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NES at Cochran Motor Speedway - 2/28 Results
02/29/16 at 12:55am
 
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February 28, 2016
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Hickman Sweeps NeSmith Late Model RockAuto.Com Winter Shootout Finale

by Roby Helm
COCHRAN, GA (February 28) - Riley Hickman of Cleveland, TN drove the Hickman Manufacturing CVR to a clean sweep Sunday night in the RockAuto.com Winter Shootout Finale for the NeSmith Chevrolet Dirt Late Model Series at Cochran Motor Speedway. Hickman set Fast Time to earn the pole position for the main event, and then led all 50 laps to take his four career win with the series.

Hickman set a fast pace early in the race, holding at one point a full straightaway lead over Jimmy Thomas of Phenix City, AL. The second half of the race saw Thomas close to within a couple of car lengths in lapped traffic, but Hickman had the dominant race car.

Thomas finished second in the Five Star Hyundai Special and Chase Edge of LaFayette, AL finished third in the Edge’s Gas Company Special to earn the 2016 RockAuto.com Winter Shootout Championship. In seven races, Edge has 612 points with one win, four top five finishes and six top ten finishes in seven races.

Robbie Metts of Albany, GA finished fourth in the J&H Transmission Special, and Chesley Dixon of Swainsboro, GA drove the Central Fence Company Special to a fifth-place finish. Jody Nipper of Gray, GA took the sixth spot in the Scotty’s Muffler Special, and Terrance Nowell of Phenix City, AL was seventh in the Harrod Logging Special.

Will Herrington of Cochran, GA finished in the eighth spot in the Herrington Auto Warrior, and Larry Harrod of Plains, GA was ninth in the Harrod Logging Special. The 2015 Sunoco Young Guns Challenge Series Champion, 14-year-old Cruz Skinner of Oxford, AL rounded out the top ten in the Skinner’s Body Shop CVR.

Damian Bidwell of Eldred, PA started 24th and finished 17th in the Andrews Auto Salvage Rocket to earn the Beyea Headers Hard Charger of the Race Award. Ahnna Parkhurst, a 15-year-old driver from Evans, GA, took her second Sunoco Young Gun of the Race Award for the second straight night with a 16th-place finish in the K&N Filters Warrior.

In preliminary action, Hickman out-timed the 28-car field with a lap around the 3/8-mile clay oval in 15.020 seconds to set fast time honors. The two ten-lap B-Main Races were won by Herrington and Skinner.

When the field took the green flag to start the main event, Hickman took the lead in the first turn followed by Thomas, Montana Dudley of Phenix City, AL in the Zaxby’s Rocket, Edge and Dixon. Metts drove around Dixon to take over the fifth spot on lap two, while Hickman set a fast pace to hold a half-straightaway lead by lap four.

Hickman caught the cars on the tail end of the lead lap by lap six. Thomas, Dudley and Edge used this opportunity to close in on the leader, but by lap 15, Hickman had put a couple of lapped cars between himself and Thomas to pull away to a full straightaway lead.

Just when it looked like Hickman was going to pack his bags, turn in the key and check out on the field, the pace was slowed by the first of just three cautions flags on lap 22 when Steven Bloodworth of McIntyre, GA stalled the Bloodworth Pallet Company Special in turn one. The top ten for the restart had Hickman in the lead followed by Thomas, Dudley, Edge, Metts, Dixon, Nowell, Nipper, Herrington and Harrod.

The second caution flag came out on lap 26 when Marcus Minga of Shannon, MS stalled the B&M Salvage Rocket in turn four, and the third and final caution flag came out for a driveline misfortune for Dudley, who had to give up the third spot on lap 31. When the field went back to green, Hickman, who was trying to manage his tire wear, could only open up a five car-length advantage on Thomas with ten laps to go.

Hickman reached lapped traffic on lap 44, and he was able to use the lapped cars to his advantage in the last six laps of the race to keep Thomas and Edge behind him. Hickman took the checkered flag with a .654 second margin of victory.

Next up for the NeSmith Chevrolet Dirt Late Model Series will be the opening of the 2016 National Tour with a pair of races on April 8 and 9 at I-75 Raceway in Sweetwater, TN. The Friday night, April 8 race will be 40 laps and $2,000-to-win, and the April 9 event will be 50 laps and $2,500-to-win.

