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Daily Dirt 05/25/2024 06:29:39

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July 16
Beckley Motorsports Park,
Beckley, WV
Sanction: Schaeffer's Southern Nationals - $10,053
Information provided by: Kevin Kovac (last updated July 21, 3:12 pm)
Rice wins at Beckley in Southern Nat’ls opener
  1. Josh Rice
  2. Zack Dohm
  3. Jacob Hawkins
  4. Donald McIntosh
  5. Jensen Ford
  6. Devin Moran
  7. Cody Overton
  8. Mike Benedum
  9. Ross Bailes
  10. Henry Hornsby Jr.
  11. Ahnna Parkhurst
  12. Stacy Boles
  13. Benjamin Cranford
  14. Andy Standridge
  15. Jeff Neubert
  16. Michael Brown
  17. Aaron Barley
  18. Aaron Carter
  19. Rick Williams
  20. Garrett Smith
  21. Jordy Nipper
  22. Dale McDowell
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Josh Rice earned $10,053 for his first Southern Nationals victory.
What won the race: Josh Rice of Verona, Ky., inherited the lead when both of Devin Moran’s right-side tires went flat during a caution with 39 laps complete in Saturday’s Schaeffer's Southern Nationals feature at Beckley Motorsports Park and dominated the remainder of the 53-lap race to earn $10,053 in the opening round of the 12-race summer tour. The fifth-starting Rice took the checkers 1.529 seconds ahead of runner-up Zack Dohm.
Key notes: The Southern Nationals tour kicked off its 17th season in visiting Beckley for the first time and making its first-ever visit to West Virginia. … The 16-day tour plans a total of 12 races spread between West Virginia, Virginia, Tennessee, Georgia and North Carolina. … The track offered a $1,000 bonus if the fast qualifier lowered the track record, but the money went unclaimed as Devin Moran's lap of 13.135 seconds fell short of the standard. ... Zack Dohm, who won the $20,000 Beckley USA 100 on July 4, did not record a qualifying lap due to mechanical trouble. ... Another $10,053-to-win event is planned for Wythe Raceway in Rural Retreat, Va., on Saturday.
On the move: Zack Dohm of Cross Lanes, W.Va., started 12th and finished second.
Winner's sponsors: Rice’s Rocket Chassis is powered by a Jay Dickens Racing Engine and sponsored by Sunesis Construction, OntheBlox.com, Maxwell Trucking, Rice Brothers Racing, Extreme Sportswear, Brucebilt Performance, Base Racing Fuels, Integra and Valvoline.
Points chase: After Beckley: 1. Josh Rice (200); 2. Zack Dohm (196); 3. Jacob Hawkins (194); 4. Donald McIntosh (192); 5. Jensen Ford (190: 6. Devin Moran (188); 7. Cody Overton (186); 8. Mike Benedum (184); 9. Ross Bailes (182); 10. Henry Hornsby III (180).
Current weather: Clear, 75°F
Car count: 24
Fast qualifier: Devin Moran
Time: 13.135 seconds
Polesitter: Devin Moran
Heat race winners: Devin Moran, Ross Bailes, Jacob Hawkins, Dale McDowell
Consolation race winners: Benjamin Cranford
Next series race: July 22, West Georgia Raceway (Whitesburg, GA) $4,053
Editor's note: Results and race details are unofficial.
From staff reports

BECKLEY, W.Va. (July 16) — Josh Rice had never been to Beckley Motorsports Park before entering the track’s Schaeffer's Southern Nationals series opener on Friday, but the cushion-pounding racer from Verona, Ky., had seen enough videos from the high-banked 3/8-mile track to know he would probably run well there.

“I watched a lot of videos of here and seen how good the cushion was, and I was like, ‘this looks like my cup of tea,’ “ Rice said after Friday’s 53-lap Southern Nationals feature at Beckley.

Indeed, Beckley was just to Rice’s liking. Starting from the fifth spot, Rice expertly navigated the track’s treacherous cushion to climb to second mid-way through the race and had ran down leader Devin Moran before both of Moran’s right-side tires went flat during a caution with 39 laps complete.

Inheriting the lead for the ensuing restart, Rice cruised through the final 14 laps on his way to claiming a $10,053 victory in the opening round of the 12-race Southern Nationals tour. Zack Dohm of Cross Lanes, W.Va., advanced from his 12th-starting spot to finish second, while early-leader Jacob Hawkins of Fairmont, W.Va., slid back to third after mid-race contact with Rice caused heavy damage to the left-front of his car.

Donald McIntosh of Dawsonville, Ga., advanced from 14th to finish fourth with ninth-starting Jensen Ford of Johnson City, Tenn., rounding out the top five. Moran of Dresden, Ohio, recovered from his double flat tires to finish sixth.

Rice’s first ever Southern Nationals victory came by 1.529 seconds over Dohm, who has dominated Beckley in recent season, including a $20,000 victory in the track’s unsanctioned Beckley USA 100 on July 4.

“I gotta give a big shoutout to Zack Dohm. He kicks ass here and to come here and out run him is really cool,” Rice said. “I think a lot of Zack. This is a really good finish.”

Dohm, who had to start from the tail of a heat race after a faulty fuel pump forced him to miss qualifying, was happy to salvage solid finish after his setback early in the night. He would’ve liked to have challenged for the lead late in the race, but Rice was simply too good on the high side.

“My car was pretty good, but I don’t think anybody was going to run with Josh Rice on a cushion like that,” said Dohm, who has earned most of his many wins at Beckley riding the low groove much like hid did in Friday’s race. “I’m sure Jake (Hawkins) was running up there too before his left-front got killed. But that ain’t my style. We did the best we could. That was probably about the best we were going to do anyways with the cards we were dealt.”

