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Haney powers to first NeSmith WRS victory at Whynot

By Roby Helm
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Casey Haney of Meridian, MS climbs from his Sinclair Auto Sales Rocket to celebrate his first career Late Model victory after the NeSmith Chevrolet Weekly Racing Series event on Saturday night at Whynot Motorsports Park in Meridian, MS. / Photo: Yellowcautionflag.com/Courtesy NeSmith WRS Media
CARTERSVILLE - Casey Haney of Meridian, MS drove the Sinclair Auto Sales Rocket to his first career NeSmith Chevrolet Weekly Racing Series Late Model win on Saturday night at Whynot Motorsports Park in Meridian, MS, earning $1,000 in Week 7 of 2014 action.

Meanwhile, Adam Gauldin of Talladega, AL and Daniel Bridgmon of Meridian, MS are tied for the point lead, and Chris Holley of Dayton, TX remains undefeated as he continues his climb up the standings.

Gauldin finished sixth on Saturday night at Arkadelphia Speedway in Bremen, AL to bring his point total up to 336. Bridgmon took the third spot on Saturday night at Whynot Motorsports Park to also end the weekend with 336 points.

After competing in eight races over seven weeks, Gauldin has two wins, six top five finishes and eight top ten finishes driving the Adam Gauldin Racing GRT. Bridgmon has two wins, seven top five finishes and eight top ten finishes in eight races over seven weeks driving the Robinson Electric Supply Special.

The two point leaders have a 33-point lead over the third-place driver in the NeSmith Chevrolet Weekly Racing Series point standings, Shannon Lee of Lumberton, MS, who finished fourth on Saturday night at Whynot Motorsports Park in the Billy Riels Racing GRT. Lee has competed in nine races over seven weeks with six top five finishes.

Just five points separate third through fifth in the point standings. Doug Sanchagrin of Florence, MS is fourth in the NeSmith Chevrolet Weekly Racing Series standings with 300 points after one top five finish and four top ten finishes in eight races over seven weeks driving the Permanent Exterior Solutions Trak-Star. Sanchagrin finished eighth on Saturday night at Whynot Motorsports Park.

Cruz Skinner of Oxford, AL is fifth with 298 points. The 12-year-old driver has one top five finish, and four top ten finishes in nine races over seven weeks driving the Skinner Body Shop Special. Skinner finished outside the top ten on Saturday night at Magnolia Motor Speedway in Columbus, MS, but still earned 41 points.

The battle for the sixth spot in the NeSmith Chevrolet Weekly Racing Series standings has the sixth through ninth-place drivers separated by just six points. Mike Combs of Odenville, AL did not compete in Week 7 competition, but has 279 points after one win, four top five finishes, and seven top ten finishes in seven races over six weeks driving the Pro Grafx Special.

Caleb Coan of Moulton, AL drove the Buttram Snacks Special to a second-place finish on Saturday night at Arkadelphia Speedway to his point total up to 276 and the seventh spot in the NeSmith Chevrolet Weekly Racing Series standings. Coan has four top five finishes and seven top ten finishes in seven races.

Nick Thrash of Meridian, MS is eighth in the NeSmith Chevrolet Weekly Racing Series standings with 274 points after one win, three top five finishes and six top ten finishes in seven races driving the McDevitt Enterprises GRT. Thrash finished outside the top ten on Saturday night at Whynot Motorsports Park, but still earned 41 points.

Casey Haney’s win at Whynot Motorsports Park vaulted him up to the ninth spot in the standings with 273 points. In six races, Haney has one win, three top five finishes and four top ten finishes.

Ronnie Cooper of McKenzie, TN rounds out the top ten in the NeSmith Chevrolet Weekly Racing Series standings with 266 points after six top five finishes in six races. Cooper finished fourth on Saturday night at Clayhill Motorsports in Atwood, TN driving the Ronnie Cooper Trucking Rocket.

Holley posted his fifth straight win on Saturday night at Battleground Speedway in Highlands, TX driving the Land Bridge Transportation Special and remains undefeated in NeSmith Chevrolet Weekly Racing Series competition. With two less races under his belt than the point leaders, Holley is 17th in the standings with 200 points.

