Kerry Madsen Wins Kings Royal
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Eldora Speedway Crowns King Kerry the 31st  at Kings Royal

Kerry Madsen scores his first Kings Royal victory, his seventh podium finish in a row and his fourth win of the season    

ROSSBURG, Ohio — July 12, 2014 — Kerry Madsen did something Saturday night few before him have ever done – he won the Kings Royal, one of the most coveted prizes on the World of Outlaws STP Sprint Car Series schedule, and the right to be called  ‘King.’

In front of a packed Eldora Speedway, the newly crowned ‘King Kerry’ was emotional and at times speechless in victory lane as he thanked the fans, his team owners, crew members and sponsors.  

“I just want to thank Eldora Speedway for just letting me be part of this fantastic race,” Madsen said. “I moved over from Australia and this is pretty much the race that hooked me on American racing.”

Madsen, who started seventh, took over the lead from David Gravel on lap 13.

“I got an awesome run,” Madsen said. “David and Donny were kind of battling there and it just left the topside open. I had the wing kind of in the trunk and the thing just sat down there and rolled around that corner wide open and we just pulled it off. We got a lot of momentum and track position after that.”

As the laps ticked by, Madsen built an impressive lead, maneuvering through lapped traffic and holding off challenges from Schatz and Gravel. A caution on the last lap presented Madsen with one final obstacle.

“I was just really, really trying to hold my concentration in the last ten laps,” Madsen said. “Just stay motivated and hit my marks and I have to admit I started counting the laps down when there was five to go. Backed the pace down, brought her a little away from the wall. And the white flag lap I thought we have a shot here and then, what do you know, the yellow comes out.”

After coming so close to winning the famed event in years past, Madsen was focused on the competition behind him and keeping them there.

“When you have a champion like Donny behind you, you know you can’t make a mistake… and obviously David was strong all weekend and he was going to be a presence at some point as well,” Madsen said. “Fortunately for me, [my team] gave me that good a car that it just did its own thing anyways.”

This was Madsen’s third Outlaws win at the track. The win for the St. Marys, New South Wales, Australia native also makes him the first Australian to win the Kings Royal. This was the seventh podium finish in a row for Madsen and his fourth win of the season.

As the green flag flew to start the race, pole sitter David Gravel jumped out to an early lead in the Kings Royal over second place starter Donny Schatz. The two battled early, with Schatz eventually taking over the lead on lap nine after he closed the gap on Gravel and slid past out of turn four.

Meanwhile, Madsen, who started seventh, was working his way through the field. He found a fast line high near the wall and following a restart 11 laps in, Madsen used that speed to power past Schatz as Gravel took the lead back over.

Just one lap later, Madsen passed Gravel for first. It was not however smooth sailing for Madsen as he faced three cautions and subsequent restarts. Each time, Madsen maintained his lead, holding Schatz and Gravel back.   

A caution that flew on lap 38 eventually turned onto an open red after the Outlaws had reached max laps. Madsen again faced the challenge of maintaining what he had built on the restart. Schatz and Gravel gave one last try at finding a way around Madsen on the green-white-checkered, but it was not to be. Madsen won Kings Royal.

Second place finisher Schatz said he’s not sure whether the restarts hurt or helped his team but said a changing racetrack affected his night.

“Kerry was definitely a better racecar,” Schatz said. “He got up there and went and was awful fast. When he got there it was hard to even keep up with him. Hats off to those guys, they did a phenomenal job. He’s been knocking at the door of this race for a long time so I’m glad to see him win it.”

“The STP guys did an awesome job – second was the best we could do tonight. All you can do is build on it. We get to race again on Tuesday and try to get ourselves a little better spot.”

Gravel, who finished the night in third after leading ten laps, including the first eight, congratulated Madsen’s crew chief Tyler Swank, who served in the same role with Gravel in previous seasons.

“I know starting on the pole we wanted to win there but to get on the podium my second Kings Royal that I made was pretty good,” Gravel said. “Eldora treats me awesome. All you fans here, I don’t know how many are there, but you guys are awesome.”

“I thought the race was coming towards me with the lapped traffic but that’s the way it goes. We’re going to be happy for the rest of the ‘Month of Money’.”

