CLOSES OUT YEAR WITH CHEROKEE VICTORY!
22, 2021 - "Smokey" Chris Madden wrapped
up his 2021 racing season in a big way on Sunday, November 21
by collecting his seventh career 'Blue/Gray 100' victory at the
nearby Cherokee Speedway in Gaffney, South Carolina! In the late-season
special, which was co-sanctioned by the Drydene Xtreme DIRTcar
Series and the Carolina Clash Super Late Model Series, Chris qualified
well before securing a popular heat race win. After drawing the
sixth starting spot before the drop of the green flag in the 100-lapper,
Chris ran a conservative race and made his tires last the entire
The Gray Court, South Carolina superstar took command
of the 'Blue/Gray 100' on lap 79 when polesitter Ross Bailes suffered
a flat tire and went on to beat runner-up Brandon Overton by 0.886
seconds. Rounding out the top five behind $10,000 winner Madden
and runner-up Overton were third place finisher Devin Moran, fourth
place runner Carson Ferguson, and fifth place Michael Brown. Full
results from yesterday's season finale at Cherokee Speedway can
be viewed online at www.xtremedirtcar.com.
(Kevin Ritchie Photo)
MASTERS SENOIA FOR PEACH STATE CLASSIC WIN!!!
14, 2021 - Gray Court, South Carolina standout
Chris Madden recorded a career-high $52,052 payday in Saturday
night's inaugural 'Peach State Classic' at Senoia Raceway in Senoia,
Georgia! Chris knocked down the third fastest lap in Group B during
the qualifying session prior to securing a victory in his heat
race. After starting sixth on the grid in the 75-lap unsanctioned
headliner, Chris steered his #44 machine towards the front and
eventually took the lead from Mike Marlar on lap 32 and controlled
the stellar field throughout the remainder of the distance for
his sixth overall win of 2021. "Smokey" reached victory
lane in the 'Peach State Classic' by besting a top five that included
runner-up Marlar, Ashton Winger, Tyler Erb, and Ryan Gustin!
Earlier in the doubleheader weekend at Senoia Raceway,
Chris vied for the $10,000 top prize on Friday evening, November
12 in an event dubbed as the 'Peach Bowl.' He posted the fourth
quickest time in Group A during qualifying and later won his heat
race in preliminary action. Chris then rolled off from the pole
position in the 25-lapper and eventually earned a strong runner-up
performance behind only race winner Kyle Bronson! Complete results
from both races in the Peach State can be viewed online at www.senoiaraceway1969.com.
(Jim DenHamer Photo)
RUNNER-UP IN FINAL WOOLMS POINTS!
7, 2021 - Chris Madden Racing (CMR) closed out
the 2021 World of Outlaws Morton Buildings Late Model Series season
on November 5-6 with the annual running of the 'NGK NTK World
Finals' at the pristine Dirt Track at Charlotte in Concord, North
Carolina. On Friday night during the $12,000 to win weekend opener,
Chris Madden stopped the clock seventh fastest in Group A during
qualifying, finished third in his heat race, and later nabbed
a solid tenth place effort in the 50-lap feature.
At Charlotte on Saturday evening in the finale,
which also boasted a $12,000 payday, Chris won his heat race in
preliminary action prior to claiming a strong fifth place performance
after forty green flag circuits in the A-Main behind only victor
Jonathan Davenport, Garrett Smith, Brandon Sheppard, and Tim McCreadie.
After the dust had settled, "Smokey" found himself credited
with an impressive runner-up finish in the final version of the
WOOLMS point standings behind only Champion Brandon Sheppard!
Full results from the 'World Finals' weekend can be found online
by visiting www.woolms.com.
(On the Cushion Photography)
PILOTS DAVIES' MODIFIED TO RUNNER-UP!
