"Southern Nationals" Results

RACE STORY

Overton Is Repeat Winner on Schaeffer’s Southern Nationals

By Brian McLeod

MARYVILLE, Tenn. (July 16) — Brandon Overton is known for his love of the top groove, running full bore against the outside wall in a delicate dance with disaster. He’s young, talented, and can daringly tease the wall with the best in the sport, and often does during the 80-100 races he has scheduled each season. His top-side antics are notable, and even complimented at times by the best drivers in the game.
Overton felt his car was good enough to run the bottom in a 35-lap Schaeffer’s Oil Southern Nationals Series (presented by Sunoco Race Fuels) event Tuesday night at Smoky Mountain Speedway, and chastised himself after the race for not trying that groove a little more during the $3,500 event. That could be classified as being a little hard on yourself, especially since Overton claimed his second victory in three races on the midsummer tour.
“The car was good down there, and I really should have run that groove a lot more than I did,” Overton said. “I hadn’t tried it much, but when I did I could tell the car was pretty good in the low groove.”
Approaching lapped traffic on the 23rd circuit, Overton set his sights on race-long leader Michael Chilton, and rode the outside groove past the Salvisa, Ky., driver as they threaded through the slower cars, with Chilton using the bottom and Overton utilizing the upper part of the track. Riding high, Overton sailed his machine into the lead with authority and never looked back en route to the checkered flag at the half-mile facility.
“This racing game can be fun when your stuff is right, and I’m having a pretty good time right now,” said Overton, who started from the outside of the second row in a 14-car starting field, scoring his 12th-career win on the tour. He finished second in the event he didn’t win, and holds the points lead after three events.
“We struggled a lot early in the season, but we’ve got our program turned around and it’s starting to really click for us,” Overton said. “Anybody who struggles a lot, or wants to learn a lot in a short period of time, should run this series. When you get done, you’ll have a way better understanding of everything you need to be doing. It’s good to race every night, because you end up working on your stuff for two straight weeks, and that makes a huge difference. I’m really glad we run this deal every year.”
Once he emerged as the leader, Overton drove to a 2.369-second victory, leaving Chilton with a runnerup finish over Donald McIntosh. Wheeling a Billy Franklin-owned No. 17 ride in the third round of the Ray Cook-promoted touring circuit, Ashton Winger placed fourth over Dakotah Knuckles.
“We got in that lapped traffic, and I didn’t do a good job, basically,” Chilton said. “He [Overton] had a good seat to watch, and he got around us when we were getting through those slower cars. The situation played in his favor, and I didn’t move around enough before he got there to find out more about where I should have been running. I felt like we maintained with him pretty good after he passed us, but that was too late. I took time off from work to come here tonight in the middle of the week and we made a little money here tonight, so I guess I shouldn’t complain too much.”
The touring series’ next event will be Thursday, July 18, at Toccoa (Ga.) Raceway.

Smoky Mountain finish: 1. Brandon Overton, 2. Michael Chilton, 3. Donald McIntosh, 4. Ashton Winger, 5. Dakotah Knuckles, 6. Jake Knowles, 7. Tommy Kerr, 8. David Crabtree, 9. Tanner English, 10. Robby Moses, 11. Cla Knight, 12. Bobby Giffin, 13. Stacy Boles, 14. Craig Greer.

RACE RESULTS

Schaeffer’s Oil Southern Nationals
Tuesday, July 16th

SUPER LATE MODELS
1. Brandon Overton # 2
2. Michael Chilton # 97
3. Donald McIntosh # 7m
4. Ashton Winger # 17
5. Dakotah Knuckles # 21k
6. Jake Knowles # 66
7. Tommy Kerr # 4t
8. David Crabtree # C5
9. Tanner English # 58
10. Robby Moses # 21
11. Cla Knight # 42
12. Bobby Giffin # 97
13. Stacy Boles # 11b
14. Craig Greer # 7g

LIMITED LATE MODELS
1. Cory Hedgecock # 23
2. Kyle Courtney # 171
3. Chase King # 44
4. Jordan Rodabaugh # 66
5. Ryan King # 30
6. Justin Owens # S23
7. Austin Neely # 3
8. Oliver Gentry # 03
9. Michael Rutherford # 18
10. Ellery Leake # 34
11. Travis Fultz # T0
12. Drew Kennedy # K37
13. Mitchell Childress # 2
14. Hunter Best # 007
15. Michael Price # 77
16. Jason Melton # 95
17. Rusty Webb # 22
18. David Crabtree # C5
19. Tod Hernandez # T6
20. Kelvin White # 00
21. Warren McMahan # 33
22. Drew Deaver # 12

SPORTSMAN LATE MODELS
1. Jake Whitehead # 116
2. Jed Emert # 98
3. Matt Tharp # 35
4. Bryan Cooper # 15
5. Jaylon Shannon # 22
6. Brandon Miller # 89
7. Jerry Moss # 23
8. Jason Sizemore # 22
9. Nick Perry # 19
10. Adam Pressley # 98w
11. Walls Ray # 16r
12. Thomas Clark # 41
13. Hunter Kerr # 40h
14. Kelvin White # 00
15. Joshua Sneed # 79
16. Adam Mitchell # 50

DID NOT START: Travis Reno (77)

