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Outlaw Invasion
Atomic Speedway | Chillicothe, Ohio
Friday, September 29, 2023
Race Recap  

BUCKEYE STATE WARRIOR: Mike Marlar Wins Wild World of Outlaws Feature At Atomic

A driver rarely wants to see yellow flags when he’s leading a race. But it’s precisely what Mike Marlar hoped for on Friday at Atomic Speedway.

The Winfield, TN driver aced four restarts in the final 20 laps, staying out of lap traffic to earn his third World of Outlaws CASE Construction Equipment Late Models Feature win of 2023.

Germfree Rookie of the Year leader Nick Hoffman jumped to the early lead, fending off challenges from the Marlar, the 2018 Series champion. However, that only lasted eight laps as Marlar got a burst of speed in Turn 2, pulling even with Hoffman. Then, Marlar saw his opportunity, sliding in front of the Mooresville, NC driver to grab the lead.

As Marlar pulled away and reached lap traffic, Hoffman and Bobby Pierce were in a battle behind them for second. But as the two tried to get the upper hand in traffic, Jimmy Owens took advantage, sneaking them to take over second.

The Newport, TN driver quickly closed on the back of the #157, trying to take the position away on the inside. But just as Owens had his best shot, a yellow flag came out for Brandon Sheppard’s right rear flat tire, giving Marlar a clean track.

On the restart, Marlar pulled away as Owens held off Hoffman before three cautions in the next five laps kept the top three in their positions.

From there, one more caution for debris on Lap 38 kept traffic out of Marlar’s way, allowing him to earn the $10,000 victory on night one of the Outlaw Invasion.

“I didn’t mind seeing those [yellow flags] whatsoever,” Marlar said. “They were two and three wide. A lot of the Ohio-type racetracks have a little dust that comes off the back of the cars, so they were dirtying it up, so I couldn’t do any better than they could. They were three-wide in front of me and two-wide. I didn’t mind seeing those cautions for sure.”

The win is Marlar’s third World of Outlaws CASE Late Models win of the season, and 16th of his career. It’s also his third win on a 3/8-mile track in 2023—one where he needed to find a way past Hoffman to earn the victory.

Nick Hoffman and Mike Marlar
Nick Hoffman (Left), tries to hold off Mike Marlar (Right) for the lead/Jacy Norgaard photo

But it’s a win that didn’t come easy, as he said passing Hoffman was a challenge.

“[Hoffman’s] hard to pass because he’s fast,” Marlar said. “He slid me down there in Turn 1 and got the lead, and he just had me where I needed to be for the lead. And then, a little while later, I caught him and was looking under him for a few laps until I really got a good run off of two and just had a ton of momentum down the backstretch. Then, I was just able to slide in there and get the lead. It was definitely a good race with him for sure.”

Fellow Tennessee driver Jimmy Owens finished second after starting eighth. “The O-Show,” who earned his first World of Outlaws top five of the season, said he was happy with how the car ran on the bottom.

Jimmy Owens and Nick Hoffman
Jimmy Owens (Left) and Nick Hoffman (Right) battle for 2nd/Jacy Norgaard photo
Jimmy Owens and Nick Hoffman
Jimmy Owens (Left) and Nick Hoffman (Right) battle for 2nd/Jacy Norgaard photo
Jimmy Owens and Nick Hoffman
Jimmy Owens (Left) and Nick Hoffman (Right) battle for 2nd/Jacy Norgaard photo

“Everybody was a little all over the track,” Owens said. “The track was good tonight. When I jumped to the bottom, the car had a really good dig down there with that moisture. But then, as it dried out, I felt like we still had a pretty good car, too.

“We’ll make some fine tunes on it tomorrow, and maybe we’ll be a whole lot better.”

Hoffman settled for third—his third podium of the season coming at a track he says fits his style.

“The racetrack was in great condition,” Hoffman said. “I was able to move all over it. I mean, [Owens] started eighth and ran second, so that says a lot right there. Our race car was pretty good. I felt like watching Marlar go around there; his car was a lot tighter than mine was. And I felt like my only downfall was that I was probably a tick too loose.”

While those three drivers stayed in podium positions for most of the race, that wasn’t the case for the drivers behind them. Tanner English and Cade Dillard waged war for fourth in the final few laps before the two made contact in Turns 3 and 4 on Lap 39, costing both a top-five run.

On the next lap, they made contact in Turn 2, dropping English to 10th and Dillard to 16th.

As a result of that contact, Pierce and Brent Larson found themselves in the top five, with Pierce getting the upper hand. The Oakwood, IL driver’s 22nd top five of the season moved him one step closer to the championship, extending his points lead to 142 over Chris Madden, Friday’s Fox Factory Hard Charger, who finished sixth.

