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Driving the Wells Motorsports No. 76 Crossfit Overton/ Allstar Concrete/ Longhorn Chassis by Wells/ Clements Racing Engine-powered Super Late Model, Overton became the first driver in history to ever win four events in row on the tour.
Starting the home-state swing at Senoia (Ga.) Raceway, Overton set the bar in time trials with a 12.684 second lap. Rolling off on the pole for the feature, Brandon dropped back to third on the initial green flag as fellow front-row starter Chris Madden set the pace.
Closing in on Madden late, Overton took advantage of the leader’s mistake on lap 31 to capture his 11th win of the season and a $3,500 payday. Madden, Steven Roberts, Michael Page, and Joseph Joiner trailed him to the checkers in the 35-lap affair.
“That right there was fun,” said Overton. “Once I got by Mark for second, I was just trying to ride and figure out where I could make time on Chris and was waiting until we got to some traffic to make a move.”
For the sixth round of the 12-race miniseries, Overton was one of 27 cars on hand at Needmore Speedway (Norman Park, Ga.) on Friday afternoon. Charging to a 10-lap heat race victory over John Henderson, Brandon locked into the third-starting position for the A-Main.
Overtaking Donald McIntosh amid lapped-traffic on lap 37, Overton led the remainder of the 53-lapper to record his 12th win of the season over McIntosh, John Baker, Michael Page, and Pearson Lee Williams. He earned a $10,053 payday for the triumph.
Stuck behind McIntosh in the track’s low groove as the laps counted down, Overton was waiting for the leaders to reach traffic that would slow McIntosh enough to allow him to make a move to the outside. “I’ve made a lot of laps around this place in a Crate car and other stuff, so I kind of knew that I could pull it off,” said Overton. “I had moved up there and felt it earlier in the race and I knew it was there. I was just waiting. I knew as soon as we’d get to the first lapped car, I was gonna blast it.”
On Saturday night at Screven Motor Speedway (Sylvania, Ga.), Brandon timed in third fastest in his group before picking up a 10-lap heat race win. Leading flag-to-flag in the 53-lap feature, Overton strolled to the $10,053 top prize. He topped Mark Whitener, Ross Bailes, Chris Madden, and Cla Knight at the line.
“I’m just down here doing my thing,” Overton said of his home-state win streak. “I grew up racing down here, so I guess I’m just more relaxed at these tracks. I do better when I more relaxed.”
Closing out the weekend, Overton was one of 21 cars on hand at Cochran (Ga.) Motor Speedway on Sunday. Scoring the second fastest time in his group behind Ross Bailes, Brandon locked into the third-starting position for the main event.
Jumping ahead of Bailes and Madden for the lead following a caution on the fourth lap, Overton soared to his fourth win in as many nights over Madden, Bailes, Michael Page, and John Baker. Tallying his 14th win of the season, Brandon collected a $3,500 payday.
“I rode around for a little bit just trying to move around and see what I had to work with,” Overton said of the race's opening laps. “I had already hit the bottom down there in one and two and it felt really good. When (Madden) chose the outside (for the restart), I knew I could probably get a good run.
“My car’s just been good. We’ve had no distractions. Nothing’s been breaking and we haven’t tore anything up. We’ve been able to just focus on making our car go fast."
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Sam Hafertepe, Jr. Races To Sixth Victory Of 2020
Bryan Hulbert - OSBORN, Mo. (July 21, 2020) Racing to win No. 6 on the season, Sam Hafertepe, Jr.'s latest triumph came with the Lucas Oil American Sprint Car Series presented by the MAVTV Motorsports Network on the high-banks of U.S. 36 Raceway on Friday night.
Battling in the early laps with Harli White and Blake Hahn for the lead after starting fourth on the field, Hafertepe traded the point with White several times before taking it on Lap 9 and proceeded to fend off Blake Hahn through the remainder of the A-Feature.
"Last year we missed the show at U.S. 36, so this year, we went in with an open mind, and we basically kept with a decision not to change the car from what we've been doing, and it's been working. We haven't changed the torsion bars in four weeks, we're running things we don't usually run, and it's working. Tracks have been going in our favor, and I was happy to redeem ourselves at that place.
Following that up with a runner-up finish after leading early on at Knoxville Raceway, Hafertepe's extended his run of podium finishes to three during the Saturday test session.
