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Schaeffer’s Oil Spring Nationals and Southern Nationals Release 2022 Schedule of Events

(December 11, 2021) Series promoter Ray Cook is excited to release the 2022 schedule for both the Schaeffer’s Oil Spring Nationals Series and the Schaeffer’s Oil Southern Nationals Series. Both miniseries schedules feature twelve events at twelve different venues across the Southeast totaling nearly $650,000 in purse money. As was the case in 2021, the Champion of each tour will receive a $10,053 prize, but additional point money has been added for all other drivers that maintain perfect attendance. (Thomas Hendrickson Photo)

“I am very proud of the schedules we have put together for the Schaeffer’s Oil Spring Nationals and the Schaeffer’s Oil Southern Nationals,” quoted Cook during the Performance Racing Industry (PRI) show this weekend in downtown Indianapolis. “With all of the new races already announced - especially in our area - it made it challenging to find dates that didn’t conflict with nearby tracks. I think we’ve put the puzzle pieces together pretty well and have a nice schedule for both the spring and the summer. We’ve got more five-figure races than we ever have before and we’ve added point money to try to attract more guys to stick with the entire tour. I have to thank all of our family of tracks for their continued support, as well as our long list of sponsors including Schaeffer’s Oil, Sunoco Race Fuels, American Racer Tires, and Hoosier Racing Tires.” | full story

Dale McDowell Wraps Up Schaeffer's Oil Southern Nationals Campaign with Bulls Gap Win

(August 1, 2021) Picking up his second Schaeffer's Oil Southern Nationals Series victory of the year, Dale McDowell put an exclamation mark on the end of the miniseries tour tonight, August 1 at Volunteer Speedway! The series returned to the ultra-fast Bulls Gap, Tennessee oval to preside over a rain-postponed show from July 19 and no points were on the line. Dale was the fastest qualifier from Group B during the time trial session, which locked him into the outside of the front row for the start of the 40-lap main event. The Chickamauga, Georgia Hall of Famer, who finished second in the final series point standings, took off from the drop of the green flag and led every circuit during the caution-free affair to bag the $4,053 winner's check. (Jack Cofer Photo)

Zack Mitchell, of Enoree, South Carolina, laid down the quickest lap overall during qualifying and ran second the entire feature distance to land in the runner-up position aboard his BWRC ICON entry. Ewing, Virginia native Dakotah Knuckles was able to work his way past a trio of racecars to round out the podium in the third spot. Benjamin Cranford, who finished third in the final Dirt Draft Rookie of the Year standings with the tour, brought home a stellar fourth place effort after starting in the outside of the second row. Newly-crowned Schaeffer's Oil Southern Nationals Series Champion Donald McIntosh advanced two positions to close out the miniseries with a solid fifth place performance. | full story

Michael Chilton Convincing in $10,053 Tazewell Triumph; McIntosh Claims Championship!

(July 31, 2021) Parity is the perfect single word to sum up the 2021 version of the Schaeffer's Oil Southern Nationals Series, as Championship Night at Tazewell Speedway on July 31 not only produced the ninth different winner in the nine point races that escaped inclement weather, but the miniseries also crowned a brand-new Champion! Michael Chilton, of Salvisa, Kentucky, won his heat race and later started the 'Ray Varner Ford 53' from the outside of the front row. Michael then took the lead at the drop of the green flag and proceeded to wire the feature field to capture the $10,053 payday in front of the huge throng of fans that packed the stands at the Tazewell, Tennessee oval. (MRM Racing Photo)

While Chilton was out front leading the way for all 53 circuits, the racing action behind him was fast and furious. Dale McDowell also won a heat race in preliminary action before moving up to the second spot and eventually earning a runner-up performance - only 0.501 seconds behind Chilton's #97 machine. Ninth-starting Zack Mitchell was able to steer his BWRC ride past six competitors to grab the final spot on the podium. Polesitter Ross Bailes ran in the second position through the first half of the contest before slipping to fourth at the checkers, while Donald McIntosh made a sterling sixteenth-to-fifth run to clinch the Schaeffer's Oil Southern Nationals Series Championship. | full story

Cory Hedgecock Handles Schaeffer's Oil Southern Nationals Field for $10,053 Win at 411

(July 30, 2021) Seventh-starting Cory Hedgecock became the eighth different winner in eight Schaeffer's Oil Southern Nationals Series races this year with a strong performance tonight, July 30 at 411 Motor Speedway! Cory, who stopped the clock second fastest in Group A during FK Rod Ends qualifying, slipped to second in his heat race to finish behind only Pierce McCarter. The Loudon, Tennessee native then turned up the wick on the competition in the 53-lap headliner at the Seymour, Tennessee facility, as he stormed towards the front and eventually overtook polesitter Ross Bailes to grab the point on the fourteenth circuit. (MRM Racing Photo)

