NeSmith Racing Series: Thomas Continues Penton
PENTON, AL – The numbers were
working for William Thomas of Phenix City, Ala. on Saturday night at Penton Raceway. His car number is 22,
and in his second NeSmith Chevrolet Dirt Late Model Series race of the season, he took his second win in the
“Stars and Stripes 50 and his second straight win at Penton, driving the J.W. Miller Land and Timber
It was a clean sweep for Thomas as he set fast
time among the 31 entrants with a lap around the 3/8-mile clay oval in 14.420 seconds to earn the pole position
for the main event, and he led all 50 laps of the race to win with a 2.609 second margin of victory over Tod
Darda of LaGrange, Ga.
The only time Darda could get close to Thomas
was on restarts and on one occasion in lapped traffic, an episode Thomas remembered well.
“I really had one close call in lapped
traffic as we went three-wide in the corner, and I made contact with someone and almost had to stop,” Thomas
said. “Other than that, it was a good race for this new car, and the first win for it.”
Chase Edge of Lafayette, Ala. took the
third spot in the Edge’s Gas Company Special and was the VP Racing Fuels Rookie of the Race. Bob Robertson of
Evans, Ga. finished fourth in the Huddle House Special, and NeSmith Chevrolet Dirt Late Model Series point
leader Dan Breuer of Troutman, N.C. drove the AES Racing Special to a fifth-place finish.
NeSmith Racing Series - Penton
Thomas, 2) Tod Darda, 3) Chase Edge, 4) Bob Robertson, 5) Dan Breuer, 6) Russ
Ogletree, 7) Chris Cantrell, 8) Ryan King, 9) Matthew Turner, 10) David Earl Gentry,
11) Jake Teague, 12) Chris Wilson, 13) Mark Rosner, 14) Oliver Gentry, 15) Steve Cooke,
16) Frank Wilson, 17) Mark Tice, 18) Paul Walters, 19) Shannon Lee, 20) Dana Eiland,
21) Allen Netherland, 22) Cord Dodgen, 23) Richie Stephens, 24) Larry