July 15, 2019 at Crossville Speedway ($3,500 to win)
(Article by Trevor Gonzales, RPM Writer)
(Crossville, Tennessee)- Brandon Overton and Crossville Speedway, name a more iconic duo. For the third consecutive year in the Schaffer’s Oil Southern Nationals Series, Overton won the $3,500 race. In 2017, it was Overton piloting Randy Weaver’s famed 116 machine. Last year, he was in Billy Franklin’s ride and this year in the Joey Coulter owned Rum Runner Racing Rocket Chassis XR1. In all three years, it was the same story as the Evans, Georgia driver led all 35 laps en route to his 13th career SNS victory.
18 late models were signed in for Round 7 of the 2019 miniseries with the field being set based off of qualifying times. It would be Ewing, Virginia driver Dakotah Knuckles, who finished second in this year’s Spring Nationals event at Crossville, setting fast time in Group A time trials with a lap of 11.899 seconds around the 1/3 mile Cumberland Gap bullring. He was five one thousandths of a second faster than Dawsonville, Georgia driver Donald McIntosh. Forest, Virginia driver Walker Arthur, making his 2019 Southern Nationals debut, would qualify third in Group A followed by Tanner English and Kenny Collins. Overton would be the overall fastest qualifier as he was fastest in Group B with an 11.787 second lap, clinching the outside pole. Indiana’s Jason Jameson was second fastest in Group B followed by Cory Hedgecock, Cla Knight, and David Payne.
The 35 lap, $3,500 to win feature at Crossville would rumble to green as Overton would use the preferred outside line to lead Lap 1 over Knuckles, Jameson, McIntosh, and Hedgecock. Overton would set the pace for the first seven laps as Jameson would pass Knuckles for second on Lap 7 followed by McIntosh squeezing by Knuckles for third on Lap 8. The first caution of the race would fly on Lap 10 as Cory Hedgecock spun in Turn 2 battling for fourth with Knuckles. After the restart, twelfth starting Michael Chilton from Salvisa, Kentucky would already be in the sixth position. On Lap 14, Jameson would show his nose to Overton in Turns 1 and 2 as they battled for the lead. On the same lap, Knuckles slipped up which allowed Walker Arthur and Chilton to pass him for fourth and fifth. Jameson would continue to stalk Overton in lapped traffic as the second caution would wave for Kenny Cobble who spun out in Turn 4 coming onto the front stretch. On the Lap 22 restart, Overton would continue to hold his lead over Jameson and third place running McIntosh. Chilton would also pass Arthur for fourth. Four laps later on Lap 26, Tanner English would crack into the top five, passing Arthur. The final caution of the race would fly on Lap 29 with 6 laps to go as third place running Donald McIntosh would blow a right rear tire in Turns 3 and 4. He would be able to continue and tag the back of the field. On the restart, he new points leader Jake Knowles who started eleventh, would pass Arthur for the fifth spot. Arthur would slip back to ninth and the polesitter Knuckles would have trouble with his car from previous damage earlier in the race and fall all the way back to eleventh. Overton would be able to hold onto the lead as he was in clean air with no lapped traffic ahead as he was able to hold off a charging Jameson who slid up the track coming off of Turn 4 attempting to chase down the race long leader Overton. The Evans, Georgia driver would capture his third win of the 2019 miniseries and his third straight series win at Crossville. Jameson would finish second with twelfth starting Michael Chilton finishing third. Tanner English and Jake Knowles would round out the top five. Completing the top ten would be David Payne, Tyler Clem, Cla Knight, Walker Arthur, and Donald McIntosh.
1.2 Brandon Overton- Evans, GA
2.12 Jason Jameson- Lawrenceburg, IN
3.97 Michael Chilton- Salvisa, KY
4.58 Tanner English- Benton, KY
5.66 Jake Knowles- Rome, GA
6.8 David Payne- Murphy, NC
7.58T Tyler Clem- Ocala, FL
8.42 Cla Knight- North Augusta, SC
9.87 Walker Arthur- Forest, VA
10.7m Donald McIntosh- Dawsonville, GA
11.21k Dakotah Knuckles- Ewing, VA
12.1c Kenny Collins- Colbert, GA
13.17r Brad Skinner- Spring Hill, TN
14.215 Patrick Duggan- Lenoir City, TN
15.23 Cory Hedgecock- Loudon, TN
16.31 Kenny Cobble- Cookeville, TN
17.7G Craig Greer- Cleveland, TN
18.9 Dusty Carver- Englewood, TN
The final two races of the Schaffer’s Oil Southern Nationals Series will be Friday night, July 26th at 411 Motor Speedway in Seymour, Tennessee for the Summer Sizzler paying $10,000 to win and the finale Saturday night, July 27th at the Bad Fast Tazewell Speedway paying $10,053 to win and $5,053 to the points championship.