Harrod Sweeps NeSmith Chevrolet DLMS Malden, MO Race

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    MALDEN, MO – As a logger, Larry Harrod of Plains, GA wouldn’t find many trees to cut down in the Bootheel of Missouri, but as a NeSmith Chevrolet Dirt Late Model Series driver, Harrod found Malden Speedway to his liking on Friday night, as he swept the program driving the Harrod Logging Special to a new track, and the victory in the 40-lap main event.

    Harrod also used the occasion to celebrate the birthday of his crew chief Melvin Welch, but instead of getting a cake, Welch got the trophy.

    “I didn’t even realize it was Melvin’s birthday until we were on our way to the track, and my girlfriend told me on the phone to wish Melvin a happy birthday,” Harrod said. “All I’ve thought about since then was wouldn’t it be nice if we could win the race tonight and I would give Melvin the trophy for his birthday.”

    Harrod had the dominate race car beginning in time trials when he out qualified the 28 entrants with a new Malden Speedway late model track record at 16.123 seconds around the 3/8-mile clay oval. That broke the old track record of 16.530 seconds set in September of 2000 by Dale Nelson. The top ten qualifiers were under the old track record.

    Harrod took the lead at the start of the race and never looked back. He led all 40 laps, but he did get a challenge in lapped traffic from R.C. Whitwell of Tucson, AZ, who put pressure on Harrod looking inside on lap 31, but a late-race caution flag on lap 33 slowed the field, and the lapped cars went to the rear for the restart.

    In the eight lap dash to the finish, Harrod was able hold Whitwell off to the checkered flag with a .478 second margin of victory.

    “Today was the first time I’ve ever seen Malden Speedway, but Melvin Welch and the crew had a great set up on the car tonight,” Harrod said. “It was fast in hot laps, and it just got faster as the night went on.”

    Whitwell settled for second in the Swafford’s Service GRT, a race car owned by a friend in the area, who asked the Arizona driver to fly in to drive the car. Like Harrod, Swafford had to get used to a new track, in addition to adjusting to a new race car and new weather conditions.

    “It was as hot here as it is in the desert of Arizona, but I’m not used to sweating like this in the humidity,” Whitwell said. “I got a look inside Harrod in lapped traffic, but that was the only chance I had to get by him. These guys from the Midwest and the South race hard, and I really enjoyed racing with them. I’m looking forward to going to Tennessee tomorrow night and trying it again.”

    Chase Washington of Houlka, MS took the third spot in the Jerry Inmon Racing Special, and Chris Cantrell of Chester, SC was fourth in the CANCO Rocket. Chris Ragan of Ramer, TN finished fifth in the Ragan Racing Trak-Star.

    Johnny Stokes of Columbus, MS started 15th in the Bassett Hound Motorsports GRT and finished sixth to earn the Hedman Husler of the Race Award. Ashley Newman of Ripley, TN drove the TS Race Shop GRT to a seventh-place finish, and Ricky Waggoner of Martin, TN grabbed the eighth spot in the Taylormade Performance Special.

    Two-time NeSmith Chevrolet Dirt Late Model Series Champion Eric Cooley of Fulton, MS was ninth in the Bryson Motorsports Special, and Anthony White of Clinton, TN rounded out the top ten in the J.T. Kerr Racing Equipment Stinger house car.

    Matthew Turner of Dawsonville, GA finished 11th in the Hedman Husler, but it was a good enough finish to take over the NeSmith Chevrolet Dirt Late Model Series point lead after the sixth event of the 2012 season. In preliminary action, the two 12-lap B-Main races were won by Chase Edge of Lafayette, AL in the Edge’s Gas Company Special and Cooley.

    Harrod took the lead at the start of the race followed by Whitwell, who charged from his fourth starting spot into second, Tait Davenport of Benton, KY in the Murtco, Inc. Special was third, Ragan was fourth, and Cantrell was fifth. On the second lap, Cantrell and Washington drove by Ragan to take over the fourth and fifth spots respectively.

    Harrod and Whitwell had pulled out to a half straightaway lead over Davenport by lap six, and the leaders began lapping cars on lap 11. Harrod dodged a bullet on lap 13 when Robby Moore of Brosley, MO spun the D&K Truck Repair Special in turn two right in front of the leader to bring out the first of six caution flags.

    Harrod led Whitwell, Davenport, Cantrell, Washington, Ragan, David Earl Gentry of Murfreesboro, TN, Waggoner, Newman, and Cooley down for the restart. As the field exited turn two, Davenport spun and collected Gentry, Newman, Cooley, and Ronnie Cooper of McKenzie, TN in the Ronnie Cooper Trucking GRT.


    Davenport was ticketed for the caution, while Gentry, Newman, Cooley and Cooper were able to continue and get their spots back for the restart. When the green flag came back out, Gentry drove his Eads Farms/Hardy & Associates Warrior around the outside of Ragan to take over the fifth spot.

    The third caution flag came out on lap 17 when Jerry Buck of Paragould, AR spun the Buck’s Auto Care GRT in turn four. The next double file restart saw Washington pass Cantrell on the outside for the third spot, and Ragan got back around Gentry to retake the fifth position.

