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January 29
Golden Isles Speedway,
Brunswick, GA
Sanction: Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series (Super Clean Super Bowl of Racing) - $15,000
Information provided by: Robert Holman (last updated January 30, 12:30 pm)
Overton outruns Moran, wins Golden Isles finale
Super Clean Super Bowl of Racing
  1. Brandon Overton
  2. Devin Moran
  3. Kyle Larson
  4. Tim McCreadie
  5. Tyler Bruening
  6. Tyler Erb
  7. Earl Pearson Jr.
  8. Jonathan Davenport
  9. Brandon Sheppard
  10. Dennis Erb Jr.
  11. Ashton Winger
  12. Spencer Hughes
  13. Ryan Gustin
  14. Ross Robinson
  15. Hudson O'Neal
  16. Garrett Smith
  17. Kyle Bronson
  18. Ricky Thornton Jr.
  19. Shane Clanton
  20. Stormy Scott
  21. Mark Whitener
  22. Garrett Alberson
  23. Brian Shirley
  24. Jimmy Owens
  25. Daulton Wilson
  26. Josh Richards
  27. Chris Madden
  28. Mike Marlar
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Brandon Overton (76) stalks Kyle Larson (6) in the first half of the 50-lapper.
What won the race: Winning a late battle between previous two night's winners at Golden Isles Speedway, Brandon Overton of Evans, Ga., topped Devin Moran for a $15,000 victory in the finale of the Super Clean Super Bowl of Racing. Overton pulled away after a lap-44 caution and took the checkers 3.018 seconds ahead of Moran for his second Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series victory of the young season. Kyle Larson led the first 27 laps and settled for third.
Key notes: Friday's winner Overton has 13 career Lucas Oil Series victories. ... Devin Moran had cut Overton's lead to nine-hundredths of a second amid traffic before the lone caution for a slowing Shane Clanton on lap 44. ... Facing cold weather, the series moved racing up to a mid-afternoon start with the feature completed before 8 p.m. ... Devin Moran of Dresden, Ohio, captured Thursday’s opener while Brandon Overton of Evans, Ga., won Friday's main event.
On the move: Tyler Bruening of Decorah, Iowa, started 15th and finished fifth.
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.
Points chase: After GIS Saturday: 1. Devin Moran (730); 2. Brandon Overton (620); 3. Brandon Sheppard (610); 4. Tim McCreadie (595); T5. Kyle Larson (585); T5. Tyler Bruening (585); 7. Earl Pearson Jr. (570); T8. Hudson O’Neal (565); T8. Jonathan Davenport (565); 10. Tyler Erb (550).
Current weather: Clear, 37°F
Car count: 47
Fast qualifier: Kyle Larson
Time: 14.856 seconds
Polesitter: Kyle Larson
Heat race winners: Kyle Larson, Tim McCreadie, Brandon Overton, Devin Moran, Ashton Winger, Earl Pearson Jr.
Consolation race winners: Spencer Hughes, Chris Madden
Provisional starters: Hudson O'Neal, Josh Richards, Mike Marlar, Ross Robinson, Daulton Wilson, Stormy Scott
Next series race: January 31, Bubba Raceway Park (Ocala, FL) $10,000
Editor's note: Updates car count.
From staff reports

BRUNSWICK, Ga. — Just before Saturday's lone caution flag flew on lap 44 at Golden Isles Speedway, a showdown was brewing between the first two winners in the Super Clean Super Bowl of Racing presented by eBay Motors.

Brandon Overton of Evans, Ga., put a quick end to any such drama.

Overton saw a once-solid lead cut to nine-hundredths of a second by Devin Moran of Dresden, Ohio, on lap 43, but he pulled away on the restart and led the rest of the 50-lapper for a $15,000 payday and his 13th career Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series victory.

Overton took the checkers 3.018 seconds ahead of Moran in the Golden Isles finale with polesitter Kyle Larson of Elk Grove, Calif., finishing third after leading the first 27 laps.

"When you're in lapped traffic, if you do the wrong move, they can get you. The caution come out at the right time," Overton said in victory lane. "I seen (Moran) up top and I blasted through the middle right here on that restart and it didn't feel good, so I just got right back down (in the bottom groove). ... Two good race car drivers behind me. I'm just proud to stand up here with 'em."

