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October 3
411 Motor Speedway,
Seymour, TN
Sanction: World of Outlaws Morton Buildings Late Model Series - $10,000
Information provided by: Series and track reports (last updated October 4, 8:11 pm)
Madden’s revived team grabs $10,000 at 411
  1. Chris Madden
  2. Ricky Weiss
  3. Brandon Sheppard
  4. Cory Hedgecock
  5. Ross Bailes
  6. Mike Marlar
  7. Dennis Erb Jr.
  8. Donald McIntosh
  9. Brandon Overton
  10. Cade Dillard
  11. Ashton Winger
  12. Darrell Lanigan
  13. Boom Briggs
  14. Scott Bloomquist
  15. Camaron Marlar
  16. Ryan King
  17. Chase Junghans
  18. David Payne
  19. Ray Cook
  20. Brent Larson
  21. Dale McDowell
  22. John Henderson
  23. Austin Neely
  24. Jordan Rodabaugh
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Chris Madden Racing’s revival was successful at 411 Motor Speedway.
What won the race: Polesitter Chris Madden of Gray Court, S.C., dominated Saturday night's World of Outlaws Morton Buildings Late Model Series event at 411 Motor Speedway, leading 45 of the race's 50 laps to capture $10,000. He took the checkers ahead of Ricky Weiss and Brandon Sheppard for his 28th career series triumph.
Key notes: Madden earned his first WoO victory since winning the tour's 2020 season opener at Vado (N.M.) Speedway Park on Jan. 3. ... The WoO tour visited 411 Motor Speedway for the second night of the tour’s weekend doubleheader that began Friday at South Carolina’s Cherokee Speedway. … Saturday's race was just the third visit in series history to the East Tennessee oval. … Brandon Overton of Evans, Ga., won there in 2019, and Cory Hedgecock of Loudon, Tenn., defended his home track in 2018 with his first career WoO win. … Entering the weekend, Overton had won the last for WoO races he’d entered: Cedar Lake (Aug. 6 and 8), Lavonia (Sept. 4), and Lancaster (Sept. 5).
On the move: Mike Marlar of Winfield, Tenn., started 14th and finished sixth.
Winner's sponsors: The Chris Madden Racing Rocket Chassis is powered by an Andy Durham Racing Engine and sponsored by Drydene Performance Products, Henderson Amusement, Millwood Plumbing, Century Plastics, Davis Diesel Service, Worley Monument, VP Racing Fuels, Penske Racing Shocks, Hoosier Racing Tire and Cole Perkins Media & Promotions.
Points chase: After Cherokee: 1. Brandon Sheppard (5,383); 2. Ricky Weiss (5,089); 3. Cade Dillard (4,973); 4. Darrell Lanigan (4,943); 5. Chase Junghans (4,901); 6. Dennis Erb Jr. (4,891); 7. Ashton Winger (4,801); 8. Scott Bloomquist (4,669); 9. Boom Briggs (4,405); 10. Brent Larson (4,305).
Current weather: Clear, 57°F
Car count: 36
Fast qualifier: Chris Madden
Time: 14.319 seconds
Polesitter: Chris Madden
Heat race winners: Chris Madden, Ross Bailes, Darrell Lanigan, Cade Dillard
Consolation race winners: Boom Briggs, Camaron Marlar
Next series race: October 23, Kokomo Speedway (Kokomo, IN) $25,000
Editor's note: Results and race details are unofficial.
From staff reports

SEYMOUR, Tenn. (Oct. 3) — It didn’t take long for a return to his own race team to pay dividends for Chris Madden. Winning in just his second race since debuting a self-owned Rocket Chassis, Madden of Gray Court, S.C., overtook Cade Dillard of Robeline, La., on lap six of Saturday’s World of Outlaws Morton Buildings Late Model Series feature at 411 Motor Speedway and dominated the remainder of the 50-lap race to score his first series victory since the tour’s season-opening event on Jan. 3.

The pole-starting Madden was never seriously challenged after taking the lead from second-starting Dillard. He held command through two mid-race restarts and deftly navigated slower traffic around the 3/8-mile track on his way to earning $10,000 for the 28th World of Outlaws victory of his career.

