Brandon Overton Bags Schaeffer’s Oil Southern Nationals Series Win at Smoky Mountain Speedway

By Michael Despain

MARYVILLE, TENNESSEE (July 16, 2019)– The Schaeffer’s Oil Southern Nationals Series presented by Sunoco Race Fuels would present race number three of its 2019 season tour on Tuesday evening at Smoky Mountain Speedway in Maryville, TN and Brandon Overton of Evans, GA would take the race lead on lap twenty-two and never look back on his way to the win and a $3,500 payday.

Overton’s victory would be his second win on the tour in 2019 and his 12th career Schaeffer’s Oil Southern Nationals Series presented by Sunoco Race Fuels victory. Overton’s win came behind the wheel of the Rumrunner Racing owned Rumrunner Racing, Molecule Sports, Simpson Race Products, Schaeffer Oil Products, Race Fan, Penske Shocks, C and H Paving, Willy’s Carbs sponsored #2 Rocket Chassis, Cornett Race Engines powered mount. 

The start of the race would see Michael Chilton grab the race lead, with Donald McIntosh, Dakotah Knuckles, Brandon Overton, and Jake Knowles giving chase. The only caution of the race would appear on lap two for debris on the track in turn three. The restart would see Chilton maintain the race lead, while Overton would take the third position and one lap later, eighth place starting Tommy Kerr would grab the fourth position. Chilton would begin to stretch his lead over McIntosh at this point, while Overton would close in on McIntosh and begin to challenge him for the second position. Ashton Winger would make his way into the top five at this point and would take the fourth position on lap fourteen. Meanwhile, Chilton would open about a three-quarters of straightaway lead over the battle for second between McIntosh and Overton as Chilton would start working slower traffic on lap seventeen and Overton would overtake McIntosh for the second position on the same circuit. Overton would quickly begin to close the gap between himself and Chilton at this point and would pull alongside Chilton on lap twenty-one and take the race lead one circuit later. Overton would slowly drive away from Chilton in the remaining laps of the event to claim the victory by 2.369 seconds over Chilton, with McIntosh finishing in the third position. Winger and Knuckles would complete the top five finishers. Jake Knowles would head up the second-five finishers at the drop of the checkered flag, followed by Tommy Kerr, David Crabtree, Tanner English, and Robby Moses. 

The Schaeffer’s Oil Southern Nationals presented by Sunoco Race Fuels next event will be Thursday July 18 at Toccoa Raceway in Toccoa, GA, 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 Smoky Mountain Speedway in Maryville, TN on July 16, 2019
1. Brandon Overton-Evans, Ga.
2. Michael Chilton-Salvisa, Ky.
3. Donald McIntosh-Dawsonville, Ga.
4. Ashton Winger-Senoia, Ga.
5. Dakotah Knuckles-Ewing, Va.
6. Jake Knowles-Rome, Ga.
7. Tommy Kerr-Maryville, Tenn.
8. David Crabtree-Maryville, Tenn.
9. Tanner English-Benton, Ky.
10. Robby Moses-Maryville, Tenn.
11. Cla Knight-North Augusta, S.C.
12. Bobby Giffin-Maryville, Tenn.
13. Stacy Boles-Clinton, Tenn.
14. Craig Greer-Cleveland, Tenn.
Did Not Start-Kyle Strickler-Mooresville, N.C.

Time of Race: 12 minutes, 26 seconds
Margin of Victory: 2.369 seconds
Yellow Flags: One (lap 2)
Red Flags: None
Lap Leaders: Michael Chilton 1-21, Brandon Overton 22-35
Entries: 15
Overall Top Qualifier: Donald McIntosh (Group B) 16.270 seconds
Highest Finishing CT525 Engine ($200): None
Highest Finishing Steel Head/SPEC Engine ($200): None
Provisional Starters: None

Heat One Finish (10 laps/all transfer)- Robby Moses, Tommy Kerr, David Crabtree, Stacy Boles, Cla Knight, Bobby Giffin, Craig Greer (DNS-Tanner English, Kyle Strickler)

Current Schaeffer’s Oil Southern Nationals Points (after 7/16/19)
1. Brandon Overton-596
2. Donald McIntonsh-568
3. Jake Knowles-564
4. Tanner English-550
5. Cla Knight-532
6. Kyle Strickler-423
7. Benji Hicks-370
8. Michael Page-364
9. Dennis Franklin-362
9. Anthony Sanders-362

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-Brandon Overton
July 18-Toccoa Raceway-Toccoa, GA-$3,500 to win
July 19-Senoia Raceway-Senoia, GA-$5,025 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