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Podium finish in I-80 Nationals prelim

Brandon Overton returned to action on Thursday evening at I-80 Speedway (Greenwood, Neb.) for the event replacing the annual Knoxville Nationals due to the Covid-19 pandemic. Drawing 46 Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series (LOLMDS) entries for the I-80 Nationals, Brandon jumped up one spot in his heat to pick up the 10-lap victory. Starting the $7,000-to-win A-Main in 11th, Overton clawed forward two spots in the 30-lap affair to register a ninth place finish. (Todd Boyd photos)

The following night for another $7,000-to-win preliminary feature, Overton topped the speed charts in time trials before cruising to a heat race victory. Earning the pole position for show, Brandon set the pace for the first nine circuits until Tim McCreadie snuck by on lap-10 restart. Hanging onto a podium spot in the remaining 20 laps, Overton notched a third place finish behind Jimmy Owens and Tim McCreadie with Devin Moran and Darrell Lanigan Jr. rounding out the Top-5.

With preliminary results from Thursday and Friday setting the grid for Saturday night’s $30,000-to-win I-80 Nationals A-Main, Overton locked into the second-starting position for the 80-lapper. After slipping by Josh Richards for the lead on the sixth lap, Brandon eventually retired early on the lap 71 after slowly falling from contention throughout the race.

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Overton credited with 10th place finish at FALS

Tuesday night found Brandon Overton in action at Fairbury Speedway (Fairbury, Ill.) piloting the Wells and Sons Motorsports No. 76 Late Model for the One for the Road. Drawing 44 cars for the unsanctioned event, Overton timed in second fastest in his group behind Josh Richards before picking up a 10-lap heat race victory. Starting the $15,000-to-win A-Main in second, Brandon shot into the lead on the opening lap and led the first 12 circuits until surrendering the top spot. After slipping back to fifth, Overton got spun around on lap 38 that saw him pull into the infield for the remaining distance of the 50-lapper. He was credited with a 10th place finish. (Brendon Bauman photo)

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Brandon Overton scores runner-up finish in Intercontinental Classic opener

After the 50th annual World 100 was postponed to 2021, Brandon Overton was one of 48 Late Models invited to Eldora Speedway (Rossburg, Ohio) on Thursday afternoon to compete in the Intercontinental Classic. Debuting in a honorary “Gamb4er” wrap for the Evans, Ga., Late Model pilot Ed Basey, Brandon followed up the second fastest lap overall in time trials behind Jimmy Owens with a 10-lap heat race victory. With three cautions slowing the $10,000-to-win preliminary feature, Overton slid ahead of Ricky Weiss following a restart at halfway mark of the 30-lapper and would go on to finish second behind Josh Richards with Weiss, Tim McCreadie, and Chase Junghans completing the Top-5 finishers. (Zach Yost photos)

For another $10,000-to-win preliminary feature on Friday, Overton grabbed the fourth and final transfer spot in his heat race, which positioned him 11th on the starting grid for the show. Fading seven spots in the 30-lap affair, Brandon logged an 18th place outing.

With preliminary results from Thursday and Friday setting the grid for the heat races on Saturday, Brandon passed three cars in the 15-lapper to place second behind Kyle Strickler. Starting the $50,000-to-win Intercontinental Classic in seventh, Overton dropped five spots in the 67-lap affair to record a 12th place finish.

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Overton tops World of Outlaws weekend at Lavonia and Lancaster

Brandon Overton continues to show why he’s among the top-ranked Dirt Late Model drivers in the country, rolling to a weekend sweep of World of Outlaws Morton Buildings Late Model Series events in Georgia and South Carolina. (Richard Barnes photos)

The driver of the Wells Motorsports No. 76 Crossfit Overton/ Allstar Concrete/ Longhorn Chassis by Wells/ Clements Racing Engine-powered Super Late Model has now won four consecutive World of Outlaws Morton Buildings Late Model Series starts.

“I’m enjoying this more than ever right now,” exclaimed Overton. “This whole team gets along so well, and I’ve got the coolest car owner in the business. I know that I’ve got a lot of pressure to perform, but they don’t ever make me feel that; and I think that’s huge. My hat goes off to Longhorn by Wells; new motor package was great; and our relationship with Penske Shocks is paying dividends of late.”

Friday night saw Brandon Overton in action at Lavonia (Ga.) Speedway for the World of Outlaws Morton Buildings Late Model Series-sanctioned Charlie Mize Memorial. In a field of 27 cars, Overton laid down the second fastest lap overall in time trials behind Brandon Sheppard before picking up a 10-lap heat race victory.

