Austin Horton Captures
First Southern Nationals Payday in Wild Race at Rome Speedway
22, 2018) Austin Horton of Newnan, Ga. took the lead
away from Aaron Ridley on lap 47 to go on to win his first-career
Schaeffer’s Oil Southern Nationals Series presented by Sunoco
Race Fuels and Tennessee RV victory and became the 37th different
winner with the tour. Horton also became the fourth different
winner in six races so far on tour. (McLeod
Media Services Photo)
Horton picked up $5,300 while driving the Orr’s Towing,
Wood Motorsports, GW Performance and Keyser Manufacturing-sponsored
Vic Hill Racing Engines-powered Rocket Chassis.
Aaron Ridley would jump out to the race lead early and hold the
point for the first 22 laps until Michael Page, who started sixth
would make his presence known and take the lead on the outside
in turn four coming to complete lap 23. Page would lead until
lap 46 when he got caught up in a pile of cars in turn two and
would have to relinquish the race lead over to Aaron Ridley. Ridley
would lead on the restart but third place starter Austin Horton
would go around Ridley for the top spot on the 47th lap and lead
the remaining distance with Ridley finishing second, Ivedent Lloyd
third, Casey Roberts fourth and Michael Page rallying from the
tail of the lead lap to finish fifth.
Four caution flags slowed the event at Rome Speedway. On lap six,
Zach Leonhardi and David Doherty got together on the front-chute
to bring out the first caution of the 53-lapper with Leonhardi
spinning. On lap seven, Tyler Millwood would come to a stop in
turn two for the second yellow. On lap 46, a five-car pileup including
race leader Michael Page in turn two would send Page to the rear
of the lead lap cars for the restart. Shanon Buckingham, Forrest
Trent, Brandon Overton and Donald McIntosh would all be involved.
On lap 51, series points leader Dale McDowell would spin in turn
four after contact with Michael Page to bring out the fourth and
After four straight nights of racing, the Schaeffer’s Oil
Southern Nationals Series presented by Sunoco Race Fuels and Tennessee
RV will take Monday off before returning to action on Tuesday
Night July 24th at Boyd’s Speedway in Ringgold, Ga. paying
$3,500-to-win for Round Seven of the tour. After six races, eleven
drivers have perfect attendance with Casey Roberts leading the
series point standings over Dale McDowell and Brandon Overton
who are tied for second, both drivers are just 16 points out of
Official Summary of Results
Schaeffer’s Oil Southern Nationals Series
Round 6-Rome Speedway-Rome, GA
1. Austin Horton-Newnan, Ga.
2. Aaron Ridley-Chatsworth, Ga.
3. Ivedent Lloyd Jr.-Ocala, Fla.
4. Casey Roberts-Toccoa, Ga.
5. Michael Page-Douglasville, Ga.
6. Clint Smith-Senoia, Ga.
7. Joey Coulter-Concord, N.C.
8. Craig Vosbergen-Perth, W. Australia
9. Brandon Overton-Evans, Ga.
10. Tyler Millwood-Kingston, Ga.
11. Austin Smith-Rome, Ga.
12. Robby Moses-Maryville, Tenn.
13. J.T. Seawright-Fort Payne, Ala.
14. Cla Knight-North Augusta, S.C.
15. David Doherty-Sydney, Australia
16. Shanon Buckingham-Morristown, Tenn.
17. Donald McIntosh-Dawsonville, Ga.
18. Forrest Trent-Talbott, Tenn.
19. Frank Ingram-Woodstock, Ga.
20. T.J. Reaid-Acworth, Ga.
21. Zach Leonhardi-Cartersville, Ga.
22. Dale McDowell-Chickamauga, Ga.
Overall Fast Qualifier: Ivedent Lloyd Jr.-13.457 seconds
Time of Race: 39 minutes, 15 seconds
Lap Leaders: Ridley (1-22), Page (23-46), Horton (47-53)
Cautions: Four (laps 6, 7, 46, 51)
Red Flags: None
Provisionals: Craig Vosbergen, David Doherty
Heat-1 Finish: Donald McIntosh, Clint Smith, Brandon Overton,
Cla Knight, Zach Leonhardi, Craig Vosbergen, David Doherty, Clay
Harris, Adam Ruff, Craig Greer.
Heat-2 Finish: Frank Ingram, Tyler Millwood, Robby Moses, Austin
Smith, J.T. Seawright, Gary McPherson, Casey Turman, Jake Knowles,
Johnny Cloer (Did Not Start).
Current Series Points (after six races):
1. Casey Roberts-1,140
2. Dale McDowell-1,124
2. Brandon Overton-1,124
4. Aaron Ridley-1,094
5. Donald McIntosh-1,086
6. Joey Coulter-1,062
7. Forrest Trent-1,054
8. Shanon Buckingham-1,046
9. Robby Moses-1,034
10. Cla Knight-1,032
11. Craig Vosbergen-947
Current Rookie of the Year Points:
1. Forrest Trent-1,054
2. Cla Knight-1,032
Dale McDowell-Wythe Raceway July 14
Cory Hedgecock-411 Motor Speedway July 17
Brandon Overton-Toccoa Raceway July 19
Brandon Overton-Swainsboro Raceway July 20
Brandon Overton-Swainsboro Raceway July 21
Austin Horton-Rome Speedway July 22
* All Photos Below Courtesy of McLeod