Kerry Madsen Headlines 45th Classic Field

Kerry Madsen
Kerry Madsen (Adam Fenwick Photo)

WARRNAMBOOL, Australia — They may have won five Classic crowns between them, but you can rest assured that both Kerry Madsen and Steven Lines will be striving for another visit to victory lane when they contest the 45th Lucas Oil Grand Annual Sprintcar Classic Jan. 20-22 at Premier Speedway.

The dynamic Australian duo, will be joined by exciting Californian Carson Macedo who will return to Sungold Stadium, Premier Speedway for what will be his second tilt at the Classic.

Madsen who will be out to go one better than last year, having finished runner up to Jamie Veal in the 2016 Classic, as he attempts to add a fourth crown to his imposing Classic record, becoming only the third driver in the history of the event to have claimed four or more wins, with only Garry Rush (7) and Danny Smith (6) having achieved the feat previously.

Coming off another hectic American schedule the “Mad Man” will again be one of the pre-race favorites as he straps into the Keneric Healthcare, American Racing and Daniel Trucking backed entry.

Lines, the 2011 and 2013 Classic Champion, will again saddle up the Halls Motorsport W3 for what would be an historic third Classic win.

Having been in great early season form at Premier Speedway, Lines of Mt. Gambier will no doubt be geared towards improving on his 17th-place finish at the 2016 Classic.

As always car owner Brian Hall and Crew Chief Craig Bennett will give the hard charging Lines all he needs to do well, for their major supporters Halls Motorsport, Valvoline, Carlin and Gazzard along with Clarend Transport.

Having competed in 410 sprint cars and midgets during the past American summer, Carson Macedo has again enjoyed some stellar results.

Having driving for Peter Mitchell in Australia last summer before contesting the Classic aboard the Dave Challons backed V45 entry, Macedo will return for 2014 Classic winning car owner Sean Dyson aboard the immaculate Complete Parts and Equipment Solutions, Dyson Motorsports and Roberts Meats N99 machine.

This live wire combination will be one to watch, with Macedo looking to improve on his 8th place run in B-Main 1 at the Classic last January.

Having made her Sungold Stadium debut just recently at the 2nd Annual Max’s Race, first time Classic entrant Harli White-Hines is sure to be a crowd favorite in 2017.

The diminutive White-Hines, is one of the feel-good stories in racing having fought back from third and fourth degree burns which resulted from a race incident when she was just 12 years old.

In her limited appearances in Australia, the regular competitor on America’s ASCS 360 National Tour has shown she can mix it with the best and will no doubt be better for the data collected on her initial visit to Warrnambool.

Campaigning the N10 for car owner Paul Stirton and team sponsors A-One Charge Air Coolers, Pepper Money, NATRAD and South West Conveyancing, Harli is sure to want for nothing come Classic time.