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USA Nationals
Cedar Lake Speedway | New Richmond, Wisconsin
Friday, August 04, 2023
Race Recap  

SMOKEY RISING: Chris Madden Nets Third World of Outlaws Win of 2023 at Cedar Lake

After fireworks entertained a packed Cedar Lake Speedway crowd, Chris Madden put on his own “Smokey” show. 

Night two of the USA Nationals saw Madden return to his winning ways at Cedar Lake, thundering around Hudson O’Neal for the lead on the first lap and never looking back, claiming his third World of Outlaws CASE Construction Equipment Late Model Series win of the season. 

Madden, who started second, wasted no time getting to the front as the field took the green. In one swift move, “Smokey” drove around the outside of O’Neal, the pole sitter, in Turns 1 and 2. Not even a caution with four laps to go could stop him from there as he cruised to the $6,000 win. 

The triumph is Madden’s first since Memorial Day weekend at Sharon Speedway—a track similar in size to Cedar Lake. He said he’s thankful for the supporters who stuck by him as he fought to return to Victory Lane. 

“We had a real good racecar all night,” Madden said. “We were just a tick free in Qualifying, and I wasn’t able to get off of (Turn) 4 to get a better lap. We had a great car in the Heat Race in traffic, and then we had a great race car in the race tonight.  

“We’ve been down a little bit. But my guys have been working extremely hard. I want to thank my whole team and all my sponsors for sticking behind us, and we appreciate all of them.” 

Chris Madden and Hudson O'Neal
Chris Madden (left), and Hudson O’Neal (right), shake hands after battling for Feature win/Jacy Norgaard photo

While he’s happy with the win, he’s also looking ahead to Saturday’s 100-lap finale—a race the Gray Court, SC driver won in 2019. 

“I know this place pretty well,” Madden said. “A hundred laps here; it takes some driving. So, we’ll see.” 

Madden also cut the deficit in the chase for the World of Outlaws Late Models championship. He’s currently second in points, 92 points behind Bobby Pierce. 

O’Neal crossed the line second—his fourth straight World of Outlaws top five. He lost the spot to English in traffic, before gaining it back on the restart following the race’s only caution for Jonathan Davenport on Lap 21. Despite missing out on the win, O’Neal said he felt Rocket1 Racing is gaining momentum toward Saturday’s finale. 

“We’re building, man,” O’Neal said. “We’re getting a little bit better. It’s been long couple of months, and it’s been a long road trip. As much as I feel like we’re getting better, we’re starting to find our way back to where we were a couple of months ago.  

“Tonight, we were just one spot short. But I feel like we have a really good race car. If we just keep building, then maybe we’ll have something for them tomorrow night.” 

English finished third, earning his sixth podium finish of 2023. While he was in second, the Benton, KY driver closed in on Madden with 10 laps to go, but never had a chance to wrestle the lead away from the #44.  

Tanner English
Tanner English earns his 6th podium finish of 2023/Jacy Norgaard photo

“We would’ve liked to have been a little better,” English said. “If our line hadn’t went away, we would’ve been alright. I had like a traction strip right in the middle of the racetrack and it kind of faded at the end, and it bit me. When it was gone, my car was gone. So, I have to figure out a little bit better deal to run through when it’s black.” 

Ricky Thornton Jr. finished fourth, and Brian Shirley rounded out the top five. 

After Friday’s Feature, the top 16 drivers in USA Nationals points are locked into Saturday’s $50,000-to-win finale. Thornton and O’Neal will start on the front row for the 100-lap race after earning the most points over two nights. 

Ricky Thornton Jr.
Ricky Thornton Jr. will start on the pole of Saturday’s USA Nationals finale/Jacy Norgaard photo

Here are the 16 drivers locked into Saturday’s USA Nationals Feature:  

  1. Ricky Thornton Jr.
  2. Hudson O’Neal
  3. Tanner English
  4. Brandon Sheppard
  5. Bobby Pierce
  6. Brian Shirley
  7. Shannon Babb
  8. Dennis Erb Jr.
  9. Chris Madden
  10. Cade Dillard
  11. Daulton Wilson
  12. Jonathan Davenport
  13. Johnny Scott
  14. Tyler Erb
  15. Shane Clanton
  16. Nick Hoffman

UP NEXT: The World of Outlaws CASE Late Models return to Cedar Lake Speedway on Saturday, Aug. 5, for the final night of the 36th USA Nationals. Last Chance Showdowns and a Last Chance Qualifier will kick off the night before one driver earns $50,000 in the night’s 100-lap finale. 

