Ian Madsen Kicks Off OH Sprint Speedweek With All Star Sprint Victory At Attica Raceway Park​

Story By: TYLER ALTMEYER / ALL STAR CIRCUIT OF CHAMPIONS – ATTICA, OH – To say Ian Madsen and Sam McGhee Motorsports have been close to victory is a slight understatement. After five runner-up finishes during FloRacing All Star Circuit of Champions presented by Mobil 1 competition thus far in 2021, Ian Madsen is finally a winner, breaking through during night one of the 39th running of Cometic Gasket Ohio Sprint Speedweek presented by Hercules Tires at Attica Raceway Park in Attica, Ohio.

With his victory, Madsen is also the official Speedweek points leader, one step closer to the $5,000 championship check that will be awarded at the conclusion of the eight-race/nine-day campaign on Saturday, June 19.

In addition, the $6,000 Attica triumph was Madsen’s first trip to All Star victory lane since Four Crown Nationals competition at Eldora Speedway in 2016. Madsen now owns a grand total of four All Star victories.

“This is kinda unreal. I’m a little speechless right now,” Ian Madsen said in Attica Raceway Park victory lane. “It’s been so long since I won a race and it’s an incredible feeling to finally do it again. I can’t thank Sam McGhee Motorsports enough for giving me the opportunity this year. These guys took a chance on me to come out here and win races this year. We’ve been painfully close so many times. It feels awesome to get the first one.”

After a hard-fought battle for second with the Coldren Motorsports entry piloted by Skylar Gee, taking the position officially on lap eight, Ian Madsen set his aim on race leader and outside-pole sitter, Justin Peck. Peck, who opened up to a stout advantage, found himself dancing with lapped cars by lap 10, which allowed Madsen to close the gap.

By lap 12, Madsen had all but caught the Buch Motorsports No. 13, eventually sneaking by his fellow All Star championship contender on the bottom of turn four the following circuit. Refusing to give up, Peck tried his best to get back by the Mike McGhee & Associates No. 11, working up a wicked slider through turns three and four on lap 15. Incidental contact between the two would ultimately lead to Peck spinning to a stop at the top of turn four; Madsen would survive and maintain the point position.

The remainder of Madsen’s effort would see little in the form of challenges. A series of cautions would keep the St. Marys, New South Wales, Australia-native out of thick traffic and out of harm’s way. Cory Eliason would battle ahead from fifth to finish second, followed by Skylar Gee, Cole Macedo, and Tyler Courtney, who rallied from 15th to claim his top-five outcome.

“You really can’t pace yourself when you have guys like Cory (Eliason) behind you,” Ian Madsen continued. “I ended up moving down the track, which made me a little nervous, but it all worked out.”

Cometic Gasket Ohio Sprint Speedweek presented by Hercules Tires will continue on Saturday, June 12, at Fremont Speedway in Fremont, Ohio. If necessary, Sunday, June 13, slated to be an off day, will be used as Fremont’s rain date.

Contingency Awards/Results: Attica Raceway Park | Friday, June 11, 2021:
Event: Cometic Gasket Ohio Sprint Speedweek presented by Hercules Tires
Entries: 46
C&R Racing Hot Laps: Rico Abreu | 13.158
Dixie Vodka Fast Qualifier: Chris Andrews | 12.801
Ford Performance Heat #1 Winner: Danny Dietrich
All Pro Aluminum Cylinder Heads Heat #2 Winner: Cap Henry
Hunt Brothers Pizza Heat #3 Winner: Chris Andrews
Mobil 1 Heat #4 Winner: Cole Macedo
Kistler Racing Products Heat #5 Winner: Trey Jacobs
Kear’s Speed Shop Dash #1 Winner: Skylar Gee
Elliott’s Custom Trailers and Carts Dash #2 Winner: Justin Peck
Classic Ink USA Screenprinting & Embroidery B-Main Winner: Zeb Wise
Rayce Rudeen Foundation First Non-Transfer: John Ivy
FloRacing A-Main Winner: Ian Madsen
Hercules Tire A-Main Hard Charger: Paul McMahan (+15)

