Packed House Sees Smith Win NeSmith Chevrolet Boyd's Speedway Race

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    RINGGOLD, GA – Jeff Smith of Chatsworth, GA drove the B.J. Floor Covering/Bilstein Shocks Warrior to victory on Friday night in the Summer National 40 for the NeSmith Chevrolet Dirt Late Model Series at Boyd’s Speedway. The hometown fans in a packed house went home happy, as their local favorites swept the top two spots and six of the top ten finishing positions.

    Smith made it a “clean sweep” with his first-career NeSmith Chevrolet Dirt Late Model Series victory by also setting fast time in qualifications with a lap around the 1/3-mile clay oval in 15.366 seconds, and the 2006 NeSmith Chevrolet Dirt Late Model Series Championship Runner-Up led all 40 laps.

    Jason Welshan of Maryville, TN was the only driver that got close to Smith, and that was on restarts. Welshan finished second in the Competition Racing Equipment Special, over five seconds behind Smith, who pulled away from Welshan in lapped traffic.

    “I don’t know if I was that good tonight, but rather lucky in lapped traffic,” Smith said. “The timing was just right when I would come up on a lapped car, and they would push up the race track giving me room to get underneath. We’re happy with this win because there was some tough competition out there from both the local guys and guys that travel with the series. This is a great series and I hope the NeSmith Chevrolet Dirt Late Model Series gets to come back to Boyd’s Speedway in the future.”

    The NeSmith Chevrolet Dirt Late Model Series point leader and two-time series champion David Earl Gentry of Murfreesboro, TN took the third spot in the Eads Farms/Hardy and Associates Warrior. Chris Wilson of Crossville, TN finished fourth in the Dale’s Auto Sales GRT, and Bryan Pritchard of Harrison, TN was fifth in the Spangler Sheet Metal Special.

    Rex Ritchey of Ringgold, GA drove the A1 Towing Special to a sixth-place finish, and Todd Morrow finished seventh in the A Plus Collision Center GRT. Matthew Turner of Dawsonville, GA took the eighth spot in the Hedman Husler after competing in his 135th consecutive NeSmith Chevrolet Dirt Late Model Series race.

    Anthony White of Clinton, TN was ninth in the J.T. Kerr Racing Equipment Stinger after starting 21st to earn the Hedman Husler of the Race Award. National Dirt Late Model Hall of Fame inductee Ronnie Johnson of Chattanooga, TN rounded out the top ten in the Hedman Husler Turner Racing team car.

    Gentry now holds a 24-point advantage over Turner in the battle for the NeSmith Cup and the $20,000 top prize that goes to the 2012 NeSmith Chevrolet Dirt Late Model Series Champion. Gentry was also the highest finishing “Bilstein Bandit” in the Bilstein Spec Shocks “Series Within A Series.”

    The Bilstein Bandits finishing order was Gentry, Turner, White, Johnny Stokes of Columbus, MS in the Bassett Hound Motorsports GRT, who finished 12th in the race, and Michael Blount of Sumrall, MS in the Lamar Auto Salvage Special, who finished 15th in the race.. They were all running on the $135 Bilstein Spec Shocks.

    Cody Kierre of Beebe, AR in the K&E Racing GRT was the VP Racing Fuels Rookie of the Race. In preliminary action, the two ten-lap B-Main Races were won by Cory Hedgecock of Loudon, TN in the Eagle Racing Engines Rocket and Ritchey.

    Another 2012 VP Racing Fuels Rookie of the Year Candidate, Jake Teague of Oliver Springs, TN made the main event with the ninth fastest time driving the Wade’s Body Shop Special, but had mechanical problems after at the end of his qualifying run, and had to scratch for the evening. That misfortune earned Teague the Dominator Race Products Hard Luck Award.

    When the green flag fell to start the 40-lap race, Smith took the lead in the first turn, while Welsham and Pritchard got underneath the outside front row starter Gentry to take second and third respectively down the backstretch. Gentry settled into the fourth spot, and Wilson was fifth at the end of lap one.

    The first of three caution flags came out on lap seven when Hedgecock broke something on his car and spun in turn four. Second-place Welshan chose the inside for the Dixie-style double-file restart behind the leader. Welshan, Pritchard, Gentry, Wilson, Turner, Morrow, Ritchey, Johnson, and Chris Noah of Rainbow City, AL in the Stephen’s Express Mart Special restarted second through tenth.

    On the restart, Welshan looked to the inside of Smith to challenge for the lead, but Smith held his ground and the point. Gentry went to the inside to battle Pritchard for the third spot, and Morrow got by Turner for the sixth position. Pritchard was able to keep Gentry behind him, but the field was slowed by caution for the second time on lap 11 when Kierre spun in turn two.

    Smith led Welshan, Pritchard, Gentry, Wilson, Morrow, Turner, Johnson, Ritchey, and Grayson York of Rocky Face, GA in the Golf Carts of Dalton Warrior back to the green flag. Pritchard started outside of Welshan behind Smith for the restart, they battled three-wide for lead coming off the second turn, with Welshan in the bottom, Smith in the middle and Pritchard on the outside.

