Branshaw's three-round total of 21-under 192 tied Chris Smith's 1997 tournament record at Champions Run. Smith parlayed the record into victory 11 years ago and Branshaw hopes to hoist his third trophy on the Nationwide Tour Sunday.
Vance Veazey posted a 6-under 65 on Saturday and is alone in second place at 18-under 195. Overnight-leader Ryan Hietala only managed a 1-under 70 in the third round and is third at 17 under.
Branshaw did not get off to the kind of start one thinks of in a leader. He bogeyed the second hole, but that would be the only hiccup of the round for Branshaw. He rattled off back-to-back birdies from the fourth, then birdied nine to make the turn at 16-under par for the championship.
Branshaw started his second nine with an eagle at the par-5 10th. He parred his next two and when Hietala bogeyed the par-3 12th, he and Branshaw were tied for the lead.
That tie did not last long. Branshaw rattled off back-to-back birdies from the 13th and Hietala double-bogeyed 15 to fall four back. Veazey bogeyed 14 as well to fall three back.
Veazey got to within two thanks to a birdie at 17, but both Branshaw and Hietala birdied 17 and parred to give Branshaw his three-shot lead with one round to go.
Two-time winner this year Colt Knost (67) and Garth Mulroy (70) share fourth place at 14-under 199. Last week's winner in Ohio, Bill Lunde (68) is alone in sixth.
Gary Christian (65), Greg Owen (66), Alex Prugh (71) and first-round leader D.A. Points (70) are tied for seventh place at 12-under-par 201.