May 31, 2021) Tyler Millwood, of Kingston, Georgia, put himself in position to capitalize on the misfortune of two race leaders on Sunday, May 30 to pick up his first career Schaeffer’s Oil Spring Nationals Series victory at the nearby Rome Speedway! After stopping the clock second fastest in Group B during FK Rod Ends qualifying, Tyler rolled off from the outside of the second row in the 40-lap feature event. When leaders Dale McDowell (flat tire) and Austin Horton (busted radiator) gave up the top spot with issues, Tyler was right there to take advantage, as he led the final eleven circuits of the contest to bag the $4,053 top prize.
Donald McIntosh, who currently sits second in the latest version of the Spring Nationals point standings, vaulted six spots during the course of the Rome headliner to nab a runner-up performance – 2.498 seconds behind victor Millwood. Jason Croft brought his #9 machine home in the third position, while the previous night winner Randy Weaver secured a strong fourth place effort. Current miniseries point leader Dale McDowell, who led the first eight trips around the “World’s Fastest 1/2-Mile Clay Track,” rebounded from his unfortunate flat tire and rallied from the back of the pack to salvage a fifth place showing.
Tyler’s popular home state win last night at Rome Speedway marked his first career trip to victory lane in Schaeffer’s Oil Spring Nationals Series competition. He also became the eighth different Spring Nationals winner in as many races this year – joining Jonathan Davenport, Brandon Overton, David Payne, Dale McDowell, Tanner English, Jimmy Owens, and Randy Weaver. Tyler’s victory came aboard a #31 XR1 Rocket Chassis powered by a Durham Racing Engine with sponsorship from Millwood Plumbing, Machine Construction Company, Competition Racing Equipment, and Tarpon Solutions.
A 23 car field piled into the pit area at Rome Speedway for round eight of the Schaeffer’s Oil Spring Nationals Series. Austin Horton picked up Fast Time honors on the evening with his quick lap of 14.114 seconds. The two consolation race victories went to Todd Morrow and Dalton Cook.
The 2021 edition of the Schaeffer’s Oil Spring Nationals miniseries will conclude in a big way later tonight, May 31 at 411 Motor Speedway. The 9th Annual ‘Scott Sexton Memorial’ will be held on Memorial Day at the Seymour, Tennessee oval and a strong field of competitors is expected to vie for the $10,052 winner’s check. The lucrative race, which will be co-sanctioned by the Iron-Man Late Model Series and will honor one of east-Tennessee’s finest racers, will shell out at least $500 to each feature starter. Jimmy Owens captured the victory in the lone Spring Nationals race held so far at 411, as he won the 2019 ‘Scott Sexton Memorial’ over a stacked top five that included runner-up Brandon Overton, Ricky Weiss, Hudson O’Neal, and Kyle Strickler.
Schaeffer’s Oil Spring Nationals Series presented by Sunoco Race Fuels
Sunday, May 30, 2021
Rome Speedway – Rome, Georgia
Schaeffer’s Oil Feature Finish (40 Laps):
1. (4) Tyler Millwood $4,053
2. (8) Donald McIntosh $2,000
3. (5) Jason Croft $1,400
4. (6) Randy Weaver $1,000
5. (1) Dale McDowell $800
6. (9) Jordy Nipper $700
7. (3) Ahnna Parkhurst $600
8. (10) Joey Armistead $550
9. (17) Shun Thomas $525
10. (13) Dalton Polston $500
11. (19) David Payne $480
12. (15) J.R. Moseley $470
13. (7) Stacy Boles $460
14. (14) Jeff Neubert $450
15. (16) Gary McPherson $440
16. (2) Austin Horton $430