Reigning Lucas Oil champion Tim McCreadie of Watertown, N.Y., was fourth while 15th-starting Tyler Bruening of Decorah, Iowa, charged into the top five for the second consecutive night at the 4/10-mile oval.

Overton couldn't help but note in victory lane that his back-to-back victories Friday and Saturday could've been preceded by a win in Thursday's opener, but he failed to make the starting lineup for that race after his fast qualifying time was disqualified for a deck-height violation — a rule newly added by the series for 2022.

"Man what a fun weekend," Overton said. "I just hate I didn't get it run the first night we were here, but it is what it is. We'll take all we can get."

Larson, the NASCAR Cup champion who moonlights for the K&L Rumley Enterprises Dirt Late Model, started strong from the pole. But before reaching the halfway mark, Larson had his hands full with Moran and Overton, who took the second spot on lap 19 and pulled alongside the leading Larson exiting turn two two laps later.

Overton slipped under Larson exiting turn two on lap 28 and blew by on the backstretch for the winning pass.

"I caught (Larson) there and I was just being patient," Overton said. "I didn't want to rough them up or hit him or anything. I know them guys wouldn't drive me that away. And I seen Devin and I said, 'Damn, I gotta go.' Devin was about to pass both of us.

"He cut me some slack (in turns three and four) and I just sent it off in there and there was a hole, Kyle (Larson) kind of hit it and washed up a little bit and I just got where I could go by him."

Overton kept Moran in check and led by nearly a full second on lap 40, but Moran chipped into the lead with a high-side run and was just .093 of a second behind the leader when a slowing Shane Clanton drew a lap-44 yellow, the race's only slowdown.

Moran's charge ended, however, as Overton checked out on the restart and cruised the rest of the way.

Moran's only hope? "I guess just no cautions, but that's the way it rolls," he said during his podium interview.

"(Overton) was (driving) the better race car. He could maneuver way better than I could. I was just kind of stuck (around) the top if I want to make up any speed, but to get two (runner-up finishes), damn, we'll take it," Thursday's winner Moran said. "Adjustments we made tonight weren't quite the right way, so we just got to go back and really think about a little bit and do something different."

Larson faded from contention for a time but regained the third spot from McCreadie in the final laps.

"(Overton) was really fast. I was out in the lead there and I knew my pace was way slow and didn't really exactly know what to do," Larson said. "I thought (the track) was cleaning off and getting OK around the bottom and I felt like if I just moved up in traffic, he was going to drive right by me.

"So I tried to hold them off as long as I could and they ate me up there. After that caution I felt a lot better. It was good to get a spot there on that restart and get to third and get another podium."

Notes: The series takes a day off before returning to action Monday at Bubba Raceway Park in Ocala, Fla., for the K&N Filters Winternationals presented by Optima Batteries. ... Nineteen of 28 starters completed 40 laps. ... During pace laps, cars ran in the missing man formation in honor of Scottsburg, Ind., resident Dewayne Ragland, who died Friday. Ragland was co-owner of the American Modified Series and an account representative with Motor State Distributing whose has a longtime presence in Dirt Late Model racing.

Feature lineup

Row 1: Kyle Larson, Devin Moran
Row 2: Tim McCreadie, Ashton Winger
Row 3: Brandon Overton, Earl Pearson Jr.
Row 4: Ryan Gustin, Shane Clanton
Row 5: Garrett Smith, Brandon Sheppard
Row 6: Jonathan Davenport, Tyler Erb
Row 7: Kyle Bronson, Ricky Thornton Jr.
Row 8: Tyler Bruening, Brian Shirley
Row 9: Mark Whitener, Jimmy Owens
Row 10: Spencer Hughes, Chris Madden
Row 11: Garrett Alberson, Dennis Erb Jr.
Row 12: Hudson O’Neal, Josh Richards
Row 13: Mike Marlar, Stormy Scott
Row 14: Daulton Wilson, Ross Robinson

Consolation results

(10 laps; top two transfer)

First consolation: Spencer Hughes, Garrett Alberson, Josh Richards, Matt Cosner, Stormy Scott, Michael Arnold, Steven Roberts, John Henderson, Trey Mills, Jimmy Sharpe Jr. Scratched: Ross Bailes, Cody Overton, Dan Stone, Jeff Mathews.

