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October 4
Cherokee Speedway,
Gaffney, SC
Sanction: World of Outlaws Morton Buildings Late Model Series (Mike Duvall Memorial) - $10,000
Information provided by: Staff and series reports (last updated October 5, 9:36 am)
Overton wires WoO field for Duvall Memorial win
Mike Duvall Memorial
  1. Brandon Overton
  2. Chris Madden
  3. Chase Junghans
  4. Brandon Sheppard
  5. Darrell Lanigan
  6. Derrick Ramey
  7. Ross Bailes
  8. Kyle Hardy
  9. Anthony Sanders
  10. Cade Dillard
  11. Brent Larson
  12. Dennis Erb Jr.
  13. Benji Hicks
  14. Ricky Weiss
  15. Trent Ivey
  16. Blake Spencer
  17. Boom Briggs
  18. Chris Ferguson
  19. Adam Yarbrough
  20. Johnny Pursley
  21. Scott Bloomquist
  22. Zack Mitchell
  23. G.R. Smith
  24. Shane Clanton
presented by
Jim DenHamer
Brandon Overton smiles after winning the inaugural Mike Duvall Memorial.
What won the race: Polesitter Brandon Overton of Evans, Ga., led all 50 laps in Friday’s inaugural Mike Duvall Memorial at Cherokee Speedway. Recording his sixth World of Outlaws Morton Buildings Late Model Series victory, Overton pocketed $10,000.
Key notes: Shane Clanton wasn't able to start. ... The inaugural Mike Duvall Memorial was part of Cherokee’s third annual V8 Tribal Nationals.
On the move: Derrick Ramey of Mooresville, N.C., started 17th and finished sixth.
Winner's sponsors: Overton’s Rum Runner Racing Rocket Chassis is sponsored by Broward Armature & Generator, CIV Driver Optimization, Molecule, Race-Fan, Simpson Products, Darrell Gwynn Foundation, Burning Bright Band, Dean Guitars, Shell Shock and Tempest Cycles.
Points chase: After Cherokee: 1. Brandon Sheppard (5,152); 2. Chase Junghans (4,840); 3. Darrell Lanigan (4,822); 4. Shane Clanton (4,820); 5. Ricky Weiss (4,812); 6. Dennis Erb Jr. (4,630): 7. Cade Dillard (4,438); 8. Boom Briggs (4,288); 9. Brent Larson (4,264); 10. Blake Spencer (3,517).
Current weather: Clear, 78°F
Car count: 27
Fast qualifier: Ross Bailes
Time: 14.904 seconds
Polesitter: Brandon Overton
Heat race winners: Chase Junghans, Chris Madden, Zack Mitchell
Consolation race winners: Brent Larson
Provisional starters: Blake Spencer, Scott Bloomquist
Next series race: October 5, 411 Motor Speedway (Seymour, TN) $10,000
Editor's note: Results and race details are unofficial.
From staff and series reports

GAFFNEY, S.C. — Brandon Overton has done plenty of chasing at Cherokee Speedway, aggressively attacking the 4/10-mile oval's high banks in heading for the front.

The polesitting Evans, Ga., driver had to shift gears on Friday at Cherokee, learning how to use a little patience up front in racing to a $10,000 World of Outlaws Morton Buildings Late Model Series victory in the inaugural Mike Duvall Memorial.

The 28-year-old Overton survived an early challenge from Chris Madden and led the rest of the 50-lap national touring feature that honored the late Hall of Fame driver who famously piloted the Flintstone Flyer.

"It's way harder to win ’em like that, trying to be patient, than it is to go all out. Usually I'm running around this place at the top," the Rum Runner Racing driver said. "The last couple of times we've been over here, we've gotten beat on the bottom (with) a little different tire. So we changed our car up a little bit tonight, and man, it was really good. I know I was out front, but our car was really maneuverable, it ran really good. ... everything went our way."

Overton collected his third WoO victory of the season, taking the checkers 1.601 seconds ahead of Madden, the Gray Court, S.C., driver who had won the previous night's WoO feature at Lavonia (Ga.) Speedway. Chase Junghans of Manhattan, Kan., was third with series points leader Brandon Sheppard of New Berlin, Ill., and Darrell Lanigan of Union, Ky., rounding out the top five.

Overton cruised most of the race, but things were tense early in the race when the frontrunners first approached traffic. As Overton tried to work around the slower car of Blake Spencer, Madden pulled alongside and Junghans stuck his nose into contention for a three-way battle for the lead on the ninth lap.

Madden nosed ahead briefly, but when a lap-nine caution appeared, it reset the field and Overton never faced such a serious challenge again.

“I got into lapped traffic one time and was able to capitalize on it, made the pass on Overton and then the caution came out and had to go back," Madden said. "He made a mistake that one time and then didn’t make it again."

Overton, who never officially lost the lead, said he wasn't too worried. “My car was right and doing its thing, it felt good. So, I wasn’t panicking," said Overton, whose previous 2019 WoO victories came at Screven Motor Speedway in Sylvania, Ga., and Cochran (Ga.) Motor Speedway.

Overton celebrated in victory lane at Cherokee with a trophy depicting the Flintstone Flyer car of Duvall, the late driver who was South Carolina's lone World 100 winner and a frequent victor at Cherokee during a long career.

"I know how much Mike meant to a lot of people around here — hell, to all of us — he was a racer," Overton said. "It's kind of neat, Bobby Kay was with me last night, and you know, Mike drove for Bobby back in the day, so I've heard many stories about him and I know how much he means to all ya'll, so it's an honor to win it."

Madden echoed Overton's thoughts on Duvall, whose family members were part of a big weekend at Cherokee scheduled to continue Saturday with a $5,000-to-win event for Crate Late Models.

"We spent a lot of time with Mike there at the end of his racing career," Madden said. "It was a special race for them and congratulations to Brandon and (winning crew chief) Harold (Holly) and those guys on their win. Those guys work hard too. We worked hard. We just came up one spot short tonight."

With his third-place finish, Junghans moved into the second spot behind Sheppard in series points. The move was aided by the misfortune of Shane Clanton, who wasn't able to complete a lap.

"It's unfortunate for (Clanton) to have that failure, but we'll take his bad luck and turn it into good luck for us," Junghans said. "Hopefully we can just finish out the year strong. There's still three more races left. A lot can happen, so we've just gotta be on our A-game."

The feature was slowed by six cautions, none for serious incidents. G.R. Smith slowed on the 12th lap, Zack Mitchell parked on lap 15 and Madden's teammate Scott Bloomquist retired at halfway. Chris Ferguson drew a lap-42 caution while running fifth and the final caution appeared for Boom Briggs on lap 47.

Notes: Shane Clanton, who entered the race second in WoO points, was scheduled to start fourth but mechanical woes forced him to scratch. ... Sixth-finishing Derrick Ramey of Mooresville, N.C., who started 17th, posted a sixth-place finish in his first career WoO start ... Corey Richmond, the crew chief for third-place finisher Chase Junghans is back home in Kansas battling mononucleosis. ... The event drew a capacity crowd.

Feature lineup

Row 1: Overton, Erb Jr.
Row 2: Madden, Clanton
Row 3: Junghans, Mitchell
Row 4: Lanigan, Sheppard
Row 5: Ivey, Bailes
Row 6: Ferguson, Briggs
Row 7: Sanders, Hardy
Row 8: Weiss, Hicks
Row 9: Ramey, Pursley
Row 10: Larson, Dillard
Row 11: Yarbrough, Smith
Row 12: Spencer, Bloomquist
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