Randy Weaver stepped into Derek Ellis's backup #99 and raced to
his first ever Southern Nationals win at North Georgia Speedway. (Brian
Southern Nationals: Weaver
Pilots Ellis Mount to North Georgia Win
CHATSWORTH, Ga. - July 18. The Schaeffer Oil Southern Nationals Series rolled into the North Georgia Speedway
tonight for another $5,300 to win showdown. Randy Weaver, of Crossville, Tennessee, etched his name into the record
books for winning the first-ever Southern Nationals race at the northern Georgia speedplant.
Aboard Derek Ellis' #99 GRT racecar, Randy battled points leader Chris Madden for the top spot in the opening
laps and went on to capture the victory in the rain-postponed 53-lap feature over a hard-charging Ronnie Johnson,
Chris Madden, Chip Brindle, and Derek Ellis.
The prelims for this show took place last Thursday, July 14, but nature pushed back the 53-lap feature event
until tonight. David Payne, who laid down the second quickest lap in qualifying last Thursday to earn a front-row
starting spot, was not able to return tonight due to work commitments. That moved the entire outside lane up a row
in the starting grid.
Weaver, who was aboard Derek Ellis' back-up #99 GRT car, swapped the lead with Chris Madden several times early
in the race before taking the point for good on about the tenth circuit. Polesitter Mike Marlar piloted Vic Hill's
#1 entry after engine woes sidelined his Warrior House Car. Marlar looped his borrowed ride in turn two on the
opening lap and collected Jonathan Davenport, Tyler Ivey, and Ronnie Johnson, among others.
Johnson was the man on the move throughout the race, as he changed a damaged wheel and tire after the first-lap
melee and stormed back through the field to earn runner-up honors behind Weaver. Chris Madden, who ran second most
of the event, limped home on the last lap with mechanical problems underneath the rear-end of his #44 Team Zero
July 18 - Southern Nationals - No. Georgia
1) Randy Weaver, 2) Ronnie
Johnson, 3) Chris Madden, 4) Chip Brindle, 5) Derek Ellis, 6) Aaron Ridley, 7) Brian Reese, 8)
Todd Morrow, 9) Tony Knowles, 10) Tyler Ivey, 11) Gary McPherson, 12) Tyler Millwood, 13) Donald
Bradsher, 14) Johnny Pursley, 15) Daniel Baggerly (prov.), 16) Kevin Gibson, 17) Frank Ingram,
18) Mike Marlar, 19) Johnny Cloer (prov.), 20) Vic Hill,. 21) Jonathan Davenport, 22) David Payne
Fast Time (29 entries): Marlar (12.789); Consolation Race winners: Ingram, Gibson
Thomas Hendrickson photo