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March 25
Bristol Motor Speedway,
Bristol, TN
Sanction: XR Super Series (Karl Kustoms Bristol Dirt Nationals) - $50,000
Information provided by: Staff and series reports (last updated March 26, 7:22 am)
Madden smokes field for Bristol's Friday $50,000
Karl Kustoms Bristol Dirt Nationals
  1. Chris Madden
  2. Dale McDowell
  3. Brandon Overton
  4. Jonathan Davenport
  5. Mike Marlar
  6. Ricky Weiss
  7. Jimmy Owens
  8. Darrell Lanigan
  9. Earl Pearson Jr.
  10. Joseph Joiner
  11. Devin Moran
  12. Scott Bloomquist
  13. Kyle Strickler
  14. Ashton Winger
  15. Garrett Smith
  16. Kyle Bronson
  17. Christian Hanger
  18. Dakotah Knuckles
  19. Chris Ferguson
  20. Tim McCreadie
  21. Ricky Thornton Jr.
  22. Shane Clanton
  23. Jensen Ford
  24. Michael Chilton
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Chris Madden earned $50,000 for Friday’s victory at Bristol.
What won the race: Completely dominating Friday's Super Late Model opener of the Karl Kustoms Bristol Nationals, Chris Madden of Gray Court, S.C., raced unchallenged from flag-to-flag off the pole position to capture the 50-lap feature at Bristol Motor Speedway. The veteran driver led by as much as 7 seconds before beating Dale McDowell to the finish line by a more modest 1.805 seconds for the $50,000 top prize.
Key notes: The Karl Kustoms Bristol Dirt Nationals continue Saturday and April 1-2 with identical $50,000-to-win events. ... The Valvoline Iron-Man Racing Series is co-sanctioning Bristol's XR action.
On the move: Jonathan Davenport of Blairsville, Ga., started 21st and finished fourth.
Winner's sponsors: The Chris Madden Racing Rocket Chassis is powered by an Andy Durham Racing Engine and sponsored by Drydene Performance Products, Franklin Enterprises, Henderson Amusement, Millwood Plumbing, Petroff Towing, Century Plastics, Davis Diesel Service, Worley Monument, VP Racing Fuels, Penske Racing Shocks, Hoosier Racing Tire and Cole Perkins Media & Promotions.
Points chase: Bristol opened the first-ever XR Super Series season.
Current weather: Overcast, 45°F
Car count: 37
Fast qualifier: Ricky Weiss
Time: 15.179 seconds
Heat race winners: Chris Madden, Jimmy Owens, Ricky Weiss, Earl Pearson Jr.
Consolation race winners: Devin Moran, Garrett Smith
Provisional starters: Kyle Strickler, Christian Hanger
Next series race: March 26, Bristol Motor Speedway (Bristol, TN) $50,000
Editor's note: Results and race details are unofficial.
From staff and series reports

BRISTOL, Tenn. — When Chris Madden climbed out of his car in Bristol Motor Speedway’s victory lane, the smile on his face told the story of how much fun he had cruising to a dominant $50,000 triumph in Friday’s 50-lap Super Late Model opener of the Karl Kustoms Bristol Dirt Nationals.

The 46-year-old star from Gray Court, S.C., was absolutely amazed by the performance of his Durham-powered XR1 Rocket machine.

“I don’t know what to say,” Madden said. “That there was awesome. We could run top, bottom, middle … it didn’t matter.”

Indeed, Madden was in a league of his own throughout the feature, the first of four $50,000-to-win Super Late Model events over two weekends at the high-banked, dirt-covered half-mile oval to kick off the inaugural XR Super Series. He bolted off the pole position to assume command at the initial green flag and never looked back.

Building an advantage of as much as 7 seconds in a race that ran caution-free after a lap-one incident, Madden was never challenged en route to beating Dale McDowell of Chickmauga, Ga., by a more modest margin of 1.805 seconds and lapping up to ninth-place Earl Pearson Jr. of Jacksonville, Fla.

