SPEED SPORT Staff


Chris Madden raced to victory in Saturday’s Grinch 40 at Volunteer Speedway. (Shawn Cooper/WRT-Speedwerx Photo)

BULLS GAP, Tenn. – Chris Madden performed the position of the Grinch on Saturday at Volunteer Speedway by profitable the Drydene Xtreme DIRTcar Series Grinch 40 for the second-straight season.

Coming from sixth on the beginning grid, Madden made environment friendly passes inside the primary 10 laps of the 40-lap function to achieve the pinnacle of the sector, carrying his lead all the best way again to the checkers to assert the $5,000 prime prize over Donald McIntosh and Kyle Strickler.

“This place is one of my favorite racetracks in the country,” Madden stated in victory lane. “It’s an awesome place and every time we get a chance to race up here, we always come out and support them.”

When the race started Madden took to the excessive aspect and used up all 32 levels of banking to make his first passes for place, three of which got here on the very first lap. After a fast warning on lap two, Madden went proper again at it up prime, concentrating on the brand new monitor document holder and polesitter Daulton Wilson.

Another warning restacked the sector and gave Madden a transparent shot at fellow Team Drydene member Scott Bloomquist, this time on the underside. Madden shot out of a cannon on the restart, and inside 5 laps, Madden had pulled alongside Bloomquist and made the transfer out of flip 4, sliding up in entrance of him to take the lead as they accomplished lap 9.

“We were basically just moving around behind him, just running where he wasn’t. We had a great racecar, so it was just a matter of time,” Madden stated of the move on his former teammate.

Chris Madden in victory lane Saturday at Volunteer Speedway. (Shawn Cooper/WRT-Speedwerx Photo)
Chris Madden in victory lane Saturday at Volunteer Speedway. (Shawn Cooper/WRT-Speedwerx Photo)

Bloomquist fell sufferer to a reported radiator concern only one lap later, pulling into the infield and ending his day early. However, this opened the door to a brand new challenger – one Madden handled one yr in the past at the exact same venue.

Kyle Strickler led 22 laps within the inaugural operating of Grinch on the Gap final yr earlier than giving up the lead, and the eventual win, to Madden. This time round, Strickler was chasing Madden, and shutting in on him quickly because the race neared the midway level.

“I thought for a minute in lapped traffic, we were really good, I thought we were even better than Chris and I could give him a run,” Strickler stated. “Then, all of a sudden, the car just got really tight.”

Another warning bunched up the sector as soon as extra and highlighted the progress that Donald McIntosh had made in his quest for the entrance. Coming from ninth on the beginning grid, McIntosh was now staring down the leaders as he ready to make one ultimate restart.

McIntosh put a giant slide job on Strickler in Turns 1-2 earlier than Strickler returned the favor in turns three and 4. McIntosh countered with a robust crossover transfer out of flip 4 to take the spot completely on lap 26 and drove off, eyes now set on chief Madden.

The Blount Motorsports No. 7M started to reel in Madden’s Drydene No. 44 in site visitors, bringing the interval beneath a half-second within the closing laps. But Madden was higher on the excessive aspect in site visitors and maintained his hole over McIntosh to assert victory.

“I feel like when we got to those lapped cars, [Madden] kinda used them as pics,” McIntosh stated of the battle. “But we had a great racecar. To come from ninth and finish second, I’m pretty proud, especially with the year we’ve had.”

Strickler introduced his PPC Motorsports No. 8 throughout the road in third in simply his second race behind the wheel of his brand-new Rocket Chassis, now the present Series factors chief. The former UMP Modified pilot has now posted back-to-back third-place finishes in Xtreme Series motion, however feels his bid for the lead on Saturday might have been higher executed.

“I should’ve been on the top, and I think that by trying to force my way in there to try and get position, it actually hurt me,” Strickler stated.

The end:

1. 44-Chris Madden [6][$5,000]; 2. 7M-Donald McIntosh [9][$2,500]; 3. 8-Kyle Strickler [4][$1,700]; 4. 88-Trent Ivey [13][$1,400]; 5. 55-Benji Hicks [8][$1,200]; 6. 18D-Daulton Wilson [1][$1,000]; 7. 329-Travis Fultz [18][$800]; 8. 5-Forrest Trent [11][$700]; 9. 421-Anthony Sanders [5][$600]; 10. 2-Matthew Nance [10][$550]; 11. 21B-Rich Bell [16][$500]; 12. 57-Adam Yarbrough [12][$500]; 13. P4-John Price [20][$500]; 14. 17V-Tim Vance [15][$500]; 15. J27-Jadon Frame [7][$500]; 16. 1-Shane Bailey [19][$500]; 17. 4B-Richard Edwards [21][$500]; 18. O-Scott Bloomquist [2][$500]; 19. 3-Steve Smith [17][$500]; 20. O3-David Yandle [14][$500]; 21. 27-Christian Hanger [3][$500]; 22. 6-Clay Coghlan [DNS][]