CHATSWORTH, GA – Making his way from his 5th starting spot to the lead by lap 10, Brandon Overton held off charges by both Mike Marlar and Jason Welshan over the final 30 laps to score his first career ULTIMATE Series triumph. Overton’s 0.663 second margin of victory earned him a $4000 pay day at the popular 1/3rd mile Georgia oval. “I hate to say it like this but it was easy. We just had a really good car and I could do anything with it that I needed to. Weaver told me before the race to just wait on them to slide up and I would be able to drive right by them and he was right. I can’t thank him and Chip Stone enough for this opportunity with this team.” Overton said in victory lane.
Maryville, Tennessee’s Welshan set the bar high in M&W Transport Haulin’ It Time Trials. Welshan’s 14.174 second lap bested Marlar’s 14.245 second circuit to take home the $200 award posted by M&W Transport. 2016 event winner John Ownbey was third quick followed by veteran Ray Cook and Overton. The top 5 drivers among the 31 entrants were separated buy just over a tenth of a second. B-main victories went to 3-time ULTIMATE champion Casey Roberts and Matt Henderson. Brian Ligon and Johnny Pursley were awarded provisional starts.
Marlar jumped to the lead as the green flag waved with Welshan right on his rear deck. Overton made his first move towards the front one lap later when he slipped by Ownbey for 3rd and set after Welshan. Overton moved past Welshan for 2nd on lap 6 and then 4 laps later rolled by Marlar for the lead. Marlar tried to rally back on the outside but Overton’s Longhorn by Weaver was just too strong. Welshan grabbed 2nd away from Marlar 3 laps later as his machine began to come to life. Welshan was able to get close on more than one occasion in lapped traffic. However in the end Overton was able to make the right moves through the traffic.
Welshan was satisfied with his runner-up finish. “We had a great race car. And, you know, we are a small team so to be able to race with these guys with a little more budget than us – that is pretty satisfying. I mean I am happy I can race with these guys and be competitive. Lap traffic gave us a shot at him there. If that top had been cleaned off just a little more maybe we could have tried to roll him on the outside but it just didn’t happen. These are definitely some of the best in the region here and to get a second, we will take that. I want to thank them for racing us clean and congratulations to Brandon and Weaver. We will take this and move on to the next one.”
Marlar held on to finish 3rd but he was battling an ill handling car most of the race. “I just couldn’t steer very well at all. I was having to run the top just to keep my momentum up to try and keep the lead. I knew when I saw Brandon down below me I was in trouble. But we held on for 3rd and have something to build on. I want to thank all these guys that help us and thanks to all these fans for coming out here and watching. I think we put on a pretty good show for them there. I hope they enjoyed watching it.” Marlar said.
North Georgia Speedway
March 4, 2017 Official Finish
1 – Brandon Overton
2 – Jason Welshan
3 – Mike Marlar
4 – Jason Hiett
5 – Ray Cook
6 – Michael Page
7 – Riley Hickman
8 – Derek Ellis
9 – Tyler Millwood
10 – Jonathan Davenport
11 – Tyler Clem
12 – John Ownbey
13 – Matt Henderson
14 – David Payne
15 – Dennis Franklin
16 – Ivedent Lloyd
17 – Tod Hernandez
18 – Shawn Chastain
19 – Jim Manka
20 – Shane Tankersley
21 – Casey Roberts
22 – Justin Litchford
23 – Brian Ligon
24 – Johnny Pursley
DNS: Dustin Mitchell, Billy Ogle, Jr., Brett Hamm, Steve Smith, Aaron Wilson, Brandon Carpenter & Andrew Littleton
PPM Hard Charger of the Race: Jason Hiett
Schaeffer’s Racing Oil Slick Move of the Race: Jason Welshan
AR Bodies Hard Luck Award: Casey Roberts
Autolite Rookie of the Race: Tyler Millwood
M&W Transport Haulin’ It Fast Time: Jason Welshan
The next event on the ULTIMATE Super Late Model Series schedule is a $4000 to win / 40 lap event at County Line Raceway in Elm City, North Carolina on Saturday, March 18th.
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