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Madden outduels Chupp, wins Golden Isles opener

January 29, 2009, 5:07 pm
By Todd Turner
DirtonDirt.com chief writer
Madden celebrates in victory lane. (butlerracingphotos.com)
Madden celebrates in victory lane. (butlerracingphotos.com)

BRUNSWICK, Ga. (Jan. 29) — Outdueling polesitter Randle Chupp over a four-lap stretch early in the race, fellow front-row starter Chris Madden of Gray Court, S.C., raced to a $5,000 O'Reilly Southern All Star victory in Thursday's opener of Golden Isles Speedway's Super Bowl V. | Complete Golden Isles coverage

Madden led the first seven laps before Chupp slipped underneath exiting turn four to grab the lead on lap eight. But Madden immediately answered the Troutman, N.C., driver's challenge with a side-by-side suel, and Madden went back ahead for good on lap 12, stretching his lead comfortably midway through the race and keeping Chupp at bay in the final stages of the 35-lapper.

"We had a great car all night long. The car is well-balanced and it drove great," said Madden, whose last major victory at the 4/10-mile oval came in a 2006 Southern All Star race. "I got to lapped traffic and they were throwing their crumbs out on the racetrack and I got to skating around a little bit, and I didn't pressure the lapped traffic quick enough."

But Madden worked his way into a groove faster than Chupp's, the runner-up said. "The racing lane was moving around some. I was the first one to catch it different," Chupp said. "Me and Chris started out the race running the same line. I found a second lane working a little better and snuck by him, then Chris discovered a third line that woke up about that time and snuck back by me."

The fast-qualifying Chupp, who lost the second spot in a frontstretch collision with Shane Clanton on a lap-15 restart that bent a spindle, regained second from Clanton on lap 21 and did his best to catch Madden in the race's late stages, but Madden maintained a cushion of lapped cars to keep his lead safe.

Scott Bloomquist of Mooresburg, Tenn., who started sixth, outdueled ninth-starting Earl Pearson Jr. of Jacksonville, Fla., in the final laps to finish third while Clanton, who ran third much of the way, faded on the white-flag lap with a flat tire and ended up 14th.

The Super Late Model main event, postponed by Wednesday's rainout, was slowed by two cautions, neither for serious incidents. Derek Ellis spun in turn four on the 16th lap and Steve Shaver slowed in turn four two laps later.

In the 30-lap National Late Model Series feature, Jason Fitzgerald made an outside pass of fellow Jacksonville, Fla., driver Johnny Collins amid traffic on the 10th lap and crossed the finish line 10 lengths ahead of Collins for his first career series victory.

Most of the same drivers will be back at Golden Isles on Friday for a 40-lap Southern All Star feature paying $7,500 to the winner. NLMS competitors will run for $3,000-to-win.

SAS @ Golden Isles: (1) Chris Madden, (2) Randle Chupp, (3) Scott Bloomquist, (4) Earl Pearson Jr., (5) Josh Richards, (6) Ronny Lee Hollingsworth, (7) Matt Miller, (8) Brady Smith, (9) Rick Eckert, (10) Jason Fitzgerald, (11) Dan Schlieper, (12) Tim Fuller, (13) Dennis Erb Jr., (14) Shane Clanton, (15) Casey Roberts, (16) Steve Francis, (17) Jimmy Owens, (18) Derek Ellis, (19) Billy Moyer, (20) Ivedent Lloyd Jr., (21) Eric Jacobsen, (22) Steve Shaver, (23) Shanon Buckingham, (24) Chub Frank. Fast qualifier (among 59 cars): Chupp, 15.180 seconds. Heat race winners: Chupp, Madden, Hollingsworth, Clanton, Richards, Bloomquist. Consolation winners: Jacobsen, Frank. Provisional starters: Fitzgerald, Ellis.

NLMS @ Golden Isles: (1) Jason Fitzgerald, (2) Johnny Collins, (3) Mark Whitener, (4) Brandon Cameron, (5) Royce Bray, (6) Jeff Fortner, (7) Steve Jones, (8) Larry Harrod, (9) Buddy Geiger, (10) Henry Carter, (11) Jeff Hunter, (12) A.J. Watson, (13) Kyle Van Sickle, (14) Joe Kump, (15) Shane Williams, (16) Ryan Van Sickle, (17) Bo Allen, (18) Brandon Dewitt, (19) Ches Chester, (20) Ivedent Lloyd Jr., (21) Darrell Padgett, (22) William Thomas, (23) Johnny Greene, (24) Stacey Roberts, (25) Jay Johnson.

