Two weeks ago Brett Hamm appeared to be on his way to victory lane in the season-opening Carolina Clash Super Late Model Series race at Fayetteville Speedway, but he didn’t get there. Hamm had a battery issue that saw him surrender the lead with five laps to go, relegating him to a fourth-place finish.
Hamm had to endure that feeling in the back of his mind for two weeks before the Carolina Clash seasoned resumed Saturday during the 11th annual Ed Gibbons Memorial at Fayetteville Motor Speedway (NC). This time he put it all together, dominating the event and parking his car in victory lane.
A $10,000 victory in a 50-lap race is enough to keep Hamm going as he’ll be in Carolina in a few weeks after a great start to 2019.
“We have led all but five laps this year,” Hamm stated. “It all comes down to winning. We have had a fast car that has been at two different types of surfaces. That’s what we have to keep going.”
This was the 69th event for the Carolina Clash series at Fayetteville, but more importantly for the winner it was the Ed Gibbons Memorial race, which honored the 2001 series champion.
“The family is really good people,” Hamm said. “I never got to race with Ed, but this win still means a lot because we all know the family and everyone speaks so highly of them.”
For the Newbury, South Carolina native it was a battle of the Palmetto State as 24-year-old second generation driver Trent Ivey from Union, South Carolina closed to within a few car lengths in the final laps, but he could do nothing more.
“It’s not so much that I needed more laps, but more that I need more experience,” admitted a humble Ivey. “We won a lot last year in the crate Late Model stuff, but I’m still getting my feet wet here in Super Late Models.”
It was only the third start for Ivey at Fayetteville in a touring series and he’s already looking to the big picture at the track.
“The World of Outlaw race is coming up here in May and we wanted to get laps in before that race. Hopefully we can run this well that night.”
With Hamm winning Saturday’s race, it turned into a case of putting the shoe on the other foot. That was the theme of the night as Lancaster winner Michael Brown got sent to the back in his heat race and then hit the wall keeping him out of the feature event.
Behind the front three was a trio of former series champions. Defending Carolina Clash champion Ross Bailes continued his title defense with his second-straight podium finish. Ben Watkins and Dennis “Rambo” Franklin rounded out the top five.
Full video highlights from the event can be viewed now on the Speed51 Network.
Carolina Clash Ed Gibbons Memorial Unofficial Results
Fayetteville Motor Speedway (NC) – March 30, 2019
1 Brett Hamm
2 Trent Ivey
3 Ross Bailes
4 Ben Watkins
5 Dennis Franklin
6 Chris Garnes
7 Daulton Wilson
8 Jeff Smith
9 Anthony Sanders
10 Matthew Bissette
11 David Yandle
12 Devin Moran
13 Dale Arnold
14 Larry Grube
15 Tim Allen
16 Willie Milken
17 Dustin Mitchell
18 Kyle Hardy
19 Russell Erwin
20 Ethan Wilson
21 Donald Bradsher
22 Roger Lucas
23 Doug Sanders
24 Chris Ferguson