Eddie Carrier, Jr. Triumphs
in Schaeffer’s Southern Nationals Bonus Series Action at
24, 2017) The Schaeffer’s Oil Southern Nationals
Bonus Series presented by Sunoco Race Fuels and Tennessee RV would
sanction its first-ever event at Florence Speedway in Union, Ky.
on Saturday evening and Eddie Carrier, Jr. of Salt Rock, W.V.
would take the checkered flag first and claim the $10,000 payday.
(McLeod Media Services Photo)
The win for Carrier, Jr. would be his first-career victory in
Schaeffer’s Southern Nationals Bonus Series competition
and would come behind the wheel of the Jake Keaton owned Keaton’s
Collision Center/Barbourville Mini Storage/Complex Pre-Owned Auto
Sales/Sunoco Race Fuels/All Star Performance sponsored #10 Longhorn
Chassis powered by an Andy Durham Race Engine.
Donald McIntosh would take the lead at the start of the fifty-lap
contest and by lap three, McIntosh would have the advantage with
Eddie Carrier, Jr., Shanon Buckingham, Cody Mahoney, and Michael
Chilton giving chase. Chilton would work past Mahoney for the
fourth position on lap four, while seventh place starting Steve
Casebolt would make his way into the top five on lap eight. Race
leader McIntosh would begin the process of working lapped traffic
on lap twelve, as Casebolt would challenge Chilton for the fourth
position and the pair would duel side-by-side for the position
until Casebolt claimed the spot on lap sixteen. As the McIntosh
continued to work traffic in close-quarters competition, Carrier,
Jr. would close in the leader. However, disaster would strike
McIntosh as he and a lapped car would make contact and McIntosh
would contact the outside retaining wall at the entrance to turn
one as the field began working lap nineteen and his night would
be finished. Carrier, Jr. would assume the race lead at this point
and Chilton would dive under Buckingham for the third position
on lap twenty, only to have Buckingham retake the spot two trips
later on lap twenty-two. As the field approached the halfway mark
of the event, Mahoney would have mechanical issues with his mount
and would stop on the frontchute on lap twenty-five and be finished
for the evening.
The restart would see Carrier, Jr. maintain the lead, while Chilton
and Casebolt battled for the second position, with Chilton claiming
the runner-up slot on lap twenty-six. Eleventh place starting
Jimmy Owens would flex some muscle at this point and take the
fourth position from Buckingham on lap twenty-nine, while seventeenth
place starter Jason Jameson would get rolling as well as would
go from seventh to fifth in a three-wide battle on lap thirty.
As Carrier, Jr. continued to work out front, Jameson would close
in on Jimmy Owens and the pair would duel for the fourth position
before Jameson would take the spot on lap thirty-six. As the field
completed lap forty, Carrier, Jr. would start working lapped at
this point, but the action would slow as a caution for debris
in turn three on lap forty-one would give the leader clear track,
but also tighten up the field. Carrier, Jr. would get a good restart
and maintain the lead, while Jameson continued his rim-riding
charge toward the front as he would drive past Casebolt for third
on lap forty-five and would take second from Chilton two circuits
later on lap forty-seven. Jameson would try mightily to catch
Carrier, Jr. in the waning laps, but would come 0.627 seconds
of the win, with Carrier, Jr. seeing the checkered flag first.
Jameson, who finished the event on seven-cylinders, would settle
for second, while Chilton would complete the podium finishers
in third. Casebolt and Zach Dohm would complete the top five finishers.
The remainder of the top ten would be Owens, fifteenth starting
Jackie Boggs, Hudson O’Neal, Buckingham, and fourteenth
place starter Brandon Kinzer.
The next event for the Schaeffer’s Oil Southern Nationals
Bonus Series presented by Sunoco Race Fuel and Tennessee RV will
be on Saturday July 1 at Tazewell Speedway in Tazewell, TN, paying
$5,000 to win. This event will be co-sanctioned with the Schaeffer’s
Oil Iron-Man Championship Late Model Series. Also, the Schaeffer’s
Oil Southern Nationals Bonus Series will celebrate America’s
241st birthday with race action at North Georgia Speedway in Chatsworth,
GA on Tuesday July 4, paying $10,000 to win.
