Overton Edges Erb At Finish To Win Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series Finale At East Bay

Story By: LUCAS OIL LATE MODEL DIRT SERIES – TAMPA, FL – Brandon Overton squeezed by race-leader Tyler Erb coming off turn four winning the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series event for the second night in a row. With the wild night of racing, East Bay Raceway Park lived up to its reputation on Wednesday Night.

In a thrilling ending to the series’ Reopening Tour, Overton came out of nowhere to edge Erb, denying the Texan [Erb] his first Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series win of the season. Mason Zeigler made it a three-car tussle in the closing laps as he finished third after regaining the lead momentarily until Erb got back around him after the two made contact coming out of turn four on the white flag lap.

Zeigler was followed by Jimmy Owens and Devin Moran. Owens was awarded a $5,000 check from Riggs Drilling Solutions as the Tennessee racer topped the Reopening Tour points the last two weeks of racing at Golden Isles and East Bay. The tour resumed its 2020 racing season for the first time since February and is looking forward to welcoming back fans in June.

Erb quickly moved from his third starting spot to take the lead on the opening lap. Erb was then hounded by Zeigler, who started fifth and took the lead away from him on lap six. It would be the only lap that Zeigler would officially lead as Erb regained the top spot a lap later.

Erb then battled through lapped traffic opening up some distance between himself and the second and third-place runners Zeigler and Overton. In the final 15 laps Zeigler and Overton went back-and-forth in the race behind Erb. Zeigler then caught Erb in the final handful of laps but slipped back to third after contact with Erb. Overton then got by Zeigler and caught Erb on the final lap as the two raced to the checkers with Overton barely edging out the Texan at the finish line.

Overton was elated in his third trip to in Lucas Oil Victory Lane in his career at East Bay and his sixth career series win, in what turned out to be a fast and furious race. “When I got into third, I saw Tyler and Mason racing each other so hard. I was trying to bide my time and I figured let them burn their stuff up and maybe I would come back to them,” said the 29-year-old from Evans, Georgia.

“That strategy worked out in our favor, I got to move around a lot when I was behind them. That is what helped me win the race in three and four when I got back under Tyler. That was a heck of a race. My crew busted their tails all week and we have a really good car under us. Thanks to David and Eric Wells for putting me in top notch equipment. I just want to make them proud.”

Erb led 38 of the 40 laps and looked to be in control of the race until the last five laps, as first Zeigler and then Overton made for an exciting finish. “I could hit three and four just right for a long time, but in the last ten laps or so I was just kind of hanging. When Zeigler drove across one and two and I lifted, and I turned underneath him in three and four and he didn’t lift, that kind of got us bottled up. I was trying to get my momentum built up and I saw Brandon got underneath me in two and I beat him into three and four and I couldn’t slow down fast enough like I needed to, and he beat me to the line.”

Zeigler was looking for third career win at East Bay but came home in third. “The car was good, the longer the race went on the better I felt like we were getting. I was just waiting and watching the flags in the last ten laps and just waiting for the right time and I took the lead there and I should have protected my line more, it is what it is. I should have got down a little further. We’ll take a third, so we had a good finish.”

The winner’s Wells Motorsports Longhorn Chassis is powered by a Clements Racing Engine and sponsored by Allstar Concrete, Crossfit Overton, Big Dog Stump and Tree, R.W. Powell, Convenient Lube, Top Notch Graphics, Penske Shocks, Dirt Mafia, EZ Go, and Sunoco Race Fuels.

Completing the top ten were Rick Eckert, Tim McCreadie, Tanner English, Stormy Scott, and Hudson O’Neal.

Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series
Race Summary
GEICO East Bay Nationals – presented by Brandon Ford
Wednesday, May 27th, 2020
East Bay Raceway Park – Tampa, FL

Lucas Oil Time Trials
Fast Time Group A: Jimmy Owens / 14.541 seconds
Fast Time Group B: Brandon Overton / 14.265 seconds (overall)

Penske Race Shocks Heat Race #1 Finish (10 Laps, Top 4 Transfer): 1. 20-Jimmy Owens[1]; 2. 25Z-Mason Zeigler[3]; 3. 9-Devin Moran[5]; 4. 21-Billy Moyer Jr[6]; 5. 50-Shanon Buckingham[2]; 6. 311-Ken Monahan[4]; 7. 20B-Todd Brennan[8]; 8. 3S-Brian Shirley[7]

FK Rod Ends Heat Race #2 Finish (10 Laps, Top 4 Transfer): 1. 1T-Tyler Erb[2]; 2. 25-Shane Clanton[3]; 3. 81E-Tanner English[1]; 4. 40B-Kyle Bronson[6]; 5. 49-Jonathan Davenport[4]; 6. 89-GR Smith[5]; 7. 33J-Jeff Mathews[7]