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 Construction Equipment Late Model Feature (25 Laps): 1. 44-Chris Madden[2]; 2. 1-Hudson O’Neal[1]; 3. 96V-Tanner English[3]; 4. 20RT-Ricky Thornton Jr[6]; 5. 3S-Brian Shirley[8]; 6. 28-Dennis Erb Jr[7]; 7. B5-Brandon Sheppard[11]; 8. 9-Nick Hoffman[12]; 9. 18D-Daulton Wilson[5]; 10. 32-Bobby Pierce[10]; 11. B1-Brent Larson[22]; 12. 18-Shannon Babb[4]; 13. 19R-Ryan Gustin[20]; 14. 97-Cade Dillard[13]; 15. 1ST-Johnny Scott[16]; 16. 1T-Tyler Erb[15]; 17. 7-Drake Troutman[17]; 18. 25-Shane Clanton[26]; 19. 40B-Kyle Bronson[25]; 20. 28S-Dustin Sorensen[19]; 21. 174-Ethan Dotson[9]; 22. 8-Kyle Strickler[18]; 23. 49-Jonathan Davenport[14]; 24. 12-Ashton Winger[23]; 25. 15-Nick Anvelink[24]; 26. 11-Gordy Gundaker[27]; 27. 30-Todd Cooney[28]; 28. 8M-Dillon McCowan[21] FOX FACTORY HARD CHARGER: Brent Larson [+11] 

