Chris Madden will not compete in this weekend’s Dirt Million at Mansfield Motor Speedway (OH) after fracturing his eye socket in a golf-cart accident at the speedway, according to a press release from Scott Bloomquist Racing.
Madden's wife, Stephanie, posted a tweet from the Gray Court, South Carolina driver's Twitter account informing fans of the accident.
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
A press release from Scott Bloomquist Racing described the injury as a fractured left eye socket and confirmed the injury would sideline Madden this weekend. The team does not expect to put another driver in Madden’s car this weekend.
"Chris was taken to the ER at Avita Hospital in Mansfield at approximately 12:30 p.m. this afternoon," the press release states. "After being evaluated, at 4:30 this afternoon we were notified of the seriousness of the injuries.
"Chris has a fractured eye socket on his left eye and he will not be able to compete in this weekend's Dirt Million event at Mansfield Motor Speedway. Chris is being transported to the Ohio State hospital in Columbus approximately one hour from the race track and he will be evaluated for an expected surgery on the eye socket.
"Further news and information is not yet available but we ask that you keep Chris and his family in your thoughts during this very difficult time," the release concludes.
Madden was poised to enter this weekend’s Dirt Million as the hottest driver in Dirt Late Model racing. Over the past three weeks, Madden holds victories in the USA Nationals at Cedar Lake Speedway (WI), the North/South 100 at Florence Speedway (KY) and the Topless 100 at Batesville Motor Speedway (AR).
Speed51 offers its thoughts and prayers to Madden and his family and wishes Madden a speedy recovery.
-Story by: Zach Evans, Speed51.com Southeast Editor – Twitter: @ztevans
-Photo credit: Heath Lawson