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Daily Dirt 04/16/2024 20:56:02

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July 12
Stuart International Speedway,
Stuart, IA
Sanction: XR Super Series (Fever Heat 100) - $20,000
Information provided by: Kevin Kovac and series reports (last updated July 13, 8:46 am)
Madden answers Pierce, wins Stuart's $20,000
Fever Heat 100
  1. Chris Madden
  2. Bobby Pierce
  3. Jonathan Davenport
  4. Jimmy Owens
  5. Mike Marlar
  6. Stormy Scott
  7. Johnny Scott
  8. Tyler Bruening
  9. Ryan Gustin
  10. Cade Dillard
  11. Tyler Erb
  12. Dennis Erb Jr.
  13. Chad Simpson
  14. Jason Feger
  15. Luke Goedert
  16. Shane Clanton
  17. Chase Junghans
  18. Scott Bloomquist
  19. Jake Timm
  20. Matt Furman
  21. Kyle Strickler
  22. Brandon Overton
  23. Kyle Bronson
  24. Andrew Kosiski
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Chris Madden emerges from his car after winning Tuesday's XR Super Series feature at Stuart International Speedway.
What won the race: Chris Madden steered under high-running leader Bobby Pierce and a lapped car on the 27th lap Monday at Stuart International Speedway and raced to a $20,000 victory, his tour-leading fifth of the season on the XR Super Series. Pierce, who made dazzling third-to-first move on the backstretch on lap 15 to get by early leader Jimmy Owens and Madden, settled for second at the checkers, 0.407 of a second behind Madden in the caution-free 50-lapper.
Key notes: Jimmy Owens led laps 1-14, Bobby Pierce 15-26 and Chris Madden 27-50. ... After a flurry of passing among the frontrunners near halfway, virtually every racer settled into the low groove the second half of the race. ... Nineteen drivers completed 50 laps. ... The front-row starters had minor issues before the green flag flew. The hood came off on the Jimmy Owens car while Bobby Pierce had to get his Raceceiver one-way communication device working. … Among drivers failing to make the feature lineup: Monday’s runner-up Tim McCreadie, Chris Simpson, Frank Heckenast Jr., Daulton Wilson, Ricky Thornton Jr., McKay Wenger, Brian Shirley and Brent Larson. ... Jonathan Davenport of Blairsville, Ga., won Monday's 50-lapper, leading all the way despite hitting a patch of moisture and tagging the turn-two wall on lap 16.
On the move: Cade Dillard of Robeline, La., started 18th and finished 10th.
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: Before Stuart Tuesday: 1. Chris Madden (1,182); 2. Jonathan Davenport (1,130); 3. Kyle Strickler (944); 4. Scott Bloomquist (938); 5. Jimmy Owens (916); 6. Chris Ferguson (912); 7. Shane Clanton (903); 8. Brandon Overton (796); 9. Kyle Bronson (694); 10. Dale McDowell (676).
Current weather: Clear, 70°F
Car count: 42
Fast qualifier: Jimmy Owens
Time: 12.550 seconds
Polesitter: Jimmy Owens
Heat race winners: Jimmy Owens, Jonathan Davenport, Mike Marlar, Bobby Pierce, Chris Madden, Stormy Scott
Consolation race winners: Kyle Strickler, Jake Timm
Provisional starters: Scott Bloomquist, Matt Furman
Next series race: August 8, Gondik Law Speedway (Superior, WI) $20,000
Editor's note: Results and race details are unofficial.
From series and staff reports

STUART, Iowa — Bobby Pierce made a dazzling third-to-first backstretch move to take the lead on the 15th lap Tuesday at Stuart International Speedway, but Chris Madden’s answer to that maneuver a dozen laps later proved to be the winner.

The Gray Court, S.C., driver led laps 27-50 at the quarter-mile oval for a $20,000 payday and his tour-leading fifth XR Super Series victory of the season as he discovered the winning low groove before anyone else in the second of two weeknight Stuart events.

