PETERSEN MEDIA: Returning to the seat of the Baughman-Reutzel Motorsports No. 17 machine over the weekend, Ian Madsen would record a couple of Top-10 finishes with the All Star Circuit of Champions at Attica Raceway Park, before charging to a 12th place finish at Port Royal Speedway on Monday in what was a tune up for this weekend’s Tuscarora 50.
I am starting to mesh really well with (Crew Chief) Wayne Priddy,” Ian Madsen said. “Every night we seem to make gains, and it was great to be in the mix all weekend with the All Stars.”
Friday night, Madsen got the weekend kicked off by timing the Hollywood Blastings and Coatings/Fisher Body Shop/Dissolvalloy backed No. 17 entry second fastest in his qualifying group before finishing second in his heat race.
Transferring directly into the feature event, the St. Marys, NSW driver would take the green flag from the 14thstarting position. With a very strong BMR entry underneath him, the two-time Knoxville Raceway Champion had his elbows up as he worked his way through the field.
Madsen would race his way into the Top-5, but a late issue with his nose wing would see him lose a few spots late as he closed the night out with an eighth-place finish.
Back in action on Saturday night, Madsen would again get off to another good start as he would time in second fastest in his qualifying group before picking up another second-place finish in his heat.
Earning a spot in Dash No. 2, Madsen’s second place run would put him fourth on the starting grid for the 40-lap feature event.
Slipping back to sixth in the early goings of the ‘A’, Madsen would crack the Top-5 on the eighth lap as he then worked into fourth just after the race’s halfway point.
Continuing to flex his muscle against the star-studded field assembled in Ohio, Madsen would power into third on third with four laps to go as he battled with Cap Henry for position.
Chasing after the lead duo of Rico Abreu and Aaron Reutzel, Madsen would run in the third position as the white flag flew, but he would feel pressure from Henry for the final spot on the podium and would lose the battle and cap his night off with a fourth place finish.
Taking Sunday off, Madsen and the BMR team would make the trip to Port Royal Speedway for the Labor Day Classic and use it as a test and tune for this weekend’s Tuscarora 50.
With the day show creating extremely slick conditions, it was a scenario the team had not yet faced together, so they took full advantage of the opportunity to get dialed in for this weekend.
Lining up 19th on the starting grid, the extremely slick surface would turn abrasive and Madsen would actually blow a tire. Making repairs and returning to the tail end of the field, Madsen would take what he could get as he worked around the slick ½ mile speedway and worked his way forward to finish 12th during the Monday afternoon matinee.
“I am really thankful to the Baughman family for this opportunity, as well as everyone inside this organization,” Madsen said. “Big thanks to Fisher Body Shop, and all the great partners on this car for their support.”
STAY CONNECTED: Keep up with Ian Madsen by following him on Twitter, @IanMadsen.
ON TAP: Ian and BMR will be in action on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday night at Port Royal Speedway for the Tuscarora 50.
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