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Daily Dirt 05/25/2022 07:46:49

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May 21
Port Royal Speedway,
Port Royal, PA
Sanction: World of Outlaws Morton Buildings Late Model Series (Huey Wilcoxon Memorial) - $10,000
Information provided by: Kevin Kovac and series reports (last updated May 22, 9:41 am)
Madden tops Overton in WoO's Port Royal opener
Huey Wilcoxon Memorial
  1. Chris Madden
  2. Brandon Overton
  3. Brandon Sheppard
  4. Rick Eckert
  5. Tyler Bruening
  6. Chris Ferguson
  7. Ricky Weiss
  8. Ryan Gustin
  9. Ross Robinson
  10. Dan Stone
  11. Donald Lingo Jr.
  12. Jason Covert
  13. Cade Dillard
  14. Boom Briggs
  15. Colton Flinner
  16. Kyle Hardy
  17. Dylan Yoder
  18. Brent Larson
  19. Dennis Erb Jr.
  20. Tyler Bare
  21. Kyle Strickler
  22. Hayes Mattern
  23. Mason Zeigler
  24. Jeff Rine
  25. Gary Stuhler
  26. Dillan Stake
presented by
Rick Neff
Chris Madden celebrates his second straight WoO victory.
What won the race: Earning his second straight World of Outlaws Morton Buildings Late Model Series victory in dominating fashion, Chris Madden of Gray Court, S.C., led every lap of Friday’s Huey Wilcoxon Memorial at Port Royal Speedway to score a $10,000 victory on the opening night of the tour’s weekend doubleheader at the historic half-mile oval. The pole-starting Madden took the checkers 1.036 seconds ahead of fellow front-row starter Brandon Overton in the caution-free event to earn the 31st WoO victory of his career.
Key notes: Madden became the sixth different winner in Port Royal's six WoO events. ... This weekend’s WoO doubleheader at Port Royal is the tour’s first of six trips to Pennsylvania this season. … Former WoO winners at Port Royal include Mason Zeigler (2019), Mike Marlar (’18), Brandon Sheppard (’17), Clint Smith (’08) and Darrell Lanigan (’07). … Madden also earned a $1,000 fast time award courtesy of Issiah Wisehaupt and Lauver’s Concessions.
On the move: After suffering mechanical issues in his own ride, Jason Covert of York Haven, Pa., charged from the tail of the field to finish 12th in Matt Cosner's car.
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: After Port Royal Friday: 1. Brandon Sheppard (2,370); 2. Chris Madden (2,316); 3. Tyler Bruening (2,220); 4. Kyle Strickler (2,214); 5. Ricky Weiss (2,206); 6. Cade Dillard (2,172); 7. Dennis Erb Jr. (2,104); 8. Ryan Gustin (2,096); 9. Boom Briggs (2,046); 10. Brent Larson (1,998).
Current weather: Clear, 73°F
Car count: 43
Fast qualifier: Chris Madden
Time: 19.802 seconds
Polesitter: Chris Madden
Heat race winners: Chris Madden, Brandon Overton, Rick Eckert, Brandon Sheppard
Consolation race winners: Cade Dillard, Brent Larson
Provisional starters: Dennis Erb Jr., Hayes Mattern, Mike Lupfer, Tyler Bare
Next series race: May 22, Port Royal Speedway (Port Royal, PA) $15,000
Editor's note: Results and race details are unofficial.
From staff reports

PORT ROYAL, Pa. (May 21) — If there were any lingering questions about his status as a legitimate title contender on the World of Outlaws Morton Buildings Late Model Series, Chris Madden answered them Friday night at Port Royal Speedway.

Earning his second straight series victory with a dominating performance, Madden of Gray Court, S.C., led every lap of Friday’s Huey Wilcoxon Memorial to score a $10,000 victory on the opening night of the WoO tour’s weekend doubleheader at the Port Royal’s historic half-mile oval.

Starting from the pole in his self-owned Rocket Chassis, Madden ran mostly unchallenged in the caution-free 40-lapper to earn the 31st WoO victory of his career and his third series win of the season. Second-starting Brandon Overton of Evans, Ga., briefly caught Madden in traffic with five laps remaining, but Madden pulled away in the final laps to take the checkers with a lead of 1.036 seconds.

Overton settled for second while WoO points leader Brandon Overton of New Berlin, Ill., took third. Rick Eckert of York, Pa., and Tyler Bruening of Decorah, Iowa, rounded out the race’s top five finishers.

“We were good when I could use the whole racetrack,” said Madden, whose victory on Friday followed his $22,500 triumph in the tour’s most recent event May 8 at Mississippi Thunder Speedway in Fountain City, Wis. “In lapped traffic it was a little hairy. I was actually too tight in lapped traffic and that would get me too loose of the corner. Just got a little bit of work left to do here.”

While Madden may have some work planned for trying to improve before Saturday’s $15,000-to-win Billy Vacek Memorial that wraps up WoO’s weekend at Port Royal, he’s happy overall with the direction his program is headed.

“We got (the car) to where it’s really good right now, and it fits me,” Madden said. “Obviously, we’ve found something here. We just have to stay on top of our game, doing the right things, and making the right calls.”

Making his first ever appearance at Port Royal, Overton was satisfied with his runner-up performance in his Wells Motorsports Longhorn, but will look for even better when he returns for Saturday’s $15,000-to-win weekend finale.

“He’s really good in that condition,” Overton said of Madden’s prowess on slick surfaces like Port Royal produced for Friday’s feature. “I ain’t got much experience around here and didn’t know what to expect, but I’ll take it. … It’s a different animal from what I’m used to racing, but I like the challenge.”

Sheppard, the Rocket Chassis house car driver who has just one WoO win in 2021 after dominating the tour in recent seasons, recorded his fifth straight podium finish in a WoO points-paying feature. But for the second straight race his performance wasn’t good enough to keep Madden from cutting into his points lead.

“We just gotta keep working on this thing. We’re right there. We got our consistency back and we’ve been really good,” said Sheppard, who now leads Madden by 54 points in the WoO standings. “We definitely could’ve been better in the feature and wanted to be a couple spots better, so we’re going to get to work and hopefully come back a little bit better tomorrow.”

Notes: Twenty of the race’s 26 starters were running at the finish with 12 cars finishing on the lead lap. … With his fifth-place finish, Bruening moved ahead of Kyle Strickler for third in the series standings to rank as the tour’s current top rookie contender. … Strickler is driving Scott Bloomquist’s Team Zero Race Car this weekend at Port Royal after parting ways with CC Motorsports and team owner Craig Sims during the break from WoO action. … Gregg Satterlee of Indiana, Pa., was battling for second in Friday’s third heat race when a shredded right-rear tire caused heavy body damage to his car. He didn’t make the main event.

Feature lineup

Row 1: Madden, Overton
Row 2: Sheppard, Eckert
Row 3: Weiss, Bruening
Row 4: Lingo Jr., Robinson
Row 5: Zeigler, Ferguson
Row 6: Gustin, Briggs
Row 7: Stuhler, Strickler
Row 8: Rine, Covert 
Row 9: Dillard, Larson
Row 10: Flinner, Stake
Row 11: Hardy, Stone
Row 12: Erb Jr., Mattern
Row 13: Yoder, Bare

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