Posted: Tuesday, August 5th 2014 at 5:00pm
Nicholson races to Ellis Palasini prelim win at Greenville
By Jacob Seelman
Anthony Nicholson held off Tim Crawley on a green-white-checkered finish to score the USCS Sprint Car victory at Greenville Speedway Friday night. / Photo: Jacob Seelman
GREENVILLE, MS - Anthony Nicholson held off Tim Crawley on a green-white-checkered finish Friday night to score his second United Sprint Car Series victory of the year in Friday’s Ellis Palsani Black Widow Classic preliminary A-Main at Greenville Speedway in Greenville, MS.
The trip to USCS Victory Lane was Nicholson’s sixth in his career for the Georgia based series, moving him into a tie for 13th on the all-time series win list. It also makes the Bartlett, TN native the first driver to beat Crawley in competition since June 28 at Poplar Bluff Speedway in Missouri. Nicholson’s victory broke a streak of five wins in a row for Crawley.
“We found a little bit on that first restart (on lap 3). Tim (Crawley) drove underneath me for a second and I sure didn’t want to see any more (yellows),” Nicholson said in Victory Lane. “I just tried to basically take his line away on all the other restarts. There at the end, you know – I hate I did that to Ronny (Howard) – I don’t drive like that, and he knows I don’t. It was accidental, but when Crawley’s right there you just gotta go and we did that and got the win tonight.”
The race was slowed by three incidents over the course of the 20-lap feature. The first caution came on lap 3 when Brett McMillan slapped the outside wall in turn 4 and lost the right rear wheel, and the second came less than a lap later when Nic Jenkins tipped over in turn 3. In both instances, the drivers walked away uninjured.
The final caution was the game-changer of the night. Nicholson came up on Ronny Howard to put the Nesbit, MS driver a lap down, and the two came together as Nicholson was coming to the white flag, causing Howard to spin in turn 4. That drew the yellow for the third and final time to set up the green-white-checkered restart.
Howard’s car received enough damage to retire him from the rest of the event, however Nicholson escaped unscathed and darted away from Crawley following the yellow to drive to the victory.
Behind Nicholson Crawley, Terry Gray rounded out the podium in third place. Andy McElhannon finished his night in fourth and Morgan Turpen completed the top five.
Eddie Gallagher, Michael Miller, Shane Morgan, Jeff Willingham and Howard rounded out the top five.
Howard kicked off the evening’s racing action by winning the Hoosier Tire Speed Dash, his first-career USCS dash victory. Gray scored the win in the first heat, and Crawley used a last-turn pass to roll to the victory in the second heat.
Crawley was the provisional pole-starter after scoring the most passing points in heat race action, but after a four came up in the K&N Filters Inversion Draw, Gray received the K&N Filters Pole Award and starting position.
For rules and updated schedule information about the United Sprint Car Series, visit uscsracing.com.
USCS Sprint Car Series
Greenville Speedway - Greenville, MS
Race Results - Aug. 1, 2014
1. #16 – Anthony Nicholson
2. #88 – Tim Crawley
3. #10 – Terry Gray
4. #42 – Andy McElhannon
5. #10M – Morgan Turpen
6. #1X – Eddie Gallagher
7. #4M – Michael Miller
8. #01 – Shane Morgan
9. #28 – Jeff Willingham
10. #44 – Ronny Howard
11. #43 – Terry Witherspoon
12. #1J – Nic Jenkins
13. #44C – Brett McMillan
14. #44S – Greg Merritt
DNS: #5 – Jerod Roller
Link: USCS Sprint Car Series
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