NeSMITH STREET STOCKS “A FAMILY AFFAIR” AT SOUTHERN RACEWAY

fwilsonVLsou040216CARTERSVILLE, GA – The NeSmith Performance Parts Street Stock Division at Southern Raceway in Milton, FL has become “A Family Affair,” as there were not one, but two father-son combinations competing against each other in Week 2 competition on April 2. Frank Wilson of Milton, FL took on his 13-year-old J.C. Wilson and Branden Harris of Molino, FL raced his dad Ronnie Harris.

The Wilson’s lined up for the first Heat Race side-by-side on the front row. It was Papa Frank taking the win over J.C. Frank went on to win the NeSmith Performance Parts Street Stock Division main event in his first night out in the Wilson Lumber Company Chevrolet powered by a $3,495 Chevrolet Performance 602 Circle Track Engine. J.C. brought his team car home in the ninth spot.

There is a third Wilson family member competing in the NeSmith Performance Parts Street Stock Division, as Frank’s brother and J.C.’s uncle Stuart Wilson of Milton, FL drove his Wilson Lumber Company Chevrolet powered by a $3,495 Chevrolet Performance 602 Circle Track Engine to victory in April 2 in Week 2 competition at Northwest Florida Speedway in Baker, FL. (more…)

By |2016-04-06T19:02:17+00:00April 6th, 2016|Front Page News, NeSmith Chevrolet Dirt Late Model Series|Comments Off on NeSMITH STREET STOCKS “A FAMILY AFFAIR” AT SOUTHERN RACEWAY

HICKMAN SWEEPS ROCKAUTO.COM WINTER SHOOTOUT FINALE FOR NeSMITH LATE MODELS IN COCHRAN, GA

hickmanVLcms022816COCHRAN, GA – Riley Hickman of Cleveland, TN drove the Hickman Manufacturing CVR to a clean sweep Sunday night in the RockAuto.com Winter Shootout Finale for the NeSmith Chevrolet Dirt Late Model Series at Cochran Motor Speedway. Hickman set Fast Time to earn the pole position for the main event, and then led all 50 laps to take his four career win with the series.

Hickman set a fast pace early in the race, holding at one point a full straightaway lead over Jimmy Thomas of Phenix City, AL. The second half of the race saw Thomas close to within a couple of car lengths in lapped traffic, but Hickman had the dominant race car.

Thomas finished second in the Five Star Hyundai Special and Chase Edge of LaFayette, AL finished third in the Edge’s Gas Company Special to earn the 2016 RockAuto.com Winter Shootout Championship. In seven races, Edge has 612 points with one win, four top five finishes and six top ten finishes in seven races.

Robbie Metts of Albany, GA finished fourth in the J&H Transmission Special, and Chesley Dixon of Swainsboro, GA drove the Central Fence Company Special to a fifth-place finish. Jody Nipper of Gray, GA took the sixth spot in the Scotty’s Muffler Special, and Terrance Nowell of Phenix City, AL was seventh in the Harrod Logging Special. (more…)

By |2016-03-01T15:43:53+00:00March 1st, 2016|Front Page News, NeSmith Chevrolet Dirt Late Model Series|Comments Off on HICKMAN SWEEPS ROCKAUTO.COM WINTER SHOOTOUT FINALE FOR NeSMITH LATE MODELS IN COCHRAN, GA

WILLIAMS OVERCOMES SPIN TO WIN NeSMITH LATE MODEL RACE IN COCHRAN, GA

P.W. Williams of Dublin, GA celebrates his first career NeSmith Chevrolet Dirt Late Model Series win on Saturday night at Cochran Motor Speedway in Cochran, GA driving the Dublin Tire TNT in Round 7 of the 2016 RockAuto.com Winter Shootout.  (NeSmith Media Photo by Bruce Carroll)