31, 2021 - Chris Madden, of Gray Court, South
Carolina, piloted car owner Dan Davies' #71D UMP Modified on October
29-30 in the annual running of the 'Drydene World Short Track
Championship' at the pristine Dirt Track at Charlotte. Chris timed
in third fastest in Group A during the Open Wheel Modified qualifying
session on Friday night before securing a victory in his loaded
heat race. After starting Saturday's $4,000 to win headliner from
the outside of the second row, "Smokey" moved up to
finish an impressive runner-up at the completion of the 30-lap
contest. Chris trailed only feature winner Nick Hoffman at the
4/10-mile, Concord, North Carolina speedplant. Full results from
the past two nights can be viewed online at www.charlottemotorspeedway.com.
LANDS ON PODIUM IN DIXIE SHOOTOUT!
11, 2021 - Chris Madden Racing (CMR) headed to
the Peach State on October 9-10 for a pair of Lucas Oil Late Model
Dirt Series specials at Dixie Speedway in Woodstock, Georgia and
Rome Speedway in Rome, Georgia. On Saturday evening in the annual
'Dixie Shootout,' which shelled out a $15,000 paycheck, Chris
Madden secured a victory in preliminary action before moving up
to third in the 50-lapper to land on the podium behind only victor
Jonathan Davenport and runner-up Brandon Overton. In the 'Rome
Showdown' on Sunday night, Chris placed second in his loaded heat
race and suffered an early flat tire in the $10,000 to win headliner.
Unfortunately, "Smokey" then suffered terminal mechanical
problems on lap 30 and was forced to retire in the nineteenth
finishing position. Full results from both Georgia ovals can be
viewed online at www.lucasdirt.com.
FIFTH AT GAFFNEY; RUNNER-UP AT SENOIA!
3, 2021 - The World of Outlaws Morton Buildings
Late Model Series schedule heated back up on October 1-2 with
a pair of $10,000 to win contests in the states of South Carolina
and Georgia. On Friday night in the annual 'Mike Duvall Memorial'
at the nearby Cherokee Speedway in Gaffney, South Carolina, Chris
Madden placed fourth in his stacked heat race before blasting
past nine competitors during the 40-lap feature to claim a strong
fifth place performance behind only victor Brandon Overton, Brandon
Sheppard, Daulton Wilson, and Chris Ferguson. At Senoia Raceway
in Senoia, Georgia on Saturday evening, Chris earned Fast Time
honors during qualifying, won his heat race, and later moved up
to finish an impressive runner-up in the 40-lapper - a mere 0.537
seconds behind winner Ashton Winger. "Smokey" still
finds himself second in the latest version of the WOOLMS point
standings. Complete results from the doubleheader weekend can
be found online by clicking on www.woolms.com.
COLLECTED IN PAIR OF TEXAS WRECKS
19, 2021 - The #44 team invaded the 4/10-mile
dirt oval at Texas Motor Speedway in Fort Worth, Texas on September
17-18 for the inaugural 'Texas Dirt Nationals.' In Friday night's
$10,000 to win opener, Chris Madden timed in sixth fastest in
Group B during the qualifying session before securing a victory
in his heat race. After starting fourth on the grid in the 25-lap
feature, Chris moved forward early in the race and was in the
fifth position on lap 20 when a front stretch incident with Brandon
Overton dropped him to a disappointing sixteenth place showing.
Chris Madden Racing (CMR) then unloaded a back-up
car for Saturday's grand finale, which boasted a whopping $50,000
top prize. Chris clicked off the sixth quickest lap in Group B
and later ran third in his stacked heat race. The Gray Court,
South Carolina ace rolled off from the outside of the sixth row
in the 30-lapper, but his race was unfortunately a short one.
Chris nearly turned over when collected in a lap three tangle
and heavy damage to his #44 mount relegated him to a twenty-third
place performance. Complete results from the unsanctioned weekend
can be viewed online at www.racexr.com.
NABS TOP TEN IN 50TH ANNUAL WORLD 100
12, 2021 - Chris Madden Racing (CMR) made their
annual September pilgrimage to the famed Eldora Speedway from
September 8-11 for not one, but two 'World 100s' at the storied
Rossburg, Ohio facility. The hectic week started with $10,000
to win Twin 25 prelim shows on Wednesday night for the 51st edition
of the 'World 100.' Chris Madden ran second in his heat race prior
to winding up seventh in the final rundown of his 25-lap sprint.
