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PETERSEN MEDIA- The Keneric Racing/American Racing team put together another impressive week of racing with the World of Outlaws as ‘The Mad Man’, Kerry Madsen, picked up a third place finish on Wednesday night at the I-96 Speedway before a sixth place effort at the Beaver Dam Raceway on Saturday night.
“This team has been strong as of late, and it was great to get on the podium on Wednesday night,” Madsen said. “We had a great night going on Saturday, but I just made some mistakes in traffic, and it cost this entire team a top finish.”
Taking to the I-96 Speedway on Wednesday night for the NAPA Rumble, Madsen timed the Keneric Racing/American Racing Custom Wheels No. 29 machine in 12th fastest.
Just making the heat race inversion, Madsen would take advantage of a prime starting spot in his heat race, and go on to grab the win, and move into the night’s dash where a sixth place effort would put in him the third row for the 35-lap feature event.
On an extremely slick surface, Madsen would take a liking to the thick cushion that developed around the track as he quickly jumped into the fourth spot as he chased after Donny Schatz, Steve Kinser and Brad Sweet.
With Kinser running the middle, Madsen would get off the cushion at the halfway point, and slide his American Racing backed machine up into the third spot as he continued to chase after the lead duo.
A late caution would bunch the field up, and Madsen was able to jump into the second spot, as he flanked Schatz only to see the yellow flag waive again. Sliding into the lead on the restart, Schatz would counter the St Marys, NSW driver’s move, and he would fall back to the second spot.
Getting into the cushion a little too hot in the race’s closing laps, Madsen would open to door for Sweet, and would fall to the third spot, where he would finish.
Rain would force the series to cancel Friday’s event at the 34 Raceway, and the series returned to action on Saturday night at the Beaver Dam Raceway.
Starting on the front row of the 40-lap feature event by way of his Dash win, Madsen would fall to the second spot as Shane Stewart jumped to the early lead. Slipping back to third in the early stages of the race, Madsen would surge to the lead on the 12th lap, as the race was run at a blistering pace.
Running up front, the leaders would find themselves in dense traffic, and it did not work out for Madsen as he surrendered the lead on the 27th lap. Simply guessing wrong in traffic in the closing laps, Madsen would end his weekend with a sixth place effort.
“Saturday night was disappointing, especially with the car that we had,” Madsen said. “The driver made some mistakes and got in the way of a good car. Huge thanks to the American Racing staff for supporting this team, and we are trying very hard to get into victory lane for them, as well as the entire Gavranich family back in Australia.”
2015 BY THE NUMBERS- Starts-56, Wins-6, Top-5’s-29, Top 10’s-48
ON TAP: Madsen and the Keneric Racing/American Racing team will be in action on Wednesday night at the Lakeside Speedway before a double header at the Dodge City Raceway Park this Friday and Saturday.
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