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Words: Paul Griffin
Kerry Madsen was in scintillating form at Valvoline Raceway last weekend, crushing the opposition in both nights of the Scott Darley Challenge.
Madsen was a clear winner on the preliminary Friday night event and backed it up with a convincing win in the final night on Saturday.
Second across the line was American Jason Johnson and third was Robbie Farr.
From an overall perspective, Madsen dominated the 2 night event and underscored his current Australian Champion Status.
His form is just where he would want it heading into the Grand Annual Sprintcar Classic this weekend.
A large field of sixty entries battled out the challenge with 5 USA Drivers in the mix: Jason Johnson, Carson Macedo, Dominic Scelzi, Logan Schuchart and Geoff Ensign. The A-Main consisted of 24 cars.
Madsen started on pole and did not trade this position for the “D19 Challenge” – “The D19 Challenge” being to start from the tenth row and if victorious pocket an extra $19,000.
Along side Madsen for the final was Pennsylvanian Logan Schuchart.
James McFadden was motoring well in the final until he slipped over the cushion while in a fierce battle with Schuchart, looping the #17 and causing American Carson Macedo to flip hard.
Matt Dumesny was also caught up in that incident as well.
Brook Tatnell started in a relatively lowly (for him anyway) 16th position, but was able to fight hard to take 8th, while Ian Madsen started 14th after an average qualifying and finished 6th.
Last year’s race winner Shaun Dobson started P9 and was only able to move forward one position.
Danny Reidy won the B-Main but found the going hard in the A-Amin and crossed the line in 19th.
Jamie Veal who was a pre-race favourite had a wild turn 1 crash after contact with Dominic Scelzi and was a DNF after starting in P11.