PETERSEN MEDIA- One night after seeing a good run come to an early end after contact in traffic, Kerry Madsen would work his way through a star-studded field at the Knoxville Raceway as he would charge from his 16th starting position to finish sixth against the World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Car Series.
“We had an awesome car all weekend long, and it is a shame we don’t have two good results to show for it,” Kerry Madsen said. “Friday night we had a lapped car force us into the infield and it led to something breaking and us wrecking. Saturday night, we got off to a slow start, but we were able to work our way forward a finish sixth.”
Checking in at ‘The Mecca of Mud’ on Friday night, Madsen would time his Keneric Health Care/Keneric Racing/American Racing Custom Wheels No. 29 machine in sixth fastest in his qualifying flight with 42 cars on hand.
A strong heat race would see the St Marys, NSW native turned Knoxville, IA resident finish in the second spot and earn a berth in the nightly dash where a third place finish would put him in the second row for the 25-lap A Main event.
When the race came to life, Madsen settled into the third position as he chased after Terry McCarl and Donny Schatz who ran in front of him. As the leaders got into traffic, Madsen would close in on Schatz as the duo raced hard for the second position.
On the 10th circuit, a lapped car would come down on Madsen forcing him to take evasive action through the infield, and he would lose a few positions. A lap later something would break on Madsen’s car as he exited turn four and he would get upside down and end his night.
Returning to the speedway on Saturday night, Madsen would turn in an uncharacteristic lap in time trials, as he found himself 20th on the speed chart. Racing his way into the feature event through his heat race, Madsen would find himself in the 16th starting position for the evening’s 25-lap A Main.
With a multi car wreck breaking out in front of him early in the race, Madsen was able to sneak through the wreckage and see his night continue. When things came back to life, Madsen showed he had another fast KPC/Morrison Racing Engines No. 29 as he flew around the famed ½ mile
Working his way up inside the Top-10, Madsen would battle with Brad Sweet late in the feature as he looked for a spot in the Top-Five. Unable to get the position, Madsen’s weekend would come to a close with a sixth place finish.
“It was a nice rebound on Saturday night for our team,” Madsen added. “It is a shame to tear equipment up like we did on Friday night, but we are fortunate to have some great partners and great car owners provide us with the means to keep at it. Huge thanks to the Gavranich family for all they do for us, and my guys for working so hard day in and day out.”
2016 BY THE NUMBERS- Starts-47, Wins-8, Top-5’s-20, Top 10’s-30
ON TAP: Kerry Madsen and the Keneric Racing team will be at the Granite City Speedway with the World of Outlaws on Wednesday night before following the series to River Cities Speedway on Friday night.
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