Harrod wins at Penton for first series victory
By Roby HelmNeSmith Chevrolet Dirt Late Model Series
PENTON, Ala. (June 18) — Polesitter Larry Harrod of Plains, Ga., led all 40 laps Friday at Penton Raceway for his first career NeSmith Chevrolet Dirt Late Model Series. The Crate Late Model victory paid $2,000 has Harrod beat Matthew Turner of Dawsonville, Ga., to the checkered flag.
William Thomas of Phenix City, Ala., finished third and former series champion Chip Brindle of Chatsworth, Ga., was fourth. Reigning series champ Eric Cooley of Fulton, Miss., rounded out the top five.
Harrod will try Saturday to become the third straight driver to sweep weekend events at Penton and East Alabama Motor Speedway in Phenix City. Thomas and Scott Knowles pulled off sweeps the last two seasons.
Stars and Stripes 40: (1) Larry Harrod, (2) Matthew Turner, (3) William Thomas, (4) Chip Brindle, (5) Eric Cooley, (6) Tod Darda, (7) Justin McRee, (8) Shannon Lee, (9) Chris McElhenney, (10) Rodgerick Dykes, (11) Chase Edge, (12) Jay Burchfield, (13) Jordy Nipper, (14) Charlie Henderson, (15) Kevin Maher, (16) Josh Noles, (17) Paul Walters, (18) Derrick Rainey, (19) Terrance Nowell, (20) Marcus Minga, (21) Curtis Cline, (22) Marc Gooden, (23) Michael Blount, (24) Ryan King. Fast qualifier (among 34 cars): Harrod, 14.453 seconds. Consolation race winners: Gooden, McRee, McElhenney.