Madden wins second straight Drydene Xtreme Dirt Series Championship
The second Drydene Xtreme DIRTcar Series concluded in exciting fashion with a familiar face hoisting the championship hardware. Team Drydene’s Chris Madden earned two wins in the six-race series and raced from 13th to sixth in Saturday’s finale at Modac Speedway to capture his second straight Drydene Xtreme DIRTcar Series title.
“We are so thankful Drydene got behind this series and extremely happy we were able to win the championship again,” said Madden. “My team did a great job. We won a couple races and were right there on a couple of other nights. I know we aren’t the best here at Modac, but we worked hard to get up as far as we did. A big thank you to everyone that makes this possible for us.”
The series began in November with the prestigious Blue-Gray 100 in November followed by a pair of races in December before completing with three events in late February. Madden and Overton each scored a pair of wins while Ross Bailes and Michael Brown picked up their first career Drydene Xtreme DIRTcar Series wins.
PERFECT ATTENDANCE: Drydene Performance Products recognized the eight drivers that competed in all six events with a $500 bonus. Thank you to these drivers and teams for being part of all six races. Chris Madden, Kyle Strickler, Dauton Wilson, Anthony Sanders, Trent Ivey, Adam Yarbrough, Tim Vance and David Yandle.
RACE ONE: BLUE-GRAY 100 – CHEROKEE SPEEDWAY
The annual Blue-Gray 100 at Cherokee Speedway kicked off the six-race Super Late Model series. The race came down to tire strategy. Brandon Overton gave up third place on lap 40 when he pitted for a fresh set of tires. Reigning race and series champion Chris Madden led a majority of the race before losing a right rear tire on lap 93. Overton took over for the final seven laps and won the opener over 17th-starting Benji Hicks and Kyle Strickler.
TOP THREE: 1) Brandon Overton 2) Benji Hicks 3)Kyle Strickler
RACE TWO: GRINCH 40 – VOLUNTEER SPEEDWAY
Team Drydene’s Chris Madden bounced back from his 13th-place finish in the series opener by domination action in the Grinch 40 at Volunteer Speedway in Bulls Gap, Tennessee. Madden passed fellow Team Drydene driver Scott Bloomquist early on and set sail to secure his second consecutive Drydene Xtreme Series victory at Volunteer Speedway.
TOP THREE: 1) Chris Madden 2) Donald McIntosh 3. Kyle Strickler
RACE THREE: LAVONIA SPEEDWAY
Michael Brown earned his first career victory with the Drydene Xtreme DIRTcar Series in the race three at Lavonia Speedway in Lavonia, Georgia. Brown passed early leader Garrett Smith and closed the door with a solid green-white-checkered finish to score the $5,000 top prize. Chris Madden charged from sixth to third.
TOP THREE:1) Michael Brown 2) Kenny Collins 3) 44-Chris Madden
RACE FOUR: LAKE VIEW MOTOR SPEEDWAY
Ross Bailes was at the right place at the right time in round four of the Drydene Xtreme DIRTcar Series at Lake View Motor Speedway in Nichols, South Carolina. Early leader Matthew Nance couldn’t avoid a slowing car halfway through the 30-lap main event and Bailes took advantage leading the rest of the way to score his first Drydene Xtreme Series victory. Nance was able to hang for second despite damage to his machine for his first career podium finish with the series. Cla Knight finished third, his first podium finish as well.
TOP THREE: 1) Ross Bailes 2) Matthew Nance 3) Cla Knight
RACE FIVE: CHEROKEE SPEEDWAY
Chris Madden got redemption in round four of the Drydene Xtreme Series by racing to victory at Cherokee Speedway. Madden, who lives near Cherokee, led all 40 laps to score his fourth career Drydene Xtreme Series victory and add to his lead in the championship standings. Ross Bailes started on the pole and finished second ahead of World of Outlaws Morton Buildings Late Model series points leader Kyle Strickler.
TOP THREE: 1) Chris Madden 2)Ross Bailes 3)Kyle Strickler
RACE SIX: MODAC SPEEDWAY
It was a homecoming for the 29-year-old Brandon Overton at Modac Speedway, who calls Evans, Georgia home. He raced his No. 76 machine from the sixth starting position and overtook race leader Ross Bailes with a strong move around the outside to score the $7,000 victory, his second Drydene Xtreme Series victory.
Bailes finished second ahead of Dustin Mitchell, and Kyle Strickler. Chris Madden finished sixth after charging from 13th.
TOP THREE: 1) Brandon Overton 2)Ross Bailes 3)Dustin Mitchell
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