P.W. Williams of Dublin, GA celebrates his first career NeSmith Chevrolet Dirt Late Model Series win on Saturday night at Cochran Motor Speedway in Cochran, GA driving the Dublin Tire TNT in Round 7 of the 2016 RockAuto.com Winter Shootout. (NeSmith Media Photo by Bruce Carroll)

COCHRAN, GA – P.L. Williams of Dublin, GA came back from a lap 30 spin to win the NeSmith Chevrolet Dirt Late Models Series RockAuto.com Winter Shootout Round 7 40-lap race on Saturday night at Cochran Motor Speedway driving the Dublin Tire TNT. Williams spun in turn one on lap 30 while battling for the lead with Jeremy Faircloth of Swainsboro, GA.

NeSmith Chevrolet Dirt Late Model Series officials ticketed Faircloth with the caution flag, and put Williams back on the point for the restart. During the caution period, Williams had to dodge another bullet when Faircloth drove in front of Williams on the front straightaway and “brake-checked” the leader. Williams’s car went under Faircloth’s car.

Also collected was Montana Dudley of Phenix City, AL, who ended up colliding into the back of Williams’s car. Williams was able to continue for the restart, followed by RockAuto.com Winter Shootout point leader Chase Edge of LaFayette, AL, Dudley and Riley Hickman of Cleveland, TN. Edge was trying to clinch the RockAuto.com Winter Shootout Championship with a top five finish. (more…)

By |2016-02-29T05:31:08+00:00February 29th, 2016|Front Page News, NeSmith Chevrolet Dirt Late Model Series|Comments Off on WILLIAMS OVERCOMES SPIN TO WIN NeSMITH LATE MODEL RACE IN COCHRAN, GA

20 RACES, 11 TRACKS, 11 WEEKENDS HIGHLIGHT 2016 NeSMITH LATE MODEL SCHEDULE

Nesmith new logo (3)CARTERSVILLE, GA – NeSmith Chevrolet Dirt Late Model Series officials have released the 2016 National Touring schedule that features 20 races at 11 different tracks that will be contested over 11 weekends from April 8-9 through November 25-26. Nine tracks will return from the 2015 season, and two tracks will return after a two or more years absence.

The 2016 NeSmith Chevrolet Dirt Late Model Series season will begin with a spectacular two day, two race extravaganza at I-75 Raceway in Sweetwater, TN on April 8-9. The April 8 race will be 40-laps and pay $2,000 to the winner, and the April 9 show will be 50 laps and $2,500-to-win.

The NeSmith Late Models will compete in front of an international audience during NASCAR Weekend on April 29 and 30 at Talladega Short Track in Eastaboga, AL. The April 29 race is 40 laps and $2,000-to-win, and the April 30 event is 50 laps and $2,500-to-win. (more…)

By |2016-02-12T06:15:32+00:00February 12th, 2016|Front Page News, NeSmith Chevrolet Dirt Late Model Series|Comments Off on 20 RACES, 11 TRACKS, 11 WEEKENDS HIGHLIGHT 2016 NeSMITH LATE MODEL SCHEDULE

2016 CHEVY SUPER SERIES SCHEDULE RELEASED

2013 525 SUPER SERIES LOGOCARTERSVILLE, GA – The 2016 Chevrolet Performance Super Late Model Series schedule of events has been released with 13 confirmed races and three open dates from March 26 through September 4. The schedule features 13 races at ten different tracks in four different states, with three new venues for 2016.

The 2016 Chevy Super Series season will open on March 26 with a 50-lap $3,000-to-win race at 411 Motor Speedway in Seymour, TN. The fast facility at the base of the Great Smoky Mountains will host the Chevy Super Series season opener for the second straight year.