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Feature Results
12+144Chris Madden 250.00025Running150$6,000
21-11Hudson O'Neal 25-0.752Running146$3,000
33096VTanner English 25-1.669Running144$2,200
46+220RTRicky Thornton Jr.25-2.514Running142$1,750
58+33SBrian Shirley 25-3.136Running140$1,500
67+128Dennis Erb Jr25-3.590Running138$1,400
711+4B5Brandon Sheppard 25-4.333Running136$1,300
812+49Nick Hoffman 25-4.790Running134$1,200
95-418DDaulton Wilson 25-5.524Running132$1,100
1010032Bobby Pierce 25-6.061Running130$1,000
1122+11B1Brent Larson 25-6.210Running128$900
124-818Shannon Babb 25-6.492Running126$850
1320+719RRyan Gustin 25-6.600Running124$800
1413-197Cade Dillard 25-7.201Running122$775
1516+11STJohnny Scott 25-7.412Running120$750
1615-11TTyler Erb 25-7.811Running118$700
171707Drake Troutman 25-8.020Running116$660
1826+825Shane Clanton 25-8.238Running114$640
1925+640BKyle Bronson 25-8.542Running112$620
2019-128SDustin Sorensen 25-8.870Running110$600
219-12174Ethan Dotson 25-9.030Running108$600
2218-48Kyle Strickler 25-9.460Running106$600
2314-949Jonathan Davenport 25-9.493Running104$600
2423-112Ashton Winger 24-1 LapsRunning104$600
2524-115Nick Anvelink 24-1 LapsRunning104$600
2627+111Gordy Gundaker 24-1 LapsRunning104$600
2728+130Todd Cooney 24-1 LapsRunning104$600
2821-78MDillon McCowan 24-1 LapsRunning104$600
FOX Factory Hard Charger: Brent Larson
Last Chance Showdown Results
11028SDustin Sorensen 100.00010Running0$0
220B1Brent Larson 10-1.529Running0$0
33014GTrevor Gundaker 10-6.347Running100$110
46+211Gordy Gundaker 10-7.089Running0$0
57+255CChad Mahder 10-7.701Running100$110
64-27WRicky Weiss 10-8.056Running100$110
710+399Sawyer Specht 10-8.426Running100$110
85-325FJason Feger 10-9.270Running100$110
98-114WDustin Walker 10-11.705Running100$110
109-142SDon Shaw 0-10 LapsDNS100$0
Last Chance Showdown 2 Results
11019RRyan Gustin 100.00010Running0$0
22012Ashton Winger 10-1.898Running0$0
34+140BKyle Bronson 10-2.933Running0$0
43-149TJake Timm 10-3.948Running100$110
57+27XJesse Glenz 10-5.623Running100$110
69+330Todd Cooney 10-6.814Running0$0
75-211GJames Giossi 10-7.557Running100$110
88025Shane Clanton 10-7.920Running0$0
910+110Paul Parker 10-9.128Running100$110
106-47HHarry Hanson 10-11.026Running100$110
Last Chance Showdown 3 Results
12+18MDillon McCowan 100.00010Running0$0
25+315Nick Anvelink 10-1.544Running0$0
34+122Daniel Hilsabeck 10-2.934Running100$110
43-158A.J. Diemel 10-6.686Running100$110
57+290Lance Matthees 10-7.858Running100$110
66031Kye Blight 10-8.104Running100$110
78+147Danny Vang 10-8.439Running100$110
810+238Thomas Hunziker 10-9.592Running100$110
91-842Terry Casey 5-5 LapsDNF100$110
109-16MJeff Massingill 0-10 LapsDNF100$110
Heat 1 Results
Pos.Start+/-#DriverLaps CompletedBehindLaps LedStatus
12+11Hudson O'Neal 80.0008Running
21-128Dennis Erb Jr8-2.940Running
33097Cade Dillard 8-3.539Running
44028SDustin Sorensen 8-5.198Running
56+114GTrevor Gundaker 8-5.810Running
65-125FJason Feger 8-6.343Running
77055CChad Mahder 8-8.255Running
88042SDon Shaw 0-8 LapsDNF
Heat 2 Results
Pos.Start+/-#DriverLaps CompletedBehindLaps LedStatus
11096VTanner English 80.0008Running
220174Ethan Dotson 8-0.665Running
34+11TTyler Erb 8-1.761Running
43-1B1Brent Larson 8-3.380Running
57+27WRicky Weiss 8-4.169Running
65-111Gordy Gundaker 8-4.955Running
78+114WDustin Walker 8-8.781Running
86-299Sawyer Specht 5-3 LapsDNF
Heat 3 Results
Pos.Start+/-#DriverLaps CompletedBehindLaps LedStatus
12+118DDaulton Wilson 80.0008Running
23+1B5Brandon Sheppard 8-0.360Running
31-27Drake Troutman 8-1.408Running
45+119RRyan Gustin 8-1.621Running
56+149TJake Timm 8-1.821Running
67+111GJames Giossi 8-3.488Running
78+17XJesse Glenz 8-5.491Running
84-430Todd Cooney 8-8.002Running
Heat 4 Results
Pos.Start+/-#DriverLaps CompletedBehindLaps LedStatus
11018Shannon Babb 80.0008Running
24+23SBrian Shirley 8-2.216Running
33049Jonathan Davenport 8-3.115Running
42-212Ashton Winger 8-5.794Running
55040BKyle Bronson 8-6.343Running
67+17HHarry Hanson 8-6.769Running
76-125Shane Clanton 8-7.268Running
88010Paul Parker 8-8.354Running
Heat 5 Results
Pos.Start+/-#DriverLaps CompletedBehindLaps LedStatus
11020RTRicky Thornton Jr.80.0008Running
23+132Bobby Pierce 8-0.289Running
32-11STJohnny Scott 8-3.448Running
45+142Terry Casey 8-5.910Running
56+158A.J. Diemel 8-7.026Running
64-215Nick Anvelink 8-7.999Running
77090Lance Matthees 8-9.257Running
8806MJeff Massingill 0-8 LapsDNF
Heat 6 Results
Pos.Start+/-#DriverLaps CompletedBehindLaps LedStatus
13+244Chris Madden 80.0007Running
24+29Nick Hoffman 8-3.259Running
31-28Kyle Strickler 8-3.6501Running
47+38MDillon McCowan 8-4.557Running
