Madsen Breaks Through for First Victory at Eldora Speedway

Twice denied, Aussie finally earns checkers at historic track

ROSSBURG, Ohio — May 3, 2013 — Twice before at Eldora Speedway, Kerry Madsen suffered the agony of defeat in World of Outlaws STP Sprint Car Series competition, coming up one position short of glory, but on Friday night the Aussie finally tasted the thrill of victory.

In the kickoff to Outlaw Thunder weekend at the track celebrating its 60th anniversary season, Madsen stole the lead from Craig Dollansky on lap 17 and pulled away to win for the first time this season on the World of Outlaws STP Sprint Car Series circuit and the first time of his career at Eldora.

Dollansky was second with quick-timer Paul McMahan, hard-charger Donny Schatz and Jac Haudenschild rounding out the top five.

“I’ve had a very slow start to the season,” said Madsen, of St. Marys, NSW, Australia, who came up just short in the 2010 Kings Royal to Steve Kinser and just short again to Sammy Swindell in the 2012 Kings Royal. “So to get a win is great, but to get it at Eldora where I’ve been so close so many times … I always felt like I’ve been good here, but not gotten a win, so it feels fantastic to get the win.”

The Aussie who resides in Iowa will get a chance to repeat on Saturday night in the conclusion of Outlaw Thunder weekend at Eldora.

On a wild night that saw cars move back-and-forth, Kasey Kahne Racing’s Brad Sweet charged to an early lead in the 30-lap feature event, but on lap 8 his motor went silent after what was later determined to be a piece of debris that hit and broke a spark plug, forcing him to the pits. Dollansky inherited the lead and the Minnesota native took charge in the Eyecon Trail Cameras Maxim. However, on lap 18, Madsen drove his Keneric Racing KPC entry hard into turn one and caught Dollansky, sticking a move and powering away. Madsen then masterfully navigated lapped traffic to the checkered flag.

“We got the lead and about 12 to 13 laps in I thought we were getting a flat left rear tire,” said Dollansky, of Elk River, Minn., who was coming off a victory in Salina, Okla. “The car was just laying left hard, and I was concerned about making the 30 laps, but in the end we came home second with the car in one piece.”

McMahan charged to the checkers in third, his second consecutive podium finish in the CJB Motorsports car, this time after topping qualifying for the fifth time this season.

“The night went real well, we started off good being quick time and made some headway in the dash starting eighth and got to fifth,” said McMahan, of Nashville, Tenn. “I love this place, I love coming here and I always seem to run well. Tonight we were a third-place car.” 

Early in the race it looked as though Sheldon Haudenschild would wind up with a breakout night on the podium. After starting 19th and cracking the top five, the second generation racer from Wooster, Ohio, sustained a broken axle, ending his night in the same position he started.

Schatz thrilled the crowd with an impressive run from 24th to fourth, marking the fourth time this season he has won KSE Hard Charger honors. It was a huge run for Schatz, who qualified for the A-main by edging Brady Bacon for the final transfer spot in the Last Chance Showdown.

The Outlaws return to Eldora on Saturday night for another $10,000-to-win event before invading Minnesota’s Elko Speedway for “FVP Outlaws at Elko” on Friday, May 10, and Iowa’s Knoxville Raceway for the “Mediacom Shootout” on Saturday, May 11.

 

ELDORA SPEEDWAY NOTEBOOK

NOTES – Paul McMahan set quick time in qualifying with a lap around the high-speed half-mile oval in 13.145 seconds. … Craig Dollansky, Joey Saldana, Tim Shaffer, and Sam Hafertepe Jr. won heat races. … The dash draw was an 8 for the second consecutive event. … Kasey Kahne Racing’s Brad Sweet won his first dash of the season. … The World of Outlaws STP Sprint Car Series has raced at Eldora every year since its inaugural 1978 season. … Eldora Speedway is celebrating its 60th anniversary season.

WINNERS – Tim Kaeding – 3 (Thunderbowl Raceway on March 15, The Dirt Track at Las Vegas on March 7 and Tri-State Speedway on April 20); Daryn Pittman – 3 (Perris Auto Speedway on April 13, Tucson International Raceway on March 9 and Volusia Speedway Park on Feb. 15); Craig Dollansky – 2 (Thunderbowl Raceway on March 16 and Salina Highbanks Speedway on April 27); Donny Schatz – 2 (Kings Speedway on April 12 and The Dirt Track at Las Vegas on March 6); Shane Golobic – 1 (Antioch Speedway on April 5); Kyle Larson – 1 (Stockton 99 Dirt Track on March 22); Danny Lasoski – 1 (Volusia Speedway Park on Feb. 17); Paul McMahan – 1 (Silver Dollar Speedway on March 23); Terry McCarl – 1 (Volusia Speedway Park on Feb. 16), Sammy Swindell – 1 (Merced Speedway on March 29), Steve Kinser – 1 (El Paso Speedway Park on April 16), Kerry Madsen – 1 (EldoraSpeedway on May 3).

TIME TRIALS – Paul McMahan was the fastest qualifier around the half-mile oval with a time of 13.145 seconds to earn five championship points. Also earning points were Joey Saldana (4 points), Kerry Madsen (3), Brian Brown (2) and David Gravel (1).

