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Daily Dirt 09/16/2021 05:06:47

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July 27
Tri-County Racetrack,
Brasstown, NC
Sanction: Schaeffer's Southern Nationals - $4,053
Information provided by: Todd Turner (last updated July 29, 10:10 pm)
Capitalizing Collins grabs first tour victory
  1. Kenny Collins
  2. Donald McIntosh
  3. Cody Overton
  4. Shawn Chastain
  5. David Payne
  6. Dale McDowell
  7. Garrett Smith
  8. Payton Freeman
  9. Benjamin Cranford
  10. Jensen Ford
  11. Jeff Neubert
  12. Jamie Oliver
  13. Tod Hernandez
  14. Clint Hodges
  15. Craig Greer
  16. Danny Ledford
  17. Galen Robinson
  18. Trevor Parker
  19. Glenn Barnett
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Kenny Collins celebrates his first Southern Nationals victory.
What won the race: Grabbing the lead on the sixth lap after separate incidents knocked the front-row starters out of contention, Kenny Collins of Colbert Ga., dominated the rest of the way for his first career Schaeffer's Southern Nationals victory Tuesday at Tri-County Racetrack. He earned $4,053 in taking the checkers 5.009 seconds ahead of series points leader Donald McIntosh.
Key notes: The feature was rolled just after 10 p.m. ... Jerry Smith of Memory Lane Classic Cars first posted $200 for fast time, but got to the racetrack and handed promoter Ray Cook $1,100 to divvy up. He paid $500 to fast qualifier Jensen Ford, $300 to second-quick Dale McDowell, $200 to third-quick Kenny Collins and $100 to fourth-quick Donald McIntosh. ... Smith is the grandfather of series regular Garrett Smith. ... Ford's 12.161-second lap broke the 12.243-second track record of David Payne of Murphy, N.C., set on July 9, 2015. ...Donald McIntosh drove his teammate Tommy Kerr's No. 4T. ... Popup storms in western North Carolina missed the track multiple times with a flew late afternoon sprinkles falling, then a few more raindrops just after hot laps. ... Ahnna Parkhurst of Evans, Ga., sixth in series points, was a no-show.
On the move: Shawn Chastain of Murphy, N.C., started ninth and finished fifth.
Winner's sponsors: Collins drive a Longhorn Chassis sponsored by Southeast Misc. Erectors, All K Electric, Peach State Auto Parts and Recycling, Watkins Automotive, and Dirt Car Lift.
Who to watch: Dale McDowell of Chickamauga, Ga., will try to outrun many younger foes at the Tri-County bullring.
Points chase: After Tri-County: 1. Donald McIntosh (1,176); 2. Cody Overton (1,166); 3. Jensen Ford (1,152); 4. Dale McDowell (1,138); 5. Garrett Smith (1,106); 6. Kenny Collins (996); 7. Jeff Neubert (977); 8. Benjamin Cranford (920); 9. Ahnna Parkhurst (894); 10. Jordy Nipper (890).
Current weather: Overcast, 68°F
Car count: 19
Fast qualifier: Jensen Ford
Time: 12.161 seconds
Polesitter: Jensen Ford
Next series race: July 29, Boyd's Speedway (Ringgold, GA) $4,053
Editor's note: Results and race details are unofficial.
By Todd Turner
DirtonDirt.com managing editor

BRASSTOWN, N.C. — Grabbing the lead on the sixth lap after separate incidents knocked the front-row starters out of contention, Kenny Collins of Colbert Ga., raced to his first career Schaeffer's Southern Nationals victory Tuesday at Tri-County Racetrack. He earned $4,053 in taking the checkers 5.009 seconds ahead of series points leader Donald McIntosh

Collins became the sixth winner in six series races and thrust himself into title contention on the Ray Cook-promoted tour.

"It just feel awesome. I really don't know what to say. This is my favorite place to race in the world," said Collins, who fought brake problems. "I'm just glad I didn't give it away down there. I about scared myself to death, but I had to slow down and get back in rhythm. The race car's been awesome."

Series points leader Donald McIntosh of Dawsonville, Ga., was second followed by Cody Overton of Evans, Ga. Ninth-starting Shawn Chastain was fourth and fellow Murphy, N.C., driver David Payne rounded out the top five.

The race's two front-row starters were quickly out of contention.

Dale McDowell of Chickamauga, Ga., led the first five laps from outside the front row, but he got briefly hung up trying to lap Craig Greer, the cars disconnecting on the backstretch but not before several cars blew past McDowell. Officials placed him eighth on the restart.

Track record-holder Jensen Ford of Johnson City, Tenn., had the pole position for the 40-lap but spun in turn four on the second attempted start and had to fire from the tail.

McDowell ended up sixth and Ford finished 10th.

