- July 23 - Tazewell Speedway by Sam Holbrooks


Chris Madden at Tazewell Speedway

A broken wheel on lap 43 coast Chris Madden a win at Tazewell Speedway, but it didn't stop the South Carolina ace from claiming his third Southern Nationals crown at the end of the day.(Michael Moats)

Southern Nationals: Hill Wins Wild Mini-Series Final at Tazewell

Vic Hill and crew at Tazewell Speedway Southern Nationals
Race winner Vic Hill and crew with Ray Cook after his win at Tazewell, Tennessee. (Michael Moats)
Series report

TAZEWELL, Tenn. - July 23. Vic Hill came out on top of a wild Schaeffer Oil Southern Nationals Series finale tonight at the very fast Tazewell Speedway. Hill inherited the top spot when leader Chris Madden lost a right rear wheel on lap 43.

Once out front, the driver of the #1 Warrior race car then led the remaining 11 circuits to record the $5,300 triumph over Billy Ogle, Jr., Eric Jacobsen, Tommy Kerr, and Mark Vineyard. Despite suffering the mechanical trouble, Madden clinched his third Schaeffer Oil Southern Nationals Series point title by virtue of his sixth place effort.

Tommy Kerr crew at Tazewell Speedway  

With threatening rain approaching and B-Mains discarded, Tommy Kerr's crew scrambles to prepare his car for the Southern Nationals main event at Tazewell. (Michael Moats)

Tommy Kerr locks it up to avoid contact with #11 Stacy Boles at Tazewell Speedway. (Allen Earl)

With rain moving into the area, consolation races were scrapped and the field was set solely on qualifying times, with Hill on the pole after changing a tire in the infield. Hill led the first four circuits before Tony Knowles took command as Hill was held up behind a slower car. Knowles led up until lap ten, when he tangled on the backstretch with Chad Ogle, who he was trying to put a lap down. Madden took over the top spot.

On lap 16, Hill was right there and working the low side but three laps later, Johnny Pursley found a rut in turn one and then contacted the outside wall, bringing out the second caution. The top three were Madden, Hill and Billy Ogle Jr., who rode in third as Hill and Madden were battled for the top two spots.

Johnny Pursley at Tazewell Speedway

Johnny Pursley tags the turn two wall on lap 19 of the feature at Tazewell. (Michael Moats)

Eric Jacobsen duels #11 Stacy Boles inside the top five at Tazewell. (Allen Earl)

Behind Ogle, the fight was on for the remainder of the top five spots betwween Stacy Boles, Eric Jacobsen, and Tommy Kerr.

 The pace was slowed again on lap 36 for another incident which gave Hill another shot at the point. Madden got the jump again, but three laps later he once again heard Hill on his rear quarter. Every time the two would hook up, a caution flag would fly, and on lap 43, it flew once again - this time for the leader Madden who had a tire issue. The #44 team made repairs and the 2011

Jeff Smith and Brian Smith at Tazewell Speedway  

Jeff Smith duels #7 Brian Smith during the early going at Tazewell. (Michael Moats)

Eric Jacobsen and Donald Bradsher at Tazewell Speedway  

Eric Jacobsen leaves some paint on Donald Bradsher in another strong run to third place at Tazewell. (Michael Moats)

Chris Madden accepts his Southern Nationals championship honors from series director Ray Cook.(Michael Moats) 
Southern Nationals Champion was able to return to salvage a sixth place performance. Hill was the benefactor of Madden's misfortune, as he led the remaining 11 circuits of the race to score his second career series victory.

Stacy Boles had a solid top five run going until a flat right rear tire sent him into the pit area on lap 46. The top five in series points were virtually locked into place before the finale and an awards ceremony was held in victory lane before the race program started. Madden won his third Schaeffer Oil Southern Nationals Series point title over Knowles, Johnny Pursley, Jr., Donald Bradsher, and Brian Reese.

July 23 - Southern Nationals at Tazewell Speedway
1) Vic Hill, 2) Billy Ogle, Jr., 3) Eric Jacobsen, 4) Tommy Kerr, 5) Mark Vineyard, 6) Chris Madden, 7) Mike Weeks, 8) Jeff Neubert, 9) Donald Bradsher, 10) Travis Fultz, 11) Stacy Boles, 12) Brian Reese, 13) Brian Smith, 14) Johnny Pursley, 15) Phil Helton, 16) Jeff Smith, 17) Tony Knowles, 18) Chad Ogle, 19) Jeff Wolfenbarger, 20) Marvin Cook, 21) Brian Hendrix, 22) Jake Knowles
Fast Time (22 entries): Hill (11.386)

Michael Moats photo

1. Chris Madden 1758
2. Tony Knowles 1638
3. Johnny Pursley, Jr. 1598
4. Donald Bradsher 1570
5. Brian Reese 1414
6. Chip Brindle 1106
7. Jonathan Davenport 1076
8. Ty Dillon 948
9. Casey Roberts 896
10. Vic Hill 856


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