PENTON, Ala. – William Thomas became the answer to a future trivia question on Friday night as he won the first-ever “Factory Backed and Factory Built” Chevrolet Performance Super Late Model Series 50-lap race at Penton Raceway featuring dirt late models powered by the LS production-based All-Aluminum Chevrolet Racing Engine.
Thomas swept the program driving the Alexander’s Industrial Service GRT to fast time honors in qualifying to earn the pole position for the main event, and then lead all 50 laps of the race to collect the $3,000 top prize.
National Dirt Hall of Fame Inductee Ronnie Johnson finished second in the Tommy Pope Construction Warrior. Johnson was able to get close to Thomas as he negotiated lapped traffic, but once the leader had clear race track in front of him, Thomas could pull away.
“It feels great to win this first race, but it didn’t feel good trying to get around some of the lapped cars,” Thomas said. “My crew signaled me that I had a big lead, and I hated to give it up in lapped traffic, but it all worked out for us.”
Chase Edge took the second spot in the Edge’s Gas Company Special, and Tim Busha was fourth in the Kilpatrick Racing GRT. David Brannon finished fifth in the Elora Gin Company Special.
Thomas earned the pole position for the start of the race, touring the three-eighths-mile clay oval in 13.998 seconds in time trials. Thomas beat second quick qualifier Johnson into the first turn and began to open up a lead over the Chattanooga Flash with Edge hustling from his fifth starting spot into third, with Busha fourth and Turner in fifth.