PENTON, Ala. – William Thomas took home his second-straight win in the NeSmith Chevrolet Dirt Late Model Series Salute To America Nationals on Thursday night at Penton Raceway.
For the second straight night, Thomas led wire-to-wire for all 40 laps in the J.W. Miller Land and Timber Special.
It was also the second straight sweep for Thomas, as he was also the fast qualifier among the 29 entrants to earn the pole position for the main event.
The race was not uneventful for Thomas, however, as he crashed with lapped car on lap 23, and then had to hold off a late race challenge from Tod Darda.
“I’m thankful that we were able to continue after getting into the lapped car,” Thomas said. “Last night the lapped cars gave me room to get by, but tonight, they were really in the way. Tomorrow night, I might have to move them out of the way. I do want to thank Tod Darda because I knew he was there at the end of the race and he raced me clean.”
Darda had to settle for second in the PW Performance GRT, .237 second behind Thomas at the checkered flag. Chase Edge drove the Edge’s Gas Company Special to his second-straight third-place finish and moved up to the fourth spot in the NeSmith Chevrolet Dirt Late Model Series point standings.
NeSmith Chevrolet Dirt Late Model Series point leader Matthew Turner also posted his second-straight top five finish in the Hedman Husler Special with a fourth-place effort.
Turner now holds a 20-point advantage over two-time series champion David Earl Gentry in the $20,000 championship battle.
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