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Daily Dirt 03/31/2023 04:53:48

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November 4
Dirt Track at Charlotte,
Concord, NC
Sanction: World of Outlaws Morton Buildings Late Model Series (Last Call) - $12,000
Information provided by: Kevin Kovac (last updated November 5, 12:24 pm)
Overton makes Last Call, dominates at Charlotte
Last Call
  1. Brandon Overton
  2. Dennis Erb Jr.
  3. Tim McCreadie
  4. Donny Schatz
  5. Brandon Sheppard
  6. Jonathan Davenport
  7. Dale McDowell
  8. Cade Dillard
  9. Rick Eckert
  10. Ricky Weiss
  11. Chris Madden
  12. Boom Briggs
  13. Daulton Wilson
  14. Tyler Millwood
  15. Chase Junghans
  16. Ryan King
  17. Chris Ferguson
  18. Ashton Winger
  19. Josh Richards
  20. Kyle Strickler
  21. Parker Martin
  22. Jimmy Owens
  23. Kyle Larson
  24. Ross Bailes
  25. Cla Knight
  26. Brent Larson
presented by
Zach Yost
Winner Brandon Overton (76) races ahead of Dennis Erb Jr. (28) and Tim McCreadie (39) at Charlotte.
What won the race: Eighth-starting Brandon Overton of Evans, Ga., overtook race-long leader Kyle Strickler on the 18th lap and led the rest of Wednesday's 50-lap World of Outlaws Morton Buildings Late Model Series event at The Dirt Track at Charlotte. Overton cruised the rest of the way to earn $12,000 in the second-to-last WoO event of the season.
Key notes: The World of Outlaws Morton Buildings Late Model Series wraps up its season with a midweek doubleheader that replaces the season's three-division Can-Am World Finals at Charlotte. ... Officials scrapped that popular event because coronavirus restrictions limiting large crowds, but replaced it with four WoO events Nov. 4-7 (two of the Late Models, two for the sprint cars; big-block modifieds weren't included). ... Brandon Sheppard of New Berlin, Ill. clinches his third WoO title and second in a row by entering the event. ... Open-wheel standout and NASCAR driver Kyle Larson of Elk Grove, Calif., lowered the track record, but was an early retiree in the feature.
On the move: Winner Brandon Overton started eighth.
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, Cleanway Clearing & Grading, Convenient Lube, Allstar Performance, Topnotch Kustom Koncepts and Big Dog Stump & Tree.
Points chase: After Charlotte Wednesday: 1. Brandon Sheppard (5,523); 2. Ricky Weiss (5,219); 3. Cade Dillard (5,107); 4. Dennis Erb Jr. (5,037); 5. Darrell Lanigan (5,033); 6. Chase Junghans (5,021); 7. Ashton Winger (4,915); 8. Scott Bloomquist (4,759); 9. Boom Briggs (4,531); 10. Brent Larson (4,407).
Current weather: Clear, 46°F
Car count: 55
Fast qualifier: Kyle Larson
Time: 14.305 seconds
Polesitter: Tim McCreadie
Heat race winners: Tim McCreadie, Dale McDowell, Chris Ferguson, Josh Richards, Kyle Strickler, Brandon Sheppard
Consolation race winners: Tyler Millwood, Ricky Weiss, Cade Dillard
Provisional starters: Ashton Winger, Boom Briggs
Next series race: November 5, Dirt Track at Charlotte (Concord, NC) $12,000
Editor's note: Corrects Dennis Erb Jr.'s point total.
From staff and series reports

CONCORD, N.C. — During a year when the coronavirus has turned the world upside down, everyone is ready for 2021. Everyone, that is, except Brandon Overton, apparently.

The 29-year-old Evans, Ga., driver dominated the final 33 laps of Wednesday’s World of Outlaws Morton Buildings Late Model Series action at The Dirt Track at Charlotte and, even for  just a moment, forgot all about the Covid-19 pandemic.

“I don’t want 2020 to end,” Overton said in victory lane, then quickly caught himself. “Well, I do … but not the racing part.”

Indeed the racing has never been better for Overton, who took the point from race-long leader Kyle Strickler on the 18th lap and dominated the rest of the 50-lapper, taking the checkers 2.736 seconds ahead of runner-up Dennis Erb Jr. of Carpentersville, Ill.

