NeSmith Chevrolet Dirt Late Model Series News Release:  Contact – ROBY HELM – (865) 207-4157

August 9, 2014

JOHNSON WINS WILD NeSMITH CHEVROLET DLMS RUMBLE ON THE GUMBO AT GREENVILLE SPEEDWAY

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:

                GREENVILLE, MS – Ronnie Johnson of Chattanooga, TN is on his way to capturing his second straight $20,000 NeSmith Chevrolet Dirt Late Model Series National Championship after picking up his seventh win of the season on Saturday night in the Rumble On Gumbo 50.  The race was definitely a rumble held under threatening skies that gave way to a full moon.

                Johnson inherited the lead on lap 37 when a multi-car tangle on a restart sent early race leader Johnny Stokes of Columbus, MS to the pits with a cut down right-rear tire.  Despite heavy left side damage, and his own tire losing air, Johnson held on to drive the NeSmith Chevrolet Special to his 24th NeSmith Chevrolet Dirt Late Model Series career win.

                “This was a win by default tonight because I wasn’t that good at the start of the race, but the car got better as the race went on,” Johnson said.  “Johnny Stokes was the man to beat tonight, and it’s a shame he got caught up in that restart wreck.  He got sideways in front of me and I tried to swerve to get around him, but everybody just ran into everybody.”

                Marcus Minga of Shannon, MS survived the restart pile-up to take his best-career NeSmith Chevrolet Dirt Late Model Series finish of second in the B&M Salvage Rocket after starting 22nd.  Not only did Minga turn in his second-straight Top 4 finish, but challenged Johnson for the lead.

                Chase Washington of Houlka, MS took the third spot in the Jerry Inmon Racing Special and Peter Hazzard of Greenville, MS was fourth in the Cleveland Medical Special.  Michael Blount of Sumrall, MS turned in his best finish of the season with a fifth-place effort driving the Villa South Trak-Star.

                Sid Scarbrough of Florence, MS finished sixth in the Villa South Trak-Star and Brent Barrett of Cleveland, MS was the last car on the lead lap in the seventh spot driving the Custom Spraying, Inc. GRT.  James Andrews of Itta Bena, MS was the last car running on the race track when the checkered fell and finished eighth, five laps down.

                The high attrition in the race saw Stokes finish ninth nine laps down in the Bassett Hound Motorsports GRT, and Ashley Newman of Ripley, TN rounded out the top ten in the Greg’s Sawmill Special, retiring from the race after completing 40 laps.

                In preliminary action, Stokes was the fast qualifier among the 28 entrants with a lap around the 1/3-mile black gumbo clay oval in 15.122 seconds.  The two ten-lap B-Main races were won by Hazzard and Chris Noah of Rainbow City, AL in the Old Man’s Garage Special.  Noah was also the Rookie of the Race.

                Stokes took the lead at the start of the race followed by Johnson, Mike Palasini Jr. of Leland, MS in the MP Trucking Special, Ryan Colby of Greenville, MS in the Washington Body Shop Special, and Barrett.  Palasini got under Johnson coming off the fourth turn on lap two to take over the second spot.  Barrett got by Johnson for third on the next lap with an inside move in turn four.

                The carnage of bent race cars began on lap eight when Kenny Carpenter of Cleveland, MS in the C&C Auto Body and Paint Rocket tagged the third turn wall, and then rode on top of the wall before executing a slow roll and coming to rest on the car’s roof to bring out the red flag.  Carpenter was able to crawl out from under his car and was uninjured.

                Stokes had Palasini, Barrett, Johnson, Colby, Nathan Mayes of Springdale, AR in the Mayes Plumbing Special, John Polasini of Leland, MS in the Polasini Racing Special, Neil Baggett of Shannon, MS in the Montgomery Farms Special, Noah and Washington doubled up behind him for the restart.

                Barrett was able to get by Palasini for the second spot coming off the second turn after the restart.  Stokes began to encounter lapped traffic on lap 13 with an eight car-length advantage on Barrett.  Jason Botsford of Pearcy, AR spun the JBR GRT down the backstretch on lap 15 to bring out the caution flag.

                Stokes led Barrett, Palasini, Johnson, Colby, Mayes, Baggett, Noah, Polasini, and Dewayne Estes of Greenville, MS in the Estes Race Car Shop Trak-Star down for the restart.  When the green flag came out, Palasini tried to dive under Barrett in turn one, but Palasini got sideways in turn two and triggered a multi-car pile-up.

                After the caution flag came out for the third time in the race, the cars of Colby, Noah and Polasini were done for the night.  Palasini was ticketed with the caution flag and went to the rear of the field for the restart.  That reshuffled the Top 10 that was made up of Stokes, Barrett, Johnson, Baggett, Mayes, Estes, Hazzard, Newman, Washington, and Hunter Carroll of Columbus, MS in the FBG Motorsports Special.

