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Farmer City Raceway

Smith grabs NALMS victory at Farmer City

August 20, 2011, 10:26 am
From correspondent reports
Eric Smith (9), shown battling teammate Jimmy Dehm, earned $2,000 Friday at Farmer City. (Rich Edwards Jr.)
Eric Smith (9), shown battling teammate Jimmy Dehm, earned $2,000 Friday at Farmer City. (Rich Edwards Jr.)

FARMER CITY, Ill. (Aug. 19) — Eric Smith of Bloomington, Ill., notched his first Northern Allstars Late Model Series victory since 2004 on Friday at Farmer City Raceway, earning $2,000 for the victory.

The fifth-starting Smith worked the inside groove and made a backstretch pass on the higher running Kevin Weaver of Gibson City, Ill., pulling away for the victory at the quarter-mile oval.

Ninth-starting Bobby Pierce of Oakwood, Ill., charged into second, leaving Weaver to settle for the third spot. Polesitter and early leader Mike Spatola of Manhattan, Ill., was fourth and sixth-starting Brandon Sheppard of New Berlin, Ill., rounded out the top five. Heat winner Donny Walden of Towanda, Ill., started outside the front row and ended up ninth.

Notes: Smith's Pierce Race Car is sponsored by Scharf Trucking along with Pro Tire and Automotive. ... Smith's only other career Northern Allstars victory came Aug. 21, 2004, at Kamp Motor Speedway in Boswell, Ind. ... A few early cautions slowed the action. ... Don Cisco III, Ryan Little, Curtis Hobbs and Timmy Dick tangled in turn three to force a complete restart. ... Mike Glasscock made contact with Bobby Pierce for another early yellow. ... The night's racing wrapped up at 10:58 p.m. following the hornet feature.

Northern Allstars @ Farmer City: (1) Eric Smith, (2) Bobby Pierce, (3) Kevin Weaver, (4) Mike Spatola, (5) Brandon Sheppard, (6) Ryan Unzicker, (7) Jimmy Dehm, (8) Jim Moon, (9) Donny Walden, (10) Joe Harlan, (11) Steve Lance Jr., (12) Chris Dick, (13) Mike Glasscock, (14) Russ Adams, (15) Bill Gianetti, (16) Curtis Hobbs, (17) Greg Kimmons, (18) Derek Chandler, (19) Tim Lance, (20) Don Cisco III, (21) Ryan Little, (22) Timmy Dick. Fast qualifier (among 22 cars): Spatola, 12.60 seconds. Heat race winners: Walden, Dehm, Spatola.

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