- June 12 - Talladega Short Track by Sam Holbrooks


Busha Says "Touche'" to Johnson With TST NeSmith Win

EASTABOGA, Ala. – June 12. The end of an exciting late-race side-by-side duel for the lead had Tim Busha of Boaz, Alabama beating Ronnie Johnson of Chattanooga, Tennessee to the checkered flag in the 40-lap “War Between The States” for the NeSmith Super Dirt Car Series at Talladega Short Track on Saturday night.

It was a battle between the local favorite in Busha versus the veteran traveller and Hall of Famer in Johnson. It was a battle between the inside running Busha, versus the high flying Johnson. It was also a battle between high-dollar horsepower with the Spec Engine of Busha versus the economical torque of Johnson’s GM Performance CT 525 All-Aluminum Spec Engine.  

A lap 31 restart set up the nine-lap dash to the finish with Johnson going everywhere Busha wasn’t on the ¼-mile clay oval known as “The Hornet’s Nest.” If Busha ran the bottom groove, Johnson would pull along side on the outside. If Busha moved up to try and slow Johnson’s momentum, Johnson would make a hard left and blast underneath Busha. 

At the checkered flag, Busha was able to kept Johnson behind him and cross the finish line with a one car-length advantage. 

“I really hated to see that late caution flag because I really had a good rhythm going on the bottom of the track,” Busha said. “We’re not allowed to have rear-view mirrors or two-way radios, so I didn’t know who was behind me, but I could feel him. I had to move around the race track more than I wanted to, but you’ve got to do what you’ve got to do to win the race.” 

Busha made it a “Clean Sweep” by posting fast time during qualification with a lap in 13.866 seconds, and then, despite Johnson’s late-race side-by-side challenges, led all 40 laps of the “War Between The States.” 

Johnson had to settle for second, but kept an appreciative crowd in the grandstand on their feet watching his rim riding charge from the sixth starting spot in a car powered by a new revolutionary $10,000 super late model engine. 

The third spot went to Stacy Holmes of Munford , Ala.  Holmes was driving “The Duck” Carl Edwards drove to third spot in the "Prelude To The Dream" on Wednesday at Eldora Speedway in Rossburg, Ohio. The car still had Edward’s wrap on the body with his #99 on the doors and his AFLAC sponsor identification.

NeSmith Racing Series - Talladega Short Track - June 12
1. Tim Busha, 2. Ronnie Johnson. 3. Stacy Holmes, 4. Dillon Crim, 5. Terry Smith, 6. Ross Martin, 7. Dingus Griffin, 8. Montana Dudley, 9. Danny Peoples, 10. Anthony Burroughs, 11. Tim Roszell, 12. Rod Carroll, 13. Matthew Turner, 14. Virgil Taylor, 15. Duane Treadwell, 16. Jeff Johns, 17. James Cline, 18. Chris Thomas


Updated 11/02/10

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