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Overton secures third Southern Nationals title at Tazewell

Brandon Overton put an exclamation point on his phenomenal run with the Schaeffer’s Southern Nationals Series this season by winning the championship. (Rick Neff photo)

Driving the Wells Motorsports No. 76 Crossfit Overton/ Allstar Concrete/ Longhorn Chassis by Wells/ Clements Racing Engine-powered Super Late Model, Overton outdueled championship contenders Chris Madden and Ross Bailes to secure his third-career Southern Nationals Series title.

“Chris is a good racer. He’s gonna be fast no matter what he drives or what he gets in, so to go head to head with him, to run this deal, that’s pretty cool to me,” said Overton, standing in the Wells & Sons Motorsports hauler reflecting on the 12-race minitour after securing the championship. “And Ross (Bailes), Ross is a hell of a race car driver, too … just bad luck, you know. I figured it was gonna come down to whoever — me, Ross and Madden — whoever had the worse luck … whichever one of us had the worse luck was how the points were gonna fall.”

“I enjoy this. This is good for me,” Overton said. “I always kind of get in a rhythm when I come do this because I get to mess up. This year, not so much. This year I didn’t get to try as much as I wanted to try because I had to race against Chris every night. A couple of the nights that I won, I had my car ready to go and I was gonna try some stuff and I had my car on the ground ready to go and I said, ‘Jack it up.’ We don’t need to give him any points.”

Kicking of the final week of the 12-race miniseries, Overton was one of 26 cars on hand at Tri-County Racetrack (Brasstown, N.C.) on Tuesday afternoon. Timing in second fastest in his group behind Chris Madden, Overton earned the third-starting position for the $3,500-to-win A-Main.

With four cautions slowing the 35-lapper, Brandon jumped up one spot to register a second-place finish behind Madden with David Payne, Tyler Millwood, and Jake Knowles rounding out the Top-5.

On Thursday evening at Crossville (Tenn.) Speedway, Overton was the only competitor in time trials to break the 13-second mark with a 12.984 second lap, locking him into the pole position for the A-Main. (Brian McLeod photo | Dirt Scenes)

Jumping into the lead on the drop of the green flag, Overton led wire-to-wire to record his 15th win of the season and fourth straight series victory at the 1/3-mile Tennessee oval. Finishing ahead of Chris Madden, Cory Hedgecock, Donald McIntosh, and Tyler Millwood, Brandon pocketed a $3,500 payday.

The following night at 411 Motor Speedway (Seymour, Tenn.), Brandon came in second fastest in his group behind Kyle Hardy before picking up a 10-lap heat race victory.

Starting the $10,053-to-win A-Main in third, Overton dropped one spot in the 53-lapper to place fourth behind Chris Madden, Dale McDowell, and Cory Hedgecock with Ross Bailes coming in fifth.

For the tour’s finale, Overton headed to Tazewell (Tenn.) Speedway) on Saturday afternoon. Slipping back to a fourth-place finish in his heat race, Brandon earned the 15th-starting position for the finale.

With $10,053 on the line, Brandon charged from the tail off the field after pitting on lap 18 to replace a flat tire to finish fifth behind Dakotah Knuckles, Michael Chilton, Ryan King, and Vic Hill.

Overton reached Victory Lane on six occasions over the course of the 12-race miniseries and never finished outside the Top-5. In the end, Overton finished 20 markers ahead of Madden to clinch the championship title and the $5,053 prize.

“It was grueling for sure, but I don’t regret any of it. It’s been a lot of fun,” Overton added. “Thanks to David and Eric Well for giving me the opportunity to drive for them, my crew for their hard work every night, all of our great sponsors, and of course the fans. We’re going to take a weekend off before hitting up some of these crown jewel events the next few weeks.”

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Unstoppable Overton rolls to fourth-straight Southern Nationals triumph

Brandon Overton used past experience to his advantage, notching four-straight Schaeffer’s Southern Nationals Series wins over the weekend as the tour made it’s swing through Georgia.

Driving the Wells Motorsports No. 76 Crossfit Overton/ Allstar Concrete/ Longhorn Chassis by Wells/ Clements Racing Engine-powered Super Late Model, Overton became the first driver in history to ever win four events in row on the tour.

Starting the home-state swing at Senoia (Ga.) Raceway, Overton set the bar in time trials with a 12.684 second lap. Rolling off on the pole for the feature, Brandon dropped back to third on the initial green flag as fellow front-row starter Chris Madden set the pace.

Closing in on Madden late, Overton took advantage of the leader’s mistake on lap 31 to capture his 11th win of the season and a $3,500 payday. Madden, Steven Roberts, Michael Page, and Joseph Joiner trailed him to the checkers in the 35-lap affair.

