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Thursday August 22nd, 2019 4:10PM

Chris Madden gets WoO LMS USA Nationals victory

By Jordan DeLucia
  Contact Editor

With six laps remaining in Saturday night’s USA Nationals Feature at Cedar Lake Speedway in New Richmond, Wisconsin, it appeared as though defending event winner Brandon Sheppard was going to repeat in the World of Outlaws Morton Buildings Late Model event.

But there was one driver behind him who was hungry for his first win in the prestigious event – Chris Madden.

Madden powered to the lead in turn two, and held on through a green-white checkered finish to claim his first USA Nationals title over Tim McCreadie and Sheppard.

Madden had the most consistent car on the racetrack on Saturday night. Never dropping below fourth over 100 laps, he spent the better part of the race’s final quarter battling door-to-door with Sheppard. Madden dominated the bottom lane, while Sheppard preferred the top.

The two played cat-and-mouse until the race’s deciding moment with six laps to go. Sheppard bobbled on the cushion coming out of turn two, allowing Madden to get a run on him down the backstretch. Madden patiently waited for the right moment and pulled the trigger as they came back around into turn one, driving it in deep to slide directly into Sheppard’s line on the top.

“I knew I wasn’t going to catch Sheppard at the pace I was running,” Madden said. “So I just slowed down my pace a bit, got in a rhythm. I said, ‘if I catch him right here, I’ve got to go by him.’”

When Sheppard got to the exit of turn two, the hole had already closed and he was forced to get on the binders, giving up the top spot to Madden. A green-white-checkered finish put a tiny bit on extra pressure on Madden out front, but he got a great restart and persevered to seal the deal.

Ricky Weiss came home in fourth, with Dale McDowell in fifth.

Jimmy Owens, Scott Bloomquist, Dennis Erb, Frank Heckenast and Brian Birkhofer rounded out the top ten.

Up next, the World of Outlaws travel to Williams Grove Speedway in Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania on Thursday, August 16. For more information, visit WorldofOutlaws.com.

WoO Morton Building Late Model Series
Cedar Lake Speedway – New Richmond, WI
USA Nationals – August 3, 2019

1. OM-Chris Madden
2. 6m-Tim McCreadie
3. 1-Brandon Sheppard
4. 7-Ricky Weiss
5. 17M-Dale McDowell
6. 20-Jimmy Owens
7. 0-Scott Bloomquist
8. 28-Dennis Erb
9. 99jr-Frank Heckenast
10. 15b-Brian Birkhofer
11. 18-Chase Junghans
12. B1-Brent Larson
13. 97-Cade Dillard
14. 99B-Boom Briggs
15. 25z-Mason Zeigler
16. 1T-Tyler Erb
17. 40B-Kyle Bronson
18. 32-Bobby Pierce
19. 2-Brandon Overton
20. 29-Darrell Lanigan
21. 25-Shane Clanton
22. 3s-Brian Shirley
23. 1P-Earl Pearson
24. 18b-Shannon Babb
25. 28m-Jimmy Mars
26. 32s-Chris Simpson
27. 25F-Jason Feger

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