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Smith, Ferguson, Frame score first Spring Nationals wins

By Ryan Delph
  Contact Editor

Garrett Smith, Carson Ferguson, and Jadon Frame all scored their first Schaeffer’s Oil Spring Nationals Series victories over the weekend.

Smith was the winner on Thursday night at Tri-County Race Track in Brasstown, North Carolina, with Ferguson topped the field on Friday night at Tennessee’s Crossville Speedway. Frame closed out the weekend with a win on Saturday night at Tennessee’s Clarkesville Speedway.

On Thursday night, Garrett Smith survived an attrition filled race at Tri-County Race Track to record his first career series victory.

The Eatonton, Georgia racer jumped to the lead over Payton Freeman, then survived nine caution flags – seven of which flew in the final seven laps – to score the win and the $4,053 payday.

“I had a really good car all night,” said Smith after leading flag-to-flag. “I got the jump on the initial start of the race and took the lead early. The top of the track was cleaning off up there and I figured those guys behind me were coming at the end. It was starting to dust off and clean up to where you could run around the whole corner. I just have to thank all of my great sponsors and my crew for all of their hard work.”

Freeman followed in second, with Carson Ferguson in third, Jamie Oliver in fourth, and Kenny Collins in fifth.

On Friday night, Carson Ferguson broke through in a big way with his first career series victory at Crossville Speedway.

The Lincolnton, North Carolina racer took the lead from Josh Putnam on lap 31, and led the remaining laps to score the win and the $4,053 winner’s paycheck.

“Man, I’m tickled,” Ferguson said. “I usually like the track slow and slick, but it was pretty hammer down out there tonight. I’ve got to thank all of my crew guys, my girlfriend, and my dad. I didn’t know what tire to put on and we talked to Mr. Randy Weaver and he guided us in the right direction. I really want to thank him for that. Me and Josh (Putnam) ran good there for awhile and as you can probably tell, I’ve never thrown a slider in my life. But I made it work and did it when it counted.”

Putnam, Payton Freeman, Garrett Smith, and Kyle Beard rounded out the top five.

On Saturday night, Jadon Frame rounded out the weekend of first time winners with his first career series victory at Clarkesville Speedway.

Frame, who hails from Winchester, Tennessee, started the 53-lap feature from the third starting spot, and outdueled outside pole sitter Carson Ferguson to grab the lead on lap 26.

The battle wasn’t over, but Frame finally took the lead for the final time on lap 29. From there, he held off Brian Shirley over the closing laps to take the win and the $10,053 first place prize money.

“I’m really speechless,” stated Frame. “I never thought I would be able to get past Carson (Ferguson), as he was so good early in the race. Lapped traffic helped in my favor and my Capital racecar was just flawless tonight. I have to thank my entire family and everyone who helps on the car, along with all of my sponsors.”

Shirley followed in second, with Ferguson in third, Josh Putnam in fourth, and Payton Freeman in fifth.

Up next for the Schaeffer’s Oil Spring Nationals Series is a trip to Boyd’s Speedway in Ringgold, Georgia on Friday, May 6. For more information, visit SouthernNationalsSeries.com.

Schaeffer’s Oil Spring Nationals Series
Tri-County Race Track – Brasstown, NC
Race Results – April 21, 2022

1. (2) Garrett Smith $4,053
2. (1) Payton Freeman $2,000
3. (6) Carson Ferguson $1,400
4. (8) Jamie Oliver $1,000
5. (3) Kenny Collins $800
6. (13) Joe Denby $700
7. (9) Cla Knight $600
8. (15) Shawn Chastain $550
9. (7) Josh Putnam $525
10. (12) Danny Ledford $500
11. (11) Heath Hindman $480
12. (16) Galen Robinson $470
13. (14) Will Harris $460
14. (21) Craig Greer $450
15. (18) Kip Cochran $440
16. (17) Levi Hicks $430
17. (5) Cory Hedgecock $420
18. (10) Jensen Ford $410
19. (19) Jonathon Cope $400
20. (20) Jacob Hamby $400
21. (4) David Payne $400
22. (22) Glenn Barnett $400

Schaeffer’s Oil Spring Nationals Series
Crossville Speedway – Crossville, TN
Race Results – April 22, 2022

1. (3) Carson Ferguson $4,053
2. (1) Josh Putnam $2,000
3. (21) Payton Freeman $1,400
4. (4) Garrett Smith $1,000
5. (11) Kyle Beard $800
6. (9) Christian Hanger $700
7. (8) Cla Knight $600
8. (14) Joe Denby $550
9. (15) Drew Kennedy $525
10. (7) Heath Hindman $500
11. (2) Dakotah Knuckles $480
12. (5) Cory Hedgecock $470
13. (6) Austin Neely $460
14. (18) Jadon Frame $450
15. (17) Steve Smith $440
16. (10) Brandon Williams $430
17. (12) Cameron Weaver $420
18. (20) Brian Shirley $410
19. (19) Dakota Smith $400

Schaeffer’s Oil Spring Nationals Series
Clarksville Speedway – Clarksville, TN
Race Results – April 23, 2022

1. (3) Jadon Frame $10,053
2. (5) Brian Shirley $5,000
3. (2) Carson Ferguson $2,500
4. (1) Josh Putnam $1,800
5. (4) Payton Freeman $1,250
6. (14) Christian Hanger $900
7. (11) Cla Knight $800
8. (10) David Seibers $700
9. (7) Scott Crigler $675
10. (6) Larry Barber, Jr. $650
11. (20) Levi Ashby $625
12. (18) Joe Denby $600
13. (15) Rusty Griffaw $575
14. (8) Kyle Beard $550
15. (17) Jordan Bauer $525
16. (22) Levi Scarbrough $500
17. (13) Jeff Sloan $500
18. (19) Gavin Schmidt $500
19. (16) Ryan Winchester $500
20. (12) Tommy Taylor $500
21. (21) Brandon Tibaldi $500
22. (9) Richard Frost $500

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