Two-time and defending Chevy Super Series National Champion Ronnie Johnson of Chattanooga, TN is the defending race champion, and took the victory last year in spectacular fashion. Johnson had a tire roll off the wheel on the first lap of his qualifying run, and he had to take a provisional and start in the back of the pack. Johnson blasted through the field, took the lead on lap 35, and went on to win the 50-lap race. (more…)

By |2016-02-09T17:37:22+00:00February 9th, 2016|Front Page News, NeSmith Chevrolet Dirt Late Model Series|Comments Off on 2016 CHEVY SUPER SERIES SCHEDULE RELEASED

SMITH HOLDS OFF CONLEY FOR GIS SUNDAY NeSMITH LATE MODEL WIN

Smith Holds Off Conley at GISBRUNSWICK, GA – David Smith of Inman, SC held off a spirited challenge from Cale Conley of Vienna, WV to win the 50-lap Round 5 of the RockAuto.com Winter Shootout for the NeSmith Chevrolet Dirt Late Model Series on Sunday at Golden Isles Speedway. Smith led all 50 laps in the Upstate Wholesale Cars Special, but that did not describe the racing action.

Smith was the only car that did not hot lap before the race because Smith knew what the track was going to be like in a rare daytime race for the NeSmith Late Models. The track did get black, hard and slick, and it was also a track Conley liked after running the pavement last season in the NASCAR Xfinity Series.

“Getting the pole last night was the key to winning this race, but I knew somebody was with me during the second half of the race,” Smith said. “Cale is a good racer and I knew he wouldn’t do anything to get us both in trouble. He really made me hit my marks and cover the bottom. We didn’t hot lap this morning because we only had four tires for this race, and we didn’t want to wear them out.” (more…)

By |2016-02-08T16:26:54+00:00February 8th, 2016|Front Page News, NeSmith Chevrolet Dirt Late Model Series|Comments Off on SMITH HOLDS OFF CONLEY FOR GIS SUNDAY NeSMITH LATE MODEL WIN

EDGE DOMINATES NIGHT ONE FOR NeSMITH LATE MODELS AT GOLDEN ISLES SPEEDWAY

18edge52cartergis020616BRUNSWICK, GA – Chase Edge of LaFayette, AL was the man to beat on Friday night at Golden Isles Speedway, as he won Night 1 of the RockAuto.com Winter Shootout for the NeSmith Chevrolet Dirt Late Model Series. Edge took the lead from Ryan Carter of Blackshear, GA on lap three, and never looked back in the 50-lap race to claim the top prize of $2,500.

Edge started out the evening by out-qualifying the 29-car field with a lap around the 4/10-mile clay oval in the Edge’s Gas Company Special in 16.344 seconds to earn the pole position for the bug show. Edge took the lead on the initial start, but a multi-car tangle in turn one brought about a complete restart.

Carter got the hole shot on the next green flag, and put his Mark’s Auto and Collision Special in the lead. Edge was able to get his momentum up on the second lap, and then sailed around Carter to take the lead he would never relinquish on the third tour around Golden Isles Speedway.

“Our car was fast from the time we unloaded it until we took the checkered flag.,” Edge said. “About the only mistake I made all night was on that restart when I let Ryan Carter get a jump on me. I really have taken a liking to Golden Isles Speedway because it’s big, fast, and it reminds me a lot of one of my home tracks, East Alabama Motor Speedway in Phenix City, AL. We’ll check the race car over real well in the morning and try to win another one tomorrow.” (more…)

By |2016-02-08T15:55:00+00:00February 8th, 2016|Front Page News, NeSmith Chevrolet Dirt Late Model Series|Comments Off on EDGE DOMINATES NIGHT ONE FOR NeSMITH LATE MODELS AT GOLDEN ISLES SPEEDWAY

WOOTEN WINS FIRST EVER NeSMITH STREET STOCK RACE AT GOLDEN ISLES SPEEDWAY

Golden-Isle-Speedway-2BRUNSWICK, GA – Local favorite Brian Wooten became the answer to a trivia question for the future, as he won the first-ever NeSmith Performance Parts Street Stock Division race held on Wednesday night at Golden Isles Speedway. Wooten passed Ronald Dunn of Corinth, MS with five laps to go to take the victory worth $2,000 in the opening night of the Super Bowl of Racing.

