BRASSTOWN, N.C. — When Ronnie Johnson climbed from his NeSmith Chevrolet Special in the Tech Area after what appeared to the be a second-place finish on Friday night in the Bill Hendren Memorial 40 at Tri-County Race Track, he was all smiles after a four-car three-wide battle for the runner-up spot.
A few minutes later, Johnson was declared the winner.
The apparent winner of the race, Jason Welshan, who took the checkered flag with a full straightaway advantage over Johnson, was disqualified during the post-race technical inspection when it was discovered that a tire that came off his Hidden Hollow Motorsports Special had been chemically altered.
That gave the defending NeSmith Chevrolet Dirt Late Model Series National Champion Johnson his second win of the season and the 19th of his series career.
The victory also gave Johnson the NeSmith Chevrolet Dirt Late Model Series point lead in the battle for the $20,000 National Championship by four points over Mack McCarter.
Walker Arthur took the second spot in the Cecil B. Arthur Beef Farms Special and McCarter finished third. Local favorite Jacob Anderson and Johnny Stokes filled the top five.
Ronnie Johnson, Walker Arthur, Mack McCarter, Jacob Anderson, Johnny Stokes, Tanner Works, Matthew Turner, Jacob Grizzle, Chris Noah, Brent Rhodes, Barry Anderson, Michael Blount, Matt Henderson, Jimmy Elliott, Marcus Minga, Paydon Shook, Chase Edge, Ronald Dunn, Jamie Oliver, Todd Morrow, Michael Barnett, Brian Kinnersley, Steven Sofield, Jason Welshan.