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Daily Dirt 09/22/2023 17:03:42

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January 26
Golden Isles Speedway,
Brunswick, GA
Sanction: Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series (Super Bowl of Racing) - $10,000
Information provided by: Kyle McFadden, series and track reports (last updated January 27, 9:17 pm)
Super run for Overton in Super Bowl opener
Super Bowl of Racing
  1. Brandon Overton
  2. Tim McCreadie
  3. Ricky Thornton Jr.
  4. Devin Moran
  5. Daulton Wilson
  6. Ryan Gustin
  7. Tyler Bruening
  8. Brian Shirley
  9. Brandon Sheppard
  10. Kyle Bronson
  11. Carson Ferguson
  12. Wil Herrington
  13. Tanner English
  14. Jimmy Owens
  15. Tyler Erb
  16. Jonathan Davenport
  17. Mason Zeigler
  18. Logan Roberson
  19. Hudson O'Neal
  20. Ross Robinson
  21. Spencer Hughes
  22. Earl Pearson Jr.
  23. Garrett Smith
  24. Jordan Koehler
  25. Garrett Alberson
  26. G.R. Smith
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Brandon Overton celebrates in victory lane at Golden Isles.
What won the race: Jumping out to a comfortable lead before turning back a second-half challenge from reigning series champion Tim McCreadie, polesitter Brandon Overton of Evans, Ga., led 40 laps Thursday at Golden Isles Speedway for a $10,000 victory in the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series opener. Overton notched his 14th career Lucas Oil victory in his first 2023 start in opening the three-night Super Bowl of Racing.
Key notes: Overton won the previous two Lucas Oil races at Golden Isles in 2022. ... Tim McCreadie has been second in each of his three 2023 starts. ... Three cautions slowed the action. ... Jonathan Davenport was trying to take third from Hudson O'Neal in turn three with 10 laps remaining when Davenport made contact with O'Neal's left-rear quarterpanel, sending both drivers spinning out of contention. ... The final caution flew for a multicar scramble on the lap-31 restart. ... The first caution flew when G.R. Smith's car showed smoke at the outset he slowed on the second lap with a loose oil line. ... Lucas Oil action continues with a $10,000-to-win event Friday and a $25,000-to-win event Saturday, the richest Georgia-Florida Speedweeks payday in 21 seasons.
On the move: Two-time and reigning tour champ Tim McCreadie of Watertown, N.Y., started 10th and finished second.
Winner's sponsors: Overton’s Wells Motorsports Longhorn Chassis is powered by a Clements Race Engine and sponsored by Garnto Southern, Muscle Factory, Victory Fuel, Boswell Oil, Penske Racing Shocks, R.W. Powell Construction, CleanWay, Big Dog Stump & Tree, Midwest Sheet Metal, Convenient Lube, Dirt Mafia, Allstar Performance, E-Z-Go, Penske Racing Shocks, Hoosier by Brian and Topnotch Kustom Koncepts.
Points chase: After Golden Isles Thursday: 1. Brandon Overton (250); 2. Tim McCreadie (230); T3. Ricky Thornton Jr. (220); T3. Devin Moran (220); 5. Daulton Wilson (205); 6. Ryan Gustin (200); 7. Tyler Bruening (195); 8. Brian Shirley (190); 9. Brandon Sheppard (185); 10. Kyle Bronson (180).
Current weather: Clear, 46°F
Car count: 50
Fast qualifier: Hudson O'Neal
Time: 14.921 seconds
Polesitter: Brandon Overton
Heat race winners: Brandon Overton, Ricky Thornton Jr., Mason Zeigler, Devin Moran, Brian Shirley, Jonathan Davenport
Consolation race winners: Brandon Sheppard, Earl Pearson Jr.
Provisional starters: Garrett Alberson, Spencer Hughes, Tanner English, Jordan Koehler
Next series race: January 27, Golden Isles Speedway (Brunswick, GA) $12,000
Editor's note: Results and race details are unofficial.
From staff reports

BRUNSWICK, Ga. — It's been nearly a year since Brandon Overton was at Golden Isles Speedway winning two consecutive Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series events at the beginning of Georgia-Florida Speedweeks. He clearly didn't forget how to get around the 4/10-mile oval.

The 31-year-old Evans, Ga., jumped to a commanding lead in his Wells Motorsports Longhorn in the opener of the Super Bowl of Racing and turned back a couple of challenges from two-time and reigning series champion Tim McCreadie of Watertown, N.Y., for a $10,000 payday in the first of three weekend races at the Kyle and Amber Bronson-owned track.

