This past week has been a quite busy one for the Australian racers when it comes to America, following Lynton Jeffrey claiming the spoils at Knoxville Raceway on the weekend and James McFadden currently racing the clock to get over to America to defend his Knoxville 360 Sprintcar Nationals crown.
Lynton Jeffrey (NSW)
History was created over the weekend, when Jeffrey claimed his maiden 360 Sprintcar A main win at Knoxville Raceway (IA). With four Knoxville Raceway A main wins in 410 Sprintcars, Jeffrey was rapt to be carrying winning form into this coming weekend’s Knoxville 360 Sprintcar Nationals.
Jeffrey paced the A main field for the entire 18-lap distance, which saw him momentarily lose command while battling with Tim Shaffer in the closing stages, and he went on to score an impressive win over Shaffer.
“He (Tim Shaffer) gave me a good run,” said a jubilant Jeffrey in victory lane.
“I’ve got to thank Destiny Motorsports for this one, as this is a car that they didn’t want. We were proud to have it – it’s a winner!
“It’s just good to win anything. I’ve won some decent races here, just not enough of them over the years. You just got to be proud when you do it.”
For the second weekend in a row, Jeffrey ran double duties at Knoxville Raceway. Contesting the latest All Star Circuit of Champions round, which doubled as a Knoxville Raceway Track Championship round, Jeffrey managed to impressively qualify on the front row of the 410 Sprintcar A main out of position two. In the A main, he was unable to repeat his 360 Sprintcar form from earlier in the night and fell back in the order throughout the 25-lap event and went on to finish outside the top-10 in 11th.
Following this weekend’s action, Jeffrey has now moved back to fourth in the latest Knoxville Raceway 410 Sprintcar Track Championship point standings.
James McFadden (Vic)
McFadden’s physical bid to defend his Knoxville 360 Sprintcar Nationals crown next weekend starts later this week, as he hopes to be on a plane bound for America, but it certainly won’t be the conventional way he travels over there.
Since the coronavirus pandemic rocked Australia, not to mention the rest of the world, back in March, McFadden has been working on ways to take up his coveted ride with the Kasey Kahne Racing team. However, in recent weeks, he has been able to make head way. This Wednesday, he is planning to be boarding a plane headed to America, but he will have 15 hours added to his trip. Due to border closures around the world, McFadden is doing whatever it takes, after he has had to get special exemptions to travel out of Australia due to being a professional Sprintcar driver, to get to America in time to defend his Knoxville 360 Sprintcar Nationals crown.
As McFadden said, if it were that easy to get out of Australia and over to race in America, then he would have been over there months ago. However, despite the travel struggles, he is hoping that this weekend’s Knoxville Nationals defence will be the start of hopefully a three-month stint with the Kasey Kahne Racing team.
Kerry Madsen (NSW)
It was a string of top-10 finishes for Madsen over the weekend running with the All Star Circuit of Champions.
Starting on Thursday night at the Plymouth Dirt Track (WI), the Big Game Motorsports team driver came from the fourth row in the A main to finish a strong second behind Kyle Larson. The following night at 34 Raceway (IA), he started the A main from position 10 and was able to progress to end up finishing seventh. Last Saturday night at Knoxville Raceway, Madsen didn’t enjoy the best of runs, after he started the A main from the second row and went on to finish back in sixth.
Ian Madsen (NSW)
Making his second appearance with the # 5 Guy Forbrook-owned team, Madsen ran last Saturday night’s latest round of the Knoxville Raceway 410 Sprintcar Track Championship, which doubled as a round of the All Star Circuit of Champions.
After a disappointing qualifying time trials run at the beginning of the night, Madsen fought back strongly to transfer directly from his heat race into the A main. Starting out of position 15 in the A main, he drove strongly throughout the 25-lap event to finish inside the top 10 in ninth.
Brooke Tatnell (NSW)
After running double duty the previous weekend, Tatnell in last Saturday night’s latest Knoxville Raceway Track Championship round only ran in the 410 Sprintcars with the TKS Motorsport team.
With it being only his third outing with the TKS Motorsport team, Tatnell endured a challenging night. Following a tough run during the qualifying events, the five-time Australian Champion was forced to qualify into the A main via the B main. After claiming a second-place finish in the B main, he started the A main from deep in the field – position 22 – and managed to finish 18th.
Scott Bogucki (SA)
In what was the final hit-out leading into this weekend’s Knoxville 360 Sprintcars Nationals, Bogucki continued his pleasing form with yet another top-10 360 Sprintcar A main performance.
On Saturday night at Knoxville Raceway, Bogucki started the A main out of position eight and was then able to move forward during the 18-lap event and went on to greet the chequered flag in sixth.
Peter Britten (Qld)
Britten had a pleasing run throughout his three nights of racing in the Big Block Modifieds over the past week.
Commencing his busy week on Wednesday night at Bridgeport Speedway (NJ) for the latest Super DIRTcar Series round, Britten ended the A main in a solid sixth. The Friday night at Albany-Saratoga Speedway (NY) saw the three-time Australian V8 Dirt Modified Champion finish up eighth in the A main, while Saturday night saw him compete at Lebanon Valley Speedway (NY) and narrowly miss out on an A main podium after running fourth.