Kerry Madsen Claims Pair of Top-Five’s With World Series Sprint Cars
PETERSEN MEDIA- Continuing to compete down under, Kerry Madsen and his Keneric Racing team headed to the Archerfield Speedway in QLD, AU to take on the World Series Sprint Cars for the Australian Open over the weekend.
“We had a couple of nice finishes, but we really wanted to win the finale given our starting spot,” Madsen said.
Kicking the two-day show off on Friday night, Madsen timed the Keneric Racing/American Racing/KPC No. 29 machine in fourth fastest, before scoring seventh and fifth place finishes in heat race action.
Lining up third for the 20-lap preliminary night feature event, Madsen looked to put together a strong finish to put his team in a good position for the Saturday night finale.
Hooking up in a race long battle with James McFadden, the duo thrilled the crowd all night long as they raced wheel to wheel, making contact on a few occasions. As the duo seemed to battle for the third spot for all 20-laps, it was McFadden getting the best of Madsen for the fourth spot at the finish line, as Madsen would close the night with a fifth place finish, putting him third overall in points.
With Friday night points setting things up on Saturday, Madsen would charge from 10th to second in his first heat before charging from 10th to fifth in his second heat.
Moving into the second spot in points, Madsen would find himself in the Gold Shootout, which he would then win, and earn the right to start on the pole for the 50-lap Australian Open finale.
Starting alongside Donny Schatz, it was Madsen surging into the early lead, as he looked to keep Schatz at bay, and end his win streak at the Archerfield Speedway.
Leading the first 14 markers, Madsen would fall to the second spot as Schatz surged by him, and took command of the race.
In the midst of a 49-lap green flag run, Madsen would lose the second spot to James McFadden on the 17th lap, but would not go quietly, as he and McFadden resumed a battle from the night before.
Continuing to run in the third spot, Madsen would take the second spot back on the 46th lap, only to lose the spot back to McFadden a lap later as Jamie Veal also got by putting the ‘Mad Man’ back to the fourth spot, where he would finish.
“It was a little disappointing to not get the job done as we seemed to have really good speed,” Madsen said. “We have been putting ourselves in a pretty good spot so far as we haven’t timed outside of the top-10 yet, so hopefully we can start putting some complete nights together. We are all looking forward to the Darley Classic at Sydney this weekend, and are really hoping we can win the opener and take the challenge on Saturday night!”
2015 BY THE NUMBERS- Starts-5, Wins-0, Top-5’s-3, Top 10’s-3
ON TAP: Madsen will be at the Sydney Speedway this Friday and Saturday night for the Scott Darley Classic
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