Ringold, GA- Chris Madden dominated the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series event at Boyd’s Speedway on Friday Night. Madden led all 50 laps, and takes his first LOLMDS win of the season and the eighth LOLMDS victory of his career.
Randy Weaver edged-out Jared Landers at the finish line for second place. Series points Jonathan Davenport came home in fourth, followed by pole-sitter, Scott Bloomquist.
Chris Madden is always fast. (Heath Lawson photo)

Chris Madden is always fast. (Heath Lawson photo)

“I just can’t thank Matt, Kevin, and Dave at Longhorn Chassis enough. They build one great racecar. Today didn’t start off very well for us. Our trailer caught on fire on the way here, so this win couldn’t come at a better time,” said the 40-year-old, Madden, in Lucas Oil Victory Lane.

“Since the end of last year, we have had some ups and downs, but we have had more ups than downs, and are glad to be in victory lane tonight. Dale [McDowell] and his crew have this place really racy. I knew Randy [Weaver] would be pretty strong, he’s tough at this place, but we just got it done tonight.”
In a race that was slowed by only one caution, Madden was able to lap cars at will with little difficulty. “I want to thank all the fans for coming out tonight. This is what it’s all about, racing in front of a crowd like this. Fans were lined up for blocks trying to get in here.”
Madden’s Clements-powered Longhorn Chassis is sponsored by Crowder Trucking, Century Plastics, Allstar Performance, Modern Images, Stroble Mini-Storage, Crescent Moon Homes, Cushman Paint and Body, Henderson Amusement, Xtreme Customs and Cycles, and Worley Monument.
Weaver’s Chip Stone Longhorn Chassis nearly gave up second place on the final lap to Landers. “I thought I was going to run second and here came Jared by me down the backstretch. He should have gotten by me. I was so bad down the straight-aways. I had my big motor in due to all the rain. I was fighting traction down the straight-aways. It was a good night to race. I didn’t think we would get to race. I’d like to also say a big thanks to all of the fans for coming out to support us.”
Landers had a great run in his heat race, and came from fifth to second, rekindling his early season strong performances. “I tried to give him [Weaver] room. I found a good-line in the last five laps. Congrats to Chris on the win. I like racing these slick race tracks. A lot of the regulars struggled; these tracks are hard to drive and a lot of them had never been here before,” said the driver of the Lance Landers Motorsports, Mark Martin Automotive and Crop Production Services sponsored entry.
Completing the top ten were Dale McDowell, Casey Roberts, Jimmy Owens, Darrell Lanigan, and Dennis Erb Jr.
In preliminary action, Scott Bloomquist set the overall Miller Welders Fast Time (Group A) amongst the 34 entrants, with a lap of 13.830 seconds. Chris Madden set the fastest time in Group B with a time of 13.933 seconds. Scott Bloomquist, Randy Weaver, Chris Madden and Dale McDowell won their respective heat races. Dylan Ames and Tim McCreadie won their respective B-Mains.
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Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series
Race Summary
Friday, April 1st, 2016
Boyd’s Speedway – Ringgold, GA
Miller Welders Fast Time Group A: Scott Bloomquist / 13.830 seconds

Miller Welders Fast Time Group B: Chris Madden / 13.933 seconds

Eibach Springs Heat Race #1 Finish (10 Laps, Top 4 Transfer): Scott Bloomquist, Tyler Millwood, Jonathan Davenport, Donald McIntosh, Dylan Ames, Riley Hickman, Skip Arp, Ashton Winger, Ruben Mayfield

FK Rod Ends Heat Race #2 Finish (10 Laps, Top 4 Transfer): Randy Weaver, Jared Landers, Jimmy Owens, Darrell Lanigan, Jason Croft, Steve Francis, Nick Latham, Austin Arnold
Simpson Performance Products Heat Race #3 Finish (10 Laps, Top 4 Transfer): Chris Madden, Casey Roberts, Earl Pearson, Jr., Don O’Neal, Brandon Sheppard, Derek Ellis, Dennis Erb, Jr., David Payne, Colton Flinner
QA1 Heat Race #4 Finish (10 Laps, Top 4 Transfer): Dale McDowell, Devin Moran, Jason Hiett, Aaron Ridley, Tim McCreadie, Tim Busha, TJ Reaid, Cory Hedgecock
Fast Shafts B-Main #1 Finish (12 Laps, Top 3 Transfer): Dylan Ames, Jason Croft, Riley Hickman, Steve Francis, Nick Latham, Skip Arp, Ruben Mayfield, Ashton Winger, Austin Arnold

