TO PILOT BRUENING-BACKED CAPITAL IN 2019
20, 2018 - Chris Madden, of Gray Court, South Carolina,
announced today that he will return to the World of Outlaws Craftsman
Late Model Series tour for a third consecutive year in 2019, but
with a fresh program. Chris has agreed to drive for a new team launched
by Greg Bruening, of Decorah, Iowa, in collaboration with Capital
Race Cars. Greg Bruening, who is president of Bruening Rock Products,
has fielded Dirt Late Models for over a decade for his son Tyler
and will start up the second team with Madden at the helm.
With his one-year commitment to run Barry Wright Race
Cars expiring following the 2018 racing season, Chris will maintain
Bruening's Clements-powered Capital racecars at his own shop with
two full-time crewmen. "Smokey" will also travel the World
of Outlaws Craftsman Late Model Series grind alongside Capital's
primary driver Shane Clanton. More information on Chris' 2019 plans,
along with a brand-new website, will be unveiled during the off-season!
BAD LUCK IN SEASON FINALE...
November 19, 2018 -
Chris Madden and the #44 CMR team closed out their version of the
2018 racing season on November 17-18 at Lancaster Speedway in Lancaster,
South Carolina and Cherokee Speedway in Gaffney, South Carolina.
On Saturday night in a $10,000 to win Southern All Stars Dirt Racing
Series (SAS) show at Lancaster, Chris ran second in his heat race
and had just taken the lead on lap 19 of the main event when a broken
axle relegated him to a disappointing twelfth place showing. In
the annual 'Blue/Gray 100' on Sunday afternoon at Cherokee, which
also paid $10,000 to the winner, Chris placed second in his heat
race and led laps 65-74 before a late flat tire dropped him to eighth
in the final finishing order of the Carolina Clash Late Model Series
spectacular. Complete results from both season-ending specials can
be accessed online at www.sasdirt.com
WINDS UP THIRD IN WOOLMS POINTS
4, 2018 - The World of Outlaws Craftsman Late Model
Series wrapped up their 2018 season at the pristine Dirt Track at
Charlotte in Concord, North Carolina from November 1-3 in the 12th
annual running of the 'World of Outlaws World Finals' presented
by Can-Am. A pair of $12,000 to win contests were held in front
of a standing-room-only crowd at the Charlotte-area speedplant.
During the two rounds of time trials, Chris Madden knocked down
the fourth quickest lap in Group A for Friday's program, while he
stopped the clock seventh fastest in Group A for Saturday's spectacular.
On Friday night, Chris won his stacked heat race and
later redrew the outside of the front row for the 50-lap main event,
which was pushed back to Saturday afternoon due to a midnight curfew.
In the daytime affair, Chris unfortunately had an oil line come
loose early and he was forced to retire from the race in the twenty-eighth
position. On Saturday night, Chris placed second in his heat race
prior to slipping back to eleventh in the final finishing order
of the 50-lap spectacular. "Smokey" was officially etched
into third in the final version of the heated WOOLMS point standings.
Complete results from the 'World Finals' weekend can be obtained
online by clicking on www.woolms.com.
IN $10K WORLD 100 PRELIM
14, 2018 - Chris Madden Racing (CMR) returned to
the famed Eldora Speedway in Rossburg, Ohio on October 12-13 for
the rain-postponed 'World 100.' Action was slated to get underway
at the 1/2-mile, high-banked speedplant on Friday evening with a
pair of $10,000 to win Twin 25s, but cold temperatures and rain
showers pushed the prelims back to Saturday afternoon. Chris Madden
posted the twenty-first quickest lap overall during qualifying prior
to scoring a victory in his loaded heat race. After drawing the
eighth starting spot in his 25-lapper, Chris drove past six competitors
on his way to a sterling runner-up effort behind only victor Josh
At the "Big E" on Saturday night, all eyes of the 77
returning competitors were fixated on the whopping $51,000 top prize
and the famous globe trophies that were up for grabs for the winner
of the 48th edition of the 'World 100.' Chris was running strong
in his heat race until drive line problems dropped him to an eleventh
place finish. "Smokey" battled back to tenth in his B-Main,
but unfortunately missed out on the 100-lap crown jewel extravaganza.
Full results from the hectic day/night doubleheader in the Buckeye
State can be viewed by pointing your web browser to www.eldoraspeedway.com.
