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Friday October 22nd, 2021 3:18PM

Overton, Winger top weekend WoO Late Model action

By Mike Warren
  Contact Editor

A pair of Peach State drivers took home top honors in World of Outlaws Morton Buildings Late Model Series competition over the weekend.

Brandon Overton was the winner on Friday night at Cherokee Speedway in Gaffney, South Carolina, while Ashton Winger topped the field at Georgia’s Senoia Raceway on Saturday night.

On Friday, Brandon Overton drove to his fifth series win of 2021 and 18th of his career in the Mike Duvall Memorial at Cherokee Speedway.

The Evans, Georgia driver lost the lead to Daulton Wilson on the opening lap, but took it back after a lap 14 caution, using a lap car as a pick to retake the point.

Overton had to search to find his best option on the racetrack before he could make another attempt at the lead.

“(Wilson) was good. I just kind of got back there to see where I’m better, or I’m worse,” Overton said. “He was just slidin’ up and kind of blocking my momentum, so I couldn’t really roll past him. So, I told myself just slow down and maintain.

“I think I seen (Brandon) Sheppard underneath me one time, and I was just like if I don’t go, he’s going to pass me, and I didn’t want him to get by me if the caution come out.”

Brandon Sheppard finished second, meaning he’s mathematically secured his third consecutive Series championship and fourth overall, tying Josh Richards for the most all-time. He’ll officially claim that title at the NGK NTK World Finals November 4-6 at The Dirt Track at Charlotte.

Wilson finished in third, with Chris Ferguson in fourth, and Chris Madden in fifth.

On Saturday night, Ashton Winger led every lap en route to the win at Senoia Raceway.

It marked the Hampton, Georgia racer’s second series win of the season and the third of his career.

“We didn’t even know if we were going to get the chance to race. This thing was in a million pieces (Friday) night,” Winger said. “I felt like at the middle stage of the race I had a good rhythm, but early I felt like I was kind of dead in the water.

“When we got to lap traffic the first time, I didn’t feel as good as I needed to, so I’m glad everything worked out the way it did.”

Even though he led all 40 laps, Winger didn’t dominate the race. Chris Madden and Mark Whitener challenged the hometown hero for the lead on multiple occasions. Winger held them off by taking an aggressive approach to dealing with lap traffic.

“(Senoia) is one of the places where if you get bottled up behind someone for a lap, it’s half a second,” Winger said. “When I’m looking on the (scoreboard), and I see Madden on there, and Whitener and guys that are pretty good in this area, I can’t sit there and mess with (lap traffic) for very long.”

Madden crossed the line second, with Whitener third, Tyler Bruening fourth, and Ricky Weiss fifth.

The World of Outlaws Morton Buildings Late Model Series returns to action on November 4-6 at The Dirt Track at Charlotte for the NGK NTK World Finals. For more information, visit WorldofOutlaws.com.

WoO Morton Buildings Late Model Series
Cherokee Speedway – Gaffney, SC
Mike Duvall Memorial – October 1, 2021

1. 76-Brandon Overton
2. 1-Brandon Sheppard
3. 18D-Daulton Wilson
4. 22-Chris Ferguson
5. 44-Chris Madden
6. 19R-Ryan Gustin
7. 16W-Ben Watkins
8. 79-Ross Bailes
9. 24D-Michael Brown
10. 88-Trent Ivey
11. 1D-Brent Dixon
12. 6-Dillon Brown
13. 16-Tyler Bruening
14. 28-Dennis Erb
15. 17B-David Breazeale
16. 421-Anthony Sanders
17. 7-Ricky Weiss
18. 78-Thomas Robinson
19. 2-Dennis Franklin
20. 91-Dan Breuer
21. B1-Brent Larson
22. 8-Kyle Strickler
23. 42-Doug Sanders
24. 99B-Boom Briggs

WoO Morton Buildings Late Model Series
Senoia Raceway – Senoia, GA
Race Results – October 2, 2021

1. 12-Ashton Winger
2. 44-Chris Madden
3. 58-Mark Whitener
4. 16-Tyler Bruening
5. 7-Ricky Weiss
6. 1-Brandon Sheppard
7. 28-Dennis Erb
8. 11K-Austin Kirkpatrick
9. 18X-Michael Page
10. 66K-Dylan Knowles
11. 17B-David Breazeale
12. 16W-Ben Watkins
13. 99B-Boom Briggs
14. 10-Joseph Joiner
15. 18-Matt Dooley
16. 26JR-Jimmy Sharpe
17. 9-Jason Croft
18. 4-Ryan Wilson
19. OO-Jason Turner
20. 16H-Austin Horton
21. B1-Brent Larson
22. 19R-Ryan Gustin
23. O3-Oliver Gentry
24. F1-Payton Freeman

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