Story By: RYAN DELPH / SOUTHERN NATIONALS SERIES – SENOIA, GA – 2022 Schaeffer’s Oil Spring Nationals Series Champion Carson Ferguson recorded his first career Southern Nationals triumph on Thursday night at Senoia Raceway.
By virtue of clicking off the quickest time in Group A during Memory Lane Classic Car Museum qualifying, Carson started the 40-lap feature from the pole position and the Lincolnton, North Carolina ace took full advantage of that prime starting spot. He grabbed the point on the opening circuit and led the entire distance, which went caution-free, to claim the $4,053 first place prize money.
Carson was able to win by 1.474 seconds over runner-up Tyler Millwood, who closed to Ferguson’s rear quarter panel several times early in the contest. Leading Dirt Draft Rookie of the Year competitor Will Roland rounded out the podium in third. Sam Seawright continued his string of strong finishes with the series by placing fourth, while Wil Herrington was the fifth car in the running order to cross underneath the checkers.
The main event took less than twelve minutes to complete with Carson Ferguson setting the torrid pace up front. Twenty of the twenty-three starters were around at the unfurling of the checkered flag, while the top twelve finished on the lead lap. Schaeffer’s Oil Southern Nationals Series point leader Cory Hedgecock rallied past six competitors to finish in the sixth position and Michael Page was also impressive in working his way past eleven racecars en route to a solid seventh place performance.
“I really have to thank (Tyler) Millwood for racing me clean there,” exclaimed Ferguson in Schaeffer’s Oil Victory Lane. “I could hear him for the first half of that race. I felt like I was hitting my marks a little better and figuring out what to do, but I was a little tight on the bottom. I really have to thank the good Lord for giving us a good day, keeping the rain away, and keeping us all safe. Thanks to Schaeffer’s Oil for putting on a good series!”
Carson piloted a Longhorn Chassis by Wesley Page, which was powered by a Cornett Racing Engine. Sponsorship on his Paylor Motorsports #93 machine comes in part from WP Racing Shocks, Hoopaugh Grading Company, Schaeffer’s Racing Oil, New Point Lighting & Design, Night Owl National Contractors, Mega Plumbing of the Carolinas, Superior Trailer, Dunwellz Custom Kitchen, Live Oak Family Dentistry, and Pro Fabrication.
Even with the threat of rain showers and thunderstorms today, a strong field of 34 competitors piled into the Senoia, Georgia oval for round five of the Schaeffer’s Oil Southern Nationals Series. Tyler Millwood, who showed up late to the track, earned an extra $150 from Memory Lane Classic Car Museum for posting the fastest lap during the qualifying session at a 15.425. With the top five from each group locked in through time trials, the remainder of the field was set by a pair of consolation events, which were won by Austin Horton and Cory Hedgecock respectively. Series regulars John Henderson and Brenden Smith received provisionals to gain access into the 40-lapper, while Joe Denby took use of an emergency provisional to start shotgun on the field
With no rest for the wicked, the cars and stars racing with the Schaeffer’s Oil Southern Nationals Series will head to the historic East Alabama Motor Speedway overnight for Friday’s $5,053 to win throwdown. Tomorrow will mark the fifth-ever visit by the tour to EAMS, but the first since 2013. Jonathan Davenport (’10), Casey Roberts (’11), Chris Madden (’12), and Jonathan Davenport (’13) were the previous series winners at the Phenix City, Alabama facility.
Schaeffer’s Oil Southern Nationals Series presented by Sunoco Race Fuels
Round 5 Race Summary
Thursday, July 21, 2022
Senoia Raceway (Senoia, Georgia)
Schaeffer’s Oil Feature Finish (40 Laps):
1. (1) Carson Ferguson $4,053
2. (2) Tyler Millwood $2,000
3. (3) Will Roland $1,400
4. (7) Sam Seawright $1,000
5. (6) Wil Herrington $800
6. (12) Cory Hedgecock $700
7. (18) Michael Page $600
8. (11) Austin Horton $550
9. (9) Kenny Collins $525
10. (5) Dalton Cook $500
11. (16) Jensen Ford $480
12. (4) Jordy Nipper $470
13. (14) Ashton Winger $460
14. (8) Banjo Duke $450
15. (10) Joseph Joiner $440
16. (21) John Henderson $430
17. (15) Parker Martin $420
18. (17) Oliver Gentry $410
19. (19) Marty Lunsford $400
20. (22) Brenden Smith $400
21. (23) Joe Denby $75
22. (13) Camaron Marlar $400
23. (20) Bo Slay $400
Lap Leaders: Carson Ferguson (Laps 1-40)
Memory Lane Classic Car Museum Time Trials:
Fast Time Overall: Tyler Millwood 15.425
Group A (Top Five Locked In): Carson Ferguson, Will Roland, Dalton Cook, Sam Seawright, Kenny Collins
Group B (Top Five Locked In): Tyler Millwood, Jordy Nipper, Wil Herrington, Banjo Duke, Joseph Joiner
Sunoco Race Fuels B-Main #1 Finish (Top Five Transfer): 1. Austin Horton, 2. Camaron Marlar, 3. Parker Martin, 4. Oliver Gentry, 5. Marty Lunsford, 6. J.R. Moseley, 7. Jamie Maurice, 8. Joe Denby, 9. Justin Hammett, 10. Bailey Williams, 11. Chris McKeehan, 12. John Henderson (DNS)
American Racer South B-Main #2 Finish (Top Five Transfer): 1. Cory Hedgecock, 2. Ashton Winger, 3. Jensen Ford, 4. Michael Page, 5. Bo Slay, 6. Jason Garver, 7. Glenn Morris, 8. Chad Duncan, 9. Brenden Smith, 10. Shane Fulcher, 11. Monte Vaughn, 12. Rucker Orr
Series Provisionals: John Henderson, Brenden Smith
Emergency Provisional: Joe Denby