Overton Breaks Through At Modoc
MODOC, S.C. — Brandon Overton just needed the final few laps to get the job done at Modoc Raceway.
The Appling, Ga., driver captured his first-career Schaeffer’s Oil Southern Nationals Series by Old Man’s Garage victory Thursday and became the 27th different winner when he overtook race leader Brent Dixon on lap 33 and never looked back in route to the $3,500 payday.
Overton drove to the victory in the Troy Baird owned, Baird Transport and Elite Concrete sponsored Clements Racing Engines powered Bloomquist Race Car.
“This car has been just so good since we got in it, I went out west and raced two weeks, I can’t thank Troy Baird enough, all these fans, it’s good to be back home and to get one in front of everybody,” said Overton after his big victory.
Overton talked about his run in the final laps with Dixon and the pass on the outside.
“I finally rolled him, you know, it’s about time, we’ve been working hard, I can’t thank Cody Mallery, my little brother, he’s my new tire man, and my family, everybody that supports me enough, like I say Troy Baird, I couldn’t do it without him,” Overton went on to say.
Dennis Franklin and Dixon brought the field of 22 to life with Dixon grabbing the early lead. Caution would fly after one lap complete as second place runner Franklin and Chris Madden made contact on the back-chute sending Madden racing towards the turn three wall. Madden would go to the work area and come back and tag the tail for the restart and work his way up to finish seventh in the final rundown.
On the third lap, Vic Hill went over the turn two embankment and brought out the yellow flag. The next yellow would fly on the 28th circuit for debris on the back stretch. The final yellow would wave on lap 32 as Craig Vosbergen shred his right-rear tire and slowed on the main straightaway.
Brandon Overton, Brent Dixon, Dennis Franklin, Casey Roberts, Billy Ogle Jr., Eric Jacobsen, Chris Madden, Ivedent Lloyd Jr., Donald McIntosh, Stacy Boles, Anthony Burroughs, Austin Smith, G.R. Smith, Scott Shirley, Vic Hill, Craig Vosbergen, Anthony Sanders, Kenny Collins, Frank Coates, Tony Knowles, Jordy Nipper, Aaron Ridley.