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Daily Dirt 05/26/2024 00:21:51

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May 1
Clarksville Speedway,
Clarksville, TN
Sanction: Schaeffer's Spring Nationals - $10,053
Information provided by: Series and track reports (last updated May 2, 3:53 am)
English dominates Clarksville, earns $10,053
  1. Tanner English
  2. Jadon Frame
  3. Donald McIntosh
  4. Dale McDowell
  5. David Seibers
  6. Cory Hedgecock
  7. John Ownbey
  8. Spencer Hughes
  9. Mason Oberkramer
  10. David Payne
  11. Stacy Boles
  12. Caleb Ashby
  13. Gavin Schmidt
  14. Jeff Herzog
  15. Joe Denby
  16. Jeff Neubert
  17. John Minon Jr.
  18. Levi Ashby
  19. Richard Frost
  20. Robert Ardry
  21. Jensen Ford
  22. Johnny Cloer Jr.
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Tanner English in victory lane after his $10,053 victory.
What won the race: Pole-starting Tanner English of Benton, Ky., dominated Saturday at Clarksville Speedway for a $10,053 victory on the Schaeffer's Spring Nationals circuit. He led all 53 laps and took the checkers 1.795 seconds ahead of runner-up Jadon Frame to capture the track's richest-ever winning purse.
Key notes: English notched his fourth victory of the season at Clarksville, including the $5,000 Tuckassee Toilet Bowl Classic. ... He built comfortable leads throughout the race and once had a cushion of five lapped cars between his No. 81E and his pursuers. ... Two cautions slowed the action with a bad initial start and a lap-nine yellow for Johnny Cloer Jr.'s retirement.
On the move: John Ownbey of Cleveland, Tenn., started 13th and finished seventh.
Winner's sponsors: English’s Riggs Motorsports Rocket Chassis has a Pro Power Racing Engine and sponsorship from Riggs Drilling Solutions, Best One Tire & Auto Care, Wiles Racing Driveshafts, Schaeffer’s Racing Oil, Slicker Graphics and Allstar Performance.
Points chase: Heading into the weekend, Dale McDowell (580 points) of Chickamauga, Ga., led Cory Hedgecock (564), Donald McIntosh (558), David Payne (538) and Stacy Boles (506).
Current weather: Clear, 63°F
Car count: 26
Fast qualifier: Dale McDowell
Time: 11.955 seconds
Polesitter: Tanner English
Heat race winners: Tanner English, Jadon Frame, Dale McDowell, Richard Frost
Consolation race winners: Gavin Schmidt
Provisional starters: Jensen Ford, Jeff Neubert
Next series race: May 7, Wythe Raceway (Rural Retreat, VA) $10,053
Editor's note: Results and race details are unofficial.
From staff and series reports

CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. — The Schaeffer's Spring Nationals made its first appearance at Clarksville Speedway on Saturday, and series regulars ran into the buzzsaw that is Tanner English.

The Benton, Ky., driver who has been the track's winningest driver in recent seasons showed why again, leading all 53 laps at the quarter-mile oval for a domination victory that paid a track-high $10,053.

Building comfortable leads and putting as many as five lapped cars between his No. 81E and his pursuers, the polesitting English marched to his first victory on the series but his fourth win overall at Clarksville.

"I've run a lot of laps at this place," English said in victory lane, "so I know just about every condition and where to go when it's a certain way, and everything like that, qualifying and all the way through (the program). I grew up here and it's pretty cool place to come back to and see all these good fans. I know everybody that supports me here and I appreciate it a ton."

English took the checkers 1.795 seconds ahead of Jadon Frame of Decherd, Tenn., whose runner-up finish gave him his richest Super Late Model payday. Two-time series champion Donald McIntosh of Dawsonville, Ga., was third while series points leader Dale McDowell of Chickamauga, Ga., and David Seibers of Chapel Hill, Tenn., rounded out the top five.

English was thankful for supporters that put his Riggs Motorsports car in victory lane.

"I've gotta thank, first of all my crew, my dad and Brock, he works his butt off all week, it's just me and him in the shop," English said. "I've gotta thank them and I've got a lot of friends here and family, I've gotta thank my wife for putting up with everything that I do here in trying to put some bread on the table doing this stuff. It's tough, but it's rewarding when you hit it right.

"I've gotta thank Riggs Motorsports. They've done a lot for me and I couldn't be here without them, for sure."

Frame, who started third, took the second spot from McDowell on the 19th lap before beginning his pursuit of English.

"I was a little bit better than (McDowell), but it just took me (so long) to get around him and wait for my spot to pass him. If I could've gotten around him a little bit better, maybe it'd have been a little better," he said.

English had "by far the better car," Frame said. "Lapped traffic held him up there the last, I don't know, 10 laps or so. We got to about three car lengths, but lapped traffic is tough, so it may have changed if we had more laps. But congratulations to him for winning it."

McIntosh also had a long battle with McDowell before securing a podium spot on lap 37.

"I felt like I had a real maneuverable car. Me and Dale had a heckuva race. I didn't think I was going to get around Dale," McIntosh said. "I went high, then he went high. Then I went low, and he forced me really low.

"But it was an exciting race. I was glad we were able to move around on the track. I can't thank these guys enough. We're starting to get a little momentum, getting some top-threes. So cool night and looking forward to doing it some more."

Two cautions slowed the action. The initial start was called back and a lap-nine yellow appeared for Johnny Cloer Jr.'s retirement.

Notes: English's four victories at Clarksville includes the $5,000 Tuckassee Toilet Bowl Classic, a non-touring DIRTcar-sanctioned event. ... English lapped all but seven competitors. ... Sixteen drivers were running at the finish. ... Brian Shirley had mechanical issues in time trials and scratched for the night. ... Dale McDowell won Friday's series event at Crossville (Tenn.) Speedway.

Feature lineup

Row 1: English, McDowell
Row 2: Frame, Frost
Row 3: McIntosh, Hedgecock
Row 4: Seibers, Boles
Row 5: Hughes, L. Ashby
Row 6: Oberkramer, Payne
Row 7: Ownbey, Cloer Jr.
Row 8: C. Ashby, Minon Jr.
Row 9: Schmidt, Denby
Row 10: Ardry, Herzog
Row 11: Ford, Neubert
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