Larson earned his first top-five of the season, giving him back-to-back World of Outlaws top 10s at the track.

“I was kind of in the right place at the right time,” Larson said. “There were things going on out there in front of me, and I just kind of picked a lane and stuck to it. And that’s where I got most of my spots after the last caution.”

UP NEXT: The World of Outlaws CASE Late Models return to Atomic Speedway for night two of the Outlaw Invasion. Drivers will battle in a 50-lap Feature paying $15,000-to-win. For Tickets, CLICK HERE.

If you can’t make it to the track, watch all the action live on DIRTVision – either online on with the DIRTVision App.

CASE Construction Equipment Late Model Feature (40 Laps): 1. 157-Mike Marlar[2]; 2. 20-Jimmy Owens[8]; 3. 9-Nick Hoffman[1]; 4. 32-Bobby Pierce[3]; 5. B1-Brent Larson[9]; 6. 44-Chris Madden[21]; 7. 40B-Kyle Bronson[11]; 8. 28-Dennis Erb Jr[19]; 9. 10-Garrett Smith[17]; 10. 96V-Tanner English[10]; 11. 25-Shane Clanton[15]; 12. 11-Gordy Gundaker[16]; 13. 71R-Rod Conley[25]; 14. B5-Brandon Sheppard[12]; 15. 3S-Brian Shirley[7]; 16. 97-Cade Dillard[5]; 17. 30-Todd Cooney[23]; 18. 68-Adam Stricker[13]; 19. 55-Jesse Wisecarver[18]; 20. 00-Justin Cooper[22]; 21. S21-Seth Daniels[20]; 22. 14W-Dustin Walker[24]; 23. 21-Kirk Phillips[14]; 24. C4-Freddie Carpenter[6]; 25. 19R-Ryan Gustin[4] FOX FACTORY HARD CHARGER: Chris Madden [+15]

