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Richards Takes Home the Money, Davenport the Crown

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By Tyson Graves, STL Motorsport Magazine

(Portsmouth, OH) 10/21/2018: The Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series came to a close Sunday at Portsmouth Raceway Park. The 38th Annual Dirt Track World Championship scheduled for Saturday night was ran on Sunday afternoon due to rain coming before feature time. The Sunday afternoon event was the third time over the last few weeks that the Lucas Oil Series had to run on Sunday afternoon following rain on Saturday night.

On Saturday evening before things got underway Jonathan Davenport was crowned the 2018 Series Champion after clinching the championship a couple weeks back. This was Davenport’s second series title in the last 3 seasons. The Landers and Mark Martin backed entry had a very successful 2018 brining home a total of 9 series feature victories and nearly $300,000 in series winnings. After spending the season of 2017 away from the Lucas Oil Series Superman picked up right where he left off.

But even though the points title had been decided before entering weekend did not stop hungry drivers from going after the coveted $100,000 payday in the Dirt Track World Championship. Josh Richards came into the weekend as the defending champ of the event and was looking for victory lane for the first time on the tour since back in February at Golden Isle Speedway.  Heading into Sunday’s event may eyes were on the front row of Brian Shirley and Jonathan Davenport. Shirley the 2018 Summer Nationals champ started on the pole and was having the best weekend ever at the DTWC. Shirley would lead the first 22 laps before being overtaken by Richards and later sidelined by something amiss in the drive train. Alot of eyes were on Bobby Pierce as he had won the last two Sunday afternoon events but was unable to make any kind of charge to the front.

The race was slowed by several cautions through the middle stages of the race. It did not hinder Richards at all as he drove away and won over Davenport by over 4 seconds. Brandon Overton, Brandon Sheppard & Zach Dohm rounded out the top 5.

The Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series looks to release a schedule in the coming days, but it was announced that Kokomo Speedway in Indiana will pick up a race in 2019 as the Jackson 100 at Brownstown, IN will go to a one day event next year.

Fn CAR # DRIVER NAME HOMETOWN EARNINGS
1 1R Josh Richards Shinnston, WV $101,000
2 49 Jonathan Davenport Blairsville, GA $20,900
3 76 Brandon Overton Evans, GA $10,000
4 1S Brandon Sheppard New Berlin, IL $7,000
5 17d Zack Dohm Cross Lanes, WV $5,000
6 157 Mike Marlar Winfield, TN $3,500
7 5 Don O’Neal Martinsville, IN $4,000
8 1 Earl Pearson, Jr. Jacksonville, FL $3,800
9 20 Jimmy Owens Newport, TN $3,600
10 18J Chase Junghans Manhattan, KS $2,500
11 17m Dale McDowell Chickamauga, GA $2,450
12 32 Bobby Pierce Oakwood, IL $3,100
13 22F Chris Ferguson Mount Holly, NC $2,350
14 11H Jared Hawkins Fairmont, WV $2,300
15 20RT Ricky Thornton Jr. Clive, IA $2,250
16 10C Eddie Carrier, Jr. Salt Rock, WV $2,200
17 71c RJ Conley Wheelersburg, OH $2,150
18 28 Dennis Erb, Jr. Carpentersville, IL $2,800
19 0 Scott Bloomquist Mooresburg, TN $2,875
20 39 Tim McCreadie Watertown, NY $2,760
21 99B Boom Briggs Bear Lake, PA $2,050
22 81 Brandon Fouts Kite, KY $2,040
23 40B Kyle Bronson ® Brandon, FL $2,830
24 22 Gregg Satterlee Indiana, PA $2,720
25 3s Brian Shirley Chatham, IL $2,010
26 17T Shannon Thornsberry Martin, KY $2,000
27 72C Jason Covert York Haven, PA $2,000
28 14 Darrell Lanigan Union, KY $800

Pierce to Return to Family Owned Ride in 2019

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By Tyson Graves, STL Motorsport Magazine

(Tuscola, IL) 10/10/18: Bobby Pierce is one of the hottest drivers in the country after two $20,000 wins on the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series tour. Today Dunn Benson released a statement saying that the young driver will not return for the 2019 season. The decision was made by Bobby stating he misses home and wants to be able to go race where he wants. He will return to his family shop in Oakwood, IL for the home base of his 2019 race campaign. He will run Rocket Chassis and Pro Power Engines. A concrete schedule has not been put in place yet for the upcoming season. Bobby has told us that he will be at Gateway Dirt Nationals, Arizona Wild West Shootout in January and a possible trip back to New Zealand over the winter to race in the BK Super Saloon Series. Listen to our exclusive interview with Bobby tonight.

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McDowell Sweeps the Night, Wins 2018 Dixie Shootout

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Photo: Cole Perkins

By Trevor Gonzales, STL Motorsport Magazine Writer

(Woodstock, GA) 9/29/2018- The Lucas Oil Dirt Late Model Series went to the Peach state of Georgia for two nights of action packed racing. Saturday night, 44 of the best drivers in the southeast entered at Dixie Speedway in Woodstock, GA for a 50-lap, $12,000 to win feature. Dale McDowell from Chickamauga, GA would sweep the night by setting fast time, winning his heat race, and leading all 50 laps in route to his second Dixie Shootout in three years and a $12,000 paycheck.

McDowell would set overall fast time with a lap of 14.455 seconds around the ⅜ mile semi-banked track. Joining McDowell in Group A with fast times would be Josh Richards, Justin Shipley, Casey Roberts, and Cla Knight.

Kingston, GA driver Tyler Millwood would be the fastest qualifier in Group B with a lap of 14.573 seconds. Michael Page, Jimmy Owens, Jonathan Davenport, and Austin Horton would round out the top five Group B qualifiers.

There would be four, 10-lap heat races with the top four finishers advancing into the $12,000 to win feature.

McDowell would dominate Heat Race 1 and lead flag-to-flag over Cla Knight, Michael Brown, and Justin Shipley.

In Heat Race 2, it would be Richards who would lead flag-to-flag as well with Casey Roberts, Brandon Overton, and Donald McIntosh also transferring.

Millwood would win Heat Race 3 and clinch the outside pole position for the 50-lap feature. Joining Millwood would be Jimmy Owens, Austin Horton, and Clint Smith.

It would be Lucas Oil Dirt Late Model Series points leader Jonathan Davenport that would win Heat Race 4 as he would be followed by Tim McCreadie, Earl Pearson Jr., and Don O’Neal. Last year’s Dixie SHootout winner and heat race polesitter Michael Page would have a flat tire halfway through the race and he would have to pull off.

There would be two, 12-lap B-Mains with the top three finishers transferring onto the feature. Ray Cook would win B-Main 1 with Zach Leonhardi and Frank Ingram also locking themselves into the feature. Oxford, AL driver Jason Hiett would win B-Main 2 over Dennis Erb Jr. and Jason Croft.

The Lucas Oil Series provisionals would go to Scott Bloomquist and Bobby Pierce while Lucas Oil Series regulars Darrell Lanigan and Gregg Satterlee would take emergency provisionals. Rookie of the Year contenders Mason Ziegler and Kyle Bronson would not qualify for the feature and their nights would end prematurely.

Dale McDowell and Tyler Millwood would lead the 26 car field to green with McDowell leading Lap 1 over Josh Richards, Jonathan Davenport, Tyler Millwood, and Casey Roberts. On Lap 3, Roberts would pass Millwood for 4th and two laps later on Lap 5, Millwood would drop to 6th after getting passed by Tim McCreadie. McDowell would have a 2.5 second lead over Richards and Davenport on Lap 10 while he began to catch the tail end of the lead lap. Single file racing would begin to happen as the track rubbered over but Davenport was able to get around Richards for 2nd on Lap 18.

McDowell would continue to lead at the halfway point of the race over Davenport, Richards, Roberts, McCreadie, Millwood, Brandon Overton, Jimmy Owens, Austin Horton, and Earl Pearson Jr.

The first and only caution of the race would fly on Lap 25 at the halfway point for the slow car of Justin Shipley in Turns 1 and 2.

The green flag would wave as the race was resumed with McDowell continuing to hold the lead. Overton would pass Millwood for 6th on Lap 27. Don O’Neal would crack into the top ten and be in the 9th position after the restart. Five laps later on Lap 32, Overton would pass McCreadie for 5th and begin to work on Roberts for 4th. Passing would become a rarity during the final 20+ laps of the race. McDowell would have a 0.999 second lead over Davenport with 15 laps to go. Overton would pass Roberts for 4th on Lap 41. McDowell would be able to ease through lapped traffic and take the checkers. Jonathan Davenport would finish second while Josh Richards would finish third. 11th place starting Brandon Overton would finish fourth and Casey Roberts would round out the top five. Completing the top ten would be Tim McCreadie, Tyler Millwood, Jimmy Owens, Don O’Neal, and Earl Pearson Jr.

  1. 17m Dale McDowell- Chickamauga, GA

  2. 49 Jonathan Davenport- Blairsville, GA

  3. 1 Josh Richards- Shinnston, WV

  4. 76 Brandon Overton- Evans, GA

  5. 101 Casey Roberts- Toccoa, GA

  6. 39 Tim McCreadie- Watertown, NY

  7. 31 Tyler Millwood- Kingston, GA

  8. 20 Jimmy Owens- Newport, TN

  9. 5 Don O’Neal- Martinsville, IN

  10. 1 Earl Pearson Jr.- Jacksonville, FL

  11. 06 Clint Smith- Senoia, GA

  12. 16 Austin Horton- Whitesburg, GA

  13. F9 Frank Ingram- Woodstock, GA

  14. 0 Scott Bloomquist- Mooresburg, TN

  15. 1 Jason Hiett- Oxford, AL

  16. 14 Darrell Lanigan- Union, KY

  17. 53 Ray Cook- Brasstown, NC

  18. 79 Michael Brown- Lancaster, SC

  19. 28 Dennis Erb Jr.- Carpentersville, IL

  20. 32 Bobby Pierce- Oakwood, IL

  21. 9 Jason Croft- Woodstock, GA

  22. 22 Gregg Satterlee- Indiana, PA

  23. 24 Zach Leonhardi- Cartersville, GA

  24. 42 Cla Knight- North Augusta, SC

  25. 08 Justin Shipley- Douglasville, GA

  26. 7 Donald McIntosh- Dawsonville, GA

DNS- 00 Dalton Polston, 2x John Henderson, 6 Blake Spencer, 9 Cass Fowler, G9 Eric Granger, s14 Aaron Wilson, 17 Lamar Haygood, 18x Michael Page, 21 Kenny Collins, 22 Will Roland, 25z Mason Ziegler, 37 Rob Mayea, 40 Kyle Bronson, 77 Brian Connor, 81 Aaron Ridley, 84 Austin Smith, 111 Steven Roberts, 311 Scott Groves


Page Notches 2nd Career Southern Nationals Bonus Series Victory at North Georgia
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By Trevor Gonzales, STL Motorsport Magazine Writer

(Chatsworth, GA) 9/15/18:
Michael Page has been consistently winning features all year long during the 2018 racing season. He has been on a roll ever since winning his first career Lucas Oil Dirt Late Model series win last year at Dixie Speedway. This year has been the most successful year he has had in a Dirt Late Model. The Douglasville, GA ace would grab another victory and his second $10,000 paycheck in the past month as he won Saturday night’s Southern Nationals Bonus Series race at North Georgia Speedway in Chatsworth, GA. The Andy Durham powered Stinger Chassis of Page would lead all 60 laps holding off late challenges from Dale McDowell and Jason Hiett.
22 cars were signed in on a hot, humid Saturday evening in Northwest Georgia. Tyler Millwood would set overall fast time in preliminary action with a lap of 13.172 seconds around the 1/3 mile clay banked track. Southern Nationals Bonus Series points leader David Payne would also be near the top of the board as he was fastest in Group B with a 13.180 lap.
There would be two heat races with all cars transferring into the feature. One race would determine the inside row starting spots while the second heat race would determine the outside row starting spots.
Millwood would win a caution free Heat 1 race over Jason Hiett, Aaron Ridley, Riley Hickman, and John Ownbey.
The second heat race would be full of drama as David Payne and Chris Madden would spin out on the front stretch 5 laps in their heat while battling for the lead. They would get into each other again on the ensuing restart battling for position in Turns 3 and 4. Page would go on to win that heat race followed by Dale McDowell, Will Roland, Zach Leonhardi, and Chicky Barton.
The green flag would wave as Page would get around the polesitter Millwood for the lead on the backstretch. On Lap 2, McDowell would get around Hiett for the third position. The first caution of the race would occur 6 laps into the feature as Bo Eaton would spin his mount in Turn 4. On the Lap 6 restart, Zach Leonhardi would spin in Turns 3 and 4 to bring out the second caution. Page would continue to maintain his lead as McDowell would pass Millwood for second place on Lap 7. 12th place starting Chris Madden would flex his muscle early. and be in 6th place by the completion of Lap 7. Leonhardi would once again bring out the caution with a flat right front tire on Lap 7.
The fourth caution would fall on the Lap 7 restart as top ten running Will Roland would hit the inside wall and spin coming to the green. He would be the first retire of the race and his night would be done early. Page would hold his lead over McDowell and Millwood for two more laps as the fifth caution of the race would come out on Lap 9 for the slow car of Scott Hall. Hall would have a flat tire and be able to continue. 14th starting Brad Skinner had may his way up to 8th while 22nd starting series points leader David Payne was already in 12th with over 50 Laps still remaining.
With another restart down, Page would lead on Lap 10. One lap later, Hiett would get around Millwood for 3rd and on Lap 12, Aaron Ridley would pass Riley Hickman for 6th. The sixth caution of the race would wave on Lap 13 and the red flag would also fly as Scott Hall’s #07 car would be on its lid in Turns 3 and 4. Also involved in the wreck would be Chicky Barton, Andrew Littleton, Michael Evans, Tod Hernandez, and Paul Hollander. Hall, Evans, and Hollander’s night would be done as the rest of the cars involved would be able to continue with some damage. Track officials were able to flip Hall’s car back on all fours and Hall would be able to drive his mangled car back to the pit area.
With 47 laps to go and six cautions already, a green flag run seemed inevitable. However, there would be a 34 lap green flag run in the middle of the feature. Page would lead the field to the restart on Lap 14 with Madden getting past Millwood for the 4th spot. David Payne would crack into the top ten and be 9th on Lap 15. Page would still lead over McDowell as he entered lapped traffic on Lap 20. At the halfway mark on Lap 30, it would be Page maintaining a 1-2 second lead over McDowell, Hiett, Madden, Millwood, Ridley, Hickman, Payne, Ronnie Johnson, and Brad Skinner. John Ownbey would pass Skinner for the 10th position on Lap 35. On Lap 38, Page would get into the back of a lapped car and this would allow McDowell to be right on the back bumper of Page. McDowell briefly had the lead over Page in Turns 3 & 4 on Lap 39 but Page got a huge run on the outside and he was able to still lead the lap and get clear of McDowell for the time being. On Lap 43, Payne would pass Riley Hickman and Aaron Ridley to get into 6th. The seventh and final caution of the evening that would end a 34 lap green flag run would be for Bo Eaton again as he spun his 3x machine in Turn 4.
The 12 lap shootout would have Page still in the lead as McDowell and Hiett seemed to have used up their tires as they couldn’t challenge Page for the lead. Ronnie Johnson would maneuver his way through the top ten and get into the top 5 when he passed Tyler Millwood for 5th on Lap 53. Page would hold on for the win and capture his second career Southern Nationals Bonus Series Feature (both in 2018) over Dale McDowell and Jason Hiett. However, Hiett would fail post race technical inspection and be disqualified for the feature and he would lost his third place finish. That would move Chris Madden to the final podium position. Completing the top 5 would be Ronnie Johnson and David Payne. Tyler Millwood, Riley Hickman, John Ownbey, Aaron Ridley, and Johnny Cloer would round out the top ten.
Feature Finish:
  1. 18x Michael Page- Douglasville, GA
  2. 17m Dale McDowell- Chickamauga, GA
  3. 44 Chris Madden- Gray Court, SC
  4. 85 Ronnie Johnson- Chattanooga, TN
  5. 8 David Payne- Murphy, NC
  6. 31 Tyler Millwood- Kingston, GA
  7. R1 Riley Hickman- Ootelwah, TN
  8. J0 John Ownbey- Cleveland, TN
  9. 81 Aaron Ridley- Chatsworth, GA
  10. 14 Johnny Cloer- Chatsworth, GA
  11. 17r Brad Skinner- Spring Hill, TN
  12. T6 Tod Hernandez- Chatsworth, GA
  13. 42 Hood- Hokes Bluff, AL
  14. 144 Chicky Barton- Middlesboro, KY
  15. 3x Bo Eaton- Blue Ridge, GA
  16. 87 Andrew Littleton- Dalton, GA
  17. 24 Zach Leonhardi- Emerson, GA
  18. 15 Michael Evans- Chatsworth, GA
  19. 13 Paul Hollander- Adairsville, GA
  20. 07 Scott Hall- Rome, GA
  21. 22 Will Roland- Jasper, GA
  22. 1 Jason Hiett- Oxford, AL **DQ’d**
The next Southern Nationals Bonus Series race will be Friday, September 28th at Tri-County Speedway in Brasstown, NC for the Tarheel 50 paying $10,000 to win.
With only 6 races remaining in the 2018 Southern Nationals Bonus Series campaign, David Payne leads the series standings over Chicky Barton and Aaron Ridley.

Ledford Returns to Winning Ways

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           Photo: Addison Blair Photography

(Tuscola, IL) August 7, 2018 – At the end of 2017 there was no one faster in a UMP Modified around the Illinois area then Jeffery Ledford. Jeffery inherited the name “The Phenom” after a successful 2017 season that started off with the biggest win of his career. The young Pontiac, IL driver won the Modified portion of the Inaugural Farmer City 74. He netted a $5,000 payday on one the biggest stages of his career at the Farmer City Raceway while everyone in the dirt racing world looked on. Jeffery went on to win the 2017 Modified Track Championship at the Farmer City Raceway and nearly won the 2017 track Championship at his home track Fairbury American Legion Speedway after multiple feature wins at both tracks.

At the end of 2017 many were excited to see what Jeffery would have in store for the Modified world in 2018. Many early season rainouts and cancelations for weather made it difficult for the youngster to get on the track and regain that 2017 rhythm. The early 2018 season was not kind to Jeffery as he seemed to not have the speed he showed at the close of 2017. Many mechanical issues and flat out just bad luck at the track seemed to show that Jeffery may have hit a “sophomore slump” you might say.

With the success of 2017 Jeffery Ledford had in his ambitions for the 2018 season to try running more of the Summer Nationals tour. The Modified portion of the Summer Nationals, of course called the Summit Racing Modified Nationals. We interviewed Jeffery on the second night of the tour at the Kankakee Speedway and he was excited to tackle many of the events on the schedule. Bad luck and mechanical issues still managed to plague his finishes. Even when he showed speed his finishes did not reflect how well he was running.

Late into the Summer Nationals tour Jeffery started to show signs of putting his program back together with some top 5 finishes including a 4th place finish at Farmer City on July 6th. The next night at Fairbury American Legion Speedway during a regular night of racing the young driver found himself in victory lane for the first time in 2018. The win was a huge burst of energy for Jeffery and his racing program. His father and veteran racer Jay finished in 2nd. On Monday night Jeffery rejoined the Summer Nationals at Lincoln and came home with a 3rd place finish behind the Modified National dominators Mike Harrison and Mike McKinney.

Jeffery had some confidence back and even wheeled Daniel Flessner’s UMP Late Model a couple of times in the month of July for some fun and to add experience to his racing resume. Jeffery finished a quiet 21st at the PDC weekend finale but was only a minor hiccup to the things to come for Jeffery to start off the month of August.

Friday night Jeffery came out the box fast at Farmer City, setting fast time and winning his heat race. The defending track champion was all smiles in the pit area as finally it felt good to be putting a whole night of racing together. Jeffery started on the pole of the feature event but Allen Weisser jumped out to the early race lead. Jeffery settled in second place as he used the first part of the race searching for the quickest line around the Farmer City Raceway. In the closing laps the young phenom was able to use the high side off turn four to make a move and pass Weisser coming to 2 laps to go. Just then the caution flew for a spinning lap car. On the restart Jeffery jumped out to the lead in turn 2 and then in turn 3 Allen Weisser in 2nd and Mike Chasten Jr made contact and allowed Jeffery to stretch it out coming to the white flag. He would go on to pick up his second feature win of 2018 and his 1st feature win of the year at the track he took the crown at just a year earlier.

In victory lane Jeffery was asked “How good does this feel, its been a long time coming?” He replied “You got to enjoy them while they last cause you never know how long its gonna last. This defiantly feels good with the way the season had been going for us.” Jeffery then showed what a young class act he is apologizing for getting into lap car of Sandford early in the feature. “He said “This win feels good.” before his victory lane photos.

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If a Friday night win was not enough Jeffery went on to Fairbury American Legion Speedway Saturday night and picked up the feature win going back to back on the weekend in the UMP Modified division.  Jeffery may be returning to his winning ways of 2017 but its a much more mature and smarter driver than 2017. Who knows what the rest of 2018 and beyond holds for Jeffery? The Phenom has a lot of talent and the more he matures he could be one to reckon with in years to come in the dirt racing world. One thing is for sure he is back in victory lane!

Tyson Graves, STL Motorsport Magazine


Overton Repeats at Tazewell, Roberts Grabs his Second Championship

The 2018 Schaffer’s Oil Southern Nationals Series came to a conclusion Saturday night at Tazewell Speedway with a $10,000 to win race and the 2018 series champion crowned. Coming into the race, Casey Roberts and Dale McDowell were the only two drivers mathematically eligible to win the championship. Roberts had a 6 point lead headed into the night with McDowell in second. Brandon Overton had 4 series wins going into the night but also had 2 DNF’s, including the series opener at Wythe. However that did not seem to bother him much as a late lap pass over Michael Chilton with 4 laps to go sealed the deal and Overton won the Ray Varner Ford 53 paying $10,000 to win feature at Tazewell.
23 stout cars were entered on a beautiful night in front of a packed house. All cars would qualify as one group but no drivers were to be locked in by way of qualifying. Since the winning purse was over $10,000, all cars had to heat race.
Ivedent Lloyd Jr. was fastest overall in qualifying with a lap of 11.813 seconds around the 1/3 mile high banked “Bad Fast Taz”. He would be followed by Dale McDowell, Michael Chilton, Chad Ogle, and Donald McIntosh. Points leader Casey Roberts would hit the Turn 2 wall and wreck on his opening lap of qualifying. He would have to unload his backup car and start at the tail end of one of the heat races. Hometown favorite and the 2018 Southern Nationals Spring Nationals winner at Tazewell Dakotah Knuckles would also have to start at the tail end of a heat race due to wrecking his car in qualifying as well.
There would be three, 10 lap heat races with all cars transferring to the feature. Chad Ogle from Sevierville, Tennessee would win the first heat race and start on the pole for the 53 lap feature over Ivedent Lloyd Jr, Steve Smith, points leader Casey Roberts, and Aaron Ridley.
Dale McDowell would win heat race 2 and start on the outside pole over Donald McIntosh, Brandon Overton, Vic Hill, and Cla Knight.
Heat race 3 would go to Micheal Chilton from Salvisa, Kentucky. Following Chilton would be Eric Wells, Kenny Collins, Carder Miller, and Craig Vosbergen.
The 53 lap feature would go green as Dale McDowell would lead Lap 1 over Chad Ogle, Michael Chilton, Ivedent Lloyd Jr., and Eric Wells. McDowell would set a torrid pace on the field as he would begin to encounter lapped traffic by Lap 8. The first caution of the race would also bring out the red flag on Lap 9 for Kenny Collins who would flip his car coming off of Turn 4. Collins left rear tire flew off his car which made him spin and he would rollover. This incident also collected Brad Skinner as both drivers nights would be done. Collins would walk away from the wreck unharmed and he was okay.
On the Lap 9 restart, McDowell would continue to lead as Chilton would get around Ogle for second while Wells would pass Lloyd Jr. for fourth. Two laps later, Wells would move up to third by passing Ogle. McDowell would hit lapped traffic once again on Lap 16 with Chilton right on his back bumper. Chilton would stay behind McDowell waiting on his opportunity to take the lead. On Lap 20, Donald McIntosh would pass Lloyd Jr. and Ogle to get up into the fourth spot. One lap later on Lap 21, the second caution of the race would wave for race long leader Dale McDowell. McDowell would attempt a slide job on the lapped cars of Carder Miller and Brian Smith in Turn 1 and would get a flat left rear tire. McDowell would go to the hot pits and go to the tail end of the lead lap. Points leader Casey Roberts would be in 7th by the time the caution went out as McDowell’s flat would change the course of the points battle instantly.
Michael Chilton would be the new leader as he would lead the field to green on the Lap 21 restart. By Lap 23, Roberts would pass Lloyd Jr. and Ogle to get up into the fourth position. At the halfway mark, Chilton would lead over McIntosh who passed Wells for second on Lap 26, Roberts Brandon Overton, Ogle, Craig Vosbergen, Vic Hill, Forrest Trent, and Lloyd Jr. Three laps later on Lap 30, the third caution of the race would come out for the slow cars of Dakotah Knuckles and Steve Smith. Both cars would have flat tires and be back on the track for the restart. During the caution, third place running Eric Wells would be getting repairs by track officials as he began to have some rear end issues. Chilton would once again hold the lead on the Lap 30 restart over McIntosh. 5th place running Brandon Overton would run up against the wall on the restart to get around both Casey Roberts and Eric Wells for the third spot. One lap later, caution number four would wave for Vic Hill, who got into the wall in Turns 3 & 4 and had a flat right rear tire. Points leader Roberts would be in fifth while McDowell was trying to get back to the front of the field running in eleventh.
On the Lap 31 restart, third place running Brandon Overton would get a huge run to take second in Turns 1 & 2 over McIntosh then take the lead after another run in Turns 3 & 4 at the line over Chilton. Overton would then begin to stretch his lead over Chilton, McIntosh, Roberts, and Wells. Overton would hit lapped traffic on Lap 40 with thirteen laps to go. Overton would be slowed by traffic which allowed Chilton and McIntosh to gain ground. Overton would lead with ten laps to go but on Lap 44, Michael Chilton was able to attempt a slide job on Overton in Turn 1 to take the lead. Chilton would then lead and maneuver through traffic with Overton still close behind. Dale McDowell would get up to fifth after passing Wells with five laps to go.
On Lap 49, Overton would attempt a slide job and get around Chilton for the lead once again. Overton would then be able to hold off Chilton to the checkers and win his 5th 2018 Schaffer’s Oil Southern Nationals Series feature over Michael Chilton and Donald McIntosh in a fantastic, entertaining race. Casey Roberts would finish fourth and Dale McDowell would round out the top five. Completing the top ten would be Eric Wells, Forrest Trent, Craig Vosbergen, Ryan King, and Chad Ogle
Casey Roberts would take the 2018 points title over Dale McDowell by 8 points. This would be Roberts second series championship and his first with his new Blount Motorsports team. Roberts first title was in 2015.
The win for Overton makes him tied for 3rd all time in series wins. Overton would win 5 races through the tour but have 2 DNF’s at Wythe and at Boyd’s. McDowell won the season opening race at Wythe while Roberts did not win a race at all. However, Roberts finished every single race except for two with a top five finish.
Congratulations to Casey Roberts on winning the 2018 Schaffer’s Oil Southern Nationals Series Championship!
Feature Finish: Tazewell Speedway- $10,000 to win
  1. 76 Brandon Overton- Evans, GA
  2. 58 Donald McIntosh- Dawsonville, GA
  3. 97 Michael Chilton- Salvisa, KY
  4. 101 Casey Roberts- Toccoa, GA
  5. 17m Dale McDowell- Chickamauga, GA
  6. 18 Eric Wells- Hazard, KY
  7. 101T Forrest Trent- Talbott, TN
  8. 8 Craig Vosbergen- Perth, Western Australia
  9. 1G Ryan King- Seymour, TN
  10. 10 Chad Ogle- Sevierville, TN
  11. 21 Ivedent Lloyd Jr.- Ocala, FL
  12. 79 Ross Bailes- Clover, SC
  13. 21k Dakotah Knuckles- Ewing, VA
  14. 42 Cla Knight- North Augusta, SC
  15. 81 Aaron Ridley- Chatsworth, GA
  16. 25 Eric Webber- Morristown, TN
  17. 7 Brian Smith- Barbourville, KY
  18. 3 Steve Smith- Powell, TN
  19. 1 Vic Hill- Moshiem, TN
  20. 69* Carder Miller- Salem, VA
  21. 54 Mitchell Burke- Tazewell, TN
  22. 1c Kenny Collins- Colbert, GA
  23. 17r Brad Skinner- Spring Hill, TN

Trevor Gonzales, STL Motorsport Magazine


Overton Charges to Win at Crossville

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(Crossville, TN) July 26th, 2018- The final three races of the Schaffer’s Oil Southern Nationals Series began Thursday night at Crossville Speedway with a 35 lap, $3,500 to win show. The fans did not go home disappointed as Brandon Overton would go on to win his 4th 2018 Southern Nationals Series race in an exciting race.
23 cars were signed in on a beautiful Thursday evening. Joey Coulter would set fast time of the evening and clinch the pole for Group A qualifying with a 12.059 lap around the track that he got his first career Super Late Model win at. Casey Roberts, Brandon Overton, Ivedent Lloyd Jr., and Kenny Collins would round out the top five in Group A. Salvisa, Kentucky driver Michael Chilton, who won the 2018 Spring Nationals race at Crossville, would set fast time in Group B and start on the outside pole. Joining Chilton in the top five Group B qualifiers would be Ryan King, Dale McDowell, Craig Vosbergen, and Cla Knight.
Randy Weaver racing at his home track in a Super Late Model for the first time since returning would win the first heat race over Donald McIntosh and Aaron Ridley. John Ownbey would win the second heat race over David Doherty and Brad Skinner. All 23 entrants would start the feature.
Michael Chilton would lead Lap 1 of the 35 Lap feature over Joey Coulter, Casey Roberts, Ryan King, and Brandon Overton. Roberts would pass Coulter for second on the very next lap and Overton would pass King for fourth on the third circuit. Chilton and Roberts would then have an intense battle for the lead as Chilton would still lead 5 laps in. Overton would also get around Coulter for third and Ivedent Lloyd Jr. would pass King to get into the top five. Roberts would take the lead from Chilton on Lap 7 coming off of Turn 4. The first caution of the evening flew two laps later on Lap 9 for Perry Delaney, who stopped in Turn 4.
On the Lap 9 restart, Overton would run the outside line in Turns 1 & 2 to get a huge run down the backstretch. Roberts and Chilton were side by side on the backstretch with Overton squeezing up the middle making it a three wide battle for the lead. Overton would become the new leader as he would edge out Roberts and Chilton at the line. Overton would begin to pull away and separate himself from the rest of the field while Roberts and Chilton would have a fantastic battle for the runner-up spot as each driver would throw slide jobs at each other lap by lap. Overton would continue to lead at the halfway point over Chilton, Roberts, Coulter, McDowell, Lloyd Jr., King, Vosbergen, Weaver, and Ownbey. Overton still held the lead on Lap 20 with Chilton and Roberts still having a hard battle for second. On Lap 24, McDowell would take the fourth back away from Coulter. The second caution of the race would fly on Lap 24 for Ricky Tinch, who would spin and hit the wall on the backstretch.
Overton would still lead on the restart with Chilton and Roberts close behind battling for second. Roberts would take second away from Chilton after Chilton washed up the track in Turn 2 and Craig Vosbergen would enter the top five after passing Coulter for fifth in Lap 30. One lap later, McDowell would get around Chilton for third place. The third and final caution of the evening flew on Lap 31 with 4 laps to go as top ten running Ivedent Lloyd Jr. would slow with a flat right rear tire.
There would be a 4 lap shootout with a single file restart. Overton would have clear air and bolt out to the lead unchallenged and win his 4th Southern Nationals Series feature this year and his 9th overall series win tying him for 4th in all time Series wins. Casey Roberts and Dale McDowell would round out the podium. Michael Chilton and Craig Vosbergen would complete the top five.
Feature Finish: Crossville Speedway- $3,500 to win
  1. 76 Brandon Overton- Evans, GA
  2. 101 Casey Roberts- Toccoa, GA
  3. 17m Dale McDowell- Chickamauga, GA
  4. 97 Michael Chilton- Salvisa, KY
  5. 8 Craig Vosbergen- Perth, Western Australia
  6. 17r Brad Skinner- Spring Hill, TN
  7. 116 Randy Weaver- Crossville, TN
  8. 2 Joey Coulter- Concord, NC
  9. J8 Jadon Frame- Winchester, TN
  10. 81 Aaron Ridley- Chatsworth, GA
  11. 101T Forrest Trent- Talbott, TN
  12. 58 Donald McIntosh- Dawsonville, GA
  13. 42 Cla Knight- North Augusta, SC
  14. 1G Ryan King- Seymour, TN
  15. 21 Ivedent Lloyd Jr.- Ocala, FL
  16. 25 David Doherty- Sydney, Australia
  17. J0 John Ownbey- Cleveland, TN
  18. 1c Kenny Collins- Colbert, GA
  19. 7G Craig Greer- Cleveland, TN
  20. T92 Ricky Tinch- Deer Lodge, TN
  21. 9 Dusty Carver- Englewood, TN
  22. c5 David Crabtree- Maryville, TN
  23. 77 Perry Delaney- Sparta, TN
The final two Schaffer’s Oil Southern Nationals Series races will be this weekend on Friday night at Smoky Mountain Speedway in Maryville, Tennessee with a 53 lap, $5,300 to win feature and the 2018 series finale at Tazewell Speedway Saturday night with a 53 lap, $10,000 to win race where the 2018 series champion will be crowned.
2018 Southern Nationals Series Standings
  1. 101 Casey Roberts- 1,520
  2. 17m Dale McDowell- 1,514
  3. 76 Brandon Overton- 1,480
  4. 81 Aaron Ridley- 1,454
  5. 58 Donald McIntosh- 1,452
  6. 2 Joey Coulter- 1,424
  7. 101T Forrest Trent- 1,398
  8. 42 Cla Knight- 1,380
  9. 8 Craig Vosbergen- 1,137
  10. 50 Shanon Buckingham- 1,046