55022Daniel Hilsabeck 8-4.945Running
62-431Kye Blight 8-5.851Running
78+147Danny Vang 8-6.037Running
86-238Thomas Hunziker 8-6.693Running
Qualifying Flight 1 Results
1428Dennis Erb JrCarpentersville, IL13.6920.000
2396VTanner English Benton, KY13.757-0.065
317Drake Troutman Hyndman, PA13.820-0.128
4111Hudson O'Neal Martinsville, IN13.908-0.216
518174Ethan Dotson Bakersfield, CA13.949-0.257
62018DDaulton Wilson Fayetteville, NC13.981-0.289
72397Cade Dillard Robeline, LA14.010-0.318
814B1Brent Larson Lake Elmo, MN14.062-0.370
924B5Brandon Sheppard New Berlin, IL14.075-0.383
10528SDustin Sorensen Rochester, MN14.110-0.418
1161TTyler Erb New Waverly, TX14.139-0.447
121030Todd Cooney Des Moines, IA14.237-0.545
13225FJason Feger Bloomington, IL14.259-0.567
141311Gordy Gundaker St. Charles, MO14.262-0.570
151519RRyan Gustin Marshalltown, IA14.262-0.570
16714GTrevor Gundaker St. Charles, MO14.289-0.597
172199Sawyer Specht Sheboygan Falls, WI14.330-0.638
182249TJake Timm Winona, MN14.339-0.647
191755CChad Mahder Bloomer, WI14.342-0.650
20197WRicky Weiss Headingley, MB14.369-0.677
21811GJames Giossi Hudson, WI14.376-0.684
221642SDon Shaw Ham Lake, MN14.445-0.753
23914WDustin Walker Polk, MO14.467-0.775
24127XJesse Glenz Chippewa Falls, WI14.689-0.997
Qualifying Flight 2 Results
11618Shannon Babb Moweaqua, IL13.7840.000
21520RTRicky Thornton Jr.Adel, IA13.814-0.030
318Kyle Strickler Mooresville, NC13.880-0.096
41112Ashton Winger Senoia, GA13.882-0.098
5191STJohnny Scott Las Cruces, NM13.900-0.116
61331Kye Blight Katanning, WAU13.910-0.126
7849Jonathan Davenport Blairsville, GA13.917-0.133
82332Bobby Pierce Oakwood, IL13.954-0.170
91044Chris Madden Gray Court, SC13.962-0.178
1063SBrian Shirley Chatham, IL14.081-0.297
11715Nick Anvelink Bonduel, WI14.090-0.306
12189Nick Hoffman Mooresville, NC14.107-0.323
13240BKyle Bronson Brandon, FL14.111-0.327
142142Terry Casey New London, WI14.180-0.396
15522Daniel Hilsabeck Earlham, IA14.265-0.481
162025Shane Clanton Zebulon, GA14.332-0.548
17358A.J. Diemel Elk Mound, WI14.387-0.603
181738Thomas Hunziker Bend, OR14.450-0.666
19147HHarry Hanson Eveleth, MN14.607-0.823
20490Lance Matthees Winona, MN14.632-0.848
21128MDillon McCowan Urbana, MO14.688-0.904
22910Paul Parker Kaukauna, WI14.721-0.937
23246MJeff Massingill Keewatin, MN14.823-1.039
242247Danny Vang Deerwood, MN15.059-1.275
Hot Laps Results
13249Jonathan Davenport Blairsville, GA13.4530.000
22249TJake Timm Winona, MN13.530-0.077
31519RRyan Gustin Marshalltown, IA13.554-0.101
44732Bobby Pierce Oakwood, IL13.590-0.137
53444Chris Madden Gray Court, SC13.617-0.164
618174Ethan Dotson Bakersfield, CA13.657-0.204
73920RTRicky Thornton Jr.Adel, IA13.665-0.212
8111Hudson O'Neal Martinsville, IN13.666-0.213
93512Ashton Winger Senoia, GA13.684-0.231
101755CChad Mahder Bloomer, WI13.688-0.235
11258Kyle Strickler Mooresville, NC13.694-0.241
1214B1Brent Larson Lake Elmo, MN13.730-0.277
134425Shane Clanton Zebulon, GA13.748-0.295
144018Shannon Babb Moweaqua, IL13.766-0.313
15303SBrian Shirley Chatham, IL13.776-0.323
16431STJohnny Scott Las Cruces, NM13.807-0.354
172018DDaulton Wilson Fayetteville, NC13.822-0.369
18368MDillon McCowan Urbana, MO13.822-0.369
192922Daniel Hilsabeck Earlham, IA13.828-0.375
203115Nick Anvelink Bonduel, WI13.835-0.382
2124B5Brandon Sheppard New Berlin, IL13.839-0.386
22429Nick Hoffman Mooresville, NC13.840-0.387
232890Lance Matthees Winona, MN13.888-0.435
241642SDon Shaw Ham Lake, MN13.948-0.495
251311Gordy Gundaker St. Charles, MO13.950-0.497
263731Kye Blight Katanning, WAU13.963-0.510
27197WRicky Weiss Headingley, MB13.979-0.526
282758A.J. Diemel Elk Mound, WI14.028-0.575
294138Thomas Hunziker Bend, OR14.043-0.590
302199Sawyer Specht Sheboygan Falls, WI14.078-0.625
31396VTanner English Benton, KY14.092-0.639
324542Terry Casey New London, WI14.135-0.682
33387HHarry Hanson Eveleth, MN14.163-0.710
343310Paul Parker Kaukauna, WI14.214-0.761
3517Drake Troutman Hyndman, PA14.248-0.795
36225FJason Feger Bloomington, IL14.267-0.814
37428Dennis Erb JrCarpentersville, IL14.362-0.909
382397Cade Dillard Robeline, LA14.471-1.018
392640BKyle Bronson Brandon, FL14.743-1.290
40714GTrevor Gundaker St. Charles, MO14.803-1.350
41528SDustin Sorensen Rochester, MN14.854-1.401
421030Todd Cooney Des Moines, IA15.020-1.567
43914WDustin Walker Polk, MO15.192-1.739
4461TTyler Erb New Waverly, TX15.210-1.757
45811GJames Giossi Hudson, WI15.305-1.852
46127XJesse Glenz Chippewa Falls, WI15.305-1.852
474647Danny Vang Deerwood, MN15.305-1.852
48486MJeff Massingill Keewatin, MN15.305-1.852
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Event Info  

