Cody Overton
Cody Overton

Cody Overton
Evans, GA

Overton Opens the 2020 Crate Racin' USA Season With A Cochran Win
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5/25/2020

5/25/2020

Crate Racin' USA Dirt Late Model Series


Overton Opens the 2020 Crate Racin' USA Season With A Cochran Win

COCHRAN, GA – Cody Overton of Evans, GA checked one off his bucket list with a victory on Saturday night in the 2020 Newsome Raceway Parts Crate Racin’ USA Dirt Late Model Series season opener at Cochran Motor Speedway. Overton started on the pole and led all 50 laps in the Midstates Equipment Rocket in a no spectator race broadcast on Speed51.com.

           “This is the biggest win of my career,” an emotional Overton said in Victory Lane.  “My brother has won races all over the country, but I have always wanted to win one of these Crate Racin’ USA races, and this was a tough field here tonight.  Now I’ve got a Golden Helmet Trophy to put on the shelf.”



           Overton had the field covered throughout the race and took the checkered flag with over a five second margin of victory over Jordy Nipper of Macon, GA, who finished second in the Scotty’s Muffler Rocket.  Max Blair of Centerville, PA charged from the tenth starting spot to finish third in the Murphy’s Logging Rocket.



           Jody Knowles of Tyrone, GA drove the Clayton Signs Rocket to a fourth-place finish and Parker Martin of McIntyre, GA was fifth in the Martin Industrial Contracting Special.  Dusty Jones of LaGrange, GA finished sixth in the T&D Towing and Automotive CVR and seventh went to T.J. Brittain of Centre, AL in the Brittain Hauling Warrior to earn the Fullmoon Graphics Lucky 7 Award.



           Cruz Skinner of Oxford, AL finished eighth in the Skinner’s Body Shop Rocket, and Ben Faircloth of Swainsboro, GA took the ninth spot in the Sunbelt Heating and Air Special.  Blake Smith of Dublin, GA rounded out the top ten in the Heat Sync Custom Structures Rocket.  In preliminary action, Brittain was the fast qualifier with a lap in 14.931 seconds.



           Trynt Lloyd of Jacksonville, FL had a deck height issue that disqualified him in Time Trials, but he started 26th on the grid and finished 11th to earn the Knowles Race Parts and Bodies Hard Charger of the Race Award.



           Overton took the lead at the start of the race followed by Knowles, Brittain, Martin and Nipper. Martin got a big run on the outside and moved from fourth to second on lap two.  The first of six caution flags came out on lap four when Jimmy Price of Oxford, GA stalled the Pre Stress Transportation Warrior on the front straightaway.



           The top ten for the first Dixie-Style Double-File Restart had Overton leading with Martin, Knowles, Nipper, Brittain, Garrett Smith of Eatonton, GA in the Terminal Maintenance and Construction Special, Faircloth, Blair, Jones and Skinner doubled up behind the leader.  Tyler Mimbs of East Dublin, GA stalled the Middle Georgia Diesel Repair Special on lap six to bring out the caution flag.



           Before the field could get up to full speed on the restart, Ryan Boudreaux of Harvey, LA spun the Accuforce Special down the front straightaway to light up the yellow caution bulb for the third time on lap eight.  Doubled up behind Overton in second through tenth respectively for the restart were Martin, Knowles, Nipper, Brittain, Blair, Garrett Smith, Faircloth, Jones, and Skinner.



           Jones got up on the wheel when the green light brought the field up to speed, as he came from ninth to fifth in one lap.  The next caution flag came out on lap 14 when Rye Faulk of Dublin, GA in the Faulk Farms Special spun in turn three.  On the restart, Ty Ellis of Covington, GA in the Precision Bodyworks Special and Boudreaux tangled in turn four.



           Nipper got to the inside of Martin and Knowles on the next restart to move up from fourth to second.  By lap 22, Overton had a full straightaway lead on Nipper, as he began to encounter lapped traffic.  Nipper cut that lead in half by lap 35 and closed to within a few car lengths with ten laps to go.