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CONTINGENCY WINNERS – Penske Shocks ($100 certificate): David Gravel; MSD Ignitions ($50 cash): Kerry Madsen; Comp Cams ($50 certificate): Kerry Madsen; STP ($50 cash): Craig Dollansky; Bruce High Performance Transporters ($50 cash): Paul McMahan; JE Pistons ($50 cash): David Gravel; UNOH ($50 cash): David Gravel; American Racing Custom Wheels ($50 cash): David Gravel; VP Racing Fuels ($50 cash): Chad Kemenah; Edelbrock ($50 cash): Chad Kemenah; Comp Cams ($50 cash): Chad Kemenah; Cometic Gasket ($50 cash): Daryn Pittman; Bruce High Performance Transporters ($200 certificates): Paul McMahan, Terry McCarl, Greg Wilson; Superflow ($50 cash): Steve Kinser; JE Pistons (set of rings): Terry McCarl and Joey Saldana; Klotz Synthetic Lubricants ($50 cash): Terry McCarl; MSD Ignitions ($25 cash): Greg Wilson; Armor All (case of product): Jac Haudenschild; KSE Racing Products ($100 certificate): Donny Schatz.

 

World of Outlaws STP Sprint Car Series Statistical Report; Eldora Speedway; Rossburg, Ohio; May 3, 2013

A-main (30 Laps): 1. 29-Kerry Madsen [6] [$10,000]; 2. 7-Craig Dollansky [3] [$5,500]; 3. 51-Paul McMahan [5] [$3,200]; 4. 15-Donny Schatz [24] [$2,800]; 5. 59-Jac Haudenschild [13] [$2,500]; 6. 21-Brian Brown [4] [$2,300]; 7. 6-David Gravel [8] [$2,200]; 8. 82-Lucas Wolfe [11] [$2,100]; 9. 83X-Tim Shaffer [9] [$2,050]; 10. 1K-Kyle Larson [14] [$2,000]; 11. 63-Chad Kemenah [16] [$1,500]; 12. 2-Dale Blaney [15] [$1,200]; 13. 9-Daryn Pittman [17] [$1,100]; 14. 11-Steve Kinser [26] [$250]; 15. 4-Cody Darrah [20] [$1,000]; 16. 14-Tony Stewart [23] [$900]; 17. 24-Terry McCarl [21] [$800]; 18. 7S-Jason Sides [22] [$800]; 19. 93-Sheldon Haudenschild [19] [$800]; 20. 1-Sammy Swindell [25] [$]; 21. 71M-Joey Saldana [7] [$800]; 22. 15H-Sam Hafertepe Jr [2] [$800]; 23. 18-Ian Madsen [12] [$800]; 24. W20-Greg Wilson [18] [$800]; 25. 49-Brad Sweet [1] [$800]; 26. 83-Tim Kaeding [10] [$800]. Lap Leaders: Brad Sweet 1-8, Craig Dollansky 9-16, Kerry Madsen 17-30. KSE Hard Charger Award: 15-Donny Schatz [+20]

Qualifying: 1. 51-Paul McMahan, 13.145; 2. 71M-Joey Saldana, 13.186; 3. 29-Kerry Madsen, 13.202; 4. 21-Brian Brown, 13.230; 5. 6-David Gravel, 13.273; 6. 82-Lucas Wolfe, 13.277; 7. 18-Ian Madsen, 13.295; 8. 59-Jac Haudenschild, 13.311; 9. 7-Craig Dollansky, 13.325; 10. 1K-Kyle Larson, 13.329; 11. 49-Brad Sweet, 13.332; 12. 15H-Sam Hafertepe Jr, 13.338; 13. 2-Dale Blaney, 13.363; 14. 83-Tim Kaeding, 13.371; 15. 83X-Tim Shaffer, 13.382; 16. 63-Chad Kemenah, 13.392; 17. 9-Daryn Pittman, 13.396; 18. W20-Greg Wilson, 13.399; 19. 93-Sheldon Haudenschild, 13.406; 20. 96-Bronson Maeschen, 13.412; 21. 4-Cody Darrah, 13.453; 22. 24-Terry McCarl, 13.499; 23. 7S-Jason Sides, 13.501; 24. 14-Tony Stewart, 13.504; 25. 24H-Bryan Sebbetto, 13.506; 26. 15-Donny Schatz, 13.528; 27. 11K-Kraig Kinser, 13.539; 28. 99-Brady Bacon, 13.563; 29. 66-Randy Hannagan, 13.567; 30. 17B-Bill Balog, 13.570; 31. 11-Steve Kinser, 13.604; 32. 1-Sammy Swindell, 13.626; 33. 97-Phil Gressman, 13.694; 34. 9W-Brandon Wimmer, 13.699; 35. 7K-Chad Blonde, 13.705; 36. 22-Cole Duncan, 13.715; 37. 28-Brian Paulus, 13.723; 38. 13-Jason Leffler, 13.729; 39. 2M-Dallas Hewitt, 13.837.

