Dirt Track at Charlotte
Lowes Food World Finals: Live updates of doubleheader
By Joshua JoinerDirtonDirt.com correspondent
CONCORD, N.C. (Nov. 6) — Blog-style reports from the Lowes Foods World Finals Presented by Bimbo Bakeries and Tom’s Snacks with a rain-forced doubleheader scheduled for Saturday at the Dirt Track at Charlotte. Two World of Outlaws Late Model Series features pay $10,000 to the winners (results are unofficial):
10:39 p.m. | Owens wins race, Richards wins title
For the second straight year, Jimmy Owens has won the second round of the World of Outlaws World Finals. Also for the second straight year, Josh Richards has claimed the World of Outlaws Late Model Series Championship. Jonathan Davenport finished second in the race with Darrell Lanigan third and Richards fourth. Tim McCreadie advanced from the 25th starting position to finish fifth.
Lowes Food World Finals: (1) Jimmy Owens, (2) Jonathan Davenport, (3) Darrell Lanigan, (4) Josh Richards, (5) Tim McCreadie, (6) Chris Madden, (7) Steve Shaver, (8) Mike Marlar, (9) Steve Francis, (10) Clint Smith, (11) Shane Clanton, (12) Chris Brown, (13) Rick Eckert, (14) Austin Hubbard, (15) Vic Coffey, (16) Will Vaught, (17) Gregg Satterlee, (18) Ken Schrader, (19) Jeff Rine, (20) Scott Bloomquist, (21) Earl Pearson Jr., (22) Jeep Van Wormer, (23) Dennis Erb Jr., (24) Tim Fuller, (25) Jared Landers, (26) Chub Frank, (27) Tommy Kerr (28) Billy Decker, (29) John Blankenship.
10:34 p.m. | Leaders in traffic
Race leader Jimmy Owens has caught lapped traffic with less than 10 laps remaining. Davenport is closing in. Lanigan is still third with Richards fourth
10:33 p.m. | Lanigan back ahead of Richards
Lanigan has moved back by Richards as the two run third and fourth respectively. Tim McCreadie is challenging Richards for fourth.
10:31 p.m. | Richards to second
The caution has again waved on lap 29. Owens continues to lead while Richards has moved up to second. Davenport is third with Lanigan fourth and Chris Madden fifth.
10:27 p.m. | Richards, Lanigan make contact
While Lanigan chose to go back to the bottom groove following the restart, Richards moved to the top and pulled alongside Lanigan. The two raced side-by-side into turn three and made contact as Richards pulled ahead. Richards also moved by Marlar before a spin by Scott Bloomquist brought the caution out on lap 26.
10:24 p.m. | Lanigan by Richards for fourth
Lanigan jumped to the outside on the restart and moved by Richards. He also pulled alongside Marlar for third, but a caution slowed the field before he completed the pass. Owens leads at the halfway point with Davenport second, Marlar third, Lanigan fourth and Richards fifth. Lanigan needs to beat Richards by four positions to win the championship.
10:16 p.m. | Erb spins, Lanigan moves to fifth
After the restart, Erb and Eckert got together in turn three, sending Erb for a spin in front of the field. Nobody hit Erb, but in the maylay, Richards moved up to fourth and Lanigan up to fifth. Owens continues to lead with Davenport second and Marlar third.
10:12 p.m. | Owens leads at first caution
John Blankenship and Clint Smith got together on the back straightaway, bringing out the race's first caution with 23 laps complete. Owens leads Davenport with Marlar third, Eckert fourth and Erb fifth. Richards is in the sixth position, while Lanigan has moved up to 11th.
10:08 p.m. | Lead swapping in traffic
With Marlar in heavy traffic, Davenport moved to the lead on lap 15. Jimmy Owens used a high-side pass three laps later to take the lead from Davenport and is now pulling away.
10:05 p.m. | Marlar to the lead
Mike Marlar moved to the lead from the outside pole on the start of the race with Jonathan Davenport moving from third to second. Lanigan is up to 15th early while Richards is sixth.
10:00 p.m. | Late Models on the track
The Late Model feature field is on the track and about to take the green flag. Jeep Van Wormer will start from the tail of the field after going to a backup car. That will move Darrell Lanigan up one row to the 19th starting position.
