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Cool Temperatures and a Rainy Forecast Doom Spring Nationals Again at Wythe Raceway

(May 6, 2021) For the second time in a little over a month, cool temperatures and a rainy forecast have doomed the Schaeffer's Oil Spring Nationals Series inaugural visit to Wythe Raceway. Track owner Fred Brown and series promoter Ray Cook jointly made the decision this morning to cancel the $10,053 to win event scheduled for Friday, May 7 at the Rural Retreat, Virginia speedplant. With no open dates on the miniseries schedule for the remainder of 2021, the program will not be rescheduled. The Schaeffer's Oil Southern Nationals Series will make a stop at Wythe Raceway on Saturday, July 17; however, for the second show of the summer tour.

"We really hate to lose the Wythe Raceway race - it was shaping up to have a solid field of cars and I know the fans really love going to that place," quoted Cook this morning. "They are supposed to get rain all morning on Friday and that's not an ideal place when it gets wet like that with the way they park in the infield after crossing the track. Plus with the cooler temperatures in the 40s at night in the mountains, Fred (Brown) thought it was the smartest decision to call it early and save drivers, teams, and fans added travel expense. We look forward to working with Fred and Wythe Raceway this summer and hopefully we can finally get a spring race in with them in 2022!" | full story

Schaeffer's Oil Spring Nationals Series Continues Busy Stretch at Wythe and Smoky Mountain

Click to Enlarge!(May 4, 2021) With five exciting rounds of Schaeffer's Oil Spring Nationals Series action already in the books in 2021, a lucrative doubleheader greets the cars and stars racing with the tour over the upcoming May 7-8 weekend in the states of Virginia and Tennessee. On Friday night, the picturesque Wythe Raceway in Rural Retreat, Virginia will host their inaugural Spring Nationals program, as a $10,053 top prize will be on the line. While the May 7 stop to Wythe Raceway will mark the first-ever visit by the Schaeffer's Oil Spring Nationals tour, its sister series - the Schaeffer's Oil Southern Nationals Series - has made a plethora of appearances at the 1/2-mile facility.

The dirt-slinging competition will then quickly shift to Smoky Mountain Speedway in Maryville, Tennessee on Saturday evening for a similar $10,053 to win event - dubbed as the 'Smoky Mountain Spring Shootout' - that will wrap up the Mother's Day weekend twin bill. The Schaeffer's Oil Spring Nationals Series has visited the Volunteer State speedplant on five different occasions, which has produced five different winners: Tommy Kerr ('13), Billy Ogle, Jr. ('14), Casey Roberts ('15), Scott Bloomquist ('16), and Dale McDowell ('19). Both shows are sure to draw talented fields, as drivers vie for their share of over $61,000 in Super Late Model prize money that is up for grabs over the weekend! | full story

Tanner English Becomes Fifth Different Spring Nationals Winner of 2021 at Clarksville Speedway!

(May 2, 2021) The largest-paying Super Late Model race in the storied history of Clarksville Speedway took place last night, May 1 and Tanner English etched his name into the record book by notching his first career Schaeffer's Oil Spring Nationals Series victory! Tanner knocked down the quickest lap in Group A during FK Rod Ends qualifying prior to securing a popular win in his heat race. After starting the 53-lap main event from the pole position, the Benton, Kentucky hotshoe outgunned outside polesitter Dale McDowell and dominantly led each circuit to bag the hefty $10,053 top prize.

Jadon Frame advanced to finish in the runner-up position, while fifth-starting Donald McIntosh brought his machine home in the third spot. Previous night winner and current miniseries point leader Dale McDowell slipped to finish fourth, while local favorite David Seibers rounded out the top five. Only two cautions slowed the action - the first on the initial start of the feature and the second on lap 9 for a slowing Johnny Cloer. | full story

Dale McDowell Wires Spring Nationals Field at Crossville Speedway to Bolster Point Lead!

