MARYVILLE, TN-The list of Southern All Stars winners gained a new name Saturday night at the Smoky Mt Speedway as Donald McIntosh got his first career win in the Big Daddy 500 sponsored by Tennessee RV Supercenter, , but it was not easy as he battled with Chris Ferguson of Mt Holly, NC., and Skip Arp of Georgetown, TN, all night long as these three cars worked in and out of lapped traffic battling for the lead until McIntosh put his car out front for good on lap 22 of the 40 lap event as he battled with Ferguson for several laps. Skip Arp had the fans on their feet he made several runs at the top spot early but late in the race his car started overheating and settled for second spot, Ferguson led early and pulled to almost a straight lead at times, but Arp & McIntosh would reel him back in and eventually move him back to a third place finish. T J Reaid of Acworth, GA., had his first top five of the season with a fourth place finish and Shannon Buckingham of Maryville, TN., rounded out the top for his best run with the series.
Finishing in the sixth spot was Tommy Kerr who started 11th, point’s leader Austin Horton finished in the seventh spot, eighth went to Robby Moses, ninth to Eric Hickerson and tenth to Billy Ogle Jr.
RACE TIDBITS: Donald McIntosh became the 176th different Southern All Star winner in 701 series events. T J Reaid cut 6 points off Austin Horton’s point lead. The top four in series points are only separated by 132 points. Drivers making their first starts with the series in 2017 included Stacy Boles of Clinton, TN., Ryan King of Seymour, TN., Phil Helton of Clinton, TN., Eddie King Jr, 13 year old Carder Miller of Salem, VA., Mark Dodson of Caledonia, MS., and Tripp Gerrald of Nicholasville, KY.
McIntosh Sponsors: Blount Excavating/Massey Electric Company/Ole Ben Franklin Motor/Rocket Chassis/Vic Hill Racing Engines/Tennessee RV/Stowers Cat
Car Count: 25
SUNOCO RACE FUELS GROUP QUALFYING: Group A: Chris Ferguson 16.008; Group B: Donald McIntosh 15.938
PPM Race Products B Mains:
AR Bodies Last Car Lead Lap: Austin Horton
COR Suspensions 10th Place Finisher: Billy Ogle Jr
36 Racing & Fabrication Hard Charger: Phil Helton
Race Car Engineering Hard Luck Award: Lamar Winkle
BrakeOMeter 4th Place Finisher Award: T J Reaid
Results Pending Tire Test: 1.Donald McIntosh; 2.Skip Arp; 3.Chris Ferguson; 4.T J Reaid; 5.Shannon Buckingham; 6.Tommy Kerr; 7.Austin Horton; 8.Robby Moses; 9.Eric Hickerson; 10.Billy Ogle Jr; 11.Stay Boles; 12.Tristan Sealy; 13.Ryan king; 14.Phil Helton; 15.Anthony Sanders; 16.Eddie King Jr; 17.Carder Miller; 18.Mark Dodson; 19.Brad Skinner; 20.Craig Greer; 21.David Crabtree; 22.Zach Leonhardi; 23.Bobby Giffin; 24.Tripp Gerrald; 25.Lamar Winkle
The next Southern All Stars event will be on Saturday night July 1st at the Senoia Raceway in Senoia, GA., Michael Head Jr Memorial 54 laps $5,454 to win.
For more information on the www.smokymountainspeedway.com
2017 SOUTHERN ALL STAR POINTS STANDINGS: 1.Austin Horton 732; 2.T J Reaid 676; 3.Tristan Sealy 628; 4.Eric Hickerson 600; 5.Bo Shirley 466; 6.Brad Skinner 438; 7.Casey Roberts 382; 8.Clint Smith 302; 9.Matt Perry 288; 10.Tyler Crowder 246;
2017 CRUISE WITH THE CHAMPIONS/DIRTONDIRT.COM ROOKIE OF THE YEAR: 1.Austin Horton 732; 2.T J Reaid 676; 3.Tristan Sealy 628; 4. Eric Hickerson 600;
2017 AR Bodies Challenge: 1.Eric Hickerson 235; 2.Brad Skinner 154; 3.Brandon Overton 106; 4.Todd Morrow 87; 5.Josh Putnam 63; 6.Derek Ellis 35; 7.Jamie Perry 33; 8.Jeff Johns 30; 9.Jason Lyles 24; 10.Dean Carpenter 16; 11.John Minon 15; 12.Jason Walker 14
UPCOMING SOUTHERN ALL STAR DIRT RACING SERIES EVENT:
July 1st Senoia Raceway-Senoia, GA-$5,454
July 8th Thunderhill Raceway-Lawrenceburg, TN-$4,000
July 15th Magnolia Speedway-Columbus, MS $4,000
2017 Southern All Star Dirt Racing Series Sponsors:
*Hoosier Racing Tire “The Official Race Tire” of the Southern All Star Dirt Racing Series *Patriot Sports “The Official Merchandise Vendor” of the Southern All Star Dirt Racing Series *Sunoco Race Fuel “The Official Racing Fuel” of the Southern All Star Dirt Racing Series
2017 Southern All Star Dirt Racing Series Marketing Partners Include: AR Bodies, Brodix Cylinder Heads, , COR Suspensions, Cruise with the Champions, DirtonDirt.com, H3 Performance Graphics, Integra Racing Shocks, , MSR Mafia Web Design and Service, PPM Racing Products, RockAuto.com, 36 Racing & Fabrication, Racecar Engineering, BrakeOMeter