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Dale McDowell Unstoppable with Third-Straight Spring Nationals Series Win at Dixie Speedway!

(May 24, 2014) Dale McDowell put a huge exclamation on his Memorial Day Weekend with his second weekend win on the Old Man’s Garage Spring Nationals Series by Schaeffer’s Oil and his third-straight victory on Saturday Night May 24th at Dixie Speedway, as the track saw one of it's largest crowds in it's storied 45-year history.

The Chickamauga, Ga. driver led flag-to-flag for the $6,000 payday, and $10,000 for the weekend as he also won on Friday Night driving the Team Dillon Racing, Cometic Gaskets, Klotz Lubricants, Big Dog Motorsports, Ferris Commercial Mowers and WTW Enterprises sponsored E.C.R. powered Warrior Race Car Impala SS to the win. | full story

Dale McDowell Superb in Spring Nationals Series Stop at Boyd’s Speedway!

(May 23, 2014) Dale McDowell picked up his third-career Old Man’s Garage Spring Nationals Series victory on Friday Night May 23rd at Boyd’s Speedway in dominating fashion. McDowell drove the Team Dillon Racing, Cometic Gaskets, Klotz Lubricants, Big Dog Motorsports, Ferris Commercial Mowers and WTW Enterprises sponsored E.C.R. powered Warrior Race Car Impala SS to the $4,000 payday, his second this season. McDowell’s previous victory came on May 8th at Duck River Raceway Park.

McDowell was the fastest car in FK Rod Ends Time Trials with a 13.072 seconds, besting a series-record car count (Spring and Southern Nationals Series) of 53 entries representing eight states. Heat Race Winners were Skip Arp, Todd Morrow, Ivedent Lloyd Jr. and Michael Chilton. Jamie Perry won the Last Chance Race. | full story

Dale McDowell Charges from Twelfth to First in Spring Nationals Series Visit to Duck River!

(May 8, 2014) Dale McDowell of Chickamauga, Ga. took the lead from Billy Ogle Jr. with just two laps remaining to capture the $4,000 payday in the Old Man’s Garage Spring Nationals Series by Schaeffer’s Oil-sanctioned event at the Duck River Raceway Park in Wheel, Tenn. on Thursday Night May 8th.

McDowell would come from his 12th place feature starting position and use the high side to his advantage during the final stages of the race to go on to collect his second-career series victory. His first series win came at the first event of 2013. McDowell drove the Team Dillon Racing, Klotz Lubricants, Cometic Gaskets, Big Dog Motorsports sponsored E.C.R. powered Warrior Race Car to the victory. | full story

Darrell Lanigan Outduels Jimmy Owens in Spring Nationals Series Thriller at Florence Speedway!

(April 19, 2014) Darrell Lanigan and Jimmy Owens shared center stage in what was a hard-fought short track Saturday Night battle of Club 29 Race Cars at Florence Speedway. Lanigan, of Union, Ky., would come out on top after a last lap attempt by Owens and capture his first-career Old Man’s Garage Spring Nationals by Schaeffer’s Oil victory which was worth $5,000 to the hometown driver taking the payday in front of a great crowd during the 38th Annual Spring 50. Lanigan drove his Lanigan Autosports, Keyser Manufacturing and Hoosier Racing Tire sponsored Cornett Racing Engines powered Club 29 Race Car to the win. He also became the 15th different Spring Nationals Series winner.

Owens would settle for second after a late race surge while driving the Reece Monument sponsored Club 29 Race Car. Behind Lanigan and Owens in the finish was Indiana, Pa. driver Gregg Satterlee who completed his third-straight top-five finish in just his third series start while driving the Keyser Manufacturing Rocket Chassis. Finishing fourth was ninth starter Dustin Linville in the Graphic Impressions sponsored Swartz Race Car. Completing the top-five was Jeff Babcock of Wayne, Oh. in the Best Performance Motorsports sponsored Rocket Chassis. The top-five drivers were the only drivers in the field of 24 that remained on the lead lap after a 44-lap green flag run sent the majority of the field a lap down to the leaders. | full story

Mike Marlar Spoils New Winner Record But Claims Second Spring Nationals Victory at Ponderosa

(April 18, 2014) Mike Marlar of Winfield, Tenn. took the lead away from Dustin Linville on lap nine to go on to claim his second-career Old Man’s Garage Spring Nationals Series by Schaeffer’s Oil and the $4,000 payday at Ponderosa Speedway on Friday Night April 18th. Marlar would drive the Ronnie Delk owned and sponsored Rocket Chassis with a Cornett Racing Engine power-plant to the victory. Marlar is now the only repeat winner on the series since the inception in 2013.

