WATCH REPLAY: King of the Commonwealth at VMS
The win did not come easily, however. Overton fell back in the field in the early stages, conserving his tires and equipment in the 60-lap feature for a late charge. However, even Overton believed he may have given up too much at the start of the race.
“I sure know how to make it hard on myself,” said Overton in victory lane. I was sitting in a pretty good spot, and I had a game plan. I was just going to sit there and take it easy for a little bit. I got back to about eighth or ninth and said, ‘Damn, I’ve really screwed this up.’ My car was really good. I just kept the tires on it and made sure I didn’t wad it up when I fell back a little bit.”
With the win, Overton has won $90,000 across Virginia Motor Speedway’s last three marquee Dirt Late Model events. While the track’s 2020 season was lost due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Overton won the $20,000 USA 100 and the $50,000 FASTRAK World Championship in 2019.
I love this place, man. I love racing here. I always seem to do good. There was a lot of pressure going into this weekend, there were a lot of good cars here. I’m just really fortunate to drive good race cars for good people.
Behind Overton were a pair of drivers who originally didn’t even plan to make the trip to Jamaica, Virginia. With the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series cancelling a weekend doubleheader at 411 Motor Speedway and Talladega Short Track due to concerns stemming from fuel shortages from the Colonial Pipeline disruption, defending champion Jimmy Owens led a plethora of series regulars who made the trek to Virginia.
Owens would finish second to Overton, making the most of the last-minute decision but falling short of the $20,000 prize.
“It was definitely last-minute,” said Owens. “We didn’t know what we were going to do, take the weekend off. I actually forgot about this race here, then I was like, ‘Maybe we can capitalize on $20,000-to-win.’
“The car was really great tonight. We probably just went a little too hard, too early. We had a pretty good car at the end, but not as good as Brandon’s. Hats off to him, he had a great weekend.”
A pair of Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series regulars completed the podium, with Jimmy Owens finishing second and Josh Richards coming home third.
Another Lucas Oil regular, Josh Richards, finished third after making the long haul to Virginia for the King of the Commonwealth.
“I drove 985 miles to get here. I just can’t thank these guys enough. I hadn’t been here in 10 years. We had a pretty good car there. I was hoping to get by G.R. [Smith] earlier, we might have been able to ride it out a little bit. I think I got my tire hot and couldn’t fire good enough on those restarts. I was next to Brandon and then Jimmy. I was able to hold on to third there.”
The ULTIMATE Super Late Model Series will take a weekend off before returning to Cherokee Speedway on May 30 for the Big Chief Fifty, paying $7,500 to win.
-Story by: Zach Evans, Speed51 Content Supervisor – Twitter: @ztevans
-Photo credit: Speed51 Photo / Brandon Zumbach
Unofficial Results – King of the Commonwealth
- Brandon Overton
- Jimmy Owens
- Josh Richards
- Tim McCreadie
- Gregg Satterlee
- Zack Mitchell
- Ross Robinson
- Tyler Bare
- Ethan Wilson
- Cla Knight
- Jeff Smith
- Dennis Franklin
- Walker Arthur
- Brian Ledbetter
- Anthony Sanders
- Jason Covert
- G.R. Smith
- Trever Feathers
- Ben Watkins
- Jamie Lathroum
- Dustin Mitchell
- Corey Gordon
- Ross Bailes
- Derick Quade