Madsen Eyes Another Big Win

Kerry Madsen

With big wins in the Kings Royal and the Ironman 55 already this season, Madsen now has his sights set on the Knoxville Nationals. (Photo: Jeff Wackerlin)

Knoxville Nationals Points

KNOXVILLE, Iowa - Kerry Madsen is looking to score another big win on the season this weekend in the 54th FVP Knoxville Nationals.

Madsen is currently having his best season with the World of Outlaws STP Sprint Car Series, already equaling a single-season career high in wins with five. Two of those victories came in big races in the last month - the $50,000-to-win Kings Royal at Eldora Speedway and the $20,000-to-win Ironman 55 at Federated Auto Parts Raceway at I-55.

"It’s been incredible," Madsen said. "This whole month, from late June-July, we've been on the podium so much. The car has been consistent and then to get the Kings Royal victory ... and The Ironman is one you want to win for sure. It's crazy, and it's been great."

Kerry MadsenMadsen came away with the most points in the first qualifying night of the Nationals after finishing third in the A-Main, second in his Heat, and posting the second-fastest lap in time trials.

"We got great points and should have a fairly good starting position Saturday night," Madsen said.

The Australian-owned Keneric Racing team has come a long way since its inaugural season, when it ran part-time. Owners Bob and Peter Gavranich have now seen Madsen visit Victory Lane a total of 13 times, including the coveted Kings Royal. This season, they picked up a major primary sponsor with American Racing Custom Wheels.

"To win a big race has been a relief because it means that in the last three-and-a-half years of work and building our organization, we've taken the right steps," Madsen said. "It’s so pleasing that the Keneric organization has put in the effort. We're extremely proud of our progress."

Knoxville Raceway is Madsen's home track. In fact, he won the track championship there in 2005 after moving from St. Mary's, New South Wales, Australia to Iowa 13 years ago. Madsen kicked off his Nationals week by running the Capitani Classic at Knoxville, finishing third in a race won by his brother Ian.

"I’ve got a lot of laps here and Tyler Swank (crew chief) has a lot of laps here as well," Madsen said. "It was a chance to get to know each other a little bit better at the track. It was just a night for us to get a race in and to be honest, I live in Knoxville. Our shop is in Knoxville and Tyler is from Newton (Iowa). If there’s a race at Knoxville and we can race in it, we want to be here. The guys drove six hours non-stop after Pevely. It was something we wanted to do. It wasn’t necessarily that we were testing a magical setup for the Nationals."

Ian, who runs part-time with the World of Outlaws, currently leads the Knoxville track championship standings after scoring his second consecutive victory. When he's not racing, he keeps a close eye on his brother on the Outlaws trail.

"I'm a massive race fan at heart, just as much as I love driving," said Ian Madsen. "I'm always keeping an eye on his racing and seeing how it's going, whether it's on Twitter or DirtVision. We've had quite a lot of rainouts here during the year so I've had the opportunity to watch a lot of the racing on DirtVision."

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