Chris Madden Captures Lil’ Bill Corum Memorial at Tazewell Speedway


Iron-Man Late Model Series

Chris Madden Captures Lil’ Bill Corum Memorial at Tazewell Speedway

TAZEWELL, TENNESSEE (April 16, 2022)– The Valvoline Iron-Man Late Model Southern Series and the Schaeffer’s Oil Spring Nationals would co-sanction the 2nd Annual Lil’ Bill Corum Memorial on Saturday evening at Tazewell Speedway in Tazewell, TN and Chris Madden of Gray Court, SC would lead all 75 laps and drive to the win in the $21,000 to win event.

The win by the 46-year-old would be his fourth career Valvoline Iron-Man Late Model Series victory and third of the 2022 racing season. Madden’s winning effort would come aboard a Rocket Chassis powered by a Durham Race Engine with sponsorship from Drydene Engine Oils, Drydene Racing Formulas, Henderson Amusements, Millwood Plumbing, Franklin Enterprises, Davis Diesel Service, Worley Monument, Pyramid Materials, VP Racing Fuels, and Penske Racing Shocks.

Chris Madden would take the lead at the start of the 75 lap main event, with Brandon Overton, Ricky Weiss, Jimmy Owens, and Ross Bailes in pursuit. The front five would remain the same as Madden would begin to catch slower traffic, allowing Overton to close in on two separate occasions. The first caution of the race appeared on lap fifteen when Michael Chilton slowed on the frontchute with a flat tire, but would return to action. Madden would control the restart, with Weiss taking second from Overton and Bailes would take fourth from Owens. But the caution would appear again one lap later on lap sixteen when Ryan King’s mount would have a fire in the engine compartment in turn one and would be done for the event. The front five would remain the same on this restart, with Madden scooting away a bit from Weiss by lap twenty-five. But Madden would catch the rear of the field one circuit later and Weiss would begin to reel the race leader back to him. Problems for fifth place running Owens would show on lap twenty-nine, as Owens would slow on the track, go to the work area, and return momentarily. This restart would see Madden get a great launch into turn one, while Overton would reclaim the second spot from Weiss, while Dale McDowell would sneak fourth away from Bailes. The front five would remain the same until lap forty-five when fifth place Bailes would slow on the track. Madden would lead again as the green flag was displayed, with Weiss taking second from Overton, 12th place starter Dakotah Knuckles would snag fourth from McDowell. McDowell would reclaim the fourth spot once again on lap forty-eight, while Scott Bloomquist would take fifth from Knuckles one tour around the track later. Madden would maintain a comfortable lead over Weiss, while Overton continued this pair until Overton would draw the final caution on lap seventy-three after slowing on the frontchute. Madden would lead the charge on the restart and would not be challenged in the closing laps of the event to lay claim to the $21,000 top prize and victory. Weiss would take runner-up honors, with McDowell would settle for third. Bloomquist and Knuckles completed the top five. The remainder of the top ten would be Kyle Strickler, Bailes, 22nd starting Jonathan Davenport, 24th starting Christian Hanger, and 19th place starter David Payne.

The next event for the Valvoline Iron-Man Late Model Southern Series will be on Saturday April 30 at Boyd’s Speedway in Ringgold, GA as part of the track’s Let’s Get Dirty Autism Weekend, paying $4,000 to win (this will be a non-points event).

For more information about the Valvoline Iron-Man Late Model Series, please contact Chris Tilley at (828) 361-5981 or visit the tour’s webpage at or visit the tour page Iron-Man Racing Series on Facebook and Iron-Man Series (@CTPROMOTE) on Twitter.

The Valvoline Iron-Man Late Model Southern Series would like to thank the following sponsors and marketing partners for their support of the 2022 racing season: Valvoline, Zerex by Valvoline, Brucebilt Performance Parts, Hoosier Racing Tire, E-Z-GO, Sunoco Race Fuels, Bazell Race Fuels,, MyRacePass, FloRacing, XS Power Batteries, Vic Hill Racing Engines, American Racer Tires, Keltner Contracting, TW Taylor Trucking, Earnhardt Technologies Group, Swafford Signs, KY Clutch, Brown Haven Homes, Knowles Race Parts and Bodies, Coosa Heating and Cooling, Cruise with the Champions, SFP Performance Systems, KND Safety, Impact RaceGear, Chattanooga Valley Auto Parts, Race Clean, Denby’s J&J Construction, Advanced Transportation, Lowe’s Tows, Reno’s Roadhouse, and Racetrack Safety Initiative.

