After a rather long hiatus, the champions of The World of Outlaws Morton Buildings Late Model Series were back for the start of the 2019 race season with a new sponsor and director and two Georgia drivers leading opening weekend charge at Screven Motor Speedway.
Night One of this weekend’s Winter Freeze IX event would give a driver known as “Big Sexy” the chance to prove his ability, from putting the hammer down to leading all 50 laps of the inaugural Morton Buildings Feature event and claiming his fourth career Series victory and his first with the Outlaws since June of 2017.
After qualifying sixth fastest out of 39 cars, Evans, Georgia native Brandon Overton sat on the pole for Heat 2 and led all 10 laps of this race, which would also lead him to the outside pole of Friday night’s race against polesitter Chase Junghans. Although it often takes drivers several laps to race for the lead, Overton and his Schaeffer’s Racing Oil No. 2 made the move for the lead on Lap 1 and never looked back for this team’s first win since Overton and Rum Runner Racing went public with their plans to team up with this new driver this season following former pilot Joey Coulter’s stepping down from his driving duties at the end of 2018.
“I just rolled off on the outside of that front row and just got the job done,” said Overton. “After this everything just fell our way. I am so excited about the start of this season and look forward to what is in store for the remainder of it.”
Much like Friday night’s race, the second night of The World of Outlaws Morton Buildings Late Model Series Winter Freeze IX event gave another Georgia native a chance to dominate his first feature race in over a year.
The driver known as “The Georgia Bulldog” qualified second overall out of 39 cars, won his heat race and redrew the pole for Saturday night’s Morton Buildings Feature. After dealing with long strings of lapped traffic, Shane Clanton and his No. 25 took the pressure and rolled with it to lead all 50-Laps of Saturday night’s feature and break a year-and-a-half winless streak.
“I guess it is lucky to get number one, but I think our car was good enough to pass anyone who tried to take this win away,” said Clanton. “This win is pretty special because we have changed some things on this ride and evidently we are going in the right direction.”
The champions from the World of Outlaws Craftsman Late Model Series return to racing action Feb. 13-16 at Volusia Speedway Park for the 48th Annual DIRTcar Nationals. Stay tuned to RacingJunk.com for all of your dirt racing coverage.