Captures Schaeffer’s Spring Nationals Spring Showdown at
20, 2018) The Schaeffer’s Oil Spring Nationals
presented by Sunoco Race Fuel and Tennessee RV would present event
number five of its 2018 tour at Ponderosa Speedway in Junction
City, KY on Friday evening as the track hosted the series for
the 6th Annual Spring Showdown and Michael Chilton of Salvisa,
KY would become the fourth different series winner in five events
so far in 2018 by claiming the $4,000 payday. (McLeod
Media Services Photo)
The win would be Chilton’s second Spring Nationals career
victory and would aboard his Caton Industrial Painting, Parkview
Home Center, Dial Painting, MKC Transport, Irvin Enterprises,
Brucebilt Performance sponsored #97 Rocket Chassis, Bullock Race
Engines powered entry.
Eddie Carrier, Jr. and Eric Wells would duel side-by-side for
the lead at the start of the 40 lap, $4,000 to win contest, with
Carrier, Jr. edging in front of Wells on lap three. Carrier, Jr.
would have some breathing room by lap five over Wells, while Michael
Chilton, Casey Roberts, and Stephen Breeding also gave chase.
The leaders would start working a bit of slower traffic by lap
seven and Chilton would close in on Wells for second and take
the position on lap ten. Chilton would then set his sights on
Carrier, Jr. as Carrier, Jr. would encounter heavy traffic on
lap thirteen, allowing Chilton to close right up to his rear bumper.
Just as action was about to pick up, Fred Perry, Jr. would spin
his machine in turn two to draw the caution flag with fourteen
laps complete. The restart would see the front trio of Carrier,
Jr., Wells, and Chilton remain the same, while Breeding would
work past Roberts for the fourth position.
Two circuits later, Aaron Ridley would make his way into the
top five by scooting by Roberts for the fifth position before
the final caution of the event waved on lap eighteen when Nathan
Vawter would loop his machine in turn four. The restart would
again see the front three remain the same on the opening lap back
under the green flag, while Ridley would drive past Breeding for
the fourth position and would take third from Wells one lap later
on lap nineteen. The action would again heat up for the lead when
the lead pair of Carrier, Jr. and Chilton would catch slower traffic
on lap twenty-five as the pair would race side-by-side for the
lead until Chilton was able to use a lapped car for a pick and
work past Carrier, Jr. down the backstretch for the lead on lap
twenty-nine, with Jason Jameson working his way into the top five
when took the fifth position from Breeding one circuit later on
lap thirty. Chilton would slowly pull away from Carrier, Jr during
the final ten laps of the event and see the checkered flag first,
with Carrier, Jr. settling for runner-up honors, while Ridley
would complete the podium finishers with a third-place effort.
Wells and Jameson would complete the top five. The remainder of
the top ten finishers would be Breeding, Roberts, Zach Leonhardi,
Jason Miller, and Todd Coffman.
The Schaeffer’s Oil Spring Nationals presented by Sunoco
Race Fuel and Tennessee RV next event will be Saturday April 21
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 by visiting the official website
located at www.SouthernNationalsSeries.com.
Official Summary of Results
Feature Results for Schaeffer’s Oil Spring Nationals at
Ponderosa Speedway in Junction City, KY on April 20, 2018
1. Michael Chilton-Salvisa, Ky.
2. Eddie Carrier, Jr.-Salt Rock, W.V.
3. Aaron Ridley-Chatsworth, Ga.
4. Eric Wells-Hazard, Ky.
5. Jason Jameson-Lawrenceburg, Ind.
6. Stephen Breeding-Isom, Ky.
7. Casey Roberts-Toccoa, Ga.
8. Zach Leonhardi-Cartersville, Ga.
9. Jason Miller-Barryville, Va.
10. Todd Coffman-Junction City, Ky.
11. Buzz Williams-Danville, Ky.
12. Forrest Trent-Talbott, Tenn.
13. Chicky Barton-Middlesboro, Ky.
14. Jeff Neubert-Rockford, Tenn.
15. Ryan King-Seymour, Tenn.
16. Jonathan Couch-Jackson, Ky.
17. Steve Stollings-Hazard, Ky.
18. Fred Perry, Jr.-Central City, Ky.
19. Nathan Vawter-Ninevah, Ind.
20. Austin Taylor-Harrodsburg, Ky.
DNS- Jason Welshan-Rockford, Tenn.
Time of Race: 20 minutes, 56 seconds
Margin of Victory: 2.893 seconds
Yellow Flags: 2 (lap 15, lap 18)
Red Flags: None
Lap Leaders: Eddie Carrier, Jr. (1-28), Michael Chilton (29-40)
Overall Top Qualifier: Eddie Carrier, Jr. (Group A) 13.228 seconds
Provisional Starters: None
Dash (4 laps)- Eric Wells, Eddie Carrier, Jr., Michael Chilton,
Heat One Finish (10 laps/all transfer)- Stephen Breeding, Zach
Leonhardi, Jason Miller, Ryan King, Buzz Williams, Nathan Vawter,
Austin Taylor (DNS-Jason Welshan)
Heat Two Finish (10 laps/all transfer)- Aaron Ridley, Jason Jameson,
Todd Coffman, Chicky Barton, Forrest Trent, Jeff Neubert, Jonathan
Couch, Steve Stollings, Fred Perry, Jr.
Current Spring Nationals Points:
1. Eric Wells-938
2. Casey Roberts-908
3. Zach Leonhardi-898
4. Aaron Ridley-892
5. Ryan King-844
6. Shanon Buckingham-710
7. David Payne-682
8. Brandon Kinzer-676
9. Chicky Barton-672
10. Donald McIntosh-578
* All Pictures Below Courtesy of McLeod