           The lapped traffic went away on lap 43 when Corey Dunn of Milledgeville, GA spun in turn three to bring out the final caution flag of the race.  Overton led Nipper, Knowles, Martin, Blair, Jones, Brittain, Skinner, Faircloth, and Blake Smith down for the eight-lap dash to the finish.



           Blair came down the front straightaway to complete lap 43 after the restart by driving around the outside of Martin and then threading the needle by crossing in front of Martin and diving under Knowles to grab the third spot.  That earned Blair the VP Racing Lubricants Slick Move of the Race Award.



           With a clear track in front of him, Overton packed his bags, turned in the key, and checked out on the field to cruise to his first-ever Newsome Raceway Parts Crate Racin’ USA Dirt Late Model Series win.  The action continues at Cochran Motor Speedway on Sunday night in front of the Speed51.com cameras with no spectators for another $2,500-to-win $250-to-start 50-lap race.



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Newsome Raceway Parts gives a portion of the sales from each Chevrolet Performance Circle Track Engine sold back to the Crate Racin’ USA Point Funds in four different Divisions. Each economical Chevrolet Performance Circle Track Engine is built and sealed at the factory to prevent any expensive modifications. To place an order call 1-877-497-3624.

For more information and rules about the Newsome Raceway Parts Crate Racin’ USA Dirt Late Model Series, visit the series web site at www.crateracinusa.com, or visit the series on Facebook at www.facebook.com/CrateRacinUSA/. You can follow us on Twitter @CrateRacinUSALM, and at Instagram at crateracinusa.

OFFICIAL RESULTS OF ROUND 1 AT COCHRAN MOTOR SPEEDWAY IN COCHRAN, GA ON 5/23/2020:

POS STRT CAR # DRIVER HOMETOWN LAPS $ WON

  1.        1             10           Cody Overton                   Evans, GA                          50           $2,500
    
  2.        4             1n           Jordy Nipper                     Macon, GA                        50           $1,250
    
  3.        10           111        Max Blair                          Centerville, PA                 50           $850
    
  4.        3             03           Jody Knowles                    Tyrone, GA                        50           $700
    
  5.        5             6             Parker Martin (YG)        McIntyre, GA                   50           $650
    
  6.        6             4             Dusty Jones                       LaGrange, GA                  50           $550
    
  7.        2             05           T.J. Brittain                      Centre, AL                         50           $500
    
  8.        8             11           Cruz Skinner                     Oxford, AL                        50           $450
    
  9.        12           18           Ben Faircloth                    Swainsboro, GA                50           $400
    
  10.      14           39           Blake Smith                       Dublin, GA                         50           $375
    
  11.      26           2             Trynt Lloyd (YG)             Jacksonville, FL                50           $350
    
  12.      16           21           Corey Dunn                       Milledgeville, GA             50           $300
    
  13.      9             19           Marcus Minga                  Shannon, MS                     49           $280
    
  14.      7             10s         Garrett Smith (YG)         Eatonton, GA                    49           $260
    
  15.      25           00           Wil Herrington                 Hawkinsville, GA             49           $250
    
  16.      23           39           Troy Dixon                        Dallas, GA                         35           $250
    
  17.      22           4f           Rye Faulk                          Dublin, GA                         24           $250
    
  18.      11           14           Logan Palmer                   Acworth, GA                     20           $250
    
  19.      24           79           Sam Carter                       Covington, GA                  16           $250
    
  20.      17           19w        Matthew Wyatt                Eastanollie, GA                 14           $250
    
  21.      20           21s         Tyler Sanders                   Dublin, GA                         13           $250
    
  22.      15           99           Ryan Boudreaux              Harvey, LA                        13           $250
    
  23.      19           1             Ty Ellis                               Covington, GA                  13           $250
    
  24.      21           16           Tom Egner                        Hinesville, GA                   12           $250
    