    Smith was once again up to the challenge, keeping the lead down the backstretch. That left Welshan and Pritchard running wheel-to-wheel for second, swapping the position back and forth for several laps.

    On lap 14, Wilson went to the inside to battle Gentry for the fourth spot in turn one. Pritchard grabbed the second spot from Welshan on the 15th lap. Smith held a half-straightaway lead on Pritchard when he began to encounter lapped traffic on lap 18.

    The final caution flag of the race came out on lap 20 when Ryan King of Seymour, TN slowed on the backstretch with front end damage on his Brian King Roofing Stinger. Smith led Pritchard, Welshan, Wilson, Gentry, Morrow, Turner, Ritchey, Johnson and White down for the restart.

    Pritchard had chosen the outside for the double-file restart, and Welshan used his inside position to reclaim the second spot in turn one when the field went back to green flag action. Gentry got by Wilson on lap 23 to retake the fourth spot, and Morrow moved up to fifth when he passed Wilson on lap 24.

    On lap 28, Smith took a 12 car-length lead on Welshan into lapped traffic, and quickly put three lapped cars between himself and Welshan. By lap 33, Smith had pulled out to a half straightaway lead on Welshan.

    Several drivers rallied in the closing laps of the race, as Gentry moved up to third, Wilson came back to claim the fourth spot, Pritchard faded back to the fifth position, and Ritchey drove up to the sixth position. At the checkered flag, Smith’s margin of victory over Welshan was 5.104 seconds.


    The NeSmith Chevrolet Dirt Late Model Series travels north up I-75 on Saturday night for the $4,000-to-win J.T. Kerr Memorial 40 at 411 Motor Speedway in Seymour, TN, Round 12 of the 2012 NeSmith Chevrolet Dirt Late Model Series season. Gates open at 4 p.m. with the drivers meeting at 6 p.m. and racing at 6:30 p.m.

    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 11 AT BOYD’S SPEEDWAY IN RINGGOLD, GA ON 6/1/12:

    POS STRT CAR # DRIVER HOMETOWN LAPS $ WON`
    1. 1 17s Jeff Smith Chatsworth, GA 40 $2,000
    2. 3 29 Jason Welshan Maryville, TN 40 $1,000
    3. 2 56 David Earl Gentry Murfreesboro, TN 40 $700
    4. 4 10w Chris Wilson Crossville, TN 40 $550
    5. 5 3 Bryan Pritchard Harrison, TN 40 $500
    6. 11 A1 Rex Ritchey Ringgold, GA 40 $425
    7. 8 8a Todd Morrow East Ridge, TN 40 $375
    8. 6 10 Matthew Turner Dawsonville, GA 40 $350
    9. 21 2x Anthony White Clinton, TN 40 $425
    10. 12 10rj Ronnie Johnson Chattanooga, TN 40 $300
    11. 14 7 Grayson York Rocky Face, GA 40 $275
    12. 23 1 Johnny Stokes Columbus, MS 40 $250
    13. 16 27 Larry Harrod Plains, GA 40 $225
    14. 19 51 Mack McCarter Sevierville, TN 39 $200
    15. 18 121 Michael Blount Sumrall, MS 39 $175
    16. 9 45 Chris Noah Rainbow City, AL 39 $150
    17. 17 18 Chase Edge Lafayette, AL 39 $140
    18. 20 34 Chad Wallace LaGrange, GA 39 $125
    19. 7 007 Hunter Best Louisville, TN 39 $125
    20. 13 111 David Tindell Ringgold, GA 39 $125
    21. 15 17k Cody Kierre (R) Beebe, AR 39 $125
    22. 22 114 Chris Cantrell (R) Chester, SC 38 $125
    23. 24 30 Ryan King Seymour, TN 18 $125
    24. 10 23 Cory Hedgecock Loudon, TN 5 $125

    ENTRIES: 27
    FAST QUALIFIER: Smith, 15.366 Seconds
    PROVISIONAL: Stokes
    LEAD CHANGES: None
    LAP LEADER: Smith, 1-40
    VP RACING FUELS ROOKIE OF THE RACE: Kierre
    HEDMAN HUSLER OF THE RACE AWARD: White (started 21st and finished 9th)
    DOMINATOR RACE PRODUCTS HARD LUCK AWARD: Jake Teague
    INTEGRA RACING SHOCKS JUST MISSED IT AWARD: Trevor Thompson
    RACE CAR ENGINEERING 5TH-PLACE AWARD: Pritchard
    KRC 6TH-PLACE AWARD: Ritchey
    QA1 RACE PRODUCTS 7TH-PLACE AWARD: Morrow
    RACE CAR ENGINEERING 8TH-PLACE AWARD: Turner
    MODERN IMAGES 9TH-PLACE AWARD: White
    KRC 10TH-PLACE AWARD: Johnson
    MIKE’S CUSTOM TANKS 11TH-PLACE AWARD: York
    SHORTY’S SHOCK SERVICE 12TH-PLACE AWARD: Stokes
    SCHOENFELD HEADERS 13TH-PLACE AWARD: Harrod
    J.T. KERR RACING EQUIPMENT 14TH-PLACE AWARD: McCarter
    KINSER AIR FILTERS 15TH-PLACE AWARD: Blount
    CAUTIONS: 3
    MARGIN OF VICTORY: 5.104 Seconds
    TIME OF THE RACE: 23 Minutes and 13.134 Seconds