"This race car's awesome, man. It's the first night on it. We tested it at Volusia (Speedway Park in Barberville, Fla.) the other night and it was really fast," Overton said, thanking his crew for his new machine. "They built a bad-ass race car."

Overton took the checkers 0.402 of a second ahead of the 10th-starting McCreadie, who made a bid for the lead with a dozen laps to go and drew nearly within striking distance of Overton on the final lap. Third-starting Ricky Thornton Jr. of Chandler, Ariz., was third followed by polesitter Devin Moran of Dresden, Ohio, who had his two-race win streak broken after a pair of World of Outlaws Case Late Model Series victories a week earlier at Volusia. Second-year series driver Daulton Wilson of Fayetteville, N.C., rounded out the top five.

Two drivers battling in the top five fell from contention with 10 laps remaining. Three-time tour champ Jonathan Davenport of Blairsville, Ga., was trying to take third from Hudson O'Neal of Martinsville, Ind., in turn three when Davenport made contact with O'Neal's left-rear quarterpanel, sending both drivers spinning to draw the second of three cautions.

While he led by more than two seconds in the first half of the race, Overton's car began handling so tightly he couldn't keep it in his preferred low groove. He wasn't even sure which groove he should be in as high watched signals from crew members when he felt like a "sitting duck" as McCreadie began closing in by lap 35.

Overton said "everything went our way" in getting a caution that relieved the pressure he was feeling from McCreadie.

"We got out front and got the lead and stayed away from the lapped traffic," Overton said. "You gotta have a lot of luck man. These guys — I seen Timmy behind me — and I knew you can't mess up. I knew I was protecting riding behind those lapped cars and I knew somebody had to step out there (in the higher groove)."

Overton was making his first start since Dec. 3 and, despite a relatively short layoff, wasn't immediately back up to speed.

"I think I was a little rusty qualifying," Overton said. "I got out and I was like, 'Man, I felt really good,' but I was fourth or whatever, so I made up for in the heat race, got us a good starting spot (for the feature). Last-minute tire choice there, you know, some of the guys lined up a little harder tire, so we hurried up and put it on. So everything worked out for us."

McCreadie figured his only chance was being able to sneak past Overton quick enough before the leader's crew members could signal his assault.

"His guy moved him up into (turn) one which kind of hurt my momentum," McCreadie said. "That's where I started make a little time. I knew if I was gonna try to poke them on the outside I had about a lap, maybe a lap and a half to do it. Because the good guys, they can see their (crews signaling to change grooves).

"No shame in second for this Paylor Motorsports team," added McCreadie, who has been the runner-up in each of his three 2023 starts. "We just got to qualify better. I messed up and did a bad job driving in qualifying and put us behind all night long, but we're maneuverable the pass cars and that's all you can ask for."

The 40-lapper was slowed by three cautions. G.R. Smith's car showed smoke at the outset and he slowed on the third lap with a loose oil line for the first yellow. The second caution flag dropped on the 31st lap for the Davenport-O'Neal scrape and a multicar scramble on the lap-31 restart brought out the final yellow.

Lucas Oil competitors gather Friday to do it all again with a $12,000-to-win event heading toward Saturday's $25,000-to-win finale at the Super Bowl of Racing, the richest Georgia-Florida Speedweeks payday in 21 years.

Notes: After starting seventh and running as high as second, Hudson O'Neal and the Rocket Chassis house car team's race was lost after the spin with Davenport. O'Neal pitted and ended up 19th. ... Former Rocket Chassis house car driver Brandon Sheppard started 19th and finished ninth in his Sheppard Riggs Racing ride. ...  Garrett Smith lost fuel pressure and parked during the lap-31 caution period. ... Brandon Koehler, a teammate to four-time series champ Jimmy Owens, took a provisional for his first career Lucas Oil start. ... Home-state driver Shane Clanton skipped the night's action because he wasn't feeling well. ... Watch all Lucas Oil's Speedweeks action at FloRacing.

