Southern Nationals Bonus & Spring Nationals Series
Makes Stops at Tri-County, Senoia & Swainsboro July 3rd-5th
Southern Nationals Bonus Series presented by Collins Signs will
be gearing up for a huge Fourth of July Weekend as the tour
will travel to Tri-County Race Track in Brasstown, NC on Friday
July 3rd for the Fifth annual Independence Day Championship
race and Senoia Raceway in Senoia, GA on Saturday Night July
4th for the Inaugural Billy Clanton Memorial race.
In addition to the two Southern Nationals Bonus
Series events, the make-up event for the Old Man’s Garage
Spring Nationals Series by Schaeffer’s Oil will be in
action for a full show on Sunday Night July 5th at the Swainsboro
Raceway in Swainsboro, Ga. paying $6,000-to-win and $500-to-start
making it a three day weekend of nice paying races for both
tours. Each night will feature a complete show of practice,
FK Rod Ends Qualifying, Dash, Last Chance Heats and main events.
The Southern Nationals Bonus Series will take
to the Western North Carolina oval at Tri-County Race Track
during the Independence Day weekend special racing for $3,000-to-win
and $300-to-start. The Crate Late Models ($800-to-win), Interstate
Welding Modified Street ($400-to-win), Street Stocks ($300-to-win)
and the Pony class ($300-to-win) will all be racing during the
night’s activities. A Fireworks show will light up the
evening sky during intermission. On July 3rd at Tri-County the
pit gates open at 4:00 pm, grandstand gates swing open at 5:00
pm and the drivers meeting will be at 7:00 pm with hot laps
to follow. Adult general admission is $18.00 while Adult pit
passes are $30.00.
The series will sanction the Billy Clanton Memorial
race at the Senoia (Ga.) Raceway on Saturday Night July 4th
and will pay $4,025-to-win as part of a double-header weekend.
The ($25) on the winner’s amount signifies Clanton’s
number he ran when he raced. There will also be features for
the Limited Late Models, Crate Late Models, B-Cadet, Hobby Stock,
Bombers, Mini Stock and Legends cars. The pits will open at
4:00 pm, grandstands open at 5:00 pm, hot laps are at 7:00 pm.
Adult general admission is $20.00 while adult pit passes are
$35.00. At Senoia Raceway July 4th the leader at lap 25 will
receive a $250.00 award courtesy of GW Performance.
Billy Clanton started racing at the dirt tracks
in the mid-1960’s and continued until his son Rusty began
racing in 1993. He gave racing up for a few years but returned
to the track around 1996 for a short stint before retiring.
Billy even built race cars with fellow Georgia native and Hall
of Famer Roscoe Smith. Two of Billy’s sons Joey and Rusty
have had primarily asphalt racing backgrounds. Rusty did some
All-Pro racing and Joey went on to win an ASA Championship and
eventually drive in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series. Billy’s
other son Shane concentrated on the dirt tracks and has went
on to win some of the sport’s largest events including
the World and Dream 100 at Eldora Speedway and currently runs
with the World of Outlaws Late Model Series.
Clanton’s son Shane is thrilled about the
chance to race in his father’s Memorial race. “I’m
really excited to run in it as a Super Late Model race. It was
tried before at Seven Flags (Ga.) Speedway as a Limited Late
Model race but I’m excited to have the opportunity to
race in it. All of the family is looking forward to it and they’ll
all be here,” stated Shane.
Series promoter Ray Cook also shares Clanton’s
sentiments regarding the event on the schedule. “We’re
really excited to be sanctioning the Billy Clanton Memorial
at Senoia Raceway. Since they’ve opened this year, they’ve
done a lot of good things down there. We want to thank the Clanton
family and Senoia Raceway for having us in to sanction this
race on July 4th,” commented Cook.
The Paul Purvis owned Swainsboro Raceway located
in Swainsboro, Ga. will host the Old Man’s Garage Spring
Nationals Series on Sunday Night July 5th paying $6,000-to-win
and $500-to-start. Along with the Spring Nationals Late Models,
the Crate Late Models and support classes will all be on the
racing card. At Swainsboro on July 5th, the gates will open
at 1:00 pm, Drivers Meeting at 6:30 pm and Hot Laps will roll
out around 7:00 pm. Adult general admission is $15.00 while
pit passes go for $35.00.
