Shawn Chastain Wins Thrilling 14th Annual FK Rod
Ends Tarheel 50 at Tri-County Race Track
Chastain overtook race leader Casey Roberts on lap 18 of the
51-lap FK Rod Ends 14th Annual Tarheel 50 and went on to capture
the $4,053 payday on Friday Night during the Schaeffer’s
Oil Southern Nationals Bonus Series-sanctioned event at Tri-County
Race Track in Brasstown, N.C. (McLeod Media
The Murphy, N.C. driver also held off a last-lap attempt by
David Payne to go on for the victory while driving the Interstate
Welding and Sims Construction-sponsored Clements-powered Longhorn
Chassis. Chastain became the ninth different winner in ten races
on the tour.
Fast Qualifier Casey Roberts and Donald McIntosh brought the
18 car field to life to start the 51 lap main event which paid
tribute to the late Frank Thompson. Roberts jumped to the early
lead. By the 17th circuit, Shawn Chastain had worked from his
third place starting spot to challenge for the lead and by the
next circuit, had jumped into the lead with Roberts and a host
of others in hot pursuit. Chastain wouldn’t get challenged
until the final lap as fourth place starting David Payne threw
a slide job into turn three pushing him up the race track. Chastain
would continue this run on the bottom side of the speedway and
would hold on to win by just 00.142 seconds at the finish line
for the victory. David Payne would finish second followed by
Donald McIntosh third, Kenny Collins fourth after rallying from
the tail and ninth starting Kurt English finished fifth.
Seven caution flags slowed the event. The first yellow came
on lap one as Tim Rucker spun his mount in turn four. The next
yellow would fly on lap six as a multi car accident involving
Kenny Collins, Blake Spencer and Johnny Chastain would slow
the field yet again. On lap 20, Anthony Sanders would slow his
car on the front chute to bring out another yellow flag and
on lap 21, fifth place runner Brent Dixon spun in turn four
bringing out the fourth yellow flag of the night. On lap 22,
Casey Roberts slowed off of turn two with a flat tire. On lap
35, Shane Tankersley slowed in turn one and on lap 44 Clayton
Turner and Casey Turman got together off of turn four and brought
out the event’s final caution flag.
Before the start of the main event, promoter Ray Cook announced
that the 15th Annual FK Rod Ends Tarheel 50 will take place
on Friday Night September 28, 2018 at Tri-County Race Track
and pay a record $10,000 to the winner. This will mark the largest
event ever at Tri-County.
The next event for the Schaeffer’s Oil Southern Nationals
Bonus Series presented by Sunoco Race Fuels and Tennessee RV
will be on October 12/13/14 at Ponderosa Speedway in Junction
City, Ky. as the tour will sanction the 27th Annual Fall Classic
presented by Caton Industrial Painting paying $15,000-to-win
and will be 75 feature laps in distance.
Official Summary of Results
14th Annual FK Rod Ends Tarheel 50 presented by Jacky Jones
Schaeffer’s Oil Southern Nationals Bonus Series
1. Shawn Chastain-Murphy, N.C.
2. David Payne-Murphy, N.C.
3. Donald McIntosh-Dawsonville, Ga.
4. Kenny Collins-Colbert, Ga.
5. Kurt English-Murphy, N.C.
6. Casey Roberts-Toccoa, Ga.
7. Jamie Oliver-Murphy, N.C.
8. Blake Spencer-St. Augustine, Fla.
9. Shane Tankersley-Morganton, Ga.
10. Clayton Turner-Clayton, Ga.
11. Casey Turman-LaFayette, Ga.
12. Jeff Neubert-Rockford, Tenn.
13. Craig Greer-Cleveland, Tenn.
14. Joey Standridge-Tellico Plains, Tenn.
15. Brent Dixon-Elberton, Ga.
16. Anthony Sanders-Spartanburg, S.C.
17. Johnny Chastain-Murphy, N.C.
18. Tim Rucker-Madisonville, Tenn.
Time of Race: 35 minutes, 32 seconds
Margin of Victory: 00.142 seconds
Yellow Flags: Seven (laps 1, 6, 20, 21, 22, 35, 44)
Red Flags: None
Lap Leaders: Roberts (1-17), S. Chastain (18-51)
Overall Top Qualifier: Casey Roberts-12.594 seconds ($200 sponsored
by Cherokee Septic Service)
Provisional Starters: None
Current Schaeffer’s Oil Southern Nationals Bonus Series
1. Donald McIntosh-1,846
2. David Payne-1,630
3. Joey Standridge-1,125
4. Jeff Neubert-896
5. Jamie Oliver-866
6. Billy Ogle Jr.-799
7. Brandon Overton-744
8. Carder Miller-710
9. Mike Marlar-594
10. Levi Ashby-591