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Schaeffer’s Oil Spring Nationals and Southern Nationals Unveil 2024 Slate of Events

Click to Enlarge!(December 8, 2023) As the Performance Racing Industry (PRI) Trade Show starts its second day in Indianapolis, Indiana, series promoter Ray Cook is proud to unveil his schedules for the 2024 Schaeffer’s Oil Spring Nationals Series and Schaeffer’s Oil Southern Nationals Series, which are both presented by Coltman Farms Racing and fueled by Sunoco Race Fuels. The 11th edition of the Spring Nationals will feature fifteen events at fifteen different ovals in the states of Georgia, Tennessee, Alabama, Kentucky, Virginia, and West Virginia from February 29-May 26. The 20th version of the Southern Nationals will once again sanction twelve shows in only sixteen days across the states of West Virginia, Virginia, Tennessee, Georgia, Alabama, and South Carolina from July 12-27.

Newport, Tennessee superstar Jimmy Owens captured his first career Schaeffer’s Oil Southern Nationals Series Championship last season. The barnstorming twelve-race summer miniseries once again starts at Beckley Motor Speedway on Friday, July 12 before visiting Wythe Raceway, Volunteer Speedway, I-75 Raceway, Senoia Raceway, East Alabama Motor Speedway, Screven Motor Speedway, Swainsboro Raceway, Cherokee Speedway, Toccoa Raceway, North Georgia Speedway, and Tazewell Speedway. Another $10,053 Championship check is in store for the winner of the 2024 Southern Nationals Series. | full story

Carson Ferguson Outduels Jimmy Owens for Rain-Postponed Southern Nationals Win at EAMS

(August 18, 2023) The Schaeffer’s Oil Southern Nationals Series presented by Coltman Farms Racing and fueled by Sunoco season officially concluded on Friday night with a return visit to the historic East Alabama Motor Speedway in Phenix City, Alabama. After heavy rain - following qualifying - back on July 21 forced the postponement of the event, a singular B-Main and the 40-lap main event were held at EAMS tonight. Outside polesitter Carson Ferguson led all but four circuits in the entertaining contest and was able to record his first series triumph of the 2023 season. The two-time and defending Spring Nationals Champion picked up the $7,553 top prize for besting the 22-car field. (Jack Cofer Photo)

Newly-crowned Southern Nationals Series Champion Jimmy Owens streaked past Ferguson to officially lead laps 21-24, but eventually settled for a strong runner-up performance and a $3,500 payday. Steven Roberts improved five positions to round out the podium in third. Local hotshoe Dalton Cook came home in the fourth spot, while Donald McIntosh picked off five competitors to grab the final position inside of the top five. | full story

Dale McDowell Dominates Ray Varner Ford 53 at Tazewell Speedway; Jimmy Owens Wins First Championship

(July 30, 2023) The 19th edition of the Schaeffer’s Oil Southern Nationals Series point season concluded on Sunday night at the bad-fast Tazewell Speedway and the annual ‘Ray Varner Ford 53’ was dominated by one man: Dirt Late Model Hall of Famer Dale McDowell. Dale, who went out late in FK Rod Ends qualifying and knocked down the fourth quickest lap overall, won his heat race with a last lap pass and later rolled off from the pole position of the 53-lap main event. While a lot of eyes were fixated on the tight point battle throughout the contest, Dale was out front on a proverbial Sunday drive, as he led from green to checkers to pocket the $10,053 top prize for his third series win of the year. (MRM Racing Photo)

Outside polesitter Ricky Weiss found himself in the second spot through almost the entirity of the ‘Ray Varner Ford 53’ and finished 3.475 seconds behind McDowell at the checkers to secure the runner-up performance and the $5,000 payday. Jimmy Owens, who lost a motor in hot laps and was forced to a back-up car for the remainder of the night, rounded out the podium in third to secure his first Southern Nationals Series Championship. After getting collected in a multi-car wreck on a lap two restart, Donald McIntosh hustled back through the field - after starting third - to salvage a strong fourth place effort. Tazewell regular Jason Trammell turned in an impressive showing to start and finish fifth at the high-banked oval. | full story

Dramatic Last Lap Pass Puts Dale McDowell in Southern Nationals Victory Lane for Twelfth Time