Trevor Gonzales, STL Motorsport Magazine


Vic Hill Wins Thriller at Boyd’s

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(Ringgold, GA) July 24th, 2018- The Schaffer’s Oil Southern Nationals Series hit Boyd’s Speedway in Ringgold, GA for a 35 lap, $3,500 to win race. Round 7 of the series was no disappointment as Vic “The Thrill” Hill from Moshiem, TN would lead all 35 laps as he would hold off late challenges by Randy Weaver and Dale McDowell to win his first race of the season and his 7th overall series win.
28 cars were signed in at the track at the Georgia-Tennessee state line track. Hill would set fast time in Group A and lock up the pole with a lap of 14.140 seconds. Winchester, TN driver Jadon Frame, David Payne, Australian David Doherty, and Kenny Collins would also lock themselves into the feature by way of time trials. Making his 2nd start in a Super Late Model since 2016, Randy “The Dream” Weaver would set overall fast time of the night and was the fastest in Group B with a lap of 14.098 seconds. Joining Weaver would be Dale McDowell, Brandon Overton, John Ownbey, and Florida driver Clay Harris.
There would be two B-Mains with the top 5 finishers advancing into the feature. Fort Payne, AL driver J.T Seawright would win the first B-Main over Cla Knight, Joey Coulter, Bobby Giffin, and Aaron Ridley. Current Southern Nationals Series points leader Casey Roberts would win the second B-Main over Donald McIntosh, Cory Hedgecock, Tyler Millwood, and Forrest Trent. Provisional starters for the 35 lap feature would be Craig Greer and Casey Turman.
The 35 lap, $3,500 to win feature was underway as Vic Hill lead Lap 1 over Randy Weaver, Jadon Frame, Dale McDowell, and David Payne. The caution would fly shorty thereafter as 6th place starting Brandon Overton would break on the front stretch on Lap 2 as Overton’s night would be done early. On the Lap 2 restart, Frame would pass Weaver for second place as Hill would continue to lead. Hill would lead with Frame and Weaver close behind as McDowell and Payne would battle for fourth. Hill would catch lapped traffic by Lap 13. The second caution of the race would fly on Lap 13 as second place running Jadon Frame would get into the lapped car of Craig Greer and spin in Turn 4. The young driver was able to continue but unfortunately he would lose his second place position and go to the tail end of the lead lap.
On the ensuing restart, Hill would still lead a few car lengths ahead of Weaver and McDowell. 8th starting John Ownbey would get around Payne for fourth on Lap 14. At the halfway point the running order would stay the same in the top five with Hill, Weaver, McDowell, Ownbey, Payne, Donald McIntosh, Casey Roberts, and J.T Seawright battling for position. On Lap 21, Weaver would be nipping at the heels of Hill. Hill would run the bottom line while Weaver would run the outside groove. Both cars would be side by side multiple times each lap but Hill managed to still hold the lead. Payne and McIntosh would also be battling for fifth. The battle for the lead helped third place running McDowell as he would make ground up on the leaders and it would be a 3 car battle for the lead. With 5 laps to go on Lap 30, Ownbey would also be in the battle for the lead in fourth as you could cover a blanket over the top four cars. McDowell would get around Weaver for second and begin to pursue the lead from Hill. McDowell would run the outside groove with Hill still on the bottom. The white flag would wave as Hill and McDowell would be side by side coming off of Turn 2. Hill and McDowell would make contact in Turns 3 & 4 but Hill would be able to grab the checkered flag first with a side by side finish. Hill would win by a 0.058 second margin over McDowell. Randy Weaver, John Ownbey, 14th starting and Donald McIntosh would round out the top five. Completing the top ten would be David Payne, Cory Hedgecock, Casey Roberts, J.T Seawright, and Aaron Ridley.
Feature Finish: Boyd’s Speedway- $3,500 to win
  1. 1 Vic Hill- Moshiem, TN
  2. 17m Dale McDowell- Chickamauga, GA
  3. 116 Randy Weaver- Crossville, TN
  4. J0 John Ownbey- Cleveland, TN
  5. 58 Donald McIntosh- Dawsonville, GA
  6. 8 David Payne- Murphy, NC
  7. 9 Cory Hedgecock- Loudon, TN
  8. 101 Casey Roberts- Toccoa, GA
  9. 1JT J.T Seawright- Fort Payne, AL
  10. 81 Aaron Ridley- Chatsworth, GA
  11. 2c Joey Coulter- Concord, NC
  12. 25 David Doherty- Sydney, Australia
  13. 42 Cla Knight- North Augusta, SC
  14. 1c Kenny Collins- Colbert, GA
  15. 18 Casey Turman- Lafayette, GA
  16. 31 Tyler Millwood- Kingston, GA
  17. 101T Forrest Trent- Talbott, TN
  18. 6 Clay Harris- Jupiter, FL
  19. 7G Craig Greer- Cleveland, TN
  20. 97 Bobby Giffin- Maryville, TN
  21. J8 Jadon Frame- Winchester, TN
  22. 76 Brandon Overton- Evans, GA
The final three races of the Schaffer’s Oil Southern Nationals Series will be this weekend starting Thursday July 26th at Crossville Speedway in Crossville, TN with a $3,500 to win feature, Friday night at Smoky Mountain Speedway in Maryville, TN for a $5,300 to win race, and the finale on Saturday night, July 28th at Tazewell Speedway in Tazewell, TN with a $10,000 to win feature and the 2018 Schaffer’s Oil Southern Nationals Series Champion will be crowned.
2018 Southern Nationals Series Standings:
  1. 101 Casey Roberts- 1324
  2. 17m Dale McDowell- 1320
  3. 76 Brandon Overton- 1280
  4. 58 Donald McIntosh- 1276
  5. 81 Aaron Ridley- 1274
  6. 2c Joey Coulter- 1240
  7. 101T Forrest Trent- 1220
  8. 42 Cla Knight- 1206
  9. 50 Shanon Buckingham- 1046
  10. 21 Robby Moses- 1034
  11. 8 Craig Vosbergen- 947

Trevor Gonzales, STL Motorsport Magazine


Horton Wins First Career Southern Nationals Series Race at Rome

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Round 6 of the Schaffer’s Oil Southern Nationals Series rolled into Rome Speedway in Rome, GA on Sunday night. In a wild race filled with attrition, Austin Horton out of Newnan, GA would survive and go on to win his first career Southern Nationals Series win.
29 cars were signed in as this was the first race at Rome for the 2018 season. There were three races that were all rained out earlier in the season. Cars would be split into qualifying with two groups and the top five qualifiers in each group locking into the feature.
In Group A, it would be Ocala, FL ace Ivedent Lloyd Jr. who would set quick time in Group A and the overall fast time of the evening with a 13.457 lap around the 1/2 mile clay banked track. Joining Lloyd Jr. would be Horton, Dale McDowell, Shanon Buckingham, and T.J Reaid.
Aaron Ridley would be the fastest in Group B with a 13.648 lap. Joey Coulter, Michael Page, Casey Roberts, and Forrest Trent.
There would be two B-Mains with the top five finishers advancing into the 53 lap feature. Donald McIntosh would win the first B-Main over Clint Smith, Brandon Overton, Cla Knight, and Zach Leonhardi.
Rome Speedway regular Frank Ingram from Woodstock, GA would win the second B-Main over Tyler Millwood, Robby Moses, Austin Smith, and J.T Seawright.
Australian drivers Craig Vosbergen and David Doherty would take the series provisionals.
The 53-Lap feature would take the green and Aaron Ridley would use the outside line to take the lead over Lloyd Jr. and lead Lap 1 over Lloyd Jr., Joey Coulter, Austin Horton, and Michael Page. Ridley would begin to set his pace when the first caution flew on Lap 6 for Zach Leonhardi, who would spin out on the front stretch.
On the restart, Ridley would still lead as Coulter would take second from Lloyd and Page would get around Horton for fourth. The second caution of the race would fly one lap later on Lap 7 for Tyler Millwood spinning his car in Turn 2.
Lloyd Jr. would regain the second position over Coulter on the Lap 7 restart while Page would get around Coulter for third one lap later. Ridley would lead by Lap 16 when Page would pass Lloyd Jr. for second and set an immediate charge for the lead. Page would spend the next couple of laps tracking down Ridley and the two would be banging doors side by side for the lead on Lap 22. Page would then go to the outside and pass Ridley for the lead on Lap 23. Seven laps later on Lap 30, Page had opened up a four second lead while he was maneuvering through lapped traffic. Page would continue to set a blistering pace lapping all the way into the top ten and Austin Horton would pass Coulter for fourth on Lap 35. The green flag run would continue as by Lap 45, Page would have a seven second lead over Ridley and Horton, who would pass Lloyd Jr. for third.
The turning point of the race would occur the next lap on Lap 46. Page had lapped all the way up to 7th place running Dale McDowell. 6th place running Shanon Buckingham would cut a right rear tire in Turn 2 and spin around right in front of the leader Page. Page would make contact with Buckingham and stop his car in Turn 2. The big wreck also collected Donald McIntosh, Forrest Trent, and Brandon Overton with McIntosh and Trent hitting Buckingham head on coming off of Turn 2 almost flipping Buckingham. Buckingham would be okay as him, McIntosh, and Trent would be done for the night with heavily damaged cars. Overton would be able to continue as well. Page would have damage on his car but he was able to continue. However, because he was involved in the crash, he would have to go to the tail end of the lead lap and he would be sent back to eighth place. This would make Ridley the new leader followed by Horton, Lloyd Jr., Coulter, and Casey Roberts.
On the single file restart with 7 laps to go, Austin Horton would get a huge run coming off of Turn 2 and take the lead over Ridley. Horton would bolt out to the lead while Roberts would get around Coulter for fourth. The white flag would wave for Horton but the yellow would fly a few moments later for the final caution of the race. 7th place Dale McDowell would spin in Turn 4. McDowell would then have an altercation with Page during the caution because they made contact. McDowell would exit his car to confront Page and McDowell’s night would be done.
There would be a green, white, checkered shootout and Horton would go on to win his first career Southern Nationals Series race over Aaron Ridley and Ivedent Lloyd Jr. Casey Roberts would finish fourth and Michael Page, who was able to continue after the incident with McDowell, would edge Clint Smith to finish fifth. Rounding out the top ten would be Clint Smith, Joey Coulter, Craig Vosbergen, Brandon Overton, and Tyler Millwood.
Feature Finish: Rome Speedway- $5,300 to win
  1. 16 Austin Horton- Newnan, GA
  2. 81 Aaron Ridley- Chatsworth, GA
  3. 21 Ivedent Lloyd Jr.- Ocala, FL
  4. 101 Casey Roberts- Toccoa, GA
  5. 18x Michael Page- Douglasville, GA
  6. 44 Clint Smith- Senoia, GA
  7. 2 Joey Coulter- Concord, NC
  8. 17 Craig Vosbergen- Perth, Western Australia
  9. 76 Brandon Overton- Evans, GA
  10. 31 Tyler Millwood- Kingston, GA
  11. 84 Austin Smith- Rome, GA
  12. 21 Robby Moses- Maryville, TN
  13. 1JT J.T Seawright- Fort Payne, AL
  14. 42 Cla Knight- North Augusta, SC
  15. 25 David Doherty- Sydney, Australia
  16. 50 Shanon Buckingham- Morristown, TN
  17. 58 Donald McIntosh- Dawsonville, GA
  18. 101T Forrest Trent- Talbott, TN
  19. F9 Frank Ingram- Woodstock, GA
  20. 41 T.J Reaid- Acworth, GA
  21. 24 Zach Leonhardi- Cartersville, GA
  22. 17m Dale McDowell- Chickamauga, GA
  • McDowell would be disqualified for exiting his car on the track while under caution
The next Schaffer’s Oil Southern Nationals Series race will be Tuesday, July 24th at Boyd’s Speedway for a $3,500 to win, 35-Lap feature.
2018 Southern Nationals Series Standings
  1. 101 Casey Roberts- 1140
  2. 17m Dale McDowell- 112
  3. 76 Brandon Overton- 1124
  4. 81 Aaron Ridley- 1094
  5. 58 Donald McIntosh- 1086
  6. 2 Joey Coulter- 1062
  7. 101T Forrest Trent- 1054
  8. 50 Shanon Buckingham- 1046
  9. 21 Robby Moses- 1034
  10. 42 Cla Knight- 1032
  11. 8/17 Craig Vosbergen- 947

Trevor Gonzales, STL Motorsport Magazine


Brandon Overton Sweeps Southern Nationals Series Races at Swainsboro

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(Swainsboro, GA) July 21st, 2018- Brandon Overton has not had the season he had expected to have so far. But he’s getting back to where he was last year. Overton notched his third consecutive Schaffer’s Oil Southern Nationals Series win and swept the Friday/Saturday doubleheader at Swainsboro Raceway. Overton won a grand total of $14,100 in the past three races he was won (Thursday at Toccoa and both Swainsboro races). He would sweep Saturday’s showcase by having the overall fast time in qualifying and leading all 53 laps in the feature.
18 cars were signed in as Friday participants J.R Moseley, Kale Green, David Doherty, and Pearson Lee Williams would pack up early along with Craig Vosbergen. New additions Clay Harris, Blake Smith, and Billy Franklin would join the field.
The field will be set on qualifying times as Ivedent Lloyd Jr. would be the fastest qualifier in Group A. However, Lloyd Jr.’s time was disallowed after failing post qualifying tech. Ross Bailes was moved up to the pole position with Shanon Buckingham, Aaron Ridley, Robby Moses, and Cla Knight rounding out the top five qualifiers in Group A while Lloyd would start on the last row in 17th.
Overton was the fastest in Group B and the overall fastest qualifier with a 15.216 lap around the 3/8 mile oval. Rounding out the top five in Group B qualifying would be Dale McDowell, John Henderson, Joey Coulter, and Donald McIntosh.
When the 53 lap feature went underway, the caution would fly just like last night on the first lap for a false start by Bailes and a spin by Aaron Ridley that would collect Brian Connor and Casey Roberts. All cars would be able to continue.
The green flag would wave and the feature would begin with Overton leading Lap 1 over Bailes, Buckingham, McDowell, and Ridley. The track would quickly lock down as all cars would run on the bottom. Overton would continue to set a pace and hold a strong lead over Bailes. The race would stay green and Overton would begin to struggle in lapped traffic around the halfway point. This would allow Bailes to catch up to Overton and put pressure on the Evans, GA driver. Overton would still hold his lead as Bailes would not be able to get a run to challenge for the lead. With 10 laps to go, Overton would still lead as Bailes would be on his back bumper. Buckingham would continue to stay in third with McDowell in fourth and Ridley in fifth.
Overton would look to see the finish in sight but the second caution of the race would fly on Lap 50 with three laps to go as Casey Roberts would slow with a flat right rear tire. There would be a single file restart with Overton bolting out to the lead. The rough tour for Shanon Buckingham would continue as he would have a flat right rear tire while running third. That would slow his car and bring out the final caution of the race. It would be Buckingham‘s third incident while running in the top 5 in five races.
Overton would beat everyone to the checkers unchallenged as he would take his third straight Southern Nationals win and his 8th overall series win. Ross Bailes would finish second and Dale McDowell would notch his 3rd straight third place finish. Aaron Ridley would finish fourth and John Henderson would complete the top five. Rounding out the top ten would be Donald McIntosh, Clay Harris, Joey Coulter, Robby Moses, and Billy Franklin
Feature Finish: Swainsboro Raceway- $5,300 to win
  1. 76 Brandon Overton- Evans, GA
  2. 87 Ross Bailes- Clover, SC
  3. 17m Dale McDowell- Chickamauga, GA
  4. 81 Aaron Ridley- Chatsworth, GA
  5. 2x John Henderson- North Augusta, SC
  6. 58 Donald McIntosh- Dawsonville, GA
  7. 6 Clay Harris- Jupiter, FL
  8. 2c Joey Coulter- Concord, NC
  9. 21 Robby Moses- Maryville, TN
  10. 17 Billy Franklin- Calera, AL
  11. 2 Dennis Franklin- Gaffney, SC
  12. 101 Casey Roberts- Toccoa, GA
  13. 50 Shanon Buckingham- Morristown, TN
  14. 42 Cla Knight- North Augusta, SC
  15. 101 Forrest Trent- Talbott, TN
  16. 77 Brian Connor- Martinez, GA
  17. 21 Ivedent Lloyd Jr.- Ocala, FL
  18. 9 Blake Smith- Dublin, GA
The next Schaffer’s Oil Southern Nationals Series event will be Sunday, July 22nd at Rome Speedway for another 53 lap, $5,300 to win feature.
2018 Southern Nationals Series Standings
  1. 17m Dale McDowell- 968
  2. 101 Casey Roberts- 948
  3. 76 Brandon Overton- 942
  4. 58 Donald McIntosh- 920
  5. 81 Aaron Ridley- 898
  6. 101T Forrest Trent- 890
  7. 50 Shanon Buckingham- 878
  8. 2 Joey Coulter- 876
  9. 42 Cla Knight- 860
  10. 21 Robby Moses- 858
  11. 8 Craig Vosbergen- 763
Southern Nationals Series regular and fan favorite Craig Vosbergen out of Perth, Western Australia. was in attendance, but was not able to race due to his car being wrecked in Friday’s Feature. He was awarded hardship points and would actually join series announcer Chris Tilley in the booth for commentary on the feature. Vosbergen’s car will not be fixed for a few days but he will still run the tour. He plans to race in Billy Franklin’s #17 Rocket Chassis remaining with Brandon Overton for the races at Rome Speedway on Sunday and Boyd’s Speedway on Tuesday. His primary car should be ready by the final three series races at Crossville, Smoky Mountain, and Tazewell.

Trevor Gonzales, STL Motorsport Magazine


Overton Wins Night One at Swainsboro

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(Swainsboro, GA) July 20th, 2017- The Schaffer’s Oil Southern Nationals Series rolled into Swainsboro, GA for night one of the double feature extravaganza. After the cancellation of Saturday’s race at Screven Motor Speedway, Swainsboro Raceway officials offered to run two nights of racing for the Southern Nationals Series with two $5,300 to win features
At the end of the night, for the second night in a row, it would be 2017 defending Southern Nationals Champion Brandon Overton who would find himself in victory lane. Overton would overtake race long leader Casey Roberts on Lap 46 to take the checkers.
20 cars were signed in for the $5,300 to win race. Roberts would set quick time in Group A and the overall fast time to earn his second consecutive pole. Roberts would have a 14.810 second lap around the fast 3/8 track. Also locking themselves into the feature by way of qualifying would be Overton, Ivedent Lloyd Jr., Forrest Trent, and Joey Coulter.
Clover, SC driver Ross Bailes would set fast time in Group B with a lap of 14.921 seconds. Bailes would grab the outside pole position while Dennis “Rambo” Franklin, Dale McDowell, and the Double Down Motorsports drivers of Shanon Buckingham & Robby Moses would be the top five qualifiers in Group B.
There would be one, ten lap heat race to determine the rest of the field with all cars transferring. Southern Nationals Series Rookie of the Year Contender Aaron Ridley would go on to win the heat race over John Henderson and Brian Connor.
The 53 lap, $5,300 to win race would begin but the yellow flag would fly before a lap could get completed for two separate spins in Turn 2. Forrest Trent, Aaron Ridley, Donald McIntosh, and Brian Connor would all get collected in one spin while Pearson Lee Williams would spin out as well a few car lengths behind. All cars would be able to continue with only minor cosmetic damage.
The green flag would once again wave and the yellow would follow immediately out for a huge wreck coming off of Turn 4 to the green. Outside polesitter Ross Bailes seemed to stall his car and caused an accordion effect which involved 10th place starter Robby Moses spinning in front of the line of cars getting into full speed. Moses would collect Craig Vosbergen who would end up in the air with all four tires up off the ground. Vosbergen did not flip but he would land on fellow Australian David Doherty’s hood. Donald McIntosh, Cla Knight, and J.R Moseley would also all be involved. When the carnage settled, only McIntosh and Knight would be able to continue with damage on their cars. Australians Craig Vosbergen and David Doherty would call it a night with heavily damaged cars along with Robby Moses and J.R Moseley.
The 53 lap feature would finally begin underway with 4 cars already retired from the event. Roberts would lead Lap 1 over Bailes, Lloyd Jr., Overton and Franklin. Roberts would continue to stretch out his lead in the early going as Bailes, Lloyd Jr., and Overton would have a close battle for second. Kale Green, Pearson Lee Williams, and Brian Connor all pulled off the track and retired from the race during the green flag run. Roberts would continue to lead and set a blistering pace as he would have a straightaway lead by Lap 20. Dale McDowell would get around Dennis Franklin for fifthand on the next lap, Shanon Buckingham would take sixth from Franklin. Overton would get around Lloyd Jr. for third on Lap 25.
At the halfway mark, Roberts would have a 4.3 second lead over Bailes while McDowell and Buckingham would have a close battle for fifth. The third and final caution of the race would fly for Franklin as he would slow in Turn 3 with a flat tire. Roberts straightaway lead would dissipate.
Roberts would still lead on the Lap 27 restart as Overton would pass Bailes for second and Dale McDowell would jump from fifth to third by passing Lloyd Jr. and Bailes. Roberts would stretch out to a comfortable lead while Joey Coulter would crack into the top five by getting around Lloyd Jr. With 10 laps to go, Roberts would begin to wash up the track in each turn as he would seem to have some steering issues. This allowed Overton to catch up to Roberts as they batted side by side with 8 laps to go. Overton would be able to get under Roberts in Turns 3 and 4 on Lap 46 and run the preferred racing line on the track to the lead as the crowd went nuts. Overton would check out and go on to win his 2nd consecutive 2018 Southern Nationals victory and 7th overall Series win with Roberts finishing second and Dale McDowell finishing third. This was the same podium finish for Thursday night’s race at Toccoa. Joey Coulter, who started 9th, would finish fourth and Ross Bailes would finish fifth. Rounding out the top ten would be Shanon Buckingham, Ivedent Lloyd Jr., John Henderson, Forrest Trent, and Aaron Ridley.
Feature Finish: Swainsboro Raceway- $5,300 to win
  1. 76 Brandon Overton- Evans, GA
  2. 101 Casey Roberts- Toccoa, GA
  3. 17m Dale McDowell- Chickamauga, GA
  4. 2c Joey Coulter- Concord, NC
  5. 87 Ross Bailes- Clover, SC
  6. 50 Shanon Buckingham- Morristown, TN
  7. 21 Ivedent Lloyd Jr.- Ocala, FL
  8. 2x John Henderson- North Augusta, SC
  9. 101T Forrest Trent- Talbott, TN
  10. 81 Aaron Ridley- Chatsworth, GA
  11. 58 Donald McIntosh- Dawsonville, GA
  12. 2 Dennis Franklin- Gaffney, SC
  13. 42 Cla Knight- North Augusta, SC
  14. 121 Pearson Lee Williams- Dublin, GA
  15. 77 Brian Connor- Martinez, GA
  16. 4 Kale Green- Pelion, SC
  17. 21 Robby Moses- Maryville, TN
  18. 8 Craig Vosbergen- Perth, Western Australia
  19. 25 David Doherty- Sydney, Australia
  20. 99 J.R Moseley- Columbus, GA
The next Schaffer’s Oil Southern Nationals Series race will be Saturday, July 21st at Swainsboro Raceway for Night #2 of the Southern Nationals Series with another 53 lap, $5,300 to win feature.
2018 Southern Nationals Series Standings:
  1. 17m Dale McDowell- 774
  2. 101 Casey Roberts- 772
  3. 76 Brandon Overton- 742
  4. 58 Donald McIntosh- 732
  5. 101T Forrest Trent- 720
  6. 81 Aaron Ridley- 706
  7. 50 Shanon Buckingham- 704
  8. 2 Joey Coulter- 692
  9. 8 Craig Vosbergen- 688

Trevor Gonzales, STL Motorsport Magazine


Overton Wins Inaugural Southern Nationals Race at Toccoa

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(Toccoa, GA) July, 19th 2018- The 2018 Schaffer’s Oil Southern National Series visited Toccoa Raceway for the first time in series history for Race 3 of the two week mini series. It would be the third different winner in the third race of the series with defending Southern Nationals champion Brandon Overton taking the checkers and the $3,500 paycheck.
24 cars were signed in for the Thursday night showdown at the 5/16 mile dirt oval. Hometown driver Casey Roberts would set the fast time in Group A time trials and set the overall fast time with an 11.961 second lap. This would lock down the pole position for the $3,500 to win feature. Joining Roberts would be Joey Coulter, Shanon Buckingham, Forrest Trent, and Aussie David Doherty.
Overton would be the fast qualifier in Group B, just a few ticks off of Roberts time as he had a lap of 11.996 seconds around the D-Shaped track. Joining Overton would be Dale McDowell, Aaron Ridley, Donald McIntosh, and Cade Dillard.
Australian Craig Vosbergen and Columbus, GA driver J.R Moseley would win their respective B-Mains to advance to the feature.
At the beginning of the feature, Overton would take the lead. Before the field could complete a lap, 6th place starting Aaron Ridley would slow with a flat right front tire drawing the first caution of the race. There would be a complete restart of the race and the caution would once again fly before the first lap could be completed as Clayton Turner would slow in Turns 3 & 4. The field would move to single file restarts for the remainder of the race.
Overton would bolt out to the lead over Roberts, Dale McDowell, and Joey Coulter. By Lap 5, Overton would already encounter lapped traffic. The third caution of the evening would fly on Lap 9 for Clayton Turner and Drew Benfield as they would spin while battling for position in Turn 4. Overton would once again rocket out to the lead as Roberts would stay close in his tracks. McDowell would hold onto third and Coulter would be in fourth. Shanon Buckingham and Donald McIntosh would battle for the fifth position as Buckingham would be able to hold off McIntosh. Overton would reach lapped traffic by the halfway point of the race.
The final caution of the evening would occur on Lap 24 for fourth place running Joey Coulter who would stop in Turns 1 & 2 with a flat tire. Louisiana driver Cade Dillard would flex his muscle and enter the top five picture as he would get around McIntosh for fifth the lap before the caution came out.
The rest of the race would be smooth sailing for Overton as he would go on to grab his 6th career Southern Nationals Series win and his first win since joining the Billy Franklin Enterprises Racing team. Casey Roberts would finish second and Dale McDowell would have a strong points night to finish third. Shanon Buckingham needed a strong run so he didn’t fall back in points and he got one by finishing fourth. Cade Dillard would finish fifth. Rounding out the top ten were Donald McIntosh, Forrest Trent, Kenny Collins, Craig Vosbergen, and Payton Freeman.
Feature Finish: Toccoa Raceway- $3,500 to win
  1. 76 Brandon Overton- Evans, GA
  2. 101 Casey Roberts- Toccoa, GA
  3. 17m Dale McDowell- Chickamauga, GA
  4. 50 Shanon Buckingham- Morristown, TN
  5. 97 Cade Dillard- Robeline, LA
  6. 58 Donald McIntosh- Dawsonville, GA
  7. 101T Forrest Trent- Talbott, TN
  8. 1c Kenny Collins- Colbert, GA
  9. 8 Craig Vosbergen- Perth, Western Australia
  10. F1 Payton Freeman- Commerce, GA
  11. 2c Joey Coulter- Concord, NC
  12. 1D Brent Dixon- Elberton, GA
  13. 2 Dennis Franklin- Gaffney, SC
  14. 42 Cla Knight- North Augusta, SC
  15. 81 Aaron Ridley- Chatsworth, GA
  16. 25 David Doherty- Sydney, Australia
  17. 99 J.R Moseley- Columbus, GA
  18. 102 Clayton Turner- Toccoa, GA
  19. 21 Robby Moses- Maryville, TN
  20. 371 Drew Benfield- Toccoa, GA
  21. D5 Drew Collins- Auburn, GA
  22. 18 Jay Motes- Gainesville, G
2018 Southern Nationals Series Standings
  1. 17m Dale McDowell- 580
  2. 101 Casey Roberts- 576
  3. 58 Donald McIntosh- 554
  4. 76 Brandon Overton- 542
  5. 101 Forrest Trent- 538
  6. 81 Aaron Ridley- 525
  7. 8 Craig Vosbergen- 524
  8. 50 Shanon Buckingham- 516
  9. 42 Cla Knight- 514
  10. 21 Robby Moses- 510
  11. 2 Joey Coulter- 500
The next Schaffer’s Oil Southern National Series events will be Friday and Saturday July 20th-21st at Swainsboro Raceway in Swainsboro, GA. Both Friday and Saturday night’s races will be $5,300 to win.

Trevor Gonzales, STL Motorsport Magazine


Hedgecock Captures First Career Southern Nationals Series Victory at 411

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(Seymour, TN) July 17th, 2018- Cory Hedgecock owns 411 Motor Speedway. There’s no doubt about it. The Loudon, TN driver has won multiple features at the 1/3 mile facility throughout his career including this year’s World of Outlaws race paying $10,000 to win and a $4,000 to win Crate race. Last night was no different as he would capture his first career Schaffer’s Oil Southern Nationals Series win.
31 cars were signed in on a Tuesday night at the Seymour, TN track.
There would be two groups of qualifying with the top 5 qualifiers in each group being locked into the feature. Hedgecock would be the final car in Group A and go on to set fast time in his group and the overall fast time for the evening with a 13.499 second lap. The returning Randy Weaver, in his first Super Late Model race since 2016, would be second in Group A qualifying followed by Forrest Trent, Vic Hill, and a Shanon Buckingham.
The fastest qualifier in Group B would be Michael Chilton out of Salvisa, KY who ran a 13.603 lap around the 1/3 mile D-shaped track. Joining Chilton would be Michael Page, 2018 Spring Nationals Champion Eric Wells, Robby Moses, and Ryan King.
The reminder of the cars would race in two consolation races with the top 5 finishers advancing into the feature.
In the first consolation race, Cla Knight would win followed by Kenny Collins, Tommy Kerr, Jason Hiett, and Aaron Ridley. 2017 Southern Nationals champion Brandon Overton would win the second consolation race over Casey Roberts, Joey Coulter, David Crabtree, and Austin Smith.
Saturday’s winner at Wythe, Dale McDowell and last year’s winner at 411, Donald McIntosh would have to take provisionals along with Australian Craig Vosbergen to make it a 23 car field.
At the beginning of the 35 lap feature, Chilton would take the lead running the outside like in Turns 1 & 2 as he would lead Lap 1 over Cory Hedgecock, Randy Weaver, Michael Page, and Eric Wells. The top 5 would remain the same as Chilton, Hedgecock and Weaver would separate themselves from the rest of the field and by Lap 9, 12th starting Brandon Overton would be up the the sixth position. Chilton would battle in lapped traffic with Hedgecock close behind. On Lap 15, Chilton would slip up the track and allow Hedgecock to get under him for the lead. Hedgecock would lead Lap 15 and clear Chilton for the lead. Eric Wells would also get around Michael Page for fourth.
The first caution of the race would fall right after the halfway point on Lap 19 as third place running Randy Weaver would get a little bit too low in Turns 3 & 4. He would hit the berm and spin out. His night would be done early.
On the restart, Hedgecock would maintain his lead as Wells would get around Chilton for second. Brandon Overton would get around Page for fourth and Shanon Buckingham would crack his way into the Top 5 by also passing Page. On Lap 22, Buckingham would take the fourth spot away from Overton. Unfortunately for Buckingham, two laps later on Lap 24, him and Overton would make contact coming off of Turn 2 and Buckingham would spin drawing the second caution of the race and then pull off of the track.
On the ensuing restart, Hedgecock would still lead as Wells would run closely behind in second place with Chilton in third and Brandon Overton & Casey Roberts battling for fourth. The final caution would wave right as the white flag would come out for the stalled car of Tommy Kerr in Turn 4. This would allow for a green, white, checkered finish.
Hedgecock could bolt out to the lead unchallenged and win his first career Schaffer’s Oil Southern Nationals Series race over Eric Wells and Michael Chilton. Brandon Overton would take fourth while Casey Roberts finished fifth. Rounding out the top ten were Vic Hill, 21st starting Dale McDowell, Robby Moses, 22nd starting Donald McIntosh, and Michael Page.
Feature Finish: 411 Motor Speedway- $3,500 to win
  1. 9 Cory Hedgecock- Loudon, TN
  2. 18 Eric Wells- Hazard, KY
  3. 97 Michael Chilton- Salvisa, KY
  4. 76 Brandon Overton- Evans, GA
  5. 101 Casey Roberts- Toccoa, GA
  6. 1 Vic Hill- Moshiem, TN
  7. 17m Dale McDowell- Chickamauga, GA
  8. 21 Robby Moses- Maryville, TN
  9. 58 Donald McIntosh- Dawsonville, GA
  10. 18x Michael Page- Douglasville, GA
  11. 2 Joey Coulter- Concord, NC
  12. 22 Jason Hiett- Oxford, AL
  13. 101T Forrest Trent- Talbott, TN
  14. 1c Kenny Collins- Colbert, GA
  15. 81 Aaron Ridley- Chatsworth, GA
  16. 42 Cla Knight- North Augusta, SC
  17. 8 Craig Vosbergen- Perth, Western Australia
  18. 84 Austin Smith- Rome, GA
  19. 4T Tommy Kerr- Maryville, TN
  20. 1G Ryan King- Seymour, TN
  21. 50 Shanon Buckingham- Morristown, TN
  22. 116 Randy Weaver- Crossville, TN
  23. c5 David Crabtree- Maryville, TN
DNS- 2N Peter Nicola, 3 Steve Smith, 4 Clyde Overholt, 7 Craig Greer, 25 David Doherty, 56 Jonathan Rowan, 77 Mike Price, 97 Cade Dillard
Through two races, Eric Wells currently is the points leader over Dale McDowell, Vic Hill, Casey Roberts, and Donald McIntosh.
The next Southern Nationals Series race is Thursday, July 19th at Toccoa Raceway with a 25 lap, $3,500 to win race. This will kick off a 4 day race weekend with races at Swainsboro Raceway on Friday night, Screven Motor Speedway on Saturday night, and Rome Speedway on Sunday night.

Trevor Gonzales, STL Motorsport Magazine


McDowell Dominates 2018 Southern Nationals Opener at Wythe Raceway

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(Rural Retreat, VA) July 14th, 2018- The 2018 Schaffer’s Oil Southern Nationals Series two week mini-series finally kicked off an 11 race tour on Saturday night at Wythe Raceway in Rural Retreat, Virginia with a $10,000 to win show. When the checkered flag waved, it would be Chickamauga, Georgia driver Dale McDowell who would lead flag-to-flag and take the $10,000 paycheck to kick off the 14th season of the Southern National Series.
31 cars were entered at the Fred Brown promoted track. Brown announced earlier in the week that all cars entered would race in the 53-lap feature so all cars would qualify and heat race.
Time trials were split into two groups. Donald McIntosh was quickest in Group A and the overall fast qualifier of the night with a lap of 16.530 seconds. He was followed by Aaron Ridley and McDowell. Evans, GA driver Brandon Overton would be fastest win Group B qualifying with a lap 16.830 seconds. Johnny Pursley and Ross Bailes would round out the top three qualifiers in Group B.
There would be four, 8 lap heat races with all cars transferring into the feature.
In the first heat race, McDowell would go on to win and clinch the pole position over Eric Wells and Mcintosh.
Morristown, TN driver Shanon Buckingham would win the second heat race and start in the third position for the 53 lap feature over Aaron Ridley and Cla Knight.
2017 Southern Nationals Series champion Brandon Overton would go on to win the third heat race and he would start on the outside pole position over Steve Casebolt and Ross Bailes.
In the final heat race, Vic Hill would edge out Johnny Pursley and Dennis “Rambo” Franklin to start in the fourth position in the feature.
30 of the 31 cars would start the feature as Van Lester would be the lone scratch of the evening.
The green flag would wave and Dale McDowell would lead Lap 1 over Overton and Buckingham. Eric Wells would also pass Vic Hill for fourth. McDowell would continue to lead and get into lapped traffic by Lap 8 with Overton still trailing.
The race would continue to stay green for the first 14 laps when the first caution of the race would fly for Rookie of the Year Contender Joey Coulter, who would wreck in Turn 2. On the ensuing restart, McDowell would still lead as Overton would still follow a few car lengthsbehind. Steve Casebolt would get around Hill for the fifth position. McDowell would continue to lead as the second caution of the race would come out as fifth place running Casebolt would jump the cushion in turns 3 & 4 and hit the wall hard, his night would be done early as he would pull his into the pits.
On the Lap 24 restart, Hill would get around Wells for fourth place as McDowell would continue to lead. McDowell would lead at the halfway point as heartbreak would strike for second place Brandon Overton as he would pull off the track with mechanical issues. McDowell would then hold a half a straightaway lead over Shanon Buckingham and Vic Hill. The third caution of the race would come out on Lap 43, with 10 laps to go for Dwayne Joyce, who would stop his car up in Turn 2.
McDowell would once again bolt out to the lead as Hill would get around Buckingham for the runner-up spot. Two laps later, Wells would pass Buckingham for third. The final caution of the race would fly with 3 laps to go on Lap 50 for fourth place running Buckingham as he would slow with a flat right rear tire.
On the three lap shootout, Dale McDowell would check out and take the checkers while leading all 53 laps in a dominating fashion. Vic Hill would finish second and Eric Wells would round out the podium. Ross Bailes and Casey Roberts would round out the Top 5.
Feature Finish: Wythe Raceway- $10,000 to win
  1. 17m Dale McDowell- Chickamauga, GA
  2. 1 Vic Hill- Moshiem, TN
  3. 18 Eric Wells- Hazard, KY
  4. 79 Ross Bailes- Clover, SC
  5. 101 Casey Roberts- Toccoa, GA
  6. 09 Johnny Pursley- Clover, SC
  7. 81 Aaron Ridley- Chatsworth, GA
  8. 58 Donald McIntosh- Dawsonville, GA
  9. 2 Dennis Franklin- Gaffney, SC
  10. 87 Walker Arthur- Forrest, VA
  11. 101T Forrest Trent- Talbott, TN
  12. 8 Craig Vosbergen- Perth, Western Australia
  13. 42 Cla Knight- North Augusta, SC
  14. 00 Jeff Smith- Dallas, NC
  15. 56 Jonathan Rowan- Jackson, TN
  16. 89 Justin Williams- Emporia, VA
  17. 50 Shanon Buckingham- Morristown, TN
  18. 21 Robby Moses- Maryville, TN
  19. 69 Carder Miller- Salem, VA
  20. 281 Kyle Pierce- Statesville, NC
  21. 42s Doug Sanders- McAdenville, NC
  22. 0 Peter Nicola- Melbourne, Australia
  23. 86 Jeff Neubert- Rockford, TN
  24. 87J Dwayne Joyce- Walkertown, NC
  25. 76 Brandon Overton- Evans, GA
  26. 54 Jason Lawrence- Pilot, VA
  27. c9 Steve Casebolt- New Richmond, IN
  28. 2 Joey Coulter- Concord, NC
  29. 47 Chris Combs- Isom, KY
  30. c5 David Crabtree- Maryville, TN
The next Schaffer’s Oil Southern National Series race will be Monday, July 16th at Volunteer Speedway in Bulls Gap, TN and Tuesday, July 17th at 411 Motor Speedway in Seymour, TN. Both features will be 35 laps, paying $3,500 to win.

