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ELLIOTT 2018 NeSMITH LATE MODEL ROCKAUTO.COM WINTER SHOOTOUT CHAMP
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CARTERSVILLE, GA – Jimmy Elliott of Cleveland, TN is the 2018 RockAuto.com Winter Shootout Champion for the NeSmith Chevrolet Dirt Late Model Series. Elliott edged out three-time NeSmith Late Model Champion and National Dirt Late Model Hall of Fame Inductee Ronnie Johnson of Chattanooga, TN by just eight points to claim the title.
Elliott had a 24-point lead coming into the $4,000-to-win 60-lap sixth and final Round of the 2018 RockAuto.com Winter Shootout at Cochran Motor Speedway in Cochran, GA on Saturday night. While Johnson finished third, Elliott drove his Mighty Muffler and Brake Center Longhorn to an 11th-place finish that was good enough to secure the title.
“We had to venture away from our home base and we traveled to Florida for the first time, and got to go to some tracks we have never been to before,” Elliott said. “I would like to do the NeSmith National Tour someday, and based on the success we’ve had in this eight-race series, that decision may be made sooner rather than later. We’ve got two weeks to decide, and you never know. We might be in Mississippi in two weeks!”
The Champ competed in all six RockAuto.com Winter Shootout races and had one top five finish and four top ten finishes. Johnson had to settle for second in the points chase after running all six races and winning the series opener in January at the 27th Annual Ice Bowl at Talladega Short Track in Eastaboga, AL driving the Josh Roberts Trucking Special.
Michael Page of Douglasville, GA used four top five finishes in four starts to finish third in the RockAuto.com Winter Shootout point standings driving the Troy Baird Trucking Stinger, and fourth went to Rodgerick Dykes of Smith Station, AL in the Brasswell Bodies Warrior. Andy Picklesimer of Ooltewah, TN was fifth in the points chase in the Hyma Motorsports Special.
Kyle Bronson of Brandon, FL made three appearances in the RockAuto.com Winter Shootout Series, and made them all count with two wins and a second-place finish driving the Brandon Ford Longhorn to the sixth spot in the points chase. One of Bronson’s wins was his second straight victory in the Chevrolet Performance World Championship Race at Bubba Raceway Park in Ocala, FL.
Georgia – 29
FINAL 2018 ROCKAUTO.COM WINTER SHOOTOUT SERIES POINT STANDINGS:
1. J39 Jimmy Elliott, Cleveland, TN – 492
The next pair of races for the NeSmith Chevrolet Dirt Late Model Series will open the 2018 National Points Tour. The “Rumble On The Gumbo” will feature a pair of races at Greenville Speedway in Greenville, MS on April 6 and April 7. The April 6 show will be $2,000-to-win and 40 laps, and the April 7 race will be 50-laps and pay $2,500-to-win.
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