    QUALIFYING (Top 10 Transfer To Main Event):
    POS CAR # DRIVER HOMETOWN CHASSIS LAP 1 LAP 2 TIME
    1 17s Jeff Smith Chatsworth, GA Warrior 15.469 15.366 15.366
    2 56 David Earl Gentry Murfreesboro, TN Warrior 15.532 15.630 15.532
    3 29 Jason Welshan Maryville, TN Mastersbilt 15.561 15.610 15.561
    4 10w Chris Wilson Crossville, TN GRT 15.597 15.602 15.597
    5 3 Bryan Pritchard Harrison, TN Mastersbilt 15.846 15.614 15.614
    6 10 Matthew Turner Dawsonville, GA DWB 15.626 15.742 15.626
    7 007 Hunter Best Louisville, TN Warrior 15.748 15.641 15.641
    8 8a Todd Morrow East Ridge, TN GRT 15.899 15.711 15.711
    9 117 Jake Teague - R Oliver Springs, TN Bloomquist 15.851 15.734 15.734
    10 45 Christopher Noah Rainbow City, AL Mastersbilt 15.792 15.758 15.758
    11 23 Cory Hedgecock Loudon, TN Rocket 15.859 15.783 15.783
    12 111 David Tindell Ringgold, GA GRT 16.146 15.802 15.802
    13 27 Larry Harrod Plains, GA Scorpion 15.803 15.961 15.803
    14 A1 Rex Ritchey Ringgold, GA Mastersbilt 16.004 15.815 15.815
    15 7 Grayson York Rocky Face, GA Warrior 15.837 15.854 15.837
    16 18 Chase Edge Lafayette, AL Mastersbilt 15.936 16.021 15.936
    17 34 Chad Wallace LaGrange, GA GRT 16.050 15.956 15.956
    18 17k Cody Kierre - R Beebe, AR GRT 16.028 16.388 16.028
    19 1 Johnny Stokes Columbus, MS GRT 16.144 16.044 16.044
    20 30 Ryan King Seymour, TN Stinger 16.345 16.081 16.081
    21 121 Michael Blount Sumrall, MS Mastersbilt 16.287 16.109 16.109
    22 51 Mack McCarter Sevierville, TN CVR 16.125 16.226 16.125
    23 114 Chris Cantrell - R Chester, SC Rocket 16.390 16.181 16.181
    24 2x Anthony White Clinton, TN Stinger 16.284 16.199 16.199
    25 J1 Johnny Phillips Lenoir City, TN Warrior 16.503 16.264 16.264
    26 23t Trevor Thompson Dallas, GA Warrior 16.667 16.667 16.667
    27 10rj Ronnie Johnson Chattanooga, TN DWB 15.630 15.518 DQ-LT

    B-MAINS (10 Laps – Top 6 Transfer To Main Event):

    1ST B-MAIN: 1. Hedgecock; 2. Johnson; 3. York; 4. Harrod; 5. Blount; 6. Wallace; 7. Cantrell (R); 8. Stokes; 9. Phillips.

    2ND B-MAIN: 1. Ritchey; 2. Tindell; 3. Kierre (R); 4. Edge; 5. McCarter; 6. White; 7. King; 8, Thompson.

    NeSMITH CHEVROLET DIRT LATE MODEL SERIES POINT STANDINGS THROUGH 6/1/12:

    1. 56 David Earl Gentry – 940
    2. 10 Matthew Turner – 916
    3. 1 Johnny Stokes – 880
    4. 114 Chris Cantrell (R) – 856
    5. 18 Chase Edge – 838
    6. 27 Larry Harrod – 808
    7. 2x Anthony White – 752
    8. 121 Michael Blount – 648
    9. 117 Jake Teague (R) – 644
    10. 10c Ronnie Cooper – 484
    11. 27c Dennis Franklin – 466
    12. 19 Marcus Minga – 454
    13. 17k Cody Kierre (R) – 408
    14. 22 William Thomas – 402
    15. 24 Mark Tice – 342
    16. 33b Eric Cooley – 334
    17. 47 Shannon Lee – 290
    18. 72 Frank Wilson – 282
    19. 01 Jack Nosbisch Jr. – 272
    20. C16 Chris Ragan - 266

    R – Denotes VP Racing Fuels Rookie of the Year Candidate


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