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July 30
Tazewell Speedway,
Tazewell, TN
Sanction: Schaeffer's Southern Nationals (Ray Varner Ford 53) - $10,053
Information provided by: Robert Holman, series and track reports (last updated July 31, 11:02 am)
McDowell wins at Taz, Owens secures title
Ray Varner Ford 53
  1. Dale McDowell
  2. Ricky Weiss
  3. Jimmy Owens
  4. Donald McIntosh
  5. Jason Trammell
  6. Kenny Collins
  7. Jordan Koehler
  8. Forrest Trent
  9. Dakotah Knuckles
  10. Brenden Smith
  11. Carson Ferguson
  12. Austin Neely
  13. Mike Benedum
  14. Aaron Guinn
  15. David McCoy
  16. John Llewellyn
  17. Travis Fultz
  18. Chris Chandler
  19. Brian Shockley
  20. Josh Henry
  21. Joshua Chesney
  22. Steve Smith
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Jimmy Owens wrapped up the Southern Nationals championship.
What won the race: Pole-starting Dale McDowell of Chickamauga, Ga., endured several restarts in the early stages and led all 53 laps Sunday at Tazewell Speedway to capture the $10,053 Ray Varner 53 season finale for the Schaeffer's Southern Nationals. McDowell recorded his third miniseries victory of the season and the 13th of his career, moving him into sole possession of third on the all-time list.
Quotable: “I’m very very blessed to drive a car like this and it’s so good, things are going our way,” McDowell said. “I can’t emphasize that enough. I’m blessed to drive it when it’s no good and when I’m not doing a good job, but I’m super blessed right now and I feel really fortunate. Everything is just clicking, we qualified fourth and got in the right heat race. I can’t emphasize how much it takes for the whole ingredients to go together.”
Key notes: It's McDowell's second triumph this season at Tazewell as he boosts his race winnings to more than $31,000 there after winning July 3's Lil' Bill Corum Memorial. ... Ricky Weiss moved into the runner-up position on a lap-three restart and trailed McDowell the rest of the way, finishing 3.475 seconds back. ... After losing an engine in hot laps and rolling out a backup car, sixth-starting Jimmy Owens finished third and clinched the 2023 Schaeffer's Southern Nationals title, the first of his career. ... Donald McIntosh's car got banged up in a lap-two crash in turn two, robbing him a chance at trying to wrest the points lead from Jimmy Owens. He rallied back to fourth, the last car on the lead lap. ... The lap-two incident necessitated a 15-minute red flag for cleanup when Austin Neely slid into McIntosh while the two battled for second, sending them spinning in front of the field; Dakotah Knuckles, David McCoy, Aaron Guinn, Carson Ferguson and Travis Fultz were involved but continued. ... Knuckles overcame two other incidents (spins on lap 6 and 15) to finish ninth. ... Entering trailing Owens by six points, Carson Ferguson never contended and finished 11th. ... Neely overcame two flats in the first six laps, finishing 12th. ... Josh Henry ran as high as fifth when he failed to accelerate on a lap-six restart and triggered a multicar incident before pulling off. ... Seven cautions slowed the first 15 laps before the final 38 were completed in succession; McDowell ran a torrid pace, lapping fifth-place finisher Jason Trammell at the checkers. ... Sunday's 44-minute feature had 15 drivers running at the finish. ... Steve Smith scratched from the feature. ... Michael Chilton lost a motor in his heat race and scratched for the rest of the night.
On the move: Forrest Trent of Morristown, Tenn., started 13th and finished eighth.
Winner's sponsors: McDowell’s Shane McDowell Racing Team Zero Race Car has a Clements Chevrolet engine and sponsorship from E-Z-Go, Cometic Gaskets, Klotz Synthetic Lubricants, Connected Strategy Advisors, Northeastern Fabrication, Fox Racing Shox, Campbell Insulation Specialists, Shackleford Enterprises and Spring-Pro.
Points chase: After Tazewell (final): 1. Jimmy Owens (1,392); 2. Donald McIntosh (1,384); 3. Ricky Weiss (1,374); 4. Carson Ferguson (1,372); 5. Kenny Collins (1,366); 6. Jordan Koehler (1,270); 7. Mike Benedum (1,266); 8. Brenden Smith (1,242); 9. Tyler Clem (1,195); 10. David McCoy (1,129).
Current weather: Broken Clouds, 75°F
Car count: 23
Fast qualifier: Austin Neely
Time: 10.996 seconds
Polesitter: Dale McDowell
Heat race winners: Dale McDowell, Ricky Weiss, Donald McIntosh
Consolation race winners: Carson Ferguson
Next series race: August 18, East Alabama Motor Speedway (Phenix City, AL) $7,553
Editor's note: Results and race details are unofficial.
From staff reports

