BULLS GAP, TN - Chris Madden took the lead from Eric Wells on lap 22 and led the remainder of the 60-lap distance to claim the $10,000 payday at Volunteer Speedway in Bulls Gap, TN in the final night of the dirt Super Late Model 13th annual 'Spring Thaw,' which was sanctioned by the Old Man's Garage Spring Nationals by Schaeffer's Oil.
The victory marked Madden's third straight Saturday night win, as the Gray Court, South Carolina star was coming off 'Bama Bash' and 'Tennessee Tipoff Classic' titles. Madden also became the 11th different winner in 11 Spring Nationals Series events contested since March 2013, as there has not been a repeat winner since the tour's inception.
Scott Bloomquist would battle around Eric Wells for the second position on the 29th lap, but never could overtake Madden for the point. Bloomquist drove to his second-straight podium finish of the weekend. Wells drove to third with Billy Ogle, Jr. of Knoxville, TN and Mike Marlar of Winfield, TN rounding out the top five.
Dawsonville, GA's Donald McIntosh finished sixth, with Toccoa GA's Casey Roberts in seventh. Stacy Boles came home in eighth, followed by Tommy Kerr in ninth and Chad Ogle in 10th.
Three caution flags slowed the 60-lap main event. The first was for Dustin Linville on lap nine, as he tried to exit the track off of turn four. Jimmy Owens, who was trying to get underneath the lapped car of Linville, made hard contact with the #D8, putting severe damage on the Club 29 car of Owens and knocking him out of contention for his second straight weekend victory. The second yellow was on lap 11, as a track official had to be tended to for medical reasons after being struck by flying debris. The final yellow flag came on lap 46 when David Payne slowed at the top of turn four.
The Old Man's Garage Spring Nationals Series by Schaeffer's Oil will be back in action on March 28 at Tri-County Race Track in Brasstown, NC paying $4,000 to win followed by a visit to Smoky Mountain Speedway in Maryville, TN on March 29 paying $6,000 to win.
Old Man's Garage Spring Nationals
Volunteer Speedway-Bulls Gap, TN