The feature was slowed by seven cautions, the first two when full-field starts were called back. On the first one, Jamie Oliver briefly got out of shape and Benjamin Cranford spun exiting turn two. On the second one, polesitter Jensen Ford washed over the cushion in turn four after Dale McDowell's crossover move to edge ahead. Ford had to restart on the tail.

The third yellow appeared on the second lap for a backstretch scramble involved Jeff Neubert, Trevor Parker and Glenn Barnett, whose car was towed away.

The fourth caution appeared for the McDowell-Greer connection and fifth appeared on the ensuing restart when clint Hodges got the worst of a tangle between turns three and four that involved Tod Hernandez and Cranford.

The sixth yellow came out when Jamie Oliver slowed on the frontstretch on lap 33 and the seventh and final yellow was for a called-back restart.

"I was glad to see that (final) caution, because my brakes had completely quit," said Collins, who had a 3.2-second lead at halfway and a whopping 8.4-second lead before the lap-33 yellow. "(The brake pedal) just kind of went to the floor all of the sudden. I got down there and went to (push the brake) and I couldn't get the car to slow down, and I got the right rear up over that berm. Thankfully, I've done that here before, so I got it gathered up."

After a day off, the series concludes with four straight nights of action beginning Thursday at Boyd's Speedway in Ringgold, Ga. The final points events are Friday and Saturday at 411 Motor Speedway in Seymour, Tenn., and Tazewell (Tenn.) Speedway, each paying $10,053-to-win. Volunteer Speedway in Bulls Gap, Tenn., wraps up the tour Sunday with a non-points event, the makeup of the July 19 rainout.

Notes: Collins is the second first-time winner on the series after Josh Rice of Verona, Ky., who won the opener at Beckley (W.Va.) Motorsports Park. ... Ten drivers finished on the lead lap.

Feature lineup

Row 1: Jensen Ford, Dale McDowell
Row 2: Kenny Collins, David Payne
Row 3: Donald McIntosh, Payton Freeman
Row 4: Cody Overton, Jamie Oliver
Row 5: Shawn Chastain, Garrett Smith
Row 6: Danny Ledford, Benjamin Cranford
Row 7: Tod Hernandez, Galen Robinson
Row 8: Jeff Neubert, Craig Greer
Row 9: Trevor Parker, Clint Hodges
Row 10: Glenn Barnett

Time trials

Driver (car no.), hometown, time (unofficial)
Group A

  1. Jensen Ford (83), Johnson City, Tenn., 12.161
  2. Kenny Collins (1c), Colbert, Ga., 12.408
  3. Donald McIntosh (4T), Dawsonville, Ga., 12.493
  4. Cody Overton (2), Evans, Ga., 12.665
  5. Shawn Chastain (x15), Murphy, N.C., 12.684
  6. Danny Ledford (4), Warne, N.C., 12.759
  7. Tod Hernandez (16), Chattanooga, Tenn., 13.153
  8. Jeff Neubert (86), Knoxville, Tenn., 13.258
  9. Trevor Parker (26), Hayesville, Ga., 13.586
  10. Glenn Barnett (34), Hayesville, Ga., 13.804
  11. Danny Ledford (4), Warne, N.C., no time

Group B

  1. Dale McDowell (17m), Chickamauga, Ga., 12.229
  2. David Payne (8), Murphy, N.C., 12.493
  3. Payton Freeman (F1), Commerce, Ga., 12.572
  4. Jamie Oliver (38), Murphy, N.C., 12.637
  5. Garrett Smith (10), Eatonton, Ga., 12.642
  6. Benjamin Cranford (93), Thomson, Ga., 13.191
  7. Galen Robinson (12), Cleveland, Tenn., 13.457
  8. Craig Greer (7G), Cleveland, Tenn., 13.496
  9. Clint Hodges (83H), Boone, N.C., 14.045

Correction: Shifts Ledford to Group A.

Tuesday's schedule

7 p.m. - Drivers' meeting followed by on-track activity
- Mod hobby/602/beginner 602 hot laps
- Super Late Model hot laps
- Street stock hot laps/time trials
- Pony hot laps/heats (6 laps)
- Front-wheel driver hot laps/heats (6 laps)
- Super Late Model time trials (2 laps)
- Mod hobby time trials (3 laps)
- Beginner 602 time trials (3 laps)
Opening ceremonies
- Street stock feature (15 laps)
- Pony feature (15 laps)
- Super Late Model feature (40 laps)
- Mod hobby/602 feature (15 laps)
- Beginner 602 (15 laps)
- Front-wheel drive (15 laps)

Feature lineup

Row 1: Ford, McDowell
Row 2: Collins, Payne
Row 3: McIntosh, Freeman
Row 4: Overton, Oliver
Row 5: Chastain, Smith
Row 6: Ledford, Cranford
Row 7: Hernandez, Robinson
Row 8: Neubert, Greer
Row 9: Parker, Hodges
Row 10: Barnett

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