On Monday night at East Bay Raceway Park (Tampa, Fla.) for the opening round of the Wrisco Winternationals, Overton topped the stout 76-car field of Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series (LOLMDS) entries in qualifying before picking up a 10-lap heat race victory. Locked into the second-starting position for the opening night feature, Brandon slipped up one spot in the caution-plagued 30-lap affair to register a third-place finish behind Hudson O’Neal and Brandon Sheppard with Devin Moran and Earl Pearson Jr. completing the Top-5 finishers. (Heath Lawson photos)
For another $5,000-to-win preliminary feature on Tuesday afternoon, Brandon followed up the third fastest lap in his time trial group with an eight-lap heat race win. Starting the feature in fifth, Overton whizzed past race-leader Brian Shirley on the 10th lap to assume command of the top spot. After battling with Brandon Sheppard late in the 30-lapper, Brandon was overtaken by Tyler Erb in the closing laps to place him second on the final rundown behind Erb with Brian Shirley, Josh Richards, and Kyle Bronson rounding out the Top-5.
The following night, Overton time in third fastest in his qualifying group before picking up an eight-lap heat race victory. After Mother Nature postponed Wednesday night’s feature to late Thursday evening, Brandon muscled forward four spots to register a runner-up finish behind Josh Richards with Hudson O’Neal, Brian Shirley, and Devin Moran trailing them to the checkers.
For Thursday’s night full program, Brandon edged his way into the $7,000-to-win A-Main with the third and final transfer spot in his heat race. Starting in 17th, Overton weaved through the field seven spots to come home ninth.
On Friday afternoon, Overton followed up the fastest lap in his time trial group with an eight-lap heat race victory. Earning the second-starting position for the main event, Brandon faded outside the Top-10 early but began reeling in race-leader Tim McCreadie near the halfway point of the 50-lapper. Sliding ahead of McCreadie on lap 29, Overton led the remaining distance to capture his first win of the season and a $12,000 prize. He took the checkers ahead of Tyler Bruening, McCreadie, Devin Moran, and Shane Clanton.
Closing out the 45th annual Wrisco Winternationals on Saturday, Brandon came one spot short of a transfer spot in his heat with a fourth place outing, sending him into the B-Main for another shot at the $15,000-to-win finale . Streaking to a 10-lap consolation victory, Overton locked into the 19th-starting position for the A-Main. Wheeling his way into the Top-10, Brandon Overton passed 11 cars in the 50-lap affair to register an eighth-place finish.
Brandon is currently leading the latest LOLMDS point standings as the series heads to Bubba Raceway Park (Ocala, Fla.) on Monday for a doubleheader. To learn more about these events, please visit www.LucasDirt.com.