KNOWLES KNOWS CHEVY SUPER SERIES EAMS VICTORY LANE

PHENIX CITY, AL – Jake Knowles of Tyrone, GA had an exciting start, then an easy race for 40 laps, followed by an anxious last ten laps.  But he hung on to win the 50-lap Chevrolet Performance Super Late Model Series Race on Saturday night at East Alabama Motor Speedway in the Cedartown Electric Rocket, and in doing so, took over the point lead.

Knowles survived a spin at the start of the race, but after the restart, he took command of the race on lap two, pulling out to over a full straightaway lead.  By lap 32, Knowles caught some lapped traffic and on lap 40 his big lead had evaporated, as National Dirt Late Model Hall of Fame Inductee Ronnie Johnson of Chattanooga, TN closed in to challenge Knowles for the point.

Knowles kept the bottom groove covered, leaving Johnson the outside.  With no place else to go, Johnson stepped to the outside, and even pulled alongside Knowles on a couple of occasions, but he slipped high in turn four on lap 49, and Knowles hung on for a .997 second margin of victory.

“My Dad was signaling me that my big lead was going away, and it was pretty frustrating being stuck behind a lapped car that ran me all over the race track,” Knowles said.  “I looked up at the scoreboard with ten laps to go, and saw the number 5 up there in second, and I knew I could be in trouble.” (more…)

By |2014-04-15T15:47:05+00:00April 14th, 2014|Featured, Front Page News, NeSmith Chevrolet Dirt Late Model Series, Race Results|Comments Off on KNOWLES KNOWS CHEVY SUPER SERIES EAMS VICTORY LANE

BEELER BREEZES TO NeSMITH CHEVROLET DLMS 411 MOTOR SPEEDWAY WIN

image0061SEYMOUR, TN – Adam Beeler of Knoxville, TN finally got it all together to win his first NeSmith Chevrolet Dirt Late Model Series race in the Ole Smoky Moonshine 50 on Saturday night at 411 Motor Speedway driving the Mighty Muffler and Brakes CVR.  Beeler swept the program as fast qualifier, and then led all 50 laps for the $3,000 victory.

“These NeSmith Chevrolet Dirt Late Model Series races are hard to win,” Beeler said.  “We’ve been fast qualifier a couple of times and led a few races, but we could never put it all together to win one of these races, so it feels really good to finally do it.”

The defending NeSmith Chevrolet Dirt Late Model Series National Champion Ronnie Johnson of Chattanooga, TN got back into the 2014 title hunt with a last lap, last turn pass to finish second in the NeSmith Chevrolet Special.  Jered Hawkins of Fairmont, WV held off Johnson for several laps, but had to settle for third in the Bland’s Towing Rocket.

Friday night 411 Motor Speedway winner Jimmy Elliott of Cleveland, TN finished fourth in the Car Smart Auto Sales CVS, and Ashley Newman of Ripley, TN was fifth in the Greg’s Sawmill Special.  Point leader Walker Arthur of Forest, VA took the sixth spot in the Cecil B. Arthur Beef Farms Special.  Arthur now holds a 24-point lead in the standings. (more…)

By |2014-04-07T17:47:14+00:00April 7th, 2014|Featured, Front Page News, NeSmith Chevrolet Dirt Late Model Series, Race Results|Comments Off on BEELER BREEZES TO NeSMITH CHEVROLET DLMS 411 MOTOR SPEEDWAY WIN

ELLIOTT TAKES LAST LAP NeSMITH CHEVROLET DLMS WIN AT 411

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The “Mohawk Warrior” Jimmy Elliott of Cleveland, TN celebrates his $2,000 win on Saturday night after driving the Car Smart Auto Sales CVR to victory in the Ole Smoky Moonshine 40 for the NeSmith Chevrolet Dirt Late Model Series at 411 Motor Speedway in Seymour, TN (Chad Wells Photo)

SEYMOUR, TN – The “Mohawk Warrior” Jimmy Elliott of Cleveland, TN only led 200 feet of the Ole Smoky Moonshine 40 for the NeSmith Chevrolet Dirt Late Model Series Touring Division on Friday night at 411 Motor Speedway, but it was the most important distance, as it led to the checkered flag and the $2,000 top prize.

Elliott drove his Car Smart Auto Sales CVR under Brian King of Seymour, TN coming off the fourth turn on the final lap to post his second career NeSmith Chevrolet Dirt Late Model Series Touring Division victory.

