Scott Bloomquist and his SBR team have been at the forefront of American Dirt Late Model Racing for decades, putting together one of the most accomplished resumes in all of the form of auto racing. Over the course of his nearly forty-year career, Bloomquist has captured 602-total feature victories, including countless crown jewel wins and high paydays, highlighted by a staggering forty-six $30,000-To-Win or higher event triumphs. The 55-year-old has been able to raise nine national series championship trophies, with his most recent coming in 2016, which was his third-career Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series title.
Whether they intended to change their business model and bring on a second-driver in 2019, or not, after a motorcycle accident sidelined Bloomquist for many months, SBR made a few moves in-house they may give them sustained success for years to come. With seasoned industry businessman and promoter, Cody Sommer coming on-board as co-owner of the Scott Bloomquist Racing team, some social media, and digital rebranding came first, quickly followed by the hiring of Shannon Babb first for a number of races and then secondly, Chris Madden, to drive the teams No. 0M entry, on what seems to be a more permanent role.
Chris Madden has enjoyed a stellar racing career of his own, driving his way to over 240 career motorsports wins across multiple forms and series within the sport, with over 30 national touring division victories in the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series and World of Outlaws Morton Buildings Late Model Series. Throughout his two-and-a-half decades behind-the-wheel, Madden has opened many eyes, cutting his teeth across the South-Eastern United States, before taking his talented nationally and impressing mostly in the World of Outlaws ranks, with a number of triumphs on the LOLMDS side, as mentioned before, sprinkled in along the way.
With the help of Great American Steak Company, along with a laundry list of other important Scott Bloomquist Racing sponsors, Chris made his SBR debut in mid-July, during the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series' trip to I-80 Speedway in Nebraska. After a number of close-calls and near-miss victories, it all clicked for Madden and team, as he captured five-straight wins behind-the-wheel of the 0M entry, highlighted by triumphs in the USA Nationals at Cedar Lake Speedway and the North/South 100 at Florence Speedway, among other big events and preliminary night victories.
There's no question that Chris Madden has exceeded any-and-every expectation that people had for him and SBR when their partnership began, leading some to wonder what may be next for the pairing and if they will return in 2020 together. After everything they have done so far in 2019, in a very, very short time together, against the most talented competition the country has to offer, Chris Madden and Scott Bloomquist Racing may in-fact be a match-made-in-heaven and a chance for both parties to stay on the top step of the dirt late model world, even if Bloomquist, himself, decides to hang-up the helmet in the coming years.
During the 2019 season, SBR has built a brand that largely surpasses only Scott Bloomquist's on-track accomplishments and the allure around his legend. Even though Scott will always be the backbone of the organization, with everything they do, Chris Madden should be the near future and 5-10 year plan to drive a second car or be the lead horse when Bloomer retires from full-time driving. If it is possible from a business and logistical standpoint, Scott Bloomquist Racing should bring Chris Madden back for 2020, and beyond, to chase Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series titles and major event victories.
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