Madsen Holds Off McMahan At Lakeside
KANSAS CITY, Kan. — Patience paid off Saturday for Kerry Madsen as he battled Sammy Swindell and Paul McMahan for the victory at the World of Outlaws STP Sprint Car Series FVP Outlaws at Lakeside Speedway.
“That was fun,” said Madsen, an Australia native who now calls Iowa home. “Sammy was quick and I just hung in there and stuck with that line and I thought, if I just stick with this line, the opportunity will present itself. And low and behold, it ended up being off of turn four… The car was just beautiful.”
Madsen and Swindell, who started side by side, battled through the early portion of the FVP Outlaws at Lakeside for the lead. Madsen, working the middle line he was so strong in all night, slid past Swindell on lap 15 to take the lead, then held off eventual runner-up McMahan to the checkered flag.
“I just drove it wide open,” Madsen said. “I tried not to make too many mistakes and then I couldn’t get the line in three and four at the end but I still had good speed. I thought I was alright. I enjoyed it. I’d like to thank the team for doing such an awesome job.”
“We felt like we let a few of these slip in the last month and a half so it’s good to get another one under the belt. I’ll tell you what, we really, really enjoy coming here and racing. The fans here in Kansas are just awesome and we just love all the support.”
This was the third win of the season for Madsen and his American Racing Custom Wheels team. Madsen is fifth in the race for the championship, 211 points back from leader Donny Schatz.
The green flag waved on the 30 lap A-main with Swindell and Madsen leading the field into the first corner followed by Kerry’s brother Ian Madsen and McMahan.
A caution quickly fell on the track as Logan Schuchart tumbled through turns one and two after getting into the wall. Schuchart was OK. The field was reset to the original starting order.