WOO: Madsen Wires Outlaws Field to Win at Eldora; Breaks Nine Month Series Drought

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In a stunning performance, Australian Kerry Madsen dominated Friday night’s #LetsRaceTwo opener at Eldora Speedway, besting his former World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Car Series colleagues and beating back a challenge from All Star Circuit of Champions regular Chad Kemenah to score his first series win since August of 2015.

Madsen was on a mission in the night’s feature event after starting on the pole in his No. 29 Keneric Health car, and he was the class of the field, leading every one of the 30 laps.

Kemenah, who charged forward from his 10th place starting position, got within a half second at one point, but was never able to make the pass on the Aussie.

“I’ve never ran a race out there where it was so slow out there – not typically our strong suit,” Madsen said. “So the guys worked so hard on the car all night. The car was unbelievable. Just couldn’t be happier with the win.”

After winning the Dash, Madsen joined reigning series champion Donny Schatz on the front row of the 30-lap feature. As the main event kicked off, Madsen jumped out to a sizable early lead as Kemenah began his run forward. He very quickly picked off several cars, and by the end of lap one was in sixth. By the conclusion of lap two? He was in fourth.

The leaders caught lapped traffic on lap six and Kemenah took advantage, as he closed in on Donny Schatz in second. A two lap battle commenced, with Kemenah eventually using a lapped car as a pick. He dove low off of four and got around Schatz as they crossed the start/finish line, but Schatz fired back, running back to Kemenah and getting wheel-to-wheel off turn four before the No. 10H Brilex/Seneca Energy car pulled away.

With Madsen slowed by traffic, Kemenah closed the gap to under a half second. He looked for the opportunity to make a move for the win, but as traffic cleared, Madsen again pulled away from him — widening the gap again by a second.

“When I got to lapped cars, I couldn’t quite rip around them and then I knew it was time to move but I’m not patient enough to stay down there,” said Madsen, a native of St. Marys, New South Wales in Australia. “It doesn’t feel very fast (doing that).”

Back in third, Schatz had his hands full with the driver he had passed to take over that position initially, David Gravel. Gravel drove his No. 5 Big Game Treestands car to Schatz on lap 15 and cleared him to take the spot on lap 16.

Through the remaining laps, Kemenah tried to run down Madsen as Gravel tried to do the same to Kemenah. Ultimately, however, it was Madsen who became the ninth different series winner of the season.

“It was a great win,” said Madsen. “The guys worked so hard. We’ve been pulling our hair out trying to get fast and it’s nice to get it done tonight. This thing was a rocket ship.”

The win was the 18th series win of Madsen’s career, which is 20th on the all-time series win list. His last series win before Friday night’s score came at Junction Motor Speedway in McCool Junction, Nebraska.

For Kemenah, a former series regular and native of Elvada, Ohio, the second place run was a boost for his team.

“I’ve got a really, really good race team right now,” Kemenah said. “I’ve got quite a bit of confidence and that pays huge dividends for me. We’re just having fun right now and that’s what matters.”

Gravel’s third place run was a rebound from Wednesday at Jacksonville, when he failed to make the feature. The 23-year-old driver said Eldora has always been good to him.

“It was a really good rebound from the other night,” Gravel said. “Our balance was a little off early but once we burned that fuel load off and learned how to run one and two, the car came on really good. I thought we probably had the best car those last couple of laps. King’s Royal is 40 laps, so I’m looking forward to that, but I really can’t complain with a podium finish.”

Daryn Pittman and Kraig Kinser rounded out the top five.

Greg Wilson was the night’s KSE Racing Hard Charger, advancing 16 positions to finish in seventh, while Joey Saldana picked up his series-leading fourth quick time award of the season.

Earlier in the night, 1995 World of Outlaws champion Dave Blaney had a violent crash in turn one during qualifying. Blaney was transported to an area hospital for evaluation and was subsequently released.

The World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Car Series returns to action tomorrow night for the finale of #LetsRaceTwo at Eldora Speedway.

