Boland Dodges Last Lap Scrap For Greenville NeSmith Win

By Roby Helm

GREENVILLE, Miss. – April 9. Mike Boland of Cuba, Ala. just got through a last lap crash to pick up his seventh NeSmith Chevrolet Dirt Late Model Series career win on Friday in the Wilkerson Diesel and Tire Service “Rumble On The Gumbo 40”  at Greenville Speedway.

As Boland entered the first turn after taking the white flag, the lapped cars of Jay Burchfield and Frank Wilson tangled as Boland was on their inside.  Boland just got through and went on to take the checkered flag with a 4.298 second advantage.

“I’ve got to thank the Good Lord for getting me through that wreck on the last lap,” Boland said.  “I would have really hated to lose the race that way, but He was watching over me.”

The defending NeSmith Chevrolet Dirt Late Model Series National Champion Eric Cooley of Fulton, Miss. finished second, while Matthew Turner charged from the 18th starting spot to finish third.  Turner and Cooley now share the point lead, with each driver totaling 436 points.

The race was caution-filled with the yellow flag flying 12 times for spins and debris with two red flags.  Polesitter Justin McRee led the first two laps before Boland took the lead on lap three coming from the third starting spot.  Boland led the rest of the way, and was never challenged for the point.

The most serious incident took place on lap 27 with a multi-car tangle in turn three that completely blocked the track to bring out the red flag, and involved several cars running from fifth on back.

Cliff Williams of Star, MS was running fifth in the Ware Construction Trak-Star when he was hit from behind to trigger the crash.  The tangle took Williams out of the race and earned him the Dominator Race Products Hard Luck Award.

In preliminary action, McRee was the fast qualifier among the 36 entrants with a lap around the quarter-mile clay gumbo oval in 14.838 Seconds.  The three ten-lap heat races were won by Brooks Strength, Burchfield, and Lee.  Wilson won the 12-lap B-Main race.

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