Overton Wins in Wild Finish at East Bay


Brandon Overton. (Michael Boggs Photo)

May 27, 2020 at East Bay Raceway Park ($7,000 to win)


(Recap By Tyson Graves)


Wednesday night was the finale for the reopening tour of the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series at East Bay Raceway Park. In the first 5 races of the mini-series it produced 5 different winners. Would we see a repeat winner or an new winner on Wednesday night was the question.


In qualifying Group A Jimmy Owens was fast time with a lap of 14.541 seconds. Group B and overall fast qualifier was Brandon Overton with a lap of 14.265 seconds. This set the field for four heat races to determine the starting line up for the finale at East Bay.


Heat race one went to Jimmy Owens with Brandon Overton as runner up. Second generation drivers Devin Moran and Billy Moyer Jr finished third and fourth. Shanon Buckingham and Brian Shirley were involved in a lap one crash were they both took hard hits that sent them both to the pits and scrambling to get back up cars ready for the B-main.


In the second heat Tyler Erb was the first to see the checkerd flag. Georgia driver Shane Clanton second, Tanner English third and Kyle Bronson took the final transfer spot.


Third heat went to Tuesday night winner Brandon Overton with points leader Tim McCreadie second. Blake Spencer and Tyler Bruening took the other two transfer spots.


The final heat went to veteran driver Rick Eckert as he held off Josh Richards for the win. Stormy Scott came home third and Earl Pearson Jr fourth.


In the lone B-Main for the night Jonathan Davenport dominated taking the lead on lap one and not looking back. Davenport won by eight seconds over Ross Robinson. GR Smith, Shanon Buckingham, Jeff Matthews and Hudson O'Neal all moved on to the feature event.


Jimmy Owens and Brandon Overton led the field to green for the 40 lap feature event. On the start a big pile up off turn four including Josh Richards, Tim McCreadie, Ross Robinson, Shanon Buckingham, Shane Clanton & Blake Spencer would make for a shake up on the restart. All cars were able to continue with McCreadie, Richards & Clanton all going to the hot pit and having to go to the tail for the restart.


One the first lap Tyler Erb went from third to first after Overton spun his tires on the start. On lap two caution came out again as the 40B of Kyle Bronson came to a stop on the top of Jonathan Davenport. Blake Spencer also involved and had to stop in the hot pit area to get things looked over. Kyle Bronson went to the hot pit as well to get things checked out and returned to the track. Jonathan Davenport had a lot of damage and after looking things over and a new air cleaner returned to the track as the green flag waved.


On the restart Tyler Erb jumped out to the lead over Jimmy Owens. Mason Zeigler moved up to third. On lap 6 the yellow came out again as Brian Shirley came to a stop on the back stretch.


On the lap 7 restart Mason Zeigler got around Tyler Erb for one lap before Tyler muscled it back on lap 8. Tyler never looked back as he drove away from the field and never had much of a challenge from the rest of the field until the final few laps.


Mason Zeigler took the lead away from Tyler Erb with three laps to go. The two traded sliders on both ends of the track and they made contact coming to two to go. This allowed third place running Brandon Overton to close in. Tyler Erb got his challenge as Overton took the lead away as they took the white flag. Tyler gave Brandon the cross over in turn two and the two were neck in neck down the back straightaway. Erb in the high line and Overton on the bottom as they came off turn four. For the second night in a row Brandon Overton came home with the win in dramatic fashion.


Mason Zeigler rounded out the podium. Jimmy Owens and Devin Moran rounded out the top five. With his fourth place finish Jimmy Owens picked up the $5,000 Reopening tour points title. The series will look to resume action in a couple weeks at Cherokee Speedway on June 12th.


