LINCOLN, Ill. — The only thing Ian Madsen didn’t win Friday was the Midwest Open Wheel Ass’n Sprint Car Series presented by Casey’s General Stores Dash and the $200 he could have pocketed for taking the re-draw challenge before he drew the six invert pill for the event.
Outside of that sequence, Madsen was nearly untouchable en route to his third career MOWA Sprint Car Series presented by Casey’s General Stores victory. This one coming at Lincoln Speedway.
Madsen and Jimmy Hurley each picked up a heat race win, while the invert drawn by Madsen before the dash put Jeremy Standridge on the front row of the six-lap event. Standridge would hold on to pick up the first MOWA dash win of his career, as he celebrated his birthday at the track with family and friends.
Madsen survived near catastrophe in the dash, as he got caught up with a flipping Bret Triplett in the final corner of the event, but he didn’t stop and was awarded third place with a destroyed wing sitting sideways atop the car. Triplett was done for the night, tearing up a rear end, while Urish, who was also involved, made repairs and ran well in the feature.
Several cautions slowed the main event, but the bulk of the excitement came on the final restart with five laps remaining. Problems arose at the drop of the caution for A.J. Bruns, who had ran second throughout, after losing the lead early to Madsen. Bruns pulled off giving the second spot to Urish, followed by Joey Moughan.
The first attempt to re-start the event was called back after Trey Datweiler, making his first career MOWA start, spun in turns one and two.
On the second attempt, and the final restart of the race, Urish barreled into turn one and pulled a slide job on Madsen, briefly taking the lead off of turn two and down the backstretch. Madsen returned the favor in turns three and four, however, and led the rest of the way.
As Urish gave chase, Moughan closed over the final two laps, and when Urish bobbled just a bit in turns three and four coming to the checkered flag, Moughan dove under and slid up narrowly missing Urish exiting turn four to take the second spot.
Jim Moughan would finish fourth and Joe B. Miller was fifth.
Ian Madsen, Joey Moughan, Chris Urish, Jim Moughan, Joe B. Miller, Jerrod Hull, Andy Baugh, Cory Bruns, Manny Rockhold, Jeremy Standridge, John Dines, Ben Wagoner, Trey Datweiler, Caleb Wankel, A.J. Bruns, Randy Myers, Levi Curry, Paul Nienhiser, Bret Tripplett, Jimmy Hurley.