CARTERSVILLE, GA -   Michael Arnold of Hattiesburg, MS and Joseph Joiner of Milton, FL were the big winners in NeSmith Chevrolet Weekly Racing Series Week 1 action.  Arnold opened the 27-week 2015 season with two wins, and Joiner took the 2015 season opener for the NeSmith Panhandle Challenge Series at Southern Raceway in Milton, FL.

 

Arnold opened the weekend by taking his first win on Friday night at Hattiesburg Speedway in Hattiesburg, MS in The Strength Center Special, and then on Saturday night, the “Hattiesburg Hustler” topped a 28-car field and picked up the $1,000 top prize in the 45 Challenge Series Race at Whynot Motorsports Park in Meridian, MS.

 

Joiner survived a lap 19 tangle with Cody Smith of Holt, FL to take the win in the first-ever NeSmith Panhandle Challenge Series Race driving the Three Trade Consultants Special.  The two drivers tangled on the backstretch while battling for the lead.  Smith climbed out of his Smith Performance Rocket to pursue Joiner on foot and was disqualified from the event.

 

“I was so excited because we're planning to chase the NeSmith Weekly Racing Series points around here, and to start off with a win was a pretty good start,” Joiner said.  “Our car wasn't too good early in the night, but it got to running better for us. I guess emotions took over because we were able to start the points season with a victory."

 

Bo Slay of Milton, FL was the apparent second-place finisher in the Slay’s Machine Service GRT, but he was light at the scales.  That moved Frank Wilson of Milton, FL up to the second spot in the Wilson Lumber Trak-Star, and third went to Mark Clifton of Brewton, AL in the Carboline Special.  Ryan Crane of Panama City, FL was fourth in the Panama City Cycles Trak-Star, and Josh Huss of Flomaton, AL rounded out the top five in the Huss Racing Warrior.

 

With their wins, Arnold and Joiner are tied for the NeSmith Chevrolet Weekly Racing Series point lead with 50 points apiece.  Arnold can only count one of his wins towards points for Week 1, but he can use the second win towards a tie-breaker.

 

Wilson, Shannon Lee of Lumberton, MS and Nick Thrash of Meridian, MS are tied for the third spot in the NeSmith Chevrolet Weekly Racing Series standings with 49 points apiece after Week 1 second-place finishes.

 

Lee drove the Billy Riels Racing Special to a second-place finish on Friday night at Hattiesburg Speedway, and Thrash finished second on Saturday night at Whynot Motorsports Park in the McDevitt Enterprises GRT.

 

Clifton, the 2013 NeSmith Chevrolet Weekly Racing Series National Champion Noah Daspit of Kiln, MS and Brent Barrett of Cleveland, MS are tied for the sixth spot in the National standings after Week 1 third-place finishes.

 

Daspit finished third on Friday night at Hattiesburg Speedway driving the Billy Riels Racing Special, and Barrett took the third spot on Saturday night at Whynot Motorsport Park driving the Custom Spraying, Inc. GRT.

 

There is a three-way tie for the ninth spot in the NeSmith Chevrolet Weekly Racing Series National point standings among Crane, Sid Scarbrough of Florence, MS and Monte Skinner of Saraland, AL.  They all recorded fourth-place finishes in Week 1 competition.

 

Scarbrough drove the Villa South Trak-Star to a fourth-place finish on Friday night at Hattiesburg Speedway, and Skinner took the fourth spot on Saturday night at Whynot Motorsports Park driving the Skinner Racing Special.

 

Talladega Short Track in Eastaboga, AL was scheduled for NeSmith Chevrolet Weekly Racing Series Week 1 action, but they were forced to cancel due to cold temperatures.

 

For the complete NeSmith Chevrolet Weekly Racing Series point standings, more information and rules about the NeSmith Chevrolet Dirt Late Model Series, visit the series web site at www.nesmithracing.com, or visit the series on Facebook at NeSmith Racing.  Becoming a fan of the NeSmith Racing Facebook page will make you eligible for special prizes that will be given away each month.  You can follow us on Twitter @NeSmithRacing.

 

-Roby Helm Press Release.  Photo Credit: NeSmith Chevrolet Dirt Late Model Series Photo

 

NeSMITH CHEVROLET WEEKLY RACING SERIES POINT STANDINGS THROUGH 3/28/15:

 

POS CAR # DRIVER PTS RACES WINS TOP 5 TOP 10
1 4 Michael Arnold 50 2 2 2 2
2 10 Joseph Joiner 50 1 1 1 1
3 47 Shannon Lee 49 1 1 1
4 72 Frank Wilson 49 1 1 1
5 01 Nick Thrash 49 1 1 1
6 347 Noah Daspit 48 1 1 1
7 11 Mark Clifton 48 1 1 1
8 110 Brent Barrett 48 1 1 1
9 33 Sid Scarbrough 47 2 1 1
10 10 Ryan Crane 47 1 1 1
11 00 Monte Skinner 47 1 1 1
12 22 Lucky Keeton 46 1 1 1
13 25 Josh Huss 46 1 1 1
14 232 Jamey Boland 46 1 1 1
15 G33 Greg Dedwylder 45 2 1
16 79 Kyle Bryant 45 1 1
17 C11 Cliff Williams 45 1 1
18 11 Wayne Byrd 44 1 1
19 34 Lee Mason 44 1 1
20 48 Tody Ratcliff 44 1 1

 

 

NeSMITH CHEVROLET WEEKLY RACING SERIES WEEK 1 RESULTS:

 

March 27:

 

HATTIESBURG MOTORSPORTS PARK – HATTIESBURG, MS:

1. 4 Michael Arnold

2. 47 Shannon Lee

3. 347 Noah Daspit

4. 33 Sid Scarbrough

5. 22 Lucky Keeton

6. G33 Greg Dedwylder

7. 11 Wayne Byrd

8. 22w David Weems

9. 75 Dustin Boykin

 

March 28:

 

SOUTHERN RACEWAY – MILTON, FL (NeSmith Panhandle Challenge Series):

1. 10 Joseph Joiner

2. 72 Frank Wilson

3. 11 Mark Clifton

4. 10 Ryan Crane

5. 25 Josh Huss

6. 79 Kyle Bryant

7. 34 Lee Mason

8. 72n Todd Neiheiser

9. 7 Hunter Lewis

10. 40 Bo Slay DQ/LT

11. 3 Cody Smith DQ

 

WHYNOT MOTORSPORTS PARK – MERIDIAN, MS:

1. 4 Michael Arnold

2. 01 Nick Thrash

3. 110 Brent Barrett

4. 00 Monte Skinner

5. 232 Jamey Boland

6. C11 Cliff Williams

7. 48 Tody Ratcliff

8. 11 Cruz Skinner

9. 118 Randy Boyd

10. 27 Larry Murphy

11. 15 heath Minor

12. G33 Greg Dedwylder

13. J8 Bobby Jordan

14. 25 Justin McRee

15. 33 Sid Scarbrough

16. 4w Wiley Williams

17. 24 Ryan Oswalt

18. 02 Stephen Brantley

19. 14 Casey Haney

20. 11 Tim Dees

21. 760 Jim McDuffie

22. 11r Joey Mullenix

23. 19 Dustin Turner

24. 54 Richie Beasley

25. 55 Aaron Fitzhugh DNS

26. 9 James Moore DNS

27. 2L Thomas Langley DNS

28. 2 Tyler Burgess DNS

 

TALLADEGA SHORT TRACK – EASTABOGA, AL:

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Arnold, Joiner Big NeSmith Dirt Late Model Series Winners