Overton leads final 35 laps for WoO win at 411


Overton leads final 35 laps for WoO win at 411

SEYMOUR, Tenn. (Oct. 5) — Returning to World of Outlaws Morton Buildings Late Model Series victory lane for the second straight night, Brandon Overton of Evans, Ga., earned a $10,000 payday on Saturday at 411 Motor Speedway.

Grabbing the lead on lap 16 when leader Cory Hedgecock of Loudon, Tenn., slowed with mechanical issues, the 28-year-old Overton led the remaining distance, outrunning Darrell Lanigan of Union, Ky., to score a repeat victory after winning Friday’s World of Outlaws event at Cherokee Speedway in Gaffney, S.C.

“That’s pretty cool,” Overton said. “That’s what we expect out of ourselves. Everything’s going our way right now. We’re getting the breaks when we need them. The cards are just falling in our favor and the car’s really good. We’re making the right adjustments to it. … We’ve been busting our butts all year and I’m glad it’s all coming together.”

Second-starting Hedgecock, the winner of last year’s series stop at 411, shot to the front of the field at the drop of the green flag, maintaining his lead through early restarts. It was on lap 15 that disaster struck, as the local favorite slowed his smoking No. 23 machine down the backstretch and retired to the infield.

Inheriting the point, Overton stretched his lead late-race, finishing 2.216 seconds ahead of Lanigan at the checkered flag. The Rum Runner Racing pilot captured his fourth World of Outlaws victory of the season, finishing no worse than third in the tour’s weekend tripleheader.

After battling with Overton in the early stages, Lanigan finished second, with Brandon Sheppard of New Berlin, Ill., rallying from the 11th starting spot to run third. Fifth-starting Cade Dillard of Robeline, La., finished fourth, with Shane Clanton of Zebulon, Ga., advancing from the eighth starting spot to round out the top five.

It was another solid weekend for Lanigan, the three-time World of Outlaws champion who scored his first World of Outlaws victory of the season on Sept. 21 at Selinsgrove (Pa.) Speedway. Posting a top-10 finish on Thursday at Lavonia (Ga.) Speedway, Lanigan ran fifth on Friday at Cherokee.

“Brandon (Overton) had a good car,” Lanigan said. “I was trying everything I could. I was just a little bit freer that he was. But all in all, we had a good piece. … We definitely went home and worked on it and definitely got it a whole lot better. The last couple of weeks it’s definitely showing.”

Posting a pair of fourth-place finishes in the first two rounds of WoO weekend action, Sheppard closed the weekend tripleheader on the podium. With his third-place finish, the Rocket house car driver officially clinched his second career World of Outlaws championship.

“I had to get the ol’ shovel out tonight and dig myself out of a hole,” Sheppard said. “I qualified terrible and didn’t do as good as I should have in the heat race. It put me in a bad starting spot for that feature. But luckily my guys never gave up on me.

“The car was phenomenal for that feature there. Mark (Richards) chose the right tires once again and we were able to get up through there. I really liked them restarts because I could go top, middle, bottom, wherever I needed to. Those would really help me out. Congrats to Overton, congrats to Darrell. They both did a great job.”