Swainsboro Raceway drivers and fans have recognized Brandon Overton’s name for a while now as the Evans, Georgia native often comes here to battle it out “Dixie style.” In 2018, he won the Turkey 100 in our backyard, and he has continued to collect wins and quality finishes alike at various tracks. In the last week, he added to his list of accomplishments with one he may never be able to top, making himself a household name for dirt racing lovers around the country in the process as he swept the Dirt Late Model (DLM) Dreams at Eldora Speedway for a total payout close to $300,000.
Eldora, a high-banked, half-mile dirt oval track just north of Rossburg, Darke County, Ohio, has put on the DLM Dream, a 100-lap feature, for 27 years now—minus 2020 due to COVID. Instead of skipping the 26th event altogether, track owner Tony Stewart and staff elected to combine it with this year’s event. The result was one heck of a racing extravaganza that started Wednesday, June 9, and continued into Saturday night, June 12.
Overton’s stellar showing at Eldora started Wednesday night as he picked up his first win: a twin 25-lap preliminary race ahead of the 27th DLM Dream. He pocketed a $10,000 payday right off the rip. The prelim win brought him to win No. 12 on the year.
On Thursday night, June 10, “Big Sexy” ran a steady pace in the early parts of the 100-lap 27th Annual DLM Dream. He wrestled away the lead from Brandon Sheppard on Lap 61 to assume command, then led the final 40 trips around the oval to drive to his first career DLM Dream victory, securing a $127,000 payday for his 13th win of the season.
Overton would continue his success on Friday night when he won another twin 25-lap preliminary race, this one part of the 26th DLM Dream. His third win in as many nights, his 14th of this racing season, came with another $10,000 check.
Yet, the best was still to come; Overton would complete the sweep on Saturday night, driving to Victory Lane as champion of the 26th Annual DLM Dream by the time the evening was over, where he received a $126,000 check to bring his total earnings to $273,000. Saturday’s win made his 15th of the season and fourth of the weekend.
Eldora Speedway and DIRTcar officials impounded the top three cars in the Dream for an extensive postrace inspection in response to the naysayers and the gossip around Eldora suggesting his car was using an illegal traction control system. Overton said to Dayton Daily News, “For people to run around and say that, all it does is fuel me up. I think it’s awesome me and my boys can build a racer that comes out there and kicks their butt and they think it’s cheating. That’s cool.”
He continued to Dayton Daily News about his historic weekend, “This is the coolest thing I’ve ever done and probably the coolest thing I’ll ever do. I used to be happy just to make the feature. Now we’re contending for wins. We’re building a house right now, so I can use every dime of it. The money’s awesome, but to grow up as a kid watching all these guys at Eldora… This place is so special to the late model world and the racing world. Just to get it done, I don’t know if I’ll ever top this.”
A member of Wells Motorsports since November 2019, Overton is now only the second driver to ever win consecutive Dreams. Scott Bloomquist, who won in 2017 and 2018, is the only other driver who can make that claim to fame as well.
Paul and Debra Purvis, owners of Swainsboro Raceway, would like to take this time to extend their sincerest congratulations to Overton for sweeping the DLM Dreams at Eldora and look forward to his return to the hometown track.