Thursday's preliminary results:

Second consolation

Fourth-starting Chub Frank moved around Jeremy Faircloth on an early restart and held off Steve Francis for a 10-lap victory to earn a feature starting spot. Francis, who started fifth, moved around Faircloth two laps later and wrapped up the second spot. Faircloth, who started outside the front row and had his hands full with World of Outlaws regulars, settled for third ahead of Clint Smith. A lap-one caution appeared when polesitter Russ King, shuffed back on the first lap, spun high between turns one and two. Mike Collins slowed in turn one to draw a lap-six caution.

Finish: Chub Frank, Steve Francis, Jeremy Faircloth, Clint Smith, Ed Basey, Benji Cole, Mike Nasworthy, Craig Shuffield, Jason McBride, Ben Faircloth, Kerry Jones, Ethan Hunter, Dale Groves Jr., James Ward, Mike Collins, Russ King. Correction: Fixes Faircloth first names.

First consolation

Eric Jacobsen and Brady Smith nabbed transfer spots in the first consolation, leaving polesitter Tyler Ivey in third and without a transfer spot. Kelly Boen, going to a backup car after his heat race wreck, rallied from the tail to finish fifth in the 20-car consolation.

Finish: Eric Jacobsen, Brady Smith, Tyler Ivey, John Blankenship, Kelly Boen, Tommy Kerr, Dave Hess Jr., Jesse Stovall, Duke Whiseant, Jordan Bland, Tyler Reddick, Donnie Moran, Terry Casey, Dale Hammond, Jayme Zidar, Derek Ellis, Jason Fitzgerald, Anthony Hill.

Sixth heat

Polesitter Scott Bloomquist, a two-time winner in Super Bowl action last year, cruised to an easy victory in the final heat. Fellow front-row starter Tim Fuller comfortably held the second spot throughout the race, but was nearly a half-straightaway behind Bloomquist. Second-row starters Shanon Buckingham and Clint Smith battled for the third spot much of the race with Buckingham getting the upper hand in the final laps. Smith was fourth and Benji Cole a distant fifth after overtaking Dillon Wood on the final lap.

Finish: Scott Bloomquist, Tim Fuller, Shanon Buckingham, Clint Smith, Benji Cole, Dillon Wood, Ben Faircloth, Mike Collins, Dale Groves Jr.

Fifth heat

Polesitter Josh Richards led all the way for an easy victory while the second spot was contested all race long. Fourth-starting Steve Shaver, who got a great start, held on to the second spot most of the way while Ivedent Lloyd Jr. (low) and Steve Francis (high) battled much of the race just behind him. Lloyd finally bettered Francis then put the heat on Shaver in the final laps, finishing just inches behind in third. Francis, who started third, ended up fading to fifth behind a charging Jeremy Faircloth, who started seventh.

Finish: Josh Richards, Steve Shaver, Ivedent Lloyd Jr., Jeremy Faircloth, Steve Francis, Ed Basey, James Ward, Mark Andersen, Craig Shuffield.

Fourth heat

Shane Clanton, surviving a brush with the wall on the sixth lap while leading big, won from outside the front row. Polesitter Dan Schlieper was second in the caution-free race while fifth-starting Dennis Erb Jr. was a close third. Russ King advanced from his seventh starting spot to finish fourth ahead of Chub Frank.

Finish: Shane Clanton, Dan Schlieper, Dennis Erb Jr., Russ King, Chub Frank, Mike Nasworthy, Jason McBride, Ethan Hunter, Kerry Jones.

Third heat

Starting outside the front row, Ronnie Lee Hollingsworth outjumped polesitter Casey Roberts and cruised to an easy victory. Hollingsworth finished nearly a straightaway ahead of Earl Pearson Jr. with Roberts getting the third and final transfer spot. Tommy Kerr moved up from his sixth starting spot to finish fourth. Kelly Boen started fourth and was in a three-wide battle with Pearson and Roberts early in the race. But Boen got too high entering turn two and slammed into the track's tire barriers, knocking him out of the race. Boen's car hit hard on the right side and bounded high into the air before coming down on all four wheels. A red flag was thrown but Boen wasn't injured.

