Overton and Rum Runner Racing Start Southern Nationals Tour with a Win at Wythe7/14/2019
With so many races packed into such a short time period, getting off to a strong start is vital when racing for the Schaeffer’s Oil Southern Nationals title. Last night at Wythe Raceway, Rum Runner Racing and driver Brandon Overton did just that.
After a strong qualifying effort and a heat race win, Overton started the 53 lap feature on the outside pole. Within a few laps of the drop of the green flag, Overton pulled away to a comfortable lead which he maintained, picking his way through lap traffic. Despite hard charges by multiple drivers on restarts, Overton dominated the entire race, leading every lap from green to checkered.
Part of the success of the night came from what Overton alluded to in his post-race interview. A strong heat race run gave him the opportunity to start on the front row with no traffic to deal with. I can speak from experience that clean air is a huge advantage at a track as big and as fast as Wythe Raceway. Side note. If you have never been to Wythe Raceway, you are missing out.
The Rum Runner Racing crew is headed to Cherokee Speedway tonight for night No. 2 of the Schaeffer’s Oil Southern Nationals. Overton himself has had success at Cherokee and so has the Rum Runner team with both Overton and Joey Coulter. With a solid notebook and momentum from last nights win, the entire team is looking forward to a great night at the “track your momma warned you about” in Gaffney SC.
Thank you to all our partners that have made this season possible. Schaeffer’s Oil, Penske Racing Shocks, PFC Brakes, SRI, Draco Springs, Simpson Race Products, Stilo, ETG, EZ-GO, Willy’s Carb & Dyno, Wiles Drive Shafts, MoTec, Airshok, Race-fan, Molecule, DriveRefine, B&A Farms, VP Racing Fuels, and Hoosier Tire by Brian.
Also a special thanks to the entire team for their long hours of hard work. Harold Holly, Brandon Overton, Matthew Nance, Daniel Stolte, Michael “Stix” Reynolds, Dan Tate “the old guy”, and all those that help at the track when and where they can.