Maddox Langham Goes From Outhouse to Penthouse on Wild Night at Mobile
Jul 31, 2023
A wild incident during the Sportsman feature at Mobile International Speedway sent two drivers into the nearby woods outside the race track and led to a scuffle between the two teams.
While battling at the front of the field in the 35-lap feature, Maddox Langham and Dave Mader, III made contact on the backstretch. With no outside wall around the majority of Mobile International Speedway's half-mile racing surface, the two cars careened off track, coming to rest near a line of trees surrounding the facility. Racing America's live broadcast of the event captured the incident as it happened.
While both drivers climbed out of their cars under their own power, the incident sparked an argument the two competitors and their teams as track crews tried to separate them and begin the clean-up process.
As a result of the events on Saturday, Mobile International Speedway announced on Monday that it had suspended Jonathan Langham, Maddox's older brother, for the remainder of the 2023 season and is not allowed to participate in any race events, practice events (private or open) including as a spectator until January 1st, 2024. Additionally, Langham will be on probation during the 2024 Season. Jonathan Langham finished second in Saturday's Sportsman feature.
The elder Langham offered his support for Mobile International Speedway and accepted the suspension in a post on Facebook.
"I have read the comments and seen some of the aggravation from others about this and I want everyone to do their best to continue to support the Home track I love so much." reads Langham's post. "I am not mad at the track or anyone about their decision for this. I’ve got to take responsibility for my actions for everything that happened in the pits after the event took place. I have nothing but love and respect for the track and the management and staff. ￼ Thank you all for your love and support of me, though we will be back in 2024 to make a statement."
B.J. Leytham ultimately took the win in the Sportsman feature. While the incident ended the race for both Maddox Langham and Mader, a former Snowball Derby winner, the younger Langham bounced back by winning the feature in the Truck division at Mobile, finishing ahead of 24-time track champion Okie Mason.
Racing returns to Mobile International Speedway for Back To School Night on Saturday, August 12th. Racing America will again be live from Mobile to broadcast the event. Click here to become a Racing America subscriber to watch the racing from Mobile that evening.
-Mobile International Speedway Photo