James McFadden and Kerry Madsen were the two standout Australian driver performers from the weekend in America, following their top-10 A main finishes at the two Red River Valley Speedway (ND) World of Outlaw Championship rounds.
James McFadden (Vic)
After what was an understandably shaking start to his 2020 campaign with the Kasey Kahne Racing team, McFadden is now getting settled back into the team and it was clearly evident throughout the World of Outlaws double header at Red River Valley Speedway.
The two-time Australian 410 Sprintcar Champion was right up there amongst the front runners on both nights and it saw him finish sixth in the Friday night’s A main and he then backed up that performance with a fifth-place finish in Saturday night’s A main.
With McFadden’s cobwebs now well and truly blown out, it’s exciting what lays ahead as he chases the tail-end of this year’s World of Outlaws Championship with the Kasey Kahne Racing team.
Kerry Madsen (NSW)
Like fellow Australian rival McFadden, Madsen was right up there with the front runners at the Red River Valley Speedway World of Outlaws rounds.
Madsen, driving the # 2 Big Game Motorsports team car, managed to qualify in the middle of the A main pack on both nights. He was able to move forward on both occasions, after moving from position 11 on Friday night to run eighth, while on Saturday night, he charged from position 10 to narrowly miss out on a podium finish after greeting the chequered flag in fourth.
Despite only running with this year’s World of Outlaws Championship schedule on a part-time basis, Madsen and the Big Game Motorsports team currently sit 14th in the point standings.
Ian Madsen (NSW)
Due to work commitments for regular Baughman Reutzel Motorsports team driver Josh Baughman, Madsen was subbed in to fill the vacant driver’s seat to run the weekend’s two All Star Circuit of Champions 410 Sprint Car rounds.
Since departing the KPC Racing team last month, Madsen has driven for a handful of teams, and when he jumped into the # 17 Baughman Reutzel Motorsports car, he adapted very well.
Debuting with the Baughman Reutzel Motorsports team on Friday night at Wilmot Raceway (WI), Madsen was right on the pace and finished up the night with an impressive second-place finish in the A main after he had started from the outside of the third row.
The following night at Plymouth Speedway (IN), Madsen found the going a little tougher. After starting the A main from position three, he managed to uncharacteristically spin on the opening lap, and it saw him flip over after contact from another driver. Amazingly, Madsen’s team was able to repair the car and he was able to take his place at the back of the field for the restart. With nothing to lose and all to gain, Madsen drove his damaged car from the back of the field and managed to sneak his way inside the top 10 to finish a gallant ninth.
Lynton Jeffrey (NSW)
Making a rare appearance with the Sprint Invader 360 Sprint Car Series, Jeffrey contested two of their rounds over the weekend in his home state of Iowa.
Running on Friday night at Lee County Speedway (IA), Jeffrey charged his way through the A main field after starting from deep in the field – position 19 – to miss out on a spot on the podium after he had finish in fourth.
Jeffrey on the Saturday night at 34 Raceway (IA) showed more impressive pace and on this occasion, he had started from position four in the A main field and went on to claim the final spot on the podium in third.
Glen Saville (NSW)
Saville competed in both nights of the Sprint Invader 360 Sprint Car Series but unfortunately endured a mixed bag of results.
On Friday night at Lee County Speedway, Saville came from position 18 in the A main and impressively managed to work his way forward and finish in ninth. The following night at 34 Raceway, he had a tougher run in the A main, after he had started from position 15 but struggled to move forward and consequently went on to finish 18th.
Peter Britten (Qld)
Once again, Britten’s weekend of Big Block Modified racing consisted of running Friday and Saturday nights at the Albany-Saratoga Speedway and Lebanon Valley Speedway tracks in the state of New York.
At Albany-Saratoga Speedway on Friday night, Britten’s A main was brought to a premature end due to being involved in an early crash that caused substantial damage to his # 21 A car and forced him to retire.
After his team worked hard to repair the damage from the previous night, Britten the next night ventured to Lebanon Valley Speedway, where he enjoyed a consistent run and ended up sixth in the A main. At Lebanon Valley Speedway on Saturday night, it was also their final track championship round and it saw Britten finish sixth in the final point standings for the Big Block Modifieds.
Scott Bogucki (SA)
Due to the cancellation of last Saturday night’s latest ASCS National Tour 410 Sprint Car Series round at Volunteer Speedway (TN), Bogucki didn’t compete over the weekend.
Bogucki remains sixth in the current ASCS National Tour Series point standings.