"The racetrack was was actually perfect at that time” when early leader Jimmy Owens, Pierce and Madden swapped the lead. “We were three-wide, four-wide …. you can't ask for anything better. It did rubber up at the end and we had the lead by then, so it worked out in our favor.”

With virtually every driver settling into the hub over the last 20 laps, Madden took the checkers 0.407 of a second ahead of Oakwood, Ill.’s Pierce. Monday’s winner Jonathan Davenport of Blairsville, Ga., survived right-front corner damage to finish third while Newport, Tenn.’s Owens, who led the first 14 laps from his pole position, was fourth ahead of fellow Volunteer State racer Mike Marlar of Winfield, Tenn.

Owens led from the outset as Pierce, Madden and Davenport gave chase with the frontrunners forming a tight pack up front after a dozen laps. Pierce took a stab at Owens, but, when he got too high in turns one and two on the 15th lap, Madden slipped underneath and pulled nearly alongside Owens.

Undeterred, Pierce raced to the low groove and beat both drivers into turn three to take command. Madden slipped back to fourth, took third from Owens on the 21st lap and grabbed second from Davenport a lap later.

On lap 27, Pierce was on the high side in turns three and four trying to get around a slower car when Madden zoomed underneath both cars to take a lead he’d never give up.

“We’ve got a really good package right now. Definitely when (the track surface) gets clean, we've definitely got a really good car,” Madden said. “I just can't thank you know the Lord enough for blessing me. We've been super-blessed this year and it's just amazing.”

Pierce missed messages from crew members in the infield to swap grooves past the halfway point.

“I just needed to move down you know? I missed the signal there. It happens,” he said. “From yesterday to today, the car was really good. I mean, we were good yesterday, too. I finally found some at the end, but we finally started up front tonight, which is what we wanted. We’re happy with second place. Congrats to Chris on the win.”

Detailing his “crazy” moves on the 15th lap, Pierce said the battle “was pretty exciting. I didn't know if it was going to work, but I figured I had to go for it, because by the time I turned, Chris had filled the gap and I had to make something happen. It was awesome right there, but I wish we could have hung on to it.”

Despite being in control early, Owens was shuffled out of the mix by the halfway point.

“We were just out front, didn't know what kind of pace we needed to set. The track started getting slicker and didn't know how hard we needed to drive and, you know, we just, running into the corners, charging into the corners a little bit harder than we needed to,” Owens said. “We needed to back it up and coast in a little better, but live and learn. Congrats to Chris and all those guys, (they’re )having a heck of a year.”

On the frontstretch following the race, Davenport and his crew examined plastic molding over the right-front wheel damaged in a scrape with Pierce.

“Once it took rubber there and Madden got the lead, I guess Bobby figured out it was rubbered down there and he was trying to pass the lapped car on top. (Pierce) come off the cushion down to the bottom,” Davenport said. “He didn't see I was down there, but he ripped our (flopper) off there. Luckily it went under the frame rail instead of the tire, but we were kind of just hanging on from there. I couldn't steer very well, but it didn't matter anyway.

“Man, this (track) raced great for about 15 laps there, it seemed like, or 20 or however long it was. We had a hell of a show. I didn't think it would take rubber that fast, but it did, and Madden found it first, and he won.”

Notes: Madden’s previous XR Super Series victories came on larger tracks, two apiece at the dirt-covered Bristol (Tenn.) Motor Speedway and the Dirt Track at Charlotte in Concord, N.C. … Bobby Pierce was looking for his first XR-promoted victory since last fall at Las Vegas (Nev.) Motor Speedway, when he earned $100,000. … Fifth-place finisher Mike Marlar is on a streak of 11 consecutive top-five finishes overall.

Feature lineup

Row 1: Owens, Pierce
Row 2: Davenport, Madden
Row 3: Marlar, S. Scott
Row 4: J. Scott, D. Erb
Row 5: Bruening, Goedert
Row 6: Gustin, T. Erb
Row 7: Chad Simpson, Overton
Row 8: Clanton, Feger
Row 9: Bronson, Dillard
Row 10: Strickler, Timm
Row 11: Junghans, A. Kosiski
Row 12: Bloomquist, Furman
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