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NickHolt posted a topic in Do it in the DIRTStrickler Jumps from Late Model into Modified, Wins Bristol Bash Finale - Hammer scores back-to-back runner-up finishes, Arnold recovers from Friday to finish third BRISTOL, TN – April 11, 2021 – Most drivers would agree – driving just one car around Bristol Motor Speedway in a day is hard enough. Kyle Strickler drove two on Sunday afternoon and came out $10,000 richer. Josh James Artwork photo Strickler, of Mooresville, NC, jumped out of his PCC Motorsports Late Model after competing with the World of Outlaws Morton Buildings Late Model Series, immediately strapped into his Longhorn by Loenbro #8 UMP Modified and flat-out dominated the Feature, leading all 20 laps of the World of Outlaws Bristol Bash finale. “The Modified is so much fun to me. After having a rough weekend with the Late Model, it was very refreshing to have a bunch of fun in the Modified,” Strickler said. While it was a trying weekend for him in the Late Model, his Modified program was far more set up to his liking. This, and his familiarity in the seat of the Modified significantly helped him in the Feature. “The Late Model side of it is so finnicky and all of your adjustments are fine-tuned and so touchy,” Strickler said. “The Modifieds – you’re going so much slower; they slip and slide around and there’s so much less grip that they don’t dart around as much.” In short, Strickler ran a flawless race. None of his competitors had any strong challenges for him, even on a Lap 4 restart after a caution that took Friday night’s Feature winner, David Stremme, and Dave Wietholder out of the race when they collided in Turn 4. With outside polesitter Kyle Hammer keeping him in-sight behind him, Strickler reached the rear of the field with only a handful of laps remaining. After mainly running the preferred low groove to that point, The Highside Tickler put his nicknamesake on full display and maneuvered around the slower traffic. “I could rip the top in the Late Model, and I tried it there at the end in the Modified and it really helped me get through lapped traffic,” Strickler said. Strickler’s always preferred the bigger, faster tracks. With several UMP Modified victories in his career at other high-profile half-miles at Volusia Speedway Park and Eldora Speedway, it comes as no surprise he excelled in the high speeds of Bristol. “I think a lot of it is just me liking these big racetracks, and just all fun, no stress, jump in the Modified and have a blast,” Strickler said. “Your finishes are usually directly related to your mood or how you’re feeling about one car or the other.” Despite his best efforts, Hammer was unable to catch Strickler in the final laps. “Down the straightaways I could kinda see him just getting closer and closer each time,” Hammer said. “Toward the middle, once we got opened up and our tires really kicked in, I feel like we had a better car, just couldn’t do much at that point.” However, Hammer did take home the honors of the highest average-finishing driver with two runner-up results on the weekend. Overall, a great showing for the young Illinoisan. Chris Arnold crossed the stripe in third, completing an up-and-down weekend for he and his crew. Starting third in Friday’s Feature, Arnold caught a piece of a wreck heading into Turn 1 on the first lap and was forced to retire. But a great run Sunday showed exactly what the Virginian team is capable of. “I think we had one of the fastest cars like [Hammer] and Strickler all weekend,” Arnold said. “I think [Friday] night, we would’ve been pretty good. I wish I had moved up to the top from Lap 1 and I think both of us probably would have been right there with Strickler.” Like Hammer, Arnold agreed once Strickler got out front, the chances of catching and passing him were slim. “You’ve got to use every type of advantage you have against him, and at this point, it would have been going to the top sooner than he did,” Arnold said. Six drivers recorded top-10 finishes in both Features over the weekend – Kyle Hammer, Ryan Ayers, Nick Hoffman, Dylan Woodling, Trent Young and David Reutimann. Hoffman, the two-time and defending national UMP Modified champion, came back from a broken rocker arm in Qualifying Sunday, qualifying fo the Feature through his Heat Race to finish 7th. The World of Outlaws and DIRTcar Racing action from Bristol Motor Speedway isn’t over just yet – don’t miss the World of Outlaws Bristol Throwdown, April 22-24, featuring the World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car Series and Super DIRTcar Series Big Block Modifieds. If you can’t be at the track, catch all the action live on DIRTVision presented by Drydene. Feature (20 Laps) 1. 8-Kyle Strickler [$10,000]; 2. 45-Kyle Hammer [$5,000]; 3. 99W-Chris Arnold [$3,000]; 4. 6A-Ryan Ayers [$2,500]; 5. OOD-David Reutimann [$2,000]; 6. 3W-Dylan Woodling [$1,700]; 7. 2-Nick Hoffman [$1,500]; 8. 10Y-Trent Young [$1,200]; 9. 8S-Kyle Steffans [$1,100]; 10. 21A-Nick Allen [$1,000]; 11. 72-Todd Neiheiser [$1,000]; 12. 29J-Jordan Wever [$1,000]; 13. 67-Garret Stewart [$1,000]; 14. 1S-Brian Shaw [$1,000]; 15. 95-Michael Altobelli [$1,000]; 16. 45S-Nick Stroupe [$1,000]; 17. 97-Mitch Thomas [$1,000]; 18. 8A-Austin Holcombe [$1,000]; 19. 5-Jonathan Taylor [$1,000]; 20. 11-Troy Loomis [$1,000]; 21. 44-KC Burdette [$1,000]; 22. 2ND-Jake Leitzman [$1,000]; 23. O5-Dave Wietholder [$1,000]; 24. 35-David Stremme [$1,000] Hard Charger: 2-Nick Hoffman[+7]
