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Kerry Madsen Dominates For First Career Knoxville 360 Nationals Triumph
Bryan Hulbert – KNOXVILLE, Iowa (August 8, 2020) Leading start to finish on Saturday night, Australia's Kerry Madsen pocked $15,000 and etched his name into history with his first career victory in the 30th annual My Place Hotels 360 Knoxville Nationals presented by Great Southern Bank.
Madsen's first win in 360cid competition at the famed half-mile, the triumph is his first with the Lucas Oil American Sprint Car Series presented by the MAVTV Motorsports Network, making him the 155th winner in series history.
"Cody just gave me a fantastic racecar. It was a pleasure to drive," stated Madsen.
"Pretty smooth, just a couple minor mistakes, but it seemed like everywhere we went, it would respond, so it was a lot of fun to drive. I just want to thank Tod Quiring and Big Game Motorsports so much. We've been knocking on the door so much this year and couldn't get it over the edge, so it's great to get it for these guys."
Battling with Joey Saldana on the initial start, a red for Matt Juhl brought the field back to a complete restart. Bolting to the lead on the restart, the field was under caution on Lap 3 as Lynton Jeffrey slowed.
Into the first and second turns with Shane Golobic running next to the No. 2 for a moment, Madsen was able to power away off the cushion. Finding slower traffic as the race progressed to Lap 10, the slower cars did little to slow Madsen, while the race for second through fifth saw positions changing hands. On the move from seventh, Brian Brown worked the show position until Lap 19. Getting by Golobic off the second turn, the No. 17 was stalked by Cory Eliason, who has wheeled the Rudeen Racing No. 26 from 15th to fourth.
Making up time on Madsen as the race moved into the closing laps, the runner-up spot looked like the position Brian Brown would have to settle for, but as Madsen steered to the checkered flag, a massive cloud of smoke billowed out of the FVP/Casey's General Stores No. 21, allowing Shane Golobic to race by for second. Cory Eliason's 12 position gain to third earned him the title of Hard Charger. Brock Zearfoss made it to fourth and won an extra $200 as the 2020 Knoxville 360 Nationals JetCo Rookie of the Year. Austin McCarl posted his best career finish in fifth.
Joey Saldana ended up sixth with Tim Shaffer in seventh. Tearing through the field from 20th, Aaron Reutzel made it to eighth. Dominic Scelzi crossed ninth with Carson McCarl completing the top-ten.
Lynton Jeffrey earned the best appearing car, earning an extra $360 from GDRD. The highest finishing Knoxville Regular was Austin McCarl. He netted $1,000 from the Knoxville 360 Booster Club.
A field of 96 drivers took part in the 30th annual My Place Hotels 360 Knoxville Nationals presented by Great Southern Bank from 23 States and three countries (USA, Can., Aust.). Dropping into the Alphabet on Saturday night, the E-Feature went to Lance Norick with Jamie Ball topping the D-Feature. Harli White topped the C-Feature with Matt Juhl winning the B-Feature.
The Lucas Oil American Sprint Car Series presented by the MAVTV Motorsports Network races next at the Sage Fruit Ultimate Challenge presented by Searsboro Telephone Co. at Southern Iowa Speedway in Oskaloosa, Iowa on Sunday, August 9. Gates open at 3:00 P.M. for fans to begin pulling into the infield. Grandstand open at 5:00 P.M. with Hot Laps at 7:00 P.M. and Racing at 7:30 P.M. (C.T.).
Southern Iowa Speedway is located at the Southern Iowa Fairgrounds in Oskaloosa, Iowa. For more information, detailed directions, and even history, log onto http://www.oskychallenges.com.