TAZEWELL, Tenn. (July 29) — Updates from the final round of the Schaeffer’s Southern Nationals at Tazewell Speedway, an event highlighted by a $10,053-to-win feature for Super Late Models (results unofficial):

Feature

Pole-starting Dale McDowell of Chickamauga, Ga., endured several restarts in the early stages and led all 53 laps at Tazewell Speedway to win Sunday's $10,053 Ray Varner 53 season finale for the Schaeffer's Southern Nationals. McDowell recorded his third miniseries win of the season and the 13th of his career, moving him into sole possession of third on the all-time list. It's McDowell's second triumph this season at Tazewell as he boosts his race winnings to more than $31,000 there after winning July 3's Lil' Bill Corum Memorial. Ricky Weiss moved into the runner-up position on a lap-three restart and trailed McDowell the rest of the way, finishing 3.475 seconds back.

Feature lineup

(53 laps)

Row 1: Dale McDowell, Ricky Weiss
Row 2: Donald McIntosh, Austin Neely
Row 3: Jason Trammell, Jimmy Owens
Row 4: Dakotah Knuckles, Jordan Koehler
Row 5: Kenny Collins, Josh Henry
Row 6: John Llewellyn, David McCoy
Row 7: Forrest Trent, Brenden Smith
Row 8: Brian Shockley, Carson Ferguson
Row 9: Mike Benedum, Aaron Guinn
Row 10: Travis Fultz, Chris Chandler
Row 11: Joshua Chesney, Steve Smith

Consolation results

(10 laps; all transfer)

First consolation: Carson Ferguson, Mike Benedum, Aaron Guinn, Travis Fultz, Chris Chandler, Joshua Chesney, Steve Smith. Scratched: Michael Chilton

Heat race results

(Eight laps; top five transfer)

First heat: Dale McDowell, Austin Neely, Dakotah Knuckles, Josh Henry, Forrest Trent, Carson Ferguson, Aaron Guinn, Travis Fultz.

Second heat: Ricky Weiss, Jason Trammell, Jordan Koehler, John Llewellyn, Brenden Smith, Steve Smith, Joshua Chesney, Michael Chilton.

Third heat: Donald McIntosh, Jimmy Owens, Kenny Collins, David McCoy, Brian Shockley, Mike Benedum, Chris Chandler.

Time trials

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

  1. Austin Neely (3n), New Tazewell, Tenn., 10.996
  2. Ricky Weiss (7), Headingley, Manitoba, 11.000
  3. Donald McIntosh (79), Dawsonville, Ga., 11.035
  4. Dale McDowell (17m), Chickamauga, Ga., 11.176
  5. Jason Trammell (90J), Knoxville, Tenn., 11.231
  6. Kenny Collins (1c), Colbert, Ga., 11.233
  7. Josh Henry (B00), Newport, Tenn., 11.248
  8. Michael Chilton (97), Salvisa, Ky., 11.272
  9. Jimmy Owens (20), Newport, Tenn., 11.272
  10. Dakotah Knuckles (21k), Ewing, Va., 11.277
  11. Jordan Koehler (114), Mount Airy, N.C., 11.288
  12. David McCoy (187), Franklin, N.C., 11.304
  13. Carson Ferguson (93), Lincolnton, N.C., 11.316
  14. John Llewellyn (90), Knoxville, Tenn., 11.404
  15. Mike Benedum (25), Salem, W.Va., 11.408
  16. Forrest Trent (101), Morristown, Tenn., 11.424
  17. Brenden Smith (17ss), Dade City, Fla., 11.547
  18. Brian Shockley (17), Thorn Hill, Tenn., 11.669
  19. Aaron Quinn (1G), Russellville, Tenn., 11.741
  20. Steve Smith (3), Powell, Tenn., 11.794
  21. Chris Chandler (8), Weaverville, N.C., 11.951
  22. Travis Fultz (329), Harrogate, Tenn., 12.218
  23. Joshua Chesney (5), Maynardville, Tenn., 12.649

Sunday’s schedule

(All times local)
2 p.m. - Pits open
5 p.m. - Grandstands open
6 p.m. - Drivers’ meeting
6:30 p.m. - On-track activity begins

Feature lineup

Row 1: McDowell, Weiss
Row 2: McIntosh, Neely
Row 3: Trammell, Owens
Row 4: Knuckles, Koehler
Row 5: Collins, Henry
Row 6: Llewellyn, McCoy
Row 7: Trent, B. Smith
Row 8: Shockley, Ca. Ferguson
Row 9: Benedum, Guinn
Row 10: Fultz, Chandler
Row 11: Chesney, S. Smith

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