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Aaron Ridley - Richmond Raceway NASRA winner

North Georgia driver Aaron Ridley jumped a big hurdle with hi first NASRA win at Richmond (Ky.) Raceway. (Michael Moats) 

NASRA: Ridley Grabs First Career Series Win at Richmond

Michael Despain

RICHMOND, Ky. - Sept. 4.  The National All Star Racing Association (NASRA) visited Richmond Raceway on Saturday, and defending series champion and current series points leader Aaron Ridley of Chatsworth, Ga. finally kicked down the door to victory lane and scored his first NASRA victory in the "Stars and Stripes 30" event at the Joey and Tiffany Tackett promoted venue.

Ridley got the early jump while fifth starter Victor Lee went right to work, passing outside polesitter David Webb for second, with Mike Jewell following into third. After two quick cautions, Jewell got past Lee on the restart and challenged Ridley for the lead to take it on lap three. By lap five, Jewell was in command, followed by Ridley, Todd Coffman, Webb, and Michael Chilton.

Jewell flirted with disaster as he rode around the top side of turn three and four, clipping the rail on lap nine as he began to work slower traffic with Ridley challenging from second. Skylar Marlar made his way into fifth on lap 10, before the caution flew one trip later when Donnie Everman and Chris Ruble tangled.

 The next attempted restart saw carnage ensue as Lee andWebb tangled, resulting in four other cars being involved and drawing a red flag as the track was blocked in turn three. The caution returned on the restart as Joey Daniel and Bobby Carrier, Jr. wrecked in turn two.

When action finally resumed, Ridley turned the heat up on Jewell and took the top spot on lap 13. Jewell then bumped with the guardrail in turn three and lost second to Coffman. Skylar Marlar drove past Jewell on lap 17, and Michael Chilton pulled around Jewell one circuit later as Jewell’s damaged mount began to fade.

Ridley began to work slower traffic on lap 22 when the final caution of the race flew as Arnie Fields spun. When action resumed, Ridley used a clear track to slowly pull away from Coffman in the final five laps of the race to take his first-ever series victory aboard his Tru-Temp Heating and Cooling/American Racer Tires/Jumpstart Communications sponsored #525 Rayburn Race Car.

NASRA - Richmond Raceway
1) Aaron Ridley, 2) Todd Coffman, 3) Skylar Marlar, 4) Michael Chilton, 5) Dennis Roberson, 6) Victor Lee, 7) Aaron Hatton, 8) Bobby Carrier, Jr., 9) Joey Daniel, 10) Rohn Moon, 11) Arnie Fields, 12) Anthony Reams, 13) Doodle Farris, 14) Tom Webster, 15) Mike Jewell, 16) Jason Barrett, 17) Donnie Everman, 18) Chris Ruble, 19) Marty O’Neal, 20) David Webb
Fast Time (20 entries): Hatton (15.253); Heat winners: Webb, Jewell, Ridley

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