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.: November 25, 2016 Results:.

Columbus, MS - Tennessee's own Riley Hickman completed a dominant weekend at Magnolia Motor Speedway by leading 100 laps and claiming the $10,000 top prize for renewed running of the Possum Town Grand Prix. Hickman's CVR Race Car with Hickman Manufacturing sponsorship crossed the finish line 3.444 seconds ahead of second place finisher Chase Washington of Houlka, MS. 2009 and 2010 NeSmith Dirt Late Model Series National Champion Eric Cooley came home third, with Spring, TX driver Chris Brown fourth, and Grant Garrison taking a top five finish back to his home state of Kentucky.

Hickman led the 26 car field to the green flag for the 100-lap event at the immaculate facility known for its ultra-racy "black ice" racing surface. The field quickly spread out on the wide surface, but Hickman was able to take advantage of the side-by-side action behind him and jump to an early lead. The first of 6 caution flags would come on lap 12 when 2016 NeSmith Dirt Late Model Series Champion Cory Hedgecock would spin his Eagle Racing Engines/Brucebilt Rocket off turn 4. Hedgecock would head pitside for quick repairs and rejoin the field, eventually working his way up to the 10th spot at the finish. The field would go back to green with Hickman again jumping to a several car length lead before the caution lights would come back on at lap 18 for the slowing car of David Breazeale, who would retire from the event.

Once again at the restart Hickman would establish himself as the man that everyone was going to have to beat in order to take home the check. Two and three-wide action with wholesale position changes were taking place all through the field. The action would take the field all the way to lap 60 when the caution flag would wave for a competition fuel stop. After the brief pause in the action, it was Hickamn again establishing a lead although it would be short lived as the caution would wave again on lap 64 for a solo spin by Michael Blount in the Magnolia Transport special.

The "Dixie-style" double file restart placed Hickman out front by himself where he was able to take another lead. Meanwhile, the action amongst the top 10 was intense, and even moreso for the top 5 positions as Brown, Cooley, Washington, Garrison, and Chase Edge went after each other lap after lap. Lap 71 would see the yellow lights flash for the 5th time after the 4J of Josh Banes made hard contact with the outside wall in turn 1. Banes was able to refire the car, but his night would come to an end. The lap 71 restart would stack the field up for a 30-lap "dash" to the finish. Hickman still flashed his dominance on the restart as he maintained his race-long lead before the final caution would wave on lap 86 for the recent Southern 100 at Southern Raceway winner Andy Picklesimer who spun his #1 machine in turn 4.

The lap 86 restart proved to be intense as Hickman, who had been able to establish his lead on each prior restart, would appear to not get going as well which allowed Chase Washington and Eric Cooley to stay right on the rear of Hickman. Washington and Cooley's battle for position ultimately allowed Hickman to overcome the slow restart and re-establish his multi-car lead which would not be challenged during the final 14 laps allowing him to flash under the checkered flag and claim the $10K payday after leading wire-to-wire.

Along with crowning Hickman the 2016 Possum Town Grand Prix Champion, other NeSmith Racing Champions were recognized for their 2016 accomplishments which included: Cory Hedgecock of Loudon, TN was crowned the 2016 NeSmith Dirt Late Model Series National Champion along with Cruise with the Champions Rookie of the Year; Bryant Marsh was honored as the 2016 Sunoco Young Guns Challenge Champion; Michael Arnold makes it back-to-back NeSmith Weekly Racing Series National Championships; and Spencer Hughes will claim the 2016 NeSmith Performance Parts Street Stock Division National Championship.

The Possum Town Grand Prix closes out the 2016 racing season for the NeSmith Dirt Late Model Series. The staff would like to thank the drivers, fans, sponsors, and especially our promoters for an excellent season. 2017 Winter Shootout and Touring Division schedule are planneed to be released in the coming days and weeks.



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NeSmith Chevrolet, Buick, GMC is the Official Title Sponsor of the NeSmith Chevrolet Dirt Late Model Series.
Chevrolet Performance is an Official Sponsor of the NeSmith Chevrolet Dirt Late Model Series.
Hoosier Racing Tire is the Official Tire of the NeSmith Dirt Late Model Series.
Sunoco Race Fuels is the Official Race Fuel of the Series.
Panama City Cycles is the Official ATV Provider of the Series.
Cruise with the Champions is the Official Vacation and Rookie of the Year Sponsor for the Series.
RockAuto.com is an Associate Sponsor of the Series and Official Sponsor of the RockAuto.com Winter Shootout Series.
David Smith Carburetors is the Official Carburetor of NeSmith Racing.

