RETURNS TO BWRC HOUSE CAR IN 2018!
2, 2017 - Gray Court, South Carolina star Chris
Madden and Hall of Fame car builder Barry Wright jointly confirmed
today that they will team up for the 2018 racing season. Chris will
return to pilot the BWRC House Car next year, as he previously did
in 2002, 2003, and portions of the 2005-2006 seasons. The newly-formed
team will most likely follow a "pick and choose" type
of schedule in 2018, but a return to the World of Outlaws Craftsman
Late Model Series tour for Madden has not been completely ruled
Chris' familiar #44 will adorn the doors of the BWRC
cars, which will be powered by Clements engines and sport sponsorship
from Century Plastics, Millwood Plumbing, Henderson Amusement, Harrod
Logging, Davis Diesel Service, and C&H Paving. The potent cars
will be housed and maintained at BWRC by Barry Wright, Lance Wright,
and a soon-to-be-hired crewman. More information will be posted
- as news warrants - online at www.ChrisMadden44.com! (Chad
UP SEASON IN $15K BLUE-GRAY 100
20, 2017 - Chris Madden and his #44 CMR team concluded
their version of the 2017 campaign on Sunday, November 19 in the
annual running of the 'Blue-Gray 100' at the nearby Cherokee Speedway
in Gaffney, South Carolina. Chris posted the fastest lap of the
27 entrants during the Carolina Clash Super Late Model Series qualifying
session to earn Fast Time honors and later picked up the win in
his loaded heat race. After starting from the pole position and
leading the first 71 circuits in the $15,000 to win 'Blue-Gray 100,'
Chris unfortunately suffered a flat Hoosier tire and was forced
to pit for new rubber. The Gray Court, South Carolina standout returned
to the speedplant to salvage a sixth place showing in the 100-lapper
behind only victor Darrell Lanigan, Casey Roberts, Brent Larson,
Chris Ferguson, and Jimmy Owens. Full results from the season finale
at Cherokee can be viewed online at www.carolinaclash.com.
NATIONAL 100 AT RUGGED EAMS...
13, 2017 - Next up on the racing calendar for Chris
Madden Racing (CMR) was the 43rd edition of the 'National 100' at
East Alabama Motor Speedway in Phenix City, Alabama on November
10-12. In Friday's $5,000 to win Super Late Model opener, which
spilled over to Saturday afternoon due to rough track conditions,
Chris Madden won his B-Main before knocking off the water pump during
the 43-lapper and winding up twenty-fifth in the final finishing
On Saturday evening in another $5,000 to win prelim,
Chris earned Fast Time honors during qualifying and led laps 14-26
of the main event before settling for a solid third place podium
effort behind only victor Jimmy Owens and runner-up Tim McCreadie.
The Gray Court, South Carolina ace then chose to scratch from Sunday's
$20,000 to win 'National 100' headliner after a lengthy rain delay
and did not compete in the 100-lap affair, which saw only six cars
finish the race due to the rugged conditions. Full results from
EAMS can be viewed online at www.eamsdirt.com.
FINISHES SECOND IN WOOLMS POINTS!
5, 2017 - Chris Madden and his #44 CMR team rolled
into the pristine Dirt Track at Charlotte in Concord, North Carolina
on November 2-4 for the 11th annual running of the 'World Finals,'
which was once again sanctioned by the World of Outlaws Craftsman
Late Model Series. The final two events on the national touring
series calendar over the weekend at the 4/10-mile speedplant both
boasted a $12,000 winner's check and drew a stellar 75 car field.
During the two rounds of qualifying on Thursday night, Chris laid
down the fourth fastest lap in Group B during the first session
and the tenth quickest time in Group B in the final session.
On Friday evening at the Charlotte-area facility,
Chris ran fourth in his heat race, won his consolation race, and
later blasted up to seventh in the final rundown of the 50-lap headliner.
In the series finale on Saturday, Chris once again finished fourth
in his loaded heat race and won his B-Main prior to knocking down
a thirteenth place showing in the 50-lapper. The Gray Court, South
Carolina native officially wound up second in the final WOOLMS point
standings in his first year on the tour! Full results from the lucrative
'World Finals' weekend can be obtained by clicking on www.woolms.com.
FIELD FOR CHI-TOWN SHOWDOWN WIN!
15, 2017 - Chris Madden, of Gray Court, South Carolina,
reached victory lane for the eighth time in 2017 on Friday evening,
October 13 at the Dirt Oval at Route 66 Raceway in Joliet, Illinois!
