Overton is a former winner in both of Virginia’s signature Super Late Model events, the King of the Commonwealth and the USA 100. He also won the $50,000 FASTRAK World Championship at the Jamaica, Virginia facility in 2019. He’ll be looking for another big win this weekend in the King of the Commonwealth.
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Overton is looking forward to returning to Virginia Motor Speedway on Saturday, recognizing both his level of success at the track as well as the incredible facility there.
“I haven’t been to too many races that I really enjoy going to this year,” Overton told Speed51. “It’s a place I always like going to. I always run decent up there, and it’s one of the coolest places we go in terms of the facility and the race track there. There’s honestly nothing I don’t like about it.”
The ULTIMATE Super Late Model Series was unable to race at Virginia Motor Speedway in 2020 due to COVID-19 regulations. Thus, Overton is the series’ most recent winner at VMS, coming in a thrilling photo-finish with Rick Eckert at the 2019 USA 100.
That win is still a special one for Overton, coming just days after the passing of crewman Billy Vacek and against one of his good racing friends.
That was a special race to me, period. It was right after we lost Billy and it’s one of my favorite race tracks. Me and Eckert are real good buddies, so to race with him for the win in it, like I said a long time ago, you couldn’t have scripted it any better.
As Overton thought more and more of the big races he has won at Virginia, he started to realize that he’ll likely be one of the favorites going into Saturday’s $20,000-to-win race.
“I didn’t really think about it, I just enjoy going over there. We have won some big races over there. It’s putting a little pressure on me, I better keep it going.”
There’s also been pressure to continue his strong start to the 2021 season, which included a stretch of five wins between late January and early March. After a disappointing close to the month of April, Overton went back to basics last weekend at Smoky Mountain Speedway and came away with a second-place finish.
Honestly, that’s what I did last weekend. We did good at Speedweeks and won some races. We came home and won some races. These last couple of weeks, we haven’t been slow but stuff has been happening that people probably aren’t aware of. It doesn’t matter if you’re fast and finish 17th, or you just run 17th, you still finished 17th.
“We haven’t really done good the last couple of weeks. Last weekend at Smoky Mountain, we ran second to Jimmy, which was really good. We put 15 seconds on third place, he was just a little bit better than me. Honestly, we just went back to our baseline, what got us winning in the first place, and started back over.”
“I haven’t been to Natural Bridge, but we’re going there Friday and then Virginia on Saturday. We’ll use Friday to get into a rhythm and then Saturday will be all business to try and get another big win.”
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-Story by: Zach Evans, Speed51 Content Supervisor – Twitter: @ztevans
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