ATWOOD, TN – Saturday didn’t start off too well for Chase Edge of Lafayette, AL, but it ended in great fashion. The 18-year-old driver took his first career NeSmith Chevrolet Dirt Late Model Series Touring Division win on Saturday night at Clayhill Motorsports by blistering the field in the 50-lap main event driving the Edge’s Gas Company Special. Edge and his race team barely made it from Malden, MO to Atwood, TN, as the axle on his trailer hauling the race car and support equipment broke. While the trailer was ailing, the race car inside it was untouchable in the main event. After starting seventh, Edge dusted off the outside groove of the 3/8-mile clay oval and charged to the front of the pack. The lead changed hands twice on a lap 24 restart, and Edge took the lead with a vicious slide job pass on two-time NeSmith Chevrolet Dirt Late Model Series Champion David Earl Gentry of Murfreesboro, TN to take the lead coming off the fourth turn. Once in the lead, Edge packed his bags, turned in the key, and checked out on the field. In just a few laps, Edge opened up a full straightaway lead on Gentry and Chase Washington of Houlka, MS who were battling the second spot. Edge had over a two-second lead at the checkered flag. “This is great, it’s unbelievable, and I just don’t know what to say,” Edge said in trying to describe what taking his first win felt like. “We’ve been trying to get this first win for almost two years, and I owe it to my Mon and Dad Debbie and Bill Edge, my sister Ali, and Bodie and Cord, who help work on the car. This was a team effort, and I had a great car tonight.” Edge is known as “The Silent Assassin” because he doesn’t say much outside the race car, but rather does his talking with his right foot inside the race car. Washington took the second spot in the Jerry Inmon Racing Special and Gentry finished third in the Eads Farms/Hardy and Associates Warrior. Ashley Newman of Ripley, TN started 13th and finished fourth in the TS Race Shop GRT. Pole sitter Chris Cantrell of Chester, SC led early in the CANCO Rocket, but had to settle for a fifth-place finish and the VP Racing Fuels Rookie of the Race Award. Chris Ragan of Ramer, TN took the sixth spot in the Ragan Racing Trak-Star, and point leader Matthew Turner of Dawsonville, GA was seventh in the Hedman Husler. Anthony White of Clinton, TN started 22nd and finished eighth in the J.T. Kerr Racing Equipment Stinger house car, but it was Johnny Stokes of Columbus, MS taking the Hedman Husler of the Race Award. Stokes started the Bassett Hound Motorsports GRT 24th and last on the field and finished ninth. Kyle Berry of Portageville, MO rounded out the top ten in the Berry Roofing Special. Turner remains the NeSmith Chevrolet Dirt Late Model Series point leader with 596 points and a 20-point advantage over Gentry, who has 576 points. Edge and Cantrell are tied for the third spot with 550 points, and Stokes is fifth with 532 points. White moved up to the sixth spot with 514 points. In preliminary action, Cantrell topped the 33 car field in Qualifications with a lap in 15.609 seconds to earn the pole position for the main event. The two 12-lap B-Main races were won by Chris Tays of Corinth, MS in the Christian’s Automotive and Machine Trak-Star, and two-time NeSmith Chevrolet Dirt Late Model Series Champion Eric Cooley of Fulton, MS in the Bryson Motorsports Special. When the green flag fell to start the race, Cantrell and outside front row starter Turner battled side-by-side for the lead. Just as they got to the flag stand to complete lap one, mayhem broke out behind them among the top ten drivers and a multi-car