Overton Wins Mountain Moonshine Classic at Smoky Mountain Speedway

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Overton had to hold off Brandon Sheppard, Jimmy Owens, and Josh Richards in the closing laps to win the 60-lap event. Earl Pearson Jr. completed the top five drivers.

Sheppard took the early lead of the race and held the point until Overton was able to mount a charge and catch him. Overton briefly cleared Sheppard heading down the backstretch, but Sheppard was able to get by Overton at the start-finish line. Overton was not finished, he squeezed by on the bottom to take the lead on lap 27. Meanwhile, Owens caught up to Sheppard and the two drivers ran side-by-side for the second spot. The last 30 laps were spectacular as Richards started making up distance on the top three. Overton began battling heavy traffic and things got interesting for the top position late in the race. As the laps wound down, Owens yielded the second spot to Sheppard who cut dramatically into Overton’s lead with five laps to go. Overton was able to work enough distance between himself, Sheppard, and Owens to come home with the win.

Podium finishers: Brandon Sheppard, Brandon Overton, and Jimmy Owens.

In Lucas Oil Victory Lane for the third time in four races, Overton was happy the race was over. “I just wanted the race to be done. I didn’t know where they were at. I saw so many people on that backstretch some were saying go high or go low and I did not know where to go. I could see him [Sheppard] on the bottom, but I am just fortunate to drive for an awesome group of people. We have had a lot of bad luck, and we have got a fast race car. Thank you to all the fans for coming out tonight. I was excited to see all these people here especially on the backstretch, it’s awesome to come here and see all of these fans. If I am going to win one it’s great to do this in front of this crowd. If the fans don’t come to see us then we don’t have a job.”

Brandon Sheppard.

Sheppard was in the hunt the entire distance at Smoky Mountain and came home in second. “That was a lot of fun out there. It was a good race between Brandon and Jimmy and me. Overton came out on top tonight. He [Overton] did a really good job and Jimmy did too. I hate leading that early in a race. We were really good on the bottom and then I caught lapped traffic and at some point, I knew they would move up the track. The track got to be pretty even across the surface, and it made for some great racing.”

Devin Moran.

Owens completed the weekend with another podium finish and maintains the top spot in the championship point standings, “That was a heck of a show! I enjoyed being a part of it. I wish we had been like a car length up further. Everybody got to swapping the lead back-and-forth a little bit. These guys will race you clean and that’s the way it should be.”

Jonathan Davenport.

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

The rest of the top ten finishers were Dale McDowell, Rick Weiss, Cory Hedgecock, Tyler Erb, and Kyle Hardy.

Josh Richards.

Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series Race Summary:

Mountain Moonshine Classic, Sunday, June 13th, 2020. Smoky Mountain Speedway – Maryville, Tennessee.

Lucas Oil Time Trials
Fast Time Group A: Brandon Sheppard / 16.459 seconds
Fast Time Group B: Jimmy Owens / 16.418 seconds (overall)

Penske Race Shocks Heat Race #1 Finish (10 Laps, Top 4 Transfer): 1. 1S-Brandon Sheppard[1]; 2. 14-Josh Richards[2]; 3. 23H-Cory Hedgecock[3]; 4. 40B-Kyle Bronson[4]; 5. 4T-Tommy Kerr[5]; 6. 88M-Skylar Marlar[8]; 7. 26JR-Jimmy Sharpe[6]; 8. 21M-Robby Moses[7]; 9. 7B-Brian Smith[9]; 10. (DNS) 1V-Vic Hill

FK Rod Ends Heat Race #2 Finish (10 Laps, Top 4 Transfer): 1. 76-Brandon Overton[1]; 2. 7M-Donald McIntosh[5]; 3. 7W-Ricky Weiss[2]; 4. 21-Billy Moyer Jr[7]; 5. J27-Jay Scott[6]; 6. C5-David Crabtree[8]; 7. 9-Devin Moran[10]; 8. 329-Travis Fultz[9]; 9. 1G-Ryan King[4]; 10. 17-Logan Roberson[3]

Simpson Race Products Heat Race #3 Finish (10 Laps, Top 4 Transfer): 1. 20-Jimmy Owens[1]; 2. 1-Earl Pearson Jr[3]; 3. 8-Kyle Strickler[5]; 4. 79-Kyle Hardy[2]; 5. 50-Shanon Buckingham[6]; 6. 25-Shane Clanton[7]; 7. 23-John Blankenship[9]; 8. 16-Tyler Bruening[4]; 9. 2S-Stormy Scott[8]; 10. 17E-Kurt English[10]

Ohlins Shocks Heat Race #4 Finish (10 Laps, Top 4 Transfer): 1. 39-Tim McCreadie[1]; 2. 17M-Dale McDowell[5]; 3. 81E-Tanner English[8]; 4. 71-Hudson O’Neal[3]; 5. 1T-Tyler Erb[4]; 6. 49-Jonathan Davenport[6]; 7. 2H-Nick Hoffman[7]; 8. 22F-Chris Ferguson[2]; 9. 31-Tyler Millwood[9]

Ricky Weiss and Stormy Scott.