The eighth-starting Overton’s $12,000 victory stretched a personal winning streak to fourth in a row as he tallied his 25th overall victory of the season and sixth on the WoO circuit.

Erb improved seven positions to finish second after a lengthy duel with polesitter Tim McCreadie of Watertown, N.Y., who settled for third. Ten-time WoO sprint car champion Donny Schatz rallied from the fifth row to fourth and Brandon Sheppard of New Berlin, Ill., on the night he officially clinched his third WoO title, recovered from a lap-22 pit stop to round out the top five in the 26-car field.

Strickler took command from outside the front row and led early, but he retired before the midpoint after blowing a right-rear tire on lap 22.

Once Overton dispatched of Strickler, no one could keep up the the driver who earlier this season had a stretch of victories in five consecutive WoO starts.

“Man, what a helluva race car,” Overton said in victory lane. His only disappointment was winning in front of a thin crowd because Charlotte’s traditional World Finals, which annually draws a packed house, was scrapped and replaced with a limited-capacity event.

“You know, I appreciate everybody that’s up there in this stands,” said Overton, who last three of 13 career WoO victories have come in the Carolinas. “This would be my luck to win it (with a small crowd). Since I was a little kid we’ve been coming over here (and then) trying to win this thing. I’m sure everybody’s back home is watching.”

Erb, who got the second spot for good on the 34th lap, scored his 11th top-five finish of the season on the circuit and improved his prospects of rising from his sixth-place spot in the series standings.

“We had a good car there. (I was) running around the bottom, the preferred line for the night. I went a little softer on tires and there at the end it kind of hurt me, but I was able to get up to the front pretty quick,” said. “To get up in there, try to get up in the top five there, hopefully we’ll get another good strong run tomorrow night.”

McCreadie blamed his tire selection on his dropping two spots to finish third.

“It’s a shame, I shouldn’t be allowed to pick these tires, because I’ve been wrong two weeks in a row,” McCreadie said. “I mean, last week, we went way too hard, today we went in the middle, and got beat by two guys who had different rubber on. It’s just mind-numbing, a little bit. But we’ll go back to work with this Bilstein Longhorn car.

“(Selecting tires at Charlotte) been a no-brainer for probably half a decade for what to put on for a right-rear. I just think tonight, you get wrapped up in a lot of things: ’Oh, there’s no cars here, there’s not as much racing on (the track), A, B and C and then you don’t just put the right-rear on that (Overton) has on that has won probably the last 15 shows here. Hat’s off to them, I know that Brandon, it takes a big move to do that, because that’s a hard step of a tire, and congrats to Dennis and everybody and we’ll go again tomorrow.”

Six cautions slowed the action, three midrace for flat tires (Strickler on lap 22, Jonathan Davenport on lap 24 and Chris Madden on lap 26). Josh Richards stopped to draw lap-34 yellow and Ashton Winger slowed on lap 36. The final caution appeared when Chris Ferguson spun on a lap-36 restart.

Notes: Three-time series champion Darrell Lanigan complained of a headache after hitting the wall left-side first in heat race action. He was checked out for a possible concussion at a nearby hospital … Provisional starter Ashton Winger started 25th and ran as high as seventh before slowing for a lap-36 yellow. … Jimmy Owens, a seven-time WoO winner at Charlotte, lost a driveshaft and retired after 22 laps. … NASCAR and open-wheel star Kyle Larson, who lowered the track record in qualifying, retired after 19 laps. … Scott Bloomquist didn’t get a qualifying lap when he ran into mechanical problems before getting on the clock, then his car went up in smoke early in the second heat race; Bloomquist turned down an offered provisional starting spot. … Tyler Millwood was leading the first consolation and heading for the white flag when he had a flat tire. With just a few cars on the track he rejoined the field and won the consy. He finished 14th in the main event.

Consolation results

(10 laps; top two transfer)

First consolation: Tyler Millwood, Brent Larson, Anthony Sanders, Robby Hensley, Chris Nash, Chad Finley. Scratched: Johnny Pursley, Colton Flinner, Tyler Dietz, Kerry King, Darrell Lanigan, Ben Watkins, Scott Bloomquist.

