Donald McIntosh makes it two Spring Nats features in a row


Donald McIntosh scored his second Spring Nats win in as many nights

The Spring Nationals continued their three race run for the weekend with a stop at the Crossville Speedway. The second of the three scheduled features over a three day span was won by Donald McIntosh as he took $4,000 away from the Tennessee track located on the Cumberland Plateau.

Ross Bailes led the way in Group A qualifying by posting a lap of 11.689 seconds around the third-mile clay oval to beat out Donald McIntosh, Brandon Overton and Dakotah Knuckles.

The lap by Bailes established a new track record.

John Tweed proved to be the fastest in Group B time-trials as his lap of 12.119 seconds to better the efforts of Tanner English, Dale McDowell and Scott Cook.

Tanner English(58) and Ross Bailes raced each other much of the night

At the start of the 40 lap feature it was Bailes who bolted to the early lead with English, McIntosh, Overton and Knuckles following. But the big story regarding the start of the race was that the caution flag waved almost immediately when Spring Nationals points leader Dale McDowell slowed with mechanical trouble and was forced to retire from the event.

Once the race went green again the top-4 of Bailes, English, McIntosh and Overton separated themselves from the pack and looked as if they might settle the issue among themselves. However, gremlins of various sorts would also plague these early front runners.

Robby Moses(21) working by David Payne on his way to a top-5 finish

A yellow flag waved for the second running English who slowed on lap 14 with a flat tire. Bailes would pull into the hot pit area with a flat right rear as the field circulated under caution. Both were able to rejoin the field at the tail.

On the following restart Overton limped his car to the pit area with mechanical difficulties and was finished for the night. With the attrition, McIntosh had risen to the lead with Knuckles, Scott Cook, Robby Moses, and Dillon Tidmore in his wake.

Over the second half of the feature McIntosh built a relatively comfortable margin over Knuckles and Moses while English and Bailes battled just behind the lead trio as they re-entered the top-5.

Over the final laps McIntosh would go unchallenged as he clinched a second consecutive Spring Nationals victory to go along with his win on Thursday night at the Tri-County Race Track.

McIntosh receiving his reward for victory

Feature Finish: 1. Donald McIntosh, 2. Dakotah Knuckles, 3. Robby Moses, 4. Tanner English, 5. Ross Bailes, 6. Dillon Tidmore, 7. David Payne, 8. Scott Cook, 9. Jeff Neubert, 10. Patrick Duggan, 11. Brandon Overton, 12. Tommy Taylor, 13. Joey Standridge, 14. John Tweed, 15. Dale McDowell


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