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February 12, 2007. Christchurch-born Australian speedway racer Kerry Madsen has won his first World of Outlaws Sprint Car main event. The St Mary’s, NSW driver piloted the #11H Selma Shell Maxim to victory in the 25-lap second preliminary feature at the season opening DIRTcar Nationals raced at Florida’s Volusia Speedway Park on Saturday night.
Madsen started from the outside of the front row and swapped the lead with Danny Lasoski in the early laps before edging away to secure his maiden WoO victory.
Lasoski led home Friday night winner Donny Schatz with Craig Dollansky finishing fourth ahead of Sam Hafertepe.
Madsen is the son of Joe Madsen who raced Super Modifieds at Christchurch’s Templeton Speedway (now Powerbuilt Ruapuna Speedway) in the 1970s.
Kruseman wins Midget opener
Fresh from his six-race New Zealand campaign California racer Cory Kruseman has won the opening USAC Midget Car race of the 2007 season. In the 30-lap Copper on Dirt feature at Manzanita Speedway in Phoenix, Arizona.
Kruseman passed Tracy Hines on the final lap when Hines slowed with a fuel problem.
Also making a return to US competition less than a week after racing in New Zealand were Danny Stratton who finished 13th, Dave Darland 16th and Brad Loyet 21st.
Young New Zealander Jimi Quin failed to progress beyond the semi-feature.
Teenager Ricky Stenhouse Junior doubled up to win both the 40-lap CRA/USAC Sprint Car feature and the 50-lap USAC Silver Crown race.