Dale McDowell of Chickamauga, Ga. claimed his first series title with the Ray Cook family of promoted tours as Monday night May 27th he was officially crowned the 2019 Schaeffer’s Oil Spring Nationals Series Champion during the Scott Sexton Memorial at 411 Motor Speedway.
The championship was McDowell’s first touring Championship since he claimed the 1999 Hav-A-Tampa Dirt Racing Series title. McDowell was also the 1994 SAS Champion and also has one World 100 and one Dream 100 victory plus major victories all over the country for the National Dirt Late Model Hall of Fame member.
The 53-year-old driver from Chickamauga, Ga. picked up the $10,053 check for becoming the series champion and became the sixth different champion the series has seen in the past seven seasons. McDowell picked up 2,124 points to Donald McIntosh’s 2,084 for the championship, a 40 point difference. McDowell earned $44,293 that includes his race earnings and points fund monies. McDowell claimed three victories on the tour (Oglethorpe Speedway Park, Talladega Short Track and Smoky Mountain Speedway) while claiming nine top-five finishes and ten top-ten finishes. McDowell also had two Fast Time Awards and led 159 laps of competition during the 11-race tour
McDowell drove the Shane McDowell Racing, EZ-GO, Will Kinzer Foundation for Autism Research, Kinzer Drilling, Quality Natural Gas, New Era Industrial, Cometic Gaskets and Klotz Synthetics-sponsored, Clements Racing Engines-powered Sweet-Bloomquist Race Car to the tour championship.
Donald McIntosh of Dawsonville, Ga. finished second in the series points. The two-time tour champion earned $26,503 in race winnings and points fund monies. McIntosh amassed three wins on the tour while claiming six top five finishes and ten top-ten finishes. McIntosh drove the Blount Motorsports, Blount Excavating, Massey Electric, Stower’s CAT and Ole Ben Franklin Motors-sponsored, Vic Hill Racing Engines-powered Rocket Chassis during the tour.
During the course of the 11-race tour that saw three washouts (Clay Valley Speedway on April 12, Blue Ridge Motorsports Park on April 19 and Toccoa Raceway on May 11) there were 129 different cars that raced in a single event and the average car count was 23. The tour raced at eight tracks that do not run Super Late Models weekly. After this season, McDowell now has 12 career Spring Nationals victories while McIntosh now has six victories.
With the conclusion of the 2019 Schaeffer’s Oil Spring Nationals Series presented by Sunoco Race Fuels, there is less than two months before the 15th Anniversary edition of the Schaeffer’s Oil Southern Nationals Series which will begin on Saturday July 13 at Wythe Raceway in Rural Retreat, Va. and run through Saturday July 27th at Tazewell (Tenn.) Speedway.
Final Schaeffer’s Spring Nationals Series Points:
1. Dale McDowell-2,124
2. Donald McIntosh-2,084
3. Brandon Overton-1,642
4. Tanner English-1,450
5. Ross Bailes-1,292
6. Casey Roberts-1,124
7. Michael Page-1,100
8. Ashton Winger-926
9. Tyler Millwood-858
10. Ricky Weiss-770
2019 Schaeffer’s Oil Spring Nationals Series Schedule & Winners:
March 22-Oglethorpe Speedway Park-Pooler, GA-DALE MCDOWELL
March 23-Cochran Motor Speedway-Cochran, GA-CHRIS FERGUSON
March 29-Talladega Short Track-Eastaboga, AL-DALE MCDOWELL
March 30-Senoia Raceway-Senoia, GA-CHRIS MADDEN
April 13-Smoky Mountain Speedway-Maryville, TN-DALE MCDOWELL
May 16-Tri-County Race Track-Brasstown, NC-DONALD MCINTOSH
May 17-Crossville Speedway-Crossville, TN-DONALD MCINTOSH
May 18-Thunderhill Raceway-Summertown, TN-ROSS BAILES
May 25-Dixie Speedway-Woodstock, GA-MICHAEL PAGE
May 26-Rome Speedway-Rome, GA-DONALD MCINTOSH
May 27-411 Motor Speedway-Seymour, TN-JIMMY OWENS
-Southern Nationals Series Press Release
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