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Donald McIntosh Makes Last Lap Thrilling Pass to Claim Spring Nationals Victory at Senoia Raceway

(March 25, 2017) Donald McIntosh of Dawsonville, Ga. passed Brandon Overton on the final lap to claim his third career Schaeffer’s Oil Spring Nationals Series victory Saturday Night at Senoia Raceway. McIntosh drove the Blount Motorsports, Blount Excavating, Stowers CAT, Massey Electric Company and Tennessee RV-sponsored Vic Hill Racing Engines-powered Rocket Chassis to the $6,000 payday. (McLeod Media Services Photo)

McIntosh and Overton brought the field down to the green flag for the start of the main event with McIntosh getting to the early lead. By lap seven, fourth place starter Dale McDowell would take the third position away from Mike Marlar. As the laps clicked off, Casey Roberts would move from his seventh place position to take the fourth spot away from Marlar on lap 25. Brandon Overton made a power move in turn two to take the lead away from McIntosh on the 32nd lap.

By the white flag lap, Overton would lead at the stripe. Then McIntosh pulled a slider on Overton going into turn one as Overton would drive back underneath the Rocket Chassis of McIntosh and the duo would be side-by-side before McIntosh split the slower car of T.J. Reaid. McIntosh made contact but would hold on to the point off the fourth corner to win in thrilling fashion. Brandon Overton settled for second position, Dale McDowell, with another podium finish was third, Casey Roberts finished fourth and Mike Marlar rounded out the top five.

One caution flag slowed the main event. On the 41st lap, T.J. Reaid and Clint Smith would tangle in turn one to bring out the lone yellow flag of the 50-lapper.

The Schaeffer’s Oil Spring Nationals by Sunoco and Tennessee RV will return to action on April 14th at Ponderosa Speedway in Junction City, Ky. paying $4,000-to-win and Saturday April 15th at Florence Speedway in Union, Ky. paying $5,000-to-win.

Further information on the Spring Nationals, Southern Nationals and Southern Nationals Bonus Series can be obtained by calling Promoter Ray Cook at (828) 360-5353 or Series P.R. Coordinator Chris Tilley at (606) 219-1723 or visit the official website located at www.SouthernNationalsSeries.com .

Official Summary of Results

Feature Results of “Spring Nationals” at Senoia Raceway in Senoia, Ga. on March 25, 2017:

1. Donald McIntosh-Dawsonville, Ga.
2. Brandon Overton-Evans, Ga.
3. Dale McDowell-Chickamauga, Ga.
4. Casey Roberts-Toccoa, Ga.
5. Mike Marlar-Winfield, Tenn.
6. Michael Chilton-Salvisa, Ky.
7. Earl Pearson Jr.-Jacksonville, Fla.
8. Michael Page-Douglasville, Ga.
9. Jason Hiett-Oxford, Ala.
10. Jonathan Davenport-Blairsville, Ga.
11. Ricky Weiss-Headingly, Manitoba, Canada
12. Austin Horton-Whitesburg, Ga.
13. Clint Smith-Senoia, Ga.
14. Glenn Morris-Fayetteville, Ga.
15. Zack Leonhardi-Cartersville, Ga.
16. T.J. Reaid-Acworth, Ga.
17. Jason Fitzgerald-Middleburg, Fla.
18. Dylan Ames-Harvest, Ala.
19. David Payne-Murphy, N.C.
20. Kenny Collins-Colbert, Ga.
21. Tyler Millwood-Kingston, Ga.
22. Shanon Buckingham-Morristown, Tenn.
23. Robby Moses-Maryville, Tenn.
24. Riley Hickman-Cleveland, Tenn.

Time of Race: 17 minutes, 21 seconds
Margin of Victory: 00.917 seconds
Yellow Flags: One (lap 41)
Red Flags: None
Lap Leaders: McIntosh (1-31), Overton (32-49), McIntosh (50)
Entries: 34
Overall Fast Time: Brandon Overton-15.988
Keyser Manufacturing 11th Place Award: Ricky Weiss
Highest Finishing CT525 Engine ($200): None
Highest Finishing Steel Head/SPEC Engine ($200): Riley Hickman
Provisional Starters: Jason Fitzgerald (Series), Kenny Collins (Series), Robby Moses (Emergency) and David Payne (Emergency)

Heat-One Finish: Michael Chilton, Earl Pearson Jr., Jason Hiett, Dylan Ames, Robby Moses, Kenny Collins, Shane Tankersley, Dalton Cook.

Heat-Two Finish: Casey Roberts, Jonathan Davenport, Austin Horton, Zack Leonhardi, Aaron Ridley, Craig Scott, Brian Reese.

Heat-Three Finish: Riley Hickman, Clint Smith, Ricky Weiss, Tyler Millwood, Mason Massey, Ryan Crane, Ross Bailes, Jason Fitzgerald.

Heat-Four Finish: Michael Page, T.J. Reaid, Glenn Morris, Shanon Buckingham, Jason Croft, David Payne, Eric Hickerson.

Current Spring Nationals Points (after March 25, 2017)
1. Donald McIntosh-394 (Dawsonville, GA)
2. Dale McDowell-390 (Chickamauga, GA)
3. Brandon Overton-386 (Evans, GA)
4. Michael Page-384 (Douglasville, GA)
4. Casey Roberts-384- (Toccoa, GA)
6. Jonathan Davenport-368 (Blairsville, GA)
7. Jason Hiett-364 (Oxford, AL)
7. Michael Chilton-364 (Salvisa, KY)
9. Clint Smith-360 (Senoia, GA)
9. Austin Horton-360 (Whitesburg, GA)

* All Photos Below Courtesy of McLeod Media Services

 

 

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