Drives to Rome Speedway Schaeffer’s Spring Nationals Victory
28, 2017) The Schaeffer’s Oil Spring Nationals
presented by Sunoco Race Fuel and Tennessee RV would conclude
its 2017 campaign and crown a series champion at Rome Speedway
on Sunday evening with Dale McDowell of Chickamauga, GA scoring
the $6,000 payday in the tour’s finale, while Brandon Overton
of Evans, GA would claim the 2017 Spring Nationals Series title.
(McLeod Media Services Photo)
McDowell’s victory would be his second-consecutive win
on the tour and would come behind the wheel of the Shane McDowell
Racing owned Textron Off Road/Will Kinzer Foundation for Autism
Research/Kinzer Drilling Company/Quality Natural Gas/New Era Recycling
Solutions/Cometic Gaskets/Klotz Lubricants sponsored #17m Sweet-Bloomquist
Race Car, Clements Race Engine powered entry.
Donald McIntosh would take the lead at the drop of the green
flag to start the fifty lap affair, with Dale McDowell, Derek
Ellis, Brandon Overton, and Ricky Weiss in pursuit. Buster Goss
would stop on the topside of turn four on lap three to slow the
action, but once action resumed, Weiss would take the fourth position
from Overton, but Overton would return the favor and retake the
position one circuit later. McIntosh would hold a comfortable
as he was set to start working slower traffic on lap ten, but
the caution would wave on the same lap as Buddy George stopped
on the track in turn three. The restart would again McIntosh maintain
the lead, with McDowell giving chase, while Overton would pressure
Ellis for third. Overton would take the third position from Ellis
on lap thirteen, while McIntosh continued strong up front. McIntosh
would start working slower traffic on lap twenty and it would
be at this point that McDowell would begin to chop away at McIntosh’s
As the halfway signal was displayed, McDowell would close right
in on McIntosh’s rear bumper and the pair would duel side-by-side
for the lead on lap thirty, with McDowell taking the lead one
trip later on lap thirty-one. McDowell would stretch his lead
at this point, only to see his advantage erased by a caution flag
on lap thirty-seven for Todd Murphy’s stopped machine in
turn three. Overton was challenging McIntosh for the second position
prior to the caution and on the restart, would take the runner-up
slot, with Weiss scooting past Ellis for the fourth position on
same lap. McDowell would hold a comfortable lead until encountering
heavy traffic on lap forty-six, allowing Overton to close in on
the leader. As the field saw the white flag, Overton would make
one final run on McDowell for the win, however, McDowell would
see the checkered flag first, with Overton trailing in second,
and McIntosh settling for the third position. Weiss and Ellis
would complete the top five. The remainder of the top ten finishers
were Austin Horton, fourteenth place starter Brandon Kinzer, Ronnie
Johnson, Jason Croft, and Brent Dixon.
The next event for the Schaeffer’s Oil Southern Nationals
family of series will be for the Schaeffer’s Oil Southern
Nationals Bonus Spring Nationals presented by Sunoco Race Fuel
and Tennessee RV at Tri-County Race Track in Brasstown, NC on
Monday May 29 for the Memorial Day Championship, paying $3,000
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
Rome Speedway in Rome, GA on May 28, 2017
1. Dale McDowell-Chickamauga, Ga.
2. Brandon Overton-Evans, Ga.
3. Donald McIntosh-Dawsonville, Ga.
4. Ricky Weiss-Headingly, Manitoba, Canada
5. Derek Ellis-Chatsworth, Ga.
6. Austin Horton-Whitesburg, Ga.
7. Brandon Kinzer-Lexington, Ky.
8. Ronnie Johnson-Chattanooga, Tenn.
9. Jason Croft-Woodstock, Ga.
10. Brent Dixon-Elberton, Ga.
11. Michael Chilton-Salvisa, Ky.
12. Steven Roberts-Jesup, Ga.
13. Cody King-McDonough, Ga.
14. Landon Bagby-Winston, Ga.
15. Tyler Millwood-Kingston, Ga.
16. Robby Moses-Maryville, Tenn.
17. Shanon Buckingham-Morristown, Tenn.
18. Todd Murphy-Rome, Ga.
19. Jake Knowles-Rome, Ga.
20. Buddy George-Ragland, Ala.
21. Buster Goss-Rome, Ga.
Time of Race: 23 minutes, 38 seconds
Margin of Victory: 0.487 seconds
Yellow Flags: 3 (lap 3, 10, 37)
Red Flags: None
Lap Leaders: Donald McIntosh (1-30), Dale McDowell (31-50)
Overall Top Qualifier: Donald McIntosh (Group A) 13.415 seconds
Keyser Manufacturing 11th Place Award: Michael Chilton
Highest Finishing CT525 Engine ($200): Landon Bagby
Highest Finishing Steel/SPEC Engine ($200): None
Provisional Starters: None
Heat One Finish (10 laps/all transfer)- Ricky Weiss, Austin Horton,
Jason Croft, Ronnie Johnson, Steven Roberts, Robby Moses, Buddy
George, Cody King, Todd Murphy
Heat Two Finish (10 laps/all transfer)- Shanon Buchingham, Michael
Chilton, Brent Dixon, Tyler Millwood, Brandon Kinzer, Jake Knowles,
Landon Bagby, Buster Goss
Final 2017 Schaeffer’s Oil Spring Nationals Series Points
1. Brandon Overton (Evans, GA)- 1,730
2. Donald McIntosh (Dawsonville, GA)- 1,716
3. Ricky Weiss (Headingly, Manitoba, Canada)- 1,636
4. Michael Chilton (Salvisa, KY)- 1,630
5. Shanon Buckingham (Morristown, TN)- 1,622
6. Robby Moses (Maryville, TN)- 1,403
7. Jason Croft (Woodstock, GA)- 1,398
8. Dale McDowell (Chickamauga, GA)- 984
9. Michael Page (Douglasville, GA)- 918
10. Austin Horton (Whitesburg, GA)- 898
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