“Ryan was leaving just enough of the bottom groove open for me to get my nose in there going into turn three,” Elliott said.  “I got into him, and I didn’t mean to, but it’s the last lap, and it’s for the win.  That’s racing.”

King hung on to finish second in the Brian King Roofing Stinger, a race car adorned with a graphics package to honor his mentor, the late great Scott Sexton.  Polesitter and new track record holder Cory Hedgecock of Loudon, TN took the third spot in the Eagle Racing Engines Rocket.  Hedgecock out-timed the 31-car field with a lap around the 3/8-mile high-banked clay oval in 13.826 seconds. (more…)

By |2014-04-07T16:05:43+00:00April 7th, 2014|Featured, Front Page News, NeSmith Chevrolet Dirt Late Model Series, Race Results|Comments Off on ELLIOTT TAKES LAST LAP NeSMITH CHEVROLET DLMS WIN AT 411

NeSMITH CHEVROLET DLMS 411 MOTOR SPEEDWAY RACES POSTPONED ONE WEEK

411-banner logo smallCARTERSVILLE, GA – A high percentage of rain has forced officials to postpone the Ole Smoky Moonshine Nationals at 411 Motor Speedway in Seymour, TN for the NeSmith Chevrolet Dirt Late Model Series one week.  The 40-lap $2,000-to-win race will now be run on Friday night, April 4 and the 50-lap $3,000-to-win event will now take place on Saturday night, April 5.

The on track action at 411 Motor Speedway for the Ole Smoky Moonshine Nationals begins on Thursday night, April 3 with an open practice.  The pit gate open at 12 noon on Thursday night, with the open practice session running from 5 p.m. until 9 p.m.

On both April 4 and April 5, the pit gate opens at 12 noon with NeSmith Chevrolet Dirt Late Model Series Pre-Race Registration and Technical Inspection from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m.  The Drivers Meeting is set for 6 p.m. each night, with hot laps beginning immediately after the Drivers Meeting.

411 Motor Speedway is located one mile south of U.S. Highway 441 on U.S. Highway 411 at 632 Maryville Highway, Seymour, TN  37865.  For more information call 865-257-7223 or visit the track web site at www.411motorspeedway.net and their Facebook page at 411 Motor Speedway. (more…)

By |2014-03-27T18:41:01+00:00March 27th, 2014|Featured, Front Page News, NeSmith Chevrolet Dirt Late Model Series, Racing News|Comments Off on NeSMITH CHEVROLET DLMS 411 MOTOR SPEEDWAY RACES POSTPONED ONE WEEK

GRIFFIN WINS CHEVY SUPER SERIES SEASON OPENER AT TALLADEGA SHORT TRACK

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Dingus Griffin of Ohatchee, AL celebrates his $3,000 victory on Saturday night in the Chevrolet Performance Super Late Model Series season opener at Talladega Short Track in Eastaboga, AL driving the Tommy Pope Construction Special. (Heath Lawson Photo)

EASTABOGA, AL – Dingus Griffin of Ohatchee, AL drove the Tommy Pope Construction Special to victory on Saturday night in the Chevrolet Performance Super Late Model Series season opener at Talladega Short Track.  After starting third, Griffin took the lead on lap three and never looked back to take the $3,000 win.

“This is a big win for us, as we have worked some long hours during the last week just to get the car ready,” Griffin said.  “I have to thank Tommy Pope for giving me this opportunity because I haven’t been racing a lot, and I only raced one time last year.  This was a great car to drive tonight.”

National Dirt Late Model Hall of Fame Inductee Ronnie Johnson of Chattanooga, TN started sixth in the NeSmith Chevrolet Special and finished second after an exciting battle with Jake Knowles of Tyrone, GA, who took the third spot in the Cedartown Electric Rocket.  Knowles was the fast qualifier among the 25 entrants with a lap of 13.347 seconds around the ¼-mile clay oval. (more…)

By |2014-03-26T15:56:22+00:00March 26th, 2014|Featured, Front Page News, NeSmith Chevrolet Dirt Late Model Series, Race Results|Comments Off on GRIFFIN WINS CHEVY SUPER SERIES SEASON OPENER AT TALLADEGA SHORT TRACK

Bubba Raceway Park NeSmith Chevrolet DLMS March Races Cancelled

NeSmith_Logo 1CARTERSVILLE, GA – NeSmith Chevrolet Dirt Late Model Series and Bubba Raceway Park officials have come to a mutual agreement to cancel the NeSmith Chevrolet Dirt Late Model Series Touring Division races scheduled for the Ocala, FL track on March 6, 7, and 8.  The three races will not be rescheduled.

