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Alabama Gang 100 Weekend
Talladega Short Track | Eastaboga, Alabama
Saturday, April 22, 2023
Race Recap  

‘NEEDED IT’: Brandon Overton Scores $50K, 20th World of Outlaws Win

Brandon Overton paused as he sat on the door of his Late Model before climbing to the roof to celebrate a $50,000 win.

He needed it.

Not the money. Not the trophy. Not the confetti bath. The pause. The win.

It took every ounce of his energy to show up to the inaugural Alabama Gang 100 at the Talladega Short Track with the World of Outlaws CASE Construction Equipment Late Models. He questioned even going.

Continuous struggles haunted his mental enthusiasm, spinning questions of doubt.

But minutes before climbing from his #76 machine, that vile cloud in his head dissipated when he inherited the lead with 18 laps to go. Race leader Bobby Pierce suffered a broken wheel and brake failure, taking him out of the race. That opened the door for Overton to inherit the lead and run away with a needed win.

“I saw real quick how mental [this sport] is,” Overton said. “You get in your feelings and in your head, and you start doubting everything you ever done. It feels good to get it back on your side and I just want to thank my crew. They’ve been busting their butt and it’s been miserable the last couple of weeks.”

The Evans, GA driver was strong all weekend, winning one of three Prelim Features Friday night, locking himself into Saturday’s main event and then finished second to Tanner English in the CASE Construction Equipment Dash to start on the outside pole for the 60-lap Feature.

When the green flag flew for the main event, the record crowd at the Talladega Short Track were treated to a barn burner brawl.

Brandon Overton races Bobby Pierce
Brandon Overton races Bobby Pierce / Jacy Norgaard photo

English jumped to the early lead with Overton hanging on to his tail. The early portion of the Feature was hindered by multiple cautions with Overton and Kyle Bronson taking shots at the lead but having them halted by a yellow flag.

When the race found its rhythm, you could throw a blanket over the top four competitors for most of the race. English led, but was given little breathing room with Overton, Bronson and Bobby Pierce keeping him in their crosshairs.

At the halfway point of the race, English found himself in lap traffic, but navigated through the slower cars with ease, putting about a two car-length gap between he and Overton – who was also trying to keep Bronson behind him.

And while Overton and Bronson argued over second, Pierce was on a charge, finding himself in fourth at that point after starting 14th.

Ripping the top of the track, Pierce timed his moves, pulling back the hammer on the entrance into the turn and squeezing the trigger by the exit to rocket around the outside of everyone he came across. In doing so, he made quick work of getting by Bronson, Overton and English to steal the lead with 18 laps to go.

However, his moment of glory was short lived. After a brief caution and another full speed trip around the track, Pierce’s wheel broke and ended his night.

His misfortune became Overton’s chance for solace. With the lead in hand, Overton used every ounce of confidence he had in himself and his car, pulling ahead by half a straightaway when the race resumed.

At the checkered flag, Overton had a 2.6 second lead over second-place Tanner English.

“I hate it for [Pierce],” Overton said. “He took one away from me earlier in the year, shit, what goes around comes around.

“Like I said, hats off to him, he was giving it hell up there on the top.”

Brandon Overton races Tanner English
Brandon Overton races Tanner English / Jacy Norgaard photo

While English fell a spot short from the victory after starting on the pole, the runner-up result is still the best points finish for he and his Viper Motorsports team, so far, this season.

“I was way too tight to run the top like they were,” English said. “They could sail it off in there and still turn. I would go in there and kind of skate and shove up the racetrack. I could kill them [in Turns 3 and 4] I think. I don’t know. I was pretty good over here the whole race on the bottom, but he rolled up there on the top and got some momentum going.

“People don’t know how hard we’re working in there. Especially when we’re dealing with an ill-handling race car. I’d put it up there with just about anything. It’s tough for sure. We’re working hard. I know [Overton] was probably doing the same thing and he was a little tight, too. I don’t know, we got to give congratulations to Brandon and just have to thank everybody on my team.”

