NeSmith Chevrolet Dirt Late Model Series

Weaver Gets Two Surprise Wins In One Night

By Roby Helm

TAMPA, Fla. - Feb. 20 - Randy Weaver of Crossville, Tenn. was awarded the victory in the 50-lap NeSmith Chevrolet Dirt Late Model Series race on Saturday night at East Bay Raceway Park after the car of apparent winner Devin Dixon of Apollo Beach, Fla. was disqualified during the post-race technical inspection.

Weaver, driving the Cardinal Paint and Body Custom By Weaver was also awarded the win in the NeSmith Chevrolet DLMS Thursday night East Bay Raceway Park event with the disqualification of Dixon. The engine in Dixon’s

Keith Nosbisch

Keith Nosbisch, a perennial "Winternationals" champion and a force to be reckoned with each winter at his home track back in the day, posted a second place finish to Tennessee's Randy Weaver in the Crate Late Model "Winternationals" final. (Neil Miller)

Night Hawk Towing Rocket was found to have a balanced crankshaft and aftermarket connecting rod bolts, both of which are disallowed in the series.

The engines of Weaver and Friday night’s winner Shan Smith of Dade City, FL were also taken apart and inspected by NeSmith Chevrolet DLMS Technical Officials, and both engines were ruled to by legal. Weaver finished second to Smith’s Gardner Racing TNT in Friday night’s 50-lap NeSmith Chevrolet DLMS event at East Bay Raceway Park.

Keith Nosbisch of Valrico, FL finished second on Saturday night in the Miller Lite Rocket. Nosbisch was also awarded with fast time honors by out-qualifying the 48 entrants with a lap around the 1/3-mile clay oval in 15.709 seconds.

Ronny Lee Hollingsworth of Northport, MS took the third spot in the Waddle Trucking Mastersbilt, and Smith was fourth. Jeff Matthews of Dover, FL grabbed the Race Car Engineering 5th-Place Award in the Night Hawk Towing Warrior.

Defending NeSmith Chevrolet Dirt Late Model Series National Champion Eric Cooley of Fulton, MS picked up the KRC 6th-Place Award in the 78 Towing and Recovery Victory Circle. Doug Horton of Bruceton Mills, WV in the Adams Used Auto Parts Warrior was the Joe Gibbs Driven 7th-Place Award winner, and Matthew Turner of Dawsonville, GA took the Race Car Engineering 8th-Place Award.

Ron Wadforth of Trenton, Ontario Canada took the 25th Long Haul Provisional starting spot, and drove the Excel Tower Service Rocket to the Maximum Signs

Ron Wadforth

 Ron Wadforth made a long haul from Ontario to the southernmost parts of the U.S. to post a respectable top ten on the third night of Crate Late Model racing at East Bay Raceway Park. (Neil Miller)

9th-Place Award and the GM Performance Hard Charger of the Race Award. Shane Hitt of Buchannon, WV finished tenth to earn the KRC 10th-Place Award in the Hitt Enterprises Rocket.

Justin McRee of Cuba, AL picked up the Mike’s Custom Tanks 11th-Place Award in the Century Carriers, Inc. Trak-Star, and his teammate Charlie Henderson of Cottondale, AL finished 13th and was the Rookie of the Race Award winner.

Turner stays on top of the NeSmith Chevrolet Dirt Late Model Series National point standings by two point over Cooley, and 32 points over McRee in the third spot.

Before his disqualification, Dixon started the race from the pole position, and led all 50 laps. Nosbisch ran in the second spot for the first four laps of the race, but Weaver would get by him on a lap five double-file restart and make what would be the winning pass.

The first of six caution flags would come out on lap three when Larry Harrod of Plains, GA spun the Harrod Logging Scorpion in turn one. Harrod was able to continue, but he was collected in a spin by David Pollen Jr. of Tampa, FL in the B&D Trucking Rocket on lap five in turn four. Harrod’s car flipped once and landed on its wheels.

Harrod climbed from the car under his own power, but he was taken to Tampa General Hospital for tests and observation. This earned Harrod the Dominator Race Products Hard Luck Award.

