Brandon Overton rallies from flat tire to victory at National 100 – FloRacing | CarTailz

PHENIX CITY, Alabama — Brandon Overton started and finished first at the National 100 on Saturday, but that fact doesn’t tell the story of his second straight win in the marquee super late model event at East Alabama Motor Speedway.

Thanks to a flat tire on lap 23 — as well as his younger brother, Cody Overton — the 31-year-old superstar earned every penny of his $30,000 first-place check.

After scouting for new rubber while battling with his brother for the lead, Overton charged through the pack to regain command from Cody on lap 54 and was off the road thereafter. He kept his brother in check before crossing the finish line 0.985 seconds ahead of Tyler Erb of New Waverly, Texas.

2022 National 100 at East Alabama Motor Speedway

“They made me work for it,” said Overton, who led laps 1-9 and 22-23 before stopping with a flat tire at turn three. “We had to go back to the back, stay out of the wrecks and boy our (Wells Motorsports Longhorn) car was just… I’ve had a good one here before but this beats it. It would drive around there like a go-kart.

“Hats to my crew, they worked their ass off all weekend working on this thing. You made my job easy.”

Joseph Joiner of Milton, Fla., who won the 2020 National 100, moved up to third place on Round 93 and held that position. Wil Herrington of Hawkinsville, Georgia, who won the 604 Crate Late Model Feature earlier in the day, finished fourth after working his way up to second place early in the race, and JR Moseley of Columbus, Georgia, completed the top five.

Cody Overton of Evans, Georgia, who celebrated his 24th birthday on Oct. 18, moved up from eighth on the grid and led laps 10-21 and 24-53 before retiring on lap 83 and finishing 12th. He dropped from second to fifth on a lap 76 restart and slowed seven laps later after losing oil pressure in his Benji Cranford-owned Barry Wright Race Car.

However, before his heartbreaking departure, Cody Overton gave his nationally known brother all he could take. He broke into second place on lap eight and two laps later he slipped past Brandon to take command behind the wheel of a car he wasn’t able to drive until Thursday night when Cody a crew member picked up the machine from Cranford’s Georgia shop let fetch.

Cody’s strength surprised Brandon.

“I told him what tires to put on before I went out and he said, ‘Ah, I probably won’t be that good anyway,'” Brandon said. “But obviously he put on the right tires. He might have won that thing.”

Brandon ran second behind Cody on laps 10-14 and 47-53 — and the whole time he eyed Cody’s rear spoiler, he was smiling inside his helmet.

“He’s doing so well, he’s trying so hard,” Brandon said of Cody. “I was just watching him (Lead) and I know how that feels. I used to be him, so it was a proud Big Brother moment, you could say.”

Brandon eventually worked his way past his less experienced brother to finally take the lead on lap 54. He wished Cody could have stayed behind him to the checkered flag, but he knows Cody was delighted with the laps he spent dueling for the top spot.

“I’m sure he won’t forget it,” Brandon said. “I know how much it means to my parents to see us both races, to be out there on the same track and both to be at the front. That’s pretty awesome.”

Cody didn’t speak to his brother much after the race, but Brandon gave him a pat on the shoulder during their brief meeting.

“He said I did so well… he was happy for me and we’re going to have it fixed,” Cody said after his first career start in the National 100 headliner. “I didn’t even care about the money, I just wanted to overtake him. Hopefully one day we can (beat Brandon).”

Cody dreams of taking on his brother’s glittering resume, which includes 14 wins and over $600,000 in earnings as of Saturday. The triumph was his second of the season in East Alabama — capturing the Schaeffers Spring Nationals-sanctioned Jimmy Thomas Memorial on May 7 for a $10,053 payday — and made him the 11th other rider to finish the National 100 since won at least twice since he was born in 1975.

“There are a lot of them that I’ve looked up to,” Brandon said of his name on the National 100 winners list. “I remember sitting in those stands and watching guys like Randle Chupp shooting around in here. It is great. This is one of my favorite racetracks. It means a lot to me just growing up here.

“Everyone here is doing a great job trying to rebuild (EAMS). I hope everyone will come to support it next year. They’re doing everything they can and I appreciate that.”

Tyler Erb, who had started fourth in his Best Performance Motorsports Rocket car, was chasing Brandon Overton from second place for the final 24 laps of the race. The 25-year-old never fell more than 2 seconds back but couldn’t make a serious effort for the lead.

“I definitely didn’t want to take an early lead, then I kind of found the rubber riding with Jimmy (Owens for a top five spot),” said Erb, who only started at the National 100 in 2019. also resulted in second place. “I was like, ‘Okay, just hang in there.’ I thought Brandon pitted or something when he went off the backstretch there (on lap 23). I tried to stay in front of him for as long as possible (when Overton got back in contention) and then when he finally got past me there I gave him two good chances on lap 80. And with five to go I tried running really hard but I just couldn’t keep up with him.

“I had to stay in front of (Brandon) because he was definitely going to be the car to beat.”

The 29-year-old joiner started 17th in his first start in a Longhorn car that his family-run Hunt the Front team recently added to his stable. He cracked the top 5 on a restart on lap 76 and reached his final finishing position of third on lap 93.

“I think maybe we were a little too hard with rubber,” Joiner said. “I just picked it a bit wrong and didn’t have the right balance.

“For the first weekend in this race car I think we have a good piece to build on. We take third place. It looked pretty tough there in the first quarter of the race. I sure wondered about that, but we got back up there, took a few breaks and some things went our way.

Notes: Brandon Overton was only the fourth rider to win the National 100 in consecutive years, alongside Scott Bloomquist (1993-94, 2001-03), Rick Eckert (2004-05) and Jeff Purvis (1982-83). … The list of riders with multiple National 100 wins that Overton has joined includes Bloomquist with a record eight wins; Eckert and Purvis (three); and Bobby Thomas, Freddy Smith, Randle Chupp, Dale McDowell, Chris Madden, Jonathan Davenport and Jimmy Owens (two). … Owens had No. 27 Larry Harrods in fourth place on lap 59 when he retired with terminal problems. He was credited with a 15th place finish. … World of Outlaws Case Late Model Series champion Dennis Erb Jr. was in eighth place by lap 17 when he retired.

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