In a weekend when the champions of the World of Outlaws Morton Buildings Late Model Series spent three days racing at three dirt tracks in three different states, two drivers would drive to some of the most impressive wins of the 2019 race season. It began with Chris Madden, who kicked off the weekend with a win alongside his teammate Scott Bloomquist at a packed Lavonia Speedway on Thursday night in Lavonia, GA and would up with a winning double header by Schaeffer’s Racing Oil’s own Brandon Overton at both Cherokee Speedway and 411 Motor Speedway in Gaffney, SC and Seymour, TN.
On opening night of this busy weekend, pole sitter Chris Madden lined up beside Rocket1 Racing’s rocket ship driver Brandon Sheppard at Lavonia, GA’s historic dirt track. From the drop of the green flag, Madden took off instantly, grabbing the lead into turn one with Brandon Sheppard hot on his tail. The two were quickly locked into a battle of their own, with Sheppard working the bottom lane trying to get underneath Madden in the middle.
Although Sheppard came close several times to pulling even with Madden, even after a restart at the halfway point of this race the World of Outlaws point leader never found the right move. In fact, one such move for the lead caused Sheppard to slip over the cushion and lose two spots to Bloomquist and Overton. His teammate cracked the whip with 15-to-go and caught the rear of the in-progress Bloomquist and Madden battle for the lead. Bloomquist hounded his teammate down low, while Madden stayed smooth in the middle to defend his lead. Overton entered the picture and tried every lane to get around the two teammates, but after several laps of inside-outside racing, he could not find a way around the leaders. A final restart with seven laps remaining allowed Madden to pull away with less than 5-to-go and take it all the way home for his first World of Outlaws win at Lavonia.
“This was an awesome win for both me and Team Zero,” said Madden. “It has been awesome to unite back with Scott Bloomquist, who has been a big help to me, and I feel like I have been the same to him and this team. I can’t wait to see what else we can accomplish this season.”
Although he missed out on a win during the World of Outlaws Morton Buildings Late Model Series first stop of the weekend, the next two races at Cherokee Speedway, in Gaffney, SC as well as 411 Motor Speedway, in Seymour, TN would give Brandon Overton a chance to earn back to back victories.
Beginning with Friday night’s race at Cherokee Speedway, Overton experienced the same type of race start as Thursday night’s victor. After starting on the pole for this 50 Lap feature, Overton took off in his Rocket Chassis and never looked back, leading all 50 laps to win his sixth World of Outlaws Morton Buildings Late Model Series Feature.
Although the driver they call “Big Sexy” faced pressure all race long from previous night’s winner Madden, his vigilance with his car on the restarts would give him his first win of the season.
“My car was right and doing its thing and it felt good,” said Overton. “As a result, I knew that I didn’t need to panic because we had this win in the bag.”
The final feature race of the weekend gave Overton a chance to repeat Friday night’s success. As the champions from the World of Outlaws Morton Buildings Late Model Series rolled into 411 Motor Speedway, in Seymour, TN for the final 50 Lap race, Overton took a top-5 start all the way to the race lead within the first 20 laps.
Despite increasing pressure from the likes of Darrell Lanigan and an equally hungry Rookie of the Year candidate Cade Dillard, Overton continued to race his line and sustained this lead the rest of the way, leading the final 34 laps in route to back to back Morton Buildings Feature wins as well as the seventh victory of his career.
“I have never competed at a racetrack like this one was on Saturday night,” said Overton. “This was a great place to race after our win on Friday night and I am so happy that my team worked as hard as they did to have us prepared for these challenging races.”
Despite both Madden and Overton’s impressive performances this weekend, Brandon Sheppard continues to lead the way in the points battle going into the final race of the 2019 season – the Can-Am World Finals at The Dirt Track at Charlotte. Stay tuned to RacingJunk.com for all your dirt racing coverage.