In other NeSmith Chevrolet Weekly Racing Series Week 7 action, Chris Kratzer of Haysville, KS drove the O’Hara & O’Hara Special to victory on Friday night at Salina Speedway in Salina, KS, which was the only Friday night Week 7 race. Friday night events at Batesville Motor Speedway in Batesville, AR, Hattiesburg Speedway in Hattiesburg, MS, and the season opener at Lexington 104 Speedway in Lexington, TN were rained out.

Craig Turner of Flomaton, AL won on his first night out at Flomaton Speedway in Flomaton, AL driving the Turner Racing Trak-Star in a race co-sanctioned by the Southeastern Crate Series. Ashley Newman of Ripley, TN picked up his third win of the season on Saturday night at Clayhill Motorsports driving the Greg’s Sawmill Special.

Kyle Shaw of Millport, AL took his second straight NeSmith Chevrolet Weekly Racing Series Late Model win on Saturday night at Magnolia Motor Speedway driving the Sweddenberg Logging Trak-Star, and Mike Palasini Jr. of Leland, MS also scored his second straight win on Saturday night at Greenville Speedway in Greenville, MS.

NeSmith Chevrolet Dirt Late Model Series Rookie of the Year point leader Chris Noah of Rainbow City, AL picked up a NeSmith Chevrolet Weekly Racing Series Late Model win on Saturday night at Arkadelphia Speedway driving the Old Man’s Garage Special, and Jason Welshan of Maryville, TN was the $1,000 winner on Saturday night at 411 Motor Speedway in Seymour, TN driving the Hidden Hollow Racing Special.

NeSmith Chevrolet Weekly Racing Series Week 7 Saturday night events at Southern Raceway in Milton, FL, St. Tammany Raceway in Lacombe, LA, and Talladega Short Track in Eastaboga, AL were rained out.

Trak-Star Race Cars built by Boland Performance of Cuba, AL received wins from Turner and Shaw to bring their NeSmith Chevrolet Weekly Racing Series Chassis Manufacturers Challenge point lead up to nine victories on the season. Rocket Chassis of Shinnston, WV took over sole possession of the second spot with seven wins after a Week 7 victory from Haney.

GRT Race Cars of Greenbrier, AR is third in the NeSmith Chevrolet Weekly Racing Series Chassis Manufacturers Challenge standings with six wins, and CVR Race Cars of Lenoir City, TN is fourth with two wins. Warrior Race Cars built by Goddard Performance of Knoxville, TN is in the fifth spot in the chassis standings with one win.

TNT Race Cars of Piney Flats, TN is also participating in the NeSmith Chevrolet Weekly Racing Series Chassis Manufacturers Challenge and is still looking for their first win of the 2014 season.

In the first seven weeks of NeSmith Chevrolet Weekly Racing Series competition, a total of 302 different drivers have earned points. The complete NeSmith Chevrolet WRS point standings are posted on the NeSmith Chevrolet WRS web site.

NeSmith Chevrolet Weekly Racing Series
Week 7 Race Results

May 9

SALINA SPEEDWAY – SALINA, KS
1. 55 Chris Kratzer
2. 92s Daniel Smith
3. 92 Delbert Smith
4. 1jr Justin Kinderknecht
5. 12 Ryan Grit
6. 10 Jill Roberg
7. 31 Kelly Dunn
8. 2k Darrick Klima
9. 64 Dustin Befort

BATESVILLE MOTOR SPEEDWAY – BATESVILLE, AR
Rained Out

HATTIESBURG SPEEDWAY – HATTIESBURG, MS
Rained Out

LEXINGTON 104 SPEEDWAY – LEXINGTON, TN
Rained Out

May 10

BATTLEGROUND SPEEDWAY – HIGHLANDS, TX
1. 17 Chris Holley
2. 99 Randy Lovell
3. 95 Jamie Green
4. 23 Chris Jewell
5. 00 Buster Deen
6. 84 Mike Davenport
7. 96 Donald Mick
8. 45 Earl Cannon
9. 83 Joe Penney

411 MOTOR SPEEDWAY – SEYMOUR, TN
1. 29 Jason Welshan
2. 117 Jake Teague
3. 66 Adam Beeler
4. 52 Ryan King
5. 79c Marty Calloway
6. 88 Brad Coffey
7. 17 Matt Henderson
8. 1 Chad Beeler
9. 7 William Overbey
10. 29 Rusty Ballenger
11. 51 Mack McCarter
12. 7 Scott Ward
13. 31 Brad Seagle DNS
14. 24 Greg Martin DNS
15. 98 Jed Emert DNS
16. 23 Cory Hedgecock DQ