The World of Outlaws STP Sprint Car Series returns to Pennsylvania next week for a four race swing that will take them to Lernerville Speedway, Lincoln Speedway and Williams Grove Speedway. After that, the Outlaws head to Lebanon Valley Speedway and Fulton Speedway in New York. 

ELDORA SPEEDWAY NOTES: Kerry Madsen scored his seventh podium finish in a row and his fourth win of the season… David Gravel, Donny Schatz and Kerry Madsen all led laps tonight… In addition to winning the feature, Kerry Madsen also had the quick time.

SEASON WINNERS:Daryn Pittman – 9(Thunderbowl Raceway on March 14, Calistoga Speedway on April 6, Devil’s Bowl Speedway on April 19, Williams Grove Speedway on May 16 and May 17, Orange County Fair Speedway, May 18, New Egypt Speedway, May 20 and Dodge City Raceway Park on July 4 and 5); Donny Schatz – 8(Volusia Speedway Park on Feb. 15, The Dirt Track at Las Vegas on March 6, Devil’s Bowl Speedway on April 19, Lawrenceburg Speedway on May 27, I-96 Speedway on May 31, River Cities Speedway on June 20, 34 Raceway on June 27 and Cedar Lake Speedway on June 29); Joey Saldana – 5 (Perris Auto Speedway on April 12, Salina Highbanks on April 25, The Dirt Track at Charlotte on May 23, I-80 Speedway on June 6 and Jackson Speedway on June 13);Brad Sweet– 5 (Volusia Speedway Park on Feb. 14, Tucson International Raceway on March 8, Calistoga Speedway on April 5, Knoxville Raceway on June 14 and Beaver Dam Raceway on June 28);Kerry Madsen – 4 (Stockton Dirt track on March 22, El Paso Speedway Park on April 15, Lakeside Speedway on June 7 and Eldora Speedway on July 12);David Gravel – 3 (Merced Speedway on March 28, Eldora Speedway on May 3, and Wilmot Raceway on May 9);Paul McMahan – 3 (The Dirt Track at Las Vegas on March 5, Tri-State Speedway on May 10 and Limaland Motorsports Park on July 9); Rico Abreu – 1 (Thunderbowl Raceway on March 15);Sammy Swindell – 2 (Federated Auto Parts Raceway at I-55 on April 26 and Eldora Speedway on July 11); Dale Blaney – 1(Attica Raceway Park on May 30); Christopher Bell – 1 (Jacksonville Speedway on May 7);Roger Crockett – 1 (I-94 Speedway on June 21); Cody Darrah – 1 (Kings Speedway on April 11); Mark Dobmeier – 1 (Huset’s Speedway on July 2); Steve Kinser – 1(Volusia Speedway Park on Feb. 16); Stevie Smith – 1 (Lincoln Speedway on May 14);Shane Stewart – 1 (Eldora Speedway on May 2).

World of Outlaws STP Sprint Car Series Statistical Report; Eldora Speedway; Rossburg, Ohio; July 12, 2014

A-Main – (40 Laps) – 1. 29-Kerry Madsen [7] [$50,000]; 2. 15-Donny Schatz [2] [$12,500]; 3. 83-David Gravel [1] [$7,500]; 4. 71-Kevin Swindell [8] [$5,500]; 5. 51-Paul McMahan [12] [$4,500]; 6. W20-Greg Wilson [5] [$3,800]; 7. 14K-Dale Blaney [17] [$3,300]; 8. 24-Rico Abreu [13] [$2,800]; 9. 9-Daryn Pittman [10] [$2,650]; 10. 7S-Jason Sides [18] [$2,550]; 11. 53-Christopher Bell [22] [$2,250]; 12. 11-Steve Kinser [6] [$2,100]; 13. 21-Brian Brown [14] [$2,050]; 14. 63-Chad Kemenah [19] [$2,000]; 15. 1s-Logan Schuchart [21] [$1,950]; 16. 4-Cody Darrah [20] [$1,900]; 17. 1-Sammy Swindell [9] [$1,850]; 18. 83X-Jason Meyers [16] [$1,800]; 19. 19M-Brent Marks [11] [$1,750]; 20. 71M-Joey Saldana [25] [$1,700]; 21. 2-Shane Stewart [3] [$1,650]; 22. 11K-Kraig Kinser [23] [$1,625]; 23. 11N-Randy Hannagan [4] [$1,600]; 24. 49-Brad Sweet [15] [$1,550]; 25. 59-Tim Kaeding [24] [$1,550]. Lap Leaders: David Gravel 1-8, 11-12; Donny Schatz 9-10; Kerry Madsen 13-40. KSE Hard Charger Award: 53-Christopher Bell [+11]