PHOTO HIGHLIGHTS

RACE STORY

Overton Is Repeat Winner on Schaeffer’s Southern Nationals

By Brian McLeod

MARYVILLE, Tenn. (July 16) — Brandon Overton is known for his love of the top groove, running full bore against the outside wall in a delicate dance with disaster. He’s young, talented, and can daringly tease the wall with the best in the sport, and often does during the 80-100 races he has scheduled each season. His top-side antics are notable, and even complimented at times by the best drivers in the game.
Overton felt his car was good enough to run the bottom in a 35-lap Schaeffer’s Oil Southern Nationals Series (presented by Sunoco Race Fuels) event Tuesday night at Smoky Mountain Speedway, and chastised himself after the race for not trying that groove a little more during the $3,500 event. That could be classified as being a little hard on yourself, especially since Overton claimed his second victory in three races on the midsummer tour.
“The car was good down there, and I really should have run that groove a lot more than I did,” Overton said. “I hadn’t tried it much, but when I did I could tell the car was pretty good in the low groove.”
Approaching lapped traffic on the 23rd circuit, Overton set his sights on race-long leader Michael Chilton, and rode the outside groove past the Salvisa, Ky., driver as they threaded through the slower cars, with Chilton using the bottom and Overton utilizing the upper part of the track. Riding high, Overton sailed his machine into the lead with authority and never looked back en route to the checkered flag at the half-mile facility.
“This racing game can be fun when your stuff is right, and I’m having a pretty good time right now,” said Overton, who started from the outside of the second row in a 14-car starting field, scoring his 12th-career win on the tour. He finished second in the event he didn’t win, and holds the points lead after three events.
“We struggled a lot early in the season, but we’ve got our program turned around and it’s starting to really click for us,” Overton said. “Anybody who struggles a lot, or wants to learn a lot in a short period of time, should run this series. When you get done, you’ll have a way better understanding of everything you need to be doing. It’s good to race every night, because you end up working on your stuff for two straight weeks, and that makes a huge difference. I’m really glad we run this deal every year.”
Once he emerged as the leader, Overton drove to a 2.369-second victory, leaving Chilton with a runnerup finish over Donald McIntosh. Wheeling a Billy Franklin-owned No. 17 ride in the third round of the Ray Cook-promoted touring circuit, Ashton Winger placed fourth over Dakotah Knuckles.
“We got in that lapped traffic, and I didn’t do a good job, basically,” Chilton said. “He [Overton] had a good seat to watch, and he got around us when we were getting through those slower cars. The situation played in his favor, and I didn’t move around enough before he got there to find out more about where I should have been running. I felt like we maintained with him pretty good after he passed us, but that was too late. I took time off from work to come here tonight in the middle of the week and we made a little money here tonight, so I guess I shouldn’t complain too much.”
The touring series’ next event will be Thursday, July 18, at Toccoa (Ga.) Raceway.

Smoky Mountain finish: 1. Brandon Overton, 2. Michael Chilton, 3. Donald McIntosh, 4. Ashton Winger, 5. Dakotah Knuckles, 6. Jake Knowles, 7. Tommy Kerr, 8. David Crabtree, 9. Tanner English, 10. Robby Moses, 11. Cla Knight, 12. Bobby Giffin, 13. Stacy Boles, 14. Craig Greer.

RACE RESULTS

Schaeffer’s Oil Southern Nationals
Tuesday, July 16th

SUPER LATE MODELS
1. Brandon Overton # 2
2. Michael Chilton # 97
3. Donald McIntosh # 7m
4. Ashton Winger # 17
5. Dakotah Knuckles # 21k
6. Jake Knowles # 66
7. Tommy Kerr # 4t
8. David Crabtree # C5
9. Tanner English # 58
10. Robby Moses # 21
11. Cla Knight # 42
12. Bobby Giffin # 97
13. Stacy Boles # 11b
14. Craig Greer # 7g

LIMITED LATE MODELS
1. Cory Hedgecock # 23
2. Kyle Courtney # 171
3. Chase King # 44
4. Jordan Rodabaugh # 66
5. Ryan King # 30
6. Justin Owens # S23
7. Austin Neely # 3
8. Oliver Gentry # 03
9. Michael Rutherford # 18
10. Ellery Leake # 34
11. Travis Fultz # T0
12. Drew Kennedy # K37
13. Mitchell Childress # 2
14. Hunter Best # 007
15. Michael Price # 77
16. Jason Melton # 95
17. Rusty Webb # 22
18. David Crabtree # C5
19. Tod Hernandez # T6
20. Kelvin White # 00
21. Warren McMahan # 33
22. Drew Deaver # 12

SPORTSMAN LATE MODELS
1. Jake Whitehead # 116
2. Jed Emert # 98
3. Matt Tharp # 35
4. Bryan Cooper # 15
5. Jaylon Shannon # 22
6. Brandon Miller # 89
7. Jerry Moss # 23
8. Jason Sizemore # 22
9. Nick Perry # 19
10. Adam Pressley # 98w
11. Walls Ray # 16r
12. Thomas Clark # 41
13. Hunter Kerr # 40h
14. Kelvin White # 00
15. Joshua Sneed # 79
16. Adam Mitchell # 50

DID NOT START: Travis Reno (77)

PHOTO HIGHLIGHTS

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