Shawn Chastain Wins Thrilling
14th Annual FK Rod Ends Tarheel 50 at Tri-County Race Track
29, 2017) Shawn Chastain overtook race leader Casey
Roberts on lap 18 of the 51-lap FK Rod Ends 14th Annual Tarheel
50 and went on to capture the $4,053 payday on Friday Night during
the Schaeffer’s Oil Southern Nationals Bonus Series-sanctioned
event at Tri-County Race Track in Brasstown, N.C. (McLeod
Media Services Photo)
The Murphy, N.C. driver also held off a last-lap attempt by David
Payne to go on for the victory while driving the Interstate Welding
and Sims Construction-sponsored Clements-powered Longhorn Chassis.
Chastain became the ninth different winner in ten races on the
Fast Qualifier Casey Roberts and Donald McIntosh brought the
18 car field to life to start the 51 lap main event which paid
tribute to the late Frank Thompson. Roberts jumped to the early
lead. By the 17th circuit, Shawn Chastain had worked from his
third place starting spot to challenge for the lead and by the
next circuit, had jumped into the lead with Roberts and a host
of others in hot pursuit. Chastain wouldn’t get challenged
until the final lap as fourth place starting David Payne threw
a slide job into turn three pushing him up the race track. Chastain
would continue this run on the bottom side of the speedway and
would hold on to win by just 00.142 seconds at the finish line
for the victory. David Payne would finish second followed by Donald
McIntosh third, Kenny Collins fourth after rallying from the tail
and ninth starting Kurt English finished fifth.
Seven caution flags slowed the event. The first yellow came on
lap one as Tim Rucker spun his mount in turn four. The next yellow
would fly on lap six as a multi car accident involving Kenny Collins,
Blake Spencer and Johnny Chastain would slow the field yet again.
On lap 20, Anthony Sanders would slow his car on the front chute
to bring out another yellow flag and on lap 21, fifth place runner
Brent Dixon spun in turn four bringing out the fourth yellow flag
of the night. On lap 22, Casey Roberts slowed off of turn two
with a flat tire. On lap 35, Shane Tankersley slowed in turn one
and on lap 44 Clayton Turner and Casey Turman got together off
of turn four and brought out the event’s final caution flag.
Before the start of the main event, promoter Ray Cook announced
that the 15th Annual FK Rod Ends Tarheel 50 will take place on
Friday Night September 28, 2018 at Tri-County Race Track and pay
a record $10,000 to the winner. This will mark the largest event
ever at Tri-County.
The next event for the Schaeffer’s Oil Southern Nationals
Bonus Series presented by Sunoco Race Fuels and Tennessee RV will
be on October 12/13/14 at Ponderosa Speedway in Junction City,
Ky. as the tour will sanction the 27th Annual Fall Classic presented
by Caton Industrial Painting paying $15,000-to-win and will be
75 feature laps in distance.
Official Summary of Results
14th Annual FK Rod Ends Tarheel 50 presented by Jacky Jones Automotive
Schaeffer’s Oil Southern Nationals Bonus Series
1. Shawn Chastain-Murphy, N.C.
2. David Payne-Murphy, N.C.
3. Donald McIntosh-Dawsonville, Ga.
4. Kenny Collins-Colbert, Ga.
5. Kurt English-Murphy, N.C.
6. Casey Roberts-Toccoa, Ga.
7. Jamie Oliver-Murphy, N.C.
8. Blake Spencer-St. Augustine, Fla.
9. Shane Tankersley-Morganton, Ga.
10. Clayton Turner-Clayton, Ga.
11. Casey Turman-LaFayette, Ga.
12. Jeff Neubert-Rockford, Tenn.
13. Craig Greer-Cleveland, Tenn.
14. Joey Standridge-Tellico Plains, Tenn.
15. Brent Dixon-Elberton, Ga.
16. Anthony Sanders-Spartanburg, S.C.
17. Johnny Chastain-Murphy, N.C.
18. Tim Rucker-Madisonville, Tenn.
Time of Race: 35 minutes, 32 seconds
Margin of Victory: 00.142 seconds
Yellow Flags: Seven (laps 1, 6, 20, 21, 22, 35, 44)
Red Flags: None
Lap Leaders: Roberts (1-17), S. Chastain (18-51)
Overall Top Qualifier: Casey Roberts-12.594 seconds ($200 sponsored
by Cherokee Septic Service)
Provisional Starters: None
Current Schaeffer’s Oil Southern Nationals Bonus Series
1. Donald McIntosh-1,846
2. David Payne-1,630
3. Joey Standridge-1,125
4. Jeff Neubert-896
5. Jamie Oliver-866
6. Billy Ogle Jr.-799
7. Brandon Overton-744
8. Carder Miller-710
9. Mike Marlar-594
10. Levi Ashby-591