Trevor Gonzales, STL Motorsport Magazine


Wells Survives the Firecracker 40 at Tazewell 

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(Tazewell, TN) July 3, 2018- The Schaffer’s Oil Southern National Bonus Series and the Iron Man Late Model Series hosted a co-sanctioned $5,000 to win race at Tazewell Speedway on Tuesday night. When the checkered flag waved, it would be 2018 Spring Nationals champion Eric Wells out of Hazard, KY who would survive the war of attrition at Tazewell and take the $5,000 paycheck.
19 cars were signed in on a hot Tuesday night race at “The Bad Fast Taz”. The field would be set by qualifying as it was divided into two groups.
Brian Smith out of Barbourville, KY would set the fast time in Group A by one thousandth of a second over Chad Ogle with a lap of 11.720 seconds. Rounding out the top 5 qualifiers in Group A would be Southern Nationals Bonus Series points leader Aaron Ridley, Chicky Barton, and Clyde Overholt.
Ewing, VA driver Dakotah Knuckles would set quick time in Group B and have the overall fast time of the evening with an 11.491 second lap around the 1/3 mile, high banked speed plant. Eric Wells, Vic Hill, Jeff Neubert, and Layne Clifton would complete the top 5 qualifiers in Group B.
The 40 lap feature went underway with Knuckles using the outside line of the track to take the lead over Brian Smith, Chad Ogle, and Eric Wells. Knuckles would set a blistering pace as he would have almost a straightaway lead and already be in lapped traffic by Lap 5. Ridley would briefly take the fourth spot from Wells but Wells would regain the spot a few laps later.
A major turning point occurred around Lap 14 when Knuckles, who was leading by over a straightaway would break an oil line and be off the pace while still leading. Coming off of Turn 2 on the next lap, Knuckles would be slowing down in front of Brian Smith, Chad Ogle, and Eric Wells bunching up the leaders. At the same time, the first caution of the evening would wave for fifth place running Aaron Ridley, who would slow on the front stretch with a flat. Unfortunately Knuckles night would be over with as he pulled his 21k machine into the infield under caution.
Brian Smith would take the lead on the restart as Wells would pass Ogle for second place. On lap 17, Wells would pass Smith on the inside to take the lead. The next big turning point in the race happened on Lap 17 when third place running Chad Ogle would drop a driveshaft coming off of Turn 4. The rest of the field had no where to go as Chicky Barton would slam into Ogle and cause a huge wreck on the front stretch that also involved Vic Hill, Jeff Neubert, and Steve Smith. This would bring out the second caution of the race and the red flag as the track was blocked with wrecked cars. Barton and Neubert were the only cars able to continue from the big wreck. Brian Smith would still be the leader as the lap was not completed when Wells passed Smith for the lead.
On the ensuing restart, the third and final caution of the race would fly for Aaron Ridley again, who would already be back into the top 5 after brining out the first caution back on Lap 15. Ridley would stop his car on the backstretch and be hooked up on the wrecker, therefore ending his night early with mechanical issues.
Brian Smith would maintain the lead on the restart with Wells in hot pursuit. On Lap 19, Wells would overtake Smith for the lead and become the new leader. 16th starting David Payne would be in third place courtesy of the drivers starting in front of him wrecking. Wells would then set a torrid pace around the high banked facility and have a straightaway lead by Lap 30. Payne and Smith would battle for second place while Chicky Barton would pass Matt Tharpe to get back into the top 5 and then pass Clyde Overholt a few laps later to get up to fourth in a heavy damaged car.
Wells would easily maneuver his Longhorn Chasis through lapped traffic as he would go on to win his first feature since November 2016. Brian Smith would hold off David Payne to finish second as Payne would break a shock in one of his rear tires with 2 laps to go and he would cross the finish line on two wheels. Chicky Barton would finish fourth and Clyde Overholt would have an impressive run and round out the Top 5.
Firecracker 40 Feature Finish at Tazewell Speedway:
  1. 18 Eric Wells- Hazard, KY
  2. 7 Brian Smith- Barbourville, KY
  3. 8 David Payne- Murphy, NC
  4. 144 Chicky Barton- Middlesboro, KY
  5. 4 Clyde Overholt- New Tazewell, TN
  6. 35 Matt Tharpe- Lutrell, TN
  7. 86 Jeff Neubert- Rockford, TN
  8. 156 Joey Standridge- Tellico Plains, TN
  9. 2 Mitchell Childress- Seymour, TN
  10. 54 Mitchell Burke- Tazewell, TN
  11. 20 Brad Dyer- Mohawk, TN
  12. 22 Lynn Leech- Andersonville, TN
  13. 10 Chad Ogle- Sevierville, TN
  14. 1 Vic Hill- Moshiem, TN
  15. 3 Steve Smith- Powell, TN
  16. 81 Aaron Ridley- Chatsworth, GA
  17. 21k Dakotah Knuckles- Ewing, VA
  18. 23 Layne Clifton- Seymour, TN
  19. 25 Eric Webber- Morristown, TN
The next Iron Man Late Model Series race will be August 4th at Brownstown Speedway in Brownstown, IN with a $10,000 to win show aand the next Southern National Bonus Series race will be August 18th at North Georgia Speedway in Chatsworth, GA paying $10,000 to win.

Trevor Gonzales, STL Motorsport Magazine 


Michael Page wins the Bill Ingram Memorial at Dixie Speedway

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(Woodstock, GA) June 30, 2018- Another Saturday night race in Georgia, another win for Michael Page. The Douglasville, GA driver has rallied up multiple wins in the Ultimate Super Late Model Series, the Southern All Stars Dirt Late Model Series, and the Southern Nationals Bonus Series. He’s won at Senoia Raceway, North Georgia Speedway, and he racked up another win this past Saturday night at Dixie Speedway in the $3,000 to win Bill Ingram Memorial.
27 cars were entered for the $3,000 to win race. However after hot laps, three entries would be a scratch for the evening with mechanical issues; Kurt English, Scott Hall, and Johnny Chastain.
The field would be set based off of time trials of the remaining 24 cars.
Page would be the fastest in qualifying with a 15.400 second lap around the 3/8 semi-banked clay oval track. T.J Reaid would be second fastest followed by Jason Hiett, Zach Leonhardi, Austin Horton, Jason Croft, Tyler Millwood, Ray Cook, Frank Ingram, and Payton Freeman.
There would be a 9 lap dash between the top 4 qualifiers that would determine the first 4 starting positions for the feature and pay $400 to the winner. Page would win the dash, $400, and start on the pole for the feature over Zach Leonhardi, Jason Hiett, and T.J Reaid
Before the feature. Douglasville, GA driver Lamar Haygood and his son, Kyler, would arrive late and start on the last row and make it a 26 car field.
Page would bolt out to the lead at the beginning of the feature as Hiett would pass Leonhardi for second on the first lap. By lap 7, Page would already reach lapped traffic. Passing was a minimum as the track would lock down early in the feature. The closest Page got to losing his lead would be on Lap 15 as he would get caught up in lapped traffic. Hiett would catch to the back bumper of Page but Page would be able to get away and increase his lead by over 3 seconds at the halfway point of the race on Lap 20.
The first caution of the evening occurred on Lap 24 for the stalled car of Austin Smith. The field would bunch up on the restart. Leonhardi would briefly take the second position away from Hiett but Hiett would run the outside groove to get around Leonhardi on the next lap. Page would still hold a commanding lead over the rest of the field as with 10 laps to go, he would run his fastest lap of the race.
Page would continue to increase his lead over Hiett and Leonhardi as the second caution would wave for the slow car of 13 year-old driver Kyler Haygood. 4th place running T.J Reaid would make hard contact with Haygood as he was trying to get around the lapped car. Reaid was still able to continue.
The race would get back to green flag conditions until the next lap with two laps to go on Lap 38 with Lamar Haygood spinning his car in Turn 1.
On the green, white, checkered shootout, Page would check out from the rest of the field and capture the 2018 Bill Ingram Memorial and a $3,000 paycheck. Jason Hiett would finish second and Zack Leonhardi would survive a late challenge from T.J Reaid to finish 3rd. Austin Horton would round out the Top 5.
Feature Finish:
  1. 18x Michael Page- Douglasville, GA
  2. 22 Jason Hiett- Oxford, AL
  3. 24 Zach Leonhardi- Cartersville, GA
  4. 41 T.J Reaid- Acworth, GA
  5. 16 Austin Horton- Newnan, GA
  6. 31 Tyler Millwood- Kingston, GA
  7. 9 Jason Croft- Woodstock, GA
  8. F1 Payton Freeman- Commerce, GA
  9. 0 Craig Scott- Bowdon, GA
  10. 08 Justin Shipley- Douglasville, GA
  11. G9 Eric Granger- Dallas, GA
  12. 53 Ray Cook- Brasstown, NC
  13. 42 Cla Knight- North Augusta, SC
  14. F9 Frank Ingram- Woodstock, GA
  15. 1D Brent Dixon- Elberton, GA
  16. 06 Matt Bishop- Dallas, GA
  17. 121 Pearson Lee Williams- Dublin, GA
  18. 17L Lamar Haygood- Douglasville, GA
  19. 3 Luther Jenkins- Waleska, GA
  20. 17k Kyler Haygood- Douglasville, GA
  21. 84 Austin Smith- Rome, GA
  22. 311 Scott Groves- Canton, GA
  23. x15 Shawn Chastain- Murphy, NC
  24. 63 Rick Jennings
  25. 19 Wayne Echols- Cumming, GA
  26. 24 Buster Goss- Rome, GA
DNS: Scratches
00 Johnny Chastain- Murphy, NC
07 Scott Hall- Rome, GA
17 Kurt English- Blue Ridge, GA
In other action, Jason Deal would win the Crate feature.
Landon Bagby would win the Steelhead/525 feature after original winner Dalton Polston was disqualified with an illegal motor.
Chris Hough would win the 602 Sportsman race and Dan Meadows won the Econo Bomber feature.
Sunday night’s Independence Day Celebration at Rome Speedway was cancelled due to rain. The next scheduled race at Rome Speedway will be July 22nd with a $5,300 to win Southern Nationals Series race, it will also be the season opener race for the local classes.

Trevor Gonzales, STL Motorsport Magazine


Page Sweeps 2018 Southern All Stars Races at Senoia, Wins the Mike Head Jr. Memorial

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(Senoia, GA) June 23, 2018- The 2018 Southern All Stars Series rolled into their 8th race of the season at Senoia Raceway in Senoia, GA. It was the second and final race for the SAS series at Senoia and just like the first race, Michael Page out of Douglasville, GA would be in victory lane with a $5,454 paycheck in his name. Page won the previous SAS race at Senoia last month, winning $4,000. Page would drive his Stinger Chasis, with a 525 engine to victory lane after taking the lead on Lap 13 and lapping the field all the way up to 6th place.
 
34 cars were signed in for the event paying $5,454 to win. In qualifying, the top 5 cars in each group would be locked into the feature. Senoia Raceway regular Mason Massey would set quick time in Group A with a 15.605 second lap around the 3/8 mile Gray Gumbo track and would start on the pole for the 54 lap feature. Austin Horton, Michael Page, Jason Hiett, and Zack Mitchell would be locked into the feature as well. In Group B, Stevens City, VA driver Kyle Hardy would set the overall fast time with a 15.537 lap around “The South’s Baddest Bullring” and would start on the outside pole position. Joining Hardy would be Clint Smith, Ashton Winger, Kenny Collins, and Ricky Williams.
 
There would be 2 B-Mains with the Top 6 finishers in each race advancing to the feature.
 
In B-Main one, 17 year-old Zach Leonhardi out of Cartersville, GA would dominate and win the race by almost half a track. Donald McIntosh, Jay Scott, Joey Armistead, Dennis Hale, and Shane Fulcher would also transfer into the feature.
 
Kingston, GA driver Tyler Millwood would go on to win B-Main two after starting 6th. Also transfering into the feature would be Joey Coulter, Steven Roberts, Lamar Haygood, Dalton Polston, and Dillon Tidmore.
 
Mark Dodson and Ray McElhieney would round out the field after taking the SAS series provisionals.
 
At the drop of the green flag to kick off the 54 lap feature, Kyle Hardy would use the outside lane to his advantage and lead lap 1 over Mason Massey, Clint Smith, and Michael Page.
 
Hardy would continue to lead and set a fast pace as Page would pass Smith for 3rd on Lap 7. Three laps later on lap 10, Page would pass Massey for 2nd place while Jason Hiett would get around Ashton Winger for the fifth position.
 
Page would catch up to Hardy’s back bumper on Lap 12 just as the first caution waved for Shane Fulcher as he spun his car in Turn 3.
 
On the ensuing restart, Hardy would slip up going into Turn 1 which allowed Page to take the lead on the topside groove while Massey would also get around Hardy for second place. Jason Hiett would also get around Clint Smith for fourth place. Page would then set sail and have almost a straightaway advantage until three laps later on Lap 15 when the second caution of the evening flew out for 2017 SAS series champion Austin Horton as he would spin on the backstretch after making contact with Tyler Millwood, Horton was running sixth at the time as it would be the second straight SAS race at Senoia that he would be running well and spin out.
When the race returned to green, Hardy would get back around Massey to regain the second position as Millwood would pass Smith to get into the top five and then go on to battle Hiett for fourth place. Page would set a torrid pace on the field as he would reach lapped traffic by the halfway mark on Lap 27. Hardy would gain a little ground when Page would be stuck in lapped traffic but Page would maintain about a straightaway lead during the long green flag run.
 
The next 36 laps would be a green flag run in which Page would Lap the field all the way up to seventh place as he would lead over Hardy, Massey, Hiett, Millwood, Smith, Ashton Winger, Jay Scott, Donald McIntosh, and Zack Mitchell.
 
The turning point of the race would occur on Lap 53 with two laps to go as 3rd place running Mason Massey would almost spin out in Turns 1 & 2. He would lose momentum as Jason Hiett would pass Massey for third. Going into Turns 3 & 4, Millwood, running fifth, would attempt to get under the slower car of Massey who was still trying to speed up. Millwood would make heavy contact with Massey coming out of Turn 4 and would spin out on the front stretch ending his night early as his Top 5 run slipped away.
 
This would bunch the field up with 2 laps to go and only six cars remaining on the lead lap. Page would dart out once again and face no challenges for the two-lap shootout and he would win both of the SAS Series races at Senoia in 2018. Page would win the Mike Head Jr. Memorial and cash in on a $5,454 paycheck. Kyle Hardy would finish second and Jason Hiett would finish third. Mason Massey would rebound and finish fourth while Clint Smith would round out the top five. Completing the top ten would be current SAS series points leader Jay Scott, Ashton Winger, Donald McIntosh, Zack Mitchell, and Joey Coulter.
 
The next Southern All Stars Dirt Series event will be Saturday, June 30th at Duck River Raceway Park in Wheel, TN with a $4,000 to win show.
 
Feature Finish:
 
  1. 18x Michael Page- Douglasville, GA
  2. 3v Kyle Hardy- Stevens City, VA
  3. 22 Jason Hiett- Oxford, AL
  4. 15 Mason Massey- Douglasville, GA
  5. 44 Clint Smith- Senoia, GA
  6. 27j Jay Scott- Fayetteville, TN
  7. 12 Ashton Winger- Senoia, GA
  8. 7 Donald McIntosh- Dawsonville, GA
  9. 57 Zack Mitchell- Enoree, SC
  10. 2c Joey Coulter- Concord, NC
  11. 1c Kenny Collins- Colbert, GA
  12. 17w Ricky Williams- Fayetteville, GA
  13. 888 Dennis Hale- LaGrange, GA
  14. 17H Lamar Haygood- Douglasville, GA
  15. 16 Austin Horton- Newnan, GA
  16. 31 Tyler Millwood- Kingston, GA
  17. 9a Joey Armistead- Senoia, GA
  18. 20 Ray McElhieney- Pulaski, TN
  19. 32 Mark Dodson- Caledonia, MS
  20. 00 Dalton Polston- Lithia Springs, GA
  21. 38 Dillon Tidmore- Glencoe, AL
  22. 111 Steven Roberts- Sylvester, GA
  23. 24 Zach Leonhardi- Cartersville, GA
  24. 29 Shane Fulcher- Thomaston, GA
DNS- 0 Craig Scott, 9 Laddie Fulcher, G9 Eric Granger, 17k Kyler Haygood, 25 Joseph Faulkner, 27 Glenn Morris, J28 Jacques Daniel, 32 Bobby Mills, 66k Dylan Knwoles, 98 Eric Hickerson
 

Trevor Gonzales, STL Motorsport Magazine


Kerr wins “Big Daddy 500” at Smoky Mountain Speedway

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(Maryville, TN) June 16th, 2018 – The Blount Motorsports Racing Team based out of Maryville, Tennessee have not had a very good season by their own standards. The team has had a rough season with wrecked cars, mechanical issues, and a broken generator in their hauler. With the addition of Casey Roberts in the Blount Motorsports House car, many fans were expecting to see him in victory lane at the beginning of the 2018 season. However, that was not the case. The first win the team picked up on the 2018 season finally came in June this past Saturday night. It wasn’t Roberts that won the race though, it would be his teammate Tommy Kerr. The Maryville, Tennessee driver has been racing with Blount Motorsports part time for the past few years, mostly racing at Smoky Mountain and a few other East Tennessee tracks on select nights. Kerr would capture the first 2018 win for Blount Motorsports leading all 40 laps, and holding off his teammate Roberts, in the $5,000 to win Southern All Star Series sanctioned “Big Daddy 500” race at Smoky Mountain Speedway.
28 cars were signed in for the $5,000 to win race. The top five qualifiers in each group would lock themselves into the feature. Tommy Kerr would set quick time in Group A and fast time overall with a 17.127 second lap. Also locking themselves into the 40-Lap feature were T.J Reaid, Steven Roberts, Southern All Stars Series points leader Jay Scott, and Colbert, GA driver Kenny Collins.
Multiple time Southern All Stars Series champion Riley Hickman would be the fastest qualifier in Group B with a lap of 17.346 seconds around the fast, high banked dirt oval. Casey Roberts, Stacy Boles, Dakotah Knuckles, and Vic Hill would join Hickman and be locked into the feature.
There would be two B-Mains with the Top 6 finishers advancing to the feature. Cory Hedgecock would win B-Main 1 over Brad Skinner, Shanon Buckingham, Robby Moses, Bobby Giffin, and Ray McElhieney.
The second B-Main would be won by Paducah, Kentucky driver Tanner English. Joining him in the feature would be Ryan King, David Crabtree, Eric Hickerson, Van Lester, and Joseph Faulkner.
Mark Dodson and Tommy Taylor would gain the Southern All Stars Series provisionals and would start on the last row for the 40-lap, $5,000 to win feature.
When the Big Daddy 500 began, Kerr would set the pace early and jump out to the lead on lap 1 over Riley Hickman and Casey Roberts. A few laps later, Stacy Boles would pass T.J Reaid for 5th place. Kerr would begin to enter the tail end of the lead lap on lap 7 but the first caution of the race would fly for Vic Hill, who had a flat left rear tire.
Kerr would have no difficulties on the restart as he would once again jump out to the lead. On lap 12, Cory Hedgecock would pass Jay Scott and Reaid to get into the Top 5. At the halfway mark, Kerr would still lead as Boles and Hedgecock would battle for 4th with Hedgecock winning the battle. The second caution of the evening would fly at the halfway mark on Lap 20 for Ray McElhieney, who stalled his machine in Turn 2.
On the restart, Kerr would once again maintain the lead as 15th place starting Shannon Buckingham would charge through the field and be in 6th and two laps later he would pass Boles for 5th.
The third and final caution of the race would fall on Lap 22 for a wreck involving T.J Reaid, Steven Roberts, and Brad Skinner. This would once again bunch up the field as Steven Roberts would be the only driver to continue.
On the restart, Casey Roberts would make a power move to get around Riley Hickman for 2nd place while Buckingham would get around Hedgecock for 4th place. Kerr would continue to lead the race as lap by lap, his teammate Casey Roberts would gain a little ground. With 5 laps to go, Kerr would find himself in heavy lapped traffic and allowed Roberts to catch up to his Blount Motorsport teammate. With 2 laps to go, Roberts was able to get under Kerr in turns 1 & 2 and briefly held the lead going down the backstretch. Unfortunately for Casey Roberts, a lapped car was running his line in Turns 3 & 4 so Roberts would have to check up and this allowed Tommy Kerr to get around Roberts and take the checkered flag. Tommy Kerr would win a $5,000 paycheck with his teammate Casey Roberts finishing second. Shanon Buckingham would pass Riley Hickman on the last lap to finish 3rd, and Cory Hedgecock would round out the top 5.
This was a night Blount Motorsports needed as they capped off a 1-2 finish. Hopefully this gives them momentum to have more strong finishes for the rest of the season.
Feature Finish:
  1. 4T Tommy Kerr- Maryville, TN
  2. 101 Casey Roberts- Toccoa, GA
  3. 50 Shanon Buckingham- Morristown, TN
  4. R1 Riley Hickman- Ootelwah, TN
  5. 9 Cory Hedgecock- Loudon, TN
  6. 11B Stacy Boles- Clinton, TN
  7. 27j Jay Scott- Fayetteville, TN
  8. 1c Kenny Collins- Colbert, GA
  9. 96 Tanner English- Paducah, KY
  10. 21k Dakotah Knuckles- Ewing, VA
  11. 98 Eric Hickerson- Linden, TN
  12. 1G Ryan King- Seymour, TN
  13. c5 David Crabtree- Maryville, TN
  14. 111 Steven Roberts- Sylvester, GA
  15. 25 Joseph Faulkner- Flintville, TN
  16. 50 Van Lester
  17. 32 Mark Dodson- Caledonia, MS
  18. 21m Robby Moses- Maryville, TN
  19. 41 T.J Reaid- Acworth, GA
  20. 17r Brad Skinner- Spring Hill, TN
  21. 20 Ray McElhieney- Pulaski, TN
  22. 10T Tommy Taylor- Lascassas, TN
  23. 97 Bobby Giffin- Maryville, TN
  24. 1 Vic Hill- Moshiem, TN
The next Southern All Stars Dirt Late Model Series Race will be Saturday, June 23rd at Senoia Raceway for the Mike Head Jr. Memorial paying $5,454 to win. This race will be a 54 lap feature as it will be the second trip to Senoia Raceway for the Southern All Stars.
Trevor Gonzales, STL Motorsport Magazine

Knowles Sweeps the Night, Wins 525 Super Series Race a Smoky Mountain

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(Maryville, TN) June 16, 2018 – The Chevrolet Performance Parts 525 Series made its first trip to Smoky Mountain Speedway in Maryville, TN Saturday night for a $3,000 to win, 40-Lap feature. In his first trip o Smoky Mountain Speedway since 2006, Rome, GA driver Jake Knowles would find himself in victory lane after setting fast time and leading all 40 laps.
Preliminary action began as 17 525 Super Late Models signed in. Knowles would set fast time in time trials with a 17.362 lap around the Tennessee speedplant. The top 10 drivers would be locked into the feature based off of time trials. Joseph Brown, Chip Brindle, Ronnie Johnson, Chase King, Cruz Skinner, Zach Pilcher, Landon Bagby, Dalton Polston, and Dale Thurman would join Knowles as the top 10 qualifiers.
There would be one heat race that would determine starting positions 11-17, Oliver Gentry would win the heat race and start the feature 11th.
The 40 lap feature began with Knowles jumping out to the front over Brown and Brindle. Chase King would pass Ronnie Johnson for 4th place on lap 3 and two laps later on lap 5, Knowles would already be in lapped traffic.
The field would begin to spread out as the track began to lock down and it was hard for any drivers to gain ground. The first and only caution of the race flew on lap 13 for the slow car of Buster Goss.
On the lap 13 restart, Knowles would continue to leave as Johnson would get around King for 4th. Two laps later on lap 15, Zach Pilcher would pass Cruz Skinner and King for the 5th position.
At the halfway mark, Knowles has a solid lead over Brown, Brindle, Johnson, Pilcher, King, Skinner, Bagby, Polston, and Thurman.
The rest of the feature would remain green as the field would spread out. Knowles managed to lead all 40 laps to capture his first Chevrolet 525 Super Series Race this season. Joseph Brown and Chip Brindle would round out the podium.
Feature Finish:
  1. 66 Jake Knowles- Rome, GA
  2. 92 Joseph Brown- Augusta, GA
  3. 17 Chip Brindle- Chatsworth, GA
  4. 85 Ronnie Johnson- Chattanooga, TN
  5. 87 Zach Pilcher- Rome, GA
  6. 44 Chase King- Seymour, TN
  7. 11 Cruz Skinner- Oxford, AL
  8. 19 Landon Bagby- Douglasville, GA
  9. 00 Dalton Polston- Lithia Springs, GA
  10. 03 Oliver Gentry- Newnan, GA
  11. 59 Dale Thurman- Cartersville, GA
  12. 34 Chad Wallace- LaGrange, GA
  13. 24 Barry Goodman- Spring Hill, TN
  14. 35 Scott Hall- Rome, GA
  15. 11D Eric Dalton- Science Hill, TN
  16. 10 Matthew Turner- Dawsonville, GA
  17. 24 Buster Goss- Rome, GA

Trevor Gonzales, STL Motorsport Magazine


Chilton Wins Spring Nationals Finale at Crossville, Wells Takes the Championship

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(Crossville, TN) June 14th, 2018- The 2018 Schaffer’s Oil Spring Nationals Series concluded Thursday night in Crossville Speedway for a 40-Lap shootout paying $4,000 to win. At the end of the evening, 3rd place starting Michael Chilton would cash in on a $4,000 paycheck and win the Spring Nationals finale. Fellow Kentucky driver Eric Wells from Hazard, KY would win his first career Spring Nationals championship.
This race was a makeup race from the May 24th Spring Nationals Race. The feature was set to take the green flag but it then went on to rain and the feature was rescheduled for Thursday night with a complete restart. If there were new cars that were not at the May 24th race, they would start the feature at the tail end.
There were 20 cars for the May 24th race and last night 15 cars were signed in with two new entries, David Payne out of Murphy, NC and Rusty Ballenger out of Sevierville, TN.
There were 7 drivers that were signed in for the May 24th race that did not attend Thursday night’s race. Brandon Overton, Tyler Bruening, Richard Frost, Dan Tipton, Phil Helton, Caleb Ashby, and Gary McPherson were not in attendance. The drivers in attendance would then move up in their respective rows for the feature.
Casey Roberts and Jason Jameson would share the front row. Jameson set the track record on May 24th with a lap of 11.728 second lap around the 1/3 mile bullring.
There would only be a hot lap session for the Super Late Models before the feature.
When the green flag waved, Casey Roberts would jump out to the lead over Jason Jameson, Chilton, and Aaron Ridley. On lap 2, 6th place starting Eric Wells would pass Ridley for 4th place. One lap later, Chilton would slide under Jameson for the 2nd spot. Roberts would continue to lead the race and maneuver through lap traffic with Chilton in hot pursuit. On lap 11, Chilton would pass the Blount Motorsports House Car of Roberts for the lead. Chilton would then begin to pull away from the field as Jameson would get around Roberts on the outside on Lap 16 for 2nd place. Roberts would then make contact with a lapped car in Turn 3 and spin out, bringing out the first caution of the race.
Chilton would still maintain his lead over Jameson on the restart with Wells and Ridley battling for the 3rd position. At the halfway mark, Chilton would still have a 3 car length lead over Jameson, Wells, Ridley, and Zach Leonhardi. The second caution of the race would fall on lap 22 as Ricky Tinch would blow a motor in Turns 3 & 4.
The top 5 cars would remain the same on the restart with Wells and Ridley in a very tight battle for 3rd. Chicky Barton would pass Ryan King for the 6th spot and begin to battle with Leonhardi for 5th. By lap 25, Casey Roberts would already be back in the top 10 in the 7th spot.
With 8 laps to go, the 7th place running car of Roberts would slow off of Turn 4 with a flat left rear tire bringing out the 3rd caution of the Spring Nats feature. He would have a fender rub and go to the hot pits for a new left rear tire and he would once again tag the tail end of the lead lap for the restart.
Chilton and Jameson would battle for the lead as Chilton would run the low grove while Jameson would maneuver his car around the high side of the track. The fourth and final caution would wave on lap 33 for 6th place running Chicky Barton. Barton would make contact with Zach Leonhardi as they were battling for 5th and he would spin his car in Turn 1. Casey Roberts bad night would continue as he would spin out while checking up along with Kenny Cobble.
All cars would be able to continue as the cars would then line up single file on the restart. Chilton would once again hold about a car length lead over Jameson. Wells and Ridley would continue to have an amazing battle for 3rd place and Zach Leonhardi would have his hands full as he would battle with Jadon Frame to keep the 5th position. With 5 laps to go, Frame would briefly take the 5th spot over Leonhardi but one lap later Leonhardi would take back the top 5 spot.
With 2 laps to go, Jameson would catch Chilton but could not get the momentum to get around Chilton.
Chilton would take the checkers and the $4,000 paycheck. Jameson would take second and Eric Wells would round out the podium & capture the 2018 Spring Nationals championship. Aaron Ridley and Zach Leonhardi would round out the top 5. Jadon Frame, Chicky Barton, David Payne, Casey Roberts, and Rusty Ballenger would complete the top ten.
Eric Wells out of Hazard, Kentucky would win the 2018 Schaffer’s Oil Spring Nationals championship. Wells would win $5,053 for winning the mini-series title.
Feature Finish:
  1. 97 Michael Chilton- Salvisa, KY
  2. 12 Jason Jameson- Lawrenceburg, IN
  3. 18 Eric Wells- Hazard, KY
  4. 81 Aaron Ridley- Chatsworth, GA
  5. 24 Zach Leonhardi- Cartersville, GA
  6. J8 Jadon Frame- Winchester, TN
  7. 8 David Payne- Murphy, NC
  8. 144 Chicky Barton- Middlesboro, KY
  9. 101 Casey Roberts- Toccoa, GA
  10. 1GR Rusty Ballenger- Sevierville, TN
  11. 86 Jeff Neubert- Rockford, TN
  12. 31 Kenny Cobble- Cookeville, TN
  13. 7G Craig Greer- Cleveland, TN
  14. 1G Ryan King- Seymour, TN
  15. T92 Ricky Tinch- Deer Lodge, TN
2018 Schaffer’s Oil Spring Nationals Final Standings
  1. Eric Wells- 1,502 points
  2. Aaron Ridley- 1,448
  3. Zach Leonhardi- 1,440
  4. Casey Roberts- 1,436
  5. Chicky Barton- 1,186
  6. Ryan King- 1,180
  7. David Payne- 1,038
  8. Jason Jameson- 906
  9. Brandon Kinzer- 826
  10. Donald McIntosh- 770

Trevor Gonzales, STL Motorsport Magazine


STL Motorsport Magazine to Cover Summit Modified Summer Nationals Tour

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(St. Louis, MO) June 10, 2018 – FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – We are excited to announce that we will be the preferred media partner for the 2018 Dirt Car Summit Racing Equipment Modified Nationals. It all starts on Wednesday night at Peoria Speedway, Mike Harrison will start to defend his 2017 Summer Nationals title.

STL Motorsport Magazine will be at most of the tour events over the next month and half. We will provide exclusive content each night of the tour. From driver interviews to victory lane content each night you will be close to all the action.  Tyson Graves, Content Manager said “We are excited and grateful for the opportunity to promote and support the greatest Summer tour in the Midwest. The modified drivers on this tour are the best in the country and we hope to give them the great exposure on all our social media outlets.”

Stay tuned to our Facebook and Twitter pages for all the EXCLUSIVE content. Go and give our pages a follow. Also go and follow @DIRTcar_Racing & @SummerNationals on Twitter and Facebook for updates on the tour.

To see the full tour schedule go to http://www.modifiednationals.com.


We Are Family….Are We Not?

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Editorial Article by Kevin Howdeshell

We hear it every week.
“NASCAR sucks”
“That track was rutty”
“I’m glad so and so wrecked”
The level of discontent among racers and fans seems to be at an all-time high in all levels of the sport. From start times, to divisions that are racing and even special events for kids, it seems everyone has something to complain about. Have we lost sight of why we started this deal in the first place?

The sport that we “love” is in trouble on many fronts, of that there is no doubt. What are some of the legitimate issues plaguing motorsports?
Is it cost? Low car counts? Low purse money? All of the above certainly impact racing as a whole at the most base level.
Is it possible that we are our own worst enemy? That we cut our own throats by expressing discontent excessively on social media? Think about it. If Jim and Sally have never been to a race and somehow stumbled upon a local event (not due to promotion because it seems we only preach to those who are already race fans on social media), and they research the facility or event and find ONLY complaining about the sport we ‘love’, why would they come? I mean, you NEVER see Cardinals fans OR EVEN VISITORS talk about a bad event or facility. They talk about how much fun they had. And isn’t fun why we started all this? Where did it go?
There are many ways we shoot ourselves in the foot on a weekly basis. From track photographers and announcers going live on Facebook for the features each week essentially giving away the show for free, to others not knowing the names of an entire class of racers at the track they’re hired to shoot every week, to complaining about a promoter trying to combine classes to build that segment of racing, we hold the blame for where we are.
We could speak on racing snobbery and how it is killing us, but I’ll save that. Just remember, the Pro4 racer and the Late Model racer both pay the same gate fee and deserve the same respect.

With that being said, I issue a challenge to my racing family. For the next 30 days, I’d like to see you all talking positively about the sport you love. I don’t care if it’s a great race or the best dirt fries around – be positive! Promote YOUR sport more than you talk about the baseball or hockey team. They surely don’t need fans like your team does!

If there is one word that best describes this thing that we do, it’s family. And it’s time we started acting like it again. I don’t have to love what you do to support you, and I hope you feel the same. Because at the end of the day, there is one word that describes us all. “Racer”

Kevin Howdeshell, STL Motorsport Magazine


It’s Fergy Time, Chris Conquers the Clash

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Photo: Justin Olmsted

(Gaffney, SC)May 27, 2018 – For race number five on their 2018 season the Carolina Clash Super Late Model Series invaded Cherokee Speedway in Gaffney, SC for a Memorial Day weekend Sunday night special. Nineteen racers signed in to compete in the 40 lap clash for a $5,000 prize.

          After completion of Hot Laps Benji Hicks was atop the speed chart with a 15.163. In qualifying his time improved to 15.014 which was quick enough for the Parks Heat & Cooling $100 Fast Time Award. Joining Hicks in the top five were Chris Ferguson 15.035, Johnny Pursley 15.041, Joey Coulter 15.186 & Anthony Sanders 15.262.

          A quick caution on lap 2 plagued the start when multiple cars tangled in turn 2. Benji Hicks commanded the “Dixie double-file” restart & led the first few laps with ease until Chris Ferguson reeled him in as they began to work lapped traffic. On lap 15 Ferguson completed the pass & Joey Coulter moved up to second on the next lap. Ross Bailes was the driver to watch for the next 15 laps as he almost dropped outside of the top ten then rebounded and passed multiple cars working his way up to fifth by lap 29. On lap 32 Brett Hamm slowed on the backstretch bringing out the second yellow of the the race setting up a nine lap shootout.

          Mt. Holly, NC’s Chris Ferguson held of the charging Joey Coulter on the restart & went on to win in his XR1 Rocket Chassis. A solid 4th place finish was strong enough to give Bailes the Carolina Clash Super Late Model Series points lead as Adam Yarbrough had a rough night only completing 17 laps & finishing 17th. Next week the series returns to Carolina Speedway Friday, June 1, for the rescheduled Ultimate/ Carolina Clash combination race.

Race Results:

  1. 22 Chris Ferguson Mt. Holly, NC
  2. 2C Joey Coulter Concord, NC
  3. 3 Johnny Pursley Clover, SC
  4. 87 Ross Bailes Clover, SC
  5. 55 Benji Hicks Mt. Airy, NC
  6. 421 Anthony Sanders Spartanburg, SC
  7. 00 Jeff Smith Dallas, NC
  8. 2 Dennis Franklin Gaffney, SC
  9. 39 Greg Clark Stanly, NC
  10. 29 Larry Grube Mauldin, SC
  11. 23 Jimmy McNamara Denver, NC
  12. 03 David Yandle Monroe, NC
  13. 27 James Plemmons Wellford, SC
  14. 2E Jason Edison Lowell, NC
  15. 18 Brett Hamm Newberry, SC
  16. 70 Craig Herndon Grover, NC
  17. 57 Adam Yarbrough Denver, NC
  18. 42 Doug Sanders Springwood, NC
  19. 357 David Todd Abbeville, SC

Justin Olmsted, STL Motorsport Magazine


Maier Picks Up Big Payday in Stock Car Shootout

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Photo: Addison Blair

(Charleston, IL) May 26, 2018 – The second round of the Midwest Street Stock Championship rolled into Charleston Speedway Saturday night for the Stock Car Shootout sponsored by Wildgraphix. Jeremy Nichols of Lovington, IL came into the evening with the Series points lead after his win a week ago at Macon Speedway in the Dean Garland Classic. But 21 other competitors that entered the event Saturday night had their eyes set on the $1,000 top prize and to gain on Nichols in the season long point hunt.

