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Skinner becomes youngest NeSmith Chevy WRS winner

By Roby Helm
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Cruz Skinner of Oxford, AL became the youngest driver to win a NeSmith Chevrolet Weekly Racing Series Late Model main event at the age of 12 on Saturday night at Talladega Short Track. / Photo: Beth Davis Ferguson
CARTERSVILLE – There was a lot of news made in NeSmith Chevrolet Weekly Racing Series Week 11 action. Having just turned 12-years-old, Cruz Skinner because the youngest driver to win a NeSmith Chevrolet WRS Late Model main event. Jason Cliburn of Star, MS won two races in one night, and the point leader Adam Gauldin hit the road to earn more points.

Skinner, of Oxford, AL became the youngest driver to win a NeSmith Chevrolet Weekly Racing Series Late Model feature on Saturday night at Talladega Short Track in Eastaboga, AL driving the Skinner Body Shop Special. The victory keeps the seventh grader in the top five of the series point standings.

Cliburn of Star, MS won the Week 10 Make Up race and the Week 11 night cap on Saturday night at Jackson Motor Speedway in Jackson, MS driving the Cliburn Tank Lines GRT. In three NeSmith Chevrolet Weekly Racing Series Late Model starts this season, Cliburn has won them all.

Gauldin of Talladega, AL loaded up his Adam Gauldin Racing GRT and took his NeSmith Chevrolet Weekly Racing Series point lead on the road on Saturday night. He drove right past his home track, Talladega Short Track, and headed to Greenville Speedway in Greenville, MS for Double Features. Gauldin finished eighth in the Week 10 race and fifth in the Week 11 race.

After 11 weeks of competition, Gauldin now has 522 points after two wins, nine top five finishes and 12 top ten finishes in 12 races. Gauldin has a 48 point lead over Daniel Bridgmon of Meridian, MS, but Bridgmon has raced one less week than Gauldin. Once Gauldin hits the 15-week mark of his season, Bridgmon will still have a week to earn full points.

Bridgmon also had a successful Week 11 of NeSmith Chevrolet Weekly Racing Series competition after driving the Robinson Electric Special to his third win of the season on Saturday night at Whynot Motorsports Park in Meridian, MS. Bridgmon is tied for second in the standings with Doug Sanchagrin of Florence, MS with 474 points apiece, but Sanchagrin has one more week than Bridgmon.

Bridgmon has three wins, nine top five finishes and ten top ten finishes in 11 races over 10 weeks of racing. Sanchagrin has two top five finishes and six top ten finishes in 12 races over 11 weeks of competition. Sanchagrin drove the Permanent Exterior Solutions Trak-Star to a fourth-place finish on Saturday night in the Week 11 race at Jackson Motor Speedway.

Shannon Lee of Lumberton, MS drove the Billy Riels Racing GRT to his third win of the season on Saturday night at St. Tammany Raceway in Lacombe, LA. The win was a 40-point victory against a field of less than eight cars. Lee earned more Week 11 points on Friday night with a 48-point third-place finish at Hattiesburg Speedway in Hattiesburg, MS.

Lee is fourth in the standings with 450 points after three wins and 11 top five finishes in 14 races over ten weeks of NeSmith Chevrolet Weekly Racing Series competition. Skinner’s win puts him fifth in the NeSmith Chevrolet Weekly Racing Series standings with 443 points after one win, four top five finishes and seven top ten finishes in 12 races over ten weeks.

Mike Combs of Odenville, AL is sixth in the NeSmith Chevrolet Weekly Racing Series standings with 410 points after one win, four top five finishes and ten top ten finishes in ten races over nine weeks. Combs drove the Pro-Grafx Special to a tenth-place finish on Saturday night at Talladega Short Track.

Chris Holley of Dayton, TX returned to his winning ways on Saturday night at Battleground Speedway in Highlands, TX driving the Land Bridge Transportation Special to his seventh victory in eight races. The race Holley didn’t win, he finished second to the defending NeSmith Chevrolet Weekly Racing Series National Champion Noah Daspit of Kiln, MS.

The NeSmith Chevrolet Weekly Racing Series Late Models will be off this Saturday night at Battleground Speedway, and Holley has indicated he will travel to St. Tammany Raceway to take on Daspit at the Champion’s home track. Holley is seventh in the NeSmith Chevrolet Weekly Racing Series standings with 399 points, one point away from a perfect score of 400 points after eight weeks of racing.