Simpson Race Products Heat Race #3 Finish (10 Laps, Top 4 Transfer): 1. 76-Brandon Overton[1]; 2. 39-Tim McCreadie[2]; 3. 6S-Blake Spencer[4]; 4. 16-Tyler Bruening[3]; 5. 111-Steven Roberts[6]; 6. 71-Hudson O’Neal[7]; 7. F15-Jeremy Conaway[5]

Ohlins Shocks Heat Race #4 Finish (10 Laps, Top 4 Transfer): 1. 0E-Rick Eckert[1]; 2. 14-Josh Richards[3]; 3. 2S-Stormy Scott[2]; 4. 1-Earl Pearson Jr[4]; 5. 7-Ross Robinson[6]; 6. 29-Larry Grube[5]; 7. (DNF) 91S-Blake Naylor[7]

Tiger Rear Ends B-Main #1 Finish (12 Laps, Top 6 Transfer): 1. 49-Jonathan Davenport; 2. 7-Ross Robinson; 3. 89-GR Smith; 4. 50-Shanon Buckingham; 5. 33J-Jeff Mathews; 6. 71-Hudson O’Neal; 7. 20B-Todd Brennan; 8. 311-Ken Monahan; 9. F15-Jeremy Conaway; 10. (DNS) 29-Larry Grube

Lucas Oil Feature Finish (40 Laps):

Pos
Start
Car #
Competitor
Hometown
Pay
1
2
76
Brandon Overton
Evans, GA
$7,000
2
3
1T
Tyler Erb
New Waverly, TX
$5,700
3
5
25Z
Mason Zeigler
Chalk Hill, PA
$2,500
4
1
20
Jimmy Owens
Newport, TN
$9,300
5
9
9
Devin Moran
Dresden, OH
$3,700
6
4
0E
Rick Eckert
York, PA
$1,400
7
6
39
Tim McCreadie
Watertown, NY
$3,800
8
11
81E
Tanner English
Benton, KY
$3,400
9
12
2S
Stormy Scott
Las Cruces, NM
$2,650
10
22
71
Hudson O’Neal
Martinsville, IN
$3,300
11
13
21
Billy Moyer Jr
Batesville, AR
$3,250
12
15
40B
Kyle Bronson
Brandon, FL
$3,200
13
16
1
Earl Pearson Jr
Jacksonville, FL
$2,475
14
7
25
Shane Clanton
Zebulon, GA
$3,150
15
20
50
Shanon Buckingham
Morristown, TN
$2,425
16
17
49
Jonathan Davenport
Blairsville, GA
$3,400
17
19
89
G.R. Smith
Statesville, NC
$2,375
18
8
14
Josh Richards
Shinnston, WV
$3,150
19
21
33J
Jeff Mathews
Brandon, FL
$825
20
24
311
Ken Monahan
Lakeland, FL
$800
21
10
6S
Blake Spencer
St Augustine, FL
$800
22
14
16
Tyler Bruening
Decorah, IA
$2,300
23
23
3S
Brian Shirley
Chatham, IL
$3,000
24
18
7
Ross Robinson
Georgetown, DE
$800

Race Statistics

Entrants: 29

Lap Leaders: Tyler Erb (Laps 1 – 5); Mason Zeigler (Lap 6); Tyler Erb (Laps 7 – 39); Brandon Overton (Lap 40)
Wrisco Feature Winner: Brandon Overton
Margin of Victory: 0.206 seconds
Cautions: Mason Zeigler, Blake Spencer, Ross Robinson, Tim McCreadie, Josh Richards (Lap 1); Tyler Erb (Lap 1); Jonathan Davenport, Blake Spencer, Ken Monahan, Kyle Bronson (Lap 1); Brian Shirley (Lap 5)
Series Provisionals: Brian Shirley
Fast Time Provisional: Ken Monahan
Series Emergency Provisionals: n/a
Big River Steel Podium Top 3: Brandon Overton, Tyler Erb, Mason Zeigler
Optima Batteries Hard Charger of the Race
: Hudson O’Neal (Advanced 12 Positions)
Midwest Sheet Metal Spoiler Challenge Point Leader: Tim McCreadie
Allstar Performance Most Laps Led: Tyler Erb (38 Laps)
Sunoco Race for Gas Highest Finisher: Brandon Overton
Eibach Springs Rookie of the Race: n/a
ARP Engine Builder of the Race:
Miller Welders Chassis Builder of the Race: Longhorn ChassisClements Racing Engines
Outerwears Crew Chief of the Race: Kent Fegter (Brandon Overton)
Dirty Girl Racewear Fastest Lap of the Race: Mason Zeigler (Lap #6 – 15.478 seconds)
STEEL-IT Tough Break of the Race: Tim McCreadie
PFC Brakes Pole Award: Jimmy Owens
Time of Race: 27 minutes 02 seconds

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