                The fourth caution flag of the race came out on lap 24 when Mark Tice of Avon, MS stalled the Precision Marine Special on the back stretch.  On the restart, Johnson drove by Barrett to take the second spot coming off the second turn, and Baggett advanced from seventh to fourth.  Tyler Arnold of Greenville, MS lost the driveshaft under the Washington Body Shop GRT on lap 33 to bring out the fifth caution flag.

                Stokes led Johnson, Barrett, Mayes, Hazzard, Baggett, Estes, Washington, Chase Edge of LaFayette, AL in the Edge’s Gas Company Special and Newman down for the double-file restart.  Hazzard and Baggett got by Mayes, dropping him back to the sixth spot when the green flag came back out.  Baggett sailed around the outside of Hazzard in turn three on lap 34 to take the fourth spot.

                Baggett would give up the fourth spot on lap 37 when he cut down a tire and stopped on the track to bring out caution flag number six.  This led to two more lap 37 restarts, as the rumble in the Rumble On The Gumbo was on with a major reshuffling for the Top 10 cars. 

On the first lap 37 restart, Hazzard spun in the turn two to surrender the fourth spot, and Estes hit a utility tire used to mark the inside of the race track in turn four ending his night while running sixth.  The next restart really changed the complexion of the race.  Barrett got into the back of Stokes causing the leader to spin in front of the entire field.

The entire Top 10 tangled up and ended the race for Mayes, Edge, and Carroll.  Stokes went to the pits to change a cut down tire.  Barrett was ticketed with the caution, and went to the rear of the pack for the restart.

Johnson took over the point followed by Washington, Minga, Scarbrough, Newman, Blount, Baggett, Hazzard, Stokes and Barrett in the top ten.  When the green flag came out, the field resembled the walking wounded.  Minga got under Washington for second and then dove to the inside of Johnson to battle for the lead.

Baggett lost a tire in turn three on lap 40 which was hit by Newman and Stokes, ending the night for all three drivers and leaving eight cars left on the track for the ten lap dash to the checkered flag.  Johnson opened up a five car-length advantage on Minga by lap 45.  Blount climbed up to the fourth spot on lap 48, but Hazzard made a pass for the spot on the last turn of the last lap.
Johnson took the checkered flag with almost a two second margin of victory over Minga.  Johnson pulled his car into Victory Lane with the left side sheet metal mangled to the point that it had to be pulled away for Johnson to exit the car.  His right rear tire was also going flat.  If it had been the Rumble On The Gumbo 51, Minga may have occupied the Winner’s Circle.

Johnson now has a 214 point lead over Noah in the NeSmith Chevrolet Dirt Late Model Series point standings.  Johnson could miss two of the final five races of the 2014 season and still own the point lead.  Johnson’s seventh win of the season also ties him with David Earl Gentry of Murfreesboro, TN for the most wins in a single season.  Gentry won seven races in the 2006 season.

The next two races for the NeSmith Chevrolet Dirt Late Model Series will be on August 30 at Arkadelphia Speedway in Bremen, AL with a 50-lap $2,500-to-win race and on August 31 at Magnolia Motor Speedway in Columbus, MS for a 40-lap $2,000-to-win event.

OFFICIAL RESULTS OF ROUND 18 AT GREENVILLE SPEEDWAY IN GREENVILLE, MS ON 8/9/14:

POS        STRT     CAR #    DRIVER                               HOMETOWN                     LAPS     $ WON 
1.             2              5              Ronnie Johnson                  Chattanooga, TN                50           $2,500
2.             22           19           Marcus Minga                    Shannon, MS                       50           $1,250
3.             5              38           Chase Washington             Houlka, MS                          50           $850
4.             11           7p           Peter Hazzard                     Greenville, MS                    50           $700
5.             17           33           Michael Blount                   Sumrall, MS                        50           $650
6.             23           33s          Sid Scarbrough                   Florence, MS                       50           $550
7.             6              110         Brent Barrett                      Cleveland, MS                     50           $500
8.             24           3              James Andrews                   Itta Bena, MS                      45           $450
9.             1              1              Johnny Stokes                     Columbus, MS                     41           $400
10.          16           73           Ashley Newman                  Ripley, TN                            40           $375
11.          7              21b         Neil Baggett                         Shannon, MS                       39           $350
12.          8              15           Nathan Mayes                     Springdale, AR                   36           $300
13.          13           70           Dewayne Estes                    Greenville, MS                    36           $280
14.          20           18           Chase Edge                          LaFayette, AL                     36           $260
15.          9              147         Hunter Carroll                   Columbus, MS                     36           $250
16.          19           20           Tyler Arnold                       Greenville, MS                    30           $240
17.          15           24           Mark Tice                            Avon, MS                              22           $220
18.          21           44           Peyton Wilkerson              Leland, MS                          21           $200
19.          4              8              Mike Palasini Jr.                Leland, MS                          19           $200
20.          14           1c            Jason Botsford                   Pearcy, AR                           19           $200
21.          3              21           Ryan Colby                          Greenville, MS                    14           $200
22.          12           56n         Chris Noah (R)                    Rainbow City, AL              14           $200
23.          10           51           John Polasini                      Leland, MS                          14           $200
24.          18           46           Kenny Carpenter               Cleveland, MS                     6              $200