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Official Summary of Results

Feature Results for Valvoline Iron-Man Late Model Southern Series Lil’ Bill Corum Memorial at Tazewell Speedway in Tazewell, TN on Saturday April 16, 2022

  1. Chris Madden-Gray Court, S.C.
  2. Ricky Weiss-Headingly, Manitoba CAN
  3. Dale McDowell-Chickamauga, Ga.
  4. Scott Bloomquist-Mooresburg, Tenn.
  5. Dakotah Knuckles-Ewing, Va.
  6. Kyle Strickler-Mooresville, N.C.
  7. Ross Bailes-Clover, S.C.
  8. Jonathan Davenport-Blairsville, Ga.
  9. Christian Hanger-Winchester, Tenn.
  10. David Payne-Murphy, N.C.
  11. Payton Freeman-Commerce, Ga.
  12. Austin Neely-New Tazewell, Tenn.
  13. Michael Chilton-Salvisa, Ky.
  14. Cla Knight-North Augusta, S.C.
  15. Brandon Overton-Evans, Ga.
  16. Aaron Guinn-Russellville, Tenn.
  17. Josh Henry-Newport, Tenn.
  18. Stacy Boles-Clinton, Tenn.
  19. Brandon Williams-Crossville, Tenn.
  20. Ryan King-Seymour, Tenn.
  21. Jensen Ford-Johnson City, Tenn.
  22. Mack McCarter-Gatlinburg, Tenn.
  23. Carson Ferguson-Lincolnton, N.C.

Time of Race: 35 minutes, 52 seconds
Margin of Victory: 0.885 seconds
Yellow Flags: Five (lap 15, 16, 29, 45, 73)
Red Flags: None
Lap Leaders: Chris Madden 1-75
Entries: 37
E-Z-GO Time Trials Top Qualifier: Brandon Overton (Group A) 13.014 seconds
SFP Performance Systems Hard Charger Award ($100 product certificate): Christian Hanger (started 14th-finished 9th-advanced 15 positions)
Provisional Starters: Jonathan Davenport (Iron-Man), Christian Hanger (Iron-Man), Carson Ferguson (Spring Nats), Jensen Ford (Spring Nats)

Sunoco Race Fuels Heat One Finish (10 laps/top 4 advance): Brandon Overton, Ryan King Cla Knight, Josh Henry, Stacy Boles, Ryan Winchester, Steve Smith, Brian Shockley (DNS-Carson Ferguson)

Sunoco Race Fuels Heat Two Finish (10 laps/top 4 advance): Jimmy Owens, Dale McDowell, Austin Neely, Kyle Strickler, Terry Wolfenbarger, David Payne, Jed Emert (DNS-Matt Holt, Jeff Wolfenbarger)

Sunoco Race Fuels Heat Three Finish (10 laps/top 4 advance): Chris Madden, Ross Bailes, Scott Bloomquist, Brandon Williams, Aaron Guinn, Payton Freeman, Brenden Smith, John Llewellyn, Josh Sneed, Lynn Leach

Sunoco Race Fuels Heat Four Finish (10 laps/top 4 advance): Ricky Weiss, Mack McCarter, Dakotah Knuckles, Michael Chilton, Christian Hanger, Jason Trammell, Jonathan Davenport, Larry Greer (DNS-Jensen Ford)

B-Main One Finish (10 laps/top 2 advance): Stacy Boles, David Payne, Terry Wolfenbarger, Jed Emert, Steve Smith, Ryan Winchester (DNS-Brian Shockley, Matthew Holt, Carson Ferguson, Jeff Wolfenbarger)

B-Main Two Finish (10 laps/top 2 advance): Aaron Guinn, Payton Freeman, Christian Hanger, Jason Trammell, John Llewellyn, Jensen Ford, Brenden Smith, Josh Sneed, Larry Greer (DNS-Jonathan Davenport, Lynn Leach)

Article Credit: By Michael Despain | Photo by Chad Wells

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