Weekend Recap for April 14-15: Spring Nats, Ultimate & Chevy 525

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Weekend Recap will be a regular feature throughout the 2017 season on InsideDirtRacing.com. Here, a brief summary of the various national and regional touring series that impact the east Tennessee area will provide a quick review of what happened over the past weekend.

There was a relatively light racing schedule across the southeast region on this Easter weekend with only three series that impact the east Tennessee area in action.

Spring Nationals: The Spring Nationals mini-series staged two races over the weekend in the state of Kentucky with the Ponderosa Speedway in Junction City hosting the Ray Cook-promoted tour of Friday night and Florence Speedway taking its turn on Saturday evening.

Brandon Overton continued his winning ways at Ponderosa by setting fast time in qualifying then leading all 40 laps of the caution-free feature to collect the $4,000 first prize. Pole sitter Jason Jameson earned the runner-up spot while eighth-starting Mike Marlar came home third. Ricky Weiss and Kent Robinson rounded out the top-5.

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Brandon Overton completed the weekend sweep of Spring Nationals events when he won a hard fought duel with Mike Marlar to collect the $5,000 payday. Devin Moran and Eric Wells also took turns leading the 50-lap race that saw multiple lead changes throughout the night.

Overton had to survive a couple of late race bobbles that allowed Marlar to make bids for the lead on lap 46 and on the final circuit. Overton beat Marlar, Moran, Wells and Michael Chilton to the finish line for the victory.

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Brandon Overton collected two Spring Nationals paychecks this weekend

Ultimate Super Late Model Series: The Ultimate tour made its way to South Carolina’s Modoc Raceway on Saturday evening to contest the $5,022-to-win Jack Starrette Memorial race.

Chris Ferguson assumed the lead on lap 18 of the race when initial front runner Brett Hamm experienced mechanical troubles. Ferguson then had to hold back fast qualifier Jonathan Davenport on his way to his first victory of 2017. It was Fergy’s third consecutive win in the race named in honor of his former car owner and a National Dirt Late Model Hall of Fame member.

Ferguson beat out Davenport, Casey Roberts, Brent Dixon and Dennis ‘Rambo’ Franklin to collect the trophy.

Ferguson won the race named in honor of his former car owner.

Chevrolet Performance Super Late Model Series: This series for cars employing the Chevy 525 Super Late Model engine took to the Boyd’s Speedway in Ringgold, GA for $3,000-to-win affair on Saturday night.

Riley Hickman passed fast qualifier and early race leader Jeff Smith to take over the top spot with just five laps remaining then drove on to the win in the series designed for the Chevrolet 525 power plant. It was the second win in this series for the Ooltewah, Tenn. pilot.

Hickman outran Jeff Smith, Austin Smith, Jake Knowles and Ryan King to the checkered flag.

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Hickman celebrates his win with family and crew members

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