Ross Bailes Bags Schaeffer’s Oil Southern Nationals 20th Annual Rebel Yell at Screven Motor Speedway

By Michael Despain

SYLVANIA, GEORGIA (July 20, 2019)– The Schaeffer’s Oil Southern Nationals Series presented by Sunoco Race Fuels would sanction the 20th Annual Rebel Yell at Screven Motor Speedway in Sylvania, GA on Saturday evening and Ross Bailes of Clover, SC would lead all fifty-three laps on his way to the $10,000 payday. 

Bailes victory would his be first career Schaeffer’s Oil Southern Nationals Series presented by Sunoco Race Fuels win and would make him the 39th different winner in tour history. The win for Bailes would come in the seat of the Bailes Construction, Felony Farms, STI Trucking, Nichols Plumbing, Penske Shocks, Hoosier Tire, VP Racing Fuels, FK Rod Ends sponsored #87 Barry Wright ICON Race Cars, Clements Race Engines powered machine.

Ross Bailes would take the race lead at the start of the 20th Annual Rebel Yell main event, with Tanner English, Brandon Overton, Casey Roberts, and Michael Brown giving chase. English and Overton would engage in a battle for second until Overton would loop his machine in turn one on lap five. Back underway, only one more circuit would be completed until Michael Page slowed on the track in turn four and slow action once again. The next restart would see caution wave again in turn two when Donald McIntosh slowed in turn two to keep action halted. The next attempted restart would see an eight-car tangle before everyone went by the flagstand and would become a red flag as the track would become blocked. After the track was cleared, Bailes would continue to lead the way and Michael Brown would draw the next caution on lap eight when he would slow in turn one with a flat left-rear tire.  Back underway, Bailes would maintain the lead, with English second and Chris Ferguson would start rolling the topside and make his way to third. English and Ferguson would battle for the second position until Ferguson did a 360-degree-spin in turn two on lap nineteen and continued racing, falling back to the sixth spot and not drawing the caution. Bailes would start working slower traffic on lap twenty and would allow English to close the distance himself and Bailes. Overton drew another caution on lap twenty-seven after making his way back up to the seventh position after his earlier spin and second-place running English would have to be pushed to the pit area after mechanical woes would strike his mount under the caution. The race would resume for another six laps before John Henderson would slow on the track in turn four. This restart would see Bailes again scoot away from the field at the point, while Jake Knowles and Casey Roberts would begin an entertaining battle for the second position that would see Roberts take the spot on lap thirty-five. Bailes would maintain a comfortable lead, while Knowles would continue to challenge Roberts lap after lap, with the duo racing side-by-side for the position for several laps. Ferguson would finally work his way to the fourth position, but would spin his entry in turn two on lap fifty-one to set up a sprint to the finish. Ferguson would draw the final caution on the restart and would take his machine to the pit area. Bailes would lead the final few circuits to claim the victory, with Roberts edging Knowles for the second position. Trent Ivey and Dennis Franklin would complete the top five finishers. The remainder of the top ten finishers would be Anthony Sanders, Michael Brown, Corey Gordon, Cla Knight, and Clint Smith. 

The Schaeffer’s Oil Southern Nationals presented by Sunoco Race Fuels next event will be Sunday July 21 at Rome Speedway in Rome, GA, paying $5,300 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 Screven Motor Speedway in Sylvania, GA on July 20, 2019
1. Ross Bailes-Clover, S.C.
2. Casey Roberts-Toccoa, Ga.
3. Jake Knowles-Rome, Ga.
4. Trent Ivey-Union, S.C.
5. Dennis Franklin-Gaffney, S.C.
6. Anthony Sanders-Spartanburg, S.C.
7. Michael Brown-Lancaster, S.C.
8. Corey Gordon-Charlotte, N.C.
9. Cla Knight-North Augusta, S.C.
10. Clint Smith-Senoia, Ga.
11. Austin Smith-Rome, Ga.
12. Chesley Dixon-Swainsboro, Ga.
13. Chris Ferguson-Mount Holly, N.C.
14. John Henderson-North Augusta, S.C.
15. Tanner English-Benton, Ky.
16. Brandon Overton-Evans, Ga.
17. Ryan Crane-Panama City, Fla.
18. Kenny Collins-Colbert, Ga.
19. Donald McIntosh-Dawsonville, Ga.
20. Michael Page-Douglasville, Ga.
21. Brian Conner-Martinez, Ga.
22. Tyler Clem-Ocala, Fla.
23. Steven Roberts-Sylvester, Ga.
24. Aaron Ridley-Chatsworth, Ga.
25. Clay Harris-Jupiter, Fla.

Time of Race: 49 minutes, 59 seconds 
Margin of Victory: 0.753 seconds
Yellow Flags: Nine (lap 5, 6, 6 restart, 6 restart, 8, 27, 33, 51, 51 restart)
Red Flags: One (lap 6 restart-second attempt)
Lap Leaders: Ross Bailes 1-53
Entries: 25
Overall Top Qualifier: Ross Bailes (Group A) 14.565 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)- Ross Bailes, Brandon Overton, Dennis Franklin, Brian Conner, Steven Roberts, Anthony Sanders, Clint Smith

Heat Two Finish (10 laps/all transfer)- Michael Brown, Jake Knowles, Cla Knight, Tyler Clem, Ryan Crane, Aaron Ridley

Heat Three Finish (10 laps/all transfer)- Tanner English, Donald McIntosh, Michael Page, Chris Ferguson, John Henderson, Clay Harris

Heat Four Finish (10 laps/all transfer)- Casey Roberts, Trent Ivey, Corey Gordon, Austin Smith, Kenny Collins, Chesley Dixon

Current Schaeffer’s Oil Southern Nationals Points (after 7/20/19)
1. Brandon Overton-764
2. Jake Knowles-758
3. Donald McIntosh-730
4. Tanner English-720
5. Cla Knight-714

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-Rainout
July 19-Senoia Raceway-Senoia, GA-$5,025 to win-Rainout
July 20-Screven Motor Speedway-Sylvania, GA-$10,000 to win-Ross Bailes
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