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Daily Dirt 05/26/2024 00:53:59

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April 27
Smoky Mountain Speedway,
Maryville, TN
Sanction: World of Outlaws Morton Buildings Late Model Series (Tennessee Tipoff Classic) - $10,000
Information provided by: Alli Collis (last updated April 28, 4:19 pm)
Madden smokes field in Smoky Mountain opener
Tennessee Tipoff Classic
  1. Chris Madden
  2. Shane Clanton
  3. Devin Moran
  4. Casey Roberts
  5. Shanon Buckingham
  6. Michael Chilton
  7. Tyler Erb
  8. Brandon Overton
  9. Mike Marlar
  10. Chris Ferguson
  11. Chase Junghans
  12. Rick Eckert
  13. David Breazeale
  14. Chub Frank
  15. Dakotah Knuckles
  16. Stacy Boles
  17. Morgan Bagley
  18. Dale McDowell
  19. Tommy Kerr
  20. Blake Spencer
  21. Vic Hill
  22. Brandon Sheppard
  23. Brent Larson
  24. Timothy Culp
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Chris Madden celebrates his season's first World of Outlaws victory.
What won the race: Dominating all 50 laps, outside front-row starter Chris Madden of Gray Court, S.C., outran Shane Clanton for a $10,000 World of Outlaws Craftsman Late Model Series victory in the opening night of Smoky Mountain Speedway's Tennessee Tipoff Classic.
On the move: Brandon Overton of Evans, Ga., charged from the 19th starting spot to finish eighth.
Winner's sponsors: Madden’s Barry Wright Race Car is powered by a Clements Racing Engine and sponsored by Century Plastics, C&H Paving, Crowder Trucking, Davis Diesel Service, Harrod Logging, Henderson Amusement and Millwood Plumbing.
Points chase: After Smoky Mountain Friday: 1. Chris Madden (730); 2. Brandon Sheppard (692); 3. Mike Marlar 686; 4. Shane Clanton (674); 5. Rick Eckert (668); 6. Chase Junghans (656); 7. Brandon Overton (646); 8. Chub Frank (628); 9. Morgan Bagley (616); 10. Tyler Erb (614); 11. Devin Moran (610); 12. Brent Larson (592); 13. David Breazeale (586); 14. Billy Moyer Jr. (573); 15. Chris Ferguson (570); 16. Timothy Culp (540).
Car count: 27
Fast qualifier: Chris Madden
Time: 16.104 seconds
Polesitter: Devin Moran
Heat race winners: Chris Madden, Brandon Sheppard, Devin Moran
Consolation race winners: Brandon Overton
Provisional starters: Timothy Culp, Blake Spencer
Next series race: April 28, Smoky Mountain Speedway (Maryville, TN) $10,000
Editor's note: Results and race details are unofficial.
By Alli Collis
DirtonDirt.com staff writer

MARYVILLE, Tenn. (April 27) — In a dominating performance Friday night, Chris Madden of Gray Court, S.C., led all 50 laps of Smoky Mountain Speedway’s weekend opener, earning a $10,000 payday for his first World of Outlaws Craftsman Late Model Series victory of the season. With his victory, Madden moved to the top spot of the series points standings.

After clocking the night’s overall fast time, Madden was among Friday’s heat race winners. He redrew to start on the front row of the main event and charged to the lead at the drop of the green flag. The Barry Wright house car driver was dominant from the race’s start, setting a torrid pace out front. By lap 10 he held nearly a straightaway lead over fellow front-row starter Devin Moran of Dresden, Ohio.

Working his way through mid-race lapped traffic, Madden never slowed, continuing to stretch his lead over the field as Shane Clanton of Zebulon, Ga., overtook Moran to run a distant second. Never challenged for the lead, Madden took the checkers for his 16th career World of Outlaws victory and his third overall win of his 2018 campaign.

“We had a great race car tonight, all night,” Madden said in victory lane. “We were off just a little bit when we hot-lapped and we tuned on it and we got this dialed in where it needs to be. We could have run second last week both nights and we went for the win. It payed off in the long run and we got us a win tonight.”

Clanton, a former series winner at Smoky Mountain, finished second. Pulling ahead of Moran just shy of the halfway mark, the Outlaws veteran distanced himself from the late-race battle for third. But he was never able to gain any ground on the race leader, notching his second consecutive runner-up finish in WoO action.

“Right now, he’s pretty tough,” Clanton said of Madden. “He could have won last week (at Whynot Motorsports Park in Meridian, Miss.). But overall, good car. This Capital car is pretty good right now. So hopefully we can just keep maintaining what we’re doing.

(Moran) gave me a little bit more room than I thought he was going to on the bottom. We got by him without touching him. This racetrack’s pretty cool, high speed and fun to race on.”

Moran rounded out the podium in third, registering a season-best finish in WoO competition. Casey Roberts of Toccoa, Ga., improved from the ninth starting spot to run fourth in the Blount Motorsports ride and eighth-starting Shanon Buckingham of Morristown, Tenn., finished fifth

“We want to go out there and win, but Chris and all them guys they did a really good job,” Moran said. “We tried to hold (Clanton) off. It feels like a win for us. We’ve been struggling with the Outlaws. We’ve just got to put it all together and get a little bit better tomorrow night.”

Notes: The first yellow flag waved on lap two when WoO rookie contender Timothy Culp of Prattsville, Ark., slowed in turn three. He retired to the infield where he was evaluated by emergency personnel after being struck in the face by debris. Facing no apparent injuries, Culp plans to enter Saturday’s event. … Fourth-running Brandon Sheppard of New Berlin, Ill., drew a caution on lap three when he experienced terminal engine trouble. Forced to retire early to finish 22nd, Sheppard lost the series points lead to Madden. … Noticeably absent from the Smoky Mountain pit area were Billy Moyer Jr. and Rusty Schlenk. Forgoing the trip to Smoky Mountain to be home with his ailing infant daughter, Moyer will receive hardship points for the weekend’s events. Schlenk, meanwhile, announced Friday afternoon that he was abandoning his plans to chase the WoO circuit for the first time in his career after getting off to a slow start during Georgia-Florida Speedweeks and last week in Mississippi; he will return to running a regional schedule with his C.J. Rayburn-built equipment.

Feature lineup

Row 1: Moran, Madden
Row 2: Sheppard, Clanton
Row 3: Ferguson, Marlar
Row 4: McDowell, Buckingham
Row 5: Roberts, Chilton
Row 6: Erb, Eckert
Row 7: Larson, Hill
Row 8: Breazeale, Junghans
Row 9: Boles, Kerr
Row 10: Overton, Knuckles
Row 11: Bagley, Frank
Row 12: Culp, Spencer

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