Dunn towed his Dunn Motorsports High Roller Race Cars “House Car” to South Georgia and appeared to be the class of the field early on in the evening. Dunn was only one of a few drivers that used the top groove at Golden Isles Speedway, and he easily won his Heat Race to earn the pole position for the main event.

When the green flag fell for the 25-lap feature race, Dunn took command running the top shelf of the 4/10-mile clay oval, and was able to open up a half straightaway lead over Kyle Livingood and Joe Corley, who battled early on for the second spot, followed by Garrett McDonald and Wooten. A caution flag on lap eight for a spin by Colby Hall, closed up the field, as two of the front runners had trouble. (more…)

By |2016-02-08T15:49:53+00:00February 8th, 2016|Front Page News, NeSmith Chevrolet Dirt Late Model Series|Comments Off on WOOTEN WINS FIRST EVER NeSMITH STREET STOCK RACE AT GOLDEN ISLES SPEEDWAY

THE SUPER BOWL OF RACING AWAITS THE NeSMITH LATE MODELS IN BRUNSWICK, GA

18 Chase EdgeBRUNSWICK, GA – The NeSmith Chevrolet Dirt Late Model Series heads to Golden Isles Speedway this Friday night and Saturday night for Rounds 4 and 5 of the RockAuto.com Winter Shootout Series. The Friday night race will be contested for 50 laps and pay $2,500 to the winner. The Saturday night show will be for 50 laps and pay $3,000-to-win.

It’s all a part of the Annual Super Bowl of Racing at Golden Isles Speedway, which has gone through a major facelift of the facility since the last visit by the NeSmith Chevrolet Dirt Late Model Series in November of 2015 for the Showdown On The Coast.

After the first three rounds of the RockAuto.com Winter Shootout Series, Chase Edge of LaFayette, AL leads the point standings with a 50-point advantage over 13-year-old Sunoco Young Guns Challenge Series driver Tyler Clem of St. Petersburg, FL. Edge has 260 points after one top five finish and a top ten finish in all three races. (more…)

By |2016-02-03T19:09:25+00:00February 3rd, 2016|Front Page News, NeSmith Chevrolet Dirt Late Model Series|Comments Off on THE SUPER BOWL OF RACING AWAITS THE NeSMITH LATE MODELS IN BRUNSWICK, GA

THE COYOTE CATCHES THE ROAD RUNNER AND RAMBO CAPTURES THE WORLD

franklinVLbrp013016OCALA, FL – Dennis “Rambo” Franklin of Gaffney, SC is like the Coyote in the Road Runner cartoon when it comes to the Chevrolet Performance World Championship Race. He has tried for ten years to win the race, and has come so close only to have an anvil fall out of the sky to crush his chances. That all changed on Saturday night at Bubba Raceway Park.

Rambo conquered the World. Franklin drove the M&W Transportation Special to victory in the biggest race of the year for the NeSmith Chevrolet Dirt Late Model Series, the 11th Annual Chevrolet Performance World Championship Race. Franklin, as the Coyote, captured the Road Runner in the form of Kyle Bronson of Brandon, FL.

But it wasn’t easy, as Franklin had to look out for anvils falling out of the sky during the last 11 laps of the 100-lap race, as Bronson made a sly Road Runner move. Franklin had taken the lead from Bronson on lap 26, and proceeded to set a fast pace. By the time a caution flag came out on lap 89, Rambo had put everyone from fourth on back at least one lap down. (more…)

By |2016-02-01T17:26:49+00:00February 1st, 2016|Front Page News, NeSmith Chevrolet Dirt Late Model Series|Comments Off on THE COYOTE CATCHES THE ROAD RUNNER AND RAMBO CAPTURES THE WORLD