‘The Mad Man’ Tames Eldora

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Kerry Madsen (29) races under Craig Dollansky Friday night at Eldora Speedway. (Julia Johnson photo)
Kerry Madsen (29) races under Craig Dollansky Friday night at Eldora Speedway. (Julia Johnson photo)

ROSSBURG, Ohio — Twice before at Eldora Speedway, Kerry Madsen suffered the agony of defeat in World of Outlaws STP Sprint Car Series competition, coming up one position short of glory, but on Friday night the Aussie was finally victorious.

In the kickoff to Outlaw Thunder weekend at the track celebrating its 60th anniversary season, Madsen stole the lead from Craig Dollansky on lap 17 and pulled away to win for the first time this season on the World of Outlaws STP Sprint Car Series circuit and the first time of his career at Eldora.

Dollansky was second with quick-timer Paul McMahan, hard-charger Donny Schatz and Jac Haudenschild rounding out the top five.

“I’ve had a very slow start to the season,” said Madsen, of St. Marys, NSW, Australia, who came up just short in the 2010 Kings Royal to Steve Kinser and just short again to Sammy Swindell in the 2012 Kings Royal. “So to get a win is great, but to get it at Eldora where I’ve been so close so many times…I always felt like I’ve been good here, but not gotten a win, so it feels fantastic to get the win.”

The Aussie who resides in Iowa will get a chance to repeat on Saturday night in the conclusion of Outlaw Thunder weekend at Eldora.