Chris swept the racing program at the Chicagoland oval, as he earned
Fast Time honors in World of Outlaws Craftsman Late Model Series
qualifying, won his heat race, and later led all fifty circuits
in the headliner. "Smokey" received a $10,000 paycheck
for his dominating performance over Rick Eckert, Brandon Sheppard,
Devin Moran, and Bobby Pierce! Unfortunately, night two of the 'Chi-Town
Showdown' was washed out by inclement weather on Saturday and the
$10,000 to win contest will not be rescheduled. Chris currently
sits second in the latest version of the WOOLMS point standings
exiting the rain-shortened weekend in Joliet. Full results from
the 'Chi-Town Showdown' can be accessed by clicking on www.woolms.com.
(Jim DenHamer Photo)
IN LUCAS OIL SHOWS IN PEACH STATE!
2, 2017 - Next up for Chris Madden Racing (CMR)
was a pair of Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series throwdowns in the
Peach State, as both the historic Dixie Speedway in Woodstock, Georgia
and Rome Speedway in Rome, Georgia hosted lucrative races in front
of huge crowds over the September 30-October 1 weekend. On Saturday
night in the annual 'Dixie Shootout,' which paid $12,000 to the
winner, Chris Madden laid down the fastest lap in Group B during
qualifying, won his heat race, and later placed fourth in the 60-lap
feature behind only victor Michael Page, Don O'Neal, and Scott Bloomquist.
In the $10,000 to win 'Rome Showdown' on Sunday evening, Chris placed
third in his heat race prior to advancing to fourth in the 50-lapper
to finish behind only winner Darrell Lanigan, Don O'Neal, and Tim
McCreadie. Full results from both LOLMDS shows can be viewed online
WOOLMS FOES IN GREAT PLAINS
25, 2017 - Chris Madden Racing (CMR) ventured west
to the Great Plains from September 22-24 for a trio of World of
Outlaws Craftsman Late Model Series showdowns in the states of Kansas
and Oklahoma. On Friday night in a $10,000 to win program at Lakeside
Speedway in Kansas City, Kansas, Chris Madden ran fourth in his
heat race prior to climbing up to fourth in the feature to finish
behind only winner Brandon Sheppard, Shane Clanton, and Devin Moran.
In a similar $10,000 to win shootout on Saturday evening at Salina
Highbanks Speedway in Salina, Oklahoma, Chris won his heat race,
led early in the main event, and eventually garnered another fourth
place showing behind only victor Brandon Sheppard, Chase Junghans,
and Rick Eckert. At 81 Speedway in Park City, Kansas in Sunday's
tripleheader finale, Chris finished second in heat race action before
slipping back to eighth in the final rundown of the 40-lapper, which
boasted an $8,000 payday. Full results from the triple shot can
be viewed online at www.woolms.com.
CLIMBS TO SIXTH IN WORLD 100!
10, 2017 - Chris Madden made his yearly September
pilgrimage to the hallowed high-banks of Eldora Speedway in Rossburg,
Ohio from September 7-9 for the 47th edition of the famed 'World
100.' The three-day crown jewel spectacular started with a pair
of Twin 25 preliminary programs, each of which paid $10,000 to the
winner. On Thursday night, Chris won his heat race prior to advancing
up to second in the 25-lap sprint to finish behind only victor Brandon
Overton. At the "Big E" on Friday evening, Chris placed
second in his heat race and later slipped back to eleventh in the
final finishing order of the 25-lapper.
On Saturday at the Darke County facility, the largest
crowd in the history of Eldora Speedway assembled to witness the
'World 100,' which boasted a gigantic $50,000 windfall. Chris ran
second in his stacked heat race behind only Gregg Satterlee, which
earned him the rights to the inside of the sixth row for the start
of the 100-lap headliner. The Gray Court, South Carolina star then
picked off a handful of competitors during the extra-distance affair
to notch a hard-earned sixth place 'World 100' performance behind
only winner Jonathan Davenport, Gregg Satterlee, Mike Marlar, Dale
McDowell, and Darrell Lanigan. Full results from the 1/2-mile speedplant
in the Buckeye State can be accessed online at www.eldoraspeedway.com.
IN WOO VISIT TO SELINSGROVE!
4, 2017 - Following a rain-out on Saturday evening
at Lernerville Speedway in Sarver, Pennsylvania, the #44 team followed
the World of Outlaws Craftsman Late Model Series tour to Selinsgrove
Speedway in Selinsgrove, Pennsylvania on Sunday night, September
3 for the annual running of the 'National Open.' Chris Madden posted
the third quickest lap overall during the qualifying session and
later ran second in his loaded heat race. After drawing the sixth
starting spot before the drop of the green flag in the $8,000 to
win main event, Chris moved past four competitors during the 40-lap
headliner to garner an impressive runner-up showing behind only
winner Jeff Rine. "Smokey" also finds himself second in
the latest version of the WOOLMS point standings exiting Labor Day
weekend! Full results from Selinsgrove can be accessed online at
$15,000 GREAT LAKES SHOOTOUT WIN!
