- Oct. 8 - Greenville Speedway by Sam Holbrooks

David Gentry and Jeremy Shaw at Greenville Speedway  
David Gentry spent much of last Saturday's "Delta Nationals 50" slugging it out with #1 Jeremy Shaw before the Murphreesboro, Tenn., veteran finally put away the event and drove into a tie with North Carolina's Dan Breuer for the series p[oints lead. (NeSmith Racing photo)

NeSmith Racing Series: Gentry "Delta Nationals 50" Win Throws Points Lead Into a Tie

Roby Helm

GREENVILLE, Miss. - Oct. 8. Two-time NeSmith Chevrolet Dirt Late Model Series Champion David Earl Gentry of Murfreesboro, Tenn. drove to his first win of the season Saturday in the "Delta Nationals 50" at Greenville Speedway.  After a fierce battle with Jeremy Shaw of Millport, Ala., Gentry led the last 27 laps of the race.

The victory moved Gentry into a tie for the lead in the NeSmith Chevrolet Dirt Late Model Series point standings with Dan Breuer of Troutman, N.C., who started 13th and finished fifth.  Gentry and Breuer each have 1,160 points at the top of the NeSmith Chevrolet DLMS points list.

Gentry and Shaw swapped the lead three times during laps 22 through 24 with Gentry taking the lead on lap 24 and then pulling away in the second half of the race to win by a full straightaway, or 2.594 seconds over Shaw, who took second in the Summit Resource Development Trak-Star.

“This car is a new Warrior chassis and after I called Sanford Goddard at Goddard Performance today, he gave me a set up to try, and it worked great,” Gentry said.  “We had a good race there at the halfway point with Shaw.  It was close, but fun racing.  I can’t wait to get back here to Greenville Speedway next month to battle Dan Breuer for the championship.”

Shannon Lee of Lumberton, Miss. finished third, while Friday’s Greenville Speedway winner Johnny Stokes of Columbus, Miss. followed that up with a fourth-place effort on Saturday.

Shaw was the fast qualifier for the second straight night by turning in a lap of 15.277 seconds to earn the pole position for the Delta Nationals 50.

Shaw took the lead from the pole position followed by Gentry, Stokes, and Steve Cooke before the first of six caution flags came out on lap two when Bubba Harrison spun. On the restart, Greg Fore drove into the fifth spot. Fore got by Cooke for the fourth spot on lap 12, but he wasn’t there long, as he spun in turn two on lap 13 to bring out the caution flag.  

After the restart, Stokes drove around the outside of Gentry coming off the fourth turn to take over second place.  Shannon Lee and Ashley Newman both passed Cooke on lap 14 to move up to the fourth and fifth spots, respectively, then Newman made an outside move on Lee in turn four on lap 18 to take over the fourth spot.  Newman, however, brought out the caution flag on lap 20 when he stalled on the front straightaway and pitted.

After a spin by sixth running Mark Tice, Gentry got back under Stokes after the restart to retake second, while Cooke got back around Lee for fourth.  On lap 21, Cooke spun to bring out the fifth caution flag. 

After the next restart, things got hot and heavy among the top three drivers, Shaw, Gentry, and Stokes. Gentry drove under Shaw to take the lead coming off the fourth turn on lap 22.  At the same place on the next lap, it was Shaw passing Gentry for the lead on the outside.  Lap 24 saw Gentry slide under Shaw to claim the point coming off the fourth turn. 

Shaw tried to come back around on the outside on lap 25, and there was some contact among Gentry, Shaw, and Stokes coming off the fourth turn.  Stokes got sideways and was pointed towards the infield, but he gathered it up and got it pointed in the right direction without losing the third spot. 

Finally, Gentry began to pull away from Shaw, and the leader began to work lapped traffic on lap 30.  The field got bunched up one more time on lap 38 when Kenny Carpenter of Cleveland, Miss. spun to bring out the sixth and final caution flag of the race.  When the field went back to green, Gentry began to once again pull away.

Lee got by Stokes for the third spot on lap 39, while Gentry had pulled out to a full straightaway lead before the checkered flag.


Oct. 8 - NeSmith Delta Nationals 50
1) David Earl Gentry, 2) Jeremy Shaw, 3) Shannon Lee, 4) Johnny Stokes, 5) Dan Breuer, 6) Bobby Jordan, 7) Greg Fore, 8) Mark Tice, 9) Matthew Turner, 10) Chase Edge, 11) Hunter Carroll, 12) Frank Wilson, 13) Kenny Carpenter, 14) Tootie Arnold, 15) David Carpenter, 16) Mitch Thornton, 17) Chad Washington, 18) Justin Carter, 19) Bubba Harrison, 20) Steve Cooke, 21) Ashley Newman, 22) Jamie Elam, 23) Jake Knight, 24) John Polasini

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