Linville, the FK Rod Ends Quick Qualifier along with Marlar would bring the field of 23 to life for the start of the 40-lap main and Linville would lead the opening eight laps. Marlar would make his move coming off turn four on the ninth circuit to go on and hold off Eric Wells, Gregg Satterlee, Linville and Billy Ogle Jr. for the event win. | full story

Brandon Kinzer Captures Johnny Salyer Memorial for Spring Nationals Series at 201 Speedway

(April 17, 2014) Brandon Kinzer of Allen, KY led flag-to-flag at 201 Speedway in Sitka, KY on Thursday Night April 17th for his first-career Old Man’s Garage Spring Nationals Series victory. Kinzer also became the 14th different winner in tour history with no repeat winners. Kinzer drove to the $4,000 Johnny Salyer Memorial payday at his home track while driving the Kinzer Drilling Company, Quality Natural Gas, Will Kinzer Foundation for Autism Research and Bluegrass Arms sponsored Gaerte Racing Engines powered MB Customs Race Car. In addition to the victory, Kinzer is the fifth different winner this season.

FK Rod Ends Quick Qualifier and polesitter Kinzer and Donald McIntosh brought the field of 23 to the start of the 40-lapper with Kinzer jumping to the point. Two false starts because of multi-car spins would bunch the field up for a third try at the start. Kinzer would still remain in control and hold off a third-starting Jackie Boggs who would challenge Kinzer on the top side during the first few laps. | full story

Mike Marlar Takes Old Man’s Garage Spring Nationals Series Victory in Tri-County Debut!

(April 10, 2014) Mike Marlar took the lead from Billy Ogle, Jr. on lap five and led the remaining distance for his first-career Old Man’s Garage Spring Nationals Series by Schaeffer’s Oil victory on Thursday night, April 10th at Tri-County Race Track in Brasstown, NC. The Winfield, Tenn. driver earned $4,000 for his efforts while driving the Ronnie Delk owned, Cornett Racing Engines powered Rocket Chassis. Marlar’s sponsors include Delk Equipment, R&S Trading, and VP Race Fuels. This was Marlar’s first win at the Ray Cook-promoted oval in his first career visit. (Marty Bingham Photo)

FK Rod Ends Fast Timer Marlar and Ogle led the field of 22 to the start for the 40-lapper with Ogle taking to the point and the early lead. The yellow would wave before a lap would be completed because of a false start. This would bunch the field up again for the restart. Ogle would then jump to the point with Marlar in hot pursuit. The next yellow flag would wave on lap one as Joe Armistead, Jr. would come to a stop in turn one. By lap four, Marlar would catch Ogle and make the pass coming off of turn four on the fifth lap to take the lead. On lap five the yellow would fly as Victor Lee and Donald McIntosh made contact in turn four and came to a stop. The lap-16 yellow flag would wave as Ray McElhiney made contact with Austin Smith in turn one. The final yellow would wave as David Payne slammed the wall in turn two after jumping the cushion. | full story

Billy Ogle, Jr. Claims Old Man’s Garage Spring Nationals Series Victory at Smoky Mountain Speedway!

(April 5, 2014) Billy Ogle, Jr., of Knoxville, Tennessee, became the 12th different winner in series history, as he claimed the $6,000 first place prize during the Old Man’s Garage Spring Nationals Series by Schaeffer’s Oil stop at Smoky Mountain Speedway on Saturday evening, April 5. (Glen's Photo)

Ogle took over the point after race-long leader Chris Madden had contact with a lapped car on the 16th circuit - causing him to spin and slam hard into the turn one wall. That put Ogle to the top spot and he capitalized by leading the remainder of the 50-lapper. Ogle drove to Victory Lane in the Blount Motorsports, Blount Excavating, Explosive Specialists, and Massey Electric-sponsored Vic Hill Racing Engines-powered #201 Rocket Chassis. Ogle became the third different winner this season in as many shows on the Spring Nationals tour. | full story

Chris Madden is "Mister Saturday Night" with $10k Spring Nationals Win at Volunteer Speedway!