Earning the sixth-starting position for the feature via the redraw, Brandon snuck ahead of race-leader Zack Mitchell on lap 18 to assume command of the top spot. After a red flag on lap 25 slowed his momentum, Overton began spacing out his lead over the field until lapped traffic became a factor.

Outdueling Dennis Erb Jr. in the final 10 circuits, Brandon Overton streaked to his 18th win of the season over Erb, Chase Junghans, Ricky Weiss, and Zack Mitchell. He bagged a $10,000 payday for his 10th career World of Outlaws triumph.

On Saturday at Lancaster (S.C.) Speedway, Overton followed up the second fastest time in qualifying with a heat race win to earn a spot in the redraw.

Rolling off third for the main event, Overton blasted past race-leader Johnny Pursley on the 12th lap and built more than three second margin over Ricky Weiss in the remaining distance to secure his second win in as many nights and 19th overall of the season. Topping Weiss, Ross Bailes, Brandon Sheppard, and Dennis Erb Jr. in the 50-lapper, Overton pocketed $10,000.

“We’ve got one hell of a hot rod right now; this thing is a joy to drive,” Overton said in victory lane. “Everything is just going so perfect for us right now. We’re really spoiled winning like this, because then you run bad and feel so horrible. These last couple of months have been amazing though, and I hope it doesn’t end anytime soon.”

Wrapping up the weekend on Sunday, Brandon stopped at Cherokee Speedway in Gaffney, S.C. for the Carolina Clash Super Late Model Series-sanctioned Hall of Fame 50. Laying down the fastest lap overall in a field of 22 cars, Overton locked into the pole position for the $7,500-to-win A-Main.

Losing one spot in the 50-lap affair, Brandon Overton notched a runner-up finish behind Austin Kirkpatrick. Ross Bailes, John Henderson, and Chris Madden completed the Top-5 finishers.

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Overton scores Top-10 finish in Topless 100 at Batesville

On Thursday afternoon Brandon Overton returned with the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series (LOLMDS) at Batesville Motor Speedway (Batesville, Ark.) to kick off the 28th annual Comp Cams Topless 100 weekend. Drawing 48 cars, Brandon secured his spot into the $5,000-to-win preliminary feature with a 10-lap heat race victory. Dropping two spots in the 30-lap affair, Overton notched an eighth place finish. (Heath Lawson photo)

The following night for another $5,000-to-win preliminary feature, Brandon laid down the fastest lap in his time trial group before picking up a heat race victory. Earning the second-starting spot for the A-Main, Overton held his spot for all 30 laps to place second behind Jimmy Owens with Jonathan Davenport, Shanon Buckingham, and Kyle Bronson completing the Top-5 finishers.

With preliminary finishes from Thursday and Friday setting the grid for Saturday night’s main event, Overton locked into the third-starting spot for the 100-lapper. With $40,000 on the line, Brandon faded four spots to register a seventh place finish.

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Runner-up finish in North/South 100 at Florence Speedway

Brandon Overton was one of 53 Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series (LOLMDS) entries on hand at Florence Speedway (Union, Ky.) on Wednesday night for the 34th annual Ralph Latham Memorial. Grabbing the third and final transfer spot in his heat race, Overton locked into the 15th-starting position for the $12,000-to-win A-Main. Breaking into the Top-10, Brandon jumped up five spots to register a 10th place finish. (Heath Lawson photo)

On Thursday afternoon for the North/South Shootout, Brandon followed up the third fastest time in his qualifying group with a 10-lap heat race victory. With $12,000 on the line in the feature, Overton inherited the lead on lap 46 after race-leader Jimmy Owens began slowing off pace with tire issues. After getting smashed into by another competitor on the final lap, Brandon’s attempted slider on the final turn fell short, positioning him second on final rundown behind Mike Marlar with Zack Dohm, Jimmy Owens, and Tim McCreadie rounding out the Top-5.

With a pair of heat races on Friday afternoon setting the grid for the North/South 100 on Saturday evening, Overton passed six cars to finish fourth in his first heat. After Mother Nature shifted the second round to Saturday afternoon, Brandon posted a runner-up finish behind Zack Dohm, which positioned him sixth overall in passing points. (Michael Moats photo)

Starting Saturday night’s $50,000-to-win Sunoco Race Fuels North/South 100 in sixth, Brandon snuck past race-leader Jimmy Owens for the top spot on lap 28 before Owens wrestled it back two laps later. With several late-race restarts setting up a heated battle for the lead in the closing laps, Overton came up short to place second behind Tim McCreadie with Jimmy Owens, Chris Ferguson, and Dale McDowell completing the Top-5 finishers.

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