Overton Charges From Seventh to Bag Spring Nationals Stop at Boyd’s
26, 2017) The Schaeffer’s Oil Spring Nationals
presented by Sunoco Race Fuel and Tennessee RV kicked off its
2017 championship weekend at Boyd’s Speedway in Ringgold,
GA on Friday evening and Brandon Overton would take the lead on
lap twenty-two and drive off into the night to claim the $4,000
payday and his third Spring Nationals Series victory of the season.
(McLeod Media Services Photo)
Overton’s third series victory of the season would come
in the familiar Randy Weaver owned Crossfit Overton/A.F. Stone
Professional Medical Services/Mission Transport/Stone Land Clearing
and Excavating sponsored #116 Longhorn by Weaver, Andy Durham
Race Engines powered entry.
Shanon Buckingham would take the lead at the start of the forty
lap main event, with Vic Hill, Donald McIntosh, and Brandon Kinzer
in hot pursuit. As Buckingham would work the high-side of the
race track, McIntosh would do his work around the bottom of the
track and would claim the third spot by lap four. Buckingham would
open a comfortable advantage and would begin to work slower traffic
on lap ten, but a caution for a spin by Riley Hickman one lap
later would give Buckingham clear track in front of him. The restart
would see McIntosh work past Hill for second and set his sights
on Buckingham, while Overton would begin his charge to the front
and worked past Hill for third on lap fourteen. As Buckingham
and McIntosh would battle for the lead, Overton would work the
bottom of the track and reel in the lead duo as the halfway signal
Overton would work past McIntosh for second on lap twenty-one
and one circuit later, Overton would take the race lead away from
Buckingham. McIntosh would challenge Buckingham for second and
would claim that spot on lap twenty-five, while Michael Page would
make his way into the top five around this same time. Page would
take fourth and then claim third from Buckingham on lap thirty-one.
However, the night would be Overton’s to enjoy the spoils
of victory as he would finish 5.601 seconds ahead of runner-up
McIntosh, while Page would slow with mechanical issues on the
final lap, allowing Buckingham to finish in third position. Ricky
Weiss and David Payne would complete the top five. The remainder
of the top ten finishers would be John Ownbey, Vic Hill, Jason
Croft, Page, and Brandon Kinzer.
The Schaeffer’s Oil Southern Nationals Bonus Spring Nationals
presented by Sunoco Race Fuel and Tennessee RV next event will
be Saturday May 27 at Dixie Speedway in Woodstock, GA, 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
Boyd’s Speedway in Ringgold, GA on May 26, 2017
1. Brandon Overton-Evans, Ga.
2. Donald McIntosh- Dawsonville, Ga.
3. Shanon Buckingham-Morristown, Tenn.
4. Ricky Weiss-Headingly, Manitoba, Canada
5. David Payne-Murphy, N.C.
6. John Ownbey-Cleveland, Tenn.
7. Vic Hill-Mosheim, Tenn.
8. Jason Croft-Woodstock, Ga.
9. Michael Page-Douglasville, Ga.
10. Brandon Kinzer-Lexington, Ky.
11. Will Roland-Jasper, Ga.
12. Ryan King-Knoxville, Tenn.
13. Kenny Collins-Colbert, Ga.
14. Heath Hindman-Signal Mountain, Tenn.
15. Dusty Carver-Englewood, Tenn.
16. Robby Moses-Maryville, Tenn.
17. J.T. Seawright-Fort Payne, Ala.
18. Michael Chilton-Salvisa, Ky.
19. Austin Horton-Whitesburg, Ga.
20. Billy Ogle, Jr.-Knoxville, Tenn.
21. Riley Hickman-Ooltewah, Tenn.
22. Jake Knowles-Rome, Ga.
Time of Race: 14 minutes, 43 seconds
Margin of Victory: 5.601 seconds
Yellow Flags: 1 (lap 11)
Red Flags: None
Lap Leaders: Buckingham (1-21), Overton (22-40)
Overall Top Qualifier: Shanon Buckingham (Group A) 14.921 seconds
Keyser Manufacturing 11th Place Award: Will Roland
Highest Finishing CT525 Engine ($200): John Ownbey
Highest Finishing Steel/SPEC Engine ($200): Heath Hindman
Provisional Starters: Michael Chilton, Billy Ogle, Jr.
Heat One Finish (10 laps/top 4 transfer)- Donald McIntosh, Michael
Page, Robby Moses, Kenny Collins, Casey Turman, Austin Kirkpatrick,
Billy Ogle, Jr., Craig Greer (DNS-Tyler Millwood)
Heat Two Finish (10 laps/top 4 transfer)- Brandon Overton, Heath
Hindman, Austin Horton, J.T. Seawright, Stacy Boles, Michael Chilton,
Brad Skinner, Gary McPherson
Heat Three Finish (10 laps/top 4 transfer)- John Ownbey, David
Payne, Dusty Carver, Jake Knowles, Ethan Hunter, Trey Wood, Steven
Roberts, Austin Arnold
Heat Four Finish (10 laps/top 4 transfer)- Ricky Weiss, Riley
Hickman, Will Roland, Ryan King, Ivedent Lloyd, Derek Ellis, Jamie
Oliver, Jeff Neubert
Current Spring Nationals Series Points (after May 26)
1. Brandon Overton-1,338
2. Donald McIntosh-1,328
3. Michael Chilton-1,284
4. Shanon Buckingham-1,272
5. Ricky Weiss-1,264
6. Robby Moses-1,069
7. Jason Croft-1,026
8. Mike Marlar-780
9. Michael Page-726
10. David Payne-706
* All Photos Below
Courtesy of McLeod Media Services