Photo Gallery: Mike Marlar Claims First Tennessee Tipoff Victory

All photos by Michael Moats.

The packed grandstands at Smoky Mountain Speedway were treated to an incredible race with home-state hero Mike Marlar take the lead after a late restart and bring it back to the checkered flag for his first-ever Tennessee Tipoff victory.

Marlar made the winning move on Ricky Weiss for the lead with just over two laps remaining to secure the victory. Weiss settled for the runner-up spot. Josh Richards crossed in third after a climb from 10th and strong presence inside the top-five all race long.

Mike Marlar (57) battles Darrell Lanigan (29) on the opening lap.

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Qualifying Flight-A 1. 97c-Michael Chilton, 16.058; 2. 57-Mike Marlar, 16.109; 3. 1-Brandon Sheppard, 16.153; 4. 50-Shanon Buckingham, 16.226; 5. 97-Cade Dillard, 16.275; 6. 23-Cory Hedgecock, 16.321; 7. 7-Ricky Weiss, 16.333; 8. 76-Brandon Overton, 16.394; 9. 20-Jimmy Owens, 16.59; 10. 66c-Matt Cosner, 16.67; 11. 21k-Dakotah Knuckles, 16.7; 12. 1G-Ryan King, 16.843; 13. 21-Robby Moses, 16.948; 14. 4G-Kody Evans, 17.123; 15. B1-Brent Larson, 17.21; 16. 6jr-Parker Martin, 17.864; 17. 6-Blake Spencer, 18.033

Qualifying Flight-B 1. 14-Josh Richards, 15.839; 2. 0M-Chris Madden, 15.946; 3. 29v-Darrell Lanigan, 16.243; 4. 2-Pearson Williams, 16.268; 5. 0-Scott Bloomquist, 16.311; 6. 7M-Donald McIntosh, 16.355; 7. 18-Chase Junghans, 16.473; 8. 22-Chris Ferguson, 16.534; 9. 17M-Dale McDowell, 16.549; 10. 25z-Mason Zeigler, 16.628; 11. 99B-Boom Briggs, 16.649; 12. C5-David Crabtree, 16.705; 13. 12-Ashton Winger, 16.852; 14. 4T-Tommy Kerr, 16.903; 15. 28-Dennis Erb, 16.922; 16. 31-Tyler Millwood, 17.418; 17. J27-Jay Scott, 17.543

Jimmy Owens (20) looks under Chris Ferguson (22).

Drydene Heat #1 – Flight (A) (10 Laps) – Top 4 Transfer 1. 1-Brandon Sheppard [2]; 2. 7-Ricky Weiss [4]; 3. 97-Cade Dillard [3]; 4. 20-Jimmy Owens [5]; 5. 21k-Dakotah Knuckles [6]; 6. B1-Brent Larson [8]; 7. 21-Robby Moses [7]; 8. 6-Blake Spencer [9]; 9. 97c-Michael Chilton [1]

Drydene Heat #2 – Flight (A) (10 Laps) – Top 4 Transfer 1. 57-Mike Marlar [1]; 2. 50-Shanon Buckingham [2]; 3. 23-Cory Hedgecock [3]; 4. 76-Brandon Overton [4]; 5. 66c-Matt Cosner [5]; 6. 1G-Ryan King [6]; 7. 4G-Kody Evans [7]; 8. 6jr-Parker Martin [8]

Brandon Sheppard (1) grabs second from Mike Marlar (57).

Drydene Heat #3 – Flight (B) (10 Laps) – Top 4 Transfer 1. 29v-Darrell Lanigan [2]; 2. 18-Chase Junghans [4]; 3. 14-Josh Richards [1]; 4. 0-Scott Bloomquist [3]; 5. 12-Ashton Winger [7]; 6. 28-Dennis Erb [8]; 7. 17M-Dale McDowell [5]; 8. 99B-Boom Briggs [6]; 9. J27-Jay Scott [9]

Drydene Heat #4 – Flight (B) (10 Laps) – Top 4 Transfer 1. 0M-Chris Madden [1]; 2. 2-Pearson Williams [2]; 3. 7M-Donald McIntosh [3]; 4. 22-Chris Ferguson [4]; 5. 25z-Mason Zeigler [5]; 6. C5-David Crabtree [6]; 7. 4T-Tommy Kerr [7]; 8. 31-Tyler Millwood [8]

Josh Richards (14) goes by Pearson Lee Williams (2).

Last Chance Showdown 1 (10 Laps) – Top 3 Transfer 1. 21k-Dakotah Knuckles [1]; 2. 1G-Ryan King [4]; 3. 97c-Michael Chilton [9]; 4. B1-Brent Larson [3]; 5. 66c-Matt Cosner [2]; 6. 4G-Kody Evans [6]; 7. 21-Robby Moses [5]; 8. 6jr-Parker Martin [8]; 9. 6-Blake Spencer [7]

Last Chance Showdown 2 (10 Laps) – Top 3 Transfer 1. 25z-Mason Zeigler [2]; 2. 12-Ashton Winger [1]; 3. 17M-Dale McDowell [5]; 4. 28-Dennis Erb [3]; 5. 4T-Tommy Kerr [6]; 6. C5-David Crabtree [4]; 7. 31-Tyler Millwood [8]; 8. J27-Jay Scott [9]; 9. 99B-Boom Briggs [7]

Boom Briggs (99) looked good early battling Mason Zeigler (25).

Tennessee Tipoff Feature (60 Laps) 1. 57-Mike Marlar [3]; 2. 7-Ricky Weiss [8]; 3. 14-Josh Richards [10]; 4. 1-Brandon Sheppard [1]; 5. 7M-Donald McIntosh [12]; 6. 25z-Mason Zeigler [18]; 7. 17M-Dale McDowell [22]; 8. 20-Jimmy Owens [13]; 9. 18-Chase Junghans [6]; 10. 23-Cory Hedgecock [11]; 11. 22-Chris Ferguson [16]; 12. 28-Dennis Erb [23]; 13. 1G-Ryan King [19]; 14. 21k-Dakotah Knuckles [17]; 15. 12-Ashton Winger [20]; 16. 0-Scott Bloomquist [14]; 17. 50-Shanon Buckingham [7]; 18. 66c-Matt Cosner [25]; 19. B1-Brent Larson [27]; 20. 99B-Boom Briggs [24]; 21. 97-Cade Dillard [9]; 22. 4G-Kody Evans [26]; 23. 6-Blake Spencer [28]; 24. 0M-Chris Madden [2]; 25. 29v-Darrell Lanigan [4]; 26. 2-Pearson Williams [5]; 27. 76-Brandon Overton [15]; 28. 97c-Michael Chilton [21]

Hard Charger: 17M-Dale McDowell[+15]

Lap Leaders – Chris Madden 1-24 [24]; Ricky Weiss 25-27, 50-57 [11]; Mike Marlar 28-49, 58-60 [25]

The top 3 finishers were Josh Richards (left), Mike Marlar (center), and Ricky Weiss (right).

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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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