In each of the past two seasons Chris Madden has been in the mix to win the World of Outlaws Morton Buildings Late Model Series championship but in each of those two seasons the Gray Court, SC driver has come up just short in his efforts. Now, with a new car and a new team the question of will this finally be the year for that breakthrough title hangs in the balance as the tour is set to kick off this weekend during its part of Georgia-Florida SpeedWeeks.
During the recent off-season, Madden completed his one year run as the driver of the Barry Wright Race Cars house car and moved to a team owned by Iowa’s Greg Bruening. The new venture will essentially team the 43-year-old driver with young driving talent Tyler Bruening.
Madden’s Captial Race Cars powered by Clements Racing Engines will be maintained in his South Carolina shop. The move will also allow the veteran driver to work closely with friend and long-time Capital campaigner Shane Clanton as well as Capital boss Marshall Green.
Although Madden has competed in the Dirt Late Model ranks for many years, 2017 was his first time running a full national series as he took on the WoO Late Models tour. The result was six feature victories and a runner-up finish to Brandon Sheppard and the Rocket Chassis house car team.
Madden went into the final weekend of the season in 2018 at The Dirt Track at Charlotte as part of a tight three-way battle with Sheppard and Mike Marlar. However, mechanical issues in the first of the two races contested that weekend ruined his chances at earning a title as Marlar went on to claim the top prize. Still, the efforts of this driver and team brought about eight wins and 25 top-5 finishes during the campaign.
With new and strengthened associations in place, this could be the best opportunity yet for the five-time Southern Nationals champion to claim the coveted prize of a national touring series trophy. The long season for Madden and all the competitors on the World of Outlaws Morton Buildings Late Model Series gets underway this weekend at Georgia’s Screven Motor Speedway then moves to Florida’s Volusia Raceway Park the following week.
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