Carson Ferguson wins no bail contest in Swainsboro for $10,053 in winnings!
(SWAINSBORO, GA) For the second time in 2022, Carson Ferguson found victory lane in Schaeffer’s Oil Southern Nationals Series competition on Saturday night, October 15 at Swainsboro Raceway! At the rain-delayed event on July 24, Carson qualified third fastest and then placed second in the first qualifying race of the night. After starting the 53-lap headliner from inside the second row, Carson passed early race leader Pearson Lee Williams to grab the point on the twenty-third circuit. With no warning flags slowing the pace, the Lincolnton, NC ace pulled away from the field to claim the first-place prize of $10,053 by a whopping 4.965 seconds.
Dublin, Georgia rider Pearson Lee Williams took fast time honors in the qualifying session and won his qualifying race in preliminary action to claim pole for the A-Main. After leading the first twenty-two rounds, Pearson settled for a strong second-place performance at the oval in Swainsboro, Georgia. Dalton Cook raced in the top three throughout the distance and eventually finished third on the podium. Payton Freeman picked out a trio of contenders to clinch a fourth-place finish, while Ross Bailes brought his No. 79 home in fifth overall.
The race without warning lasted only 14 minutes and the first nine finishers all completed each of the 53 circuits. Schaeffer’s Oil Southern Nationals Series would like to thank the staff at Swainsboro Raceway, and all of the fans, drivers, crew and teams who turned out to make October’s rare and pointless event for the tour a success!
Carson rode a Wesley Page Longhorn chassis, powered by a Cornett racing engine. Sponsorship of his Paylor Motorsports #93 machine comes in part from WP Racing Shocks, Hoopaugh Grading Company, Schaeffer’s Racing Oil, New Point Lighting & Design, Night Owl National Contractors, Mega Plumbing of the Carolinas, Superior Trailer, Dunwellz Custom Kitchen, Live Oak Family dentistry and professional manufacturing.
After initially drawing a field of 21 cars on the original July 24 race date, a total of 15 competitors made the return trip to Swainsboro Raceway on Saturday night for the rescheduled event. Pearson Lee Williams was the fastest in the Memory Lane Classic Car Museum time trial with his fast lap of 15.298 seconds. Both Williams and Dalton Cook took home victories in the elimination races to earn the front row of the 53-lap event.
The race at Swainsboro marked the final contest of 2022 under the Schaeffer’s Oil Southern Nationals Series or Spring Nationals Series banner. As is standard, the 2023 schedule for both tours is expected to be released at the upcoming Performance Racing Industry (PRI) show, to be held in downtown Indianapolis, Indiana, December 8-10, 2022.
Schaeffer’s Oil Southern Nationals Series presented by Sunoco Race Fuels
Summary of the race
Saturday, October 15, 2022
Swainsboro Raceway (Swainsboro, Georgia)
Schaeffer’s Oil Finish (53 RPM):
1. (3) Carson Ferguson $10,053
2. (1) Pearson Lee Williams $5,000
3. (2) Cook Dalton $2,500
4. (7) Payton Freeman $1,800
5. (6) Ross Bailes $1,250
6. (5) Zack Mitchell $900
7. (9) Parker Martin $800
8. (4) Kenny Collins $700
9. (10) Jordy Clip $675
10. (11) Jimmy Sharpe, Jr. $650
11. (8) Jeff Smith $625
12. (12) Bryson Harper $600
13. (13) Jim Rogers $575
14. (14) Michael Akeson $550
15. (15) Hayden Ownbey$525
Lap leaders: Pearson Lee Williams (laps 1-22), Carson Ferguson (laps 23-53)
Memory Lane Classic Car Museum Time Trials:
Fast time overall: Pearson Lee Williams 15.298
Sunoco Race Fuels Heat Race #1 Finish (All Cars Transfer): 1. Pearson Lee Williams, 2. Carson Ferguson, 3. Zack Mitchell, 4. Payton Freeman, 5. Parker Martin, 6. Jimmy Sharpe, Jr., 7. Jim Rogers, 8 years old. Hayden Ownbey
American Racer South Heat Race #2 Finish (All Cars Transfer): 1. Dalton Cook, 2. Kenny Collins, 3. Ross Bailes, 4. Jeff Smith, 5. Jordy Nipper, 6. Bryson Harper, 7. Michael Akeson
Schaeffer’s Final Oil Southern Nationals Series Points Standings:
1. Cory Hedgecock – 1510
2. Will Roland [R] – 1482
3. Kenny Collins – 1462
4. Jensen Ford – 1454
5. John Henderson- 1404
6. Parker Martin [R] – 1388
7. Dalton Cook [R] – 1372
8. Brenden Smith [R] – 1372
9. Carson Ferguson – 1256
10. Will Herrington – 928
11. Zack Mitchell- 928
12. Camaro Marlar – 902
13. Winger Ashton – 860
14. Dale McDowell – 788
15. Michael Brown – 738
2022 Schaeffer’s Oil Southern Nationals Series Schedule:
Friday July 15 | Beckley Motor Speedway, Mount Hope, West Virginia | CORY HERIS
Saturday July 16 | Wythe Raceway, Rural Retreat, VA | DALE MCDOWELL
Sunday July 17 | Volunteer Speedway, Bulls Gap, TN | DALE MCDOWELL
Tuesday July 19 | I-75 Raceway, Sweetwater, TN | CORY HERIS
Thursday July 21 | Senoia Raceway, Senoia, Georgia | CARSON FERGUSON
Friday July 22 | East AL Motor Speedway, Phenix City, AL | HAS MORE
Saturday July 23 | Screven Motor Speedway, Sylvania, Georgia | BRANDON-OVERTON
Sunday July 24 | Swainsboro Raceway, Swainsboro, Georgia | PPD TO 10/15
Tuesday July 26 | Toccoa Raceway, Toccoa, Georgia | BRANDON-OVERTON
Thursday July 28 | Tri-County Race Track, Brasstown, North Carolina | DAVID PAYNE
Friday July 29 | Boyd’s Speedway, Ringgold, Georgia | HAS MORE
Saturday July 30 | Tazewell Motor Speedway, Tazewell, TN | DALE MCDOWELL
Saturday October 15 | Swainsboro Raceway, Swainsboro, Georgia | CARSON FERGUSON
For more information on Schaeffer’s Oil Southern Nationals Series presented by Sunoco Race Fuels, please direct your Internet browser to www.SouthernNationalsSeries.com or feel free to call series promoter Ray Cook at 828-360-5353. You can also follow us on social media platforms at facebook.com/southernnationalsseries and on Twitter @sonationals.
The Southern Nationals Series would like to thank all of our 2022 Marketing Partners including: Schaeffer’s Oil & Specialized Lubricants, Sunoco Race Fuels, American Race Tires, Delph Communications, EZ-GO, Dirt Draft, Memory Lane Classic Car Museum, Arizona Sport Shirts, Capital Race Cars, Collins Signs, DirtonDirt.com, FK Rod Ends, Hoosier Racing Tire, MasterSbilt Race Cars, Wiles Driveshafts, Vic Hill Racing Engines, The Steering Buddy, The Joie of Seating and DirtCarLift.com.
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