Brandon Overton Grabs $30,000 Firecracker

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Brandon Overton (116) battles Mike Marlar Saturday night at Pennsylvania's Lernerville Speedway. (Julia Johnson photo)

SARVER, Pa. — Brandon Overton claimed the biggest win of his career as he parked in victory lane after leading every lap of the 11th annual Firecracker 100 at Lernerville Speedway Saturday evening.

“Man I tell you what, I come here and get my first Outlaw win and then I get the biggest win of my career,” said Overton. “I just can’t thank my boys enough. I crashed the crap out of this thing earlier today and my boys fixed it up, and tuned it up, and we put ourselves in position to win. This is a dream come true.”

Overton claimed his first-ever Outlaw win during his sophomore season with the Series at the preliminary event for the 10th annual Firecracker 100. His win in 2016 was dedicated to his father’s commitment to helping him to reach that point in his career.

Just one year later, Overton was able to put the cherry on top of his experience at Lernerville Speedway with a $30,000 payday.

Mike Marlar and Tim McCreadie were looking to capitalize on any mistakes made by the young gun, but Overton’s run was faultless. With just nine laps remaining in the show, only .429 seconds stood between Marlar and Overton but the Randy Weaver 116 Dream Ride was able to hold him off.

Brandon Overton in victory lane at Lernerville Speedway. (Julia Johnson photo)

“There really wasn’t a lot of room there to pass him but I was right under him a lot of times,” said Marlar. “They had one little sweet spot on the track and I tip-toed to the left of it and to the right of it but I just couldn’t make anything happen out there.”

Although Marlar couldn’t complete his pass for the lead, he was able to pass McCreadie for second on lap 37.

“I know it’s not easy,” said McCreadie. “I know these two guys up here [Overton and Marlar] made it look easy but it’s not easy. I’m thankful I have a good ride.”

McCreadie sustained a late race charge by Don O’Neal who found his way to contend for the podium with just a few laps to go.

G.R. Smith’s first ever visit to Lernerville Speedway ended victorious as he won the Uncle Sam race and $3,000. Smith out ran Boom Briggs in second by 2.961.

“It’s not the one we wanted to win and we hate that we missed the big show but it’s not a bad night,” said Smith. “We came a long way from Charlotte, N.C. to race up here and it’s great to see a dirt track with all of these people here. It’s great to come up and race in front of you guys and I’m honored to do so.”

Brandon Sheppard won Saturday afternoon’s preliminary feature.

The finish:

Brandon Overton, Mike Marlar, Tim McCreadie, Don O’Neal, Chris Madden, Dale McDowell, Russ King, Brandon Sheppard, Mike Norris, Chub Frank, Shane Clanton, Devin Moran, Chase Junghans, Gregg Satterlee, Rick Eckert, Eric Wells, Tyler Erb, Frank Heckenast Jr., Joey Coulter, Morgan Bagley, Alex Ferree, Jared Miley, Kyle Bronson, Mason Zeigler, Matt Lux, Darrell Lanigan, Scott Bloomquist.