CARTERSVILLE, GA – Shannon Lee of Lumberton, MS drove the Billy Riels Racing Special to a 40-point win on Saturday night at LA 36 Speedway in Lacombe, LA to remain the NeSmith Chevrolet Weekly Racing Series point leader after Week 8 competition. Lee is the only driver to have raced in all eight weeks.
Lee has accumulated 377 points over the first eight weeks of NeSmith Chevrolet Weekly Racing Series competition with three wins, eight top five finishes and 11 top ten finishes in 11 races. Having a week up on the rest of the competition, Lee has a 56-point lead over Robbie Starnes of Baytown, TX.
Starnes picked up a 40-point win on Friday night at Golden Triangle Raceway Park in Beaumont, TX, who scheduled a last minute race for NeSmith Chevrolet Weekly Racing Series Week 8 action. Starnes actually picked up more points with a 44-point seventh-place finish on Saturday night at Jackson Motor Speedway in Jackson, MS driving the Lone Star Hydro Maintenance Special.
Drivers earn 40 points to win with a car count of less than eight cars, and 50 points with a car count of eight or more. Starnes has moved up to the second spot in the NeSmith Chevrolet Weekly Racing Series standings with 321 points after three wins, seven top five finishes and ten top ten finishes in ten races over seven weeks.
Doug Sanchagrin of Florence, MS is third in the NeSmith Chevrolet Weekly Racing Series standings with 316 points after four top five finishes and six top ten finishes in eight races over seven weeks. Sanchagrin finished 16th on Saturday night at Jackson Motor Speedway in the Permanent Exterior Solutions Special.
Hunter Lewis of Moss Point, MS did not see action in Week 8 competition, and dropped to fourth in the NeSmith Chevrolet Weekly Racing Series standings with 306 points. Lewis has three top five finishes and five top ten finishes in seven races over seven weeks driving the T. Lewis Construction Rocket.
Nick Gaines of Pearl River, LA finished sixth on Saturday night at LA 36 Speedway to move up to the fifth spot in the standings with 292 points. Gaines has one top five finish and five top ten finishes in seven races over seven weeks driving the Great American Cookies of Slidell Special.
Bobby Jordan of McCarley, MS drove the Big Nasty Motorsports Special to a third-place finish on Friday night at Greenville Speedway in Greenville, MS to move up to the sixth spot in the NeSmith Chevrolet Weekly Racing Series standings with 283 points. In nine races over six weeks of competition, Jordan has seven top five finishes and eight top ten finishes.
Tootie Arnold of Meadville, MS did not compete in NeSmith Chevrolet Weekly Racing Series Week 8 competition and dropped to the seventh spot in the standings with 280 points. Arnold had two wins, four top five finishes and seven top ten finishes in seven races over six weeks driving the Miss-Lou Mobile Homes Movers Trak-Star.
The Sunoco Young Guns Challenge Series point leader 16-year-old Bryant Marsh of Corinth, MS is eighth in the NeSmith Chevrolet Weekly Racing Series standings with 275 points after two wins, three top five finishes, and four top ten finishes in six races over seven weeks. Marsh drove the Modern Woodmen Trak-Star to a 14th-place finish on Saturday night at Magnolia Motor Speedway in Columbus, MS.
Scott Ladner of Lumberton, MS did not compete in NeSmith Chevrolet Weekly Racing Series Week 8 action and dropped to ninth in the standings with 271 points. Ladner has two top five finishes and eight top ten finishes in eight races over seven weeks driving the L&L Performance Trak-Star.
The defending NeSmith Chevrolet Weekly Racing Series National Champion Michael Arnold of Hattiesburg, MS moved into the Top 10 of the standings with 269 points after driving The Strength Center Special to his third win of the season on Saturday night at Jackson Motor Speedway. Arnold has three wins and five top five finishes in eight races over seven weeks.
In other NeSmith Chevrolet Weekly Racing Series Week 8 action, Mike Palasini Jr. of Leland, MS captured his third straight win on Friday night at Greenville Speedway driving the MP Trucking Special. Victor Turner Jr. of Munford, AL took his first win of the season on Saturday night at Talladega Short Track in Eastaboga, AL driving the Advantage Plus Mobile Home Service Rocket.
Jeremy Shaw of Millport, AL drove the Summit Resources Trak-Star to his first NeSmith Chevrolet Weekly Racing Series win of the season on Saturday night at Magnolia Motor Speedway. Adam Ray of Smithland, KY drove the Three Rivers Machine Special to his second win of the season on Saturday night at Camden Speedway in Camden, TN.
NeSmith Chevrolet Weekly Racing Series Week 8 action on Saturday night at Cotton Bowl Speedway in Paige, TX was rained out. Hattiesburg Speedway in Hattiesburg, MS did not report their Friday night results.
Four-time Champion Trak-Star Race Cars built by Boland Performance of Cuba, AL continues to lead the NeSmith Chevrolet Weekly Racing Series Chassis Manufactures Challenge point standings after Shaw gave them their 12th win of the season. Rocket Chassis of Shinnston, WV is second in the standings after Turner gave them their sixth win of the season.
CVR Race Cars of Lenoir City, TN is third in the NeSmith Chevrolet Weekly Racing Series Chassis points with three wins, and four-time Champion GRT Race Cars of Greenbrier, AR is fourth with one win. Warrior Race Cars built by Goddard Performance of Knoxville, TN is still looking for their first win of the 2016 season.
