COLUMBUS, Miss. — Scott Dedwylder gave his car owner Chase Washington some more “Race Track Therapy” Sunday night at Magnolia Motor Speedway by driving the Jerry Inmon Racing Special to his second straight NeSmith Chevrolet Dirt Late Model Series victory in the Salute To The Air Force 40.
It was a successful weekend for Washington, both on and off the track. On the track, Dedwylder earned $4,425 in three straight nights of NeSmith Chevrolet Dirt Late Model Series racing at Hattiesburg Motorsports Park in Hattiesburg, Miss., on Friday, where Dedwylder finished sixth, and then took the win on Saturday night at Whynot Motorsports Park in Meridian, Miss.
Off the track, race fans opened their hearts and wallets to the tune of $9,000 raising money to help Washington off-set his medical expenses while he recovers from successful major surgery to remove a foot and a half cancerous portion of his small intestine, and undergoes six precautionary chemotherapy treatments over an 18-week period.
The money to benefit the 22-year-old 2012 NeSmith Chevrolet Weekly Racing Series Champion from Houlka, Miss., came from Raffles and Ride For Life two-seat dirt late model rides that were auctioned off at each of the three events that were a part of the Memorial Day Weekend Salute To The Armed Forces for the NeSmith Chevrolet Dirt Late Model Series.
“This has been a wonderful weekend for me and great therapy with the outpouring of love and support from the racing community, and the success Scott has had on the race track with back-to-back wins,” Washington said. “I can’t thank everyone enough for what they’ve done and I pray that God will bless each and every one of them, as He has blessed me for having them in my life.”
Dedwylder’s second win didn’t come without a fight; however, as Justin McRee took Dedwylder to a mid-race lead swapping party in heavy lapped traffic. Dedwylder started on the pole position and led the first 21 laps, but as he tried to negotiate lapped traffic, McRee pulled up to battle for the lead.
Between laps 22 and 26, the lead changed hands at the flag stand four times, and even more times at various points around the race track. McRee, working to the outside of Dedwylder, led lap 22 and 23 before Dedwylder edged him at the flag stand to lead lap 24. J-Mac sailed back around the outside of Dedwylder to lead lap 25, but when Dedwylder came back to lead lap 26, he cleared the lapped traffic, and pulled away for the victory in the caution flag-free race.
“This race track was in great shape tonight and we could race anywhere from the infield to the wall all of the way around it,” Dedwylder said. “When I came up on the two lapped cars running side by, I thought I could fill the hole between them, but when I looked to my right, there was McRee taking us four-wide!”
After clearing the lapped cars, Dedwylder pulled away to take a 2.7 second margin of victory over McRee, who finished second in the High Roller Race Cars Special. Evan Ellis took the third spot in the Ellis Welding Special.
Scott Dedwylder, Justin McRee, Evan Ellis, Ronnie Johnson, Rodney Wing, Ronny Hollingsworth, Brent Barrett, Johnny Stokes, Eric Cooley, Montana Dudley, Kyle Bronson, Shep Lucas, Shan Smith, Jeremy Shaw, David Earl Gentry, Daniel Bridgmon, Tait Davenport, Jamey Boland, Mack McCarter, Josh Adkins, Cliff Williams, T.K. King, Tony Gray, Michael Blount.