Chris Madden was able to survive a Federated Auto Parts DIRTcar Nationals feature that saw numerous cars suffer flat tires inflicted by a piece of debris later found buried in the track. The No. 44 car overcame an early race bobble then was elevated to the lead of the race during a lap 14 caution period before driving on to the win in the night’s third feature race.
The Rocket Chassis driver from Gray Court, SC earned $5,000 for his efforts on the track located in Barberville, Florida in a race aired live by DirtVision.com.
A total of 17 cars were signed in for competition.
Qualifying Results: 1. Chris Madden(15.587), 2. Hudson O’Neal, 3. Blair Nothdurtf, 4. Tyler Bruening, 5. Kyle Bronson, 6. Ricky Thornton Jr., 7. Payton Freeman, 8. Boom Briggs, 9. Dale McDowell, 10. Brent Larson, 11. Dennis Erb Jr., 12. Chase Junghans, 13. Jimmy Owens, 14. Todd Cooney, 15. Frank Heckenast Jr., 16. Brian Booze, 17. David Breazeale(Invert of the top-4)
Feature Re-cap: When the green flag waved over the 20-lap feature it was Nothdurft who muscled by Bruening for the lead ahead of Madden, Thornton and O’Neal. Madden went to second on the second lap just before a yellow flag waved on lap 3 for the slowing car of Larson.
Madden jumped the cushion on the restart falling back to sixth as Nothdurft continued to lead and began pulling away. O’Neal powered his way by Bruening on lap 8 for second and set off after Nothdurft.
A caution flag waved on lap 10 for a flat tire on the Thornton car. At the time of caution, Nothdurft led O’Neal, Madden, Bruening and Owens. Another yellow waved immediately after the restart when Bronson slowed.
On the following restart, O’Neal went to the top side and blasted to the race lead. Further back, Owens moved to fourth by passing Bruening but another caution would slow the action lap 14 when Heckenast slowed. Under the caution, leader O’Neal pulled into the pit area for a new right rear tire. Owens also suffered a flat and had to pit.
Nothdurft was elevated to the race lead with all the flat tire. However, the No. 76 also had to pull into the pit area with a flat tire. Madden was then lifted to the top sport.
Madden drove away on the restart leaving Erb and Briggs to fight for second. Further back, those who had pitted for flat tire were on the rise as O’Neal blasted all the way to third. In the end, however, it was Madden who cruised to victory.
Feature Results: 1. Chris Madden, 2. Boom Briggs, 3. Hudson O’Neal, 4. Dennis Erb Jr., 5. Chase Junghans, 6. Jimmy Owens, 7. Todd Cooney, 8. Ricky Thornton Jr., 9. Tyler Bruening, 10. Blair Nothdurft, 11. Brian Booze, 12. Payton Freeman, 13. Frank Heckenast Jr., 14. David Breazeale, 15. Kyle Bronson, 16. Dale McDowell, 17. Brent Larson
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