Photo Gallery: Madden Wins “Grinch At The Gap” At Volunteer Speedway

Kyle Strickler congratulates Chris Madden in victory lane. Photos by Michael Moats

Just when you thought the racing season was over, East Tennessee’s Volunteer Speedway hosted their first “Grinch at The Gap” race sanctioned by Drydene Xtreme DIRTCar Series.

Top: Team Zero. Bottom Left: Zack Mitchell. Bottom Right: Pearson Williams.

Madden set the pace with a win in the first heat race. Kyle Strickler, racing at The Gap for the first time, captured the win in the third heat. The top two finishers from each heat drew for starting positions in the main, which led to Strickler starting on the pole. Fast qualifier and first heat winner, Madden, started in the Sixth position.

Strickler took the early lead while Madden quickly worked his way through traffic. On lap 22, Madden caught and passed Strickler for the lead in turns three and four, then set sail for the rest of the race.

Top: Chris Ferguson and crew. Bottom Left: Donald McIntosh. Bottom Right: Cory Hedgecock.

Kyle Strickler followed Madden across the line with Brandon Overton, Buckingham, and Chris Ferguson rounding out the top five. Completing the top 10 finishers were Donald McIntosh, Logan Roberson, Moses, Hedgecock, and Pearson Williams.

Shanon Buckingham &Trent Ivey.

Race Results: Volunteer Speedway, Bulls Gap, Tennessee. December 7, 2019. Xxtreme DIRTcar Series – Grinch at The Gap

Heat #1: 1. Chris Madden; 2. Zack Mitchell; 3. Logan Roberson; 4. Ryan King; 5. Pearson Williams; 6. Tim Vance; 7. Will Harris; 8. Steve Smith.

Heat #2: 1. Michael Chilton; 2. Shanon Buckingham; 3. Cory Hedgecock; 4. Chris Ferguson; 5. Donald McIntosh; 6. David Webb; 7. Aaron Guinn; 8. Daniel Dial.

Heat #3: 1. Kyle Strickler; 2. Robby Moses; 3. Brandon Overton; 4. Trent Ivey; 5. Jeff Smith; 6. Tommy Bailey; 7. Jordan Rodabaugh.

Top: Chris Madden. Bottom Left: Kyle Strickler. Bottom Right: Brandon Overton.

Feature: 1. (6) Chris Madden #0M – $5,000, 2. (1) Kyle Strickler #8 – $2,500, 3. (9) Brandon Overton #76 – $1,700, 4. (3) Shanon Buckingham #50 – $1,400, 5. (11) Chris Ferguson #22 – $1,200, 6. (14) Donald McIntosh #7 – $1,000,7. (7) Logan Roberson #17 – $800, 8. (2) Robby Moses #21 – $700, 9. (8) Cory Hedgecock #23 – $600, 10. (13) Pearson Williams #2 – $550, 11. (17) David Webb #13 – $500, 12. (15) Jeff Smith #70 – $500, 13. (22) Steve Smith #3 – $500, 14. (16) Tim Vance #17V – $500, 15. (20) Aaron Guinn #97G – $500, 16. (18) Tommy Bailey #11 – $500, 17. (5) Michael Chilton #97 – $500, 18. (21) Jordan Rodabaugh #66 – $500, 19. (19) Will Harris #21 – $500, 20. (12) Trent Ivey #88 – $500, 21. (10) Ryan King #1G – $500, 22. (23) Daniel Dial #19 – $500, 23. (4) Zack Mitchell #57 – $500.

Teammates Shanon Buckingham (50) and Robby Moses (21) battle for second on the opening lap.

Left: Trent Ivey (88) gets a spot from Pearson Williams (2). Right: Chris Madden (0M) takes fourth from Zack Mitchell (57).

Crate Late Model (30 laps): 1. Forrest Trent #101, 2. Tyler Arrington #002, 3. Zach Sise #9, 4. Chris Coffey #97, 5. Tim Maupin #3, 6. Terry Poore #2, 7. Jeremy Livingood #00L, 8. Kyle Courtney #144, 9. Steven Martin #46, 10. William Blankenship #32, 11. Jeremy Creech #15, 12. Michael Persinger #32P, 13. Ruben Mayfield #00, 14. Jamie Stanley #5, 15. Jason Cardwell #07, 16. Shannon Emery #52, 17. Adam Tolliver #21, 18. Taylor Coffman #30, 19. Adam Collins #47, 20. Jeff Queen #28. Did Not Start: Jason Welshan #01.

