ROSSBURG, Ohio — Brandon Overton and Dirt Late Model Hall of Famer Scott Bloomquist split the Twin 25-lap, $5,000 to-win features that opened up the 23rd annual Dirt Late Model Dream presented by Ferris Mowers on Thursday night at Eldora Speedway.
Overton jumped to the lead from his outside pole starting position and led from flag-to-flag to pick up his first career win at Eldora.
“It probably wasn’t as easy as it looked,” the 26 year-old Overton said. “This is a great way to start the weekend off. I never won before at Eldora and that is a pretty big accomplishment for a guy like me.”
Tim McCreadie pressured Overton in traffic through the middle stages of the event, but two late race cautions, the first for Tim Manville’s slowing machine on lap 21 and the second for debris a lap later, opened the track for Overton and let rest of the field battle for positions.
“I was a nervous wreck out there,” Overton said. “I was just watching my guys telling me where they were making up ground. I was just trying to keep my momentum up. I was probably a lot more crooked than I should I have been but I was just letting that thing float around there and I had a really good car.”
The late race restarts benefitted former Dream winners Darrell Lanigan, Don O’Neal and Shane Clanton, who all passed McCreadie in the closing laps to finish in that order.
“That top was pretty good on those restarts,” runner-up Lanigan said. “The bottom (groove) kind of killed me on that last restart, but it is what it is and we will take a second.”
O’Neal took advantage of the two late restarts to move from fifth-place to the final spot on the podium.
“I got a good restart on the first one and got up to third and thought maybe I got a shot at this, but the car just wasn’t quite good enough,” O’Neal said. “Everybody is working hard. We got two Clint Bowyer cars up to second and third so that is good but we have some work to do yet.”
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