Qualifying

Group (A)

1. 8M-TJ Michael, 13.054; 2. 11-Ian Madsen, 13.086; 3. 1-Nate Dussel, 13.173; 4. 48-Danny Dietrich, 13.198; 5. 16-DJ Foos, 13.207; 6. 24W-Garet Williamson, 13.511; 7. 9Z-Duane Zablocki, 13.528; 8. 27S-John Ivy, 13.642; 9. 12-Kyle Capodice, 13.774; 10. 14Z-Wyatt Zimmerman, 14.092

Group (B)

1. 10-Zeb Wise, 12.944; 2. 101-Lachlan McHugh, 13.034; 3. 4-Cap Henry, 13.135; 4. 91-Kyle Reinhardt, 13.176; 5. 17B-Bill Balog, 13.259; 6. 35-Stuart Brubaker, 13.371; 7. 4S-Tyler Street, 13.374; 8. 3C-Cale Conley, 13.414; 9. 33W-Caleb Griffith, 13.436

Group (C)

1. 23-Chris Andrews, 12.801; 2. 26-Cory Eliason, 12.918; 3. 55v-CJ Leary, 13.137; 4. W20-Greg Wilson, 13.382; 5. 1F-Dean Jacobs, 13.442; 6. 18T-Tanner Holmes, 13.482; 7. 22-Brandon Spithaler, 13.494; 8. 28-Tim Shaffer, 13.506; 9. 2L-Landon Lalonde, 14.006

Group (D)

1. 13-Justin Peck, 13.037; 2. 5R-Byron Reed, 13.070; 3. 18-Cole Macedo, 13.130; 4. O7-Skylar Gee, 13.152; 5. 7BC-Tyler Courtney, 13.202; 6. 49X-Cale Thomas, 13.278; 7. 24-Rico Abreu, 13.554; 8. 57X-Andrew Palker, 13.581; 9. 21N-Frankie Nervo, 13.824

Group (E)

1. 5-Paul McMahan, 13.155; 2. 19-Paige Polyak, 13.179; 3. 70M-Henry Malcuit, 13.309; 4. 70-Trey Jacobs, 13.396; 5. 25R-Jordan Ryan, 13.455; 6. 55-Hunter Schuerenberg, 13.484; 7. 14-Chad Kemenah, 13.742; 8. O9-Craig Mintz, —; 9. 5T-Travis Philo, NT

Heat #1 – Group (A) (8 Laps) – Top 4 Transfer

1. 48-Danny Dietrich [1]; 2. 1-Nate Dussel [2]; 3. 11-Ian Madsen [3]; 4. 8M-TJ Michael [4]; 5. 27S-John Ivy [8]; 6. 24W-Garet Williamson [6]; 7. 12-Kyle Capodice [9]; 8. 9Z-Duane Zablocki [7]; 9. 14Z-Wyatt Zimmerman [10]; 10. 16-DJ Foos [5]

Heat #2 – Group (B) (8 Laps) – Top 4 Transfer

1. 4-Cap Henry [2]; 2. 101-Lachlan McHugh [3]; 3. 17B-Bill Balog [5]; 4. 35-Stuart Brubaker [6]; 5. 91-Kyle Reinhardt [1]; 6. 33W-Caleb Griffith [9]; 7. 3C-Cale Conley [8]; 8. 4S-Tyler Street [7]; 9. 10-Zeb Wise [4]

Heat #3 – Group (C) (8 Laps) – Top 4 Transfer

1. 23-Chris Andrews [4]; 2. 26-Cory Eliason [3]; 3. 22-Brandon Spithaler [7]; 4. W20-Greg Wilson [1]; 5. 55V-CJ Leary [2]; 6. 28-Tim Shaffer [8]; 7. 1F-Dean Jacobs [5]; 8. 18T-Tanner Holmes [6]; 9. 2L-Landon Lalonde [9]

