PETERSEN MEDIA- Kerry Madsen is continuing to stay hot during the busiest stretch of his 2014 season, and over the last week, the St. Marys, NSW driver picked up two more second place finishes.
“This car is just a dream to drive, and I can’t thank my guys enough for the fantastic effort they put in to make me look good,” Madsen said.
Kicking his week off at the Don Martin Memorial Silver Cup at the Lernerville Speedway on Tuesday night, Madsen got off to a very quick start as he timed in third fastest in qualifying time trials.
Flexing his muscle and charging from fourth to win his heat aboard his Keneric Racing/American Racing No. 29 machine, ‘The Mad Man’ would go on to finish in the fourth spot of the dash.
By way of his dash finish, Madsen lined up in the second row of the opening feature event, and ran third during much of the race.
Madsen chased after second running Paul McMahan, and pulled up next to him on a few occasions as he rode the cushion, but was unable to make a pass stick.
Staying committed to the cushion, Madsen was able to take the second spot following a restart with just five to go.
Madsen would close in on Schatz, and battle for the lead, but the red flag waived with just three to go, stopping the battle, and giving Schatz a single file restart following the open red.
Madsen would give it a valiant effort, but would end his night with a second place finish, marking his eighth consecutive top-three finish.
Lining up 17th in the second feature, Madsen and crew played it safe, as they would score a 16th place finish.
“It was a great effort at Lernerville,” Madsen said. “It was exciting, and we were thrilled with the second place finish.”
Heading to Abotstown, PA on Thursday night to take to the Lincoln Speedway, Madsen had a tough night, as it started out with him timing in 31st fastest.
Forced to take a provisional to get into the feature event, Madsen lined his EarthEX/Morrison Racing Engines/KCP entry up in the 13th row and slowly worked his way forward.
In very thick traffic much of the race, Madsen would salvage his night with a 17th place finish.
Friday and Saturday brought on the Summer Nationals at the Williams Grove Speedway, and Friday saw Madsen rebound nicely and time in sixth fastest.
Finishing third in his heat race, Madsen would finish seventh in the dash, putting him in the fourth row of the feature event.
With the green flag in the air, Madsen quickly worked his way into the top five, as he hooked up in an entertaining battle with Greg Hodnett and Cody Darrah.
With Darrah getting in front of him, Madsen would slip back to the sixth spot, as he kept Darrah in his sights, as he utilized the cushion on the speedway.
On the 15th lap, contact between Madsen and Darrah on the front stretch resulted in Madsen’s machine getting on it’s side and rotating back on all four wheels, but the damage ended Madsen’s night with a 25th place finish.
Saturday night back at the Williams Grove Speedway, Madsen timed in 12th fastest, before finishing in the third spot in heat race action.
With a rain storm coming through the area, and delaying the start of the feature event, the track was extremely fast and narrow when the 30 lap feature came to life, and passing was tough.
Madsen would get what he could and finish 10th in the Summer Nationals.
The busy week came to an end on Sunday night at the Lebanon Valley Speedway, and Madsen started it out on a strong note as he timed in fourth quickest.
A third place heat race effort, and a second place dash effort, saw Madsen start alongside Steve Kinser on the front row of the feature event, with Madsen jumping out to the early lead.
Following a lap five restart, Madsen would slip back to the second spot, as he chased after the new leader, David Gravel.
A lap 13 restart saw Madsen return the favor to Gravel to retake the lead, but the pass would be negated as the red flag waived, putting Madsen back in the second spot, for what would be a single file restart.
Chasing after Gravel for the final 12 laps, Madsen had an opening on the final lap, as Gravel got too high, but Madsen was not in the right spot, and would take the checkered in the second spot.
“It was a great effort to end our week,” Madsen said. “We were right there again, and I just hope the boys can keep giving me a great car over the next few weeks. I can’t thank everyone at American Racing and the Gavranich family for continuing to support us.”
2014 BY THE NUMBERS- Starts-60, Wins-7, Top-5’s-29, Top 10’s-46
ON TAP: Madsen and his team will be in action in Fulton, NY on Wednesday before heading north of the border Saturday in Drummondville, QUE, and Sunday in Cornwall, ONT.
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