Further information on the Spring Nationals, Southern Nationals,
and Southern Nationals Bonus Series can be obtained by calling
Promoter Ray Cook at (828) 360-5353 or Series P.R. Coordinator
Chris Tilley at (606) 219-1723 or by visiting the official website
located at www.SouthernNationalsSeries.com.
Official Summary of Results
Feature Results for Schaeffer’s Oil Spring Nationals at
Boyd’s Speedway in Ringgold, GA on May 26, 2017
1. Eddie Carrier, Jr.-Salt Rock, W.V.
2. Jason Jameson-Lawrenceburg, Ind.
3. Michael Chilton-Salvisa, Ky.
4. Steve Casebolt-Richmond, Ind.
5. Zach Dohm-Cross Lanes, W.V.
6. Jimmy Owens-Newport, Tenn.
7. Jackie Boggs-Grayson, Ky.
8. Hudson O’Neal-Martinsville, Ind.
9. Shanon Buckingham-Morristown, Tenn.
10. Brandon Kinzer-Lexington, Ky.
11. Nick Latham-Winchester, Ohio
12. Tripp Gerrald-Lexington, Ky.
13. Chris Combs-Isom, Ky.
14. Jesse Lay-Walton, Ky.
15. Connor Meade-Clay City, Ky.
16. David Payne-Murphy, N.C.
17. Scott James-Lawrenceburg, Ind.
18. Kody Evans-Camden, Ohio
19. Devin Gilpin-Columbus, Ind.
20. Cody Mahoney-Hanover, Ind.
21. Donald McIntosh-Dawsonville, Ga.
22. Kent Robinson-Bloomington, Ind.
23. Trevor Landrum-Erlanger, Ky.
24. Steve Landrum-Erlanger, Ky.
Time of Race: 27 minutes, 46 seconds
Margin of Victory: 0.627 seconds
Yellow Flags: 3 (lap 19, 25, 41)
Red Flags: None
Lap Leaders: McIntosh (1-18), Carrier, Jr. (19-50)
Overall Top Qualifier: Eddie Carrier, Jr. (Group A) 16.418 seconds
Keyser Manufacturing 11th Place Award: Nick Latham
Highest Finishing CT525 Engine ($200): None
Highest Finishing Steel/SPEC Engine ($200): None
Provisional Starters: David Payne, Chris Combs
Heat One Finish (10 laps/top 4 transfer)- Eddie Carrier, Jr.,
Michael Chilton, Kent Robinson, Scott James, Jason Jameson, David
Payne, Michael Hensley, Tripp Gerrald, Austyn Mills
Heat Two Finish (10 laps/top 4 transfer)- Shanon Buckingham,
Steve Casebolt, Jimmy Owens, Jackie Boggs, Jesse Lay, Jeff Wilson,
Blake Naylor, Curt Addison, Justin Rattliff
Heat Three Finish (10 laps/top 4 transfer)- Donald McIntosh,
Zach Dohm, Hudson O’Neal, Brandon Kinzer, Connor Meade,
Steve Landrum, John Whitney, Alan Magner, Robby Moses
Heat Four Finish (10 laps/top 4 transfer)- Cody Mahoney, Nick
Latham, Kody Evans, Devin Gilpin, Robby Hensley, Trevor Landrum,
Skylar Marlar, Chris Combs (DNS-Roger Williams)
B-Main One Finish (10 laps/top 3 transfer)- Jason Jameson, Jesse
Lay, Tripp Gerrald, Jeff Wilson, David Payne, Blake Naylor, Curt
Addison (DNS-Michael Hensley, Austyn Mills, Justin Rattliff)
B-Main Two Finish (10 laps/top 3 transfer)- Connor Meade, Trevor
Landrum, Steve Landrum, Chris Combs, Robby Moses, Skylar Marlar,
John Whitney, Alan Magner (DNS-Robby Hensley, Roger Williams)
Current Series Points (after June 24):
1. David Payne-730
2. Donald McIntosh-716
3. Jamie Oliver-524
4. Zack Dohm-386
5. Eddie Carrier Jr.-370
6. Shanon Buckingham-366
7. Jason Jameson-360
8. Chris Combs-356
9. Brandon Overton-354
10. Joey Standridge-346
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