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06/06/15 at 4:05am
NeSmith Chevrolet Dirt Late Model Series
Tri-County Race Track
June 5, 2015
Ownbey Is 10th Different NeSmith Late Model Winner In 10 Races
by Roby Helm
BRASSTOWN, NC (June 5) John Ownbey of Cleveland, TN became the tenth different winner in ten races for the NeSmith Chevrolet Dirt Late Model Series Touring Division on Friday night in front of a standing-room-only crowd at Tri-County Race Track. Ownbey led the last nine laps of the 2nd Annual Bill Hendren Memorial 40 to take the win in the Auto Depot Special.
Its been 13 years since Ive been to this track, but this is a new team, and everything just seemed to get better for us as night went on, Ownbey said. The car was pretty tight early in the race, but the longer we went, the race track came to us and we had what we needed at the end.
After taking the lead on lap 32 from polesitter Matt Henderson of Loudon, TN, Ownbey began to pull away and took the checkered flag with a 2.615 second margin of victory over Ryan King of Seymour, TN, who was the Cruise With The Champions Rookie of the Race and had his best finish of the season in the Brian King Roofing Stinger.
Defending Tri-County Race Track Late Model Champion Jason Deal of Copperhill, TN finished third in front of an appreciative hometown crowd in the Deal Trucking Special. Another local favorite Ricky Smith of Hiawaussee, GA was fourth in the Dills Construction Special and Jimmy Elliott of Cleveland, TN finished fifth in the Car Smart Auto Sales CVR.
Ryan Crane of Panama City, FL drove his Clint Smith prepared Panama City Cycles Rocket home to a sixth-place finish and Cody Martin of Christiana, TN took the seventh spot in the Martin Motorsports Warrior. Chase Edge of LaFayette, AL was eighth in the Edges Gas Company Special,
Race Promoter Ray Cook of Brasstown, NC tagged on to the tail of the field, started 20th and finished ninth in the Capital Race Cars Special to earn the Beyea Headers Hard Charger of the Race Award. The defending and two-time NeSmith Chevrolet Dirt Late Model Series National Champion Ronnie Johnson of Chattanooga, TN rounded out the top ten in the NeSmith Chevrolet Special.
Johnson remains the NeSmith Chevrolet Dirt Late Model Series point leader with 844 points and has a 62-point advantage over Edge, who has 782 points. Kings second-place finish moved him to within 28 points of Edge in the third spot, and King also leads the Cruise With The Champions Rookie of the Year point standings over Henderson, Crane, and Martin.
Henderson turned in his second Fast Time Award of the season after topping Jacky Jones Chevrolet Qualifying with a lap around the ¼-mile clay oval in 13.367 seconds driving the Rebel Diesel Rocket #H2 Duayne Hommel Tribute Car. That earned Henderson the pole position for the $2,000-to-win 2md Annual Bill Hendren Memorial 40.
Henderson took the lead at the start of the race followed by Paydon Shook of Young Harris, GA in the Bulldog Restoration Special, Ownbey, King and Johnson. King raced past Ownbey and Shook on lap two to move up to second.
Drew Deaver of McCaysville, GA brought out the first caution flag of the race on lap six when he stalled the W.H. Allen Contracting Warrior in turn two. The field doubled up behind Henderson for the Dixie-Style Double-File Restart with King choosing the inside in second with Ownbey in third to his right on the outside.
The movers and shakers on the restart were on the outside, as Ownbey powered around King for second, and Johnson took the high line around Shook for the fourth spot. Ownbey moved up to challenge Henderson for the lead as they hit lapped traffic on lap 15. Henderson had dusted off the top shelf of the race track, while Ownbey was taking the short way around on the bottom groove.
At the halfway point in the race, Ownbey kept the pressure on Henderson for the lead, and things got tight in lapped traffic when Henderson made contact with a lapped car and turned him sideways in front of Ownbey. The second-place driver got slowed down enough to miss the lapped car, that straightened himself out, and the field remained under green.
The second caution flag of the race slowed the field on lap 23 when Nick Lyons of Centrailia, IL in the F&L Salvage Special and Sylvan Schuette of Blairsville, GA in the Fast Fab GRT tangled on the front straightaway.
With Henderson leading the way for the restart, Ownbey chose the inside behind him in second with King, Johnson, Deal, Smith, Elliott, Kenny Collins of Colbert, GA in the Collins Signs Rocket, Crane, and Martin in third through tenth respectively.
Shook brought out the caution flag on lap 25 when he spun in turn three. After the field slowed under the caution flag, some drama began to unfold for Johnson, the defending champion of the Bill Hendren Memorial 40. During the caution period, Johnson had to give up the fourth spot with a cut down right-rear tire that forced him to the pit area.
When the field went back to green flag action, Ownbey once again began to pressure Henderson for the lead. On lap 32, Henderson slipped just enough in turn two that Ownbey shot underneath the take the lead. Johnson brought out the final caution flag of the race on lap 33 when he spun in turn two.
With the race inside ten laps to go, Ownbey led a single-file restart back to green followed by Henderson, King, Deal, Smith, Elliott, Crane, Martin, Cook and Edge in the top ten. King got by Henderson for second on lap 35 down the backstretch. Henderson was suffering from handling issues and fell back through the top ten to finish 11th.
Ownbey was not challenged the rest of the way, and cruised home to claim his first career NeSmith Chevrolet Dirt Late Model Series win and the $2,000 top prize. The NeSmith Chevrolet Dirt Late Model Series Touring Division will now travel to 411 Motor Speedway in Seymour, TN for the $4,000-to-win 4th Annual J.T. Kerr Memorial 40 on Saturday night.
