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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