ENTRIES:  28
FAST QUALIFIER:  Stokes, 15.122 Seconds
PROVISIONALS: None
LEAD CHANGES:  1
LAPS LED:  Stokes, 1-36; Johnson, 37-50
ROOKIE OF THE RACE:  Noah
DOMINATOR RACE PRODUCTS HARD LUCK AWARD:  Stokes
PRC JUST MISSED IT AWARD:  Brent Dillon
STEALTH RACING CARBURETORS 7TH-PLACE AWARD:  Barrett
SCHAEFFER’S OIL 8TH-PLACE AWARD PRESENTED BY CHAD WALLACE AND HEATHER NEWSOME: Andrews
MODERN IMAGES 9TH-PLACE AWARD: Stokes
AR BODIES 10TH-PLACE AWARD:  Newman
MIKE CUSTOM TANKS 11TH-PLACE AWARD:  Baggett
SCHOENFELD HEADERS 12TH-PLACE AWARD:  Mayes
KINSER AIR FILTERS 13TH-PLACE AWARD:  Estes
CAUTIONS:  9
MARGIN OF VICTORY:  1.945 Seconds
TIME OF THE RACE:  1 Hour, 1 Minute and 4.540 Seconds

QUALIFYING (Top 10 Transfer To Main Event):

POS

CAR #

DRIVER

HOMETOWN

CHASSIS

LAP 1

LAP 2

TIME

1

1

Johnny Stokes

Columbus, MS

GRT

15.301

15.122

15.122

2

5

Ronnie Johnson

Chattanooga, TN

Mastersbilt

16.383

15.332

15.332

3

21

Ryan Colby

Greenville, MS

JC3

15.489

15.574

15.489

4

8

Mike Palasini Jr.

Leland, MS

Mastersbilt

15.932

15.580

15.580

5

38

Chase Washington

Houlka, MS

Barry Wright

15.587

15.598

15.587

6

110

Brent Barrett

Cleveland, MS

GRT

15.766

15.604

15.604

7

21

Neil Baggett

Shannon, MS

Mastersbilt

15.948

15.632

15.632

8

15

Nathan Mayes

Springdale, AR

Mastersbilt

15.680

15.697

15.680

9

147

Hunter Carroll

Columbus, MS

Mastersbilt

15.684

15.838

15.684

10

51

John Polasini

Leland, MS

HRRC

15.828

15.725

15.725

11

7p

Peter Hazzard

Greenville, MS

Mastersbilt

15.743

15.805

15.743

12

46

Kenny Carpenter

Cleveland, MS

Rocket

16.110

15.780

15.780

13

70

Dewayne Estes

Greenville, MS

Trak-Star

16.012

15.813

15.813

14

56n

Chris Noah - R

Rainbow City, AL

Mastersbilt

16.015

15.853

15.853

15

20

Tyler Arnold

Greenville, MS

GRT

15.999

15.940

15.940

16

73

Ashley Newman

Ripley, TN

Pierce

16.344

15.991

15.991

17

44

Peyton Wilkerson

Leland, MS

Mastersbilt

16.111

16.056

16.056

18

1c

Jason Botsford

Pearcy, AR

GRT

16.736

16.074

16.074

19

33

Michael Blount

Sumrall, MS

Trak-Star

16.304

16.075

16.075

20

J8

Bobby Jordan

McCarley, MS

Trak-Star

16.096

NT

16.096

21

24

Mark Tice

Avon, MS

Mastersbilt

16.165

16.976

16.165

22

18e

Chase Edge

LaFayette, AL

Mastersbilt

16.315

16.298

16.298

23

7d

Brent Dillon

Greenville, MS

GRT

16.340

16.324

16.324

24

19

Marcus Minga

Shannon, MS

Rocket

16.414

16.441

16.414

25

33s

Sid Scarbrough

Florence, MS

Trak-Star

16.537

16.624

16.537

26

3

James Andrews

Itta Bena, MS

Warrior

16.927

17.032

16.927

27

C4

Cole Burns

Greenville, MS

Trak-Star

17.934

17.817

17.817

28

34

Rhett Burns

Scott, MS

Larry Shaw

NT

NT

NT

B-MAINS (10 Laps – Top 7 Transfer To Main Event):

                1ST B-MAIN:  1. Hazzard; 2. Estes; 3. Tice; 4. Blount; 5. Arnold; 6. Wilkerson; 7. Scarbrough; 8. Dillon; 9. C. Burns.

