Casey Roberts Captures Third Tarheel 50 with Tri-County
Southern Nationals Bonus Series Victory
Roberts has been Mr. Domination at Tri-County Race Track during
Southern Nationals Bonus Series races. The Toccoa, Ga.
driver took the lead away from Eric Jacobsen on the 14th lap
and never looked back in route to his third-career Tarheel 50
on Friday Night October 3rd at Tri-County Race Track in Brasstown,
N.C. This was also Roberts’ second Southern Nationals
Bonus Series victory of the season. Both wins came at Tri-County.
Roberts picked up $4,053 for the victory at the end of the
53 lapper while driving the Jim & Ann Cushman-owned, Cushman
Paint & Body, M & S Concrete, Schaeffer’s Oil
and Starette Trucking sponsored, Custom Racing Engines powered
Longhorn Chassis. Pole-sitter and Bonus Series points leader
Austin Smith and Eric Jacobsen brought the field to life just
after 9:30 pm for the start of the main event.
Smith took the early lead on the field and Jacobsen would
work his way around Smith to take the point on the fourth lap
with Smith getting shuffled back after getting stuck behind
slower lapped traffic. Roberts would make his move on Jacobsen
to take the lead on lap 14 after getting Jacobsen got caught
behind the slower car of Tyler Adams. Jacobsen would hold on
to take the victory over Rick Eckert, who made his first-ever
Tri-County Race Track visit, then Donald McIntosh who finished
third, 2014 track champion Shawn Chastain fourth and Smith rounded
out the top-five.
Six yellow flags slowed the main event. The first yellow on
lap 10 would wave as Tyler Adams came to rest on the back straightaway.
The next yellow flag came on lap 19 as Eric Jacobsen would spin
in turn three while almost collecting Kenny Collins. The third
yellow would be on lap 24 as Kenny Collins spun in turn one
collecting Jamie Oliver and Steve Casebolt. The next lap the
caution would come out as Kevin Sutton spun his mount in turn
four. The lap-29 yellow was for Charlie Parker spinning in between
turns three and four. The final yellow would wave on the 36th
circuit as David Payne came to a rest in turn two after working
from his tenth starting spot. Payne left the track with radiator
The Southern Nationals Bonus Series will be back in action
on Friday/Saturday October 10 & 11 at Ponderosa Speedway
in Junction City, KY for a huge double header weekend in the
Bluegrass State of Kentucky. The “Friday Night Rumble”
on October 10th will pay $2,500-to-win while Saturday’s
“24th Annual Fall Classic” will pay $7,500-to-win.
Further information on the Southern Nationals can be obtained
by visiting www.SouthernNationalsSeries.com .
Official Summary of Results
Southern Nationals Bonus Series Race # 7
Tri-County Race Track-Brasstown, NC
Friday Night October 3, 2014
1. Casey Roberts-Toccoa, Ga.
2. Rick Eckert-York, Pa.
3. Donald McIntosh-Dawsonville, Ga.
4. Shawn Chastain-Murphy, N.C.
5. Austin Smith-Cedartown, Ga.
6. Randy Nichols-Young Harris, Ga.
7. Bobby Panter-Morganton, Ga.
8. Mario Gresham-Rome, Ga.
9. Anthony Rymer-Copperhill, Tenn.
10. Charlie Parker-Hayesville, N.C.
11. Travis Armes-Petros, Tenn.
12. Kevin Sutton-Morganton, Ga.
13. David Payne-Murphy, N.C.
14. Kenny Collins-Colbert, Ga.
15. Jamie Oliver-Murphy, N.C.
16. Steve Casebolt-Richmond, Ind.
17. George Mashburn-Murphy, N.C.
18. Eric Jacobsen-Rio Del Mar, Ca.
19. Tyler Adams-Chattanooga, Tenn.
20. Bo Eaton-Blue Ridge, Ga.
21. Ronnie Payne-Murphy, N.C.
Yellow Flags: Six (laps 10, 19, 24, 25, 29, 36)
Red Flags: None
Lap Leaders: Smith (1-3); Jacobsen (4-13): Roberts (14-53)
Provisional Starters: None
Finish Line Automotive Fastest Qualifier ($100): Austin Smith-12.630
Dash for Cash Finish (4 laps): Austin Smith ($300), Eric Jacobsen,
Steve Casebolt, Casey Roberts.