May 19, 2024 | By Matt Skipper, WOO Late Model PR

Chris Madden from deep to WOO Late Model win In PA

Photo by Emily Schwanke

MARION CENTER, Pa. — Chris Madden faced an uphill battle in the mountains of Pennsylvania during the Connor Bobik Memorial at Marion Center Raceway Saturday night.

His climb: a 21-position ascent to win the 50-lap Feature.

He entered the night coming off his first World of Outlaws CASE Construction Equipment Late Model win of the season on Thursday, but that momentum didn’t translate early on. He qualified 15th in Group B of Sea Foam Qualifying and then missed a transfer spot in his Heat Race.

That forced him to transfer in through the Last Chance Showdown, which he did by grabbing the final available transfer spot – placing him 22nd on the starting grid for the Feature. 

When the Feature commenced, “Smokey” didn’t waste time making his climb, using the bottom lane to pass clusters of cars.

Multiple cautions across the 50-lap race helped keep Madden in the mix for the Feature win.

Moving into the top five with 20 laps to go, the toughest stretch of work began for him, having to get by the leading contenders with the hourglass running out.

He started by passing Cade Dillard and Nick Hoffman, who spent most of the race battling each other, with ease to move into second. Then, Madden evaporated the gap on race leader Kyle Bronson with 10 laps to go.

With momentum back on his side, Madden took his chance for the lead with five laps to go by getting to the bottom of Bronson in Turn 1. They stayed side-by-side until he slid up the track to clear Bronson off of Turn 4.

Madden used the final four laps to create as much of a gap as he could between the No. 44 and the field to score his 38th Feature win – tying with Rick Eckert for sixth in all-time Feature wins with the World of Outlaws CASE Late Models.

“We were no good at all till the Feature,” Madden said. “We came in after the (Last Chance Showdown) and went to work on it and made an overhaul instead of tweaking a bit on the car to make it better. As a team, we came to the agreement of what we wanted to do there and did it. We had a heck of a hot rod there in the Feature, so that’s what got it done tonight.”

Bronson crossed the finish line in second place. While losing stung, the Brandon, FL continues to push the optimism that he will capture a Feature win with the Series soon.

“I should’ve stayed running my line there,” Bronson said. “I moved down to try and block (Madden’s) run a bit there and my signal guy was telling me he was pretty low. I just couldn’t cut like I wanted to and be able to have a smooth transition to the bottom there. I feel like we were a couple of adjustments away from being a lot better. Overall, (Madden) was really good to come from the (Last Chance Showdown) to win the damn race. We just needed three more laps to get the deal done, but overall, we’re headed in a right direction, and I think we’re in a spot where we could win a bunch of these races here.” 

Hoffman completed the night’s podium with a third-place run. After a tough battle throughout the night between him and Dillard, the Mooresville, NC driver is happy to leave Marion Center Raceway in one piece and grow his points lead to 12 points over New Berlin, IL driver Brandon Sheppard.

“The racetrack was really good for the guy that came from 22nd, so that’s pretty impressive,” Hoffman said. “I probably just bided my time too much with Cade, and maybe played too nice to be honest. I should’ve been more aggressive and threw a slider sooner and got myself clear of him. Because once I got clear, I could track down Kyle. But the caution and going too deep into Turn 1, locked it down so I didn’t hit Kyle and got myself loose. Then, they swarmed me on both sides, so I had to go back to defense and fend off everyone, then when I got clear again, it was the white flag. My car was really good there and gave myself less work to do for tomorrow.”

On the final lap, Sarver, PA driver Michael Norris snagged a fourth-place result on Turn 4 from Dillard as they passed the finish line - with the Robeline, LA driver scored with a fifth-place finish.

With Madden’s win, he also continued his climb toward a potential first Series title, now sitting 28-points behind Hoffman. 


Dirt King Simulator Hottest Hot Lap of the Night Award Winner – Max McLaughlin
Bilstein Pole Award Winner – Cade Dillard
Simpson Quick Time Award Winner – Drake Troutman
CASE Heat Winners – Drake Troutman (Heat 1), Kyle Bronson (Heat 2), Tyler Bruening (Heat 3), Nick Hoffman (Heat 4), Cade Dillard (Heat 5), and Brandon Sheppard (Heat 6).
CASE Last Chance Showdown Winners – Gregg Satterlee and Logan Zarin
FOX Factory Hard Charger Award Winner – Chris Madden

Up Next: The World of Outlaws CASE Late Models finish the weekend swing through Ohio and Pennsylvania with the first venture to Spring Run, PA’s Path Valley Speedway on Sunday, May 19. You can buy advanced tickets for Path Valley today at the link HERE

If you can’t make it to the track, you can watch every World of Outlaws CASE Construction Equipment Late Model race live on DIRTVision.


