Dale McDowell Claims First-Career Spring Nationals Championship

On the heels of a trio of Top-10 finishes in Memorial Day weekend action, Dale McDowell claimed the 2019 Schaeffer’s Oil Spring Nationals Championship in his Shane McDowell Racing No. 17m Super Late Model.

It marked his first-ever championship with the series.

“As a team, we’re extremely proud to win this championship. Donald [McIntosh] definitely gave me a great run for it. I hated to see those guys have bad luck on the final night,” McDowell said. “Ray [Cook] and his staff have put together a really great series, and it’s an honor to win the title.

Dale McDowell on his way to his first Schaeffer’s Oil Spring Nationals title. (Michael Moats photo)

“A very special thank you goes out to all of sponsors and supporters. We’re going to take a week off and get ready for the Dream at Eldora. Hopefully we can go up there and win another a big check.”

Heading into the final weekend of action for the  Schaeffer’s Oil Spring Nationals Series action, McDowell was locked into a tight point’s battle with two-time series champ, Donald McIntosh. In fact, McDowell held a mere 18-marker advantage over his fellow Georgian.

McDowell added to his lead with a second-place finish in the Memorial Day weekend opener on Saturday night at Dixie Speedway (Woodstock, Georgia) as McIntosh only managed an eighth-place finish. The next night at Rome Speedway (Rome, Georgia), McIntosh bounced back with a win versus a sixth-place finish for McDowell.

Donald McIntosh battled mechanical issues in the finale. (Michael Moats photo)

The first two night’s of holiday weekend action set the stage for a potentially thrilling conclusion on Monday evening at Tennessee’s 411 Motor Speedway. Unfortunately for McIntosh, mechanical issues struck early in the night, and he was never able to fully bounce back.

“On Saturday night at Rome Speedway we were able to win, but we had a little bit of a misfire at the end of the race,” McIntosh revealed. “We thought we had it fixed, but we came out for hot laps at 411 and we had the same misfire, so we ended up changing cars and thrashing around trying to get the backup car ready. As a result, we were a little bit behind all night.

(Michael Moats photo)

“It’s been a fun deal, and it’s hard to be upset. These guys [Blount Motorsports] give me a great racecar and to come that close to the title, especially against someone like Dale [McDowell], it’s pretty special.”

McDowell and McIntosh were followed in the final rundown by Brandon Overton, Tanner English and Ross Bailes

McDowell became the sixth different champion in the seven-year history of the tour. He joins a list that includes McIntosh, Steve Casebolt, Eric Wells, Brandon Overton and Billy Ogle Jr.

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Ben Shelton

Ben got his start at historic Riverside International Speedway. His accomplished motorsports media career includes journalist, race announcer, and on-air personality.
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