Brandon Overton was one of 48 drivers invited to Eldora Speedway in Rossburg, Ohio over the weekend. Brandon capitalized on the opportunity, notching his eighth triumph of the season on Friday night.
Overton drove his Wells Motorsports No. 76 Crossfit Overton/ Allstar Concrete/ Longhorn Chassis by Wells/ Clements Racing Engine-powered Super Late Model to a $10,000 preliminary victory during the second round of the Dirt Late Model Stream Invitational.
“It’s awesome. I can’t thank David and Eric [Wells] enough for giving me the opportunity to drive this thing,” said Overton on Eldora’s coveted victory stage. “We’ve had a really fast car for the past month and just bad luck just keeps getting us. We’re just gonna keep pushing through it. This was a different car. Longhorn by Wells, man this thing is awesome. Thanks, Eric, for everything you do back at the shop, his whole family, all my other sponsors.”
On Thursday afternoon, following the second fastest lap overall in time trials behind Chris Ferguson, Overton bagged a 10-lap heat race victory. Earning the fifth-starting position for the $10,000-to-win preliminary feature, Brandon was up to third by lap 14 before mechanical issues struck late in the 30-lapper, forcing him pit-side on lap 28. He was credited with a 23rd place outing.
The following night, Brandon came in ninth fastest overall in time trials but failed post-qualifying droop test, dropping him two spots in his heat and eliminating his time trial points. Wheeling his way up to second behind Josh Richards, Overton locked into the third-starting position for the A-Main.
With pole-sitter Dale McDowell setting the pace early, Brandon entered the mix near the half-way point of the 30-lapper after McDowell and Jimmy Owens wrestled for the top spot. Overtaking race-leader Jimmy Owens following a restart on lap-20, Brandon soared to the win over Owens, McDowell, Devin Moran, and Richards by a 1.774 second margin.
Sitting fourth overall in preliminary points on Saturday, Overton rolled off on the pole of his heat race. After nearly flipping over on the second lap, Brandon scored a second-place finish behind Chris Madden, which positioned him eighth on the starting grid for the $50,000-to-win Dirt Late Model Stream Invitational. Unable to gain any momentum in the 67-lap affair, Overton was an early retiree on lap 27. He was recorded 21st in the final rundown.
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