“We had a great race car tonight,” said Madden, who just this week announced his departure from Rum Runner Racing to field his own equipment for the first time since 2017. “I got to thank Steve Baker at Rocket for putting this thing together in a hurry this week. If is wasn’t for him and Mark, I thank Mark and his guys for what they’ve done for me to help me along the way.”

Madden took the checkers with an advantage of 1.158 seconds over eighth-starting Ricky Weiss of Headingley, Manitoba, who overtook WoO points leader Brandon Sheppard on the final lap to score the runner-up finish. Sheppard settled for third with Cory Hedgecock of Louden, Tenn., and Ross Bailes of Clover, S.C., rounding out the top five.

Madden’s 411 victory marked his first win of any kind since he claimed the last of his four wins on this year’s Schaeffer’s Oil Southern Nationals on July 24 and is his only national-level win other than the WoO opener. It came one night after Madden debuted his new Rocket with a third-place finish in WoO stop at Cherokee Speedway in Gaffney, S.C.

The moved to his own equipment came after Madden struggled for much of 2020 while driving for three different teams. He started the year driving a second car for Scott Bloomquist Racing before leaving the team in June and joining Milwood Motorsports to run the Southern Nationals tour. Following the Southern Nationals, Madden joined the Coulter family’s Troutman, N.C.-based Rum Runner Racing. But his stint behind the wheel of the team’s Longhorn Chassis last just six weeks and produced no podium finishes.

“This 2020 season has definitely been upside-down for me, but we haven’t quit," Madden said. "We’ve stuck it out and battled hard. My family’s stayed behind me and kept pushing me. My kid keeps tell me, ‘Dad I want you to go go go.’ I love it.”

Weiss began moving forward from his fourth-row starting spot from the outset of the race and broke into the top five by lap 17. He moved to fourth two laps later, but it took him until lap 45 to finally clear Bailes for the third spot. That left him just enough time to catch and pass Sheppard for the second spot, but not enough to challenge Madden for the win.

“Our car was real good,” Weiss said of his Bloomquist Race Car. “Me and Bailes raced each other for about 20 or 25 laps door to door. I just couldn’t quite clear him enough. We’ve been running pretty good with him lately, and you hate to rub someone when you’re having good clean racing. Finally I was able to clear him and got rolling on the bottom. The lapped cars sure made it interesting. I could see the 44 up front and the 1 car. I was able to hit my marks and get close at the end.”

Sheppard, who led 23 laps of Friday’s race at Cherokee before settling for second behind Brandon Overton of Evans, Ga., recorded his fourth straight podium finish on the tour and his 30th top five in 38 series races this season. The two-time series champion is virtually assured of another series title with four features remaining on the tour's 2020 schedule.

“We could maneuver all over the racetrack and I was good all over," Sheppard said of his Rocket Chassis house car. "But just past halfway I got to where I couldn’t run the bottom as good as I needed to because I got a little bit tight. I don’t think I could’ve passed (Madden), but we had a good car all night long so we’re not going to complain with third. We’ll take it and take some notes and move on.”

The race was slowed by two cautions. The first appeared with 13 laps completed when Austin Neely of Tazewell, Tenn., slowed. The second caution was for Dale McDowell of Chickamauga, Ga., who had ran as high as fifth before slowing on lap 27 and leaving the track.

Dillard faded to 10th at the finish after leading the first five laps from the outside of the front row. He finished one spot behind Overton, who was looking for his sixth win in his past six WoO events after claiming Friday’s WoO event at Cherokee.

Feature lineup

Row 1: Madden, Dillard
Row 2: Bailes, Lanigan
Row 3: Sheppard, McIntosh
Row 4: Hedgecock, Weiss
Row 5: Junghans, McDowell
Row 6: Erb Jr., Bloomquist
Row 7: Larson, M. Marlar
Row 8: Overton, Winger
Row 9: Briggs, C. Marlar
Row 10: Neely, King
Row 11: Rodabaugh, Henderson
Row 12: Cook, Payne
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