Overton Captures Second Career Schaeffer’s Oil Southern
31, 2019) On Saturday July 27, heading into the series
finale at Tazewell Speedway, Brandon Overton had retaken the points
lead from Jake Knowles by a mere four points and would set his
sights toward the 2019 Schaeffer’s Oil Southern Nationals
Series presented by Sunoco Race Fuels title. (MRM
The Evans, Ga. driver raced toe-to-toe in an epic points battle
with the 33-year-old Knowles from Rome, Ga. and with his second-place
finish at Tazewell Speedway and Knowles finishing sixth, Overton
would capture his second title in three years with the Ray Cook-promoted
Overton drove the Rum Runner Racing team car owned by Joey Coulter
to the championship title. Overton won the title by claiming three
victories (Wythe Raceway, Smoky Mountain Speedway and Crossville
Speedway) and earning 12 more points than Knowles, who competed
on the tour for the first time. Overton drove the Molecule Sports,
Simpson Race Products, Schaeffer Oil Products, Race Fan, Penske
Shocks, C and H Paving, Willy’s Carbs sponsored #2 Rocket
Chassis, Cornett Race Engines powered entry to the title.
STATS & EARNINGS
-Brandon Overton earned $39,383.00 which included his point fund
earnings while amassing seven top-five finishes and seven top-ten
finishes plus the three victories. Overton finished third in 2018
points and was the 2017 champion.
-Jake Knowles captured one victory at Tri-County Race Track in
a thriller over Kenny Collins and earned the $3,500 payday. Knowles
had four top-five finishes and eight top-ten finishes and earned
$15,153 on the season including points fund awards. This was the
first season that Knowles and team had competed on the tour.
-Donald McIntosh finished third in the final series points totals
as he drove to four top-five finishes and eight-top ten finishes.
McIntosh and the Blount Motorsports team earned $12,603 including
points fund awards. McIntosh hasn’t finished outside of
the top-five in the series points since racing with the tour the
last six seasons.
-Tanner English posted three top-five finishes and four top-ten
finishes along with $9,278 in earnings for the Big Frog Motorsports
team. This was English’s first time on the tour. His best
finish came on July 25 at Crossville when he finished fourth.
-Cla Knight competed on the tour for the second-straight season
and posted four top-ten finishes. He earned $7,223 in earnings.
His best finish was eighth at Crossville Speedway on July 25.
-Tyler Clem competed on the tour for the first time and completed
seven of the nine events while posting one top-ten finish which
was seventh at Crossville Speedway. He earned $4,048 on the tour.
This was Clem’s first time competing on the tour.
-The average car count for the season was 24 cars and 101 different
drivers entered at least one event. Two events were rained out
(Toccoa Raceway and Senoia Raceway).
-Brandon Overton led the most feature laps on the tour at 102.
Dale McDowell led 94 laps in the three races he attended. Three
drivers led 53 laps apiece including Trent Ivey, Ross Bailes and
Austin Horton. A total of 423 feature laps were run during the
-Jake Knowles led 35 laps, Michael Chilton led 21 laps and Kyle
Strickler led 12 laps. Only eight drivers led feature race laps.
-Jake Knowles was the only tour regular who finished every feature
event. He was one lap shy of completing all 423 laps as he went
a lap down at 411 Motor Speedway on July 26.
-The closest margin of victory on the tour came at Tri-County
Race Track as Jake Knowles held off challenges by Kenny Collins
to march across the finish line at 0.374 seconds. Brandon Overton’s
victory at Wythe Raceway during the season opener was 3.561 seconds
over Dale McDowell.
-Only one event across the two week span ran caution-free. The
411 Motor Speedway event was shaping up to be a barn burner anyways
and because of the perfect weather conditions, an incredible field
of 30 entries packed the pits. Dale McDowell would lead flag-to-flag
in the first caution free 53-lap $10,000 event the series had
ever seen. Brandon Overton nipped at the heels of
FAST TIME & HEAT RACE WINS
-Brandon Overton has quick time on three occasions. He took the
fast time honors at Cherokee Speedway, Crossville Speedway and
411 Motor Speedway. Overton also won four Heat Races on the tour.
-Tour regular Donald McIntosh was the fastest qualifier on two
occasions as he blistered the clock at Smoky Mountain Speedway
and Rome Speedway. McIntosh also had a heat race victory at 411
-Non-series drivers setting fast time were: Michael Brown at Wythe
Raceway, Ross Bailes at Screven Motor Speedway, Kenny Collins
at Tri-County Race Track and Kyle Strickler at Tazewell Speedway.
-Series regulars capturing Heat race victories included Tanner
English at Screven Motor Speedway and Jake Knowles at Rome Speedway.
Only series regulars captured Heat race victories in the nine
WEATHER: FRIENDLY & UNFRIENDLY SKIES
-An almost perfect forecast blessed the tour at Wythe, Cherokee,
Crossville, 411 Motor and Tazewell.