DRIVES TO ROME SHOWDOWN WIN!!!
1, 2018 - Making a long overnight trip pay off in
a big way, Chris Madden racked up his twelfth victory of the 2018
campaign on Sunday evening, September 30 in the annual running of
the 'Rome Showdown' at Rome Speedway in Rome, Georgia! Chris timed
in second quickest in Group A during Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series
qualifying prior to securing a heat race triumph. After starting
third on the feature grid in the 50-lapper, "Smokey" drove
to the front on lap ten and led the remainder of the distance to
pocket the $10,000 windfall ahead of Tim McCreadie, Jonathan Davenport,
Tyler Millwood, and Dale McDowell!
Earlier in the weekend, a pair of World of Outlaws
Craftsman Late Model Series programs were contested at Atomic Speedway
in Alma, Ohio on September 28-29. In Friday's $8,000 to win show,
Chris knocked down the fastest lap in Group B during time trials,
won his heat race, and later finished ninth in the 40-lap headliner.
At Atomic on Saturday night in the $10,000 to win 'Outlaw Invasion'
finale, the Gray Court, South Carolina star earned Fast Time honors
during qualifying, won his heat race, and led the first nineteen
circuits of the 50-lap main event before settling for a sixth place
performance. Full results from all three weekend races can be obtained
online at www.woolms.com
TO $10,000 SELINSGROVE VICTORY!
24, 2018 - Chris Madden, of Gray Court, South Carolina,
registered his eleventh feature win of the 2018 racing season on
Saturday evening, September 22 in World of Outlaws Craftsman Late
Model Series action at the sprawling Selinsgrove Speedway in Selinsgrove,
Pennsylvania! Chris knocked down the second quickest time in Group
B during qualifying before securing a heat race triumph. After drawing
the outside of the front row for the start of the 'National Open,'
Chris led each of the fifty circuits in the headliner to score the
$10,000 payday ahead of Devin Moran, Mike Marlar, Rick Eckert, and
Another $10,000 to win World of Outlaws Craftsman
Late Model Series showdown was then held over the weekend at Outlaw
Speedway in Dundee, New York. On Friday night, Chris timed in tenth
fastest overall during the qualifying session prior to running fourth
in his heat race. With the 50-lap feature postponed to Sunday, September
23 due to rainy weather, "Smokey" rolled off from the
inside of the fifth row yesterday. Unfortunately, Chris broke a
ball joint during the early stages of the contest and eventually
wound up nineteenth in the final finishing order. He now sits a
close second in the latest WOOLMS point standings. Full results
from both weekend races can be found online at www.woolms.com.
(Rick Neff Photo)
TO THIRD AT NORTH GEORGIA
16, 2018 - Next up on the racing calendar for the
#44 CMR team was a visit to North Georgia Speedway in Chatsworth,
Georgia on Saturday night, September 15. The Southern Nationals
Bonus Series rolled into the northern Georgia facility to preside
over a single-day, $10,000 to win throwdown. Chris Madden was unfortunately
involved in a heat race skirmish with another competitor and finished
sixth, which lined him up on the outside of the sixth row for the
start of the 60-lap main event. Chris was then able to rally through
the talented field to secure a strong third place podium effort
behind only race winner Michael Page and runner-up Dale McDowell!
Complete results from last night in the Peach State can be located
by clicking on www.southernnationalsseries.com.
TOP TEN IN TWIN 25; WORLD 100 PPD
9, 2018 - Chris Madden Racing (CMR) had planned
to unload their #44 machine from September 6-8 at the hallowed high-banks
of Eldora Speedway in Rossburg, Ohio to vie for the prestigious
globe trophy in the 48th Annual 'World 100.' However, with the rainy
remnants of Tropical Storm Gordon postponing Friday and Saturday's
action at the "Big E" until October 12-13, only Thursday
night's $10,000 to win Twin 25s escaped the wrath of Mother Nature.
