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July 24
Screven Motor Speedway,
Sylvania, GA
Sanction: Schaeffer's Southern Nationals (Rebel Yell) - $10,053
Information provided by: Joshua Joiner (last updated July 25, 6:25 am)
Bailes dominates Screven's Southern Nationals feature
Rebel Yell
  1. Ross Bailes
  2. Steven Roberts
  3. Wil Herrington
  4. Kenny Collins
  5. Cody Overton
  6. Dale McDowell
  7. Michael Brown
  8. Jordy Nipper
  9. Cla Knight
  10. Dalton Cook
  11. Donald McIntosh
  12. Jensen Ford
  13. Brian Nuttall Jr.
  14. Cole Exum
  15. Ethan Wilson
  16. Garrett Smith
  17. Benjamin Cranford
  18. Ahnna Parkhurst
  19. Stacy Boles
  20. Payton Freeman
  21. Mark Whitener
  22. Brent Dixon
  23. Anthony Sanders
  24. Chuck Southard
presented by
Rick Neff
Ross Bailes (79) grabs the lead at Screven.
What won the race: Scoring his first victory on this year’s Schaffer’s Southern Nationals in dominant fashion, Ross Bailes of Clover, S.C., led every lap of Saturday’s 53-lap Rebel Yell main event to earn a $10,053 payday at Screven Motor Speedway. The pole-starting Bailes was never seriously challenged in taking the checkers 1.524 seconds ahead of runner-up Steven Roberts.
Key notes: Bailes earned his second career Southern Nationals win. His first win on the tour also came at Screven in 2019. ... Bailes became the fourth different winner in four series events this season; three races have been rained out. ... Following Friday’s rainout at Needmore, the Schaeffer’s Southern Nationals Series moved northeast to Screven Motor Speedway for the 22nd annual Rebel Yell. … Hosting the series for the 14th time, Screven is among the 17-year-old tour’s most visited tracks.
On the move: Michael Brown of Pageland, S.C., started 14th and finished seventh.
Winner's sponsors: Bailes drove a Billy Hicks-owned Longhorn Chassis powered by a Vic Hill Racing Engine and sponsored by H&H Auto Sales and Hoosier Tire.
Points chase: After Screven: 1. Cody Overton (796); 2. Jensen Ford (788); 3. Donald McIntosh (784); 4. Michael Brown (760); 5. Dale McDowell (758); 6. Garrett Smith (746); 7. Stacy Boles (736); T8. Ahnna Parkhurst (712); T8. Jordy Nipper (712); 10. Jeff Neubert (637).
Current weather: Clear, 77°F
Car count: 30
Fast qualifier: Brent Dixon
Time: 14.567 seconds
Polesitter: Ross Bailes
Heat race winners: Ross Bailes, Cla Knight, Steven Roberts, Kenny Collins
Consolation race winners: Mark Whitener
Provisional starters: Garrett Smith, Benjamin Cranford, Ahnna Parkhurst, Chuck Southard
Next series race: July 25, Rome Speedway (Rome, GA) $4,053
Editor's note: Results and race details are unofficial.
Joshua Joiner
DirtonDirt.com staff writer

SYLVANIA, Ga. (July 24) — Ending his streak of bad luck on the Schaffer’s Southern Nationals in dominant fashion, Ross Bailes of Clover, S.C., led every lap of Saturday’s Rebel Yell main event to earn a $10,053 payday at Screven Motor Speedway. The pole-starting Bailes was never seriously challenged in racing to his second-career series victory and his first since also winning at Screven in 2019.

Bailes pulled his Billy Hicks-owned Longhorn Chassis to a lead of more than five seconds midway through the 53-lap race, but he ended up winning by a more modest 1.524 seconds after a mid-race caution erased his large advantage.

Steven Roberts of Jesup, Ga., ran second the entire distance, holding off seventh-starting Wil Herrington of Hawkinsville, Ga., for the runner-up finish. Kenny Collins of Colbert, Ga., finished where he started in the fourth spot and Cody Overton of Evans, Ga., moved up from ninth to round out the race’s top-five finishers.

The emphatic performance ended Bailes’s run of misfortune in Southern Nationals events that went back to last season, when while following the full series with Big Frog Motorsports, Bailes suffered a flat tire while leading or running among the top five in four series events. This year’s version of the tour started in the same fashion with Bailes suffering a flat while leading the series opener at Beckley (W.Va.) Motorsports Park on July 16.