Michael Arnold of Hattiesburg, MS moved up to eighth in the NeSmith Chevrolet Weekly Racing Series standings after earning Week 10 points at Jackson Motor Speedway on Saturday night, and had a 47-point fourth-place finish on Friday night at Hattiesburg Speedway in The Strength Center Trak-Star. Arnold has 398 points after two wins, five top five finishes, and nine top ten finishes in 11 races over nine weeks.

Ronnie Cooper of McKenzie, TN did not compete in NeSmith Chevrolet Weekly Racing Series Week 11 competition and dropped to ninth in the standings with 396 points. Cooper has one win, ten top five finishes and 11 top ten finishes in 11 races over nine weeks.

Cliff Williams of Star, MS earned 41 Week 10 points on Saturday night at Jackson Motor Speedway and finished fifth in the night cap driving the Cliff Williams Plumbing Trak-Star. That moved Williams up to the tenth spot in the NeSmith Chevrolet Weekly Racing Series standings with 389 points after seven top five finishes and eight top ten finishes in 12 races over nine weeks.

In other NeSmith Chevrolet Weekly Racing Series Week 11 action, Darrick Klima of Belleville, KS drove the Mike's Body Shop Special to his second series win on Friday night at Salina Speedway in Salina, KS.

Craig Turner of Flomaton, AL drove the Turner Racing Trak-Star to his second win of the season on Saturday night at Flomaton Speedway in Flomaton, AL in a race co-sanctioned by the South Eastern Crate Series.

Ashley Newman of Ripley, TN drove the Greg’s Sawmill Special to his fifth NeSmith Chevrolet Weekly Racing Series win of the season in the Week 10 race on Saturday night at Greenville Speedway. Neil Baggett of Shannon, MS picked up his third series win in the Week 11 race on Saturday night at Greenville Speedway driving the Montgomery Farms Special.

There were two rainouts on the NeSmith Chevrolet Weekly Racing Series Week 11 schedule of events. Batesville Motor Speedway in Batesville, AR was rained out on Friday night for the fourth week in-a-row, and Arkadelphia Speedway in Bremen, AL was rained out on Saturday night.

In the first 11 weeks of NeSmith Chevrolet Weekly Racing Series competition, a total of 353 different drivers have earned points. The complete NeSmith Chevrolet WRS point standings are posted on the NeSmith Chevrolet WRS web.

NeSmith Chevrolet Weekly Racing Series
Week 11 Race Results

June 6

SALINA SPEEDWAY – SALINA, KS
1. 2 Darrick Klima
2. 1jr Justin Kinderknecht
3. 92s Daniel Smith
4. 55 Chris Kratzer
5. 10 Jill Roberg
6. 31 Kelly Dunn
7. 64 Dustin Befort
8. 70t Terry Malm
9. 92 Delbert Smith
10. 70 Brad Morris
11. 12 Ryan Grit
12. 4 Tracy Holloway
13. 38 Shaylon Holloway

HATTIESBURG SPEEDWAY – HATTIESBURG, MS
1. K3 Jamey Smith
2. 22 Lucky Keeton
3. 47 Shannon Lee
4. 4 Michael Arnold
5. G33 Greg Dedwylder
6. 21 Kody Barber
7. 41 Al Kouhout
8. 56 Kash Wilson
9. 11 Wayne Byrd

BATESVILLE MOTOR SPEEDWAY – BATESVILLE, AR
Rained Out

June 7

BATTLEGROUND SPEEDWAY – HIGHLANDS, TX
1. 17 Chris Holley
2. 1 Doug Begnaud
3. 00 Buster Deen
4. 99 Randy Lovell
5. 45 Earl Cannon
6. 95 Jamie Green
7. 84 Mike Davenport
8. 0 Ed Wickham

ST. TAMMANY RACEWAY – LACOMBE, LA
1. 47 Shannon Lee
2. 22 Ronnie Roberts
3. 56 Kash Wilson
4. 99 Justin Bowman
5. 41 Al Kouhout
6. F47 Barry Lee
7. 21 Kody Barber

FLOMATON SPEEDWAY – FLOMATON, AL
1. 31 Craig Turner
2. 10 Ryan Crane
3. 55 Bo Odom
4. 72 Frank Wilson
5. 54 Richie Beasley
6. 25 Josh Huss
7. 221 Tyler Allen
8. 7 Travis Snellgrove
9. 3 Cody Smith
10. 2 Todd Neiheiser DQ

