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October 11
Tri-County Racetrack,
Brasstown, NC
Sanction: Schaeffer's Fall Nationals (Tar Heel 50) - $10,053
Information provided by: Staff and series reports (last updated October 12, 10:22 pm)
Overton edges Hardy, captures Tar Heel 50
Tar Heel 50
  1. Brandon Overton
  2. Kyle Hardy
  3. Dale McDowell
  4. Donald McIntosh
  5. Kenny Collins
  6. Kurt English
  7. David Payne
  8. Jamie Oliver
  9. Levi Hicks
  10. Billy Moyer Jr.
  11. Russell Brown Jr.
  12. Ross Bailes
  13. Bobby Panter
  14. Andy Standridge
  15. Craig Greer
  16. Floyd Self
  17. Bo Eaton
  18. Ashton Winger
  19. Jeff Neubert
  20. Casey Roberts
  21. Shawn Chastain
  22. Tyler Dixon
presented by
Brian McLeod
Brandon Overton rolls to victory at Tri-County on Friday.
What won the race: Grabbing the lead on the opening lap, Brandon Overton of Evans, Ga., never looked back on his way to capturing Friday's Tar Heel 50 at Tri-County Racetrack. Overton outran third-starting Kyle Hardy for a Schaeffer's Fall Nationals victory worth $10,053.
On the move: David Payne of Murphy, N.C., started 14th and finished seventh.
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: Before Tri-County, Donald McIntosh (958 points) of Dawsonville, Ga., led David Payne (916), Pierce McCarter (629), Jeff Neubert (526) and Austin Smith (510).
Current weather: Mostly Cloudy, 59°F
Car count: 22
Fast qualifier: Kyle Hardy
Time: 12.302 seconds
Polesitter: Casey Roberts
Dash winner: Casey Roberts
Heat race winners: Shawn Chastain, Billy Moyer Jr.
Next series race: October 26, 311 Motor Speedway (Pine Hall, NC) $10,000
Editor's note: Results and race details are unofficial.
From series and staff reports

BRASSTOWN, N.C. (Oct. 11) — Brandon Overton’s late-season hot streak continued Friday at Tri-County Racetrack with a $10,053 victory in the Schaeffer’s Fall Nationals Series-sanctioned Tar Heel 50.

Charging to the lead at the drop of the green flag, the Evans, Ga., driver led the entire distance, holding off a hard-charging Kyle Hardy of Stephens City, Va., in late-race lapped traffic to score his third victory in as many starts.

“I hurt them tires at the beginning and I was really just hanging on,” Overton said after the race. “Lucky enough, our car’s been good lately. … We didn’t get rolling like we should have (at the beginning of the year). I’d rather it be this way than start off hot and fall off at the end. Just hard work. Everybody does their job and I feel like we’ve got one of the best teams in the country.”

Starting outside the front row, Overton dominated the first half of the distance, setting the pace over fourth-starting Dale McDowell of Chickamauga, Ga. As the race leaders entered heavy lapped traffic at the halfway mark, second-running Hardy charged the high side, challenging Overton at the front of the field.

But a caution would slow Hardy’s momentum and give Overton an open racetrack. The frontrunners entered lapped traffic again on lap 37, allowing Hardy to reel in the race leader. But his last-lap challenge came up short, with Overton taking the checked flag by 0.669 seconds.

“The racetrack moved around a little bit,” Overton said. “Right there when I was running that bottom, my car was too tight to get down there and I chunked my right-rear tire. When I moved to the top, I was alright. I just didn’t have no tire. But we held on to get it.”

Hardy finished runner-up, with McDowell running third. Donald McIntosh of Dawsonville, Ga., finished fourth, with Kenny Collins of Colbert, Ga., rounding out the top five.

Rolling off third in the feature, Hardy rolled the high side to overtake second-running McDowell early on. Despite making contact with the lapped car of Ross Bailes of Clover, S.C., late-race, he was able to challenge Overton for the lead.

“We got rolling really good there in the feature,” Hardy said. “I was half-throttle to keep from getting into him when I got some runs built up. Just didn’t need that yellow. We needed it to stay green. I had some good momentum built up.”

After starting outside the second row and running as high as second, McDowell said he was pleased with his podium finish. He led laps in last year’s Tar Hill 50 before a flat tire knocked him from contention.

“Early, I thought we was going to be okay,” McDowell said. “We was working middle-bottom there and was able to race Brandon pretty hard. I knew when we got in that lapped traffic it was going to get interesting. Then the top come in and we were passed on the top. There really wasn’t a lot of bottom left at that point in time, so it was all about lapped traffic. But it’s all about choosing the right line and getting things to go your way. We’re proud with top three.”

Notes: Sweeping last weekend’s World of Outlaws Morton Buildings Late Model Series events at Cherokee Speedway in Gaffney, S.C., and 411 Motor Speedway in Seymour, Tenn., Overton scored his third straight victory. … Nine of the 22 starters completed all 53 circuits. … Polesitter and four-time Tar Heel 50 winner Casey Roberts of Toccoa, Ga., retired after completing only three laps. ... Another former Tar Heel 50 winner and heat race winner Shawn Chastain of Murphy, N.C., also completed only three laps.

Feature lineup

Row 1: Roberts, Overton
Row 2: Hardy, McDowell
Row 3: Bailes, Collins
Row 4: Chastain, Moyer Jr.
Row 5: McIntosh, Oliver
Row 6: Panter, English
Row 7: Standridge, Payne
Row 8: Greer, Hicks
Row 9: Self, Brown Jr.
Row 10: Eaton, Neubert
Row 11: Winger, Dixon

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