Brotherly Battle: Ian Wins Battle of Madsen Brothers on opening night of 39th Annual AGCO Jackson Nationals

JACKSON, MN — The Madsen brothers are nothing short of exciting every time they strap into a sprint car. The intensity level is often ratcheted up even more when they are racing each other for a win. They lived up to this moniker Thursday on the opening night of the 39th Annual AGCO Jackson Nationals for the World of Outlaws Craftsman® Sprint Car Series. While younger brother Ian led all 25 laps of the main event, older brother Kerry gave him a run for his money, especially on a late-race double file restart.

Ian fended off Kerry on that restart, which saw the elder brother get a monster run on the high side of the track heading down the front straightaway. As the laps wound down, the leaders encountered lapped traffic, with Kerry closing back in on Ian, nearly stealing a win on the last lap. The finale margin of victory was a scant three-tenths-of-a-second.

 

“When you come to race with the World of Outlaws, the double-file restarts are always tough,” said Ian Madsen. “It’s pretty cutthroat and can go either way. You have to give it your all. I’m really thankful we could get the job done tonight. We’ve had an awesome car lately and have been strong with the World of Outlaws all years. It’s great to finally get one.”

The race started with I. Madsen on the pole, quickly jumping out to a lead before a caution with four laps in the books. On the ensuing double-file restart, I. Madsen chose the low side of the track. David Gravel actually took the lead in turns one and two on that restart, but a red flag, before that lap was completed, kept I. Madsen in the lead for the next restart, which was single-file.




 

The win was Madsen’s second with the World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Car Series, with the first coming in 2013 at Deer Creek Speedway, also in Minnesota.

 

“Jackson is kind of like a home track for us,” said Ian Madsen. “We gave a lot of friends, fans and supporters of the KPC team here tonight. I can’t thank my team enough. This is awesome. Minnesota is kind of close to home and I really like the tracks. Thanks to Tod (Quiring) and everyone for putting this event on. Hopefully it gets bigger and bigger each year.”

 

Kerry Madsen, the defending winner of the AGCO Jackson Nationals, started third and had a torrid battle in the early going with David Gravel, before moving into second behind his brother. Kerry had a strong car on the top side of the half-mile and used this to his advantage to keep pace with brother as the laps wound down.

“That last restart, I was thinking, ‘You gave me the top’ and I got a good run,” said Kerry Madsen. “I thought I was going to get him, but just didn’t quite have it. That last corner, the last lap, I thought I had position and kind of wished I had gone in there a little harder and maybe was a little forceful. I just didn’t get it done, but the Go Muddy/AGCO car was great. This car is a rocket ship right now and it’s fun to drive and I am enjoying every minute of it.”

Brad Sweet finished third aboard his No. 49 NAPA machine for Kasey Kahne Racing. Sweet lined up sixth and worked his way into the top-five in the early going. He used a couple of strong restarts to gain spots on his way to a podium finish.

“It’s fun watching the Madsen brothers up there,” said Sweet. “Kerry definitely gave his brother a run for his money. I guess he had to make his little bro work for it. The key was to get through this first night. Our NAPA car has been fast, so we’ll come the next two nights and hopefully can get a win.”

Current series point leader Donny Schatz finished fourth in the Arctic Cat machine for Tony Stewart Racing, while Danny Lasoski rounded out the top-five. David Gravel, who ran among the lead pack in the early going, ended up sixth, after nearly getting into the wall coming off turn four, battling for the second spot. Jason Sides was seventh, with Tim Kaeding eighth, while Sheldon Haudenschild came from 16th to ninth. Shane Stewart rounded out the top-10.

The 39th Annual AGCO Jackson Nationals continues on Friday, June 2, with another complete race program for all three sprint car classes.