The contact from Rice that left Hawkins left-front damaged was the only mishap in Rice’s run. That tangle came on lap 23 when Rice had a strong run on Hawkins for the third spot exiting turn four. When the low-running Hawkins drifted into Rice’s outside lane on the front straightaway, Rice ducked underneath Hawkins and attempted a low-side pass entering turn one that came up short.

“I hate how that happened, but I was just so much faster it was time to go,” Rice said of his tangle with Hawkins. “I just wanted him to know I was there. I could’ve rammed him at the flagstand, but I was trying to just cut in front of him so he knew I was there and I got all squirrelly and it was too late. There was nothing I could do.”

Hawkins, who led the race’s first seven laps from the outside pole, wasn’t pleased with the outcome.

“The car was good again, but when you race with idiots like that Josh Rice there’s not much you can do about it. The last couple of times we’ve been here we just get used up,” Hawkins said. “We’ll get it back together and put that in the memory bank and make sure we park him next time.”

Hawkins and Moran weren’t the only contenders to run into trouble. Ross Bailes of Clover, S.C., saw his chances at a win go awry when he suffered a flat tire under a lap-38 caution. Bailes, who led laps seven though 24 before giving up the lead to Moran was running third before heading to the pits. He suffered another flat with four laps reaming and ended up ninth at the finish.

Notes: The race was slowed by six cautions and took 52 minutes to complete. … Eleven of the race’s 22 starters were running at the finish; all of them were on the lead lap. … The race’s first caution appeared with just one lap completed when fourth-starting Dale McDowell slowed exiting turn two. The Chickamauga, Ga., driver left the track under the caution and didn’t return.

Feature lineup

Row 1: Devin Moran, Jacob Hawkins
Row 2: Ross Bailes, Dale McDowell
Row 3: Josh Rice, Michael Brown
Row 4: Henry Hornsby, Mike Benedum
Row 5: Jensen Ford, Rick Williams
Row 6: Stacy Boles, Zack Dohm
Row 7: Cody Overton, Donald McIntosh
Row 8: Aaron Barley, Garrett Smith
Row 9: Benjamin Cranford, Jordy Nipper
Row 10: Ahnna Parkhurst, Aaron Carter
Row 11: Jeff Neubert, Andy Standridge

Consolation results

(10 laps; top six transfer)

Finish: Benjamin Cranford, Jordy Nipper, Ahnna Parkhurst, Aaron Carter, Jeff Neubert, Andy Standridge, Eslie Bills. Scratched: Lenny Stafford.

Heat race results

(10 laps; top four transfer)

First heat: Devin Moran, Josh Rice, Jensen Ford, Cody Overton, Aaron Carter, Eslie Bills.

Second heat: Ross Bailes, Henry Hornsby, Stacy Boles, Aaron Barley, Andy Standridge, Lenny Stafford.

Third heat: Jacob Hawkins, Michael Brown, Rick Williams, Donald McIntosh, Benjamin Cranford, Jeff Neubert.

Fourth heat: Dale McDowell, Mike Benedum, Zack Dohm, Garrett Smith, Jordy Nipper, Ahnna Parkhurst.

Time trials

First group   

  1. Devin Moran (9), Dresden, Ohio, 13.135
  2. Ross Bailes (79), Clover, S.C., 13.220
  3. Jensen Ford (83), Johnson City, Tenn., 13.284
  4. Henry Hornsby (39), Beckley, W.Va., 13.322
  5. Josh Rice (11), Verona, Ky., 13.427
  6. Stacy Boles (11B), Clinton, Tenn., 13.558
  7. Cody Overton (2), Evans, Ga., 13.612
  8. Aaron Barley (1MD), Beckley, W.Va., 14.357
  9. Aaron Carter (57), Beckley, W.Va., 14.663
  10. Andy Standridge (156), Tellico Plains, Tenn., 15.381
  11. Eslie Bills (36), Kincaid, W.Va., 15.648
  12. Lenny Stafford (11S), Beckley, W.Va., 15.687

Second group   

  1. Jacob Hawkins (37), Fairmont. W.Va., 13.173
  2. Dale McDowell (17m), Chickamauga, Ga., 13.382
  3. Rick Williams (12), Beckley, W.Va., 13.629
  4. Mike Benedum (25), Salem, W.Va., 13.644
  5. Michael Brown (24D), Lancaster, S.C., 13.668
  6. Jordy Nipper (1N), Gray, Ga., 13.736
  7. Donald McIntosh (7), Dawsonville, Ga., 13.788
  8. Garrett Smith (10), Eatonton, Ga., 14.136
  9. Jeff Neubert (86), Knoxville, Tenn., 14.378
  10. Ahnna Parkhurst (23), Evans, Ga., 14.454
  11. Benjamin Cranford (93), Thomson, Ga., 14.594
  12. Zack Dohm (17), Cross Lanes, W.Va., no time

Friday’s schedule

(No start time listed)

Hot laps
- Stock 4’s
- Super Late Models
- Trucks
Time trials
- Super Late Models
- Modifieds
- Stock 4’s (6 laps)
- Trucks (6 laps)
- Super Late Models (10 laps)
- Modifieds (6 laps)
Intermission/mini wedges
- Trucks (15 laps)
- Super Late Models (53 laps)
- Modifieds (20 laps)
- Stock 4’s (15 laps)
- Enduro (40 laps)

Feature lineup

Row 1: Moran, Hawkins
Row 2: Bailes, McDowell
Row 3: Rice, Brown
Row 4: Hornsby, Benedum
Row 5: Ford, Williams
Row 6: Boles, Dohm
Row 7: Overton, McIntosh
Row 8: Barley, G. Smith
Row 9: Cranford, Nipper
Row 10: Parkhurst, Carter
Row 11: Neubert, Standridge
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