9:53 p.m. | Jason Meyers sweeps sprint car features
The World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series feature has finished with Jason Meyers taking the victory for a sweep of the sprint car World Finals features. Meyers is also the series champion. The World of Outlaws Late Model Series finale is up next.
9:36 p.m. | McCreadie wins modified feature
Pulling double duty on the weekend, Tim McCreadie of Watertown, N.Y., won tonight's DIRTcar Modifed feature. With his runner-up finish, Matt Sheppard is the 2010 series champion.
9:31 p.m. | Long way to go for Lanigan
Trailing Josh Richards by six points in the World of Outlaws points standings, Darrell Lanigan will have a long way to go in tonight's feature if he's to earn his second series title. Lanigan will start from the 21st position, while Richards starts seventh. Lanigan had a nice run in the round-one feature, advancing from 12th to a fourth-place finish. But he'll have to do more than that this time as he needs to pass Richards and beat him by at least four positions to win the championship.
9:14 p.m. | Redraw puts Erb on pole
Dennis Erb Jr., will start from the pole of the Late Model feature race with Mike Marlar alongside. Jonathan Davenport will try to complete a sweep of the World Final features from the third-starting position. Round one runner-up Rick Eckert will start fourth, with John Blankenship fifth and Jimmy Owens sixth. The big-block modified feature is on the track now and will be followed by the sprint car feature. The Late Model main event will close out the night.
8:59 p.m. | Lanigan wins third consy
Darrell Lanigan led every lap of the third consolation race for the win ahead of Will Vaught. Chub Frank finished third with Tim Fuller fourth and Doug Drown fifth.
Second consolation race finish: Darrell Lanigan, Will Vaught, Chub Frank, Tim Fuller, Doug Drown, Jared Hawkins, Tommy Kerr, Austin Hubbard, John Lobb, Larry Wight, Jay Sessoms, April Farmer, Kyle Pierce, DNS: Ricky Elliott, Zach Dohm, Kerry King, Brad Neat.
8:55 p.m. | Pearson wins second consy
After missing the round one feature, Earl Pearson Jr., won the second consolation race to transfer into tonight's main event. Shane Clanton finished second to also transfer. Eric Jacobsen will miss the feature with his third-place finish.
Second consolation race finish: Earl Pearson Jr., Shane Clanton, Eric Jacobsen, Russ King, Eddie Carrier Jr., Ron Davies, Tim Dohm, Dale Mcdowell, Tim Allen, Ricky Thornton, Jason Montgomery, Mark Byram, Brian Nuttall Jr., Chad Hollenbeck, James O'Hara, Tim McCreadie, Dan Schlieper, DNS: Jon Gunther.ï¿½
8:47 p.m. | Coffey wins first consy
Vic Coffey won the first consolation race ahead of Chris Brown. Shanon Babb and Johnny Pursley, who finished third and fourth respectively, will both miss the feature race.
First consolation race finish: Vic Coffey, Chris Brown, Shannon Babb, Johnny Pursley, Tyler Reddick.
8:44 p.m. | Late Model consolation races underway
The first of three Late Model consolation race has taken the green flag.
8:25 p.m. | Sprint cars on track
Sprint car consolation races are underway and will be followed by Late Model consolation races.
8:14 p.m. | Blankenship wins heat six
John Blankenship dominated the sixth heat race, claiming the win ahead of Chris Madden and and Jared Landers. Darrell Lanigan, who trails Josh Richards by six points in the World of Outlaws points standings, finished fourth and will have to go to a consolation race. Austin Hubbard finished fifth.
Heat six finish: John Blankenship, Chris Madden, Jared Landers, Darrell Lanigan, Austin Hubbard, Chub Frank, Doug Drown, John Lobb, Kyle Pierce, Zack Dohm, Brad Neat.
8:06 p.m. | Owens wins fifth heat
Jimmy Owens led every lap of the caution-free fifth heat to claim the win ahead of Steve Shaver. Scott Bloomquist finished in the third and final transfer position, ahead of Tim Fuller and Will Vaught.
Heat five finish: Jimmy Owens, Steve Shaver, Scott Bloomquist,Tim Fuller, Will Vaught, Tommy Kerr, Jared Hawkins, Jay Sessoms, Ricky Elliott, Larry Wight, Kerry King, April Farmer.
8:01 p.m. | Eckert wins heat four
Rick Eckert won the fourth heat race ahead of Jeff Rine. Gregg Satterlee and Ron Davies battled side-by-side for the majority of the race, with Saterlee taking the position at the finish. Davies finished fourth with Eric Jacobsen fifth.
