MARYVILLE, Tenn. – Every part in racing will be going proper till the sudden creates heartbreak.
Flashback to 1 12 months in the past, when Chris Madden was main at Smoky Mountain Speedway. That’s when energy steering points sidelined him for the night time on lap 25.
One 12 months later, he obtained his redemption, main each lap of Saturday night time’s Tennessee Tipoff en path to his twenty ninth World of Outlaws Morton Buildings Function win, and second at Smoky Mountain.
The win makes Madden solely the second driver in World of Outlaws historical past to win a number of function occasions on the monitor.
Whereas main all 50 laps appeared like a dominant efficiency, Madden held off challenges from final 12 months’s winner Mike Marlar, and Jonathan Davenport in heavy lap site visitors, to take house the $12,000 prize.
Madden obtained the soar on the preliminary inexperienced flag, powering to the primary spot exterior of Davenport in flip two. He would maintain that place simply by the one two cautions of the race, the primary for particles on lap 5, the opposite for a collision between Cade Dillard and Sam Seawright on lap seven.
After the ultimate re-start, Madden needed to struggle by an extended inexperienced flag run and heavy lap site visitors. The driving force of the Drydene No. 44 machine caught the tail finish of the sphere on lap 16, and 5 laps later, he’d face his first problem from Marlar. The 2018 sequence champion constantly obtained a run on Madden into the nook and poked his nostril below him every nook. That’s when Madden made a swap to the underside of the racetrack, blocking Marlar’s runs low line runs.
“We obtained in lap site visitors there on the finish and I knew he (Marlar) was closing up on me, and I needed to attempt to get some lap automobiles in between me and him, so I made a transfer to get a pair in entrance of him, and I did what I needed to do to win the race,” Madden stated.
Even after making that transfer, Madden knew endurance could be the important thing within the closing laps of the occasion.
“I knew I needed to be affected person, not miss my marks, and never overcharge the corners,” Madden stated.
The win retains Madden’s momentum rolling, coming off his second consecutive Drydene Xtreme DIRTcar Sequence championship final weekend. He additionally picked up a warmth race win earlier within the night time.
One of many issues he’s been pleased with to start out the season is the assistance from two new group members.
“I obtained two new guys, Ricky and Steven, they’re working extraordinarily exhausting, and studying quick, and simply doing an excellent job for me, and I’m proud to have them,” Madden stated.
Madden’s largest challenger all through the night time was Marlar. He stored the strain on Madden all through the night time however couldn’t get a adequate run to win his second consecutive World of Outlaws race on the monitor.
“Chris (Madden) did a very good job getting in the appropriate lane on the proper time, I virtually obtained him after which he knew to maneuver down, and form of hit a candy spot within the backside of the monitor,” Marlar stated.
Total, the 2020 winner of the Tennessee Tip-Off was pleased with a second-place end, after beginning within the fifth spot.
“Racing’s a humbling sport, I’m by no means going to complain about second,” Marlar added.
Whereas Marlar was making an attempt to place the strain on Madden, he had much more strain from Davenport all 50 laps. The 2 drivers swapped second and third on a number of events. A kind of occurred throughout the first 10 laps, as Davenport pulled a slide job on Marlar simply because the warning got here out on lap seven.
“That second warning got here out proper on the worst time,” Davenport stated. “It was proper earlier than it (the monitor) began taking rubber, and I obtained the highest going fairly good, and was going to slip Mikey (Marlar) proper there.”
The 2 battled once more within the last 10 laps, when Davenport snuck by Marlar on the underside on lap 44, earlier than drifting excessive whereas making an attempt to get by a slower automotive, permitting Marlar to get the spot again two laps later.
Hudson O’Neal completed fourth, whereas Tim McCreadie crossed the road in fifth. Rounding out the top-10 have been Jimmy Owens, Chris Ferguson, Brandon Sheppard, Darrell Lanigan, and Josh Richards.
1. 44-Chris Madden [$12,000]; 2. 157-Mike Marlar [$6,500]; 3. 49-Jonathan Davenport [$4,000]; 4. 71-Hudson O’Neal [$3,000]; 5. 39-Tim McCreadie [$2,500]; 6. 20-Jimmy Owens [$2,300]; 7. 22-Chris Ferguson [$2,200]; 8. 1-Brandon Sheppard [$2,100]; 9. 29V-Darrell Lanigan [$2,050]; 10. 14-Josh Richards [$2,000]; 11. 76-Brandon Overton [$1,600]; 12. 17M-Dale McDowell [$1,400]; 13. 20RT-Ricky Thornton [$1,200]; 14. 23-Cory Hedgecock [$1,100]; 15. 8-Kyle Strickler [$1,050]; 16. 83-Jensen Ford [$1,000]; 17. 7-Ricky Weiss [$1,000]; 18. 16-Tyler Bruening [$1,000]; 19. 18-Chase Junghans [$110]; 20. 58-Ross Bailes [$1,000]; 21. 54-David Breazeale [$110]; 22. 40B-Kyle Bronson [$1,000]; 23. O-Scott Bloomquist [$1,000]; 24. 19R-Ryan Gustin [$110]; 25. 99B-Increase Briggs [$110]; 26. 29-Christian Hanger [$1,000]; 27. 28-Dennis Erb [$1,000]; 28. B1-Brent Larson [$110]; 29. 56-Tony Jackson [$110]; 30. 11B-Stacy Boles [$1,000]; 31. 97-Cade Dillard [$1,000]; 32. 16S-Sam Seawright [$1,000];