CARTERSVILLE, GA – Only two of seven scheduled NeSmith Chevrolet Weekly Racing Series events were able to escape Mother Nature’s grip on Week 6 festivities. Rain washed out five races, but a pair of veteran dirt late model drivers did find their way to Victory Lane.

 

Three-time NeSmith Chevrolet Weekly Racing Series West Region Champion Lucky Keeton of Collinsville, MS drove the Byram Trucking Rocket to his first win of the 2016 season on Friday night at Hattiesburg Speedway in Hattiesburg, MS. NeSmith Chevrolet Weekly Racing Series point leader Shannon Lee of Lumberton, MS finished second to stay on top of the list.

 

Shep Lucas of McKenzie, AL won the NeSmith Panhandle Challenge Series race on Saturday night at Northwest Florida Speedway in Baker, FL driving the Lucas Farms Special. Lucas broke the winning streak of Cody Smith of Holt, FL, who won the first three NPCS races. Smith finished second in the Smith’s Performance Rocket to stay in the NPCS point lead.

 

Lee remains on top of the NeSmith Chevrolet Weekly Racing Series standings with 295 points after two wins, seven top five finishes and nine top ten finishes in nine races driving the Billy Riels Racing Special. Lee holds a 15 point advantage over Tootie Arnold of Meadeville, MS, who finished eighth on Friday night at Hattiesburg Speedway.

 

Arnold has 280 points after two wins, four top five finishes and seven top ten finishes in seven races driving the Miss-Lou Mobile Home Movers Trak-Star. Scott Ladner of Lumberton, MS is third in the NeSmith Chevrolet Weekly Racing Series standings with 271 points after two top five finishes and eight top ten finishes in eight races. Ladner drove the L&L Performance Trak-Star to a sixth-place finish on Friday night at Hattiesburg Speedway.

 

Hunter Lewis of Moss Point, MS used a fifth-place finish on Friday night at Hattiesburg Speedway to move up to the fourth spot in the NeSmith Chevrolet Weekly Racing Series standings with 265 points. Lewis has three top five finishes and six top ten finishes in six races driving the T. Lewis Construction Rocket.

 

Robbie Starnes of Baytown, TX did not compete in NeSmith Chevrolet Weekly Racing Series Week 6 action and dropped to fifth in the standings with 233 points. In seven races, Starnes has two wins, six top five finishes and seven top ten finishes driving the Lone Star Hydro & Maintenance Special.

 

Doug Sanchagrin of Florence, MS drove the Permanent Exterior Solutions Special to a seventh-place finish on Friday night at Hattiesburg Speedway to move up to the sixth spot in the NeSmith Chevrolet Weekly Racing Series standings with 228 points. Sanchagrin has three top five finishes and five top ten finishes in six races.

 

The defending NeSmith Chevrolet Weekly Racing Series National Champion Michael Arnold of Hattiesburg, MS moved into the seventh position in the standings after a third-place effort on Friday night at Hattiesburg Speedway. Arnold has 219 points after two wins and four top five finishes in seven races driving The Strength Center Special.

 

Nick Gaines of Pearl River, LA did not compete in NeSmith Chevrolet Weekly Racing Series Week 6 action and dropped to eighth in the standings with 211 points. Gaines has three top ten finishes in five races driving the Great American Cookies of Slidell Special.

 

Smith moved up to ninth in the NeSmith Chevrolet Weekly Racing Series standings with 199 points from three wins and one second-place finish in four NeSmith Panhandle Challenge Series races. Mike Boland of Cuba, AL also did not see action in Week 6 competition, but rounds out the Top 10 of the standings with 189 points after two wins, four top five finishes and five top ten finishes in five races driving the Boland Performance Trak-Star.

 

Boland may be tenth this week as a driver in the NeSmith Chevrolet Weekly Racing Series point standings, but he is the point leader as a chassis builder, as four-time NeSmith Chevrolet Weekly Racing Series Chassis Manufacturers Challenge Champion Trak-Star Race Cars built by Boland Performance has nine wins after the first six weeks of competition.

 

Rocket Chassis of Shinnston, WV is second in the Chassis Builder’s point standings with four wins. CVR Race Cars of Lenoir City, TN and four-time Chassis Champ GRT Race Cars of Greenbrier, AR each have one win. Warrior Race Cars built by Goddard Performance of Knoxville, TN is still looking for their first win of the season.

 

Mother Nature took out five Saturday night NeSmith Chevrolet Weekly Racing Series Week 6 events. The races at Battleground Race Park in Highlands, TX, Camden Speedway in Camden, TN, Greenville Speedway in Greenville, MS, LA 36 Speedway in Lacombe, LA and Magnolia Motor Speedway in Columbus, MS were all rained out.

 

-NeSmith Media Press Release

-Photo Credit: Roby Helm

NeSmith Weekly Series Tracks See Some Racing Against Rain