28, 2017 - Chris Madden and his #44 team spent the
August 26-27 weekend at Merritt Speedway in Lake City, Michigan,
as the World of Outlaws Craftsman Late Model Series presided over
the 'Great Lakes Shootout,' which kicked off on Saturday evening
with a $6,000 to win program. Chris ran second in his heat race,
drew the pole position for the 30-lap main event, and later led
the first twenty-nine circuits of the race. The Gray Court, South
Carolina star then lost a final lap battle with Shane Clanton and
settled for a strong runner-up effort.
On Sunday night, Chris flipped that result by coming
out on top of the 'Great Lakes Shootout' finale to bag the $15,000
top prize for his fifth WOOLMS triumph of the year! "Smokey"
earned Fast Time honors during qualifying prior to picking up the
victory in heat race action. Chris then started the 75-lapper from
the outside of the front row and reached the top spot on lap 51.
He then beat Shane Clanton, Brandon Sheppard, Rick Eckert, and Devin
Moran to the checkered flag to claim the biggest win of his 2017
campaign! Full results from the doubleheader weekend can be accessed
by clicking on www.woolms.com.
(Jim DenHamer Photo)
PAIR OF TOP FIVES IN DE & PA!
21, 2017 - Chris Madden Racing (CMR) entered a trio
of $10,000 to win World of Outlaws Craftsman Late Model Series shootouts
at Georgetown Speedway in Georgetown, Delaware, Port Royal Speedway
in Port Royal, Pennsylvania, and Eriez Speedway in Hammett, Pennsylvania
from August 17-20. On Thursday night in the weekend lid lifter at
Georgetown, Chris Madden ran fourth in his heat race and later moved
past a handful of competitors in the 40-lap feature to finish fifth
in the final rundown behind only winner Devin Moran, Austin Hubbard,
Brandon Sheppard, and Rick Eckert. At Port Royal on Saturday, Chris
won his heat race and wound up third in the 40-lapper behind only
victor Brandon Sheppard and runner-up Jason Covert. In the weekend
finale on Sunday evening at Eriez, "Smokey" once again
took the win in his heat race, but later slipped back to eleventh
at the checkers in the 50-lap headliner. Full results from all three
weekend battles can be viewed online at www.woolms.com.
CMR THROUGH ILLINOIS & WISCONSIN
5, 2017 - The huge 'USA Nationals' weekend at the
renowned Cedar Lake Speedway in New Richmond, Wisconsin wrapped
up tonight with the $50,000 to win grand finale. Chris Madden posted
the ninth quickest lap in Group B during time trials last night
prior to grabbing the fourth and final heat race transfer spot in
exciting fashion. Chris then started the 100-lap headliner tonight
from the inside of the eighth row on a hooked-up, reworked racing
surface. "Smokey" wound up completing only seventy circuits
in the 'USA Nationals' and was officially placed twenty-first in
the final finishing order. Chris currently finds himself second
in the latest version of the WOOLMS point standings following the
hectic swing through the Upper Midwest!
4, 2017 - Chris Madden, of Gray Court, South Carolina,
recorded the sixth victory of his 2017 campaign tonight at Cedar
Lake Speedway in New Richmond, Wisconsin! Chris knocked down the
quickest time overall during the World of Outlaws Craftsman Late
Model Series qualifying session and later scored a triumph in heat
race action. After drawing the pole position for the start of the
'USA Nationals' prelim, Chris led most of the 30-lap main event
to bag the $6,000 payday ahead of Billy Moyer, Brandon Sheppard,
Frank Heckenast, Jr., and Shane Clanton! (Todd
August 3, 2017 -
Tonight's $6,000 to win 'USA Nationals' preliminary event at the
renowned Cedar Lake Speedway in New Richmond, Wisconsin has been
rained-out and rescheduled for tomorrow evening. Also on tap tomorrow
at CLS with the entire rain-postponed prelim program will be the
regularly scheduled time trial session and heat races for Saturday's
'USA Nationals' headliner, which once again boasts a gigantic $50,000
August 2, 2017 -
The #44 team made the overnight haul to Shawano Speedway in Shawano,
Wisconsin tonight for the annual running of the 'Sun Drop Shootout,'
which was sanctioned by the World of Outlaws Craftsman Late Model
Series. The $10,000 to win event marked the eighth straight year
that the national tour has hosted an event at the sprawling 1/2-mile
speedplant. Chris Madden posted the second quickest time overall
during qualifying and once again scored a heat race triumph. Chris
then started the 50-lap feature from the inside of the second row
and made a late charge to garner an impressive runner-up performance
behind only victor Rick Eckert!
