Rising to the challenge is what separates a top-notch driver from the rest of the pack. Whether it’s dominating a race, going on a winning streak or sealing a win with a late-race pass, drivers slowly rise to the top of the field and make a name for themselves.
That’s why the FK Rod Ends, who has nearly 10,000 combinations of rod ends and spherical bearings available and carefully crafts their products, is proud to honor a monthly “Team FK Driver of the Month” from the short track ranks of America on Speed51.com. Each month, an esteemed panel of short track industry insiders will vote on which driver had the most success on the track. The driver with the most votes will then be the “Team FK Driver of the Month” and will receive a $25 product certificate to use at FK Rod Ends. At the end of the 2019 season, the driver that received the most votes throughout the season will then be the “Team FK Driver of the Year” and will be awarded a (to be determined) prize from FK Rod Ends. To learn more about FK Rod Ends and their growing inventory visit fkrodends.com.
The winner of the “Team FK Driver of the Month” for the month of August is…
Dirt Late Models
Chris Madden went on a historic tear during the month of August.
For Madden, his impressive month began at Cedar Lake Speedway (WI) with the USA Nationals, where “Smokey” scored a $50,000 win. The next weekend at Florence Speedway (KY), Madden won both the North/South Shootout and the North/South 100, adding another $60,000 to his wallet.
One weekend later, the dominance continued at Batesville Motor Speedway (AR) at the Topless 100. Madden won the Thursday preliminary feature of the weekend before scoring the $40,000 triumph in the Topless 100.
Unfortunately, a fractured eye socket from a golf cart incident sidelined Madden just before the Dirt Million at Mansfield Motor Speedway (OH), where he would have had a shot at a $101,626.20 payday. Nonetheless, he will be back behind the wheel this weekend at the World 100 at Eldora Speedway (OH).
All told, the Gray Court, South Carolina driver won five races worth $155,000 in winner’s pay.
In most months, a performance such as Ty Majeski’s three ARCA Midwest Tour wins, including the Dixieland 250 at Wisconsin International Raceway, as well as a win in the Blue Race at Kaukauna, would have made him an easy selection for this award.
However, Madden’s sheer dominance in some of the biggest Dirt Late Model events against the nation’s best drivers make him the August Driver of the Month.
Other drivers receiving votes this month were: Travis Benjamin, Tyler Carpenter, Nick Panitzke, Tyler Roahrig, Brandon Sheppard and Mat Williamson.
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-Text by Zach Evans, Speed51.com Southeast Editor
-Photo credit: Speed51.com photo