WAYNESVILLE, GA — The Rhino Ag Super Bowl of Racing – Presented by General Tire kicked off the 2017 Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series season on Friday night at Golden Isles Speedway.
When race leader Billy Moyer Jr. left the main event with 13 laps to go, Brandon Overton inherited the top spot and went on to win his first career Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series event.
Overton held off fellow Longhorn Chassis driver Tim McCreadie in the Sweeteners Plus entry at the finish. Jimmy Owens ran third in the E3 Spark Plugs, R&W Motorsports, Rocket Chassis. Completing the top five were Brandon Sheppard and Jonathan Davenport.
“I hate it for little Billy, but sometimes that stuff happens. We will take it any way we can get it. You never know what’s going to happen at the end of a race at this place. I want to thank Chip Stone, Randy Weaver, and all my sponsors for making this possible. This is a great way to start our season,” said Overton.
“It’s great to win here in my home-state. There was a really good crowd here tonight – the most I think I have ever seen here on a Friday Night. We look forward to coming back tomorrow night and getting our team another win. Thanks to Longhorn Chassis, Cornett Racing Engines, Mission Transport, CrossFit by Overton, Outlaw Racing Southeast, and A.F. Stone Professional Medical Services.”
McCreadie was beginning to gain on Overton when the final caution of the race flew with six laps to go. On the restart, Overton pulled away to get the win.
McCreadie was happy with his second-place run.
“I have no tread left on the right rear tire. There wasn’t any use in pushing it at the end. He [Overton] pulled away, but I am sure he probably didn’t have any tires left as well. This is a good start for the points. We have been working hard and it paid off here tonight. Let’s just hope we can keep doing this and be more consistent this year.”
Owens also got his season off to a good start with his third-place finish. “We are really happy with the car, we switched Durham Racing Engines this year and it was good tonight. I know the track crew worked hard on the track. I hope that after tonight, this momentum continues for the rest of the season.”
Completing the top ten were Josh Richards, Darrell Lanigan, Boom Briggs, Devin Moran, and Jason Fitzgerald.
In preliminary action, Billy Moyer Jr. set the overall Miller Welders Fast Time (Group A) amongst the 51 entrants, with a lap of 15.423 seconds. Donald McIntosh set the fastest time in Group B with a time of 15.560 seconds. Billy Moyer Jr., Brandon Overton, Jimmy Owens, Josh Richards, Darrell Lanigan and Tim McCreadie won their respective heat races. Rick Eckert and Frank Heckenast Jr. won their respective B-Mains.
-Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series Press Release. Photo credit: Richard Barnes
Feature Finish (50 Laps):
|FINISH||START||CAR #||DRIVER NAME||HOMETOWN||EARNINGS|
|1||3||116||Brandon Overton||Evans, GA||$10,000|
|2||6||39||Tim McCreadie||Watertown, NY||$5,500|
|3||5||20||Jimmy Owens||Newport, TN||$3,500|
|4||9||1S||Brandon Sheppard||New Berlin, IL||$2,750|
|5||7||49||Jonathan Davenport||Williamson, SC||$2,250|
|6||2||1R||Josh Richards||Shinnston, WV||$1,800|
|7||4||14||Darrell Lanigan||Union, KY||$1,500|
|8||12||99B||Boom Briggs||Bear Lake, PA||$1,300|
|9||11||9||Devin Moran||Dresden, OH||$1,200|
|10||14||7F||Jason Fitzgerald||Middleburg, FL||$1,100|
|11||8||7m||Donald McIntosh||Dawsonville, GA||$1,075|
|12||25||1||Earl Pearson, Jr.||Jacksonville, FL||$350|
|13||19||7||Rick Eckert||York, PA||$1,025|
|14||16||30K||Ryan King||Seymour, TN||$1,000|
|15||21||22*||GR Smith||Statesville, NC||$950|
|16||18||91||Tyler Erb||New Waverly, TX||$925|
|17||26||15||Steve Francis||Bowling Green, KY||$200|
|18||15||B1||Brent Larson||Lake Elmo, MN||$875|
|19||20||99JR||Frank Heckenast, Jr.||Frankfort, IL||$850|
|20||13||5||Don O’Neal||Martinsville, IN||$825|
|21||22||38||Kenny PettyJohn||Millsboro, DE||$800|
|22||24||28E||Dennis Erb, Jr.||Carpentersville, IL||$800|
|23||10||87||Ross Bailes||Clover, SC||$800|
|24||17||101||Casey Roberts||Toccoa, GA||$800|
|25||1||21JR||Billy Moyer, Jr.||Batesville, AR||$900|
|26||23||0||Scott Bloomquist||Mooresburg, TN||$800|