PETERSEN MEDIA- After a less than desirable Knoxville Nationals, Ian Madsen and his KCP Racing team are eager to get back to work this weekend during an NSL double-header.
“It was a trying week, but it built character for myself and our team,” Madsen said. “We had great speed, but our results do not show that unfortunately.”
Kicking the week off at the KCP Capitani Classic last Sunday night, Madsen would qualify eighth fastest and pick up a heat race win to move into the A Main. In the fast and furious race, Madsen would finish in the 14th spot as his team headed to the Southern Iowa Speedway on Monday night.
Competing in the NSL’s Front Row Challenge, Madsen would turn in a nice performance that saw him land on the podium with a third place finish in his final tune up before the Knoxville Nationals.
Hitting the famed Knoxville Raceway on Wednesday night to qualify for the 55th Annual Knoxville Nationals, Madsen would make the most of a late pill draw, as he timed the Nehring Construction/Team Kline Electric/Logan Contractors Supply No. 18 machine in 11th fastest amongst the 52 cars taking time on this night.
Starting in the third row of his heat race, Madsen rose to the occasion as he worked his way forward and finished in the second position, locking himself into the preliminary night A Main event.
Lining up in the second row of the feature event, Madsen had a very nice run going as he ran in the Top-Five much of the night. On the 15th lap, things would go south for the St. Marys, NSW driver as he would make contact with the wall and cause sever damage to his racecar, and his night would come to a close.
Forced to partake in the Friday night program, Madsen would time the Greenland Homes of IA/Royal Flooring/Aspen Aire Inc. backed No. 18 machine in third fastest his 40-car qualifying flight.
Finishing second in his heat race, Madsen would move into the feature event where he looked to be one of the top-four finishes to lock into the Saturday night feature event.
Getting a strong start in the A, Madsen would work into the fifth spot as he then hooked up in an entertaining battle with Mark Dobmeier for the fourth spot. Getting the spot, Madsen looked for more.
Going after the third position, Madsen would lose the handle on his machine with just a few laps to go, and spin out trying to pass for third. Though he kept his machine fired, he would benefit from the “blend” rule and restart the race from the eighth spot. In the final few laps, Madsen would finish seventh putting him in the seventh row of the Saturday night B Main.
Having issues in the B, Madsen would retire early, and his Nationals would end with a 19th place finish in the B.
“We are already building for the 2016 Nationals,” Madsen said. “I really have to thank this team and our partners for sticking with me. I really wanted to have a better showing for all involved, but it did not happen. We are disappointed, but we will look to pick up a couple of wins this weekend.”
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-78, Wins-6, Top-5’s- 33, Top 10’s-48
ON TAP: Madsen and company will resume the NSL schedule on Friday night at the Fairmont Raceway, and on Saturday night at the Clay County Fairgrounds.
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