(May 1, 2021) Current Schaeffer's Oil Spring Nationals Series point leader Dale McDowell, of Chickamauga, Georgia, had been kept out of victory lane in the first three series events, but that all changed on Friday, April 30 at Crossville Speedway! Dale sported a fast racecar right out of the box at the Crossville, Tennessee facility, as he laid down the quickest lap in Group B during FK Rod Ends qualifying to earn the outside pole position for the night's 40-lap headliner. From there, the Dirt Late Model Hall of Famer kept the talented field behind him for each and every circuit around the 1/3-mile oval to secure the $4,053 paycheck. (Thomas Hendrickson Photo)

Finishing behind McDowell's familiar #17m machine at the unfurling of the checkers was runner-up Donald McIntosh, polesitter Jensen Ford, Will Roland, and tenth-starting Brandon Williams. A total of six caution flags slowed the action at the Volunteer State venue - the most notable coming on the 16th circuit when Cory Hedgecock, who came into the race second in series points, went for an unfortunate spin while battling with McDowell for the point in lapped traffic. The Loudon, Tennessee ace was forced to battle back from the tail in the second half of the contest to salvage a tenth place performance. | full story

David Payne Pockets $4,053 Payday in Exciting North Carolina State Championship

(April 24, 2021) Round three of the Schaeffer's Oil Spring Nationals Series took center stage on Friday night, April 23 at Ray Cook's Tri-County Race Track and local favorite David Payne came out on top of an exciting race at the 1/4-mile oval dubbed as the "Tiger Pit." David, who knocked down the quickest lap in Group A during the qualifying session to earn the pole position for the 40-lap headliner, utilized heavy lapped traffic to grab the point from race long leader Cory Hedgecock on the 18th circuit. The Murphy, North Carolina ace then fought back several challenges and slidejobs from Hedgecock over the final 22 laps to claim the $4,053 top prize in the inaugural running of the 'North Carolina State Championship.' (Candice McCue Photo)

Hedgecock, who paced the field for the first 17 laps from the outside of the front row, settled for a strong runner-up performance - a mere 0.290 seconds behind Payne. Series point leader Dale McDowell blasted from his ninth starting spot to round out the podium in third. Another local hotshoe Shawn Chastain brought his #x15 machine home in the fourth position, while series regular Donald McIntosh grabbed the final spot inside of the top five. | full story

Brandon Overton Streaks from Tenth to Take Schaffer's Oil Spring Nationals Win at I-75 Raceway!

(April 17, 2021) Fans at the newly-reconfigured I-75 Raceway had to endure a couple of rain-outs before the inaugural visit by the Schaeffer's Oil Spring Nationals Series on Friday night, April 16, but last night's show at the Sweetwater, Tennessee facility was definitely worth the wait. Brandon Overton, of Evans, Georgia, won a consolation event before streaking from his tenth starting spot in the 53-lap feature to pocket the $5,053 payday. Utilizing heavy lapped traffic on the 23rd circuit, Brandon grabbed the point from race-long leader Dale McDowell and kept the talented field behind him the rest of the way to secure the triumph in the second round of the Spring Nationals miniseries!

Finishing behind Overton's #76 machine at the unfurling of the checkered flag was fellow Georgian Michael Page, who started the contest from the outside of the front row after posting the quickest time in Group B during qualifying. Polesitter and early race leader Dale McDowell, of Chickamauga, Georgia, rounded out the podium in the third spot and is the new point leader by a scant two markers over Overton. Local favorite Cory Hedgecock crossed the finish line in the fourth position while Tyler Millwood was close behind in fifth. | full story

Jonathan Davenport Dominates Lil Bill Corum Memorial to Pocket $21,000 Paycheck!

(April 3, 2021) Jonathan Davenport put on a clinic on Saturday evening on the high banks of Tazewell Speedway, as he bested a stout field of competitors to record the victory in the inaugural running of the 'Lil Bill Corum Memorial' at the Tazewell, Tennessee oval! After clicking off the fastest time in Group B during the qualifying session, Jonathan won his heat race to earn the outside of the front row for the start of the 75-lap feature event. In front of the large crowd, the Blairsville, Georgia superstar beat polesitter Donald McIntosh to turn one on the opening circuit of the Schaeffer's Oil Spring Nationals Series lid lifter to grab the top spot - a lead he would never relinquish. (MRM Racing Photos)

The view out front was one Jonathan enjoyed throughout the contest, as the talented feature field jockeyed for position behind his familiar #49 machine. The popular driver known as "Superman" worked lapped traffic to perfection in winning by over seven seconds to capture the whopping $21,000 payday in dominant fashion. Runner-up and NASCAR Cup Series star Kyle Larson ran in the second position through much of the race, while Tyler Erb claimed the final spot on the podium in third after starting the 'Lil Bill Corum Memorial' from the inside of the third row. Tenth starting Dale McDowell crossed underneath the checkered flag in the fourth spot and polesitter Donald McIntosh rounded out the top five. | full story



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