OFFICIAL RESULTS OF ROUND 10 AT TRI-COUNTY RACE TRACK IN BRASSTOWN, NC ON 6/5/15:
POS STRT CAR # DRIVER HOMETOWN LAPS $ WON
1. 4 44 John Ownbey Cleveland, TN 40 $2,000
2. 3 30 Ryan King (R) Seymour, TN 40 $1,125
3. 5 7 Jason Deal Copperhill, TN 40 $700
4. 7 88 Ricky Smith Hiawassee, GA 40 $550
5. 8 J39 Jimmy Elliott Cleveland, TN 40 $500
6. 11 10 Ryan Crane (R) Panama City, FL 40 $550
7. 10 21m Cody Martin (R) Christiana, TN 40 $500
8. 15 18 Chase Edge LaFayette, AL 40 $475
9. 20 53 Ray Cook Brasstown, NC 40 $325
10. 6 5 Ronnie Johnson Chattanooga, TN 40 $425
11. 1 H2 Matt Henderson (R) Loudon, TN 40 $500
12. 12 19 Marcus Minga Shannon, MS 40 $250
13. 19 7 William Overbey Norris, TN 39 $225
14. 14 21 Mario Gresham Rome, GA 33 $200
15. 13 1 Kenny Collins Colbert, GA 32 $175
16. 16 22 Will Roland (Y) Jasper, GA 29 $150
17. 2 88p Paydon Shook Young Harris, GA 24 $140
18. 9 2x Nick Lyons Centrailia, IL 23 $125
19. 17 14 Sylvan Schuette Blairsville, GA 22 $125
20. 18 12 Drew Deaver McCaysville, GA 5 $125
JACKY JONES CHEVROLET FAST QUALIFIER: Henderson (R), 13.367 Seconds
LEAD CHANGES: 1
LAP LEADERS: Henderson, 1-31; Ownbey, 32-40
LAPS LED: Henderson, 31; Ownbey, 9
CRUISE WITH THE CHAMPIONS ROOKIE OF THE RACE: King
BEYEA HEADERS HARD CHARGER AWARD: Cook (started 20th and finished 9th)
SUNOCO RACE FUELS YOUNG GUN OF THE RACE AWARD: Roland
INTEGRA SHOCKS FIFTH-PLACE AWARD: Elliott
CRATE INSIDER.COM SIXTH-PLACE AWARD: Crane
GRESHAM RACE PARTS SEVENTH-PLACE AWARD: Martin
IMAGE SCREEN PRINTING NINTH-PLACE AWARD: Cook
MARGIN OF VICTORY: 2.615 Seconds
TIME OF THE RACE: 32 Minutes and 50.048 Seconds
NEXT RACE: June 6, 411 Motor Speedway, Seymour, TN, $4,000-to-win 4th Annual J.T. Kerr Memorial 40
JACKY JONES CHEVROLET QUALIFYING:
POS CAR # DRIVER HOMETOWN CHASSIS LAP 1 LAP 2 TIME
1 H2 Matt Henderson - R Loudon, TN Rocket 13.618 13.367 13.367
2 88s Paydon Shook Young Harris, GA Longhorn 50.618 13.579 13.579
3 30 Ryan King - R Seymour, TN Stinger 13.790 13.586 13.586
4 44 John Ownbey Cleveland, TN Longhorn 13.835 13.633 13.633
5 7 Jason Deal Copperhill, TN Capital 13.746 13.653 13.653
6 5 Ronnie Johnson Chattanooga, TN Mastersbilt 13.720 13.830 13.720
7 88 Ricky Smith Hiawassee, GA Mastersbilt 13.727 13.731 13.727
8 J39 Jimmy Elliott Cleveland, TN CVR 13.853 13.768 13.768
9 2x Nick Lyons Centrailia, IL Capital 14.301 13.847 13.847
10 21m Cody Martin - R Christiana, TN Warrior 14.506 13.872 13.872
11 10 Ryan Crane - R Panama City, FL Rocket 13.901 13.898 13.898
12 19 Marcus Minga Shannon, MS Rocket 14.157 13.904 13.904
13 1 Kenny Collins Colbert, GA Rocket 14.643 13.986 13.986
14 21 Mario Gresham Rome, GA Mastersbilt 14.036 14.014 14.014
15 18 Chase Edge LaFayette, AL Mastersbilt 14.125 14.118 14.118
16 22 Will Roland - Y Jasper, GA Warrior 14.219 14.207 14.207
17 14 Sylvan Schuette Blairsville, GA GRT 16.016 15.310 15.310
18 12 Drew Deaver McCaysville, GA Warrior 15.343 15.657 15.343
19 7 William Overbey Norris, TN Rayburn 15.516 15.603 15.516
20 53 Ray Cook Brasstown, NC Capital NT NT NT
NeSMITH CHEVROLET DIRT LATE MODEL SERIES POINT STANDINGS THROUGH 6/5/15:
1. 5 Ronnie Johnson 844
2. 18 Chase Edge 782
3. 30 Ryan King (R) 754
4. H2 Matt Henderson (R) 672
5. 10 Ryan Crane (R) 654
6. 21m Cody Martin (R) 612
7. 14 Cale Conley 482
8. 87 Walker Arthur 464
9. 19 Marcus Minga 460
10. 14c Tyler Clem (R/Y) 438
11. 25 Justin McRee 402
12. 19w William Thomas 348
13. 5d Rodgerick Dykes 320
14. 1 Johnny Stokes 304
15. 55 Montana Dudley 280
16. 33b Eric Cooley 280
17. 58 Mark Whitener 268
18. 4 Jeremy Faircloth 264
19. 3 Chesley Dixon 256
20. 111 Max Blair - 246
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