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April 16
Volunteer Speedway,
Bulls Gap, TN
Sanction: Schaeffer's Spring Nationals (Spring Thaw) - $10,000
Information provided by: Series reports (last updated April 17, 9:28 pm)
Madden rebounds, wins Gap's Spring Thaw finale
Spring Thaw
  1. Chris Madden
  2. Mike Marlar
  3. Dale McDowell
  4. Rick Eckert
  5. Donald McIntosh
  6. Devin Gilpin
  7. Gregg Satterlee
  8. Shanon Buckingham
  9. David Payne
  10. Jason Covert
  11. Mark Douglas
  12. Chad Ogle
  13. Mark Vineyard
  14. Steve Smith
  15. Eric Wells
  16. Stacy Boles
  17. Josh Putnam
  18. Vic Hill
  19. Billy Ogle Jr.
  20. John Tweed
  21. Robby Moses
  22. Adam Bowman
  23. Tod Darda
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Chad Wells/wellsracingphotography.com
Chris Madden gets rolling Saturday evening at Volunteer Speedway.
What won the race: Overtaking outside polesitter Dale McDowell of Chickamauga, Ga., on lap 24 of 60, fourth-starting Chris Madden of Gray Court, S.C., led the remaining circuits for a $10,000 Old Man's Garage Spring Nationals victory at Volunteer Speedway.
Key notes: Madden scored his second career Spring Nationals victory. ... The feature ran caution-free.
On the move: Donald McIntosh of Dawsonville, Ga., advanced from the 10th starting spot to finish fifth.
Winner's sponsors: Madden's Longhorn Chassis is powered by a Clements Racing Engine and is sponsored by Crowder Trucking, Allstar Performance, Century Plastics and Stroble Mini Storage.
Points chase: Entering the weekend, Donald McIntosh of Dawsonville, Ga., had 362 points to lead David Payne (344) and Shanon Buckingham (336).
Car count: 27
Fast qualifier: Rick Eckert
Time: 13.463 seconds
Polesitter: Rick Eckert
Heat race winners: Rick Eckert, David Payne, Dale McDowell, Chris Madden
Consolation race winners: Billy Ogle Jr.
Provisional starters: Stacy Boles, Robby Moses, Vic Hill
Next series race: April 23, Senoia Raceway (Senoia, GA) $6,000
Editor's note: Corrects lap of winning pass to 24 sted 23.
From staff reports

BULLS GAP, Tenn. — Trouble in traffic on Friday night ended the Old Man’s Garage Spring Nationals weekend sweep hopes of Chris Madden at Volunteer Speedway’s Spring Thaw.

But instead of feeling sorry for himself after his opening-night misfortune, the Gray Court, S.C., driver went back to work Saturday night at the 4/10-mile oval and raced to a $10,000 victory for his second career win on the Ray Cook-promoted tour.

Madden went under race-long leader Dale McDowell of Chickamauga, Ga., on the backstretch on the 24th lap and paced the rest of the caution-free 60-lap feature event.

“We've been good ever since we got here,” Madden said in victory lane, thanking the sponsors of his Clements-powered Longhorn Chassis. “We just got into a mishap last night, leading, and just got in a situation there and got took out by a lapped car and didn't get to win last night. We should have swept the weekend.”

Mike Marlar of Winfield, Tenn., Friday’s $4,000 winner, settled for second on Saturday while McDowell was the third-place finisher. Polesitter Rick Eckert of York, Pa., was fourth and 10th-starting Donald McIntosh of Dawsonville, Ga., rounded out the top five.

Madden thanked his crew, family, fans, sponsors, God and track owner Joe Loven in victory lane.

“I can't thank Roddy and Aaron and them guys at Penske enough, and Tommy, and just everybody that come out here tonight to support us,” the winner said. “I’ve got a lot of fans that travel around everywhere and follow me. I'd just like to thank all of them that come to support me. This thing was awesome. It's been real good.”

Marlar couldn’t keep up with Madden but was pleased with his weekend performance in his Ronnie Delk-owned Capital Race Car.

“We used all the track up early there, but we got a good finish two nights in a row,” Marlar said. “I got a really, really good team now, and Capital Race Cars, and my wife Stacey, and Josh, and Jerry there to help. A good bunch of people and good results. … We're probably having as much fun as we've ever had racing and by far got the best equipment. I'd like to thank Jack Cornett for real great engines. Jack's here tonight. I like to put on a good performance when he's here.”

He also congratulated Madden for his five-figure payday.

“He had a tough night last night, and sure would like to have beat him, but he definitely deserved to win after that little deal we got into last night,” Marlar said. “Congratulations to him. He had a real good car. He's just a little better than us, but glad to run second.”

While he led 23 laps, McDowell said his car was a little loose getting into the corners as the race wore on, allowing Madden to slip by and pull away.

“The first 20 (laps), when the tire was cool, I was OK. When the tire got a little hot, I got really loose in, so he and Mikey were both better than me,” McDowell said. “We’ll go to work and come back next time and see if we can ... I moved back a notch from last night. Hopefully, I was moving forward a notch, but we had a good starting place, got up front for a little bit. We'll just make small adjustments.”

Notes: Madden scored his fifth victory overall of 2016. ... The event returned to sanctioning by Ray Cook's Old Man’s Garage Spring Nationals for the third time after last year's event was sanctioned by the Carolina Clash.

Feature lineup

Row 1: Eckert, McDowell
Row 2: Payne, Madden
Row 3: Gilpin, Marlar
Row 4: Satterlee, Buckingham
Row 5: Tweed, McIntosh
Row 6: Covert, Douglas
Row 7: Putnam, C. Ogle
Row 8: Wells, Vineyard
Row 9: B. Ogle, Darda
Row 10: Bowman, Smith
Row 11: Boles, Moses
Row 12: Hill

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