August 1, 2017 -
The World of Outlaws Craftsman Late Model Series made their first-ever
stop to Oshkosh Speedzone Raceway in Oshkosh, Wisconsin tonight
and Chris Madden Racing (CMR) was in the pit area to vie for the
$10,000 top prize. Chris Madden laid down the quickest time overall
during qualifying to earn Fast Time honors before taking the victory
in heat race action. After drawing the fifth starting spot before
the drop of the green flag in the 50-lapper, Chris raced hard for
a top five finish only to wind up sixth in the final finishing order
of the caution-free affair behind only winner Brandon Sheppard,
Don O'Neal, Frank Heckenast, Jr., Morgan Bagley, and Mike Marlar.
July 29, 2017 -
Chris Madden rolled into Fairbury American Legion Speedway in Fairbury,
Illinois for this weekend's 28th Annual 'Prairie Dirt Classic,'
which was once again sanctioned by the World of Outlaws Craftsman
Late Model Series and boasted a lucrative $30,000 payday. Last night
in preliminary competition, Chris posted the third fastest time
in Group B during qualifying prior to placing third in his $2,500
to win prelim feature behind only victor Brandon Sheppard and runner-up
Bobby Pierce. After starting eleventh on the grid in tonight's 100-lap
PDC, "Smokey" was unfortunately caught up in a multi-car
tangle on the first circuit before salvaging a sixteenth place performance
in his first-ever FALS visit.
July 26, 2017 -
Next up on the schedule for the #44 team was a visit to Fayette
County Speedway in Brownstown, Illinois tonight for an $8,000 to
win World of Outlaws Craftsman Late Model Series mid-week throwdown.
Chris Madden tripped the clock tenth quickest overall during the
qualifying session prior to grabbing the third transfer spot through
his heat race. After starting the 40-lap affair from the inside
of the fourth row, Chris stormed to the front and battled for the
win late in the distance. Despite suffering from fuel pressure issues,
"Smokey" still finished a close runner-up to victor Brandon
TOUR NIGHTLY RESULTS FOR #44 TEAM
14, 2017 - The four-race Wild West Tour wrapped
up tonight for the cars and stars racing with the World of Outlaws
Craftsman Late Model Series with the 'Acme Tools 50' at River Cities
Speedway in Grand Forks, North Dakota. Afternoon rain showers prior
to the $10,000 to win special made for a wicked fast racing surface.
Chris Madden knocked down the second quickest time in Group A during
qualifying and later ran second in his loaded heat race. After drawing
the seventh starting spot before the 50-lap headliner, Chris was
able to scoot up to sixth to trail only winner Shane Clanton, Tyler
Erb, Brandon Sheppard, Mike Marlar, and Eric Wells at the checkers.
The Gray Court, South Carolina standout currently sits third in
the latest version of the WOOLMS point standings exiting the Wild
July 13, 2017 -
The penultimate event of the World of Outlaws Craftsman Late Model
Series-sanctioned Wild West Tour took the #44 team to Hibbing Raceway
in Hibbing, Minnesota tonight for another $8,000 to win duel. Chris
Madden tripped the clock second quickest in Group B during qualifying
before picking up another heat race triumph. The Gray Court, South
Carolina star then drew the pole position for the 40-lapper and
ran towards the front early in the distance before eventually sliding
back to sixth at the checkered flag. Chris trailed only victor Brandon
Sheppard, Chub Frank, Mike Marlar, Shane Clanton, and Tyler Erb
tonight in the Gopher State.
12, 2017 - Next up on the Wild West Tour with the
World of Outlaws Craftsman Late Model Series was a visit tonight
to Ogilvie Raceway in Ogilvie, Minnesota for an $8,000 to win shootout.
Chris Madden earned Fast Time honors during the qualifying session
prior to scoring another victory in heat race action. After drawing
the fourth starting position for the 40-lap feature, Chris drove
to the front and worked his way past leader Brandon Sheppard to
grab the point on the 36th circuit. He then led the remainder of
the distance to land the $8,000 payday for his second straight WOOLMS
triumph over Sheppard, Chad Simpson, Rick Eckert, and Shane Clanton!
(Speed Shop North Photo)
8, 2017 - The Wild West Tour started for the World
of Outlaws Craftsman Late Model Series tonight at the pristine Deer
Creek Speedway in Spring Valley, Minnesota with the 38th edition
of the storied 'Gopher 50.' Chris Madden - making his first career
visit to the spic-and-span facility - qualified fifth quickest in
Group A during time trials before claiming a heat race triumph.
After drawing the seventh starting spot prior to the drop of the
green flag in the 50-lap headliner, Chris stormed to the front and
eventually wrestled the top spot away from Devin Moran on the 43rd
circuit. "Smokey" then led the remainder of the 'Gopher
50' to pocket the $10,000 windfall for his second victory of the
season on the national touring series. Chris beat Jimmy Mars, Mike
Marlar, Brandon Sheppard, and Chase Junghans to the checkered flag
tonight at Deer Creek for his fourth win overall in 2017! (Mike