Weekend Recap for May 12-14: WoO Late Models, Southern All Star & Iron-Man


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.

It was a busy weekend for dirt racers around the southeastern region of the United States between May 12th and 14th. A number of the series that impact east Tennessee were in action at various tracks with some exciting racing action.

World of Outlaws Late Models: The national touring series intended to hold an event at Duck River Raceway Park in Wheel, Tenn. on Friday night then move to the Smoky Mountain Speedway in Maryville, Tenn. on Saturday night. Weather caused the Duck River race to be moved from Friday to Sunday with the Smoky Mountain event being run as planned.

Shane Clanton set fast time in qualifying at Smoky Mountain but series points leader Brandon Sheppard started from the pole after all the preliminary action had been completed. Sheppard led several laps in the early going but Brandon Overton would put his No. 116 machine out front just before the halfway mark.

Overton went on to capture the $10,000 victory ahead of Chris Madden, Shane Clanton, Casey Roberts and Brandon Sheppard.

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Brandon Overton

The WoO Late Models series moved to Duck River on Sunday night for another $10,000-to-win affair.

Brandon Sheppard set fast time qualifying and earned the right to start from the pole after heat races were concluded.

Sheppard led more than half of the feature but was tracked down by Mike Marlar who assumed the lead of the race on lap 35. Sheppard then mounted a charge of his own during the closing laps in an attempt to re-take the top spot. However, Marlar was able to cross under the checkered flag first ahead of Sheppard, Rick Eckert, Brandon Overton and Steve Francis.

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Mike Marlar

Southern All Star: The SAS was originally set for a two-race weekend but saw its event scheduled for Friday night at Tennessee National Raceway in Hohenwald, Tenn. cancelled while the Saturday night show at Thunderhill Raceway in Summertown, Tenn. went on as planned.

David Seibers earned the pole for the $4,000-to-win event at Thunderhill by setting fast time in qualifying. Seibers led the early portion of the feature until Brad Skinner moved by at the halfway point as the leaders raced through heavy traffic. Skinner then held off a late charging Dane Dacus to get his first career SAS victory. Dane Dacus, Riley Hickman, Austin Horton and David Seibers rounded out the top-5 finishers.

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Brad Skinner


Iron-Man Series: After multiple attempts by this Chris Tilley-promoted series to race at Georgia’s Blue Ridge Motorsports Park had been thwarted by weather, the event was finally held on Saturday evening.

David Payne turned in a dominating performance as he set fast time in qualifying, won the dash race then led from flag-to-flag in the 30-lap feature. However, slower traffic allowed Skylar Marlar to issue a late-race challenge that came up just short. Payne won the race to the finish line with Marlar, Shawn Chastain, Kenny Collins and Jamie Oliver rounding out the top-5.

Payne earned a total of $3,700 for his efforts.

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David Payne dominated at Blue Ridge


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