Tiger Rear Ends B-Main #1 Finish (12 Laps, Top 3 Transfer): 1. 4T-Tommy Kerr[1]; 2. J27-Jay Scott[2]; 3. 21M-Robby Moses[7]; 4. 88M-Skylar Marlar[3]; 5. 17-Logan Roberson[12]; 6. 26JR-Jimmy Sharpe[5]; 7. 329-Travis Fultz[8]; 8. 7B-Brian Smith[9]; 9. C5-David Crabtree[4]; 10. (DNS) 9-Devin Moran; 11. (DNS) 1G-Ryan King; 12. (DNS) 1V-Vic Hill

FAST Shafts B-Main #2 Finish (12 Laps, Top 3 Transfer): 1. 1T-Tyler Erb[2]; 2. 50-Shanon Buckingham[1]; 3. 16-Tyler Bruening[7]; 4. 49-Jonathan Davenport[4]; 5. 2S-Stormy Scott[9]; 6. 2H-Nick Hoffman[6]; 7. 31-Tyler Millwood[10]; 8. 23-John Blankenship[5]; 9. 22F-Chris Ferguson[8]; 10. 25-Shane Clanton[3]; 11. 17E-Kurt English[11]

Lucas Oil Feature Finish (60 Laps): 

1. (3) #76 Brandon Overton Evans, GA $15,000; 2. (1) #1S Brandon Sheppard New Berlin, IL $6,500; 3. (2) #20 Jimmy Owens Newport, TN $4,400; 4. (5) #14 Josh Richards Shinnston, WV $3,800; 5. (6) #1 Earl Pearson Jr Jacksonville, FL $3,300; 6. (8) #17m Dale McDowell Chickamauga, GA $1,900; 7. (11) #7w Ricky Weiss Headingley, MB $1,700; 8. (9) #23H Cory Hedgecock Loudon, TN $1,600; 9. (18) #1T Tyler Erb New Waverly, TX $2,250; 10. (14) #79 Kyle Hardy Stephens City, VA $1,500; 11. (20) #50 Shanon Buckingham Morristown, TN $1,450; 12. (4) #39 Tim McCreadie Watertown, NY $2,100; 13. (23) #49 Jonathan Davenport Blairsville, GA $2,350; 14. (7) #7M Donald McIntosh Dawsonville, GA $1,300; 15. (13) #40B Kyle Bronson Brandon, FL $1,900; 16. (15) #21 Billy Moyer Jr Batesville, AR $1,800; 17. (10) #8 Kyle Strickler Mooresville, NC $1,000; 18. (12) #81E Tanner English Benton, KY $1,800; 19. (22) #16 Tyler Bruening Decorah, IA $1,000; 20. (26) #2S Stormy Scott Las Cruces, NM $100; 21. (25) #25 Shane Clanton Zebulon, GA $800; 22. (17) #4T Tommy Kerr Maryville, TN $1,000; 23. (24) #9 Devin Moran Dresden, OH $1,700; 24. (19) #J27 Jay Scott Taft, TN $1,000; 25. (21) #21M Robby Moses Maryville, TN $1,000; 26. (16) #71 Hudson O’Neal Martinsville, IN $1,700.

Limited Late Models:

Austin Neely set fast time in the limited late model division to grab the pole for the feature race. Jesse Lowe joined Neely on the front row for the race. When the green flag waved, Neely shot to the lead going into turn 1. But Neely’s car washed up the track and allowed Kyle Courtney to slide underneath and grab the lead coming off turn 2. A bottleneck in turn 1 two laps later allowed Taylor Puckett, Bobby Giffin, and Cory Hedgecock to join the battle for second and third place. Lowe and Chase King moved past Neely while King, Puckett, and Giffin were all able to get past Neely. Courtney felt no pressure from Lowe in the closing laps to win the race with Lowe and King rounding out the top 3.

Limited Late Models A-Feature: 1. Kyle Courtney #171; 2. Jesse Lowe #5j; 3. Chase King #44; 4. Taylor Puckett #28; 5. Bobby Giffin #97; 6. Austin Neely #3; 7. Aaron Guinn #97; 8. Mack McCarter #51; 9. Mike Price #77; 10. Perry Delaney #77; 11. Kris Pauley #B54; 12. Tyler Price #7; 13. Jerry Green #14; 14. Buddy Ball #40; 15. Cory Hedgecock #23; 16. David Crabtree #C5; 17. Trevor Parker #26; 18. Kip Cochran #55; 19. Wade Howerton #115; 20. Tod Hernandez #T6.

DNS: Jason Manley (32)

Fastest Qualifier: Austin Neely + $150
Hard Charger: Mike Price + $100

Sportsman Late Models:

Jed Emert took the early lead in the sportsman late model feature. An intense battle took place behind Emert for second between Brandon Miller, Jake Whitehead, and Kyle Courtney. Miller would eventually secure second place until spinning late in the race. That moved Whitehead into second on the restart. Whitehead worked the bottom to find a way around Emert but could not move alongside enough to grab the lead. Emert took the win over Whitehead and Courtney.

Sportsman Late Models A-Feature:  1. Jed Emert #98; 2. Jake Whitehead #116; 3. Kyle Courtney #16r; 4. Adam Mitchell #50; 5. Kip Sawyer #44; 6. Joshua Sneed #79; 7. Warren McMahan #33; 8. Bryan Cooper #15; 9. Brandon Miller #89; 10. Joe Bray #76; 11. Quincy Adams #32; 12. David Singleton #19; 13. Brad Seagle #31; 14. Richard Bailey #41; 15. Jason Wyres #18; 16. Jeff McLemore #EZ1; 17. Nicholas Shelton #9.

DNS: Robbie Chancellor (31)

Fastest Qualifier: Brandon Miller + $100
Hard Charger: Adam Mitchell + $100

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Bobby grew up in the heart of Illinois, becoming an avid dirt track race fan which has developed into a life long passion. Taking a break from the Midwest dirt tracks to fight evil doers in the world, he completed a full 21 year career in the Marine Corps.
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