NickHolt posted a topic in Do it in the DIRT4 FOR 44: Madden Stays Strong at Cherokee for Fourth Career Xtreme Win Madden-Strickler points gap now sits at 25 with one race left; Friesen makes it back-to-back top-fives GAFFNEY, SC – Feb. 21, 2021 – Chris Madden was one green-white-checkered restart away from redemption at Cherokee Speedway. His last visit to the 3/8-mile oval, a home track to the Gray Court, SC-native, ended in shreds after a tire expired while leading in the closing laps of the 30th Blue Gray 100 in November. He was not about to let that happen again. Smokey started Sunday’s Drydene Xtreme DIRTcar Series Feature on the front row, got the jump on polesitter Ross Bailes out of Turn 2 and had led every lap before the caution flag was displayed three separate times in the final five laps for blown tires on Dennis Franklin, and top-five contenders Trent Ivey and Zack Mitchell with two laps remaining. As Madden paced around under yellow, the intensity was building as those watching from the track and on DIRTVision wondered if he could make it two more times around under green on his own tires. But inside the cockpit of his Drydene Rocket Chassis #44, Madden was cool as ice. When asked if he had recalled the unfortunate ending to his run at the Blue Gray 100 under caution, his answer was pleasantly straightforward. “No, because it was 40 laps this time,” Madden said with a smile after the race. Turns out, he really did have no reason to worry. Madden’s Hoosier Racing Tires had plenty of tread left on them as he picked up the throttle on the final restart and cruised to the $5,000 victory in the track’s first running of the Frostbite 40. “My car was extremely good tonight. Not too tight, not too loose, we were pretty well-balanced,” Madden said. While the better part of his cruise through the first 35 laps was mostly uneventful, Madden did have one scare when a lapped car spun around right in front of him heading into Turn 1, forcing him to take sudden evasive action to avoid major contact on Lap 7. “He was going one direction at one moment and came back across the racetrack in front of me. It was kind of a sketchy moment there for a minute. It wasn’t that close, but it was too close for comfort,” Madden said. After scoring the victory on Saturday night in the Series debut at Lake View Motor Speedway, Ross Bailes, of Clover, SC, ran another solid race aboard the Billy Hicks-owned #79 Longhorn Chassis to cross the stripe second. He chased Madden all race long but was unable to make up any ground on him, even after multiple restarts in the home stretch. “Tonight, I had a second-place car; I didn’t have anything for Chris [Madden],” Bailes said. “He was way better than we were. I didn’t think we were bad; he was just that much better.” At one point, Bailes was running over four seconds behind Madden in traffic before the caution flew with four laps remaining. Even Bailes himself noted Madden’s strength in traffic. “[Madden] got through lapped traffic way better than I did,” Bailes said. “It’s like he’d get up to a lapped car and was able to get underneath them and get by. It took me five or ten laps to get by one car.“ Madden came into the weekend 17 points over nearest Kyle Strickler, who crossed the stripe Sunday in third. Madden now goes into the final round at Modoc Raceway next Saturday night 25 points ahead in the standings, looking for his second Xtreme championship in the first two seasons of activity. “We go to some of those places like [Modoc], and I’m not really good at those places,” Madden said. “I needed a little bit of comfort before I went. Kyle [Strickler’s] running extremely well right now.” Another notable finish Sunday night was Stewart Friesen, the Super DIRTcar Series Big-Block Modified and NASCAR Truck Series star, who placed fifth again after having to come out of the Last Chance Showdown. He won the 10-lap affair to punch his ticket into the main event, and starting 16th, advanced 11 spots of position to grabs his second-straight top-five in his first two starts with the tour. Don’t miss the epic championship finale next Saturday night, Feb. 27, at Modoc Raceway in Modoc, SC, where the battle between Madden and Strickler will be decided, live on DIRTVision! Feature (40 Laps) 1. 44-Chris Madden [$5,000]; 2. 79-Ross Bailes [$2,500]; 3. 8-Kyle Strickler [$1,700]; 4. 57-Adam Yarbrough [$1,400]; 5. 44F-Stewart Friesen [$1,200]; 6. 52-Josh Richeson [$1,000]; 7. 42K-Cla Knight [$800]; 8. 421-Anthony Sanders [$700]; 9. 17-Billy Franklin [$600]; 10. 2-Matthew Nance [$550]; 11. 17V-Tim Vance [$500]; 12. 88-Trent Ivey [$500]; 13. 57M-Zack Mitchell [$500]; 14. 24D-Michael Brown [$500]; 15. 29-Larry Grube [$500]; 16. 23-Michael Rouse [$500]; 17. 18D-Daulton Wilson [$500]; 18. 2F-Dennis Franklin [$500]; 19. O3-David Yandle [$500]; 20. 9-Johnny Pursley [$500]; 21. F1-Payton Freeman [$500]; 22. 18-Brett Hamm [$500]; 23. 6-Dillon Brown ; 24. 48-Kenny Collins  Hard Charger: 2-Matthew Nance[+13]