Ian Madsen Going Full-Time Outlaw Racing in 2018

Ian Madsen Going Full-Time Outlaw Racing in 2018

CONCORD, NC – November 11, 2017 – It is with great excitement that the World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Car Series announces that Australian Ian Madsen will join the Series full-time in 2018. Madsen, the 2017 Knoxville Raceway Track Champion, scored his second career World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Car Series victory during the running of the 39th Annual AGCO Jackson Nationals at the Jackson Motorplex in Minnesota in June of this year.

“We’ve been gearing up to go full-time Outlaw racing the past few years,” the 32-year old Australian said. It’s true. In 2017, the KCP Racing No.18 raced 90 times with Madsen able to secure 11 victories throughout the season. “We’ve been committed to Knoxville on Saturday’s the past few years, but outside of that we’ve run everywhere. Running with the Outlaws will give us more structure,” Madsen added.

Madsen was a familiar face with the World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Car Series in 2017, scoring 21 top-ten finishes. Most recently, Madsen competed with The Greatest Show on Dirt at the Textron Off Road World of Outlaws World Finals at The Dirt Track at Charlotte Motor Speedway and came home with a second-place finish on Night 2.

Madsen is accomplished in his native land Down Under as well, scoring a preliminary night win at the Grand Annual Sprint Car Classic this season and following that up with a second-place finish in the Australian Title Finale, an event that saw over 100 cars compete.

In 16 Features at Knoxville Raceway this season, Madsen was in the top-ten all 16 times and added 12 top-five finishes, nine podiums and five wins en route to the track championship. On sprint car’s biggest stage, the 5-Hour ENERGY Knoxville Nationals, Madsen was strong all weekend, finishing inside in the top-ten of the 50-lap finale.

Madsen, crew chief Kyle Ripper and the KCP team have worked seamlessly together, becoming one of the most potent teams in the country. But Madsen knows next year will be different, “We don’t have any result orientated goals. We will do the best we can and perform to the best of our ability.”

“If you want to be the best, you’ve got to race with the best,” Madsen simply stated for the main reasoning behind joining the World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Car Series as a platinum member.

The World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Car Series is pleased to welcome Ian Madsen and the entire KCP Racing team to the Series full-time in 2018 and for many years in the future.:

World of Outlaws Sprintcar Press Release

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Americans in for the Sunshine

Americans in for the Sunshine.

Ausdeck Patio’s Archerfield Speedway Promoter John Kelly confirmed today 5 American drivers will take the green during the Sunshine Swing segment of QSS World Series Sprintcars commencing January 3.

Speedway’s best kept secret being the return of 10 times Knoxville Nationals winner Donny Schatz to the home of the Performance Wholesale Australian Sprintcar Open.

Joining Schatz will be QSS/WSS contracted drivers Carson Macedo and Dominic Scelzi plus Logan Schuchart and Lucas Wolfe.

The ‘Open’ becoming an event targeted by international stars as a ‘must do’ considering its rich 22 year history and the domination of the event by Schatz.

Kelly is proud the event is sought after. “We have offered good prizemoney, provided consistency in the administration of the event and prepared a racetrack that has provided a great racing Spectacle,” Kelly said.” The 50 lap A-Mains over the past 2 years have raced green to Chequer without a stoppage.”

Schuhart returns to race for the John Weatherall Motorguard Team with Wolfe joining the Bruce and Linda Ayers #1Z.

With 16 QSSWSS contracted drivers including home grown Kevin Titman and Lockie McHugh plus Queensland Sprintcar Association Champion Luke Oldfield, Andrew Scheuerle, Peter Lack, Brent Kratzman, Mitchell Gee and last start winner Allan Woods to name a few of the casual nominations expected, The Sunshine Swing for World Series Sprintcars is expected to provide a feast of Sprintcar action at its best for the Queensland and Northern NSW Speedway fan.

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It’s arrived, my Bryan Clauson handmade midget model

It’s arrived, my Bryan Clauson handmade midget model

We all have our favourite Speedway driver and mine is  Bryan Clauson. Sadly last August Speedway lost this wonderful young racer as a result of an accident in his #63 Midget race car at the Belleville Midget Nationals.

Heart break was felt around the Speedway World and the devastating effect on his family trying recovering from this tragic loss is only softened by the memories of his selfless actions in being an organ donor.

Today I have unpacked the handmade die cast of Bryan’s #63 and must admit to a fair bit of emotion as I slowly and carefully unpacked the parcel.Beautifully crafted by John Stewart of Retro Racing Custom Model Cars,  it now sits proudly with my other speddway model collections .I had the pleasure of meeting Bryan  in 2013 at Lismore Speedway during a POWRi World Midget Show, short chat during a break in the pits, meeting Bryan is something I will always remember and cherish.

You can honor Bryan’s memory and help many other families by discussing with your family your wish to be an organ donor. This is a wonderful thing to do. Thanks John Stewart Retro Racing Custom Models the model has arrived and is truly fantastic, great craftsmanship.

