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    Overton Edges Erb at the Finish to Win Finale at East Bay

    Brandon Overton – Heath Lawson photo

    TAMPA, FL (May 27, 2020) – Brandon Overton squeezed by race-leader Tyler Erb coming off turn four winning the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series event for the second night in a row. With the wild night of racing, East Bay Raceway Park lived up to its reputation on Wednesday Night.

     

    In a thrilling ending to the series’ Reopening Tour, Overton came out of nowhere to edge Erb, denying the Texan [Erb] his first Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series win of the season. Mason Zeigler made it a three-car tussle in the closing laps as he finished third after regaining the lead momentarily until Erb got back around him after the two made contact coming out of turn four on the white flag lap.

     

    Zeigler was followed by Jimmy Owens and Devin Moran. Owens was awarded a $5,000 check from Riggs Drilling Solutions as the Tennessee racer topped the Reopening Tour points the last two weeks of racing at Golden Isles and East Bay. The tour resumed its 2020 racing season for the first time since February and is looking forward to welcoming back fans in June.

     

    Erb quickly moved from his third starting spot to take the lead on the opening lap. Erb was then hounded by Zeigler, who started fifth and took the lead away from him on lap six. It would be the only lap that Zeigler would officially lead as Erb regained the top spot a lap later.

     

    Erb then battled through lapped traffic opening up some distance between himself and the second and third-place runners Zeigler and Overton. In the final 15 laps Zeigler and Overton went back-and-forth in the race behind Erb. Zeigler then caught Erb in the final handful of laps but slipped back to third after contact with Erb. Overton then got by Zeigler and caught Erb on the final lap as the two raced to the checkers with Overton barely edging out the Texan at the finish line.

     

    Overton was elated in his third trip to in Lucas Oil Victory Lane in his career at East Bay and his sixth career series win, in what turned out to be a fast and furious race. “When I got into third, I saw Tyler and Mason racing each other so hard. I was trying to bide my time and I figured let them burn their stuff up and maybe I would come back to them,” said the 29-year-old from Evans, Georgia.

     

    “That strategy worked out in our favor, I got to move around a lot when I was behind them. That is what helped me win the race in three and four when I got back under Tyler. That was a heck of a race. My crew busted their tails all week and we have a really good car under us. Thanks to David and Eric Wells for putting me in top notch equipment. I just want to make them proud.”

     

    Erb led 38 of the 40 laps and looked to be in control of the race until the last five laps, as first Zeigler and then Overton made for an exciting finish. “I could hit three and four just right for a long time, but in the last ten laps or so I was just kind of hanging. When Zeigler drove across one and two and I lifted, and I turned underneath him in three and four and he didn’t lift, that kind of got us bottled up. I was trying to get my momentum built up and I saw Brandon got underneath me in two and I beat him into three and four and I couldn’t slow down fast enough like I needed to, and he beat me to the line.”

     

    Zeigler was looking for third career win at East Bay but came home in third. “The car was good, the longer the race went on the better I felt like we were getting. I was just waiting and watching the flags in the last ten laps and just waiting for the right time and I took the lead there and I should have protected my line more, it is what it is. I should have got down a little further. We’ll take a third, so we had a good finish.”

     

    The winner’s Wells Motorsports Longhorn Chassis is powered by a Clements Racing Engine and sponsored by Allstar Concrete, Crossfit Overton, Big Dog Stump and Tree, R.W. Powell, Convenient Lube, Top Notch Graphics, Penske Shocks, Dirt Mafia, EZ Go, and Sunoco Race Fuels.

     

    Completing the top ten were Rick Eckert, Tim McCreadie, Tanner English, Stormy Scott, and Hudson O’Neal.

    Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series
    Race Summary
    GEICO East Bay Nationals – presented by Brandon Ford
    Wednesday, May 27th, 2020
    East Bay Raceway Park – Tampa, FL

    Lucas Oil Time Trials
    Fast Time Group A: Jimmy Owens / 14.541 seconds
    Fast Time Group B: Brandon Overton / 14.265 seconds (overall)

    Penske Race Shocks Heat Race #1 Finish (10 Laps, Top 4 Transfer): 1. 20-Jimmy Owens[1]; 2. 25Z-Mason Zeigler[3]; 3. 9-Devin Moran[5]; 4. 21-Billy Moyer Jr[6]; 5. 50-Shanon Buckingham[2]; 6. 311-Ken Monahan[4]; 7. 20B-Todd Brennan[8]; 8. 3S-Brian Shirley[7]

    FK Rod Ends Heat Race #2 Finish (10 Laps, Top 4 Transfer): 1. 1T-Tyler Erb[2]; 2. 25-Shane Clanton[3]; 3. 81E-Tanner English[1]; 4. 40B-Kyle Bronson[6]; 5. 49-Jonathan Davenport[4]; 6. 89-GR Smith[5]; 7. 33J-Jeff Mathews[7]

    Simpson Race Products Heat Race #3 Finish (10 Laps, Top 4 Transfer): 1. 76-Brandon Overton[1]; 2. 39-Tim McCreadie[2]; 3. 6S-Blake Spencer[4]; 4. 16-Tyler Bruening[3]; 5. 111-Steven Roberts[6]; 6. 71-Hudson O’Neal[7]; 7. F15-Jeremy Conaway[5]

    Ohlins Shocks Heat Race #4 Finish (10 Laps, Top 4 Transfer): 1. 0E-Rick Eckert[1]; 2. 14-Josh Richards[3]; 3. 2S-Stormy Scott[2]; 4. 1-Earl Pearson Jr[4]; 5. 7-Ross Robinson[6]; 6. 29-Larry Grube[5]; 7. (DNF) 91S-Blake Naylor[7]

    Tiger Rear Ends B-Main #1 Finish (12 Laps, Top 6 Transfer): 1. 49-Jonathan Davenport; 2. 7-Ross Robinson; 3. 89-GR Smith; 4. 50-Shanon Buckingham; 5. 33J-Jeff Mathews; 6. 71-Hudson O’Neal; 7. 20B-Todd Brennan; 8. 311-Ken Monahan; 9. F15-Jeremy Conaway; 10. (DNS) 29-Larry Grube

    Lucas Oil Feature Finish (40 Laps):

    Pos Start Car # Competitor Hometown Pay
    1 2 76 Brandon Overton Evans, GA $7,000
    2 3 1T Tyler Erb New Waverly, TX $5,700
    3 5 25Z Mason Zeigler Chalk Hill, PA $2,500
    4 1 20 Jimmy Owens Newport, TN $9,300
    5 9 9 Devin Moran Dresden, OH $3,700
    6 4 0E Rick Eckert York, PA $1,400
    7 6 39 Tim McCreadie Watertown, NY $3,800
    8 11 81E Tanner English Benton, KY $3,400
    9 12 2S Stormy Scott Las Cruces, NM $2,650
    10 22 71 Hudson O’Neal Martinsville, IN $3,300
    11 13 21 Billy Moyer Jr Batesville, AR $3,250
    12 15 40B Kyle Bronson Brandon, FL $3,200
    13 16 1 Earl Pearson Jr Jacksonville, FL $2,475
    14 7 25 Shane Clanton Zebulon, GA $3,150
    15 20 50 Shanon Buckingham Morristown, TN $2,425
    16 17 49 Jonathan Davenport Blairsville, GA $3,400
    17 19 89 G.R. Smith Statesville, NC $2,375
    18 8 14 Josh Richards Shinnston, WV $3,150
    19 21 33J Jeff Mathews Brandon, FL $825
    20 24 311 Ken Monahan Lakeland, FL $800
    21 10 6S Blake Spencer St Augustine, FL $800
    22 14 16 Tyler Bruening Decorah, IA $2,300
    23 23 3S Brian Shirley Chatham, IL $3,000
    24 18 7 Ross Robinson Georgetown, DE $800

     

