FAYETTEVILLE, N.C. — Kyle Bronson battled to retake the lead from Brandon Overton on lap 44 and cruised to his second career Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series victory on Thursday night at Fayetteville Motor Speedway.
With the win, Bronson becomes the 10th different winner this season on the tour. A healthy crowd was on hand for the Dunn-Benson Ford Wayne Gray Sr. Memorial presented by GETSCO.
Trailing Bronson and Overton across the finish line were Tyler Erb, Hudson O’Neal, and Jonathan Davenport. Bronson is also the fifth different winner in the five appearances by Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series at Fayetteville.
Erb led the first 12 laps of the race until Davenport forged ahead on the thirteenth circuit. Davenport held the lead over Bronson until lap 31 when Bronson took over the point. Overton led one lap until Bronson raced back around him for good with six laps remaining.
It was a big week for Bronson as he celebrated his 29th birthday on Tuesday and picked up the victory in his first-ever appearance at Fayetteville.
“I have had a really good car the last few months, but we don’t have the results to show for it,” Bronson said. “With all the bad luck we have had, we showed how fast of a car we have tonight. I let JD [Davenport] get the lead and I was kicking myself about how I let him by.”
Overton in the Rum Rummer Racing, Rocket Chassis finished second as he and his team were competing with heavy hearts after the passing of crew member Billy Vacek.
“It’s been a tough week with Billy’s passing. I am going to try so hard like I did tonight to get a win for him this weekend,” Overton said. “Our hats are off to Kyle for the win. I led a lap and then he got back around me. He [Bronson] did a really good job. I really wanted to get that win for Billy. I guarantee you the fans got their money’s worth tonight. I am looking forward to Cherokee tomorrow night.”
Erb continued a string of impressive runs with his third-place finish.
“We got the lead early, but the more the race went on, the crazier it got,” Erb said. “Kyle did a good job, especially on the restarts. I think we were about three-wide for a second. We finished and I don’t know how. We have two more nights of racing so we have to work on it some more to get this car better. Congrats to Kyle, he is one of my best buddies, we travel up and down the road together and I am really happy for him.”
Kyle Bronson, Brandon Overton, Tyler Erb, Hudson O’Neal, Jonathan Davenport, Josh Richards, Devin Moran, Dustin Mitchell, Jimmy Owens, Michael Brown, Earl Pearson Jr., Shanon Buckingham, Billy Moyer Jr., Don O’Neal, Tim McCreadie, James Parker, Stormy Scott, Chris Ferguson, Daulton Wilson, Donald Bradsher, Billy Greenhill, Dale Arnold, Willie Milliken, Scott Bloomquist.