McDowell Wraps Up Southern Nationals Campaign with Bulls Gap Win

BULLS GAP, TN – Picking up his second Schaeffer’s Oil Southern Nationals Series victory of the year, Dale McDowell put an exclamation mark on the end of the miniseries tour tonight, August 1 at Volunteer Speedway! The series returned to the ultra-fast Bulls Gap, Tennessee oval to preside over a rain-postponed show from July 19 and no points were on the line. Dale was the fastest qualifier from Group B during the time trial session, which locked him into the outside of the front row for the start of the 40-lap main event. The Chickamauga, Georgia Hall of Famer, who finished second in the final series point standings, took off from the drop of the green flag and led every circuit during the caution-free affair to bag the $4,053 winner’s check.

Zack Mitchell, of Enoree, South Carolina, laid down the quickest lap overall during qualifying and ran second the entire feature distance to land in the runner-up position aboard his BWRC ICON entry. Ewing, Virginia native Dakotah Knuckles was able to work his way past a trio of racecars to round out the podium in the third spot. Benjamin Cranford, who finished third in the final Dirt Draft Rookie of the Year standings with the tour, brought home a stellar fourth place effort after starting in the outside of the second row. Newly-crowned Schaeffer’s Oil Southern Nationals Series Champion Donald McIntosh advanced two positions to close out the miniseries with a solid fifth place performance.

Series regular Jensen Ford had the most eventful evening, as the Johnson City, Tennessee driver sported the fastest car during hot laps before suffering terminal mechanical woes on his first qualifying lap. Thinking he was done for the night due to the issues, Blount Motorsports stepped up to offer their back-up #7M machine that McIntosh drove during the first few races on the tour. Jensen accepted the opportunity, started shotgun on the field in his borrowed ride, and promptly blasted past eleven cars en route to sixth place showing.

“The racetrack was in great shape,” quoted the winning McDowell in Schaeffer’s Oil victory lane following the contest. “With them getting some rain overnight, we didn’t know how the surface would be today. Hats off to the entire crew here at Volunteer Speedway, all of the fans that came back on a Sunday, and everyone associated with the Southern Nationals Series. It’s a fun deal to run and while we came up a little short for the Championship, we had a fun few weeks out on tour with these guys!”

The popular driver known as the “MacDaddy” racked up his seventh career Schaeffer’s Oil Southern Nationals Series victory, which places him tied for seventh in all-time wins. Dale’s triumph came aboard a Shane McDowell Racing Team Zero Race Car powered by a Clements Racing Engine with sponsorship from E-Z-GO, Cometic Gaskets, Klotz Synthetic Lubricants, Connected Strategy Advisors, Fox Racing Shox, Waddell Transfer, and Northeastern Fabrication.

The final event of the 2021 Schaeffer’s Oil Southern Nationals Series drew a 17 car field to the high-banks of Volunteer Speedway for the rescheduled program. On the initial race date of July 19, a field of 26 competitors had signed in to do battle before persistent rain showers postponed the action. The feature grid tonight was entirely set by FK Rod Ends qualifying and each entrant advanced into the A-Main.

Schaeffer’s Oil Southern Nationals Series presented by Sunoco Race Fuels
Race Summary
Sunday, August 1, 2021
Volunteer Speedway – Bulls Gap, Tennessee

Schaeffer’s Oil Feature Finish (40 Laps):
1. (2) Dale McDowell $4,053
2. (1) Zack Mitchell $2,000
3. (6) Dakotah Knuckles $1,400
4. (4) Benjamin Cranford $1,000
5. (7) Donald McIntosh $800
6. (17) Jensen Ford $700
7. (5) Vic Hill $600
8. (11) Clay Coghlan $550
9. (9) Kaede Loudy $525
10. (10) Cody Overton $500
11. (13) Dusty Carver $480
12. (8) Jeff Neubert $470
13. (12) Joe Bray $460
14. (15) Troy Eades $450
15. (16) Travis Greer $440
16. (14) Clint Hodges $430
17. (3) Michael Chilton $420

Entries: 17
Lap Leaders: Dale McDowell (Laps 1-40)
Cautions: 0

FK Rod Ends Time Trials:
Fast Time Overall: Zack Mitchell 13.384
Group A: Zack Mitchell 13.384, Michael Chilton, Vic Hill, Donald McIntosh, Kaede Loudy, Clay Coghlan, Dusty Carver, Troy Eades, Jensen Ford
Group B: Dale McDowell 13.571, Benjamin Cranford, Dakotah Knuckles, Jeff Neubert, Cody Overton, Joe Bray, Clint Hodges, Travis Greer

Final Schaeffer’s Oil Southern Nationals Series Point Standings:
1) Donald McIntosh – 1576
2) Dale McDowell – 1560
3) Cody Overton [R] – 1546
4) Jensen Ford – 1522
5) Kenny Collins – 1520
6) Garrett Smith [R] – 1474
7) Benjamin Cranford [R] – 1428
8) Jeff Neubert – 1398
9) Ahnna Parkhurst – 1382
10) Stacy Boles – 1088
11) Jordy Nipper – 890
12) Dalton Cook – 811
13) Ross Bailes – 810
14) Michael Brown – 760
15) Craig Greer – 650
* Each driver dropped their worst race after the point finale at Tazewell Speedway

2021 Schaeffer’s Oil Southern Nationals Schedule:
Friday, July 16 – Beckley Motorsports Park (Beckley, WV) – JOSH RICE
Saturday, July 17 – Wythe Raceway (Rural Retreat, VA) – RAINED OUT
Monday, July 19 – Volunteer Speedway (Bulls Gap, TN) – RAINED OUT
Tuesday, July 20 – I-75 Raceway (Sweetwater, TN) – DALE MCDOWELL
Thursday, July 22 – West Georgia Speedway (Whitesburg, GA) – AUSTIN HORTON
Friday, July 23 – Needmore Speedway (Norman Park, GA) – RAINED OUT
Saturday, July 24 – Screven Motor Speedway (Sylvania, GA) – ROSS BAILES
Sunday, July 25 – Rome Speedway (Rome, GA) – RANDY WEAVER
Tuesday, July 27 – Tri-County Race Track (Brasstown, NC) – KENNY COLLINS
Thursday, July 29 – Boyd’s Speedway (Ringgold, GA) – SAM SEAWRIGHT
Friday, July 30 – 411 Motor Speedway (Seymour, TN) – CORY HEDGECOCK
Saturday, July 31 – Tazewell Speedway (Tazewell, TN) – MICHAEL CHILTON
Sunday, August 1 – Volunteer Speedway (Bulls Gap, TN) – DALE MCDOWELL

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