Heat four finish: Rick Eckert, Jeff Rine, Gregg Satterlee, Ron Davies, Eric Jacobsen, Eddie Carrier Jr., Tim McCreadie, Tim Dohm, Jason Montgomery, Chad Hollenbeck, Brian Nuttall Jr., James O'Hara.
7:55 p.m. | Heat three goes to Erb
Dennis Erb Jr., won heat three for his second heat race win of the day. Billy Decker finished second, holding off Jeep Van Wormer in a last-lap battle. Shane Clanton finished fourth with Earl Pearson Jr., fifth.
Heat three finish: Dennis Erb Jr., Billy Decker, Jeep Van Wormer, Shane Clanton, Earl Pearson Jr.,
7:46 p.m. | Marlar wins heat two
Mike Marlar rebounded from his round-one woes to claim the win in the second heat race of round two. Ken Schrader held off a strong challenge from Clint Smith to finish in the second position.
Heat two finish: Mike Marlar, Ken Schrader, Clint Smith, Vic Coffey, Ricky Weeks, Johnny Pursley, John Henderson, Chris Ferguson, Chuck Harper, Philip Pittman, Justin Labonte, DNS Brian Ledbetter.
7:39 p.m. | Davenport stays strong
Jonathan Davenport has set himself up nicely for a potential sweep of the World Finals. He led every lap of the first heat race from the pole. Josh Richards moved from fourth to second on the start of the 10-lap race and claimed the runner-up finish ahead of Steve Francis. Jason Feger finished fourth with Chris Brown fifth.
Heat one finish: Jonathan Davenport, Josh Richards, Steve Francis, Jason Feger, Chris Brown, Shannon Babb, Dennis Franklin, Tyler Reddick, Jacob Hawkins, Bob Gordon, Jill George, Chuck Smith.
7:33 p.m. | Late Models take the track
The fourth and final sprint car heat race is complete. The first of six Late Model heat races is taking the track now.
6:50 p.m. | Sprint car heats underway
The first of four sprint car heat races is about to begin. Late Model heat races will follow the sprint cars.
6:45 p.m. | Round two heat race lineups
First heat race (10 laps; top three advance)
Row 1: Jonathan Davenport, Dennis Franklin
Row 2: Jason Feger, Josh Richards
Row 3: Steve Francis, Chris Brown
Row 4: Shannon Babb, Jacob Hawkins
Row 5: Bob Gordon, Jill George
Row 6: Chuck Smith, Tyler Reddick
Second heat race (10 laps; top three advance)
Row 1: Ken Schrader, Mike Marlar
Row 2: Chris Ferguson, Ricky Weeks
Row 3: Vic Coffey, Clint Smith
Row 4: Johnny Pursley, Justin Labonte
Row 5: Philip Pittman, Chuck Harper
Row 6: Brian Ledbetter, John Henderson
Third heat race (10 laps; top three advance)
Row 1: Dennis Erb Jr., Billy Decker
Row 2: Earl Pearson Jr., Dan Schlieper
Row 3: Dale McDowell, Shane Clanton
Row 4: Jeep Van Wormer, Tim Allen
Row 5: Mark Byram, Jon Gunther
Row 6: Russ King, Ricky Thornton
Fourth heat race (10 laps; top three advance)
Row 1: Rick Eckert, Jason Montgomery
Row 2: Jeff Rine, Ron Davies
Row 3: Gregg Satterlee, Eric Jacobsen
Row 4: Eddie Carrier Jr., Tim Dohm
Row 5: Chad Hollenbeck, Tim McCreadie
Row 6: Brian Nuttall Jr., James O'Hara
Fifth heat race (10 laps; top three advance)
Row 1: Tommy Kerr, Jimmy Owens
Row 2: Steve Shaver, Scott Bloomquist
Row 3: Ricky Elliott, Tim Fuller
Row 4: Will Vaught, Jared Hawkins
Row 5: Kerry King, Jay Sessoms
Row 6: April Farmer, Larry Wight
Sixth heat race (10 laps; top three advance)
Row 1: John Blankenship, Doug Drown
Row 2: Chris Madden, Jared Landers
Row 3: John Lobb, Zack Dohm
Row 4: Darrell Lanigan, Chub Frank
Row 5: Austin Hubbard, Kyle Pierce
Row 6: Brad Neat
6:20 p.m. | Richards, Lanigan separated by six points going into finale
After the first round of the World of Outlaws World Finals at The Dirt Track at Charlotte, the 22-point lead that Josh Richards enjoyed over Darrell Lanigan going into the World of Outlaws final two races has lessened considerably. While Richards finished back in the 12th position, Lanigan finished fourth, cutting Richard’s lead to a mere six points going into the series finale Saturday night.
