Jimmy Owens at Smoky Mountain Speedway. (Photograph by Michael Moates)
Mariville, Tenn. Chris Madden and Jimmy Owens took a 30-lap preliminary win Friday night time at Smoky Mountain Speedway with the Lucas Oil Late Mannequin Dust Collection.
Madden went to Lucas Oil Victory Lane for the primary time this season and for the 14th time in his profession, profitable his first 30-lap foremost occasion of the night.
Madden had been in management for many of the race, however a warning two rounds earlier than the beginning allowed hardened Mike Marlar to get one final likelihood on the veteran South Carolina rider.
Madden ultimately walked away within the inexperienced and white end to grow to be the twelfth winner of the yr within the Lucas Oil Late Mannequin Dust Collection. Marlar got here dwelling in second, adopted by Dale McDowell, Brandon Overton and Earl Pearson Jr.
For the 47-year-old racer, it was his thirteenth profession win at Smoky Mountain Speedway, which made him an excellent place to begin in one of many warmth races on the Mountain Moonshine Basic Saturday night time with a $50,000 win.
“Marlar was there, Dale was third, and Brandon was fourth. I knew these guys have been going to come back to me,” Madden stated. “I wasn’t anxious concerning the warning popping out, I used to be anxious about hitting Spencer (Hughes). I do not know what occurred to him, I used to be strolling previous him in a rush and he simply stopped within the overpass there and I hit him.”
Marlar, who was quickest in qualifying out of 45 entries, crossed the road 0.616 seconds behind Madden.
“Chris is all the time powerful right here. He and I received all the way down to the tip a bunch right here, so hopefully I can get to him tomorrow night time,” Marlar stated. “He (Madden) had higher traction immediately than I did. I believe I can middle the angle higher than him. I ought to get the traction straight higher. I had an excellent automotive, it was a enjoyable race. I’d have executed a greater job with out this warning. Man, it is a powerful area right here, you higher have what you need.”
Owens’ win was much more dramatic because the four-time collection champ needed to beat each Jonathan Davenport and late mannequin Carson Ferguson to win the second lap 30. Vic Hill and Zack Mitchell got here out behind the highest three on the finish.
On the Lucas Oil Victory Lane for the eightieth time in his profession and for the third time this season, Owens drove all 30 laps to win.
“It’s a must to get to the lead and in entrance of that 49er automotive, it’s been actually powerful right here recently. Ferguson received up there and he was combating with us, he type of snuck me in there,” Owens stated. “However man, it was enjoyable racing. I used to be so glad we have been capable of get this Ramirez Motorsports automotive on high tonight. We had a extremely good scorching rod tonight. We’re good at this place. We have had our justifiable share of wins and losses right here. Our staff has been cocky, however we preserve digging and digging. We preserve getting just a little higher each week it appears. Tomorrow is a unique day, we have an excellent place to begin in one of many warmth races so we’ll go from there.”
Davenport completed second within the last rundown of the thirtieth last stroke of the night time.
“It is a model new automotive. It’s his first time on the observe so we’ve to be taught what he likes,” Davenport stated. “It isn’t what I usually am right here. So, we’re positively getting in the precise course. That is the primary time I’ve seen a captain right here in a very long time, I am normally not excellent right here. Congratulations to Jimmy on the win and had enjoyable racing with Ferguson there. He’ll be good at it, he is getting higher each week and has a vivid future forward of him.”
Function 1: Chris Madden, Mike Marlar, Dale McDowell, Brandon Overton, Earl Pearson Jr., Brandon Sheppard, Ricky Thornton Jr., Kyle Bronson, Eli Bates, Hudson O’Neill, Mac McCarter, Cameron Weaver, Stormy Scott, Ricky Weiss, John Blankenship, Robbie Moses, Brenden Smith, Bryson Harper, Ashton Wenger, Spencer Hughes, Austin Neely, Camaron Marlar, Michael Brown.
Function 2: Jimmy Owens, Jonathan Davenport, Carson Ferguson, Vic Hill, Zach Mitchell, Ross Biles, Tim McCready, Scott Blomquist, Garrett Alperson, Kyle Strickler, Ben Watkins, Tyler Earp, Dolton Wilson, Trent Ivey, Jensen Ford, Garrett Smith , Dusty Carver, Matt Henderson, Sam Siraight, Corey Hedgecock, Ross Robinson, Lynne Leach.