In the closing laps of the race, Ryan Gustin continued his sneaky climb from 11th, finding his way into third with four laps to go and settled there for his first podium of the season.

“I knew we were pretty good at the drop of the green,” Gustin said. “I don’t know, it just seemed watching Overton he was a little bit higher, but I missed it down here on the bottom one time and I felt like I was in crumbs.

“I don’t know if he was that much better, or if there was something up there but it was a good run for us from 11th or wherever to third. We’ll take it for sure.”

Jonathan Davenport finished fourth and, after spinning twice, Chris Madden had the rebound of the night with his fifth-place finish – now with an 18-point lead over Bronson in the championship battle. Wil Herrington won the Fox Factory Hard Charger Award with his charge from 24th to 11th.

After parking in Victory Lane with the World of Outlaws for the 20th time in his career, Overton paused as he sat on the door of his Late Model… Then, with his emotions in check, climbed to the roof with his arms out and checkered flag in hand to celebrate his $50,000 win.

“We needed this,” Overton said. “I wasn’t even going to come here. It took every ounce of energy for me to pull into this gate. So, thank a lot to my good friends, my fiancé. They were keeping us pumped up.

“Like I said, we really, really needed this. We’ll take them any way we can get them.”

UP NEXT: The World of Outlaws CASE Construction Equipment Late Models return to Mississippi Thunder Speedway for the Dairyland Showdown, Thursday-Saturday, May 4-6 – featuring another $50,000-to-win Feature on Saturday.

CASE Construction Equipment Feature (60 Laps): 1. 76-Brandon Overton[2]; 2. 96V-Tanner English[1]; 3. 19R-Ryan Gustin[11]; 4. 49-Jonathan Davenport[5]; 5. 44-Chris Madden[13]; 6. 9-Nick Hoffman[15]; 7. 3S-Brian Shirley[4]; 8. 6-Kyle Larson[8]; 9. 40B-Kyle Bronson[3]; 10. 58-Garrett Alberson[21]; 11. 19M-Wil Herrington[24]; 12. 25-Shane Clanton[16]; 13. 1ST-Johnny Scott[26]; 14. B5-Brandon Sheppard[9]; 15. 11-Gordy Gundaker[6]; 16. 97-Cade Dillard[27]; 17. 111-Max Blair[23]; 18. B1-Brent Larson[25]; 19. 28-Dennis Erb Jr[22]; 20. 11H-Spencer Hughes[17]; 21. 32-Bobby Pierce[14]; 22. 22-Chris Ferguson[10]; 23. 10S-Garrett Smith[20]; 24. 2S-Stormy Scott[18]; 25. 7T-Drake Troutman[7]; 26. 30-Todd Cooney[12]; 27. 93-Carson Ferguson[19]; 28. 99B-Boom Briggs[28]

