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Welshan collects Clash at The Gap bounty

October 15th, 2013 6:00 pm by Staff Report

Welshan collects Clash at The Gap bounty

Photos courtesy Volunteer Speedway photographer Randall Perry

BULLS GAP — With a total purse of more than $21,000 at stake, 48 racers came out for the Vic Hill Racing-promoted $6,000-to-win Clash at The Gap on Saturday night at Volunteer Speedway.

Jason Welshan of Maryville passed Mark Martin for the lead on lap 26, and the 34-year-old Welshan went on to win the Steel Head Late Model event and its winner’s bounty.

“This is just a tremendous victory for this race team and myself,” Welshan said. “I want to thank my car owners Roger and Cindy Kerr and Gary Rolfe for the opportunities they provide me. I also want to thank my dad, Cotton Welshan, for all his help he gives me working on the car during the week back in the shop and at the track on race night; plus support from my mother Shelia, my daughter Emily, my girlfriend Leanne, Brett Dukes and Ronald Sexton.”

The top nine from qualifying locked into the starting lineup, led by Martin’s fast lap of 13.087 seconds. Three heat races were run, with the top four finishers from each transferring to the 50-lap Clash at The Gap main event.

Eighteen-year-old Trevor Sise pocketed $4,000 for his runner-up finish, trailed by Cory Hedgecock, Martin and Josh Collins.

“We came up one spot short at the finish, but man, what a strong run we had,” Sise said.

“You look at the 48 cars present tonight and to qualify fifth and be able to finish in second place, we’ll take it,” he added. “I really love racing at Volunteer Speedway and can’t wait until we get the opportunity to race here again.”

Brad Davis set a fast time of 15.131 seconds to earn the pole position for the $700-to-win Modified Hobby feature, but Gary Blanken found his way into Victory Lane.

STEEL HEAD LATE MODEL “CLASH AT THE GAP”
(50 laps) $6,000-to-win

1) Jason Welshan #29; 2) Trevor Sise #73; 3) Cory Hedgecock #23; 4) Mark Martin #90; 5) Josh Collins #63; 6) Brandon Haley #51; 7) Josh Henry #B00; 8) Brad Lowe #16; 9) John Tweed #1; 10) Barrett Lowe #72; 11) Jason Manley #32; 12) David Crabtree #c5; 13) Ryan King #30; 14) Ethan Hunter #15; 15) Kasey Hall #42; 16) Ruben Mayfield #00; 17) Raymond Brown #93; 18) Ben Watkins #16w; 19) Todd Spivey #5; 20) Greg Estes #31; 21) Jason Trammell #90j; 22) Bubba Russell #32; 23) Ross White #0; 24) Anthony White #2x; 25) Steve Smith #3

Qualifying (top 9 transfer): 1) Mark Martin #90; 2) Brandon Haley #51; 3) Jason Welshan #29; 4) John Tweed #1; 5) Trevor Sise #73; 6) Josh Collins #63; 7) Ryan King #30; 8) Cory Hedgecock #23; 9) Ben Watkins #16

Heat #1 (top 4 transfer): 1) Brad Lowe #16; 2) Raymond Brown #93; 3) Bubba Russell #32; 4) Greg Estes #31; 5) Todd Spivey #5; 6) Kasey Hall #42; 7) Heath Hindman #9; 8) Perry Delaney #77; 9) Brandon Williams #95; 10) Gary Crittenden #18; 11) Josh Evans #81  —  Did Not Start: Jeff Maupin #24; Jeff Wolfenbarger #14

Heat #2 (top 4 transfer): 1) Jason Trammell #90j; 2) Ross White #0; 3) Steve Smith #3; 4) Ethan Hunter #15; 5) David Crabtree #c5; 6) Dan Tipton #12; 7) Scott Shelton #5; 8) Heath Alvey #7; 9) Skimp Henry #1; 10) Wayne Rader #01; 11) Roger Best #00; 12) Keith Gregory #44 – Did Not Start: Bryan Hendrix #5

Heat #3 (top 4 transfer): 1) Barrett Lowe #72; 2) Josh Henry #B00; 3) Jason Manley #32; 4) Anthony White #2x; 5) Ruben Mayfield #00; 6) Justin Beeler #25; 7) David Conley #1c; 8) Drew Kennedy #k37; 9) Bryan Shockley #17; 10) Ron Parker #75; 11) Mike Smith #4; 12) Travis Armes #01 – Did Not Start: Greg Martin #24m

Last Chance Qualifier #1 (top 2 transfer): 1) Todd Spivey #5; 2) Ruben Mayfield #00; 3) Brandon Williams #95; 4) David Conley #1c; 5) Heath Alvey #7; 6) Wayne Rader #01; 7) Bryan Shockley #17; 8) Josh Evans #81; 9) Heath Hindman #9 – Did Not Start: Dan Tipton #12; Mike Smith #4; Keith Gregory #44; Jeff Wolfenbarger #14; Jeff Maupin #24

Last Chance Qualifier #2 (top 2 transfer): 1) David Crabtree #c5; 2) Kasey Hall #42; 3) Scott Shelton #5; 4) Drew Kennedy #k37; 5) Travis Armes #01; 6) Ron Parker #75; 7) Roger Best #00; 8) Skimp Henry #1; 9) Justin Beeler #25; 10) Perry Delaney #77 – Did Not Start: Gary Crittenden #18; Greg Martin #24m; Bryan Hendrix #5

MODIFIED HOBBY
(20 Laps) $700-to-win

1) Gary Blanken #5; 2) Warren McMahan #33; 3) Eric Webber #329; 4) Eddie Morris #2x; 5) Jerry Hux #01; 6) Jamie Whitt #1; 7) Jason Long #15; 8) Tony Horton #56; 9) Mike Mays #30; 10) Jon Cook #0z; 11) Austin Atkins #14; 12) Shannon Emery #m2; 13) Landon Williams #25; 14) Charlie Bates #27; 15) David Bullington #20; 16) Brad Davis #88; 17) Kaleb Trent #3; 18) Kurt Owens #14; 19) Robbie Woods #2; 20) Jesse Wilder #79; 21) Logan Morgan #7; 22) Terry Dean #47; 23) David Clark #1; 24) Travis Reno #77 – Did Not Start: Jesse Helton #28; Tracy Wolfe #11; Duke Bare #13

(Information from Volunteer Speedway, Randall Perry)

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