Posted: Wednesday, July 23rd 2014 at 2:29pm
Holley hustles to NeSmith Chevy WRS Battleground win
By Roby Helm
Chris Holley (17) drives around the outside of Billy Gould (96) en route to his tenth NeSmith Chevrolet Weekly Racing Series Late Model win of the season on Saturday night at Battleground Speedway in Highlands, TX. / Photo: Ron Skinner
CARTERSVILLE, GA – Although only two of nine scheduled NeSmith Chevrolet Weekly Racing Series Week 17 races were run over the weekend, they created a shuffle among the Top 20 drivers in the point standings. Four drivers that did get to race made their first appearances in the top 20, as a total of seven Week 17 races were rained out.
Chris Holley of Dayton, TX drove the Land Bridge Transportation Special to his tenth NeSmith Chevrolet Weekly Racing Series win of the season on Saturday night at Battleground Speedway in Highlands, TX and climbed into the sixth spot of the point standings.
Holley now has 598 points with two more weeks to earn full points. Holley also has the inside line on the 2014 $10,000 NeSmith Chevrolet Weekly Racing Series National Championship after ten wins and two second-place finishes in 12 races, all at Battleground Speedway. Holley needs four more 50-point wins to have a perfect 700 point season.
Darrick Klima of Belleville, KS took his fifth NeSmith Chevrolet Weekly Racing Series Late Model win of the 2014 season on Friday night at Salina Speedway in Salina, KS driving the Mike’s Body Shop Special. That moved Klima into a three-way tie for the 19th spot in the point standings with ten weeks left in the season.
Joining Klima as new residents of the Top 20 of the NeSmith Chevrolet Weekly Racing Series point standings are Mike Davenport of Danbury, TX, Delbert Smith of Wichita, KS, and Jamie Green of Crosby, TX.
Davenport used an eighth-place finish on Saturday night at Battleground Speedway to move up to the 13th spot in the points chase. Smith settled into the 17th spot in the standings after finishing second on Friday night at Salina Speedway. Green is 18th in the point standings after finishing sixth on Saturday night at Battleground Speedway.
Adam Gauldin of Talladega, AL continues to lead the NeSmith Chevrolet Weekly Racing Series standings with a best 14 week total of 667 points after three wins, 12 top five finishes and 16 top ten finishes in 17 races driving the Adam Gauldin Racing GRT.
Shannon Lee of Lumberton, MS is second with a best 14 week total of 657 points after four wins, 15 top five finishes and 18 top ten finishes in 21 NeSmith Chevrolet Weekly Racing Series races in the Billy Riels Racing GRT.
Cruz Skinner of Oxford, AL is third in the NeSmith Chevrolet Weekly Racing Series standings with a best 14 week total of 644 points after driving the Skinner’s Body Shop Special to three wins, eight top five finishes and 13 top ten finishes in 19 races.
Daniel Bridgmon of Meridian, MS is fourth in the standings with 620 points and one more week to earn full points. Bridgmon has three NeSmith Chevrolet Weekly Racing Series wins, 13 top five finishes and 15 top ten finishes in 16 races driving the Robinson Electric Supply Special.
The defending NeSmith Chevrolet Weekly Racing Series National Champion Noah Daspit of Kiln, MS is fifth in the standings with 610 points and he has one more week to earn full points. In 14 races, Daspit has five wins, ten top five finishes and 13 top ten finishes driving the Billy Riels Racing Trak-Star.
Doug Sanchagrin of Florence, MS is behind Holley in the standings in the seventh spot with a best 14 week total of 587 points after three top five finishes and seven top ten finishes in 16 races driving the Permanent Exterior Solutions Trak-Star.
Henry Pullen of Pittsboro, MS is ninth in the NeSmith Chevrolet Weekly Racing Series standings with 544 points and two more weeks to earn full points. In 12 starts, Pullen has driven the Southern Chicks Special to seven top five finishes and 11 top ten finishes.
Sid Scarbrough of Florence, MS rounds out the Top 10 of the NeSmith Chevrolet Weekly Racing Series standings with 541 points, and one more week to earn full points. Scarbrough has two top five finishes and nine top ten finishes in 17 races driving the Villa South Trak-Star.
Mother Nature washed out Friday night NeSmith Chevrolet Weekly Racing Series Week 17 races at Hattiesburg Speedway in Hattiesburg, MS and Lexington 104 Speedway in Lexington, TN. Saturday night Week 17 rainouts were at Arkadelphia Speedway in Bremen, AL, East Alabama Motor Speedway in Phenix City, AL, Magnolia Motor Speedway in Columbus, MS, St. Tammany Raceway in Lacombe, LA, and at Talladega Short Track in Eastaboga, AL.
After 17 weeks of the 27-week 2014 NeSmith Chevrolet Weekly Racing Series season, a total of 407 different drivers have earned points. The complete NeSmith Chevrolet WRS point standings are posted on the NeSmith Chevrolet WRS web site.
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NeSmith Chevrolet Weekly Racing Series
Week 17 Race Results
SALINA SPEEDWAY – SALINA, KS
1. 2k Darrick Klima
2. 92 Delbert Smith
3. 92s Daniel Smith
4. 55 Chris Kratzer
5. 1jr Justin Kinderknecht
6. 15 Alan Reinert
7. 10 Jill Roberg
8. 64 Dustin Befort
HATTIESBURG SPEEDWAY – HATTIESBURG, MS
LEXINGTON 104 SPEEDWAY – LEXINGTON, TN
BATTLEGROUND SPEEDWAY – HIGHLANDS, TX
1. 17 Chris Holley
2. 96 Billy Gould
3. 83 Joe Penney
4. 15 John Aitken
5. 10 Cecil McCreary
6. 95 Jamie Green
7. 00 Buster Deen
8. 84 Mike Davenport
9. 45 Earl Cannon
10. 0 Ed Wickham
11. 40 Neil Manchester
ARKADELPHIA SPEEDWAY – BREMEN, AL
EAST ALABAMA MOTOR SPEEDWAY – PHENIX CITY, AL
MAGNOLIA MOTOR SPEEDWAY – COLUMBUS, MS
ST. TAMMANY RACEWAY – LACOMBE, LA
TALLADEGA SHORT TRACK – EASTABOGA, AL
Link: NeSmith Chevrolet Weekly Racing Series
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