By MICHAEL DESPAIN
RURAL RETREAT, VA – The Schaeffer’s Oil Southern Nationals Series presented by Sunoco Race Fuels would begin its 2019 season tour on Saturday at Wythe Raceway in Rural Retreat, VA and Brandon Overton of Evans, GA would be dominant in leading all fifty-three laps of the series opener and claiming the $10,000 payday in the process.
The win by Overton would be eleventh career Southern Nationals victory and would come aboard the Rumrunner Racing owned Rumrunner Racing, Molecule Sports, Simpson Race Products, Schaeffer Oil Products, Race Fan, Penske Shocks, C and H Paving, Willy’s Carbs sponsored #2 Rocket Chassis, Cornett Race Engines powered entry.
Brandon Overton would jump to the early race lead, with Michael Brown, Vic Hill, Dale McDowell, and Ross Bailes giving chase. Overton would set a rapid pace out front and would start working slower traffic on lap seven and he pulled away from the field. McDowell would drive past Hill for third on lap twelve as the action would be slowed by a caution on lap sixteen for Christian Hanger, who had rolled to a stop and second-place running Brown would pull pitside during the caution and be done for the night. The restart would see Overton pull away, while Kyle Strickler would go from seventh to third on the restart and Donald McIntosh would go to fourth on lap seventeen, while Michael Page would mount a charge and take fifth on lap nineteen. Overton would work his magic in traffic at this point and by the time Cla Knight would slow in turn four to draw the caution flag on lap thirty-eight, only nine drivers remained on the lead lap. The restart would see now third-place running McIntosh have a flat right-rear tire and pit and return to action. The final halt to the action would come on lap forty when Michael Page contacted the guardrail in turn one and the end result would be a red flag as Page’s contact would damage a section of guardrail that had to be repaired. The final restart would see Overton maintain the lead over the final laps and secure the win, with McDowell finishing second, while Kyle Hardy claimed the third position. McIntosh and fifteenth-place starting Tanner English completed the top five. The remainder of the top ten would be Dennis Franklin, Jake Knowles, Benji Hicks, Brandon Kinzer, and Anthony Sanders.
The Schaeffer’s Oil Southern Nationals presented by Sunoco Race Fuels next event will be Sunday July 14 at Cherokee Speedway in Gaffney, SC, paying $10,000 to win.
Further information about the Schaeffer’s Oil Southern Nationals presented by Sunoco Race Fuels can be obtained by calling Promoter Ray Cook at (828) 360-5353 or Public Relations Director Chris Tilley at (828) 361-5981 or (606) 219-1723 or by visiting the official series website located at www.SouthernNationalsSeries.com.
The Schaeffer’s Oil Southern Nationals presented by Sunoco Race Fuels would like to thank the following sponsors and marketing partners: Schaeffer’s Oil, Sunoco Race Fuels, GottaRace.com, American Racer Tires, AR Bodies, Arizona Sport Shirts, Barry Wright Race Cars, Capital Race Cars, Chizmark and Larson Insurance Agency, Collins Signs, DirtonDirt.com, Delph Communications, DirtCarLift.com, Earnhardt Technologies Group, EZ-GO, FK Rod Ends, Hoosier Racing Tire, Keyser Manufacturing, MasterSbilt Race Cars, RockAuto.com, Wiles Driveshafts, Vic Hill Race Engines, and VP Racing Fuels.