    Race Statistics

    Entrants: 29

    Lap Leaders: Tyler Erb (Laps 1 – 5); Mason Zeigler (Lap 6); Tyler Erb (Laps 7 – 39); Brandon Overton (Lap 40)
    Wrisco Feature Winner: Brandon Overton
    Margin of Victory: 0.206 seconds
    Cautions: Mason Zeigler, Blake Spencer, Ross Robinson, Tim McCreadie, Josh Richards (Lap 1); Tyler Erb (Lap 1); Jonathan Davenport, Blake Spencer, Ken Monahan, Kyle Bronson (Lap 1); Brian Shirley (Lap 5)
    Series Provisionals: Brian Shirley
    Fast Time Provisional: Ken Monahan
    Series Emergency Provisionals: n/a
    Big River Steel Podium Top 3: Brandon Overton, Tyler Erb, Mason Zeigler
    Optima Batteries Hard Charger of the Race
    : Hudson O’Neal (Advanced 12 Positions)
    Midwest Sheet Metal Spoiler Challenge Point Leader: Tim McCreadie
    Allstar Performance Most Laps Led: Tyler Erb (38 Laps)
    Sunoco Race for Gas Highest Finisher: Brandon Overton
    Eibach Springs Rookie of the Race: n/a
    ARP Engine Builder of the Race:
    Miller Welders Chassis Builder of the Race: Longhorn ChassisClements Racing Engines
    Outerwears Crew Chief of the Race: Kent Fegter (Brandon Overton)
    Dirty Girl Racewear Fastest Lap of the Race: Mason Zeigler (Lap #6 – 15.478 seconds)
    STEEL-IT Tough Break of the Race: Tim McCreadie
    PFC Brakes Pole Award: Jimmy Owens
    Time of Race: 27 minutes 02 seconds

    Lucas Oil Championship Point Standings:

    Pos Car # Competitor Hometown Points Pay
    1 39 Tim McCreadie Watertown, NY 2380 $46,650
    2 20 Jimmy Owens Newport, TN 2325 $40,900
    3 49 Jonathan Davenport Blairsville, GA 2285 $48,750
    4 9 Devin Moran Dresden, OH 2230 $31,982
    5 40B Kyle Bronson Brandon, FL 2180 $33,475
    6 1T Tyler Erb New Waverly, TX 2180 $31,750
    7 25 Shane Clanton Zebulon, GA 2155 $27,850
    8 14 Josh Richards Shinnston, WV 2045 $29,175
    9 21 Billy Moyer Jr Batesville, AR 1930 $20,025
    10 3s Brian Shirley Chatham, IL 1865 $19,375
    11 81E Tanner English Benton, KY 1790 $13,700
    12 71 Hudson O’Neal Martinsville, IN 1720 $14,675
    13 1 Earl Pearson Jr Jacksonville, FL 1665 $13,900
    14 50 Shanon Buckingham Morristown, TN 1635 $15,675
    15 22* G.R. Smith Statesville, NC 1590 $11,525
    16 1s Brandon Sheppard New Berlin, IL 1585 $40,700
    17 16 Tyler Bruening Decorah, IA 1580 $10,100
    18 2S Stormy Scott Las Cruces, NM 1525 $11,275
    19 76 Brandon Overton Evans, GA 1395 $33,400
    20 25z Mason Zeigler Chalk Hill, PA 1360 $26,700


    Riggs Drilling Solutions Reopening Tour Points:

    Pos Car # Competitor Hometown Points
    1 20 Jimmy Owens Newport, TN 1340
    2 39 Tim McCreadie Watertown, NY 1230
    3 49 Jonathan Davenport Blairsville, GA 1210
    4 25 Shane Clanton Zebulon, GA 1205
    5 40B Kyle Bronson Brandon, FL 1200
    6 76 Brandon Overton Evans, GA 1135
    7 1T Tyler Erb New Waverly, TX 1130
    8 9 Devin Moran Dresden, OH 1115
    9 14 Josh Richards Shinnston, WV 1110
    10 0E Rick Eckert York, PA 1065

    *Results are unofficial until Close of Business on the Tuesday following Race Day*

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