Finish: Ronny Lee Hollingsworth, Earl Pearson Jr., Casey Roberts, Tommy Kerr, Dave Hess Jr., Jesse Stovall, Jason Fitzgerald, Dale Hammond, Kelly Boen, Jayme Zidar.

Second heat

Polesitter Chris Madden outran fellow front-row starter Matt Miller, who found himself in a scramble with several drivers of Bloomquist Race Cars, including Madden. Madden stayed in control all race long, finishing eighth lengths ahead of Miller. Three other Bloomquist Race Car drivers followed them across the line, transferree Jimmy Owens, Eric Jacobsen, and Brady Smith. A lap-three caution appeared when third-starting Jordan Bland got into the turn-four wall triggering an A.J. Kirkpatrick spin in turn four. The first start was called back when four cars spun in turns one and two.

Finish: Chris Madden, Matt Miler, Jimmy Owens, Eric Jacobsen, Brady Smith, Jordan Bland, A.J. Kirkpatrick, Donnie Moran, Derek Ellis.

First heat

Polesitter Randle Chupp slid in front of fellow front-row starter Billy Moyer exiting turn two on the first lap and cruised to victory. Moyer and fourth-starting Rick Eckert got the other two transfer spots in the caution-free eight-lap prelim.

Finish: Randle Chupp, Billy Moyer, Rick Eckert, Tyler Ivey, John Blankenship, Terry Casey, Duke Whiseant, Tyler Reddick, Anthony Hill, Tommy Weder.

Qualifying

Randle Chupp of Troutman, N.C., was fast qualifier among 59 cars for the first round of Super Bowl V at Golden Isles Speedway. Chupp recorded a lap of 15.180 seconds on the 4/10-mile oval in the O'Reilly Southern All Star Series action. Chupp will start on the pole of the first of six heat races on a night when $5,000 is on the line for the 35-lap feature. Other heat race polesitters are Chris Madden of Gray Court, S.C., Casey Roberts of Toccoa, Ga., Dan Schlieper of Sullivan, Wis., Josh Richards of Shinnston, W.Va., and Scott Bloomquist of Mooresburg, Tenn. Shortly after time trials, the lights in turns three and four went dim. The lights were repaired and lower-division action began about 7:35 p.m.

Pre-race notes

The hood on the Jimmy Owens car fell off when he pulled on the track to qualify. It was refastened before he took time. ... Brent Dixon got into the turn-four guardrail on his second qualifying lap. ... Tommy Weder slowed on the track during his second qualifying lap and was pushed to the infield. ... Darren Miller of Milledgeville, Ill., got out of shape in turn four during hot laps and his No. 32D did a slow rollover as Ivedent Lloyd Jr. spun to avoid him. Miller quickly exited the car and didn't appear to be injured as he rode on the driver's side door while the car was towed to the pits. He scratched for the night. ... Randle Chupp was fastest in time trials with a 15.002-second lap, two-tenths under the fastest qualifying lap Wednesday and five-tenths better than anyone in hot laps. ... Other fast times in hot laps: Scott Bloomquist (15.502), Shane Clanton (15.518), Billy Moyer (15.586) and Steve Shaver (15.670). ... The newcoming drivers for Thursday: Dale Hammond of Nichols, S.C., and Dale Groves Jr. of Tallahassee, Fla. Two drivers who competed Wednesday not entering Thursday's racing were Eric Turner of Hermitage, Mo., and A.J. Kirkpatrick of Castroville, Calif., who had engine problems Wednesday. ... Southern All Star officials used group qualifying on Wednesday but plan to qualify straight-up Thursday. ... Three divisions are in action: Southern All Star Late Models, NLMS Late Models and limited sportsman.