-A slight chance of rain was forecasted for Screven, Rome and
Tri-County. At Tri-County, it has rained that morning and the
night before but track operator Ray Cook forged ahead and the
track produced the closest finish of the tour.
-Only two events were lost due to weather. Toccoa Raceway and
Senoia Raceway (Billy Clanton Classic) succumb to weather as a
near 70 percent chance of rain was forecasted. It rained at Toccoa
about 6:00 pm local time before officials had to pull the plug
on the event. It rained most of the afternoon and into the evening
at Senoia Raceway causing officials to have to cancel the Southern
Nationals sanction of the Billy Clanton Classic event. The event
will be made up as a Schaeffer’s Oil Fall Nationals event
-Brandon Overton didn’t draw below a 31 to come out to qualify
the entire tour (75 total pills) and averaged 43.
-Jake Knowles’ lowest number of 2 came at Smoky Mountain
Speedway and highest was 56 at Wythe Raceway. His average was
-Donald McIntosh drew a 14 as his lowest number on the tour but
averaged a 47.
-Tanner English’s best qualifying draw was a 4 and his average
-Cla Knight had the best qualifying pill drawing of the tour averaging
18 and his best draw was a 2 at Tri-County.
-In seven races, Tyler Clem averaged 35 and his best draw was
a 1 at Rome Speedway.
-Jake Knowles started the tour at two tracks he had never raced
at before with top-ten finishes. Knowles captured a seventh place
finish at Wythe Raceway out of a 30-car starting field. Knowles
finished fifth at Cherokee Speedway. Knowles went on to finish
sixth at Smoky Mountain, third at Screven, sixth at Rome and the
first win finally came at Tri-County. He backed that win up with
another consistent top-ten finish of fifth at Crossville. His
top-ten streak ended at 411 Motor Speedway when he finished 15th
but still finished sixth at Tazewell.
-Six drivers attended all six events: Brandon Overton of Evans,
Ga., Jake Knowles of Rome, Ga., Donald McIntosh of Dawsonville,
Ga., Tanner English of Benton, Ky., Cla Knight of North Augusta,
S.C. and Tyler Clem of Ocala, Fla. Clem missed two races actually
racing because of a motor issue at Cherokee Speedway and because
of a hauler issue getting his teammate to Smoky Mountain Speedway,
he elected to crew for English while his car sat in the broke
down hauler in Asheville, N.C.
-Ten crew members attended all nine events: Harold Holly, Wesley
Chester and Bo Bo Young from the Rum Runner Racing crew; Cindy
Knowles and Cassidy Simmons from Jake Knowles’ crew; David
Bryant and Eric Watson from the Blount Motorsports team; Mike
Rey from Big Frog Motorsports; Blake Cannon and Shawn Chizk from
Cla Knight’s team.
-One Media Member attended all nine events; Richard Ford of Speedway
Videos Production who filed each event for DirtonDirt.
-Series Staff: Promoter Ray Cook of Brasstown, N.C., Series Publicist
Chris Tilley of Somerset, Ky., Announcer Michael Despain of Campbellsville,
Ky., Pit Official Dante Curtis of Murphy, N.C., Scorer Carolyn
McLeod of Murphy, N.C. and Photographer Brian McLeod of Murphy,
N.C. attended all nine events.
-Longtime series sponsor (Schaeffer’s Oil) representative:
Ed Lowe of Dawsonville, Ga. attended all nine events.
Further information about the Schaeffer’s Oil Southern Nationals
presented by Sunoco Race Fuels can be obtained by calling Promoter
Ray Cook at (828) 360-5353 or Public Relations Director Chris
Tilley at (828) 361-5981 or (606) 219-1723 or by visiting the
official series website located at www.SouthernNationalsSeries.com.
The Schaeffer’s Oil Southern Nationals presented by Sunoco
Race Fuels would like to thank the following sponsors and marketing
partners: Schaeffer’s Oil, Sunoco Race Fuels, GottaRace.com,
American Racer Tires, AR Bodies, Arizona Sport Shirts, Barry Wright
Race Cars, Capital Race Cars, Chizmark and Larson Insurance Agency,
Collins Signs, DirtonDirt.com, Delph Communications, DirtCarLift.com,
Earnhardt Technologies Group, EZ-GO, FK Rod Ends, Hoosier Racing
Tire, Keyser Manufacturing, MasterSbilt Race Cars, RockAuto.com,
Wiles Driveshafts, Vic Hill Race Engines, and VP Racing Fuels.
Final Schaeffer’s Oil Southern Nationals Points (after 7/27/19)
1. Brandon Overton-1,706
2. Jake Knowles-1,694
3. Donald McIntosh-1,664
4. Tanner English-1,636
5. Cla Knight-1,606
6. Tyler Clem-1,101
7. Michael Chilton-928
8. Ross Bailes-926
9. Kenny Collins-870
10. Aaron Ridley-826