3-14,15-2014 Volunteer Speedway 13th Annual Spring Thaw - Spring Nationals

3-14,15-2014 Volunteer Speedway 13th Annual Spring Thaw  -  Spring Nationals
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    Volunteer Speedway

    Bulls Gap, TN



    Jimmy Owens goes flag-to-flag in Spring Nationals Series event

    By Chris Tilley: BULLS GAP, TN (14 March 2014)—Welcome to Club 29 Jimmy Owens.

    Owens of Newport, TN scored his first victory for Darrell Lanigan’s Club 29 Race Cars on Friday Night March 14th during the Old Man’s Garage Spring Nationals Series-sanctioned 13th Annual Spring Thaw event at Volunteer Speedway in Bulls Gap, TN.

    Owens would come to victory while driving the Reese Monuments, Gantte Appraisals sponsored Cornett Racing Engines powered Club 29 Race Car for the $4,000 payday, his first Spring Nationals Series win. Owens made the 10th different winner in 10 races contested since March 2013.

    FK Rod Ends Fast Qualifier Chris Madden and Owens would bring the field of 22 to the green flag for the start of the 40-lapper with Owens taking to the slick racing surface on the high-side and the commanding lead. Madden would tuck into second spot but Bloomquist, Eric Wells and Mike Marlar would quickly chase him down into the opening laps. Madden and Bloomquist would have a classic short track battle throughout the main but Bloomquist would never have enough momentum to get around Madden in the slick.

    On the 13th lap, as Bloomquist was closing in on Madden for the runner-up spot, Bloomquist got tucked in behind lapped traffic allowing Madden to stretch out his second place run and allowed Eric Wells to close in on Bloomquist.

    Two yellow flags slowed the event and would wave on the 16th lap as Steve Casebolt came to rest at the top of turn three. He retired to the pits and track clean-up crews tended to fluid left from his C9 MasterSbilt on the racing surface.

    Racing returns on Saturday Night with earlier start times at the Spring Thaw Night Two paying $10,000 to win for the Old Man’s Garage Spring Nationals Series presented by Schaeffer’s Oil at Volunteer Speedway.

    Official Summary of Results

    Old Man’s Garage Spring Nationals by Schaeffer’s Oil

    Friday Night, 14 March 2014

    Points Event # 1

    Feature Finish:

    1. Jimmy Owens-Newport, TN

    2. Chris Madden-Gray Court, SC

    3. Scott Bloomquist-Mooresburg, TN

    4. Mike Marlar-Winfield, TN

    5. Eric Wells-Hazard, KY

    6. Chad Ogle-Sevierville, TN

    7. Casey Roberts-Toccoa, GA

    8. Vic Hill-Mosheim, TN

    9. Michael Chilton-Salvisa, KY

    10. Tom Maddox-Centre, AL

    11. Billy Ogle Jr.-Knoxville, TN

    12. Donald McIntosh-Dawsonville, GA

    13. Kenny Collins-Colbert, GA

    14. Gabe Wilson-Waynesville, NC

    15. Stacy Boles-Clinton, TN

    16. Victor Lee-Stanford, KY

    17. David Payne-Murphy, NC

    18. Jeff Wolfenbarger-Clinton, TN

    19. Mack McCarter-Gatlinburg, TN

    20. Steve Casebolt-Richmond, IN

    21. Mark Vineyard-Powell, TN

    22. Mark Douglas-Knoxville, TN

    Race Statistics

    Entries: 34

    FK Rod Ends $100 Fast Time: Chris Madden-13:290 seconds

    Last Chance Heats/10 Laps/Top-4 Transfer:

    Last Chance Heat-1 Finish: David Payne, Stacy Boles, Mark Vineyard, Tom Maddox, Mark Douglas, Chris Chandler, Austin Smith, Greg Estes, Robby Moses

    Last Chance Heat-2 Finish: Billy Ogle Jr., Jeff Wolfenbarger, Mack McCarter, Donald McIntosh, Gabe Wilson, Joe Denby, Brandon Carter, Ryan King (DNS)

    Last Chance Heat-3 Finish: Vic Hill, Kenny Collins, Steve Casebolt, Victor Lee, Ellery Leake, Dustin Linville, Bobby Mays, Jeff Franklin, Sammie Russell

    Series Provisionals: None

    Lap Leaders: Owens (1-40)

    Lead Changes: None

    Cautions: Two (laps 16, 37)

    Red Flags: None

    Time of Race: 19 minutes, 25 seconds

    Madden is Mister Saturday Night with Spring Nationals Series win.

    By Chris Tilley: BULLS GAP, TN (15 March 2014)— Chris Madden took the lead from Eric Wells on lap 22 to claim the $10,000 payday in the final night of the 13th Annual Spring Thaw at Volunteer Speedway which was sanctioned by the Old Man’s Garage Spring Nationals by Schaeffer’s Oil. Madden claimed the $10,000 payday leading all 60 circuits for the impressive victory. This was Madden’s third straight Saturday Night victory coming after the Bama Bash and the Tennessee Tip-Off Classic. Madden also became the 11th different winner in 11 Spring Nationals Series events contested since March 2013, there hasn’t been a repeat winner since the tour’s inception.

