CHILLICOTHE, Ohio – Jimmy Nier brought home the 410 Outlaw Sprint win at Ohio’s Atomic Speedway on Saturday during the track’s fan appreciation night.
Jeremy Berwanger, “The Murray City Bandit,” rode away with the 25-lap Late Model main event win, while Kenny Johnson claimed the AMRA Modified crown – his fourth of the season at Atomic – and Jamie Adams won the Street Stocks.
Thirty-seven cars representing five states – Ohio, West Virginia, Kentucky, Indiana, and Michigan – were whittled down to the 20-car A-main field. Nier blasted from sixth to third on the first lap as Nathan Skaggs raced Sam Ashworth to the start-finish line to lead the first lap. Skaggs led the next nine circuits before Nier chased him down to take the lead. Aaron Higgins gave his mount a great ride in a fifteenth to tenth place run, while Ryan Brought barnstormed through the pack from 17th to ninth.
Nier’s race-winning pass in his No. 00 Fisher-powered Maxim came in turn three when Nier blitzed between the lapped cars of Chris Myers and Cody Gardner. The door slammed shut on Danny Smith, who had to fight past those lapped cars, allowing Nier to open up a convincing margin of victory at the flag stand. Heat winners were Sam Ashworth, Cole Duncan, Nier, and Jimmy Stinson. Ryan Broughton and Dave Dickson won each of the two B-mains.
Rounding out the top ten were Nier, Smith, Nathan Skaggs, Jimmy Stinson, Cole Duncan, Mark Imler, Sam Ashworth, Brandy Bower, Ryan Broughton, and Aaron Higgins.
“It’s great to see all these fans in the stands,” Nier said. “I’d like to thank everyone for coming out and thanks to my crew for giving me a good race car. I heard Danny back there and knew I had to do something. I saw a tight hole open up between those two lapped cars and said to myself, ‘It’s now or never,’ and went for the opportunity. That probably saved us a down to the wire battle with Danny.”