McRee Takes Batesville’s Ozark Nationals
BATESVILLE, Ark. – Justin McRee drove the High Roller Race Cars Special his second-straight NeSmith Chevrolet Dirt Late Model Series Ozark Nationals crown Saturday at Batesville Motor Speedway.
McRee made the top groove work for him to come from the fourth spot to take the point on lap 14, and lead the rest of the way.
McRee passed defending NeSmith Chevrolet Dirt Late Model Series National Champion Ronnie Johnson, who was looking for his second straight Batesville Motor Speedway win after claiming Friday’s victory. On lap 13, McRee, who started fourth, sailed around the outside of Mack McCarter for the second spot, and stayed on the top shelf to pass Johnson for the lead.
McCarter would stay close to McRee for the remaining 37 laps, and was even able to pull along an a couple of occasions, but McRee stayed out front and went on to post his 10th career NeSmith Chevrolet Dirt Late Model Series victory in a race car of his own make.
“We committed to run the top of the race track from the start, and that’s why we call these cars High Rollers,” McRee said. “Most everyone was on the bottom of the track, so that left the top wide open for us. I knew I had to get around Johnson on the top because I knew my car wasn’t any good on the bottom. Then I saw McCarter inside of me a couple of times, but I was confident we could stay out front by just running the groove that got is to the front.”
McCarter finished second for the second straight night, and for the third time this season in the McCarter Lumber CVR House Car. Josh Adkins brought the Yellow Hammer Construction Special home in the third spot. Johnson finished fourth in the Hickman Manufacturing Special, and Johnny Stokes came from the 15th starting spot to take fifth in the Bassett Hound Motorsports GRT.