Brandon Overton of Evans, Ga., who started 12th and briefly climbed as high as second on lap 23, ceded the spot back to McDowell two circuits later and settled for a third-place finish. Jonathan Davenport of Blairsville, Ga., who won last year’s $50,000 Bristol Dirt Nationals headliner, charged from the 21st starting spot to place fourth and 16th-starter Mike Marlar of Winfield, Tenn., finished fifth after cracking the top five with a lap-48 pass of Headingley, Manitoba’s Ricky Weiss.

Madden flawless performance helped him calm down after he spent most of Friday on edge. Opting to give up the World of Outlaws Case Late Model Series points lead — and bypass the weekend’s WoO show at his home track of Cherokee Speedway in Gaffney, S.C. — to chase the big money offered at Bristol, the pressure was on him to produce.

“My wife and kid (son) Avery just got here after the heat race, and I told her, ‘My adrenaline’s been going today harder than normal,’” Madden remarked. “I’ve been a little nervous here-and-there and I normally don’t get that way.”

Madden made his decision to forego a WoO championship bid pay off handsomely, winning more money in one night than he could have by sweeping the WoO doubleheader at Cherokee. And he still has another quarter-million dollars to chase over three more nights of the Bristol Dirt Nationals, including $50,000-to-win races on Saturday and April 1-2 and a points fund for the four races that’s topped by a $100,000 check.

“We got a great race car right now,” said Madden, who registered his third win in his last four starts since he ended Georgia-Florida Speedweeks with a WoO victory on Feb. 19 at Volusia Speedway Park in Barberville, Fla. “We’ll just keep plugging away here and doing what we know to do best. If we win, we keep getting ‘em. But the main thing is just stay steady and just keep this thing up front.”

The only uncertainty in Madden’s mind during his march to the checkered flag was his tire choice, which was softer than many of his rivals.

“Before we went out, me and J.D. (Davenport) and them guys had talked, and we felt like three hard tires were gonna be the way to go,” Madden said. “I was on the pole and I didn’t have that option, so I had to go with what I had to go with (softer rubber to fire fast). But my race car was really balanced tonight, it was really good, so I don’t think the tire combination hurt me that bad.”

McDowell, 55, had his Team Zero car shod with harder rubber than Madden, which led him to wonder whether he might have been able to mount a challenge if a caution flag had flown late in the distance.

“I think so possibly,” said McDowell, who started fifth. “I mean, you never know because his tires could’ve cooled off a little bit. I think he was softer on the left-rear than we were.

“I don't think it’s a secret. You can change two tires (under event rules), so everybody was kind of doing different things throughout the day to figure out which two they wanted to change, so obviously it worked out for Chris. But you know, I think if he’d have started back a little bit further (back) and didn’t have control of the race then he’d have worked his tire a little bit harder, you know, and it might not have been the same outcome. But it is what it has been you know. He chose the path to go and made it work.”

The key moment in McDowell’s $25,000 runner-up outing came at the halfway point when he regained second from the 30-year-old Overton, who slipped by both McDowell and Weiss two laps earlier.

“Actually my brother told me, Shane told me, that Chris had been rolling around the top and Brandon started back far enough that he could search and go wherever they weren’t,” McDowell said. “So when (Overton) went by me on the outside, I thought, Man, he’s gonna be gone. And then we got in some more lapped cars and it dirtied the air up enough to where I got back by him. I think it was just circumstantial.”

Overton made a strong advance forward but noted afterward that he struggled to find the prime line around the blazing-fast track.

“When (cars) were in my way I couldn’t carry enough speed to run on the top, so if I’d get in there and check up. ... you’re going so fast,” Overton said. “I seen Dale under me one time, and I was like, ‘Man, I need to get down and try to slide him, but I’m not gonna wreck because, like, we’ve got a couple more days left.’

