Chris Madden Conquers Port Royal For Second-Straight WoO Late Model Series Win Of ’21

Story By: MIKE WARREN / WORLD OF OUTLAWS – PORT ROYAL, PA – Country music singer Jerry Reed said it best in 1971, “When you’re hot, you’re hot.” That’s how you can describe Chris Madden’s Huey Wilcoxon Memorial performance Friday at Port Royal Speedway.

The Gray Court, SC driver swept the night, setting Slick Woody’s Cornhole Company Quick Time, winning his Drydene Heat Race, and winning the $10,000-to-win Morton Buildings Feature.

It’s his second straight World of Outlaws win, and his third victory of the season—more than any other driver. It’s also the 31st victory of his career.

Madden led all 40-laps, but it wasn’t smooth sailing. “Smokey” made one mistake he felt almost cost him the race.

“I got in lap traffic one time and kind of got myself in trouble,” Madden said. “I caught [the cars] at the wrong spot, I committed to a line I didn’t think the other guys would take.

“I had to get hard on the brakes, and I got real loose. That’s when I thought I was going to give the race away.”

Madden’s consistency has been a key to his success this season. His team has his Rocket Chassis dialed in no matter what track they go to.

“We got [the car] to where it’s really good right now, and it fits me,” Madden said. “Obviously, we’ve found something here. We just have to stay on top of our game, doing the right things, and making the right calls.”

While Madden dealt with traffic, Brandon Overton tried to chase him down. He closed within three car lengths when Madden made his mistake, but “Big Sexy” would have to settle for second.

Even though Overton had a good car, he struggled on one part of the track.

“I couldn’t get off of [Turn 4] very good, I feel like [Madden] beat me there” Overton said. “He shines in that condition anyway, when it gets slick, he’s really good.”

Despite the struggles, the Evans, GA driver is content with his finish. It’s the first time he’s ever been to Port Royal Speedway.

“I’m happy, we came here never seeing the place and qualified well and ran second, I’ll take it,” Overton said.

Three-time and defending champion Brandon Sheppard crossed the line third—his seventh podium of 2021. It’s a place the “Rocket Shepp” is familiar with at Port Royal Speedway.

“We’re always good when we come here,” Sheppard said. “We’ve only won one race, but we’ve been on the podium almost every time. We definitely want to get a few spots better [Saturday], and I think we’re close and heading in the right direction”

Even though he finished in the top-three, he never posed a threat to either Madden or Overton.

“We kind of got lined out at the beginning of the race, and them guys got away from me in lap traffic,” Sheppard said.

Rick Eckert, the 2011 Series champion, finished fourth, and Rookie of the Year contender Tyler Bruening crossed the line fifth.

Sheppard’s point lead is down to 54 points over Madden. Tyler Bruening moved up to third and has a six-point lead over Kyle Strickler – who has joined Scott Bloomquist Racing for the weekend – in the race for Rookie of the Year.

Morton Buildings Feature (40 Laps)- 1. 44-Chris Madden [1][$10,000]; 2. 76-Brandon Overton [2][$6,000]; 3. 1-Brandon Sheppard [3][$3,500]; 4. OE-Rick Eckert [4][$2,800]; 5. 16-Tyler Bruening [6][$2,500]; 6. 22-Chris Ferguson [10][$2,300]; 7. 7-Ricky Weiss [5][$2,200]; 8. 19R-Ryan Gustin [11][$2,100]; 9. 7R-Ross Robinson [8][$2,050]; 10. 2-Dan Stone [22][$2,000]; 11. 55L-Donald Lingo [7][$1,600]; 12. 72-Jason Covert [16][$1,400]; 13. 97-Cade Dillard [17][$1,200]; 14. 99B-Boom Briggs [12][$1,100]; 15. 48-Colton Flinner [19][$1,050]; 16. 45-Kyle Hardy [21][$1,000]; 17. 24-Dylan Yoder [25][$1,000]; 18. B1-Brent Larson [18][$1,000]; 19. 28-Dennis Erb [23][$1,000]; 20. 43A-Tyler Bare [26][$1,000]; 21. 8-Kyle Strickler [14][$1,000]; 22. 9-Hayes Mattern [24][$1,000]; 23. 25Z-Mason Zeigler [9][$1,000]; 24. 2J-Jeff Rine [15][$1,000]; 25. 4-Gary Stuhler [13][$1,000]; 26. D19-Dillon Stake [20][$1,000] Hard Charger: 2-Dan Stone[+12]

Qualifying Flight-A –1. 44-Chris Madden, 19.802; 2. 76-Brandon Overton, 19.904; 3. 48-Colton Flinner, 19.986; 4. 9-Hayes Mattern, 20.056; 5. 25Z-Mason Zeigler, 20.089; 6. 55L-Donald Lingo, 20.117; 7. 7-Ricky Weiss, 20.141; 8. 19R-Ryan Gustin, 20.215; 9. 20-Trever Feathers, 20.287; 10. 2J-Jeff Rine, 20.33; 11. 4-Gary Stuhler, 20.355; 12. 45-Kyle Hardy, 20.384; 13. 43A-Tyler Bare, 20.443; 14. 97-Cade Dillard, 20.589; 15. 32J-Shaun Jones, 20.674; 16. 28-Dennis Erb, 20.72; 17. 1K-Pancho Lawler, 20.924; 18. 3-Tim Wilson, 20.938; 19. O6-Mike Lupfer, 21.006; 20. 21-Chad Myers, 21.04; 21. C33-Chris Casner, 21.086; 22. 15-Scott Flickinger, 21.209

