Kerry Madsen Unstoppable in 2018 Scott Darley Challenge

All Images Compliments Gary Reid: greid@pacific.net.au
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.

Kerry Madsen

Kerry Madsen won the Scott Darley Challenge Final as well as the preliminary A Main the night before

Scott Darley Challenge podium: (l-r) Robbie Farr (3rd), Max Freeman (Scott Darley's nephew), Kerry Madsen (1st), Jason Johnson (2nd)

Scott Darley Challenge podium: (l-r) Robbie Farr (3rd), Max Freeman (Scott Darley’s nephew), Kerry Madsen (1st), Jason Johnson (2nd)

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.

Jamie Veal

Crash crew rush to Jamie Veal’s crash scene. He was uninjured.

Mark Attard in a Sydney sunset

Top Shot : Mark Attard on the gas with a Sydney sunset as a stunning backdrop

Saturday flag parade led by Scott Darley's brother in law

Saturday flag parade led by Scott Darley’s brother-in-law Paul Freeman (84)

Logan Schuchart

American visitor Logan Schuchart in Saturday hot laps

Jack Lee in Saturday hot laps

Jack Lee in Saturday hot laps – Ripper action from photographer Gary Reid

Jordyn Brazier (21) and Jackson Delamont (48)

Jordyn Brazier (21) and Jackson Delamont (48) in Saturday heat race action

Friday preliminary A Main podium: (l-r) Robbie Farr (3rd), Kerry Madsen (1st), Sam Walsh (2nd)

Friday preliminary A Main podium: (l-r) Robbie Farr (3rd), Kerry Madsen (1st), Sam Walsh (2nd)

Robbie Farr

Jason Johnson (26) and Robbie Farr (7) battle for podium positions in Friday’s A Main

Max Dumesny (5), Grant Anderson (37) and Alex Orr (43)

Max Dumesny (5), Grant Anderson (37) and Alex Orr (43) in Friday’s B Main

Brooke Tatnell

Brooke Tatnell in the #55 Scott Transport entry in a Friday heat

Jason Johnson

Jason Johnson driving the WA26 in a Friday heat

Jamie Veal

Jamie Veal in a Friday heat

Carl Dowling in Friday time trials

West Australian Carl Dowling in Friday time trials

Geoff Ensign

American visitor Geoff Ensign in Friday time trials

Dave Murcott

Dave Murcott in Friday time trials – He made the Saturday A-Main but crossed the line last in P19

Kerry Mad Mad Madsen

Kerry Madsen led all the way to win the 2018 Scott Darley Challenge

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