GRAY COURT, S.C. – Chris Madden, one of the hottest dirt late model racers in the country, was injured in a golf cart accident Tuesday.
Madden fell off a golf cart near the pit area at Mansfield (Ohio) Motor Speedway early Tuesday afternoon. He was taken to Avita Hospital in Mansfield, Ohio, where he was diagnosed with a fractured left eye socket, according to a statement from Scott Bloomquist Racing.
Madden has since been transported to Ohio State Hospital in Columbus, Ohio, where he is expected to undergo surgery. As a result of the injury, Madden will be unable to take part in the Dirt Million event this weekend at Mansfield Motor Speedway.
Asking all to lift up Chris in prayer, he was in a accident. He is being transported to Ohio State
University. His mom and I are flying out tonight I will update when I know more. As of right now we just ask everyone to pray for him.
— Chris Madden (@chrismadden44) August 20, 2019
Scott Bloomquist Racing manager Cody Sommer told Dirt on Dirt that the team does not expect to put a replacement driver into the No. 0m to substitute for Madden in the Mansfield event.
A timetable for Madden’s return to racing is not known at this time.
Madden joined Scott Bloomquist Racing mid-season after parting ways with the Skyline Motorsports operation earlier in the year. Since then, he’s been on a tear in crown-jewel events, winning five of his last six starts and earning more than $155,000 in prize money.
Madden’s recent victories include the USA Nationals at Wisconsin’s Cedar Lake Speedway, worth $50,000; the Sunoco North/South 100 at Kentucky’s Florence Speedway, worth $50,000; and the Comp Cams Topless 100 at Arkansas’ Batesville Motor Speedway, worth $40,000.