Story By: CHARLOTTE MOTOR SPEEDWAY – CONCORD, NC – Chris Madden helped Scott Bloomquist Racing smoke the field in the World of Outlaws Morton Buildings Late Model Series feature.
Madden, nicknamed “Smokey,” grabbed the lead on a restart with 19 laps to go and held off car owner Bloomquist to secure a memorable 1-2 finish for the team.
Madden won for the 22nd time in his career in the World of Outlaws Morton Buildings Late Model Series and for the fourth time at The Dirt Track at Charlotte.
Madden, Bloomquist and Jonathan Davenport battled for the lead most of the second half of the 50-lap feature. The trio caught lapped traffic in the final laps, but Madden held them off.
“(The track surface) had rubbered up there at the end,” Madden said. “I stayed back as far as I could off those (lapped) guys. I just needed to keep me some room there and make sure I didn’t scoot out of the rubber and just get it done.”
After collecting the trophy, Madden saluted the legendary Randy Sweet, who passed away Friday.
“It’s bittersweet for me and Scott here today,” said Madden, his voice shaking. “We lost Randy Sweet today. It’s a big moment.”
Davenport finished third, with Chris Ferguson fourth and Cade Dillard fifth. Josh Richards, Ross Bailes, Madden, Davenport, Bloomquist and Steven Roberts won the heat races earlier Friday.