These three races were rescheduled from the Bubba’s Army Winternationals Presented By Rock Auto.com five-race series on January 28 through February 1.  With 46 race teams in attendance, all five races were rained out without a wheel being turned.  The series then went to Golden Isles Speedway in Brunswick, GA for a three-race series on February 6, 7, and 8.

The February 6 event was rained out, and run as an afternoon show won by Ray Cook of Brasstown, NC on February 7.  The NeSmith Chevrolet Dirt Late Model Series came back later that evening for another complete show that was won by Jason Fitzgerald of Middleburg, FL.  Walker Arthur of Forest, VA won the February 8 race.

“We want to thank the teams that made the long trip to Bubba Raceway Park in Ocala, FL and then had to sit through five straight days of rain,” NeSmith Chevrolet Dirt Late Model Series Director Adam Stewart said.  “It was an unfortunate and unprecedented situation, and our initial reaction was to reschedule for early March.  But after we spoke with the track officials and competitors, it was decided that the three rescheduled events needed to be cancelled, as several teams had depleted their travel budgets making the long trips to Central Florida and Southeast Georgia.  It was just too much to ask them to make a third trip that far south this early in the season.” (more…)

By |2014-02-20T01:22:38+00:00February 20th, 2014|Bubba Raceway Park, Featured, Front Page News, NeSmith Chevrolet Dirt Late Model Series, Racing News|Comments Off on Bubba Raceway Park NeSmith Chevrolet DLMS March Races Cancelled

FITZGERALD POWERS TO NeSMITH CHEVROLET DLMS BRUNSWICK WIN

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Jason Fitzgerald of Middleburg, FL drove the M&M Transport Refrigeration GRT to victory on Friday night in the Super Bowl of Racing Presented By Rock Auto.com for the NeSmith Chevrolet Dirt Late Model Series at Golden Isles Speedway in Brunswick, GA. (Heath Lawson Photo)

BRUNSWICK, GA – Jason Fitzgerald of Middleburg, FL drove the M&M Transport and Refrigeration GRT to a convincing victory Friday night at the Super Bowl of Racing Presented By Rock Auto.com for the NeSmith Chevrolet Dirt Late Model Series at Golden Isles Speedway.  Fitzgerald took the lead on the second lap and never looked back for his first series career win.

Jeremy Faircloth of Swainsboro, GA finished second in the CJR Forestry Warrior and Ray Cook of Brasstown, NC was third in the Tri-County Race Track Special.  Walker Arthur of Forest, VA took the fourth spot in the Cecil B. Arthur Beef Farms Special and Chris Noah of Rainbow City, AL was the Rookie of the Race after a fifth-place effort in the Old Man’s Garage Special.

Robert Diekemper of Bloomingdale, GA took the sixth spot in the Baird Transport Special and Mack McCarter of Gatlinburg, TN was seventh in the CVR Race Cars Special.  The defending NeSmith Chevrolet Dirt Late Model Series Champion Ronnie Johnson of Chattanooga, TN started 21st and finished eighth in the NeSmith Chevrolet Special.

Fast Qualifier Jacob Anderson of Murphy, NC finished ninth in the Scrapy’s Metal Special.  Anderson out-qualified the 43-car field with a lap around the 4/10-mile clay oval in 16.319 seconds.  Mark Whitener of Middleburg, FL rounded out the top ten in the Dave’s Towing Special.

The preliminary ten-lap B-Main Races were won by Noah, Arthur, Jak Kicklighter of Savannah, GA in the Kicklighter Construction Special and Montana Dudley of Phenix City, AL in the Eiland Pools Rocket.  Dudley was unable to start the main event after breaking an axle in his B-Main winning effort.

Anderson and Fitzgerald battled side-by-side for the lead for the first two laps of the 30-lap main event before Fitzgerald took the lead.  Donald Brasher of Burlington, NC trailed the lead duo in the Mega Plumbing Rocket followed by Faircloth and Cook.  The first of six caution flags came out on lap four when Dalton Cook stalled the Wrap Tech Signz Special in turn four. (more…)

By |2014-02-10T19:03:44+00:00February 10th, 2014|Featured, Front Page News, NeSmith Chevrolet Dirt Late Model Series, Race Results|Comments Off on FITZGERALD POWERS TO NeSMITH CHEVROLET DLMS BRUNSWICK WIN

COOK TAKES NeSMITH CHEVROLET DLMS SEASON OPENER AT GOLDEN ISLES SPEEDWAY

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Ray Cook of Brasstown, NC celebrates his win on Friday afternoon in the Super Bowl of Racing Presented By Rock Auto.com 2014 season opener for the NeSmith Chevrolet Dirt Late Model Series at Golden Isles Speedway in Brunswick, GA. (Heath Lawson Photo)

BRUNSWICK, GA – Ray Cook of Brasstown, NC took the lead with five laps to go and drove the Tri-County Race Track Special to victory in the 2014 NeSmith Chevrolet Dirt Late Model Series season opener on Friday afternoon in the Super Bowl of Racing Presented By Rock Auto.com at Golden Isles Speedway.

