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2011 History Archive

May 2nd, 2012- David Earl Gentry and the Gentry Motorsports team found themselves in Abany, GA this past weekend April 27th & 28th for a pair of NeSmith Dirt Late Model Series points races. Friday nights performance produced an 11th place finish and the team rebounded on Saturday to take home the Victory and the first win of the 2012 season.

Friday the team qualified 6th out of the 31 competitors in attendance for the $2000 to-win event.. Starting 6th on the field, Gentry settled in and began to work with the CSB Consultants/Eades Farms/ Hardy and Asscioates/Warrior Chassis, gaining the fifth spot. Track conditions wasn't favorable for passing. On lap 14 Gentry was running fifth, but got out of shape coming off the second turn on lap 14 and lost several spots. The race was halted by four cautions and the Gentry Motorsports team would wind up with an 11th place finish.

Saturday was a different ballgame & game plan. Gentry and Team prepared their Warrior Chassis carefully after watching track prep on the Albany Motor Speedway.

The team would go out and qualify 9th on the 29 car field.  Franklin took the lead at the start of the race from the pole position followed by Sanders, Jake Teague of Oliver Springs, TN in the Wade’s Body Shop Special, the 2011 VP Racing Fuels Rookie of the Year Chase Edge of Lafayette, AL in the Jones Welding Supply Special and Breuer. Cantrell brought out the first yellow flag when he cut down a tire and spun in turn three.

When the field went back to green flag action, Breuer pulled up to race side-by-side with Edge for the fourth spot. By lap five, Franklin held an eight car-length lead over Sanders. Tom Maddox of Centre, AL spun the Meeks Truck and Trailer Rocket in turn two on lap seven to bring out the second caution flag.

Franklin led Sanders, Teague, Breuer, Edge, Gentry, Turner, Harrod, White, and Justin Summers of Greenback, TN in the J.T. Kerr Racing Equipment Stinger back to the green flag. On the restart, Gentry drove under Edge for the fifth spot, and Harrod got around Edge for the sixth position on lap ten.

Gentry continued his charge to the front of the pack by driving under Breuer for the fourth spot on lap 12. The caution lamp was fired up for the third time on lap 14 when J.R. Moseley of Columbus, GA in the Moseley Auto Repair Special caused Sealy to spin in turn three. Moseley was ticketed for the caution, and Sealy got his spot back for the restart.

When the field went back to green, Sanders, Teague and Gentry busted out three-wide in a fierce battle for the second spot. Sanders was able to hold the position, but Gentry got by Teague for the third spot. One lap later, Gentry sailed underneath Sanders to grab the second spot, and was in hot pursuit of the leader Franklin.

Franklin’s lead evaporated when the caution flag came out on lap 17 when Mark Tice stalled the Precision Marine Trak-Star in turn four. Franklin led Gentry, Sanders, Breuer, White, Teague, Harrod, Thomas, Johnny Stokes of Columbus, MS in the Bassett Hound Motorsports GRT, and Edge down for the restart.

Gentry dove under Franklin down the front straightaway into turn one, and the lead duo raced side-by-side for two laps until the caution flag came out on lap 19 when Turner stopped after cutting down a tire. Franklin still held the point over Gentry for the restart, and Sealy had charged from the 24th starting spot and into the top ten for the first time in the race.

The restart saw Gentry once again dive under Franklin going into the first turn, and Gentry made it stick by taking the lead coming off the second turn. Breuer followed Gentry’s tire tracks on the bottom for the track, and passed Sanders to take over the third spot. White also passed Sanders on lap 20 to take command of the fourth position.

By lap 23, Breuer moved inside his AES Racing Teammate Franklin to battle side-by-side for the second spot, and made the pass before the next caution flag on lap 25 when Lavon Sloan of Moultrie, GA nosed the Weeks Farm Machinery Special into the turn two wall. Gentry led Breuer, Franklin, White, Thomas, Sanders, Teague, Stokes, Harrod, and Sealy back to the green flag.

