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Kerry Madsen Holds off Donny Schatz to Win the Federated Auto Parts Ironman 55 presented by Walker - Madsen scored his fifth World of Outlaws STP Sprint Car Series victory of the season



PEVELY, Mo. - Aug. 2, 2014 - Kerry Madsen proved to be the strongest man Saturday night at Federated Auto Parts Raceway at I-55, leading 35 laps and holding back his fiercest competition to win the World of Outlaws STP Sprint Car Series' Federated Auto Parts Ironman 55 presented by Walker.


Madsen, who started the main event in sixth, worked his way forward, eventually getting around Paul McMahan, who led one lap early, and then leader Donny Schatz on a restart on lap 20. This was Madsen's fifth win of the season.


"It feels bloody awesome! I can't believe it! This is one of the races you want to win," Madsen said. "Man, that track, I just hammered down man. That was a lot of fun."


Madsen, who earlier in the night scored his fifth quick time of the season, said as the 55-lap A main wound down he began waiting for a challenge from second place Schatz, who he knew was coming for him.


"It's bloody Donny Schatz behind you - you can't make a mistake," Madsen said. "I was very comfortable until I started slowing down in lapped traffic. And actually, believe it or not, when Jason Sides caught me back I thought it was Donny and I was just trying as hard as I could… I saw it was Jason and I was like, oh that's alright, he's just blocking the hole for me."


"I've got to admit the fun was starting to get over when I was going, come on checkered, this has got to be coming. I just kept plowing away. Man that checkered flag didn't fall early enough for me that's for sure."


Madsen thanked his sponsor American Racing Custom Wheels, owners Peter and Bob Gavranich, his crew chief Tyler Swank and crew members Brandon Ikenberry and Chris Bowe.


"What a race! I can't believe we won that. That's a lot of fun."


In addition to bragging rights, McMahan won $20,000. This is his fifth World of Outlaws STP Sprint Car Series win of the season - earlier in the year, he claimed the coveted Kings Royal at Eldora Speedway. Madsen is fourth in the race for the championship, 313 points out of the lead.


Brad Sweet and Paul McMahan led the field to the green flag, but it was fourth place starting Schatz who quickly jumped forward. After leading the first lap, McMahan ceded the position to Schatz. Through two early cautions, Schatz hung on as Madsen began to make his move forward. When the caution fell again on lap 20, Madsen got the opportunity he needed. On the restart he found his way around Schatz and took over the lead on lap 21.


James McFadden, like Madsen, an Australia native, started back in 11th in his All Star Performance car. As the feature wore on, he worked his way through the field. By lap 20 he had moved into sixth. As Madsen built a large lead at the front, McFadden found his way past Kraig Kinser for fourth and Paul McMahan for third.


As the cars worked their way through lapped traffic in the closing 10 laps, McFadden closed the gap, challenging Schatz on the bottom for second. The battle continued for several laps, before Schatz could again pull away. On the final lap, Schatz gave it one last try to get around Madsen for the lead, diving to the bottom in turns three and four, but it was not enough.


Schatz, a five-time Outlaws champion and current points leader, finished the night in second, his eighth podium finish in a row.


"I knew we were going to need traffic," Schatz said. "Kerry runs the racetrack really well when you get up there and go. Just couldn't find another line to gain any time without having traffic there at the end - that helped us a little bit… He was a little bit better there towards the middle of the race and maybe even at the end. We just got to him. They just got the job done quicker than we did."


Schatz said he tried different lines throughout the feature but just could not get his car into a line to close the gap on Madsen.


"Some days are like that, some days aren't," Schatz said. "The STP guys still did a great job. They've been awful consistent lately. We were in contention for it. I guess it came down to that last restart there. He got a really good start and we didn't. So that's the way it goes - you win some, you lose some."


McFadden, who picked up his second podium finish in three races with the Outlaws and his second KSE Hard Charger Award in as many nights, said the track, one of his favorites, was challenging, but that he stumbled into a good line.


"It was tough, you just kind of had to give yourself clean air and that was kind of the key I guess," McFadden said. "As soon as you got behind a car it kind of screwed around with the front of your car. We just accidentally went to the middle and found a good spot and passed cars there. Just hats off to the 3g guys. They gave me an awesome car and to give them a good result is awesome."


Schatz extended his lead in the race for the championship over second place Daryn Pittman to 118 points. Third place Paul McMahan is 174 points out of the lead.


The World of Outlaws STP Sprint Car Series returns to action on Wednesday, Aug. 6 at Knoxville Speedway in Knoxville, Iowa as the Outlaws take on the Knoxville Nationals.


