Josh Putnam wins Spring Nationals final at Duck River; Carson Ferguson crowned champion!


Josh Putnam – Photo by Connie

(WHEEL, TENNESSEE) The 2022 Schaeffer’s Oil Spring Nationals tour wrapped up Sunday night at Duck River Raceway Park and a new champion was crowned, along with an all-new race winner! Josh Putnam, of Florence, Alabama, etched his name into the long list of #SpringNationals race winners by emerging victorious in the “Memorial Day Classic” at the Wheel, Tennessee, facility. Josh took Fast Time honors in qualifying at FK Rod Ends and then started the 40-lap headliner from outside the front row. He then kept his No. 212 machine out front for each circuit to earn his first series victory and the top prize of $5,053.

Payton Freeman finished in second place for the second night in a row, as he trailed Putnam by just 0.800 seconds at the checkered flag wave. Jadon Frame also claimed the podium in third place, while Matt Cooper was paid for a solid fourth place. Dillon Tidmore rounded out the top five in the contest, which was only interrupted once by a slowdown from Kenny Collins on lap 35. Fourteen of the twenty starters were on the circuit at the end of the season finale.

Sixth-placed Carson Ferguson, of Lincolnton, North Carolina, won his first Schaeffer’s Oil Spring Nationals series title and the $10,053 in championship spoils on the front straight after the race. In the ten miniseries events held this year, Carson had one victory, five Top 5 finishes and nine Top 10 efforts. Payton Freeman was also very consistent on the tour and earned a second place in the final points tally, which was worth an additional $5,053 in points. A total of 141 different drivers participated in at least one series race and eight different drivers celebrated in victory lane.

“I’m going to be a little smothered because these guys have worked so hard here,” commented winner Putnam at the Volunteer State oval after the race. “These crew guys have worked so hard to give me this gear to race with. This car is getting better and better. We had a trip to Illinois two weeks ago and Mark (Richards) gave us a helped a little on this car and we learned a few things, this baby is a work in progress and I think every week the more we race the better we can improve!

Josh Putnam piloted an XR1 rocket chassis owned by Jeff Greer #212 with a Jay Dickens race engine under the hood. Sponsorship came in part from Zippy Auto Sales, Randle Chupp Race Consulting, 441 Race Wraps, Gabe’s Tire and Towing, Southern Off-Road Surgeons, North Alabama Ink and Silver Creek Sales.

A field of 20 cars piled into the pit area at Duck River Raceway Park for the tenth and final round of Schaeffer’s Oil Spring Nationals series. The range of features was defined only on time trials. Payton Freeman set the fastest time in Group A in qualifying to claim pole position, but Josh Putnam took fast time honors in FK Rod Ends qualifying with his fastest Group B lap of 13.135 seconds.

While the Duck River event marked the end of the Schaeffer’s Oil Spring Nationals series, most of those same competitors will be gearing up in the coming weeks for the grueling 18th edition of Schaeffer’s Oil Southern Nationals series. For the first time in miniseries history, eight of the twelve shows will net the winner $10,053. The tour will begin again at Beckley Motor Speedway in Mount Hope, West Virginia on Friday, July 15. From there, Southerners will visit the states of Virginia, Tennessee, Georgia and North Carolina.

Other tracks on the Southern Nationals slate include Wythe Raceway in Rural Retreat, Virginia, Volunteer Speedway in Bulls Gap, Tennessee, I-75 Raceway in Sweetwater, Tennessee, Senoia Raceway in Senoia, Georgia, Needmore Speedway in Norman Park, Georgia, Screven Motor Speedway in Sylvania, GA, Swainsboro Raceway in Swainsboro, GA, Toccoa Raceway in Toccoa, GA, Tri-County Race Track in Brasstown, NC, Crossville Speedway in Crossville, TN and Tazewell Speedway in Tazewell, TN. The high-banked “Taz” will once again serve as the endpoint, as it has done every year since the series began in 2005, on Saturday, July 30.

Schaeffer’s Oil Spring Nationals Series presented by Sunoco Race Fuels

Round 10 Race Summary

Sunday, May 29, 2022

Duck River Racetrack Park – Wheel, Tennessee

Schaeffer’s Oil Finish (40 rounds):

  1. (2) Josh Putnam $5,053
  2. (1) Payton Freeman $2,500
  3. (4) Jadon Frame $1,600
  4. (3) Matt Cooper $1,200
  5. (5) Dillon Tidmore $900
  6. (6) Carson Ferguson $700
  7. (7) Cook Dalton $675
  8. (10) Sam Seawright $650
  9. (12) Dillon Crim $625
  10. (13) Christian hanger $600
  11. (9) Cody Overton $580
  12. (15) Ryan Wilson $560
  13. (18) Tommy Taylor $540
  14. (11) Joe Denby $520
  15. (8) Kenny Collins $500
  16. (19) Jay Scott $480
  17. (20) Jim Gray $470
  18. (14) Todd Morrow $460
  19. (16) Grayson Brewer $450
  20. (17) Clint Nichols $450

Entries: 20

Lap Leaders: Josh Putnam (Laps 1-40)

Warnings: 1 (Kenny Collins slowed on the straight on lap 35)

FK Rod Ends Time Trial:

Best overall time: Josh Putnam 13.135 seconds

Group A (all locked up): Payton Freeman, Matt Cooper, Dillon Tidmore, Dalton Cook, Cody Overton, Joe Denby, Christian Hanger, Ryan Wilson, Clint Nichols, Jay Scott

Group B (all locked up): Josh Putnam, Jadon Frame, Carson Ferguson, Kenny Collins, Sam Seawright, Dillon Crim, Todd Morrow, Grayson Brewer, Tommy Taylor, Jim Gray

Schaeffer Oil Sources National Series Final Point Rankings:

  1. Carson Ferguson – 1868
  2. Payton Freeman – 1834
  3. Cla Chevalier – 1438
  4. Jensen Ford – 1060
  5. Joe Denby – 1060
  6. Cook Dalton – 890
  7. Brandon Overton – 770
  8. Josh Putnam – 770
  9. Christian hanger – 738
  10. Kenny Collins – 694
  11. Heath Hindman – 692
  12. Brandon Williams – 686
  13. Garett Smith – 584
  14. Michael Page – 582
  15. Jadon frame – 566

2022 Schaeffer Oil Sources National Series Schedule:

Friday March 4 | Swainsboro Raceway, Swainsboro, Georgia | BRANDON-OVERTON

Saturday March 5 | Senoia Raceway, Senoia, Georgia | SHANE CLANTON

Friday April 15 | Wythe Raceway, Rural Retreat, VA | BRANDON-OVERTON

Saturday April 16 | Tazewell Motor Speedway, Tazewell, TN | CRAZY CHRIS

Thursday April 21 | Tri-County Race Track, Brasstown, North Carolina | GARRET SMITH

Friday April 22 | Crossville Motor Speedway, Crossville, TN | CARSON FERGUSON

Saturday April 23 | Clarksville Speedway, Clarksville, TN | JADON FRAMEWORK

Saturday May 7 | East AL Motor Speedway, Phenix City, AL | BRANDON-OVERTON

Friday May 27 | Lavonia Speedway, Lavonia, Georgia | HAS MORE

Saturday May 28 | Boyd’s Speedway, Ringgold, Georgia | MACK MC CARTER

Sunday May 29 | Duck River Racetrack Park, Wheel, TN | JOSH PUTNAM

* All races will be streamed live on FloRacing

For more information on Schaeffer’s Oil Spring 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.

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