On a black racetrack in the middle of the day, Richards said it was tire choice that made the difference in the first feature.
“We would have liked to have run better to get some (points),” Richards said Saturday afternoon before the night portion of the World Finals got started. “Darrell gained a lot of points on us. He gambled on tires. It could have went either way. I felt like before the race that we were going to be good. His tires let him get up through there on the starts and get some track position. That was the key in the first race.”
But even with the performance, Richards still has the upper hand going into Saturday night.
“Now we just got to race hard. It’s crazy to race this long and it comes down to three positions between two cars,” said Richards who starts fourth in his heat Saturday night. “We were just a little bit off on tires in that feature and it cost us some positions I think. Just have to see what the tracks going to do tonight and just try to get up through there and try to win the race.”
Set to start seventh in his second-round heat race, Lanigan still has a long way to go to overtake Richards.
“We just need a little luck,” Lanigan said. “We’ve got another bad qualifying round, but hopefully it turns out like it did (today) and we’ll be all right. It depends on what they do to the track out there. We’re back in the sixth heat so that should help us some on passing.
5:40 p.m. | Round two starting soon
Opening ceremonies for round two of the World of Outlaws World Finals at The Dirt Track at Charlotte have been completed. Speedway crews are finishing up track preparations and the racing action should begin soon. The twice-postponed round one feature for the sprint cars will kick off the night's activities followed by modified consolation races and sprint car heat races. Late Model heat races will follow the sprint cars.
4 p.m. | Davenport captures opener
Jonathan Davenport of Blairsville, Ga., continued his dominance of the World of Outlaws World Finals by claiming victory in the first of two features Saturday at The Dirt Track at Charlotte. After starting from the sixth position, Davenport passed Tim McCreadie of Watertown, N.Y., on lap 11 and led the remainder of the 40-lap race for his first World of Outlaws Late Model Series victory.
“This is awesome. The stands are packed and it’s really cool to get my first (World of Outlaws) win like this,” said Davenport, who has had a breakout season in 2010.
Tire choice helped propel Davenport to the victory. Preparing to race on a racetrack that caused flat right-rear tires for 25 of 28 drivers in the modified feature that preceded the Late Model race, Davenport went with Hoosier compound 70, one of the hardest tires available to Late Model drivers.
“We knew what we were going to put one early in the day,” Davenport said of his decision. “I don’t know why nobody else didn’t. I really don’t understand their thinking. I was a little bit worried. I just didn’t know if my tires would fire as good as they did. But once we got out on the racetrack and I was able to warm the tires up I knew we would be OK.”
After McCreadie had a flat right-rear tire with three laps remaining Rick Eckert of York, Pa., claimed the runner-up finish ahead of Steve Francis of Ashland, Ky., in third. Dan Schlieper of Sullivan, Wis., finished fourth with Dennis Erb Jr., of Carperntersville, Ill., fifth. World of Outlaws points leader Josh Richards finished 12th and will take a six-point lead over Lanigan into tonight's World of Outlaws finale.
With a pole heat race starting position, Davenport has the opportunity to become the first driver to sweep the World Finals by winning round two Saturday night. With the way he’s ran all weekend at Charlotte, Davenport is confident going into the event.
“I feel real good,” Davenport said. “Our car’s been really neutral. We haven’t really changed anything from the way we qualified Thursday night. I think we have as good of an opportunity tonight as we did today. We’ve had a great season so far and (to win both races) would really top it off.”
World Finals round one feature: (1) Jonathan Davenport, (2) Rick Eckert, (3) Steve Francis, (4) Darrell Lanigan, (5) Dan Schlieper, (6) Dennis Erb Jr., (7) Clint Smith, (8) Jimmy Owens, (9) John Blankenship, (10) Scott Bloomquist, (11) Chris Madden, (12) Josh Richards, (13) Jared Landers, (14) Vic Coffey, (15) Tim Fuller, (16) Jeep Van Wormer, (17) Russ King, (18) Austin Hubbard, (19) Zack Dohm, (20) Johnny Pursley, (21) Gregg Satterlee, (22) Chris Brown, (23) Tim McCreadie, (24) Steve Shaver, (25) Chub Frank, (26) Shane Clanton, (27) Dale McDowell,(28) Jeff Rine.