Qualifying – 1. 29-Kerry Madsen, 13.234; 2. 63-Chad Kemenah, 13.289; 3. 1-Sammy Swindell, 13.291; 4. 9-Daryn Pittman, 13.297; 5. 14K-Dale Blaney, 13.303; 6. 83-David Gravel, 13.304; 7. 4-Cody Darrah, 13.312; 8. 11K-Kraig Kinser, 13.318; 9. 2L-Ed Lynch Jr, 13.363; 10. 71M-Joey Saldana, 13.367; 11. 15-Donny Schatz, 13.400; 12. 51-Paul McMahan, 13.433; 13. 1s-Logan Schuchart, 13.433; 14. 71-Kevin Swindell, 13.438; 15. 49-Brad Sweet, 13.451; 16. 2-Shane Stewart, 13.454; 17. 19M-Brent Marks, 13.454; 18. 7S-Jason Sides, 13.493; 19. 11-Steve Kinser, 13.494; 20. W20-Greg Wilson, 13.517; 21. 11N-Randy Hannagan, 13.534; 22. 83X-Jason Meyers, 13.565; 23. 40-Caleb Helms, 13.571; 24. 53-Christopher Bell, 13.571; 25. 44W-Austen Wheatley, 13.580; 26. 21-Brian Brown, 13.580; 27. 10H-Danny Holtgraver, 13.600; 28. 81-Lee Jacobs, 13.613; 29. 59-Tim Kaeding, 13.622; 30. 49X-Cole Duncan, 13.634; 31. 24-Rico Abreu, 13.644; 32. 82-Roger Crockett, 13.649; 33. 5T-Travis Philo, 13.708; 34. 45-Tim Shaffer, 13.729; 35. 48-Danny Dietrich, 13.734; 36. 19-Paige Polyak, 13.758; 37. 3G-James McFadden, 13.766; 38. 1A-Jacob Allen, 13.803; 39. 60-Kory Crabtree, 13.805; 40. 9W-Jac Haudenschild, 13.809; 41. 21M-Dallas Hewitt, 13.838; 42. 2X-Nathan Skaggs, 13.874; 43. 28-Brian Paulus, 13.945; 44. 93-Sheldon Haudenschild, 13.989; 45. 2M-Dustin Daggett, 14.083; 46. 16-Danny Mumaw, 14.148; 47. 59P-Chris Jones, 14.319

Heat 1 – (10 Laps – Top 3 finishers transfer to the A-feature) – 1. 11-Steve Kinser [1]; 2. 29-Kerry Madsen [4]; 3. 24-Rico Abreu [6]; 4. 4-Cody Darrah [3]; 5. 1s-Logan Schuchart [2]; 6. 3G-James McFadden [7]; 7. 44W-Austen Wheatley [5]; 8. 28-Brian Paulus [8]

Heat 2 – (10 Laps – Top 3 finishers transfer to the A-feature) – 1. W20-Greg Wilson [1]; 2. 71-Kevin Swindell [2]; 3. 21-Brian Brown [5]; 4. 63-Chad Kemenah [4]; 5. 11K-Kraig Kinser [3]; 6. 82-Roger Crockett [6]; 7. 1A-Jacob Allen [7]; 8. 93-Sheldon Haudenschild [8]

Heat 3 – (10 Laps – Top 3 finishers transfer to the A-feature) – 1. 11N-Randy Hannagan [1]; 2. 1-Sammy Swindell [4]; 3. 49-Brad Sweet [2]; 4. 2L-Ed Lynch Jr [3]; 5. 2M-Dustin Daggett [8]; 6. 10H-Danny Holtgraver [5]; 7. 5T-Travis Philo [6]; 8. 60-Kory Crabtree [7]

