McRee Controls Gumbo Nationals Opener
GREENVILLE, Miss. – Justin McRee drove the High Roller Race Cars Special to his first NeSmith Chevrolet Dirt Late Model Series Touring Division win of the season on Friday night at Greenville Speedway.
The 40-lap $2,000-to-win race was night one of the Rumble On Gumbo Nationals.
McRee took the lead on the first lap from pole sitter Jeremy Shaw and never looked back for his seventh series career win. McRee ran the high line around the quater-mile black gumbo clay oval, and took the checkered flag with a three-second margin of victory.
“That’s why I call these race cars High Rollers because it worked the best right against the wall tonight,” said McRee, who builds High Roller Race Cars. “I’m glad they put a wall up at this place because if it wasn’t there tonight like it was a couple of years ago, I would have ended up in the middle of the ball fields next door.”
Josh Adkins finished second in the Yellow Hammer Construction Special and was the Rookie of the Race. Shaw ended up third in the Summit Resource Development GRT, and Mike Palasini Jr. took the fourth spot in the MP Trucking Trak-Star. Mike Boland started 19th in the Burton Racing Trak-Star and finished fifth to earn the Hedman Husler of the Race Award.
Shaw led the field into turn one, while outside front row starter McRee went to the outside and earned the “Greenville Gough” by scraping the second turn wall in the shower of sparks. After bouncing off the concrete, McRee dove to the inside down the backstretch, and raced Shaw side-by-side down the backstretch and through turn three.
McRee was able to slide up in front of Shaw coming off the fourth turn to lead lap one. Behind McRee and Shaw on lap one were Adkins, Billy Tedford and Tait Davenport. By lap four, Ronny Lee Hollingsworth had moved up from his 12th starting spot to seventh.