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Madden wins Lavonia, Overton at Cherokee and 411

By Jordan DeLucia
  Contact Editor

Chris Madden came away from a side-by-side battle with teammate Scott Bloomquist to take the World of Outlaws Morton Buildings Late Model Series victory at Georgia’s Lavonia Speedway on Thursday night.

Meanwhile, Georgia native Brandon Overton scored a pair of series wins on the weekend at Cherokee Speedway in Gaffney, South Carolina on Friday, followed by 411 Motor Speedway in Seymour, Tennessee on Saturday.

On Friday night, Madden and Bloomquist battled door-to-door for the final 15 laps around the 3/8-mile Lavonia Speedway.

In the end, it was Madden edging out his teammate for his second series win of the season, and the 26th of his career.

From the drop of the green, Madden took off instantly, grabbing the lead into turn one with Brandon Sheppard hot on his tail. Bloomquist would work to second, and began battling with Madden for the lead with 15 laps to go.

The two were quickly locked into a battle of their own, Sheppard working the bottom lane trying to get underneath Madden in the middle.

A final restart with seven laps remaining allowed Madden to pull away a bit about five laps to go, and went on to the victory.

“I just kept my composure and didn’t miss my marks,” the Grey Court, South Carolina racer said. “I wasn’t even trying to ‘hold them off,’ I just had to find where I was the best at, and I found it, and won the race.”

Bloomquist held on for second, fending off a fierce charge from Brandon Overton in the closing laps.

Sheppard finished in fourth, with Chase in fifth.

On Friday night Brandon Overton scored the win in the Mike Duvall Memorial at Cherokee Speedway.

Right from the drop of the green, Overton took off and never looked back, leading all 50 laps to score the feature victory.

“It’s always easier when you can set the pace,” the Evans, Georgia speedster said. “Our car was really, really good. That’s probably as good as I’ve had one, especially around the bottom here.”

Chris Madden, Chase Junghans, Brandon Sheppard and Darrell Lanigan rounded out the top five.

On Saturday night, Overton doubled up on the weekend with a win at 411 Motor Speedway.

Defending race winner Cory Hedgecock led early but saw his chance to repeat go away as he car spewed steam in the exit of turn two, sidelining him for the rest of the night.

Overton inherited the lead into turn three before the caution came out and restacked the field, putting Darrell Lanigan and Cade Dillard on his rear bumper. But Overton was held lead the rest of the way, leading the final 34 laps en route to his fourth series win of the season and seventh of his career.

“I think what helped us more than anything is coming here a lot,” Overton said. “We’ve ran a bunch of races here throughout the year. So, just to get a jump on these guys before they get here, it definitely helps.”

“I’ve never been here with the racetrack like it was tonight,” he continued. “I had a feeling it was going to just clean off and get slick from top to bottom like it usually does, and it didn’t, so I had to change my line up a bit getting into turn three because I kept pushing.”

Lanigan finished second, with Brandon Sheppard third, Dillard fourth and Shane Clanton in fifth.

Up next for the World of Outlaws Morton Buildings Late Model Series is the Can-AM World Finals as the Dirt Track at Charlotte Nov. 7-9. Visit for more details.

WoO Morton Buildings Late Model Series
Lavonia Speedway – Lavonia, GA
Race Results – October 3, 2019

1. OM-Chris Madden
2. 0-Scott Bloomquist
3. 2-Brandon Overton
4. 1-Brandon Sheppard
5. 18-Chase Junghans
6. 25-Shane Clanton
7. 87-Ross Bailes
8. B1-Brent Larson
9. 28-Dennis Erb
10. 29-Darrell Lanigan
11. 6-Blake Spencer
12. 99B-Boom Briggs
13. 4-Matthew Nance
14. 7-Ricky Weiss
15. O1-Travis Pennington
16. 22-Chris Ferguson
17. F1-Payton Freeman
18. 97-Cade Dillard
19. 1c-Kenny Collins
20. 42-Cla Knight

WoO Morton Buildings Late Model Series
Cherokee Speedway – Gaffney, SC
Race Results – October 4, 2019

1. 2-Brandon Overton
2. OM-Chris Madden
3. 18-Chase Junghans
4. 1-Brandon Sheppard
5. 29-Darrell Lanigan
6. 91-Derrick Ramey
7. 87-Ross Bailes
8. 79-Kyle Hardy
9. 421-Anthony Sanders
10. 97-Cade Dillard
11. B1-Brent Larson
12. 28-Dennis Erb
13. 55-Benji Hicks
14. 7-Ricky Weiss
15. 88-Trent Ivey
16. 6-Blake Spencer
17. 99B-Boom Briggs
18. 22-Chris Ferguson
19. 57Y-Adam Yarbrough
20. 9-Johnny Pursley
21. 0-Scott Bloomquist
22. 57-Zack Mitchell
23. 89-G.R. Smith
24. 25-Shane Clanton

WoO Morton Buildings Late Model Series
411 Motor Speedway – Seymour, TN
Race Results – October 5, 2019

1. 2-Brandon Overton
2. 29-Darrell Lanigan
3. 1-Brandon Sheppard
4. 97-Cade Dillard
5. 25-Shane Clanton
6. 28-Dennis Erb
7. 18-Chase Junghans
8. 17M-Dale McDowell
9. 7-Ricky Weiss
10. 1v-Vic Hill
11. 99B-Boom Briggs
12. B1-Brent Larson
13. 18x-Michael Page
14. 97c-Michael Chilton
15. 6-Blake Spencer
16. 17-Logan Roberson
17. C5-David Crabtree
18. 5-John Tweed
19. 23-Cory Hedgecock
20. 87-Ross Bailes
21. 1G-Ryan King
22. 53-Ray Cook
23. 3x-Bo Eaton
24. 22-Lynn Leach
25. 7m-Donald McIntosh

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