Thomas Earns Gumbo Nationals Pole


GREENVILLE, Miss. — William Thomas drove the Alexander’s Industrial Service GRT to Fast Time honors and a win in the first of four 12-lap Heat Races on Friday night to earn the pole position for the 50-lap $5,000-to-win seventh annual Gumbo Nationals at Greenville Speedway on Saturday night for the NeSmith Chevrolet Dirt Late Model Series.

Thomas out-timed the 36-car field in Qualifying with a lap around the quarter-mile black gumbo clay oval in 15.952 seconds to earn the pole position for the first Heat Race that he went on to win. The top four finishers in each of the four heat races transferred into the Gumbo Nationals main event to make up the “Sweet 16.”

Johnny Stokes won the second 12-lap Heat Race to earn the outside front row starting spot in the Bassett Hound Motorsports GRT. Josh Adkins will start the Gumbo Nationals from the inside second row starting spot after winning the third Heat Race in the Yellow Hammer Construction Special.

Tait Davenport drove the Murtco, Inc. Special to victory in the fourth Heat Race on Friday night to claim the outside second row starting spot in the Gumbo Nationals main event on Saturday night.