Looking to pick up his second consecutive feature event win on Friday night, contact with lapped traffic ahead of him, collected Kerry Madsen, and knocked him out of contention at the Merced Speedway.
Timing in ninth fastest in time trials aboard his Keneric Racing/American Racing No. 29 machine, Madsen found himself on the ever-important front row of his heat race, with only heat winners transferring to the Dash.
Winning the drag race into turn one in his Dash, Madsen would in fact cruise on the pick up the win, and earn a spot in the Dash, where he would start on the front row.
Starting the 40-lap feature event on the front row, by way of his second place finish in the Dash, Madsen chased after early race leader, Kyle Hirst, challenging for the lead on the seventh lap, before the caution flew.
Back underway, Madsen raced his way into the lead on the 14th lap, and began to pull away from the field until disaster struck on the 18th lap.
A group of cars ahead of him got together, and with nowhere to go, Madsen made contact and got up on his side, forfeiting the lead, and causing damage to his machine.
Though he would make it back out, Madsen would limp around and end his night with a 20th place finish.
“We had another insanely fast racecar, and I think we were the car to beat,” Madsen said. “I hate it for my guys, and everyone involved, but we had nowhere to go, and ended up crashed.”
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2014 BY THE NUMBERS: Starts-17, Wins-4, Top-5’s- 8, Top 10’s-11
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