“But anyway, yeah, (McDowell) got by me and I watched him kind of leave in the bottom, so I moved down and it was kind of clean down there. So I didn’t move back up till probably five or six (laps) to go and I could tell I’d wasted probably eight laps. But it gives you a false feeling when you’re behind him. Like (McDowell) said, because the dirty air. ... when they all went back by me in the bottom and I was fighting somebody else off, too, until I got back down, but you don’t want to go back up there after you know he just drove by in the bottom. But once I did get back up (higher) I felt a lot better. I just kind of kind of got lost there for a minute.”

The race’s only slowdown came on lap one when Michael Chilton and Jensen Ford were involved in turn-one tangle. Chilton’s car was left heavily damaged with its right-rear wheel and suspension ripped off while Ford’s machine was towed off with significant rearend damage.

Notes: Madden recorded his fourth career win worth $50,000 or more, following 2019 triumphs in the USA Nationals and North-South 100 and last year’s Peach State Classic at Senoia (Ga.) Raceway. … Jonathan Davenport had to charge from deep in a B-main to transfer after he was involved in a scrape with Shane Clanton on the first lap of their heat. … Vic Hill saw his night — and likely the rest of his Bristol Dirt Nationals — end after an opening-lap heat-race tangle with Ashton Winger sent him spinning backward into the inside wall on the homestretch. Hill was critical of Winger, who continued on to transfer in the prelim; Winger’s car owner G.R. Smith, meanwhile, had to be separated from Hill in the infield after the race. … Feature provisionals went to Kyle Strickler (fast time) and Christian Hanger (Iron-Man Series). … Wil Herrington was in line for a provisional but turned it down after experiencing engine trouble in his heat. … Garrett Smith crossed the finish line first in the second B-main was docked two spots because officials said his spoiler was laid back too far.

Feature lineup

Row 1: Chris Madden, Ricky Weiss
Row 2: Jimmy Owens, Earl Pearson Jr.
Row 3: Dale McDowell, Joseph Joiner
Row 4: Ricky Thornton Jr., Jensen Ford
Row 5: Shane Clanton, Chris Ferguson
Row 6: Tim McCreadie, Brandon Overton
Row 7: Darrell Lanigan, Ashton Winger
Row 8: Dakotah Knuckles, Mike Marlar
Row 9: Devin Moran, Kyle Bronson
Row 10: Scott Bloomquist, Michael Chilton
Row 11: Jonathan Davenport, Garrett Smith
Row 12: Kyle Strickler, Christian Hanger

Heat race results

(Eight laps; top four transfer)

First heat: Chris Madden, Dale McDowell, Shane Clanton, Darrell Lanigan, Devin Moran, Johnny Scott, Brian Nutall Jr., Will Herrington, Jonathan Davenport.

Second heat: Jimmy Owens, Ricky Thornton Jr., Tim McCreadie, Dakotah Knuckles, Scott Bloomquist, Stacy Boles, Kyle Strickler, Adam Yarbrough, Tim Vance.

Third heat: Ricky Weiss, Joseph Joiner, Chris Ferguson, Ashton Winger, Garrett Smith, Kyle Bronson, Justin Hammett, Terry Wolfenbarger, Vic Hill.

Fourth heat: Earl Pearson Jr., Jensen Ford, Brandon Overton, Mike Marlar, Michael Chilton, Christian Hanger, Mark Whitener, Jon Hodgkiss, Fast Eddy.

