Chris Madden Sweeps North/South Weekend

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Chris Madden Sweeps North/South Weekend

Story By: Jeremy Shields/LOLMDS

Photos By: Heath Lawson/LOLMDS

UNION, Ky. (August 10, 2019) – Chris Madden continued his recent hot-streak with a $50,000 victory in Saturday’s Sunoco Race Fuels North/South 100 – Presented by Lucas Oil at Florence Speedway.

UNION, Ky. (August 10, 2019) – Chris Madden continued his recent hot-streak with a $50,000 victory in Saturday’s Sunoco Race Fuels North/South 100 – Presented by Lucas Oil at Florence Speedway.

Madden stormed from his tenth starting spot to sweep the weekend in front of the standing room only crowd. With his win, Madden became the seventh different driver to win the race in the last seven years.

Madden took the lead from Jimmy Owens on lap 76 and then went uncontested to score his eleventh career Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series victory.

Hudson O’Neal tried to catch Madden in the final four green flag laps, but he had to settle for second with Owens finishing in third. Devin Moran came from the fourteenth starting position to take fourth as Zack Dohm passed seventeen cars to earn the Hard Charger of the Race and rounded out the top five at the stripe.

In a race that saw four lead changes among three drivers, Owens grabbed the lead at the start of the race and led the first eighteen circuits of the 100-lap event. Bobby Pierce then bolted to the point on lap 19. Owens regained the lead on lap 34 and held a comfortable margin for most of the race, until a caution for Bobby Pierce on lap 72.

When the race resumed, Owens and Madden had a side-by-side battle between the two veteran drivers for several laps, until Madden finally managed to take the lead for good on lap 76.

“We knew we had a chance to win tonight,” Madden commented in Victory Lane. “We just wanted to stay out of trouble and position ourselves in the top five by halfway; try to gain some positions on the restarts. At this place, you just kind of inch on a guy, you just really don’t pass him in one try.”

What an awesome racecar and an awesome team we have,” said the winner, who became the 25th different driver to win the event since it began in 1983. “Thanks to all of the fans for coming out this weekend. We appreciate it. Whenever we got into traffic, I knew I had a car capable of winning the race.”

O’Neal recorded his best career finish in the event as he earned a $20,000 payday for second. “We were really good around the bottom all night. We never gave up on it. A couple of times we got shuffled back to fourth or fifth. I tried to search around and find some different angles out there. All-in-all we were good all weekend, we just needed to be one position better in this race. Congrats to Chris, he drove a great race.”

Owens led 60 laps but fell short of becoming the first four-time winner of the event. “It’s really a racy track. You don’t know whether to go high or low or the middle, that’s why it’s a hard race to win. We were comfortable where we were running. The track just had more grip down on the bottom as the race went on and that is where Madden and those guys were running. Both Chris and Hudson have had a great car all weekend. I am happy to come in third behind those guys.”

Madden’s Scott Bloomquist Racing, Bloomquist Race Car is powered by a Custom Race Engine and sponsored by: Great America Steak Company, STEEL-IT, Lucas Oil Products, Sorbera Chiropractic, Sweet Manufacturing, Crossfit by Overton, VP Fuels, and Penske Shocks.

Completing the top ten were Tim McCreadie, Ricky Weiss, Kyle Strickler, Brandon Overton, and Scott Bloomquist.

In the $2,000-to-win non-qualifier’s race, former Florence Speedway track champion Jason Jameson took the lead from Frank Heckenast Jr. after a late race restart and pulled away for the victory. Heckenast finished in second, followed by Robby Hensley, Johnny Scott, and Billy Green.

Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series
Race Summary
Friday and Saturday, August 9-10, 2019
37th annual Sunoco North/South 100 – Presented by Lucas Oil
Florence Speedway – Union, Ky.

Round 1:
Penske Race Shocks Heat Race #1 Finish:Mike Marlar, Michael Norris, Ricky Weiss, Tyler Erb ®, Kyle Strickler, Kevin Weaver, Robby Hensley, Paul Stubber, Victor Lee-DNS

FK Rod Ends Heat Race #2 Finish: Zak Blackwood, Dale McDowell, Scott Bloomquist, Jason Jameson ®, Donald McIntosh, Tim McCreadie, Josh Rice, Johnny Scott, Todd Brennan

Simpson Race Products Heat Race #3 Finish: Frank Heckenast, Jr., Billy Moyer, Jr., Stormy Scott, Greg Johnson, Kody Evans, Earl Pearson, Jr., Scott James , Jeff Alsip, Roger Williams

Lucas Oil Products Penetrating Oil Heat Race #4 Finish:Hudson O’Neal, Duane Chamberlain, Chris Garnes, Chris Madden, Devin Moran ®, Zack Dohm, Jason Miller, Billy Green, Jesse Lay

Sunoco Race Fuels Heat Race #5 Finish:Jimmy Owens, Jonathan Davenport, Bobby Pierce, Trevor Landrum, Kent Robinson, Shanon Buckingham, Mike Benedum, Joey Moriarty, Austin Rettig

Arizona Sport Shirts Heat Race #6 Finish:Kyle Bronson, Nick Hoffman, Brandon Overton, Devin Gilpin, Josh Richards, David Webb, Mike Provenzano, Austin Burns

Round 2:
Penske Race Shocks Heat Race #1 Finish: Mike Benedum, Kyle Strickler, Devin Gilpin, Josh Richards, Mike Marlar, Joey Moriarty, Johnny Scott, Chris Garnes, Kody Evans

FK Rod Ends Heat Race #2 Finish: Bobby Pierce, Billy Green, Robby Hensley, Shanon Buckingham, Jason Jameson ®, Scott James , David Webb, Jesse Lay

Simpson Race Products Heat Race #3 Finish:Earl Pearson, Jr., Ricky Weiss, Jonathan Davenport, Hudson O’Neal, Brandon Overton, Dale McDowell, Greg Johnson, Trevor Landrum, Duane Chamberlain

Lucas Oil Products Penetrating Oil Heat Race #4 Finish:Scott Bloomquist, Devin Moran ®, Donald McIntosh, Austin Rettig, Jason Miller, Jeff Alsip, Paul Stubber, Austin Burns, Billy Moyer, Jr.

Sunoco Race Fuels Heat Race #5 Finish:Stormy Scott, Chris Madden, Tim McCreadie, Kent Robinson, Nick Hoffman, Michael Norris, Frank Heckenast, Jr., Todd Brennan

Arizona Sport Shirts Heat Race #6 Finish: Jimmy Owens, Zack Dohm, Tyler Erb ®, Kyle Bronson, Josh Rice, Zak Blackwood, Mike Provenzano, Roger Williams, Kevin Weaver

Lucas Oil Products Red “N” Tacky Spray Grease B-Main #1 Finish (15 Laps – Top 2 Transfer): Mike Benedum, Josh Richards, Kent Robinson, Donald McIntosh, Michael Norris, Paul Stubber, Jason Miller, Billy Moyer, Jr., Austin Rettig, Josh Rice, Kody Evans-DNS, Todd Brennan-DNS, Victor Lee-DNS

FAST Shafts B-Main #2 Finish (15 Laps – Top 2 Transfer): Nick Hoffman, Dale McDowell, Shanon Buckingham, Frank Heckenast, Jr., Chris Garnes, Robby Hensley, Joey Moriarty, Johnny Scott, Jesse Lay, Jeff Alsip, Greg Johnson-DNS, Scott James-DNS

SuperClean B-Main #3 Finish (15 Laps – Top 2 Transfer): Brandon Overton, Zack Dohm, Jason Jameson ®, Billy Green, David Webb, Austin Burns, Duane Chamberlain, Roger Williams, Mike Provenzano, Tim McCreadie, Trevor Landrum-DNS, Kevin Weaver-DNS

Lucas Oil Feature Finish (100 Laps):

FINISHSTARTCAR #DRIVER NAMEHOMETOWNEARNINGS
1100mChris MaddenGray Court, SC$50,000
2571Hudson O’NealMartinsville, IN$20,700
3120Jimmy OwensNewport, TN$10,800
4141MDevin Moran ®Dresden, OH$9,800
52217dZack DohmCross Lanes, WV$8,000
62339Tim McCreadieWatertown, NY$7,700
767wRicky WeissHeadingley, MB$6,000
8158SKyle StricklerTroutman, NC$5,000
9192Brandon OvertonEvans, GA$4,500
1020Scott BloomquistMooresburg, TN$4,000
112450Shanon BuckinghamMorristown, TN$4,200
12182HNick HoffmanMooresville, NC$3,250
1342sStormy ScottLas Cruses, NM$3,700
14749Jonathan DavenportBlairsville, GA$3,850
15111GDevin GilpinColumbus, IN$2,500
16840BKyle BronsonBrandon, FL$3,100
17265Michael NorrisSarver, PA$400
18121TTyler Erb ®New Waverly, TX$2,950
19161Earl Pearson, Jr.Jacksonville, FL$3,000
202014Josh RichardsShinnston, WV$2,950
212718LTrevor LandrumErlanger, KY$2,100
22332PBobby PierceOakwood, IL$2,075
239157Mike MarlarWinfield, TN$2,050
24178BMike BenedumSalem, WV$2,025
252521Billy Moyer, Jr.Batesville, AR$800
262117mDale McDowellChickamauga, GA$2,000

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