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Daily Dirt 02/22/2024 18:45:20

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May 29
Volunteer Speedway,
Bulls Gap, TN
Sanction: Ultimate Southeast Series (Freedom Isn’t Free 50) - $10,000
Information provided by: InsideDirt Racing, series, track and team reports (last updated May 30, 1:58 pm)
Red-hot McDowell earns $10,000 win at Volunteer
Freedom Isn’t Free 50
  1. Dale McDowell
  2. Brandon Overton
  3. Ross Bailes
  4. Shanon Buckingham
  5. Vic Hill
  6. Jimmy Owens
  7. Ryan King
  8. Ricky Weiss
  9. Dennis Franklin
  10. Dakotah Knuckles
  11. Tyler Millwood
  12. Jeremy Hines
  13. Forrest Trent
  14. Jonathan Davenport
  15. Tommy Bailey
  16. Chad Ogle
  17. Jason Welshan
  18. G.R. Smith
  19. Brandon Kinzer
  20. Travis Greer
  21. Robby Moses
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Dale McDowell (17m) heads toward his third straight victory.
What won the race: Winning his third touring race of the holiday weekend, Dale McDowell of Chickamauga, Ga., overtook polesitter Ross Bailes on the 28th lap and led the rest of the Ultimate-sanctioned stop at Volunteer Speedway. McDowell survived late struggles with traffic to earn $10,000.
Key notes: McDowell won his third race in as many nights; he won the previous two nights in Schaeffer Oil Spring Nationals at Dixie and Rome Speedways in Georgia. ... Brandon Overton led the first 18 laps while polesitter Ross Bailes led laps 19-27. ... A lap-16 caution appeared for Travis Greer. ... Officials sent G.R. Smith to the pits during the lap-16 caution after a bumping match with Vic Hill that also involved multiple gestures. ... Eleven drivers completed 50 laps. ... The feature started just after midnight and ended about 12:30. ... Ross White won the Crate feature.
Winner's sponsors: McDowell’s Sweet-Bloomquist Race Car is powered by a Clements Racing Engine and sponsored by Textron Off Road, New Era Industrial, Boyd’s Speedway, Will Kinzer Foundation, Cometic Gasket and Klotz Lubricants.
Points chase: Entering the race, Jonathan Davenport of Blairsville, Ga., had a 10-point lead over Jason Welshan of Maryville, Tenn., and Tyler Millwood of Cartersville, Ga., who are tied for the second spot.
Car count: 23
Fast qualifier: Vic Hill
Time: 11.860 seconds
Polesitter: Ross Bailes
Heat race winners: Ross Bailes, Brandon Overton, Dale McDowell
Next series race: June 3, Virginia Motor Speedway (Jamaica, VA) $20,000
Editor's note: Results and race details are unofficial.
By Robert Walden
Volunteer Speedway

BULLS GAP, Tenn. — Memorial Day weekend was plenty memorable for Dale McDowell.

The 51-year-old driver from Chickamauga, Ga., won Sunday’s 50-lap Ultimate Southeast Series event at Volunteer Speedway to collect $10,000 and his third straight touring series victory. McDowell took the lead from polesitter Ross Bailes of Clover, S.C., on the 28th lap and cruised the rest of the way at the 4/10-mile oval.

His victory capped a three-victory stretch that included a pair of Schaeffer Oil Spring Nationals victories at Dixie Speedway in Woodstock, Ga., and Rome (Ga.) Speedway.

Brandon Overton of Evans, Ga., finished second followed by Bailes, Shanon Buckingham of Morristown, Tenn., and new track record-holder Vic Hill of Mosheim, Tenn.

Bailes and Overton led the field to green from the front row, with Overton blasting out to lead over Bailes, McDowell, Owens and G.R. Smith. McDowell passed Bailes for second on lap three racing off turn two down the backstretch, while at same time back behind them Jason Welshan got around Smith for the fifth spot.

Welshan worked his way past Owens for fourth place on lap nine as they raced off turn two. With Owens running the high-line and Buckingham down low, Buckingham made the pass for fifth on lap 13 between turns one and two.

The event’'s first caution flag waved on lap 16, when Travis Greer slowed up high on the track at end of the backstretch.

Off the double-file restart, Overton throttled back up to remain in the lead, but behind him Bailes got the advantage over McDowell to claim second in the running order. At end of the front straightaway on lap 19, Bailes drove in hard on the high-side and rolled around the outside of Overton as they raced off turn two for the lead.

Overton got out of shape between turns one and two on lap 22, which allowed McDowell to drive past him into second place.

The race'’s second and final caution waved on lap 28 for debris near entrance to the first turn.

Off the restart Bailes jumped the cushion between turns one and two, which allowed McDowell to drive past him into the lead with Overton, Buckingham and Hill in pursuit.

McDowell set a blistering pace the rest of the way while Overton dove inside Bailes on lap 47 to secure the runner-up spot.

Feature lineup

Row 1: Bailes, Overton
Row 2: McDowell, Smith
Row 3: Owens, Weiss
Row 4: Welshan, C. Ogle
Row 5: Buckingham, Hill
Row 6: Trent, Franklin
Row 7: Davenport, Hines
Row 8: King, Millwood
Row 9: Kinzer, Greer
Row 10: Bailey, Knuckles
Row 11: Miller, Moses
Row 12: M. McCarter

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