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Overton making waves on racing circuit

Posted: July 15, 2014 - 11:05pm
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Overton gained valuable experience at  the Dream XX competition in Rossburg, Ohio.  Handout
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Overton gained valuable experience at the Dream XX competition in Rossburg, Ohio.

While he hasn’t reached his ultimate goal, 2009 Greenbrier High graduate Brandon Overton is taking steps toward it.

The 23-year-old Overton, who started driving local dirt track circuits, has been making the rounds regionally and nationally this summer.

In June, Overton took his super-dirt late model No. 5 Elite Concrete, Baird Transport machine to Tony Stewart’s Eldora Speedway in Rossburg, Ohio, for the chance to compete in the Dream XX, worth $100,000 to the winner. Overton didn’t advance to race for the big money, but the experience was still noteworthy.

“It’s pretty neat,” said Overton of racing at Eldora. “I usually race (in front of) 800 to 1,000 people at the racetrack on a weekly show. “There was like 30,000 people there. It was a little different – they’ve got the TVs and the cameras. Pretty different.”

Overton made the move to Charleston, S.C., to work on cars and compete for Troy Baird before the race at Eldora. It’s a bit different than when he drives his car out of Augusta.

“When I was at home, the only way I made money was if we won – I took money out of the winnings,” said Overton. “With this guy (Baird), I get paid during the week just like a job and I get paid when I win, too. It’s just kind of a stepping stone, just keep moving up and moving up.”

On June 21, in Elkin, N.C., Overton picked up his first career Carolina Clash Super Late Model victory at Friendship Motor Speedway. That win underscores what Overton would love to see happen.

“I’d love to race NAS-CAR or something, but you’ve got to be realistic, you know,” said Overton, who began his racing career at MODOC and Gordon Park Speedway. “If it happens, it does, if not I just want to be able to do this and be competitive and make a name for myself with this. If I could do this and make money, this is what I want to do.”

He’s made it to national prominence in one respect thus far as a picture of his car landed on the June 2014 cover of Late Model Illustrated.

“It’s a pretty big deal, you know what I’m saying,” said Overton. “Everybody gets that magazine.”

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