MERIDIAN, Miss. — Rodney Wing posted a wire-to-wire $5,000 victory in the sixth annual Coca-Cola Zero 75 for the NeSmith Chevrolet Dirt Late Model Series Saturday night at Whynot Motorsports Park in the Lawson Construction Rocket.
Wing had a close call with a lapped car on lap 32, but he just made it through and then breezed to victory.
Coming through the fourth turn on the 32nd lap, the lapped car of Ryan King spun in front of Wing, who had to take evasive action through the infield and just clipped a utility tire that marked the inside of the race track.
“I thought we were in trouble when the lapped car spun in front of us and we hit that utility tire, but we re-enforced our front bumper with some plywood, and it held up,” Wing said. “We really needed this win because our funds were getting pretty low this late in the season. Not much of this race car belongs to me, but I sure do love to drive it.”
Mike Boland got close to Wing early in the race, but had to settle for second in The Strength Center Trak-Star, a half-straightaway behind Wing at the checkered flag. Point-leader Dan Breuer finished third in the AES Racing Special and extended his point lead over two-time series champion David Earl Gentry to 46 points.
Gentry, who was six points behind Breuer coming into the race, was the first car out of the race on lap six when his Eads Farms/Dixon Plumbing Warrior was forced into the backstretch wall by another car and finished 26th.
Johnny Stokes took the fourth spot in the TJC Mortgage/Maximum Signs and Graphics GRT which moved him into the 10th spot in the NeSmith Chevrolet Dirt Late Model Series standings. Two-time series champion Eric Cooley started 18th and finished fifth in the Harrod Logging Special.
Rodney Wing, Mike Boland, Dan Breuer, Johnny Stokes, Eric Cooley, Larry Harrod, Shannon Lee, Matthew Turner, Chase Edge, Daniel Bridgeman, Randy King, T.K. King, Jared Smith, Tody Ratcliff, Mark Tice, Jeremy Shaw, Ryan King, Justin McRee, Shay Knight, Jim McDuffie, Randy Boyd, Neil Baggett, Chris O’Connor, Brent Barrettf, Tim Dees, David Earl Gentry.