Madden Rolls To Smoky Mountain Glory

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Chris Madden (Michael Moats photo)

MARYVILLE, Tenn. — Chris Madden overtook race leader Ross Bailes on lap nine and rolled off into the moonlight en route to his $10,053 payday Friday night at Smoky Mountain Speedway during night one of the Schaeffer’s Oil Southern Nationals Series.

Five-time series champion Madden drove the Millwood Motorsports, Millwood Plumbing, Machine Construction Company, Drydene, On-Time Hauling, Penske Shocks and Competition Race Equipment-sponsored Clements Racing Engines-powered Rocket Chassis to his 25th career Southern Nationals victory.

One caution flag slowed the 53-lapper. The caution which turned into a red flag came on lap two as David Payne rolled over in turn two after contact with Mark Whitener stopped the field for the only time.

Madden rolled to the payday over McDowell, ninth-starting Cory Hedgecock, 17th-starting Brandon Overton who finished fourth and Ross Bailes who finished fifth.

The finish:

Chris Madden, Dale McDowell, Cory Hedgecock, Brandon Overton, Ross Bailes, Chris Ferguson, Mark Whitener, Tyler Millwood, Vic Hill, Donald McIntosh, John Baker, Tommy Kerr, Pearson Lee Williams, G.R. Smith, Ryan King, Kyle Hardy, Jake Knowles, Camaron Marlar, Dakotah Knuckles, Craig Greer, David Payne, Michael Chilton, Trent Ivey.