Cook started ninth and moved up to the second spot by lap eight.  When early race leader Walker Arthur of Forest, VA began to encounter lapped traffic with ten laps to go, Cook closed in and made up a half straightaway deficit.  Arthur pushed up the banking in turn one on lap 26, and Cook dove underneath to take the lead.

“I couldn’t catch Arthur until he got into that lapped traffic because until then, it seemed like we were running the same speed,” Cook said.  “He tried to lap a car on the outside and the lapped car moved up in front of him.  That opened the door for me to take the lead.” (more…)

By |2014-02-10T18:51:40+00:00February 10th, 2014|Featured, Front Page News, NeSmith Chevrolet Dirt Late Model Series, Race Results|Comments Off on COOK TAKES NeSMITH CHEVROLET DLMS SEASON OPENER AT GOLDEN ISLES SPEEDWAY

NeSmith Chevrolet DLMS Tries Again For Season Opener At Golden Isles

20140201-164742.jpgCARTERSVILLE, GA – The NeSmith Chevrolet Dirt Late Model Series will try once again to open their 2014 season this Thursday, Friday and Saturday with a trio of $2,500-to-win races during the Super Bowl of Racing Presented By Rock Auto.com at Golden Isle Speedway in Brunswick, GA.

The teams are ready after five straight rainouts last week at Bubba Raceway Park in Ocala, FL, and the NeSmith Chevrolet Dirt Late Model Series did get a glimpse of what’s to come for the 2014 title chase for the $20,000 Championship and the run for the NeSmith Cup, as over 40 teams were on the grounds at Bubba Raceway Park.

Although they get did not get to turn a competitive wheel during the week, they’re equipment is fresh and ready to go for the Golden Isle Speedway races.  The Thursday and Friday events will each be 30 laps in length, and the Saturday night race will be a 50-lap race.

The 2013 NeSmith Chevrolet Dirt Late Model Series Champion Ronnie Johnson of Chattanooga, TN will be back to defend his title.  The National Dirt Late Model Hall of Fame Inductee had three wins last season, and will be looking for his 18th series career win at Golden Isles Speedway. (more…)

By |2014-02-05T00:03:28+00:00February 5th, 2014|Featured, Front Page News, NeSmith Chevrolet Dirt Late Model Series|Comments Off on NeSmith Chevrolet DLMS Tries Again For Season Opener At Golden Isles

COMPLETE RAINOUT OF FIVE NeSMITH CHEVROLET DLMS RACES FORCES POSTPONEMENT

20140201-164742.jpgOCALA, FL – Rain and wet track conditions all week has forced postponement of the NeSmith Chevrolet Dirt Late Model Series Bubba’s Army Winternationals Presented By Rock Auto.com until March 6, 7, and 8. In an unprecedented situation, four straight days of rain left the track conditions too wet for safe competition and all five nights of competition were rained out.

The rescheduled events for the NeSmith Chevrolet Dirt Late Model Series Bubba’s Army Winternationals Presented By Rock Auto.com will feature a 40-lap $2,000-to-win race on March 6, a 50-lap $2,500-to-win race on March 7, and a 50-lap $3,000-to-win race on March 8.

The 2014 NeSmith Chevrolet Dirt Late Model Series Touring Division season opener will now be at Golden Isles Speedway in Brunswick, GA for the Super Bowl of Racing Presented By Rock Auto.com on February 6, 7, and 8. All three races will pay $2,500-to-win. The February 6 and 7 shows will be 30 laps, and the February 8 event will be 50-laps.

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By |2014-02-01T23:18:54+00:00February 1st, 2014|Bubba Raceway Park, Featured, Front Page News, NeSmith Chevrolet Dirt Late Model Series|Comments Off on COMPLETE RAINOUT OF FIVE NeSMITH CHEVROLET DLMS RACES FORCES POSTPONEMENT