 

RESULTS: World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Car Series; #LetsRaceTwo; Eldora Speedway; May 6, 2016

A-Main – (30 Laps) – 1. 29-Kerry Madsen [1] [$10,000]; 2. 10H-Chad Kemenah [10] [$5,000]; 3. 5-David Gravel [4] [$3,000]; 4. 9-Daryn Pittman [6] [$2,700]; 5. 11K-Kraig Kinser [12] [$2,500]; 6. 1S-Logan Schuchart [5] [$2,200]; 7. W20-Greg Wilson [23] [$2,000]; 8. 99-Brady Bacon [3] [$1,800]; 9. 15-Donny Schatz [2] [$1,600]; 10. 22-Cole Duncan [7] [$1,450]; 11. 17W-Bryan Clauson [13] [$1,300]; 12. 49-Brad Sweet [8] [$1,200]; 13. 7S-Jason Sides [18] [$1,100]; 14. 49X-Tim Shaffer [17] [$1,000]; 15. 1ST-Gary Taylor [24] [$950]; 16. 83-Joey Saldana [9] [$900]; 17. 82-Dusty Zomer [11] [$850]; 18. 93-Sheldon Haudenschild [20] [$750]; 19. 2-Shane Stewart [14] [$725]; 20. 1-Sammy Swindell [22] [$700]; 21. 71-Jamie Veal [19] [$700]; 22. 7-Paul McMahan [15] [$700]; 23. 41-Jason Johnson [25] [$]; 24. 23-Trey Starks [21] [$700]; 25. 6M-Jac Haudenschild [16] [$700]. Lap Leaders: Kerry Madsen 1-30. KSE Hard Charger Award: W20-Greg Wilson [+16]

Qualifying – 1. 83-Joey Saldana, 13.947; 2. 22-Cole Duncan, 14.097; 3. 49-Brad Sweet, 14.168; 4. 29-Kerry Madsen, 14.367; 5. 15-Donny Schatz, 14.478; 6. 7-Paul McMahan, 14.515; 7. 17W-Bryan Clauson, 14.547; 8. 71-Jamie Veal, 14.600; 9. 49X-Tim Shaffer, 14.614; 10. 82-Dusty Zomer, 14.672; 11. 23-Trey Starks, 14.808; 12. 1ST-Gary Taylor, 14.950; 13. 19M-Brent Marks, 15.044; 14. 21-Cap Henry, 15.129; 15. 33M-Caleb Griffith, 15.200; 16. 23C-Tyler Courtney, 15.315; 17. 5T-Travis Philo, 15.357; 18. 97-Dean Jacobs, 15.447; 19. 11N-Randy Hannagan, 15.538; 20. 1A-Jacob Allen, 15.545; 21. 35-Stuart Brubaker, 16.152; 22. 57-Gary Edwards, 17.275; 23. 9-Daryn Pittman, 14.271; 24. 1S-Logan Schuchart, 14.312; 25. 5-David Gravel, 14.376; 26. 99-Brady Bacon, 14.417; 27. 10H-Chad Kemenah, 14.426; 28. 11K-Kraig Kinser, 14.485; 29. 2-Shane Stewart, 14.501; 30. 1-Sammy Swindell, 14.552; 31. W20-Greg Wilson, 14.577; 32. 41-Jason Johnson, 14.609; 33. 7S-Jason Sides, 14.705; 34. 6M-Jac Haudenschild, 14.827; 35. 71MX-Paul May, 14.881; 36. 93-Sheldon Haudenschild, 15.007; 37. O7-Jacob Wilson, 15.131; 38. 23X-D.J. Foos, 15.132; 39. 19-Paige Polyak, 15.185; 40. 70-Danny Holtgraver, 15.347; 41. 20N-Hunter Schuerenberg, 15.431; 42. 2X-Parker Price-Miller, 15.539; 43. 40-Caleb Helms, 15.654; 44. 35X-Wes Mcglupmhy, 17.050; 45. 71M-Dave Blaney, 14.493

Heat 1 – (8 Laps – Top 5 finishers transfer to the A-feature) – 1. 49-Brad Sweet [2]; 2. 15-Donny Schatz [3]; 3. 83-Joey Saldana [1]; 4. 17W-Bryan Clauson [4]; 5. 49X-Tim Shaffer [5]; 6. 23-Trey Starks [6]; 7. 33M-Caleb Griffith [8]; 8. 19M-Brent Marks [7]; 9. 11N-Randy Hannagan [10]; 10. 5T-Travis Philo [9]; 11. 35-Stuart Brubaker [11]

