Mike Marlar Masters Schaeffer’s
Southern Nationals Bonus Series Visit to North Georgia Speedway
19, 2017) The Schaeffer’s Oil Southern Nationals
Bonus Series presented by Sunoco Race Fuel and Tennessee RV would
make its first-ever visit to North Georgia Speedway in Chatsworth,
GA on Saturday evening with $10,000 up for grabs to the winner
and Mike Marlar of Winfield, Tenn. would park his machine in victory
lane at the end of the sixty lap contest and score the victory.
(McLeod Media Services Photo)
Marlar’s victory would come behind the wheel of the Ronnie
Delk owned Delk Equipment/RS Trading Company/Midwest Sheet Metal/Sunoco
Race Fuels sponsored #157 Rocket Chassis, Cornett Race Engines
Mike Marlar would take the lead at the start of the sixty lap,
$10,000 to win main event, with Donald McIntosh, Brandon Overton,
and Dale McDowell giving chase, while T.J. Reaid and Tyler Millwood
dueled for the fifth position. Millwood would get fifth on lap
four, before Reaid would reclaim the spot on lap five, while Marlar
would open up a comfortable lead at the point. Marlar would start
working slower traffic on lap eleven and would encounter heavy
traffic by lap fifteen and this would allow McIntosh to close
in on Marlar for the lead. However, the caution waved on lap seventeen
when Todd Morrow slowed on the backchute. The restart would see
Marlar pull away again, with Overton taking the second position,
with McDowell also getting by McIntosh to claim third. Casey Roberts
would roll his way into the top five on lap eighteen, while Marlar
would motor away from pack once again. Brad Skinner would spin
in turn four on lap twenty-four to draw a caution flag and bunch
the field up once again. Marlar would get a great restart, while
Roberts would work past McIntosh for the fourth position, only
to lose it back to McIntosh one circuit later before action was
quickly slowed again by debris in turn four, drawing a caution
Marlar would again get a good restart, with Overton and McDowell
still giving chase, while Michael Page would challenge Roberts
for the fifth position and would claim the spot on lap thirty-three.
Race leader Marlar would again start the process of working slower
traffic on lap thirty-eight, while Roberts would retake the fifth
position from Page one trip later. T.J. Reaid would slow on the
track in turn two to bring out the caution flag on lap forty to
again bunch the field together. This restart would again see Marlar
pull away by a few car lengths, with McDowell getting by Overton
for the second position, while Roberts would drive past McIntosh
one lap later, only to see McIntosh reclaim the position on lap
forty-three. Page would again challenge Roberts for the fifth
position at this point and Page would go back to fifth on lap
forty-seven. Marlar would enter traffic once again on lap fifty
and McDowell would close in on the leader as would take the lead
on lap fifty-six, only to see the caution flag fly for debris
in turn one and negate the pass. Marlar would lead the final five
circuits of the event and see the checkered flag first, with McDowell
finishing second and Overton claiming third. Page would drive
by McIntosh with three laps remaining to finish fourth, while
McIntosh would complete the top five finishers. The remainder
of the top ten finishers would be Roberts, Jason Welshan, Derek
Ellis, eighteenth place starting Ross Bailes, and seventeenth
place starter Joey Coulter.
The Schaeffer’s Oil Southern Nationals Bonus Series presented
by Sunoco Race Fuel and Tennessee RV next event will be Sunday
August 20 at Rome Speedway in Rome, GA, 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
Bonus Series at North Georgia Speedway in Chatsworth, GA on August
1. Mike Marlar-Winfield, Tenn.
2. Dale McDowell-Chickamauga, Ga.
3. Brandon Overton-Evans, Ga.
4. Michael Page-Douglasville, Ga.
5. Donald McIntosh-Dawsonville, Ga.
6. Casey Roberts-Toccoa, Ga.
7. Jason Welshan-Maryville, Tenn.
8. Derek Ellis-Chatsworth, Ga.
9. Ross Bailes-Clover, S.C.
10. John Ownbey-Cleveland, Tenn.
11. Joey Coulter-Concord, N.C.
12. Ray Cook-Brasstown, N.C.
13. Will Roland-Jasper, Ga.
14. Brad Skinner-Spring Hill, Tenn.
15. Forrest Trent-Talbott, Tenn.
16. T.J. Reaid-Acworth, Ga.
17. Tyler Millwood-Kingston, Ga.
18. David Payne-Murphy, N.C.
19. Riley Hickman-Ooltewah, Tenn.
20. Jake Knowles-Rome, Ga.
21. Todd Morrow-East Ridge, Tenn.
22. Jamie Oliver-Murphy, N.C.
Time of Race: 29 minutes, 28 seconds
Margin of Victory: 1.330 seconds
Yellow Flags: 5 (lap 17, 24, 27, 40, 56)
Red Flags: None
Lap Leaders: Mike Marlar (1-60)
Overall Top Qualifier: Donald McIntosh (Group A) 13.373 seconds
Keyser Manufacturing 11th Place Award: Joey Coulter
Highest Finishing CT525 Engine ($200): John Ownbey
Highest Finishing Steel/SPEC Engine ($200): None
Provisional Starters: David Payne, Jamie Oliver
Heat One Finish (10 laps/top 4 transfer)- Donald McIntosh, T.J.
Reaid, Brad Skinner, Jake Knowles, Todd Morrow, Jamie Oliver,
Colby Kilgore, Jerry Bradley, Craig Greer, Brandon Kinzer (DNS-Ryan
Heat Two Finish (10 laps/top 4 transfer)- Brandon Overton, Will
Roland, Riley Hickman, Michael Page, Joey Coulter, Gary McPherson,
Eric Granger, Andrew Littleton, Joey Standridge, Bo Eaton
Heat Three Finish (10 laps/top 4 transfer)- Mike Marlar, Tyler
Millwood, John Ownbey, Derek Ellis, Forrest Trent, Austin Smith,
Johnny Cloer, Jadon Frame, Billy Ogle, Jr., Heath Hindman, Kenny
Heat Four Finish (10 laps/top 4 transfer)- Dale McDowell, Casey
Roberts, Jason Welshan, Ray Cook, Ross Bailes, David Payne, Ronnie
Johnson, Aaron Wilson, Blake Spencer, Ahnna Parkhurst, Skip Arp
Consey #1 (10 laps/top 2 transfer)- Joey Coulter, Todd Morrow,
Jamie Oliver, Gary McPherson, Colby Kilgore, Eric Granger, Jerry
Bradley, Andrew Littleton, Craig Greer, Bo Eaton (DNS-Joey Standridge,
Consey #2 (10 laps/top 2 transfer)- Ross Bailes, Forrest Trent,
Ronnie Johnson, Johnny Cloer, Jadon Frame, David Payne, Blake
Spencer, Brandon Kinzer, Billy Ogle, Jr., Ahnna Parkhurst, Austin
Smith (DNS-Aaron Wilson, Heath Hindman, Skip Arp, Kenny Collins)
Current Southern Nationals Bonus Series Points (after 8-19)
1. Donald McIntosh-1,096
2. David Payne-1,072
3. Jamie Oliver-680
4. Joey Standridge-593
5. Jason Welshan-554
6. Brandon Overton-548
7. Billy Ogle Jr.-435
8. Mike Marlar-394
9. Dale McDowell-392
10. Zack Dohm-386