Two Straight For Ronnie Johnson
CARTERSVILLE, Ga. — Ronnie Johnson took the lead on lap 23 and then checked out to win his second straight J.T. Kerr Memorial 40 Saturday night at 411 Motor Speedway for the NeSmith Chevrolet Dirt Late Model Series.
It was also the third win of the season for The Chattanooga Flash in the NeSmith Chevrolet Special, and the 20th victory of his series career.
Johnson ran the top groove of 411 Motor Speedway all night long and made several challenges on early leader Jimmy Elliott, but it wasn’t until the second half of the race that the 5 came alive. Once Johnson got around Elliott for the lead on lap 23, he pulled away to take just over a five second margin of victory at the checkered flag.
“It meant a lot to me to win my first J.T. Kerr Memorial Trophy last year, and it means just as much to win it again,” Johnson said. “I want to dedicate this win to the Kerr Family because they are carrying on the racing tradition that J.T. started so many years ago and they have done a lot for the sport.”
Elliott held off a late race challenge from Mack McCarter to take the second spot in the Car Smart Auto Sales CVR. McCarter finished third in the McCarter Lumber CVR to keep the NeSmith Chevrolet Dirt Late Model Series battle for the $20,000 National Champion close. Johnson now leads McCarter by 10 points at the top of the standings.
Tanner Works and Ryan King rounded out the top five.
Ronnie Johnson, Jimmy Elliott, Mack McCarter, Tanner Works, Ryan King, Chris Noah, Matt Henderson, Rusty Ballenger, Jake Teague, Adam Beeler, Chase Edge, Walker Arthur, Marty Calloway, Barry Goodman, Marcus Minga, Warren McMahan, Greg Martin, Johnny Stokes, Jacob Anderson, Michael Blount, Jensen Ford, Jonathan Rowan, Todd Morrow, Gusty Christenberry.