Time trials

Driver (car no.), hometown, time (unofficial)
First group

  1. Chris Madden (44), Gray Court, S.C., 15.207
  2. Dakotah Knuckles (21k), Ewing, Va., 15.396
  3. Shane Clanton (25), Zebulon, Ga., 15.400
  4. Jimmy Owens (20), Newport, Tenn., 15.477
  5. Dale McDowell (17m), Chickamauga, Ga., 15.483
  6. Ricky Thornton Jr. (20rt), Chandler, Ariz., 15.492
  7. Jonathan Davenport (49), Blairsville, Ga., 15.497
  8. Kyle Strickler (8), Mooresville, N.C., 15.514
  9. Darrell Lanigan (29v), Union, Ky., 15.550
  10. Tim McCreadie (39), Watertown, N.Y., 15.562
  11. Wil Herrington (19R), Cochran, Ga., 15.575
  12. Scott Bloomquist (0), Mooresburg, Tenn., 15.591
  13. Brian Nuttall Jr. (16), Claxton, Ga., 15.601
  14. Stacy Boles (11B), Clinton, Tenn., 15.631
  15. Devin Moran (9), Dresden, Ohio, 15.725
  16. Adam Yarbrough (57), Denver, N.C., 15.878
  17. Johnny Scott (1st), Las Cruces, N.M., 15.959
  18. Tim Vance (17T), Clover, S.C., 16.010

Second group

  1. Ricky Weiss (7W), Headingley, Manitoba, 15.179
  2. Mike Marlar (157), Winfield, Tenn., 15.410
  3. Chris Ferguson (22), Mount Holly, N.C., 15.607
  4. Jensen Ford (83), Johnson City, Tenn., 15.639
  5. Vic Hill (1), Mosheim, Tenn., 15.723
  6. Earl Pearson Jr. (46), Jacksonville, Fla., 15.729
  7. Ashton Winger (89), Hampton, Ga., 15.821
  8. Mark Whitener (58), Middleburg, Fla., 15.828
  9. Joseph Joiner (10), Milton, Fla., 15.920
  10. Brandon Overton (76), Evans, Ga., 15.961
  11. Kyle Bronson (40B), Brandon, Fla., 15.990
  12. Jon Hodgkiss (69), Kennedy Township, Pa., 16.027
  13. Garrett Smith (10), Eatonton, Ga., 16.142
  14. Michael Chilton (97), Salvisa, Ky., 16.199
  15. Terry Wolfenbarger (14), Clinton, Tenn., 16.383
  16. Christian Hanger (15), Winchester, Tenn., 16.428
  17. Justin Hammett (17H), Zebulon, Ga., 16.476
  18. Fast Eddy (18R), Lebanon, Ohio, 16.626

Friday's schedule

10 a.m. - Pit ticket booth opens (dragway ticket booth)
10 a.m. - Super Late Model pre-tech (hospitality tent)
10 a.m. - Registration open
Noon - Drivers’ meeting (infield)
1 p.m. - Spectator parking opens (south entrance)
1 p.m. - Registration closes
1:30 p.m. - Super Late Models enter infield for qualifying
2 p.m. - Competitor grandstand gates open (Gate 13 and pit gate)
2 p.m. - Spectator ticket booths open (Gates 4 and 9)
2 p.m. - Spectator grandstand gates open (Gates 4, 6, and 9)
3 p.m. - Super Late Model hot laps and group qualifying
Track prep
4:30 p.m. - Sport mods enter for consolations
4:50 p.m. - Opening ceremonies
5 p.m. - Racing starts
- Sport mod consolations (10 laps/10 minutes)
- Super Late Model heats (8 laps/10 minutes)
- Hobby stock consolations (10 laps/10 minutes)
Intermission/track prep
- Sport mod feature (30 laps)
- Super Late Model consolations (10 laps/10 minutes)
- Hobby stock feature (30 laps)
Intermission/track prep
- Super Late Model feature (50 laps)

Feature lineup

Row 1: Madden, Weiss
Row 2: Owens, Pearson Jr.
Row 3: McDowell, Joiner
Row 4: Thornton Jr., Ford
Row 5: Clanton, Ferguson
Row 6: McCreadie, Overton
Row 7: Lanigan, Winger
Row 8: Knuckles, Marlar
Row 9: Moran, Bronson
Row 10: Bloomquist, Chilton
Row 11: Davenport, G. Smith
Row 12: Strickler, Hanger

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