For more information and rules about the NeSmith Chevrolet Dirt Late Model Series, visit the series web site at www.nesmithracing.com.

OFFICIAL RESULTS OF ROUND 8 OF THE ROCKAUTO.COM WINTER SHOOTOUT FOR THE NeSMITH CHEVROLET DIRT LATE MODEL SERIES AT COCHRAN MOTOR SPEEDWAY IN COCHRAN, GA ON 2/28/16:

POS STRT CAR # DRIVER HOMETOWN LAPS $ WON
1. 1 R1 Riley Hickman Cleveland, TN 50 $2,500
2. 3 22 Jimmy Thomas Phenix City, AL 50 $1,250
3. 7 18 Chase Edge LaFayette, AL 50 $850
4. 5 06 Robbie Metts Albany, GA 50 $700
5. 4 3 Chesley Dixon Swainsboro, GA 50 $650
6. 8 1n Jordy Nipper Gray, GA 50 $550
7. 6 27T Terrance Nowell Phenix City, AL 50 $500
8. 9 14 Will Herrington Cochran, GA 50 $450
9. 11 27H Larry Harrod Plains, GA 50 $400
10. 10 11 Cruz Skinner Oxford, AL 50 $375
11. 17 27 Ben Faircloth Swainsboro, GA 50 $350
12. 14 12 Eric Register Guyton, GA 50 $300
13. 15 121 P.L. Williams Dublin, GA 50 $280
14. 18 21 Cale Conley Vienna, WV 50 $260
15. 19 4 Joe Mike Mayfield, KY 50 $250
16. 20 23 Ahnna Parkhurst (Y) Evans, GA 50 $240
17. 24 7t Damien Bidwell Eldred, PA 48 $220
18. 22 15 Jason Britton Alexander City, AL 48 $200
19. 2 55 Montana Dudley Phenix City, AL 30 $200
20. 13 66 Jody Knowles Tyrone, GA 29 $200
21. 16 19 Marcus Minga Shannon, MS 25 $200
22. 12 24 Steven Bloodworth McIntyre, GA 20 $200
23. 21 52 Ryan Carter (Y) Blackshear, GA 20 $200
24. 23 J1 Joshua Bishop Statesboro, GA 5 $200

ENTRIES: 28
FAST QUALIFIER: Hickman, 15.020 Seconds
LEAD CHANGES: None
LAPS LED: Hickman, 1-50
BEYEA HEADERS HARD CHARGER OF THE RACE: Bidwell (started 24th and finished 17th)
SUNOCO YOUNG GUN OF THE RACE: Parkhurst
CAUTIONS: 3
MARGIN OF VICTORY: .654 Seconds
TIME OF THE RACE: 23 Minutes and 51.645 Seconds
NEXT RACE: April 8, I-75 Raceway, Sweetwater, TN, 40-laps $2,000-to-win

QUALIFYING (Top 8 Transfer To Main Event):

