By CHRIS TILLEY
SEYMOUR, TN – Jimmy Owens passed Brandon Overton on lap 34 and lead the remaining distance to capture the Seventh Annual Scott Sexton Memorial at 411 Motor Speedway in Seymour, Tenn. on Monday Night May 27th.
This was the second-career Schaeffer’s Oil Spring Nationals Series payday and the first-career Schaeffer’s Oil Iron-Man Late Model Series victory for the Newport, Tenn. driver. Owens became the seventh different winner in 11 points races for the Spring Nationals and third different winner in three events for the Iron-Man tour. Owens also became the seventh different winner in seven Scott Sexton Memorial events held.
Polesitter Brandon Overton led from the drop of the green flag until lap 33 when the pressure from Owens was too much and Owens grabbed the top spot and led the remaining distance for the victory in front of a great crowd.
The 47-year-old Owens drove the Ramirez Motorsports, Boomtest Well Service, Reece Monument, Redbone Fishing & Rental, Power Rig, Redline Oil, Tommy Pope Construction, Rhino Ag and Keyser Manufacturing-sponsored Andy Durham Racing Engines-powered Rocket Chassis to the $10,052 payday.
Two caution flags slowed the main event, both on lap 12. The first caution flew as Tanner English slowed in turn four as he was running in seventh place. On the restart, the final caution flew as McDowell’s spin in turn two caused a tangle between Walker Arthur and Joseph Faulkner. McDowell’s mount never stopped, while Arthur and Faulkner had to join the tail of the field for the restart.
In post-race celebrations, Dale McDowell of Chickamauga, Ga. was honored as the 2019 Schaeffer’s Oil Spring Nationals Series presented by Sunoco Race Fuels Champion. This was McDowell’s first touring championship since 1999 when he was a champion on the former Hav-A-Tampa Racing Series. McDowell’s Spring Nationals Championship was worth $10,000. Donald McIntosh finished a close second in the points as him and McDowell battles since the first race for the title.
Official Summary of Results
Round Ten-Schaeffer’s Oil Spring Nationals Series-Rome Speedway-Rome, GA-May 26, 2019
1. Jimmy Owens-Newport, Tenn.
2. Brandon Overton-Evans, Ga.
3. Ricky Weiss-Headingly, Manitoba, Canada
4. Hudson O’Neal-Martinsville, Ind.
5. Kyle Strickler-Mooresville, N.C.
6. Dale McDowell-Chickamauga, Ga.
7. Kyle Bronson-Brandon, Fla.
8. Chris Ferguson-Mt. Holly, N.C.
9. Ross Bailes-Clover, S.C.
10. Shanon Buckingham-Morristown, Tenn.
11. Cory Hedgecock-Loudon, Tenn.
12. Robby Moses-Maryville, Tenn.
13. Tim McCreadie-Watertown, N.Y.
14. Jason Cardwell-Knoxville, Tenn.
15. Donald McIntosh-Dawsonville, Ga.
16. Jason Welshan-Maryville, Tenn.
17. Ryan King-Seymour, Tenn.
18. Joseph Faulkner-Flintville, Tenn.
19. Walker Arthur-Forrest, Va.
20. David Crabtree-Maryville, Tenn.
21. Tanner English-Benton, Ky.
22. Forrest Trent-Talbott, Tenn.
Fast Qualifier: Brandon Overton-14.189 seconds
Time of Race: 21 minutes, 34 seconds
Yellow Flags: Two (laps 12, 12RS)
Red Flags: None
Lap Leaders: Overton (1-33), Owens (34-52)
Margin of Victory: 01.444 seconds
Provisionals: Forrest Trent (Spring Nationals), Joseph Faulkner (Iron-Man)
Heat One Finish: Jimmy Owens, Tanner English, Robby Moses, Ryan King, Donald McIntosh, Tim McCreadie, Jeff Neubert.
Heat Two Finish: Ross Bailes, Ricky Weiss, Jason Welshan, Chris Ferguson, Dale McDowell, Casey Turman, Phil Helton.
Heat Three Finish: Brandon Overton, Hudson O’Neal, Shanon Buckingham, Cory Hedgecock, David Crabtree, Forrest Trent, John Blankenship.
Heat Four Finish: Kyle Strickler, Kyle Bronson, Jason Cardwell, Walker Arthur, Joey Standridge, Michael Chilton, Joseph Faulkner.
Consey Finish: Donald McIntosh, Dale McDowell, Tim McCreadie, David Crabtree, John Blankenship, Michael Chilton, Forrest Trent, Jeff Neubert, Joey Standridge, Phil Helton, Casey Turman, Joseph Faulkner.
Final Schaeffer’s Spring Nationals Series Points (after May 27)
1. Dale McDowell-2,124
2. Donald McIntosh-2,084
3. Brandon Overton-1,642
4. Tanner English-1,450
5. Ross Bailes-1,292
6. Casey Roberts-1,124
7. Michael Page-1,100
8. Ashton Winger-926
9. Tyler Millwood-858
10. Ricky Weiss-770
Current Schaeffer’s Oil Iron-Man Late Model Series Points (after May 27)
1. Joseph Faulkner-532
1. Robby Moses-532
3. Joey Standridge-508
4. Casey Turman-480
5. Brian Shirley-396
6. David Seibers-390
7. Allen Weisser-386
7. Josh Putnam-386
9. Dennis Erb Jr.-372
10. Mike Vandermark-368