(March 15, 2014) Chris Madden took the lead from Eric Wells on lap 22 and led the remainder of the 60-lap distance to claim the $10,000 payday tonight at Volunteer Speedway in the final night of the 13th Annual 'Spring Thaw,' which was sanctioned by the Old Man’s Garage Spring Nationals by Schaeffer’s Oil. The victory marked Madden’s third straight Saturday night win, as the Gray Court, South Carolina star was coming off 'Bama Bash' and 'Tennessee Tipoff Classic' titles. Madden also became the 11th different winner in 11 Spring Nationals Series events contested since March 2013, as there has not been a repeat winner since the tour’s inception. (MRM Racing Photos)

Madden drove to the victory in the Century Plastics, Hamrick’s of Gaffney, Henderson Amusement, Cushman Paint & Body sponsored Clements Racing Engines powered #44 Bloomquist Team Zero Race Car. | full story

Jimmy Owens Goes Flag-to-Flag in Spring Nationals Event at Volunteer in New Club 29 Race Car

(March 14, 2014) Welcome to Club 29 Jimmy Owens. Owens of Newport, TN scored his first victory for Darrell Lanigan’s Club 29 Race Cars on Friday night, March 14 during the Old Man’s Garage Spring Nationals Series-sanctioned 13th Annual 'Spring Thaw' event at Volunteer Speedway in Bulls Gap, TN. (Wells Racing Photography)

Owens would come to victory while driving the Reese Monuments / Edge Services sponsored Cornett Racing Engines powered Club 29 Race Car for the $4,000 payday, his first Spring Nationals Series win. Owens made the 10th different winner in 10 races contested since March 2013. | full story

Jim Harrah Hired as Senior Technical Inspector for Spring Nationals Series and Southern Nat’s Bonus Races

(February 14, 2014) The Old Man’s Garage Spring Nationals Series presented by Schaeffer’s Oil and the Southern Nationals Bonus Races are pleased to introduce Jim Harrah of Fayetteville, GA as the Senior Technical Inspector for the 2014 season. Harrah’s extensive background started out as he went to the races at Ohio’s Skyline Speedway with his father, who built the winner’s trophies and handed them out on race night. Harrah began racing in the early 1980’s at the Senoia (GA) Raceway where he finished seventh in his first ever race. He continued racing until the end of the 80’s at the Thomas family’s East Alabama Motor Speedway until it became too expensive for him to do so. After the stint racing, Harrah hooked up with George Echols and started doing technical inspections for the American Winged Outlaw Sprint Series, now the United Sprint Car Series (USCS).

After a brief period with the Sprints, Harrah received a call of a lifetime. Harrah took the call from veteran promoter Mike Swims to meet with him and legendary announcer Jimmy Mosteller of the Hav-A-Tampa Dirt Racing Series to become the lead technical inspector. He remained in that position until moving to the booth to become the Race Director of the most famous Dirt Late Model racing tour in America until the end of the 1996 racing season. In 1998, Harrah got married and raced off and on for the next few years at Seven Flags Speedway in Whitesburg, GA and even helped with renovations that made Senoia, GA back to a dirt track. In 2012, Harrah joined the World of Outlaws Late Model Series and served as their lead Technical Inspector for nearly a year and a half. | full story

Spring Nationals, Southern Nationals, and Bonus Races Announce 2014 Points Funds

(February 9, 2014) Promoter Ray Cook has announced Points Fund cash awards that will be distributed at the end of the 2014 season for the Old Man’s Garage Spring Nationals presented by Schaeffer’s Oil, the Schaeffer’s Oil Southern Nationals presented by Old Man’s Garage and the Southern Nationals Bonus Races.

