Trent Ivey Scores Schaeffer’s Oil Southern Nationals Series Victory at Cherokee Speedway

By Michael Despain

GAFFNEY, SOUTH CAROLINA (July 14, 2019)– The Schaeffer’s Oil Southern Nationals Series presented by Sunoco Race Fuels would present race number two of its 2019 season tour on Sunday at Cherokee Speedway in Gaffney, SC and Trent Ivey of Union, SC would score the biggest win of this career and claim his first-ever Schaeffer’s Oil Southern Nationals Series presented by Sunoco Race Fuels triumph and a $10,000 payday.

Ivey’s victory would make the second-generation driver the 38th different driver in tour history and would come behind the wheel of the Barfield’s Timber, Highway 29 Grill, Palmetto Coal and Piling sponsored #88 Longhorn Chassis, Clements Race Engines powered entry.

Trent Ivey would take the lead at the start of the fifty-three lap, $10,000 to win contest, with Brandon Overton, Michael Brown, and Kyle Strickler, Donald McIntosh and Tanner English battling for the fifth position. Brown would take second from Overton on lap five and would pressure Ivey for the lead and would grab the lead, only to see a caution negate the pass when fourth-place Strickler would slow on the track in turn two. Another caution for debris on lap eight would also slow the action and once back underway, Ivey and Brown would settle into a battle for the lead and Brown looked to be set to make a move for the lead when the caution waved again on lap twenty for Christian Hanger who had stopped in turn two. During the caution, Brown would pull into the pits and be done for the night and McIntosh, who would be in third position at this point, would also pull into the work area, but would return to action. Ivey would control the restart, with Overton now in pursuit from second. Lap twenty-four would see the next caution when Dennis Franklin would slow on the frontchute and be done for the event. The restart would see English spin in turn two, with the trio of McIntosh, Doug Sanders, and Adam Yarbrough also tangling. Ivey would again control the restart and would maintain a comfortable advantage over Overton and would begin to work slower traffic when Cla Knight would slow in turn two on lap thirty-six to slow the action. This restart would see Overton stay close to Ivey, but caution for Derrick Ramey on lap forty-three would slow the action again. One final caution would appear on lap forty-six to set up a dash to the finish and Ivey would pull away from Overton and build almost a one second lead over the final laps to secure the victory, with Overton finishing second and Michael Page finishing third. Ross Bailes and 13th place starter Jake Knowles would complete the top five finishers. The remainder of the top ten finishers would be Strickler (after restarting the rear of the field on lap seven), 17th place starting Benji Hicks, 19th place starter Matthew Nance, McIntosh (after two visits to the work area), and 18th place starter Cla Knight. 

The Schaeffer’s Oil Southern Nationals presented by Sunoco Race Fuels next event will be Tuesday July 16 at Smoky Mountain Speedway in Maryville, TN, paying $3,500 to win.  

Further information about the Schaeffer’s Oil Southern Nationals presented by Sunoco Race Fuels can be obtained by calling Promoter Ray Cook at (828) 360-5353 or Public Relations Director Chris Tilley at (828) 361-5981 or (606) 219-1723 or by visiting the official series website located at

The Schaeffer’s Oil Southern Nationals presented by Sunoco Race Fuels would like to thank the following sponsors and marketing partners: Schaeffer’s Oil, Sunoco Race Fuels,, American Racer Tires, AR Bodies, Arizona Sport Shirts, Barry Wright Race Cars, Capital Race Cars, Chizmark and Larson Insurance Agency, Collins Signs,, Delph Communications,, Earnhardt Technologies Group, EZ-GO, FK Rod Ends, Hoosier Racing Tire, Keyser Manufacturing, MasterSbilt Race Cars,, Wiles Driveshafts, Vic Hill Race Engines, and VP Racing Fuels. 

