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October 2
Senoia Raceway,
Senoia, GA
Sanction: World of Outlaws Morton Buildings Late Model Series - $10,000
Information provided by: Series and track reports (last updated October 4, 12:23 am)
Winger defeats WoO foes on home dirt at Senoia
  1. Ashton Winger
  2. Chris Madden
  3. Mark Whitener
  4. Tyler Bruening
  5. Ricky Weiss
  6. Brandon Sheppard
  7. Dennis Erb Jr.
  8. Austin Kirkpatrick
  9. Michael Page
  10. Dylan Knowles
  11. David Breazeale
  12. Ben Watkins
  13. Boom Briggs
  14. Joseph Joiner
  15. Matt Dooley
  16. Jimmy Sharpe Jr.
  17. Jason Croft
  18. Ryan Wilson
  19. Jason Turner
  20. Austin Horton
  21. Brent Larson
  22. Ryan Gustin
  23. Oliver Gentry
  24. Payton Freeman
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Ashton Winger pounds his car’s roof in victory lane at Senoia Raceway.
What won the race: Fending off Chris Madden after a caution with six laps remaining, outside front-row starter Ashton Winger of Hampton, Ga., recorded his third career World of Outlaws Morton Buildings Late Model Series victory on Saturday night at Senoia Raceway. He finished 0.537 seconds ahead of Madden to claim $10,000.
Key notes: The World of Outlaws return to Senoia for just the third time in series history. … Chris Madden of Gray Court, S.C., won there in 2018 and Brandon Sheppard of New Berlin, won there in 2017. … It’s the second night of the tour doubleheader, which kicked off 240 miles away Friday at Cherokee Speedway in Gaffney, S.C. … Entering the weekend, Sheppard was one victory away from tying Josh Richards of Shinnston, W.Va., for the most series wins all-time (78). … Along with the complete WoO program, Saturday’s slate includes 602 sportsman, 602 chargers and hot shots. … Pit gates open at 3 p.m. Grandstands open at 5 p.m. … Senoia hosts its inaugural $52,000-to-win Peach State Classic Nov. 13.
On the move: Tyler Bruening of Decorah, Iowa, started 12th and finished fourth.
Winner's sponsors: Winger’s Rocket Race Car is sponsored by E-Z-Go, Keyser Mfg., Integra Shocks, Johnny Doan Plumbing, Boyd-Bilt Fabrication, Spring-Pro, Collins Signs, Turkey Creek Snacks, The Realty Queen Team and Advanced Technology Motorsports.
Points chase: After Senoia: 1. x-Brandon Sheppard (6,470); 2. Chris Madden (6,292); 3. Tyler Bruening (6,004); 4. Dennis Erb Jr. (5,892); 5. Ricky Weiss (5,874); 6. Ryan Gustin (5,738); 7. Boom Briggs (5,496); 8. Brent Larson (5,370). x-clinched championship
Current weather: Clear, 70°F
Car count: 32
Fast qualifier: Chris Madden
Time: 14.005 seconds
Polesitter: Brent Larson
Heat race winners: Chris Madden, Brent Larson, Ashton Winger, Dennis Erb Jr.
Consolation race winners: Oliver Gentry, Michael Page
Next series race: November 5, Dirt Track at Charlotte (Concord, NC) $12,000
Editor's note: Corrects Winger's chassis to Rocket sted MB Customs
From staff reports

SENOIA, Ga. (Oct. 2) — Continuing his career-best season with a dominating performance at his home track, Ashton Winger of Hampton, Ga., led every lap of Saturday’s World of Outlaws Morton Buildings Late Model Series feature at Senoia Raceway to earn $10,000 for the third series victory of his career.

Starting the 40-lap feature from outside the front row, the 21-year-old Winger cruised through much of the race before having to turn back challenges from third-starting Chris Madden of Gray Court, S.C., after the race’s final restart with six laps remaining. Winger took the checkers 0.537 seconds ahead of Madden to score his 10th overall victory of the season and his fifth win paying five figures.

