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Brandon Clements secures Battle of the Stars berth with win in Jacksonville’s Prelude

Former Coastal Plains champion upsets Chase Burrow at Jacksonville track

Nicholas Wetherbee

Former Coastal Plains Raceway and Carteret County Speedway champion Brandon Clements locked himself in to the Solid Rock Carriers Battle of the Stars at Goodyear All American Speedway with a win in the Prelude to the Battle on Sunday evening.

The Swansboro, North Carolina driver pulled off an upset win over Chase Burrow in the 100 lap Late Model Stock Car feature that headlined Sunday’s Prelude to the Battle.  Burrow ran away from the field early, but Clements methodically reeled him, making the pass for the lead and the win on lap 67.

“I feel really good,” Clements said in victory lane.  “Wendell Davis really got this thing dialed in yesterday.  We were on really bad tires [during practice].  I wanted him to change some stuff and he told me tires were going to fix it.  You always listen to Wendell Davis.  The car was really good.  Anytime you can run with these guys, they’re professionals, it feels really good.”

With the victory, the multi-time championship-winning driver is locked into the $20,000-to-win Solid Rock Carriers Battle of the Stars on Sunday, November 13.  He joins reigning race winner Josh Berry, track champion Dylan Newsome, the track’s winningest driver Rusty Daniels, and Kaden Honeycutt as drivers who are guaranteed a starting spot for the race.

“We really want to come back for the big one and see if we can win with everybody here,” Clements continued.  “[Burrow] was really tough.  I just tried to ride behind him and let him slip up.  He slipped up one time, I got under him.  This crate motor, we’re underpowered but it really helps on saving tires.  We’ll see if we can’t come back and do it on 200 laps.”

Sunday’s race was run under the same rules package the Solid Rock Carriers Battle of the Stars will be run under.  The Battle of the Stars will commence on Sunday, November 13, 2022.


1.) #7 – Brandon Clements; 2.) #8 – Chase Burrow; 3.) #5 – Carter Langley; 4.) #44 – Dylan Newsome; 5.) #4 – Adam Resnick; 6.) #22 – Dusty Garus; 7.) #21 – Tim Allensworth

Marquis comes from St. Charles, Maryland and has a widespread background in journalism, having covered politics in Washington and Maryland as well as nearly every form of auto racing, including NASCAR, IndyCar, AMA Motocross and IHRA Drag Racing. Now living near Emerald Isle, North Carolina, Marquis covers Late Model Stock Cars and Super Late Models in the Carolinas and Virginia.

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