Story By: RYAN DELPH / SOUTHERN NATIONALS SERIES – BRASSTOWN, NC – The hunt to crown a ninth Schaeffer’s Oil Spring Nationals Series Champion continues this Friday night, March 18 at Tri-County Race Track in round three of the twelve-race miniseries.
The 1/4-mile, Brasstown, North Carolina oval will greet the spring tour for the fifth time, as four different winners have graced victory lane at the Ray Cook-promoted facility: Casey Roberts (’13), Mike Marlar (’14), Donald McIntosh (’19), David Payne (’21).
A $4,053 top prize will be on the line this Friday at the track deemed as the “Tiger Pit” and each feature starter is guaranteed at least $400 to start out of a $17,000+ purse.
With two Schaeffer’s Oil Spring Nationals Series events already in the books in 2022, Georgian Michael Page and Floridian Mark Whitener find themselves tied atop the current series point standings. A 22 car field showed up for the lid lifter on March 4 at Swainsboro Raceway in Swainsboro, Georgia where Brandon Overton picked up the $10,053 payday over a top five including runner-up Michael Page, Mark Whitener, Dalton Cook, and Ashton Winger. On March 5 at Senoia Raceway in Senoia, Georgia, Shane Clanton bested a 32 car field to record a similar $10,053 winner’s check over Dylan Knowles, Mark Whitener, Michael Page, and Sam Seawright.
At Tri County Race Track on Friday, March 18, the pit gates will open at 3:00pm and the grandstand gates will start to allow fans into the venue at 4:00pm. The Driver’s Meeting is scheduled to take place at 6:00pm with hot laps starting promptly at 6:30pm. Grandstand admission into the season opener at Tri-County is $20.00 for adults and $10.00 for kids ages 11-16. Pit admission for adults is $35.00, while kids ages 11-16 will be admitted into the pit area for only $20.00. As always, children ages 10 and under will be allowed onto the grounds for FREE.
Along with the ground-pounding Super Late Models, Friday’s show in beautiful Brasstown will also feature the Limited/Crate Late Model ($700 to win), 602 Modified Street ($400 to win), Open Wheel Modified ($400 to win), Street Stock ($300 to win), and Front Wheel Drive ($200 to win) divisions. Tri-County Race Track is located at 10456 Old U.S. 64 in Brasstown, North Carolina 28902.
The third round of the Schaeffer’s Oil Spring Nationals Series schedule on March 18 at Tri-County Race Track will feature a complete show of FK Rod Ends qualifying, consolation events, and a 40-lap headliner. The Super Late Model tire rule will be Hoosier 1350 or 1600 on all four corners; American Racer 48 or 56 on all four corners. Body rules and the Droop Rule will be the same as those agreed on by both the World of Outlaws Late Model Series and the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series – among many others. The entry fee will be $100.00 and transponders will be available to rent. Any driver not advancing into the feature field will receive $75.00 in tow money.