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Overton utilizes tire swap to win Blue-Gray 100 at Gaffney

Brandon Overton was one of 18 Carolina Clash Super Late Model Series entries on hand at Lancaster Speedway (Lancaster, S.C.) on Saturday night for the Palmetto State 50. Following the third fastest lap overall in time trials, Overton secured his spot into the main event with a second place finish in his heat behind Brett Hamm. With $10,000 on the line in the feature, Brandon ran into mechanical issues near the midway point that sent him pitside. Marching from the tail of the field, Overton salvaged a fourth-place finish in the 50-lap affair, trailing Zack Mitchell, Brett Hamm, and Ross Bailes across the line with Ben Watkins coming in fifth. (Blake Harris photo)

On Sunday afternoon, Brandon followed the Carolina Clash Super Late Model Series to Cherokee Speedway (Gaffney, S.C.) for the event co-sanctioned with the Drydene Xtreme DIRTcar Series. Drawing 28 cars for the 30th annual Blue-Gray 100, Overton came in 10th fastest overall in time trials before placing second in his heat behind Ross Bailes. With a handful of competitors suffering flat tires in the early going of the 100-lap feature, Brandon made the decision to visit the infield hot pit on a lap-60 caution to swap out his right rear tire. Joining the field from the tail, Overton advanced forward to take second from Benji Hicks on lap 85, closing the distance on him and race-leader Chris Madden. When Madden went down with a flat right-rear tire on lap 92, Brandon took command of the top spot and led the remaining eight circuits to secure his second career Blue-Gray 100 victory and 26th win of his season. Finishing ahead of Benji Hicks, Kyle Strickler, Tyler Carpenter, and Brett Hamm, Brandon Overton pocketed $10,000.

To learn more about these events, please visit www.CarolinaClash.com and www.XtremeDIRTcar.com.

Brandon Overton grabs 25th win of 2020 in Last Call at Charlotte

Brandon drove his Wells Motorsports No. 76 Crossfit Overton/ Allstar Concrete/ Longhorn Chassis by Wells/ Clements Racing Engine-powered Super Late Model to the 25th triumph of his historic season Wednesday. (Michael Boggs Photography)

For the first time in his career, the 29-year-old reached the winner’s circle at The Dirt Track at Charlotte in Concord, N.C. Overton’s victory came in the opening round of the World of Outlaws Late Model Series “Last Call” – a midweek doubleheader that replaced the tour’s season-ending World Finals because coronavirus restrictions limiting large gatherings.

“Man, we’ve got one hell of a race car right now,” Overton noted on the prowess of his Wells Motorsports ride. “I appreciate every single one of you up there in those stands. I’ve been coming here since I was a little kid trying to win this thing. I don’t know what to say; I don’t want 2020 to end, well at least the racing part.”

“I’ve got the best car owners, and they believe in me,” Overton spoke on his confidence level. “This is a great car, we’ve got great sponsors, I’ve got an amazing family, my fiancé, everyone that keeps me digging. My little brother plus everyone here Steve, Kent, Mitch, Big Dave, Eric… What an amazing year, man.”

Drawing 55 World of Outlaws Morton Buildings Late Model Series entries to The Dirt Track at Charlotte, Brandon came in third fastest overall in qualifying before placing second in his heat behind Josh Richards.

Receiving the eighth-starting position for the A-Main via the redraw, Overton slid ahead of race-leader Kyle Strickler on lap 18 and led remaining 33 circuits to capture his sixth World of Outlaws Late Model Series win of the season.

Taking the checkers ahead of Dennis Erb Jr., Tim McCreadie, Donny Schatz, and Brandon Sheppard, Overton pocketed $12,000.