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Feature Results
12+176Brandon Overton 600.00015Running150$50,000
21-196VTanner English 60-2.60241Running146$25,000
311+819RRyan Gustin 60-3.679Running144$12,000
45+149Jonathan Davenport 60-4.412Running142$8,000
513+844Chris Madden 60-5.133Running140$6,000
615+99Nick Hoffman 60-6.568Running138$5,500
74-33SBrian Shirley 60-7.506Running136$5,000
8806Kyle Larson 60-8.019Running134$4,500
93-640BKyle Bronson 60-9.069Running132$4,000
1021+1158Garrett Alberson 60-9.736Running130$3,500
1124+1319MWil Herrington 60-10.849Running128$3,000
1216+425Shane Clanton 60-11.589Running126$2,800
1326+131STJohnny Scott 60-12.317Running124$2,700
149-5B5Brandon Sheppard 60-12.862Running122$2,600
156-911Gordy Gundaker 60-13.132Running120$2,500
1627+1197Cade Dillard 60-13.761Running118$400
1723+6111Max Blair 60-14.141Running116$2,200
1825+7B1Brent Larson 60-15.333Running114$2,000
1922+328Dennis Erb Jr60-16.018Running112$2,000
2017-311HSpencer Hughes 54-6 LapsRunning110$2,000
2114-732Bobby Pierce 45-15 Laps4DNF108$2,000
2210-1222Chris Ferguson 42-18 LapsDNF106$2,000
2320-310SGarrett Smith 35-25 LapsDNF104$2,000
2418-62SStormy Scott 9-51 LapsDNF104$2,000
257-187TDrake Troutman 8-52 LapsDNF104$2,000
2612-1430Todd Cooney 4-56 LapsDNF104$2,000
2719-893Carson Ferguson 4-56 LapsDNF104$2,000
2828099BBoom Briggs 4-56 LapsDNF104$110
FOX Factory Hard Charger: Wil Herrington
Last Chance Showdown Results
12+193Carson Ferguson 100.00010Running0$0
21-128Dennis Erb Jr10-1.931Running0$0
34+197Cade Dillard 10-2.785Running0$0
45+11STJohnny Scott 10-3.364Running0$0
53-236Logan Martin 10-4.564Running100$110
67+178Matthew Brocato 10-5.376Running100$110
78+191Heath Hindman 10-6.148Running100$110
810+214MMorgan Bagley 10-6.586Running100$110
9907Jeremy Cropper 5-5 LapsRunning100$110
106-412Ashton Winger 0-10 LapsDNS100$0
Last Chance Showdown 2 Results
11010SGarrett Smith 100.00010Running0$0
220111Max Blair 10-0.891Running0$0
34+117MDale McDowell 10-1.578Running100$110
43-1J27Jay Scott 10-3.782Running100$110
57+218LTrevor Landrum 10-6.059Running100$110
65-125BMike Benedum 10-6.743Running100$110
76-158CTyler Clem 10-7.823Running100$110
8804Ryan Wilson 10-8.445Running100$110
99027BBrad Berry 0-10 LapsDNS100$0
1010054David Breazeale 0-10 LapsDNS100$0
Last Chance Showdown 3 Results
11058Garrett Alberson 100.000Running0$0
22019MWil Herrington 10-1.806Running0$0
33010Joseph Joiner 10-2.452Running100$110
48+499BBoom Briggs 10-4.106Running0$0
56+127Jadon Frame 10-4.574Running100$110
67+1B1Brent Larson 10-6.225Running100$110
79+214WDustin Walker 10-9.613Running100$110
85-3T1Todd Morrow 7-3 LapsRunning100$110
94-538Dillon Tidmore 0-10 LapsDNS100$0
1010057Josh Adkins 0-10 LapsDNS100$0
Dash 1 Results
11096VTanner English 60.0006Running0$0
24+276Brandon Overton 6-0.246Running0$0
32-140BKyle Bronson 6-0.767Running0$0
43-13SBrian Shirley 6-1.259Running0$0
56+149Jonathan Davenport 6-1.482Running0$0
65-111Gordy Gundaker 6-2.905Running0$0
Heat 1 Results
Pos.Start+/-#DriverLaps CompletedBehindLaps LedStatus
1107TDrake Troutman 80.000Running
22044Chris Madden 8-0.731Running
35+228Dennis Erb Jr8-2.530Running
43-136Logan Martin 8-3.612Running
57+21STJohnny Scott 8-4.213Running
64-278Matthew Brocato 4-4 LapsDNF
76-17Jeremy Cropper 0-8 LapsDNS
Heat 2 Results
Pos.Start+/-#DriverLaps CompletedBehindLaps LedStatus
12+16Kyle Larson 80.0008Running
21-132Bobby Pierce 8-1.096Running
34+193Carson Ferguson 8-1.823Running
46+297Cade Dillard 8-4.415Running
53-212Ashton Winger 8-5.452Running
67+191Heath Hindman 8-7.649Running
75-214MMorgan Bagley 8-10.108Running
Heat 3 Results
Pos.Start+/-#DriverLaps CompletedBehindLaps LedStatus
12+1B5Brandon Sheppard 80.0008Running
23+19Nick Hoffman 8-1.837Running
31-210SGarrett Smith 8-2.225Running
45+1J27Jay Scott 8-3.599Running
56+125BMike Benedum 8-5.879Running
67+118LTrevor Landrum 8-6.672Running
74-327BBrad Berry 8-8.230Running
Heat 4 Results
Pos.Start+/-#DriverLaps CompletedBehindLaps LedStatus
11022Chris Ferguson 80.0008Running
23+125Shane Clanton 8-0.306Running
36+3111Max Blair 8-0.941Running
42-217MDale McDowell 8-2.007Running
57+258CTyler Clem 8-4.013Running
65-14Ryan Wilson 8-5.501Running
74-354David Breazeale 4-4 LapsDNF
Heat 5 Results
Pos.Start+/-#DriverLaps CompletedBehindLaps LedStatus
12+119RRyan Gustin 80.0008Running
21-111HSpencer Hughes 8-1.152Running
33058Garrett Alberson 8-1.980Running
44010Joseph Joiner 8-2.379Running
56+1T1Todd Morrow 8-3.642Running
65-1B1Brent Larson 8-4.266Running
77014WDustin Walker 4-4 LapsDNF
Heat 6 Results
Pos.Start+/-#DriverLaps CompletedBehindLaps LedStatus
11030Todd Cooney 00.000Running
2202SStormy Scott 0-0.265Running
36+319MWil Herrington 0-2.053Running
43-138Dillon Tidmore 0-2.541Running
54-127Jadon Frame 0-2.778Running
65-199BBoom Briggs 0-4.021Running
77057Josh Adkins 0-4.845Running
DIRTVision Highlights  
Event Info  

