MIDWEST: Power Restart Gives Ian Madsen Another Knoxville Win

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Ian Madsen (center) stood in Knoxville Raceway victory lane again on Saturday night. (Knoxville Raceway photo)

KNOXVILLE, Iowa – Ian Madsen increased his lead in the 410 point standings at Knoxville Raceway on Dennison Racing Tees/Jersey Freeze Night Saturday with his fourth win of the season.

The Australian driver earned $4,000 for his victory aboard the KCP Racing No. 18.

The 360 feature saw a number of incidents, but in the end it was Jamie Ball collecting his fourth career victory, while the 305 feature resulted in the fourth first-time winner this season at Knoxville in that class, when Evan Epperson came home with the checkers.

Before a lap could be completed in the 20-lap 410 feature, Josh Schneiderman and Rager Phillips spun. Carson Macedo, making his first start at Knoxville was collected in the incident and tipped over.  The Californian was unhurt.

Brooke Tatnell led the field once the green flag flew, followed by Justin Henderson, Ian Madsen, Austin McCarl and Dustin Selvage. By lap six, the leaders were in lapped traffic. A.J. Moeller spun nine laps in, bringing out the only caution of the event.

Madsen used the restart to shoot by Henderson for second, while Tony Stewart entered the top five. Madsen ran down Tatnell, taking the lead for good on lap 13.

The Australian then pulled away for the win, ahead of Tatnell, Henderson, Austin McCarl and Stewart.

“We’re having an awesome year and I can’t thank my team enough,” said Madsen. “It’s all about teamwork, and it’s all about them.  We’re having a lot of fun this year, and it’s great to be back in victory lane. I thought we were conservative at the start. When we had the yellow, I thought it was time to go. I was just thankful we could hold on for the win, and I thank all the fans for coming out tonight.”

Calvin Landis set the pace early in the 18-lap 360 feature over Clint Garner and Nate Van Haaften. Ryan Giles entered the top three, and Matt Moro moved into the top five before Chris Martin flipped hard in turn three. He was uninjured.

Giles would spin after the green fell again, and Joe Beaver would spin to avoid him. That collected Matt Juhl, who along with Giles, would go off on the hook.

Landis continued to pace the field, ahead of Garner and Moro, who crossed over Van Haaften in taking the third spot. The leaders got back into traffic where Garner was reeling in Landis thirteen laps in. Landis was stuck on the low side of turn one behind a backmarker, when Garner got a run on the cushion.

When Landis drifted up the racetrack, Garner hooked his left rear on the leader’s right front and crashed. Both drivers were OK, but done for the night.

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