As North American drivers switch from dirt to snow for the winter, the heat is on in the Southern Hemisphere where American Racing backed driver Kerry Madsen is on a splint car tear.
The reigning Australian Sprintcar Champion has scored four wins and a second-place result in the seven races so far this season in the QSS World Series Sprintcars.
After winning the season opener December 26, Madsen found himself out early after a controversial wreck in the second round. He had been running a fantastic comeback race that saw him work his way up from 15th to fifth place in the main event when contact with a rival driver left him tangled in the catch fence, forcing officials to call the race. It was a frustrating end, but the misfortune didn’t stop Madsen for long.
The 46-year-old driver returned to the top of the box again at the next race, and only a fifth place finish at Round 6 broke a podium streak that would see him through to a win at Round 7. There, he claimed victory after an exciting side-by-side battle with American Donny Schatz. The champion also earned the World Series Sprintcars Speedweek title.
The native Australian is a veteran winged sprint car driver who has raced with the World of Outlaws both in his home country and the United States. Originally from the Sydney suburb of St. Marys, Madsen has been racing sprint cars since the 1990s.
(PHOTOS: Kerry Madsen Twitter @kmr29)