PETERSEN MEDIA: Last weekend in Charlotte, NC Ian Madsen and the Sam McGhee Motorsports team brought their season to an end during the ‘Last Call’ highlighted by an eighth-place finish during Friday night’s opener. While SMM now turns their attention to 2021, Madsen will sneak another race in this weekend at Keller Auto Speedway in Hanford, CA piloting the Main Motorsports No. 35m machine.
“Charlotte was good for our race team,” Ian Madsen said. “Friday night we were pretty competitive, and Saturday night we were riddled with some bad luck. We had an engine issue in our heat, and then we endured a flat early in the feature.”
Friday night saw Madsen time the SMM entry in third quickest in his qualifying flight before pocketing a second-place finish in his heat race.
Advancing into the DirtVision Fast Pass Dash, Madsen’s sixth place run would line him up in the third row of the 30-lap feature event on what was an extremely slick surface at the Dirt Track at Charlotte.
Keeping his machine well in the Top-10 during the feature event, Madsen would battle the likes of Carson Macedo, and World of Outlaws Championship contender, Logan Schuchart.
Continuing to search around the track for grip, Madsen would ultimately bring his night to an end with an eighth-place finish.
Saturday night would bring the final night of action in 2020 for Madsen and SMM and the duo looked for a big night to build some momentum up as they head into the offseason and prepare for their first full season together in 2021.
Timing in seventh fastest on this night again on another extremely slick surface, Madsen would finish fifth in heat race action but nursed the engine home, and the team would go to work to prepare for the feature.
Able to swap power-plants out, Madsen would make the call for the feature event where he took the green flag from the 18th position. With the surface still extremely slick, Madsen would look to forge his way forward from the tail.
4 laps into the race however, a flat left rear would cause Madsen to slow and head to the work area. Restarting from the tail end of the field, Madsen had his work cut out for himself on the extremely dry and dusty surface.
With conditions continuing to worsen as the race moved along, and with Madsen stuck at the back of the pack, the former Knoxville Raceway Champion would make the decision to call it a night early.
“Saturday, we had some bad luck that put us at the back of the pack, and with the conditions pretty bad and visibility worsening by the lap, I made the call to pull in early,” Madsen added. “Thanks to Sam and Kevin for all of their hard work. I am really looking forward to working with them in 2021. I also have to thank Mike and Kathy McGhee for their support as well.”
While the season with SMM is now complete, Madsen will head west and reunite with Main Motorsports for a Saturday night tilt in Hanford, CA. Madsen is no stranger with the Main Motorsports team as he competed with the team at the 360 Nationals, as well as during the opening leg of ASCS Speedweek in August.
“I am excited to get back behind the wheel of the Main Motorsports car on Saturday night,” Madsen added. “They are a great group of people to work with, and we have a lot of fun racing together. We have had some success this year, and hopefully we can get a win on Saturday.”
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