MERIDIAN, Miss. – Brent Barrett drove the Custom Spraying Inc. GRT to his first career NeSmith Chevrolet Dirt Late Model Series win on Saturday night in the Coca-Cola 40 at Whynot Motorsports Park, the opening race of the Salute To The Armed Forces Nationals.
Barrett took the lead with five laps to go after Jason Cliburn and Justin McRee crashed while battling for the lead. Barrett led the final five laps to take a .843 margin of victory at the checkered flag over Josh Adkins in the Yellow Hammer Construction Special.
“I really hated to see what happened to Cliburn and McRee because they had a good race going,” Barrett said. “But it feels good to finally win one these races. We’ve been trying for a long time, and I hope this is the first of more to come in the future.”
Adkins was disqualified from his second-place finish during the post-race technical inspection when it was found that his race car had a chemically enhanced tire. Not only did Adkins lose the second-place finish, but the disqualification also cost him the point lead.
Chase Washington moved up to the second spot after starting 18th in the Southern Chicks Special and Daniel Bridgmon finished third in the Robinson Electric Supply Special. Defending NeSmith Chevrolet Dirt Late Model Series National Champion Ronnie Johnson was fourth in the NeSmith Chevrolet Special.
Johnny Stokes drove the Bassett Hound Motorsports GRT to a fifth-place finish and Casey Haney came from the 22nd starting spot to finish sixth in the Sinclair Auto Sales Rocket. Steven Bryan took the seventh spot in the Permanent Exterior Solutions Trak-Star.
Mack McCarter was eighth in the CVR Race Cars house car and Ryan Crane finished ninth in the Panama City Cycles Trak-Star. Rodney Wing rounded out the top ten in the Hot Stuff Pizza Trak-Star.
Johnson took over the NeSmith Chevrolet Dirt Late Model Series point lead with 620 points and holds a six-point lead over McCarter with 614.
Brent Barrett, Chase Washington, Daniel Bridgmon, Ronnie Johnson, Johnny Stokes, Casey Haney, Steven Bryan, Mark McCarter, Ryan Crane, Rodney Wing, Larry Murphy, Walker Arthur, Josh Banes, Chris Noah, Joey Mullenix, Stephen Brantley, Jason Cliburn, Justin McRee, Jim McDuffie, Randy Boyd, Evan Ellis, Cody Martin, Tim Dees, Josh Adkins.