In the wee hours of Friday morning after a lengthy rain delay, Chris
Madden timed in 33rd fastest overall during qualifying before scoring
a victory in his loaded heat race. After drawing the tenth starting
position before the drop of the green flag in his 25-lapper, Chris
eventually placed tenth in the final finishing order. Complete results
from the soggy weekend in the Buckeye State can be found online
(Todd Healy Photo)
BACK UP WITH FOUR RACE SWING
19, 2018 - The extended World of Outlaws Craftsman
Late Model Series weekend wrapped up tonight at Eriez Speedway in
Hammett, Pennsylvania and yet another $10,000 payday was on the
line. Series point leader Chris Madden laid down the fastest lap
in Group A during qualifying and later scored a victory in his heat
race. The Gray Court, South Carolina ace then drew the fourth starting
spot before the drop of the green flag in the 50-lapper and moved
up to third in the headliner to finish behind only race winner Chase
Junghans and runner-up Brandon Sheppard!
August 18, 2018 -
Another rainy night greeted the cars and stars of the World of Outlaws
Craftsman Late Model Series tonight at Port Royal Speedway in Port
Royal, Pennsylvania, but the $10,000 to win show was able to soldier
on to an early morning finish. Chris Madden qualified ninth quickest
in Group A during time trials before placing third in heat race
action. After starting the 40-lap main event from the inside of
the fifth row, Chris steered his #44 BWRC ICON racecar up to fourth
in the running order before settling for a sixth place showing.
"Smokey" trailed only victor Mike Marlar, Brandon Sheppard,
Devin Moran, Jason Covert, and Tyler Erb at the drop of the checkered
August 17, 2018 -
Mother Nature was not invited, but joined up again with the World
of Outlaws Craftsman Late Model Series for the second event of a
four-day stretch of races throughout the eastern United States.
Afternoon thunderstorms settled over Williams Grove Speedway and
tonight's $10,000 to win contest at the historic Mechanicsburg,
Pennsylvania oval has been cancelled.
16, 2018 - Chris "Smokey" Madden's 2018
win total reached double figures tonight, as he landed his tenth
feature win of the '18 campaign in convincing fashion at Georgetown
Speedway in Georgetown, Delaware! Chris kicked off the four-race
east coast swing with the World of Outlaws Craftsman Late Model
Series by posting the second fastest lap overall during qualifying
and winning his heat race. The Gray Court, South Carolina star,
who is the current WOOLMS point leader, then led each and every
circuit in the 40-lapper to bag the $10,000 windfall ahead of Rick
Eckert, Brandon Sheppard, Mike Marlar, and Devin Moran! (Rick
FOR #44 TEAM IN WISCONSIN & IOWA
6, 2018 - Heavy rain forced the cancellation of
tonight's World of Outlaws Craftsman Late Model Series special at
Farley Speedway in Farley, Iowa. The $10,000 to win 'Farley 50'
will not be rescheduled.
August 4, 2018 -
Things wrapped up in the Badger State tonight in the finale of the
'USA Nationals' at the renowned Cedar Lake Speedway, as the whopping
$50,000 winner's check had the attention of everyone at the New
Richmond, Wisconsin facility. Chris Madden earned the third and
final transfer spot through his consolation event and later started
the 100-lap crown jewel main event from the inside of the eleventh
row. Chris then rallied up inside of the top ten in the storied
race, but a broken jackshaft on lap 82 caused him to unfortunately
retire in the eighteenth position.
August 3, 2018 -
Preliminary action for the 31st Annual 'USA Nationals' took place
earlier this evening at Cedar Lake Speedway in New Richmond, Wisconsin.
For the first time in the crown jewel event's storied history, a
double set of heat races with combined passing points were held
to set the lineups for Saturday's $50,000 to win extravaganza. Chris
Madden won his first heat race of the night, while he wound up placing
eighth in his final prelim. By virtue of accumulating the 25th most
passing points, Chris will be in a consolation race tomorrow evening.
August 2, 2018 -
The 31st edition of the 'USA Nationals' got underway tonight at
the renowned Cedar Lake Speedway in New Richmond, Wisconsin. A stout
45 car field made their way to the track located near the Minnesota/Wisconsin
border for the $6,000 to win preliminary event. Chris Madden, fresh
off a win on Tuesday night in the Badger State, stopped the clock
third quickest in Group A during the World of Outlaws Craftsman
Late Model Series qualifying session and later claimed the victory
in heat race action. After rolling off from the outside of the second
row in the 40-lap feature, Chris battled hard for a top five finish
- despite a broken throttle linkage - prior to winding up sixth
in the final finishing order.