Heat 2 – (8 Laps – Top 5 finishers transfer to the A-feature) – 1. 22-Cole Duncan [1]; 2. 29-Kerry Madsen [2]; 3. 82-Dusty Zomer [5]; 4. 7-Paul McMahan [3]; 5. 71-Jamie Veal [4]; 6. 1ST-Gary Taylor [6]; 7. 21-Cap Henry [7]; 8. 23C-Tyler Courtney [8]; 9. 97-Dean Jacobs [9]; 10. 1A-Jacob Allen [10]; 11. 57-Gary Edwards [11]

Heat 3 – (8 Laps – Top 5 finishers transfer to the A-feature) – 1. 9-Daryn Pittman [1]; 2. 5-David Gravel [2]; 3. 10H-Chad Kemenah [3]; 4. 2-Shane Stewart [4]; 5. 7S-Jason Sides [6]; 6. W20-Greg Wilson [5]; 7. 20N-Hunter Schuerenberg [10]; 8. 40-Caleb Helms [11]; 9. 19-Paige Polyak [9]; 10. O7-Jacob Wilson [8]; 11. 71MX-Paul May [7]

Heat 4 – (8 Laps – Top 5 finishers transfer to the A-feature) – 1. 1S-Logan Schuchart [1]; 2. 99-Brady Bacon [2]; 3. 11K-Kraig Kinser [3]; 4. 6M-Jac Haudenschild [6]; 5. 93-Sheldon Haudenschild [7]; 6. 1-Sammy Swindell [4]; 7. 2X-Parker Price-Miller [10]; 8. 23X-D.J. Foos [8]; 9. 41-Jason Johnson [5]; 10. 35X-Wes Mcglupmhy [11]; 11. 70-Danny Holtgraver [9]

Dash – (6 Laps, finishing order determined first 8 starting positions of A-feature) – 1. 29-Kerry Madsen [2]; 2. 15-Donny Schatz [4]; 3. 99-Brady Bacon [1]; 4. 5-David Gravel [3]; 5. 1S-Logan Schuchart [5]; 6. 9-Daryn Pittman [7]; 7. 22-Cole Duncan [6]; 8. 49-Brad Sweet [8]

C-Main – (10 Laps – Top 2 finishers transfer to the B-feature) – 1. 11N-Randy Hannagan [3] [-]; 2. 20N-Hunter Schuerenberg [4] [-]; 3. 97-Dean Jacobs [1] [$150]; 4. 40-Caleb Helms [8] [$150]; 5. 70-Danny Holtgraver [2] [$150]; 6. 2X-Parker Price-Miller [6] [$125]; 7. 35-Stuart Brubaker [7] [$125]; 8. 1A-Jacob Allen [5] [$125]; 9. 35X-Wes Mcglupmhy [10] [$125]; 10. 57-Gary Edwards [9] [$125]; 11. 71M-Dave Blaney [11] [$125]

Last Chance Showdown – (12 Laps – Top 4 finishers transfer to the A-feature) – 1. 23-Trey Starks [1] [-]; 2. 1-Sammy Swindell [2] [-]; 3. W20-Greg Wilson [4] [-]; 4. 1ST-Gary Taylor [3] [-]; 5. 5T-Travis Philo [13] [$300]; 6. 19M-Brent Marks [5] [$250]; 7. 41-Jason Johnson [6] [$225]; 8. 21-Cap Henry [7] [$200]; 9. 11N-Randy Hannagan [15] [$200]; 10. 20N-Hunter Schuerenberg [16] [$200]; 11. 71MX-Paul May [8] [$200]; 12. 23C-Tyler Courtney [11] [$200]; 13. 19-Paige Polyak [14] [$200]; 14. 33M-Caleb Griffith [9] [$200]; 15. O7-Jacob Wilson [10] [$200]; 16. 23X-D.J. Foos [12] [$200]

CREDIT: World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series

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