At Eldora on Thursday in the 'World 100,' which boasted a $54,000
top prize, Chris grabbed the third and final transfer spot through
his heat race before advancing to finish fifteenth in the 100-lap
On Friday evening at the "Big E," two
more Twin 25 programs - each paying $10,000 to the winner - were
held for the 50th annual running of the 'World 100.' Chris earned
Fast Time in his group during qualifying, won his heat race, and
later slipped back to finish twelfth in his 25-lap feature event.
In the grand finale on Saturday in the Buckeye State, the Gray
Court, South Carolina star ran third in his stacked heat race
prior to steering past eight competitors during the $53,000 to
win 'World 100.' At the checkers in the 100-lap crown jewel extravaganza,
"Smokey" found himself credited with a strong eighth
place performance. Complete results from the long week at Eldora
Speedway can be found online by clicking on www.eldoraspeedway.com.
(Todd Healy Photo)
RUNNER-UP AT CHEROKEE & BULLS GAP!
5, 2021 - The World of Outlaws Morton Buildings
Late Model Series took the #44 team to a trio of different racetracks
in the states of South Carolina, Georgia, and Tennessee over the
busy Labor Day holiday weekend. The dirt-slinging action kicked
off on Thursday night, September 2 with the rescheduled 'Rock
Gault Memorial' at Cherokee Speedway in Gaffney, South Carolina,
which boasted a whopping $40,000 payday. Chris Madden timed in
fifth fastest in Group B during the qualifying session before
running second in his stacked heat race. After drawing the fifth
starting spot for the 60-lap headliner, Chris conserved his tires
and reached the checkered flag in the runner-up spot behind only
victor Brandon Overton!
Following the big show at Gaffney, the competition
quickly shifted to both Lavonia Speedway in Lavonia, Georgia and
Volunteer Speedway in Bulls Gap, Tennessee for a pair of $10,000
to win shootouts on September 3-4. On Friday evening at Lavonia,
Chris placed fifth in his heat race and later drove up to a tenth
place performance in the 40-lap feature event. At Bulls Gap in
the weekend finale on Saturday, "Smokey" laid down the
second quickest lap overall during qualifying, won his heat race,
and eventually secured an impressive runner-up effort in the 40-lapper
- despite serious left side sheet metal damage from an incident
on the third unsuccessful start to the contest. Chris trailed
only winner Brandon Sheppard at "The Gap" and still
finds himself second in the latest version of the WOOLMS point
standings. Complete results from all three holiday weekend races
can be found by accessing www.woolms.com.
STRONG THROUGHOUT QUAD CITIES 150
29, 2021 - The inaugural running of the 'Quad
Cities 150' took place from August 26-28 and brought the Chris
Madden Racing (CMR) team to Davenport Speedway in Davenport, Iowa
for the three-day World of Outlaws Morton Buildings Late Model
Series show. Things kicked off in the Hawkeye State with a pair
of $10,000 to win throwdowns. Chris Madden clicked off the fastest
lap in Group B during qualifying on Thursday night before winning
his heat race and slipping back to tenth in the 40-lap weekend
opener. On Friday evening, Chris earned Fast Time honors during
the qualifying session, won his heat race, and placed fifth in
the 40-lapper behind only victor Brandon Sheppard, Bobby Pierce,
Devin Moran, and Jason Feger!
On Saturday, a whopping $30,000 paycheck was up
for grabs in the 'Quad Cities 150' grand finale. "Smokey"
won his heat race for the third straight night and later drew
the inside of the second row for the start of the 70-lap headliner.
