PETERSEN MEDIA- Traveling back to the West Coast for the 50th Dirt Cup at Skagit Speedway, Kerry Madsen and the Roth Motorsports team had a strong week that set them up well for Saturday’s 50-lap feature where Madsen came away with a second-place finish.
“It was an interesting week for us, but we did everything we needed to do to set ourselves up for a good chance at the win on Saturday night,” Kerry Madsen said. “We had a really good car in Saturday’s feature but when we finally got into second, Tyler Courtney was just too far ahead for us to reel him in.”
Thursday night, Madsen got the weekend kicked off by timing the Roth Enterprises/HR Livestock Transportation/Toyota backed No. 83 in fourth quickest in qualifying time trials.
Involved in an incident at the start of his heat race, the Roth Motorsports team did what they could to make repairs in the work area so Madsen could restart and gain valuable points.
Aboard a beaten and battered car, Madsen was able to pick up a few spots as he finished seventh and locked into the ‘A’. Sitting sixth in Dirt Cup points despite the tough heat, Madsen took the green flag from the 11th starting position with the Top-16 in points inverted in the opening night feature event.
In a feature event that drug on with a handful of stoppages, Madsen worked his way into the Top-10. Finishing ninth, Madsen added to his point total as they came back on Friday to add to that total.
Earning quick time honors in qualifications, Madsen ran well in his heat after taking the green flag from eighth. Finishing fifth, Madsen was second in points and on this night a 20-car invert was in place and Madsen took the green flag from the inside of the 10th row.
While he got off to a slow start during the first 20-laps, the second 20 saw him come to life as he began working his way forward gaining points with each car he passed.
Getting up to ninth, Madsen was fifth in Dirt Cup points heading into Saturday’s finale that was good enough to lock him into the feature event as well as the pole shuffle.
Losing his first round match up to Shane Golobic, Madsen lined the Roth Motorsports entry up in the third row of the 50-lap, $50,000-to-win feature event.
After slipping back to seventh during the opening laps, Madsen jumped into fifth on the 12th lap before moving into third on lap 15. Chasing after Dominic Scelzi and Tyler Courtney, Madsen spent much of the feature running in the final podium position.
With laps winding down, Madsen made his move for second on lap 42 and it stuck as he took over the runner up position. With time running out fast, Madsen did all he could to reel in Tyler Courtney, but he would be unable to do so in the eight-lap window he had as he capped the weekend off with a runner up finish.
“I would have loved to have get the win at prestigious event for Dennis and Teresa Roth but we just couldn’t quite get up there in time,” Madsen said. “I really do want to thank the Roth family for allowing us to head up and race for a lot of money. It was a good weekend, and I am looking forward to getting busy over the summer months.”
The Roth Motorsports team would like to thank Roth Enterprises, HR Livestock Transportation, Toyota, TRD, Jason, Tara, And Cole Roth Cattle Co., Roth Investments, Speedway Engines, Mobil1, FK Rod Ends, Vahlco Wheels, Brown and Miller Racing Solutions, Kent Performance, Kaeding Performance, and Smith Titanium for their support.
BY THE NUMBERS: Starts-21, Wins-0, Top 5’s-7, Top-10’s-13
ON TAP: Roth Motorsports and Kerry Madsen will be off this weekend and will return to action at 34 Raceway on July 9th and at Knoxville Raceway on July 9th at Knoxville Raceway.
STAY CONNECTED: Stay connected with Roth Motorsports by checking out their website, www.rothmotorsports83.com, following them on Twitter @RothMotorsports.
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