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Daily Dirt 02/24/2021 23:10:53

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March 23
Cochran Motor Speedway,
Cochran, GA
Sanction: Crate Racin’ USA Winter Series (Cochran Clash) - $2,000
Information provided by: Series and track reports (last updated March 24, 4:05 pm)
Thomas inherits victory at Cochran Clash
Cochran Clash
  1. Jimmy Thomas
  2. Joseph Brown
  3. Terrance Nowell
  4. Travis Pennington
  5. Ashton Winger
  6. Peyton Freeman
  7. Larry Harrod
  8. Chase Edge
  9. Chad Stapleton
  10. Ronnie Johnson
  11. Austin Burns
  12. Jimmy Elliott
  13. Shane Riner
  14. Wil Herrington
  15. Rodgerick Dykes
  16. Ches Chester
  17. Ben Faircloth
  18. Jody Knowles
  19. Jordy Nipper
  20. Kole Hardy
  21. Cody Smith
  22. Rick Culpepper
  23. Russell Brown Jr.
  24. Jimmy Sharpe Jr.
presented by
Tommy Bates
Jimmy Thomas won $2,000 in NeSmith action at Cochran, Ga.
What won the race: Jimmy Thomas of Phenix City, Ala., inherited Friday's weekend-opening victory of the Cochran Clash on NeSmith's RockAuto.com Winter Shootout. Thomas was awarded the victory when Jimmy Sharpe Jr. of Soperton, Ga., failed to pass postrace technical inspection after leading all but the first two laps. Thomas earned $2,000.
Key notes: Jimmy Sharpe Jr. was disqualified because his engine was equipped with illegal pistons. ... Thomas earned his first series victory. ... Ten drivers finished on the lead lap. ... Polesitter Terrance Nowell led the first two laps but settled for third while runner-up Joseph Brown led lap 28 (Sharpe led the rest of the laps). ... Cochran's doubleheader weekend wraps up the NeSmith Winter Series. … Saturday’s race pays $4,000-to-win. … Four NeSmith Winter Series events have produced three winners this season: Ronnie Johnson of Chattanooga, Tenn., Mark Whitener of Middleburg, Fla., and Kyle Bronson of Brandon. Fla., each have wins, with Bronson winning the last two events. … Whitener is indefinitely suspended from NeSmith action because of unsportsmanlike conduct.
On the move: Payton Freeman of Commerce, Ga., started 11th and finished sixth.
Winner's sponsors: Thomas drives a Scorpion Race Car sponsored by Five Star Hyundai and Pepsi.
Points chase: Entering the weekend, Jimmy Elliott of Cleveland, Tenn., had 338 points to lead Ronnie Johnson (310 points) of Chattanooga, Tenn., and Andy Picklesimer (304) of Ooltewah, Tenn.
Car count: 30
Fast qualifier: Terrance Nowell
Time: 14.561 seconds
Polesitter: Terrance Nowell
Consolation race winners: Ashton Winger, Chase Edge
Provisional starters: Jody Knowles, Kole Hardy
Next series race: March 24, Cochran Motor Speedway (Cochran, GA) $4,000
Editor's note: Updates with Jimmy Sharpe Jr.'s disqualification and details.
 
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