Rallies from Tenth to Claim Scott Sexton Memorial at Volunteer
14, 2018) Dale McDowell of Chickamauga, Ga. rallied from
his tenth starting spot to lead the last seven circuits en route
to the Schaeffer’s Oil Spring Nationals Series-sanctioned
Scott Sexton Memorial Saturday Night at Volunteer Speedway in
Bulls Gap, Tenn. (MRM
McDowell drove the Textron Off Road, New Era Industrial, Will
Kinzer Foundation for Autism Research, Cometic Gaskets and Quality
Natural Gas-sponsored Clements Racing Engines-powered Sweet Bloomquist
Race Car to the $10,052 payday. This was McDowell’s second
victory this season on the Schaeffer’s Oil Spring Nationals
Series presented by Sunoco Race Fuels and Tennessee RV.
At the drop of the green flag to start the 52-lapper, Donald
McIntosh would drive the Big Frog Motorsports-Rocket to the point
early on and lead the majority of the race but lose the lead to
tenth-starting Dale McDowell on lap 46 as McDowell would power
to the lead after a restart three laps prior. McDowell would go
on to win and take his eighth career Spring Nationals Series victory.
In victory lane, McDowell dedicated the victory to the late Scott
Sexton. At the line, McDowell crossed the finish line 01.788 seconds
ahead of McIntosh. Fourth starting Jimmy Owens finished third
while pole-sitter Casey Roberts finished fourth and 18-starting
Cory Hedgecock rallied from his 18th starting spot to round out
the top five.
Two caution flags slowed the Sixth Annual running of the Scott
Sexton Memorial. The first yellow would fly on lap 43 as Chicky
Barton slowed his # 144 mount on the backstretch. The final yellow
would come on lap 49 as youngster Carder Miller would slow on
the backstretch with damage to his Rocket chassis.
The Schaeffer’s Oil Spring Nationals Series will return
to action this weekend in the Bluegrass State as the tour visits
Ponderosa Speedway in Junction City, Ky. Friday April 20th paying
$4,000-to-win and $400-to-start during the 46th Annual Season
Opener. On Saturday April 21st the tour visits Florence Speedway
in Union, Ky. for the 42nd Annual Spring 50 paying $5,000-to-win
and $450-to-start. Former NASCAR star Ken Schrader will also be
signing autographs on Friday Night at Ponderosa Speedway while
also visiting Florence Speedway Saturday running his Modified.
Official Summary of Results
Spring Nationals Series-Volunteer Speedway-Bulls Gap, TN-Saturday
Night April 14, 2018
1. Dale McDowell-Chickamauga, Ga.
2. Donald McIntosh-Dawsonville, Ga.
3. Jimmy Owens-Newport, Tenn.
4. Casey Roberts-Toccoa, Ga.
5. Cory Hedgecock-Loudon, Tenn.
6. Vic Hill-Mosheim, Tenn.
7. Shanon Buckingham-Morristown, Tenn.
8. Jason Jameson-Lawrenceburg, Ind.
9. Mike Marlar-Winfield, Tenn.
10. Eric Wells-Hazard, Ky.
11. Forrest Trent-Talbott, Tenn.
12. Dakotah Knuckles-Ewing, Va.
13. Brandon Kinzer-Lexington, Ky.
14. David Payne-Murphy, N.C.
15. Michael Chilton-Salvisa, Ky.
16. Aaron Ridley-Chatsworth, Ga.
17. Zach Leonhardi-Cartersville, Ga.
18. Ryan King-Seymour, Tenn.
19. Chicky Barton-Middlesboro, Ky.
20. Carder Miller-Salem, Va.
21. Mack McCarter-Gatlinburg, Tenn.
22. Robby Moses-Maryville, Tenn.
Fast Qualifier: Mike Marlar-12.488 seconds
Time of Race: 21 minutes, 34 seconds
Yellow Flags: Two (laps 43, 49)
Red Flags: None
Lap Leaders: McIntosh (1-45), McDowell (46-52)
Heat Race Winners: Casey Roberts, Vic Hill, Donald McIntosh, Jimmy
Consolation Race Winner: Michael Chilton
Series Provisionals: Zach Leonhardi and Robby Moses
Current Spring Nationals Points (after April 14, 2018)
1. Eric Wells-746
2. Casey Roberts-722
3. Zach Leonhardi-714
4. Shanon Buckingham-710
5. Aaron Ridley-698
6. David Payne-682
7. Brandon Kinzer-676
8. Ryan King-674
9. Donald McIntosh-578
10. Chicky Barton-498
* All Pictures Below Courtesy of MRM