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PETERSEN MEDIA- Heading back to the United States after a very successful stint in Australia, Kerry Madsen and his Keneric Racing team scored two Top-10 finishes while competing with the World of Outlaws at the Volusia Raceway Park during the DIRTcar Nationals.
“We didn’t go down there and over achieve, but I think we learned some things with the new tire option that will help us a ton,” Kerry Madsen said. “The boys did a fantastic job getting everything ready while I raced in Australia and I am looking forward to getting back to the track with them.”
Kicking his season off with the Arctic Cat All Star Circuit of Champions on Wednesday and Thursday night, Madsen scored finishes of 15th and 16th aboard his Keneric Healthcare/Keneric Racing/American Racing Wheels backed No. 29 machine.
Friday night brought the season opener for the World of Outlaws, and Madsen kicked things off by timing in 12th fastest.
The new World of Outlaws format lined ‘The Mad Man’ up in the second row of his heat race, and his third place finish placed him in the 12th starting spot for the 30-lap A Main event.
On a track that saw some moving and shaking take place, the Knoxville, IA resident was able to make up some ground as he battled with Dale Blaney and Jason Sides. Working inside the Top-10, Madsen would pocket an eighth place finish with ‘The Greatest Show on Dirt”.
Back in action on Saturday, a 21st quick effort in time trials lined the Australian National Champion up in the fourth row of his heat race and a sixth place finish transferred him directly into the A Main.
Madsen was the talk of the track on this night as he flirted with disaster lap after lap as he pounded the cushion with great success. Letting it all hang out, Madsen completed some amazing passes aboard the Keneric Healthcare/Morrison Racing Engines/KPC machine and carved his way to a ninth place finish, earning KSE Hard Charger honors.
Sunday night saw the team in action for one final shot at brining a highly coveted Gator Trophy back to the Knoxville, IA headquarter. Timing in 11th fastest on the lightening fast Volusia Speedway, Madsen would go onto finish fourth in his heat race.
The feature event did not feature much passing, though Madsen was persistent aboard the Keneric Racing/American Racing Wheels backed entry. Starting in the 11th spot, Madsen would run in the 11th spot for much of the race as he chased after Dale Blaney and Dave Blaney who battled in front of him.
Unable to find a way around the drivers, Madsen would close his DIRTcar Nationals out with an 11th place finish.
“We chased some things in Florida, but I am confident in the guys around me that we will be where we need to be in no time,” Madsen added. “I want to thank Bob Gavranich, Pete Gavranich, and everyone associated with the Keneric Group for making this all possible. We have some great supporters on our side that we appreciate, and we are looking forward to a strong season.”
2016 BY THE NUMBERS- Starts-19, Wins-5, Top-5’s-9, Top 10’s-12
ON TAP: Madsen will now head back over to Perth, Australia to take on the World Series Sprint Cars in the series’ season finale on February 26th and 27th at the Perth Motorplex.
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