FEDERATED AUTO PARTS RACEWAY AT I-55 NOTES: Kerry Madsen and James McFadden, both Australia natives, finished on the podium tonight… This was Donny Schatz's eighth podium finish in a row… Kerry Madsen got his fifth win of the season Saturday night… This is the second night in a row James McFadden won the KSE Hard Charger Award. Tonight he advanced eight positions to finish in third… Kerry Madsen got his fifth quick time of the season at I-55.


SEASON WINNERS: Donny Schatz - 12 (Volusia Speedway Park on Feb. 15, The Dirt Track at Las Vegas on March 6, Devil's Bowl Speedway on April 19, Lawrenceburg Speedway on May 27, I-96 Speedway on May 31, River Cities Speedway on June 20, 34 Raceway on June 27, Cedar Lake Speedway on June 29, Lernerville Speedway on July 15, Autodrome Drummond on July 26, Cornwall Motor Speedway on July 27 and Ohsweken Speedway on July 29); Daryn Pittman - 11 (Thunderbowl Raceway on March 14, Calistoga Speedway on April 6, Devil's Bowl Speedway on April 19, Williams Grove Speedway on May 16 and May 17, Orange County Fair Speedway, May 18, New Egypt Speedway, May 20, Dodge City Raceway Park on July 4 and 5, Lincoln Speedway on July 17 and Fulton Speedway on July 23); Kerry Madsen - 5 (Stockton Dirt track on March 22, El Paso Speedway Park on April 15, Lakeside Speedway on June 7, Eldora Speedway on July 12 and Federated Auto Parts Raceway at I-55 on Aug. 3); Joey Saldana - 5 (Perris Auto Speedway on April 12, Salina Highbanks on April 25, The Dirt Track at Charlotte on May 23, I-80 Speedway on June 6 and Jackson Speedway on June 13); Brad Sweet - 5 (Volusia Speedway Park on Feb. 14, Tucson International Raceway on March 8, Calistoga Speedway on April 5, Knoxville Raceway on June 14 and Beaver Dam Raceway on June 28); David Gravel - 4 (Merced Speedway on March 28, Eldora Speedway on May 3, Wilmot Raceway on May 9 and Lebanon Valley Speedway on July 20); Paul McMahan - 4 (The Dirt Track at Las Vegas on March 5, Tri-State Speedway on May 10, Limaland Motorsports Park on July 9 and Federated Auto Parts Raceway at I-55 on Aug. 1);Cody Darrah - 2 (Kings Speedway on April 11 and Lernerville Speedway on July 15); Rico Abreu - 1 (Thunderbowl Raceway on March 15); Sammy Swindell - 2 (Federated Auto Parts Raceway at I-55 on April 26 and Eldora Speedway on July 11); Dale Blaney - 1 (Attica Raceway Park on May 30); Christopher Bell - 1 (Jacksonville Speedway on May 7); Lance Dewease - 1 (July 20 at Williams Grove Speedway); Greg Hodnett- 1 (July 18 at Williams Grove Speedway); Roger Crockett - 1 (I-94 Speedway on June 21);Mark Dobmeier - 1 (Huset's Speedway on July 2); Steve Kinser - 1 (Volusia Speedway Park on Feb. 16);Stevie Smith - 1 (Lincoln Speedway on May 14); Shane Stewart - 1 (Eldora Speedway on May 2) .


World of Outlaws STP Sprint Car Series Statistical Report; Federated Auto Parts Raceway at I-55; Pevely, Mo.; Aug. 2, 2014

A-Main - (55 Laps) - 1. 29-Kerry Madsen [6] [$20,000]; 2. 15-Donny Schatz [4] [$6,000]; 3. 3G-James McFadden [11] [$3,750]; 4. 51-Paul McMahan [2] [$3,250]; 5. 49-Brad Sweet [1] [$2,750]; 6. 9-Daryn Pittman [7] [$2,500]; 7. 11K-Kraig Kinser [3] [$2,400]; 8. 71M-Joey Saldana [13] [$2,300]; 9. 83-David Gravel [17] [$2,200]; 10. 63-Chad Kemenah [16] [$2,100]; 11. W20-Greg Wilson [8] [$1,700]; 12. 2-Shane Stewart [15] [$1,400]; 13. 4-Cody Darrah [20] [$1,300]; 14. 7S-Jason Sides [9] [$1,200]; 15. 1s-Logan Schuchart [18] [$1,100]; 16. 1A-Jacob Allen [14] [$1,000]; 17. 59-Tim Kaeding [21] [$1,000]; 18. 14T-Jimmy Bridgeman [23] [$1,000]; 19. 52F-Logan Faucon [22] [$1,000]; 20. 72-Kevin Petty [24] [$1,000]; 21. 29W-Danny Dietrich [10] [$1,000]; 22. 11-Steve Kinser [5] [$1,000]; 23. 4S-Danny Smith [12] [$1,000]; 24. 3B-Bradley Greer [19] [$1,000]. Lap Leaders: Paul McMahan 1, Donny Schatz 2-20, Kerry Madsen 21-55. KSE Hard Charger Award: 3G-James McFadden [+8]


