(July 27, 2017) The Schaeffer’s Oil Southern Nationals Series presented by Sunoco Race Fuel and Tennessee RV would return to action after a couple of days off at Crossville Speedway in Crossville, TN on Thursday evening and series points leader Brandon Overton would lead all thirty-five circuits on his way to the $3,500 payday. (McLeod Media Services Photo)
The win would be Overton’s third of the season with the series and would again come behind the wheel of the Crossfit Overton/A.F. Stone Professional Medical Services/Mission Transport/Stone Land Clearing sponsored #116 Longhorn by Weaver Chassis powered by an Andy Durham Race Engine.
Brandon Overton would take the lead at the start of the thirty-five lap main event, while Craig Vosbergen and Donald McIntosh would give chase. McInitosh would roll past Vosbergen on lap two with a slidejob pass in turn four, while Shanon Buckingham would claim the third position from Vosbergen on lap four. With Overton setting a torrid pace out front, McIntosh would hold down the second position, with Buckingham, Vosbergen, and Ben Nicastri running third through fifth with five laps complete. Overton would continue to stretch his lead over the field and would start the process of working lapped traffic on lap eleven. McIntosh would race hard in the second position, while Vosbergen would work past Buckingham for third on lap eighteen, while Nicastri would take fourth from Buckingham on lap twenty.
With Overton motoring away from the field, McIntosh and Vosbergen would begin to battle for the second position, while Buckingham would pressure Nicastri for the fourth spot. Buckingham would finally work his way back around Nicastri for the fourth position on lap thirty-two, but it would be Overton seeing the checkered flag first, with McIntosh racing hard and holding off Vosbergen for second, while Buckingham and Nicastri completed the top five. The remainder of the top ten finishers would be Matt Henderson, Billy Ogle, Jr., Ryan King, Heath Hindman, and Kenny Collins.
The Schaeffer’s Oil Southern Nationals presented by Sunoco Race Fuel and Tennessee RV next event will be Friday July 28 at Smoky Mountain Speedway in Maryville, TN, paying $5,300 to win.
Further information on the Spring Nationals, Southern Nationals, and Southern Nationals Bonus Series can be obtained by calling Promoter Ray Cook at (828) 360-5353 or Series P.R. Coordinator Chris Tilley at (606) 219-1723 or by visiting the official website located at www.SouthernNationalsSeries.com.
Official Summary of Results
Feature Results for Schaeffer’s Oil Southern Nationals at Crossville Speedway in Crossville, TN on July 27, 2017
1. Brandon Overton-Evans, Ga.
2. Donald McIntosh-Dawsonville, Ga.
3. Craig Vosbergen-Perth, Western Australia
4. Shanon Buckingham-Morristown, Tenn.
5. Ben Nicastri-Sidney, Australia
6. Matt Henderson-Loudon, Tenn.
7. Billy Ogle, Jr.-Knoxville, Tenn.
8. Ryan King-Seymour, Tenn.
9. Heath Hindman-Signal Mountain, Tenn.
10. Kenny Collins-Colbert, Ga.
11. Rob Mayea-Bend, Oregon
12. Farrel Skelton-Mount Pleasant, Tenn.
13. Jason Walker-Culleoka, Tenn.
14. David Doherty-Sidney, Australia
15. Cory Hedgecock-Loudon, Tenn.
Time of Race: 8 minutes, 3 seconds
Margin of Victory: 3.205 seconds
Yellow Flags: None
Red Flags: None
Lap Leaders: Brandon Overton (1-35)
Overall Top Qualifier: Brandon Overton (Group A) 12.287 seconds
Keyser Manufacturing 11th Place Award: Rob Mayea
Highest Finishing CT525 Engine ($200): Ryan King
Highest Finishing Steel/SPEC Engine ($200): None
Provisional Starters: None
Heat One Finish (8 laps/all transfer)- Shanon Buckingham, Kenny Collins, Ben Nicastri, Matt Henderson, Rob Mayea, Ryan King, Cory Hedgecock, Heath Hindman, Farrel Skelton, David Doherty, Jason Walker
Current Schaeffer’s Oil Southern Nationals Series Points (after Crossville Speedway)
1. Brandon Overton-1,554
2. Shanon Buckingham-1,534
3. Donald McIntosh-1,526
4. Craig Vosbergen-1,442
5. Kenny Colllins-1,301
6. Ivedent Lloyd, Jr.-1,180
7. Steve Casebolt- 1,052
8. Farrel Skelton-1,049
9. Jason Walker-1,047
10. Casey Roberts-962