Madden gets redemption at Smoky Mountain – Motorsports

Chris Madden celebrates Saturday after gaining features in the Outlaw World Morton Building Late Model Series at the Smoky Mountain Speedway. (Michael Mote’s photo)

Maryville, TN – Everything in the race can go smoothly until something unexpected happens.

Flashback a year ago when Chris Madden was leading the Smokey Mountain Speedway. At that time, a power steering problem pushed him aside on the night of lap 25.

A year later, he was redeemed, leading all laps in Tennessee Tipov on Saturday night, winning the 29th World of Outlaws Morton Buildings Feature and second in Smoky Mountain.

This victory makes Madden the second driver in the history of the World of Outlaws to win multiple feature events on the track.

Leading all 50 laps seemed like a dominant performance, but Madden postponed the challenge with heavy lap traffic from last year’s winners Mike Marler and Jonathan Davenport, winning $ 12,000. I got it.

Madden jumped on the first green flag and gave power to the number one spot outside Davenport on turn two. He easily held that position with just two precautions in the race. The first is the debris on lap 5, and the other is the collision between Cade Dillard and Sam Sealight on lap 7.

After the final restart, Madden had to overcome the long green flag and heavy lap traffic. The driver of the Dryden No. 44 car caught the tail end of the field on lap 16 and faced the first challenge from Marler five laps later. The 2018 Series Champion consistently rushed Madden into the corners, slamming his nose under him at each corner. It was then that Madden switched to the bottom of the racetrack and blocked Mahler’s low line run.

“At the end there was lap traffic and I knew he (Mahler) was approaching me. I had to try to put a lap car between me and him so I could get the couple forward. He, and I did what I had to do to win the race, “Madden said.

Even after making that move, Madden knew that patience would be key to the closing lap of the event.

“I knew I had to be patient, not miss the mark, and not overcharge the corners,” Madden said.

The victory maintained Madden’s momentum, ending the second consecutive Dryden Extreme DIRTcar Series Championship last weekend. He also won the heat race early in the night.

One of the things he’s happy about starting the season is the help from two new team members.

“We have two new guys, Rickey and Stephen. They work very hard, learn fast and do a great job for me. I’m proud to have them.” Madden said.

Mahler was Madden’s biggest challenger overnight. He continued to put pressure on Madden all night, but didn’t get enough to win the World of Outlaw race for the second year in a row on the track.

“Chris (Madden) did a really good job getting into the right lane at the right time. I almost got him and knew he would move down.

Overall, the 2020 Tennessee Chipoff winner was happy to start in 5th place and then finish in 2nd place.

“Racing is a humble sport. I never complain about the second,” Mahler added.

While Mahler was trying to put pressure on Madden, he was under further pressure from Davenport on all 50 laps. The two drivers exchanged the second and third many times. One of them happened in the first 10 laps. This is because Davenport pulled a slide job at Mahler, similar to the warning on lap 7.

“That second note came out at the worst of times,” Davenport said. “It was just before it (truck) started taking rubber, and I got the top pretty good, and I was going to slide Mikey (Mahler) there.”

In the last 10 laps, the two fought again, and after Davenport snuggled up to Mahler on lap 44, he drifted high trying to get into a slow car, and Mahler was able to regain the spot two laps later.

Hudson O’Neill finished in 4th place and Tim McCreedy crossed the line in 5th place. Jimmy Owens, Chris Ferguson, Brandon Shepherd, Darrell Lanigan and Josh Richards finished the top ten.


1. 44-Chris Madden [2][$12,000]2. 157-Mike Marler [5][$6,500]3.49-Jonathan Davenport [1][$4,000]4.71-Hudson O’Neill [3][$3,000]5. 39-Tim McCree Dee [6][$2,500]6. 20-Jimmy Owens [8][$2,300]7. 22-Chris Ferguson [10][$2,200]8.1-Brandon Shepherd [9][$2,100]9.29V-Darrell Lanigan [7][$2,050]10. 14-Josh Richards [13][$2,000]11.76-Brandon Overton [17][$1,600]12.17M-Dale McDowell [19][$1,400]13.20RT-Ricky Thornton [4][$1,200]14. 23-Cory Hedgecock; [12][$1,100]15. 8-Kyle Strickler [20][$1,050]16.83-Jensen Ford [14][$1,000]17.7- Ricky Weiss [16][$1,000]18.16-Tyler Bruning [23][$1,000]19.18-Chase Jungan [31][$110]20.58-Losvales [22][$1,000]21. 54-David Breazeale [28][$110]22.40B-Kyle Bronson [18][$1,000]23. O-Scott Bloomquist [26][$1,000]24. 19R-Ryan Gustin [29][$110]25.99B-Boom Briggs [27][$110]26.29-Christian hangers [24][$1,000]27. 28-Dennis Elb [25][$1,000]28. B1-Brent Larson [32][$110]29.56-Tony Jackson [30][$110]30.11 B-Stacy Ball [21][$1,000]31.97-Cade Dillard [11][$1,000]32.16 S-Sam Sea Light [15][$1,000];

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