pile-up in turn four brought out the first of three caution flags to necessitate a complete restart. The turn four wreck claimed the Wade’s Body Shop Special driven by Jake Teague of Oliver Springs, TN, who earned the Dominator Race Products Hard Luck Award. Another wreck almost took place on the restart, as Turner tried to dive under Cantrell for the lead in turn two, but he was hit from behind almost causing him to spin. Cantrell led lap one followed by Washington and Gentry, while Turner recovered to hold on to the fourth position, and Tait Davenport of Benton, KY was fifth in the Murtco, Inc. Special. Washington pulled alongside Cantrell on lap five and the lead duo raced wheel-to-wheel until Cantrell pulled back in front on lap seven. Washington regrouped and dove for the bottom of the track in turn four on lap eight to take the lead. One lap later, Washington caught the cars on the tail end of the lead lap, but the traffic went away on lap 11, as debris on the front straightaway brought out caution flag number two. Washington led Cantrell, Gentry, Davenport, Turner, Edge, Ragan, R.C. Whitwell of Tucson, AZ in the Swafford’s Service GRT, Larry Harrod of Plains, GA in the Harrod Logging Special, and Newman doubled up behind him for the restart. Business picked up for position changes when the field went back to green flag action. Gentry pulled up to battle Cantrell for the second spot, while Edge went to the outside and began his assault to march towards the front of the pack. Edge drove around Turner for the fifth spot on lap 12, and then sailed past Davenport on lap 13. Gentry was Edge’s next victim, as he went around the outside of Gentry for the third spot on lap 15. Coming off the fourth turn on lap 17, Edge went around the outside of Cantrell coming off the fourth turn to take the second position. Washington held a half straightaway lead over Edge when he began to encounter lapped traffic on lap 21. Davenport got by Cantrell for the fourth spot on lap 22. The final caution flag of the race came out on lap 24 when Cody Kierre of Beebe, AR rolled to a stop in turn two when something broke on his K&E Racing GRT. With Washington in front for the Dixie-Style double-file restart, Edge naturally chose the outside with the third-place car of Gentry on the inside. Davenport and Whitwell dropped out of the race during the caution period, so that moved Cantrell back up to fourth followed by Turner, Ragan, Newman, Cooley, Harrod and Ronnie Cooper of McKenzie, TN in the Ronnie Cooper Trucking GRT in the top ten. The racing got intense when the green flag came back out. Gentry drove under Edge in turn two to take the second spot, and then Gentry drove under Washington to take the lead going down the backstretch. Edge got his momentum built up down the backstretch and sailed around the outside of Washington in turn three to take the second spot. Once Edge cleared Washington, Edge made a hard left and dove to the bottom of the track to try an old school slide job pass on Gentry in turn four. Edge dove under Gentry in the center of the fourth turn, and then slide up the banking in front of Gentry. There was some contact as Edge slid up in front of Gentry, but Edge made the pass stick to take the lead coming off the fourth turn. Edge had pulled out to a full straightaway lead on Gentry and Washington by lap 30, and was headed to the next zip code on the rest of the field. Gentry and Washington battled each other for the second spot, trading the position on a couple of occasions. Edge was unstoppable, as he encountered lapped traffic on lap 37, but maintained his big lead all of the way