SPRINT CARS: ‘Mad Man’ Madsen Prepping For Australian Racing Slate

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Though the dust is just barely settling on the grueling 2014 World of Outlaw season, Kerry Madsen and his Keneric Racing/American Racing team are getting ready to embark on a 15-race tour in Madsen’s native Australia.

“I love that we are able to do some racing during the American off-season and stay sharp,” Madsen said. “It is great to see our fans back in Australia, and it is great to race in front of the Gavranich family.”

Kicking off on Jan. 1, Madsen and company will be in action on the East Coast on 12 occasions, the West Coast on three occasions, and in the midst of that, will make a trip back to the United States to start the 2015 World of Outlaws STP Sprint Car Series season.

Madsen and his team will open a busy month of January at the Sydney Speedway for the International Series on Jan. 1, Jan. 3 and Jan. 5.

The team will then head to the Brisbane Speedway for the Australian Open on Jan. 9-10 before returning to the Syndey Speedway on Jan. 16-17 for the Scott Darley Challenge.

Following the Darley, Madsen will take part in the biggest race week of the year in Australia as he will be at the Kings Challenge at Mt. Gambier Speedway on Jan. 21, the Presidents Cup at the Avalon Speedway on Jan. 22 before heading to the Premier Speedway on Jan. 23-25 for the Grand Annual Classic.

Once the checkered flag falls on the Grand Annual Classic, Madsen will head back to the United States and kick off the 2015 World of Outlaws season at the Volusia Speedway Park in Barberville, Fla., on Feb. 13-15 before making the trip back to Australia.

On the Feb. 21, Madsen will compete with the World Series Sprint Cars at the Perth Motorplex for their season finale and will cap his 2015 Australia Tour off at the Bunbury Speedway on Feb. 28h and March 1 at the Krikke Boys Shootout, where he will look to back up his 2014 triumph.

“It is an aggressive schedule for sure, but I am sure it will be a lot of fun,” he added. “Hopefully we can run well in Australia and bring home some momentum and have another great season in the United States.”

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