Second consolation: Ricky Weiss, Rick Eckert, Matt Cosner, Steven Roberts, Tyler Carpenter, Ashton Winger, Tommy Turner, Shane Clanton, Christian Thomas. Scratched: Kale Green, Reid Millard, Freddie Carpenter.

Third consolation: Cade Dillard, Cla Knight, Boom Briggs, Pancho Lawler, Dustin Mitchell, Cory Lawler, Tim Vance, Jeremy Conaway, Matt Sponaugle. Scratched: Austin Kirkpatrick, Dalton Polston, Dylan Lewis.

Heat race results

(10 laps; top three transfer)

First heat: Tim McCreadie, Ross Bailes, Kyle Larson, Brent Larson, Chad Finley, Robby Hensley, Tyler Dietz, Darrell Lanigan, Anthony Sanders, Kerry King, Chris Nash.

Second heat: Dale McDowell, Dennis Erb Jr., Ryan King, Tyler Millwood, Johnny Pursley, Colton Flinner, Kery King, Ben Watkins, Scott Bloomquist.

Third heat: Chris Ferguson, Daulton Wilson, Jimmy Owens, Rick Eckert, Shane Clanton, Tyler Carpenter, Kale Green. Scratched: Ryan King, Freddie Carpenter.

Fourth heat: Josh Richards, Brandon Overton, Chris Madden, Ricky Weiss, Matt Cosner, Steven Roberts, Tommy Turner, Reid Millard, Christian Thomas.

Fifth heat: Kyle Strickler, Donny Schatz, Jonathan Davenport, Matt Sponaugle, Cla Knight, Cory Lawler, Austin Kirkpatrick, Dalton Polston, Tim Vance.

Sixth heat: Brandon Sheppard, Chase Junghans, Parker Martin, Cade Dillard, Boom Briggs, Pancho Lawler, Dustin Mitchell. Scratched: Dylan Lewis, Jeremy Conaway.

Pre-qualifying notes

A field of 55 cars was signed in for Wednesday’s opener of the World of Outlaws Morton Buildings Late Model Series-sanctioned Last Call doubleheader. … With all entrants required to pre-register for the event run with Covid-19 precautions (including a mask requirement for attendees) in place, only two drivers on the list — Allen Murray and Adam Yarbrough — are not on hand. Johnny Pursley, however, was a last-minute addition. … All the Dirt Late Model teams are parked in Charlotte’s upper pit area that is normally occupied by the sprint cars during the World Finals. … Brandon Sheppard of New Berlin, Ill., officially clinched his second straight and third WoO title in the last four years when he drew his qualifying pill. … Kyle Strickler of Mooresville, N.C., is hoping to duplicate his winning effort in last Saturday night’s Drydene World Dirt Track Championship modified feature at Charlotte rather than his performance in 2019’s World Finals. “Last year here was my first race with my own car and we were terrible,” said Strickler, who got his repaired engine back from Clements on Monday and bolted it in his Longhorn machine yesterday. … Open-wheel stars Kyle Larson of Elk Grove, Calif., and Donny Schatz of Fargo, N.D., are in the field as they begin four straight nights of duty at the Last Call. Larson is making his fourth start in the K&L Rumley Enterprises No. 6 while Schatz is behind the wheel of the his family-owned No. 15 that he enters in selected full-fender events. … Tyler Carpenter of Parkersburg, W.Va., has entered the Jackie Boggs lookalike car that he debuted last weekend as a tribute to the Kentucky veteran who died on Oct. 24. … World Racing Group marketing director and former WoO Late Model Series director Chris Dolack, who is undergoing treatment for a form of lymphoma, addressed the drivers’ meeting to thank the racing community for the support he’s received. ... Brandon Overton of Evans, Ga., entered Charlotte's opener on a personal three-race winning streak.