Heat #4 – Group (D) (8 Laps) – Top 4 Transfer

1. 18-Cole Macedo [2]; 2. O7-Skylar Gee [1]; 3. 7BC-Tyler Courtney [5]; 4. 13-Justin Peck [4]; 5. 49X-Cale Thomas [6]; 6. 5R-Byron Reed [3]; 7. 24-Rico Abreu [7]; 8. 57X-Andrew Palker [8]; 9. 21N-Frankie Nervo [9]

Heat #5 – Group (E) (8 Laps) – Top 4 Transfer

1. 70-Trey Jacobs [1]; 2. 25R-Jordan Ryan [5]; 3. 55-Hunter Schuerenberg [6]; 4. 19-Paige Polyak [3]; 5. 14-Chad Kemenah [7]; 6. 70M-Henry Malcuit [2]; 7. 5-Paul McMahan [4]; 8. 5T-Travis Philo [9]

Dash #1 (4 Laps)

1. O7-Skylar Gee [2]; 2. 101-Lachlan McHugh [6]; 3. 26-Cory Eliason [1]; 4. 18-Cole Macedo [3]; 5. 19-Paige Polyak [5]; 6. 70-Trey Jacobs [4]

Dash #2 (4 Laps)

1. 13-Justin Peck [2]; 2. 11-Ian Madsen [1]; 3. 4-Cap Henry [4]; 4. 23-Chris Andrews [5]; 5. 8M-TJ Michael [3]; 6. 48-Danny Dietrich [6]

C-Main (8 Laps) – Top 2 Transfer

1. 18T-Tanner Holmes [2]; 2. 4S-Tyler Street [1]; 3. 9Z-Duane Zablocki [3]; 4. 57X-Andrew Palker [4]; 5. 2L-Landon Lalonde [7]; 6. 14Z-Wyatt Zimmerman [8]; 7. 21N-Frankie Nervo [6]

B-Main (12 Laps) – Top 4 Transfer

1. 10-Zeb Wise [1]; 2. 5R-Byron Reed [2]; 3. 49X-Cale Thomas [5]; 4. 55V-CJ Leary [3]; 5. 27S-John Ivy [6]; 6. 14-Chad Kemenah [7]; 7. 28-Tim Shaffer [10]; 8. 24-Rico Abreu [15]; 9. 33W-Caleb Griffith [9]; 10. 5-Paul McMahan [12]; 11. 91-Kyle Reinhardt [4]; 12. 3C-Cale Conley [13]; 13. 1F-Dean Jacobs [14]; 14. 12-Kyle Capodice [16]; 15. 24W-Garet Williamson [11]; 16. 4S-Tyler Street [18]; 17. 18T-Tanner Holmes [17]; 18. 70M-Henry Malcuit [8]

A-Main (40 Laps)

1. 11-Ian Madsen [4]; 2. 26-Cory Eliason [5]; 3. O7-Skylar Gee [1]; 4. 18-Cole Macedo [7]; 5. 7BC-Tyler Courtney [15]; 6. 48-Danny Dietrich [12]; 7. 55-Hunter Schuerenberg [17]; 8. 8M-TJ Michael [10]; 9. 4-Cap Henry [6]; 10. 5-Paul McMahan [25]; 11. 17B-Bill Balog [16]; 12. 13-Justin Peck [2]; 13. 35-Stuart Brubaker [19]; 14. 19-Paige Polyak [9]; 15. 10-Zeb Wise [21]; 16. 25R-Jordan Ryan [14]; 17. 49X-Cale Thomas [23]; 18. 22-Brandon Spithaler [18]; 19. 101-Lachlan McHugh [3]; 20. 55V-CJ Leary [24]; 21. W20-Greg Wilson [20]; 22. 23-Chris Andrews [8]; 23. 1-Nate Dussel [13]; 24. 5R-Byron Reed [22]; 25. 70-Trey Jacobs [11] Lap Leaders: Justin Peck (1-12), Ian Madsen (13-40)

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