Schaeffer’s Oil Southern Nationals Series Runs July 14th Through July 28th   


Schaeffer’s Oil Southern Nationals Series Runs July 14th Through July 28th   

Schaeffer’s Oil Southern Nationals Series Runs July 14th Through July 28th   

Schaeffer’s Oil Southern Nationals Series Runs July 14th Through July 28th   
 
By Chris Tilley, Series Publicist
 
BRASSTOWN, NC. – July 6, 2018 –The busiest weeks of dirt track racing in the Southeast kick off on Saturday July 14th at WYTHE RACEWAY with the running of the Fourteenth Annual Schaeffer’s Oil Southern Nationals Series presented by Sunoco Race Fuels and Tennessee RV.
 
Drivers will race for over $266,000 in prize money in 11 races. Drivers will have driven over 1,107 miles in 21 hours of driving during the Southern Nationals. If one driver were to win every race, they would receive $63,400 in first place money and $68,453 total after the first-place points money.
 
The 11-race mini-tour kicks off Saturday Night July 14th at Wythe Raceway in Rural Retreat, Va. paying $10,000-to-win. Last year’s event winner at Wythe Raceway was Vic Hill of Mosheim, Tenn.
 
At Wythe Raceway on July 14th, drivers must meet the following criteria for being eligible to race in the feature event where Promoter Fred Brown has announced all cars that attend the event will be allowed to qualify for the feature event paying $10,000-to-win and $500-to-start. All cars will qualify and heat race. No cars will be locked in through qualifying. The only drivers past the 22-car starting field will be the ones who meet the following criteria: 1) Qualifying lap times must be within 1.5 seconds (max) from the fifth overall fastest driver at the end of qualifying. 2) Legitimate all-aluminum engines will only be permitted. 3) Driver must have raced at least twice in 2018.
  
Some of the drivers that have given intentions on trying to complete the entire tour include: Chicky Barton of Middlesboro, Ky., Shanon Buckingham of Morristown, Tenn., 2016 Champion Devin Gilpin of Columbus, Ind., Donald McIntosh of Dawsonville, Ga., Robby Moses of Maryville, Tenn., Brandon Overton of Evans, Ga., Aaron Ridley of Chatsworth, Ga., and Craig Vosbergen of Perth, Western Australia.
 
Each night, the tour will feature a complete show of Practice, Qualifying, Heat Races/Conseys and the Main events (either 35 or 53 laps in distance). A $100 entry fee will be charged each night and transponders will be available for rent at each event. At the first series event, provisional starting spots will be based on one from last year’s Southern Nationals Series points and this year’s final Spring Nationals Series points if needed.
 
The Southern Nationals Series 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. Brandon Overton of Evans, Ga. is the defending series champion. Race purses in excess of $266,000 will go out the door in just eleven days of racing. The top AR Bodies/MasterSbilt Race Cars Rookie of the Year for the tour will receive a $1,000 cash award. The top-five drivers in points after the first event will be guaranteed to leave each race with $600 minimum if they make the feature race and $300 minimum if they don’t make the feature race.
 
One driver will collect an additional $5,053 if he is the overall champion of the Spring, Schaeffer’s Oil Southern Nationals and Schaeffer’s Southern Nationals Bonus Series at season’s end.
 
At each Schaeffer’s Oil Spring Nationals, Schaeffer’s Oil Southern Nationals and Schaeffer’s Oil Southern Nationals Bonus Series event in 2018, the highest finishing CT525 engine in the main event will receive a $200 bonus and the highest finishing Steel Head/SPEC engine will also receive a $200 bonus.
 
Former Southern Nationals Series Champions include: Jeff Cooke (2005), Anthony White (2006), Chris Madden (2007/2008/2011/2012/2014), Tommy Kerr (2009), Jonathan Davenport (2010/2013), Casey Roberts (2015), Devin Gilpin (2016) Brandon Overton (2017).
 
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 visit the official website located at www.SouthernNationalsSeries.com .
 
2018 Schaeffer’s Oil Southern Nationals Series Schedule:
Saturday July 14-Wythe Raceway-Rural Retreat, VA-$10,000 to win/53 laps
Monday July 16-Volunteer Speedway-Bulls Gap, TN-$3,500 to win/35 laps
Tuesday July 17-411 Motor Speedway-Seymour, TN-$3,500 to win/35 laps
Thursday July 19-Toccoa Raceway-Toccoa, GA-$3,500 to win/35 laps
Friday July 20-Swainsboro Raceway-Swainsboro, GA-$5,300 to win/53 laps
Saturday July 21-Screven Motor Speedway-Sylvania, GA-$10,000 to win/53 laps
Sunday July 22-Rome Speedway-Rome, GA-$5,300 to win/53 laps
Tuesday July 24-Boyd’s Speedway-Ringgold, GA-$3,500 to win/35 laps
Thursday July 26-Crossville Speedway-Crossville, TN-$3,500 to win/35 laps
Friday July 27-Smoky Mountain Speedway-Maryville, TN-$5,300 to win/53 laps
Saturday July 28-Tazewell Speedway-Tazewell, TN-$10,000 to win/53 laps