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Through the Lens Port Royal Speedway 5/22/2021

Madden won his second Morton Buildings Feature of the Season at Mississippi Thunder Speedway, tying him for the most wins this season. He also has more top fives than any other driver this year (8).

“Smokey” also has past success at Port Royal Speedway. In two starts with the Series, Madden has one top-five and two top-10s. His best finish was third in 2017.

Cade Dillard entered the weekend with one win on the season at Boone Speedway. The Robeline, LA native has been consistent in his MB Custom chassis, but a few spells of bad luck has the #97 just outside of the top-five in points.

Three-time and defending champion Brandon Sheppard finally got the monkey off his back at Mississippi Thunder Speedway, winning his first official Morton Buildings Feature of the season.

It was the 70th World of Outlaws win of his career. He’s now eight wins away from tying Josh Richards for the most all-time (78).

Rick Eckert is a threat anytime the Series visits the Keystone State. The York, PA driver is the most recent Super Late Model Winner at Port Royal Speedway.

The 2011 Series champion has run well with the World of Outlaws in 2021. In 10 starts, he has four top-fives and six top-10s.

“The High side Tickler” split with PCC Motorsports and was left to find a ride for the World of Outlaws Late Model races at Port Royal Speedway with days to spare.

After picking up a Vic Hill Racing engine in Tennessee, Strickler made a stop in Mooresburg. That’s when the wheels began turning—leading to the North Carolina driver joining forces with 2004 World of Outlaws champion Scott Bloomquist.

“We’ve always kind of joked about [Bloomquist] wanting to get me in cars,” Strickler said. “I told him there’s no better time than right now to put a deal together. It surprised me how excited he was, and how willing he was to go above and beyond and try to put a deal together.”

Night One Winner - Chris Madden

Country music singer Jerry Reed said it best in 1971, “When you’re hot, you’re hot.” That’s how you can describe Chris Madden’s Huey Wilcoxon Memorial performance Friday at Port Royal Speedway.

The Gray Court, SC driver swept the night, setting Slick Woody’s Cornhole Company Quick Time, winning his Drydene Heat Race, and winning the $10,000-to-win Morton Buildings Feature.

It’s his second straight World of Outlaws win, and his third victory of the season—more than any other driver. It’s also the 31st victory of his career.

Madden led all 40-laps, but it wasn’t smooth sailing. “Smokey” made one mistake he felt almost cost him the race.

“I got in lap traffic one time and kind of got myself in trouble,” Madden said. “I caught [the cars] at the wrong spot, I committed to a line I didn’t think the other guys would take.

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