  25.      13           89           Jimmy Price                      Oxford, GA                        12           $250
    
  26.      18           9             Tyler Mimbs                     East Dublin, GA                5             $250
    

ENTRIES: 26
FAST QUALIFIER: Brittain, 14.931 Seconds
PROVISIONALS: None
LEAD CHANGES: None
LAPS LED: Overton, 1-50
KNOWLES RACE PARTS HARD CHARGER: Lloyd (started 26th and finished 11th)
VP RACING LUBRICANTS SLICK MOVE OF THE RACE AWARD: Blair
FULLMOON GRAPHICS LUCKY 7 AWARD: Brittain
CAUTIONS: 6
MARGIN OF VICTORY: 5.362 Seconds
TIME OF THE RACE: 43 Minutes and 48.487 Seconds

NEXT RACE: May 24, $2,500-to-win, $250-to-start, 50 Laps, Cochran Motor Speedway, Cochran, GA

GROUP QUALIFYING:

GROUP 1:
POS CAR # DRIVER HOMETOWN CHASSIS TIME
1 10 Cody Overton Evans, GA Rocket 15.020
2 03 Jody Knowles Tyrone, GA Rocket 15.184
3 6jr Parker Martin (YG) McIntyre, GA Longhorn 15.234
4 10 Garrett Smith (YG) Eatonton, GA Barry Wright 15.322
5 19 Marcus Minga Shannon, MS Rocket 15.338
6 14LP Logan Palmer Acworth, GA Barry Wright 15.387
7 89 Jimmy Price Oxford, GA Warrior 15.502
8 99 Ryan Boudreaux Harvey. LA Black Diamond 15.598
9 19 Matthew Wyatt Eastanollee, GA Rocket 15.599
10 1 Ty Ellis Covington, GA Barry Wright 15.746
11 16 Tom Egner Hinesville, GA Longhorn 15.750
12 39 Troy Dixon Dallas, GA Rocket 16.059
13 00 Wil Herrington Hawkinsville, GA Rocket NT

GROUP 2:
POS CAR # DRIVER HOMETOWN CHASSIS TIME
1 05 T.J. Brittain Centre, AL Warrior 14.931
2 1n Jordy Nipper Macon, GA Rocket 14.984
3 4 Dusty Jones LaGrange, GA CVR 14.991
4 11 Cruz Skinner Oxford, AL Rocket 15.031
5 111 Max Blair Centerville, PA Rocket 15.113
6 18 Ben Faircloth Swainsboro, GA Longhorn 15.174
7 39 Blake Smith Dublin, GA Rocket 15.271
8 21 Corey Dunn Milledgeville, GA CVR 15.275
9 9 Tyler Mimbs East Dublin, GA Scorpion 15.380
10 21s Tyler Sanders Dublin, GA Capital 15.477
11 4f Rye Faulk Dublin, GA Longhorn 15.589
12 79 Sam Carter Covington, GA Trak-Star 15.928
13 2 Trynt Lloyd (YG) Jacksonville, FL Longhorn NT/DQ

YG – Denotes VP Racing Fuels Young Gun Challenge Series Driver

Newsome Raceway Parts, a Division of Raceway Chevrolet in Hartsville, SC, is the Title Sponsor of Crate Racin’ USA. Chevrolet Performance Parts is an Official Sponsor of Crate Racin’ USA. Hoosier Racing Tire is the Official Tire Sponsor of Crate Racin’ USA. VP Racing Fuel is the Official Race Fuel and Lubricant of Crate Racin’ USA. Knowles Race Parts and Bodies is the Official Parts Supplier for Crate Racin’ USA. Willy’s Carburetors is the Official Carburetor of Crate Racin’ USA. Fullmoon Graphics is the Official Wrap, Banner, and Sign Company of Crate Racin’ USA. Crate Racin’ USA 2020 Chassis Sponsors are Warrior Race Cars, Rocket Chassis, GRT Race Cars, and CVR Race Cars.

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