"We weren't as good in the 410 the last time we went, so we worked off of what we found there on Saturday because you still have to run the 'H' Tire on the Left Rear," stated Hafertepe. "It's not the same as the 360, but it got us to a point where we kind of knew more what to do, and I feel like we'll be better at Knoxville going forward. Not just in the 360, but in the 410 also.
Taking lessons back to the famed half-mile, Sam will wheel the Hills Racing/Champion Brands No. 15h in 410 competition this weekend at Knoxville Raceway.
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2020 Season to Date:
Events: 34; Wins -6; Top 5 - 10; Top 10 - 18; Top 20 - 22;
July 25 - Knoxville Raceway (Knoxville, Iowa) w/410cid
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McIntosh and BMS Happy Georgia Races are Over
MARYVILLE, Tenn. (Jul 21) After Donald McIntosh and the BMS Team found their car problem at Needmore Speedway and scored a second place finish the next two races at Screven and Cochran Motor Speedways were not what they wanted on needed them to be.
At Screven on Saturday night they qualified fastest in Group B, finished second in their heat, started sixth and finished 11th. It was their worst finish in the first eight races of the 12 race Southern National Series.
“Car is better we just need to get our act together and make better calls on tweaking it and better choices on tires,” said David Bryant.
Sunday night at Cochran it was a slick one lane surface. They started sixth and finished sixth.
“Slick one groove race track and we put on a soft tire to see if we could get past a couple cars on the start, but that didn’t work out. So Donald didn’t have any other choice but to ride around for the rest of it. We have four tracks coming up that we have run well at so if we can make some better decisions we should be fine,” concluded Bryant.
Tonight the racing will be at Tri-County Race Track in Brasstown, NC. After taking Wednesday off racing will resume at Crossville on Thursday, 411 on Friday and the Finale on Saturday at Tazewell.
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BMS races Rocket XR1 Chassis. Power is provided by Vic Hill Racing Engines with Dyer’s Top Rods, Driven Racing Oil, Waterman Fuel Pumps, VP Race Fuels and starting power from Go Lithium batteries. Gauges and wiring harnesses from QuickCar. Carbon Fiber drive shafts from Fastshafts. The shocks are Penske Racing Shocks with chassis and suspension components from TWM, Brakes from Wilwood and springs from Hyperco. Tires are Hoosier Performance Tires from Hoosier Tires South.
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West Jr. Heading to I-30 Speedway This Saturday After Strong Start to Rookie Season
Inside Line Promotions - ATOKA, Tenn. (July 21, 2020) - It hasn't taken long for Jeffrey West Jr. to adapt to 360ci winged sprint cars.
West Jr. spent a dozen years racing karts before climbing into the 305ci sprint car ranks in 2018. He transitioned to 360s this season and only four races into his rookie campaign has already captured attention.
"That first race of the season was at the Greg Hodnett Memorial (hosted by Riverside International Speedway in West Memphis, Ark.)," he said. "I was able to win the heat race. I started fifth in the A Main and was able to get to fourth within the first lap or two. I rode there for 10 or 11 laps. We had a midway caution. A few laps after restarting we got into traffic and I was able to take the lead. With four laps to go a red flag came out. After we fired back up the motor started sputtering and we ran out of fuel on the restart.
"Going into that race if you told me I'd be leading or in contention to win I'd have said you're crazy. I was going out there to get experience. That's what this whole year is about. I was able to adjust to it fast. I can't complain about much."
Although he didn't get the ultimate result he wanted - West Jr. finished a career-best seventh - the 18-year-old who graduated from high school in May surprised people with how quickly he was a contender. West Jr. has made four starts this season and he nearly added a second top 10 during his most recent start when he won a heat race and placed 11th in the feature during his second career start with the Lucas Oil ASCS National Tour.
"It's changed the outlook of the season in a way," he said. "At first we were looking to make shows. Now we're talking about competing for wins. It steps the intensity level up.
"I feel a lot more comfortable in a 360 having that much more power. The car drives a lot different. The 360 is more free. It drives how I envision a sprint car should drive."
West Jr. anticipates he will compete in approximately two dozen races this season, focusing mostly on regional competition with the ASCS Mid-South Region and USCS Series. His next race is this Saturday at I-30 Speedway in Little Rock, Ark., with the ASCS Mid-South Region.
SEASON STATS -
4 races, 0 wins, 0 top fives, 2 top 10s, 2 top 15s, 4 top 20s
UP NEXT -
Saturday at I-30 Speedway in Little Rock, Ark., with the ASCS Mid-South Region
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