While the top three drivers settled into their respective positions, business was picking up behind them among the rest of the drivers in the top ten. Sanders came from the sixth spot to pass Thomas and White and move back up to fourth on lap 27.

Sanders, White, Thomas, Teague and Stokes were waging war for the fourth spot, but Teague became a casualty on lap 29 when got a piece of the fourth turn wall to bring out the caution flag. Stokes also had to give up a top ten spot during the caution period with a cut down right-rear tire. That earned Stokes the Dominator Race Products Hard Luck Award.

When the field went back to green flag action, White worked his way around Sanders for the fourth spot on lap 32, as Gentry and Breuer began to pull away from Franklin in third. On lap 34, Gentry worked his way through lapped traffic and then pulled out to a half-straightaway lead over Breuer.

Just when it looked like Gentry would cruise to the checkered flag, the caution flag came out on lap 39 when Edge spun in turn two to enable Breuer to close in on Gentry and set up a green-white-checkered dash to the finish of the race. Gentry was up to the challenge, as he pulled away at the drop of the green flag.

Behind the leaders, the action was fast and furious, as Thomas got by White for the fourth spot and Turner charged back up into the top ten. Gentry took the checkered flag with a 1.367 second advantage over Breuer. (NeSmith Racing Notes) Complete results can be seen at www.nesmithracing.com

Gentry and Team sit in the third position in the National NeSmith Dirt Late Model Touring Series with 426 points, Matthew Turner has 432 points in second and Dennis Franklin leads with 466 points

Gentry Motorsports will be heading north for the next two rounds of NeSmith Dirt Late Model Series action this weekend May 4th & 5th at Malden Speedway(Malden, MO) May 4th and Clayhill Motorsports (Atwood,TN) May 5th.

The Gentry Motorsports team would like thank their sponsors for all their support: Eades Farms, Hardy and Associates, Pogue Body Shop, American Race Tires by Jimmy Smith, CSB Consultants, Maxium Signs & Graphics, 5150 Race Trailers, Stealth Racing Carbs, PPM Racing Products, RPI Racing Suspensions, B-LINE Fabrication, and JPM Promotions

April 10th, 2012 - David Earl Gentry wheeled the Eades Farm/CSB Consultants/Hardy and Associates/Mastersbilt super late model to a second place finish this past Saturday night at Duck River Speedways season opener.

Gentry Motorsports returned to their home turf after a few weeks of no racing for the team. Gentry went out and qualified fifth on the field of eight cars in attendance in the super late model division.

Starting fifth in the 25 lap feature, When the green flag waved, Gentry made no haste to start making moves to the front of the pack. As the laps click down, Gentry worked his way up to fourth, as caution would wave for the second place running of #17R of Brad Skinner, who collected the wall and blew out a tire he would retire for the night and that would bump Gentry up to the third spot for the restart behind the #98 of Eric Hickerson.  Gentry would get the jump on Hickerson on the restart and get by him and take the second position . Gentry would make a run at race the leader on the next lap and show Miller his nose coming out of turn two on the bottom side of the track as Miller ran the high side, Miller would have the momentum and pull ahead of Gentry. As the last lap wound down Gentry would settle for a second place finish on the night. 

The Gentry Motorsports team would like thank their sponsors for all their support: Eades Farms, Hardy and Associates, Pogue Body Shop, American Race Tires by Jimmy Smith, CSB Consultants, Maxium Signs & Graphics, 5150 Race Trailers, Stealth Racing Carbs, PPM Racing Products, RPI Racing Suspensions, B-LINE Fabrication, and JPM Promotions

February 4th, 2012- Gentry Motorsports momentum continued on night #2 at Eastbay Raceway Park in Tampa, Fla. of NeSmith Dirt Late Model Series Racing. Coming off an 11th place finish the previous night, Gentry and the team regrouped and set their sights on capitalizing on their notes from night #1.

