Southern Nationals Invades Swainsboro Saturday Night For Rain-Postponed Shootout
Story By: RYAN DELPH / SOUTHERN NATIONALS SERIES – BRASSTOWN, NC – The Schaeffer’s Oil Southern Nationals Series will host a rare October event this Saturday, October 15, as a $10,053 top prize will be up for grabs in a rain-postponed showdown at Swainsboro Raceway.
The ground-pounding Super Late Models will compete in a full racing program at the Swainsboro, Georgia speedplant – headlined by a 53-lap main event. Joining the Schaeffer’s Oil Southern Nationals Series in action will be the Crate Late Models, 602 Late Models, Street Stocks, Road Warriors, Crown Vic Pro’s, and Crown Vic Jr.’s.
The pit gates will swing open at noon on Saturday, while the grandstands will start to allow patrons into the facility at 3:00pm. The Drivers Meeting is set for 5:00pm and hot laps will take to the racetrack starting at 6:00pm. Adult admission will be $20.00 into the grandstands and $35.00 into the pit area. Kids ages 6-11 will be admitted into the stands for only $15.00 and into the pits for only $25.00. Children ages 5 and under will be allowed onto the grounds for FREE!
A total of 21 Super Late Models signed into the pit area at Swainsboro Raceway back on July 24 to enter round eight of the Schaeffer’s Oil Southern Nationals Series. Those drivers included Dalton Cook, Banjo Duke, Jason Garver, Brenden Smith, Will Roland, Jimmy Sharpe, Jr., Carson Ferguson, Parker Martin, Taylor Puckett, Chris Ferguson, Kenny Collins, Jordy Nipper, John Henderson, Brandon Overton, Cla Knight, Jensen Ford, Cody Overton, Wil Herrington, Shun Thomas, Zack Mitchell, and eventual series Champion Cory Hedgecock. When Saturday rolls around, any and all drivers will be eligible to enter the brand-new program.
Chris Madden (’08), Casey Roberts (’09), Bub McCool (’10), Chris Madden (’12), Jonathan Davenport (’13), Casey Roberts (’14 & ’15), Dennis Franklin (’16), Donald McIntosh (’17), and Brandon Overton x2 (’18) have all picked up checkered flags with the series in the past at the Paul Purvis-owned oval. Swainsboro Raceway is located at 586 Modoc Road in Swainsboro, GA 30401.
The tire rule will be Hoosier 1350 and 1600 or American Racer 48 and 56 on the right front, left rear, and right rear, while the left front will be totally open. There will be a six-tire limit that will be enforced on October 15 at Swainsboro Raceway.
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.
Purse for Swainsboro (GA) Raceway on October 15 (53 Laps):
1) $10,053, 2) $5,000, 3) $2,500, 4) $1,800, 5) $1,250, 6) $900, 7) $800, 8. $700, 9) $675, 10) $650, 11) $625, 12) $600, 13) $575, 14) $550, 15) $525, 16) $500, 17) $500, 18) $500, 19) $500, 20) $500, 21) $500, 22) $500 — $30,703 TOTAL
Loudon, Tennessee ace Cory Hedgecock was celebrated as the 2022 Series Champion and received an extra $10,053 for his efforts after the points finale at Tazewell (TN) Speedway back on July 30. Will Roland finished a strong runner-up in the final point tally to earn an additional $5,053 and the Jasper, Georgia youngster also picked up a $1,000 paycheck courtesy of Dirt Draft for Rookie of the Year honors. Eight drivers were eligible for point fund money this year with Kenny Collins third, Jensen Ford fourth, John Henderson fifth, Parker Martin sixth, Dalton Cook seventh, and Brenden Smith eighth rounding out the final point standings.