Tickets for the remaining two nights of the 39th Annual AGCO Jackson Nationals, featuring the World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Car Series, along with the Upper Midwest Sprint Car Series (UMSS), Midwest Sprint Touring Series (MSTS), Nebraska 360 Sprint Series and the RaceSaver IMCA Sprint Cars at the Jackson Motorplex can be purchased online at slspromotions.ticketforce.com or at the track.

Jackson Motorplex Results:

Feature (25 Laps): 1. 18-Ian Madsen [1][$8,000]; 2. 2M-Kerry Madsen [3][$4,000]; 3. 49-Brad Sweet [6][$2,500]; 4. 15-Donny Schatz [5][$2,200]; 5. 33-Danny Lasoski [9][$2,100]; 6. 5-David Gravel [2][$2,000]; 7. 7S-Jason Sides [4][$1,800]; 8. 3-Tim Kaeding [14][$1,600]; 9. 93-Sheldon Haudenschild [16][$1,500]; 10. 2-Shane Stewart [12][$1,300]; 11. 13JT-Mark Dobmeier [8][$1,200]; 12. 9-Daryn Pittman [24][$1,100]; 13. 41-Jason Johnson [13][$1,000]; 14. 17-Joey Saldana [10][$700]; 15. 19-Brent Marks [25][$]; 16. 82-Cap Henry [11][$600]; 17. 4-Paul McMahan [17][$600]; 18. O9-Matt Juhl [18][$600]; 19. 21-Brian Brown [22][$600]; 20. 17B-Bill Balog [20][$600]; 21. 12-Lynton Jeffrey [15][$600]; 22. 1S-Logan Schuchart [23][$600]; 23. 87-Aaron Reutzel [7][$600]; 24. 11K-Kraig Kinser [19][$600]; 25. 1A-Jacob Allen [21][$600]; Lap Leaders: Ian Madsen 1-25; KSE Hard Charger Award: 9-Daryn Pittman[+12]

Qualifying Flight-A : 1. 5-David Gravel, 15.49; 2. 49-Brad Sweet, 15.526; 3. 15-Donny Schatz, 15.648; 4. 12-Lynton Jeffrey, 15.695; 5. 41-Jason Johnson, 15.73; 6. 87-Aaron Reutzel, 15.739; 7. 33-Danny Lasoski, 15.758; 8. 11K-Kraig Kinser, 15.777; 9. 4-Paul McMahan, 15.896; 10. 82-Cap Henry, 15.907; 11. 1A-Jacob Allen, 15.907; 12. 9-Daryn Pittman, 15.938; 13. 21-Brian Brown, 15.965; 14. 55-Brooke Tatnell, 15.987; 15. 16-Travis Whitney, 16.053; 16. W20-Greg Wilson, 16.068; 17. 23W-Scott Winters, 16.143; 18. 7X-Kaley Gharst, 16.201; 19. 4W-Matt Wasmund, 16.351; 20. 17H-Ryan Bickett, 16.589

Qualifying Flight-B: 1. 2M-Kerry Madsen, 15.864; 2. 7S-Jason Sides, 15.901; 3. 18-Ian Madsen, 15.902; 4. 26-Tayler Malsam, 15.971; 5. 17-Joey Saldana, 15.981; 6. 2-Shane Stewart, 16.018; 7. O9-Matt Juhl, 16.08; 8. 13JT-Mark Dobmeier, 16.096; 9. 17X-Josh Baughman, 16.11; 10. 13-Clyde Knipp, 16.117; 11. 35-Skylar Prochaska, 16.154; 12. 93-Sheldon Haudenschild, 16.192; 13. 19-Brent Marks, 16.27; 14. 17B-Bill Balog, 16.294; 15. 1B-Dustin Selvage, 16.328; 16. 2C-Wayne Johnson, 16.339; 17. 1S-Logan Schuchart, 16.35; 18. 19P-Paige Polyak, 16.385; 19. 3-Tim Kaeding, 16.41; 20. 7W-Tasker Phillips, 16.614; 21. 47-Brant O’Banion, 17.244