The evening started off with HP Machine qualifying. Same as last week at Macon Jeremy Nichols set overall quick time with a lap of 15.13 seconds. In RacingBids.com Heat race 1 Josh Griffith held off Jason Maier for the win. Heat race 2 brought to you by STL Motorsport Magazine went to Michael Clark out of Merrilville, IN. Dynamic Drivelines Heat race 3 went to Jeremy Nichols.

The top 2 finishers from each heat stopped on the front stretch to draw and see who would start where in the JAZ Products Dash. It was Charleston, IL driver and four time track champion Josh Griffith that drew the number 1 for the start of the dash. Josh was able to keep the rest of the field behind him and cruise to the five lap dash victory. Thomasboro, IL Jason Maier finished 2nd and joined Griffith on the front row for the 30 lap feature paying $1,000 to win.

Prior to the start of the feature event all the cars were brought on the front stretch to a stop and engines shut off. It was during this time that MSSC officials read a statement about a fellow Street Stock racer Brain Dasenbrock from the Decatur, IL area. Earlier in the evening Brain had been involved in a bad wreck at the Peoria Speedway and transported to local hospital. A moment of silence was announced as fellow competitors and fans said prayers from the Dasenbrock family.

The crowd helped give the command to fire the engines and the field rolled around the speedway for pace laps. As the green flag dropped the cars drove off into turn 1 and calamity struck as the pole sitter Josh Griffith spun around went off the track. After going off the track Josh car rolled twice and left him on this top as several other cars spun as well. The race was red flagged as safety officials raced to the upside down machine of Griffith. Josh got out of his car and was ok.

This put Jason Maier in control of the field on a complete restart minus the 97 machine of Josh Griffith. On the restart Jason jumped out to an early lead. There were several cautions in the first few laps as Michael Clark tried to mount a charge on Maier. Jeremy Nichols brought out a caution on lap 4 after an accordion effect in turn 2 got the front runners bottled up and Nichols spun to the infield. This put the point leader Jeremy Nichols to the back of the field with 26 laps to go.

Maier continued to hold off the field towards the middle of the race as drivers Terry Reed and Darrell Dick mounted challenges but could not get around the 99 car of Maier. Jeremy Nichols moved his way through the field as the laps clicked off. Thanks to a couple of cautions in the middle of the race allowing Jeremy to join the leaders. On the last restart Nichols and Jarred Krick both got along side of Jason Maier trying to get by on the inside. Jason powered to the outside and held off Nichols and Krick to pick up the $1,000 payday.

It was the first win of the season for Jason and 1st career MSSC victory. After early race struggles Jeremy Nichols came home second and last year’s defending MSSC Champion Jarred Krick came home 3rd. Darrell Dick and Michael Clark rounded out the top 5.

Next week the Midwest Street Stock Championship moves to Lincoln Speedway for the 2nd Annual Railsplitter 40 on Friday June 1st. Last year Jeremy Nichols won the inaugural Railsplitter 40 and will carry the points lead into the event.

Tyson Graves, STL Motorsport Magazine


MSSC Street Series to Invade Charleston Speedway

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May 25, 2018 – This Saturday night May 26th the Midwest Street Stock Championship will roll into the Charleston Speedway for the Street Stock Shootout sponsored by Wildgraphix. The second season of the MSSC started off last weekend with Jeremy Nichols picking up the win in the Dean Garland Memorial at Macon Speedway.

What looks to be a hot weekend temperature wise will mirror the action we expect to see on the track Saturday night. The best Street Stock drivers in the Midwest will battle it out for a $1,000 to win top prize. With several rookies to the Series and returning drivers from last season the point’s battle should start to heat up as the second round gets underway Saturday night.

Jarred Krick won a feature event here earlier in the season but had a strong fight from Attica, IN Megan Erwin, a rookie this year on the tour. Then you throw in the mix local Charleston, IL driver Josh Griffith it will be exciting to see if they can make up some ground in the points on Jeremy Nichols after his last to first run this past weekend at Macon Speedway.

Pit gates open at 3pm and Pill draw closes at 5pm. Hot laps and qualifying right after. Admission is $12, Seniors $10 and $5 for ages 7-12. Go to www.MidwestStreetStock.com/ for all the info on the Series. If you cannot make it to the track a LIVE PPV broadcast is available at www.mssclive.com for $12 for every lap of the action.

This Saturday night will be the first of two trips the Series will make to the Charleston Speedway this year. Later in October the Series will have its season ending finale in the Fifth Annual UMP DIRTcar Stock Car Fall Nationals.

Tyson Graves, STL Motorsport Magazine


Page Wins Southern All Stars Race at Senoia

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Photo: Trevor Gonzales
(Senoia, GA) May 19, 2018- Race number 5 of the 2018 Southern All Stars Dirt Racing Series would roll into Senoia Raceway in Senoia, GA for the “Mayhem 40” on the 3/8 Gray Gumbo dirt track with a 40-Lap, $4,000 to win race. When the checkered flag waved, it would be Douglasville, GA driver Michael Page who would pilot his Stinger Chasis, Durham Race Engine, Baird Transport #18x machine in victory lane over Shane Clanton and Aaron Ridley.
25 Super Late Models signed in for the race and preliminary action began with time trials. Qualifying would be split into two groups with the Top 5 qualifiers in each group being locked into the feature.
In Group A, World of Outlaws regular Shane Clanton would set the overall fast time and start on the pole at his home track with a 14.793 lap around the 3/8 mile Gray Gumbo oval. Defending 2017 Southern All Stars champion Austin Horton would be second fastest in Group A followed by Ross Bailes, Clint Smith, and Ashton Winger.
Page would go on to be the fastest car in Group B with a 14.998 second lap and he would start on the outside pole of the 40 lap feature. Aaron Ridley, 13 year old Payton Freeman, Shane Fulcher, and Mason Massey would also lock themselves into the feature by way of time trials.
There would be two, 8 lap B-Mains with the Top 6 finishers transferring on to the feature.
“The Chattanooga Flash” Ronnie Johnson would win B-Main 1 over Larry Harrod, Eric Hickerson, Bubba Pollard, Brad Skinner, and Mark Dodson.
In B-Main 2, current Southern All Stars points leader Jay Scott out of Fayetteville, TN would win. Also transferring to the feature would be Rodney Martin, Ray McElhieney, Lamar Haygood, Kenny Collins, and Glenn Morris.
Eric Granger and Joseph Faulkner would take the SAS series provisionals and start on the last row in 23rd and 24th.
The 40 lap feature came to life with polesitter Shane Clanton leading Lap 1 over Michael Page and Austin Horton. Page would then put a slide job on Clanton in turns 1 & 2 on Lap 2 to take the lead.
The race would stay green as Page would begin to catch the tail end of the field 10 laps in as he lead over Clanton, Horton, Aaron Ridley, and Ross Bailes.
The first caution of the race would fly on Lap 15 for 3rd place running Austin Horton as he would spin in Turns 1 & 2. Horton was trying to pass the lapped car of Brad Skinner but ran out of real estate and spun his car around. This would allow the field to bunch up and Horton would have to go to the tail end of the lead lap.
On the restart, Page would still lead over Clanton as Aaron Ridley and Ross Bailes would battle for 3rd. Clint Smith, Payton Freeman, Ashton Winger, and Ronnie Johnson would all be in a tight battle for positions 5-9.
2 laps later on lap 17, the second caution of the night would come out as Eric Granger and Ray McElhieney would crash on the backstretch into Turn 3.
On the lap 17 restart, Page would once again have a comfortable lead as the Capital Race Cars of Clanton and Ridley would battle for 2nd place. Ronnie Johnson would move up to 4th and Ashton Winger would begin to flex his muscle as he would crack into the top 5.
Page would lead at the halfway point as the third caution of the race would fly out and bring out the Red Flag. Shane Fulcher would spin and collect Austin Horton on the back straightaway. Fulcher’s car would then go airborne but it would not flip and his car would end up landing on all 4 tires. Kenny Collins, Brad Skinner, Mark Dodson, and Rodney Martin would also be involved in the wreck. Fulcher and Horton would be the only cars to retire after the big wreck.
The fourth and final caution flag would wave on the lap 20 restart with Payton Freeman and Rodney Martin collecting each other and spinning in Turn 2. Freeman would not be able to continue as the 13 year old would take his Capital Race Car back to his hauler.
Page would once again get out to the lead on the restart as Ashton Winger would pass Ronnie Johnson for 4th place. The green flag run would continue as Page would enter lapped traffic once again on Lap 30 with 10 laps to go. 5th place running Ronnie Johnson would have a flat tire and pull off the track as the race would continue to stay green.
With 5 laps to go, Clanton would get within half a second of the leader Page but with 2 laps to go, Page would be clear of lapped traffic and take the checkered flag and the $4,000 paycheck leading 39 of the 40 laps. Shane Clanton would finish second and Aaron Ridley would round out the podium finishing third . Ashton Winger and Ross Bailes would complete the top five. Clint Smith, Mason Massey, Jay Scott, Eric Hickerson, and Larry Harrod round out the top ten.
Feature Finish:
  1. 18x Michael Page- Douglasville, GA
  2. 25 Shane Clanton- Zebulon, GA
  3. 81 Aaron Ridley- Chatsworth, GA
  4. 12 Ashton Winger- Senoia, GA
  5. 87 Ross Bailes- Clover, SC
  6. 44 Clint Smith- Senoia, GA
  7. 15 Mason Massey- Douglasville, GA
  8. 27j Jay Scott- Fayetteville, TN
  9. 98 Eric Hickerson- Linden, TN
  10. 27 Larry Harrod- Plains, GA
  11. 92 Rodney Martin- Cartersville, GA
  12. 21 Kenny Collins- Colbert, GA
  13. 17r Brad Skinner- Spring Hill, TN
  14. 26 Bubba Pollard- Senoia, GA
  15. 32 Mark Dodson- Caledonia, MS
  16. 85 Ronnie Johnson- Chattanooga, TN
  17. 17H Lamar Haygood- Douglasville, GA
  18. F1 Payton Freeman- Commerce, GA
  19. 29 Shane Fulcher- Thomaston, GA
  20. 16 Austin Horton- Newnan, GA
  21. G9 Eric Granger- Dallas, GA
  22. 20 Ray McElhieney- Pulaski, TN
  23. 25 Joseph Faulkner- Flintville, TN
  24. 27 Glenn Morris- Fayetteville, GA
The next Southern All Stars Dirt Racing Series event will be Saturday, May 26th at North Alabama Speedway in Tuscumbia, Alabama with a 40-lap feature paying $4,000 to win.

Trevor Gonzales, STL Motorsport Magazine


Nichols Takes the Dean Garland Classic in MSSC Opener

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Photo: Addison Blair

(Macon, IL) Saturday night the Midwest Street Stock Championship kicked off the 2018 season at Macon Speedway with the 2nd Annual Dean Garland Classic. Nineteen cars checked in to compete in the 40 lap opener paying $800 to win. This event honoring a great contributor to the Street Stock division through the years did not disappoint.

The night started off with a bang during the first group of HP Machine Qualifiers. Nick Macklin, last years winner of the event came out and broke the track record that had been held since 2009 in the Street Stock division. But that was only the beginning to time trials as in the second group, Jeremy Nichols came out and set an even faster time with a blazing lap of 12.393 seconds. Nichols and Macklin would lead opening ceremonies as they circled the 1/5 mile oval carrying the nation’s colors as the National Anthem was sung.

In heat race action we saw Darrell Dick hold off his son Timmy Dick to take RacingBids.com Heat Race one and lock them into the JAZ Products Dash. STL Motorsport Magazine Heat Race number two was an eventful one as Jeremy Nichols set sail out front until he made hard contact with turn two wall and put him out of the race. Thomasboro, IL driver and Side Bite Designs and Race Wraps Rookie of the Year contender Matt Maier inherited the race lead and went on to win with Josh Griffith in second.

After heat race action we were ready for the JAZ Products dash that would determine the starting 4 spots for the 2nd Annual Dean Garland Classic. Matt Maier jumped out to an early race led in the 5 lap dash. Matt would hold off the veteran Darrell Dick and pick up the pole for the nights forty lap main event. Timmy Dick would be in 3rd and Josh Griffith rounding out the four car field.

This all set the stage for the 2nd Annual Dean Garland Classic. Matt Maier picked the outside line to start the forty lap affair. Matt jumped out to an early lead before the caution flew on lap four. On the restart, it was Timmy Dick who split Maier and Darrell Dick down the back straightaway to take over the top spot.  While all this was going on up front, it was Jeremy Nichols, from the last row, working his way through the field picking off cars one at a time. Timmy Dick held on to the top spot for a majority of the event as Jeremy Nichols made his way into the top five.

After a couple mid and late race cautions, Nichols was able to maneuver his way into the second spot and position himself to go for the win. On the final restart of the night Jeremy was able to get around the 122 of Timmy Dick and would never look back. Jeremy would lead the final fifteen laps and drive into victory lane, picking up the $800 dollar payday and the season opener for the Midwest Street Stock Championship Series.

Nichols would be followed across the line by Timmy Dick, however Dick would later be disqualified for violation of a UMP DIRTcar Stock Car engine rule. Original third place finisher Jerrad Krick was promoted to second, and the rest of the top five was rounded out by Terry Reed, Matt Maier, and Rudy Zaragoza.

The Midwest Street Stock Series will resume action next week at the Charleston Speedway with the Stock Car Shootout paying $1,000 to win this coming Saturday night May 26th.

Tyson Graves, STL Motorsport Magazine


HP Machine Qualifying 1 (1 Lap):

  1. 16-Nick Macklin, 00:12.638[2]
  2. 22-Darrel Dick, 00:12.655[3]
  3. 122-Timmy Dick, 00:12.708[1]
  4. 37-Lance Evans, 00:12.943[5]
  5. 1-Robert Cottom, 00:13.070[10]
  6. 10-Don Hilleary, 00:13.235[4]
  7. 67R-Rudy Zaragoza, 00:13.430[6]
  8. 23Z-Shawn Ziemer, 00:13.948[9]
  9. 31-Roy Beal, 00:14.046[7]
  10. 58-Jerit Murphy, NO TIME

HP Machine Qualifying 2 (1 Lap):

  1. J24-Jeremy Nichols, 00:12.393[5];
  2. 7-Josh Griffith, 00:12.705[3]
  3. 7-Matt Maier, 00:12.734[1]
  4. 08-Brian Dasenbrock, 00:12.743[8]
  5. 99K-Jerrad Krick, 00:12.806[9]
  6. 5-Terry Reed, 00:13.153[6]
  7. 24-Justin Crowell, 00:13.444[2]
  8. 73-Wayne Huffman III, 00:13.474[4]
  9. X7-Larry Russell, 00:13.642[7]

RacingBids.com Heat 1 (10 Laps):

  1. 22-Darrel Dick, [2]
  2. 122-Timmy Dick, [3]
  3. 10-Don Hilleary, [6]
  4. 16-Nick Macklin, [1]
  5. 67R-Rudy Zaragoza, [7]
  6. 23Z-Shawn Ziemer, [8]
  7. 31-Roy Beal, [9]
  8. (DNF) 37-Lance Evans, [4]
  9. (DNS) 1-Robert Cottom
  10. (DNS) 58-Jerit Murphy

STL Motorsports Magazine Heat 2 (10 Laps):

  1. 7-Matt Maier, [3]
  2. 97-Josh Griffith, [2]
  3. 99K-Jerrad Krick, [5]
  4. 5-Terry Reed, [6]
  5. 24-Justin Crowell, [7]
  6. 73-Wayne Huffman III, [8]
  7. 08-Brian Dasenbrock, [4]
  8. X7-Larry Russell, [9]
  9. (DNF) J24-Jeremy Nichols, [1]
  10. (DNF) 53-Kipp Schaefer, [10]

JAZ Products Dash (5 Laps):

  1. 7-Matt Maier, [2]
  2. 22-Darrel Dick, [1]
  3. 122-Timmy Dick, [3]
  4. 97-Josh Griffith, [4]

A Feature (40 Laps):

  1. J24-Jeremy Nichols, 23:11.546[18]
  2. 99K-Jerrad Krick, 23:15.634[6]
  3. 5-Terry Reed, 23:15.946[8]
  4. 7-Matt Maier, 23:17.127[1]
  5. 67R-Rudy Zaragoza, 23:18.429[9]
  6. 22-Darrel Dick, 23:20.221[2]
  7. 97-Josh Griffith, 23:21.552[4]
  8. 24-Justin Crowell, 23:22.483[10]
  9. 08-Brian Dasenbrock, 23:22.662[14]
  10. 10-Don Hilleary, 23:12.211[5]
  11. 23Z-Shawn Ziemer, 23:12.751[11]
  12. 73-Wayne Huffman III, 23:24.423[12]
  13. 31-Roy Beal, 23:14.459[13]
  14. (DNF) 1-Robert Cottom, 09:14.204[17]
  15. (DNF) X7-Larry Russell, 09:17.099[16]
  16. (DNF) 16-Nick Macklin, 08:05.714[7]
  17. (DNS) 37-Lance Evans, 08:05.714
  18. (DNS) 58-Jerit Murphy, 08:05.714
  19. (DNS) 53-Kipp Schaefer, 08:05.714
  20. (DQ) 122-Timmy Dick, 23:13.164[3]

Contingency Award Winners:

  • $100 PEM Racing Gift Certificate: Jerrad Krick
  • $50 Full Auto Racing Supply Gift Certificate: Terry Reed
  • Buy One Get One Landrum Performance Springs Gift Certificate: Matt Maier
  • $100 COMP Cams Gift Certificate: Rudy Zaragoza
  • $100 BrakeOMeter Gift Certificate: Darrell Dick
  • $100 DRIVEN Racing Oil Gift Certificate: Josh Griffith
  • $100 AutoMeter Gift Certificate: Don Hilleary
  • $75 Dynamic Drivelines Gift Certificate: Wayne Huffman III
  • $25 RockAuto.com Gift Certificate: Nick Macklin

MSSC Championship Point Standings

Position Driver Points Points Behind
1. Jeremy Nichols 100 —–
2. Jerrad Krick 98 -2
3. Terry Reed 96 -4
4. Matt Maier 94 -6
5. Rudy Zaragoza 92 -8
6. Darrell Dick 90 -10
7. Josh Griffith 88 -12
8. Don Hilleary 86 -14
9. Wayne Huffman III 84 -16
10. Roy Beal 82 -18

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MSSC HP Machine Fast Time Point Standings

Position Driver Points Points Behind
1. Jeremy Nichols 100 —–
2. Nick Macklin 99 -1
3. Darrell Dick 98 -2
4. Josh Griffith 97 -3
5. Matt Maier 96 -4

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MSSC JAZ Products Dash Point Standings

Position Driver Points Points Behind
1. Matt Maier 10 —–
2. Darrell Dick 9 -1
3. Josh Griffith 8 -2

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MSSC Saldana Racing Products Hard Charger Point Standings

Position Driver Points Points Behind
1. Jeremy Nichols 17 —–
2. Terry Reed 5 -12
3. Rudy Zaragoza 4 -13
4. Jerrad Krick 4 -13
5. Robert Cottom 3 -14

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MSSC Side Bite Designs and Race Wraps Rookie of the Year Point Standings

Position Driver Points Points Behind
1. Terry Reed 100 —–
2. Matt Maier 98 -2
3. Don Hilleary 96 -4
4. Wayne Huffman III 94 -6
5. Roy Beal 92 -8

Zach Leonhardi Interview: Senoia Raceway- Billy Clanton Classic (5/5/18)

Q: I’m here today interviewing 16 year-old standout driver Zach Leonhardi out of Cartersville, GA. Zach tell us something about yourself that people don’t really know.

A: That’s a tricky one. I don’t know. Not many people know that I race cars but I guess since we’re on this deal everyone knows that. So, I don’t have my drivers license, I guess that’s something. I race cars but I don’t have my drivers license. People think that’s pretty funny.

Q: The last big race you were in you finished top 5 on both nights (Spring Nats races on March 30 & 31) you were racing against the likes of Scott Bloomquist and Dale McDowell. How does it feel to be racing as a 16 year old, you look to your left and you’re not getting lapped by, but you’re actually racing for position with someone who is that high caliber of a racer?

A: Yeah it’s pretty cool to be racing with them. I raced with Scott Bloomquist twice. The first time it was here at Senoia, he struggled a little but he was still about a straightaway ahead of me and then I went to East Alabama and he lapped me there. In the last race, I knew I was running about 4th here when I saw the big blank mark come up on the scoreboard, I knew someone was coming. It’s really cool racing with those guys because not a lot of people get to race with them and most people get lapped by them. So it was pretty cool to race side by side with him for a couple of laps and you can’t complain when you get beat by Scott Bloomquist.

Q: How would you describe in your own words how the 2018 season has gone for you so far?

A: It’s been up and down. We were really solid and didn’t have anything crazy happen until the two top 5 races we had with the Spring Nats at Senoia. But the weekend before that, we thought our season was in trouble because we had problems at East Alabama and got taken out in the heat race and got the front clipped but Clint (Clint Smith) looked at it and thought he could straighten it out. So we straightened everything out the best we could and we came here for the Spring Nats Race and I really didn’t have any expectations for the races but we ended up running 5th both nights so I figured we’d go along with it. Since then, we had the two nights in Tennessee at Tazewell and Volunteer with the Spring Nats weren’t too good but the next weekend in Kentucky was really good for us so it’s been a pretty good season to start off with.

Q: Speaking of the Spring Nationals, you’ve ran every single race so far on the tour and you are currently 2nd in the series standings. Are you planning to run the 4 remaining races of the series?

A: Yeah we’re planning on it. We originally weren’t going to but after the 2 nights at Senoia, we went into Tazewell knowing if we showed up we’d be the points leader because Scott Bloomquist and Clint Smith weren’t running the tour. So I figured we could go to Tennessee and see how we came out there and the finishes weren’t very good because we were struggling at these race tracks. They were a lot different than what we were used to and also we had parts failures and other stuff as well. We came out with 16th and 17th place finishes. If the other guys running the series didn’t struggle as well, we probably wouldn’t have kept going. Roberts (Casey Roberts) had a bad night and Ridley (Aaron Ridley) had two bad nights too so we went into the weekend first in standings and came out 3rd so we decided to keep going into Kentucky and Kentucky went really well for us.

Q: The final four races will occur in four days. Crossville on Thursday May 24th, Boyd’s Friday, May 25th, Dixie on May 26th, and the series finale at Rome on May 27th. How do you feel about that hectic of a racing schedule?

A: Yeah it’ll be a little bit tricky but I’m looking forward to it. The only track I haven’t been to before is Crossville. I’ve been to Boyd’s and I struggled there my very first year racing but we’ve gotten better there since then. I’ve only been to Dixie once and it was my first ever race in a Late Model so I don’t have a lot of experience there. Rome I like a whole lot but I have a love/hate relationship with that place.

Q: Besides Senoia, what has been your favorite track to race on while running the Spring Nats tour?

A: Ponderosa (KY). Florence (KY) probably has the best racing but to drive on Ponderosa was a lot of fun. It’s about the same size as Senoia but it’s really really wide and circular and you can maintain your momentum. It’s a lot of fun to make laps around that place.

Q: Now that we talked about your favorite track on the Spring Nats tour, what was your least favorite track and the most challenging one for you?

A: Probably Tazewell because I’ve never been anywhere with that much banking on it and I don’t think there’s anywhere else that has banking like that. A place like Senoia is flat and really slick and at Tazewell it’s wide open and banked like a NASCAR track so it was a really big challenge and adapting to it was really hard.

Q: Do you have any sponsors you’d like to give a shoutout to?

A: Yes, EDI, NAPA of Kennesaw, CSR Auto, Tray Sees Photography, Finishmaster, GW Performance, and FK Rod Ends.

Trevor Gonzales, STL Motorsport Magazine


MSSC Set to Kickoff the 2018 Season

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                                    Photo: Addison Blair

(Tuscola, IL) May 15, 2018 – The sophomore season for the Midwest Street Stock Championship Series is set to get underway this Saturday at Macon Speedway with the Dean Garland Classic. Lincoln Speedway was the slated opener last month but cold and wintry weather put a damper on that event and it had to be rescheduled. After four different winners in seven events in 2018, many street stock drivers are itching to see the series start this Saturday night. Many drivers have been out at the tracks in the area getting their cars dialed in to compete in the twelve race series this year. Adding four new tracks to the series in 2018 has series organizers Tony Hubert and Greg Osman excited at the expansion in only its second year.

There are several additions to the MSSC schedule in 2018. Four new tracks will host events this summer including a big stop during the UMP Summer Nationals at The Dirt Oval in Joliet. The MSSC Street Stocks will be on the card along with Late Models and Open Wheel Modifieds on Saturday Night June 16th. Other tracks added this year are Jacksonville Speedway, Kankakee Speedway and a Friday night at the Champaign County Fairgrounds in July.

Other new additions to 2018 are a series announcer. Tyson Graves from STL Motorsport Magazine and track announcer at Farmer City Raceway will be calling all the action this summer at each of the series events. Also the LIVE Pay Per View for the MSSC will be previewing in 2018. 10 of the 12 events will be broadcasted LIVE on the Midwest Street Stock Championship Series website. Go to www.mssclive.com for the list of LIVE streamed events and pricing for 2018. Season long packages are also available.

Many drivers got a taste of what this season may hold a couple weeks ago at the Earl J Hubert Memorial at Fairbury American Legion Speedway where the event ran on MSSC rules and format. The memorial race to honor the grandfather of series organizer Tony Hubert, was an exciting event for the fans and drivers alike. Pete Odell took the $2,000 to win payday in one of the most prestigious street stock events of the season.

The inaugural year of the Midwest Street Stock Championship Series saw Indiana’s Jerrad Krick take the top spot in the season long standings. To show the competitiveness and diversity of this series Krick did not have a feature victory on the season in the MSSC but his consistency gave him the 2018 title. Krick won 7 heat races and 2 dashes on his way to the season title. This weekend the series will return to Macon Speedway where we saw Nick Macklin win in the series only stop last year.

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                            Photo: Addison Blair

2018 looks to be a breakout season for the MSSC. With eleven rookies, the expansion of the schedule and a lot of buy in from local drivers it is bound to be a very exciting season. The diversity of the drivers this year will make it very interesting and hard to predict who will come out on top each and every night. Top rookies to keep an eye on this year will be the young Megan Erwin out of Attica, IN. With many years of racing under her belt in go-karts she looks to try her skills on the MSSC tour. Thomasboro, IL Maier family will also be joining the tour in 2018. Jason and Matt have shown speed so far in 2018 and will look to mix things up with the series regulars from last season.

Pre-season expectations for the MSSC are high. With his hot start Jeremy Nichols has to be one of the favorites to take the 2018 title. With wins already at Jacksonville and Macon early in the season and a strong run in the Earl J Hubert Memorial before a tangle with a lap car, Jeremy has shown a lot of speed. Don’t be surprised if he adds some more wins to his 2 series wins from 2017.

When you talk about sleepers for 2018 title let’s not forget about Nick Macklin. Nick won the Dean Garland Memorial race at Macon Speedway last year. Nick also ran well in the Earl J Hubert Memorial race starting 10th and coming home with a 4th place finish. Another name mentioned was the driver they call the Highside Hillbilly Don Hilleary. Don picked up a feature win at Farmer City Raceway already this year and has shown some speed in early season events.

When we think about surprises for 2018 look no further than Megan Erwin. This past weekend Megan flirted with a win at Charleston Speedway. She set fast time and ran in the top 3 of the feature all night long. Look for Megan to shake things up this year and turn a few heads.

The most exciting race anticipated for 2018 was a tough one to make. The small oval of the Mighty Macon Speedway always produces some action. The season opener could be one the most exciting races of the year. But new to series this year, Kankakee Speedway could produce some great racing action. In the past other series’ have had some exciting finishes at the track. And one more track that always seems to have great racing is the Fairbury American Legion Speedway. The Earl J Hubert Memorial already produced some exciting action with 3 wide racing and a surprise winner.

With new tracks on the schedule this year, Joliet and Champaign will be two races on the schedule to look forward to. With being on the outskirts of the big city, part of the UMP Summer Nationals and across the street from Chicagoland Speedway the stop on June 16th to the Dirt Oval will be one not to miss. Also don’t forget the historic feel we will be in for as the series goes to the Champaign County Fairgrounds on July 20th as part of the Champaign County Fair. It has been awhile since we have seen stock cars compete at the historic grounds. They will also run with the open wheel sprint cars that evening. Come get some fair food and enjoy the old time feel on the fairground’s oval.

There are a lot of unknown things that will unfold as we move through the 2018 Midwest Street Stock Championship Series season. As new media partner STL Motorsport Magazine is excited to join in with series photographer Addison Blair and the PPV team to help bring you all the exciting coverage of the MSSC this year. Get out to Macon Speedway this Saturday evening to see the season get underway or come to one the events listed below:

Date Track Race
19-May Macon, IL Dean Garland Classic
26-May Charleston, IL Stock Car Shootout
2-Jun Lincoln, IL Railsplitter 40
16-Jun Joliet, IL Chicagoland 20
23-Jun Fairbury, IL FALS Flash 20
14-Jul Peoria, IL Dirty 30
20-Jul Champaign, IL Chambana 40
3-Aug Farmer City, IL What Up Dog 40
24-Aug Jacksonville, IL James Grant Memorial
1-Sep Peoria, IL River City Rumble
21-Sep Kankakee, IL Dick Potts Memorial
6-Oct Charleston, IL Street Stock Fall Nationals

Tyson Graves, STL Motorsport Magazine


Michael Page Wins the Southeastern Classic at Dixie Speedway

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(Woodstock, GA) May 12, 2018- The Southern Nationals Bonus Series rolled into Dixie Speedway on Saturday night for the $5,300 to win Southeastern Classic. When the checkered flag waved, it would be Douglasville, GA driver Michael Page who would take the $5,053 paycheck in a dominating fashion. Page piloted the Baird Transport, Durham Race Engines, Stinger Chassis #18x Car.
27 cars were signed in for the $5,300 to win race and the evening began with qualifying. Qualifying was split into two groups with the Top 5 in each group being locked into the feature. 14-year old young gun Will Roland out of Jasper, GA would set quick time in Group A with a 15.383 second lap around the 3/8 mile clay banked dirt oval. T.J Reaid, Jason Croft, Aaron Ridley, and Ashton Winger would round out the top 5 in Group A qualifying and lock themselves into the 53 lap feature.
Page would go on to set the fast time in Group B qualifying as well as the overall fast time with a lap of 15.273 seconds. This would put Page on the outside pole position for the start of the feature. Austin Smith, “The Chattanooga Flash” Ronnie Johnson, Johnny Chastain, and Eric Granger would also be locked into the feature.
There would be two 10 Lap, B-Mains to set the rest of the field with the top 5 in each B-Main advancing to the feature.
In B-Main one, Toccoa, GA driver Casey Roberts would take the victory in the Blount Motorsports House car over Gray McPherson, Mike McConnell, Casey Turman, and Chicky Barton.
Murphy, NC driver and former Dixie Speedway track champion Shaun Chastain would take his x15 Longhorn Chasis to victory in the second B-Main over Justin Shipley, David Payne, Luther Jenkins, and James Roulette.
Georgia drivers Adam Ruff and Wayne Echols would grab the Southern Nationals Bonus Series provisionals and would round out the 22 car field.
At the drop of the green flag, it would be Page who would bolt out into the lead using his outside pole starting position. He would lead lap 1 as he was followed by Roland, Croft, Reaid, and Austin Smith. The first of eight cautions flied on Lap 2 as third place running Jason Croft and 4th place running T.J Reaid would tangle and wreck in Turns 3 & 4. A hopeful night for both drivers would end after only 2 laps. The incident would allow Ronnie Johnson and Johnny Chastain to move up into the Top 5.
On the restart, Page again would start to set a torrid pace on the field as Austin Smith would pass Will Roland for 2nd place and Johnny Chastain would pass Johnson for 4th. On lap 3, Chastain, who stared 8th would find himself in the 3rd position after passing Roland in turns 3 and 4. The second caution would wave the very next lap on lap 4 for Wayne Echols who spun his machine in Turn 2.
On the ensuing restart, 6th place running Aaron Ridley would have a right front flat tire on his Capital Race Car in Turn 2 and being out the 3rd caution of the night. He would get a new tire and go to the tail end of the field
The green flag would wave once again with Page leading and by lap 6, Johnny Chastain would pass Austin Smith for 2nd place. This would be the longest green flag run of the race as Page would continue to lead and enter lap traffic by lap 15. On lap 20, Page would have a 2.3 second lead over Chastain, Smith, Roland, and Johnson. At the halfway mark on lap 27, Page would have a full straightaway lead over the competition as he would easily get around lapped traffic. On lap 28, Johnson would finally get around Roland for the 4th spot.
After a 27 lap green flag run, the 4th caution of the night would fly out for Wayne Echols again as he would slow in Turns 1 & 2.
The turning point of the race occurred on the lap 27 restart. Austin Smith would attempt to get under Johnny Chastain on the front stretch. They would make contact as Chastain got a flat tire and was off the pace going into turn 1. This caused an accordion effect with the rest of the field as a huge pileup would occur in Turn 1. 8-10 cars were damaged as there was no where to go to avoid the melee. Southern Nationals Bonus Series points leader David Payne, Mike McConnell, 2nd place running Johnny Chastain, and his brother Shaun Chastain would get the worst of the wreck and all would be done for the evening. Aaron Ridley, Luther Jenkins, Casey Turman, and Austin Smith were all able to continue with damage on their race cars.
After a red flag delay due to the track being blocked, 3rd place running Johnson would jump the restart and take off too early. That would bring out the 6th caution of the race and it was just a warning for the National Dirt Late Model Hall of Fame inductee.
Page would once again rocket his Stinger Chasis race car with a comfortable lead as Johnson would take 2nd away from Smith. Eric Granger would begin to flex his muscle a bit as he would pass Roland for the 4th position on the same lap.
Page would open up a 3 second lead over Johnson on lap 40 and 2 laps later, Page would be back at the tail end of the lead lap lapping cars. Page continued to lead as the 7th caution of the race would fly with 5 laps to go for the slow car of Casey Turman.
It looked like there would be a 5 lap shootout for $5,053 as once again, Page would regain his comfortable lead and begin to set sail. The path was clear until with 3 laps to go as Adam Ruff would spin on the front stretch bringing out the 8th and final caution flag of the race.
There would be no challenge from anyone else and Page would set a blistering pace on the final restart and survive an attrition filled race and garner a $5,053 paycheck with Ronnie Johnson finishing second and Austin Smith finishing third. Eric Granger and Will Roland would settle for top 5 finishes while Ashton Winger, Gary McPherson, Casey Roberts, Justin Shipley, and Luther Jenkins would round out the top 10.
The next Southern National Bonus Series races will be this weekend on Friday, May 18th at Lake Cumberland Speedway with a $4,000 to win race and on Saturday, May 19th as Richmond Raceway in Richmond, Kentucky with a big $10,000 to win race. Go out and support your local dirt track!
Feature Finish:
  1. 18x Michael Page- Douglasville, GA
  2. 85 Ronnie Johnson- Chattanooga, TN
  3. 84 Austin Smith- Rome , GA
  4. G9 Eric Granger- Dallas, GA
  5. 22 Will Roland- Jasper, GA
  6. 12 Ashton Winger- Senoia, GA
  7. 29m Gary McPherson- Dalton, GA
  8. 101 Casey Roberts- Toccoa, GA
  9. 08 Justin Shipley- Douglasville, GA
  10. 3 Luther Jenkins- Waleska, GA
  11. 144 Chicky Barton- Middlesboro, KY
  12. 7r Adam Ruff- Dallas, GA
  13. 81 Aaron Ridley- Chatsworth, GA
  14. 18 Casey Turman- Lafayette, GA
  15. 00 Johnny Chastain- Murphy, NC
  16. x15 Shaun Chastain- Murphy, NC
  17. 8 David Payne- Murphy, NC
  18. 119 Mike McConnell- Ball Ground, GA
  19. 19 Wayne Echols- Cumming, GA
  20. 05 James Roulette- Dawsonville, GA
  21. 9 Jason Croft- Woodstock, GA
  22. 41 T.J Reaid- Acworth, GA

Trevor Gonzales, STL Motorsport Magazine


ANNOUNCEMENT

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

(St. Louis, MO) May 7, 2018 – STL Motorsport Magazine is excited to announce a new partnership with MARS Racing Series, we have reached an agreement naming STL Motorsport Magazine as the new media partner for the series in 2018.

