The highlight of the weekend for the Australian drivers competing over in America was without a doubt Kerry Madsen driving to victory in the Knoxville 360 Sprintcar Nationals and in the process making it back-to-back Australian wins.
Kerry Madsen (NSW)
Heading into this year’s Knoxville 360 Sprintcar Nationals, Madsen was rated as one of the favourites, which was a tag he certainly lived up to and he came away with back-to-back Knoxville 360 Sprintcar Nationals for the Australians.
The Big Game Motorsports team was in fantastic form throughout the weekend, and he started it all off in the best possible fashion by topping the time sheets in qualifying on Thursday night. From there, he ended up running second in the preliminary A main, which put him at the head of the point standings after the opening night.
By virtue of being the highest point scorer from the two qualifying nights combined, Madsen started the Knoxville 360 Sprintcar Nationals A main from pole position. From the drop of the green, he blasted to the lead and went on to pace the field for the entire 25-lap distance.
Apart from being only the second Australian driver to win the Knoxville 360 Sprintcar Nationals, Madsen picked up a $15,000 winner’s cheque.
Scott Bogucki (SA)
In what was his best Knoxville 360 Sprintcar Nationals performance from five attempts, Bogucki was in solid form and ended up starting Saturday night’s A main from position 10 and going on to finish 13th.
Earlier in the weekend, Bogucki had qualified on the outside of the front row for Friday night’s preliminary A main alongside fellow Australian Lynton Jeffrey. Despite narrowly missing out on a podium finish after greeting the chequered flag in fourth, Bogucki was pleased with his speed heading into the third and final night.
Bogucki ran today’s Ultimate Challenge event at Southern Iowa Speedway in Oskaloosa (IA), which doubled as the latest ASCS National Tour round, and performed strongly to recover from a terrible qualifying heat race pill draw. After starting the A main from position 13, he was able to advance and finish inside the top 10 in ninth.
Following today’s ASCS National Tour round, Bogucki remains sixth in the current point standings.
Brooke Tatnell (NSW)
Tatnell was on the pace throughout the Knoxville 360 Sprintcar Nationals weekend and he finished Saturday night’s A main in 15th after he had started from position 13.
With four fellow Australians, Tatnell contested the Friday night’s Knoxville Nationals qualifier and he, after starting from position five, finished up eighth in the preliminary A main.
Lynton Jeffrey (NSW)
Heading into his maiden Knoxville 360 Sprintcar Nationals campaign in the best possible shape, Jeffrey continued that form by romping to victory in Friday night’s preliminary A main.
For Jeffrey, this was his second ever 360 Sprintcar A main win at Knoxville Raceway, and he defeated 2014 Knoxville 360 Sprintcar Nationals Champion Brian Brown in second and Sawyer Phillips in third.
On the third and final night of the Knoxville Nationals, Jeffrey had qualified out of position eight for the Knoxville Nationals deciding A main. However, misfortune in the A main, due to a mechanical gremlin on lap four, saw him fail to finish which ended what was a promising weekend.
Despite their Knoxville Nationals campaign not finishing on a sour note, Jeffrey and his Ridge & Sons Racing team were voted the Best Appearing Car Award of the weekend.
James McFadden (Vic)
After flying into America from Australia just in time to contest the Knoxville 360 Sprintcar Nationals, McFadden unfortunately had a challenging campaign with the Kasey Kahne Racing team.
The defending Knoxville 360 Sprintcar Nationals Champion competed on the Friday qualifying night but failed to advance out of the B main after finishing eighth. On the Saturday night, despite showing improved speed, it wasn’t enough for McFadden to make the A main and he ended up 14th in the B main after he had earlier finished third in the C main.
Ian Madsen (NSW)
An engine issue brought Madsen’s Knoxville 360 Sprintcars Nationals campaign to a premature end in what was his debut drive with the Californian-based Main Motorsports team.
Running on the Friday night of the Knoxville Nationals, Madsen encountered engine woes in qualifying time trials, which saw his weekend come to an end before it had even begun.
Peter Britten (Qld)
It was a mixed weekend for Britten running two nights in his home state of New York in the Big Block Modifieds.
Competing at Albany-Saratoga Speedway on the Friday night, Britten endured a tough run and finished up 17th in the A main, while the following night at Lebanon Valley Speedway, he bounced back to run eighth in the A main.