Brandon Overton boasts plenty of success at Cherokee Speedway (SC) on his resume, including major wins with both national Dirt Late Model tours and in the Blue-Gray 100. This weekend, Overton hopes to add a March Madness trophy to his Cherokee collection.
The Georgia native is always one to watch when he pulls into “The Place Your Mama Warned You About.” Last year, Overton won the Mike Duvall Memorial when the World of Outlaws Late Models visited Gaffney, South Carolina.
Overton joined Speed51’s “The Bullring” to discuss the venue ahead of this weekend’s running of March Madness for the Southern All Stars.
While Overton is always quick around Cherokee Speedway, he admits that there’s no way to know what kind of racing to expect on Sunday, March 1. Depending on how the track is prepared and the weather conditions going into the event, the racing there can vary dramatically.
“It just depends on what kind of weather they get and how they prepare the race track,” Overton explained. “Sometimes, qualifying is really important and you need to be in the first couple of rows. Other times, it doesn’t matter where you start. You can start in the back and race your way to the front. If Gaffney’s right, it’s probably the best track you can go to.”
Not only can the track differ greatly from one day to the next, it will also undergo many changes over the course of Sunday’s racing. With 60 laps on the docket for the Southern All Star Dirt Racing Series event, a mixture of speed and finesse will be necessary to take the win.
“Early, definitely, you can get after it and watch them go around there wide-open,” Overton stated. “What makes it finesse is usually you have to race 50, 60, 100 laps and it gets hard on tires.
“All day you’re mashing it to the floorboard and then when the money is on the line, you’re being as steady as you can. A 30-lapper at night would be a lot different than what we’re going to do on Sunday.”
No matter what kind of racing Sunday brings, Overton knows fans will pack the venue and bring an extra level of energy to one of the major events early in the year for Dirt Late Models.
“It’s one of the tracks you go to where the fans are so into it. The stands are packed. I enjoy it every time we go.”
While plenty of fans will make the trip to Cherokee Speedway and we encourage everyone to show up and fill the grandstands for the race, Speed51 will have a live broadcast of the event for fans unable to attend. Further details regarding the broadcast will be announced later this week.
During his interview on “The Bullring,” Overton also discussed his 2020 plans, including a planned return to the FASTRAK World Championship after winning $50,000 at that event last year. To see the interview in full, watch the archived episode of “The Bullring” by clicking here.
“The Bullring” airs every Monday starting at 7 a.m. ET from Studio 51 in Concord, North Carolina. Fans can watch each week on Speed51 or Speed51’s Facebook Feed presented by Five Star Race Car Bodies.
-Story by: Zach Evans, Speed51 Content Supervisor – Twitter: @ztevans
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