    Gentry’s car suffered front end damage from the lap 13 restart, and he slowed off the pace on lap 19 when the front bumper and nose piece of his race car came loose and began to dig into the dirt racing surface. The two-time NeSmith Chevrolet Dirt Late Model Series Champion pulled off the track and out of the race on lap 21 to earn the Dominator Race Products Hard Luck Award.

    The field was slowed by a debris caution on lap 24, as Harrod, Whitwell, Washington, Cantrell, Ragan, Newman, Waggoner, Stokes, Cooley and White made up the top ten for the restart. The fifth caution flag came out on the double-file restart for a multi-car pile-up behind the top ten. The double-file restarts then gave way to a single file restart.

    When the field went back to green flag action, Jake Teague of Oliver Springs, TN was a man on a mission driving the Wade’s Body Shop Special from the 11th spot. Teague passed White for the tenth spot on lap 26, and then got by Waggoner for eighth on lap 27. Teague then raced side-by side with Stokes for the seventh spot on lap 29.

    Meanwhile up at the front of the field, Harrod caught lapped traffic on lap 31 as Whitwell closed in to challenge for the point. Whitwell got the nose of his race car under Harrod on a couple of occasions, but the caution flag came out on lap 33 when Teague spun in turn four.

    It was Harrod, Whitwell, Washington, Cantrell, Ragan, Newman, Stokes, Waggoner, White, and Turner lined up in the top ten for the eight lap dash to the checkered flag. Stokes got by Newman for the sixth spot on lap 34, and Cooley made a late race charge by Turner and White to take over the ninth spot.

    Up front, Harrod was able to keep Whitwell behind him to take his third career NeSmith Chevrolet Dirt Late Model Series career win and a memorable birthday present for his crew chief Melvin Welch.

    Turner holds an 18-point lead over Gentry in the NeSmith Chevrolet Dirt Late Model Series point standings for the NeSmith Cup and the $20,000 prize that goes to the series Champion going into Round 7 on Saturday night for a 50-lap $2,500-to-win race at Clayhill Motorsports in Atwood, TN.

    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 6 AT MALDEN SPEEDWAY IN MALDEN, MO ON 5/4/12:

    POS STRT CAR # DRIVER HOMETOWN LAPS $ WON
    1. 1 27 Larry Harrod Plains, GA 40 $2,000
    2. 4 14jr R.C. Whitwell Tucson, AZ 40 $1,000
    3. 6 38 Chase Washington Houlka, MS 40 $700
    4. 2 114 Chris Cantrell – R Chester, SC 40 $550
    5. 5 C16 Chris Ragan Ramer, TN 40 $500
    6. 15 1 Johnny Stokes Columbus, MS 40 $525
    7. 9 73 Ashley Newman Ripley, TN 40 $375
    8. 7 00 Ricky Waggoner Martin, TN 40 $350
    9. 12 33b Eric Cooley Fulton, MS 40 $325
    10. 13 2x Anthony White Clinton, TN 40 $300
    11. 19 10 Matthew Turner Dawsonville, GA 40 $275
    12. 11 18 Chase Edge Lafayette, AL 40 $250
    13. 18 11 Kyle Berry Portageville, MO 40 $225
    14. 21 10c Ronnie Cooper McKenzie, TN 40 $200
    15. 10 19 Marcus Minga Shannon, MS 40 $175
    16. 17 121 Michael Blount Sumrall, MS 40 $150
    17. 14 117 Jake Teague – R Oliver Springs, TN 40 $140
    18. 22 69r Jaime Robards Brosley, MO 40 $125
    19. 24 17k Cody Kierre – R Beebe, AR 38 $125
    20. 16 81 Jerry Buck Paragould, AR 32 $125
    21. 20 44c Jeff Cagle Jonesboro, AR 31 $125
    22. 8 56 David Earl Gentry Murfreesboro, TN 19 $125
    23. 3 44 Tait Davenport Benton, KY 12 $125
    24. 23 66 Robby Moore Brosley, MO 12 $125

    ENTRIES: 28
    FAST QUALIFIER: Harrod, 16.123 Seconds
    PROVISIONALS: None
    LEAD CHANGES: None
    LAPS LED: Harrod, 1-40
    VP RACING FUELS ROOKIE OF THE RACE: Cantrell
    HEDMAN HUSLER OF THE RACE AWARD: Stokes (started 15th and finished 6th)
    DOMINATOR RACE PRODUCTS HARD LUCK AWARD: Gentry
    INTEGRA RACING SHOCKS JUST MISSED IT AWARD: Tim Winchester
    RACE CAR ENGINEERING 5TH-PLACE AWARD: Ragan
    KRC 6TH-PLACE AWARD: Stokes
    QA1 RACE PRODUCTS 7TH-PLACE AWARD: Newman
    RACE CAR ENGINEERING 8TH-PLACE AWARD: Waggoner
    MODERN IMAGES 9TH-PLACE AWARD: Cooley
    KRC 10TH-PLACE AWARD: White
    MIKE’S CUSTOM TANKS 11TH-PLACE AWARD: Turner
    SHORTY’S SHOCK SERVICE 12TH-PLACE AWARD: Edge
    SCHOENFELD HEADERS 13TH- PLACE AWARD: Berry
    J.T. KERR RACING EQUIPMENT 14TH-PLACE AWARD: Cooper
    KINSER AIR FILTERS 15TH-PLACE AWARD: Minga
    CAUTIONS: 6
    MARGIN OF VICTORY: .478 Seconds
    TIME OF THE RACE: 41 Minutes and 45.450 Seconds