The MARS Racing Series was purchased and taken over by Chris Tilley at the end of 2017. Chris, already involved with the Schaeffer’s Oil Southern National’s Series with Ray Cook, purchased the MARS Racing Series from Clarksville Speedway Promotor William Scrogin after the Performance Racing Industry show last December. The 2018 MARS Racing Series kicked off at Clarksville Speedway back in March with the Annual Toilet Bowl Classic. A huge weekend of racing is on tap for the coming weekend for the Series with a pair of $10,000 to win races at Farmer City Raceway Friday and Fairbury American Legion Speedway on Saturday night.

“We appreciate STL Motorsport Magazine in becoming a new media partner for 2018 with the MARS Racing Series. The updates they provide and information for a ton of races really helps the growth of our sport. We’re excited about what 2018 will bring” said series director Chris Tilley.

STL Motorsport Magazine has already been on the scene covering all the MARS events so far in 2018. “With an already established relationship with Schaeffer’s Oil, another partner to the MARS Series it just made sense for us to partner” said STL Motorsport Magazine founder Kevin Howdeshell. Kevin also stated, “STL Motorsport Magazine is committed to the rebirth and regrowth of the MARS Racing Series in 2018, STL Motorsport Magazine strives to bring excellence in motorsports coverage to the grassroots fan, as well as national motorsports content.”

Content Manager Tyson Graves said “I am excited for us to partner with such a great series in 2018. Chris Tilley is a great director and great promotor of the sport. We look forward to being at the track helping cover their events.”

You can go to www.marsracingseries.com and www.stlmotomag.com to see the 2018 MARS Schedule. Follow MARS Series on Facebook and on Twitter @RACEMARS

Stay tuned to STL Motorsport Magazine website and social media outlets for all the news, results, and special content on the MARS Racing Series in 2018.

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McDowell Sweeps the Night, Wins 2018 Dixie Shootout

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Photo: Cole Perkins

By Trevor Gonzales, STL Motorsport Magazine Writer

(Woodstock, GA) 9/29/2018- The Lucas Oil Dirt Late Model Series went to the Peach state of Georgia for two nights of action packed racing. Saturday night, 44 of the best drivers in the southeast entered at Dixie Speedway in Woodstock, GA for a 50-lap, $12,000 to win feature. Dale McDowell from Chickamauga, GA would sweep the night by setting fast time, winning his heat race, and leading all 50 laps in route to his second Dixie Shootout in three years and a $12,000 paycheck.

McDowell would set overall fast time with a lap of 14.455 seconds around the ⅜ mile semi-banked track. Joining McDowell in Group A with fast times would be Josh Richards, Justin Shipley, Casey Roberts, and Cla Knight.

Kingston, GA driver Tyler Millwood would be the fastest qualifier in Group B with a lap of 14.573 seconds. Michael Page, Jimmy Owens, Jonathan Davenport, and Austin Horton would round out the top five Group B qualifiers.

There would be four, 10-lap heat races with the top four finishers advancing into the $12,000 to win feature.

McDowell would dominate Heat Race 1 and lead flag-to-flag over Cla Knight, Michael Brown, and Justin Shipley.

In Heat Race 2, it would be Richards who would lead flag-to-flag as well with Casey Roberts, Brandon Overton, and Donald McIntosh also transferring.

Millwood would win Heat Race 3 and clinch the outside pole position for the 50-lap feature. Joining Millwood would be Jimmy Owens, Austin Horton, and Clint Smith.

It would be Lucas Oil Dirt Late Model Series points leader Jonathan Davenport that would win Heat Race 4 as he would be followed by Tim McCreadie, Earl Pearson Jr., and Don O’Neal. Last year’s Dixie SHootout winner and heat race polesitter Michael Page would have a flat tire halfway through the race and he would have to pull off.

There would be two, 12-lap B-Mains with the top three finishers transferring onto the feature. Ray Cook would win B-Main 1 with Zach Leonhardi and Frank Ingram also locking themselves into the feature. Oxford, AL driver Jason Hiett would win B-Main 2 over Dennis Erb Jr. and Jason Croft.

The Lucas Oil Series provisionals would go to Scott Bloomquist and Bobby Pierce while Lucas Oil Series regulars Darrell Lanigan and Gregg Satterlee would take emergency provisionals. Rookie of the Year contenders Mason Ziegler and Kyle Bronson would not qualify for the feature and their nights would end prematurely.

Dale McDowell and Tyler Millwood would lead the 26 car field to green with McDowell leading Lap 1 over Josh Richards, Jonathan Davenport, Tyler Millwood, and Casey Roberts. On Lap 3, Roberts would pass Millwood for 4th and two laps later on Lap 5, Millwood would drop to 6th after getting passed by Tim McCreadie. McDowell would have a 2.5 second lead over Richards and Davenport on Lap 10 while he began to catch the tail end of the lead lap. Single file racing would begin to happen as the track rubbered over but Davenport was able to get around Richards for 2nd on Lap 18.

McDowell would continue to lead at the halfway point of the race over Davenport, Richards, Roberts, McCreadie, Millwood, Brandon Overton, Jimmy Owens, Austin Horton, and Earl Pearson Jr.

The first and only caution of the race would fly on Lap 25 at the halfway point for the slow car of Justin Shipley in Turns 1 and 2.

The green flag would wave as the race was resumed with McDowell continuing to hold the lead. Overton would pass Millwood for 6th on Lap 27. Don O’Neal would crack into the top ten and be in the 9th position after the restart. Five laps later on Lap 32, Overton would pass McCreadie for 5th and begin to work on Roberts for 4th. Passing would become a rarity during the final 20+ laps of the race. McDowell would have a 0.999 second lead over Davenport with 15 laps to go. Overton would pass Roberts for 4th on Lap 41. McDowell would be able to ease through lapped traffic and take the checkers. Jonathan Davenport would finish second while Josh Richards would finish third. 11th place starting Brandon Overton would finish fourth and Casey Roberts would round out the top five. Completing the top ten would be Tim McCreadie, Tyler Millwood, Jimmy Owens, Don O’Neal, and Earl Pearson Jr.

  1. 17m Dale McDowell- Chickamauga, GA

  2. 49 Jonathan Davenport- Blairsville, GA

  3. 1 Josh Richards- Shinnston, WV

  4. 76 Brandon Overton- Evans, GA

  5. 101 Casey Roberts- Toccoa, GA

  6. 39 Tim McCreadie- Watertown, NY

  7. 31 Tyler Millwood- Kingston, GA

  8. 20 Jimmy Owens- Newport, TN

  9. 5 Don O’Neal- Martinsville, IN

  10. 1 Earl Pearson Jr.- Jacksonville, FL

  11. 06 Clint Smith- Senoia, GA

  12. 16 Austin Horton- Whitesburg, GA

  13. F9 Frank Ingram- Woodstock, GA

  14. 0 Scott Bloomquist- Mooresburg, TN

  15. 1 Jason Hiett- Oxford, AL

  16. 14 Darrell Lanigan- Union, KY

  17. 53 Ray Cook- Brasstown, NC

  18. 79 Michael Brown- Lancaster, SC

  19. 28 Dennis Erb Jr.- Carpentersville, IL

  20. 32 Bobby Pierce- Oakwood, IL

  21. 9 Jason Croft- Woodstock, GA

  22. 22 Gregg Satterlee- Indiana, PA

  23. 24 Zach Leonhardi- Cartersville, GA

  24. 42 Cla Knight- North Augusta, SC

  25. 08 Justin Shipley- Douglasville, GA

  26. 7 Donald McIntosh- Dawsonville, GA

DNS- 00 Dalton Polston, 2x John Henderson, 6 Blake Spencer, 9 Cass Fowler, G9 Eric Granger, s14 Aaron Wilson, 17 Lamar Haygood, 18x Michael Page, 21 Kenny Collins, 22 Will Roland, 25z Mason Ziegler, 37 Rob Mayea, 40 Kyle Bronson, 77 Brian Connor, 81 Aaron Ridley, 84 Austin Smith, 111 Steven Roberts, 311 Scott Groves


Page Notches 2nd Career Southern Nationals Bonus Series Victory at North Georgia
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Photo: Cole Perkins

By Trevor Gonzales, STL Motorsport Magazine Writer

(Chatsworth, GA) 9/15/18:
Michael Page has been consistently winning features all year long during the 2018 racing season. He has been on a roll ever since winning his first career Lucas Oil Dirt Late Model series win last year at Dixie Speedway. This year has been the most successful year he has had in a Dirt Late Model. The Douglasville, GA ace would grab another victory and his second $10,000 paycheck in the past month as he won Saturday night’s Southern Nationals Bonus Series race at North Georgia Speedway in Chatsworth, GA. The Andy Durham powered Stinger Chassis of Page would lead all 60 laps holding off late challenges from Dale McDowell and Jason Hiett.
22 cars were signed in on a hot, humid Saturday evening in Northwest Georgia. Tyler Millwood would set overall fast time in preliminary action with a lap of 13.172 seconds around the 1/3 mile clay banked track. Southern Nationals Bonus Series points leader David Payne would also be near the top of the board as he was fastest in Group B with a 13.180 lap.
There would be two heat races with all cars transferring into the feature. One race would determine the inside row starting spots while the second heat race would determine the outside row starting spots.
Millwood would win a caution free Heat 1 race over Jason Hiett, Aaron Ridley, Riley Hickman, and John Ownbey.
The second heat race would be full of drama as David Payne and Chris Madden would spin out on the front stretch 5 laps in their heat while battling for the lead. They would get into each other again on the ensuing restart battling for position in Turns 3 and 4. Page would go on to win that heat race followed by Dale McDowell, Will Roland, Zach Leonhardi, and Chicky Barton.
The green flag would wave as Page would get around the polesitter Millwood for the lead on the backstretch. On Lap 2, McDowell would get around Hiett for the third position. The first caution of the race would occur 6 laps into the feature as Bo Eaton would spin his mount in Turn 4. On the Lap 6 restart, Zach Leonhardi would spin in Turns 3 and 4 to bring out the second caution. Page would continue to maintain his lead as McDowell would pass Millwood for second place on Lap 7. 12th place starting Chris Madden would flex his muscle early. and be in 6th place by the completion of Lap 7. Leonhardi would once again bring out the caution with a flat right front tire on Lap 7.
The fourth caution would fall on the Lap 7 restart as top ten running Will Roland would hit the inside wall and spin coming to the green. He would be the first retire of the race and his night would be done early. Page would hold his lead over McDowell and Millwood for two more laps as the fifth caution of the race would come out on Lap 9 for the slow car of Scott Hall. Hall would have a flat tire and be able to continue. 14th starting Brad Skinner had may his way up to 8th while 22nd starting series points leader David Payne was already in 12th with over 50 Laps still remaining.
With another restart down, Page would lead on Lap 10. One lap later, Hiett would get around Millwood for 3rd and on Lap 12, Aaron Ridley would pass Riley Hickman for 6th. The sixth caution of the race would wave on Lap 13 and the red flag would also fly as Scott Hall’s #07 car would be on its lid in Turns 3 and 4. Also involved in the wreck would be Chicky Barton, Andrew Littleton, Michael Evans, Tod Hernandez, and Paul Hollander. Hall, Evans, and Hollander’s night would be done as the rest of the cars involved would be able to continue with some damage. Track officials were able to flip Hall’s car back on all fours and Hall would be able to drive his mangled car back to the pit area.
With 47 laps to go and six cautions already, a green flag run seemed inevitable. However, there would be a 34 lap green flag run in the middle of the feature. Page would lead the field to the restart on Lap 14 with Madden getting past Millwood for the 4th spot. David Payne would crack into the top ten and be 9th on Lap 15. Page would still lead over McDowell as he entered lapped traffic on Lap 20. At the halfway mark on Lap 30, it would be Page maintaining a 1-2 second lead over McDowell, Hiett, Madden, Millwood, Ridley, Hickman, Payne, Ronnie Johnson, and Brad Skinner. John Ownbey would pass Skinner for the 10th position on Lap 35. On Lap 38, Page would get into the back of a lapped car and this would allow McDowell to be right on the back bumper of Page. McDowell briefly had the lead over Page in Turns 3 & 4 on Lap 39 but Page got a huge run on the outside and he was able to still lead the lap and get clear of McDowell for the time being. On Lap 43, Payne would pass Riley Hickman and Aaron Ridley to get into 6th. The seventh and final caution of the evening that would end a 34 lap green flag run would be for Bo Eaton again as he spun his 3x machine in Turn 4.
The 12 lap shootout would have Page still in the lead as McDowell and Hiett seemed to have used up their tires as they couldn’t challenge Page for the lead. Ronnie Johnson would maneuver his way through the top ten and get into the top 5 when he passed Tyler Millwood for 5th on Lap 53. Page would hold on for the win and capture his second career Southern Nationals Bonus Series Feature (both in 2018) over Dale McDowell and Jason Hiett. However, Hiett would fail post race technical inspection and be disqualified for the feature and he would lost his third place finish. That would move Chris Madden to the final podium position. Completing the top 5 would be Ronnie Johnson and David Payne. Tyler Millwood, Riley Hickman, John Ownbey, Aaron Ridley, and Johnny Cloer would round out the top ten.
Feature Finish:
  1. 18x Michael Page- Douglasville, GA
  2. 17m Dale McDowell- Chickamauga, GA
  3. 44 Chris Madden- Gray Court, SC
  4. 85 Ronnie Johnson- Chattanooga, TN
  5. 8 David Payne- Murphy, NC
  6. 31 Tyler Millwood- Kingston, GA
  7. R1 Riley Hickman- Ootelwah, TN
  8. J0 John Ownbey- Cleveland, TN
  9. 81 Aaron Ridley- Chatsworth, GA
  10. 14 Johnny Cloer- Chatsworth, GA
  11. 17r Brad Skinner- Spring Hill, TN
  12. T6 Tod Hernandez- Chatsworth, GA
  13. 42 Hood- Hokes Bluff, AL
  14. 144 Chicky Barton- Middlesboro, KY
  15. 3x Bo Eaton- Blue Ridge, GA
  16. 87 Andrew Littleton- Dalton, GA
  17. 24 Zach Leonhardi- Emerson, GA
  18. 15 Michael Evans- Chatsworth, GA
  19. 13 Paul Hollander- Adairsville, GA
  20. 07 Scott Hall- Rome, GA
  21. 22 Will Roland- Jasper, GA
  22. 1 Jason Hiett- Oxford, AL **DQ’d**
The next Southern Nationals Bonus Series race will be Friday, September 28th at Tri-County Speedway in Brasstown, NC for the Tarheel 50 paying $10,000 to win.
With only 6 races remaining in the 2018 Southern Nationals Bonus Series campaign, David Payne leads the series standings over Chicky Barton and Aaron Ridley.

Ledford Returns to Winning Ways

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           Photo: Addison Blair Photography

(Tuscola, IL) August 7, 2018 – At the end of 2017 there was no one faster in a UMP Modified around the Illinois area then Jeffery Ledford. Jeffery inherited the name “The Phenom” after a successful 2017 season that started off with the biggest win of his career. The young Pontiac, IL driver won the Modified portion of the Inaugural Farmer City 74. He netted a $5,000 payday on one the biggest stages of his career at the Farmer City Raceway while everyone in the dirt racing world looked on. Jeffery went on to win the 2017 Modified Track Championship at the Farmer City Raceway and nearly won the 2017 track Championship at his home track Fairbury American Legion Speedway after multiple feature wins at both tracks.

At the end of 2017 many were excited to see what Jeffery would have in store for the Modified world in 2018. Many early season rainouts and cancelations for weather made it difficult for the youngster to get on the track and regain that 2017 rhythm. The early 2018 season was not kind to Jeffery as he seemed to not have the speed he showed at the close of 2017. Many mechanical issues and flat out just bad luck at the track seemed to show that Jeffery may have hit a “sophomore slump” you might say.

With the success of 2017 Jeffery Ledford had in his ambitions for the 2018 season to try running more of the Summer Nationals tour. The Modified portion of the Summer Nationals, of course called the Summit Racing Modified Nationals. We interviewed Jeffery on the second night of the tour at the Kankakee Speedway and he was excited to tackle many of the events on the schedule. Bad luck and mechanical issues still managed to plague his finishes. Even when he showed speed his finishes did not reflect how well he was running.

Late into the Summer Nationals tour Jeffery started to show signs of putting his program back together with some top 5 finishes including a 4th place finish at Farmer City on July 6th. The next night at Fairbury American Legion Speedway during a regular night of racing the young driver found himself in victory lane for the first time in 2018. The win was a huge burst of energy for Jeffery and his racing program. His father and veteran racer Jay finished in 2nd. On Monday night Jeffery rejoined the Summer Nationals at Lincoln and came home with a 3rd place finish behind the Modified National dominators Mike Harrison and Mike McKinney.

Jeffery had some confidence back and even wheeled Daniel Flessner’s UMP Late Model a couple of times in the month of July for some fun and to add experience to his racing resume. Jeffery finished a quiet 21st at the PDC weekend finale but was only a minor hiccup to the things to come for Jeffery to start off the month of August.

Friday night Jeffery came out the box fast at Farmer City, setting fast time and winning his heat race. The defending track champion was all smiles in the pit area as finally it felt good to be putting a whole night of racing together. Jeffery started on the pole of the feature event but Allen Weisser jumped out to the early race lead. Jeffery settled in second place as he used the first part of the race searching for the quickest line around the Farmer City Raceway. In the closing laps the young phenom was able to use the high side off turn four to make a move and pass Weisser coming to 2 laps to go. Just then the caution flew for a spinning lap car. On the restart Jeffery jumped out to the lead in turn 2 and then in turn 3 Allen Weisser in 2nd and Mike Chasten Jr made contact and allowed Jeffery to stretch it out coming to the white flag. He would go on to pick up his second feature win of 2018 and his 1st feature win of the year at the track he took the crown at just a year earlier.

In victory lane Jeffery was asked “How good does this feel, its been a long time coming?” He replied “You got to enjoy them while they last cause you never know how long its gonna last. This defiantly feels good with the way the season had been going for us.” Jeffery then showed what a young class act he is apologizing for getting into lap car of Sandford early in the feature. “He said “This win feels good.” before his victory lane photos.

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Picture: Addison Blair Photography

If a Friday night win was not enough Jeffery went on to Fairbury American Legion Speedway Saturday night and picked up the feature win going back to back on the weekend in the UMP Modified division.  Jeffery may be returning to his winning ways of 2017 but its a much more mature and smarter driver than 2017. Who knows what the rest of 2018 and beyond holds for Jeffery? The Phenom has a lot of talent and the more he matures he could be one to reckon with in years to come in the dirt racing world. One thing is for sure he is back in victory lane!

Tyson Graves, STL Motorsport Magazine


Overton Repeats at Tazewell, Roberts Grabs his Second Championship

The 2018 Schaffer’s Oil Southern Nationals Series came to a conclusion Saturday night at Tazewell Speedway with a $10,000 to win race and the 2018 series champion crowned. Coming into the race, Casey Roberts and Dale McDowell were the only two drivers mathematically eligible to win the championship. Roberts had a 6 point lead headed into the night with McDowell in second. Brandon Overton had 4 series wins going into the night but also had 2 DNF’s, including the series opener at Wythe. However that did not seem to bother him much as a late lap pass over Michael Chilton with 4 laps to go sealed the deal and Overton won the Ray Varner Ford 53 paying $10,000 to win feature at Tazewell.
23 stout cars were entered on a beautiful night in front of a packed house. All cars would qualify as one group but no drivers were to be locked in by way of qualifying. Since the winning purse was over $10,000, all cars had to heat race.
Ivedent Lloyd Jr. was fastest overall in qualifying with a lap of 11.813 seconds around the 1/3 mile high banked “Bad Fast Taz”. He would be followed by Dale McDowell, Michael Chilton, Chad Ogle, and Donald McIntosh. Points leader Casey Roberts would hit the Turn 2 wall and wreck on his opening lap of qualifying. He would have to unload his backup car and start at the tail end of one of the heat races. Hometown favorite and the 2018 Southern Nationals Spring Nationals winner at Tazewell Dakotah Knuckles would also have to start at the tail end of a heat race due to wrecking his car in qualifying as well.
There would be three, 10 lap heat races with all cars transferring to the feature. Chad Ogle from Sevierville, Tennessee would win the first heat race and start on the pole for the 53 lap feature over Ivedent Lloyd Jr, Steve Smith, points leader Casey Roberts, and Aaron Ridley.
Dale McDowell would win heat race 2 and start on the outside pole over Donald McIntosh, Brandon Overton, Vic Hill, and Cla Knight.
Heat race 3 would go to Micheal Chilton from Salvisa, Kentucky. Following Chilton would be Eric Wells, Kenny Collins, Carder Miller, and Craig Vosbergen.
The 53 lap feature would go green as Dale McDowell would lead Lap 1 over Chad Ogle, Michael Chilton, Ivedent Lloyd Jr., and Eric Wells. McDowell would set a torrid pace on the field as he would begin to encounter lapped traffic by Lap 8. The first caution of the race would also bring out the red flag on Lap 9 for Kenny Collins who would flip his car coming off of Turn 4. Collins left rear tire flew off his car which made him spin and he would rollover. This incident also collected Brad Skinner as both drivers nights would be done. Collins would walk away from the wreck unharmed and he was okay.
On the Lap 9 restart, McDowell would continue to lead as Chilton would get around Ogle for second while Wells would pass Lloyd Jr. for fourth. Two laps later, Wells would move up to third by passing Ogle. McDowell would hit lapped traffic once again on Lap 16 with Chilton right on his back bumper. Chilton would stay behind McDowell waiting on his opportunity to take the lead. On Lap 20, Donald McIntosh would pass Lloyd Jr. and Ogle to get up into the fourth spot. One lap later on Lap 21, the second caution of the race would wave for race long leader Dale McDowell. McDowell would attempt a slide job on the lapped cars of Carder Miller and Brian Smith in Turn 1 and would get a flat left rear tire. McDowell would go to the hot pits and go to the tail end of the lead lap. Points leader Casey Roberts would be in 7th by the time the caution went out as McDowell’s flat would change the course of the points battle instantly.
Michael Chilton would be the new leader as he would lead the field to green on the Lap 21 restart. By Lap 23, Roberts would pass Lloyd Jr. and Ogle to get up into the fourth position. At the halfway mark, Chilton would lead over McIntosh who passed Wells for second on Lap 26, Roberts Brandon Overton, Ogle, Craig Vosbergen, Vic Hill, Forrest Trent, and Lloyd Jr. Three laps later on Lap 30, the third caution of the race would come out for the slow cars of Dakotah Knuckles and Steve Smith. Both cars would have flat tires and be back on the track for the restart. During the caution, third place running Eric Wells would be getting repairs by track officials as he began to have some rear end issues. Chilton would once again hold the lead on the Lap 30 restart over McIntosh. 5th place running Brandon Overton would run up against the wall on the restart to get around both Casey Roberts and Eric Wells for the third spot. One lap later, caution number four would wave for Vic Hill, who got into the wall in Turns 3 & 4 and had a flat right rear tire. Points leader Roberts would be in fifth while McDowell was trying to get back to the front of the field running in eleventh.
On the Lap 31 restart, third place running Brandon Overton would get a huge run to take second in Turns 1 & 2 over McIntosh then take the lead after another run in Turns 3 & 4 at the line over Chilton. Overton would then begin to stretch his lead over Chilton, McIntosh, Roberts, and Wells. Overton would hit lapped traffic on Lap 40 with thirteen laps to go. Overton would be slowed by traffic which allowed Chilton and McIntosh to gain ground. Overton would lead with ten laps to go but on Lap 44, Michael Chilton was able to attempt a slide job on Overton in Turn 1 to take the lead. Chilton would then lead and maneuver through traffic with Overton still close behind. Dale McDowell would get up to fifth after passing Wells with five laps to go.
On Lap 49, Overton would attempt a slide job and get around Chilton for the lead once again. Overton would then be able to hold off Chilton to the checkers and win his 5th 2018 Schaffer’s Oil Southern Nationals Series feature over Michael Chilton and Donald McIntosh in a fantastic, entertaining race. Casey Roberts would finish fourth and Dale McDowell would round out the top five. Completing the top ten would be Eric Wells, Forrest Trent, Craig Vosbergen, Ryan King, and Chad Ogle
Casey Roberts would take the 2018 points title over Dale McDowell by 8 points. This would be Roberts second series championship and his first with his new Blount Motorsports team. Roberts first title was in 2015.
The win for Overton makes him tied for 3rd all time in series wins. Overton would win 5 races through the tour but have 2 DNF’s at Wythe and at Boyd’s. McDowell won the season opening race at Wythe while Roberts did not win a race at all. However, Roberts finished every single race except for two with a top five finish.
Congratulations to Casey Roberts on winning the 2018 Schaffer’s Oil Southern Nationals Series Championship!
Feature Finish: Tazewell Speedway- $10,000 to win
  1. 76 Brandon Overton- Evans, GA
  2. 58 Donald McIntosh- Dawsonville, GA
  3. 97 Michael Chilton- Salvisa, KY
  4. 101 Casey Roberts- Toccoa, GA
  5. 17m Dale McDowell- Chickamauga, GA
  6. 18 Eric Wells- Hazard, KY
  7. 101T Forrest Trent- Talbott, TN
  8. 8 Craig Vosbergen- Perth, Western Australia
  9. 1G Ryan King- Seymour, TN
  10. 10 Chad Ogle- Sevierville, TN
  11. 21 Ivedent Lloyd Jr.- Ocala, FL
  12. 79 Ross Bailes- Clover, SC
  13. 21k Dakotah Knuckles- Ewing, VA
  14. 42 Cla Knight- North Augusta, SC
  15. 81 Aaron Ridley- Chatsworth, GA
  16. 25 Eric Webber- Morristown, TN
  17. 7 Brian Smith- Barbourville, KY
  18. 3 Steve Smith- Powell, TN
  19. 1 Vic Hill- Moshiem, TN
  20. 69* Carder Miller- Salem, VA
  21. 54 Mitchell Burke- Tazewell, TN
  22. 1c Kenny Collins- Colbert, GA
  23. 17r Brad Skinner- Spring Hill, TN

Trevor Gonzales, STL Motorsport Magazine


Overton Charges to Win at Crossville

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(Crossville, TN) July 26th, 2018- The final three races of the Schaffer’s Oil Southern Nationals Series began Thursday night at Crossville Speedway with a 35 lap, $3,500 to win show. The fans did not go home disappointed as Brandon Overton would go on to win his 4th 2018 Southern Nationals Series race in an exciting race.
23 cars were signed in on a beautiful Thursday evening. Joey Coulter would set fast time of the evening and clinch the pole for Group A qualifying with a 12.059 lap around the track that he got his first career Super Late Model win at. Casey Roberts, Brandon Overton, Ivedent Lloyd Jr., and Kenny Collins would round out the top five in Group A. Salvisa, Kentucky driver Michael Chilton, who won the 2018 Spring Nationals race at Crossville, would set fast time in Group B and start on the outside pole. Joining Chilton in the top five Group B qualifiers would be Ryan King, Dale McDowell, Craig Vosbergen, and Cla Knight.
Randy Weaver racing at his home track in a Super Late Model for the first time since returning would win the first heat race over Donald McIntosh and Aaron Ridley. John Ownbey would win the second heat race over David Doherty and Brad Skinner. All 23 entrants would start the feature.
Michael Chilton would lead Lap 1 of the 35 Lap feature over Joey Coulter, Casey Roberts, Ryan King, and Brandon Overton. Roberts would pass Coulter for second on the very next lap and Overton would pass King for fourth on the third circuit. Chilton and Roberts would then have an intense battle for the lead as Chilton would still lead 5 laps in. Overton would also get around Coulter for third and Ivedent Lloyd Jr. would pass King to get into the top five. Roberts would take the lead from Chilton on Lap 7 coming off of Turn 4. The first caution of the evening flew two laps later on Lap 9 for Perry Delaney, who stopped in Turn 4.
On the Lap 9 restart, Overton would run the outside line in Turns 1 & 2 to get a huge run down the backstretch. Roberts and Chilton were side by side on the backstretch with Overton squeezing up the middle making it a three wide battle for the lead. Overton would become the new leader as he would edge out Roberts and Chilton at the line. Overton would begin to pull away and separate himself from the rest of the field while Roberts and Chilton would have a fantastic battle for the runner-up spot as each driver would throw slide jobs at each other lap by lap. Overton would continue to lead at the halfway point over Chilton, Roberts, Coulter, McDowell, Lloyd Jr., King, Vosbergen, Weaver, and Ownbey. Overton still held the lead on Lap 20 with Chilton and Roberts still having a hard battle for second. On Lap 24, McDowell would take the fourth back away from Coulter. The second caution of the race would fly on Lap 24 for Ricky Tinch, who would spin and hit the wall on the backstretch.
Overton would still lead on the restart with Chilton and Roberts close behind battling for second. Roberts would take second away from Chilton after Chilton washed up the track in Turn 2 and Craig Vosbergen would enter the top five after passing Coulter for fifth in Lap 30. One lap later, McDowell would get around Chilton for third place. The third and final caution of the evening flew on Lap 31 with 4 laps to go as top ten running Ivedent Lloyd Jr. would slow with a flat right rear tire.
There would be a 4 lap shootout with a single file restart. Overton would have clear air and bolt out to the lead unchallenged and win his 4th Southern Nationals Series feature this year and his 9th overall series win tying him for 4th in all time Series wins. Casey Roberts and Dale McDowell would round out the podium. Michael Chilton and Craig Vosbergen would complete the top five.
Feature Finish: Crossville Speedway- $3,500 to win
  1. 76 Brandon Overton- Evans, GA
  2. 101 Casey Roberts- Toccoa, GA
  3. 17m Dale McDowell- Chickamauga, GA
  4. 97 Michael Chilton- Salvisa, KY
  5. 8 Craig Vosbergen- Perth, Western Australia
  6. 17r Brad Skinner- Spring Hill, TN
  7. 116 Randy Weaver- Crossville, TN
  8. 2 Joey Coulter- Concord, NC
  9. J8 Jadon Frame- Winchester, TN
  10. 81 Aaron Ridley- Chatsworth, GA
  11. 101T Forrest Trent- Talbott, TN
  12. 58 Donald McIntosh- Dawsonville, GA
  13. 42 Cla Knight- North Augusta, SC
  14. 1G Ryan King- Seymour, TN
  15. 21 Ivedent Lloyd Jr.- Ocala, FL
  16. 25 David Doherty- Sydney, Australia
  17. J0 John Ownbey- Cleveland, TN
  18. 1c Kenny Collins- Colbert, GA
  19. 7G Craig Greer- Cleveland, TN
  20. T92 Ricky Tinch- Deer Lodge, TN
  21. 9 Dusty Carver- Englewood, TN
  22. c5 David Crabtree- Maryville, TN
  23. 77 Perry Delaney- Sparta, TN
The final two Schaffer’s Oil Southern Nationals Series races will be this weekend on Friday night at Smoky Mountain Speedway in Maryville, Tennessee with a 53 lap, $5,300 to win feature and the 2018 series finale at Tazewell Speedway Saturday night with a 53 lap, $10,000 to win race where the 2018 series champion will be crowned.
2018 Southern Nationals Series Standings
  1. 101 Casey Roberts- 1,520
  2. 17m Dale McDowell- 1,514
  3. 76 Brandon Overton- 1,480
  4. 81 Aaron Ridley- 1,454
  5. 58 Donald McIntosh- 1,452
  6. 2 Joey Coulter- 1,424
  7. 101T Forrest Trent- 1,398
  8. 42 Cla Knight- 1,380
  9. 8 Craig Vosbergen- 1,137
  10. 50 Shanon Buckingham- 1,046

Trevor Gonzales, STL Motorsport Magazine


Vic Hill Wins Thriller at Boyd’s

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(Ringgold, GA) July 24th, 2018- The Schaffer’s Oil Southern Nationals Series hit Boyd’s Speedway in Ringgold, GA for a 35 lap, $3,500 to win race. Round 7 of the series was no disappointment as Vic “The Thrill” Hill from Moshiem, TN would lead all 35 laps as he would hold off late challenges by Randy Weaver and Dale McDowell to win his first race of the season and his 7th overall series win.
28 cars were signed in at the track at the Georgia-Tennessee state line track. Hill would set fast time in Group A and lock up the pole with a lap of 14.140 seconds. Winchester, TN driver Jadon Frame, David Payne, Australian David Doherty, and Kenny Collins would also lock themselves into the feature by way of time trials. Making his 2nd start in a Super Late Model since 2016, Randy “The Dream” Weaver would set overall fast time of the night and was the fastest in Group B with a lap of 14.098 seconds. Joining Weaver would be Dale McDowell, Brandon Overton, John Ownbey, and Florida driver Clay Harris.
There would be two B-Mains with the top 5 finishers advancing into the feature. Fort Payne, AL driver J.T Seawright would win the first B-Main over Cla Knight, Joey Coulter, Bobby Giffin, and Aaron Ridley. Current Southern Nationals Series points leader Casey Roberts would win the second B-Main over Donald McIntosh, Cory Hedgecock, Tyler Millwood, and Forrest Trent. Provisional starters for the 35 lap feature would be Craig Greer and Casey Turman.
The 35 lap, $3,500 to win feature was underway as Vic Hill lead Lap 1 over Randy Weaver, Jadon Frame, Dale McDowell, and David Payne. The caution would fly shorty thereafter as 6th place starting Brandon Overton would break on the front stretch on Lap 2 as Overton’s night would be done early. On the Lap 2 restart, Frame would pass Weaver for second place as Hill would continue to lead. Hill would lead with Frame and Weaver close behind as McDowell and Payne would battle for fourth. Hill would catch lapped traffic by Lap 13. The second caution of the race would fly on Lap 13 as second place running Jadon Frame would get into the lapped car of Craig Greer and spin in Turn 4. The young driver was able to continue but unfortunately he would lose his second place position and go to the tail end of the lead lap.
On the ensuing restart, Hill would still lead a few car lengths ahead of Weaver and McDowell. 8th starting John Ownbey would get around Payne for fourth on Lap 14. At the halfway point the running order would stay the same in the top five with Hill, Weaver, McDowell, Ownbey, Payne, Donald McIntosh, Casey Roberts, and J.T Seawright battling for position. On Lap 21, Weaver would be nipping at the heels of Hill. Hill would run the bottom line while Weaver would run the outside groove. Both cars would be side by side multiple times each lap but Hill managed to still hold the lead. Payne and McIntosh would also be battling for fifth. The battle for the lead helped third place running McDowell as he would make ground up on the leaders and it would be a 3 car battle for the lead. With 5 laps to go on Lap 30, Ownbey would also be in the battle for the lead in fourth as you could cover a blanket over the top four cars. McDowell would get around Weaver for second and begin to pursue the lead from Hill. McDowell would run the outside groove with Hill still on the bottom. The white flag would wave as Hill and McDowell would be side by side coming off of Turn 2. Hill and McDowell would make contact in Turns 3 & 4 but Hill would be able to grab the checkered flag first with a side by side finish. Hill would win by a 0.058 second margin over McDowell. Randy Weaver, John Ownbey, 14th starting and Donald McIntosh would round out the top five. Completing the top ten would be David Payne, Cory Hedgecock, Casey Roberts, J.T Seawright, and Aaron Ridley.
Feature Finish: Boyd’s Speedway- $3,500 to win
  1. 1 Vic Hill- Moshiem, TN
  2. 17m Dale McDowell- Chickamauga, GA
  3. 116 Randy Weaver- Crossville, TN
  4. J0 John Ownbey- Cleveland, TN
  5. 58 Donald McIntosh- Dawsonville, GA
  6. 8 David Payne- Murphy, NC
  7. 9 Cory Hedgecock- Loudon, TN
  8. 101 Casey Roberts- Toccoa, GA
  9. 1JT J.T Seawright- Fort Payne, AL
  10. 81 Aaron Ridley- Chatsworth, GA
  11. 2c Joey Coulter- Concord, NC
  12. 25 David Doherty- Sydney, Australia
  13. 42 Cla Knight- North Augusta, SC
  14. 1c Kenny Collins- Colbert, GA
  15. 18 Casey Turman- Lafayette, GA
  16. 31 Tyler Millwood- Kingston, GA
  17. 101T Forrest Trent- Talbott, TN
  18. 6 Clay Harris- Jupiter, FL
  19. 7G Craig Greer- Cleveland, TN
  20. 97 Bobby Giffin- Maryville, TN
  21. J8 Jadon Frame- Winchester, TN
  22. 76 Brandon Overton- Evans, GA
The final three races of the Schaffer’s Oil Southern Nationals Series will be this weekend starting Thursday July 26th at Crossville Speedway in Crossville, TN with a $3,500 to win feature, Friday night at Smoky Mountain Speedway in Maryville, TN for a $5,300 to win race, and the finale on Saturday night, July 28th at Tazewell Speedway in Tazewell, TN with a $10,000 to win feature and the 2018 Schaffer’s Oil Southern Nationals Series Champion will be crowned.
2018 Southern Nationals Series Standings:
  1. 101 Casey Roberts- 1324
  2. 17m Dale McDowell- 1320
  3. 76 Brandon Overton- 1280
  4. 58 Donald McIntosh- 1276
  5. 81 Aaron Ridley- 1274
  6. 2c Joey Coulter- 1240
  7. 101T Forrest Trent- 1220
  8. 42 Cla Knight- 1206
  9. 50 Shanon Buckingham- 1046
  10. 21 Robby Moses- 1034
  11. 8 Craig Vosbergen- 947