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NeSMITH CHEVROLET WEEKLY RACING SERIES POINT STANDINGS THROUGH 5/14/16:
POS CAR # DRIVER PTS RACES WINS TOP 5 TOP 10 WPA
1 47 Shannon Lee 377 11 3 8 11 47.13
2 77 Robbie Starnes 321 10 3 7 10 45.86
3 34 Doug Sanchagrin 316 8 4 6 45.14
4 7 Hunter Lewis 306 7 3 5 43.71
5 5 Nick Gaines 292 7 1 5 41.71
6 J8 Bobby Jordan 283 9 7 8 47.17
7 2T Tootie Arnold 280 7 2 4 7 46.67
8 1 Bryant Marsh – Y 275 6 2 3 4 45.83
9 49 Scott Ladner 271 8 2 8 45.17
10 4 Michael Arnold 269 8 3 5 5 44.83
11 F97 Red Farmer 267 6 2 6 44.50
12 71 Dustin Knighten 264 6 2 5 44.00
13 00m Monte Skinner 262 8 5 6 43.67
14 232 Jamey Boland 261 8 3 4 43.50
15 3 Cody Smith 249 5 4 5 5 49.80
16 222 Mike Boland 239 6 3 5 6 47.80
17 4j Josh Banes – Y 229 5 3 5 45.80
18 84 Randall Beckwith 223 7 4 5 44.60
19 147 Hunter Carroll 222 6 3 4 44.40
20 56jr Colten Horner – Y 213 5 1 5 5 42.60
NeSMITH CHEVROLET WEEKLY RACING SERIES WEEK 8 RESULTS:
GOLDEN TRIANGLE RACEWAY PARK – BEAUMONT, TX:
1. 77 Robbie Starnes
2. 56jr. Colton Horner – Y
3. 32 Ricky Begnaud
4. 19 Dylan Allen – Y
GREENVILLE SPEEDWAY – GREENVILLE, MS:
1. 8 Mike Palasini Jr.
2. 77 Greg Fore
3. J8 Bobby Jordan
4. 5 Richard Fedrick
5. 84 Randall Beckwith
6. D8jr Christopher Showah
7. 7 Eric Carr
8. 44 Peyton Wilkerson – Y
9. J1 Jay Downs
10. 46 Kenny Carpenter
11. 30 Justin Paxton DNS
HATTIESBURG SPEEDWAY – HATTIESBURG, MS:
Did Not Report
JACKSON MOTOR SPEEDWAY – JACKSON, MS:
1. 4 Michael Arnold
2. 20 Kevin Sitton
3. 4j Josh Banes – Y
4. J8 Bobby Jordan
5. 33 Sid Scarbrough
6. C20 Cliff Ross
7. 77 Robbie Starnes
8. 121 Michael Blount
9. 3n Ronnie Graham
10. 24 Bryan Foreman
11. 01 Nick Thrash
12. 28 David Williamson
13. D8jr Christopher Showah
14. 7 Lance Carroll
15. 55 Aaron Fitzhugh
16. 34 Doug Sanchagrin
LA 36 SPEEDWAY – LACOMBE, LA:
1. 47 Shannon Lee
2. 00m Monte Skinner
3. 99r Ryan Boudreaux
4. 771 Kevin Martin
5. 99j Justin Bowman
6. 5 Nick Gaines
TALLADEGA SHORT TRACK – EASTABOGA, AL:
1. 14jr Victor Turner Jr.
2. 5 Mike Combs
3. F97 Red Farmer
4. 71 Dustin Knighten
5. 30 Karl Parks
6. 29 Buddy George
7. 13 David Pettus
8. 6 Justin Taylor
9. 8 Mike Pearl
10. 19 Chase Cotton
MAGNOLIA MOTOR SPEEDWAY – COLUMBUS, MS:
1. 1s Jeremy Shaw
2. 73 Evan Ellis
3. 2 Mark Stokes
4. 92 Delbert Smith
5. 72 Steve Russell
6. 13 Chad McCool
7. 1 Johnny Stokes
8. 91 Billy Tedford
9. G4 Shelby Sheedy
10. 10 Steven Jones
11. 147 Hunter Carroll
12. 84 Randall Beckwith
13. 2s Kyle Shaw
14. 1 Bryant Marsh – Y
15. R3 Ryan Rigdon
16. 21 Jamey Boland
17. 37 Tim Parker
18. 48 Craig Barham
19. 16 Terrell Harris
20. 82 Jason Milan
21. 44 Heath Johnson
22. 4w Wiley Williams
23. 58 Brandon Shaw
24. 2 Hayden Franklin
25. 100 Doug Heavener DNS
26. 21 Jason Roberts DNS
27. 43 Kurt Radojcsics DNS
28. 55 Ben Morrow DNS
CAMDEN SPEEDWAY – CAMDEN, TN:
1. 2 Adam Ray
2. 00 Bronson Berry
3. C21 Rex Berry
4. 4 Joe Mike
5. 6 Jimmy Halford
6. 00g Ben Garner
7. W4 Phillip Wolford
8. 11 Kevin Fuller
COTTON BOWL SPEEDWAY – PAIGE, TX:
Y – Denotes Sunoco Young Guns Challenge Series Driver 18 Years Of Age And Younger
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