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Subject: Highlights from Night 1 of Al Belt Custom Homes I-80 Nationals 7/20/21
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I-80 Speedway Rep
Posted on 7/22/2021 12:59:30 AM

Overton Dominates I-80 Nationals Night One. Bridge takes Bragging Rights Feature
By Anthony Ainslie

The I-80 Speedway’s massive five-day stretch of racing began Tuesday with the first preliminary night for the Al Belt Custom Homes I-80 Nationals.
Tuesday’s show was the first chance for the drivers of the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series to get themselves a good starting spot in Thursday’s $30,000 feature event. A field of 43 Lucas Oil Late Models from all over the United States and Canada kicked off the week of racing in Greenwood, Nebraska. Also, a field of 31 Bragging Rights late models made the trip to the speedway for their first of two races on the week.
It was top qualifier Brandon Overton who was on the pole for the 30-lap prelim feature. The Evans, Georgia driver took the lead early on in the race and maintained possession of the lead going into the first caution of the race with 16 laps to go after a car blew a tire.
On the restart, Hudson O’Neal got around Overton for the lead. His lead was short-lived as Overton managed to get back around O’Neal with 12 laps remaining.
The second and final caution came out with only five laps remaining as Defending Silver Dollar Nationals Winner Brandon Sheppard came to a stop in turn four.
Overton managed to hit his marks on the restart and ran out the final five laps to take the win and the $7,000 paycheck. It was Overton’s first Lucas Oil Series win at I-80 Speedway. Hudson O’Neal took second while Ricky Thornton Jr. finished third. Kyle Bronson and Frank Heckenast Jr. rounded out the top five.
In Tuesday’s Bragging Rights late model feature, Defending Track Champion Jacob Brown the opening four circuits before Jesse Sobbing took control. From there, the Malvern, Iowa driver led the rest of the distance to score a cool $2,500 payday. However, Sobbing was disqualified in post-race inspection for an illegal shock.
Jake Bridge was credited with the win with Jacob Brown and Cole Wayman taking the other podium spots. Travis Dickes and Ben Sukup rounded out the top five.

Edited on: 7/22/2021 12:59:30 AM

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