“It’s cool to be able to race with these guys,” said Winger, the 2020 WoO Rookie of the Year who this season competes part-time on the tour. “They all come out here and they’re pretty good. It’s cool to be competitive with them. That’s all I can ask for is to be competitive, but to run up and down the road with them like I have, I’ve been humbled a lot this year. I made some mistakes, done some dumb stuff, crashed some cars, won some races, had a helluva time, met some awesome people. This is just awesome.”

Madden, a regular on the WoO tour who entered the night second in series points notched his eighth runner-up finish on the tour this season. He was followed by fifth-starting Mark Whitener of Middleburg, Fla., who held second from lap 20 until lap 35 before settling for third. Twelfth-starting Tyler Bruening of Decorah, Iowa, was fourth with 11th-starting Ricky Weiss of Headingley, Manitoba, rounding out the top five finishers.

Winger, who drove his family-owned XR1 Rocket car to his third victory at Senoia this season, almost didn’t compete on Saturday after contracting Covid-19 in the weeks before the race. But a negative Covid-19 test on Friday allowed Winger to make the event.

“This car was in a million pieces yesterday because we had barely done anything because I was sick most of the week,” Winger said. “Luckily tested negative (on Friday) and we thrashed on this thing all night. Honestly, this morning I wasn’t even gonna race. I was just burned out and couldn’t get things to go the right way. But I’m just super thankful and I’m really blessed to get to do what I love.”

Madden, who earned his second top-five of the weekend after debuting a new Rocket machine in Friday’s WoO event at Cherokee Speedway in Gaffney, S.C., was set back in his effort to get by Winger when Whitener snuck by him on a lap-35 restart.

“Ashton had a good car tonight. We made a couple runs at him there, but I just left my car too free tonight and it just cost me,” Madden said. “On that one restart I guess I was asleep and Mark was able to get me on that restart. He choose the inside and I was ready on the second one and got back to second. We was OK at the end, just not where I needed to be.”

Driving his Big Frog Motorsports Rocket to his second podium finish with the World of Outlaws this season, Whitener was happy with his effort.

“Racing with the World of Outlaws and get up here on the front straightaway, you can’t ask for no better than that,” Whitener said during his post-race interview on Senoia’s home stretch. “We had a good car. I just wasn’t as good as (Winger and Madden). I knew I had to slide (Madden on the lap-35 restart) and see if I could maintain and hold him off. If it had went green to the checkered, I think I could’ve held him off. I knew he was faster than me, so I was just trying to be smooth because these guys are really good. I’m just happy to be up here with these guys.”

The race was slowed by three cautions. The most serious was for a back-straightaway pileup that started when Ryan Gustin of Marshalltown, Iowa, tried to squeeze between Brent Larson of Lake Elmo, Minn., and the wall while battling for the sixth position on lap 19. The two cars made contact, leading to Larson’s car climbing the wall before three more cars piled into the resulting melee. No injuries were reported.

Notes: Winger’s previous two WoO victories both came at Cedar Lake Speedway in New Richmond, Wis. He won a $20,000 victory at the track in 2020 and won a $6,000 prelim night feature at this year’s USA Nationals. … The race’s first caution was on lap 17 and was for debris. The final caution with six laps remaining appeared when eighth-running Joseph Joiner of Milton, Fla., slowed with a flat right-rear tire. … Senoia’s third-ever WoO race and its first since 2018 was only add to the tour’s schedule last month after an event at 411 Motor speedway in Seymour, Tenn., was dropped from the schedule.

Feature lineup

Row 1: Larson, Winger
Row 2: Madden, Erb Jr.
Row 3: Whitener, Breazeale
Row 4: Knowles, Joiner
Row 5: Gustin, Freeman
Row 6: Weiss, Bruening
Row 7: Sheppard, Horton
Row 8: Sharpe, Kirkpatrick
Row 9: Gentry, Page
Row 10: Dooley, Briggs
Row 11: Wilson, Watkins
Row 12:  Turner, Croft
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