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Wednesday August 10th, 2022 1:55AM

Overton owns Toccoa, wires Southern Nationals victory

By Ryan Delph
  Contact Editor

Brandon Overton ended up in the same place Tuesday night that he did four years ago when the Schaeffer’s Oil Southern Nationals Series visited Georgia’s Toccoa Raceway.

In victory lane.

The Evans, Georgia driver led wire-to-wire en route to the $10,067 victory at the historic north Georgia 3/8-mile clay oval.

It marks his second win of the season, as he edged out second place Kenny Collins by 1.591 seconds for his 21st career series victory.

Parker Martin followed in third, with series point leader Cory Hedgecock in fourth, and Cla Knight in fifth.

“Man, I don’t know. I didn’t get to work on my car after the heat. I knocked the whole back end off of it – messed it all up. We barely got back out here,” said Overton. “Maybe I should start trying that approach. It was pretty good. I love coming here. Wish it was a 40-lapper where we could have gotten after it and raced a little bit. Hell, it is what it is. I just love coming back home and racing, seeing all the people I grew up around.”

A slew of 11 caution flags slowed the richest race in Toccoa Raceway history. Dalton Cook slowed to draw a lap 4 yellow before John Henderson slowed on the track with right rear problems on the restart. Yet another caution flag flew on the subsequent lap 4 restart for a spinning Jensen Ford. Will Roland and Galen Robinson then tangled to draw a yellow on lap 19 prior to David Payne stopping on the racing surface on lap 27. Brenden Smith slowed with mechanical trouble on lap 46 before third-running Cla Knight suffered a flat tire on lap 57. Galen Robinson went for a spin in turn two on lap 60, while Jensen Ford slowed with a flat tire on the subsequent restart. Second-running Hedgecock suffered an untimely flat tire on lap 61 before Wil Herrington also gave up the second position on lap 62 with a similar flat tire.

Next up, the Schaeffer’s Oil Southern Nationals Series will visit Tri-County Race Track in Brasstown, North Carolina on Thursday, July 28. For more information, visit SouthernNationalsSeries.com.

Schaeffer’s Oil Southern Nationals Series
Toccoa Raceway – Toccoa, GA
Round 9 – July 26, 2022

1. (1) Brandon Overton $10,067
2. (4) Kenny Collins $5,000
3. (7) Parker Martin $2,500
4. (8) Cory Hedgecock $1,800
5. (3) Cla Knight $1,250
6. (15) Wil Herrington $900
7. (17) Will Roland $800
8. (5) Jensen Ford $700
9. (13) Jimmy Sharpe, Jr. $675
10. (10) Galen Robinson $650
11. (14) Brenden Smith $625
12. (11) Brent Dixon $600
13. (6) David Payne $575
14. (21) Brad Basey $550
15. (20) Shun Thomas $525
16. (16) Lance Brasington $500
17. (22) Spencer Diercks $500
18. (2) Carson Ferguson $500
19. (9) John Henderson $500
20. (18) Jamie Oliver $500
21. (12) Dalton Cook $500
DNS: (19) Payton Freeman $75
DNS: (23) Cody Overton $75

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