to his first career NeSmith Chevrolet Dirt Late Model Series Touring Division win. The NeSmith Chevrolet Dirt Late Model Series will return to action on Memorial Day Weekend for Rounds 8, 9, and 10 with a Mississippi Holiday Triple-Header. Hattiesburg Motorsports Park in Hattiesburg, MS will host a 40-lap $2,000-to-win race on May 25, followed by a 40-lap $2,000-to-win event at Whynot Motorsports Park in Meridian, MS on May 26, and a 40-lap $2,000-to-win race at Magnolia Motor Speedway in Columbus, MS on May 27. For more information about the NeSmith Chevrolet Dirt Late Model Series visit the series web site at www.nesmithracing.com, or visit the series on Facebook at NeSmith Racing. Becoming a fan of the NeSmith Racing Facebook page will make you eligible for special prizes that will be given away each month. You can follow us on Twitter @NeSmithRacing. OFFICIAL RESULTS OF ROUND 7 AT CLAYHILL MOTORSPORTS IN ATWOOD, TN ON 5/5/12: POS STRT CAR # DRIVER HOMETOWN LAPS $ WON 1. 7 18 Chase Edge Lafayette, AL 50 $2,500 2. 3 38 Chase Washington Houlka, MS 50 $1,250 3, 5 56 David Earl Gentry Murfreesboro, TN 50 $850 4. 13 73 Ashley Newman Ripley, TN 50 $700 5. 1 114 Chris Cantrell - R Chester, SC 50 $650 6. 9 C16 Chris Ragan Ramer, TN 50 $550 7. 2 10 Matthew Turner Dawsonville, GA 50 $500 8. 22 2x Anthony White Clinton, TN 50 $450 9. 24 1 Johnny Stokes Columbus, MS 49 $500 10. 19 11 Kyle Berry Portageville, MO 49 $375 11. 18 73e Evan Ellis Plantersville, MS 49 $350 12. 20 121 Michael Blount Sumrall, MS 49 $300 13. 23 85 Mitch Thornton Columbia, TN 49 $280 14. 21 19 Marcus Minga Shannon, MS 46 $260 15. 12 33b Eric Cooley Fulton, MS 40 $250 16. 15 10c Ronnie Cooper McKenzie, TN 34 $240 17. 4 27 Larry Harrod Plains, GA 29 $220 18. 14 6 Jessie Bailey Drummonds, TN 25 $200 19. 6 44 Tait Davenport Benton, KY 23 $200 20. 8 14jr R.C. Whitwell Tucson, AZ 23 $200 21. 17 17k Cody Kierre – R Beebe, AR 22 $200 22. 11 8 Chris Tays Corinth, TN 10 $200 23. 16 69 Tony Lawson Laurel, MS 10 $200 24. 10 117 Jake Teague – R Oliver Springs, TN 0 $200 ENTRIES: 33 FAST QUALIFIER: Cantrell, 15.609 Seconds PROVISIONALS: None LEAD CHANGES: 2 LAP LEADERS: Cantrell, 1-7; Washington, 8-23; Edge, 24-50 LAPS LED: Edge, 27, Washington, 16; Cantrell, 7 VP RACING FUELS ROOKIE OF THE RACE: Cantrell HEDMAN HUSLER OF THE RACE AWARD: Stokes (started 24th and finished ninth) DOMINATOR RACE PRODUCTS HARD LUCK AWARD: Teague INTEGRA RACING SHOCKS JUST MISSED IT AWARD: T.J. Hays RACE CAR ENGINEERING 5TH-PLACE AWARD: Cantrell KRC 6TH-PLACE AWARD: Ragan QA1 RACE PRODUCTS 7TH-PLACE AWARD: Turner RACE CAR ENGINEERING 8TH-PLACE AWARD: White MODERN IMAGES 9TH-PLACE AWARD: Stokes KRC 10TH-PLACE AWARD: Berry MIKE’S CUSTOM TANKS 11TH-PLACE AWARD: Ellis SHORTY’S SHOCK SERVICE 12TH-PLACE AWARD: Blount SCHOENFELD HEADERS 13TH-PLACE AWARD: Thornton J.T. KERR RACING EQUIPMENT 14TH-PLACE AWARD: Minga KINSER AIR FILTERS 15TH-PLACE AWARD: Cooley CAUTIONS: 3 MARGIN OF VICTORY: 2.574 Seconds TIME OF THE RACE: 39 Minutes and 17.348 Seconds QUALIFYING (Top 10 Transfer To Main Event): POS CAR # DRIVER HOMETOWN CHASSIS LAP 1 LAP 2 TIME 1 114 Chris Cantrell - R Chester, SC Rocket 15.609 15.635 15.609 2 10 Matthew Turner Dawsonville, GA DWB 15.633 15.916 15.633 3 38 Chase Washington Houlka, MS Barry Wright 15.671 15.649 15.649 4 27 Larry Harrod Plains, GA Scorpion 15.874 15.747 15.747 5 56 David Earl Gentry Murfreesboro, TN Warrior 15.805 16.281 15.805 6 44 Tait Davenport Benton, KY Longhorn 16.002 15.889 15.889 7 18 Chase Edge Lafayette, AL Mastersbilt 16.072 15.894 15.894 8 14jr R.C. Whitwell Tucson, AZ GRT 16.061 15.905 15.905 9 C16 Chris Ragan Ramer, TN