Mike Marlar Magnificent
in Scott Sexton Memorial Spring Nationals Win at Volunteer Speedway
28, 2017) The Schaeffer’s Oil Spring Nationals
presented by Sunoco Race Fuels and Tennessee RV returned to action
on Friday evening with the 5th Annual Scott Sexton Memorial event
and Mike Marlar of Winfield, Tenn. would be victorious and claim
the $10,052 to win event. (Wells
Marlar’s victory was his sixth career Spring Nationals
triumph, which tops the Spring Nationals all-time win list and
was his first since winning the Spring Nationals event at Dixie
Speedway on May 28, 2016. Marlar would drive the Ronnie Delk owned
Delk Equipment, RS Trading Company, Midwest Sheet Metal, Sunoco
Race Fuels sponsored #157 Rocket Chassis, Cornett Race Engines
Michael Chilton would take the race lead at the drop of the green
flag, with Mike Marlar, Chris Madden, Jimmy Owens, and Shanon
Buckingham giving chase. Chilton would open up a bit of a lead
until he began to work slower traffic on lap 9 and Marlar would
close in on Chilton. The pair would battle side-by-side for the
lead on lap 14 with Marlar dealing Chilton a slide-job for the
lead in turn two on lap 15, however Chilton would return the favor
in turn four barely have the lead at the line. Marlar’s
second attempt for the lead would be successful as he would take
the top spot from Chilton on lap 16 with a turn four pass.
As the field saw the halfway signal, Marlar would begin to drive
away from the pack somewhat, while Chris Madden would begin to
battle with Michael Chilton for the runner-up position. As Marlar
continued to pull away, Chilton and Madden would wage war for
the second position, with Madden finally winning the battle on
lap 37. As Madden would try to reel in Marlar, Jimmy Owens would
close in on Chilton for third and that pair would battle in traffic
over the finally few laps, while Dale McDowell would creep up
on both drivers and pass them for third in final couple of laps.
Marlar would claim the victory in the caution-free event, with
Madden finishing in second, and McDowell scoring the third position.
Owens and Chilton would complete the top five. The remainder of
the top ten would be Donald McIntosh, Shanon Buckingham, Eric
Wells, Kyle Hardy, and Brandon Sheppard.
The next event for the Schaeffer’s Oil Spring Nationals
presented by Sunoco Race Fuels and Tennessee RV will be on Thursday
May 4 for the rescheduled Tennessee Tipoff Classic at Smoky Mountain
Speedway in Maryville, TN. The event will be 75 laps and pay $15,000
to the winner. Of note, the top sixteen starters in the event
are set from qualifying heats that were completed on March 10,
only to have the second day of the event postponed due to inclement
weather. There will be a B-Main as well on May 4 to set the remainder
of the field and any driver that was not originally in attendance
can enter, but will have to start at the rear of the field.
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 “Scott Sexton Memorial” at Volunteer
Speedway in Bulls Gap, Tenn. on April 28, 2017:
1. Mike Marlar-Winfield, Tenn.
2. Chris Madden-Gray Court, S.C.
3. Dale McDowell-Chickamauga, Ga.
4. Jimmy Owens-Newport, Tenn.
5. Michael Chilton-Salvisa, Ky.
6. Donald McIntosh-Dawsonville, Ga.
7. Shanon Buckingham-Morristown, Tenn.
8. Eric Wells-Hazard, Ky.
9. Kyle Hardy-Stevens City, Va.
10. Brandon Sheppard-New Berlin, Ill.
11. Ricky Weiss-Headingly, Manitoba, Canada
12. Tim McCreadie-Watertown, N.Y.
13. Brian Shirley-Chatham, Ill.
14. Tyler Erb-New Waverly, Texas
15. Jamie Perry-Ringgold, Ga.
16. Jason Croft-Woodstock, Ga.
17. Joey Coulter-Concord, N.C.
18. Jason Jameson-Lawrenceburg, Ind.
19. Vic Hill-Mosheim, Tenn.
20. Michael Page-Douglasville, Ga.
21. Skylar Marlar-Winfield, Tenn.
22. Brandon Overton-Evans, Ga.
Time of Race: 12 minutes, 5 seconds
Margin of Victory: 02.725 seconds
Yellow Flags: None
Red Flags: None
Lap Leaders: Chilton (1-15), Marlar (16-52)
Entries: 34 (representing 12 states, 2 countries)
Overall Fast Time: Ricky Weiss-12.116
Keyser Manufacturing 11th Place Award: Ricky Weiss
Highest Finishing CT525 Engine ($200): None
Highest Finishing Steel Head/SPEC Engine ($200): None
Provisional Starters: Brandon Overton, Jason Croft
Heat-One Finish: Mike Marlar, Ricky Weiss, Dale McDowell, Brandon
Sheppard, Michael Page, Jamie Perry, Derek Ellis, Blake Spencer,
Heat-Two Finish: Jimmy Owens, Eric Wells, Tim McCreadie, Skylar
Marlar, Zack Dohm, Brandon Overton, Billy Ogle Jr., Chad Ogle.
Heat-Three Finish: Michael Chilton, Shanon Buckingham, Tyler
Erb, Vic Hill, Brian Shirley, Mark Douglas, Chicky Barton, Carder
Miller, Steve Smith.
Heat-Four Finish: Chris Madden, Donald McIntosh, Kyle Hardy,
Joey Coulter, Jason Jameson, Jason Croft, Robby Moses, Ryan King.
Consolation Race # 1 Finish: Michael Page, Jamie Perry, Derek
Ellis, Zack Dohm, Brandon Overton (DNS), Billy Ogle Jr. (DNS),
Blake Spencer (DNS), Chad Ogle (DNS), Levi Ashby (DNS).
Consolation Race # 2 Finish: Brian Shirley, Jason Jameson, Mark
Douglas, Robby Moses, Jason Croft, Chicky Barton, Carder Miller
(DNS), Ryan King (DNS), Steve Smith (DNS).
Current Spring Nationals Series Points (after April 28th)
1. Donald McIntosh-950
2. Brandon Overton-942
3. Michael Chilton-930
4. Shanon Buckingham-884
5. Ricky Weiss-872
6. Mike Marlar-780
7. Robby Moses-731
8. Jason Croft-656
9. Dale McDowell-584
10. Eric Wells-552
* All Photos Below
Courtesy of Wells
* All Photos Below
Courtesy of Thomas