Official Summary of Results
Feature Results for Schaeffer’s Oil Southern Nationals presented by Sunoco Race Fuels at Wythe Raceway in Rural Retreat, VA on July 13, 2019
1. Brandon Overton-Evans, Ga.
2. Dale McDowell-Chickamauga, Ga.
3. Kyle Hardy-Stephens City, Va.
4. Donald McIntosh-Dawsonville, Ga.
5. Tanner English-Benton, Ky.
6. Dennis Franklin-Gaffney, S.C.
7. Jake Knowles-Rome, Ga.
8. Benji Hicks-Mount Airy, N.C.
9. Brandon Kinzer-Lexington, Ky.
10. Anthony Sanders-Spartanburg, S.C.
11. Daulton Wilson-Fayetteville, N.C.
12. Dustin Mitchell-Selma, N.C.
13. Cla Knight-North Augusta, S.C.
14. Jeff Neubert-Rockford, Tenn.
15. Michael Page-Douglasville, Ga.
16. Vic Hill-Mosheim, Tenn.
17. Matthew Nance-Ronda, N.C.
18. Corey Gordon-Charlotte, N.C.
19. Travis Greer-Marion, Va.
20. Kyle Strickler-Mooresville, N.C.
21. Aaron Ridley-Chatsworth, Ga.
22. Chris Blackwell-Grays Creek, N.C.
23. Johnny Pursley-Clover, S.C.
24. Ross Bailes-Clover, S.C.
25. Michael Brown-Lancaster, S.C.
26. Christian Hanger-Winchester, Tenn.
27. Jason Miller-Berryville, Va.
28. Tyler Clem-Ocala, Fla. (Did Not Start)
29. Austin Horton-Newnan, Ga. (Did Not Start)
30. Chris Ferguson-Mount Holly, N.C.(Did Not Start)
Time of Race: 59 minutes
Margin of Victory: 3.561 seconds
Yellow Flags: Four (lap 16, 39, 39 restart, 40)
Red Flags: One (lap 40)
Lap Leaders: Brandon Overton 1-53
Overall Top Qualifier: Michael Brown (Group A) 16.445 seconds
Highest Finishing CT525 Engine ($200): None
Highest Finishing Steel Head/SPEC Engine ($200): None
Provisional Starters: None
Heat One Finish (10 laps/all transfer)- Michael Brown, Dennis Franklin, Donald McIntosh, Daulton Wilson, Cla Knight, Matthew Nance, Jeff Neubert, Austin Horton
Heat Two Finish (10 laps/all transfer)- Ross Bailes, Brandon Kinzer, Aaron Ridley, Tanner English, Dustin Mitchell, Chris Blackwell (DNS-Jason Miller)
Heat Three Finish (10 laps/all transfer)- Brandon Overton, Dale McDowell, Corey Gordon, Tyler Clem, Benji Hicks, Jake Knowles, Christian Hanger
Heat Four Finish (10 laps/all transfer)- Vic Hill, Kyle Hardy, Michael Page, Kyle Strickler, Johnny Pursley, Anthony Sanders, Travis Greer
Current Schaeffer’s Oil Southern Nationals Points (after 7/13/19)
1. Brandon Overton-200
2. Dale McDowell-196
3. Kyle Hardy-194
4. Donald McIntosh-192
5. Tanner English-190
6. Dennis Franklin-188
7. Jake Knowles-186
8. Benji Hicks-184
9. Brandon Kinzer-182
10. Anthony Sanders-180
2019 Schaeffer’s Oil Southern Nationals Schedule/Results
July 13-Wythe Raceway-Rural Retreat, VA-$10,000 to win-Brandon Overton
July 14-Cherokee Speedway-Gaffney, SC-$10,000 to win
July 16-Smoky Mountain Speedway-Maryville, TN-$3,500 to win
July 18-Toccoa Raceway-Toccoa, GA-$3,500 to win
July 19-Senoia Raceway-Senoia, GA-$4,025 to win
July 20-Screven Motor Speedway-Sylvania, GA-$10,000 to win
July 21-Rome Speedway-Rome, GA-$5,300 to win
July 23-Tri County Race Track-Brasstown, NC-$3,500 to win
July 25-Crossville Speedway-Crossville, TN-$3,500 to win
July 26-411 Motor Speedway-Seymour, TN-10,000 to win
July 27-Tazewell Speedway-Tazewell, TN-$10,053 to win