With only one caution slowing the action on the initial start of the contest, Cory was able to drive away from the field to capture the $10,053 paycheck by 4.127 seconds ahead of ninth-starting Randy Weaver, of Crossville, Tennessee. Pierce McCarter overcame a poor start to the race to finish right where he started in the third spot. Series point leader Donald McIntosh battled for the lead early in the distance before falling to fourth, while leading Dirt Draft Rookie of the Year contender Cody Overton rounded out the top five in his Rum Runner Racing entry. | full story

Sam Seawright Becomes Yet Another First Time Southern Nationals Winner at Boyd's Speedway

(July 29, 2021) Sweeping past Schaeffer's Oil Southern Nationals Series stalwarts Donald McIntosh and Dale McDowell, 17-year-old upstart Sam Seawright stole the show tonight, July 29 on a rugged racing surface at Boyd's Speedway! Sam, who locked himself into the fourth starting spot by virtue of posting the second quickest lap in Group B during qualifying, found the high groove to his liking following a lap 13 restart and first overtook Hall of Famer McDowell for second on the fourteenth circuit. Sam, who hails from Rainsville, Alabama, then streaked past series point leader McIntosh on lap 15 to grab a lead that he would never relinquish.

Seawright survived a couple of late caution flags on lap 38 to record the $4,053 payday for his first career Schaeffer's Oil Southern Nationals Series triumph. McIntosh, who led the first 14 circuits from the pole seeking his first miniseries victory of the year, finished in the runner-up spot - 0.569 seconds behind Seawright's #16 machine. Outside polesitter McDowell ran in the second spot early in the 40-lap contest before rounding out the podium in third. Jadon Frame worked his way past six competitors to bring home an impressive fourth place effort, while leading Dirt Draft Rookie of the Year contender Cody Overton slipped to a fifth place showing after starting from the inside of the second row. | full story

Kenny Collins Capitalizes to Claim First Career Schaeffer's Oil Southern Nationals Victory

(July 27, 2021) Capitalizing on the misfortune of front row starters Jensen Ford and Dale McDowell, Colbert, Georgia native Kenny Collins assumed the point on the sixth circuit and proved to be the class of the field in capturing the $4,053 top prize tonight, July 27 at Tri-County Race Track! Kenny, who started third on the feature grid after clicking off the second quickest lap in Group A during qualifying, then pulled away following a lap 33 restart to claim his first career Schaeffer's Oil Southern Nationals triumph by a wide margin of 5.010 seconds. Kenny also became the sixth different winner so far on the miniseries in the six events that have escaped the wrath of Mother Nature and now finds himself solidly in the Championship hunt. (Thomas Hendrickson Photo)

Point leader Donald McIntosh, who was once again behind the wheel of a #4T machine usually driven by Blount Motorsports teammate Tommy Kerr, advanced from his fifth starting spot to finish a strong runner-up behind Collins. Leading Dirt Draft Rookie of the Year contender Cody Overton pressured McIntosh throughout the 40-lap affair, but settled for a third place podium performance after starting seventh at the Brasstown, North Carolina bullring. Local favorites Shawn Chastain and David Payne rounded out the top five of the entertaining contest. | full story

Randy Weaver Becomes Fifth Different Southern Nationals Winner with Dominant Rome Outing

(July 25, 2021) Randy Weaver made his first appearance of the year with the Schaeffer's Oil Southern Nationals Series on Sunday night, July 25 and dominated the program at Rome Speedway in Rome, Georgia to secure a $4,053 windfall! The Crossville, Tennessee native laid down the fastest lap overall during hot laps, clicked off the quickest time in Group A during FK Rod Ends qualifying, and later led all forty circuits in the headliner at the "World's Fastest 1/2-Mile Clay Track." Randy beat fellow front row starter Dale McDowell to turn one on the opening lap and proceeded to drive away from the feature field in winning by a whopping 5.111 second margin in a race slowed by only one early caution flag.