Feature lineup

(40 laps)
Row 1: Brandon Overton, Devin Moran
Row 2: Ricky Thornton Jr., Brian Shirley
Row 3: Mason Zeigler, Jonathan Davenport
Row 4: Hudson O’Neal, Ryan Gustin
Row 5: Daulton Wilson, Tim McCreadie
Row 6: Kyle Bronson, Garrett Smith
Row 7: Tyler Bruening, Logan Roberson
Row 8: Carson Ferguson, Wil Herrington
Row 9: G.R. Smith, Jimmy Owens
Row 10: Brandon Sheppard, Earl Pearson Jr.
Row 11: Tyler Erb, Ross Robinson
Row 12: Garrett Alberson, Spencer Hughes
Row 13: Tanner English, Jordan Koehler

Consolation race results

(10 laps, top two transfer)

First consolation: Brandon Sheppard, Tyler Erb, Tanner English, Spencer Hughes, Kyle Strickler, Christian Thomas, Jordan Koehler, Matthew Brocato, John Henderson, Dustin Walker, Blair Nothdurft, Kale Green. Scratched: Boom Briggs, Max Blair, Allen Murray, Jason Garver.

Second consolation: Earl Pearson Jr., Ross Robinson, Mark Whitener, Payton Freeman, Dennis Erb Jr., Steven Roberts, Chase Junghans, Garrett Alberson, Rece Vaught, Jeff Choquette, Blake Spencer, Jimmy Sharpe Jr., Jack Riggs, Robby Hensley, Mike Benedum, Danny Snyder.

Heat race recap

Georgia’s own Brandon Overton will start on the pole of Thursday’s feature by virtue of storming by fast time recipient, Hudson O’Neal of Martinsville, Ind., to win the first heat. … Devin Moran of Dresden, Ohio — looking to start his season with three wins in as many races — will start to Overton’s outside after winning the fourth heat. … Mason Zeigler of Chalk Hill, Pa., won an eventful third heat that saw a handful of lead changes between Zeigler, G.R. Smith and Kyle Bronson. … Smith led heat three through the third lap until he got into the turn three wall to eventually hang on to the final transfer spot. … Teammates Max Blair and Boom Briggs were involved in a hard collision in the third heat that started when Briggs lost the handle of his machine in turn three, collecting Blair as well as Allen Murray. … Ricky Thornton Jr. of Chandler, Ariz.; Brian Shirley of Chatham, Ill.; and Jonathan Davenport of Blairsville, Ga., won the remaining three heats. … Among those relegated to the B-mains are Brandon Sheppard, Tyler Erb, Tanner English, Earl Pearson Jr., Dennis Erb Jr., and Garrett Alberson.

Heat race results

(Eight laps, top three transfer)

First heat: Brandon Overton, Hudson O'Neal, Tyler Bruening, Tanner English, Kyle Strickler, Jordan Koehler, Kale Green. DNS: Jason Garver.

Second heat: Ricky Thornton Jr., Daulton Wilson, Carson Ferguson, Tyler Erb, Spencer Hughes, Christian Thomas, John Henderson, Blair Nothdurft.

Third heat: Mason Zeigler, Kyle Bronson, G.R. Smith, Matthew Brocato, Dustin Walker, Boom Briggs, Max Blair, Allen Murray.

Fourth heat: Devin Moran, Ryan Gustin, Logan Roberson, Earl Pearson Jr., Steven Roberts, Garrett Alberson, Blake Spencer, Robby Hensley, Mike Benedum.

Fifth heat: Brian Shirley, Tim McCreadie, Wil Herrington, Payton Freeman, Ross Robinson, Chase Junghans, Dennis Erb Jr., Jack Riggs.

Sixth heat: Jonathan Davenport, Garrett Smith, Jimmy Owens, Mark Whitener, Jimmy Sharpe Jr., Rece Vaught, Jeff Choquette, Danny Snyder.


Hudson O’Neal of Martinsville, Ind., started the new Lucas Oil Series season on the right foot with his new-look Rocket Chassis house car team, capitalizing on the night's second lowest pill draw to earn fast time honors with a lap of 14.921 seconds.

After sweeping both World of Outlaws Case Late Model Series shows last weekend down the road at Florida’s Volusia Speedway Park, Devin Moran of Dresden, Ohio, kept his hot start going with the fastest lap in Group B at 15.131 seconds. Along with O’Neal and Moran, Ricky Thornton Jr., Mason Zeigler, Brian Shirley and Jonathan Davenport will start on the poles of their respective heat races.

Manhattan, Kan.’s Chase Junghans — initially 17th of 25 cars in Group B with a lap of 15.656 seconds — and Aurora, Neb.’s Race Vaught — 20th in Group B with a time of 16.113 seconds — had their times disallowed for being light at the scales.