Heat 4 – (10 Laps – Top 3 finishers transfer to the A-feature) – 1. 2-Shane Stewart [2]; 2. 9-Daryn Pittman [4]; 3. 83X-Jason Meyers [1]; 4. 71M-Joey Saldana [3]; 5. 81-Lee Jacobs [5]; 6. 45-Tim Shaffer [6]; 7. 9W-Jac Haudenschild [7]; 8. 16-Danny Mumaw [8]

Heat 5 – (10 Laps – Top 3 finishers transfer to the A-feature) – 1. 15-Donny Schatz [3]; 2. 19M-Brent Marks [2]; 3. 14K-Dale Blaney [4]; 4. 59-Tim Kaeding [5]; 5. 40-Caleb Helms [1]; 6. 48-Danny Dietrich [6]; 7. 21M-Dallas Hewitt [7]; 8. 59P-Chris Jones [8]

Heat 6 – (10 Laps – Top 3 finishers transfer to the A-feature) – 1. 83-David Gravel [4]; 2. 51-Paul McMahan [3]; 3. 7S-Jason Sides [2]; 4. 53-Christopher Bell [1]; 5. 49X-Cole Duncan [5]; 6. 2X-Nathan Skaggs [7]; 7. 19-Paige Polyak [6]

C-Main – (8 Laps – Top 2 finishers transfer to the Last Chance Showdown) – 1. 5T-Travis Philo [2]  [-]; 2. 9W-Jac Haudenschild [3]  [-]; 3. 28-Brian Paulus [1]; 4. 60-Kory Crabtree [6]; 5. 21M-Dallas Hewitt [4]; 6. 19-Paige Polyak [5]; 7. 59P-Chris Jones [8]  [$200]; 8. 16-Danny Mumaw [7]  [$190]; 9. 93-Sheldon Haudenschild [9]  [$180]

Last Chance Showdown – (15 Laps – Top 4 finishers transfer to the A-feature) – 1. 1s-Logan Schuchart [1]  [-]; 2. 53-Christopher Bell [6]  [-]; 3. 11K-Kraig Kinser [2]  [-]; 4. 59-Tim Kaeding [5]  [-]; 5. 71M-Joey Saldana [4]  [$500]; 6. 82-Roger Crockett [8]  [$450]; 7. 81-Lee Jacobs [10]  [$400]; 8. 2L-Ed Lynch Jr [3]  [$350]; 9. 45-Tim Shaffer [16]  [$300]; 10. 2M-Dustin Daggett [9]  [$250]; 11. 49X-Cole Duncan [12]  [$200]; 12. 9W-Jac Haudenschild [20]  [$200]; 13. 5T-Travis Philo [19]  [$200]; 14. 40-Caleb Helms [11]  [$200]; 15. 10H-Danny Holtgraver [15]  [$200]; 16. 28-Brian Paulus [21]  [$200]; 17. 3G-James McFadden [7]  [$200]; 18. 60-Kory Crabtree [22]  [$200]; 19. 44W-Austen Wheatley [13]  [$200]; 20. 1A-Jacob Allen [14]  [$200]; 21. 19-Paige Polyak [24]  [$200]; 22. 48-Danny Dietrich [17]  [$200]; 23. 21M-Dallas Hewitt [23]  [$200]; 24. 2X-Nathan Skaggs [18]  [$200]

The World of Outlaws STP Sprint Car Series is brought to fans across the country by many important sponsors and partners, including: American Racing Custom Wheels (Official Custom Wheel), Armor All (Official Car Care Products), Lincoln Welders (Official Welder), STP (Official Fuel Treatment), Hoosier Racing Tire (Official Tire), VP Racing Fuels (Official Racing Fuel); in addition to contingency sponsors, including: Bruce High Performance Transporters, Cometic Gasket, Comp Cams, Edelbrock, JE Pistons, KSE Racing Products, Mobil 1, MSD, Sweet Manufacturing, and Superflow Dynos; along with manufacturer sponsors, including: ButlerBuilt, Intercomp, J&J Auto Racing, Jake’s Carts, Racing Electronics, S&S Volvo and TNT Rescue.