31, 2018 - Chris Madden, of Gray Court, South Carolina,
landed his ninth checkered flag of the 2018 racing season tonight
in dominant fashion at the sprawling Shawano Speedway in Shawano,
Wisconsin! In the annual 'Sun Drop Shootout,' Chris knocked down
the eighth quickest time overall during World of Outlaws Craftsman
Late Model Series qualifying prior to scoring the victory in his
loaded heat race. After drawing the pole position before the drop
of the green flag in the 50-lapper, "Smokey" led each
and every circuit of the contest to pocket the $10,000 payday well
ahead of Shane Clanton, Jonathan Davenport, Don O'Neal, and Devin
Moran! (Jim DenHamer Photo)
July 30, 2018 -
A very short turnaround greeted the #44 team following the big PDC
weekend, as they were in the pit area tonight at Plymouth Dirt Track
in Plymouth, Wisconsin. The World of Outlaws Craftsman Late Model
Series presided over the action at Plymouth and a strong 36 car
field was on hand to gun for the $10,000 windfall. Chris Madden
timed in fourth fastest in Group A during qualifying before running
second in his heat race. After starting sixth on the grid in the
50-lap main event, Chris blitzed up to as high as second in the
running order before winding up fourth in the final rundown behind
only winner Brandon Sheppard, Devin Moran, and Tyler Erb!
GETS TOP FIVE IN $30K PDC!
29, 2018 - Chris Madden Racing (CMR) was in the
Land of Lincoln from July 27-28 for the 29th Annual 'Prairie Dirt
Classic' at Fairbury American Legion Speedway in Fairbury, Illinois.
On Friday night, Chris Madden toured FALS fourth quickest in Group
A during World of Outlaws Craftsman Late Model Series qualifying
and later placed second in his $2,500 to win qualifying feature
behind only winner Brandon Sheppard. After drawing the fifth starting
spot for Saturday's $30,000 to win 'Prairie Dirt Classic,' Chris
vaulted up to as high as second in the running order of the 100-lap
affair. At the conclusion of the action-packed PDC, "Smokey"
found himself fourth in the final finishing order behind only winner
Devin Moran, Mike Marlar, and Brandon Sheppard. He finds himself
second in the latest WOOLMS point standings exiting the 'Prairie
Dirt Classic' weekend. Full results can be viewed online at www.woolms.com.
WOOLMS TO UPPER MIDWEST
24, 2018 - Following a ten-day break, Chris Madden
was back in World of Outlaws Craftsman Late Model Series competition
tonight at Davenport Speedway in Davenport, Iowa. A 23 car field
assembled at the sprawling Hawkeye State speedplant to vie for the
$10,000 top prize. Chris logged the tenth quickest time overall
during the qualifying session and later grabbed the third transfer
spot through his loaded heat race. "Smokey" then advanced
five positions during the course of the 40-lap feature event to
score a close runner-up performance behind only victor and race
long leader Chad Simpson!
14, 2018 - Chris Madden, of Gray Court, South Carolina,
laid claim to his eighth feature win of 2018 tonight at Ogilvie
Raceway in Ogilvie, Minnesota! Chris nabbed the fourth quickest
lap overall during the World of Outlaws Craftsman Late Model Series
qualifying session prior to running second in heat race action.
"Smokey" then started fifth on the grid in the 50-lapper
and drove past Rick Eckert to grab the point on the tenth circuit.
Chris then led the remainder of the feature distance to pick up
his second straight victory at Ogilvie and the $10,000 winner's
check over Brandon Sheppard, Rick Eckert, Mike Marlar, and Shane
Clanton!!! (Scott Swenson Photo)
July 13, 2018 -
Next up was a visit to River Cities Speedway in Grand Forks, North
Dakota tonight for another $10,000 to win World of Outlaws Craftsman
Late Model Series contest. Chris Madden posted the seventh quickest
time overall during the qualifying session and later ran third in
his stacked heat race. After starting the 50-lap feature distance
from the inside of the fourth row, Chris unfortunately ran into
problems and retired on the 38th lap in the fifteenth position.
July 10, 2018 -
The World of Outlaws Craftsman Late Model Series took the #44 team
to Black Hills Speedway in Rapid City, South Dakota tonight for
the series most western stop of the 2018 campaign. Chris Madden
claimed the fourth quickest lap overall during time trials before
scoring a heat race triumph. After drawing the outside of the front
row prior to the drop of the green flag in the $10,000 to win headliner,
Chris slipped back several spots early in the 50-lap contest and
then made a late charge back up to third to finish on the podium
behind only victor Brandon Sheppard and runner-up Mike Marlar!