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It’s Veal and Krikke Motorsports together in 2017

It’s Veal and Krikke Motorsports together in 2017

 

 

In a major announcement Krikke Motorsports principal Ryan Krikke announces that Jamie Veal will be joining the Team full time  for the 2017 Australian season. Veal will replace Brooke Tatnell behind the wheel of the Western Australian based Transport Equipment Hire  backed #WA2 Sprintcar Team.

 

This is great news for the future of World Series Sprintcars and will see * Australia’s two leading drivers continue their rivalry in the *top two Sprintcar teams in the Country.

American based Australian Legend Brooke Tatnell departs the team after 12 years in which the team shared many special and emotional victories. Tatnell and Krikke Motorsports together have won many A Mains including an Australian Title, World Series Championships and the Grand Annual Classic most importantly the Krikke Boys Shoot Out

This would have been a very difficult decision for the team but with the Monte Motorsports signing last year of James McFadden this decision gives the team more fire power to take the challenge up to the 2016/17 World Series and Classic Championship Team in the coming season.

Veal’s signing came as the Warnambool based team had decides to scale back their Australian racing operation to focus on the teams US campaigns.Veal and Krikke will contest all major shows around the Country including the World Series Sprintcar Championship, the Australian Title and the Grand Annual Classic at Warnambool.

This is exciting news for Sprintcar fans across Australia and Talking Speedway wishes Krikke Motorsports, Jamie Veal great success in season 2017.We are also hopeful that we will get see Brooke Tatnell back in Australia as he is truly a legend and a fan favorite

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Photo credits Jamie Veal Borderline Speedway https://www.facebook.com/SnapperificPhotography/

Brooke Tatnell Krikke Motorsports

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Shamrock Classic opens the USAC Season at Du Quoin.

Shamrock Classic opens the USAC Season at Du Quoin.

 

The USAC National Midget season hits the starter’s button for 2017 with the 2nd annual running of the Shamrock Classic at Du Quoin in the Southern Illinois Centre.It is fitting that Bryan Clauson Promotions should lead off the season with the Shamrock Classic attracting a 50 strong entry list.

Heading the entries is the current USAC National Midget Champion Tanner Thorson and together with Christopher Bell heads a 6 strong Keith Kunz entry .After their successful Chili Bowl campaign the Clauson – Marshall Racing brings the defending Shamrock Classic Champion Shane Golobic#17W, Tyler Courtney #7BC and Justin Grant #39BC to Du Quoin to start their assault on the 2017 National Midget Championship.

 On Saturday March 18th the Du Quoin Centre indoor dirt track will need to handle the best in USAC Midget, Sprint and Silver Crown drivers as they fight for first Midget season points and the $US3900.00 winner’s purse.

Indoor racing exciting and likely to cause unexpected upsets so be prepare for an unlikely winner. It all begins on Saturday before heading to Kokomo Grand Prix in April.

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Madsen,Madsen and McFadden tackle Outlaws in Las Vegas

 Australian Sprintcar Champion Kerry Madsen returns to the heat of the World of Outlaw action this weekend at Las Vegas Speedway Dirt Track after missing the Texas round at Lone Star Speedway .With a win in the Go Muddy/Big Game car already in his pocket Madsen should be primed for another big result.

With season only weeks old and with a limited World of Outlaw events on his schedule the Australian Champion will be out to remind the regulars his appetite for Outlaws wins is still as strong as ever.

Madsen will be joined in Las Vegas by Brother Ian and the KCP Team together with the recently arrived James McFadden in the Factory Kahne/Sean Dyson #51.All three Australians have had success down under in 2016/17 beating many of the tough Americans along the way.

An all Australian podium at Las Vegas is not out of the question.

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McFadden takes Krikke Boys Shoot Out then US Bound

McFadden takes Krikke Boys Shoot Out then US Bound 

The 2016/17 OZ season ended on a high for James McFadden after taking the 20th Krikke Boys Shoot Out at Bunbury Speedway. The Krikke Shoot Out was an awesome prize for McFadden and his Milwaukee Tools backed Monte Motorsports team. and topped off a great season .

The switch of race Teams early in 2016 has been an outstanding success with numerous Feature wins  which included the World Series Sprintcar Championship for the  3rd time and his massive win in the Grand Annual Classic at Warnambool’s Sungold Stadium.

The Krikke Shoot Out trophy stays in Western Australian after two night of exhilarating racing. McFadden had the pole starting position with arch rival Jamie Veal sharing the front row. Night two had its fair share of crashes but that’s speedway.

The Krikke Team had hoped that their Shane Krikke tribute car with Brooke Tattnell at the wheel might have taken the win but no one would have been too disappointed with the McFadden win .Tatnell ran a strong second after fuel problems robbed Steven Lines of an assured runner up position. Jamie Maiolo completed the Kirkke podium. Jamie Veal’s year of bad luck continued with ignition problems forcing his DNF.