To rebound from night #1, Gentry would go out in qualifying and lay down the fastest lap amongst the 50 car field with a 15.627 second lap and the fastest of the weekend in qualifying. This would set Gentry up to start on the pole of his heat. Gentry cruised on to win his heat race, earning him the pole position in the feature.

As the green flag dropped on main event, Gentry took the lead at the start of the race from the pole position coming off the second turn followed by Hitt, Franklin, Devin Dixon of Apollo Beach, FL in the Mathis Farms Special and Horton. Franklin passed Hitt for the second spot on the first lap with an inside move coming off the fourth turn. Franklin chased down Gentry and was beginning to look inside to challenge for the lead by lap seven, as the leaders approach the cars on the tail of the lead lap. The first of four caution flags came out on lap nine when Thomas spun in turn one. With Gentry in the lead, Franklin chose the inside for the Dixie-Style double file restart behind the leader with Hitt to his outside in third. When the green flag came out, Franklin was able to find enough real estate on the inside to pass Gentry for the lead by the time they came off the fourth turn. Gentry would challenge a couple more times for the lead on restarts but would not make the pass, while also fending off challenges from third place running of Austin Hubbard. Gentry would finish second behind race winner Rambo Franklin. Complete results can be seen at www.nesmithracing.com

Gentry turned in his best career performance at East Bay Raceway Park with his second-place finish while conducting R&D work for Bilstein Shocks. Gentry was testing the new $150 Bilstein Spec Shocks for the NeSmith Chevrolet Dirt Late Model Series, and showed that spending less can be faster.

“We were good last night before the power steering belt came off on lap five, and Bilstein built be a new shock for tonight that made the car even better,” Gentry said. “This new $150 Bilstein Spec Shock is going to be a good thing for dirt late model racing by saving a lot of people a lot of money and still get great performance. Tonight, with these shocks, was the best I’ve ever ran here.”

Gentry and Team will wrap up the weekend tonight at Eastbay for the $3000 To-Win 50 lap NeSmith Dirt Late Model Series Event.

The Gentry Motorsports team would like thank their sponsors for all their support: Eades Farms, Hardy and Associates, Pogue Body Shop, American Race Tires by Jimmy Smith, CSB Consultants, Maxium Signs & Graphics, 5150 Race Trailers, Stealth Racing Carbs, PPM Racing Products, RPI Racing Suspensions, B-LINE Fabrication, and JPM Promotions

“Disclaimer-some notes are from NeSmith.com”

February 3rd, 2012 - David Earl Gentry and the Gentry Motorsports kicked off the 2012 race season at Eastbay Raceway Park in Tampa, Fl. Competing in the season openers of NeSmith Racings Dirt Late Model Series crate races Feb. 2-4, 2012.

Gentry opened the season by qualifying 3rd quick in his group and 17th out of the 53 cars with a 16.306 second qualifying lap around Eastbay Raceway Park., Setting him up to start in the 3rd position of his heat race. In heat race action Gentry started in the 3rd position and quickly maneuvered the Eades Farms Warrior chassis out front to take the heat  race win and earn the fourth starting spot in the main event.

When feature time rolled to the grid, Gentry started out strong for the first five circuits until the power steering belt gave way, leaving Gentry to man handle the Eades farm Warrior chassis. Pursuing cars began to get past Gentry but he remained in the top-10 until lap 33, Gentry spun in turn 4 bringing out the caution. Gentry would restart on the tail end of the field. Gentry worked his way back through the field to the 11th spot and that would be the final position he gained, to finish on night #1 at Eastbay Raceway Park

The Gentry Motorsports team will give it another go tomorrow night for round #2 of NeSmith Racings Dirt Late Model Series for a $2000 To-Win 40 lap event.

The Gentry Motorsports team would like thank their sponsors for all their support: Eades Farms, Hardy and Associates, Pogue Body Shop, American Race Tires by Jimmy Smith, CSB Consultants, Maxium Signs & Graphics, 5150 Race Trailers, Stealth Racing Carbs, PPM Racing Products, RPI Racing Suspensions, B-LINE Fabrication, and JPM Promotions

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