Overton Runs Down Richards At East Bay

Brandon Overton (116) charges under Josh Richards Wednesday night at East Bay Raceway Park. (Jim DenHamer photo)

GIBSONTON, Fla. — Brandon Overton took the lead from Josh Richards on lap 26 and led the remaining 14 laps to capture his first East Bay Raceway Park victory on Wednesday night.

The 42nd annual Wrisco Industries Winternationals presented by E3 Spark Plugs produced another spectacular feature, as the 40-lapper saw three different leaders and lots of action throughout the field.

Overton’s third Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series victory came over Josh Richards, Gregg Satterlee, Jonathan Davenport and Bobby Pierce.

Overton pilots the Chip Stone and Randy Weaver-owned Longhorn Chassis and started on the outside of the front row. He fell back to as far as fourth in the opening laps of the race, as a torrid battle between Jimmy Owens and Richards took place in front of him.

Owens led the first three laps, before relinquishing the top spot to Richards. Overton worked his way back into the top three as he passed Satterlee and then set his sights on Richards.

Overton chased down Richards, passing him for the lead. Richards and Satterlee tried to run down Overton late in the race, but Overton crossed the line first to give Longhorn Chassis back-to-back wins for the week.

Brandon Overton (Al Steinberg photo)

“I probably don’t have 100 laps total in racing at this track. We have had so much stuff go wrong in these two weeks,” Overton said. “We had to borrow an engine from Randy Clary just to run this week. This track changes so much, but it’s bad to the bone for sure. We nearly got Jonathan [Davenport] for the win last night and to start on the front row tonight I thought was going to help, but we lost some spots at the start.

“We were able to gain some ground on those guys up front and the cautions helped as well. I got underneath Josh [Richards] there a few times before I passed him. It’s great to finally get a win here! Again, we haven’t run here that much in the past, but I am really looking forward to the rest of the week.”

Richards tried to stay close to Overton but wound up holding off Satterlee for the runner-up position.

“We are going in the right direction,” Richards said. “Congratulations to Brandon on the win, he earned it. Our car was getting much better tonight as we keep tweaking on it. We should be really good by the end of the week when the points start back up.”

Satterlee had a solid run going on Tuesday night and was pleased with his third-place finish tonight.

“We had a good race car last night,” Satterlee said. “We didn’t get the finish we wanted, so we worked on some things today to make it better, and it was. I thought I could get under Josh for a moment, but to finish third with these guys, that says a lot. Thanks everyone who helps us out, we appreciate it.”

The finish:

Brandon Overton, Josh Richards, Gregg Satterlee, Jonathan Davenport, Bobby Pierce, Dennis Erb Jr., Billy Moyer Jr., Tyler Erb, Kyle Bronson, Darrell Lanigan, Jesse Stovall, Brandon Sheppard, Austin Hubbard, Devin Moran, Brian Shirley, Scott Bloomquist, Earl Pearson Jr., Hudson O’Neal, Timothy Culp, Mike Benedum, Shane Tankersley, Jimmy Owens, Mason Zeigler, Tim McCreadie, Don O’Neal, Boom Briggs.