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Madden Continues Career Season with Go 50 Triumph at I-80


Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series

Madden Continues Career Season with Go 50 Triumph at I-80

GREENWOOD, NE (July 21, 2022) – Chris Madden continued what has become the best season of his career, winning the Dirt Track Bank Go 50 on Thursday night at I-80 Speedway. The 47-year-old South Carolina native took the lead at the start of the main event and led flag-to-flag for his fourth Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series win of the season.

Jonathan Davenport crossed the line in second as he was 1.925 seconds behind the winner at the finish. Bobby Pierce charged from the outside of the tenth row to round out the podium in third and earn the Optima Batteries Hard Charger of the race. Mike Marlar finished in fourth as he continued a streak that started in mid-June with his 15th consecutive Top-5 finish. Brandon Sheppard completed the Top-5 finishers.

In Lucas Oil Victory Lane for the 17th time in his career, Madden had to battle lapped traffic for several laps before pulling away from Davenport for the win. “At that moment of the race when I split those lapped cars, I was too tight, and it was breaking my momentum going into three. I just wasn’t carrying enough corner speed. I had to back off there and set them up at the right time to make the right move. We had a great race car on the long runs as usual. We are trying to find something here and there for the short runs. You never know when this is going to turn around. That’s the way racing is. This is an amazing place. I appreciate what the Kosiski’s have done here for many years. I haven’t been here many times, but it’s one of my favorite places to come to. It’s a long way from home, but we definitely enjoy it.”

Davenport, who along with Madden are the top two earners so far in 2022 came home in second. “He [Madden] made a couple of good moves in traffic. I was probably just one adjustment off to be able to run with him. Tomorrow he’ll probably make one and then I maybe will be two adjustments off then. He was pretty good tonight, and we were too. We tried a little something and it just didn’t work, I was just a little too tight there.”

Pierce, who was not in attendance last year at I-80 made his return a memorable one on Thursday night with a stirring 20th to third place run. “It was a fun track tonight, I’m glad to come back to I-80. It’s been a good racetrack for me. It has won us a lot of money here. It’s tough. You must get up on wheel here especially starting where I did. Unfortunately, we had to start back there. I would have liked to have started up front to see what I had for JD and Chris, maybe that can happen Saturday night.”

The winner’s Rocket Chassis is powered by a Durham Racing Engine and sponsored by Drydene Performance Products, Franklin Enterprises, Henderson Amusement, Millwood Plumbing, VP Fuels, Penske Racing Shocks, Worley Monument, DirtCar Lift, Davis Diesel Service, and Swift Springs.

Completing the top ten were Ricky Thornton Jr., Tim McCreadie, Stormy Scott, Earl Pearson Jr., and Hudson O’Neal.

Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series
Race Summary
Dirt Track Bank Go 50
Thursday, July 21st, 2022
I-80 Speedway – Greenwood, NE

Allstar Performance Time Trials
Fast Time Group A: Devin Moran / 16.871 seconds (overall)
Fast Time Group B: Chris Madden / 17.089 seconds

Penske Race Shocks Heat Race #1 Finish (8 Laps, Top 3 Transfer): 1. 9-Devin Moran[1]; 2. 46-Earl Pearson Jr[2]; 3. 32S-Chris Simpson[3]; 4. 22H-Daniel Hilsabeck[4]; 5. 17M-Dale McDowell[5]; 6. 9Z-Mason Zeigler[7]; 7. 24-Bill Leighton[6]; 8. 10G-Garrett Smith[8]; 9. 80-Allan Hopp[9]; 10. 19M-Colby Moore[10]

Summit Racing Equipment Heat Race #2 Finish (8 Laps, Top 3 Transfer): 1. 157-Mike Marlar[1]; 2. 91P-Jason Papich[2]; 3. 11-Spencer Hughes[4]; 4. 04-Tad Pospisil[5]; 5. 98-Ben Schaller[6]; 6. 76B-Blair Nothdurft[9]; 7. 75-Terry Phillips[8]; 8. 53-Andrew Kosiski[7]; 9. 3-Doug Burgess[10]; 10. 1T-Tyler Erb[3]

Simpson Race Products Heat Race #3 Finish (8 Laps, Top 3 Transfer): 1. 49-Jonathan Davenport[1]; 2. 20RT-Ricky Thornton Jr[3]; 3. 8-Kyle Strickler[2]; 4. 18D-Daulton Wilson[6]; 5. 97-Cade Dillard[5]; 6. 25C-Shane Clanton[10]; 7. 71-Hudson O'Neal[4]; 8. 30-Todd Cooney[9]; 9. 56-Chris Spieker[7]; 10. 22-Charlie McKenna[8]

Ohlins Shocks Heat Race #4 Finish (8 Laps, Top 3 Transfer): 1. 44M-Chris Madden[1]; 2. 2S-Stormy Scott[2]; 3. 39-Tim McCreadie[3]; 4. 32-Bobby Pierce[5]; 5. 2H-Nick Hoffman[4]; 6. 18J-Chase Junghans[7]; 7. 49T-Jake Timm[9]; 8. 18S-Jesse Sobbing[6]; 9. 3C-Mike Collins[8]; 10. 6H-Al Humphrey[10]