Heat #1 – Flight (A) (8 Laps) – Top 5 Transfer to Feature: 1. 15-Donny Schatz [2]; 2. 5-David Gravel [1]; 3. 33-Danny Lasoski [4]; 4. 41-Jason Johnson [3]; 5. 4-Paul McMahan [5]; 6. 21-Brian Brown [7]; 7. 16-Travis Whitney [8]; 8. 23W-Scott Winters [9]; 9. 1A-Jacob Allen [6]; 10. 4W-Matt Wasmund [10]

Heat #2 – Flight (A) (8 Laps) – Top 5 Transfer to Feature: 1. 49-Brad Sweet [1]; 2. 87-Aaron Reutzel [3]; 3. 82-Cap Henry [5]; 4. 12-Lynton Jeffrey [2]; 5. 11K-Kraig Kinser [4]; 6. 55-Brooke Tatnell [7]; 7. 9-Daryn Pittman [6]; 8. W20-Greg Wilson [8]; 9. 7X-Kaley Gharst [9]; 10. 17H-Ryan Bickett [10]

Heat #3 – Flight (B) (8 Laps) – Top 5 Transfer to Feature: 1. 2M-Kerry Madsen [1]; 2. 18-Ian Madsen [2]; 3. 17-Joey Saldana [3]; 4. 3-Tim Kaeding [10]; 5. O9-Matt Juhl [4]; 6. 19-Brent Marks [7]; 7. 1S-Logan Schuchart [9]; 8. 35-Skylar Prochaska [6]; 9. 1B-Dustin Selvage [8]; 10. 47-Brant O’Banion [11]; 11. 17X-Josh Baughman [5]

Heat #4 – Flight (B) (8 Laps) – Top 5 Transfer to Feature: 1. 7S-Jason Sides [1]; 2. 13JT-Mark Dobmeier [4]; 3. 2-Shane Stewart [3]; 4. 93-Sheldon Haudenschild [6]; 5. 17B-Bill Balog [7]; 6. 26-Tayler Malsam [2]; 7. 19P-Paige Polyak [9]; 8. 2C-Wayne Johnson [8]; 9. 13-Clyde Knipp [5]; 10. 7W-Tasker Phillips [10]

Craftsman Club Dash (6 Laps): 1. 18-Ian Madsen [1]; 2. 5-David Gravel [2]; 3. 2M-Kerry Madsen [5]; 4. 7S-Jason Sides [3]; 5. 15-Donny Schatz [6]; 6. 49-Brad Sweet [4]; 7. 87-Aaron Reutzel [7]; 8. 13JT-Mark Dobmeier [8]

Last Chance Showdown (12 Laps) – Top 4 Transfer to Feature: 1. 1A-Jacob Allen [1][-]; 2. 21-Brian Brown [5][-]; 3. 1S-Logan Schuchart [16][-]; 4. 9-Daryn Pittman [3][-]; 5. 19-Brent Marks [10][$300]; 6. 16-Travis Whitney [9][$250]; 7. 26-Tayler Malsam [2][$225]; 8. 55-Brooke Tatnell [7][$200]; 9. W20-Greg Wilson [11][$200]; 10. 1B-Dustin Selvage [12][$200]; 11. 2C-Wayne Johnson [14][$200]; 12. 7W-Tasker Phillips [20][$200]; 13. 19P-Paige Polyak [18][$200]; 14. 35-Skylar Prochaska [8][$200]; 15. 17H-Ryan Bickett [19][$200]; 16. 47-Brant O’Banion [21][$200]; 17. 23W-Scott Winters [13][$200]; 18. 17X-Josh Baughman [4][$200]; 19. 13-Clyde Knipp [6][$200]; 20. 7X-Kaley Gharst [15][$200]; 21. 4W-Matt Wasmund [17][$200]