McFadden’s celebration of the Krikke Shoot out Trophy was short lived as he had to prepare to head across the Pacific to race this weekend with the World of Outlaws at the Dirt Track Las Vegas. McFadden will wheel the factory Kahne’s #51 with the support of Sean Dyson and Phil Durst.The Outlaw show will be run Thursday and Friday. McFadden will run the West  Coast World of Outlaw schedules in the #51

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Veal fires night one of the krikke Boys Shoot Out

Veal fires night one of the krikke Boys Shoot Out

This special event that remembers the Krikke Boys had extra meaning this year as it was also a tribute to the passing of Shane Krikke.

Held at the Quit Bunbury Speedway over two nights with a cool $20,000 up for grabs.  Jamie Veal heads into night two after claiming the win on the opening night from James McFadden and Brooke Tatnell.

The Bunbury track has had its share of critics over recent times but last night the track was awesome. Nominations for this year’s event were down on last year’s 33 starters but the 22 teams on hand were prepared for the contest and each looking for the chance to have their names in the record for this very special race.

Controversy is never far from Speedway and unfortunately track conditions will always be a an easy target for criticism .The Krikke Shoot Out is a wonderful race and the controversy over the Track managements refusal to accept Kent Robinson’s WX4 nomination for the meeting a unnecessary distraction .The decision drew plenty of comment on social media with opinion firmly on the side of Kent Robinson. It is alleged that Robinson had made unacceptable and detrimental remarks about the sport  and the promoters deemed that to be  unacceptable and refused his nomination for the Shoot Out.

The question of free speech is high on the political agenda in Australia and it is sad that it has found it’s way into the Sport of Speedway. Surely there was a better way for both parties to have handled the matter.The only question to answer is who will take the Krikke Boys Shoot Out for 2017.

Photo credit :Mark Brando

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Outlaws on the move Florida to Texas.

Outlaws on the move Florida to Texas.

With the first three events of the 2017 calendar already in the books the World of Outlaw Sprintcar teams haul their way up from Florida to the bad lands of Texas for two shows .The first at the Lone Star Speedway  Kilgore and then onto the Gator Motorplex at Willis.

The defending Outlaw Champion Donny Schatz has two wins from the three starts and sits on top of the points from Chad Kemenah and Jason Johnson, Kerry Madsen and Brad Sweet.

Night one in Texas will be the Lone star Speedway a high banked 1/3 mile Clay oval and the following night at the Bullring at the Gator Motorplex. The Gator Motorplex is a ¼ Mile high banked with about the widest straight-a-ways the Outlaws encounter. The straight has been widened from 35 feet to 50 feet and the corners from 60 to 70 feet so expect plenty of aggressive passes. Jason Johnson goes into the Gator show having won there at his last two starts. Most of the contracted Outlaws will be making their first appearance at the bullring.

 

The 2017 season promises to be one of the most competitive in years and although Schatz has started more strongly than previous years the changed Team line ups are sure to spark some intense competition .New cars and Teams for Kerry Madsen and Joey Saldana has had some mixed results.Kerry Madsen already has put the Go Muddy unit in victory lane while Saldana has had a scare or two down in Florida.

The top 5 in the points heading to Texas ;

Pos. Car Driver Total Diff Wins Top 5’s Top 10’s
1 15 Donny Schatz 422 0 2 2 2
2 10H Chad Kemenah 408 -14 0 1 2
3 41 Jason Johnson 406 -16 1 2 2
4 2M Kerry Madsen 394 -28 0 0 2
5 49 Brad Sweet 392 -30 0 1 2
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Madsen starts the Big Game with Big Game Motorsports

Kerry Madsen’s 2017 US Campaign kicks off this week end down Florida way at Bubba Raceway Park where he will take command of the Big Game Motorsports/Go Muddy #2 and takes up the challenge in the Arctic Cat All Stars Circuit of Champions.

New Team, New Livery and colors Madsen is perfectly placed to continue his stunning Bubba Raceway form .Madsen has won his last four start at the Florida track in 2015.Comming off a fabulous summer racing down under with back to back wins against many of the best includes Americans in the recent National Open plus the defense of his Australian Sprintcar Title at Sydney’s Valvoline Raceway.

During an interview with Shawn Miller’s Inside promotions Madsen had this to say: “For me it’s about getting out there and getting to know each other and trying to get that line of communication”, he said.”We have a lot to do in a short amount of time. The real part of the season is coming up pretty quick. Just try to get that ground base or a level of where we can get a good baseline for (crew chief) Guy Forbrook and I is the main thing”

Madsen continued “I’ve always come in straight off the Australian season so that helps” he said.”You’ve been racing for a bit so you’re up to speed. Turns one and two are sweeping and turns three and four are like the top of an egg. I guess my success has been in being able to adapt to the unique challenges of the track “

Kerry Madsen is scheduled to start Thursday and race through to Saturday

Pic credit Big Game Motorsports

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