The Spring Nationals Series will see the Champion receiving $5,053 with the second place receiving $2,553, third place receives $2,053, fourth place receives $1,553, fifth place receives $1,053, sixth place receives $753, seventh place receives $653 and eighth place in series points will receive $553 along with all other prefect attendance drivers. The total of the Spring Nationals Points fund for the entire 10-race mini tour is in excess of $15,000. Steve Casebolt of Richmond, IN is the inaugural series champion.

The Southern Nationals Series, which celebrates its tenth anniversary this season, will feature a points fund in excess of $15,000 with $5,053 going to the Series Champion, second place receives $2,553, third place receives $2,053, fourth place receives $1,553, fifth place receives $1,053, sixth place receives $753, seventh place receives $653 and eighth place in series points will receive $553 along with all other prefect attendance drivers. Jonathan Davenport of Blairsville, GA is the defending series champion. | full story

New Website Launched for Southern Nationals Series, Spring Nationals, and Bonus Races!!!

(December 16, 2013) Welcome to the brand-new www.SouthernNationalsSeries.com presented by Delph Communications, Inc.! The revamped website has split up the Schaeffer Oil Southern Nationals Series, Old Man's Garage Spring Nationals, and Southern Nationals Series Bonus Races to make navigation easier for the viewer. Series schedules were released recently at the PRI Trade Show in Indianapolis, Indiana and promoter Ray Cook is eagerly awaiting the start of the 2014 campaign for all three mini-series. Keep logging onto www.SouthernNationalsSeries.com throughout the year to view the latest news, results, point standings, and other important information concerning the Schaeffer Oil Southern Nationals Series, Old Man's Garage Spring Nationals, and Southern Nationals Series Bonus Races!

2014 Schedules for Spring Nationals, Southern Nationals, and Bonus Races Released!

(December 13, 2013) Officials of the Old Man’s Garage Spring Nationals Series presented by Schaeffer’s Oil and the Schaeffer’s Oil Southern Nationals Series presented by Old Man’s Garage are pleased to introduce the race schedules for the 2014 season. In addition to two-points paying mini-tours, the Southern Nationals Bonus Races will feature ten non-points events from March-November of 2014.

The Old Man’s Garage Spring Nationals Series presented by Schaeffer’s Oil will feature 10 races from March through May. The series opens up on Friday/Saturday March 14/15 at the Volunteer Speedway for the 13th Annual Spring Thaw weekend at Volunteer Speedway in Bulls Gap, TN, paying $4,000 to win on Friday Night and the $10,000 finale on Saturday Night. The series will then feature another double-header on Friday/Saturday March 28/29 at Tri-County Race Track in Brasstown, NC paying $4,000 that Friday Night then on Saturday Night paying $6,000 to win at Smoky Mountain Speedway in Maryville, TN. This first triple-header will be on April 17-19 as the series visits 201 Speedway in Sitka, KY on Thursday April 17th for a $4,000 to win race, then Ponderosa Speedway in Junction City, KY on Friday April 18 for a $4,000 to win event then the series will visit the historic King Family owned Florence Speedway in Union, KY on Saturday Night April 19 for a $5,000 to win event. The series will wrap up the 2014 mini-tour with visits to Duck River Raceway Park in Wheel, TN on Thursday May 8th paying $4,000 to win, Friday May 9 at Boyd’s Speedway in Ringgold, GA paying $4,000 to win and Saturday Night May 10 at Dixie Speedway in Woodstock, GA paying $6,000 to win. | full story

Old Man’s Garage Joins Ray Cook’s Spring Nationals Series as Title Sponsor!!!

(December 13, 2013) The Ray Cook-promoted Spring Nationals Series is extremely pleased to announce that Old Man’s Garage will join the second-year tour as the title sponsor for the next three seasons. The Rainbow City, AL based company will join the Spring Nationals Series as title sponsor for the next three seasons and will also become the presenting sponsor of the 10th Anniversary running of the Schaeffer’s Oil Southern Nationals series.

Schaeffer’s Oil will also become the presenting sponsor of the Old Man’s Garage Spring Nationals Series. Old Man’s Garage and Schaeffer’s Oil will also join in as associate sponsors for the Southern Nationals Bonus Races that will be ran next season. | full story

 

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