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October 31
East Alabama Motor Speedway,
Phenix City, AL
Sanction: Unsanctioned Supers (National 100) - $20,000
Information provided by: Staff and track reports (last updated November 1, 1:44 pm)
Overton earns $20,000 for first Nat'l 100 victory
National 100
  1. Brandon Overton
  2. Dennis Erb Jr.
  3. Randy Weaver
  4. Austin Horton
  5. Mark Whitener
  6. Pearson Lee Williams
  7. Kenny Collins
  8. Dalton Cook
  9. Joey Armistead
  10. Joseph Joiner
  11. Garrett Smith
  12. Payton Freeman
  13. Jesse Barnhill
  14. Rucker Orr
  15. Jacob Houser
  16. Chad Wallace
  17. Wil Herrington
  18. Ryan Crane
  19. J.R. Moseley
  20. Jay Elliott
  21. Larry Harrod
  22. Dalton Hood
  23. Ray Cook
  24. Sam Seawright
  25. Dana Eiland
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What won the race: Scoring his first victory in East Alabama Motor Speedway's historic late-season event, Brandon Overton of Evans, Ga., controlled the second half of Sunday's 47th annual National 100 to earn a $20,000 payday in the unsanctioned special event. The second-starting Overton took the checkers 1.634 seconds ahead of runner-up Dennis Erb Jr. in scoring his 29th overall victory of the season.
Key notes: Overton made the sixth National 100 start of his career. His previous best finish was third in 2016. … Austin Horton of Newnan, Ga., claimed fast qualifier honors and won his heat race on Saturday, earning the pole position for Sunday's $20,000-to-win main event. ... Overton became the 28th different winner in 47 National 100s. … Scott Bloomquist of Mooreburg, Tenn., has a record eight National 100 victories. ... Super Late Models headlined a nine-division weekend that also included Crate Late Model, Limited Late Models and 602 Late Models.
On the move: Randy Weaver of Crossville, Tenn., started 11th and finished third.
Winner's sponsors: Overton’s Wells Motorsports Longhorn Chassis is powered by a Clements Race Engine and sponsored by CrossFit Overton, Allstar Concrete, E-Z-Go, Big Dog Stump & Tree, R.W. Powell Construction, Convenient Lube, Allstar Performance and Topnotch Kustom Koncepts.
Current weather: Clear, 66°F
Car count: 25
Fast qualifier: Austin Horton
Time: 14.538 seconds
Polesitter: Austin Horton
Heat race winners: Austin Horton, Brandon Overton, Mark Whitener
Editor's note: Results and race details are unofficial.
From staff reports

PHENIX CITY, Ala. (Oct. 31) — Brandon Overton has had plenty to celebrate during a 2021 season that has produced multiple crown jewel victories and other major event triumphs. Sunday night at East Alabama Motor Speedway, the history-making Overton celebrated yet again after winning an event that he’s been chasing for a long time.

Earning his first victory in one of the Southeast’s longest-running Dirt Late Model races, Overton dominated the second half of Sunday’s National 100 feature to score a $20,000 payday in the 47th running of East Alabama’s unsanctioned special event.

“Growing up where I’m from, this place is special to all of us,” said Overton, whose hometown of Evans, Ga., is less than four hours from the 3/8-mile oval just west of Columbus, Ga. “I know it’s a long weekend, but we wouldn’t spend it any other way than racing.”

Starting from the outside of the front row, Overton settled in behind early leader Mark Whitener before taking command before the halfway point. Sixth-starting Dennis Erb Jr. didn’t let Overton get too far away from him during the race’s closing laps, but he was never able to make a serious bid of the lead.

Overton took the checkers 1.634 seconds ahead of Erb of Carpentersville, Ill., in scoring his 29th overall victory of the season. Randy Weaver of Crossville, Tenn., advanced from his 11th starting spot to finish third with polesitter Austin Horton of Newnan, Ga., fourth and Whitener of Middleburg, Fla., fifth.

Overton’s 11th victory of $20,000 or more this season added to a campaign that has seen his Wells Motorsports Longhorn Chassis sweep of the double Dirt Late Model Dreams plus win the Firecracker 100, the North-South 100 and the World 100, among other major victories. When asked about his team’s success in victory lane at East Alabama, Overton was quick to give credit to his crew and team owners David and Eric Wells.

“It’s surreal,” Overton said of his success. “Hat’s off to my car owners. It’s all because of them. They gave me the opportunity to put a team together and give me all the tools to do it with. We just took advantage of it.

“I don’t know how to put into words what we’ve been able to do,” Overton added. “It’s been an unbelievable year. I don’t know what to say. My crew bust their butt on this thing week in and week out. They sure do make my job a lot easier.”

Erb, the 2016 National 100 winner, was looking to pick up his second unsanctioned special event victory in as many weeks after winning Oct. 24’s Coors Light Fall Classic at Whynot (Miss) Motorsports Park. But his run to the front came up short as Overton remained glued in the black line of rubber that developed late in the race.

“We had a good car,” Erb said of his McBride Mack-sponsored Rocket Chassis. “I was able to run all over. There at the end it was kind of rubbered-up there and just kind of had to ride it out. But I was happy with the finish here tonight.”

Weaver’s podium finish came in his first time racing at East Alabama since a 2016 rollover wreck at the track left him with post-concussion syndrome that led him to step back from racing until recently returning to the driver’s seat on a part-time basis. It was also just his third start since teaming up with Georgia-based car owner Chris Martin to drive his Longhorn Chassis.

“This place has been really good and really bad, but it feels good to come back and run in the same straightaway as these guys,” Weaver said of his run at East Alabama. “It kind of gets (the 2016 wreck) behind me and now I can come down here and race and not worry about it.

“Just to show up and try to get everything gelled together and these guys have been together a couple years. We’re gaining on it and hopefully next week we’ll pick it up a little more.”

Feature lineup

Row 1: Horton, Overton
Row 2: Whitener, Joiner
Row 3: Freeman, Erb Jr.
Row 4: D. Cook, Wiliams
Row 5: R. Cook, Collins
Row 6: Weaver, Seawright
Row 7: Smith, Herrington
Row 8: Armistead, Barnhill
Row 9: Wallace, Eiland
Row 10: Hood, Harrod
Row 11: Orr, Moseley
Row 12: Crane, Elliott
Row 13: Houser

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