The weekend just past for the Australians in America saw numerous drivers perform double duties across 410 and 360 Sprintcars at Knoxville Raceway, while Ian Madsen made his first appearance with a new team.
Kerry Madsen (NSW)
Out of the Australian drivers that competed over the weekend, Madsen was the only one to finish on the podium.
Madsen’s podium took place during last Saturday night’s latest Knoxville Raceway Track Championship round, where he finished second in the 360 Sprintcar A main. One of three Australian drivers performing double duties, the Big Game Motorsports team driver had a challenging run in the 410 Sprintcars and went on to finish the night’s A main in 14th.
With the Knoxville Nationals for 360 Sprintcars just a fortnight away, many of the racers are fine tuning their cars in readiness for the 30th running of this event. Madsen, along with many of his fellow Australians, are aiming to emulate the efforts from last year of James McFadden and make it back-to-back 360 Sprintcar Knoxville National wins for the Australian drivers.
Earlier in the week on Tuesday night, Madsen ran the World of Outlaws round at Lernerville Speedway (PA) and he endured a tough run there, as well, after he picked another 14th-place finish.
Brooke Tatnell (NSW)
Like Madsen, Tatnell ran double duties in last Saturday night’s latest round of the Knoxville Raceway Track Championship, where he drove for the # 2 TKS Motorsport team in the 410 Sprintcars and the # 14 ProtoFab Engineering car in the 360 Sprintcars.
In the 410 Sprintcars, Tatnell qualified for the A main out of position 15 and went on to finish just outside the top-10 finishes in 11th, while in the 360 Sprintcars, he had a more pleasing showing, after he started from position seven and managed to move forward and went on to finish just off the podium in fourth.
Lynton Jeffrey (NSW)
The third and final Australian driver contesting both 410 and 360 Sprintcars during last Saturday night’s latest Knoxville Raceway Track Championship round was Jeffrey.
Jeffrey had an unhappy night in the 410 Sprintcars and was sidelined early on during the 20-lap A main due to an ignition issue. As a result of this DNF, he has now dropped from fourth to fifth in the latest Knoxville Raceway 410 Sprintcar Track Championship point standings. In the 360 Sprintcars, he performed much better and after starting the A main from position 13 he made good progress and greeted the chequered flag in eighth.
Ian Madsen (NSW)
Since departing from the KCP Racing team last week and the team’s seat been quickly filled by American sensation Gio Scelzi, it didn’t take Madsen long to find his next opportunity with a rival team. Madsen and renowned 410 Sprintcar team owner Guy Forbrook joined forces for last Saturday night’s latest Knoxville Raceway Track Championship round.
With his seat fitting in the # 5 car, which has recently been steered by ironically Gio Scelzi and before him Shane Stewart, being performed at the track, Madsen didn’t take long to adjust to his new team surroundings. He managed to qualify on pole position for the 410 Sprintcar A main and led the opening lap. Losing his lead on the second lap, Madsen stayed in the hunt throughout the 20-lap event and in the end finished just off the podium in fourth.
Looking into the future, Madsen remains unsure about his next opportunity with the Forbrook team, but we are confident he had done enough during their first outing together to remain in the ride.
Scott Bogucki (SA)
Bogucki enjoyed yet another solid Knoxville Raceway performance and it certainly buoys well for him heading into the 360 Sprintcar Knoxville Nationals in a fortnight’s time.
Qualifying for the 18-lap A main on the inside of the second row, Bogucki and the team tried a few new things with the car’s setup, which didn’t go exactly according to plan but Bogucki still managed to come home in a credible fifth amongst a very competitive field, which included a fair few of the 410 Sprintcar regulars.
Glen Saville (NSW)
In what was his first 410 Sprintcar appearance in nearly 12 months, Saville showed up to run last Saturday night’s latest Knoxville Raceway 410 Sprintcar Track Championship round.
Struggling for pace throughout the night, Saville ran towards the back of the field and ended the night 10th in the B main.
Peter Britten (Qld)
Britten enjoyed a pleasing run over the weekend running in two Big Block Modified race meetings within his home state of New York.
On Friday night at Albany-Saratoga Speedway, he ran seventh in the A main, while on the Saturday night at Lebanon Valley Speedway, he finished just off the A main podium in fourth place.