CONTINGENCY WINNERS: MSD Ignitions ($25 cash): Kraig Kinser; MSD Ignitions ($50 cash): Brad Sweet; Penske Shocks ($50 cash): Donny Schatz; JE Pistons ($50 cash): Jason Sides; VP Racing Fuels ($50 cash): Sheldon Haudenchild; Edelbrock ($50 cash): Sheldon Haudenchild; Comp Cams ($50 cash): Shane Stewart; Extended Stay America ($50 cash): Daryn Pittman; Cometic Gasket ($50 cash): Jason Johnson; Super Flow ($50 cash): Joey Saldana; Craftsman Club Fast Five ($100 cash): David Gravel, Jason Sides, Brad Sweet, N/A, N/A; Craftsman/Sears: Ian Madsen; KSE Hard Charger: Daryn Pittman; Comp Cams ($50 product certificate): Brad Sweet; JE Pistons (Set of Rings): Paul McMahan; JE Pistons (Set of Rings): Logan Schuchart.

SEASON WINNERS

  • Donny Schatz – 9 (Volusia Speedway Park on Feb. 19, Volusia Speedway Park on Feb. 19, LoneStar Speedway on March 3, The Dirt Track at Las Vegas Motor Speedway on March 9, The Dirt Track at Las Vegas on March 10, Thunderbowl Raceway on March 18, Missouri State Fair Speedway on May 5, 81 Speedway on May 6, Eldora Speedway May 13);
  • David Gravel – 8 (Thunderbowl Raceway on March 17, Placerville Speedway on March 29, Perris Auto Speedway on April 1, Gator Motorplex on April 13, Plymouth Speedway on April 28, Lincoln Speedway on May 17, Williams Grove on May 19, New Egypt Speedway on May 24.)
  • Jason Johnson – 2 (Volusia Speedway Park on Feb. 17, Devil’s Bowl on April 14)
  • Brad Sweet – 2 (Stockton Dirt Track on March 25, Devil’s Bowl on April 15)
  • Logan Schuchart – 3 (Keller Auto Speedway on March 31, Eldora Speedway on  May 12, Charlotte on May 26)
  • Brian Brown – 1 (Cocopah Speedway on April 7);
  • Rico Abreu – 1 (Arizona Speedway on April 8)
  • Shane Stewart – 2 (Williams Grove Speedway on May 20, Lawrenceburg Speedway on May 29)
  • Parker Price-Miller – 1 (Tri-State Speedway on May 14).
  • Ian Madsen – 1 (Jackson Motorplex on June 1).

World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Car Series Top-20 Standings – June 1, 2017

Pos. Car Driver Total Diff Wins Top 5’s Top 10’s
1 15 Donny Schatz 4236 0 9 22 25
2 5 David Gravel 4164 -72 8 17 26
3 49 Brad Sweet 4146 -90 2 20 26
4 9 Daryn Pittman 3966 -270 0 8 19
5 41 Jason Johnson 3948 -288 2 11 19
6 2 Shane Stewart 3916 -320 2 8 20
7 93 Sheldon Haudenschild 3818 -418 0 5 16
8 1S Logan Schuchart 3756 -480 3 7 12
9 17 Joey Saldana 3694 -542 0 3 6
10 7S Jason Sides 3652 -584 0 4 13
11 4 Paul McMahan 3634 -602 0 3 10
12 19 Brent Marks 3620 -616 0 0 8
13 11k Kraig Kinser 3602 -634 0 1 6
14 W20 Greg Wilson 3414 -822 0 2 6
15 1A Jacob Allen 3022 -1214 0 0 2
16 13 Clyde Knipp 2824 -1412 0 0 0
17 18 Ian Madsen 2212 -2024 1 3 10
18 2X Parker Price-Miller 2154 -2082 1 1 3
19 24R Rico Abreu 2070 -2166 1 6 10
20 99 Brady Bacon 1900 -2336 0 1 3