    QUALIFYING (Top 10 Transfer To Main Event):
    POS CAR # DRIVER HOMETOWN CHASSIS LAP 1 LAP 2 TIME
    1 27 Larry Harrod Plains, GA Scorpion 16.123 16.134 16.123
    2 114 Chris Cantrell - R Chester, SC Rocket 16.379 16.155 16.155
    3 44 Tait Davenport Benton, KY Longhorn 16.269 16.288 16.269
    4 14jr R.C. Whitwell Tucson, AZ GRT 16.433 16.317 16.317
    5 C16 Chris Ragan Ramer, TN Trak-Star 16.370 16.323 16.323
    6 38 Chase Washington Houlka, MS Barry Wright 16.427 16.330 16.330
    7 00 Ricky Waggoner Martin, TN Taylormade 16.785 16.453 16.453
    8 56 David Earl Gentry Murfreesboro, TN Warrior 16.561 16.453 16.453
    9 73 Ashley Newman Ripley, TN GRT 16.704 16.484 16.484
    10 19 Marcus Minga Shannon, MS Rocket 16.745 16.501 16.501
    11 18 Chase Edge Lafayette, AL Mastersbilt 16.864 16.663 16.663
    12 33b Eric Cooley Fulton, MS Barry Wright 16.705 16.682 16.682
    13 1 Johnny Stokes Columbus, MS GRT 16.949 16.731 16.731
    14 81 Jerry Buck Paragould, AR GRT 17.126 16.737 16.737
    15 2x Anthony White Clinton, TN Stinger 17.166 16.808 16.808
    16 117 Jake Teague - R Oliver Springs, TN Bloomquist 16.910. 16.862 16.862
    17 10c Ronnie Cooper McKenzie, TN GRT 16.977 17.225 16.977
    18 11 Kyle Berry Portageville, MO Victory Circle 16.979 17.316 16.979
    19 121 Michael Blount Sumrall, MS Mastersbilt 17.139 17.060 17.060
    20 85 Mitch Thornton Columbia, TN GRT 17.230 17.092 17.092
    21 10 Matthew Turner Dawsonville, GA DWB 17.700 17.128 17.128
    22 17k Cody Kierre - R Beebe, AR GRT 17.443 17.138 17.138
    23 66 Robby Moore Brosley, MO Mastersbilt 17.259 17.204 17.204
    24 44c Jeff Cagle Jonesboro, AR GRT 17.545 17.246 17.246
    25 8 Juli Bell Dexter, MO GRT 17.607 17.499 17.499
    26 69r Jamie Robards Brosley, MO GRT 17.579 17.521 17.521
    27 30-30 Tim Winchester Gideon, MO American 17.584 NT 17.584
    28 44g Jim Gulley Brookland, AR Larry Shaw 17.822 18.273 17.822

    B-MAINS (12 Laps – Top 6 Transfer To Main Event:

    1ST B-MAIN: 1. Edge; 2. White; 3. Stokes; 4. Blount; 5. Turner; 6. Cooper; 7. Moore; 8. Winchester; 9. Bell.

    2ND B-MAIN: 1. Cooley; 2. Teague (R); 3. Buck; 4. Berry; 5. Cagle; 6. Robards; 7. Kierre (R); 8. Gulley; 9. Thornton.

    NeSMITH CHEVROLET DIRT LATE MODEL SERIES POINT STANDINGS THROUGH 5/4/12:

    1. 10 Matthew Turner - 510
    2. 56 David Earl Gentry – 482
    3. 27c Dennis Franklin – 466
    4. 114 Chris Cantrell (R) – 460
    5. 18 Chase Edge – 450
    5. 1 Johnny Stokes – 450
    7. 2x Anthony White – 430
    8. 27 Larry Harrod – 418
    9. 22 William Thomas – 402
    10. 121 Michael Blount – 350
    11. 117 Jake Teague (R) – 346
    12. 24 Mark Tice – 342
    13. 01 Jack Nosbisch Jr. – 272
    14. 37c Austin Hubbard – 256
    15. 11 Doug Horton – 252
    16. 10c Ronnie Cooper – 250
    17. 07 Doug Watson – 242
    18. 40 Justin Summers (R) – 238
    18. B7 Dan Breuer – 238
    20. 32 Phillip Cobb (R) – 234
    20. 17c Steve Cooke - 234

    R – Denotes VP Racing Fuels Rookie of the Year Candidate


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