                2ND B-MAIN:  1. Noah (R); 2. Botsford; 3. Newman; 4. Carpenter; 5. Edge; 6. Minga; 7. Andrews; 8. R. Burns; 9. Jordan.

SUPER LATE MODEL - FEATURE
Finish Start Car Driver Hometown Points
1 3 3K    Tanner Kellick    Merouge , La 100.00
2 4 56    Bubba Harrison    Cleveland , Ms 95.00
3 1 V8    Duke Palasini     - 90.00
4 8 4    Michael Aycock    Pelahatchie , Ms 85.00
5 6 D8 JR    Christopher Showah    Greenville , Ms 80.00
6 9 30    Justin Paxton    Isola , Ms 75.00
7 11 M54    Cody Bowen    Cleveland , Ms 70.00
8 10 5    Richard Fedrick    Greenville , Ms 65.00 DNF
9 5 11M    Jason Michau     - 60.00 DNF
10 2 34    Beau Gordon    Merigold , Ms 55.00 DNF
11 7 46    Everett Carpenter    Mist , Ar 50.00 DNF
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MODIFIEDS - FEATURE
Finish Start Car Driver Hometown Points
1 2 4P    Jared Hays    Jonesboro , Ar 100.00
2 4 F2R    Chris Reed    Rison , Ar 95.00
3 5 M2    Terry Maloney    Monticello , Ar 90.00
4 3 47    Seth Allen    Bastrop , Ls 85.00
5 8 M1    Shawn Maloney    Monticello , Ar 80.00
6 10 1S    Ed Sturdivant    Farmerville , La 75.00
7 1 48    Alan Brown    Alexander , Ar 70.00
8 9 3KX    Justin Weddle    Bastop , La 65.00
9 7 86    Rourke Moritz    Dewitt , Ar 60.00
10 6 3K    Roger Taylor    Bastrop , La 55.00
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SUPER STREET - FEATURE
Finish Start Car Driver Hometown Points
1 1 4P    Jared Hays    Jonesboro , Ar 100.00
2 2 8    Brandon Nobles    Coila , Ms 95.00
3 3 38    Ac Parker, Jr    Wayside , Ms 90.00
4 7 J1    Jay Downs    Leland , Ms 85.00
5 6 8V    Mike Palasini     - 80.00
6 4 3J    Justin Reynolds    Greenville , Ms 75.00
7 11 15    Shane Hawkins    Greenville , Ms 70.00
8 8 P8    Pete Roncoli    Shaw , Ms 65.00
9 9 82    Brad Wier     - 60.00
10 5 2P    Jon Hays    Jonesboro , Ar 55.00
11 12 77    Hayden Chavers    Jonesboro , Ar 50.00
12 10 18    Bb Dye    Cleveland , Ms 45.00
13 13 13W    Jj Wilson    Leland , Ms 0.00 DNS
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PURE STOCK - FEATURE
Finish Start Car Driver Hometown Points
1 14 11J    Josh Jennings    Greenville , Ms 100.00
2 2 72    Casey Boozer    Scott , Ms 95.00
3 3 74    Corey Boozer    Greenville , Ms 90.00
4 7 21    Cathryn Kilgore    Greenville , Ms 85.00
5 1 J1    Zach Downs     - 80.00
6 6 23    Michael Arnold    Greenville , Ms 75.00
7 13 14    Angel Kilgore    Wayside , Ms 70.00
8 12 21C    Carl Stanley Kilgore    Greenville , Ms 65.00
9 4 10Z    Steve Flanagan    Coila , Ms 60.00
10 9 1    Joseph Baugh    Lake Village, Ar 55.00
11 5 T8 JR    Chandler Shaw    Greenville , Ms 50.00
12 8 17    Will Ross     - 45.00
13 10 D83    Logan Showah    Indianola , Ms 40.00
14 11 21D    Derrick Cotton    Wayside , Ms 0.00 DNS
15 15 7    Tyler Rybolt    Greenvile , Ms 0.00 DNS
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STINGERS - FEATURE
Finish Start Car Driver Hometown Points
1 2 5    Dustin Rushing     - 100.00
2 1 66    Hunter Sulecki    Greenville , Ms 95.00
3 3 1K    Kyle Learned    Vicksburg , Ms 90.00
4 4 82    Ziegler Van Zyl     - 85.00
5 5 14H    Paul Haynes    Indianola , Ms 80.00
6 7 11    Danie Claasseen     - 75.00
7 6 KC2    Casey White    Leland , Ms 70.00
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