William Thomas Battles To Magnolia Glory
COLUMBUS, Miss. – William Thomas battled to his third Chevrolet Performance Super Late Model Series win of the season on Sunday night in the Carl Hogan Automotive 50 at Magnolia Motor Speedway driving the Alexander’s Industrial Service GRT.
The lead changed hands three times before Thomas took command on lap 41 and collected the $3,000 top prize.
Jeremy Shaw in the Summit Resource Development GRT and National Dirt Hall of Fame Inductee Ronnie Johnson in the Tommy Pope Construction Warrior kept Thomas clawing and scratching for the race lead, and making choices on restarts. One of those choices almost cost Thomas the race victory.
A lap 36 “Dixie-Style” double-file restart had Johnson in second on the inside and Shaw in third on the outside and behind race leader Thomas, who changed his lane for the restart, and went right to the bottom of the race track. Shaw sailed around the outside to take the lead, but Thomas was able to pick up the pace five laps later to race under Shaw and reclaim the point.
“When Ronnie Johnson restarts behind you on the inside, you’d better get down there and protect yourself,” Thomas said. “I knew Shaw was strong on the outside, but looked to me like that groove wasn’t going to last much longer, and that’s the way it played out. The track was in great shape, as both top and bottom grooves were fast early in the race, but I knew the bottom was where I needed to be at the end of the race.”
Johnson didn’t make it to the finish, as his race car broke a spider gear in the rear-end assembly and he coated to the infield and out of the race on lap 39. Shaw finished second and third went to Matthew Turner in the J.T. Kerr Racing Equipment Special. Kyle Shaw took the fourth spot in the Columbus Nissan Trak-Star and Chase Edge was fifth in the Edge’s Gas Company Special.
Thomas continues to lead the Chevrolet Performance Super Late Model Series point standings with a total of 394 points and a 38-point lead over three drivers who are now tied for the second spot. Johnson, Edge and Turner now all have 356 points.