    Madden drove to the victory in the Century Plastics, Hamrick’s of Gaffney, Henderson Amusement, Cushman Paint & Body sponsored Clements Racing Engines powered Bloomquist Team Zero Race Car.

    Scott Bloomquist had a hard-fought battle with eventual winner Chris Madden the night before for second spot and the top three including Eric Wells had a dog fight for the lead during the race’s midpoint. Bloomquist would go around Wells for second spot on the 29th lap but never could overtake Madden for the lead. Bloomquist drove the Hawkeye Trucking, Ole Smoky sponsored Roush Yates Bloomquist Team Zero car to the weekend’s second-straight podium finish. Wells drove to third while driving the Schaeffer’s Oil, Allstar Performance, Convenient Lube sponsored Roush Yates powered Bllomquist Team Zero Race Car. Completing the top-five were Billy Ogle Jr. of Knoxville, TN and Mike Marlar of Winfield, TN.

    Three caution flags slowed the main event. The first caution flag was for Dustin Linville on lap nine trying to exit the track off of turn four. Jimmy Owens, who was trying to get underneath the lapped car of Linville, made hard contact with Linville putting severe damage on the Club 29 Car of Owens and knocking him out of contention for the second straight weekend victory. The second yellow was on lap-11 as a track officials had to be tended to for medical reasons after being struck by flying debris. The final yellow was on lap 46 as David Payne slowed at the top of turn four.

    The Old Man’s Garage Spring Nationals Series by Schaeffer’s Oil will be back in action on March 28 at Tri-County Race Track in Brasstown, NC paying $4,000 to win followed by a visit to Smoky Mountain Speedway in Maryville, TN on March 29 paying $6,000 to win.

    Official Summary of Results

    Old Man’s Garage Spring Nationals Series by Schaeffer’s Oil

    Smoky Mountain Speedway-Maryville, TN

    Saturday Night, 15 March 2014

    Super Late Model Feature Finish:

    1. Chris Madden-Gray Court, SC

    2. Scott Bloomquist-Mooresburg, TN

    3. Eric Wells-Hazard, KY

    4. Billy Ogle Jr.-Knoxville, TN

    5. Mike Marlar-Winfield, TN

    6. Donald McIntosh-Dawsonville, GA

    7. Casey Roberts-Toccoa, GA

    8. Stacy Boles-Clinton, TN

    9. Tommy Kerr-Maryville, TN

    10. Chad Ogle-Sevierville, TN

    11. Mack McCarter-Gatlinburg, TN

    12. Victor Lee-Stanford, KY

    13. Austin Smith-Cedartown, GA

    14. Michael Chilton-Salvisa, KY

    15. David Payne-Murphy, NC

    16. Chris Chandler-Weaverville, NC
    17. Vic Hill-Mosheim, TN

    18. Mark Vineyard-Powell, TN

    19. Mark Douglas-Knoxville, TN

    20. Steve Casebolt-Richmond, IN

    21. Jeff Wolfenbarger-Clinton, TN

    22. Jimmy Owens-Newport, TN

    23. Dustin Linville-Lancaster, KY

    24. Gabe Wilson-Waynesville, NC

    Race Statistics:

    Entries: 32

    FK Rod Ends Fast Time: Scott Bloomquist-12:227 seconds

    Heat One Finish (10 Laps/Top-4 Transfer): Jimmy Owens, Scott Bloomquist, Donald McIntosh, David Payne, Austin Smith, Tom Maddox, Jeff Franklin, Ryan King (DNS)

    Heat Two Finish (10 Laps/Top-4 Transfer): Eric Wells, Billy Ogle Jr., Jeff Wolfenbarger, Vic Hill, Kenny Collins, Gabe Wilson, Michael Chilton, Chris Chandler

    Heat Three Finish (10 Laps/Top-4 Transfer): Chris Madden, Mike Marlar, Tommy Kerr, Chad Ogle, Mark Vineyard, Victor Lee, Joe Denby, Sammie Russell

    Heat Four Finish (10 Laps/Top-4 Transfer): Mark Douglas, Stacy Boles, Casey Roberts, Mack McCarter, Steve Casebolt, Dustin Linville, Bobby Mays, Brandon Carter

    Last Chance Race One Finish (10 Laps/Top-4 transfer): Austin Smith, Michael Chilton, Gabe Wilson, Chris Chandler, Kenny Collins, Tom Maddox (DNS), Jeff Franklin (DNS), Ryan King (DNS)

    Last Chance Race Two Finish (10 Laps/Top-3 transfer): Mark Vineyard, Victor Lee, Dustin Linville, Bobby Mays, Brandon Carter, Joe Denby Steve Casebolt, Sammie Russell (DNS)

    Series Provisional: Steve Casebolt

    Lap Leaders: Wells (1-21), Madden (22-60)

    Lead Changes: One

    Cautions: Three (Laps 9, 11, 46)

    Red Flags: None

    Time of Race: 24 minutes, 19 seconds