Report made based on Twitter posts from @ColePerkins12, @SoNationals and Race Monitor.
The Schaeffer’s Oil Fall Nationals took to the track at the 311 Motor Speedway on Saturday night to contest the seventh and final race of that Ray Cook-promoted mini-tour. After turning in a dominating performance it was Brandon Overton who left the Pine Hall, NC facility with the winner’s trophy and a payday valued at $10,000.
Overton and car owner Joey Coulter rolled onto the property on Saturday with two brand new Longhorn Chassis race cars and proved they could run up front even after switching chassis brands.
Kyle Hardy was fastest in Group A qualifying as he turned a lap of 16.049 seconds around the half-mile clay oval to better the efforts of G.R. Smith, Ross Bailes, Chris Ferguson and Tyler Bare.
Brandon Overton led the way in Group B time-trials with a lap of 16.088 seconds to beat out Joey Coulter, Trent Ivey, Justin Hudspeth and Chase Junghans.
Kyle Hardy would start the feature from the pole after beating out G.R. Smith, Chris Ferguson, Ross Bailes and Tyler Bare in the first heat of the night.
Brandon Overton earned an outside front row starting spot by winning the second preliminary of the evening ahead of Joey Coulter, Trent Ivey, Justin Hudspeth and Chase Junghans.
Overton went to the lead early on in the 60-lap feature with Hardy, Ferguson, Coulter and Smith trailing during the initial laps. Hardy and Ferguson continued to keep pace with Overton at the halfway point of the event while the tenth-starting Junghans moved into the top-10 by seizing the fourth position in the running order by that point.
Over the second half of the feature Overton built a lead that would eventually grow to almost five seconds over the competition. The night did not end well for Ferguson who fell out of the race with mechanical troubles on lap 46.
In the end, Brandon Overton cruised under the checkered flag to claim his second Fall Nationals win of 2019.
Donald McIntosh was crowned as the first ever Fall Nationals champion.
Feature Finish: 1. Brandon Overton, 2. Kyle Hardy, 3. Chase Junghans, 4. Tyler Bare, 5. Justin Hudspeth, 6. Jeff Smith, 7. Matthew Nance, 8. G.R. Smith, 9. Donald McIntosh, 10. Joey Coulter, 11. Ross Bailes, 12. Daulton Wilson, 13. Trent Ivey, 14. Chris Ferguson, 15. Anthony Sanders, 16. Benji Hicks