POS CAR # DRIVER HOMETOWN CHASSIS 1ST LAP 2ND LAP TIME
1 R1 Riley Hickman Cleveland, TN CVR 15.262 15.020 15.020
2 55 Montana Dudley Phenix City, AL Rocket 15.121 15.574 15.121
3 22 Jimmy Thomas Phenix City, AL Scorpion 15.276 15.500 15.276
4 3 Chesley Dixon Swainsboro, GA Barry Wright 15.312 16.790 15.312
5 06 Robby Metts Albany, GA Brown 15.338 15.766 15.338
6 27n Terrance Nowell Phenix City, AL Harrod 15.369 15.772 15.369
7 18 Chase Edge LaFayette, AL Mastersbilt 15.443 15.385 15.385
8 1n Jordy Nipper Gray, GA Newman 17.368 15.446 15.446
9 14 Will Herrington Cochran, GA Warrior 15.675 15.509 15.509
10 11 Cruz Skinner Oxford, AL CVR 16.506 15.517 15.517
11 27 Ben Faircloth Swainsboro, GA GRT 15.780 15.552 15.552
12 24 Steven Bloodworth McIntyre, GA Barry Wright 15.585 15.996 15.585
13 J1 Joshua Bishop Statesboro, GA Newman 16.233 15.656 15.656
14 19 Marcus Minga Shannon, MS Rocket 15.700 15.775 15.700
15 66 Jody Knowles Tyrone, GA Scorpion 15.704 15.781 15.704
16 12 Eric Register Guyton, GA Rocket 15.705 19.000 15.705
17 27 Larry Harrod Plains, GA Harrod 15.786 15.708 15.708
18 21c Cale Conley Davidson, NC Pierce 15.715 15.760 15.715
19 121 Pearson Lee Williams Dublin, GA TNT 16.061 15.864 15.864
20 15 Jason Britton Alexander City, AL Pierce 16.568 15.906 15.906
21 4 Joe Mike Mayfield, KY Pierce 16.614 15.995 15.995
22 7T Damian Bidwell Eldred, PA Rocket 16.001 16.398 16.001
23 52 Ryan Carter - Y Blackshear, GA Mastersbilt 16.204 16.019 16.019
24 5 Hunter Carter Blackshear, GA Warrior 16.188 16.084 16.084
25 04c Colby Boyett Bainbridge, GA Rocket 16.946 16.093 16.093
26 23 Ahnna Parkhurst - Y Evans, GA Warrior 16.568 16.177 16.177
27 5d Rodgerick Dykes Smith Station, AL Warrior 16.185 16.329 16.185
28 19w Trey Wood - Y Newnan, GA Rocket 16.688 16.320 16.320

B-MAINS (10 Laps – Top 8 Transfer To Main Event):

1ST B-MAIN: 1. Harrington; 2. Harrod; 3. Knowles; 4. Williams; 5. Faircloth; 6. Mike; 7. R. Carter (Y); 8. Bishop; 9. Boyett; 10. Dykes.

2ND B-MAIN: 1. Skinner; 2. Bloodworth; 3. Register; 4. Minga; 5. Conley; 6. Parkhurst (Y); 7. Britton; 8. Bidwell; 9. Wood (Y); 10. H. Carter.

FINAL 2016 ROCKAUTO.COM WINTER SHOOTOUT POINT STANDINGS:

1. 18 Chase Edge – 612
2. 21 Cale Conley – 504
3. 14 Will Herrington – 384
4. 52 Ryan Carter (Y) – 366
5. 121 P.L. Williams – 362
6. 30 Ryan King – 348
7. 3 Chesley Dixon – 326
8. 5d Rodgerick Dykes – 268
9. J1 Joshua Bishop – 252
10. 88 Trent Ivey – 242
11. 14c Tyler Clem (Y) – 210
12. 48 Robert Diekemper – 206
13. 15 Jason Britton – 204
14. 40b Kyle Bronson – 196
15. 19 William Thomas – 194
15. R1 Riley Hickman – 194
17. 23 Ahnna Parkhurst (Y) – 192
18. 4n Joe Mike – 188
19. 6 Blake Spencer – 186
20. 17b Josh Richards - 184

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NES at Cochran Motor Speedway - 2/27 Results
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February 28, 2016
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Williams Overcomes Spin To Win NeSmith Late Model Race In Cochran, GA

by Roby Helm
COCHRAN, GA (February 27) - P.L. Williams of Dublin, GA came back from a lap 30 spin to win the NeSmith Chevrolet Dirt Late Models Series RockAuto.com Winter Shootout Round 7 40-lap race on Saturday night at Cochran Motor Speedway driving the Dublin Tire TNT. Williams spun in turn one on lap 30 while battling for the lead with Jeremy Faircloth of Swainsboro, GA.

NeSmith Chevrolet Dirt Late Model Series officials ticketed Faircloth with the caution flag, and put Williams back on the point for the restart. During the caution period, Williams had to dodge another bullet when Faircloth drove in front of Williams on the front straightaway and “brake-checked” the leader. Williams’s car went under Faircloth’s car.

