PETERSEN MEDIA- Ian Madsen and his KCP Racing team dug out of a deep hole on Friday night at the Jackson Nationals, as the St. Marys, NSW pilot worked forward from his 17th starting spot to finish in the sixth spot.
“We raced really well at the Jackson Speedway I thought, but we kind of struggled at Knoxville on Saturday night,” Madsen said. “We were just mediocre, I thought.”
35 cars checked into the Jackson Speedway on Friday night, and Madsen kicked his night off by timing the Nehring Construction/Team Kline Electric/Logan Contractors Supply No. 18 machine in 19th fastest after a late qualifying draw.
Lining up on the front row of his heat race, Madsen took care of business, as he picked up the win, and moved into the feature event, where he would line up in the ninth row for the 25-lap affair.
On a very slick and abrasive racing surface on Friday night, the 2014 Knoxville Raceway Track Champion, had his elbows up, as he worked his machine forward, and through the field.
Finding some rubber before the rest of the field, Madsen was able to surge into the eighth spot, before the rest of the field followed suit. Abusing his tire to get up to the spot, Madsen was careful in the closing laps, as he was able to take the checkered flag with a sixth place finish.
Saturday night, the scene shifted to the Knoxville Raceway for a night of Knoxville Championship Cup action. 33 cars checked into the historic Knoxville Raceway, and Madsen timed his Greenland Homes of Iowa/Royal Flooring/Aspen Aire Inc. No. 18 machine in 11th fastest.
From his second row starting position in his heat race, Madsen would race his way to a third place finish, and inot the feature event, where he would line up in the eighth spot.
In the 20-lap feature event, Madsen was unable to get his machine working in the right direction. Able to maintain for much of the night, Madsen would close Saturday night out with a ninth place finish.
“Ninth wasn’t where we really wanted to be on Saturday night, but we and Kyle Ripper are continuing to bounce things off of each other, and get our cars better,” he added. “We did change some things this off season, and it’s taking a little bit to get dialed in. We have a great team, and we will pick some wins up quickly.”
Ian and his KCP acing team would like to thank Nehring Construction, Team Kline Electric, Logan Contractors Supply Inc., Greenland Homes of Iowa, Royal Flooring, Aspen Aire Inc. Heating and Cooling, Bobcat, The Stone Shop, Gator Excavating, TammyHeckart.com, Van Gorp Construction, Caliber Iowa, Quality Traffic Control, Flatrate, Inc., Speck USA, Kustom Concrete Pumping, Lucas Oil, Revolution Race Gear, INSPRO Insurance, Monarchs Restaurant and Lounge, Climate Master- Geothermal Heating and Cooling, XXX Race Co., Wings Unlimited for their support this season.
2015 BY THE NUMBERS: Starts-34, Wins-2, Top-5’s- 11, Top 10’s-18
ON TAP: The KCP Racing team will be in action three times this week starting on Thursday night at the St. Francis County Raceway (NSL), on Friday night at the Randolph County Raceway (NSL) and on Saturday night at the Knoxville Raceway for another point race.
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