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Event Count: 96
Brodix E-Feature (Top 4 to the D-Feature)
E Feature (8 Laps): 1. 90-Lance Norick; 2. 88R-Travis Reber; 3. 75X-JT Imperial; 4. 14M-Jordon Mallett; 5. 1B-Chelsea Blevins; 6. 6-Jett Carney; 7. 21R-Shane Hopkins; 8. 22B-Jesse Baker; 9. 4S-Adam Speckman; 10. 6X-Frank Rodgers; 11. 1A-John Anderson; 12. (DNF) 33-Alan Zoutte; 13. (DNS) 23M-Lance Moss; 14. (DNS) 22M-Shawn Murray; 15. (DNS) 35MM-Ian Madsen; 16. (DNS) 39M-Anthony Macri
Smiley's Racing Products D-Feature (Top 4 to the C-Feature)
D Feature (10 Laps): 1. 5J-Jamie Ball; 2. 28F-Davie Franek; 3. 35S-Jason Schultz; 4. 115-Nick Parker; 5. 22X-Riley Goodno; 6. 4H-Cody Hansen; 7. 51A-Elliot Amdahl; 8. 88X-Scottie McDonald; 9. 50Z-Zach Chappell; 10. 17B-Ryan Bickett; 11. 75X-JT Imperial; 12. 13MJ-Brandon Halverson; 13. 88R-Travis Reber; 14. 14M-Jordon Mallett; 15. 14B-Bailey Sucich; 16. 1B-Chelsea Blevins; 17. 21R-Shane Hopkins; 18. 6-Jett Carney; 19. 90-Lance Norick; 20. (DNF) 4S-Adam Speckman; 21. (DNF) 22B-Jesse Baker; 22. (DNF) 81A-Chris Morgan; 23. (DNF) 66D-Chase Dunham; 24. (DNF) 7TAZ-Tasker Phillips
Hoosier Tire C-Feature (Top 4 to the B-Feature)
C Feature (12 Laps): 1. 17W-Harli White; 2. 88-Kyle Offill; 3. 9-James McFadden; 4. 1K-Kelby Watt; 5. 24-Garet Williamson; 6. 44-Chris Martin; 7. 2M-Matt Moro; 8. 52-Blake Hahn; 9. 24N-Nathan Mills; 10. 5C-Colby Copeland; 11. 23-Devon Dobie; 12. 5H-Michael Faccinto; 13. 33H-Colton Heath; 14. 83-Rob Kubli; 15. 95-Matt Covington; 16. 22X-Riley Goodno; 17. 35S-Jason Schultz; 18. 55M-McKenna Haase; 19. 115-Nick Parker; 20. 28F-Davie Franek; 21. 81E-Eric Bridger; 22. (DNF) 24D-Danny Sams III; 23. (DNF) 5J-Jamie Ball; 24. (DNF) 37H-Matthew Howard
BMRS B-Feature (Top 4 to the A-Feature)
B Feature (15 Laps): 1. 09-Matt Juhl; 2. 4-Terry McCarl; 3. 15H-Sam Hafertepe Jr; 4. 63-JJ Hickle; 5. 40-Clint Garner; 6. 44S-Trey Starks; 7. 53-Joe Beaver; 8. 18-Ryan Roberts; 9. 56N-Davey Heskin; 10. 17-Josh Baughman; 11. 66-Ricky Montgomery; 12. 53D-Jack Dover; 13. 77X-Alex Hill; 14. 9-James McFadden; 15. 1K-Kelby Watt; 16. 35P-Skylar Prochaska; 17. 35-Josh Higday; 18. 17W-Harli White; 19. 94-Jeff Swindell; 20. 15-Christian Bowman; 21. 11-Roger Crockett; 22. 22-Ryan Leavitt; 23. 22K-Kaleb Johnson; 24. 88-Kyle Offill
A Feature (25 Laps): 1. 2-Kerry Madsen; 2. 17WG-Shane Golobic; 3. 26-Cory Eliason; 4. 3Z-Brock Zearfoss; 5. 17A-Austin McCarl; 6. 12N-Joey Saldana; 7. 14-Tim Shaffer; 8. 87-Aaron Reutzel; 9. 41S-Dominic Scelzi; 10. 27-Carson McCarl; 11. 83M-Justin Henderson; 12. 15H-Sam Hafertepe Jr; 13. 28-Scott Bogucki; 14. 3P-Sawyer Phillips; 15. 14T-Brooke Tatnell; 16. 21-Brian Brown; 17. 47X-Dylan Westbrook; 18. 4-Terry McCarl; 19. 3-Ayrton Gennetten; 20. (DNF) 70-Calvin Landis; 21. (DNF) 35M-Tim Kaeding; 22. (DNF) 63-JJ Hickle; 23. (DNF) 83J-Lynton Jeffrey; 24. (DNF) 09-Matt Juhl
Lap Leader(s): Kerry Madsen 1-25
2020 A-Feature Winner(s): Sam Hafertepe, Jr. – 4 (2/29 – Canyon Speedway Park; 6/25 – Caney Valley Speedway; 6/27 – I-30 Speedway; 7/17 – U.S. 36 Raceway); Matt Covington - 1 (2/28 - Canyon Speedway Park); Brad Sweet – 1 (3/6 – Merced Speedway); Andy Forsberg – 1 (3/8 – Petaluma Speedway); Harli White – 1 (7/11 – Riverside International Speedway); Austin McCarl – 1 (8/6 – Knoxville Raceway); Lynton Jeffrey – 1 (8/7 – Knoxville Raceway); Kerry Madsen – 1 (8/8 – Knoxville Raceway(;
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