Dixie Shootout Belongs To Chris Madden
WOODSTOCK, Ga. — After coming close to winning his first Lucas Oil Dixie Shootout a year ago, Chris Madden sealed the deal Saturday, taking home the $10,000 payday in the Southeast’s most prestigious dirt late model event.
Madden led all 50 laps for his second Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series triumph of 2013.
Billy Ogle, Jr. charged from the 11th starting position to take second. RED BUCK Fast Qualifier and polesitter Randy Weaver came home third. Six-time Shootout winner Scott Bloomquist was fourth. Defending race winner Jimmy Owens finished fifth.
“After what happened to us last year, leading until the last lap and not winning, this feels great,” said the 38-year-old veteran driver. “The car was so good all night. I told Scott (Bloomquist) I didn’t know what to do to the car for the feature. It was very easy to drive and that’s a scary feeling going into the feature because you want to change something. But you don’t want to mess up anything.”
Madden’s Bloomquist Race Cars, Clements-powered entry was solid from start to finish. Ogle made a late-race charge and closed to within a car length with five laps to go. Madden pulled away in the final two circuits as he headed to Lucas Oil Victory Lane for the fifth time in his career.
“I tried to be smooth and not wear out the tires. Lapped traffic wasn’t too bad tonight and everybody gave each other plenty of room,” Madden said.
Ogle’s charge to the front began when he broke into the top five by lap eight. Ogle moved up to fourth, passing Bloomquist on lap 18. Two laps later Ogle made a great move, passing both Dale McDowell and Weaver to advance to second. Ogle’s car was working so well on the bottom that it looked like he might catch Madden at the end.
“This track and Rome are probably my two favorite tracks to run on,” Ogle said. “We really were hooked up on the bottom, and we got a great run into the corners and out of them. With about five to go I thought maybe I had a chance to catch him (Madden), but I had some difficulty with lapped traffic, and it sort of hurt my momentum. We got real close there one lap and I was hoping he might slip up, but he didn’t. We will take this finish and head to Rome tomorrow night.”
Weaver, who was looking for a clean sweep of the racing activities, ran in second for several laps, until finally yielding that position to Ogle on lap 20.
“He (Ogle) was really fast on the bottom; I couldn’t hold him off, with only one caution. I really didn’t have time to get settled down. We are thrilled to get a podium finish here, and we will keep coming back until we can win the Shootout,” said Weaver.
In preliminary action, Randy Weaver set the overall RED BUCK fast time (Group A) amongst the 47 entrants, with a lap of 14.464 seconds. Chris Madden set the fastest time in Group B with a time of 14.747 seconds.
Chris Madden, Billy Ogle Jr., Randy Weaver, Scott Bloomquist, Jimmy Owens, Ray Cook, Casey Roberts, Steve Casebolt, John Blankenship, Dale McDowell, Shane Clanton, Jake Knowles, Clint Smith, Michael Page, Steve Francis, Earl Pearson Jr., Dennis Erb Jr., Billy Moyer Jr., Mike Marlar, Eric Wells, Jared Landers, Frank Ingram.