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Daily Dirt 08/09/2022 13:03:20

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June 17
Smoky Mountain Speedway,
Maryville, TN
Sanction: Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series (Mountain Moonshine Classic (Group A)) - $5,000
Information provided by: Kevin Kovac and staff reports (last updated June 18, 4:59 am)
Madden tops first Smoky Mountain prelim
Mountain Moonshine Classic (Group A)
  1. Chris Madden
  2. Mike Marlar
  3. Dale McDowell
  4. Brandon Overton
  5. Earl Pearson Jr.
  6. Brandon Sheppard
  7. Ricky Thornton Jr.
  8. Kyle Bronson
  9. Eli Beets
  10. Hudson O'Neal
  11. Mack McCarter
  12. Cameron Weaver
  13. Stormy Scott
  14. Ricky Weiss
  15. John Blankenship
  16. Robby Moses
  17. Brenden Smith
  18. Bryson Harper
  19. Ashton Winger
  20. Spencer Hughes
  21. Austin Neely
  22. Camaron Marlar
  23. Michael Brown
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Chris Madden clicked off a semifeature victory at Smoky Mountain.
What won the race: Continuing his torrid 2022 campaign on opening night of the Mountain Moonshine Classic, Chris Madden of Gray Court, S.C., led from flag-to-flag to capture Friday’s first 30-lap preliminary feature at Smoky Mountain Speedway. He kept Mike Marlar at bay following a lap-28 restart to beat the Tennessee driver to the finish line by 0.615 of a second for a $5,000 victory.
Quotable: “My only scare was with Spencer (Hughes),” Madden said. “I don’t know what happened to him, but he shut down, broke or something (while being lapped with two circuits to go), and I was dead on his bumper. I thought I was gonna wipe him out. I thought he was gonna be on my breather. I was coming in a hurry. I don’t know how I missed him.”
Key notes: Madden wasn't threatened until the two-to-go restart that followed a caution flag for Spencer Hughes's slowing car. ... Mike Marlar placed second after overtaking Ricky Thornton Jr. for the position on lap 13; Thornton faded to seventh in the final rundown. ... Ashton Winger advanced from 17th to seventh before apparent engine trouble forced him out on lap 28. ... After two aborted initial starts, the race ran uninterrupted until the 28th lap. ... Friday’s 45 Lucas Oil Series entries were split into two groups for the Mountain Moonshine Classic preliminary program. Each group had its own set of heats and feature; no B-mains were contested with all drivers in each group running a 30-lap, $5,000-to-win feature. ... The finish from each feature will be used to determine heat lineups for Saturday’s 60-lap, $50,000-to-win finale.
On the move: Cameron Weaver of Crossville, Tenn., started 19th and finished 12th.
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: Before Smoky Mountain Friday: 1. Brandon Sheppard (2,865); 2. Tim McCreadie (2,785): 3. Tyler Erb (2,750); 4. Ricky Thornton Jr. (2,620); 5. Earl Pearson Jr. (2,540); 6. Hudson O’Neal (2,460); 7. Ashton Winger (2,395); 8. Devin Moran (2,320); 9. Garrett Alberson (2,260): 10. Jimmy Owens (2,235).
Current weather: Overcast, 77°F
Car count: 45
Fast qualifier: Mike Marlar
Time: 15.404 seconds
Polesitter: Chris Madden
Heat race winners: Chris Madden, Ricky Thornton Jr.
Next series race: June 18, Smoky Mountain Speedway (Maryville, TN) $50,000
Editor's note: Results and race details are unofficial.
From staff reports

MARYVILLE, Tenn. — Live updates from Friday’s Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series-sanctioned Mountain Moonshine Classic qualifying program feature twin 30-lap, $5,000-to-win features at Smoky Mountain Speedway (results unofficial):

Feature

Continuing his torrid 2022 campaign on opening night of the Mountain Moonshine Classic, Chris Madden of Gray Court, S.C., led from flag-to-flag to capture Friday’s first 30-lap preliminary feature at Smoky Mountain Speedway. He kept Mike Marlar at bay following a lap-28 restart to beat the Tennessee driver to the finish line by 0.615 of a second for a $5,000 victory.

Heat race results

(Eight laps; all transfer to first 30-lap feature)

First heat: Chris Madden, Mike Marlar, Hudson O’Neal, Brandon Overton, Austin Neely, Brenden Smith, Mack McCarter, Spencer Hughes, Ashton Winger, Cameron Weaver, Bryson Harper, Camaron Marlar.

Second heat: Ricky Thornton Jr., Kyle Bronson, Dale McDowell, Brandon Sheppard, Earl Pearson Jr., Eli Beets, Michael Brown, Stormy Scott, Ricky Weiss, John Blankenship, Robby Moses.

Group A time trials

Driver (car no.), hometown, time

  1. Mike Marlar (157), Winfield, Tenn., 15.404
  2. Eli Beets (11B), Knoxville, Tenn., 15.561
  3. Chris Madden (44), Gray Court, S.C., 15.594
  4. Ricky Thornton Jr. (20rt), Chandler, Ariz., 15.602
  5. Hudson O’Neal (71), Martinsville, Ind., 15.703
  6. Brandon Sheppard (1), New Berlin, Ill., 15.730
  7. Austin Neely (3), New Tazewell, Tenn., 15.731
  8. Kyle Bronson (40B), Brandon, Fla., 15.733
  9. Brandon Overton (76), Evans, Ga., 15.790
  10. Michael Brown (24D), Lancaster, S.C., 15.794
  11. Brenden Smith (17SS), Dade City, Fla., 15.805
  12. Dale McDowell (17m), Chickamauga, Ga., 15.842
  13. Spencer Hughes (11H), Meridian, Miss., 15.857
  14. John Blankenship (23), Williamson, W.Va., 15.961
  15. Mack McCarter (51), Gatlinburg, Tenn., 15.976
  16. Earl Pearson Jr. (46), Jacksonville, Fla., 15.988
  17. Camaron Marlar (99), Winfield, Tenn., 15.995
  18. Robby Moses (21M), Maryville, Tenn., 15.998
  19. Cameron Weaver (17), Crossville, Tenn., 16.005
  20. Stormy Scott (2s), Las Cruces, N.M., 16.088
  21. Ashton Winger (89), Hampton, Ga., 16.127
  22. Ricky Weiss (7W), Headingley, Manitoba, 16.190
  23. Bryson Harper (20H), Forrest City, N.C., 16.351

Feature lineup

Row 1: Madden, Thornton
Row 2: Marlar, Bronson
Row 3: O’Neal, McDowell
Row 4: Overton, Sheppard
Row 5: Neely, Pearson
Row 6: B. Smith, Beets
Row 7: M. McCarter, Brown
Row 8: Hughes, S. Scott
Row 9: Winger, Weiss
Row 10: C. Weaver, Blankenship
Row 11: Harper, Moses
Row 12: C. Marlar
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