National Dirt Late Model Hall of Fame Inductee Ronnie Johnson of Chattanooga drove the #5 NeSmith Chevrolet Special from the ninth starting spot to finish fourth in the 7th Annual Gumbo Nationals at Greenville Speedway in Greenville, Miss., and clinch the 2013 NeSmith Chevrolet Dirt Late Model Series National Championship worth $20,000.
“This Championship really means a lot to me because it has been awhile since I’ve run for a championship,” Johnson said. “We really weren’t planning on running for the championship, but after we were second in points after the Memorial Day Weekend races, several people stepped up and offered to help me if I would run for it. There are just too many people to thank, but this championship is for them and the fans that have stuck with us all of these years.”
Johnson’s fourth-place finish gave him a 118 point lead over Bronson in the standings, an insurmountable advantage with one race left in the 2013 season.
The 2013 NeSmith Chevrolet Dirt Late Model Series season finale will be the $10,000-to-win 100-lap 9th Annual Chevrolet Performance Parts World Championship Race at Bubba Raceway Park in Ocala, Fla., on Nov. 21-23.