Donald McIntosh unloaded a back-up #4T machine at Rome and found speed right away in the car usually driven by his Blount Motorsports teammate Tommy Kerr. The Dawsonville, Georgia ace started third on the grid in the main event and moved up to second to finish an impressive runner-up, which vaulted him into the Schaeffer's Oil Southern Nationals Series point lead. West Georgia Speedway winner Austin Horton, of Newnan, Georgia, advanced two spots to round out the podium in third. Dale McDowell, who earned Fast Time honors overall during qualifying, slipped back to fourth, while Dalton Cook crossed underneath the checkered flag in the fifth finishing position at the storied northwest Georgia oval. | full story

Ross Bailes Leads Flag-to-Flag to Capture Second Career Rebel Yell Title at Screven

(July 24, 2021) Ross Bailes, of Clover, South Carolina, dominated the 22nd edition of the 'Rebel Yell' tonight, July 24 at Screven Motor Speedway in Sylvania, Georgia! Ross, who stopped the clock third fastest in Group A during the Schaeffer's Oil Southern Nationals Series qualifying session, picked up a heat race victory to earn the coveted pole position for the 53-lap headliner. He then outgunned fellow front row starter Steven Roberts at the drop of the green flag and was never seriously challenged throughout the distance in leading from flag-to-flag to bag the $10,053 top prize. Also a winner of the storied race back in 2019, Ross recorded his second career 'Rebel Yell' title tonight at the Peach State motorsports complex.

Steven Roberts, of Jesup, Georgia, was fast all evening and claimed a heat race triumph before knocking down the strong runner-up performance in the 'Rebel Yell' - 1.524 seconds behind Bailes' #79 machine. Wil Herrington blasted from his seventh starting spot to land on the podium in third. Kenny Collins nabbed his second straight top five feature finish with the series, as he crossed underneath the checkers in the fourth position. Leading Dirt Draft Rookie of the Year contender and new Schaeffer's Oil Southern Nationals Series point leader Cody Overton moved past four competitors during the 53-lapper to wind up fifth in the final finishing order. | full story

Schaeffer's Oil Southern Nationals Series Contest at Needmore Speedway Nixed by Rain

(July 23, 2021) Tonight's Schaeffer's Oil Southern Nationals Series contest scheduled for Needmore Speedway was unfortunately canceled in the afternoon due to heavy thunderstorms at the Norman Park, Georgia facility. The $5,053 to win shootout will not be rescheduled, but we look forward to working with the track again during the course of the 2022 season.

With half of the Southern Nationals Series races rained out so far, the tour looks forward to much better and drier weather tomorrow, July 24 at Screven Motor Speedway. A $10,053 top prize will be on the line Saturday at the Sylvania, Georgia oval in the annual running of the 'Rebel Yell.' The marquee race, which pays $500 just to start, has been a mainstay on the Schaeffer's Oil Southern National Series schedule since 2006 with past winners including: Henry Carter ('06), Jimmy Sharpe ('07), Dennis Franklin ('08 & '09), Casey Roberts ('10), Brent Dixon ('11), Mike Marlar ('12), Mother Nature ('13), Dennis Franklin ('14 & '15), Chris Ferguson ('16), Casey Roberts ('17), Mother Nature ('18), Ross Bailes ('19), Brandon Overton ('20). More information can be located online at www.screven-motorsports.com. | full story

Austin Horton Wires Southern Nationals Field in First-Ever West Georgia Speedway Visit

(July 22, 2021) In the first-ever sanctioned Super Late Model event in the history of West Georgia Speedway, it was nearby racer Austin Horton, of Newnan, Georgia, that stole the show and etched his name into the record books for winning on Thursday night, July 22. Austin earned Fast Time honors overall during the Schaeffer's Oil Southern Nationals Series qualifying session and later rolled off from the pole position in the 40-lap headliner. With a large crowd on hand at the Whitesburg, Georgia facility, Austin controlled the field from green to checkers and survived a restart with only three circuits remaining to lay claim to the $4,053 winner's check.

Outside polesitter Brent Dixon, who paced Group B during time trials, chased Horton throughout the contest, but never managed a serious bid for the top spot. The Elberton, Georgia ace finished 1.775 seconds behind in the runner-up position. Pearson Lee Williams improved one spot during the course of the race to grab the final position on the podium in third. Dirt Draft Rookie of the Year contender Garrett Smith brought his #10 machine home in fourth while Kenny Collins moved up to fifth to complete an all-Georgia top five. | full story

Dale McDowell Drives to Sixth Career Schaeffer's Oil Southern Nationals Series Win at I-75 Raceway

(July 20, 2021) For the sixth time in his Hall of Fame career, Dale McDowell celebrated in Schaeffer's Oil Southern Nationals Series victory lane tonight, July 20 at I-75 Raceway in Sweetwater, Tennessee! Dale, who clicked off the second fastest lap in Group B during the qualifying session, rolled off from the outside of the second row in the 40-lap main event. The Chickamauga, Georgia star then ran in the third spot early in the contest before moving up to second and hounding race long leader Cody Overton for the point. Dale swept by Overton's #2 machine on the eighteenth circuit and led the remainder of the distance to pocket the $4,053 top prize. (MRM Racing Photo)