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Feature Results
12+1157Mike Marlar 400.00032Running150$10,000
28+620Jimmy Owens 40-1.502Running146$6,000
31-29Nick Hoffman 40-2.5088Running144$3,500
43-132Bobby Pierce 40-3.808Running142$2,800
59+4B1Brent Larson 40-3.816Running140$2,500
621+1544Chris Madden 40-5.077Running138$2,300
711+440BKyle Bronson 40-5.943Running136$2,200
819+1128Dennis Erb Jr40-6.695Running134$2,100
917+810Garrett Smith 40-7.658Running132$2,050
1010096VTanner English 40-8.426Running130$2,000
1115+425Shane Clanton 40-8.487Running128$1,600
1216+411Gordy Gundaker 40-8.599Running126$1,400
1325+1271RRod Conley 40-8.989Running124$1,200
1412-2B5Brandon Sheppard 40-9.094Running122$1,100
157-83SBrian Shirley 40-9.494Running120$1,050
165-1197Cade Dillard 40-9.616Running118$1,000
1723+630Todd Cooney 40-9.680Running116$1,000
1813-568Adam Stricker 40-9.706Running114$1,000
1918-155Jesse Wisecarver 40-9.911Running112$1,000
2022+200Justin Cooper 40-10.167Running110$1,000
2120-1S21Seth Daniels 40-10.598Running108$1,000
2224+214WDustin Walker 40-11.023Running106$1,000
2314-921Kirk Phillips 36-4 LapsDNF104$1,000
246-18C4Freddie Carpenter 33-7 LapsDNF104$1,000
254-2119RRyan Gustin 26-14 LapsDNF104$1,000
FOX Factory Hard Charger: Chris Madden
Last Chance Showdown Results
12+110Garrett Smith 100.00010Running150$0
21-128Dennis Erb Jr10-0.328Running146$0
39+644Chris Madden 10-2.134Running144$0
46+271CRJ Conley 10-2.819Running142$110
53-220BTodd Brennan 10-4.336Running140$110
65-193Cory Lawler 10-7.632Running138$110
77071RRod Conley 10-8.802Running136$0
88099JDonnie Jeschke 10-10.466Running134$110
94-51Shane Bailey 10-10.998Running132$110
1010030Todd Cooney 0-10 LapsDNS130$0
111104Tripp Gerrald 0-10 LapsDNS128$0
Last Chance Showdown 2 Results
11055Jesse Wisecarver 100.00010Running150$0
220S21Seth Daniels 10-2.475Running146$0
33000Justin Cooper 10-3.777Running144$0
45+128CTyler Carpenter 10-4.954Running142$110
54-111HJared Hawkins 10-5.607Running140$110
66074Caleb Ashby 10-8.317Running138$110
770S8Chris Stotts 10-12.260Running136$110
810+2144Austin Seelig 10-13.402Running134$110
98-114WDustin Walker 0-10 LapsDNS132$0
109-132RChad Roush 0-10 LapsDNS130$0
Heat 1 Results
Pos.Start+/-#DriverLaps CompletedBehindLaps LedStatus
13+219RRyan Gustin 80.0004Running
22020Jimmy Owens 8-0.143Running
36+3B1Brent Larson 8-1.132Running
44068Adam Stricker 8-1.959Running
55028Dennis Erb Jr8-3.319Running
68+220BTodd Brennan 8-4.538Running
79+293Cory Lawler 8-4.844Running
87-171RRod Conley 8-5.078Running
91-844Chris Madden 4-4 Laps4DNF
101004Tripp Gerrald 0-8 LapsDNS
Heat 2 Results
Pos.Start+/-#DriverLaps CompletedBehindLaps LedStatus
11032Bobby Pierce 80.0008Running
23+197Cade Dillard 8-0.845Running
32-140BKyle Bronson 8-1.409Running
47+325Shane Clanton 8-2.058Running
54-110Garrett Smith 8-2.148Running
69+31Shane Bailey 8-3.908Running
75-271CRJ Conley 8-3.943Running
88099JDonnie Jeschke 8-5.496Running
96-330Todd Cooney 6-2 LapsDNF
Heat 3 Results
Pos.Start+/-#DriverLaps CompletedBehindLaps LedStatus
110157Mike Marlar 80.0008Running
2203SBrian Shirley 8-1.357Running
34+196VTanner English 8-2.829Running
45+121Kirk Phillips 8-4.929Running
57+255Jesse Wisecarver 8-6.462Running
63-300Justin Cooper 8-7.669Running
76-128CTyler Carpenter 8-9.208Running
89+1S8Chris Stotts 8-10.863Running
98-132RChad Roush 0-8 LapsDNS
Heat 4 Results
Pos.Start+/-#DriverLaps CompletedBehindLaps LedStatus
1109Nick Hoffman 80.0008Running
220C4Freddie Carpenter 8-1.977Running
330B5Brandon Sheppard 8-3.586Running
44011Gordy Gundaker 8-4.550Running
550S21Seth Daniels 8-5.523Running
67+111HJared Hawkins 8-6.133Running
76-174Caleb Ashby 8-8.936Running
88014WDustin Walker 8-9.680Running
990144Austin Seelig 8-13.067Running
Qualifying Flight 1 Results
1344Chris Madden Gray Court, SC12.9610.000
21632Bobby Pierce Oakwood, IL13.016-0.055
3820Jimmy Owens Newport, TN13.233-0.272
41440BKyle Bronson Brandon, FL13.310-0.349
5219RRyan Gustin Marshalltown, IA13.332-0.371
61197Cade Dillard Robeline, LA13.366-0.405
71768Adam Stricker Batavia, OH13.376-0.415
81910Garrett Smith Eatonton, GA13.383-0.422
91028Dennis Erb JrCarpentersville, IL13.498-0.537
101371CRJ Conley Wheelersburg, OH13.524-0.563
119B1Brent Larson Lake Elmo, MN13.646-0.685
12630Todd Cooney Des Moines, IA13.669-0.708
13571RRod Conley Wheelersburg, OH13.802-0.841
14125Shane Clanton Zebulon, GA13.852-0.891
15420BTodd Brennan Zanesville, OH13.994-1.033
161299JDonnie Jeschke Dayton, OH14.071-1.110
171593Cory Lawler Hanover, PA14.218-1.257
1871Shane Bailey Grayson, KY14.382-1.421
19184Tripp Gerrald Versailles, KY14.382-1.421
Qualifying Flight 2 Results
118157Mike Marlar Winfield, TN13.1020.000
2179Nick Hoffman Mooresville, NC13.361-0.259
383SBrian Shirley Chatham, IL13.420-0.318
49C4Freddie Carpenter Parkersburg, WV13.422-0.320
5400Justin Cooper Wheelersburg, OH13.426-0.324
612B5Brandon Sheppard New Berlin, IL13.559-0.457
71696VTanner English Benton, KY13.602-0.500
8711Gordy Gundaker St. Charles, MO13.660-0.558
9621Kirk Phillips Ashland, KY13.687-0.585
102S21Seth Daniels Jackson, OH13.715-0.613
111428CTyler Carpenter Parkersburg, WV13.757-0.655
12374Caleb Ashby Cunningham, TN13.968-0.866
13155Jesse Wisecarver Zanesville, OH13.994-0.892
141311HJared Hawkins Fairmont, WV14.234-1.132
151132RChad Roush Reedsville, OH14.273-1.171
161514WDustin Walker Polk, MO14.636-1.534
175S8Chris Stotts Shade, OH14.653-1.551
1810144Austin Seelig Millersport, OH15.205-2.103
Hot Laps Results
137157Mike Marlar Winfield, TN13.1470.000
21768Adam Stricker Batavia, OH13.319-0.172
31632Bobby Pierce Oakwood, IL13.336-0.189
431B5Brandon Sheppard New Berlin, IL13.368-0.221
5184Tripp Gerrald Versailles, KY13.447-0.300
6369Nick Hoffman Mooresville, NC13.482-0.335
73211HJared Hawkins Fairmont, WV13.503-0.356
81910Garrett Smith Eatonton, GA13.511-0.364
93596VTanner English Benton, KY13.533-0.386
101197Cade Dillard Robeline, LA13.534-0.387
11820Jimmy Owens Newport, TN13.552-0.405
12273SBrian Shirley Chatham, IL13.562-0.415
13344Chris Madden Gray Court, SC13.596-0.449
141440BKyle Bronson Brandon, FL13.612-0.465
15125Shane Clanton Zebulon, GA13.687-0.540
16219RRyan Gustin Marshalltown, IA13.688-0.541
173328CTyler Carpenter Parkersburg, WV13.691-0.544
189B1Brent Larson Lake Elmo, MN13.702-0.555
192521Kirk Phillips Ashland, KY13.714-0.567
2021S21Seth Daniels Jackson, OH13.728-0.581
211028Dennis Erb JrCarpentersville, IL13.741-0.594
22630Todd Cooney Des Moines, IA13.742-0.595
232055Jesse Wisecarver Zanesville, OH13.825-0.678
242611Gordy Gundaker St. Charles, MO13.825-0.678
2528C4Freddie Carpenter Parkersburg, WV13.844-0.697
26420BTodd Brennan Zanesville, OH13.846-0.699
271371CRJ Conley Wheelersburg, OH13.872-0.725
283032RChad Roush Reedsville, OH14.056-0.909
291593Cory Lawler Hanover, PA14.103-0.956
301299JDonnie Jeschke Dayton, OH14.211-1.064
312274Caleb Ashby Cunningham, TN14.211-1.064
3271Shane Bailey Grayson, KY14.401-1.254
33571RRod Conley Wheelersburg, OH14.512-1.365
3424S8Chris Stotts Shade, OH14.514-1.367
353414WDustin Walker Polk, MO14.656-1.509
362300Justin Cooper Wheelersburg, OH14.656-1.509
3729144Austin Seelig Millersport, OH14.656-1.509
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Event Info  