MAGNOLIA MOTOR SPEEDWAY – COLUMBUS, MS
1. 2s Kyle Shaw
2. 73 Evan Ellis
3. 1 Johnny Stokes
4. 1m Neil Baggett
5. 3 Shay Knight
6. 84 Randall Beckwith
7. 6 T.K. King
8. 24 Ryan Oswalt
9. 147 Hunter Carroll
10. 1s Jeremy Shaw
11. 11 Cruz Skinner
12. 96 Trey Rickman
13. 311 Henry Pullen
14. R3 Ryan Rigdon
15. 11 Joey Mullenix
16. 11s Larry Stacy Jr.
17. 38 Chase Washington

CLAYHILL MOTORSPORTS – ATWOOD, TN
1. 73 Ashley Newman
2.18 Tait Davenport
3. 47 Chandler Petty
4. 10 Ronnie Cooper
5. 00 Bronson Berry
6. 00g Ben Garner
7. 94 T.J. Hays
8. 55 Michael Lee
9. 6 Jimmy Halford
10. 11 Kevin Fuller
11. 15b Dewayne Brooks

ARKADELPHIA SPEEDWAY – BREMEN, AL
1. 56 Chris Noah
2. 19 Caleb Coan
3. 15 Heath Minor
4. 8 Grant Pearl
5. 9 Austin Steele
6. 17 Adam Gauldin
7. 97 Chris Mahan
8. 22 Austin Franklin
9. 11 Hunter Holloway
10. 7 Jon Biles
11. 56 Daryl Weaver
12. 2 Thomas Langley

WHYNOT MOTORSPORTS PARK – MERIDIAN, MS
1. 14 Casey Haney
2. 22 Lucky Keeton
3. 09 Daniel Bridgmon
4. 47 Shannon Lee
5. 33 Jimmy Cliburn
6. 760 Jim McDuffie
7. 4 Michael Arnold
8. 34 Doug Sanchagrin
9. 4b Josh Banes
10. 21 Kody Barber
11. 27 Larry Murphy
12. 01 Nick Thrash
13. 121 Michael Blount
14. J88 Jered Smith
15. 2 Tyler Burgess
16. 25 Justin McRee
17. 00 J.D. Pass
18. C4 Chris Reid
19. 14c Henry Cooper
20. 4w Wiley Williams
21. 118 Randy Boyd
22. K3 Jamey Smith
23. 11 Tim Dees
24. 232 Jamey Boland
25. C11 Cliff Williams DNS
26. 28j Joey Hiatt DNS
27. 03 Chris O’Connor DNS
28. 15 Ben Byram DNS
29. 57 Maddox Mullinax DNS
30. 33s Sid Scarbrough DNS

FLOMATON SPEEDWAY – FLOMATON, AL
1. 31 Craig Turner
2. 54 Richie Beasley
3. 10 Joseph Joiner
4. 10 Ryan Crane
5. 3 Cody Smith
6. 221 Tyler Allen
7. 00 Monte Skinner
8. 47 James Gilmore
9. 1 Gary Maher
10. 72 Todd Neiheiser
11. 55 Bo Odom
12. 25 Josh Huss
13. 721 Todd Jones

GREENVILLE SPEEDWAY – GREENVILLE, MS
1. 8 Mike Palasini Jr.
2. 7p Peter Hazzard
3. J8 Bobby Jordan
4. 44 Peyton Wilkerson
5. 20 Tyler Arnold
6. C55 David Carpenter
7. 26 Glenn Craft
8. 7d Brent Dillon
9. 88 Howard Irby Jr.
10. 25 Billy Pate
11. C4 Cole Burns
12. 21 Ryan Colby
13. 46 Kenny Carpenter
14. 34 Rett Burns DNS
15. 22 Jason Bowen DNS

SOUTHERN RACEWAY – MILTON, FL
Rained Out

ST. TAMMANY RACEWAY – LACOMBE, LA
Rained Out

TALLADEGA SHORT TRACK – EASTABOGA, AL
Rained Out

Link: NeSmith Chevrolet Weekly Racing Series
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