Thomas Shows Penton Power


PENTON, Ala. — William Thomas drove the J.W. Miller Land and Timber Special to a wire-to-wire win Friday night in the Spring Nationals 40 for the NeSmith Chevrolet Dirt Late Model Series Tour at Penton Raceway.

Thomas took the lead on lap one from his outside front row starting spot to post his fifth series career win.

Thomas swept around the outside of polesitter Scott Knowles in the PW Performance Special through turn one after the green flag came out, and the winner said that was the key to his victory.

“I knew I had to get a good start to get around the outside of Scott Knowles at the start because he is quick around here,” Thomas said. “It was a good race track tonight even though it changed a few times during the race, but my car was good enough that I could race just about anywhere.”

Chase Edge finished second after celebrating his 18th birthday earlier in the week. Two-time series champion David Earl Gentry was third while Matthew Turner and Albert Cosnahan completed the top five.

The finish:

William Thomas, Chase Edge, David Earl Gentry, Matthew Turner, Albert Cosnahan, Danny Breuer, Tod Darda, Frank Wilson, Jake Teague, Doug Stephens, Shannon Lee, Tootie Arnold, Mark Tice, Paul Walters, Rodgerick Dykes, Mark Rosner, Oliver Gentry, Matt Dooley, Tony Lawson, Steve Cooke, Ryan King, Jimmy Elkins, Jr., Scott Knowles, Jake Sanders.