Outlaw Invasion
Friday, September 29, 2023
Atomic Speedway
2535 Blain Hwy
Chillicothe, Ohio 45601 

Event Description
The Outlaws invade OHIO at Atomic Speedway for two nights of racing culminating in a $15,000-to-win event! Watch the World of Outlaws CASE Late Models race around the 3/8-mile circuit in a battle for the ages.

Series Racing
DIRTcar Late Models, World of Outlaws Late Model Series

Support Divisions
DIRTcar UMP Modifieds

To Win Amount

Event Schedule
Pits Open 2:00 PM
Gates Open 4:00 PM
Hot Laps 6:00 PM
Racing Starts 7:00 PM
*All times Eastern

Ticket Options  
Options And Prices
Adult General Admission $22.00
Kids General Admission $12.00
Senior General Admission $17.00

Grandstand Type

Reserved Seating

Family Section Location
turn 4

Handicapped Seating Location
Front Row

Pit Age Requirement

Parking Cost

Handicapped Parking Location
At Front Gate

Camping Availability

Camping Cost
$40 for 2 Days or $25 per night

Frequently Asked Questions  
Support Divisions
DIRTcar UMP Modifieds

To Win Amount

Reserved Seating

Type of Grandstand

Stadium Seating
Stadium seating is allowed

Handicapped Seating
Front Row

Handicapped Parking
At Front Gate

Pit Age Limit

Personal Coolers
14 inch coolers or smaller are permitted. No Alcohol or glass bottles

Credit Card Use
Concessions, Pit Gate, Ticket Window

Alcohol Sales
Alcohol is available at track (Not Allowed in)

Family Section
turn 4

Parking Cost

Camping Availability

Camping Cost
$40 for 2 Days or $25 per night

Track Info  

Atomic Speedway
2535 Blain Hwy
Chillicothe, Ohio 45601 

Track Phone
(740) 703-9749

Track Size

Sprint Car Track Record
10.915 by Brock Mayes in 2005

Late Model Track Record
12.748 by Jimmy Owens in 2015

Closest Airport

Other Airport

Track Map
Competitor Info  
Competitor Downloads

Tire Rules
Left Front Tire: Hoosier (Open)
Left Rear & Right Front Tire: Hoosier (90) NLMT2, (90) NLMT3 Right Rear Tire: Hoosier (92) NLMT2, (92) NLMT3, (92) NLMT4 **Grooving & Siping will be allowed**

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