Chris had then moved up to second in the running order behind
only leader Devin Moran, but was spun controversially by Bobby
Pierce with only five circuits remaining in the contest. The Gray
Court, South Carolina ace, who still sits second in the WOOLMS
point standings, did not stop on the racetrack and wound up finishing
sixth in the final rundown of the 'Quad Cities 150' finale. Complete
results from each of these three races can be found by logging
WEEKEND HIGHLIGHTED BY RUNNER-UP
23, 2021 - Chris Madden and his #44 team ventured
to the northeast from August 19-22 for a quartet of $10,000 to
win World of Outlaws Morton Buildings Late Model Series shootouts
in the states of New York, Pennsylvania, and Ohio. Things got
underway last Thursday night at Orange County Fair Speedway in
Middletown, New York. Chris placed second in his heat race and
was running third in the 40-lapper when he unfortunately lost
fuel pressure late, which dropped him to a disappointing thirteenth
place showing. At Williams Grove Speedway in Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania
on Friday, Chris earned Fast Time honors during qualifying, won
his heat race, and later placed an impressive runner-up in the
40-lap headliner behind only $10,000 victor Gregg Satterlee!
Next up for CMR on Saturday evening was another
series battle at Sharon Speedway in Hartford, Ohio. Chris finished
second in his heat race, but unfortunately slowed on lap 27 of
the main event and retired with problems in the sixteenth position.
At Eriez Speedway in Hammett, Pennsylvania on Sunday in the weekend
finale, "Smokey" ran fourth in his stacked heat race,
but later steered past six competitors during the 40-lap A-Main
to salvage a sixth place effort. The Gray Court, South Carolina
standout still sits second in the latest version of the WOOLMS
point standings exiting the quadruple header. Complete results
from all four races can be found online at www.woolms.com.
ON PODIUM AT OUTAGAMIE; SUFFERS FLAT AT CLS
8, 2021 - Chris Madden Racing (CMR) invaded the
Badger State from August 3-7 to compete in a variety of high-profile
World of Outlaws Morton Buildings Late Model Series programs at
both Outagamie Speedway in Seymour, Wisconsin and Cedar Lake Speedway
in New Richmond, Wisconsin. Last Tuesday night in a $10,000 to
win shootout at Outagamie, Chris Madden clicked off the seventh
fastest lap in Group A during qualifying prior to running second
in his heat race. "Smokey" then picked off three competitors
during the 40-lapper en route to a sterling third place podium
performance behind only victor Cade Dillard and runner-up Brandon
At Cedar Lake, things kicked off on Thursday evening
with a $6,000 to win preliminary show for the 34th Annual 'USA
Nationals.' Chris placed second in his heat race and later moved
up a couple of positions to finish tenth in the 30-lapper, which
was pushed back to Friday due to rain showers. The Gray Court,
South Carolina native, who still sits second in the latest WOOLMS
point standings, then ran fifth in his first heat race on Friday
night and second in his final prelim. By virtue of racking up
the tenth most passing points, Chris rolled off from the outside
of the fifth row in Saturday's $50,000 to win 'USA Nationals.'
He was then up to the fourth position in the 100-lapper before
suffering an untimely flat tire on lap 79, which relegated Chris
to a disappointing fourteenth place effort in the crown jewel
headliner. Full results from these races can be viewed online
BLASTS TO FOURTH IN $50,000 PDC!
1, 2021 - Chris Madden and his #44 CMR team were
in the pit area at Fairbury Speedway in downtown Fairbury, Illinois
on July 30-31 for the 31st edition of the 'Prairie Dirt Classic.'
The World of Outlaws Morton Buildings Late Model Series once again
sanctioned the mega-event, which drew 74 competitors to the 1/4-mile
oval to vie for the whopping $50,000 winner's check.
On Friday evening at FALS, Chris clicked off the third fastest
lap in Group A during qualifying prior to placing third in his
25-lap qualifying feature behind only $3,000 prelim winner Ryan
Gustin and runner-up Shannon Babb. After rolling off from the
inside of the fifth row in Saturday's 100-lap headliner, Chris
helped put on a great show in front of the standing-room-only
crowd by vaulting past five competitors en route to a strong fourth
place performance behind only 'Prairie Dirt Classic' victor Kyle
Larson, Bobby Pierce, and Shannon Babb. "Smokey" still
sits second in the latest WOOLMS points exiting the Land of Lincoln.
Complete results from the lucrative PDC weekend can be accessed
online at www.woolms.com.
(Todd Healy Photo)