TALLADEGA SHORT TRACK – EASTABOGA, AL
1. 11 Cruz Skinner
2. 4 Eric Smith
3. 57 Maddox Mullinax
4. 7 Josh Trammell
5. J8 Justin Angle
6. 55 Ryan King
7. 4w Brad Whittle
8. 67 Kyle Clifton
9. 27 Nick Kimbrell
10. 5 Mike Combs
11. Cord Dodgen
12. 105 Taylor Mitcham
13. 30 Karl Parks
14. 88 Scott Davis DNS

JACKSON MOTOR SPEEDWAY – JACKSON, MS
(Week 10 Make-Up Feature Race)
1. 888 Jason Cliburn
2. 14 Chance Inman
3. D6 Chris Huckabey
4. 33 Sid Scarbrough
5. C20 Cliff Ross
6. 13 Tim McLendon
7. 01 Tyler Hudson
8. 7 Larry Stacy Jr.
9. 711 Steve Bynum
10. 4 Michael Arnold
11. J88 Jered Smith
12. 125 Lew Lyles
13. 22 David Weems
14. 34 Doug Sanchagrin
15. 93 Jake Knight
16. C11 Cliff Williams
17. 4j Josh Banes
18. 21 Wayne Murphy

(Week 11 Feature Race)
1. 888 Jason Cliburn
2. 93 Jake Knight
3. 14 Chance Inman
4. 34 Doug Sanchagrin
5. C11 Cliff Williams
6. D6 Chris Huckabey
7. J88 Jered Smith
8. C20 Cliff Ross
9. 4j Josh Banes
10. 33 Sid Scarbrough
11. 01 Tyler Hudson
12. 13 Tim McLendon
13. 711 Steve Bynum
14. 125 Lew Lyles
15. 7 Larry Stacy Jr.
16. 22 David Weems
17. 4 Michael Arnold
18. 21 Wayne Murphy

WHYNOT MOTORSPORTS PARK – MERIDIAN, MS
1. 09 Daniel Bridgmon
2. 22 Lucky Keeton
3. 11 Tim Dees
4. 2 Tyler Burgess
5. 14 Casey Haney
6. 760 Casey Haney
7. 27 Larry Murphy
8. G33 Greg Dedwylder
9. 84 Randall Beckwith
10. 14 Brant Tirello
11. 19 Dustin Turner
12. 118 Randy Boyd
13. 4w Wiley Williams
14. 2g Jeffrey Walker

GREENVILLE SPEEDWAY – GREENVILLE, MS
(Week 10 Make-Up Race)
1. 73 Ashley Newman
2. 7 Eric Carr
3. 38 Chase Washington
4. 7p Peter Hazzard
5. 8 Mike Palasini Jr.
6. 21 Neil Baggett
7. 44 Peyton Wilkerson
8. 17 Adam Gauldin
9. 311 Henry Pullen
10. 110 Brent Barrett
11. J8 Bobby Jordan
12. 995 Dwight Falcon Jr.
13. 21c Ryan Colby
14. 12 Cale Ainsworth
15. 46 Kenny Carpenter
16. 96 Trey Rickman
17. C4 Cole Burns
18. 34 Rhett Burns
19. 7d Brent Dillon
20. 20 Tyler Allen
21. 92 Justin Reynolds
22. 3 Anthony Andrews
23. 51 John Polasini DNS

(Week 11 Race)
1. 21 Neil Baggett
2. 73 Ashley Newman
3. 8 Mike Palasini Jr.
4. 38 Chase Washington
5. 17 Adam Gauldin
6. 7 Eric Carr
7. J8 Bobby Jordan
8. 311 Henry Pullen
9. 44 Peyton Wilkerson
10. 995 Dwight Falcon Jr.
11. 34 Rhett Burns
12. 12 Cale Ainsworth
13. 92 Justin Reynolds
14. C4 Cole Burns
15. 3 Anthony Andrews
16. 46 Kenny Carpenter
17. 7p Peter Hazzard
18. 21c Ryan Colby
19. 20 Tyler Arnold
20. 7d Brent Dillon
21. 110 Brent Barrett
22. 96 Trey Rickman
23. 51 John Polasini DNS

ARKADELPHIA SPEEDWAY – BREMEN, AL
Rained Out

CLAYHILL MOTORSPORTS – ATWOOD, TN
Rained Out

Link: NeSmith Chevrolet Weekly Racing Series
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