Not surprisingly, Bailes was worried that the same bad luck was going to strike again as he headed toward the finish Saturday night at Screven.

“The whole time out there I thought I was feeling the right-rear go down. I was just worried the whole time. I was paranoid really,” said Bailes, who isn’t following the full series this season and at Screven made his first appearance on the tour since Beckley. “It was unheard of how many flat tires we had on this deal last year. It started off the exact same way at Beckley and I was like, ‘You have got to be kidding me!’ But it worked out for us tonight. I hope we’ve broke the curse.”

It shouldn’t come as a surprise that Bailes snapped his bad luck streak at Screven. The paper-clip-shaped quarter-mile has been good to him in the past with his 2019 Southern Nationals victory being one of many Late Model specials he’s won at he track.

“I love it,” Bailes said of the James “Redd” Griffin-owned racetrack. “It’s a different kind of track. It took me four or five trips here to kind of figure it out. There’s a couple ways you can approach it. I was kind of going in high and driving off kind of like a diamond almost. It took me a little while to get the hang of it, but now I love this track. You can race all over it. It’s fun.”

The race was slowed by just two cautions. The first, which erased Bailes’s massive lead, came with 18 laps compete when Brent Dixon of Elberton, Ga., slowed from the fourth position with a flat left-rear tire. The second caution came two laps later when a mid-pack tangle left seven cars piled up in turn one. None of the cars suffered significant damage.

Southern Nationals competitors head across Georgia on Sunday to wrap up the tour’s Peach State swing with a visit to Rome (Ga.) Speedway. The event pays $4.053 to the winner.

Notes: Eighteen cars were running at the finish with 12 on the lead lap. … Bailes became the fourth different winner in four Southern Nationals events this season; three series events have been rained out. … The victory marked Bailes’s fifth overall win of the season. It was also his first five-figure payday since he won a Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series event at Cherokee Speedway in Gaffney, S.C., on June 12, 2020.

Feature lineup

Row 1: Ross Bailes, Steven Roberts
Row 2: Cla Knight, Kenny Collins
Row 3: Brent Dixon, Dalton Cook
Row 4: Wil Herrington, Brian Nuttall
Row 5: Cody Overton, Dale McDowell
Row 6: Jensen Ford, Donald McIntosh
Row 7: Jordy Nipper, Michael Brown
Row 8: Ethan Wilson, Cole Exum
Row 9: Mark Whitener, Payton Freeman
Row 10: Stacy Boles, Anthony Sanders
Row 11: Garrett Smith, Benjamin Cranford
Row 12: Ahnna Parkhurst, Benjamin Southard

Consolation race

10 laps; top four transfer

Finish: Mark Whitener, Payton Freeman, Stacy Boles, Anthony Sanders, Pearson Lee Williams, Ahnna Parkhurst, Nick Schlager, Jimmy Sharpe Jr., Will Harris, Chuck Southard. 

Heat race recap

Second-starting Ross Bailes got the jump on polesitter Brent Dixon in the first 10-lap heat race. Dixon pressured Bailes most of the distance before settling for second. … Cla Knight led every lap of heat two from the pole. Second-starting Wil Herrington took the lead on the initial start and led a full lap, but a tangle between Joshua Bishop and Ethan Wilson in turns one and two on the second lap led to a complete restart. The race was again slowed on lap two when Bishop lost a wheel. … Steve Roberts turned back mid-race challenges from Dalton Cook to win the third heat. Cook faded slightly late in the race and had to hold off Dale McDowell to finish second. … Kenny Collins led all the way in the fourth and final heat race. The race had a scary moment when Garrett Smith pounded the turn-one wall. He was OK, but his car suffered heavy damage to its rear.

Heat race results

(10 laps; top four transfer)

First heat: Ross Bailes, Brent Dixon, Cody Overton, Jordy Nipper, Payton Freeman, Pearson Lee Williams, Jimmy Sharpe Jr., Will Harris.

Second heat: Cla Knight, Wil Herrington, Jensen Ford, Ethan Wilson, Nick Shlager, Joshua Bishop. Scratch: Jeff Neubert.

Third heat: Steve Roberts, Dalton Cook, Dale McDowell, Michael Brown, Mark Whitener, Anthony Sanders, Ahnna Parkhurst, Chuck Southard.

Fourth heat: Kenny Collins, Brian Nuttall, Donald McIntosh, Cole Exum, Stacy Boles, Benjamin Cranford, Garrett Smith.

