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Track records fall as Southern Nationals crank up at Senoia Raceway

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  • Jul. 24, 2020 - 8:39 AM

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Track records fall as Southern Nationals crank up at Senoia Raceway

Photo by Chris Martin

One night removed from a rainstorm that dumped nearly two inches on a thirsty race track, Brandon Overton took advantage of a rare tacky, sticky racing surface at Senoia Raceway, shattering the old track record by nearly three-tenths of a second. His speed did not change much during the Southern Nationals Super Late Model feature as he won going away pocketing the $3,500 top prize.

The traveling series, which encompasses a 16-day stretch featuring 11 races at 11 different race tracks across four southeastern tracks, rolled through Senoia Raceway on Thursday evening, and Evans’ Brandon Overton finally claimed a win at a track he has been shut out at for several years. Overton held off South Carolina’s Chris “Smokey” Madden for his second win on the series schedule this season. He was the series champion last summer.

Madden led the race out of the gate while Overton battled with Florida’s Mark Whitener for the second place position. Overton and Whitener swapped that spot until Overton finally secured it near the halfway mark of the feature.

As Madden reached lapped traffic on lap 20, Overton closed the gap and took the lead on an inside move, in turn one on lap 27. He then took off and separated himself from Madden to claim the win. Jesup’s Steven Roberts also made a late-race move to snare third as Winston’s Michael Page and Florida’s Joseph Joiner rounded out the top five finishers.

Other winners on Thursday evening included Florida’s Mark Whitener, claiming the Crate Late Model feature, while Alabama veteran Dana Eiland won the Late Model Sportsman feature. Newcomer Jonathan Montgomery of Monroe topped the field of Chargers.

Senoia Raceway will take this weekend off from racing and set their sights on the Southern Outlaw Hobby Series making their first-ever track appearance on Saturday, July 25. The series will headline the Stock Car Shoot-Out honoring Zach Jones and will offer a record purse for the Hobby Stock division. Joining the show will be the Crate Late Models, Late Model Sportsman, Chargers and Mini Stock divisions.

For more information on these race events and more, visit the track website at . Information is also available on the track’s Facebook page, their Twitter feed and Instagram shares. You can also call the speedway at 770-599-6161.

Official Results – Thursday, July 16, 2020

Southern Nationals Super Late Models (Feature): 1-Brandon Overton, Evans 2-Chris Madden, Grays Court, South Carolina 3-Steven Roberts, Jesup 4-Michael Page, Winston 5-Joseph Joiner, Jupiter, Florida 6-Donald McIntosh, Dawsonville 7-Jason Croft, Woodstock 8-Mark Whitener, Middleburg, Florida 9-Cory Hedgecock, Louden, Tennessee 10-Austin Horton, Whitesburg 11-Ross Bailes, Clover, South Carolina 12-Zach Leonhardi, Cartersville 13-Pearson Lee Williams, Dublin 14-Cruz Skinner, Oxford, Alabama 15-Tyler Millwood, Kingston 16-Payton Freeman, Commerce 17-Ryan Crane, Panama City, Florida 18-Ahnna Parkhurst, Evans 19-Matt Dooley, Brooks 20-Dalton Polston, Lithia Springs 21-Brian Nuttall Jr., Claxton 22-Jake Knowles, Rome Fast Qualifier: ***New Track Record*** Brandon Overton (12.684 seconds / 106.5 mph) Entries-35

Crate Late Models (Feature): 1-Mark Whitener, Middleburg, FL 2-Mason Massey, Mooresville, NC 3-Dylan Knowles, Lannett, Alabama 4-Bubba Pollard, Senoia 5-Jamie Maurice, Forsyth 6-Wayne Harbin, Sharpsburg 7-Logan Palmer, Acworth 8-Kyler Haygood, Douglasville 9-Marty Massey, Winston 10-Tyler Mimbs, Dublin 11-Dusty Jones, LaGrange 12-McKenna Nelms, Newnan 13-Larry Waters 14-Glenn Morris, Fayetteville 15-Tracey Jorgerson 16-Phillip Deal, Tyrone Fast Qualifier: ***New Track Record*** Mason Massey (13.855 seconds / 97.4 mph)

Late Model Sportsman (Feature): 1-Dana Eiland, Phenix City, AL 2-Garrett Mosley 3-Taylor Cole, Cartersville 4-Braxtin Barber, Valley, Alabama 5-Shun Oreo Thomas, Westminster, South Carolina 6-Peyton Stevenson, Locust Grove 7-Jamie Nicholson Jr., Locust Grove 8-Jason Turner, McDonough 9-Monte Vaughn, Lizella 10-John Strickland, Jackson 11-Mike Abercrombie, Jackson 12-Brandon McDaniel, Macon 13-Bailey Williams, Fayetteville 14-Wiley McDaniel, Byron 15-Morgan Alexander, Locust Grove 16-Ricky Culpepper, Hamilton Fast Qualifier: Culpepper (14.432 seconds / 93.6 mph)

Chargers (Feature): 1-Jonathan Montgomery, Monroe 2-Jamie Godbee, Carrollton 3-Keith West, Powder Springs 4-Olivia Gentry, Newnan 5-Johnny Stinchcomb, Newnan 6-Nathan Pierson, Sharpsburg 7-Dawson Martin, Oxford 8-Kayla Boswell, Winston 9-Jack Smith, McDonough 10-Mike Weed, Franklin 11-Ted Willingham, McDonough 12-James Swanger, Whitesburg Fast Qualifier: Swanger (15.243 seconds / 88.6 mph)