Madden Out, Clanton In At Skyline Motorsports

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Chris Madden (44) races alongside Shane Clanton earlier this year at Volusia Speedway Park. (Jim Denhamer Photo)
Chris Madden (44) races alongside Shane Clanton earlier this year at Volusia Speedway Park. (Jim Denhamer Photo)

ZEBULON, Ga. – World of Outlaws Morton Buildings Late Model Series regular Chris Madden has departed Skyline Motorsports, effective immediately.

Replacing him at Skyline Motorsports aboard the Greg Bruening-owned car will be 2015 World of Outlaws Morton Buildings Late Model Series champion Shane Clanton, who will make his debut with the team during the Firecracker 100 at Lernerville Speedway.

Clanton will be teammates with Decorah, Iowa’s Tyler Bruening.

“I’ve been working with Tyler and Greg Bruening for the past few years, and they are some great people,” said Clanton. “It’s an honor to have the opportunity to take the Bennett Explosives No. 25 Bruening Rock Products/Capital Race Car on the road with the World of Outlaws for the remainder of this season and beyond.”

Many of Clanton’s existing sponsors, including Super K Express, Freeman Plumbing, Advanced Transportation, M&S Concrete and Carolina Concrete Finishers will be on board for his new ride with Skyline Motorsports.

“They’ve got some awesome sponsors, and I’ve got some great ones as well, and we’re going to join forces,” Clanton continued. “I definitely want to thank Ron Davies and everyone at Weldbank Energy for their support over the past few years. This is a definite win-win for everyone involved.”

Clanton will compete in his own Weldbank Energy No. 25 Capital Race Car this Saturday night in a $15,000-to-win, Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series event at Tennessee’s Smoky Mountain Speedway.

Following the event at Smoky Mountain Speedway, he’ll make the transition into his Skyline Motorsports No. 25 Bruening Rock Products/ Bennett Explosives/ Super K Express/ Capital Race Car/Clements Racing Engine Super Late Model as he gets ready for next weekend’s Firecracker 100 at Lernerville Speedway.

Skyline Motorsports looks forward to the new partnership.

“We wish Chris [Madden] nothing but the best in his future endeavors,” a statement from Skyline Motorsports noted. “Everyone at Skyline Motorsports is excited to have Shane [Clanton] on board as a team driver, and we can’t wait to see what the future will hold for our partnership.”

Madden is currently fifth in the World of Outlaws Morton Buildings Late Model Series standings, with Clanton currently ranked sixth.

Madden has not announced his plans for the rest of the season.