MADDEN WINS INAUGURAL "COMMONWEALTH 100" AT VMS

JAMAICA, VA (April 17, 2010) Chris Madden of Gray Court, SC won the inaugural   “Commonwealth 100” Saturday, pocketing $25,000 with his sixth career victory on the World of Outlaws Late Model Series. Powered by VP’s Late Model Plus racing fuel, Madden won for the third time in as many appearances over the past three seasons at Virginia Motor Speedway.    Team VP swept the top eight positions, with Madden followed by Jimmy Owens, Jonathan Davenport, Steve Francis, Shane Clanton, Vic Coffey, Dan Schlieper and Tim Fuller.

Madden never had a tire choice pay off quite like he did on Saturday night.   Bolting on hard-compound Hoosier rubber worked handsomely for Madden, who benefited from the late-race tire problems of several rivals to capture the win.
 
"I love this place," said Madden, whose perfect record at VMS includes a triumph in last year's WoO LMS event. "I love the high speed. I love the configuration of the racetrack. It's got some character to it – it takes a different driving style just about every time you pull on the racetrack."

Madden used a cool, calm approach to win the biggest race ever run at VMS. He experienced some anxious moments early in the 100-lapper when his hard tires fired slowly and he slipped from his outside pole starting spot to nearly out of the top 10, but those same tires allowed him to outlast his competition on a track surface that produced heavy tire wear.

Over the final 19 laps Madden watched the four drivers ahead of him all succumb to flat right-rear tires, culminating on a lap-91 restart when long-time race leader Darrell Lanigan of Union, KY, dropped off the pace. Madden inherited the top spot and held off fellow Team Zero by Bloomquist Chassis driver Jimmy Owens of Newport, TN, following a restart with two laps remaining to reach Victory Lane, where he was greeted with a flurry of revolver fire from a group of costumed Civil War reenactors.

Owens, who also opted to run hard-compound tires, settled for second place, just 0.192 of a second behind Madden at the finish line. Jonathan Davenport of Blairsville, Ga., finished third in the Barry Wright house car, followed by former WoO LMS champion Steve Francis of Ashland, Ky., who started 14th in his Valvoline Rocket, and 21st-starter Shane Clanton of Locust Grove, Ga., in the RSD Enterprises Rocket.

Madden never had a tire choice pay off quite like he did on Saturday night.   Bolting on hard-compound Hoosier rubber worked handsomely for Madden, who benefited from the late-race tire problems of several rivals to capture the win.
 
"I love this place," said Madden, whose perfect record at VMS includes a triumph in last year's WoO LMS event. "I love the high speed. I love the configuration of the racetrack. It's got some character to it – it takes a different driving style just about every time you pull on the racetrack."

Madden used a cool, calm approach to win the biggest race ever run at VMS. He experienced some anxious moments early in the 100-lapper when his hard tires fired slowly and he slipped from his outside pole starting spot to nearly out of the top 10, but those same tires allowed him to outlast his competition on a track surface that produced heavy tire wear.

Over the final 19 laps Madden watched the four drivers ahead of him all succumb to flat right-rear tires, culminating on a lap-91 restart when long-time race leader Darrell Lanigan of Union, KY, dropped off the pace. Madden inherited the top spot and held off fellow Team Zero by Bloomquist Chassis driver Jimmy Owens of Newport, TN, following a restart with two laps remaining to reach Victory Lane, where he was greeted with a flurry of revolver fire from a group of costumed Civil War reenactors.

Owens, who also opted to run hard-compound tires, settled for second place, just 0.192 of a second behind Madden at the finish line. Jonathan Davenport of Blairsville, Ga., finished third in the Barry Wright house car, followed by former WoO LMS champion Steve Francis of Ashland, Ky., who started 14th in his Valvoline Rocket, and 21st-starter Shane Clanton of Locust Grove, Ga., in the RSD Enterprises Rocket.