PETERSEN MEDIA- Sitting third in the World of Outlaws point standings despite winning a feature event with the series to date, Kerry Madsen continues to be a model of consistency as he picked up a pair of top-five finishes over the course of the last week, including a podium run at the Lakeside Speedway aboard his American Racing/Keneric Racing No. 29 entry.
“The guys continue to put a fast racecar underneath me, but unfortunately things haven’t worked out as we continue to chase that elusive victory,” Kerry Madsen said.
Timing his American Racing/Keneric Racing/Morrison Racing Engines powered No. 29 machine in 10th fastest last Wednesday night, Madsen would out duel Donny Schatz in heat race action to pick up the win, and move to the Dash.
Finishing sixth in the Dash, the St. Marys, NSW pilot would line up in the third row for the 30-lap feature event. With a head of steam on the start of the race, Madsen would make a brilliant move on the exit of turn four to surge up to the third spot.
Chasing after David Gravel, Madsen would move into the second spot just before the halfway point of the feature event. Following a caution on the 13th lap, Madsen would make an attempt to take the lead form Saldana, but his move would be for not as it did not stick and he remained in the third spot.
Madsen would reel the lead duo back in in the closing laps, as the caution would then waive on the white flag lap setting up a green-white-checkered finish. Lining up on Joey Saldana’s rear bumper, Madsen would fend of a challenge from Paul McMahan and Danny Lasoski as he capped off a podium run.
Heading to the Dodge City Raceway on Friday night, Madsen would line the American Racing machine up in the fourth row of the feature event, and would battle for the Top-Five in the early goings.
Racing with Daryn Pittman for the fifth spot, Madsen would hold his own in the sixth spot as he navigated around the slick Dodge City Raceway Park. Running the majority of the race in the sixth spot, Madsen would battle Joey Saldana late in the race for the Top-5 position, but settled for sixth at the finish line.
After timing in second fastest during the Boot Hill Showdown on Saturday night, Madsen would finish third in his heat and sixth in the Dash, putting him in the third row for the 30-lap feature event.
Moving into the fourth spot on the start of the race by using the cushion, Madsen would look low in three and four as he made a bid for the third spot.
Sitting in the fourth spot, Madsen would plant his right-rear on the cushion as he chased after McMahan who ran just ahead of him as much of the field worked the high side of the speedway.
With traffic coming into play, Madsen would move his American Racing machine off the cushion as he looked to clear slower cars as he wasted no time getting back up to the grip on the cushion.
A restart with just 14 laps remaining saw Madsen line up on the low side of the speedway and he would slip back to the fifth spot as he had to fight to get back to the top of the track.
With passing at a premium with much of the field on the cushion, Madsen would close his weekend with his second Top-Five of the week as he took the checkered flag in the fifth spot.
“Saturday night we really had a good car, but lining up on the bottom on the restart really hurt us,” Madsen said. “We had to give some track position away to get back up top but it was a good Top-Five for us. Wednesday night we were really good, and in contention to win, but we just came up short. These races are very tough to win right now, but we are working very hard for our sponsors and car owners to grab a win. I really have to thank Bob and Pete Gavranich with the Keneric Group as well as everyone at American Racing Custom wheels for their continued support.”
2015 BY THE NUMBERS- Starts-59, Wins-6, Top-5’s-31, Top 10’s-51
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