Randy Weaver Becomes Fifth Different Southern Nationals Winner with Dominant Rome Outing

Randy Weaver

(ROME, GEORGIA) Randy Weaver made his first appearance of the year with the Schaeffer’s Oil Southern Nationals Series on Sunday night, July 25 and dominated the program at Rome Speedway in Rome, Georgia to secure a $4,053 windfall! The Crossville, Tennessee native laid down the fastest lap overall during hot laps, clicked off the quickest time in Group A during FK Rod Ends qualifying, and later led all forty circuits in the headliner at the “World’s Fastest 1/2-Mile Clay Track.” Randy beat fellow front row starter Dale McDowell to turn one on the opening lap and proceeded to drive away from the feature field in winning by a whopping 5.111 second margin in a race slowed by only one early caution flag.

Donald McIntosh unloaded a back-up #4T machine at Rome and found speed right away in the car usually driven by his Blount Motorsports teammate Tommy Kerr. The Dawsonville, Georgia ace started third on the grid in the main event and moved up to second to finish an impressive runner-up, which vaulted him into the Schaeffer’s Oil Southern Nationals Series point lead. West Georgia Speedway winner Austin Horton, of Newnan, Georgia, advanced two spots to round out the podium in third. Dale McDowell, who earned Fast Time honors overall during qualifying, slipped back to fourth, while Dalton Cook crossed underneath the checkered flag in the fifth finishing position at the storied northwest Georgia oval.

“Man this thing was really, really good tonight,” exclaimed Weaver following the race in talking about his Capital racecar. “I always enjoy coming to Rome and racing against these guys. It’s been awhile since I’ve won here though, but this may have been the best car I’ve ever had at this place. I can’t thank my whole team enough – we are having fun and that’s what it’s all about.”

Randy’s eighth career Schaeffer’s Oil Southern Nationals triumph now puts him sixth on the all-time series win list. The driver known as the “Dream Weaver” also became the fifth different Southern Nationals winner in the five events that have escaped the wrath of Mother Nature so far this season. Randy piloted a #85 Capital Race Car powered by a Phantom Racing Engine with sponsorship from Josh Roberts Trucking, Roberts Repair, and VP Racing Fuels.

Round eight of the Schaeffer’s Oil Southern Nationals Series drew a 19 car field to the historic Rome Speedway for the Sunday special. The feature grid was entirely set by the qualifying session and each entrant advanced into the A-Main. With Randy Weaver (Group A) and Dale McDowell (Group B) topping their respective flights in time trials, those two experienced drivers brought the field to green in the 40-lapper.

After four straight days in the Peach State, the cars and stars racing with the Schaeffer’s Oil Southern Nationals Series will enjoy Monday away from the racetrack. They will reconvene on Tuesday, July 27 at Tri-County Race Track in Brasstown, North Carolina. Round nine of the miniseries will take place at Ray Cook’s 1/4-mile bullring and a lucky driver will walk away from the “Tiger Pit” with a $4,053 payday. Previous series winners at Tri-County include: Benji Cole (’05), Casey Roberts (’06), Chris Madden (’07), Casey Roberts (’15), Shanon Buckingham (’16), Brandon Overton (’17), Jake Knowles (’19), and Chris Madden (’20). More information on this show can be found online by clicking on www.TriCountyRaceTrack.net.

Schaeffer’s Oil Southern Nationals Series presented by Sunoco Race Fuels

Event #8 of 12

Race Summary

Sunday, July 25, 2021

Rome Speedway – Rome, Georgia

Schaeffer’s Oil Feature Finish (40 Laps):

  1. (1) Randy Weaver $4,053
  2. (3) Donald McIntosh $2,000
  3. (5) Austin Horton $1,400
  4. (2) Dale McDowell $1,000
  5. (6) Dalton Cook $800
  6. (4) Zach Leonhardi $700
  7. (10) Billy Franklin $600
  8. (7) Jensen Ford $550
  9. (9) Ahnna Parkhurst $525
  10. (14) Kenny Collins $500
  11. (8) Jordy Nipper $480
  12. (12) Cody Overton $470
  13. (13) Garrett Smith $460
  14. (11) Benjamin Cranford $450
  15. (15) Jimmy Sharpe, Jr. $440
  16. (18) Scott Hall $430
  17. (19) Craig Greer $420
  18. (16) Gary McPherson $410
  19. (17) Jeff Neubert $400


Entries: 19

Lap Leaders: Randy Weaver (Laps 1-40)

Cautions: 1 (Lap 4 for Jeff Neubert who was turned around in Turn 1)


FK Rod Ends Time Trials:

Fast Time Overall: Dale McDowell 14.502

Group A: Randy Weaver 14.583, Donald McIntosh, Austin Horton, Jensen Ford, Ahnna Parkhurst, Benjamin Cranford, Garrett Smith, Jimmy Sharpe, Jr., Jeff Neubert, Craig Greer

Group B: Dale McDowell 14.502, Zach Leonhardi, Dalton Cook, Jordy Nipper, Billy Franklin, Cody Overton, Kenny Collins, Gary McPherson, Scott Hall


Current Schaeffer’s Oil Southern Nationals Series Point Standings:

1) Donald McIntosh – 980

2) Cody Overton [R] – 972

2) Jensen Ford – 972

4) Dale McDowell – 950

5) Garrett Smith [R] – 920

6) Ahnna Parkhurst – 894

7) Jordy Nipper – 890

8) Jeff Neubert – 799

9) Kenny Collins – 796

10) Michael Brown – 760

11) Benjamin Cranford [R] – 738

12) Stacy Boles – 736

13) Dalton Cook – 556

14) Chuck Southard – 530

15) Ross Bailes – 432

* Each driver will be able to drop 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) – $4,053 to win

Thursday, July 29 – Boyd’s Speedway (Ringgold, GA) – $4,053 to win

Friday, July 30 – 411 Motor Speedway (Seymour, TN) – $10,053 to win

Saturday, July 31 – Tazewell Speedway (Tazewell, TN) – $10,053 to win

Sunday, August 1 – Volunteer Speedway (Bulls Gap, TN) – $4,053 to win