PETERSEN MEDIA- Ian Madsen and his D&B Goodyear Development teams had a very strong showing at the 43rd Lucas Oil Grand Annual Sprint Car Classic, that saw the team score a second place finish during their qualifying night, before finishing fourth during Sunday’s finale.
“I can’t thank this entire team enough for their hard work over the course of the week,” Madsen said. “We had a fast racecar all week long at the Classic, and should have finished higher on Sunday, but I got into the wall going for the win.”
Taking to the Sungold Stadium on Friday night for his qualifying night, Madsen and his D&B Goodyer Developments team went out a little late in time trials, and on an extremely slick track timed in 20th fastest.
Lining up in the second row of his first heat race, Madsen’s team had his machine dialed in, as he carved his way to the point, and picked up the win, and earned big time points.
Lining up in the fourth row of his second heat, Madsen continued to show great speed, and was able to get his D&B Goodyer Developments No. 10 machine into the third spot, ultimately good enough to earn the pole for the 30-lap feature event.
When the green flag dropped, Madsen outdueled his teammate to grab the early lead, as Brooke Tatnell moved into the second spot. Working around the Premier Speedway at a rapid pace, Madsen continued to lead the way, as the field got into lapped traffic.
In what was a non stop feature event, Madsen would check up just slightly in traffic, and Tatnell was able to capitalize, as Madsen slipped to the second spot. Keeping his composure, the 2014 Knoxville Raceway Track Champion, would challenge Tatnell in the closing laps, but would score a second place finish, though he would end the first night of action atop the point standings.
Following Saturday’s night of qualifier, Madsen and his team sat second overall in the points, and in prime position to make a bid at the Classic title.
Lining up eighth in his final heat race of the night, Madsen would continue to gain points, as he would finish in the fifth spot.
After heat races, Madsen had slipped to fourth in points, though he would still line up for the feature event in the second row.
During the course of the night, a wet weather system moved in, drenching the speedway, making the track extremely fast, and causing the final few races of the night to take place on a narrow track.
When the feature event went green, Madsen quickly moved his machine into the second spot, as he chased after race leader, Kyle Hirst.
As the nonstop race moved extremely fast, Madsen kept his D&B Goodyer Developments machine in striking distance, as the leaders flew through lapped traffic.
Moving in on Hirst late in the race, Madsen looked to make his move, but he drifted up into the wall, and lost a couple of positions as he slipped back to the fourth spot.
With passing at a premium, Madsen would hold off his brother, and close his night with a fourth place finish.
“It was out of our control, but the weather made things challenging in the feature,” Madsen explained. “The track was really shaping up for the feature, but the rain made it really fast. I really have to thank Darren and Belinda Goodyer for all of their support. We really wanted to get this win, but we are really proud of our efforts.”
Madsen would like to thank D&B Goodyer Developments, MK Excavating, Adornato Sand & Gravel, Watsons Express Transport, Lucas Oil, QSS Speedway Spares, Revolution Racegear, Oval Express, MatTrans Refrigerated Transports, and Dyden Signs for their support.
2015 BY THE NUMBERS: Starts-11, Wins-2, Top-5’s- 5, Top 10’s-6
ON TAP: Madsen and the D&B Goodyer Developments Team are still finalizing their upcoming schedule.
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