Contingency Sponsors Include: Out-Pace Performance, Crate Insider.com, AR Bodies, FreeStyle Graphix, and Knowles Racing Parts and Bodies.

2016 Chassis Sponsors are Trak-Star Race Cars, Warrior Race Cars, Rocket Chassis, GRT Race Cars, and CVR Race Cars.

Feature Finish
1 R1 Riley Hickman
2 38 Chase Washington
3 72 Eric Cooley
4 21 Chris Brown
5 1 Grant Garrison
6 18 Chase Edge
7 33 Scott Dedwylder
8 4 Michael Arnold
9 1m Neil Baggett
11 73 Evan Ellis
12 117 Jake Teague
13 55 Chris Kratzer
14 1s Jeremy Shaw
15 147 Hunter Carroll
16 760 Jim McDuffie
17 19 Marcus Minga
18 121 Michael Blount
19 01 Nick Thrash
20 77 Robbie Starnes
21 2 Tyler Burgess
22 1 Andy Picklesimer
23 23 Cory Hedgecock
23 4j Josh Banes - Y
24 3 Todd Robinson
25 00 Ricky Waggoner
26 17 David Brazeale

ENTRIES: 66
FAST QUALIFIER: Riley Hickman – 14.720
PROVISIONALS: Minga and Blount
LEAD CHANGES: None
LAP LEADERS: Riley Hickman – 1-100

Super Late Models
1- 18 David Breazeale
2- 33b Eric Cooley
3- 327 Jamie Tollison
4- 44 Brett White
5- 2s Kyle Shaw
6- 29 Buddy George
7- 55 Ryan King
8- 4G Shebly Sheedy
9- 10 Matthew Turner
10- 8A Austin Arnold
11- 18 Jamie Pickard
12- 28 Kevin Lovvorn
13- 8 Mitchell Cauley
14- 11 Jason Michau
15- 0 Tracy Martin
16- 21 Phillip Gibson
17- 15 Jimmy Miller
18- 1c Chad Thrash
19- 1 Ronnie Brown
20- 10 Terry Taylor
21- 3 Shay Knight
22- 17 Billy Franklin

Street Stocks
1- 17 Chris Brown
2- 25 Justin McRee
3- 2 Lee Ray
4- 6 TK King
5- 10 Rodney Wing
6- 93 Johnny Stokes
7- 11 Spencer Hughes
8- 14 Ben Keith
9- 68 Brian Rickman
10- 1k Dewayne Estes
11- 29 Josh Tomlin
12- 1P2 Joel Landers
13- 1 John Smart
14- 01 Greg Wilkins
15- 11 Jay Burchfield
16- 4 Marvin Beard
17- 10 Michael Blade
18- 75 Charlie Gardner
19- 10 Justin Abel
20- 40 David Franklin
21- 21 Phil Kizzire
22- 26 Doug Dodd
23- 00 Jimmy Nolen
24- 74 Scotty Vowell
25- 25 James Head

Factory Stocks
1- 4 John Johnson
2- 53 Scooter Ware
3- 22 John Beard
4- 27 Tommy Lowery
5- 21 Carl Kilgore
6- 27 William Arnett
7- 7 Zack Shelton
8- 15 Matt Haney
9- 1 Patrick Easterling
10- 7 Mike Huddler
11- 06 Jordan Wilkins
12- 5 Dustin Rushing
13- 5 Heath Beard
14- 44 Joshua Motichek
15- 4 Brandon Whitley
16- 74 Nich Stoop
17- 5 Logan Lux
18- T1 Colby Taylor
19- 51 Reilly McAlpin
20- 01 Dan Peacock
21- 1 Will Sennett
22- 93 Jacob Fargo
23- 9 Ellie Hughes
24- 27 Lexi Grantham

602 Late Model Stocks
1- 3 Tony Shelton
2- 4 Wiley Willams
3- 31 Jason Downs
4- 95 Wesley Green
5- 21 Joe Roberts
6- 10 Chuck Gibson
7- 12 Scooter Ware
8- 6 Chris Wood
9- 21 Daniel Gann
10- 17 Jed Ralston
11- 4 Jason Bryd
12- 14 Cruz Wallace
13- 15 Roman Ponds
14- 80 Felix George
15- 110 Andy Taylor
16- 87 Bill Moffett
17- 54 Chase Pennington
18- 35 Adam Anderson
19- 50 Allen Simmons
20- 34 Jonathan Pridmore

Possum Town Grand Prix at The MAG Friday Night

Magnolia Motor Speedway
Car Count 134
NeSmith Late Models 66
Street Stocks 25
Factory Stocks 21
602 Late Model Stock 22