CASE Late Mode Feature (50 Laps): 1. 44-Chris Madden[22]; 2. 40B-Kyle Bronson[2]; 3. 9-Nick Hoffman[4]; 4. 72N-Michael Norris[18]; 5. 97-Cade Dillard[1]; 6. 28-Dennis Erb Jr[7]; 7. 22*-Max McLaughlin[27]; 8. B5-Brandon Sheppard[6]; 9. 5L-Jon Lee[10]; 10. 111-Max Blair[13]; 11. 75-Jared Miley[16]; 12. 22S-Gregg Satterlee[19]; 13. 32-Bobby Pierce[9]; 14. 16-Tyler Bruening[3]; 15. 97C-Cody Overton[11]; 16. 19-Dustin Sorensen[24]; 17. 19R-Ryan Gustin[21]; 18. 1Z-Logan Zarin[20]; 19. 6JR-Parker Martin[12]; 20. B1-Brent Larson[26]; 21. 22-Daniel Hilsabeck[14]; 22. 9Y-Levi Yetter[25]; 23. 12-Ryan Montgomery[17]; 24. 25Z-Mason Zeigler[8]; 25. 7-Drake Troutman[5]; 26. 3S-Brian Shirley[23]; 27. 29-Ken Schaltenbrand[15]

Last Chance Showdown 1 (10 Laps): 1. 22S-Gregg Satterlee[1]; 2. 19R-Ryan Gustin[4]; 3. 00-Kyle Hardy[3]; 4. 22*-Max McLaughlin[8]; 5. B1-Brent Larson[6]; 6. 72-Tyler Emory[7]; 7. 3S-Brian Shirley[5]; 8. 57T-Matt Tifft[10]; 9. 13X-Kenny Schaffer[11]; 10. W3-John Weaver[14]; 11. 13-Brett Bingaman[17]; 12. 20-Doug Eck[13]; 13. 10-Gary Lyle[12]; 14. 19-Dustin Sorensen[2]; 15. 28D-Del Rougeux[16]; 16. 5U-Joe Martin[9]; 17. 14W-Dustin Walker[15]; 18. 85-Will Britsky[18]

Last Chance Showdown 2 (10 Laps): 1. 1Z-Logan Zarin[1]; 2. 44-Chris Madden[3]; 3. 20TC-Tristan Chamberlain[2]; 4. B22-Bump Hedman[5]; 5. 21-Jakob Piper[4]; 6. 27-Michael Lake[9]; 7. 36-Paul Kot[7]; 8. 56-Denny Fenton[12]; 9. 2P-Rick Strong[10]; 10. 57-Bo Lockwood[14]; 11. 24W-Tyler Wyant[13]; 12. 22B-Darrell Bossard[15]; 13. 1C-Alex Ferree[6]; 14. 1P-Rodney Phillips[17]; 15. 44H-Dave Hess Jr[8]; 16. 9Y-Levi Yetter[11]; 17. 40-Michael Duritsky Jr[16]; 18. 32X-Bryan Benton[18]

Heat 1 (8 Laps): 1. 7-Drake Troutman[1]; 2. 28-Dennis Erb Jr[2]; 3. 111-Max Blair[4]; 4. 22S-Gregg Satterlee[5]; 5. 19R-Ryan Gustin[3]; 6. 72-Tyler Emory[6]; 7. 57T-Matt Tifft[7]; 8. 20-Doug Eck[8]; 9. 28D-Del Rougeux[9]

Heat 2 (8 Laps): 1. 40B-Kyle Bronson[1]; 2. 32-Bobby Pierce[2]; 3. 29-Ken Schaltenbrand[5]; 4. 19-Dustin Sorensen[3]; 5. 3S-Brian Shirley[4]; 6. 22*-Max McLaughlin[6]; 7. 13X-Kenny Schaffer[7]; 8. W3-John Weaver[8]; 9. 13-Brett Bingaman[9]

Heat 3 (8 Laps): 1. 16-Tyler Bruening[2]; 2. 97C-Cody Overton[1]; 3. 12-Ryan Montgomery[3]; 4. 00-Kyle Hardy[6]; 5. B1-Brent Larson[5]; 6. 5U-Joe Martin[4]; 7. 10-Gary Lyle[7]; 8. 14W-Dustin Walker[8]; 9. 85-Will Britsky[9]

