Chris Madden Breaks Brandon
Overton’s Win Streak during Tri-County Thriller
21, 2020) Chris Madden claimed his third victory of the
Schaeffer’s Oil Southern Nationals Series by Sunoco Race
Fuels at Tri-County Race Track in Brasstown, N.C. on Tuesday night.
(Brian McLeod/Dirt Scenes Photo)
The Gray Court, S.C. driver earned $3,500 for his 27th-career
victory on the tour while driving the Millwood Motorsports, Millwood
Plumbing, Drydene, Competition Race Equipment, Machine Construction
Company, On-Time Hauling, Penske Shocks and Derek Gahring Enterprises-sponsored
Rocket Chassis with a Clements Racing Engine underneath the hood.
After a false start on the first attempt, the second attempted
start would be a go, with Ross Bailes taking the race lead, with
Brandon Overton taking second from David Payne on the opening
lap, with Chris Madden and Tyler Millwood completing the top five
at this point. Madden would work past Payne for third on lap three
as Overton would pressure Bailes for the lead. Danny Ledford would
draw the caution on lap four when his machine would lose a right-rear
wheel and tire assembly and the restart would see Mark Whitener
and Dalton Polston tangle in turn four prior to another full lap
being completed. Bailes would maintain the lead at the restart,
with Overton and Madden in pursuit as the front trio would put
some distance on the rest of the field. Bailes would maintain
a slight advantage while Overton and Madden would dog him for
the lead, with Overton and Madden trading the second position
on laps ten and eleven, with Madden winning the battle for the
spot as Bailes, Madden, and Overton would begin to work in lapped
traffic. The trifecta would race three-wide for the lead on lap
thirteen, with Bailes maintaining a slight advantage, however,
disaster would strike Bailes on lap fifteen when he would tangle
with a slower car he was attempting to put a lap down in turn
three, with then sixth-place running Donald McIntosh making contact
with the incident as well, ending his night.
This turn of events would put Madden in the lead, with Overton
now second, Payne third, Millwood fourth, and 12th place starting
Brent Dixon fifth. Fourteenth place starter Jake Knowles would
get a great restart and make his way by Dixon into the top five
on lap sixteen as Madden, Overton, and Payne would slowly distance
themselves from fourth place Millwood by lap twenty. Madden would
maintain a comfortable lead, while Payne appeared to close a bit
on Overton as the final caution of the race appeared on lap twenty-seven
for a turn one spin by Jamie Oliver. The restart would see Madden
hold the lead, with Overton closing in on Madden with two circuits
remaining, but it would be Madden’s night as he would score
the victory, with Overton and Payne finishing second and third,
while Millwood and Knowles completed the top five. The remainder
of the top ten finishers would be Dixon, Payton Freeman, Bailes,
Pearson Lee Williams, and Polston.
The next event for the Schaeffer’s Oil Southern Nationals
Series will be Thursday July 23, 2020 at Crossville Speedway in
Crossville, Tenn. paying $3,500-to-win.
For more information on the Schaeffer’s Oil Southern Nationals
Series presented by Sunoco Race Fuels, please log on to www.SouthernNationalsSeries.com
or call promoter Ray Cook at (828) 360-5353.
Sponsors of the Southern Nationals Series include: Schaeffer’s
Oil & Specialized Lubricants, Sunoco Race Fuels, American
Race Tires, Delph Communications, E-Z-GO, Arizona Sport Shirts,
Capital Race Cars, Collins Signs, DirtonDirt.com, FK Rod Ends,
Hoosier Racing Tire, Keyser Manufacturing, MasterSbilt Race Cars,
RockAuto.com, Wiles Driveshafts, Vic Hill Racing Engines, The
Steering Buddy, Knowles Race Parts & Bodies, Coosa Heating
& Air, Dirt Scenes, The Joie of Seating, and DirtCarLift.com.
Official Summary of Results
Schaeffer’s Oil Southern Nationals Series presented by Sunoco
Tri-County Race Track-Brasstown, N.C.
July 21, 2020
1. Chris Madden-Gray Court, S.C.
2. Brandon Overton-Evans, Ga.
3. David Payne-Murphy, N.C.
4. Tyler Millwood-Kingston, Ga.
5. Jake Knowles-Rome, Ga.
6. Brent Dixon-Elberton, Ga.
7. Payton Freeman-Commerce, Ga.
8. Ross Bailes-Clover, S.C.
9. Pearson Lee Williams-Dublin, Ga.
10. Dalton Polston-Lithia Springs, Ga.
11. Joe Denby-Tullahoma, Tenn.
12. Jamie Oliver-Murphy, N.C.
13. Jadon Frame-Winchester, Tenn.
14. Kurt English-Murphy, N.C.
15. Craig Greer-Cleveland, Tenn.
16. Donald McIntosh-Dawsonville, Ga.
17. Mark Whitener-Middleburg, Fla.
18. Shawn Chastain-Murphy, N.C.
19. Danny Ledford-Warne, N.C.
20. John Baker-Norman park, Ga.
21. Chuck Southard-Franklin, N.C.
22. Kenny Collins-Colbert, Ga.
Time of Race: 30 minutes, 3 seconds
Margin of Victory: 0.710 seconds
Yellow Flags: Five (laps 1, 4, 4, 15, 27)
Red Flags: None
Lap Leaders: Bailes (1-14), Madden (15-35)
Overall Fast Qualifier: Ross Bailes-12.767 seconds
Highest Finishing CT525 Engine ($200): None
Highest Finishing Steel Head/SPEC Engine ($200): None
Provisional Starters: John Baker & Craig Greer
Heat One Finish: Shawn Chastain, Payton Freeman, Kurt English,
Joe Denby, Danny Ledford, Craig Greer, Gary McPherson (DNS), Trevor
Heat Two Finish: Brent Dixon, Jake Knowles, Jadon Frame, Dalton
Polston, Chuck Southard, Tim Rucker, John Baker, Cody King (DNS).
Current Schaeffer’s Oil Southern Nationals Points (after
1. Brandon Overton-1,778
2. Chris Madden-1,762
3. Ross Bailes-1,688
4. Donald McIntosh-1,664
5. Tyler Millwood-1,604
6. Pearson Lee Williams-1,596
7. Jake Knowles-1,550
8. Mark Whitener-1,262
9. John Baker-1,155
10. Cory Hegecock-940
2020 Schaeffer’s Oil Southern Nationals Series Schedule:
Friday July 10-Smoky Mountain Speedway-Maryville, TN-CHRIS MADDEN
Saturday July 11-Wythe Raceway-Rural Retreat, VA-BRANDON OVERTON
Monday July 13-Volunteer Speedway-Bulls Gap, TN-CHRIS MADDEN
Tuesday July 14-I-75 Raceway-Sweetwater, TN-CORY HEDGECOCK
Thursday July 16-Senoia Raceway-Senoia, GA-BRANDON OVERTON
Friday July 17-Needmore Speedway-Norman Park, GA-BRANDON OVERTON
Saturday July 18-Screven Motor Speedway-Sylvania, GA-BRANDON OVERTON
Sunday July 19-Cochran Motor Speedway-Cochran, GA-BRANDON OVERTON
Tuesday July 21-Tri-County Race Track-Brasstown, NC-CHRIS MADDEN
Thursday July 23-Crossville Speedway-Crossville, TN-$3,500 to
Friday July 24-411 Motor Speedway-Seymour, TN-$10,053 to win
Saturday July 25-Tazewell Speedway-Tazewell, TN-$10,053 to win
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