Austin Horton Snags Schaeffer’s Oil Southern Nationals Victory at Rome Speedway

By Michael Despain

ROME, GEORGIA (July 21, 2019)– The Schaeffer’s Oil Southern Nationals Series presented by Sunoco Race Fuels would roll into Rome Speedway in Rome, GA on Sunday evening and Austin Horton of Newnan, GA would lead all fifty-three laps and take the $5,300 payday. Horton has now won this event for two consecutive seasons and it also makes him the fourth different winner in five series events so far in 2019.

Horton’s victory would be his second career Schaeffer’s Oil Southern Nationals Series presented by Sunoco Race Fuels tour win and would come aboard the Franklin Enterprises, Super K Express, Orr’s Towing, Vapes Gone Wild, GW Performance, Gary’s Pulp and Logging, Allstar Graphics, Horton’s, Inc. sponsored #16 Rocket Chassis, Clements Race Engines powered mount.

The initial start of the event main event would not see a full lap completed as Tyler Clem and Bo Eaton would tangle in turn three. The second attempted start of the race would be good, with Austin Horton jumping to the race lead, followed by Donald McIntosh, Jason Croft, Michael Page, and Brandon Overton. The top five would remain the same as Horton would stretch his lead and would start working slower traffic on lap eight, but by lap thirteen, Horton would get bottled up a bit in slower traffic and McIntosh would be able to chase down Horton. Horton would finally clear some of the traffic on lap sixteen and once again pull away from McIntosh. Page would begin to challenge Croft for third and would take the position on lap twenty, while the final caution of the event would appear one circuit later when Bo Eaton would spin his car in turn two. The restart would see Horton maintain the lead, while Page would take second, shuffling McIntosh and Overton back to third and fourth, while Jake Knowles would challenge Croft for the fifth position. Page would close up on Horton and looked to be set to challenge for the lead, but Page would slip up in turn four and lose a lot of ground to Horton. Horton would maintain a comfortable lead at this point, while McIntosh and Overton would battle for the third position, with Overton driving past McIntosh on lap twenty-five and Croft would take the fourth position from McIntosh two tours later on lap twenty-seven. Horton would maintain his lead, while Croft would reel in Overton for the third position and would grab the spot on lap thirty-four. Horton would begin lapping slower traffic again on lap thirty-six and would drive around the slower traffic the remainder of the way to garner the victory, with Page settling for runner-up honors, while Croft would complete the podium finishers with a third-place effort. Overton and McIntosh would complete the top five. The remainder of the top ten at the finish would be Knowles, Zach Leonhardi, Will Roland, Cla Knight, and Austin Smith.

The Schaeffer’s Oil Southern Nationals presented by Sunoco Race Fuels next event will be Tuesday July 23 at Tri-County Race Track in Brasstown, NC, 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 Rome Speedway in Rome, GA on July 21, 2019
1. Austin Horton-Newnan, Ga.
2. Michael Page-Douglasville, Ga.
3. Jason Croft-Woodstock, Ga.
4. Brandon Overton-Evans, Ga.
5. Donald McIntosh-Dawsonville, Ga.
6. Jake Knowles-Rome, Ga.
7. Zach Leonhardi-Cartersville, Ga.
8. Will Roland-Jasper, Ga.
9. Cla Knight-North Augusta, S.C.
10. Austin Smith-Rome, Ga.
11. Tanner English-Benton, Ky.
12. Matt Dooley-Brooks, Ga.
13. Ahnna Parkhurst-Evans, Ga.
14. Cody King-McDonough, Ga.
15. Tyler Clem-Ocala, Fla.
16. Aaron Ridley-Chatsworth, Ga.
17. Tyler Millwood-Kingston, Ga.
18. Bo Eaton-Blue Ridge, Ga.
19. Craig Greer-Cleveland, Tenn.
20. Buster Goss-Rome, Ga.
21. Joey Armistead-Senoia, Ga.
22. Mark Page-Douglasville, Ga.

Time of Race:  19 minutes, 47 seconds
Margin of Victory: 0.926 seconds
Yellow Flags: Two (lap 1, lap 21)
Red Flags: None
Lap Leaders: Austin Horton 1-53
Entries: 23
Overall Top Qualifier: Donald McIntosh (Group B) 14.737 seconds
Highest Finishing CT525 Engine ($200): None
Highest Finishing Steel Head/SPEC Engine ($200): None
Provisional Starters: None

Heat One Finish (10 laps/top seven transfer)- Tyler Millwood, Matt Dooley, Tyler Clem, Tanner English, Joey Armistead, Ahnna Parkhurst, Bo Eaton (DNS-Granger Howell)

Heat Two Finish (10 laps/top seven transfer)- Jake Knowles, Austin Smith, Mark Page, Aaron Ridley, Cody King, Craig Greer, Buster Goss

Current Schaeffer’s Oil Southern Nationals Points (after 7/21/19)
1. Brandon Overton-956
2. Jake Knowles-946
3. Donald McIntosh-920
4. Tanner English-898
5. Cla Knight-896
6. Michael Page-720
7. Aaron Ridley-654
8. Ross Bailes-544
9. Dennis Franklin-542
10. Anthony Sanders-540

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-Austin Horton
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