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June 2
Volunteer Speedway,
Bulls Gap, TN
Sanction: World of Outlaws Morton Buildings Late Model Series (East Tennessee Shootout) - $10,000
Information provided by: Alli Collis (last updated June 3, 7:15 pm)
Owens tops Madden for $10,000 Volunteer win
East Tennessee Shootout
  1. Jimmy Owens
  2. Chris Madden
  3. Dale McDowell
  4. Michael Chilton
  5. Brandon Sheppard
  6. Chase Junghans
  7. Mike Marlar
  8. Casey Roberts
  9. Shanon Buckingham
  10. Chris Ferguson
  11. Shane Clanton
  12. Tyler Erb
  13. Cory Hedgecock
  14. Brent Larson
  15. David Breazeale
  16. Rick Eckert
  17. Devin Moran
  18. Benji Hicks
  19. Chicky Barton
  20. Morgan Bagley
  21. Robby Moses
  22. Chad Ogle
  23. Ray Cook
  24. Brandon Overton
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Jimmy Owens claimed his second WoO win of the season Saturday at Bulls Gap.
What won the race: Sliding ahead of outside polesitter Chris Madden of Gray Court, S.C., on lap 48 of 50, third-starting Jimmy Owens of Newport, Tenn., led the final circuits for a $10,000 World of Outlaws Craftsman Late Model Series victory in Volunteer Speedway's East Tennessee Shootout.
On the move: Shane Clanton rallied from the 24th starting spot to finish 11th.
Winner's sponsors: Owens drives a Ramirez Motorsports Rocket Chassis powered by an Andy Durham Racing Engine and sponsored by Redbone Fishing & Rental, Boom Test Well Service, Power Rig, Red Line Oil, E3 Spark Plugs, Midwest Sheet Metal, Tommy Pope Construction and Keyser Mfg.
Points chase: After Volunteer: 1. Chris Madden (1,708); 2. Mike Marlar (1,674); 3. Brandon Sheppard (1,638); 4. Shane Clanton (1,628); 5. Rick Eckert (1,576); 6. Chase Junghans (1,564); 7. Devin Moran (1,494); 8. David Breazeale (1,488); 9. Brandon Overton (1,472); 10. Tyler Erb (1,470); 11. Chris Ferguson (1,454); 12. Brent Larson (1,450); 13. Morgan Bagley (1,434).
Car count: 24
Fast qualifier: Chris Madden
Time: 13.085 seconds
Polesitter: Michael Chilton
Heat race winners: Chris Madden, Jimmy Owens, Michael Chilton
Next series race: June 14, Stateline Speedway (Busti, NY) $10,000
Editor's note: Results and race details are unofficial.
By Alli Collis
DirtonDirt.com staff writer

BULLS GAP, Tenn. (June 2) — There’s no denying that Jimmy Owens of Newport, Tenn., is a fan favorite at Volunteer Speedway. The three-time Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series champion brought a capacity crowd to its feet on Saturday night, overtaking Chris Madden of Gray Court, S.C., in the final laps to score a $10,000 World of Outlaws Craftsman Late Model Series victory in the East Tennessee Shootout.

Rolling off from the third starting spot, Owens used early-race lapped traffic to his advantage, moving into second by lap 15 of 50. Closing in to race door-to-door with Madden at the halfway mark, Owens’s challenges for the lead fell short. As he attempted to slip under Madden on lap 42, the pair made slight contact in turn four, giving the No. 44 the advantage at the line.

Taking one final shot at the lead, Owens crossed ahead of Madden down the frontstretch on lap 47, sliding ahead out of turn two to assume the point one circuit later. Leading the final laps, Owens notched his second WoO victory of the 2018 season.

"It was an awesome track tonight," Owens said. "It was just one of them deals you didn't want to be leading because you didn't know if the track groove was going to be up high or down low. But the groove was pretty much wherever you wanted it to be. We had a good car. It was a heck of a race. I enjoyed every bit of it."

After a hard-fought battle, Madden settled for a runner-up finish, with fifth-starting Dale McDowell of Chickamauga, Ga., running third. Polesitter Michael Chilton of Salvisa, Ky., finished fourth, with Brandon Sheppard of New Berlin, Ill., rounding out the top five.

It was Chilton charging out to the lead at the drop of the green flag, with second-running Madden closing the distance by lap five. With the pair running side-by-side on lap 12, Madden slipped under Chilton to take the lead one lap later. Fighting back multiple challenges from Owens, it appeared he was going to pull away for another WoO victory. But he was unable to fend of Owens’s final charge.

"We're a little disappointed we didn't get the win," Madden said. "Lapped traffic got us bottled up. In open traffic we had the best car here tonight. We've done a hell of a job with our race car this year. We've got speed in it and the wins will come. He pulled a big slide job off down here and just happened to clear the lapped car without crashing him. It is what it is."

Among early retirees in Friday’s series event at 411 Motor Speedway in Seymour, Tenn., McDowell decided to debut a brand new Sweet-Bloomquist Race Car on Saturday night. His choice proved to be the right one, with the Georgia driver notching his eighth podium finish of the season in the 50-lap feature.

"I was seeing a heck of a race there," McDowell said. "I was right there, I just couldn't capitalize. Those guys were racing their tails off. It's a lot of fun to get up there and race like that, especially in that traffic."

Notes: Owens notched his 12th career World of Outlaws victory and his second of the 2018 season. He scored a $25,001 victory on May 12 at Fayetteville (N.C.) Motor Speedway. … The WoO tour returned to Volunteer for the first time since 2008. ... Cory Hedgecock of Loudon, Tenn., was the winner of Friday’s series stop at 411 Motor Speedway. … Jensen Ford of Piney Flats, Tenn., was the winner of the $1,500 Crate Late Model feature.

Feature lineup

Row 1: Chilton, Madden

Row 2: Owens, Sheppard

Row 3: McDowell, Junghans

Row 4: Marlar, Ferguson

Row 5: Breazeale, Larson

Row 6: Eckert, Robert

Row 7: Erb, Overton

Row 8: Cook, Hedgecock

Row 9: Buckingham, Moran

Row 10: Hicks, Barton

Row 11: Bagley, Ogle

Row 12: Moses, Clanton

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