Trevor Gonzales, STL Motorsport Magazine


Horton Wins First Career Southern Nationals Series Race at Rome

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Round 6 of the Schaffer’s Oil Southern Nationals Series rolled into Rome Speedway in Rome, GA on Sunday night. In a wild race filled with attrition, Austin Horton out of Newnan, GA would survive and go on to win his first career Southern Nationals Series win.
29 cars were signed in as this was the first race at Rome for the 2018 season. There were three races that were all rained out earlier in the season. Cars would be split into qualifying with two groups and the top five qualifiers in each group locking into the feature.
In Group A, it would be Ocala, FL ace Ivedent Lloyd Jr. who would set quick time in Group A and the overall fast time of the evening with a 13.457 lap around the 1/2 mile clay banked track. Joining Lloyd Jr. would be Horton, Dale McDowell, Shanon Buckingham, and T.J Reaid.
Aaron Ridley would be the fastest in Group B with a 13.648 lap. Joey Coulter, Michael Page, Casey Roberts, and Forrest Trent.
There would be two B-Mains with the top five finishers advancing into the 53 lap feature. Donald McIntosh would win the first B-Main over Clint Smith, Brandon Overton, Cla Knight, and Zach Leonhardi.
Rome Speedway regular Frank Ingram from Woodstock, GA would win the second B-Main over Tyler Millwood, Robby Moses, Austin Smith, and J.T Seawright.
Australian drivers Craig Vosbergen and David Doherty would take the series provisionals.
The 53-Lap feature would take the green and Aaron Ridley would use the outside line to take the lead over Lloyd Jr. and lead Lap 1 over Lloyd Jr., Joey Coulter, Austin Horton, and Michael Page. Ridley would begin to set his pace when the first caution flew on Lap 6 for Zach Leonhardi, who would spin out on the front stretch.
On the restart, Ridley would still lead as Coulter would take second from Lloyd and Page would get around Horton for fourth. The second caution of the race would fly one lap later on Lap 7 for Tyler Millwood spinning his car in Turn 2.
Lloyd Jr. would regain the second position over Coulter on the Lap 7 restart while Page would get around Coulter for third one lap later. Ridley would lead by Lap 16 when Page would pass Lloyd Jr. for second and set an immediate charge for the lead. Page would spend the next couple of laps tracking down Ridley and the two would be banging doors side by side for the lead on Lap 22. Page would then go to the outside and pass Ridley for the lead on Lap 23. Seven laps later on Lap 30, Page had opened up a four second lead while he was maneuvering through lapped traffic. Page would continue to set a blistering pace lapping all the way into the top ten and Austin Horton would pass Coulter for fourth on Lap 35. The green flag run would continue as by Lap 45, Page would have a seven second lead over Ridley and Horton, who would pass Lloyd Jr. for third.
The turning point of the race would occur the next lap on Lap 46. Page had lapped all the way up to 7th place running Dale McDowell. 6th place running Shanon Buckingham would cut a right rear tire in Turn 2 and spin around right in front of the leader Page. Page would make contact with Buckingham and stop his car in Turn 2. The big wreck also collected Donald McIntosh, Forrest Trent, and Brandon Overton with McIntosh and Trent hitting Buckingham head on coming off of Turn 2 almost flipping Buckingham. Buckingham would be okay as him, McIntosh, and Trent would be done for the night with heavily damaged cars. Overton would be able to continue as well. Page would have damage on his car but he was able to continue. However, because he was involved in the crash, he would have to go to the tail end of the lead lap and he would be sent back to eighth place. This would make Ridley the new leader followed by Horton, Lloyd Jr., Coulter, and Casey Roberts.
On the single file restart with 7 laps to go, Austin Horton would get a huge run coming off of Turn 2 and take the lead over Ridley. Horton would bolt out to the lead while Roberts would get around Coulter for fourth. The white flag would wave for Horton but the yellow would fly a few moments later for the final caution of the race. 7th place Dale McDowell would spin in Turn 4. McDowell would then have an altercation with Page during the caution because they made contact. McDowell would exit his car to confront Page and McDowell’s night would be done.
There would be a green, white, checkered shootout and Horton would go on to win his first career Southern Nationals Series race over Aaron Ridley and Ivedent Lloyd Jr. Casey Roberts would finish fourth and Michael Page, who was able to continue after the incident with McDowell, would edge Clint Smith to finish fifth. Rounding out the top ten would be Clint Smith, Joey Coulter, Craig Vosbergen, Brandon Overton, and Tyler Millwood.
Feature Finish: Rome Speedway- $5,300 to win
  1. 16 Austin Horton- Newnan, GA
  2. 81 Aaron Ridley- Chatsworth, GA
  3. 21 Ivedent Lloyd Jr.- Ocala, FL
  4. 101 Casey Roberts- Toccoa, GA
  5. 18x Michael Page- Douglasville, GA
  6. 44 Clint Smith- Senoia, GA
  7. 2 Joey Coulter- Concord, NC
  8. 17 Craig Vosbergen- Perth, Western Australia
  9. 76 Brandon Overton- Evans, GA
  10. 31 Tyler Millwood- Kingston, GA
  11. 84 Austin Smith- Rome, GA
  12. 21 Robby Moses- Maryville, TN
  13. 1JT J.T Seawright- Fort Payne, AL
  14. 42 Cla Knight- North Augusta, SC
  15. 25 David Doherty- Sydney, Australia
  16. 50 Shanon Buckingham- Morristown, TN
  17. 58 Donald McIntosh- Dawsonville, GA
  18. 101T Forrest Trent- Talbott, TN
  19. F9 Frank Ingram- Woodstock, GA
  20. 41 T.J Reaid- Acworth, GA
  21. 24 Zach Leonhardi- Cartersville, GA
  22. 17m Dale McDowell- Chickamauga, GA
  • McDowell would be disqualified for exiting his car on the track while under caution
The next Schaffer’s Oil Southern Nationals Series race will be Tuesday, July 24th at Boyd’s Speedway for a $3,500 to win, 35-Lap feature.
2018 Southern Nationals Series Standings
  1. 101 Casey Roberts- 1140
  2. 17m Dale McDowell- 112
  3. 76 Brandon Overton- 1124
  4. 81 Aaron Ridley- 1094
  5. 58 Donald McIntosh- 1086
  6. 2 Joey Coulter- 1062
  7. 101T Forrest Trent- 1054
  8. 50 Shanon Buckingham- 1046
  9. 21 Robby Moses- 1034
  10. 42 Cla Knight- 1032
  11. 8/17 Craig Vosbergen- 947

Trevor Gonzales, STL Motorsport Magazine


Brandon Overton Sweeps Southern Nationals Series Races at Swainsboro

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(Swainsboro, GA) July 21st, 2018- Brandon Overton has not had the season he had expected to have so far. But he’s getting back to where he was last year. Overton notched his third consecutive Schaffer’s Oil Southern Nationals Series win and swept the Friday/Saturday doubleheader at Swainsboro Raceway. Overton won a grand total of $14,100 in the past three races he was won (Thursday at Toccoa and both Swainsboro races). He would sweep Saturday’s showcase by having the overall fast time in qualifying and leading all 53 laps in the feature.
18 cars were signed in as Friday participants J.R Moseley, Kale Green, David Doherty, and Pearson Lee Williams would pack up early along with Craig Vosbergen. New additions Clay Harris, Blake Smith, and Billy Franklin would join the field.
The field will be set on qualifying times as Ivedent Lloyd Jr. would be the fastest qualifier in Group A. However, Lloyd Jr.’s time was disallowed after failing post qualifying tech. Ross Bailes was moved up to the pole position with Shanon Buckingham, Aaron Ridley, Robby Moses, and Cla Knight rounding out the top five qualifiers in Group A while Lloyd would start on the last row in 17th.
Overton was the fastest in Group B and the overall fastest qualifier with a 15.216 lap around the 3/8 mile oval. Rounding out the top five in Group B qualifying would be Dale McDowell, John Henderson, Joey Coulter, and Donald McIntosh.
When the 53 lap feature went underway, the caution would fly just like last night on the first lap for a false start by Bailes and a spin by Aaron Ridley that would collect Brian Connor and Casey Roberts. All cars would be able to continue.
The green flag would wave and the feature would begin with Overton leading Lap 1 over Bailes, Buckingham, McDowell, and Ridley. The track would quickly lock down as all cars would run on the bottom. Overton would continue to set a pace and hold a strong lead over Bailes. The race would stay green and Overton would begin to struggle in lapped traffic around the halfway point. This would allow Bailes to catch up to Overton and put pressure on the Evans, GA driver. Overton would still hold his lead as Bailes would not be able to get a run to challenge for the lead. With 10 laps to go, Overton would still lead as Bailes would be on his back bumper. Buckingham would continue to stay in third with McDowell in fourth and Ridley in fifth.
Overton would look to see the finish in sight but the second caution of the race would fly on Lap 50 with three laps to go as Casey Roberts would slow with a flat right rear tire. There would be a single file restart with Overton bolting out to the lead. The rough tour for Shanon Buckingham would continue as he would have a flat right rear tire while running third. That would slow his car and bring out the final caution of the race. It would be Buckingham‘s third incident while running in the top 5 in five races.
Overton would beat everyone to the checkers unchallenged as he would take his third straight Southern Nationals win and his 8th overall series win. Ross Bailes would finish second and Dale McDowell would notch his 3rd straight third place finish. Aaron Ridley would finish fourth and John Henderson would complete the top five. Rounding out the top ten would be Donald McIntosh, Clay Harris, Joey Coulter, Robby Moses, and Billy Franklin
Feature Finish: Swainsboro Raceway- $5,300 to win
  1. 76 Brandon Overton- Evans, GA
  2. 87 Ross Bailes- Clover, SC
  3. 17m Dale McDowell- Chickamauga, GA
  4. 81 Aaron Ridley- Chatsworth, GA
  5. 2x John Henderson- North Augusta, SC
  6. 58 Donald McIntosh- Dawsonville, GA
  7. 6 Clay Harris- Jupiter, FL
  8. 2c Joey Coulter- Concord, NC
  9. 21 Robby Moses- Maryville, TN
  10. 17 Billy Franklin- Calera, AL
  11. 2 Dennis Franklin- Gaffney, SC
  12. 101 Casey Roberts- Toccoa, GA
  13. 50 Shanon Buckingham- Morristown, TN
  14. 42 Cla Knight- North Augusta, SC
  15. 101 Forrest Trent- Talbott, TN
  16. 77 Brian Connor- Martinez, GA
  17. 21 Ivedent Lloyd Jr.- Ocala, FL
  18. 9 Blake Smith- Dublin, GA
The next Schaffer’s Oil Southern Nationals Series event will be Sunday, July 22nd at Rome Speedway for another 53 lap, $5,300 to win feature.
2018 Southern Nationals Series Standings
  1. 17m Dale McDowell- 968
  2. 101 Casey Roberts- 948
  3. 76 Brandon Overton- 942
  4. 58 Donald McIntosh- 920
  5. 81 Aaron Ridley- 898
  6. 101T Forrest Trent- 890
  7. 50 Shanon Buckingham- 878
  8. 2 Joey Coulter- 876
  9. 42 Cla Knight- 860
  10. 21 Robby Moses- 858
  11. 8 Craig Vosbergen- 763
Southern Nationals Series regular and fan favorite Craig Vosbergen out of Perth, Western Australia. was in attendance, but was not able to race due to his car being wrecked in Friday’s Feature. He was awarded hardship points and would actually join series announcer Chris Tilley in the booth for commentary on the feature. Vosbergen’s car will not be fixed for a few days but he will still run the tour. He plans to race in Billy Franklin’s #17 Rocket Chassis remaining with Brandon Overton for the races at Rome Speedway on Sunday and Boyd’s Speedway on Tuesday. His primary car should be ready by the final three series races at Crossville, Smoky Mountain, and Tazewell.

 

Trevor Gonzales, STL Motorsport Magazine


Overton Wins Night One at Swainsboro

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(Swainsboro, GA) July 20th, 2017- The Schaffer’s Oil Southern Nationals Series rolled into Swainsboro, GA for night one of the double feature extravaganza. After the cancellation of Saturday’s race at Screven Motor Speedway, Swainsboro Raceway officials offered to run two nights of racing for the Southern Nationals Series with two $5,300 to win features
At the end of the night, for the second night in a row, it would be 2017 defending Southern Nationals Champion Brandon Overton who would find himself in victory lane. Overton would overtake race long leader Casey Roberts on Lap 46 to take the checkers.
20 cars were signed in for the $5,300 to win race. Roberts would set quick time in Group A and the overall fast time to earn his second consecutive pole. Roberts would have a 14.810 second lap around the fast 3/8 track. Also locking themselves into the feature by way of qualifying would be Overton, Ivedent Lloyd Jr., Forrest Trent, and Joey Coulter.
Clover, SC driver Ross Bailes would set fast time in Group B with a lap of 14.921 seconds. Bailes would grab the outside pole position while Dennis “Rambo” Franklin, Dale McDowell, and the Double Down Motorsports drivers of Shanon Buckingham & Robby Moses would be the top five qualifiers in Group B.
There would be one, ten lap heat race to determine the rest of the field with all cars transferring. Southern Nationals Series Rookie of the Year Contender Aaron Ridley would go on to win the heat race over John Henderson and Brian Connor.
The 53 lap, $5,300 to win race would begin but the yellow flag would fly before a lap could get completed for two separate spins in Turn 2. Forrest Trent, Aaron Ridley, Donald McIntosh, and Brian Connor would all get collected in one spin while Pearson Lee Williams would spin out as well a few car lengths behind. All cars would be able to continue with only minor cosmetic damage.
The green flag would once again wave and the yellow would follow immediately out for a huge wreck coming off of Turn 4 to the green. Outside polesitter Ross Bailes seemed to stall his car and caused an accordion effect which involved 10th place starter Robby Moses spinning in front of the line of cars getting into full speed. Moses would collect Craig Vosbergen who would end up in the air with all four tires up off the ground. Vosbergen did not flip but he would land on fellow Australian David Doherty’s hood. Donald McIntosh, Cla Knight, and J.R Moseley would also all be involved. When the carnage settled, only McIntosh and Knight would be able to continue with damage on their cars. Australians Craig Vosbergen and David Doherty would call it a night with heavily damaged cars along with Robby Moses and J.R Moseley.
The 53 lap feature would finally begin underway with 4 cars already retired from the event. Roberts would lead Lap 1 over Bailes, Lloyd Jr., Overton and Franklin. Roberts would continue to stretch out his lead in the early going as Bailes, Lloyd Jr., and Overton would have a close battle for second. Kale Green, Pearson Lee Williams, and Brian Connor all pulled off the track and retired from the race during the green flag run. Roberts would continue to lead and set a blistering pace as he would have a straightaway lead by Lap 20. Dale McDowell would get around Dennis Franklin for fifthand on the next lap, Shanon Buckingham would take sixth from Franklin. Overton would get around Lloyd Jr. for third on Lap 25.
At the halfway mark, Roberts would have a 4.3 second lead over Bailes while McDowell and Buckingham would have a close battle for fifth. The third and final caution of the race would fly for Franklin as he would slow in Turn 3 with a flat tire. Roberts straightaway lead would dissipate.
Roberts would still lead on the Lap 27 restart as Overton would pass Bailes for second and Dale McDowell would jump from fifth to third by passing Lloyd Jr. and Bailes. Roberts would stretch out to a comfortable lead while Joey Coulter would crack into the top five by getting around Lloyd Jr. With 10 laps to go, Roberts would begin to wash up the track in each turn as he would seem to have some steering issues. This allowed Overton to catch up to Roberts as they batted side by side with 8 laps to go. Overton would be able to get under Roberts in Turns 3 and 4 on Lap 46 and run the preferred racing line on the track to the lead as the crowd went nuts. Overton would check out and go on to win his 2nd consecutive 2018 Southern Nationals victory and 7th overall Series win with Roberts finishing second and Dale McDowell finishing third. This was the same podium finish for Thursday night’s race at Toccoa. Joey Coulter, who started 9th, would finish fourth and Ross Bailes would finish fifth. Rounding out the top ten would be Shanon Buckingham, Ivedent Lloyd Jr., John Henderson, Forrest Trent, and Aaron Ridley.
Feature Finish: Swainsboro Raceway- $5,300 to win
  1. 76 Brandon Overton- Evans, GA
  2. 101 Casey Roberts- Toccoa, GA
  3. 17m Dale McDowell- Chickamauga, GA
  4. 2c Joey Coulter- Concord, NC
  5. 87 Ross Bailes- Clover, SC
  6. 50 Shanon Buckingham- Morristown, TN
  7. 21 Ivedent Lloyd Jr.- Ocala, FL
  8. 2x John Henderson- North Augusta, SC
  9. 101T Forrest Trent- Talbott, TN
  10. 81 Aaron Ridley- Chatsworth, GA
  11. 58 Donald McIntosh- Dawsonville, GA
  12. 2 Dennis Franklin- Gaffney, SC
  13. 42 Cla Knight- North Augusta, SC
  14. 121 Pearson Lee Williams- Dublin, GA
  15. 77 Brian Connor- Martinez, GA
  16. 4 Kale Green- Pelion, SC
  17. 21 Robby Moses- Maryville, TN
  18. 8 Craig Vosbergen- Perth, Western Australia
  19. 25 David Doherty- Sydney, Australia
  20. 99 J.R Moseley- Columbus, GA
The next Schaffer’s Oil Southern Nationals Series race will be Saturday, July 21st at Swainsboro Raceway for Night #2 of the Southern Nationals Series with another 53 lap, $5,300 to win feature.
2018 Southern Nationals Series Standings:
  1. 17m Dale McDowell- 774
  2. 101 Casey Roberts- 772
  3. 76 Brandon Overton- 742
  4. 58 Donald McIntosh- 732
  5. 101T Forrest Trent- 720
  6. 81 Aaron Ridley- 706
  7. 50 Shanon Buckingham- 704
  8. 2 Joey Coulter- 692
  9. 8 Craig Vosbergen- 688

Trevor Gonzales, STL Motorsport Magazine


Overton Wins Inaugural Southern Nationals Race at Toccoa

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(Toccoa, GA) July, 19th 2018- The 2018 Schaffer’s Oil Southern National Series visited Toccoa Raceway for the first time in series history for Race 3 of the two week mini series. It would be the third different winner in the third race of the series with defending Southern Nationals champion Brandon Overton taking the checkers and the $3,500 paycheck.
24 cars were signed in for the Thursday night showdown at the 5/16 mile dirt oval. Hometown driver Casey Roberts would set the fast time in Group A time trials and set the overall fast time with an 11.961 second lap. This would lock down the pole position for the $3,500 to win feature. Joining Roberts would be Joey Coulter, Shanon Buckingham, Forrest Trent, and Aussie David Doherty.
Overton would be the fast qualifier in Group B, just a few ticks off of Roberts time as he had a lap of 11.996 seconds around the D-Shaped track. Joining Overton would be Dale McDowell, Aaron Ridley, Donald McIntosh, and Cade Dillard.
Australian Craig Vosbergen and Columbus, GA driver J.R Moseley would win their respective B-Mains to advance to the feature.
At the beginning of the feature, Overton would take the lead. Before the field could complete a lap, 6th place starting Aaron Ridley would slow with a flat right front tire drawing the first caution of the race. There would be a complete restart of the race and the caution would once again fly before the first lap could be completed as Clayton Turner would slow in Turns 3 & 4. The field would move to single file restarts for the remainder of the race.
Overton would bolt out to the lead over Roberts, Dale McDowell, and Joey Coulter. By Lap 5, Overton would already encounter lapped traffic. The third caution of the evening would fly on Lap 9 for Clayton Turner and Drew Benfield as they would spin while battling for position in Turn 4. Overton would once again rocket out to the lead as Roberts would stay close in his tracks. McDowell would hold onto third and Coulter would be in fourth. Shanon Buckingham and Donald McIntosh would battle for the fifth position as Buckingham would be able to hold off McIntosh. Overton would reach lapped traffic by the halfway point of the race.
The final caution of the evening would occur on Lap 24 for fourth place running Joey Coulter who would stop in Turns 1 & 2 with a flat tire. Louisiana driver Cade Dillard would flex his muscle and enter the top five picture as he would get around McIntosh for fifth the lap before the caution came out.
The rest of the race would be smooth sailing for Overton as he would go on to grab his 6th career Southern Nationals Series win and his first win since joining the Billy Franklin Enterprises Racing team. Casey Roberts would finish second and Dale McDowell would have a strong points night to finish third. Shanon Buckingham needed a strong run so he didn’t fall back in points and he got one by finishing fourth. Cade Dillard would finish fifth. Rounding out the top ten were Donald McIntosh, Forrest Trent, Kenny Collins, Craig Vosbergen, and Payton Freeman.
Feature Finish: Toccoa Raceway- $3,500 to win
  1. 76 Brandon Overton- Evans, GA
  2. 101 Casey Roberts- Toccoa, GA
  3. 17m Dale McDowell- Chickamauga, GA
  4. 50 Shanon Buckingham- Morristown, TN
  5. 97 Cade Dillard- Robeline, LA
  6. 58 Donald McIntosh- Dawsonville, GA
  7. 101T Forrest Trent- Talbott, TN
  8. 1c Kenny Collins- Colbert, GA
  9. 8 Craig Vosbergen- Perth, Western Australia
  10. F1 Payton Freeman- Commerce, GA
  11. 2c Joey Coulter- Concord, NC
  12. 1D Brent Dixon- Elberton, GA
  13. 2 Dennis Franklin- Gaffney, SC
  14. 42 Cla Knight- North Augusta, SC
  15. 81 Aaron Ridley- Chatsworth, GA
  16. 25 David Doherty- Sydney, Australia
  17. 99 J.R Moseley- Columbus, GA
  18. 102 Clayton Turner- Toccoa, GA
  19. 21 Robby Moses- Maryville, TN
  20. 371 Drew Benfield- Toccoa, GA
  21. D5 Drew Collins- Auburn, GA
  22. 18 Jay Motes- Gainesville, G
2018 Southern Nationals Series Standings
  1. 17m Dale McDowell- 580
  2. 101 Casey Roberts- 576
  3. 58 Donald McIntosh- 554
  4. 76 Brandon Overton- 542
  5. 101 Forrest Trent- 538
  6. 81 Aaron Ridley- 525
  7. 8 Craig Vosbergen- 524
  8. 50 Shanon Buckingham- 516
  9. 42 Cla Knight- 514
  10. 21 Robby Moses- 510
  11. 2 Joey Coulter- 500
The next Schaffer’s Oil Southern National Series events will be Friday and Saturday July 20th-21st at Swainsboro Raceway in Swainsboro, GA. Both Friday and Saturday night’s races will be $5,300 to win.

Trevor Gonzales, STL Motorsport Magazine


Hedgecock Captures First Career Southern Nationals Series Victory at 411

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(Seymour, TN) July 17th, 2018- Cory Hedgecock owns 411 Motor Speedway. There’s no doubt about it. The Loudon, TN driver has won multiple features at the 1/3 mile facility throughout his career including this year’s World of Outlaws race paying $10,000 to win and a $4,000 to win Crate race. Last night was no different as he would capture his first career Schaffer’s Oil Southern Nationals Series win.
31 cars were signed in on a Tuesday night at the Seymour, TN track.
There would be two groups of qualifying with the top 5 qualifiers in each group being locked into the feature. Hedgecock would be the final car in Group A and go on to set fast time in his group and the overall fast time for the evening with a 13.499 second lap. The returning Randy Weaver, in his first Super Late Model race since 2016, would be second in Group A qualifying followed by Forrest Trent, Vic Hill, and a Shanon Buckingham.
The fastest qualifier in Group B would be Michael Chilton out of Salvisa, KY who ran a 13.603 lap around the 1/3 mile D-shaped track. Joining Chilton would be Michael Page, 2018 Spring Nationals Champion Eric Wells, Robby Moses, and Ryan King.
The reminder of the cars would race in two consolation races with the top 5 finishers advancing into the feature.
In the first consolation race, Cla Knight would win followed by Kenny Collins, Tommy Kerr, Jason Hiett, and Aaron Ridley. 2017 Southern Nationals champion Brandon Overton would win the second consolation race over Casey Roberts, Joey Coulter, David Crabtree, and Austin Smith.
Saturday’s winner at Wythe, Dale McDowell and last year’s winner at 411, Donald McIntosh would have to take provisionals along with Australian Craig Vosbergen to make it a 23 car field.
At the beginning of the 35 lap feature, Chilton would take the lead running the outside like in Turns 1 & 2 as he would lead Lap 1 over Cory Hedgecock, Randy Weaver, Michael Page, and Eric Wells. The top 5 would remain the same as Chilton, Hedgecock and Weaver would separate themselves from the rest of the field and by Lap 9, 12th starting Brandon Overton would be up the the sixth position. Chilton would battle in lapped traffic with Hedgecock close behind. On Lap 15, Chilton would slip up the track and allow Hedgecock to get under him for the lead. Hedgecock would lead Lap 15 and clear Chilton for the lead. Eric Wells would also get around Michael Page for fourth.
The first caution of the race would fall right after the halfway point on Lap 19 as third place running Randy Weaver would get a little bit too low in Turns 3 & 4. He would hit the berm and spin out. His night would be done early.
On the restart, Hedgecock would maintain his lead as Wells would get around Chilton for second. Brandon Overton would get around Page for fourth and Shanon Buckingham would crack his way into the Top 5 by also passing Page. On Lap 22, Buckingham would take the fourth spot away from Overton. Unfortunately for Buckingham, two laps later on Lap 24, him and Overton would make contact coming off of Turn 2 and Buckingham would spin drawing the second caution of the race and then pull off of the track.
On the ensuing restart, Hedgecock would still lead as Wells would run closely behind in second place with Chilton in third and Brandon Overton & Casey Roberts battling for fourth. The final caution would wave right as the white flag would come out for the stalled car of Tommy Kerr in Turn 4. This would allow for a green, white, checkered finish.
Hedgecock could bolt out to the lead unchallenged and win his first career Schaffer’s Oil Southern Nationals Series race over Eric Wells and Michael Chilton. Brandon Overton would take fourth while Casey Roberts finished fifth. Rounding out the top ten were Vic Hill, 21st starting Dale McDowell, Robby Moses, 22nd starting Donald McIntosh, and Michael Page.
Feature Finish: 411 Motor Speedway- $3,500 to win
  1. 9 Cory Hedgecock- Loudon, TN
  2. 18 Eric Wells- Hazard, KY
  3. 97 Michael Chilton- Salvisa, KY
  4. 76 Brandon Overton- Evans, GA
  5. 101 Casey Roberts- Toccoa, GA
  6. 1 Vic Hill- Moshiem, TN
  7. 17m Dale McDowell- Chickamauga, GA
  8. 21 Robby Moses- Maryville, TN
  9. 58 Donald McIntosh- Dawsonville, GA
  10. 18x Michael Page- Douglasville, GA
  11. 2 Joey Coulter- Concord, NC
  12. 22 Jason Hiett- Oxford, AL
  13. 101T Forrest Trent- Talbott, TN
  14. 1c Kenny Collins- Colbert, GA
  15. 81 Aaron Ridley- Chatsworth, GA
  16. 42 Cla Knight- North Augusta, SC
  17. 8 Craig Vosbergen- Perth, Western Australia
  18. 84 Austin Smith- Rome, GA
  19. 4T Tommy Kerr- Maryville, TN
  20. 1G Ryan King- Seymour, TN
  21. 50 Shanon Buckingham- Morristown, TN
  22. 116 Randy Weaver- Crossville, TN
  23. c5 David Crabtree- Maryville, TN
DNS- 2N Peter Nicola, 3 Steve Smith, 4 Clyde Overholt, 7 Craig Greer, 25 David Doherty, 56 Jonathan Rowan, 77 Mike Price, 97 Cade Dillard
Through two races, Eric Wells currently is the points leader over Dale McDowell, Vic Hill, Casey Roberts, and Donald McIntosh.
The next Southern Nationals Series race is Thursday, July 19th at Toccoa Raceway with a 25 lap, $3,500 to win race. This will kick off a 4 day race weekend with races at Swainsboro Raceway on Friday night, Screven Motor Speedway on Saturday night, and Rome Speedway on Sunday night.

 

Trevor Gonzales, STL Motorsport Magazine


McDowell Dominates 2018 Southern Nationals Opener at Wythe Raceway

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(Rural Retreat, VA) July 14th, 2018- The 2018 Schaffer’s Oil Southern Nationals Series two week mini-series finally kicked off an 11 race tour on Saturday night at Wythe Raceway in Rural Retreat, Virginia with a $10,000 to win show. When the checkered flag waved, it would be Chickamauga, Georgia driver Dale McDowell who would lead flag-to-flag and take the $10,000 paycheck to kick off the 14th season of the Southern National Series.
31 cars were entered at the Fred Brown promoted track. Brown announced earlier in the week that all cars entered would race in the 53-lap feature so all cars would qualify and heat race.
Time trials were split into two groups. Donald McIntosh was quickest in Group A and the overall fast qualifier of the night with a lap of 16.530 seconds. He was followed by Aaron Ridley and McDowell. Evans, GA driver Brandon Overton would be fastest win Group B qualifying with a lap 16.830 seconds. Johnny Pursley and Ross Bailes would round out the top three qualifiers in Group B.
There would be four, 8 lap heat races with all cars transferring into the feature.
In the first heat race, McDowell would go on to win and clinch the pole position over Eric Wells and Mcintosh.
Morristown, TN driver Shanon Buckingham would win the second heat race and start in the third position for the 53 lap feature over Aaron Ridley and Cla Knight.
2017 Southern Nationals Series champion Brandon Overton would go on to win the third heat race and he would start on the outside pole position over Steve Casebolt and Ross Bailes.
In the final heat race, Vic Hill would edge out Johnny Pursley and Dennis “Rambo” Franklin to start in the fourth position in the feature.
30 of the 31 cars would start the feature as Van Lester would be the lone scratch of the evening.
The green flag would wave and Dale McDowell would lead Lap 1 over Overton and Buckingham. Eric Wells would also pass Vic Hill for fourth. McDowell would continue to lead and get into lapped traffic by Lap 8 with Overton still trailing.
The race would continue to stay green for the first 14 laps when the first caution of the race would fly for Rookie of the Year Contender Joey Coulter, who would wreck in Turn 2. On the ensuing restart, McDowell would still lead as Overton would still follow a few car lengthsbehind. Steve Casebolt would get around Hill for the fifth position. McDowell would continue to lead as the second caution of the race would come out as fifth place running Casebolt would jump the cushion in turns 3 & 4 and hit the wall hard, his night would be done early as he would pull his into the pits.
On the Lap 24 restart, Hill would get around Wells for fourth place as McDowell would continue to lead. McDowell would lead at the halfway point as heartbreak would strike for second place Brandon Overton as he would pull off the track with mechanical issues. McDowell would then hold a half a straightaway lead over Shanon Buckingham and Vic Hill. The third caution of the race would come out on Lap 43, with 10 laps to go for Dwayne Joyce, who would stop his car up in Turn 2.
McDowell would once again bolt out to the lead as Hill would get around Buckingham for the runner-up spot. Two laps later, Wells would pass Buckingham for third. The final caution of the race would fly with 3 laps to go on Lap 50 for fourth place running Buckingham as he would slow with a flat right rear tire.
On the three lap shootout, Dale McDowell would check out and take the checkers while leading all 53 laps in a dominating fashion. Vic Hill would finish second and Eric Wells would round out the podium. Ross Bailes and Casey Roberts would round out the Top 5.
Feature Finish: Wythe Raceway- $10,000 to win
  1. 17m Dale McDowell- Chickamauga, GA
  2. 1 Vic Hill- Moshiem, TN
  3. 18 Eric Wells- Hazard, KY
  4. 79 Ross Bailes- Clover, SC
  5. 101 Casey Roberts- Toccoa, GA
  6. 09 Johnny Pursley- Clover, SC
  7. 81 Aaron Ridley- Chatsworth, GA
  8. 58 Donald McIntosh- Dawsonville, GA
  9. 2 Dennis Franklin- Gaffney, SC
  10. 87 Walker Arthur- Forrest, VA
  11. 101T Forrest Trent- Talbott, TN
  12. 8 Craig Vosbergen- Perth, Western Australia
  13. 42 Cla Knight- North Augusta, SC
  14. 00 Jeff Smith- Dallas, NC
  15. 56 Jonathan Rowan- Jackson, TN
  16. 89 Justin Williams- Emporia, VA
  17. 50 Shanon Buckingham- Morristown, TN
  18. 21 Robby Moses- Maryville, TN
  19. 69 Carder Miller- Salem, VA
  20. 281 Kyle Pierce- Statesville, NC
  21. 42s Doug Sanders- McAdenville, NC
  22. 0 Peter Nicola- Melbourne, Australia
  23. 86 Jeff Neubert- Rockford, TN
  24. 87J Dwayne Joyce- Walkertown, NC
  25. 76 Brandon Overton- Evans, GA
  26. 54 Jason Lawrence- Pilot, VA
  27. c9 Steve Casebolt- New Richmond, IN
  28. 2 Joey Coulter- Concord, NC
  29. 47 Chris Combs- Isom, KY
  30. c5 David Crabtree- Maryville, TN
The next Schaffer’s Oil Southern National Series race will be Monday, July 16th at Volunteer Speedway in Bulls Gap, TN and Tuesday, July 17th at 411 Motor Speedway in Seymour, TN. Both features will be 35 laps, paying $3,500 to win.