Also collected was Montana Dudley of Phenix City, AL, who ended up colliding into the back of Williams’s car. Williams was able to continue for the restart, followed by RockAuto.com Winter Shootout point leader Chase Edge of LaFayette, AL, Dudley and Riley Hickman of Cleveland, TN. Edge was trying to clinch the RockAuto.com Winter Shootout Championship with a top five finish.

Edge was also trying to get around Williams in the last 11 laps of the race, but none of that came about. After taking the white flag, Edge went for broke on the last lap, but his car spun in turn two and hit the inside wall. Edge failed to finish and failed to clinch the championship.

For the title clincher, Edge will have to return to Cochran Motor Speedway for tomorrow’s 50-lap $2,500-to-win show. To clinch the 2016 RockAuto.com Winter Shootout Championship, Edge will need to complete at least one qualifying lap in the Edge’s Gas Company Special to secure a minimum of 30 points.

Dudley in the Zaxby’s Rocket and Hickman in the Hickman Manufacturing CVR took advantage of Edge’s misfortune to finish second and third respectively. Chesley Dixon of Swainsboro, GA started 20th and finished fourth in the Central Fence Company Special to earn the Beyea Headers Hard Charger of the Race Award.

Ben Faircloth of Swainsboro, GA finished fifth in the Hall Longhorn Farms GRT, and Jordy Nipper of Gray, GA took the sixth spot in the Scotty’s Muffler Special. Jimmy Thomas of Phenix City, AL was seventh in the Five Star Hyundai Special. Joshua Bishop of Statesboro, GA drove the Augusta Industrial Services Special to an eighth-place finish, while Larry Harrod of Plains, GA finished ninth in the Harrod Logging Special, and Jody Knowles of Tyrone, GA rounded out the top ten in the Clayton Signs Special.

“That tangle in turn one was just a result of hard racing, and it could have been me going to the back for the restart just as easy as it was Jeremy,” Williams said. “I messed up and opened up the bottom, and Jeremy took it, just like any other hard racer would. I hated it that he brake checked us on the front straightaway, but we were lucky and didn’t get any damage out of that.”

In three starts with the NeSmith Chevrolet Dirt Late Model Series RockAuto.com Winter Shootout, Williams has two third-place finishes and a win. That kind of a finishing record now has the youngster and his family thinking about the future with the start of the 2016 NeSmith Chevrolet Dirt Late Model Series National Tour on April 8-9 at I-75 Raceway in Sweetwater, TN.

“If we have another good run here tomorrow night, we are going to have to give running the NeSmith Chevrolet Dirt Late Model Series National Tour some serious consideration,” Williams said. “This is a good series that offers a level playing field in tech, fair officiating, and great P.R. that can get our name out there.”

In preliminary action, Jeremy Faircloth was the Fast Qualifier among the 31 entrants with a lap around the 3/8-mile clay oval in 15.587 seconds in the LJR Forestry Warrior. The two ten-lap B-Main races were won by Knowles and Nipper.

Jeremy Faircloth took the lead at the start of the race followed by Williams, Edge, Thomas, and Terrance Nowell of Phenix City, AL in the Harrod Logging Special. A multi-car tangle in turn two on lap two took out Marcus Minga of Shannon, MS in the B&M Salvage Rocket, along with Smith Station, AL drivers Rodgerick Dykes in the Braswell Bodies Chevrolet and Richie Stephens in the K&J Trucking Special.

The wreck also damaged the BMC Motorsports Special of Cale Conley of Vienna, WV, but he was able to continue. This was important in the RockAuto.com Winter Shootout point battle, as Conley was the only driver with chance to beat Edge for the series’ championship.

Thomas got by Edge for third on the restart. Edge and Nowell tangled in turn two on lap three, but the race remained green. Will Herrington of Cochran, GA drove his Herrington Auto Warrior up to the fourth spot. Edge was able to come back and reclaim the fourth spot from Herrington on lap five. By lap nine, race leader Faircloth was in lapped traffic.

The second caution flag of the race came out on lap ten with Robbie Metts of Albany, GA spun the J&H Transmission Special in turn one. Jeremy Faircloth had Williams, Thomas, Edge, Herrington, Nowell, Hickman, Knowles, and Nipper doubled up behind him in second through tenth respectively for the Dixie-Style Double-File Restart.

