Broth­ers on track

MAD­SENS’ MIXED FOR­TUNES

Mt Druitt - St Mary's Standard (East) - - SPORT - Danielle Jarvis

IAN and Kerry Mad­sen turned in im­pres­sive per­for­mances at the 55th Knoxville Na­tion­als last week.

The St Marys broth­ers com­peted in sep­a­rate races.

Kerry had a spec­tac­u­lar fin­ish, cross­ing the line as run­ner-up in the A-main fi­nal to reign­ing cham­pion Donny Schatz.

Af­ter the race, Kerry tweeted: “Well, ran 2nd wasn’t through lack of ef­fort or car speed. Con­grats to the 15 team.”

His younger brother fin­ished 19th in the B Main race.

It might not have been the fairy­tale fin­ish Ian was hop­ing for but the St Marys sprint­car racer has a ca­reer to be proud of.

He was crowned Knoxville Cham­pion in 2014 and re­turned this year for the 55th Knoxville Na­tion­als but failed to make the podium. Ian said he en­joyed the thrill of the Syd­ney Speed­way, and one of his high­lights was win­ning the 50,000 race there in 2013.

Other high­lights were his first World of Out­law win in 2013 in Deer Creek, Min­nesota, and be­com­ing the Knoxville Cham­pion in 2014.

“I al­ways hoped I would (win) but for a long time it didn’t seem like I would even get a shot over here,” he said. “My big chance came in 2013 with the KCP Rac­ing #18. We fin­ished sec­ond the first year and won it the next year.”

I al­ways hoped I would (win Knoxville) but for a long time it didn’t seem like I would even get a shot over here.

– IANMADSEN

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