IF you weren’t at the Perth Motorplex on Friday night you missed out on a stellar drive by Kerry Madsen in the World Series Sprintcars feature race.
The three-time Australian champion, who jetted back in from America this week, put on a clinic, thumping the rest of the field and being more than nine seconds ahead of second placed Jamie Veal from Victoria and local ace Jason Kendrick.
Madsen started from pole position and enjoyed complete dominance for the 30-laps, staying in front of the countless duels between his rivals right throughout the pack.
The good news is you can see Madsen and 27 other drivers back in action at the Perth Motorplex tonight for the Grand Final of the WSS championship.
Madsen is not in title contention but will be intent on maintaining his stranglehold over the opposition that started with the quickest time in qualifying, some solid heat race races and the quickest time in the Gold Dash.
On a balmy summer’s evening racefans were treated to some of the best sprintcar racing we have seen at the Motorplex this summer, setting the scene for a big Saturday night of racing.
James McFadden, who finished fourth, heads into the series decider ahead of Veal and should wrap up the championship, but stranger things have happened in sprintcar racng.
The younger of the two Madsens – Ian – also jetted back in from America this week for this show – and he started 12th and finished sixth – making him another driver to watch on Saturday night.
Other big guns such as Brooke Tatnell (seventh) and Steven Lines (eighth) will be seeking redemption tonight.
The same could be said for the local stars who showed glimpses of brilliance but had their colours lowered by the visiting drivers.
Saturday night’s racing also features another round of the Formula 500s and the two-wheel daredevils who are part of the Freestyle Motocross exhibition.
If you thought the racing was red-hot last night – you ain’t seen nothing yet and you need to be trackside for this one.
QUALIFYING: Kerry Madsen 13.813, Jamie Veal 13.982, James McFadden 14.346, Chad Ely 14.369, Brooke Tatnell 14.378, Trent Pigdon 14.416, Tim Van Ginneken 14.424, David Priolo 14.431, Callum Williamson 14.460, Jason Kendrick 14.448, Steven Lines 14.451, Carl Dowling 14.475, Brad Maiolo 14.479, Cameron Gessner 14.518, Ben Ellement 14.519, Ian Madsen 14.636, Jamie Landrigan 14.667, Lee Nash 14.717, James Inglis 14.729, Taylor Milling 14.747, Jason Pryde 14.764, Kye Scroop 14.852, Andrew Priolo 14.881, Mitchell Wormall 14.828, Scott Chatwin 15.554, Daniel Harding NTT.
Heat 1: 1st Taylor Milling, 2nd Ben Ellement, 3rd Kerry Madsen, 4th Jason Kendrick, 5th Callum Williamson, 6th Andrew Priolo. DNF: Jamie Landrigan. DNS: Chad Ely. DQ Tim Ginneken.
Heat 2: 1st David Priolo, 2nd Mitchell Wormall, 3rd Jamie Maiolo, 4th Scott Chatwin, 5th Jamie Veal, 6th Lee Nash, 7th Brooke Tatnell, 8th Carl Dowling, 9th Jason Pryde.
Heat 3: 1st Daniel Harding, 2nd Steven Lines, 3rd Ian Madsen, 4th Cameron Gessner, 5th Bradley Maiolo, 6th James McFadden, 7th Trent Pigdon, 8th Kye Scroop, 9th James Inglis.
Heat 4: 1st Jason Kendrick, 2nd Kerry Madsen, 3rd Jason Pryde, 4th Brooke Tatnell, 5th Mitchell Wormall, 6th Tim Van Ginneken, 7th Carl Dowling. DNF: Andrew Priolo. DNS: Jamie Landrigan.
Heat 5: 1st Daniel Harding, 2nd Cameron Gessner, 3rd Ben Ellement, 4th James Inglis, 5th James McFadden, 6th Steven Lines, 7th Callum Williamson, 8th Taylor Milling. DNS: Chad Ely.
Heat 6: 1st Kye Scroop, 2nd Ian Madsen, 3rd David Priolo, 4th Jamie Veal, 5th Bradley Maiolo, 6th Jamie Maiolo, 7th Trent Pigdon, 8th Lee Nash, 9th Scott Chatwin.
Bronze Dash: Jason Kendrick 14.162, Cameron Gessner 14.321, Brooke Tatnell 14.388, Steven Lines 14.599.
Silver Dash: Jason Kendrick 14.184, Jamie Veal 14.230, Cameron Gessner 14.282 and James McFadden 14.401.
Gold Dash: Kerry Madsen 13.990, Jamie Veal 14.203, David Priolo 14.260, Jason Kendrick 14.296.
B Main: 1st Daniel Harding, 2nd Tim Van Ginneken, 3rd Carl Dowling, 4th Lee Nash, 5th James Inglis, 6th Mitchell Wormall, 7th Kye Scroop, 8th Taylor Milling, 9th Jamie Landrigan, 10th Jason Pryde, 11th Scott Chatwin. DNS: Andrew Priolo, Chad Ely.
A Main: 1st Kerry Madsen, 2nd Jamie Veal, 3rd Jason Kendrick, 4th James McFadden, 5th Ian Madsen, 6th Cameron Gessner, 7th Brooke Tatnell, 8th Tim Van Ginneken, 9th Steven Lines, 10th Bradley Maiolo, 11th Jamie Maiolo, 12th Daniel Harding, 13th Carl Dowling, 14th James Inglis, 15th Ben Ellement, 16th Mitchell Wormall, 17th Callum Williamson. DNF: David Priolo (lap 27), Trent Pigdon (lap 27) and Lee Nash (lap 11).
Heat 1: 1st Jamie Nardini, 2nd Chris Dymock, 3rd Jeff Ross, 4th Matt Brown, 5th Ryan McNamara, 6th David Carstairs. DNS: Troy Johnson.
Heat 2: 1st Brendon Marshmann, 2nd Luke Nardini, 3rd Glenn Carstairs, 4th Brock Nanovich, 5th Jamie Pages, 6th Brent Lockwood, 7th Craig Bottrell.
Heat 3: 1st Glenn Carstairs, 2nd Brock Nanovich, 3rd Ryan McNamara, 4th Luke Nardini, 5th Jeff Ross, 6th Jamie Nardini, 7th David Carstairs.
Heat 4: 1st Troy Johnson, 2nd Matt Brown, 3rd Brent Lockwood, 4th Jamie Pages, 5th Chris Dymock, 6th Brendon Marshman, 7th Craig Bottrell.
A Dash: 1st Glenn Carstairs, 2nd Luke Nardini, 3rd Jamie Pages, 4th Ryan McNamara. DNF: Jamie Nardini, Chris Dymock.
B Dash: 1st Matt Brown, 2nd Brock Nanovich, 3rd Troy Johnson, 4th Brent Lockwood, 5th Brendon Marshman, 6th Jeff Ross, 7th David Carstairs.
Feature race: 1st Glenn Carstairs, 2nd Matt Brown, 3rd Troy Johnson, 4th Luke Nardini, 5th Brock Nanovich, 6th Jamie Pages, 7th Brendon Marshman, 8th Craig Bottrell, 9th David Carstairs. DNF: Ryan McNamara, Brent Lockwood. DNS: Chris Dymock, Jeff Ross and Jamie Nardini.