Claims First Spring Nationals Victory with Spring 50 Triumph at
21, 2018) Devin Gilpin etched his name in the record
books of Florence Speedway on Saturday Night capturing his first-career
Spring 50, an elusive victory of the storied 42-year history of
the event which was sanctioned by the Schaeffer’s Oil Spring
Nationals Series presented by Sunoco Race Fuels and Tennessee
RV. (McLeod Media Services Photo)
This was also Gilpin’s first series victory, which was worth
$5,000 to the Columbus, Ind. driver who drove the Jim Beeman-owned,
Beeman Lumber, Ellis Gas and Oil, Bradley Machine and Jason Clarkson-sponsored
Jay Dickens Racing Engines-powered MasterSbilt Race Car. Gilpin
also became the 25th different winner in 49 series events held
since the inception in 2013.
From the drop of the green flag it was all Michael Chilton for
the first 16 circuits of the 50-lapper. Gilpin would duel with
Chilton for the top spot before eventually taking to the point
on lap 17. Gilpin would lead two laps before relinquishing the
lead back to Chilton on the 19th lap. Chilton would hold the lead
until ten to go when Gilpin would make his move to grab the lead
and go on to win the event over Chilton, Eric Wells, Steve Casebolt
and 13th starter Eddie Carrier Jr. who finished fifth.
Three cautions slowed the main event. The first yellow came on
lap 30 as when Nick Latham slowed on the track, the second yellow
came on lap 31 as fifth-running Jason Jameson slowed. The final
yellow came on the restart as Casey Roberts spun in turn four.
The next Schaeffer’s Oil Spring Nationals Series races will
be May 24 at Crossville (Tenn.) Speedway, May 25 at Boyd’s
(GA) Speedway, May 26 at Dixie (GA) Speedway and May 27 at Rome
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
Florence Speedway in Union, KY on April 21, 2018
1. Devin Gilpin-Columbus, Ind.
2. Michael Chilton-Salvisa, Ky.
3. Eric Wells-Hazard, Ky.
4. Steve Casebolt-Richmond, Ind.
5. Eddie Carrier Jr.-Salt Rock, W.V.
6. Nick Hoffman-Mooresville, N.C.
7. Robby Hensley-Walton, Ky.
8. Aaron Ridley-Chatsworth, Ga.
9. Duane Chamberlain-Richmond, Ind.
10. Zach Leonhardi-Cartersville, Ga.
11. Jason Miller-Berryville, Va.
12. Nick Latham-Winchester, Ohio
13. Billy Green-Walton, Ky.
14. Trevor Landrum-Erlanger, Ky.
15. Dustin Nobbe-Batesville, Ind.
16. Kody Evans-Camden, Ohio
17. Chicky Barton-Middlesboro, Ky.
18. Ryan King-Seymour, Tenn.
19. Ted Nobbe-Batesville, Ind.
20. Bill Blair Jr.-Amelia, Ohio
21. Casey Roberts-Toccoa, Ga.
22. Jason Jameson-Lawrenceburg, Ind.
23. Josh Rice-Verona, Ky.
24. Forrest Trent-Talbott, Tenn.
Time of Race: 33 minutes, 44 seconds
Margin of Victory: 00.319 seconds
Yellow Flags: 3 (laps 30, 31, 31 restart)
Red Flags: None
Lap Leaders: Chilton (1-16), Gilpin (17-18), Chilton (19-39),
Overall Top Qualifier: Dustin Nobbe (Group A) 15,998 seconds (earned
Provisional Starters: Ryan King, Chicky Barton
Dash (4 laps)- Jason Jameson, Michael Chilton, Casey Roberts,
Heat One Finish (10 laps/top-6 transfer)- Eric Wells, Aaron Ridley,
Nick Hoffman, Robby Hensley, Erie Carrier Jr., Jason Miller, Trevor
Landrum, Kody Evans, Bill Blair Jr., Jesse Lay, Chicky Barton,
Heat Two Finish (10 laps/top-6 transfer)- Devin Gilpin, Steve
Casebolt, Duane Chamberlain, Zach Leonhardi, Nick Latham, Ted
Nobbe, Ryan King, Josh Rice, Forrest Trent, Alan Magner, Billy
Green, Roger Williams.
Consey Finish (10 laps/top-6 transfer)-Trevor Landrum, Kody Evans,
Josh Rice, Bill Blair Jr., Billy Green, Forrest Trent, Alan Magner,
Chicky Barton, Jesse Lay, Nathan Vawter, Roger Williams, Ryan
Current Spring Nationals Points:
1. Eric Wells-1,132
2. Zach Leonhardi-1,078
3. Aaron Ridley-1,076
4. Casey Roberts-1,066
5. Ryan King-1,008
6. Chicky Barton-838
7. Brandon Kinzer-826
8. Jason Jameson-710
9. Shanon Buckingham-710
10. David Payne-682