Second consolation: Chris Madden, Dennis Erb Jr., Ross Robinson, Chase Junghans, Kyle Strickler, Johnny Scott, Daulton Wilson, Colton Flinner, Blake Spencer, Jasion Hiett, Blair Nothdurft, Mike Marlar, Boom Briggs, Jason Miles. Scratched: Hudson O'Neal

Heat race results

(Eight laps; top three advance)

First heat: Kyle Larson, Ryan Gustin, Kyle Bronson, Garrett Alberson, Josh Richards, Ross Bailes, Cody Overton, Jeff Mathews.

Second heat: Tim McCreadie, Garrett Smith, Tyler Bruening, Spencer Hughes, Michael Arnold, Trey Mills, Dan Stone. Scratched: Jimmy Sharpe Jr.

Third heat: Brandon Overton, Jonathan Davenport, Mark Whitener, Matt Cosner, Steven Roberts, Stormy Scott, John Henderson.

Fourth heat: Devin Moran, Shane Clanton, Ricky Thornton Jr., Ross Robinson, Kyle Strickler, Colton Flinner, Boom Briggs. Scratched: Blake Spencer.

Fifth heat: Ashton Winger, Brandon Sheppard, Brian Shirley, Chris Madden, Dennis Erb Jr., Jason Hiett, Johnny Scott, Blair Nothdurft.

Sixth heat: Earl Pearson Jr., Tyler Erb, Jimmy Owens, Mike Marlar, Chase Junghans, Daulton Wilson, Jason Miles, Hudson O’Neal.

Pre-race notes

With Friday’s cloud cover gone, leaving little natural insulation to cover the southeast Georgia sky, it’s the chilliest night of the Super Clean Super Bowl of Racing presented by eBay Motors at Golden Isles Speedway, with the high of 46 degrees peaking the mercury at 3 p.m. … Reigning NASCAR Cup champion Kyle Larson of Elk Grove, Calif., was the overall fastest qualifier at 14.856 seconds. … Other heat race polesitters are Tim McCreadie, Jonathan Davenport, Devin Moran, Brandon Sheppard and Hudson O’Neal. … Brian Shirley of Chatham, Ill., spent some of his time leading to the start of Saturday’s action standing in front of his spring smasher. Still trying to get used to his new Longhorn, Shirley finished 13th in his consolation race Friday, well short of making the feature event. “It’s just the new car blues. I made a change that didn’t help the car,” said Shirley. He added that there’s no time like the present to start getting used to his new Longhorn. Anything he can learn during Georgia-Florida Speedweeks that can help him when he returns to the midwest will put him that much further ahead. “I was talking to Devin Moran and he said it took them a year and a half to learn exactly what they needed to do to their (Longhorn). You’ve gotta start somewhere,” said Shirley. … Hall of Fame chassis builder Barry Wright of Cowpens, S.C. was at Golden Isles this weekend helping customers. Wright said he was impressed with the turnout, but cautioned that an unstable economy could easily effect racing at the local level this summer. “You can have a (budget) for the season and this trip right here could use all of it before the season gets started. The season runs so long and starts so early, that the money a team does have (won’t) stretch as far.” … Mark Whitener of Middleburg, Fla., is one of a couple drivers pulling double duty this weekend. Whitener, who was forced to change an engine in his Big Frog Motorsports entry, said running both the Super Late Model and the Crate Late Model didn’t really give him an advantage this weekend because the cars — one a Rocket and one a Savage — drove so differently.