Time trials (unofficial)

Driver (car no.), hometown, time
  1. Randle Chupp (22), Troutman, N.C., 15.180
  2. Chris Madden (44), Gray Court, S.C., 15.313
  3. Casey Roberts (101), Toccoa, Ga., 15.345
  4. Dan Schlieper (9), Sullivan, Wis., 15.398
  5. Josh Richards (1), Shinnston, W.Va., 15.423
  6. Scott Bloomquist (0), Mooresburg, Tenn., 15.428
  7. Billy Moyer (21), Batesville, Ark., 15.440
  8. Matt Miller (7), Whitehouse, Ohio, 15.512
  9. Ronny Lee Hollingsworth (18), Northport, Ala., 15.539
  10. Shane Clanton (25), Locust Grove, Ga., 15.571
  11. Ivedent Lloyd Jr. (21), Ocala, Fla., 15.609
  12. Tim Fuller (19), Watertown, N.Y., 15.614
  13. Tyler Ivey (47), Tallahassee, Fla., 15.642
  14. Jordan Bland (12), Campbellsville, Ky., 15.648
  15. Earl Pearson Jr., Jacksonville, Fla., 15.669
  16. Brent Dixon, Elberton, Ga., 15.687
  17. Steve Francis (19), Ashland, Ky., 15.689
  18. Shanon Buckingham (50), Morristown, Tenn., 15.695
  19. Rick Eckert (24), York, Pa., 15.698
  20. Jimmy Owens (20), Newport, Tenn., 15.729
  21. Kelly Boen (07), Henderson, Colo., 15.761
  22. Mike Nasworthy (0), Gray, Ga., 15.802
  23. Steve Shaver (30), Vienna, W.Va., 15.828
  24. Clint Smith (44), Senoia, Ga., 15.842
  25. Terry Casey (42), New London, Wis., 15.844
  26. Eric Jacobsen (5), Seacliff Beach, Calif., 15.852
  27. Jesse Stovall (00), Galena, Mo., 15.940
  28. Dennis Erb Jr. (28), Carpentersville, Ill., 15.965
  29. Ed Basey (4), Evans, Ga., 15.968
  30. Mike Collins (3), Council Bluffs, Iowa, 15.972
  31. John Blankenship (23), Williamson, W.Va., 16.010
  32. Derek Ellis (99), Chatsworth, Ga., 16.045
  33. Tommy Kerr (4T), Maryville, Tenn., 16.072
  34. Chub Frank (1*), Bear Lake, Pa., 16.134
  35. James Ward (w3), Lettsworth, La., 16.144
  36. Benji Cole (45), Canon, Ga., 16.162
  37. Anthony Hill, Carrollton, Ga., 16.163
  38. Brady Smith (2), Solon Springs, Wis., 16.174
  39. Dave Hess Jr. (44), Waterford, Pa., 16.188
  40. Russ King (56), Bristolville, Ohio, 16.191
  41. Jeremy Faircloth (4), Swainsboro, Ga., 16.193
  42. Dillon Wood (26), New Smyrna Beach, Fla., 16.224
  43. Tommy Weder (02), Woodward, Okla., 16.331
  44. Donnie Moran (99), Dresden, Ohio, 16.363
  45. Jayme Zidar (9z), Greenfield, Wis., 16.371
  46. Jason McBride (77), Carbondale, Ill., 16.558
  47. Craig Shuffield (360), Fayetteville, N.C., 16.595
  48. Ben Faircloth (27), Swainsboro, Ga., 16.605
  49. Tyler Reddick (11), Corning, Calif., 16.643
  50. A.J. Kirkpatrick (12k), Castroville, Calif., 16.690
  51. Jason Fitzgerald (7), Jacksonville, Fla., 16.712
  52. Ethan Hunter (101), Tiger, Ga., 16.719
  53. Mark Andersen (85), Blanchard, Mich., 16.784
  54. Dale Groves Jr. (63), Tallahassee, Fla., 16.817
  55. Kerry Jones (6), Bristol, Tenn., 16.839
  56. Duke Whiseant (A1), Texarkana, Ark., 16.851
  57. Mark Davis (01), Savannah, Ga., 17.132
  58. Dale Hammond (9), Nichols, S.C., 17.154
  59. Darren Miller (32D), Milledgeville, Ill., no time

Feature lineup

Row 1: Chupp, Madden
Row 2: Hollingsworth, Clanton
Row 3: Richards, Bloomquist
Row 4: Moyer, M. Miller
Row 5: Pearson, Schlieper
Row 6: Shaver, Fuller
Row 7: Eckert, Owens
Row 8: Roberts, Erb
Row 9: Lloyd, Buckingham
Row 10: Jacobsen, Frank
Row 11: B. Smith, Francis
Row 12: Fitzgerald, Ellis

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