Herrington spun on the restart, and Nowell was ticketed with the caution flag, and had to go to the tail of the lead lap cars for the next restart. When the green flag came back out, Edge got by Thomas to take over the third spot, and Knowles came from ninth up to sixth. Metts brought out the caution flag for a second time on lap 15 with a spin in turn two.

The top ten respectively for the restart were Jeremy Faircloth, Williams, Edge, Dudley, Thomas, Hickman, Knowles, Ben Faircloth, Nipper, and Dixon. Ben Faircloth came from eighth to sixth and Dixon came from tenth to eighth on the restart. By lap 23, Jeremy Faircloth took a half straightaway lead into lapped traffic.

Williams closed in on the back bumper of Jeremy Faircloth by lap 25. On lap 28, Faircloth slid up the banking in turn two, and Williams dove underneath to take the lead. That led the lead duo into turn one on lap 29 for their confrontation. With Jeremy Faircloth’s actions on and off the track, he was disqualified from the event by NeSmith Racing officials.

Williams led a single-file restart down to the green flag, and at first held a comfortable lead over Edge. By lap 35, Edge began to close on the leader, but couldn’t get a fender inside Williams. After the lead duo took the while flag signaling one lap to go, Edge went for broke in turn two, spun and hit the inside wall. Williams went on to post the $2,000 victory.

The NeSmith Chevrolet Dirt Late Model Series returns to Cochran Motor Speedway on Sunday for the RockAuto.com Winter Shootout finale with a 50-lap $2,500-to-win main event. Gates open at 12 Noon with a Church Service. NeSmith Chevrolet Dirt Late Model Series Pre-Race Registration will be from 12:30 to 2 p.m. The Drivers Meeting will be at 2 p.m. with Hot Laps scheduled for 2:30 p.m.

For more information and rules about the NeSmith Chevrolet Dirt Late Model Series, visit the series web site at www.nesmithracing.com

OFFICIAL RESULTS OF ROUND 7 OF THE ROCKAUTO.COM WINTER SHOOTOUT AT COCHRAN MOTOR SPEEDWAY IN COCHRAN, GA ON 2/27/16:

POS STRT CAR # DRIVER HOMETOWN LAPS $ WON
1. 2 121 P.L. Williams Dublin, GA 40 $2,000
2. 4 55 Montana Dudley Phenix City, AL 40 $1,000
3. 8 R1 Riley Hickman Cleveland, TN 40 $700
4. 20 3 Chesley Dixon Swainsboro, GA 40 $550
5. 9 27 Ben Faircloth Swainsboro, GA 40 $500
6. 12 1n Jordy Nipper Gray, GA 40 $425
7. 5 22 Jimmy Thomas Phenix City, AL 40 $375
8. 22 J1 Joshua Bishop Statesboro, GA 40 $350
9. 21 27h Larry Harrod Plains, GA 40 $325
10. 11 66 Jody Knowles Tyrone, GA 40 $300
11. 18 87 Walker Arthur Forest, VA 40 $275
12. 17 21 Cale Conley Blackshear, GA 40 $250
13. 13 24 Steven Bloodworth McIntyre, GA 40 $225
14. 24 7T Damian Bidwell Eldred, PA 40 $200
15. 7 27T Terrance Nowell Phenix City, AL 40 $175
16. 3 18 Chase Edge LaFayette, AL 39 $150
17. 23 23 Ahanna Parkhurst (Y) Evans, GA 27 $140
18. 10 06 Robbie Metts Albany, GA 13 $125
19. 6 14 Will Herrington Cochran, GA 10 $125
20. 16 52 Ryan Carter (Y) Blackshear, GA 8 $125
21. 14 00 Richie Stephens Smith Station, AL 1 $125
22. 15 5d Rodgerick Dykes Smith Station, AL 1 $125
23. 19 19 Marcus Minga Shannon, MS 1 $125
24. 1 4 Jeremy Faircloth Swainsboro, GA 29 $0/DQ