Time trials

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

  1. Hudson O’Neal (1), Martinsville, Ind., 14.921
  2. Ricky Thornton Jr. (20rt), Chandler, Ariz., 14.991
  3. Mason Zeigler (25z), Chalk Hill, Pa., 15.032
  4. Brandon Overton (76), Evans, Ga., 15.036
  5. Daulton Wilson (18D), Fayetteville, N.C., 15.150
  6. Brandon Sheppard (B5), New Berlin, Ill., 15.194
  7. G.R. Smith (2), Cornelius, N.C., 15.209
  8. Tyler Bruening (16), Decorah, Iowa, 15.279
  9. Carson Ferguson (93), Lincolnton, N.C., 15.313
  10. Max Blair (111B), Centerville, Pa., 15.357
  11. Spencer Hughes (11), Meridian, Miss., 15.361
  12. Kyle Bronson (40B), Brandon, Fla., 15.362
  13. Kyle Strickler (8), Mooresville, N.C., 15.429
  14. Christian Thomas (776), Wake Forest, N.C., 15.438
  15. Boom Briggs (99B), Bear Lake, Pa., 15.490
  16. Tanner English (96v), Benton, Ky., 15.555
  17. Tyler Erb (1), New Waverly, Texas, 15.586
  18. Matthew Brocato (78), Muscle Shoals, Ala., 15.670
  19. Jordan Koehler (114), Mount Airy, N.C., 15.697
  20. John Henderson (2x), North Augusta, S.C., 15.749
  21. Allen Murray (2v), San Antonio, Texas, 15.832
  22. Kale Green (4), Pelion, S.C.. 15.973
  23. Blair Nothdurft (76), Renner, S.D., 16.050
  24. Dustin Walker (14W), Polk, Mo., 16.671
  25. Jason Garver (01), Starke, Fla., no time

Group B

  1. Devin Moran (99), Dresden, Ohio, 15.131
  2. Brian Shirley (8), Chatham, Ill., 15.235
  3. Jonathan Davenport (49), Blairsville, Ga., 15.243
  4. Logan Roberson (89), Waynesboro, Va., 15.253
  5. Tim McCreadie (39), Watertown, N.Y., 15.280
  6. Garrett Smith (10), Eatonton, Ga., 15.304
  7. Earl Pearson Jr. (46), Jacksonville, Fla., 15.310
  8. Wil Herrington (19M), Cochran, Ga., 15.368
  9. Jimmy Owens (20), Newport, Tenn., 15.464
  10. Ryan Gustin (19r), Marshalltown, Iowa, 15.516
  11. Dennis Erb Jr. (28), Carpentersville, Ill., 15.538
  12. Mark Whitener (5), Middleburg, Fla., 15.591
  13. Garrett Alberson (58), Las Cruces, N.M., 15.592
  14. Payton Freeman (22), Commerce, Ga., 15.594
  15. Jimmy Sharpe Jr. (26jr), Vidalia, Ga., 15.622
  16. Steven Roberts (111), Sylvester, Ga., 15.637
  17. Ross Robinson (7), Georgetown, Del., 15.732
  18. Jeff Choquette (89J), Loxahatchee, Fla., 15.933
  19. Mike Benedum (25), Salem, W.Va., 16.230
  20. Jack Riggs (81J), Nolensville, Tenn., 16.566
  21. Danny Snyder (4), Green Lane, Pa., 16.585
  22. Blake Spencer (6s), St. Augustine, Fla., 16.613
  23. Chase Junghans (18), Manhattan, Kan., 15.656 (light at scales)
  24. Rece Vaught (20V), Aurora, Neb., 16.113 (light at scales)
  25. Robby Hensley (21H), Walton, Ky., no time

Thursday’s schedule

(All times local)
2 p.m.: Pits open
3 p.m.: Grandstands open
5 p.m.: Drivers’ meeting
5:30p.m.: Hot laps
- Super Late Models
- 602 Late Models (group qualifying)
- Super Late Models (2 laps)
Hot laps
- 604 Late Models (group qualifying)
Opening ceremonies
Heat races
- Super Late Models (8 laps)
Consolation races
- 602 Late Models (8 laps)
- Super Late Models (10 laps)
- 604 Late Models (8 laps)
- Super Late Models (40 laps)
- 602 Late Models
- 604 Late Models

Feature lineup

Row 1: Overton, Moran
Row 2: Thornton, Shirley
Row 3: Zeigler, Davenport
Row 4: O’Neal, Gustin
Row 5: Wilson, McCreadie
Row 6: Bronson, Ga. Smith
Row 7: Bruening, Roberson
Row 8: Ferguson, Herrington
Row 9: G.R. Smith, Owens
Row 10: Sheppard, Pearson
Row 11: T. Erb, Robinson
Row 12: Alberson, Hughes
Row 13: English, Koehler

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