PETERSEN MEDIA- Competing with the World of Outlaws, ASCS National Tour, National Sprint League, and two classes at the Knoxville Raceway, Ian Madsen and his KCP Racing team turned in a strong showing as they picked up three Top-10 finishes.
“We had a really good weekend, and I can’t thank everyone involved for all of their efforts,” Ian Madsen said. “It was grueling, but we were pretty good each time we were on the track.”
Kicking a five-race stretch off on Wednesday night with the World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Car Series at the Jacksonville Speedway in Jacksonville, IL, Madsen would time his Logan Contractors Supply Inc./Aspen Aire/Team Kline Electric No. 18 machine in 11th fastest in his time trials flight.
Starting and finishing sixth in his heat race, the St. Marys, NSW native would make a stop in the night’s Last Chance Showdown for one final shot at moving into the feature event.
On the very tight Jacksonville Speedway, Madsen would work from his sixth starting position to finish in the third spot and keep his night alive.
Lining up in the last row for the 40-lap feature event, Madsen would get his car moving through the field until he would be forced to take a trip to the work area with damage to his machine.
Restarting the race, Madsen would again work his way forward as he brought his machine home with a 14th place finish.
Pulling out his 360ci entry on Thursday night to take on the Lucas Oil ASCS National Series at the Lakeside Speedway, Madsen’s night would start with him lining up fourth in his heat race and racing his way to a second place finish.
Earning enough points for the Top-Eight redraw, Madsen would find himself in the third spot for the 30-lap A main event.
When the race came to life, Madsen would fall back to the fifth spot as Johnny Herrera and Aaron Reutzel were able to get by, but the Royal Flooring/Bobcat/TammyHeckart.com machine hung with the lead pack as they found traffic early in this tilt.
A lap 17 restart saw Madsen get by Retuzel to take over the fourth spot as he chased after Herrera who now ran ahead of him in the third spot. Unable to do anything with Herrera would come across the finish line in the fourth spot.
Going back to his 410ci entry on Friday night at the I-80 Speedway with the National Sprint League, Madsen would find himself third quickest after the qualifying session.
Picking up a win and third place finish in each of his respective heat races, Madsen would line up on the front row for the 30-lap $10,000-to-win feature event.
Falling back into the third spot in the earl stages of the feature event, Madsen would get by Brian Brown to take over the second spot as he hunted Terry McCarl. A strong run would go south for Madsen however, as a cut down right rear tire would see him take his machine back to the trailer just before the race’s halfway point.
Bringing his hectic weekend to a close on Saturday night, Madsen and the KCP Racing team opted to go double duty on this night as they competed with both the 360’s and 410’s at the Knoxville Raceway.
In 360ci action, Madsen would time in fifth fastest, finish second in his heat race, and pick up a sixth place finish in the 18-lap feature event.
On the 410ci side of things, Madsen was even better as he kicked the night off by timing in third fastest and working his way from sixth to finish fourth in his heat race.
Lining up on the front row of the feature event, Madsen found himself in the third spot as he chased Danny Lasoski and Brian Brown out of turn two. Holding on to the third spot, Madsen would fall to fourth as a hard charging Terry McCarl would make his way by him.
A late restart would bunch the field up and the night’s fast time qualifier, Justin Henderson, would get by Madsen in the closing laps, putting Madsen into the fifth spot where he would finish and close out what was a strong weekend for his team.
“We didn’t really want to go backwards on Saturday night at Knoxville, but we were racing some really stiff competition, and a fifth place finish is still a good night,” Madsen said. “Really aside from Jacksonville, IL we had a really good car that was capable to finishing on the podium each night, and that is something to be proud of for sure.”
Ian and his KCP Racing team would like to thank Logan Contractors Supply Inc., Aspen Aire, Team Kline Electric, Royal Flooring, Bobcat, TammyHeckart.com, Caliber Iowa, Quality Traffic Control, Flatrate, Inc., Speck USA, Bergen Paulsen, Coverage Direct, Finer Cuts lawn and Landscape, Lucas Oil, and Revolution Race Gear for their support this season.
2016 BY THE NUMBERS: Starts-16, Wins-1, Top-5’s- 8, Top 10’s-11
ON TAP: Madsen and the KCP Racing team will return to the Knoxville Raceway on Saturday night, and are still deciding where they will head on Friday night.
STAY CONNECTED: To keep up with Ian make sure you follow him on twitter by clicking over to www.twitter.com/IanMadsen. You can also visit the team’s brand new website at www.kcpracing.com, and follow the team on Twitter @KCPRacing.
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