3:55 p.m. | Flat right-rear for McCreadie
McCreadie has become the first driver to suffer from flat right-rear tire, bringing out the caution with three laps remaining. Eckert will assume the second position for the restart. Steve Francis is thrid with Lanigan fourth and Dan Schlieper fifth. Josh Richards is 12th.
3:52 p.m. | Davenport pulling away
After allowing McCreadie to close the gap in lapped traffic, Davenport has pulled to nearly a straightaway lead with five laps remaining.
3:50 p.m. | McCreadie chasing Davenport
At lap 25, Davenport has reached lapped traffic while McCreadie has closed the gap to just a few car lenghts.
3:45 p.m. | Davenport takes the lead
Davenport moved around McCreadie on lap 11 and opened up a comfortable lead before Steve Shaver slowed in turn two bringing out the race's second caution. World of Outlaws points leader Josh Richards is 14th while his closest challenger Darrell Lanigan is up to fifth.
3:39 p.m. | Davenport to second
Shane Clanton slowed in turn four bringing out the first caution of the race on lap 9. After starting sixth, Davenport moved around Eckert for the second position on lap six and closed the gap on McCreadie before the yellow flag waved.
3:35 p.m. | Late Model feature underway
The green flag has waved on the 40-lap World of Outlaws Late Model feature. Tim McCreadie has jumped to the early lead over Rick Eckert. Jonathan Davenport has moved from sixth to third.
3:30 p.m. | Tires plague modified feature
After 25 of 28 starters had right rear flats, Jimmy Phelps won the big-block modified feature. Matt Sheppard led the majority of the race until his right-rear went flat coming to the white flag. As the Late Model feature takes the track, drivers have to be worried about how their tires will hold up on the black racing surface.ï¿½
3:15 p.m. | Tire concerns
The racetrack has been brutal on right-rear tires for the big-block modifieds. At lap 20 of their 30-lap feature, 15 drivers have suffered right-rear flats. There have also been nine cautions so far.
3:03 p.m. | Provisional starters
Shane Clanton and Russ King will use World of Outlaws points provisionals to start the first feature from the 25th and 26th starting spots respectively. Chris Madden will start 27th after earning a provisional for being the fastest qualifying early entrant to not make the feature. For being the first postmarked entry for this weekend's World Finals, Jeff Rine earned the final provisonal and will start 28th.
2:47 p.m. | Modified feature underway
The day's first feature race is underway as the big-block modifieds have taken the green flag. The Late Model feature will follow the modifieds.
2:42 p.m. | McDowell wins third consy
Dale McDowell drove to an easy win in the third and final consolation race to transfer to the feature. Will Vaught and Shannon Babb swapped the second position a number of times early in the race, until Vaught turned Babb sideways in turn three. Both cars spun and made heavy contact with the wall. The incident left Johnny Pursley and Chris Madden to battle for the second position, with Pursley taking the transfer position. Madden finished third ahead of Ricky Elliott and Eddie Carrier Jr.
Third consolation race: McDowell, Pursley, Madden, Elliott, Carrier, Jacob Hawkins, Rine, Lobb, George, Gunther, Drown, Nuttall, Scott, Gordon, Babb, Vaught, Ledbetter, DNS: Pittman.
2:30 p.m. | Satterlee wins second consy
Gregg Satterlee cruised to victory in the second consolation race ahead of Austin Hubbard. Jacob Hawkins challanged Hubbard for the transfer spot throughout most of the 10-lap race, but came up empty in his third-place finish. Tim Dohm finished fourth with Tyler Reddick fifth.
Second consolation race: Satterlee, Hubbard, Hawkins, Dohm, Reddick, Weeks, Franklin, Labonte, Farmer, Kerr, Ferguson, Wight, Byram, Pierce, Davies, Neat, DNS: Harper.
2:18 p.m. | Landers, Van Wormer transfer
After starting sixth, Jared Landers quickly worked his way to the front of the first Late Model consolation race and won the 10-lap race. Jeep Van Wormer finished second to claim the other transfer spot, while Russ King finished third ahead of Shane Clanton, who will use a provisional to make the feature field.