“That right there was fun,” said Overton. “Once I got by Mark for second, I was just trying to ride and figure out where I could make time on Chris and was waiting until we got to some traffic to make a move.”

For the sixth round of the 12-race miniseries, Overton was one of 27 cars on hand at Needmore Speedway (Norman Park, Ga.) on Friday afternoon. Charging to a 10-lap heat race victory over John Henderson, Brandon locked into the third-starting position for the A-Main.

Overtaking Donald McIntosh amid lapped-traffic on lap 37, Overton led the remainder of the 53-lapper to record his 12th win of the season over McIntosh, John Baker, Michael Page, and Pearson Lee Williams. He earned a $10,053 payday for the triumph.

Stuck behind McIntosh in the track’s low groove as the laps counted down, Overton was waiting for the leaders to reach traffic that would slow McIntosh enough to allow him to make a move to the outside. “I’ve made a lot of laps around this place in a Crate car and other stuff, so I kind of knew that I could pull it off,” said Overton. “I had moved up there and felt it earlier in the race and I knew it was there. I was just waiting. I knew as soon as we’d get to the first lapped car, I was gonna blast it.” (Rick Neff photo)

On Saturday night at Screven Motor Speedway (Sylvania, Ga.), Brandon timed in third fastest in his group before picking up a 10-lap heat race win. Leading flag-to-flag in the 53-lap feature, Overton strolled to the $10,053 top prize. He topped Mark Whitener, Ross Bailes, Chris Madden, and Cla Knight at the line. (Rick Neff photo)

“I’m just down here doing my thing,” Overton said of his home-state win streak. “I grew up racing down here, so I guess I’m just more relaxed at these tracks. I do better when I more relaxed.” 

Closing out the weekend, Overton was one of 21 cars on hand at Cochran (Ga.) Motor Speedway on Sunday. Scoring the second fastest time in his group behind Ross Bailes, Brandon locked into the third-starting position for the main event. (Brian McLeod photo | Dirt Scenes)

Jumping ahead of Bailes and Madden for the lead following a caution on the fourth lap, Overton soared to his fourth win in as many nights over Madden, Bailes, Michael Page, and John Baker. Tallying his 14th win of the season, Brandon collected a $3,500 payday.

“I rode around for a little bit just trying to move around and see what I had to work with,” Overton said of the race’s opening laps. “I had already hit the bottom down there in one and two and it felt really good. When (Madden) chose the outside (for the restart), I knew I could probably get a good run.

“My car’s just been good. We’ve had no distractions. Nothing’s been breaking and we haven’t tore anything up. We’ve been able to just focus on making our car go fast.”

Overton has taken the lead in the Schaeffer’s Southern Nationals points chase. The tour concludes this week with stops at Tri-County Raceway Track (Brasstown, N.C.) on Tuesday, Crossville (Tenn.) Speedway on Thursday, and 411 Motor Speedway (Seymour, Tenn.) on Friday. The miniseries finale will take place on Saturday at Tazewell (Tenn.) Speedway.
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Overton contains Madden for the 10th win at Wythe

Brandon Overton put his Wells Motorsports No. 76 Crossfit Overton/ Allstar Concrete/ Longhorn Chassis by Wells/ Clements Racing Engine-powered Super Late Model in Victory Lane for the tenth time this season on Saturday. (Brian McLeod photo | Dirt Scenes)

Overton held off Chris Madden in the closing laps to win the Schaeffer’s Southern Nationals Series event at Wythe Raceway in Rural Retreat, Va. Finishing just 0.188 seconds ahead at the finish line, Overton earned $10,053 for the victory.

On Friday night, Overton invaded Smoky Mountain Speedway (Maryville, Tenn.) for the  Southern Nationals opener. After laying down the third fastest time in his group, Overton suffered transmissions issues that prevented him from completing a lap in his heat.

Charging from the tail of his B-Main to pick up the win, Brandon locked into the 17th-starting position for the opening night feature. With $10,053 on the line, Overton advanced through the field 13 spots to register a fourth-place finish behind Chris Madden, Dale McDowell, and Cory Hedgecock. Ross Bailes finished in fifth.

The following night at Wythe Raceway, Brandon came in third fastest in his group before placing third in his heat.

Starting the main event in fifth, Overton blasted past race-leader Madden following a caution on lap 19 and began building a comfortable lead until lapped-traffic became a factor. Fending off a last-lap challenge from Madden, Overton crossed the finish line ahead of Madden, McDowell, Bailes, and Donald McIntosh.

“We had that caution right at the right time and that kinda let me move around to where I needed to go,” said Overton, who said he may have pushed his car a little too hard in establishing a half a straightaway lead midway through the 53-lap race. “When I took the lead, I shouldn’t have ran it that hard. I don’t know if running it that hard … it definitely killed the tire. But I think what killed it more than anything was when I got to them lap cars. Sliding across that black like that, it hurts them tires bad. But I didn’t want to let Madden just drive back by me or get me in traffic, so I was just trying to do anything I could to stay out in front.”