Feature

1 2 Brandon Overton Evans, GA 76

2 3 Tyler Erb New Waverly, TX 1T

3 5 Mason Zeigler Chalk Hill, PA 25Z

4 1 Jimmy Owens Newport, TN 20

5 9 Devin Moran Dresden, OH 9

6 4 Rick Eckert York, PA 0E

7 6 Tim McCreadie Watertown, NY 39

8 11 Tanner English Benton, KY 81E

9 12 Stormy Scott Las Cruces, NM 2S

10 22 Hudson O'Neal Martinsville, IN 71

11 13 Billy Moyer Jr Batesville, AR 21

12 15 Kyle Bronson Brandon, FL 40B

13 16 Earl Pearson Jr Jacksonville, FL 1

14 7 Shane Clanton Zebulon, GA 25

15 20 Shanon Buckingham Morristown, TN 50

16 17 Jonathan Davenport Blairsville, GA 49

17 19 G.R. Smith Statesville, NC 89

18 8 Josh Richards Shinnston, WV 14

19 21 Jeff Mathews Brandon, FL 33J

20 24 Ken Monahan Lakeland, FL 311

21 10 Blake Spencer St Augustine, FL 6S

22 14 Tyler Bruening Decorah, IA 16

23 23 Brian Shirley Chatham, IL 3S

24 18 Ross Robinson Georgetown, DE 7


B-Main 1

1 - Jonathan Davenport Blairsville, GA 49

2 - Ross Robinson Georgetown, DE 7

3 - G.R. Smith Statesville, NC 89

4 - Shanon Buckingham Morristown, TN 50

5 - Jeff Mathews Brandon, FL 33J

6 - Hudson O'Neal Martinsville, IN 71

7 - Todd Brennan Zanesville, OH 20B

8 - Ken Monahan Lakeland, FL 311

9 - Jeremy Conaway Springfield, IL F15

DNS - Larry Grube Mauldin, SC 29


Heat 1

1 1 Jimmy Owens Newport, TN 20

2 3 Mason Zeigler Chalk Hill, PA 25Z

3 5 Devin Moran Dresden, OH 9

4 6 Billy Moyer Jr Batesville, AR 21

5 2 Shanon Buckingham Morristown, TN 50

6 4 Ken Monahan Lakeland, FL 311

7 8 Todd Brennan Zanesville, OH 20B

8 7 Brian Shirley Chatham, IL 3S


Heat 2

1 2 Tyler Erb New Waverly, TX 1T

2 3 Shane Clanton Zebulon, GA 25

3 1 Tanner English Benton, KY 81E

4 6 Kyle Bronson Brandon, FL 40B

5 4 Jonathan Davenport Blairsville, GA 49

6 5 G.R. Smith Statesville, NC 89

7 7 Jeff Mathews Brandon, FL 33J


Heat 3

1 1 Brandon Overton Evans, GA 76

2 2 Tim McCreadie Watertown, NY 39

3 4 Blake Spencer St Augustine, FL 6S

4 3 Tyler Bruening Decorah, IA 16

5 6 Steven Roberts Sylvester, GA 111

6 7 Hudson O'Neal Martinsville, IN 71

7 5 Jeremy Conaway Springfield, IL F15


Heat 4

1 1 Rick Eckert York, PA 0E

2 3 Josh Richards Shinnston, WV 14

3 2 Stormy Scott Las Cruces, NM 2S

4 4 Earl Pearson Jr Jacksonville, FL 1

5 6 Ross Robinson Georgetown, DE 7

6 5 Larry Grube Mauldin, SC 29

7 (DNF) 7 Blake Naylor Sardinia, OH 91S


Group A Time Trials

1 1 Jimmy Owens Newport, TN 20 14.541

2 9 Tanner English Benton, KY 81E 14.737

3 12 Shanon Buckingham Morristown, TN 50 14.793

4 3 Tyler Erb New Waverly, TX 1T 14.808

5 2 Mason Zeigler Chalk Hill, PA 25Z 14.837

6 6 Shane Clanton Zebulon, GA 25 14.870

7 11 Ken Monahan Lakeland, FL 311 14.874

8 14 Jonathan Davenport Blairsville, GA 49 14.888

9 8 Devin Moran Dresden, OH 9 14.981

10 10 G.R. Smith Statesville, NC 89 14.987

11 7 Billy Moyer Jr Batesville, AR 21 15.011

12 5 Kyle Bronson Brandon, FL 40B 15.058

13 13 Brian Shirley Chatham, IL 3S 15.102

14 15 Jeff Mathews Brandon, FL 33J 15.180

15 4 Todd Brennan Zanesville, OH 20B 15.368


Group B Time Trials

1 12 Brandon Overton Evans, GA 76 14.265

2 1 Rick Eckert York, PA 0E 14.469

3 11 Tim McCreadie Watertown, NY 39 14.678

4 14 Stormy Scott Las Cruces, NM 2S 14.759

5 2 Tyler Bruening Decorah, IA 16 14.770

6 13 Josh Richards Shinnston, WV 14 14.874

7 7 Blake Spencer St Augustine, FL 6S 14.899

8 8 Earl Pearson Jr Jacksonville, FL 1 14.969

9 4 Jeremy Conaway Springfield, IL F15 15.084

10 5 Larry Grube Mauldin, SC 29 15.092

11 3 Steven Roberts Sylvester, GA 111 15.115

12 9 Ross Robinson Georgetown, DE 7 15.117

13 10 Hudson O'Neal Martinsville, IN 71 15.130

DNS - Blake Naylor Sardinia, OH 91S 15.130


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