Trak-Star 15.938 16.016 15.938 10 117 Jake Teague - R Oliver Springs, TN Bloomquist 15.967 16.063 15.967 11 8 Chris Tays Corinth, MS Trak-Star 16.002 16.163 16.002 12 33b Eric Cooley Fulton, MS Barry Wright 16.040 16.109 16.040 13 73 Ashley Newman Ripley, TN GRT 16.124 16.053 16.053 14 6 Jessie Bailey Drummonds, TN TNT 16.092 NT 16.092 15 17k Cody Kierre - R Beebe, AR GRT 16.206 16.105 16.105 16 121 Michael Blount Sumrall, MS Mastersbilt 16.163 16.118 16.118 17 12 Jeff Glisson Boaz, KY Rocket 16.339 16.121 16.121 18 69 Tony Lawson Laurel, MS Scorpion 16.157 16.166 16.157 19 85 Mitch Thornton Columbia, TN GRT 16.247 16.171 16.171 20 1 Johnny Stokes Columbus, MS GRT 16.258 16.234 16.234 21 19 Marcus Minga Shannon, MS Rocket 16.419 16.281 16.281 22 73 Evan Ellis Plantersville, MS Trak-Star 16.312 16.550 16.312 23 11 Mark Stephens Arlington, TN Barry Wright 16.665 16.429 16.429 24 72 Tommy Gifford Winchester, TN GRT 16.438 16.769 16.438 25 10c Ronnie Cooper McKenzie, TN GRT 16.442 16.620 16.442 26 56 Perry Butler Selmer, TN Trak-Star 16.957 16.462 16.462 27 81 Jerry Buck Paragould, AR GRT 16.690 16.466 16.466 28 00 Ben Garner Greenfield, TN Rayburn 17.331 16.668 16.668 29 11 Kyle Berry Portageville, MO Victory Circle 16.761 16.752 16.752 30 2x Anthony White Clinton, TN Stinger 16.775 16.974 16.775 31 94 T.J. Hays Bradford, TN Rayburn 16.920 16.830 16.830 32 3x Steve Tarry Paragould, AR GRT 17.599 17.108 17.108 33 00 Ricky Waggoner Martin, TN Taylormade NT NT NT B-MAINS (Top 7 Finishers Transfer To Main Event): 1ST B-MAIN: 1. Tays; 2. Newman; 3. Cooper; 4. Kierre (R); 5. Berry; 6. Minga; 7. Thornton; 8. Hays; 9. Stephens; 10, Glisson; 11. Buck. 2ND B-MAIN: 1. Cooley; 2. Bailey; 3. Lawson; 4. Ellis; 5. Blount; 6. White; 7. Stokes; 8. Butler; 9. Tarry; 10. Gifford; 11. Garner. NeSMITH CHEVROLET DIRT LATE MODEL SERIES POINT STANDINGS THROUGH 5/5/12: 1. 10 Matthew Turner – 596 2. 56 David Earl Gentry – 576 3. 114 Chris Cantrell (R) – 550 3. 18 Chase Edge – 550 5. 1 Johnny Stokes – 532 6. 2x Anthony White – 514 7. 27 Larry Harrod – 484 8. 27c Dennis Franklin – 466 9. 121 Michael Blount – 426 10. 22 William Thomas – 402 11. 117 Jake Teague (R) – 398 12. 24 Mark Tice – 342 13. 10c Ronnie Cooper – 318 14. 19 Marcus Minga – 292 15. 01 Jack Nosbisch Jr. – 272 16. 37c Austin Hubbard – 256 17. 11 Doug Horton – 252 18. 07 Doug Watson – 242 19. 40 Justin Summers (R) – 238 19. B7 Dan Breuer - 238 R – Denotes VP Racing Fuels Rookie of the Year Candidate NeSmith Chevrolet, Buick, GMC of Claxton, GA is the Title Sponsor of the NeSmith Chevrolet Dirt Late Model Series. NeSmith Chevrolet, Buick, GMC is the nation’s number one GM Powertrain Dealer four years running, with free delivery anywhere in the Southeast. Chevrolet Performance Parts is an Official Sponsor of the NeSmith Chevrolet Dirt Late Model Series. Hoosier Racing Tire is the Official Tire Sponsor of the NeSmith Chevrolet Dirt Late Model Series. VP Racing Fuel is the Official Racing Fuel of the NeSmith Chevrolet Dirt Late Model Series. Hedman Hedders is the Official Hedder of the NeSmith Chevrolet Dirt Late Model Series and the Hedman Husler Award sponsor. RockAuto.com is an Official Sponsor of the NeSmith Chevrolet Dirt Late Model Series. NeSmith Chevrolet Dirt Late Model Series Contingency Sponsors for 2012 are Dominator Race Products, Race Car Engineering, KRC, QA 1 Precision Products, Modern Images, Mike Custom Tanks, Shorty’s Shock Service, Schoenfeld Headers, Integra Racing Shocks, J.T. Kerr Racing Equipme1nt, Kinser Air Filters, Trak-Star Race Cars, Warrior Race Cars, Rocket Chassis, GRT Race Cars, TNT Race Cars, and Stinger Race Cars.