On Thursday afternoon, Brandon followed up the second fastest lap overall in time trials behind Kyle Larson with a 10-lap heat race victory. Receiving the sixth-starting position for the $12,000-to-win finale via the redraw, Overton broke into the Top-5 early and began challenging Ricky Weiss for the lead by lap 15. With a handful of restarts near the midway point of the feature tightening the battle for the top spot, Brandon snuck past Weiss for second on lap 30 and set his sights on race-leader Tim McCreadie. Making a late-race attempt in the closing laps to wrestle away the lead from McCreadie, Overton slipped over the cushion on lap 48 that resulted in a third-place finish behind McCreadie and Weiss with Chris Madden and Dale McDowell rounding out the Top-5.

With a handful of restarts near the midway point of the feature tightening the battle for the top spot, Brandon snuck past Weiss for second on lap 30 and set his sights on race-leader Tim McCreadie.

Making a late-race attempt to wrestle away the lead from McCreadie, Overton slipped over the cushion on lap 48 that resulted in him falling to a third-place finish behind McCreadie and Weiss. Chris Madden and Dale McDowell rounded out the Top-5

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On Friday night at Lancaster Speedway (Lancaster, S.C.) for the Ultimate Southeast Series sanctioned contest, Overton secured his spot into the $5,000-to-win A-Main with the sixth fastest time in his qualifying group. Experiencing troubles near the midway point of the 40-lap feature, Brandon pulled off on lap 21.

On Saturday afternoon, Overton visited East Alabama Motor Speedway (Phenix City, Ala.) for the 46th annual National 100. In a field of 23 cars, Brandon came in second fastest in his time trial group before placing second in his heat behind Sam Seawright.

Earning the fourth-starting position for Sunday night’s $15,000-to-win National 100, Overton ran into mechanical issues early in the 100-lapper that saw him retire early on lap 24.

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Overton sweeps tripleheader weekend, $20,067 richer

Three tracks, three tours, one winner. Brandon Overton’s banner season continues after a dominating three-race win streak over the weekend that garnered him over $20,000. (Cole Perkins photo)

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 five of the last seven events he’s entered.

Brandon Overton invaded Tri-County Racetrack in Brasstown, N.C. on Thursday evening for the FK Rod Ends Tar Heel 50. With 26 Late Models on hand for the event, Overton topped the speed charts in time trials before picking up a Dash victory.

With fellow front-row starter Shane Clanton setting the pace early in the feature, Brandon began closing the distance on the leader near the middle stages as he battled through lapped-traffic.

After Clanton bobbled and slipped over the cushion while trying to navigate around a slower car, Overton snuck ahead of the leader in turn one to assume command of the top spot on lap 45.

Overton went on to dominate the final nine circuits to record his 22nd win of the season. Finishing ahead of Clanton, Dale McDowell, Ricky Weiss, and Donald McIntosh, Overton pocketed $10,053.

Overton credited patience with helping him win biggest race at the Ray Cook-promoted track for the second straight season. “I just calmed myself back down because, you think it’s fast around here, but the race is pretty slow as far as, you can’t run 53 laps wide open around here,” said Overton. “You’ll fade really fast. So you just gotta kind of pace yourself and pace yourself and wait for the opportunity to come.”

The following night at Lavonia (Ga.) Speedway in a field of 23 Carolina Clash Super Late Model Series entries, Brandon laid down the second fastest lap overall in qualifying. This locked him into the second-starting position for the Buck Simmons Memorial. (Richard Barnes photos)

Blasting past polesitter Ricky Weiss on the opening night, Overton led all 40 laps to secure his 23rd win of the year over Brent Dixon, Trent Ivey, Brett Hamm, and Cla Knight. He earned a $6,000 payday for his fourth career Carolina Clash triumph.

On Sunday afternoon at Laurens County (S.C.) Raceway for the Ultimate Southeast Series-sanctioned Ronnie Brookshire Memorial, Overton secured his spot into the finale with the fastest qualifying lap in a field of 21 cars.

Leading wire-to-wire, Brandon cruised to his third win in as many nights and 24th overall to capture a $4,014 payday. Taking the checkers ahead of Zack Mitchell, Cla Knight, Anthony Sanders, and Adam Yarbrough, Overton tallied his fifth career win with the Ultimate Southeast Series.

