Shaw Delivers First NeSmith LM Victory
COLUMBUS, Miss. — Jeremy Shaw drove the Summit Resource Development Trak-Star to his first career NeSmith Chevrolet Dirt Late Model Series win on Sunday in the Black Ice 40 at Magnolia Motor Speedway.
Shaw went from third to first with an outside move on a lap 21 restart and never looked back en route to the victory.
Shaw had come close to his first win many times this season with a pair of fast time awards, leading laps, and a second-place finish. He won the 2010 NeSmith Chevrolet Weekly Racing Series Invitational Race, but Shaw said all of that doesn’t come close to winning a series Touring race.
“It feels great to finally win a NeSmith Chevrolet Dirt Late Model Series Touring race,” Shaw said. “We’ve come set fast times, led races, and even won the Weekly Racing Series Invitational Race, but this feels a lot better. We come so close before, but this is a really great feeling.”
Shaw lined up in the third spot for a lap 21 restart, and the green flag came out, he went to the high-side of the track to pass the second-place driver, two-time NeSmith Chevrolet Dirt Late Model Series Champion Eric Cooley and the leader, Larry Harrod. Shaw took the lead coming off the fourth turn, and led the rest of the way.
“I took it easy the first half of the race because my car was running a little hot, but we turned it loose in the second half,” Shaw said. “I ran into some heavy lapped traffic at the end of the race, but my crew was giving me signals on how far back the second-place car was.”
Cooley drove the Harrod Logging Special to a second-place finish followed by his teammate Harrod in third. Shannon Lee finished fourth in the Billy Riels Racing GRT, and Johnny Stokes took the fifth spot in the TJC Mortgage/Maximum Signs and Graphics GRT.
NeSmith Chevrolet Dirt Late Model Series point leader Dan Breuer was sixth in the AES Racing Special after starting 20th.
Jeremy Shaw, Eric Cooley, Larry Harrod, Shannon Lee, Johnny Stokes, Dan Breuer, Chase Edge, Rodney Wing, Chris O’Connor, David Earl Gentry, Shay Knight, Mark Tice, Tootie Arnold, Jake Knight, Chandler Petty, Justin McRee, Matthew Turner, Daniel Bridgeman, Chase Washington, T.K. King, Tony Gray, Marcus Minga, Evan Ellis, Jered Smith.