Ian Madsen Controls Classic Prelim Run

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Ian Madsen won Saturday's preliminary feature for the Grand Annual Sprintcar Classic. (Premier Speedway photo)

WAARNAMBOOL, Australia — Ian Madsen showed exactly why he is a genuine contender for the Lucas Oil Grand Annual Sprintcar Classic with a commanding performance aboard the Rob Watson No. w66 entry on night two of the 45th running at Premier Speedway.

Madsen made every post a winner as he led all 30 laps to take out the Oval Express Magazine Australia-America Challenge Cup from a persistent Jamie Veal while Shane Stewart showed exactly why he, like Veal has already tasted Classic success, with a solid third-place result.

James McFadden carried good car speed in the early going before slipping to fourth before a very healthy audience who were earlier wowed by McFadden’s performance in the final heat of the night, as he continues to vie for the crown of crowd favorite.

McFadden’s fourth-place run was enough to have him finish as the night’s top points scorer while Brad Keller’s fifth place run also him in a strong position heading into the third and final night.

The top 10 was then made up of Dominic Scelzi who advanced from 12th to 6th, Jason Johnson, Robbie Farr, Matt Egel and Luke Dillon who ran 10th.

Madsen was the fast qualifier.

The finish:

Ian Madsen, Jamie Veal, Shane Stewart, James McFadden, Brad Keller, Dominic Scelzi, Jason Johnson, Robbie Farr, Matt Egel, Luke Dillon, Cory Eliason, Darren Mollenoyux, Terry McCarl, Ryan Jones, Max Johnston, Danny Reidy, Daniel Sayre, Mitchell Gee, Brayden Parr, Brad Warren.