With Mother Nature drowning out racing Saturday all around the Tennessee Valley and southern region, Georgian Brandon Overton of Evans pocketed $50,000 Saturday night at Deer Creek Speedway with the Lucas Oil Dirt Late Model series presented by Napa Auto Parts, MavTV and Floracing.
Swapping the lead three times with New York's Tim McCreadie and Tennessean Mike Marlar, the "Overton Crossfit" Longhorn pilot held off a hard charging Chris Madden of South Carolina thanks to a late race caution with three laps remaining.
Madden, going for an additional $25,000 payday for agreeing to start 12th instead of 2nd, fell one position shy finishing in the runner-up spot. McCreadie would finish third and regain the LODLM points lead, heading in to Missouri next Thursday with the series. Marlar and Canadian Ricky Weiss rounded out the top five finishers.
Jonathan Davenport of Blairsville also took the $25,000 challenge, giving up his pole position starting spot to start 11th in the feature race. Unfortunately the "Million Dollar Superman" could only gain two spots, finishing 9th overall. Jimmy Owens of Newport, Tn. raced to third, before dropping off the pace due to a flat tire. He'd finish 16th overall. Lucas Oil points leader heading into Saturday's race, Brandon Shepard of Illinois finished 20th, allowing McCreadie to top the standings.
Monday and Tuesday the XRSS series host a pair of $20,000 to win Super Late Model races in Stuart, Ia.
For complete details of the race visit LucasDirt.com. MavTV will be reairing the broadcast of the Gopher 50 race Sunday.