Australian Madsen ready to reclaim title in Kele World Challenge. Memphis, TN - Kerry Madsen calls the Kele World Challenge one of the best races he is in all season. The 32 year-old driver who calls Penrith, New South Wales, Australia home...
Australian Madsen ready to reclaim title in Kele World Challenge.
Memphis, TN - Kerry Madsen calls the Kele World Challenge one of the best races he is in all season. The 32 year-old driver who calls Penrith, New South Wales, Australia home during the winter in the US and Knoxville, Iowa, home during the summer will be trying to reclaim the World Challenge Trophy for Australia. He races full time year around and will be one of the top Australian drivers in this year's Kele World Challenge race that will take place on August 9th during the Mopar Parts Knoxville Nationals.
"The Kele World Challenge is one of the funnest races all year," said Madsen, who will drive Steven Gunder's #82 MADCAP Racing Eagle. "I mean you've got a great field of cars, a capacity crowd and a terrific firework show as we cross the finish line. "
"For some reason, I've never done well in the race, but I always look forward to it. There's really no pressure, you just do the best you can and have fun. I can't thank the people at Kele enough for having a race like this. Roger Johnson has always been interested in building sprint car racing world wide, and each year I see him in Australia helping the sport, so for me it's an honor to be a part of it."
Madsen, who is having a great season competing weekly at Knoxville Raceway, has shown signs that he can compete with the world's best this season. In the Grand Annual Sprint Car Classic, he was running a solid third before getting into the wall, and in the World of Outlaws first event at Knoxville Raceway this year, he held off Steve Kinser to win the pole position for the feature, and he ended up finishing fifth.
"We started really well last year in Australia, but by the time all the big races rolled around we were about a third or fourth place car," continued Madsen. "I know we started good here winning twice at Knoxville and had a good showing with the Outlaws, so we're hoping to keep it going through the Nationals and maybe be in a spot to win the Kele World Challenge and pick up an extra $10,000."
The Kele World Challenge is a joint effort between Knoxville Raceway and the National Sprint Car Hall of Fame & Museum in Knoxville, Iowa, and the Kele Companies of Memphis, Tennessee.
RACE FACTS: Twenty drivers are expected to enter this year's Kele World Challenge and the lineup will be determined by qualifying points for the Mopar Parts Knoxville Nationals. In order to qualify for the 16-lap race, an eligible driver must compete in the Nationals and earn points on either the Wednesday or Thursday qualification nights. The top 16 eligible drivers in the top 106 in points will then be inverted for the start of the Kele World Challenge race, with the remaining drivers tagging the dash lineup in order by points.
THE FIELD: 20 drivers are expected to enter the race including: Brent Antill (USA), PJ Chesson (USA), Max Dumesny (AUS), Brad Furr (USA), Jeff Hodgson (CAN), Skip Jackson (AUS), Lynton Jeffrey (AUS), Chad Kemenah (USA), Danny Lasoski (USA), Ricky Logan (USA), Kerry Madsen (AUS), David Murcott (AUS), Peter Murphy (AUS), Daryn Pittman (USA), Donny Schatz (USA), Jeff Shepard (USA), Danny Smith (USA), Brooke Tatnell (AUS), Tommy Tarlton (USA), Kurt Winker (USA)
EVENT HISTORY: Since 1994, drivers that have competed in both the Knoxville Nationals and Warrambool Classic have been challenging to earn the title of "best world sprint car driver".
Danny Smith became the first US winner in the Kele World Challenge by accumulating 787 points and collecting the $4000 prize money. Smith led the US brigade at the top ahead of Greg Hodnett and Joey Saldana. Australians Skip Jackson and Max Dumesny completed the top five in the third year of the international event.