17. (11) Todd Morrow $420
18. (12) Dalton Cook $410
19. (22) Teddy Snow $400
20. (18) Johnny Cloer $400
21. (20) D.J. Hayes $400
22. (21) Tim Rucker $400
Lap Leaders: Dale McDowell (Laps 1-8), Austin Horton (Laps 9-29), Tyler Millwood (Laps 30-40)
Cautions: 2 (Lap 9 for Tim Rucker who spun in turn three & Lap 19 for a slowing Dalton Cook)
FK Rod Ends Time Trials:
Fast Time Overall: Austin Horton 14.114
Group A (Top Five Locked In): Dale McDowell, Ahnna Parkhurst, Jason Croft, Stacy Boles, Jordy Nipper
Group B (Top Five Locked In): Austin Horton, Tyler Millwood, Randy Weaver, Donald McIntosh, Joey Armistead
Sunoco Race Fuels B-Main #1 Finish (All Cars Transfer): 1. Todd Morrow, 2. Dalton Polston, 3. J.R. Moseley, 4. Shun Thomas, 5. David Payne, 6. Tim Rucker
American Racer South B-Main #2 Finish (All Cars Transfer): 1. Dalton Cook, 2. Jeff Neubert, 3. Gary McPherson, 4. Johnny Cloer, 5. D.J. Hayes, 6. Teddy Snow, DNS. Craig Greer
Current Schaeffer’s Oil Spring Nationals Series Point Standings:
1. Dale McDowell – 1548
2. Donald McIntosh – 1522
3. David Payne – 1416
4. Stacy Boles – 1384
5. Jeff Neubert – 1103
6. Cory Hedgecock – 1094
7. Johnny Cloer – 974
8. Jensen Ford – 852
9. Brandon Overton – 776
10. Randy Weaver – 580
2021 Schaeffer’s Oil Spring Nationals Series Schedule:
Saturday, April 3 – Tazewell Speedway (Tazewell, TN) – JONATHAN DAVENPORT
Friday, April 16 – I-75 Raceway (Sweetwater, TN) – BRANDON OVERTON
Friday, April 23 – Tri-County Race Track (Brasstown, NC) – DAVID PAYNE
Friday, April 30 – Crossville Speedway (Crossville, TN) – DALE MCDOWELL
Saturday, May 1 – Clarksville Speedway (Clarksville, TN) – TANNER ENGLISH
Saturday, May 8 – Smoky Mountain Speedway (Maryville, TN) – JIMMY OWENS
Saturday, May 29 – Dixie Speedway (Woodstock, GA) – RANDY WEAVER
Sunday, May 30 – Rome Speedway (Rome, GA) – TYLER MILLWOOD
Monday, May 31 – 411 Motor Speedway (Seymour, Tennessee) – $10,052 to win
For more information on the Schaeffer’s Oil Spring Nationals Series presented by Sunoco Race Fuels, please point your Internet browser to www.SouthernNationalsSeries.com or feel free to call series promoter Ray Cook at 828-360-5353. You can also follow us across social media platforms on facebook.com/southernnationalsseries and on Twitter @sonationals.
The Spring Nationals Series would like to thank all of our 2021 marketing partners including: Schaeffer’s Oil & Specialized Lubricants, Sunoco Race Fuels, American Race Tires, Delph Communications, E-Z-GO, Arizona Sport Shirts, Capital Race Cars, Collins Signs, DirtonDirt.com, FK Rod Ends, Hoosier Racing Tire, Keyser Manufacturing, MasterSbilt Race Cars, RockAuto.com, Wiles Driveshafts, Vic Hill Racing Engines, The Steering Buddy, Knowles Race Parts & Bodies, Coosa Heating & Air, The Joie of Seating, and DirtCarLift.com.
About Schaeffer’s Oil & Specialized Lubricants:
Schaeffer’s Specialized Lubricants: synthetic motor oils, hydraulic fluids, and diesel fuel additives have achieved a world-class reputation for improving engine performance and fuel economy, but their diverse product line includes all types of industrial lubricants, industrial greases, and industrial oils as well as specialty items like their chain lubes and degreasers. Founded in 1839, their philosophy is to provide advanced lubricants for improved performance, reliability, and fuel economy. Learn more or find a rep near you at www.SchaefferOil.com.
Media Contact: Ryan Delph – Delph Communications