July 7, 2018 -
Another $10,000 payday was on the line tonight at Deer Creek Speedway
in Spring Valley, Minnesota, as the 39th edition of the 'Gopher
50' drew a stout 30 car field. Chris Madden knocked down the seventeenth
fastest time during World of Outlaws Craftsman Late Model Series
qualifying prior to advancing up to third in his loaded heat race.
During the course of the 50-lapper, "Smokey" raced hard
to stay inside of the top ten and the current series point leader
eventually nabbed another seventh place performance.
July 6, 2018 -
A busy six race stretch across the Upper Midwest with the World
of Outlaws Craftsman Late Model Series got underway tonight with
a $10,000 to win program at Dubuque Speedway in Dubuque, Iowa. Despite
getting into the wall during qualifying, Chris Madden still turned
the ninth quickest lap overall during time trials. Unfortunately,
a hard wreck on the opening lap of his heat race caused him to roll
out the back-up car for the 40-lap main event. On the rugged racing
surface, Chris blasted past sixteen competitors during the headliner
to salvage a seventh place showing.
STILL ON TOP OF WOOLMS POINTS!
1, 2018 - The #44 CMR team rolled into Terre Haute
Action Track in Terre Haute, Indiana and Federated Raceway at I-55
in Pevely, Missouri over the June 29-30 weekend for a pair of $10,000
to win World of Outlaws Craftsman Late Model Series and UMP DIRTcar
Summer Nationals co-sanctioned clashes. At the sprawling Terre Haute
facility on Friday night, Chris Madden earned Fast Time honors during
the qualifying session and won his loaded heat race before winding
up sixth in the final rundown of the 30-lap headliner. On Saturday
evening at Pevely, Chris placed fourth in his heat race prior to
picking off six competitors during the 50-lap main event en route
to a solid eighth place showing. "Smokey" still finds
himself on top of the heated WOOLMS point standings heading into
the hectic month of July. Full results can be found online at www.woolms.com.
FIRECRACKER FOR $30,000!!!
23, 2018 - Gray Court, South Carolina star Chris
Madden capped off a terrific 'Firecracker 100' weekend tonight by
leading all 100 circuits in the World of Outlaws Craftsman Late
Model Series biggie to earn the whopping $30,000 payday! Chris drove
his BWRC House Car to a heat race triumph and later rolled off from
the pole position in the 'Firecracker 100.' He kept the talented
field behind him throughout the extra-distance affair to record
his seventh triumph of 2018 over Mike Marlar, Tyler Erb, Devin Moran,
and Dale McDowell! Chris stretched out his current WOOLMS point
lead with the win and now leads Marlar by sixteen markers!
(Jason Shank Photo)
June 22, 2018 -
Night two of the annual 'Firecracker 100' was held earlier this
evening at Lernerville Speedway in Sarver, Pennsylvania and another
$6,000 paycheck was on the line for the 40 Super Late Model entrants.
Chris Madden, who scored the victory in night one of the three day
extravaganza, posted the third quickest time in Group B during World
of Outlaws Craftsman Late Model Series qualifying and later ran
second in heat race action. Chris then rolled off from the inside
of the third row in the 30-lapper and blasted past a pair of racecars
on his way to a third place podium effort behind only victor Michael
Norris and runner-up Devin Moran!
21, 2018 - "Smokey" Chris Madden recorded
his sixth victory of the 2018 campaign and his first-ever win at
the storied Lernerville Speedway in Sarver, Pennsylvania tonight
in the first round of preliminary action for the 'Firecracker 100!'
Chris stopped the clock second fastest in Group B during qualifying
before scoring the victory in his heat race. After starting third
on the grid in the 30-lap feature event, Chris stalked early race
leader Mike Marlar for the first ten circuits before taking the
point on lap eleven. The Gray Court, South Carolina star, who currently
leads the heated World of Outlaws Craftsman Late Model Series point
standings, then led the remainder of the distance to claim the $6,000
top prize ahead of Brandon Sheppard, Mike Marlar, Scott Bloomquist,
and Devin Moran! (Jason Shank Photo)