Alabama Gang 100 Weekend
Saturday, April 22, 2023
Talladega Short Track
4343 Speedway Blvd
Eastaboga, Alabama 36260 

Event Description
The World of Outlaws CASE Late Models make their only appearance in Alabama for their first $50,000-to-win battle of the season at the Talladega Short Track.

Friday night will be a split-field with two $4,000-to-win Features.

Series Racing
World of Outlaws Late Model Series

To Win Amount

Feature Laps Length

Event Schedule
Friday UPDATE: 6:30PM Hot Laps, Racing to follow. Saturday 6:30PM Hot Laps, Racing to follow.
*All times Central

Ticket Options  
Options And Prices
Friday Pits $40, General Admission $30.
Saturday Pits $50, General Admission $40.
2-day Pit $85, General Admission $65.

Grandstand Type
Bleacher seating

Handicapped Seating Location
Main grandstand

Parking Cost

Camping Availability

Camping Cost
Reserved: $75 for the weekend; Drive up/Non-reserved camping: $80 for the weekend; Tent Camping: $15 per day

Frequently Asked Questions  
To Win Amount

Type of Grandstand
Bleacher seating

Stadium Seating
Seats are allowed

Handicapped Seating
Main grandstand

Personal Coolers
Coolers are allowed, No Glass Bottles

Alcohol Sales
Beer is for sale at the track

Smoking Policy
No smoking in the grandstands

Parking Cost

Camping Availability

Camping Cost
Reserved: $75 for the weekend; Drive up/Non-reserved camping: $80 for the weekend; Tent Camping: $15 per day

Track Info  

Talladega Short Track
4343 Speedway Blvd
Eastaboga, Alabama 36260 

Track Phone
(256) 831-1413

Track Size

Track Type
High-banked, red clay oval

Late Model Track Record
12.420 sec. by Jason Hiett on 3/28/19

Track Map
Competitor Info  
Competitor Downloads

Tire Rules
Left Front Tire: Hoosier (Open)

Left Rear & Right Front Tire:
Hoosier (90) NLMT2, (90) NLMT3, (90) LM20, or (90) LM30

Right Rear Tire:
Hoosier (92) NLMT3, (92) NLMT4, (92) LM30, or (92) LM40

**Grooving & Siping will be allowed**

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