Jeff Smith (70) gets under Trent Ivey (88).

Left: Brandon Overton (76) battles Chris Ferguson (22) for eighth. Right: Robby Moses (21) takes the low line with Zack Mitchell (57) and Brandon Overton (76) giving chase.

Sportsman Late Model (20 laps): 1. Clyde Stanton #C11, 2. William Barton K0, 3. Adam Mitchell #50, 4. Brad Seagle #31, 5. Warren McMahan #33, 6. Roger England #E5, 7. Floyd Self #3, 8. Joshua Sneed #79, 9. Nicholas Shelton #9, 10. Clint Hodges #83H, 11. Dillon Daves #35, 12. Josh Chesney #X, 13. Michael Boyd #3B, 14. Tyler Dixon #7, 15. Brandon Waller #71, 16. Jonathan Wolfe #27, 17. Lucas Fuller #77, 18. Robbie Buchanan #13, 19. David Bullington #20, 20. Joe Bray #76, 21. Rick Utsman #U12, 22. Jackie Yates #43, 23. David Robins #97, 24. Kris Pauley #B54, 25. Tommy Cameron #40, 26. Troy Eads #52, 27. Kyle Manis #25K. Disqualified Post-Race: Zach Sise #25

David Webb (13) and Ryan King (1G) in close quarters.

Left: Chris Madden (0M) battles Kyle Strickler (8) for the lead. Right: Chris Ferguson (22) tries to take fourth from Zack Mitchell (57).

Modified Street (20 laps): 1. Austin Atkins #14, 2. Gary Blanken #05, 3. Wayne Rader #01, 4. Chris Rickett #21, 5. Kaleb Trent #3, 6. David Clark #13, 7. McKenlee Hall #44, 8. Kurt Owens #14K, 9. Rocky Ogle #9, 10. Shannon Emery #M2, 11. John Grooms #93, 12. Jason Rollins #012.

Street Stock (20 laps): 1. Logan Cobb #C4, 2. Evan Wrinkle Jr. #18, 3. Donovan Long #15, 4. Tony Trent #18T, 5. Josh Beal #51, 6. Colby Long #10, 7. Jason Rollins #012, 8. Alex Vance #71, 9. Michael Simmons #23, 10. Alex Qualls #71, 11. Jeff Fox #0, 12. Chesten Anderson #77, 13. Tanner Owens #17, 14. Raymond Sheppard #7.

Left: Cory Hedgecock (23), Robby Moses (21), and Logan Robertson (17) in three-wide action. Right: Shanon Buckingham (50) protects the low line with Brandon Overton (76) on top.

Classic (20 laps): 1. Adam Engel #51, 2. Lee Merritt #14, 3. Michael Millsap #515, 4. Shaun Sise #J16, 5. Tim Bounds #11, 6. Scotty Helton #6, 7. Jim Canning Jr. #13, 8. Will Carey #16, 9. Chris McKinney #113, 10. John Stevens #7, 11. Shane Taylor #42, 12. Mark Sise #59, 13. Nicholas King #66, 14. Adam Ogle #26, 15. Quincy Arnwine #17.

Front-Wheel Drive (20 laps): 1. Jacob Sharp #1, 2. Dustin Duncan #21, 3. Nathan Adams #A93, 4. James Powell Jr. #27, 5. Joshua Ramsey #00, 6. Josh Detwiler #38D, 7. Daryl Teffeteller #72, 8. Todd Duncan #D3, 9. Cody Bean #2, 10. James Ray #83, 11. Nick Adams #90, 12. Mike Jones Jr. #7, 13. Bryan Williams #38, 14. Jerry Gibson Jr. #G1, 15. Dustin Petty #73, 16. Joey Knowles #87, 17. Chris Robinson #74. Did Not Start: Marcus Mays #12, Jerry French #98.

Mini Stock (20 laps): 1. Joe Freels #77, 2. Daniel Moody #17, 3. Shane Bullock #2, 4. Greg Everhart #70, 5. Richard Allen #19. 6. Walter Walsh #3rd Man.

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Bobby Kimbrough

Bobby grew up in the heart of Illinois, becoming an avid dirt track race fan which has developed into a life long passion. Taking a break from the Midwest dirt tracks to fight evil doers in the world, he completed a full 21 year career in the Marine Corps.
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