By MICHAEL DESPAIN
CROSSVILLE, TN – The Schaeffer’s Oil Southern Nationals Series presented by Sunoco Race Fuels would visit Crossville Speedway in Crossville, TN on Thursday evening and Brandon Overton of Evans, GA would take the win worth $3,500. It would be Overton’s third straight win in this event for the tour at this track, having also won the race in 2017 and 2018.
Overton’s victory was his third win with the tour in 2019 and his 13th career series victory and would come behind the wheel of 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 take the lead at the start of the event, with Dakotah Knuckles Jason Jameson, Donald McIntosh, and Cory Hedgecock in pursuit. The front five would remain the same as Overton would begin to work slower traffic on lap seven, while Jameson would take second from Knuckles and McIntosh would also pass Knuckles to take third on the same circuit. Overton would pull away a bit at this point, while Hedgecock would begin to pressure Knuckles for fourth. The first caution would wave on lap eleven as disaster would strike Hedgecock as he would spin in turn two while battling for the fourth position with Knuckles. The restart would see Overton and Jameson pull away from the pack a bit, with McIntosh holding third. Michael Chilton would begin to charge at this point and would make his way into the top five on lap fifteen and would take fourth on lap twenty-one.
The second caution of the race would wave on lap twenty-three when Kenny Cobble would roll to a stop on the frontchute. This restart would see Overton and Jameson again pull away a bit from the field, with McIntosh hanging onto to third, while Tanner English would make his way into fifth on lap twenty-eight. Third-place running McIntosh would bring out the final caution of the event on lap twenty-nine with a flat right-rear tire and he would pull to the work area and change the tire and return to action. The final restart would see Overton pull away a bit from Jameson in the final few laps to score the victory, with Jameson settling for second, while Chilton would claim third after starting in the 12th position. English and Jake Knowles would complete the top five. The remainder of the top ten finishers would be David Payne, Tyler Clem, Cla Knight, Walker Arthur, and McIntosh.
The Schaeffer’s Oil Southern Nationals presented by Sunoco Race Fuels next event will be Friday July 26 at 411 Motor Speedway in Seymour, TN, 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 Crossville Speedway in Crossville, TN on July 25, 2019
1. Brandon Overton-Evans, Ga.
2. Jason Jameson-Lawrenceburg, Ind.
3. Michael Chilton-Salvisa, Ky.
4. Tanner English-Benton, Ky.
5. Jake Knowles-Rome, Ga.
6. David Payne-Murphy, N.C.
7. Tyler Clem-Ocala, Fla.
8. Cla Knight-North Augusta, S.C.
9. Walker Arthur-Forest, Va.
10. Donald McIntosh-Dawsonville, Ga.
11. Dakotah Knuckles-Ewing, Va.
12. Kenny Collins-Colbert, Ga.
13. Brad Skinner-Spring Hill, Tenn.
14. Patrick Duggan-Lenoir City, Tenn.
15. Cory Hedgecock-Loudon, Tenn.
16. Kenny Cobble-Cookeville, Tenn.
17. Craig Greer-Cleveland, Tenn.
18. Dusty Carver-Englewood, Tenn.
Time of Race: 17 minutes, 48 seconds
Margin of Victory: 1.464 seconds
Yellow Flags: Three (lap 11, 23, 29)
Red Flags: None
Lap Leaders: Brandon Overton 1-35
Overall Top Qualifier: Brandon Overton (Group B) 11.787 seconds
Highest Finishing CT525 Engine ($200): None
Highest Finishing Steel Head/SPEC Engine ($200): None
Provisional Starters: None
Current Schaeffer’s Oil Southern Nationals Points (after 7/25/19)
1. Jake Knowles-1,336
2. Brandon Overton-1,314
3. Donald McIntosh-1,286
4. Tanner English-1,280
5. Cla Knight-1,250
6. Tyler Clem-765
7. Michael Page-720
8. Craig Greer-666
9. Aaron Ridley-654
10. Michael Chilton-584
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-Trent Ivey
July 16-Smoky Mountain Speedway-Maryville, TN-$3,500 to win-Brandon Overton
July 18-Toccoa Raceway-Toccoa, GA-$3,500 to win-Rainout
July 19-Senoia Raceway-Senoia, GA-$5,025 to win-Rainout
July 20-Screven Motor Speedway-Sylvania, GA-$10,000 to win-Ross Bailes
July 21-Rome Speedway-Rome, GA-$5,300 to win-Austin Horton
July 23-Tri County Race Track-Brasstown, NC-$3,500 to win-Jake Knowles
July 25-Crossville Speedway-Crossville, TN-$3,500 to win-Brandon Overton
July 26-411 Motor Speedway-Seymour, TN-10,000 to win
July 27-Tazewell Speedway-Tazewell, TN-$10,053 to win