(July 28, 2023) Dale McDowell was in the right place at the right time on Friday night at North Georgia Speedway and was able to execute a dramatic last lap pass to secure his second win of the season with the Schaeffer’s Oil Southern Nationals Series! Dale, who timed in fifth quickest in Group A during the qualifying session and finished second in his heat race, started fifth on the ‘Young Memorial’ feature grid and quickly advanced to the second position. Experimenting with different grooves behind race-long leader Carson Ferguson, Dale was within striking distance as the race culminated with Ferguson’s #93 mired in lapped traffic. (Nathan Curtis Photo)

Heading into turns one and two on the final circuit, the Chickamauga, Georgia Hall of Famer got the break he needed when a lapped car slowed abruptly on the bottom of the track in front of Ferguson - allowing McDowell to power around the top side of the racing surface to take the lead and bag the $10,053 first place prize money. A dejected Carson Ferguson, who led the first 52 laps from the pole, was forced to settle for a runner-up performance. Donald McIntosh continued his streak of podium finishes by bringing his Billy Hicks Racing #79 machine home in the third spot. Michael Page vaulted past eight competitors during the 53-lap ‘Young Memorial’ to finish fourth, while Ricky Weiss rounded out the top five in the fifth position. | full story

Jimmy Owens Stretches Southern Nationals Series Point Lead with Tri-County Race Track Win

(July 27, 2023) Jimmy Owens, of Newport, Tennessee, extended his current Schaeffer’s Oil Southern Nationals Series point lead on Thursday night with a victory at Tri-County Race Track, but not by much, as the top four drivers in the tight series point battle occupied the first four spots in the final rundown of the 40-lap main event. Jimmy started off his evening by laying down the third quickest time in Group A during the qualifying session, which locked him into the inside of the third row for the start of the A-Main. The popular driver known as the “Newport Nightmare” then quickly moved up to the second position and hounded early race leader Donald McIntosh for the point. (Trevor Gonzales Photo)

Jimmy was then able to finally make the pass for the lead on lap seventeen and held off a hard charging Ricky Weiss to capture his second triumph of the year on the miniseries, along with the $7,553 first place prize money. Weiss, who earned Fast Time honors in qualifying and led the field to green from the pole position, made a late race charge to finish a mere 0.553 seconds behind Owens’ #20 ride. Donald McIntosh rounded out the podium in third after leading the first sixteen circuits of the contest. Carson Ferguson passed two competitors to land in the fourth finishing position, while Hall of Famer Dale McDowell occupied the final spot inside of the top five after starting eighth. | full story

Zack Mitchell Powers Past McIntosh at Toccoa to Win Second Straight Southern Nationals Event

(July 25, 2023) It didn’t take long for Zack Mitchell to become a two-time Schaeffer’s Oil Southern Nationals Series presented by Coltman Farms Racing and fueled by Sunoco winner. Three days exactly. Following his dominating performance in the ‘Rebel Yell’ on Saturday night at Screven (GA) Motor Speedway to capture his first career series triumph, Zack backed it up on Tuesday evening at the historic Toccoa Raceway. The Enoree, South Carolina ace timed in second quickest in Group B during the qualifying session to lock himself into the outside of the second row for the start of the 40-lap main event. (Jack Cofer Photo)

Utilizing the outside groove of the Toccoa, Georgia oval, Zack took advantage of a pair of mid-race restarts to advance from fourth to the lead. He powered past racelong leader Donald McIntosh on a lap 25 restart and never looked back en route to capturing the $7,553 winner’s spoils. Fast timer and polesitter McIntosh, who paced the field for the first 24 circuits, finished in the runner-up spot - 1.106 seconds behind Mitchell. Kenny Collins hung around the front all night and rounded out the podium in third. David McCoy, who has a lot of laps around Toccoa, enjoyed his best run on tour this year with his fourth place effort, while series point leader Jimmy Owens started and finished in the fifth position. | full story

Zack Mitchell Unstoppable in $10,053 Rebel Yell Triumph at Screven Motor Speedway

(July 22, 2023) Zack Mitchell, of Enoree, South Carolina, became a first time Schaeffer’s Oil Southern Nationals Series presented by Coltman Farms Racing and fueled by Sunoco feature winner in dominant fashion on Saturday night at Screven Motor Speedway. After earning Fast Time honors in FK Rod Ends qualifying and winning the first heat race, Zack started from the pole position in the 53-lap ‘Rebel Yell’ headliner, grabbed the lead at the drop of the green flag, and never looked back. While he proved to be unstoppable at the front of the field, the action at the racy Sylvania, Georgia oval behind him was fast and furious including a three-wide battle for the runner-up position on multiple occasions. (Jack Cofer Photo)

