The 2018 Carolina Clash Super Late Model Series has brought together some of the best Dirt Late Model stars in the Southeast, each vying for the spotlight race after race, often against some of the toughest national touring stars as well. Amidst all this cutthroat competition, Adam Yarbrough, a shoe string budget driver from Denver, NC, has made some of the most noise.
While not winning either of the first two races, the 33-year-old Clash rookie has shown the greatest momentum in both events, earning the Speed51.com ’Hard Charger’ award in both outings. First going from 11th starting spot to finish fourth in the season opener at Lancaster Speedway and following it up with a 13 position improvement last time out at Fayetteville Motor Speedway.
With the limited resources at Yarbrough’s disposal, he is very happy with how things have gone.
“This is the first year I’ve run the Clash and it’s been pretty good. Things have gone a lot better than I thought they would be,” said Yarbrough, who had a podium finish in the FUEL Late Models Series in Cherokee, SC last weekend. “I’ve got a 10 year-old race car and a small motor, a 410. I just want to get my feet wet in it.”
After a number of years running in Crate Late Models, Yarbrough moved to the Super ranks, starting with the Blue Ridge Outlaw Late Models in 2017, scoring two wins. But the Carolina Clash is another huge step up for Yarbrough and that there is much to improve on, including his qualifying effort.
“Running with the Clash is totally different. You run for a lot more money and you run with a lot of different people. I had never seen Fayetteville and Lancaster is a big track where you need a lot of motor. Hopefully we can get better with the qualifying deal.”
“Some people think it’s foolish, but I kind of like it. My car has some marks on it. But this is just a family thing, I don’t have any sponsors, we own a little automotive shop, and it pays the bill for my racing as well as all my other bills. It’s just cool to line up with some other people and do well with them.”
For the remainder of 2018, Yarbrough has set some tall, but realistic goals going forward.
“My goal is to go for Rookie of the Year and to finish all the races. I want to go the distance and I don’t want to get lapped. I would like to have a top ten in every race, that might be more than I can ask for, but that’s my goal. There’s some race tracks we are going to that I’ve never been to; , just hope I like them and they like me.”
As for a Clash win, Yarbrough knows that it would take a lot for such a triumph to happen.
“It would take a lot of luck for that to happen. A top five is like a win to me and my family. My dad has raced for 35 years and he’s never had any help at all, so I was kind of raised up that way. I’m not a Salesman or a businessman; I’m not going to worry about any of that kind of stuff. I’m just going to go out there and do the best I could do with what we’ve got.”
The Carolina Clash resumes action this Friday night at Carolina Speedway in Gastonia, NC and Speed51.com will be there for Trackside Now coverage and highlight videos, which will be available later to Speed51 Premium Video Network Subscribers.
-By: Connor Sullivan, Speed51.com Northeast Editor – Twitter: @Connor51CT
-Photo Credit: Kenny Conyers