Heat race lineups

(10 laps; top four transfer)
First heat
Row 1: Brent Dixon, Ross Bailes
Row 2: Payton Freeman, Cody Overton
Row 3: Pearson Lee Williams, Jordy Nipper
Row 4: Jimmy Sharpe Jr., Will Harris
Second heat
Row 1: Cla Knight, Wil Herrington
Row 2: Ethan Wilson, Jensen Ford
Row 3: Joshua Bishop, Nick Schlager
Row 4: Jeff Neubert
Third heat
Row 1: Steven Roberts, Dalton Cook
Row 2: Dale McDowell, Michael Brown
Row 3: Mark Whitener, Anthony Sanders
Row 4: Ahnna Parkhurst, Chuck Southard
Fourth heat
Row 1: Brian Nuttall Jr., Kenny Collins
Row 2: Garrett Smith, Donald McIntosh
Row 3: Stacy Boles, Cole Exum
Row 4: Benjamin Cranford

Time trial results

Driver (car no.), hometown, time (unofficial)
Group A
1. Brent Dixon (1D), Elberton, Ga., 14.567
2. Cla Knight (42), North Augusta, S.C., 14.689
3. Ross Bailes (58), Clover, S.C., 14.690
4. Wil Herrington (00), Cochran, Ga., 14.721
5. Payton Freeman (F1), Commerce, Ga., 14.918
6. Ethan Wilson (18E), Fayetteville, N.C., 15.028
7. Cody Overton (2), Evans, Ga., 15.056
8. Jensen Ford (83), Johnson City, Tenn., 15.057
9. Pearson Lee Williams (121), Dublin, Ga., 15.178
10. Joshua Bishop (J1), Statesboro, Ga., 15.217
11. Jordy Nipper (1N), Gray, Ga., 15.231
12. Nick Schlager (22), Royston, Ga., 15.505
13. Jimmy Sharpe Jr. (26jr), Vidalia, Ga., 15.584
14. Jeff Neubert (86), Knoxville, Tenn., 15.929
15. Will Harris (21), Pendergrass, Ga., 16.531
Group B
1. Steven Roberts (111), Jesup, Ga., 14.856
2. Brian Nuttall Jr. (16), Claxton, Ga., 14.890
3. Dalton Cook (44D), Columbus, Ga., 14.950
4. Kenny Collins (1c), Colbert, Ga., 14.950
5. Dale McDowell (17m), Chickamauga, Ga., 15.006
6. Garrett Smith (10), Eatonton, Ga., 15.031
7. Michael Brown (24-D), Pageland, S.C., 15.061
8. Donald McIntosh (7m), Dawsonville, Ga., 15.101
9. Mark Whitener (385), Middleburg, Fla., 15.152
10. Stacy Boles (11B), Clinton, Tenn., 15.209
11. Anthony Sanders (421), Spartanburg, S.C., 15.351
12. Cole Exum (00), Valdosta, Ga., 15.390
13. Ahnna Parkhurst (23), Evans, Ga., 15.426
14. Benjamin Cranford (93), Thomson, Ga., 15.443
15. Chuck Southard (108), Franklin, N.C., 16.323

Saturday's schedule

6 p.m. - Drivers’ meeting
6:30 p.m. - Hot laps
- Street stock
- Bandits
- Super Late Models
- Mini Late Models
- Crown Vics
- Front-wheel drive
7:15 p.m. - Opening ceremonies
7:25 p.m. - Qualifying
- Super Late Models
- Bandits
7:50 p.m. - Racing
- Street stock heats (6 laps)
- Super Late Model heats (10 laps)
- Mini Late Model heats (6 laps)
- Super Late Model consolation race (12 laps)
- Street stock feature (15 laps)
- Super Late Model feature (53 laps)
- Crown vic heats (6 laps)
- Bandits feature (20 laps)
- Front-wheel drive feature (30 laps)
- Mini Late Model feature (20 laps)
- Crown vic feature (20 laps)

Feature lineup

Row 1: Bailes, Roberts
Row 2: Knight, Collins
Row 3: Dixon, Cook
Row 4: Herrington, Nuttall
Row 5: Overton, McDowell
Row 6: Ford, McIntosh
Row 7: Nipper, Brown
Row 8: Wilson, Exum
Row 9: Whitener, Freeman
Row 10: Boles, Sanders
Row 11: Smith, Cranford
Row 12: Parkhurst, Southard

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