Time trials (unofficial)

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

  1. Kyle Larson (6), Elk Grove, Calif., 14.305
  2. Dale McDowell (17m), Chickamauga, Ga., 14.316
  3. Daulton Wilson (18), Fayetteville, N.C., 14.464
  4. Tim McCreadie (39), Watertown, N.Y., 14.485
  5. Ryan King (1G), Seymour, Tenn., 14.530
  6. Chris Ferguson (22), Mount Holly, N.C., 14.539
  7. Ross Bailes (58), Clover, S.C., 14.550
  8. Dennis Erb Jr. (28), Carpentersville, Ill., 14.562
  9. Rick Eckert (0), York, Pa., 14.660
  10. Anthony Sanders (421), Spartanburg, S.C., 14.671
  11. Colton Flinner (48), Allison Park, Pa., 14.692
  12. Jimmy Owens (20), Newport, Tenn., 14.699
  13. Darrell Lanigan (29), Union, Ky., 14.730
  14. Johnny Pursley (09), Clover, S.C., 14.764
  15. Shane Clanton (25), Zebulon, Ga., 14.798
  16. Brent Larson (B1), Lake Elmo, Minn., 14.821
  17. Tyler Millwood (31), Kingston, Ga., 14.908
  18. Tyler Carpenter (4B), Parkersburg, W.Va., 14.923
  19. Robby Hensley (21), Walton, Ky., 14.943
  20. Ben Watkins (79), Rock Hill, S.C., 14.998
  21. Kale Green (4), Pelion, S.C., 15.170
  22. Chad Finley (42), DeWitt, Mich., 15.326
  23. Kerry King (KB), Delmar, Del., 15.371
  24. Ashton Winger (12), Hampton, Ga., 15.390
  25. Chris Nash (354), Vicksburg, Mich., 16.857
  26. Scott Bloomquist (0), Mooresburg, Tenn., no time
  27. Tyler Dietz (77), Saxonburg Pa., no time
  28. Freddie Carpenter (K), Parkersburg, W.Va., no time

Group B

  1. Brandon Overton (76), Evans, Ga., 14.372
  2. Kyle Strickler (8), Mooresville, N.C., 14.377
  3. Brandon Sheppard (1), New Berlin, Ill., 14.402
  4. Josh Richards (14), Shinnston, W.Va., 14.430
  5. Austin Kirkpatrick (11), Ocala, Fla., 14.520
  6. Chase Junghans (18), Manhattan, Kan., 14.561
  7. Chris Madden (44), Gray Court, S.C., 14.622
  8. Donny Schatz (15), Fargo, N.D., 14.628
  9. Parker Martin (6jr), Milledgeville, Ga., 14.687
  10. Steven Roberts (111), Jesup, Ga., 14.736
  11. Jonathan Davenport (49), Blairsville, Ga., 14.768
  12. Cade Dillard (97), Robeline, La., 14.787
  13. Ricky Weiss (7W), Headingley, Manitoba, 14.823
  14. Tim Vance (17), Clover, S.C., 14.944
  15. Dustin Mitchell (32), Pine Level, N.C., 14.962
  16. Matt Cosner (66), Ridgeley, W.Va., 15.000
  17. Matt Sponaugle (8), Wiley Fork, W.Va., 15.032
  18. Pancho Lawler (1k), Hanover, Pa., 15.076
  19. Christian Thomas (06), Wake Forest, N.C., 15.237
  20. Cla Knight (42), North Augusta, S.C., 15.362
  21. Boom Briggs (99B), Bear Lake, Pa., 15.433
  22. Reid Millard (14M), Jefferson City, Mo., 15.601
  23. Cory Lawler (93), Hanover, Pa., 15.870
  24. Dylan Lewis (44), Oakland, Md., 16.262
  25. Tommy Turner (911), Richmond, Ky., 16.422
  26. Jeremy Conaway (F15), Springfield, Ill., no time
  27. Dalton Polston (00), Lithia Springs, Ga., no time

Wednesday’s schedule

2 p.m. - Pit gates open
3 p.m. - Draw opens
5:30 p.m. - Drivers’ meeting
6 p.m. - Hot laps
- Time trials
6:55 p.m. - Opening ceremonies
- Heat races (10 laps)
- Redraw
- Consolation races (10 laps)
- Feature (50 laps)

Feature lineup

Row 1: McCreadie, Strickler
Row 2: Sheppard, Ferguson
Row 3: McDowell, Richards
Row 4: Bailes, Overton
Row 5: D. Erb, Schatz
Row 6: Wilson, Junghans
Row 7: K. Larson, Madden
Row 8: King, Davenport
Row 9: Owens, Martin
Row 10: Millwood, Weiss
Row 11: Dillard, B. Larson
Row 12: Eckert, Knight
Row 13: Winger, Briggs

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