Heat 4 (8 Laps): 1. 9-Nick Hoffman[3]; 2. 25Z-Mason Zeigler[1]; 3. 22-Daniel Hilsabeck[2]; 4. 1Z-Logan Zarin[4]; 5. 21-Jakob Piper[5]; 6. 36-Paul Kot[6]; 7. 2P-Rick Strong[9]; 8. 24W-Tyler Wyant[8]; 9. 40-Michael Duritsky Jr[7]

Heat 5 (8 Laps): 1. 97-Cade Dillard[1]; 2. 5L-Jon Lee[3]; 3. 75-Jared Miley[2]; 4. 20TC-Tristan Chamberlain[4]; 5. B22-Bump Hedman[8]; 6. 44H-Dave Hess Jr[6]; 7. 9Y-Levi Yetter[5]; 8. 57-Bo Lockwood[7]; 9. 1P-Rodney Phillips[9]

Heat 6 (8 Laps): 1. B5-Brandon Sheppard[1]; 2. 6JR-Parker Martin[2]; 3. 72N-Michael Norris[3]; 4. 44-Chris Madden[5]; 5. 1C-Alex Ferree[6]; 6. 27-Michael Lake[7]; 7. 56-Denny Fenton[4]; 8. 22B-Darrell Bossard[8]; 9. 32X-Bryan Benton[9]

Sea Foam Group A Qualifying (2 Laps): 1. 7-Drake Troutman, 00:14.410[9]; 2. 40B-Kyle Bronson, 00:14.448[16]; 3. 97C-Cody Overton, 00:14.485[3]; 4. 28-Dennis Erb Jr, 00:14.516[18]; 5. 32-Bobby Pierce, 00:14.567[26]; 6. 16-Tyler Bruening, 00:14.610[24]; 7. 19R-Ryan Gustin, 00:14.634[20]; 8. 19-Dustin Sorensen, 00:14.648[15]; 9. 12-Ryan Montgomery, 00:14.682[17]; 10. 111-Max Blair, 00:14.691[25]; 11. 3S-Brian Shirley, 00:14.736[8]; 12. 5U-Joe Martin, 00:14.749[14]; 13. 22S-Gregg Satterlee, 00:14.757[27]; 14. 29-Ken Schaltenbrand, 00:14.813[10]; 15. B1-Brent Larson, 00:14.828[4]; 16. 72-Tyler Emory, 00:14.842[11]; 17. 22*-Max McLaughlin, 00:14.892[19]; 18. 00-Kyle Hardy, 00:14.906[1]; 19. 57T-Matt Tifft, 00:14.919[6]; 20. 13X-Kenny Schaffer, 00:15.015[23]; 21. 10-Gary Lyle, 00:15.035[7]; 22. 20-Doug Eck, 00:15.123[13]; 23. W3-John Weaver, 00:15.375[5]; 24. 14W-Dustin Walker, 00:15.378[22]; 25. 28D-Del Rougeux, 00:15.759[21]; 26. 13-Brett Bingaman, 00:16.010[2]; 27. 85-Will Britsky, 00:16.010[12]

Sea Foam Group B Qualifying (2 Laps): 1. 25Z-Mason Zeigler, 00:14.700[10]; 2. 97-Cade Dillard, 00:14.822[13]; 3. B5-Brandon Sheppard, 00:14.824[7]; 4. 22-Daniel Hilsabeck, 00:14.853[12]; 5. 75-Jared Miley, 00:14.854[5]; 6. 6JR-Parker Martin, 00:14.878[3]; 7. 9-Nick Hoffman, 00:14.949[17]; 8. 5L-Jon Lee, 00:15.007[18]; 9. 72N-Michael Norris, 00:15.014[22]; 10. 1Z-Logan Zarin, 00:15.015[20]; 11. 20TC-Tristan Chamberlain, 00:15.038[19]; 12. 56-Denny Fenton, 00:15.064[1]; 13. 21-Jakob Piper, 00:15.113[14]; 14. 9Y-Levi Yetter, 00:15.162[21]; 15. 44-Chris Madden, 00:15.164[24]; 16. 36-Paul Kot, 00:15.207[23]; 17. 44H-Dave Hess Jr, 00:15.226[2]; 18. 1C-Alex Ferree, 00:15.233[26]; 19. 40-Michael Duritsky Jr, 00:15.235[4]; 20. 57-Bo Lockwood, 00:15.348[6]; 21. 27-Michael Lake, 00:15.353[8]; 22. 24W-Tyler Wyant, 00:15.381[11]; 23. B22-Bump Hedman, 00:15.431[27]; 24. 22B-Darrell Bossard, 00:15.468[25]; 25. 2P-Rick Strong, 00:15.470[16]; 26. 1P-Rodney Phillips, 00:15.540[9]; 27. 32X-Bryan Benton, 00:15.690[15]


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