PETERSEN MEDIA- A disappointing Grand Annual Sprint Car Classic led Ian Madsen and his KCP Racing team into one final weekend of action in Australia during the Australian Championship, and Madsen and company ended things on a positive note as the St. Marys, NSW driver finished ninth.
“I really have to thank everyone involved with this KCP Racing team for making the trip possible,” Madsen said. “We didn’t really have the trip we wanted but it was good to end things with a Top-10 run during the Australian Championship.”
Taking to the Premier Speedway on Saturday night for his preliminary night, the two-heat format saw Madsen line the Nehring Construction/Logan Contractors Supply Inc/Kline Electric no. 18 machine sixth and seventh in his heats.
The first heat saw Madsen put forth a strong effort on the slicked off surface as he gained valuable points by way of his third place finish, before nearly mirroring the effort in his second heat as he finished in the fourth spot.
When heat race action was complete, Madsen’s efforts put him on the front row for the feature even where he looked to keep his good night going and put himself in good position for the Sunday night finale.
When the green flag dropped, Madsen jumped out to the lead as the 2016 Classic Champion, Jamie Veal, chased him. Keeping Veal at bay for nearly the first half of the race, Madsen would slip to the second spot as the starter showed the field the cross flags.
Continuing to run up front, Madsen looked to be well on his way to a great points night until disaster struck with four to go. Bouncing through the cushion, mud got up under Madsen’s hood and caused the throttle to hang and Madsen would be involved in a wreck.
Though he was okay, his preliminary night was over and he sat 18th in points heading into the Sunday night finale.
Picking up the B1 Dash win on Sunday, Madsen moved the Watson’s Express Towing/Greenland Homes of IA/Royal Flooring machine into the A2 Dash, where a sixth place finish would line him up in the seventh row for the Australian Title feature event.
After a trio of incidents caused the race to not get one lap in, the race would end up going 40-laps non-stop. From the seventh row, the younger of the two Madsen brothers was able to make up ground as he raced wheel-to-wheel with the best wheelmen in Australia.
Getting into the Top-10, Madsen would move into the ninth spot where he would ultimately finish.
“This KCP Racing team came down here with great expectations, but it just did not work out for us,” he added. “Again, I want to thank everyone who made this possible, and I look forward to us kicking our 2016 season off in the US in just a few weeks.”
Ian and his KCP Racing team would like to thank Nehring Construction, Logan Contractors Supply Inc., Team Kline Electric, 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, Monarchs Restaurant and Lounge, and Climate Master- Geothermal Heating and Cooling, for their support this season.
2015 BY THE NUMBERS: Starts-12, Wins-0, Top-5’s- 1, Top 10’s-6
ON TAP: Though Madsen’s tour with KCP Racing has come to an end, he will head to Western Australia to compete with the Watson family for a few events to wrap up his trip.
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