Brandon Overton: “I went down there and kinda hit that hole a little bit and bounced up.”
Brandon Overton nearly claimed his first win of the year last night at East Bay Raceway Park
Jonathan Davenport was running away with the show all night. At the same time, Overton was digging himself out of a qualifying hole. Overall, he qualified 30th quick of 43 cars.
Overton drove his way into a transfer spot after starting at the tail of his heat. From 9th in the main, Overton found a groove running right against the wall.
He climbed his way to 2nd and had a shot at the win. Coming to the white flag lap, Davenport caught lapped traffic. He pulled a slider on the lapped car of Carder Miller. It was a successful pass by Davenport but he slid too hard and jumped the cushion off turn 4.
The gap was erased and Brandon Overton was there. He threw it into turn 1 on the bottom. The #116 was clear of the #49. However, he didn’t catch the cushion. Instead, he left the top lane open to make sure he avoided any contact with the team that’s parked directly next to him in the pit lane.
Jonathan Davenport rolled back around on the high side off turn 2. Overton had to settle for 2nd. It was a 1-2 for the Longhorn camp at East Bay Raceway Park.
“Well, started off rough, again,” Brandon Overton told RacingNews.co. “We qualified like crap and had to start at the back of a heat race. It kinda turned around there. We drove from 9th to 3rd.”
Jonathan Davenport, the feature winner, also won the third heat race of the night. Overton finished 3rd in that race.
“That put us starting 10th. We just made all the right adjustments. We still got a little more tweakin’ to do.”
“Hell, we had a pretty good car to come from 10th to 2nd. I had a shot at it. That’s about all you can ask.”
I bet you thought you were handed a gift on that last lap there?
“Yeah, he kinda got hung up behind a car there. Hell, I was trying to wait. I probably could have cleared him.”
“But, I went down there and kinda hit that hole a little bit and bounced up. I would have landed a little further ahead of him if I wouldn’t have skipped that hole there.”
“But hell, we’re parked right beside each other. It would have been a big mess over here if we would have stuffed him in the fence. It is what it is.”
Both Jonathan Davenport and Brandon Overton drive Longhorn Chassis. They are parked next to each other in the pit lane, along with Kyle Bronson who also had a shot at the lead tonight.