Wrisco Industries Heat Race #5 Finish (8 Laps, Top 3 Transfer): 1. 40B-Kyle Bronson[4]; 2. 20-Jimmy Owens[1]; 3. 25-Chad Simpson[2]; 4. 19R-Ryan Gustin[3]; 5. 7-Ross Robinson[7]; 6. 51-Matt Furman[8]; 7. 1X-Aaron Marrant[6]; 8. 99B-Boom Briggs[5]; 9. 45D-Dan Battaglia[10]; 10. 6C-Cale Osborn[9]

Lucas Oil Heat Race #6 Finish (8 Laps, Top 3 Transfer): 1. 1-Brandon Sheppard[1]; 2. 62-Justin Zeitner[2]; 3. 16-Tyler Bruening[3]; 4. 7W-Ricky Weiss[6]; 5. 1ST-Johnny Scott[5]; 6. 111V-Max Blair[7]; 7. 1J-Jake Neal[9]; 8. 58-Garrett Alberson[4]; 9. 7D-Dusty Leonard[8]; 10. (DNS) 3S-Brian Shirley

Fast Shafts B-Main #1 Finish (12 Laps, Top 2 Transfer): 1. 04-Tad Pospisil[2]; 2. 24-Bill Leighton[7]; 3. 17M-Dale McDowell[3]; 4. 10G-Garrett Smith[9]; 5. 98-Ben Schaller[4]; 6. 22H-Daniel Hilsabeck[1]; 7. 9Z-Mason Zeigler[5]; 8. 80-Allan Hopp[11]; 9. 75-Terry Phillips[8]; 10. 53-Andrew Kosiski[10]; 11. 76B-Blair Nothdurft[6]; 12. 3-Doug Burgess[12]; 13. 19M-Colby Moore[13]; 14. 1T-Tyler Erb[14]

UNOH B-Main #2 Finish (12 Laps, Top 2 Transfer): 1. 32-Bobby Pierce[2]; 2. 18D-Daulton Wilson[1]; 3. 2H-Nick Hoffman[4]; 4. 18J-Chase Junghans[6]; 5. 25C-Shane Clanton[5]; 6. 97-Cade Dillard[3]; 7. 18S-Jesse Sobbing[10]; 8. 49T-Jake Timm[8]; 9. 56-Chris Spieker[11]; 10. 30-Todd Cooney[9]; 11. 3C-Mike Collins[12]; 12. 22-Charlie McKenna[13]; 13. 71-Hudson O'Neal[7]; 14. (DNS) 6H-Al Humphrey

Lucas Oil B-Main #3 Finish (12 Laps, Top 2 Transfer): 1. 19R-Ryan Gustin[1]; 2. 7W-Ricky Weiss[2]; 3. 111V-Max Blair[6]; 4. 1J-Jake Neal[8]; 5. 7-Ross Robinson[3]; 6. 99B-Boom Briggs[9]; 7. 1X-Aaron Marrant[7]; 8. 7D-Dusty Leonard[12]; 9. 58-Garrett Alberson[10]; 10. 45D-Dan Battaglia[11]; 11. 51-Matt Furman[5]; 12. 1ST-Johnny Scott[4]; 13. (DNS) 6C-Cale Osborn; 14. (DNS) 3S-Brian Shirley

Dirt Track Bank Go 50 Feature Finish (50 Laps):
Dirt Track Bank Go 50 Feature Finish

Race Statistics
Entrants: 60
Lap Leaders: Chris Madden (Laps 1-50)
Wrisco Feature Winner: Chris Madden
Arizona Sport Shirts Crown Jewel Cup Feature Winner: n/a
Brandon Ford TV Challenge Feature Winner: n/a
Margin of Victory: 1.925 seconds
Stop-Tech Cautions: Kyle Bronson (Lap 21)
Series Provisionals: Tyler Erb; Hudson O’Neal
Fast Time Provisional: n/a
Series Emergency Provisionals: Garrett Alberson; Ross Robinson
SLMR Provisionals: Jake Neal; Todd Cooney
Big River Steel Podium Top-3: Chris Madden, Jonathan Davenport, Bobby Pierce
Penske Shocks Top-5: Chris Madden, Jonathan Davenport, Bobby Pierce, Mike Marlar, Brandon Sheppard
Optima Batteries Hard Charger of the Race: Bobby Pierce (Advanced 17 Positions)
Midwest Sheet Metal Spoiler Challenge Point Leader: Tim McCreadie
Hot Rod Processing Most Laps Led: Chris Madden (50 Laps)
Sunoco Race for Gas Highest Finisher: Brandon Sheppard
O’Reilly Auto Parts Rookie of the Race: Garrett Alberson
Dirty Girl Racewear Fastest Lap of the Race: Chris Madden (Lap 22 – 19.408 seconds) Tough Break of the Race: Kyle Bronson
Outerwears Crew Chief of the Race: Ricky Arnold (Chris Madden)
ARP Engine Builder of the Race: Durham Race Engines
Miller Welders Chassis Builder of the Race: Rocket Chassis
Dirt Draft Fastest in Hot Laps: Johnny Scott (16.904 seconds)
Time of Race: 22 minutes 31 seconds

Lucas Oil Championship Point Standings:
Lucas Oil Championship Point Standings

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

Submitted By: Jeremy Shields

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