Tenth-starting Ryan King, of Seymour, Tennessee, was on the move throughout the race and eventually drove past eight competitors to land in the runner-up position - 1.881 seconds behind McDowell's #17m mount. New Schaeffer's Oil Southern Nationals Series point leader Jensen Ford picked off six cars to round out the podium in third. Local favorite and defending race winner Cory Hedgecock rallied past eight racecars to finish fourth, while Cleveland, Tennessee driver John Ownbey slipped back two spots to finish fifth. Leading Dirt Draft Rookie of the Year candidate Cody Overton, who paced the field for the first seventeen laps from the pole, wound up credited with a sixth place effort. | full story

Persistent Rain at Volunteer Speedway Pushes Southern Nationals Special to August 1

(July 19, 2021) The staff at Volunteer Speedway tried and tried, but persistent rain won out tonight, July 19 at the high-banked Bulls Gap, Tennessee oval. With 26 Schaeffer's Oil Southern Nationals Series competitors signed in to do battle in the $4,053 to win event, a group of cars were on the racetrack for their hot lap session when another round of inclement weather hit the facility. The decision was finally made by track and series officials to cancel tonight's show and postpone it to Sunday, August 1. With the reschedule date falling after the points finale the night prior at the nearby Tazewell (TN) Speedway, all drivers were awarded 50 show up points tonight and the August 1 race will be non-points.

The Super Late Model entrants in the pit area tonight at Volunteer Speedway included: Benjamin Cranford, Garrett Smith, Chuck Southard, Jensen Ford, Dusty Carver, Richie Edwards, Donald McIntosh, Stacy Boles, Michael Chilton, Ryan King, Ahnna Parkhurst, Michael Brown, Jordy Nipper, Kenny Collins, John Llewellyn, Dale McDowell, Dakotah Knuckles, Vic Hill, Ross Bailes, Kaede Loudy, Andy Standridge, Troy Eades, Clint Hodges, Jeff Neubert, Cody Overton, and Kyle Strickler. | full story

Schaeffer's Oil Southern Nationals Series Stop at Wythe Doomed by Forecast; Bulls Gap Next

(July 17, 2021) With the probability of rain today at Wythe Raceway and not wanting race haulers to get stuck in the infield pit area, track promoter Fred Brown has canceled tonight's Schaeffer's Oil Southern Nationals Series stop at the Rural Retreat, Virginia facility. The $10,053 to win event, which was slated to be round two of the 12-race miniseries, will not be rescheduled. Please keep an eye on the Wythe Raceway social media pages and website for rain check information if you purchased your tickets for tonight's race online.

The Southern Nationals tour will now turn their focus to Monday night's visit to the high-banks of Volunteer Speedway in Bulls Gap, Tennessee. A $4,053 payday will be on the line on July 19 at "The Gap." Previous series winners at the Volunteer State oval include: Jimmy Owens ('06 & '07), Tommy Kerr ('08 & '09), Jonathan Davenport ('10), Chris Madden ('11), Casey Roberts ('12), Vic Hill ('13), and Chris Madden ('20). The pit gates will open at 4:00pm on Monday, while the grandstands will start to allow patrons at 5:00pm. The Drivers Meeting is scheduled for 6:30pm with hot laps slated for 7:00pm. More information can be found by clicking on www.VolunteerSpeedway.com. | full story

Josh Rice Wins Wild Southern Nationals Opener at Beckley Motorsports Park for $10,053 Payday!

(July 16, 2021) In an entertaining Schaeffer's Oil Southern Nationals Series season opener, Josh Rice was the fourth and final leader and emerged victorious for a $10,053 payday at Beckley Motorsports Park near Beckley, West Virginia on Friday, July 16! After clicking off the fifth quickest lap in Group A during the FK Rod Ends qualifying session, Josh placed second in his heat race to earn the inside of the third row for the start of the 53-lap headliner. The young Verona, Kentucky ace then climbed up to the second spot and was in prime position to take advantage of leader Devin Moran's flat right-side tires under caution to assume the point for a lap 39 restart. (Peeping Dragon Photography)

Josh then kept his machine out front of the field in the waning laps and survived a late caution flag with only four circuits remaining to beat a charging Zack Dohm to the checkered flag by 1.529 seconds. Zack, who picked up a $20,000 top prize in the unsanctioned 'Beckley USA 100' back on July 4, vaulted from his twelfth starting spot to record the impressive runner-up effort. Outside polesitter Jacob Hawkins, who led the first seven laps of the contest, held on to round out the podium in third despite damage after a skirmish with eventual winner Rice. Fourteenth-starting Donald McIntosh and ninth-starting Jensen Ford both methodically moved forward to land in the fourth and fifth finishing positions respectively. | full story

 

 

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