First consolation race: Landers, Van Wormer, King, Clanton, Feger, Montgomery, Schrader, Allen, Henderson, Jacobsen, Decker, Hollenbeck, King, O'Hara, Chuck Smith, Thornton, Sessoms, DNS: Pearson, Marlar, Wells.
2:10 p.m. | First consolation race on track
The first of three Late Model consolation races has taken the track. Jason Feger shares the front row with Jeep Van Wormer. Some notable drivers in this race include Shane Clanton and Billy Deckier, who starts on the tail after his third-place heat race finish was disqualified.
2:00 p.m. | Consolation races coming up
Sprint car consolation races are almost complete. Late Models consolation races are up next.
1:55 p.m. | Feature lineup
Row 1: Tim McCreadie, Rick Eckert
Row 2: Dennis Erb Jr., Dan Schlieper
Row 3: Steve Francis, Jonathan Davenport
Row 4: Steve Shaver, Jimmy Owens
Row 5: Vic Coffey, Clint Smith
Row 6: John Blankenship, Darrell Lanigan
Row 7: Chub Frank, Tim Fuller
Row 8: Josh Richards, Zack Dohm
Row 9: Scott Bloomquist, Chris Brown
Row 10: TBD, TBD
Row 11: TBD, TBD
Row 12: TBD, TBD
Row 13: TBD, TBD
1:35 p.m. | Consolation race lineups
First consolation race
Row 1: Jason Feger, Jeep Van Wormer
Row 2: Earl Pearson Jr., John Henderson
Row 3: Russ King, Jared Landers
Row 4: Eric Jacobsen, Jason Montgomery
Row 5: Shane Clanton, Tim Allen
Row 6: Chad Hollenbeck, Kerry King
Row 7: Ken Schrader, James O'Hara
Row 8: Chuck Smith, Eric Wells
Row 9: Ricky Thornton, Mike Marlar
Row 10: Billy Decker, Jay Sessoms
Second consolation race
Row 1: Chris Ferguson, Gregg Satterlee
Row 2: Austin Hubbard, Ron Davies
Row 3: Brad Neat, Jared Hawkins
Row 4: Ricky Weeks, Tyler Reddick
Row 5: April Farmer, Justin Labonte
Row 6: Dennis Franklin, Tim Dohm
Row 7: Larry Wight, Kyle Pierce
Row 8: Mark Byram, Tommy Kerr
Row 9: Chuck Harper
Third consolation race
Row 1: Dale McDowell, Will Vaught
Row 2: Johnny Pursley, Shannon Babb
Row 3: Ricky Elliot, Chris Madden
Row 4: Eddie Carrier Jr., Jeff Rine
Row 5: Jacob Hawkins, John Lobb
Row 6: Bob Gordon, Jill George
Row 7: Kevin Scott, Phillip Pittman
Row 8: Brian Ledbetter, Jon Gunther
Row 9: Doug Drown, Brian Nuttall Jr.
1:20 p.m. | Redraw gives McCreadie the pole
The redraw for heat race winners has given the pole for today's first feature to Tim McCreadie. Rick Eckert will start from the outside of the front row with Dennis Erb third, Dan Schlieper fourth, Steve Francis fifth and Jonathan Davnport sixth. We'll have the feature lineup minus consolation transfers shortly.
1:15 p.m. | Track work during intermission
For the most part, the racing surface has been pretty smooth during the early going today at Charlotte. But a tall cushion has developed around the top of turns three and four. Track crews are working to knock down the cushion during a brief intermission.
1:05 p.m. | Schlieper wins sixth and final heat
Dan Schlieper of Sullivan, Wis., won the sixth and final heat race, holding off eigth-starting Darrell Lanigan, who is second behind Josh Richards in the World of Outlaws point standings. Chris Brown finished third ahead of Will Vaught and Shannon Babb.
Chriss Madden was running second early in the race, but slid high in turn two. After falling almost all the way to the tail of the field, Madden rebounded to finish sixth.
Heat six finish: Schlieper, Lanigan, Brown, Vaught, Babb, Madden, Rine, Lobb, George, Pittman, Gunther, Nuttall.
12:54 p.m. | Francis claims fifth heat
Steve Francis of Ashland, Ky., won the fifth heat race