 

Trevor Gonzales, STL Motorsport Magazine


Wells Survives the Firecracker 40 at Tazewell 

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(Tazewell, TN) July 3, 2018- The Schaffer’s Oil Southern National Bonus Series and the Iron Man Late Model Series hosted a co-sanctioned $5,000 to win race at Tazewell Speedway on Tuesday night. When the checkered flag waved, it would be 2018 Spring Nationals champion Eric Wells out of Hazard, KY who would survive the war of attrition at Tazewell and take the $5,000 paycheck.
19 cars were signed in on a hot Tuesday night race at “The Bad Fast Taz”. The field would be set by qualifying as it was divided into two groups.
Brian Smith out of Barbourville, KY would set the fast time in Group A by one thousandth of a second over Chad Ogle with a lap of 11.720 seconds. Rounding out the top 5 qualifiers in Group A would be Southern Nationals Bonus Series points leader Aaron Ridley, Chicky Barton, and Clyde Overholt.
Ewing, VA driver Dakotah Knuckles would set quick time in Group B and have the overall fast time of the evening with an 11.491 second lap around the 1/3 mile, high banked speed plant. Eric Wells, Vic Hill, Jeff Neubert, and Layne Clifton would complete the top 5 qualifiers in Group B.
The 40 lap feature went underway with Knuckles using the outside line of the track to take the lead over Brian Smith, Chad Ogle, and Eric Wells. Knuckles would set a blistering pace as he would have almost a straightaway lead and already be in lapped traffic by Lap 5. Ridley would briefly take the fourth spot from Wells but Wells would regain the spot a few laps later.
A major turning point occurred around Lap 14 when Knuckles, who was leading by over a straightaway would break an oil line and be off the pace while still leading. Coming off of Turn 2 on the next lap, Knuckles would be slowing down in front of Brian Smith, Chad Ogle, and Eric Wells bunching up the leaders. At the same time, the first caution of the evening would wave for fifth place running Aaron Ridley, who would slow on the front stretch with a flat. Unfortunately Knuckles night would be over with as he pulled his 21k machine into the infield under caution.
Brian Smith would take the lead on the restart as Wells would pass Ogle for second place. On lap 17, Wells would pass Smith on the inside to take the lead. The next big turning point in the race happened on Lap 17 when third place running Chad Ogle would drop a driveshaft coming off of Turn 4. The rest of the field had no where to go as Chicky Barton would slam into Ogle and cause a huge wreck on the front stretch that also involved Vic Hill, Jeff Neubert, and Steve Smith. This would bring out the second caution of the race and the red flag as the track was blocked with wrecked cars. Barton and Neubert were the only cars able to continue from the big wreck. Brian Smith would still be the leader as the lap was not completed when Wells passed Smith for the lead.
On the ensuing restart, the third and final caution of the race would fly for Aaron Ridley again, who would already be back into the top 5 after brining out the first caution back on Lap 15. Ridley would stop his car on the backstretch and be hooked up on the wrecker, therefore ending his night early with mechanical issues.
Brian Smith would maintain the lead on the restart with Wells in hot pursuit. On Lap 19, Wells would overtake Smith for the lead and become the new leader. 16th starting David Payne would be in third place courtesy of the drivers starting in front of him wrecking. Wells would then set a torrid pace around the high banked facility and have a straightaway lead by Lap 30. Payne and Smith would battle for second place while Chicky Barton would pass Matt Tharpe to get back into the top 5 and then pass Clyde Overholt a few laps later to get up to fourth in a heavy damaged car.
Wells would easily maneuver his Longhorn Chasis through lapped traffic as he would go on to win his first feature since November 2016. Brian Smith would hold off David Payne to finish second as Payne would break a shock in one of his rear tires with 2 laps to go and he would cross the finish line on two wheels. Chicky Barton would finish fourth and Clyde Overholt would have an impressive run and round out the Top 5.
Firecracker 40 Feature Finish at Tazewell Speedway:
  1. 18 Eric Wells- Hazard, KY
  2. 7 Brian Smith- Barbourville, KY
  3. 8 David Payne- Murphy, NC
  4. 144 Chicky Barton- Middlesboro, KY
  5. 4 Clyde Overholt- New Tazewell, TN
  6. 35 Matt Tharpe- Lutrell, TN
  7. 86 Jeff Neubert- Rockford, TN
  8. 156 Joey Standridge- Tellico Plains, TN
  9. 2 Mitchell Childress- Seymour, TN
  10. 54 Mitchell Burke- Tazewell, TN
  11. 20 Brad Dyer- Mohawk, TN
  12. 22 Lynn Leech- Andersonville, TN
  13. 10 Chad Ogle- Sevierville, TN
  14. 1 Vic Hill- Moshiem, TN
  15. 3 Steve Smith- Powell, TN
  16. 81 Aaron Ridley- Chatsworth, GA
  17. 21k Dakotah Knuckles- Ewing, VA
  18. 23 Layne Clifton- Seymour, TN
  19. 25 Eric Webber- Morristown, TN
The next Iron Man Late Model Series race will be August 4th at Brownstown Speedway in Brownstown, IN with a $10,000 to win show aand the next Southern National Bonus Series race will be August 18th at North Georgia Speedway in Chatsworth, GA paying $10,000 to win.

Trevor Gonzales, STL Motorsport Magazine 


Michael Page wins the Bill Ingram Memorial at Dixie Speedway

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(Woodstock, GA) June 30, 2018- Another Saturday night race in Georgia, another win for Michael Page. The Douglasville, GA driver has rallied up multiple wins in the Ultimate Super Late Model Series, the Southern All Stars Dirt Late Model Series, and the Southern Nationals Bonus Series. He’s won at Senoia Raceway, North Georgia Speedway, and he racked up another win this past Saturday night at Dixie Speedway in the $3,000 to win Bill Ingram Memorial.
27 cars were entered for the $3,000 to win race. However after hot laps, three entries would be a scratch for the evening with mechanical issues; Kurt English, Scott Hall, and Johnny Chastain.
The field would be set based off of time trials of the remaining 24 cars.
Page would be the fastest in qualifying with a 15.400 second lap around the 3/8 semi-banked clay oval track. T.J Reaid would be second fastest followed by Jason Hiett, Zach Leonhardi, Austin Horton, Jason Croft, Tyler Millwood, Ray Cook, Frank Ingram, and Payton Freeman.
There would be a 9 lap dash between the top 4 qualifiers that would determine the first 4 starting positions for the feature and pay $400 to the winner. Page would win the dash, $400, and start on the pole for the feature over Zach Leonhardi, Jason Hiett, and T.J Reaid
Before the feature. Douglasville, GA driver Lamar Haygood and his son, Kyler, would arrive late and start on the last row and make it a 26 car field.
Page would bolt out to the lead at the beginning of the feature as Hiett would pass Leonhardi for second on the first lap. By lap 7, Page would already reach lapped traffic. Passing was a minimum as the track would lock down early in the feature. The closest Page got to losing his lead would be on Lap 15 as he would get caught up in lapped traffic. Hiett would catch to the back bumper of Page but Page would be able to get away and increase his lead by over 3 seconds at the halfway point of the race on Lap 20.
The first caution of the evening occurred on Lap 24 for the stalled car of Austin Smith. The field would bunch up on the restart. Leonhardi would briefly take the second position away from Hiett but Hiett would run the outside groove to get around Leonhardi on the next lap. Page would still hold a commanding lead over the rest of the field as with 10 laps to go, he would run his fastest lap of the race.
Page would continue to increase his lead over Hiett and Leonhardi as the second caution would wave for the slow car of 13 year-old driver Kyler Haygood. 4th place running T.J Reaid would make hard contact with Haygood as he was trying to get around the lapped car. Reaid was still able to continue.
The race would get back to green flag conditions until the next lap with two laps to go on Lap 38 with Lamar Haygood spinning his car in Turn 1.
On the green, white, checkered shootout, Page would check out from the rest of the field and capture the 2018 Bill Ingram Memorial and a $3,000 paycheck. Jason Hiett would finish second and Zack Leonhardi would survive a late challenge from T.J Reaid to finish 3rd. Austin Horton would round out the Top 5.
Feature Finish:
  1. 18x Michael Page- Douglasville, GA
  2. 22 Jason Hiett- Oxford, AL
  3. 24 Zach Leonhardi- Cartersville, GA
  4. 41 T.J Reaid- Acworth, GA
  5. 16 Austin Horton- Newnan, GA
  6. 31 Tyler Millwood- Kingston, GA
  7. 9 Jason Croft- Woodstock, GA
  8. F1 Payton Freeman- Commerce, GA
  9. 0 Craig Scott- Bowdon, GA
  10. 08 Justin Shipley- Douglasville, GA
  11. G9 Eric Granger- Dallas, GA
  12. 53 Ray Cook- Brasstown, NC
  13. 42 Cla Knight- North Augusta, SC
  14. F9 Frank Ingram- Woodstock, GA
  15. 1D Brent Dixon- Elberton, GA
  16. 06 Matt Bishop- Dallas, GA
  17. 121 Pearson Lee Williams- Dublin, GA
  18. 17L Lamar Haygood- Douglasville, GA
  19. 3 Luther Jenkins- Waleska, GA
  20. 17k Kyler Haygood- Douglasville, GA
  21. 84 Austin Smith- Rome, GA
  22. 311 Scott Groves- Canton, GA
  23. x15 Shawn Chastain- Murphy, NC
  24. 63 Rick Jennings
  25. 19 Wayne Echols- Cumming, GA
  26. 24 Buster Goss- Rome, GA
DNS: Scratches
00 Johnny Chastain- Murphy, NC
07 Scott Hall- Rome, GA
17 Kurt English- Blue Ridge, GA
In other action, Jason Deal would win the Crate feature.
Landon Bagby would win the Steelhead/525 feature after original winner Dalton Polston was disqualified with an illegal motor.
Chris Hough would win the 602 Sportsman race and Dan Meadows won the Econo Bomber feature.
Sunday night’s Independence Day Celebration at Rome Speedway was cancelled due to rain. The next scheduled race at Rome Speedway will be July 22nd with a $5,300 to win Southern Nationals Series race, it will also be the season opener race for the local classes.

 

Trevor Gonzales, STL Motorsport Magazine


Page Sweeps 2018 Southern All Stars Races at Senoia, Wins the Mike Head Jr. Memorial

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(Senoia, GA) June 23, 2018- The 2018 Southern All Stars Series rolled into their 8th race of the season at Senoia Raceway in Senoia, GA. It was the second and final race for the SAS series at Senoia and just like the first race, Michael Page out of Douglasville, GA would be in victory lane with a $5,454 paycheck in his name. Page won the previous SAS race at Senoia last month, winning $4,000. Page would drive his Stinger Chasis, with a 525 engine to victory lane after taking the lead on Lap 13 and lapping the field all the way up to 6th place.
 
34 cars were signed in for the event paying $5,454 to win. In qualifying, the top 5 cars in each group would be locked into the feature. Senoia Raceway regular Mason Massey would set quick time in Group A with a 15.605 second lap around the 3/8 mile Gray Gumbo track and would start on the pole for the 54 lap feature. Austin Horton, Michael Page, Jason Hiett, and Zack Mitchell would be locked into the feature as well. In Group B, Stevens City, VA driver Kyle Hardy would set the overall fast time with a 15.537 lap around “The South’s Baddest Bullring” and would start on the outside pole position. Joining Hardy would be Clint Smith, Ashton Winger, Kenny Collins, and Ricky Williams.
 
There would be 2 B-Mains with the Top 6 finishers in each race advancing to the feature.
 
In B-Main one, 17 year-old Zach Leonhardi out of Cartersville, GA would dominate and win the race by almost half a track. Donald McIntosh, Jay Scott, Joey Armistead, Dennis Hale, and Shane Fulcher would also transfer into the feature.
 
Kingston, GA driver Tyler Millwood would go on to win B-Main two after starting 6th. Also transfering into the feature would be Joey Coulter, Steven Roberts, Lamar Haygood, Dalton Polston, and Dillon Tidmore.
 
Mark Dodson and Ray McElhieney would round out the field after taking the SAS series provisionals.
 
At the drop of the green flag to kick off the 54 lap feature, Kyle Hardy would use the outside lane to his advantage and lead lap 1 over Mason Massey, Clint Smith, and Michael Page.
 
Hardy would continue to lead and set a fast pace as Page would pass Smith for 3rd on Lap 7. Three laps later on lap 10, Page would pass Massey for 2nd place while Jason Hiett would get around Ashton Winger for the fifth position.
 
Page would catch up to Hardy’s back bumper on Lap 12 just as the first caution waved for Shane Fulcher as he spun his car in Turn 3.
 
On the ensuing restart, Hardy would slip up going into Turn 1 which allowed Page to take the lead on the topside groove while Massey would also get around Hardy for second place. Jason Hiett would also get around Clint Smith for fourth place. Page would then set sail and have almost a straightaway advantage until three laps later on Lap 15 when the second caution of the evening flew out for 2017 SAS series champion Austin Horton as he would spin on the backstretch after making contact with Tyler Millwood, Horton was running sixth at the time as it would be the second straight SAS race at Senoia that he would be running well and spin out.
When the race returned to green, Hardy would get back around Massey to regain the second position as Millwood would pass Smith to get into the top five and then go on to battle Hiett for fourth place. Page would set a torrid pace on the field as he would reach lapped traffic by the halfway mark on Lap 27. Hardy would gain a little ground when Page would be stuck in lapped traffic but Page would maintain about a straightaway lead during the long green flag run.
 
The next 36 laps would be a green flag run in which Page would Lap the field all the way up to seventh place as he would lead over Hardy, Massey, Hiett, Millwood, Smith, Ashton Winger, Jay Scott, Donald McIntosh, and Zack Mitchell.
 
The turning point of the race would occur on Lap 53 with two laps to go as 3rd place running Mason Massey would almost spin out in Turns 1 & 2. He would lose momentum as Jason Hiett would pass Massey for third. Going into Turns 3 & 4, Millwood, running fifth, would attempt to get under the slower car of Massey who was still trying to speed up. Millwood would make heavy contact with Massey coming out of Turn 4 and would spin out on the front stretch ending his night early as his Top 5 run slipped away.
 
This would bunch the field up with 2 laps to go and only six cars remaining on the lead lap. Page would dart out once again and face no challenges for the two-lap shootout and he would win both of the SAS Series races at Senoia in 2018. Page would win the Mike Head Jr. Memorial and cash in on a $5,454 paycheck. Kyle Hardy would finish second and Jason Hiett would finish third. Mason Massey would rebound and finish fourth while Clint Smith would round out the top five. Completing the top ten would be current SAS series points leader Jay Scott, Ashton Winger, Donald McIntosh, Zack Mitchell, and Joey Coulter.
 
The next Southern All Stars Dirt Series event will be Saturday, June 30th at Duck River Raceway Park in Wheel, TN with a $4,000 to win show.
 
Feature Finish:
 
  1. 18x Michael Page- Douglasville, GA
  2. 3v Kyle Hardy- Stevens City, VA
  3. 22 Jason Hiett- Oxford, AL
  4. 15 Mason Massey- Douglasville, GA
  5. 44 Clint Smith- Senoia, GA
  6. 27j Jay Scott- Fayetteville, TN
  7. 12 Ashton Winger- Senoia, GA
  8. 7 Donald McIntosh- Dawsonville, GA
  9. 57 Zack Mitchell- Enoree, SC
  10. 2c Joey Coulter- Concord, NC
  11. 1c Kenny Collins- Colbert, GA
  12. 17w Ricky Williams- Fayetteville, GA
  13. 888 Dennis Hale- LaGrange, GA
  14. 17H Lamar Haygood- Douglasville, GA
  15. 16 Austin Horton- Newnan, GA
  16. 31 Tyler Millwood- Kingston, GA
  17. 9a Joey Armistead- Senoia, GA
  18. 20 Ray McElhieney- Pulaski, TN
  19. 32 Mark Dodson- Caledonia, MS
  20. 00 Dalton Polston- Lithia Springs, GA
  21. 38 Dillon Tidmore- Glencoe, AL
  22. 111 Steven Roberts- Sylvester, GA
  23. 24 Zach Leonhardi- Cartersville, GA
  24. 29 Shane Fulcher- Thomaston, GA
DNS- 0 Craig Scott, 9 Laddie Fulcher, G9 Eric Granger, 17k Kyler Haygood, 25 Joseph Faulkner, 27 Glenn Morris, J28 Jacques Daniel, 32 Bobby Mills, 66k Dylan Knwoles, 98 Eric Hickerson
 

Trevor Gonzales, STL Motorsport Magazine


Kerr wins “Big Daddy 500” at Smoky Mountain Speedway

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(Maryville, TN) June 16th, 2018 – The Blount Motorsports Racing Team based out of Maryville, Tennessee have not had a very good season by their own standards. The team has had a rough season with wrecked cars, mechanical issues, and a broken generator in their hauler. With the addition of Casey Roberts in the Blount Motorsports House car, many fans were expecting to see him in victory lane at the beginning of the 2018 season. However, that was not the case. The first win the team picked up on the 2018 season finally came in June this past Saturday night. It wasn’t Roberts that won the race though, it would be his teammate Tommy Kerr. The Maryville, Tennessee driver has been racing with Blount Motorsports part time for the past few years, mostly racing at Smoky Mountain and a few other East Tennessee tracks on select nights. Kerr would capture the first 2018 win for Blount Motorsports leading all 40 laps, and holding off his teammate Roberts, in the $5,000 to win Southern All Star Series sanctioned “Big Daddy 500” race at Smoky Mountain Speedway.
28 cars were signed in for the $5,000 to win race. The top five qualifiers in each group would lock themselves into the feature. Tommy Kerr would set quick time in Group A and fast time overall with a 17.127 second lap. Also locking themselves into the 40-Lap feature were T.J Reaid, Steven Roberts, Southern All Stars Series points leader Jay Scott, and Colbert, GA driver Kenny Collins.
Multiple time Southern All Stars Series champion Riley Hickman would be the fastest qualifier in Group B with a lap of 17.346 seconds around the fast, high banked dirt oval. Casey Roberts, Stacy Boles, Dakotah Knuckles, and Vic Hill would join Hickman and be locked into the feature.
There would be two B-Mains with the Top 6 finishers advancing to the feature. Cory Hedgecock would win B-Main 1 over Brad Skinner, Shanon Buckingham, Robby Moses, Bobby Giffin, and Ray McElhieney.
The second B-Main would be won by Paducah, Kentucky driver Tanner English. Joining him in the feature would be Ryan King, David Crabtree, Eric Hickerson, Van Lester, and Joseph Faulkner.
Mark Dodson and Tommy Taylor would gain the Southern All Stars Series provisionals and would start on the last row for the 40-lap, $5,000 to win feature.
When the Big Daddy 500 began, Kerr would set the pace early and jump out to the lead on lap 1 over Riley Hickman and Casey Roberts. A few laps later, Stacy Boles would pass T.J Reaid for 5th place. Kerr would begin to enter the tail end of the lead lap on lap 7 but the first caution of the race would fly for Vic Hill, who had a flat left rear tire.
Kerr would have no difficulties on the restart as he would once again jump out to the lead. On lap 12, Cory Hedgecock would pass Jay Scott and Reaid to get into the Top 5. At the halfway mark, Kerr would still lead as Boles and Hedgecock would battle for 4th with Hedgecock winning the battle. The second caution of the evening would fly at the halfway mark on Lap 20 for Ray McElhieney, who stalled his machine in Turn 2.
On the restart, Kerr would once again maintain the lead as 15th place starting Shannon Buckingham would charge through the field and be in 6th and two laps later he would pass Boles for 5th.
The third and final caution of the race would fall on Lap 22 for a wreck involving T.J Reaid, Steven Roberts, and Brad Skinner. This would once again bunch up the field as Steven Roberts would be the only driver to continue.
On the restart, Casey Roberts would make a power move to get around Riley Hickman for 2nd place while Buckingham would get around Hedgecock for 4th place. Kerr would continue to lead the race as lap by lap, his teammate Casey Roberts would gain a little ground. With 5 laps to go, Kerr would find himself in heavy lapped traffic and allowed Roberts to catch up to his Blount Motorsport teammate. With 2 laps to go, Roberts was able to get under Kerr in turns 1 & 2 and briefly held the lead going down the backstretch. Unfortunately for Casey Roberts, a lapped car was running his line in Turns 3 & 4 so Roberts would have to check up and this allowed Tommy Kerr to get around Roberts and take the checkered flag. Tommy Kerr would win a $5,000 paycheck with his teammate Casey Roberts finishing second. Shanon Buckingham would pass Riley Hickman on the last lap to finish 3rd, and Cory Hedgecock would round out the top 5.
This was a night Blount Motorsports needed as they capped off a 1-2 finish. Hopefully this gives them momentum to have more strong finishes for the rest of the season.
Feature Finish:
  1. 4T Tommy Kerr- Maryville, TN
  2. 101 Casey Roberts- Toccoa, GA
  3. 50 Shanon Buckingham- Morristown, TN
  4. R1 Riley Hickman- Ootelwah, TN
  5. 9 Cory Hedgecock- Loudon, TN
  6. 11B Stacy Boles- Clinton, TN
  7. 27j Jay Scott- Fayetteville, TN
  8. 1c Kenny Collins- Colbert, GA
  9. 96 Tanner English- Paducah, KY
  10. 21k Dakotah Knuckles- Ewing, VA
  11. 98 Eric Hickerson- Linden, TN
  12. 1G Ryan King- Seymour, TN
  13. c5 David Crabtree- Maryville, TN
  14. 111 Steven Roberts- Sylvester, GA
  15. 25 Joseph Faulkner- Flintville, TN
  16. 50 Van Lester
  17. 32 Mark Dodson- Caledonia, MS
  18. 21m Robby Moses- Maryville, TN
  19. 41 T.J Reaid- Acworth, GA
  20. 17r Brad Skinner- Spring Hill, TN
  21. 20 Ray McElhieney- Pulaski, TN
  22. 10T Tommy Taylor- Lascassas, TN
  23. 97 Bobby Giffin- Maryville, TN
  24. 1 Vic Hill- Moshiem, TN
The next Southern All Stars Dirt Late Model Series Race will be Saturday, June 23rd at Senoia Raceway for the Mike Head Jr. Memorial paying $5,454 to win. This race will be a 54 lap feature as it will be the second trip to Senoia Raceway for the Southern All Stars.
Trevor Gonzales, STL Motorsport Magazine

Knowles Sweeps the Night, Wins 525 Super Series Race a Smoky Mountain

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(Maryville, TN) June 16, 2018 – The Chevrolet Performance Parts 525 Series made its first trip to Smoky Mountain Speedway in Maryville, TN Saturday night for a $3,000 to win, 40-Lap feature. In his first trip o Smoky Mountain Speedway since 2006, Rome, GA driver Jake Knowles would find himself in victory lane after setting fast time and leading all 40 laps.
Preliminary action began as 17 525 Super Late Models signed in. Knowles would set fast time in time trials with a 17.362 lap around the Tennessee speedplant. The top 10 drivers would be locked into the feature based off of time trials. Joseph Brown, Chip Brindle, Ronnie Johnson, Chase King, Cruz Skinner, Zach Pilcher, Landon Bagby, Dalton Polston, and Dale Thurman would join Knowles as the top 10 qualifiers.
There would be one heat race that would determine starting positions 11-17, Oliver Gentry would win the heat race and start the feature 11th.
The 40 lap feature began with Knowles jumping out to the front over Brown and Brindle. Chase King would pass Ronnie Johnson for 4th place on lap 3 and two laps later on lap 5, Knowles would already be in lapped traffic.
The field would begin to spread out as the track began to lock down and it was hard for any drivers to gain ground. The first and only caution of the race flew on lap 13 for the slow car of Buster Goss.
On the lap 13 restart, Knowles would continue to leave as Johnson would get around King for 4th. Two laps later on lap 15, Zach Pilcher would pass Cruz Skinner and King for the 5th position.
At the halfway mark, Knowles has a solid lead over Brown, Brindle, Johnson, Pilcher, King, Skinner, Bagby, Polston, and Thurman.
The rest of the feature would remain green as the field would spread out. Knowles managed to lead all 40 laps to capture his first Chevrolet 525 Super Series Race this season. Joseph Brown and Chip Brindle would round out the podium.
Feature Finish:
  1. 66 Jake Knowles- Rome, GA
  2. 92 Joseph Brown- Augusta, GA
  3. 17 Chip Brindle- Chatsworth, GA
  4. 85 Ronnie Johnson- Chattanooga, TN
  5. 87 Zach Pilcher- Rome, GA
  6. 44 Chase King- Seymour, TN
  7. 11 Cruz Skinner- Oxford, AL
  8. 19 Landon Bagby- Douglasville, GA
  9. 00 Dalton Polston- Lithia Springs, GA
  10. 03 Oliver Gentry- Newnan, GA
  11. 59 Dale Thurman- Cartersville, GA
  12. 34 Chad Wallace- LaGrange, GA
  13. 24 Barry Goodman- Spring Hill, TN
  14. 35 Scott Hall- Rome, GA
  15. 11D Eric Dalton- Science Hill, TN
  16. 10 Matthew Turner- Dawsonville, GA
  17. 24 Buster Goss- Rome, GA

Trevor Gonzales, STL Motorsport Magazine


Chilton Wins Spring Nationals Finale at Crossville, Wells Takes the Championship

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(Crossville, TN) June 14th, 2018- The 2018 Schaffer’s Oil Spring Nationals Series concluded Thursday night in Crossville Speedway for a 40-Lap shootout paying $4,000 to win. At the end of the evening, 3rd place starting Michael Chilton would cash in on a $4,000 paycheck and win the Spring Nationals finale. Fellow Kentucky driver Eric Wells from Hazard, KY would win his first career Spring Nationals championship.
This race was a makeup race from the May 24th Spring Nationals Race. The feature was set to take the green flag but it then went on to rain and the feature was rescheduled for Thursday night with a complete restart. If there were new cars that were not at the May 24th race, they would start the feature at the tail end.
There were 20 cars for the May 24th race and last night 15 cars were signed in with two new entries, David Payne out of Murphy, NC and Rusty Ballenger out of Sevierville, TN.
There were 7 drivers that were signed in for the May 24th race that did not attend Thursday night’s race. Brandon Overton, Tyler Bruening, Richard Frost, Dan Tipton, Phil Helton, Caleb Ashby, and Gary McPherson were not in attendance. The drivers in attendance would then move up in their respective rows for the feature.
Casey Roberts and Jason Jameson would share the front row. Jameson set the track record on May 24th with a lap of 11.728 second lap around the 1/3 mile bullring.
There would only be a hot lap session for the Super Late Models before the feature.
When the green flag waved, Casey Roberts would jump out to the lead over Jason Jameson, Chilton, and Aaron Ridley. On lap 2, 6th place starting Eric Wells would pass Ridley for 4th place. One lap later, Chilton would slide under Jameson for the 2nd spot. Roberts would continue to lead the race and maneuver through lap traffic with Chilton in hot pursuit. On lap 11, Chilton would pass the Blount Motorsports House Car of Roberts for the lead. Chilton would then begin to pull away from the field as Jameson would get around Roberts on the outside on Lap 16 for 2nd place. Roberts would then make contact with a lapped car in Turn 3 and spin out, bringing out the first caution of the race.
Chilton would still maintain his lead over Jameson on the restart with Wells and Ridley battling for the 3rd position. At the halfway mark, Chilton would still have a 3 car length lead over Jameson, Wells, Ridley, and Zach Leonhardi. The second caution of the race would fall on lap 22 as Ricky Tinch would blow a motor in Turns 3 & 4.
The top 5 cars would remain the same on the restart with Wells and Ridley in a very tight battle for 3rd. Chicky Barton would pass Ryan King for the 6th spot and begin to battle with Leonhardi for 5th. By lap 25, Casey Roberts would already be back in the top 10 in the 7th spot.
With 8 laps to go, the 7th place running car of Roberts would slow off of Turn 4 with a flat left rear tire bringing out the 3rd caution of the Spring Nats feature. He would have a fender rub and go to the hot pits for a new left rear tire and he would once again tag the tail end of the lead lap for the restart.
Chilton and Jameson would battle for the lead as Chilton would run the low grove while Jameson would maneuver his car around the high side of the track. The fourth and final caution would wave on lap 33 for 6th place running Chicky Barton. Barton would make contact with Zach Leonhardi as they were battling for 5th and he would spin his car in Turn 1. Casey Roberts bad night would continue as he would spin out while checking up along with Kenny Cobble.
All cars would be able to continue as the cars would then line up single file on the restart. Chilton would once again hold about a car length lead over Jameson. Wells and Ridley would continue to have an amazing battle for 3rd place and Zach Leonhardi would have his hands full as he would battle with Jadon Frame to keep the 5th position. With 5 laps to go, Frame would briefly take the 5th spot over Leonhardi but one lap later Leonhardi would take back the top 5 spot.
With 2 laps to go, Jameson would catch Chilton but could not get the momentum to get around Chilton.
Chilton would take the checkers and the $4,000 paycheck. Jameson would take second and Eric Wells would round out the podium & capture the 2018 Spring Nationals championship. Aaron Ridley and Zach Leonhardi would round out the top 5. Jadon Frame, Chicky Barton, David Payne, Casey Roberts, and Rusty Ballenger would complete the top ten.
Eric Wells out of Hazard, Kentucky would win the 2018 Schaffer’s Oil Spring Nationals championship. Wells would win $5,053 for winning the mini-series title.
Feature Finish:
  1. 97 Michael Chilton- Salvisa, KY
  2. 12 Jason Jameson- Lawrenceburg, IN
  3. 18 Eric Wells- Hazard, KY
  4. 81 Aaron Ridley- Chatsworth, GA
  5. 24 Zach Leonhardi- Cartersville, GA
  6. J8 Jadon Frame- Winchester, TN
  7. 8 David Payne- Murphy, NC
  8. 144 Chicky Barton- Middlesboro, KY
  9. 101 Casey Roberts- Toccoa, GA
  10. 1GR Rusty Ballenger- Sevierville, TN
  11. 86 Jeff Neubert- Rockford, TN
  12. 31 Kenny Cobble- Cookeville, TN
  13. 7G Craig Greer- Cleveland, TN
  14. 1G Ryan King- Seymour, TN
  15. T92 Ricky Tinch- Deer Lodge, TN
2018 Schaffer’s Oil Spring Nationals Final Standings
  1. Eric Wells- 1,502 points
  2. Aaron Ridley- 1,448
  3. Zach Leonhardi- 1,440
  4. Casey Roberts- 1,436
  5. Chicky Barton- 1,186
  6. Ryan King- 1,180
  7. David Payne- 1,038
  8. Jason Jameson- 906
  9. Brandon Kinzer- 826
  10. Donald McIntosh- 770

Trevor Gonzales, STL Motorsport Magazine


STL Motorsport Magazine to Cover Summit Modified Summer Nationals Tour

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(St. Louis, MO) June 10, 2018 – FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – We are excited to announce that we will be the preferred media partner for the 2018 Dirt Car Summit Racing Equipment Modified Nationals. It all starts on Wednesday night at Peoria Speedway, Mike Harrison will start to defend his 2017 Summer Nationals title.

STL Motorsport Magazine will be at most of the tour events over the next month and half. We will provide exclusive content each night of the tour. From driver interviews to victory lane content each night you will be close to all the action.  Tyson Graves, Content Manager said “We are excited and grateful for the opportunity to promote and support the greatest Summer tour in the Midwest. The modified drivers on this tour are the best in the country and we hope to give them the great exposure on all our social media outlets.”

Stay tuned to our Facebook and Twitter pages for all the EXCLUSIVE content. Go and give our pages a follow. Also go and follow @DIRTcar_Racing & @SummerNationals on Twitter and Facebook for updates on the tour.

To see the full tour schedule go to http://www.modifiednationals.com.


We Are Family….Are We Not?

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Editorial Article by Kevin Howdeshell

We hear it every week.
“NASCAR sucks”
“That track was rutty”
“I’m glad so and so wrecked”
The level of discontent among racers and fans seems to be at an all-time high in all levels of the sport. From start times, to divisions that are racing and even special events for kids, it seems everyone has something to complain about. Have we lost sight of why we started this deal in the first place?

The sport that we “love” is in trouble on many fronts, of that there is no doubt. What are some of the legitimate issues plaguing motorsports?
Is it cost? Low car counts? Low purse money? All of the above certainly impact racing as a whole at the most base level.
Is it possible that we are our own worst enemy? That we cut our own throats by expressing discontent excessively on social media? Think about it. If Jim and Sally have never been to a race and somehow stumbled upon a local event (not due to promotion because it seems we only preach to those who are already race fans on social media), and they research the facility or event and find ONLY complaining about the sport we ‘love’, why would they come? I mean, you NEVER see Cardinals fans OR EVEN VISITORS talk about a bad event or facility. They talk about how much fun they had. And isn’t fun why we started all this? Where did it go?
There are many ways we shoot ourselves in the foot on a weekly basis. From track photographers and announcers going live on Facebook for the features each week essentially giving away the show for free, to others not knowing the names of an entire class of racers at the track they’re hired to shoot every week, to complaining about a promoter trying to combine classes to build that segment of racing, we hold the blame for where we are.
We could speak on racing snobbery and how it is killing us, but I’ll save that. Just remember, the Pro4 racer and the Late Model racer both pay the same gate fee and deserve the same respect.

With that being said, I issue a challenge to my racing family. For the next 30 days, I’d like to see you all talking positively about the sport you love. I don’t care if it’s a great race or the best dirt fries around – be positive! Promote YOUR sport more than you talk about the baseball or hockey team. They surely don’t need fans like your team does!

If there is one word that best describes this thing that we do, it’s family. And it’s time we started acting like it again. I don’t have to love what you do to support you, and I hope you feel the same. Because at the end of the day, there is one word that describes us all. “Racer”

Kevin Howdeshell, STL Motorsport Magazine


It’s Fergy Time, Chris Conquers the Clash

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Photo: Justin Olmsted

(Gaffney, SC)May 27, 2018 – For race number five on their 2018 season the Carolina Clash Super Late Model Series invaded Cherokee Speedway in Gaffney, SC for a Memorial Day weekend Sunday night special. Nineteen racers signed in to compete in the 40 lap clash for a $5,000 prize.

          After completion of Hot Laps Benji Hicks was atop the speed chart with a 15.163. In qualifying his time improved to 15.014 which was quick enough for the Parks Heat & Cooling $100 Fast Time Award. Joining Hicks in the top five were Chris Ferguson 15.035, Johnny Pursley 15.041, Joey Coulter 15.186 & Anthony Sanders 15.262.

          A quick caution on lap 2 plagued the start when multiple cars tangled in turn 2. Benji Hicks commanded the “Dixie double-file” restart & led the first few laps with ease until Chris Ferguson reeled him in as they began to work lapped traffic. On lap 15 Ferguson completed the pass & Joey Coulter moved up to second on the next lap. Ross Bailes was the driver to watch for the next 15 laps as he almost dropped outside of the top ten then rebounded and passed multiple cars working his way up to fifth by lap 29. On lap 32 Brett Hamm slowed on the backstretch bringing out the second yellow of the the race setting up a nine lap shootout.

          Mt. Holly, NC’s Chris Ferguson held of the charging Joey Coulter on the restart & went on to win in his XR1 Rocket Chassis. A solid 4th place finish was strong enough to give Bailes the Carolina Clash Super Late Model Series points lead as Adam Yarbrough had a rough night only completing 17 laps & finishing 17th. Next week the series returns to Carolina Speedway Friday, June 1, for the rescheduled Ultimate/ Carolina Clash combination race.

Race Results:

  1. 22 Chris Ferguson Mt. Holly, NC
  2. 2C Joey Coulter Concord, NC
  3. 3 Johnny Pursley Clover, SC
  4. 87 Ross Bailes Clover, SC
  5. 55 Benji Hicks Mt. Airy, NC
  6. 421 Anthony Sanders Spartanburg, SC
  7. 00 Jeff Smith Dallas, NC
  8. 2 Dennis Franklin Gaffney, SC
  9. 39 Greg Clark Stanly, NC
  10. 29 Larry Grube Mauldin, SC
  11. 23 Jimmy McNamara Denver, NC
  12. 03 David Yandle Monroe, NC
  13. 27 James Plemmons Wellford, SC
  14. 2E Jason Edison Lowell, NC
  15. 18 Brett Hamm Newberry, SC
  16. 70 Craig Herndon Grover, NC
  17. 57 Adam Yarbrough Denver, NC
  18. 42 Doug Sanders Springwood, NC
  19. 357 David Todd Abbeville, SC

Justin Olmsted, STL Motorsport Magazine


Maier Picks Up Big Payday in Stock Car Shootout

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Photo: Addison Blair

(Charleston, IL) May 26, 2018 – The second round of the Midwest Street Stock Championship rolled into Charleston Speedway Saturday night for the Stock Car Shootout sponsored by Wildgraphix. Jeremy Nichols of Lovington, IL came into the evening with the Series points lead after his win a week ago at Macon Speedway in the Dean Garland Classic. But 21 other competitors that entered the event Saturday night had their eyes set on the $1,000 top prize and to gain on Nichols in the season long point hunt.

The evening started off with HP Machine qualifying. Same as last week at Macon Jeremy Nichols set overall quick time with a lap of 15.13 seconds. In RacingBids.com Heat race 1 Josh Griffith held off Jason Maier for the win. Heat race 2 brought to you by STL Motorsport Magazine went to Michael Clark out of Merrilville, IN. Dynamic Drivelines Heat race 3 went to Jeremy Nichols.

The top 2 finishers from each heat stopped on the front stretch to draw and see who would start where in the JAZ Products Dash. It was Charleston, IL driver and four time track champion Josh Griffith that drew the number 1 for the start of the dash. Josh was able to keep the rest of the field behind him and cruise to the five lap dash victory. Thomasboro, IL Jason Maier finished 2nd and joined Griffith on the front row for the 30 lap feature paying $1,000 to win.

Prior to the start of the feature event all the cars were brought on the front stretch to a stop and engines shut off. It was during this time that MSSC officials read a statement about a fellow Street Stock racer Brain Dasenbrock from the Decatur, IL area. Earlier in the evening Brain had been involved in a bad wreck at the Peoria Speedway and transported to local hospital. A moment of silence was announced as fellow competitors and fans said prayers from the Dasenbrock family.

The crowd helped give the command to fire the engines and the field rolled around the speedway for pace laps. As the green flag dropped the cars drove off into turn 1 and calamity struck as the pole sitter Josh Griffith spun around went off the track. After going off the track Josh car rolled twice and left him on this top as several other cars spun as well. The race was red flagged as safety officials raced to the upside down machine of Griffith. Josh got out of his car and was ok.

