GREENVILLE, Miss. — Jeremy Shaw turned his 2012 season around Saturday by winning the sixth annual Gumbo Nationals for the NeSmith Chevrolet Dirt Late Model Series at Greenville Speedway.
Shaw led all 60 laps of the race to collect the $5,000 top prize driving the Summit Resource Development Trak-Star.
“We started out the season challenging for the NeSmith Chevrolet Weekly Racing Series Championship, and won a NeSmith Chevrolet Dirt Late Model Series Touring Division race in May, but the last two months has been tough for our team,” said Shaw, who finished fifth in the NeSmith Chevrolet Weekly Racing Series points. “This win was big for us and really turned our season around.”
Shaw held off a late race challenge from Tait Davenport, who caught Shaw in lapped traffic and challenged for the lead on lap 46 and lap 54. But Davenport suddenly fell off the pace in the Murtco, Inc. Special and coasted to a stop in turn two on lap 55. Davenport’s misfortune earned him the Dominator Race Products Hard Luck Award.
“I was pretty much committed to the top of the race track, and when we got to the lapped traffic, I tried to go to the bottom, but lost all of my momentum,” Shaw said. “I knew someone was there challenging me, but the cautions seemed to work in our advantage all night, and we kept clear race track in front of us.”
Two-time NeSmith Chevrolet Weekly Racing Series Champion David Earl Gentry finished second and gained two points on point leader Matthew Turner, who finished third.
Two-time NeSmith Chevrolet Dirt Late Model Series Champion Eric Cooley and Johnny Stokes completed the top five.