Johnson Battles Old Foe For NeSmith Cash
COLUMBUS, Miss. — Ronnie Johnson bagged the 14th NeSmith Chevrolet Dirt Late Model Series National triumph of his career Sunday night during the 40-lap feature at Magnolia Motor Speedway.
Johnson held off Johnny Virden, whom he battled regularly during the mid-1990s as part of the former Hav-A-Tampa Dirt Late Model Series, to win the event despite multiple challenges from Virden.
“I really appreciate the way Johnny Virden raced me tonight as we raced close, but never touched,” Johnson said. “It was a good race for the fans as we had to chase the track all night long. At first it was tacky, then it slicked up, and then it rubbered up, so I had to keep looking for the right groove for the track conditions.”
Evan Ellis was third ahead of Jamie Tollison and Chase Edge.