By Chris Tilley, P.R. Coordinator
MARYVILLE, TN (July 31, 2015)-Randy Weaver keeps putting exclamation points on his 2015 racing season. The Crossville, Tenn. driver sailed to his seventh career Schaeffer’s Oil Southern Nationals Series by Old Man’s Garage at Smoky Mountain Speedway Friday Night and picked up the $5,300 payday.
Weaver drove the Outlaw Racing Southeast, A.F. Stone Professional Medical Services, Stone Land Clearing, Mission Transport, Bailey Company and VP Racing Fuels sponsored Cornett Racing Engines powered Longhorn Chassis to the victory.
Weaver and Billy Ogle Jr. led the field of 22 to Darrell Watson’s green flag. Weaver took to the lead the opening circuits with Ogle and Weaver in hot pursuit. McDowell and Ogle would battle for the second spot and Ogle would hold the highline and the spot as Weaver would stretch his lead out to ten car lengths. By lap eight, Craig Vosbergen would work his way into the fifth position passing Donald McIntosh. Lapped traffic on lap 18 would slow Weaver momentarily but after he got around the slower traffic he again came alive and stretched out his lead and would go on for the victory in dominating fashion over Ogle, Casey Roberts, Austin Smith and Craig Vosbergen.
Four yellow flags slowed the 53-lap main event. The first yellow came on lap four as Ross White slowed in turn two with a flat tire. The lap seven caution came out for Skip Arp who slowed on the front-chute. The next yellow fell on lap 31 for Stacy Boles slowing in turn two and the final caution would come out on the 49th lap as second place runner Dale McDowell slowed coming off the fourth turn.
The tight points battle between Casey Roberts and Billy Ogle Jr. and the rest of the Southern Nationals Series regulars heads to the final points race at Tazewell (Tenn.) Speedway on Saturday Night paying $10,050-to-win. Roberts leads Ogle by eight points while Austin Smith, Donald McIntosh and a tie between Vic Hill and Craig Vosbergen round out the top five in series points.
Feature Results of “Food City 53” Southern Nationals Series Round # 8 at Smoky Mountain Speedway:
1. Randy Weaver-Crossville, Tenn.
2. Billy Ogle Jr.-Knoxville, Tenn.
3. Casey Roberts-Toccoa, Ga.
4. Austin Smith-Cedartown, Ga.
5. Craig Vosbergen-Perth, Western Australia
6. Dennis Franklin-Gaffney, S.C.
7. Vic Hill-Mosheim, Tenn.
8. Donald McIntosh-Dawsonville, Ga.
9. Derek Ellis-Chatsworth, Ga.
10. Pierce McCarter-Gatlinburg, Tenn.
11. Robby Moses-Friendsville, Tenn.
12. Dale McDowell-Chickamauga, Ga.
13. Mark Douglas-Knoxville, Tenn.
14. Tommy Kerr-Maryville, Tenn.
15. Stacy Boles-Clinton, Tenn.
16. Jason Welshan-Maryville, Tenn.
17. Skip Arp-Georgetown, Tenn.
18. Jeff Wolfenbarger-Clinton, Tenn.
19. Mark Whitener-Middleburg, Fla.
20. Roger Best-Greenback, Tenn.
21. Ross White-Knoxville, Tenn.
22. Mark Dotson-Cameron, Mo.
Time of Race: 29 minutes, 40 seconds
Margin of Victory: 02.007 seconds
Yellow Flags: Four (laps 4, 7, 31, 49)
Red Flags: None
Lap Leaders: Weaver (1-53)
Overall Fast Qualifier: Randy Weaver-15.254 seconds
DirtonDirt.com Dash for Cash ($100 to winner): Randy Weaver, Billy Ogle Jr., Dale McDowell, Casey Roberts.
Arizona Sport Shirts Last Chance Race One Finish (8 Laps/Top-8 advance): Mar Douglas, Skip Arp, Austin Smith, Dennis Franklin, Jeff Wolfenbarger, Stacy Boles, Mark Whitener, Roger Best, Ellery Leake, Vic Hill.
Tennessee RV Last Chance Race Two Finish (8 Laps/Top-8 advance): Donald McIntosh, Pierce McCarter, Craig Vosbergen, Ross White, Derek Ellis, Tommy Kerr, Robby Moses, Jason Welshan, Bo Eaton.
Southern Nationals Series Contingency Award Winners (awards presented to noted finisher/qualifier or next highest displaying decal):
FK Rod Ends ($100 certificate to fast qualifier): Randy Weaver
Willwood Engineering “Tough Brake Award” ($100 certificate): Mark Dotson
GW Performance ($50 certificate to 12th place finisher in A-Main): Dale McDowell
Fast Shafts ($50 certificate to Hard Charger in A-Main): Vic Hill
Barry Wright Race Cars ($100 certificate to highest finishing BWRC in A-Main): Mark Whitener
Southern Nationals Series ($200 cash to highest finishing CT525 in A-Main): None
Southern Nationals Series ($200 cash to highest finishing Steel Head/SPEC in A-Main): None
Current Series Points (after July 31):
1. Casey Roberts-1,419
2. Billy Ogle Jr.-1,411
3. Austin Smith-1,385
4. Donald McIntosh-1,381
5. Vic Hill-1,359
5. Craig Vosbergen-1,359
7. Mark Dotson-1,307
8. Stacy Boles-1,275
9. Dennis Franklin-853
10. Mark Whitener-777