Donald McIntosh Makes
Schaeffer’s Southern Nationals Bonus Series Trip to Blue
Ridge Motorsports Park Pay $4,000
21, 2017) The Schaeffer’s Oil Southern Nationals
Bonus Series presented Sunoco Race Fuel and Tennessee RV would
make its first-ever appearance at Blue Ridge Motorsports Park
in Blue Ridge, GA and Donald McIntosh of Dawsonville, GA would
make his first-ever trip to the 1/3 mile semi-banked clay oval
a profitable one as he would claim the $4,000 payday. (MRM
McIntosh, who is also the current series points leader, would
claim his second win of 2017 with the tour and also become only
the second-repeat winner with the series while driving the Blount
Motorsports owned Massey Electric/Ole Ben Franklin Motors/Stowers
CAT/Blount Excavating/Cherokee Millwright/Arnold’s Trucking/DR
Investments sponsored #7m Rocket Chassis, Vic Hill Race Engines-powered
Ray Cook would take the race lead at the start of the 40-lap,
$4,000 to win contest, with Kurt English and Donald McIntosh giving
chase. The first caution of the event would fly on lap two when
Kip Cochran would make contact with the outside retaining wall
in turn one to slow the action. The restart would see Cook maintain
the lead, while McIntosh would work past English for the second
position, while David Payne and Kenny Collins would battle for
the fourth position. McIntosh would immediately begin to challenge
Cook for the lead on lap three and the pair would race side-by-side
for the top spot until McIntosh would finally collect the top
position on lap seven. McIntosh would pull away a bit from Cook
as he started working slower traffic on lap nine and by lap thirteen,
McIntosh would begin to encounter heavy lapped traffic, allowing
Cook and English to close in on the race leader, while Shawn Chastain
would make his way into the top five and battle with Payne for
the fourth position. The slowing car of Danny Ledford would draw
the next caution flag on lap eighteen as his mount would slow
in turn one to bunch the field back together. The restart would
see McIntosh motor away from the pack, while English would take
the second position from Cook, while Chastain would take fourth
As the race worked past the halfway mark, Chastain would close
in on Cook for third and the duo would battle wheel-to-wheel for
the position until Chastain would take the spot on lap twenty-four.
Caution would wave again on lap twenty-six when George Mashburn
would contact the outside wall in turn four, but would be able
to continue the event. This restart would see seventh-place starting
Chastain take the runner-up spot away from English, while J.T.
Seawright would pressure Cook for the fourth position. The caution
would wave again on lap twenty-seven when Tim Rucker would loop
his machine in turn four and the attempted restart would also
be cautioned as Craig Greer would spin in turn four as the field
came back to the green flag. The next restart would also see trouble
as Johnny Chastain, Jeremy Ledford, and Greer would tangle entering
turn three, with Chastain and Ledford done for the night. The
next attempted restart would see disaster strike second-place
running Shawn Chastain as he would lose a right-front tire and
when the chaos settled, Chastain, along with Seth Wimpey, Joey
Standridge, Rucker, and Greer would all be collected in an incident
in turn one that resulted in a red-flag situation due to the track
being blocked. Once the clean-up was completed and action resumed,
McIntosh would again drive away from the field, with English now
second, while Cook would be challenged for third by Seawright
as that pair battled side-by-side for the position until Seawright
would claim the spot on lap thirty-one. McIntosh would continue
to build his lead over the final few circuits of the contest and
would see the checkered flag first, with English finishing second
and Seawright scoring a third-place finish. Cook and David Payne
would complete the top five. The remainder of the top ten finishers
in the event would be Gary McPherson, Kenny Collins, George Mashburn,
Seth Wimpey and Jeff Neubert.
The Schaeffer’s Oil Southern Nationals Bonus Series presented
by Sunoco Race Fuel and Tennessee RV next event will be Saturday
October 28 at Senoia Raceway in Senoia, GA for the 2nd Annual
Showdown at Senoia, paying $10,000-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 Blue Ridge Motorsports Park in Blue Ridge, GA
on October 21, 2017
1. Donald McIntosh-Dawsonville, Ga.
2. Kurt English-Murphy, N.C.
3. J.T. Seawright-Fort Payne, Ala.
4. Ray Cook-Brasstown, N.C.
5. David Payne-Murphy, N.C.
6. Gary McPherson-Dalton, Ga.
7. Kenny Collins-Colbert, Ga.
8. George Mashburn-Murphy, N.C.
9. Seth Wimpey-Blue Ridge, Ga.
10. Jeff Neubert-Rockford, Tenn.
11. Joey Standridge-Telico Plains, Tenn.
12. Craig Greer-Cleveland, Tenn.
13. Shawn Chastain-Murphy, N.C.
14. Johnny Chastain-Murphy, N.C.
15. Jason Croft-Woodstock, Ga.
16. Jeremy Ledford-Cleveland, Ga.
17. Tim Rucker-Madisonville, Tenn.
18. Steve Smith-Powell, Tenn.
19. Danny Ledford-Warne, N.C.
20. Benjy Shaw-Telico Plains, Tenn.
21. Kip Cochran-Franklin, N.C.
22. Jamie Oliver-Murphy, N.C.
Time of Race: 37 minutes, 48 seconds
Margin of Victory: 5.021 seconds
Yellow Flags: 7 (lap 2, 18, 26, 27, 27 restart, 27 restart, 27
Red Flags: 1 (final lap 27 restart)
Lap Leaders: Ray Cook (1-6), Donald McIntosh (7-40)
Overall Top Qualifier: Kurt English (Group B) 14.522 seconds
Keyser Manufacturing 11th Place Award: Joey Standridge
Highest Finishing CT525 Engine ($200): None
Highest Finishing Steel/SPEC Engine ($200): Seth Wimpey
Provisional Starters: Joey Standridge, Tim Rucker
Heat One Finish (10 laps/top 6 transfer)- George Mashburn, Gary
McPherson, Johnny Chastain, Danny Ledford, Jeff Neubert, Seth
Wimpey, Joey Standridge, Bo Eaton (DNS-Shane Tankersley, Andy
Heat Two Finish (10 laps/top 6 transfer)- Jamie Oliver, Jason
Croft, Kip Cochran, Jeremy Ledford, Benjy Shaw, Craig Greer, Tim
Rucker, Trevor Parker, Daryl Mathison (DNS-Aaron Ridley, Randy
Current Southern Nationals Bonus Series Points (after October
1. Donald McIntosh-2,200
2. David Payne-1,988
3. Joey Standridge-1,467
4. Jeff Neubert-1,242
5. Jamie Oliver-1,022
6. Brandon Overton-936
7. Ray Cook-815
8. Billy Ogle Jr.-799
9. Steve Smith-797
10. Mike Marlar-790
* All Photos Below
Courtesy of McLeod Media Services
* All Photos Below
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