One of the South’s most historic Dirt Late Model events got underway on Saturday night with qualifying and heat races for the unsanctioned 47th annual National 100 at the East Alabama Motor Speedway. After the preliminary action was completed at the Phenix City, Alabama facility it was determined that Austin Horton and Brandon Overton will start the $20,000-to-win feature from the front row when the main event takes the green flag on Sunday.
A total of 25 cars were signed in for competition.
Mark Whitener was fastest in Group A qualifying with a lap of 14.686 seconds around the 3/8 mile clay oval to beat out Ray Cook, Dennis Erb Jr. and Joey Armistead.
Austin Horton was quickest in Group B time-trials and overall with an effort of 14.538 seconds topping Joseph Joiner, JR Moseley and Kenny Collins.
Brandon Overton turned the best lap in Group C qualifying with a time of 14.590 seconds besting Payton Freeman, Pearson Lee Williams and Larry Harrod.
Austin Horton took the first heat race of the night by outrunning Joseph Joiner, Dalton Cook and Kenny Collins.
Brandon Overton defeated Payton Freeman, Pearson Lee Williams and Randy Weaver in the second preliminary race of the night.
Mark Whitener took the third and final heart of the night ahead of Dennis Erb Jr., Ray Cook and Sam Seawright.
Partial Feature Lineup: 1. Austin Horton, 2. Brandon Overton, 3. Mark Whitener, 4. Joseph Joiner, 5. Payton Freeman, 6. Dennis Erb Jr., 7. Dalton Cook, 8. Pearson Lee Williams, 9. Ray Cook, 10. Kenny Collins, 11. Randy Weaver, 12. Sam Seawright
B-main racing action will take place on Sunday to set the remainder of the field.