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THOMAS AWARDED NeSMITH LATE MODEL WIN AT COCHRAN MOTOR SPEEDWAY
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COCHRAN, GA – Third generation driver Jimmy Thomas of Phenix City, AL was awarded the NeSmith Chevrolet Dirt Late Model Series win on Friday night at Cochran Motor Speedway driving the Five Star Hyundai Scorpion in the 40-lap RockAuto.com Winter Shootout Series race. It was the first NeSmith Late Model career win for Thomas.
Thomas did not lead a lap on the race track and took the checkered flag in second-place, but ended up with the victory in the Post-Race Technical Inspection. The engine in the Certified Energy, Inc. Rocket of apparent winner Jimmy Sharpe Jr. of Soperton, GA was found to have incorrect pistons and was disqualified.
Joseph Brown of Cataula, GA finished second in the Lewis Auto Sales Special, and Terrance Nowell of Phenix City, AL took the third spot in the Harrod Logging Special. Travis Pennington of Stapleton, GA was fourth in the U.S. Duffie Site Prep Special, and Ashton Winger of Senoia, GA drove the Keyser Manufacturing Rocket to a fifth-place finish.
Payton Freeman of Commerce, GA took the sixth spot in the Freeman Plumbing Special and Larry Harrod of Plains, GA finished seventh in the Harrod Logging Special. Eighth went to Chase Edge of Lafayette, AL in the Edge’s Gas Company Special and Chad Stapleton of Edinburgh, IN was ninth in the SSI/Jason Clarkson Logging Special.
Three-time NeSmith Chevrolet Dirt Late Model Series National Champion and National Dirt Late Model Hall of Fame Inductee Ronnie Johnson of Chattanooga, TN rounded out the top ten in the Josh Roberts Trucking Special. Johnson is still in the running for the RockAuto.com Winter Shootout Championship, and trails point leader Jimmy Elliott of Cleveland, TN by 24 points. Elliott finished 12th in the Mighty Muffler and Brake Special.
In preliminary action, Nowell was the Knowles Race Parts and Bodies Fast Qualifier. Nowell topped the 30-car field with a lap around Cochran Motor Speedway in 14.561 seconds. Nowell picked up $100 from race promoter Brian Hester. The two 12-lap B-Main Races were won by Winger and Edge.
The NeSmith Chevrolet Dirt Late Model Series returns to Cochran Motor Speedway on Saturday night for a $4,000-to-win, 50-lap main event that will be the finale of the 2018 RockAuto.com Winter Shootout Series.
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OFFICIAL RESULTS OF ROCKAUTO.COM WINTER SHOOTOUT ROUND 5 AT COCHRAN MOTOR SPEEDWAY IN COCHRAN, GA ON 3-23-18:
POS STRT CAR # DRIVER HOMETOWN LAPS $ WON