WAYNESVILLE, Ga. — Chris Madden earned the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series main event victory on Friday Night at Golden Isles Speedway.
Madden was dealing with a rapidly deflating right-rear tire during the final two laps of the Georgia Boot Super Bowl of Racing.
“I felt the tire going flat under the caution. I’m not sure if I ran over something to cause it to go flat, or if it was just worn out. I don’t know, but we were lucky to hold Don O’Neal off,” said Madden.
“I have to thank my crew; this Bloomquist car ran terrific all day.”
Madden claimed a sixth place finish in the afternoon race won by Jonathan Davenport.
“It was a little tedious there in traffic. Our car was good getting into the corners, but a little tight off of them,” Madden said. “I thought I had left the door open a little bit for whoever was behind me. With all the laps on the track today, you just have to be patient.”
O’Neal started third in the Clint Bowyer Barry Wright Race Cars entry moved into second on the opening lap and stayed there to record a runner-up finish in his second start for the team.
“Our car was good all night,” O’Neal said. “I was hoping he would slide up the track enough that I could pass him. He held his line well throughout the entire race. On that last restart, I got caught napping. I was looking at his tire going flat and they restarted the race. That may have given him enough of an advantage that held up in those final few laps, congrats to him and his team.”
Earl Pearson Jr. backed up his third-place finish in the afternoon race, and enjoyed another podium finish Friday night.
“It’s been a fantastic day for Longhorn Chassis,” he said. “We got a win with Davenport and tonight to run third with these guys, it is a confidence boost for tomorrow night’s race.”
Jonathan Davenport set the overall Georgia Boot Fast Time (Group B) amongst the 34 entrants with a lap of 15.041 seconds.
Chris Madden, Don O’Neal, Earl Pearson Jr., John Blankenship, Gregg Satterlee, Vic Coffey, Steve Francis, Eddie Carrier Jr., Jimmy Owens, Kenny Pettyjohn, Steve Shaver, Brandon Sheppard, Brian Shirley, Dennis Erb Jr., Ray Cook, Randy Weaver, Billy Moyer Jr., Jason Hughes, Tim McCreadie, Brady Smith, Jared Landers, Russell Brown Jr., Jonathan Davenport, Devin Moran.