SUPER LATE MODELS WILL RACE SATURDAY

NeSmith Late Model Top 16

1- 1R Riley Hickman
2- 73 Evan Ellis
3- 72 Eric Cooley
4- 23 Cory Hedgecock
5- 38 Chase Washington
6- 1 Grant Garrison
7- 117 Jake Teague
8- 01 Nick Thrash
9- 18 Chase Edge
10- 21 Chris Brown
11- 2 Tyler Burgess
12- 55 Chris Katzer
13- 760 Jimbo McDuffie
14- 147 Hunter Carroll
15- 4 Michael Arnold
16- 3 Todd Robinson
17- 77 Robbie Starnes
18- 00 Ricky Waggoner

NeSmith B-Main #1
1- 1m Neil Baggett
2- 20 Cliff Ross
3- 79 Billy Flannagan
4- 57 Josh Adkins
5- 84 Randall Beckwith
6- 1 Andy Picklesimer
7- 1 Bryant Marsh
8- 18 Jamie Pickard
9- 84 Sam Halstead
10- 10 Ronnie Cooper
11- 66 Chambers McGliberry
12- 58 Brandon Shaw
13- 4 Joe Mike
14- 104 Adam Schragg
15- 31 Rodney Bruce
16- 03 Chris O'Connor

NeSmith B-Main # 2
1- 4 Josh Banes
2- 17 David Breazeale
3- 98 Eric Hickerson
4- 3 Kelley Shryock
5- 25 Justin McRee
6- 19 Marcus Minga
7- 4G Shelby Sheedy
8- 121 Michael Blount
9- 115 Cody Gentry
10- 56jr Colton Horner
11- 62 Zach Jenkins
12- 9k Steve Bryan
13- 33 Jeremy Bishop
14- 48 Tody Ratcliff
15- 22 Jamey Smith
16- 99 DJ Brasfield

NeSmith B-Main #3
1- 33 Scott Dedwylder
2- 10 Steven Jones
3- 1s Jeremy Shaw
4- 2s Kyle Shaw
5- 7 Hunter Lewis
6- 1c Chad Thrash
7- 1 Payton Freeman
8- 15 Jason Britton
9- 33 Sid Scarbrough
10- 00 Bronson Berry
11- 11 Joey Mullinex
12- 8 Christopher Showah
13- 10 Matthew Turner
14- 007 Kenneth Montiel
15- 00 Monte Skinner
16- 17 Jesse McNorton

MSSS Street Stocks Top 18
1- 17 Chris Brown
2- 11 Spencer Hughes
3- 25 Justin McRee
4- 10 Rodney Wing
5- 14 Ben Keith
6- 93 Johnny Stokes
7- 11 Jay Burchfield
8- 6 TK King
9- 2 Lee Ray
10- 1k Dewayne Estes
11- 1s John Smart
12- 68 Brian Rickman
13- 1P2 Joel Landers
14- 29 Josh Tomlin
15- 4 Marvin Beard
16- 75 Charlie Gardner
17- 10 Michael Blade
18- 01 Greg Wilkins

Factory Stocks Main Event Lineup
1- 5 Heath Beard
2- 5 Logan Lux
3- 53 Scooter Ware
4- 15 Matt Haney
5- 21 Carl Kilgore
6- 4 John Johnson
7- 44 Joshua Motichek
8- 1r Will Sennett
9- 4 Brandon Whitley
10- 7 Zach Shelton
11- 5 Dustin Rushing
12- 22 John Beard
13- 74 Nick Stoop
14- 01 Dan Peacock
15- 9 Ellie Hughes
16- 27 Lexi Grantham
17- 51 Reilly McAlpin
18- 06 Jordan Wilkins
19- 93 Jacob Fargo
20- 7 Mike Huddler
21- 27 Tommy Lowery

602 Late Mode Stock Main Event Lineup
1- 10 Terry Taylor
2- 4 Wiley Williams
3- 3 Tony Shelton
4- 31 Jason Downs
5- 14 Cruz Wallace
6- 10 Chuck Gibson
7- 87 Bill Moffett
8- 34 Jonathan Pridmore
9- 95 Wesley Greene
10- 50 Allen Simmons
11- 6 Chris Wood
12- 17 Jed Ralston
13- 21 Daniel Gann
14- 4 Jason Byrd
15- 21 Joe Roberts
16- 80 Felix Geroge
17- 110 Andy Taylor
18- 12 Scooter Ware
19- 54 Chace Pennington
20- 1 Chambers McGilberry
21- 15 Roman Ponds
22- 35 Adam Anderson