, SC
16. (19) Tommy Bailey #11 - Corbin, KY
17. (11) Billy Ogle Jr. #201 - Knoxville, TN
18. (17) Ross White #0 - Knoxville, TN
19. (14) Mark Douglas #52D - Knoxville, TN
20. (7) Donald McIntosh #7 - Dawsonville, GA
21. (18) Jeremy Hines #5H - Seymour, IN
22. (21) Travis Greer #11G - Marion, VA
Did Not Start: Chris Barton #144, Ellery Leake #34,
Brian Smith #7, Chris Chandler #8, Bobby Mays #25
Heat #1: 1) Johnny Pursley #09, 2) Billy Ogle Jr.
#201, 3) Ross Bailes #87, 4) Mark Vineyard #4, 5)
Ross White #0, 6) Tommy Bailey #11, 7) Greg Estes
#31, 8) Chris Barton #144
Did Not Start:
Brian Smith #7, Ellery Leake #34
Heat #2; 1) Jordon Horton #56, 2) Justin Rattliff
#16, 3) Mark Douglas #52D, 4) David Watts #04, 5)
Jeremy Hines #5, 6) Dustin Linville #D8, 7) Travis
Did Not Start:
Chris Chandler #8, Bobby Mays #25