ENTRIES: 31
FAST TIME: J. Faircloth, 15.587 Seconds
LEAD CHANGES: 1
LAP LEADERS: J. Faircloth, 1-27; Williams, 28-40
LAPS LED: J. Faircloth, 27; Williams, 13
BEYEA HEADERS HARD CHARGER OF THE RACE: Dixon (started 20th and finished 5th)
SUNOCO YOUNG GUN OF THE RACE: Parkhurst
CAUTIONS: 5
MARGIN OF VICTORY: 1.489 Seconds
TIME OF THE RACE: 34 Minutes and 42.676 Seconds
NEXT RACE: February 28, Cochran Motor Speedway, Cochran, GA, 50-laps $2,500-to-win

QUALIFYING (Top 10 Transfer To Main Event):

POS CAR # DRIVER HOMETOWN CHASSIS 1ST LAP 2ND LAP TIME
1 4 Jeremy Faircloth Swainsboro, GA Warrior 15.688 15.587 15.587
2 121 Pearson Lee Williams Dublin, GA TNT 15.988 15.594 15.594
3 18 Chase Edge LaFayette, AL Mastersbilt 15.646 15.672 15.646
4 55 Montana Dudley Phenix City, AL Rocket 15.690 15.648 15.648
5 22 Jimmy Thomas Phenix City, AL Scorpion 15.718 15.794 15.718
6 14 Will Herrington Cochran, GA Warrior 16.120 15.728 15.728
7 27n Terrance Nowell Phenix City, AL Harrod 16.190 15.744 15.744
8 R1 Riley Hickman Cleveland, TN CVR 15.881 15.774 15.774
9 27 Ben Faircloth Swainsboro, GA GRT 16.061 15.809 15.809
10 06 Robby Metts Albany, GA Brown 16.025 15.834 15.834
11 66 Jody Knowles Tyrone, GA Scorpion 16.554 15.843 15.843
12 00 Richie Stephens Smith Station, AL Scorpion 15.987 15.847 15.847
13 5d Rodgerick Dykes Smith Station, AL Warrior 16.317 15.976 15.976
14 1n Jordy Nipper Gray, GA Newman 16.213 16.031 16.031
15 24 Steven Bloodworth McIntyre, GA Barry Wright 16.132 16.067 16.067
16 J1 Joshua Bishop Statesboro, GA Newman 16.376 16.086 16.086
17 21c Cale Conley Davidson, NC Pierce 17.440 16.120 16.120
18 12 Eric Register Guyton, GA Rocket 16.918 16.149 16.149
19 27 Larry Harrod Plains, GA Harrod 16.170 16.252 16.170
20 52 Ryan Carter - Y Blackshear, GA Mastersbilt 16.176 16.287 16.176
21 23 Ahnna Parkhurst - Y Evans, GA Warrior 16.343 16.196 16.196
22 48 Robert Diekemper Bloomingdale, GA Barry Wright 17.043 16.228 16.228
23 19 Marcus Minga Shannon, MS Rocket 16.249 16.506 16.249
24 87 Walker Arthur Forest, VA Mastersbilt 16.278 16.755 16.278
25 4 Joe Mike Mayfield, KY Pierce 17.350 16.300 16.300
26 3 Chesley Dixon Swainsboro, GA Barry Wright 21.864 16.359 16.359
27 01 Travis Pennington Stapleton, GA Barry Wright 16.590 16.542 16.542
28 15 Jason Britton Alexander City, AL Pierce 16.683 16.710 16.683
29 19w Trey Wood - Y Newnan, GA Rocket 17.502 16.723 16.723
30 7T Damian Bidwell Eldred, PA Rocket 16.733 16.761 16.733
31 04c Colby Boyett Bainbridge, GA Rocket 18.600 NT 18.600

B-MAINS (10 Laps – Top 7 Transfer To Main Event):

1ST B-MAIN: 1. Knowles; 2. Bloodworth; 3. Dykes; 4. Conley; 5. Minga; 6. Harrod; 7. Parkhurst (Y); 8. Mike; 9. Wood (Y); 10. Boyett; 11. Pennington.

2ND B-MAIN: 1. Nipper; 2. Stephens; 3. Carter (Y); 4. Arthur; 5. Dixon; 6. Bishop; 7. Bidwell; 8. Diekemper; 9. Register; 10. Britton.
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