Qualifying Flight-B-1. 22-Chris Ferguson, 19.962; 2. 16-Tyler Bruening, 19.984; 3. OE-Rick Eckert, 20.1; 4. 1-Brandon Sheppard, 20.128; 5. 22S-Gregg Satterlee, 20.233; 6. 72-Jason Covert, 20.253; 7. 7R-Ross Robinson, 20.302; 8. 99B-Boom Briggs, 20.311; 9. 24-Dylan Yoder, 20.464; 10. 33-Trent Brenneman, 20.491; 11. 8-Kyle Strickler, 20.496; 12. B1-Brent Larson, 20.534; 13. 59-Chad Julius, 20.538; 14. 76H-Andrew Haus, 20.556; 15. 11-Jason Schmidt, 20.569; 16. 66C-Matt Cosner, 20.593; 17. 2-Dan Stone, 20.698; 18. D19-Dillon Stake, 20.699; 19. 171-Jimmy Bernheisel, 20.847; 20. 17-Nick Dickson, 20.885; 21. 6-Jamie Lathroum, 20.983

Drydene Heat #1 – Flight (A) (8 Laps) – Top 4 Transfer-1. 44-Chris Madden [1]; 2. 7-Ricky Weiss [4]; 3. 25Z-Mason Zeigler [3]; 4. 4-Gary Stuhler [6]; 5. 48-Colton Flinner [2]; 6. 20-Trever Feathers [5]; 7. 43A-Tyler Bare [7]; 8. 32J-Shaun Jones [8]; 9. 1K-Pancho Lawler [9]; 10. O6-Mike Lupfer [10]; 11. C33-Chris Casner [11]

Drydene Heat #2 – Flight (A) (8 Laps) – Top 4 Transfer-1. 76-Brandon Overton [1]; 2. 55L-Donald Lingo [3]; 3. 19R-Ryan Gustin [4]; 4. 2J-Jeff Rine [5]; 5. 97-Cade Dillard [7]; 6. 9-Hayes Mattern [2]; 7. 45-Kyle Hardy [6]; 8. 28-Dennis Erb [8]; 9. 15-Scott Flickinger [11]; 10. 21-Chad Myers [10]; 11. 3-Tim Wilson [9]

Drydene Heat #3 – Flight (B) (8 Laps) – Top 4 Transfer-1. OE-Rick Eckert [2]; 2. 7R-Ross Robinson [4]; 3. 22-Chris Ferguson [1]; 4. 8-Kyle Strickler [6]; 5. 2-Dan Stone [9]; 6. 24-Dylan Yoder [5]; 7. 11-Jason Schmidt [8]; 8. 171-Jimmy Bernheisel [10]; 9. 22S-Gregg Satterlee [3]; 10. 6-Jamie Lathroum [11]; 11. 59-Chad Julius [7]

Drydene Heat #4 – Flight (B) (8 Laps) – Top 4 Transfer-1. 1-Brandon Sheppard [2]; 2. 16-Tyler Bruening [1]; 3. 99B-Boom Briggs [4]; 4. 72-Jason Covert [3]; 5. B1-Brent Larson [6]; 6. D19-Dillon Stake [9]; 7. 66C-Matt Cosner [8]; 8. 33-Trent Brenneman [5]; 9. 76H-Andrew Haus [7]; 10. 17-Nick Dickson [10]

Last Chance Showdown 1 (10 Laps) – Top 3 Transfer-1. 97-Cade Dillard [2][-]; 2. 48-Colton Flinner [1][-]; 3. 45-Kyle Hardy [6][-]; 4. 9-Hayes Mattern [4][]; 5. 32J-Shaun Jones [7][$110]; 6. 28-Dennis Erb [8][$110]; 7. 15-Scott Flickinger [10][$110]; 8. 3-Tim Wilson [14][$110]; 9. 21-Chad Myers [12][$110]; 10. 1K-Pancho Lawler [9][$110]; 11. 20-Trever Feathers [3][$110]; 12. O6-Mike Lupfer [11][]; 13. C33-Chris Casner [13][]; 14. 43A-Tyler Bare [5][]

Last Chance Showdown 2 (10 Laps)-1. B1-Brent Larson [2][-]; 2. D19-Dillon Stake [4][-]; 3. 2-Dan Stone [1][-]; 4. 24-Dylan Yoder [3][]; 5. 66C-Matt Cosner [6][$110]; 6. 33-Trent Brenneman [8][$110]; 7. 76H-Andrew Haus [10][$110]; 8. 171-Jimmy Bernheisel [7][$110]; 9. 11-Jason Schmidt [5][$110]; 10. 22S-Gregg Satterlee [9][$110]; 11. 6-Jamie Lathroum [11][$110]; 12. 17-Nick Dickson [12][]; 13. 59-Chad Julius [13][]

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