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March 5
Smoky Mountain Speedway,
Maryville, TN
Sanction: Valvoline Iron-Man Southern Series (Tennessee Tip-Off Classic) - $12,000
Information provided by: Series and track reports (last updated March 6, 10:36 am)
Overton tops Tennessee Tip-Off, earns $12,000
Tennessee Tip-Off Classic
  1. Brandon Overton
  2. Mike Marlar
  3. Tim McCreadie
  4. Jonathan Davenport
  5. Kyle Strickler
  6. Dale McDowell
  7. Hudson O'Neal
  8. Chris Ferguson
  9. Camaron Marlar
  10. Wil Herrington
  11. Tyler Erb
  12. Eli Beets
  13. Michael Chilton
  14. Anthony Sanders
  15. Jimmy Owens
  16. Garrett Alberson
  17. Corey Gordon
  18. Christian Hanger
  19. Ricky Weiss
  20. Stacy Boles
  21. Clay Coghlan
  22. Matt Henderson
  23. Skip Arp
  24. Brian Ledbetter
  25. Steve Smith
  26. Zack Mitchell
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Michael Moats/mrmracing.net
Brandon Overton celebrates in victory lane Saturday at Smoky Mountain.
What won the race: Taking the lead on lap 12, second-starting Brandon Overton of Evans, Ga., paced the final 48 laps en route to winning Saturday's eighth annual Tennessee Tip-Off Classic at Smoky Mountain Speedway, collecting $12,000. The victory is the 11th of Overton's career with the Ultimate Southeast Series, placing him third on the tour's all-time win list and the first of his career with the Valvoline Iron-Man Southern Series.
Quotable: “(The car has) been pretty good since we got back home from Florida,” said Overton. “We worked on a few things and it’s definitely headed int the right direction. I love coming over here. I made a lot of laps around here when I drove for (Randy) Weaver. It feels good to come back and get a win.”
Key notes: Capturing second place on the lap 52 restart, former event winner Mike Marlar of Winfield, Tenn., crossed the finish line 2.277 seconds behind Overton. ... Closing within one second of Overton in the early laps, Tim McCreadie of Watertown, N.Y., faded and finished third. ... Seventh-starting Jonathan Davenport of Blairsville, Ga., finished fourth. ... After leading the first 11 laps from the pole, Camaron Marlar of Winfield, Tenn., finished ninth, the final car on the lead lap. ... Following a caution on the initial start attempt, 51 consecutive green flag laps were completed before the second and final caution flag was displayed. ... Saturday's feature, co-sanctioned between the Valvoline Iron-Man Southern Series and the Ultimate Southeast Series, lasted 23 minutes, with nine competitors completing all 60 laps.
On the move: Hudson O'Neal of Martinsville, Ind., started 16th and finished seventh.
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: It’s the opening race for each tour.
Current weather: Broken Clouds, 66°F
Car count: 37
Fast qualifier: Brandon Overton
Time: 16.418 seconds
Polesitter: Camaron Marlar
Heat race winners: Camaron Marlar, Michael Chilton, Brandon Overton, Mike Marlar
Consolation race winners: Zack Mitchell, Tyler Erb
Provisional starters: Stacy Boles, Skip Arp, Steve Smith, Anthony Sanders, Brian Ledbetter, Corey Gordon
Next series race: March 25, Bristol Motor Speedway (Bristol, TN) $50,000
Editor's note: Results and race details are unofficial.

Feature lineup

Row 1: C. Marlar, Overton
Row 2: Chilton, M. Marlar
Row 3: Henderson, McCreadie
Row 4: Davenport, Strickler
Row 5: Weiss, Ferguson
Row 6: McDowell, Alberson
Row 7: Beets, Owens
Row 8: Herrington, O'Neal
Row 9: Mitchell, Erb
Row 10: Coghlan, Hanger
Row 11: S. Smith, A. Sanders
Row 12: Arp, Ledbetter
Row 13: Boles, Gordon
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