Jimmy Owens at Smoky Mountain Speedway. (Picture 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 Grime Collection.
Madden went to Lucas Oil Victory Lane for the primary time this season and for the 14th time in his profession, successful his first 30-lap important occasion of the night.
Madden had been in management for a lot of the race, however a warning two rounds earlier than the beginning allowed hardened Mike Marlar to get one final probability on the veteran South Carolina rider.
Madden ultimately walked away within the inexperienced and white end to develop into the twelfth winner of the 12 months within the Lucas Oil Late Mannequin Grime Collection. Marlar got here residence 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 a very good place to begin in one of many warmth races on the Mountain Moonshine Traditional 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 return to me,” Madden mentioned. “I wasn’t apprehensive concerning the warning popping out, I used to be apprehensive 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 at all times powerful right here. He and I obtained right down to the tip a bunch right here, so hopefully I can get to him tomorrow night time,” Marlar mentioned. “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 a very good automotive, it was a enjoyable race. I might have finished a greater job with out this warning. Man, it is a powerful discipline right here, you higher have what you need.”
Owens’ win was much more dramatic because the four-time sequence 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 important to get to the lead and in entrance of that 49er automotive, it’s been actually powerful right here these days. Ferguson obtained up there and he was combating with us, he type of snuck me in there,” Owens mentioned. “However man, it was enjoyable racing. I used to be so glad we have been in a position to 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 workforce has been cocky, however we hold digging and digging. We hold getting a bit higher each week it appears. Tomorrow is a unique day, we have a very good place to begin in one of many warmth races so we’ll go from there.”
Davenport completed second within the closing rundown of the thirtieth closing stroke of the night time.
“It is a model new automotive. It’s his first time on the monitor so we’ve got to be taught what he likes,” Davenport mentioned. “It is not what I usually am right here. So, we’re undoubtedly stepping into the best course. That is the primary time I’ve seen a captain right here in a very long time, I am often not excellent right here. Congratulations to Jimmy on the win and had enjoyable racing with Ferguson there. He will 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.