Official Summary of Results

Feature Results for Schaeffer’s Oil Southern Nationals presented by Sunoco Race Fuels at Cherokee Speedway in Gaffney, SC on July 14, 2019
1. Trent Ivey-Union, S.C.
2. Brandon Overton-Evans, Ga.
3. Michael Page-Douglasville, Ga.
4. Ross Bailes-Clover, S.C.
5. Jake Knowles-Rome, Ga.
6. Kyle Strickler-Mooresville, N.C.
7. Benji Hicks-Mount Airy, N.C.
8. Matthew Nance-Ronda, N.C.
9. Donald McIntosh-Dawsonville, Ga.
10. Cla Knight-North Augusta, S.C.
11. Tanner English-Benton, Ky.
12. Aaron Ridley-Chatsworth, Ga.
13. Derrick Ramey-Gastonia, N.C.
14. Anthony Sanders-Spartanburg, S.C.
15. Jeff Smith-Dallas, N.C.
16. Christian Hanger-Winchester, Tenn.
17. Adam Yarbrough-Denver, N.C.
18. Dennis Franklin-Gaffney, S.C.
19. Doug Sanders-Belmont, N.C.
20. Michael Brown-Lancaster, S.C.
21. Chris Ferguson-Mount Holly, N.C.
22. Larry Grube-Mauldin, S.C.
23. Casey Roberts-Toccoa, Ga.

Time of Race: 55 minutes, 55 seconds
Margin of Victory: 0.826 seconds
Yellow Flags: Eight (lap 7, 8, 20, 24, 24 restart, 36, 43, 46)
Red Flags: One (lap 24 restart)
Lap Leaders: Trent Ivey 1-53
Entries: 27
Overall Top Qualifier: Brandon Overton (Group B) 15.200 seconds
Highest Finishing CT525 Engine ($200): None
Highest Finishing Steel Head/SPEC Engine ($200):  None
Provisional Starters: None

Heat One Finish (10 laps/top four transfer)- Trent Ivey, Tanner English, Aaron Ridley, Jake Knowles, Cla Knight, Larry Grube, Doug Sanders

Heat Two Finish (10 laps/top four transfer)- Michael Brown, Chris Ferguson, Michael Page, Jeff Smith, Matthew Nance, Donald Bradsher

Heat Three Finish (10 laps/top four transfer)- Brandon Overton, Donald McIntosh, Dennis Franklin, Anthony Sanders, Benji Hicks, Christian Hanger, Chris Stowe

Heat Four Finish (10 laps/top four transfer)- Kyle Strickler, Ross Bailes, Casey Roberts, Derrick Ramey, Adam Yarbrough, Tim Vance (DNS-Johnny Pursley)

B-Main Finish (10 laps/top six transfer)- Benji Hicks, Cla Knight, Matthew Nance, Adam Yarbrough, Christian Hanger, Doug Sanders, Larry Grube, Tim Vance, Chris Stowe, Donald Bradsher (DNS-Johnny Pursley)

Current Schaeffer’s Oil Southern Nationals Points (after 7/14/19)
1. Brandon Overton-396
2. Jake Knowles-376
3. Donald McIntosh-374
4. Benji Hicks-370
5. Tanner English-368
6. Michael Page-364
7. Cla Knight-354
8. Dennis Franklin-352
8. Anthony Sanders-352
10. Matthew Nance-350
11. Kyle Strickler-348
12. Ross Bailes-344
13. Aaron Ridley-334
14. Christian Hanger-316
15. Michael Brown-310
16. Chris Ferguson-233
17. Johnny Pursley-229
18. Trent Ivey-200
19. Dale McDowell-196
20. Kyle Hardy-194

2019 Schaeffer’s Oil Southern Nationals Schedule/Results
July 13-Wythe Raceway-Rural Retreat, VA-$10,000 to win-Brandon Overton
July 14-Cherokee Speedway-Gaffney, SC-$10,000 to win-Trent Ivey
July 16-Smoky Mountain Speedway-Maryville, TN-$3,500 to win
July 18-Toccoa Raceway-Toccoa, GA-$3,500 to win
July 19-Senoia Raceway-Senoia, GA-$4,025 to win
July 20-Screven Motor Speedway-Sylvania, GA-$10,000 to win
July 21-Rome Speedway-Rome, GA-$5,300 to win
July 23-Tri County Race Track-Brasstown, NC-$3,500 to win
July 25-Crossville Speedway-Crossville, TN-$3,500 to win
July 26-411 Motor Speedway-Seymour, TN-10,000 to win
July 27-Tazewell Speedway-Tazewell, TN-$10,053 to win