Time trials

Driver (car no.), hometown, time (unofficial)
Group A

  1. Kyle Larson (6), Elk Grove, Calif., 14.856
  2. Tim McCreadie (39), Watertown, N.Y., 15.039
  3. Jonathan Davenport (49), Blairsville, Ga., 15.077
  4. Ryan Gustin (19r), Marshalltown, Iowa, 15.132
  5. Dan Stone (2), Thompson, Pa., 15.160
  6. Brandon Overton (76), Evans, Ga., 15.228
  7. Kyle Bronson (40B), Brandon, Fla., 15.245
  8. Spencer Hughes (11), Meridian, Miss., 15.297
  9. Mark Whitener (58w), Middleburg, Fla., 15.350
  10. Ross Bailes (79), Clover, S.C., 15.370
  11. Garrett Smith (10), Eatonton, Ga., 15.389
  12. Matt Cosner (66), Ridgeley, W.Va., 15.443
  13. Garrett Alberson (58), Las Cruces, N.M., 15.512
  14. Tyler Bruening (16), Decorah, Iowa, 15.533
  15. Steven Roberts (111), Jesup, Ga., 15.558
  16. Cody Overton (97), Evans, Ga., 15.559
  17. Michael Arnold (4A),  Hattiesburg, Miss., 15.636
  18. Stormy Scott (2s), Las Cruces, N.M., 15.744
  19. Josh Richards (1), Shinnston, W.Va., 15.807
  20. Trey Mills (14jr), St. Augustine, Fla., 16.076
  21. John Henderson (2x), North Augusta, S.C., 16.209
  22. Jeff Mathews (33), Apollo Beach, Fla., 18.782
  23. Jimmy Sharpe Jr. (26jr), Vidalia, Ga., 23.836

Group B

  1. Devin Moran (9), Dresden, Ohio, 15.090
  2. Brandon Sheppard (1), New Berlin, Ill., 15.180
  3. Hudson O’Neal (71), Martinsville, Ind., 15.245
  4. Shane Clanton (25), Zebulon, Ga., 15.247
  5. Ashton Winger (89), Hampton, Ga., 15.255
  6. Earl Pearson Jr. (46), Jacksonville, Fla., 15.302
  7. Ricky Thornton Jr. (20rt), Chandler, Ariz., 15.321
  8. Mike Marlar (157), Winfield, Tenn., 15.336
  9. Chris Madden (44), Gray Court, S.C., 15.339
  10. Kyle Strickler (8), Mooresville, N.C., 15.344
  11. Brian Shirley (3s), Chatham, Ill., 15.345
  12. Tyler Erb (1), New Waverly, Texas, 15.503
  13. Ross Robinson (7), Georgetown, Del., 15.510
  14. Jason Hiett (19m), Oxford, Ala., 15.559
  15. Daulton Wilson (18D), Fayetteville, N.C., 15.567
  16. Boom Briggs (99B), Bear Lake, Pa., 15.585
  17. Dennis Erb Jr. (28), Carpentersville, Ill., 15.591
  18. Jimmy Owens (20), Newport, Tenn., 15.648
  19. Colton Flinner (48), Allison Park, Pa., 15.668
  20. Johnny Scott (1st), Las Cruces, N.M., 15.731
  21. Chase Junghans (18), Manhattan, Kan., 15.803
  22. Blake Spencer (6s), St. Augustine, Fla., 16.136
    Blair Nothdurft (76), Sioux Falls, S.D., 16.152

Saturday’s schedule

11:30 p.m. - Pit gates closed, pit area cleared
Noon - Pit gates reopen
12:30 p.m. - General admission closed and reopened
1 p.m. - Crate Late Model preliminaries begin
- 604 Late Model hot laps
- 602 Late Model hot lap/time trials
- 604 Late Model time trials
- 602 Late Model consolations (12 laps)
- 604 Late Model consolations (15 laps)
- Track prep if needed
4:30 p.m. - Super Late Model program begins
- Super Late Model hot laps
- Super Late Model time trials
Opening ceremonies
- Super Late Model heats (8 laps)
- Super Late Model consolations (10 laps)
- Super Late Model feature (50 laps)
- 602 Late Model feature (20 laps)
- 604 Late Model feature (25 laps)

Feature lineup

Row 1: Larson, Moran
Row 2: McCreadie, Winger
Row 3: Overton, Pearson Jr.
Row 4: Gustin, Clanton
Row 5: Smith, Sheppard
Row 6: Davenport, T. Erb
Row 7: Bronson, Thornton Jr.
Row 8: Bruening, Shirley
Row 9: Whitener, Owens
Row 10: Hughes, Madden
Row 11: Alberson, D. Erb Jr.
Row 12: O'Neal, Richards
Row 13: Marlar, Scott
Row 14: Wilson, Robinson

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