USA Nationals
Friday, August 04, 2023
Cedar Lake Speedway
2275 County Road CC
New Richmond, Wisconsin 54017 

Event Description
The USA Nationals is back as the most powerful Late Models on the planet take on three nights of action at Cedar Lake Speedway. The highly anticipated event will once again pay $50,000-to-win.

Series Racing
World of Outlaws Late Model Series

Support Divisions
DIRTcar Late Models

To Win Amount

Event Schedule
6:30 Hot Laps
7:00 Complete event of $6,000-to-Win World of Outlaw Late Model & Local Late Models.
After race party in the Cedar Lake Arena!

8:30 Breakfast served in both restaurants
11:00 or 12:00 Tubing down the Apple River
6:30 Hot Laps
7:00 Complete event of $6,000-to-Win World of Outlaw Late Models & complete show of local Late Models
After race party in the Cedar Lake Arena

8:30 Breakfast served in both restaurants
11:00 or 12:00 Apple River Tubing
12:30 FansFund Luncheon
2:00 Lawn Mower Racing in Arena
4:30 Driver Autograph/Meet & Greet
6:30 Hot Laps
7:00 Last Chance Showdowns & 100 lap, $50,000-to-Win USA Nationals and complete event of local Late Models
*All times Central

Ticket Options  
Ticket Phone
(612) 363-0479

Options And Prices
Thursday only at gate $30 Adults, $15 Student, $35 Pits
Friday only at gate $35 Adults, $17 Students, $40 Pits
Saturday only at gate $45 Adults, $22 Students, $45 Pits
Advance Friday / Sat Pass* $75 Adults, $37 Students
Advance Thu/Fri/Sat Pass* $100 Adults, $50 Students

* Note: Reduced 2 or 3 day advanced tickets available online or by calling 612-363-0479. Must be purchased at least 2 days before the event starts.

Grandstand Type
Bleachers / chairbacks

Family Section Location
all areas are family friendly

Handicapped Seating Location
Both sides of stadium have wheel chair accessible seating

Pit Age Requirement
NO age restriction for pits. 17 and under must be accompanied by a parent/ guardian.

Parking Cost

Handicapped Parking Location
Outside the front gate

Camping Availability
non-electric, onsite, sanitary facility, showers, waste services

Camping Cost
$60 for the Weekend

Frequently Asked Questions  
Support Divisions
DIRTcar Late Models

To Win Amount

Type of Grandstand
Bleachers / chairbacks

Stadium Seating
Stadium seats are allowed.

Handicapped Seating
Both sides of stadium have wheel chair accessible seating

Handicapped Parking
Outside the front gate

Pit Age Limit
NO age restriction for pits. 17 and under must be accompanied by a parent/ guardian.

Personal Coolers
Coolers are permitted at the speedway, however you are NOT ALLOWED to bring in any alcoholic beverages or glass containers.


Alcohol Sales
Beer and wine will be available to purchase

Smoking Policy
No smoking in Grandstands

Family Section
all areas are family friendly

Parking Cost

Camping Availability
non-electric, onsite, sanitary facility, showers, waste services

Camping Cost
$60 for the Weekend

Track Info  

Cedar Lake Speedway
2275 County Road CC
New Richmond, Wisconsin 54017 

Track Phone
(715) 248-7119

Ticket Phone
(612) 363-0479

Track Email
[email protected]

Track Size

Sprint Car Track Record
10.746 seconds by Christopher Thram on 5/4/2024

Late Model Track Record
12.950 by Shannon Babb on 8/3/23

Closest Airport
Minneapolis, MN (MSP / KMSP) Minneapolis-Saint Paul International Airport

Other Airport
Eau Claire, WI (EAU / KEAU) Chippewa Valley Regional Airport

Track Map
Competitor Info  
Competitor Downloads

Tire Rules
Left Front & Left Rear & Right Front Tire: Hoosier (90) NLMT3, (90) W30 Right Rear Tire: Hoosier (92) NLMT3, (92) W30, (92) NLMT4 **Grooving & Siping will be allowed**

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