Madden & Millwood Unite For Southern Nationals

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Chris Madden has landed a new ride with Millwood Motorsports for the Schaeffer’s Oil Southern Nationals Series. (Jim DenHamer photo)

KINGSTON, Ga. – Less than a week after parting ways with Scott Bloomquist Racing, Chris Madden has found a new ride with Millwood Motorsports.

Madden will drive a team car to Millwood Motorsports’ driver Tyler Millwood during the Schaeffer’s Oil Southern Nationals Series, which begins July 10 at Smoky Mountain Speedway in Maryville, Tenn.

The series features a 12-race schedule and runs from July 10 through July 25.

“This is an exciting time for Millwood Motorsports to have Chris [Madden] joining us in an assault on the Southern Nationals tour. We have a long-going relationship with Madden. We support his career decisions, and we greatly appreciate his longtime support of our race team,” Millwood said. “With his expertise and help we think it can help us progress to the next level with our race team.”

Both Millwood Motorsports cars will carry primary sponsorship from Millwood Plumbing, Machine Construction and Competition Race Equipment, while Madden’s No. 44 entry will additionally have title sponsorship from Drydene Engine Oils and Greases.

The car Chris Madden will drive for Millwood Motorsports during the Schaeffer’s Oil Southern Nationals Series.
The car Chris Madden will drive for Millwood Motorsports during the Schaeffer’s Oil Southern Nationals Series.

The teammates will be utilizing XR1 Rocket Chassis with support from Mark Richards. Tyler will be running a Durham Ford Racing Engines, while Madden will be utilizing a Clements Ford Racing Engine.

“The Millwood family have gone above and beyond to support me in my racing endeavors over the past several years, and I’m excited to have the opportunity to go and race for them,” said Madden, who is a five-time Schaeffer’s Oil Southern Nationals Champion and the winningest driver in the 16-year history of the miniseries with 24 triumphs. “It also means a lot to me to be able to go out there for the next two weeks and assist Tyler as he looks to better his racing career.”

Madden parted ways with Scott Bloomquist Racing on June 30. He was originally slated to run the full World of Outlaws Morton Buildings Late Model Series schedule before leaving Scott Bloomquist Racing. He was fourth in the series standings prior to the split.

The split, according to Scott Bloomquist Racing co-owner Cody Sommer, was due in large part to the hardships the team has faced since expanding to a full-time two-car operation. Bloomquist is continuing to contest the full World of Outlaws schedule as a single-car program.

“Maintaining a full-time two car operation is just too much given the sports current state of costs, scheduling, income, and overall obligations while being committed to a national tour,” said Sommer in a press release on the Scott Bloomquist Racing website. “Expanding to a two-car operation is tough enough by itself, let alone during a tough time in the sport and when you maybe are not getting the results you had hoped for. I believe a lot of those results are simply just due to being spread too thin in certain areas and the economics of our sport.”