Nicholson Stops Crawley At Greenville

Anthony Nicholson (Jacob Seelman photo)
Anthony Nicholson (Jacob Seelman photo)
Anthony Nicholson (Jacob Seelman photo)

GREENVILLE, Miss. — Normally Anthony Nicholson is “the Shark” in United Sprint Car Series filtercharged by K&N competition, but Friday night at Greenville Speedway, he became “the Exterminator.”

Nicholson, the 2008 USCS Rookie of the Year from Bartlett, Tennessee, took the lead from K&N polesitter Terry Gray on the opening lap of Friday’s 20-lap Ellis Palasini Black Widow Classic preliminary A-main and then held off 2012 USCS champion Tim “the Crawdaddy” Crawley on a green-white-checkered finish to win his second USCS feature of the 2014 season and first-ever at Greenville.

The victory was Nicholson’s sixth career USCS feature victory, moving him into a tie for 13th on the all-time series win list, and the Tennessee native becomes the first driver to beat Crawley in USCS competition since June 28th when Crawley won at Poplar Bluff Speedway in Missouri.

“We found a little bit on that first restart (on lap 3); Tim (Crawley) drove underneath me for a second and I sure didn’t want to see any more (yellows),” Nicholson said. “I just tried to basically take his line away on all the other restarts. There at the end, you know – I hate I did that to Ronny – I don’t drive like that, and he knows I don’t. It was accidental, but when Crawley’s right there you just gotta go and we did that and got the win tonight.”

Behind Nicholson and Crawley, Terry Gray, the 10-time USCS champion rounded out the podium in third place. Andy McElhannon finished fourth with Morgan Turpen fifth.

The finish:

Anthony Nicholson, Tim Crawley, Terry Gray, Andy McElhannon, Morgan Turpen, Eddie Gallagher, Michael Miller, Shane Morgan, Jeff Willingham, Ronny Howard, Terry Witherspoon, Nic Jenkins, Brett McMillan, Greg Merritt, Jerod Roller.