“When you’re leading here, it’s hard,” said Overton. “Like you do not know where to go, like in the end. I took the lead at the top and I kept telling myself ‘Man I think I need to leave low in (turn) two because I passed Vic (Hill) that way.’ Then I just saw the last lap where (Madden) cut off the corner down there and about caught me down the backstretch and he dive bombed (turn) three and he made up a lot of time.

“But it’s so hard to tell yourself. (Crewmen giving signals are) just telling you how far somebody is, and it would’ve been hard for them to tell me, ‘Hey go in high,’ you know when you go by them at 100 MPH. So, I was just running the wrong line right there at the end and my tire was hurt, so I just got lucky. We got the lead at the right time. I probably should’ve eased up on it a little bit but I just … as much bad luck as we’ve been having, I just didn’t want any questions. I wanted to go and hurry up and finish these 53 laps.”

After taking Sunday off, the Southern Nationals made a stop at Volunteer Speedway in Bulls Gap, Tenn. on Monday. With the Top-5 drivers from each qualifying group locked into the $3,500-to-win feature, Overton secured the third spot on the grid.

Overton chased eventual race winner, Madden for much of the 35-lapper before settling for second-place outing. Hedgecock, Bailes, and Logan Roberson rounded out the Top-5 finishers.

After three rounds of the miniseries, Overton is second in the Southern Nationals standings. To learn more about these events, please visit www.SouthernNationalsSeries.com.

Overton loses podium finish at 411 Motor Speedway

Brandon Overton was one of 38 Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series (LOLMDS) entries on hand at 411 Motor Speedway (Seymour, Tenn.) on Friday evening for the Tennessee’s Action Track 50. Gaining three spots in his heat, Overton posted a second place finish behind Donald McIntosh, which positioned him seventh on the starting grid for the opening night feature. After running in a podium spot the entire race, Brandon was taken out by lapped-car on lap 49 that ended his night immediately. He was credited with a 20th place outing. (Heath Lawson photo)

On Saturday afternoon at Talladega Short Track (Eastaboga, Ala.) for the EZ-Go 50, Brandon edged his way into the $12,000-to-win finale with the fourth and final transfer spot in his heat race. Dropping two spots in the 50-lap affair, Overton logged an 18th place outing.

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Fifth place finish in Volunteer doubleheader finale

Friday night found Brandon Overton in action at Volunteer Speedway (Bulls Gap, Tenn.) powering the Wells Motorsports No. 76 Late Model for the World of Outlaws Morton Buildings Late Model Series doubleheader. With 33 cars registered in for action, Overton posted the second fastest lap in his time trial group behind Brandon Sheppard before charging to a 10-lap heat race victory. After blasting into the lead on the opening lap from his fourth-starting position, Brandon surrendered the top spot to Kyle Strickler on the sixth lap. Overtaking Scott Bloomquist for the lead following a restart on lap 27, Overton would run into overheating issues three laps later that forced him pitside. (Michael Moats photo)

The following night for another $10,000-to-win A-Main, Brandon secured his spot into the main event with a second place finish in his heat behind Brandon Sheppard. Holding his fifth-starting position for all 50-laps, Overton notched a fifth place finish behind Zack Mitchell, Dale McDowell, Darrell Lanigan, and Scott Bloomquist.

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Overton rallies to Lucas Oil victory at Smoky Mountain

Brandon Overton invaded Cherokee Speedway (Gaffney, S.C.) on Friday evening powering his Wells Motorsports No. 76 Late Model for the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series-sanctioned Grassy Smith Memorial. In a field of 37 cars, Overton secured his spot into the opening night feature with a 10-lap heat race victory. Rolling off third, Brandon tracked down race-leader Ross Bailes for the lead on lap 22 before relinquishing the top spot back to Bailes five laps later. Charging ahead of Bailes on lap 46, Overton looked to have the win secured until a caution appeared on lap 49. Suffering a flat-tire on the final lap, Brandon Overton limped across the line in fourth, trailing Bailes, Brandon Sheppard, and Jimmy Owens across the line with Chris Ferguson coming in fifth. (Heath Lawson photo)

On Saturday evening at Smoky Mountain Speedway (Maryville, Tenn.) for the Mountain Moonshine Classic, Brandon followed up the second fastest time in his group behind Brandon Sheppard with a heat race win. Starting the feature in third, Overton powered ahead of Sheppard on lap 27 and fended off Sheppard’s late-race charge in the final laps to capture his ninth win of the season and a $15,000 prize. Sheppard, Jimmy Owens, Josh Richards, and Earl Pearson Jr. completed the Top-5 finishers in the 50-lap affair.

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