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July 22, 2021
Austin Horton Wires Southern Nationals Field in First-Ever West Georgia Speedway Visit
(WHITESBURG, GEORGIA) In the first-ever sanctioned Super Late Model event in the history of West Georgia Speedway, it was nearby racer Austin Horton, of Newnan, Georgia, that stole the show and etched his name into the record books for winning on Thursday night, July 22. Austin earned Fast Time honors overall during the Schaeffer’s Oil Southern Nationals Series qualifying session and later rolled off from the pole position in the 40-lap headliner. With a large crowd on hand at the Whitesburg, Georgia facility, Austin controlled the field from green to checkers and survived a restart with only three circuits remaining to lay claim to the $4,053 winner’s check.
Outside polesitter Brent Dixon, who paced Group B during time trials, chased Horton throughout the contest, but never managed a serious bid for the top spot. The Elberton, Georgia ace finished 1.775 seconds behind in the runner-up position. Pearson Lee Williams improved one spot during the course of the race to grab the final position on the podium in third. Dirt Draft Rookie of the Year contender Garrett Smith brought his #10 machine home in fourth while Kenny Collins moved up to fifth to complete an all-Georgia top five.
“It feels great to win here at West Georgia,” exclaimed Horton in Schaeffer’s Oil victory lane. “I made my first laps here. I cut my teeth here in a street stock. We’ve came a long way in a short time. Man, I don't even know what to say … just glad to do it at the hometown track and get us another win. After a rough hot laps, it couldn’t have went any better after that!”
Austin’s third career Schaeffer’s Oil Southern Nationals Series victory moved him into a tie for eleventh all-time on the miniseries win list with Mike Marlar and Clint Smith. His triumph came aboard a #16 XR1 Rocket Chassis by Clint Smith Racing with sponsorship from Super K Express, Orr’s Towing, GW Performance, Franklin Enterprises, Top Notch Graphics, and Horton’s Inc.
Round five of the Schaeffer’s Oil Southern Nationals Series drew a 27 car field for the first-ever visit to West Georgia Speedway. Eventual winner Austin Horton stopped the clock quickest in FK Rod Ends qualifying with his fast time of 14.090 seconds. Michael Page secured the win in Sunoco Race Fuels B-Main #1, while Jordy Nipper was victorious in American Racer South B-Main #2. Ahnna Parkhurst and Jeff Neubert utilized series provisionals to gain access into the A-Main, while Benjamin Cranford and Chuck Southard both took use of their emergency provisional.
Next up on the 12-race miniseries will be a trip to Needmore Speedway in Norman Park, Georgia for a Friday night showdown on July 23. A $5,053 top prize will be on the line in round six of the Schaeffer’s Oil Southern Nationals, while each feature starter will receive at least $450 to start. Brandon Overton won the lone series stop to Needmore last year, as he beat a top five that included runner-up Donald McIntosh, John Baker, Michael Page, and Pearson Lee Williams. More information concerning the race tomorrow evening at Needmore Speedway can be viewed online by clicking on www.raceneedmorespeedway.com.
Schaeffer’s Oil Southern Nationals Series presented by Sunoco Race Fuels
Schaeffer’s Oil Feature Finish (40 Laps):
FK Rod Ends Time Trials:
Sunoco Race Fuels B-Main #1 Finish (Top Five Transfer): 1. Michael Page, 2. Wil Herrington, 3. Stacy Boles, 4. Will Harris, 5. Joey Armistead, 6. Benjamin Cranford, 7. Ahnna Parkhurst, 8. Sam Seawright, 9. Billy Franklin
American Racer South B-Main #2 Finish (Top Five Transfer): 1. Jordy Nipper, 2. Dale McDowell, 3. Tyler Millwood, 4. Michael Brown, 5. Todd Morrow, 6. Chuck Southard, 7. Jeff Neubert, DNS. Joe Denby
Schaeffer’s Oil Southern Nationals Series Provisionals: Ahnna Parkhurst, Jeff Neubert
Current Schaeffer’s Oil Southern Nationals Series Point Standings:
2021 Schaeffer’s Oil Southern Nationals Schedule: