Chris Madden finally finds Victory Lane in Southern Nationals Smoky Mountain Stop



Chris Madden finally finds Victory Lane in Southern Nationals Smoky Mountain Stop


By Chris Tilley

Series Publicist


MARYVILLE, TN (August 1, 2014)—It took him nine events to get the job done but Chris Madden finally got to Schaeffer’s Oil Southern Nationals Series victory lane.


The Gray Court, S.C. competitor led flag-to-flag for the $5,300 victory at the Smoky Mountain Speedway on FridayNight August 1st. Madden, who had not finished outside of the top-ten and had four podium finishes in the first eight races, finally got the job done in front of a great crowd.


Madden took his Century Plastics, Henderson Amusement, Hamrick’s of Gaffney, Cushman Paint & Body and Penske Shocks-sponsored Clements Racing Engines-powered Bloomquist Race Car to victory lane for the 24thcareer time in series history.


Madden and Randy Weaver would bring the field of 23 to the start for the 53-lapper with Madden jumping to the outside and the commanding lead early on. Madden lapped up to the sixth place car before the end of the main event. The four time series champion was never challenged for the lead after the last restart that took place after the final yellow on lap 13.


Two cautions closed the main event. The first yellow flag came as the field went into turn one on the initial start and Vic Hill spun around setting the field up for another start. The next yellow would wave on lap 13 as eighth running Tommy Kerr got his bumper locked into the right-rear quarter panel of Bo Eaton, sending both cars to the pits for the night with heavy damage.


The series moves to Tazewell (TN) Speedway on Saturday Night for the $5,300-to-win finale event.


Official Summary of Results

Round # 9 of Schaeffer’s Oil Southern Nationals Series by Old Man’s Garage

Smoky Mountain Speedway-Maryville, TN

Friday Night August 1, 2014


A-Main Finish:

1. Chris Madden-Gray Court, S.C.

2. Mike Marlar-Winfield, Tenn.

3. Randy Weaver-Crossville, Tenn.

4. Billy Ogle Jr.-Knoxville, Tenn.

5. Vic Hill-Mosheim, Tenn.

6. Mack McCarter-Gatlinburg, Tenn.

7. Eric Jacobsen-Rio Del Mar, Cal.

8. Donald McIntosh-Dawsonville, Ga.

9. Anthony Burroughs-Minden, La.

10. Ryan King-Seymour, Tenn.

11. Austin Smith-Cedartown, Ga.

12. Craig Vosbergen-Perth, Australia

13. Jason Welshan-Maryville, Tenn.

14. Chris Wilson-Crossville, Tenn.

15. Riley Hickman-Cleveland, Tenn.

16. Mark Douglas-Knoxville, Tenn.

17. Josh Putnam-Florence, Ala.

18. David Crabtree-Maryville, Tenn.

19. Skip Arp-Georgetown, Tenn.

20. Tommy Kerr-Maryville, Tenn.

21. Bo Eaton-Blue Ridge, Ga.

22. Mark Vineyard-Powell, Tenn.

23. Stacy Boles-Clinton, Tenn.


Time of Race: 26 minutes, 24 seconds

Margin of Victory: 04.457 seconds

Yellow Flags: Two (laps 0, 13)

Red Flags: None

Lap Leaders: Madden (1-53)

Provisional Starters: Stacy Boles, Riley Hickman, Bo Eaton

Entries: 27

FK Rod Ends Fastest Qualifier: Randy Weaver-15.394 seconds Dash for Cash (4 laps): Chris Madden, Randy Weaver, Mike Marlar, Billy Ogle Jr.


B-Main No. 1 Finish (8 laps, top 6 transfer): Vic Hill, Jason Welshan, Mack McCarter, Donald McIntosh, Anthony Burroughs, Mark Douglas, David Crabtree, Josh Putnam, Ellery Leake, Riley Hickman, Stacy Boles (DNS), Chad Ogle (DNS).


B-Main No. 2 Finish (8 laps, top 6 transfer): Skip Arp, Austin Smith, Tommy Kerr, Ryan King, Eric Jacobsen, Mark Vineyard, Craig Vosbergen, Chris Wilson, Ross White, Robby Moses, Bo Eaton.


Series Championship Points (after August 1):

1. Chris Madden-1,729

2. Eric Jacobsen-1,681

3. Billy Ogle Jr.-1,644

4. Vic Hill-1,632

5. Donald McIntosh-1,626

6. Craig Vosbergen-1,582

6. Austin Smith-1,582

8. Stacy Boles-1,547

9. Anthony Burroughs-1,445

10. Tony Knowles-1,038


AR Bodies Rookie of the Year Points (after August 1):

1. Craig Vosbergen-1,582

1. Austin Smith-1,582

Friday, August 1st Schedule

Friday, August 1st
Ray Cook’s Southern Nationals
3pm – Pit Gates open
4pm – Grandstands/Tier Parking open
6:30pm – Drivers Meeting @ Pit Concession
Crate Late Models
Super Late Models
Limited Late Models
Classic Cars
Crate LM 2 Laps
Super LM 2 Laps
Limited LM 2 Laps
Classic Cars 1 Lap
Super LM Fast Dash 4 Laps
Super LM B-Mains 10 Laps
Crate LM 20 Laps
Super LM 53 Laps
Limited LM 25 Laps
Classic Cars 15 Laps

Intermission for Izzi Details

pink balloonsFANS AND DRIVERS:
We have changed the normal schedule around a bit in order to assure daylight and have adequate time to honor Izzi.

We will tentatively be having Intermission AFTER Qualifying. During this time we will ask drivers to take up a Helmet collection for the Leach Family. Ray Cook will then take us into Prayer/ Devotion and drivers will lead a Balloon release on the front stretch Grandstand area.

SMS and 411 have stickers available for drivers to display on their cars for the weekend. Both tracks will also be selling Izzi window stickers made by Fellow racer Jason Trammell. All proceeds collected by Window sticker sales will also be donated to the Leach family.

Smoky Mountain Speedway wants to thank all Drivers, Fans, and Followers for all the love and support you have show for the Leach Family during this time.

See you tonight!!

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Prayers for Mark Leach and Family

Our heart breaks for the Leach Family, Please send prayers up for strength and healing for this family, as Heaven Gained a sweet Angel, Izzy.

Words can not express our sadness for Mark and the Family at this time.

Mark runs in the Limited LM Division at Smoky Mountain and several other area tracks