This put Jason Maier in control of the field on a complete restart minus the 97 machine of Josh Griffith. On the restart Jason jumped out to an early lead. There were several cautions in the first few laps as Michael Clark tried to mount a charge on Maier. Jeremy Nichols brought out a caution on lap 4 after an accordion effect in turn 2 got the front runners bottled up and Nichols spun to the infield. This put the point leader Jeremy Nichols to the back of the field with 26 laps to go.

Maier continued to hold off the field towards the middle of the race as drivers Terry Reed and Darrell Dick mounted challenges but could not get around the 99 car of Maier. Jeremy Nichols moved his way through the field as the laps clicked off. Thanks to a couple of cautions in the middle of the race allowing Jeremy to join the leaders. On the last restart Nichols and Jarred Krick both got along side of Jason Maier trying to get by on the inside. Jason powered to the outside and held off Nichols and Krick to pick up the $1,000 payday.

It was the first win of the season for Jason and 1st career MSSC victory. After early race struggles Jeremy Nichols came home second and last year’s defending MSSC Champion Jarred Krick came home 3rd. Darrell Dick and Michael Clark rounded out the top 5.

Next week the Midwest Street Stock Championship moves to Lincoln Speedway for the 2nd Annual Railsplitter 40 on Friday June 1st. Last year Jeremy Nichols won the inaugural Railsplitter 40 and will carry the points lead into the event.

Tyson Graves, STL Motorsport Magazine


MSSC Street Series to Invade Charleston Speedway

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May 25, 2018 – This Saturday night May 26th the Midwest Street Stock Championship will roll into the Charleston Speedway for the Street Stock Shootout sponsored by Wildgraphix. The second season of the MSSC started off last weekend with Jeremy Nichols picking up the win in the Dean Garland Memorial at Macon Speedway.

What looks to be a hot weekend temperature wise will mirror the action we expect to see on the track Saturday night. The best Street Stock drivers in the Midwest will battle it out for a $1,000 to win top prize. With several rookies to the Series and returning drivers from last season the point’s battle should start to heat up as the second round gets underway Saturday night.

Jarred Krick won a feature event here earlier in the season but had a strong fight from Attica, IN Megan Erwin, a rookie this year on the tour. Then you throw in the mix local Charleston, IL driver Josh Griffith it will be exciting to see if they can make up some ground in the points on Jeremy Nichols after his last to first run this past weekend at Macon Speedway.

Pit gates open at 3pm and Pill draw closes at 5pm. Hot laps and qualifying right after. Admission is $12, Seniors $10 and $5 for ages 7-12. Go to www.MidwestStreetStock.com/ for all the info on the Series. If you cannot make it to the track a LIVE PPV broadcast is available at www.mssclive.com for $12 for every lap of the action.

This Saturday night will be the first of two trips the Series will make to the Charleston Speedway this year. Later in October the Series will have its season ending finale in the Fifth Annual UMP DIRTcar Stock Car Fall Nationals.

Tyson Graves, STL Motorsport Magazine


Page Wins Southern All Stars Race at Senoia

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Photo: Trevor Gonzales
(Senoia, GA) May 19, 2018- Race number 5 of the 2018 Southern All Stars Dirt Racing Series would roll into Senoia Raceway in Senoia, GA for the “Mayhem 40” on the 3/8 Gray Gumbo dirt track with a 40-Lap, $4,000 to win race. When the checkered flag waved, it would be Douglasville, GA driver Michael Page who would pilot his Stinger Chasis, Durham Race Engine, Baird Transport #18x machine in victory lane over Shane Clanton and Aaron Ridley.
25 Super Late Models signed in for the race and preliminary action began with time trials. Qualifying would be split into two groups with the Top 5 qualifiers in each group being locked into the feature.
In Group A, World of Outlaws regular Shane Clanton would set the overall fast time and start on the pole at his home track with a 14.793 lap around the 3/8 mile Gray Gumbo oval. Defending 2017 Southern All Stars champion Austin Horton would be second fastest in Group A followed by Ross Bailes, Clint Smith, and Ashton Winger.
Page would go on to be the fastest car in Group B with a 14.998 second lap and he would start on the outside pole of the 40 lap feature. Aaron Ridley, 13 year old Payton Freeman, Shane Fulcher, and Mason Massey would also lock themselves into the feature by way of time trials.
There would be two, 8 lap B-Mains with the Top 6 finishers transferring on to the feature.
“The Chattanooga Flash” Ronnie Johnson would win B-Main 1 over Larry Harrod, Eric Hickerson, Bubba Pollard, Brad Skinner, and Mark Dodson.
In B-Main 2, current Southern All Stars points leader Jay Scott out of Fayetteville, TN would win. Also transferring to the feature would be Rodney Martin, Ray McElhieney, Lamar Haygood, Kenny Collins, and Glenn Morris.
Eric Granger and Joseph Faulkner would take the SAS series provisionals and start on the last row in 23rd and 24th.
The 40 lap feature came to life with polesitter Shane Clanton leading Lap 1 over Michael Page and Austin Horton. Page would then put a slide job on Clanton in turns 1 & 2 on Lap 2 to take the lead.
The race would stay green as Page would begin to catch the tail end of the field 10 laps in as he lead over Clanton, Horton, Aaron Ridley, and Ross Bailes.
The first caution of the race would fly on Lap 15 for 3rd place running Austin Horton as he would spin in Turns 1 & 2. Horton was trying to pass the lapped car of Brad Skinner but ran out of real estate and spun his car around. This would allow the field to bunch up and Horton would have to go to the tail end of the lead lap.
On the restart, Page would still lead over Clanton as Aaron Ridley and Ross Bailes would battle for 3rd. Clint Smith, Payton Freeman, Ashton Winger, and Ronnie Johnson would all be in a tight battle for positions 5-9.
2 laps later on lap 17, the second caution of the night would come out as Eric Granger and Ray McElhieney would crash on the backstretch into Turn 3.
On the lap 17 restart, Page would once again have a comfortable lead as the Capital Race Cars of Clanton and Ridley would battle for 2nd place. Ronnie Johnson would move up to 4th and Ashton Winger would begin to flex his muscle as he would crack into the top 5.
Page would lead at the halfway point as the third caution of the race would fly out and bring out the Red Flag. Shane Fulcher would spin and collect Austin Horton on the back straightaway. Fulcher’s car would then go airborne but it would not flip and his car would end up landing on all 4 tires. Kenny Collins, Brad Skinner, Mark Dodson, and Rodney Martin would also be involved in the wreck. Fulcher and Horton would be the only cars to retire after the big wreck.
The fourth and final caution flag would wave on the lap 20 restart with Payton Freeman and Rodney Martin collecting each other and spinning in Turn 2. Freeman would not be able to continue as the 13 year old would take his Capital Race Car back to his hauler.
Page would once again get out to the lead on the restart as Ashton Winger would pass Ronnie Johnson for 4th place. The green flag run would continue as Page would enter lapped traffic once again on Lap 30 with 10 laps to go. 5th place running Ronnie Johnson would have a flat tire and pull off the track as the race would continue to stay green.
With 5 laps to go, Clanton would get within half a second of the leader Page but with 2 laps to go, Page would be clear of lapped traffic and take the checkered flag and the $4,000 paycheck leading 39 of the 40 laps. Shane Clanton would finish second and Aaron Ridley would round out the podium finishing third . Ashton Winger and Ross Bailes would complete the top five. Clint Smith, Mason Massey, Jay Scott, Eric Hickerson, and Larry Harrod round out the top ten.
Feature Finish:
  1. 18x Michael Page- Douglasville, GA
  2. 25 Shane Clanton- Zebulon, GA
  3. 81 Aaron Ridley- Chatsworth, GA
  4. 12 Ashton Winger- Senoia, GA
  5. 87 Ross Bailes- Clover, SC
  6. 44 Clint Smith- Senoia, GA
  7. 15 Mason Massey- Douglasville, GA
  8. 27j Jay Scott- Fayetteville, TN
  9. 98 Eric Hickerson- Linden, TN
  10. 27 Larry Harrod- Plains, GA
  11. 92 Rodney Martin- Cartersville, GA
  12. 21 Kenny Collins- Colbert, GA
  13. 17r Brad Skinner- Spring Hill, TN
  14. 26 Bubba Pollard- Senoia, GA
  15. 32 Mark Dodson- Caledonia, MS
  16. 85 Ronnie Johnson- Chattanooga, TN
  17. 17H Lamar Haygood- Douglasville, GA
  18. F1 Payton Freeman- Commerce, GA
  19. 29 Shane Fulcher- Thomaston, GA
  20. 16 Austin Horton- Newnan, GA
  21. G9 Eric Granger- Dallas, GA
  22. 20 Ray McElhieney- Pulaski, TN
  23. 25 Joseph Faulkner- Flintville, TN
  24. 27 Glenn Morris- Fayetteville, GA
The next Southern All Stars Dirt Racing Series event will be Saturday, May 26th at North Alabama Speedway in Tuscumbia, Alabama with a 40-lap feature paying $4,000 to win.

Trevor Gonzales, STL Motorsport Magazine


Nichols Takes the Dean Garland Classic in MSSC Opener

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Photo: Addison Blair

(Macon, IL) Saturday night the Midwest Street Stock Championship kicked off the 2018 season at Macon Speedway with the 2nd Annual Dean Garland Classic. Nineteen cars checked in to compete in the 40 lap opener paying $800 to win. This event honoring a great contributor to the Street Stock division through the years did not disappoint.

The night started off with a bang during the first group of HP Machine Qualifiers. Nick Macklin, last years winner of the event came out and broke the track record that had been held since 2009 in the Street Stock division. But that was only the beginning to time trials as in the second group, Jeremy Nichols came out and set an even faster time with a blazing lap of 12.393 seconds. Nichols and Macklin would lead opening ceremonies as they circled the 1/5 mile oval carrying the nation’s colors as the National Anthem was sung.

In heat race action we saw Darrell Dick hold off his son Timmy Dick to take RacingBids.com Heat Race one and lock them into the JAZ Products Dash. STL Motorsport Magazine Heat Race number two was an eventful one as Jeremy Nichols set sail out front until he made hard contact with turn two wall and put him out of the race. Thomasboro, IL driver and Side Bite Designs and Race Wraps Rookie of the Year contender Matt Maier inherited the race lead and went on to win with Josh Griffith in second.

After heat race action we were ready for the JAZ Products dash that would determine the starting 4 spots for the 2nd Annual Dean Garland Classic. Matt Maier jumped out to an early race led in the 5 lap dash. Matt would hold off the veteran Darrell Dick and pick up the pole for the nights forty lap main event. Timmy Dick would be in 3rd and Josh Griffith rounding out the four car field.

This all set the stage for the 2nd Annual Dean Garland Classic. Matt Maier picked the outside line to start the forty lap affair. Matt jumped out to an early lead before the caution flew on lap four. On the restart, it was Timmy Dick who split Maier and Darrell Dick down the back straightaway to take over the top spot.  While all this was going on up front, it was Jeremy Nichols, from the last row, working his way through the field picking off cars one at a time. Timmy Dick held on to the top spot for a majority of the event as Jeremy Nichols made his way into the top five.

After a couple mid and late race cautions, Nichols was able to maneuver his way into the second spot and position himself to go for the win. On the final restart of the night Jeremy was able to get around the 122 of Timmy Dick and would never look back. Jeremy would lead the final fifteen laps and drive into victory lane, picking up the $800 dollar payday and the season opener for the Midwest Street Stock Championship Series.

Nichols would be followed across the line by Timmy Dick, however Dick would later be disqualified for violation of a UMP DIRTcar Stock Car engine rule. Original third place finisher Jerrad Krick was promoted to second, and the rest of the top five was rounded out by Terry Reed, Matt Maier, and Rudy Zaragoza.

The Midwest Street Stock Series will resume action next week at the Charleston Speedway with the Stock Car Shootout paying $1,000 to win this coming Saturday night May 26th.

Tyson Graves, STL Motorsport Magazine


HP Machine Qualifying 1 (1 Lap):

  1. 16-Nick Macklin, 00:12.638[2]
  2. 22-Darrel Dick, 00:12.655[3]
  3. 122-Timmy Dick, 00:12.708[1]
  4. 37-Lance Evans, 00:12.943[5]
  5. 1-Robert Cottom, 00:13.070[10]
  6. 10-Don Hilleary, 00:13.235[4]
  7. 67R-Rudy Zaragoza, 00:13.430[6]
  8. 23Z-Shawn Ziemer, 00:13.948[9]
  9. 31-Roy Beal, 00:14.046[7]
  10. 58-Jerit Murphy, NO TIME

HP Machine Qualifying 2 (1 Lap):

  1. J24-Jeremy Nichols, 00:12.393[5];
  2. 7-Josh Griffith, 00:12.705[3]
  3. 7-Matt Maier, 00:12.734[1]
  4. 08-Brian Dasenbrock, 00:12.743[8]
  5. 99K-Jerrad Krick, 00:12.806[9]
  6. 5-Terry Reed, 00:13.153[6]
  7. 24-Justin Crowell, 00:13.444[2]
  8. 73-Wayne Huffman III, 00:13.474[4]
  9. X7-Larry Russell, 00:13.642[7]

RacingBids.com Heat 1 (10 Laps):

  1. 22-Darrel Dick, [2]
  2. 122-Timmy Dick, [3]
  3. 10-Don Hilleary, [6]
  4. 16-Nick Macklin, [1]
  5. 67R-Rudy Zaragoza, [7]
  6. 23Z-Shawn Ziemer, [8]
  7. 31-Roy Beal, [9]
  8. (DNF) 37-Lance Evans, [4]
  9. (DNS) 1-Robert Cottom
  10. (DNS) 58-Jerit Murphy

STL Motorsports Magazine Heat 2 (10 Laps):

  1. 7-Matt Maier, [3]
  2. 97-Josh Griffith, [2]
  3. 99K-Jerrad Krick, [5]
  4. 5-Terry Reed, [6]
  5. 24-Justin Crowell, [7]
  6. 73-Wayne Huffman III, [8]
  7. 08-Brian Dasenbrock, [4]
  8. X7-Larry Russell, [9]
  9. (DNF) J24-Jeremy Nichols, [1]
  10. (DNF) 53-Kipp Schaefer, [10]

JAZ Products Dash (5 Laps):

  1. 7-Matt Maier, [2]
  2. 22-Darrel Dick, [1]
  3. 122-Timmy Dick, [3]
  4. 97-Josh Griffith, [4]

A Feature (40 Laps):

  1. J24-Jeremy Nichols, 23:11.546[18]
  2. 99K-Jerrad Krick, 23:15.634[6]
  3. 5-Terry Reed, 23:15.946[8]
  4. 7-Matt Maier, 23:17.127[1]
  5. 67R-Rudy Zaragoza, 23:18.429[9]
  6. 22-Darrel Dick, 23:20.221[2]
  7. 97-Josh Griffith, 23:21.552[4]
  8. 24-Justin Crowell, 23:22.483[10]
  9. 08-Brian Dasenbrock, 23:22.662[14]
  10. 10-Don Hilleary, 23:12.211[5]
  11. 23Z-Shawn Ziemer, 23:12.751[11]
  12. 73-Wayne Huffman III, 23:24.423[12]
  13. 31-Roy Beal, 23:14.459[13]
  14. (DNF) 1-Robert Cottom, 09:14.204[17]
  15. (DNF) X7-Larry Russell, 09:17.099[16]
  16. (DNF) 16-Nick Macklin, 08:05.714[7]
  17. (DNS) 37-Lance Evans, 08:05.714
  18. (DNS) 58-Jerit Murphy, 08:05.714
  19. (DNS) 53-Kipp Schaefer, 08:05.714
  20. (DQ) 122-Timmy Dick, 23:13.164[3]

Contingency Award Winners:

  • $100 PEM Racing Gift Certificate: Jerrad Krick
  • $50 Full Auto Racing Supply Gift Certificate: Terry Reed
  • Buy One Get One Landrum Performance Springs Gift Certificate: Matt Maier
  • $100 COMP Cams Gift Certificate: Rudy Zaragoza
  • $100 BrakeOMeter Gift Certificate: Darrell Dick
  • $100 DRIVEN Racing Oil Gift Certificate: Josh Griffith
  • $100 AutoMeter Gift Certificate: Don Hilleary
  • $75 Dynamic Drivelines Gift Certificate: Wayne Huffman III
  • $25 RockAuto.com Gift Certificate: Nick Macklin

MSSC Championship Point Standings

Position Driver Points Points Behind
1. Jeremy Nichols 100 —–
2. Jerrad Krick 98 -2
3. Terry Reed 96 -4
4. Matt Maier 94 -6
5. Rudy Zaragoza 92 -8
6. Darrell Dick 90 -10
7. Josh Griffith 88 -12
8. Don Hilleary 86 -14
9. Wayne Huffman III 84 -16
10. Roy Beal 82 -18

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MSSC HP Machine Fast Time Point Standings

Position Driver Points Points Behind
1. Jeremy Nichols 100 —–
2. Nick Macklin 99 -1
3. Darrell Dick 98 -2
4. Josh Griffith 97 -3
5. Matt Maier 96 -4

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MSSC JAZ Products Dash Point Standings

Position Driver Points Points Behind
1. Matt Maier 10 —–
2. Darrell Dick 9 -1
3. Josh Griffith 8 -2

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MSSC Saldana Racing Products Hard Charger Point Standings

Position Driver Points Points Behind
1. Jeremy Nichols 17 —–
2. Terry Reed 5 -12
3. Rudy Zaragoza 4 -13
4. Jerrad Krick 4 -13
5. Robert Cottom 3 -14

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MSSC Side Bite Designs and Race Wraps Rookie of the Year Point Standings

Position Driver Points Points Behind
1. Terry Reed 100 —–
2. Matt Maier 98 -2
3. Don Hilleary 96 -4
4. Wayne Huffman III 94 -6
5. Roy Beal 92 -8

Zach Leonhardi Interview: Senoia Raceway- Billy Clanton Classic (5/5/18)

Q: I’m here today interviewing 16 year-old standout driver Zach Leonhardi out of Cartersville, GA. Zach tell us something about yourself that people don’t really know.

A: That’s a tricky one. I don’t know. Not many people know that I race cars but I guess since we’re on this deal everyone knows that. So, I don’t have my drivers license, I guess that’s something. I race cars but I don’t have my drivers license. People think that’s pretty funny.

Q: The last big race you were in you finished top 5 on both nights (Spring Nats races on March 30 & 31) you were racing against the likes of Scott Bloomquist and Dale McDowell. How does it feel to be racing as a 16 year old, you look to your left and you’re not getting lapped by, but you’re actually racing for position with someone who is that high caliber of a racer?

A: Yeah it’s pretty cool to be racing with them. I raced with Scott Bloomquist twice. The first time it was here at Senoia, he struggled a little but he was still about a straightaway ahead of me and then I went to East Alabama and he lapped me there. In the last race, I knew I was running about 4th here when I saw the big blank mark come up on the scoreboard, I knew someone was coming. It’s really cool racing with those guys because not a lot of people get to race with them and most people get lapped by them. So it was pretty cool to race side by side with him for a couple of laps and you can’t complain when you get beat by Scott Bloomquist.

Q: How would you describe in your own words how the 2018 season has gone for you so far?

A: It’s been up and down. We were really solid and didn’t have anything crazy happen until the two top 5 races we had with the Spring Nats at Senoia. But the weekend before that, we thought our season was in trouble because we had problems at East Alabama and got taken out in the heat race and got the front clipped but Clint (Clint Smith) looked at it and thought he could straighten it out. So we straightened everything out the best we could and we came here for the Spring Nats Race and I really didn’t have any expectations for the races but we ended up running 5th both nights so I figured we’d go along with it. Since then, we had the two nights in Tennessee at Tazewell and Volunteer with the Spring Nats weren’t too good but the next weekend in Kentucky was really good for us so it’s been a pretty good season to start off with.

Q: Speaking of the Spring Nationals, you’ve ran every single race so far on the tour and you are currently 2nd in the series standings. Are you planning to run the 4 remaining races of the series?

A: Yeah we’re planning on it. We originally weren’t going to but after the 2 nights at Senoia, we went into Tazewell knowing if we showed up we’d be the points leader because Scott Bloomquist and Clint Smith weren’t running the tour. So I figured we could go to Tennessee and see how we came out there and the finishes weren’t very good because we were struggling at these race tracks. They were a lot different than what we were used to and also we had parts failures and other stuff as well. We came out with 16th and 17th place finishes. If the other guys running the series didn’t struggle as well, we probably wouldn’t have kept going. Roberts (Casey Roberts) had a bad night and Ridley (Aaron Ridley) had two bad nights too so we went into the weekend first in standings and came out 3rd so we decided to keep going into Kentucky and Kentucky went really well for us.

Q: The final four races will occur in four days. Crossville on Thursday May 24th, Boyd’s Friday, May 25th, Dixie on May 26th, and the series finale at Rome on May 27th. How do you feel about that hectic of a racing schedule?

A: Yeah it’ll be a little bit tricky but I’m looking forward to it. The only track I haven’t been to before is Crossville. I’ve been to Boyd’s and I struggled there my very first year racing but we’ve gotten better there since then. I’ve only been to Dixie once and it was my first ever race in a Late Model so I don’t have a lot of experience there. Rome I like a whole lot but I have a love/hate relationship with that place.

Q: Besides Senoia, what has been your favorite track to race on while running the Spring Nats tour?

A: Ponderosa (KY). Florence (KY) probably has the best racing but to drive on Ponderosa was a lot of fun. It’s about the same size as Senoia but it’s really really wide and circular and you can maintain your momentum. It’s a lot of fun to make laps around that place.

Q: Now that we talked about your favorite track on the Spring Nats tour, what was your least favorite track and the most challenging one for you?

A: Probably Tazewell because I’ve never been anywhere with that much banking on it and I don’t think there’s anywhere else that has banking like that. A place like Senoia is flat and really slick and at Tazewell it’s wide open and banked like a NASCAR track so it was a really big challenge and adapting to it was really hard.

Q: Do you have any sponsors you’d like to give a shoutout to?

A: Yes, EDI, NAPA of Kennesaw, CSR Auto, Tray Sees Photography, Finishmaster, GW Performance, and FK Rod Ends.

Trevor Gonzales, STL Motorsport Magazine


MSSC Set to Kickoff the 2018 Season

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                                    Photo: Addison Blair

(Tuscola, IL) May 15, 2018 – The sophomore season for the Midwest Street Stock Championship Series is set to get underway this Saturday at Macon Speedway with the Dean Garland Classic. Lincoln Speedway was the slated opener last month but cold and wintry weather put a damper on that event and it had to be rescheduled. After four different winners in seven events in 2018, many street stock drivers are itching to see the series start this Saturday night. Many drivers have been out at the tracks in the area getting their cars dialed in to compete in the twelve race series this year. Adding four new tracks to the series in 2018 has series organizers Tony Hubert and Greg Osman excited at the expansion in only its second year.

There are several additions to the MSSC schedule in 2018. Four new tracks will host events this summer including a big stop during the UMP Summer Nationals at The Dirt Oval in Joliet. The MSSC Street Stocks will be on the card along with Late Models and Open Wheel Modifieds on Saturday Night June 16th. Other tracks added this year are Jacksonville Speedway, Kankakee Speedway and a Friday night at the Champaign County Fairgrounds in July.

Other new additions to 2018 are a series announcer. Tyson Graves from STL Motorsport Magazine and track announcer at Farmer City Raceway will be calling all the action this summer at each of the series events. Also the LIVE Pay Per View for the MSSC will be previewing in 2018. 10 of the 12 events will be broadcasted LIVE on the Midwest Street Stock Championship Series website. Go to www.mssclive.com for the list of LIVE streamed events and pricing for 2018. Season long packages are also available.

Many drivers got a taste of what this season may hold a couple weeks ago at the Earl J Hubert Memorial at Fairbury American Legion Speedway where the event ran on MSSC rules and format. The memorial race to honor the grandfather of series organizer Tony Hubert, was an exciting event for the fans and drivers alike. Pete Odell took the $2,000 to win payday in one of the most prestigious street stock events of the season.

The inaugural year of the Midwest Street Stock Championship Series saw Indiana’s Jerrad Krick take the top spot in the season long standings. To show the competitiveness and diversity of this series Krick did not have a feature victory on the season in the MSSC but his consistency gave him the 2018 title. Krick won 7 heat races and 2 dashes on his way to the season title. This weekend the series will return to Macon Speedway where we saw Nick Macklin win in the series only stop last year.

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                            Photo: Addison Blair

2018 looks to be a breakout season for the MSSC. With eleven rookies, the expansion of the schedule and a lot of buy in from local drivers it is bound to be a very exciting season. The diversity of the drivers this year will make it very interesting and hard to predict who will come out on top each and every night. Top rookies to keep an eye on this year will be the young Megan Erwin out of Attica, IN. With many years of racing under her belt in go-karts she looks to try her skills on the MSSC tour. Thomasboro, IL Maier family will also be joining the tour in 2018. Jason and Matt have shown speed so far in 2018 and will look to mix things up with the series regulars from last season.

Pre-season expectations for the MSSC are high. With his hot start Jeremy Nichols has to be one of the favorites to take the 2018 title. With wins already at Jacksonville and Macon early in the season and a strong run in the Earl J Hubert Memorial before a tangle with a lap car, Jeremy has shown a lot of speed. Don’t be surprised if he adds some more wins to his 2 series wins from 2017.

When you talk about sleepers for 2018 title let’s not forget about Nick Macklin. Nick won the Dean Garland Memorial race at Macon Speedway last year. Nick also ran well in the Earl J Hubert Memorial race starting 10th and coming home with a 4th place finish. Another name mentioned was the driver they call the Highside Hillbilly Don Hilleary. Don picked up a feature win at Farmer City Raceway already this year and has shown some speed in early season events.

When we think about surprises for 2018 look no further than Megan Erwin. This past weekend Megan flirted with a win at Charleston Speedway. She set fast time and ran in the top 3 of the feature all night long. Look for Megan to shake things up this year and turn a few heads.

The most exciting race anticipated for 2018 was a tough one to make. The small oval of the Mighty Macon Speedway always produces some action. The season opener could be one the most exciting races of the year. But new to series this year, Kankakee Speedway could produce some great racing action. In the past other series’ have had some exciting finishes at the track. And one more track that always seems to have great racing is the Fairbury American Legion Speedway. The Earl J Hubert Memorial already produced some exciting action with 3 wide racing and a surprise winner.

With new tracks on the schedule this year, Joliet and Champaign will be two races on the schedule to look forward to. With being on the outskirts of the big city, part of the UMP Summer Nationals and across the street from Chicagoland Speedway the stop on June 16th to the Dirt Oval will be one not to miss. Also don’t forget the historic feel we will be in for as the series goes to the Champaign County Fairgrounds on July 20th as part of the Champaign County Fair. It has been awhile since we have seen stock cars compete at the historic grounds. They will also run with the open wheel sprint cars that evening. Come get some fair food and enjoy the old time feel on the fairground’s oval.

There are a lot of unknown things that will unfold as we move through the 2018 Midwest Street Stock Championship Series season. As new media partner STL Motorsport Magazine is excited to join in with series photographer Addison Blair and the PPV team to help bring you all the exciting coverage of the MSSC this year. Get out to Macon Speedway this Saturday evening to see the season get underway or come to one the events listed below:

Date Track Race
19-May Macon, IL Dean Garland Classic
26-May Charleston, IL Stock Car Shootout
2-Jun Lincoln, IL Railsplitter 40
16-Jun Joliet, IL Chicagoland 20
23-Jun Fairbury, IL FALS Flash 20
14-Jul Peoria, IL Dirty 30
20-Jul Champaign, IL Chambana 40
3-Aug Farmer City, IL What Up Dog 40
24-Aug Jacksonville, IL James Grant Memorial
1-Sep Peoria, IL River City Rumble
21-Sep Kankakee, IL Dick Potts Memorial
6-Oct Charleston, IL Street Stock Fall Nationals

Tyson Graves, STL Motorsport Magazine


Michael Page Wins the Southeastern Classic at Dixie Speedway

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(Woodstock, GA) May 12, 2018- The Southern Nationals Bonus Series rolled into Dixie Speedway on Saturday night for the $5,300 to win Southeastern Classic. When the checkered flag waved, it would be Douglasville, GA driver Michael Page who would take the $5,053 paycheck in a dominating fashion. Page piloted the Baird Transport, Durham Race Engines, Stinger Chassis #18x Car.
27 cars were signed in for the $5,300 to win race and the evening began with qualifying. Qualifying was split into two groups with the Top 5 in each group being locked into the feature. 14-year old young gun Will Roland out of Jasper, GA would set quick time in Group A with a 15.383 second lap around the 3/8 mile clay banked dirt oval. T.J Reaid, Jason Croft, Aaron Ridley, and Ashton Winger would round out the top 5 in Group A qualifying and lock themselves into the 53 lap feature.
Page would go on to set the fast time in Group B qualifying as well as the overall fast time with a lap of 15.273 seconds. This would put Page on the outside pole position for the start of the feature. Austin Smith, “The Chattanooga Flash” Ronnie Johnson, Johnny Chastain, and Eric Granger would also be locked into the feature.
There would be two 10 Lap, B-Mains to set the rest of the field with the top 5 in each B-Main advancing to the feature.
In B-Main one, Toccoa, GA driver Casey Roberts would take the victory in the Blount Motorsports House car over Gray McPherson, Mike McConnell, Casey Turman, and Chicky Barton.
Murphy, NC driver and former Dixie Speedway track champion Shaun Chastain would take his x15 Longhorn Chasis to victory in the second B-Main over Justin Shipley, David Payne, Luther Jenkins, and James Roulette.
Georgia drivers Adam Ruff and Wayne Echols would grab the Southern Nationals Bonus Series provisionals and would round out the 22 car field.
At the drop of the green flag, it would be Page who would bolt out into the lead using his outside pole starting position. He would lead lap 1 as he was followed by Roland, Croft, Reaid, and Austin Smith. The first of eight cautions flied on Lap 2 as third place running Jason Croft and 4th place running T.J Reaid would tangle and wreck in Turns 3 & 4. A hopeful night for both drivers would end after only 2 laps. The incident would allow Ronnie Johnson and Johnny Chastain to move up into the Top 5.
On the restart, Page again would start to set a torrid pace on the field as Austin Smith would pass Will Roland for 2nd place and Johnny Chastain would pass Johnson for 4th. On lap 3, Chastain, who stared 8th would find himself in the 3rd position after passing Roland in turns 3 and 4. The second caution would wave the very next lap on lap 4 for Wayne Echols who spun his machine in Turn 2.
On the ensuing restart, 6th place running Aaron Ridley would have a right front flat tire on his Capital Race Car in Turn 2 and being out the 3rd caution of the night. He would get a new tire and go to the tail end of the field
The green flag would wave once again with Page leading and by lap 6, Johnny Chastain would pass Austin Smith for 2nd place. This would be the longest green flag run of the race as Page would continue to lead and enter lap traffic by lap 15. On lap 20, Page would have a 2.3 second lead over Chastain, Smith, Roland, and Johnson. At the halfway mark on lap 27, Page would have a full straightaway lead over the competition as he would easily get around lapped traffic. On lap 28, Johnson would finally get around Roland for the 4th spot.
After a 27 lap green flag run, the 4th caution of the night would fly out for Wayne Echols again as he would slow in Turns 1 & 2.
The turning point of the race occurred on the lap 27 restart. Austin Smith would attempt to get under Johnny Chastain on the front stretch. They would make contact as Chastain got a flat tire and was off the pace going into turn 1. This caused an accordion effect with the rest of the field as a huge pileup would occur in Turn 1. 8-10 cars were damaged as there was no where to go to avoid the melee. Southern Nationals Bonus Series points leader David Payne, Mike McConnell, 2nd place running Johnny Chastain, and his brother Shaun Chastain would get the worst of the wreck and all would be done for the evening. Aaron Ridley, Luther Jenkins, Casey Turman, and Austin Smith were all able to continue with damage on their race cars.
After a red flag delay due to the track being blocked, 3rd place running Johnson would jump the restart and take off too early. That would bring out the 6th caution of the race and it was just a warning for the National Dirt Late Model Hall of Fame inductee.
Page would once again rocket his Stinger Chasis race car with a comfortable lead as Johnson would take 2nd away from Smith. Eric Granger would begin to flex his muscle a bit as he would pass Roland for the 4th position on the same lap.
Page would open up a 3 second lead over Johnson on lap 40 and 2 laps later, Page would be back at the tail end of the lead lap lapping cars. Page continued to lead as the 7th caution of the race would fly with 5 laps to go for the slow car of Casey Turman.
It looked like there would be a 5 lap shootout for $5,053 as once again, Page would regain his comfortable lead and begin to set sail. The path was clear until with 3 laps to go as Adam Ruff would spin on the front stretch bringing out the 8th and final caution flag of the race.
There would be no challenge from anyone else and Page would set a blistering pace on the final restart and survive an attrition filled race and garner a $5,053 paycheck with Ronnie Johnson finishing second and Austin Smith finishing third. Eric Granger and Will Roland would settle for top 5 finishes while Ashton Winger, Gary McPherson, Casey Roberts, Justin Shipley, and Luther Jenkins would round out the top 10.
The next Southern National Bonus Series races will be this weekend on Friday, May 18th at Lake Cumberland Speedway with a $4,000 to win race and on Saturday, May 19th as Richmond Raceway in Richmond, Kentucky with a big $10,000 to win race. Go out and support your local dirt track!
Feature Finish:
  1. 18x Michael Page- Douglasville, GA
  2. 85 Ronnie Johnson- Chattanooga, TN
  3. 84 Austin Smith- Rome , GA
  4. G9 Eric Granger- Dallas, GA
  5. 22 Will Roland- Jasper, GA
  6. 12 Ashton Winger- Senoia, GA
  7. 29m Gary McPherson- Dalton, GA
  8. 101 Casey Roberts- Toccoa, GA
  9. 08 Justin Shipley- Douglasville, GA
  10. 3 Luther Jenkins- Waleska, GA
  11. 144 Chicky Barton- Middlesboro, KY
  12. 7r Adam Ruff- Dallas, GA
  13. 81 Aaron Ridley- Chatsworth, GA
  14. 18 Casey Turman- Lafayette, GA
  15. 00 Johnny Chastain- Murphy, NC
  16. x15 Shaun Chastain- Murphy, NC
  17. 8 David Payne- Murphy, NC
  18. 119 Mike McConnell- Ball Ground, GA
  19. 19 Wayne Echols- Cumming, GA
  20. 05 James Roulette- Dawsonville, GA
  21. 9 Jason Croft- Woodstock, GA
  22. 41 T.J Reaid- Acworth, GA

Trevor Gonzales, STL Motorsport Magazine


ANNOUNCEMENT

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

(St. Louis, MO) May 7, 2018 – STL Motorsport Magazine is excited to announce a new partnership with MARS Racing Series, we have reached an agreement naming STL Motorsport Magazine as the new media partner for the series in 2018.

The MARS Racing Series was purchased and taken over by Chris Tilley at the end of 2017. Chris, already involved with the Schaeffer’s Oil Southern National’s Series with Ray Cook, purchased the MARS Racing Series from Clarksville Speedway Promotor William Scrogin after the Performance Racing Industry show last December. The 2018 MARS Racing Series kicked off at Clarksville Speedway back in March with the Annual Toilet Bowl Classic. A huge weekend of racing is on tap for the coming weekend for the Series with a pair of $10,000 to win races at Farmer City Raceway Friday and Fairbury American Legion Speedway on Saturday night.

“We appreciate STL Motorsport Magazine in becoming a new media partner for 2018 with the MARS Racing Series. The updates they provide and information for a ton of races really helps the growth of our sport. We’re excited about what 2018 will bring” said series director Chris Tilley.

STL Motorsport Magazine has already been on the scene covering all the MARS events so far in 2018. “With an already established relationship with Schaeffer’s Oil, another partner to the MARS Series it just made sense for us to partner” said STL Motorsport Magazine founder Kevin Howdeshell. Kevin also stated, “STL Motorsport Magazine is committed to the rebirth and regrowth of the MARS Racing Series in 2018, STL Motorsport Magazine strives to bring excellence in motorsports coverage to the grassroots fan, as well as national motorsports content.”

Content Manager Tyson Graves said “I am excited for us to partner with such a great series in 2018. Chris Tilley is a great director and great promotor of the sport. We look forward to being at the track helping cover their events.”

You can go to www.marsracingseries.com and www.stlmotomag.com to see the 2018 MARS Schedule. Follow MARS Series on Facebook and on Twitter @RACEMARS

Stay tuned to STL Motorsport Magazine website and social media outlets for all the news, results, and special content on the MARS Racing Series in 2018.

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