Keyser MFG B-Main #2 Finish (12 Laps, Top 3 Transfer): Tim McCreadie, Brandon Sheppard, Dennis Erb, Jr., Tim Busha, David Payne, Derek Ellis, TJ Reaid, Colton Flinner, Cory Hedgecock-DNS

Feature Finish (50 Laps):

FINISH
START
CAR #
DRIVER NAME
HOMETOWN
1
2
44
Chris Madden
Gaffney, SC
2
3
116
Randy Weaver
Crossville, TN
3
7
777
Jared Landers
Batesville, AR
4
9
6
Jonathan Davenport
Mount Airy, NC
5
1
0
Scott Bloomquist
Mooresburg, TN
6
4
17m
Dale McDowell
Chickamauga, GA
7
6
101
Casey Roberts
Toccoa, GA
8
11
20
Jimmy Owens
Newport, TN
9
15
15L
Darrell Lanigan
Union, KY
10
22
28e
Dennis Erb, Jr.
Carpentersville, IL
11
10
1
Earl Pearson, Jr.
Jacksonville, FL
12
16
81
Aaron Ridley
Chatsworth, GA
13
13
7
Donald McIntosh
Dawsonville, GA
14
5
31T
Tyler Millwood
Kingston, GA
15
20
B5
Brandon Sheppard
New Berlin, IL
16
8
99m
Devin Moran
Dresden, OH
17
14
5
Don O’Neal
Martinsville, IN
18
17
9J
Jason Croft
Woodstock, GA
19
23
15F
Steve Francis
Bowling Green, KY
20
18
39
Tim McCreadie
Watertown, NY
21
19
77A
Dylan Ames
Harvest, AL
22
24
75
Colton Flinner
Allison Park, PA
23
21
R1
Riley Hickman
Cleveland, TN
24
12
1J
Jason Hiett
Oxford, AL
Race Statistics
Entrants: 34
Lap Leaders: Chris Madden (Laps 1 – 50)
Cautions: Jason Hiett (Lap 6)
Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series Provisionals: Steve Francis, Colton Flinner
Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series Emergency Provisionals: n/a
Wrisco Feature Winner: Chris Madden
Optima Batteries Hard Charger of the Race: Dennis Erb Jr. (Started: 22nd; Finished: 10th; Advanced 12 Positions)
Midwest Sheet Metal Spoiler Challenge Point Leader: Jonathan Davenport
Allstar Performance Power Move of the Race: Jonathan Davenport
Sunoco Race for Gas Highest Finisher: Jared Landers
Hot Rod Processing Rookie of the Race: Colton Flinner
COMP Cams Engine Builder of the Race: Clements Racing Engines
Ohlins Shocks Chassis Builder of the Race: Longhorn Chassis
Outerwears Crew Chief of the Race: Jason Durham (Jared Landers)
Fastest Lap of the Race: Chris Madden (Lap #8 – 14.8742 seconds)
Most Laps Led: Chris Madden (50 Laps)
PFC Brakes Tough Break Award: Jason Hiett
Time of Race: 16 minutes 53 seconds
Lucas Oil Championship Point Standings:
POS
CAR #
DRIVER NAME
HOMETOWN
POINTS
1
6
Jonathan Davenport
Mount Airy, NC
1580
2
0
Scott Bloomquist
Mooresburg, TN
1395
3
15L
Darrell Lanigan
Union, KY
1355
4
B5
Brandon Sheppard
New Berlin, IL
1345
5
777
Jared Landers
Batesville, AR
1335
6
39
Tim McCreadie
Watertown, NY
1250
7
28e
Dennis Erb, Jr.
Carpentersville, IL
1240
8
20
Jimmy Owens
Newport, TN
1230
9
5
Don O’Neal
Martinsville, IN
1180
10
1
Earl Pearson, Jr.
Jacksonville, FL
1160
11
15F
Steve Francis
Bowling Green, KY
1100

*Points are unofficial until Close of Business on the Tuesday following Race Day*

Story by: LOLMDS PR

Photo Credit: Heath Lawson

 

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