To learn more about these events, please visit www.SouthernNationalsSeries.com, www.CarolinaClash.com, and www.UltimateSupers.com.

Brake issues drop Overton from DTWC at Portsmouth

Behind the wheel of the Wells Motorsports No. 76 Longhorn Chassis Late Model, Brandon Overton traveled to Portsmouth Raceway Park (Portsmouth, Ohio) on Friday afternoon for the 40th annual General Tire Dirt Track World Championship. Drawing a stout field of 63 Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series (LOLMDS) entries, Overton followed up the fourth fastest lap in his time trial group with a 15-lap heat race victory. (Heath Lawson photo)

Earning the second-starting position for the $100,000-to-win Dirt Track World Championship on Saturday night, Brandon ran into brake issues in the opening laps of the feature to draw a caution on the third circuit. He ended up being the first retiree of the 100-lapper.

To learn more about this event, please visit www.LucasDirt.com.

Brandon Overton visits WoO Victory Lane at Cherokee

Brandon Overton’s storybook season continued Friday when he scored his fifth World of Outlaws Late Model Series, and 21st overall, victory of the season. (Blake Harris photo)

Overton drove the Wells Motorsports No. 76 Crossfit Overton/ Allstar Concrete/ Longhorn Chassis by Wells/ Clements Racing Engine-powered Super Late Model to a $10,000 triumph at Cherokee Speedway in Gaffney, S.C.

“We’ve done so good this year,” said Overton. “At the end of the day, I’m just grateful to keep getting opportunities to drive top-notch race cars for good people. I’m having fun and it’s all coming together.”

A field of 39 World of Outlaws Late Model Series entries converged at Cherokee Speedway Friday night. Overton topped the speed charts in time trials before picking up a 10-lap heat race victory. He later received the third-starting position for the A-Main via the redraw.

Overton rode in third behind Ross Bailes and Brandon Sheppard for the first half of the 50-lapper. He slipped to fourth when Chris Madden drove by him on lap 23. Rallying back around Madden one circuit later, then disposing of Bailes on lap 25, Overton begun to track down Sheppard for the top spot.

Cutting Sheppard’s more than two-second lead down to nothing, Overton blasted past Sheppard amid lapped-traffic on lap 34 to take the top spot. Brandon led the remaining distance to secure his second straight Mike Duvall Memorial victory over Sheppard, Madden, Kyle Strickler, and Bailes.

“That’s the bad thing about leading. You’re just kind of a sitting duck,” Overton said of his race-winning pass of Sheppard. “I just told myself I just needed to keep him him in sight and take care of my tires as much as I could. When Madden passed me I kind of panicked and knew I had to get back around him.”

The following night at 411 Motor Speedway (Seymour, Tenn.), Brandon followed up the fourth fastest time in his qualifying group with the fourth and final transfer spot in his heat race. Starting the $10,000-to-win A-Main in 15th, Overton gained six spots in the 50-lap affair to register a ninth-place outing.

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Overton rules Southern All Star foes at Senoia

Brandon Overton’s banner season continued Saturday night when he claimed a $4,054 Southern All-Star Racing Series victory at Senoia (Ga.) Raceway. (Richard Barnes photo)

Overton’s 20th overall victory of the season came aboard his Wells Motorsports No. 76 Crossfit Overton/ Allstar Concrete/ Longhorn Chassis by Wells/ Clements Racing Engine-powered Super Late Model.

In a field of 30 entries, Overton secured his spot into the main event with the fastest lap in his time trial group. Rolling off on the front row, Brandon snuck past polesitter Joseph Joiner on a lap-15 restart. With a caution negating Joiner’s last effort to take back the lead on lap 41, Overton topped Joiner, Austin Horton, Sam Seawright, and Clint Smith  by 2.488 seconds at the line.

“I saw the trophy online earlier in the week. I told my guys we were going to Senoia Raceway to win that trophy,” Overton said of the replica pedal car. “We had to figure out where we could put the car and try and stay ahead of Joseph. He gave us one chance and I had to go.”

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