The Southern Nationals Bonus Series made two
previous visits to Tri-County Race Track in 2014 with Casey
Roberts of Toccoa, Ga. taking both events wins that came during
the Independence Day Championship race in July and the Tarheel
50 in October. The events that were scheduled for March 27th
and May 25th were cancelled due to rain. The event at Senoia
Raceway will be a new venue for the Southern Nationals Bonus
Series and Swainsboro Raceway will be hosting the make-up Spring
Nationals Series race from April 17th.
Randy Weaver dominated the season opening event
for the Southern Nationals Bonus Series on March 21st at Boyd’s
(Ga.) Speedway claiming the $4,000 payday over Donald McIntosh,
Jason Hiett, Bub McCool and David Payne.
The Southern Nationals Bonus Series by Collins
Signs will utilize the following Tire Rule for Tri-County: American
Racer 44, 48 & 56 and Hoosier 1300, 1350 & 1600. The
tire rule for Senoia will be: 1350 & 1600 and 48 & 56.
The tire rule for Swainsboro will be: Hoosier- 1300 (LO1), 1350
(LO3), 1600 (LO6), LM 40 (both front and rear); American Racer-
44, 48, 56 (both front and rear). At each Old Man’s Garage
Spring Nationals, Schaeffer’s Oil Southern Nationals and
Southern Nationals Bonus Series event in 2015, the highest finishing
CT525 engine in the main event will receive a $200 bonus and
the highest finishing Steel Head/SPEC engine will also receive
a $200 bonus.
Further information on the Tri-County Race Track
can be obtained by calling the track Hotline at (828) 837-3815
or Ray Cook (@RayCook53) at (828) 360-5353 or log on to www.TriCountyRaceTrack.com.
Senoia Raceway is located at 171 Brown Road in
Senoia, GA 30276. For more information on Senoia Raceway, please
call (770) 599-6161 or log on to www.SenoiaRaceway.com.
Swainsboro Raceway is located at 586 Modoc Road
in Swainsboro, GA 30401. For more information on Swainsboro
Raceway, please call (478) 252-1300 or log on to www.SwainsboroRaceway.com.
Further information on the Spring Nationals, Southern
Nationals and Southern Nationals Bonus Series can be obtained
by calling Promoter Ray Cook at (828) 360-5353 or Series P.R.
Coordinator Chris Tilley at (606) 219-1723 or visit the official
website located at www.SouthernNationalsSeries.com.
Southern Nationals Bonus Series/Tri-County Payoff:
1) $3,000, 2) $1,500, 3) $1,000, 4) $900, 5) $800, 6) $700,
7) $600, 8) $550, 9) $500, 10) $480, 11) $460, 12) $440, 13)
$420, 14) $400, 15) $380, 16) $360, 17) $340, 18) $320, 19)
$300, 20) $300, 21) $300, 22) $300.
Southern Nationals Bonus Series/Senoia Raceway
Payoff: 1) $4,025, 2) $2,000, 3) $1,200, 4) $800, 5) $700, 6)
$600, 7) $575, 8) $550, 9) $525, 10) $500, 11) $480, 12) $460,
13) $440, 14) $420, 15) $400, 16) $400, 17) $400, 18) $400,
19) $400, 20) $400, 21) $400, 22) $400.
Spring Nationals Series/Swainsboro Raceway Payoff:
1) $6,000, 2) $3,000, 3) $1,800, 4) $1,200, 5) $1,000, 6) $900,
7) $800, 8) $700, 9) $680, 10) $660, 11) $640, 12) $620, 13)
$600, 14) $580, 15) $560, 16) $540, 17) $520, 18) $500, 19)
$500, 20) $500, 21) $500, 22) $500.
Current Southern Nationals Bonus Series
Points (after March 21):
1. Randy Weaver-200 (Crossville, TN)
2. Donald McIntosh-196 (Dawsonville, GA)
3. Jason Hiett-194 (Oxford, AL)
4. Bub McCool-192 (Vicksburg, MS)
5. David Payne-190 (Murphy, NC)
6. Mike Tinker-188 (Ringgold, GA)
7. Riley Hickman-186 (Cleveland, TN)
8. Billy Ogle Jr.-184 (Knoxville, TN)
9. William Thomas-182 (Phenix City, AL)
10. Derek Ellis-180 (Chatsworth, GA)
Upcoming Southern Nationals Bonus Series
Races & Winners:
March 21-Boyd’s Speedway-Ringgold, GA (Randy Weaver)
July 3-Tri-County Race Track-Brasstown, NC-$3,000 to win
July 4-Senoia Raceway-Senoia, GA-$4,025 to win
July 18-Richmond Raceway-Richmond, KY-$10,028 to win