Qualifying - 1. 29-Kerry Madsen, 11.019; 2. 15-Donny Schatz, 11.179; 3. 11-Steve Kinser, 11.248; 4. 11K-Kraig Kinser, 11.284; 5. 51-Paul McMahan, 11.289; 6. 7S-Jason Sides, 11.300; 7. 29W-Danny Dietrich, 11.351; 8. 3G-James McFadden, 11.369; 9. 49-Brad Sweet, 11.376; 10. W20-Greg Wilson, 11.379; 11. 9-Daryn Pittman, 11.381; 12. 4S-Danny Smith, 11.459; 13. 71M-Joey Saldana, 11.473; 14. 1A-Jacob Allen, 11.478; 15. 2-Shane Stewart, 11.486; 16. 63-Chad Kemenah, 11.519; 17. 83-David Gravel, 11.617; 18. 1s-Logan Schuchart, 11.638; 19. 3B-Bradley Greer, 11.656; 20. 72-Kevin Petty, 11.773; 21. 4-Cody Darrah, 11.778; 22. 59-Tim Kaeding, 11.792; 23. 52F-Logan Faucon, 12.063; 24. 31-John Dines, 12.115; 25. 10S-Jeremy Standridge, 12.217; 26. 14T-Jimmy Bridgeman, 12.274; 27. 5W-Caleb Wankel, nt


Heat 1 - (10 Laps - Top 6 finishers transfer to the A-feature) - 1. W20-Greg Wilson [1]; 2. 29-Kerry Madsen [4]; 3. 11K-Kraig Kinser [3]; 4. 71M-Joey Saldana [5]; 5. 59-Tim Kaeding [8]; 6. 29W-Danny Dietrich [2]; 7. 63-Chad Kemenah [6]; 8. 3B-Bradley Greer [7]; 9. 10S-Jeremy Standridge [9]


Heat 2 - (10 Laps - Top 6 finishers transfer to the A-feature) - 1. 9-Daryn Pittman [1]; 2. 51-Paul McMahan [3]; 3. 15-Donny Schatz [4]; 4. 3G-James McFadden [2]; 5. 83-David Gravel [6]; 6. 1A-Jacob Allen [5]; 7. 52F-Logan Faucon [8]; 8. 14T-Jimmy Bridgeman [9]; 9. 72-Kevin Petty [7]


Heat 3 - (10 Laps - Top 6 finishers transfer to the A-feature) - 1. 49-Brad Sweet [2]; 2. 2-Shane Stewart [5]; 3. 4S-Danny Smith [1]; 4. 4-Cody Darrah [7]; 5. 11-Steve Kinser [4]; 6. 7S-Jason Sides [3]; 7. 1s-Logan Schuchart [6]; 8. 31-John Dines [8]


Dash - (6 Laps, finishing order determined first 8 starting positions of A-feature) - 1. 49-Brad Sweet [1]; 2. 51-Paul McMahan [2]; 3. 11K-Kraig Kinser [3]; 4. 15-Donny Schatz [5]; 5. 11-Steve Kinser [4]; 6. 29-Kerry Madsen [6]; 7. 9-Daryn Pittman [8]; 8. W20-Greg Wilson [7]


Last Chance Showdown - (12 Laps - Top 6 finishers transfer to the A-feature) - 1. 1s-Logan Schuchart [2] [-]; 2. 63-Chad Kemenah [1] [-]; 3. 52F-Logan Faucon [5] [-]; 4. 3B-Bradley Greer [3] [-]; 5. 14T-Jimmy Bridgeman [8] [-]; 6. 72-Kevin Petty [4] [-]; 7. 10S-Jeremy Standridge [7] [$200]; 8. 5W-Caleb Wankel [9] [$180]; 9. 31-John Dines [6] [$175]

World of Outlaws STP Sprint Car Series Top 10 Championship Standings


1 15 Donny Schatz 8359

2 9 Daryn Pittman 8241

3 51 Paul McMahan 8185

4 29 Kerry Madsen 8046

5 71M Joey Saldana 8011

6 49 Brad Sweet 7855

7 4 Cody Darrah 7558

8 11 Steve Kinser 7465

9 11k Kraig Kinser 7248

10 83 David Gravel 6913

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