Smith made an early race charge after starting 19th and was running ninth by lap ten. Smith jumped from ninth to seventh on a lap 15 restart, and passed Cooley for the sixth position on lap 18. Smith would pass Matthews for what would be the fourth position on lap 42.

Turner was another Hard Charger candidate, as he took a provisional, started 23rd, and was up to the tenth spot by lap 20. Wadforth would be the GM Performance Hard Charger of the Race, as he started 25th, and was running in what would be the ninth spot by lap 40.

In preliminary action, the four ten-lap heat races were won by Hollingsworth, Matthews, Cooley, and Horton. The two 12-lap B-Main races were won by Kevin Wilson of Stoneville, NC in the KMS Roofing Wilson, and Pollen.

The next two events for the NeSmith Chevrolet Dirt Late Model Series National Tour will be on April 9 with a 40-lap $2,000-to-win event at Greenville Speedway in Greenville, MS, and on April 10 with a 50-lap $2,500-to-win event at Jackson Motor Speedway in Jackson, MS.

OFFICIAL RESULTS OF ROUND 4 AT EAST BAY RACEWAY PARK IN TAMPA, FL ON 2/20/10:

POS STRT CAR # DRIVER HOMETOWN LAPS $ WON
1. 4 116 Randy Weaver Crossville, TN 50 $3,000
2. 2 101 Keith Nosbisch Valrico, FL 50 $1,250
3. 5 18 Ronny Hollingsworth Northport, AL 50 $850
4. 19 17ss Shan Smith Dade City, FL 50 $700
5. 6 33 Jeff Matthews Dover, FL 50 $650
6. 7 33c Eric Cooley Fulton, MS 50 $650
7. 8 11 Doug Horton Bruceton Mills, WV 50 $500
8. 23 10 Matthew Turner Dawsonville, GA 50 $450
9. 25 40r Ron Wadforth Trenton, ON CAN 50 $500
10. 13 2h Shane Hitt Buchannon, WV 50 $375
11. 12 25 Justin McRee Cuba, AL 50 $350
12. 10 B69 Bryan Bernhardt Clearwater, FL 50 $300
13. 14 88 Charlie Henderson (R) Cottondale, AL 50 $280
14. 9 X19 Scott Knowles Lanett, AL 50 $260
15. 16 31 Brian Force Indiana, PA 49 $250
16. 22 121 Michael Blount (R) Sumrall, MS 49 $240
17. 11 17c Steve Cooke Mount Airy, NC 49 $220
18. 3 47 Shannon Lee (R) Lumberton, MS 49 $200
19. 24 14 Marcus Minga Shannon, MS 48 $200
20. 20 8s Steve Miller Tampa, FL 48 $200
21. 18 88p David Pollen Jr. Tampa, FL 46 $200
22. 21 12 Jack Nosbisch Jr. Riverview, FL 13 $200
23. 17 18* Kevin Wilson Stoneville, NC 6 $200
24. 15 27 Larry Harrod (R) Plains, GA 4 $200
25. 1 33x Devin Dixon Apollo Beach, FL 50 $0-DQ

ENTRIES: 48
FAST QUALIFIER: K. Nosbisch, 15.709
PROVISIONALS: Turner and Minga
LONG HAUL PROVISIONAL: Wadforth
LEAD CHANGES: 1
LAPS LED: K. Nosbisch, 1-4; Weaver, 5-50
LAP LEADERS: Weaver, 46; K. Nosbisch, 4
ROOKIE OF THE RACE: Henderson
GM PERFORMANCE HARD CHARGER: Wadforth (started 25th and finished 9th)
DOMINATOR RACE PRODUCTS HARD LUCK AWARD: Harrod
RACE CAR ENGINEERING 5TH-PLACE AWARD: Matthews
KRC 6TH-PLACE AWARD: Cooley
JOE GIBBS DRIVEN 7TH-PLACE AWARD: Horton
RACE CAR ENGINEERING 8TH-PLACE AWARD: Turner
MAXIMUM SIGNS AND GRAPHICS 9TH-PLACE AWARD: Wadforth
KRC 10TH-PLACE AWARD: Hitt
MIKE’S CUSTOM TANKS 11TH-PLACE AWARD: McRee
CAUTIONS: 6 (1 Red)
TIME OF THE RACE: 48 Minutes and 10.938 Seconds

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