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Wythe Raceway

Madden tops Ultimate Series action at Wythe

September 3, 2011, 4:54 am
From correspondent reports
Chris Madden picks up the checkers at Wythe. (Gary Laster)
Chris Madden picks up the checkers at Wythe. (Gary Laster)

RURAL RETREAT, Va. (Sept. 2) – Chris Madden of Gray Court, S.C., notched a $4,000 victory Friday night at Wythe Raceway in the first event of a tripleheader weekend for the Ultimate Super Late Model Series. Madden dominated the 40-lap race, picking up his second victory of the season on tour that was formerly the Southern All Star East Series.

Ty Dillon of Welcome, N.C., followed Madden to the finish in the runner-up position while Earl Pearson Jr. of Jacksonville, Fla., finished third in a rare Ultimate Series appearance piloting Justin Labonte's car. Series points leader Chip Brindle of Chatsworth, Ga., was fourth while his closest challenger in the standings, Mount Holly, N.C., driver Chris Ferguson, rounded out the top five. Four-time defending series champion Casey Roberts of Toccoa, Ga., finished sixth.

Notes: Madden's Bloomquist Race Car is powered by a Cornett Racing Engine with sponsorship from Century Plastics, Cushman Paint & Body and Hamrick's of Gaffney. ... Madden’s previous series victory came in the season opener at Modoc (S.C.) Speedway. ... The event was delayed by rain, making it the third Ultimate Series race at Wythe to be affected by rain; two previous races were rained out. ... Madden’s qualifying time set a new track record at the half-mile oval. ... Wythe hosts the sUltimate Series for another $4,000-to-win event Saturday night before the tour heads to Cherokee peedway in Gaffney, S.C., for a $5,000 special Sunday. ... David Smith of Inman, S.C., cruised to victory in the Fastrak Crate Late Model feature.

Ultimate @ Wythe: (1) Chris Madden, (2) Ty Dillon, (3) Earl Pearson Jr., (4) Chip Brindle, (5) Chris Ferguson, (6) Casey Roberts, (Complete finish unavailable). Fast qualifier (among 22 cars): Madden, 16.188 seconds. Consolation race winners: Jeff Smith, Zack Mitchell.

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