Zack won by 3.652 seconds and was awarded a hefty $10,053 payday for his flag-to-flag performance. Coming home in the runner-up spot after a spirited battle and falling back to fifth at one point was Mount Holly, North Carolina ace Chris Ferguson. Seventh-starting Donald McIntosh moved up to third to round out the podium in the 24th edition of the ‘Rebel Yell.’ Outside polesitter Ross Bailes ran as high as second before settling for a solid fourth place effort, while a hard charging Kenny Collins nabbed the final position in the top five after rolling off twelfth on the feature grid. | full story

Ashton Winger Defends Home Turf to Win Roscoe Smith Classic at Senoia Raceway

(July 20, 2023) Fresh off capturing a DIRTcar Summer Nationals Championship in the Midwest, Ashton Winger dropped into Senoia Raceway on Thursday and defended his home turf against 46 other entrants to claim his second Roscoe Smith Classic title! After knocking down the quickest time in Group B and overall during Schaeffer’s Oil Southern Nationals Series presented by Coltman Farms Racing and fueled by Sunoco qualifying, Ashton started the 44-lap feature from the outside of the front row. He then outdueled fellow front row starter Carson Ferguson at the drop of the green flag and kept his #12 machine out front of the field to lead each and every circuit.

At the checkers, the Hampton, Georgia ace celebrated a $7,544 triumph over runner-up Ferguson. Carson, who now finds himself atop the latest version of the Southern Nationals Series point standings, finished 1.056 seconds behind Winger and was awarded a $3,500 payday for his second place run. Eighteenth-starting Michael Page roared through the pack at the Senoia, Georgia oval to round out the podium in third. Austin Horton started and finished in the fourth position, while thirteenth-starting Pearson Lee Williams was the final driver that landed inside of the top five. | full story

Dale McDowell Wires Wythe Raceway Field for 11th Career Schaeffer’s Oil Southern Nationals Victory

(July 16, 2023) Dirt Late Model Hall of Famer Dale McDowell and his Shane McDowell Racing (SMR) team were brimming with confidence and had high expectations coming into Sunday’s Schaeffer’s Oil Southern Nationals Series contest at Wythe Raceway and with very good reason. Heading into the daytime affair, Dale had recorded three of his ten career series victories at the sprawling Rural Retreat, Virginia speedplant. Now you can make that four Wythe wins following a dominating performance today in front of a nice hillside crowd. (Jacob West Photography)

Dale, who timed in second fastest overall during FK Rod Ends qualifying, won his heat race in preliminary action and later started the 53-lap main event from the outside of the front row. The popular driver known as the “MacDaddy” then led each and every circuit of the race to pick up the $10,053 top prize. Finishing behind winner McDowell at the checkers was Spring Nationals Champion Carson Ferguson, new series point leader Chris Ferguson, polesitter Ross Bailes, and ninth-starting Donald McIntosh. | full story

Jimmy Owens a Nightmare for Schaeffer’s Oil Southern Nationals Competitors in Beckley Win

(July 14, 2023) At an early morning hour when most people in the Eastern Time Zone were fast asleep, Jimmy Owens was giving his competition a Nightmare by sweeping the Schaeffer’s Oil Southern Nationals Series lid lifter at Beckley Motor Speedway in Mount Hope, West Virginia! After a several hour rain delay pushed the start of the program to around 10:15pm local time, Jimmy not only laid down the quickest times in hot laps and qualifying, but he also emerged victorious in his heat race and the 53-lap headliner. The popular driver known as the “Newport Nightmare” was well in command for most of the early morning main event, but was forced to hold on late after a caution bunched up the field with a handful of circuits remaining in the contest.

Jimmy, who hails from Newport, Tennessee, repelled eighth starting Henry Hornsby III and beat the hometown Beckley driver to the checkered flag by 0.201 of a second to bag the $10,053 first place prize money. Hornsby came up just shy in pulling off the upset at his home track, but was awarded a $5,000 payday for his impressive runner-up performance. Kyle Hardy pitted from third for a new right rear tire on lap 27, but rallied back through the stout field to round out the podium. Tyler Carpenter improved eight positions to finish in the fourth spot, while Chris Ferguson hung around the top five throughout the distance to eventually land a fifth place effort. | full story

 

 

 

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