Heat 1 (8 Laps – Top 5 finishers transfer to the A-feature): 1. 7-Craig Dollansky [2]; 2. 51-Paul McMahan [4]; 3. 6-David Gravel [3]; 4. 4-Cody Darrah [6]; 5. 9-Daryn Pittman [5]; 6. 24H-Bryan Sebbetto [7]; 7. 28-Brian Paulus [10]; 8. 2-Dale Blaney [1]; 9. 97-Phil Gressman [9]; 10. 66-Randy Hannagan [8].

Heat 2 (8 Laps – Top 5 finishers transfer to the A-feature): 1. 71M-Joey Saldana [4]; 2. 83-Tim Kaeding [1]; 3. 82-Lucas Wolfe [3]; 4. 1K-Kyle Larson [2]; 5. W20-Greg Wilson [5]; 6. 15-Donny Schatz [7]; 7. 24-Terry McCarl [6]; 8. 9W-Brandon Wimmer [9]; 9. 17B-Bill Balog [8]; 10. 13-Jason Leffler [10].

Heat 3 (8 Laps – Top 5 finishers transfer to the A-feature): 1. 83X-Tim Shaffer [1]; 2. 49-Brad Sweet [2]; 3. 18-Ian Madsen [3]; 4. 29-Kerry Madsen [4]; 5. 7S-Jason Sides [6]; 6. 93-Sheldon Haudenschild [5]; 7. 11K-Kraig Kinser [7]; 8. 11-Steve Kinser [8]; 9. 7K-Chad Blonde [9]; 10. 2M-Dallas Hewitt [10]

Heat 4 (8 Laps – Top 5 finishers transfer to the A-feature): 1. 15H-Sam Hafertepe Jr [2]; 2. 21-Brian Brown [4]; 3. 63-Chad Kemenah [1]; 4. 59-Jac Haudenschild [3]; 5. 14-Tony Stewart [6]; 6. 99-Brady Bacon [7]; 7. 96-Bronson Maeschen [5]; 8. 22-Cole Duncan [9]; 9. 1-Sammy Swindell [8]

Dash (6 Laps, finishing order determined first 10 starting positions of A-feature): 1. 49-Brad Sweet [2]; 2. 15H-Sam Hafertepe Jr [1]; 3. 7-Craig Dollansky [3]; 4. 21-Brian Brown [5]; 5. 51-Paul McMahan [8]; 6. 29-Kerry Madsen [6]; 7. 71M-Joey Saldana [7]; 8. 6-David Gravel [4]; 9. 83X-Tim Shaffer [10]; 10. 83-Tim Kaeding [9]

Last Chance Showdown (12 Laps – Top 4 finishers transfer to the A-feature): 1. 2-Dale Blaney [1] [-]; 2. 93-Sheldon Haudenschild [2] [-]; 3. 24-Terry McCarl [4] [-]; 4. 15-Donny Schatz [6] [-]; 5. 99-Brady Bacon [8] [$200]; 6. 11-Steve Kinser [11] [$180]; 7. 11K-Kraig Kinser [7] [$175]; 8. 9W-Brandon Wimmer [14] [$160]; 9. 24H-Bryan Sebbetto [5] [$150]; 10. 28-Brian Paulus [17] [$150]; 11. 7K-Chad Blonde [15] [$150]; 12. 17B-Bill Balog [10] [$150]; 13. 13-Jason Leffler [18] [$150]; 14. 2M-Dallas Hewitt [19] [$150]; 15. 96-Bronson Maeschen [3] [$150]; 16. 66-Randy Hannagan [9] [$150]; 17. 22-Cole Duncan [16] [$150]; 18. 1-Sammy Swindell [12] [$150]; 19. 97-Phil Gressman [13] [$150].

 

World of Outlaws STP Sprint Car Series Top 20 Championship Standings

Pos.

Driver

Total

Diff

Wins

Top 5’s

Top 10’s

QT

1

Daryn Pittman

2546

0

3

12

15

3

2

Paul McMahan

2435

-111

1

9

11

5

3

Donny Schatz

2385

-161

2

6

12

0

4

Joey Saldana

2380

-166

0

4

11

2

5

Sammy Swindell

2369

-177

1

4

10

0

6

David Gravel

2357

-189

0

4

10

1

7

Craig Dollansky

2342

-204

2

4

10

1

8

Cody Darrah

2266

-280

0

2

6

1

9

Steve Kinser

2222

-324

1

1

6

0

10

Chad Kemenah

2217

-329

0

5

6

2

11

Kraig Kinser

2171

-375

0

3

8

0

12

Kerry Madsen

2165

-381

1

3

8

0

13

Jason Sides

2038

-508

0

2

7

0

14

Tim Kaeding

1808

-738

3

9

11

0

15

Greg Wilson

1639

-907

0

0

1

0

16

Brian Brown

1453

-1093

0

1

4

0

17

Sam Hafertepe Jr.

1445

-1101

0

0

2

0

18

Kyle Hirst

1319

-1227

0

0

3

1

19

Jason Meyers

1303

-1243

0

1

3

0

20

Jac Haudenschild

1254

-1292

0

3

4

0

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