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MADSEN MOTORSPORTS SWEEPS COMPETITION AT 2009 NASA CHAMPIONSHIPS Driver Kevin Madsen makes a dramatic return to road racing this year by taking first in every Performance Touring F qualifying and race session at the 2009 NASA ...
MADSEN MOTORSPORTS SWEEPS COMPETITION AT 2009 NASA CHAMPIONSHIPS
Driver Kevin Madsen makes a dramatic return to road racing this year by taking first in every Performance Touring F qualifying and race session at the 2009 NASA Championships.
Newport Beach, CA, September 29, 2009 - Champagne never tasted so good for the Southern California driver who completed his first national championship event with a flawless win record. Kevin Madsen guided his Mazda powered race car to victory in every qualifying session, qualifying race and finally the Performance Touring F Championship Race at the 2009 NASA National Championships outside Salt Lake City, Utah.
Madsen's accomplishments at Miller Motorsports Park were made all the more impressive considering the challenges confronted. The two days of qualifying sessions and qualifying races prior to the championship race, saw out-of-class incidents on-track and some mechanical issues threaten the team's chances at success. Overall, Kevin was able to steer clear and turn consistently faster times than the competition, even during such times of adversity. This secured the pole position for the main event and focused attention on the talented driver, who recently returned to racing after a career in collegiate sales and marketing.
Madsen's Cool-Cups sponsored RX7 had more challenges in store for it during the championship event. Halfway through the race, debris on-track caused Kevin and other competitors to exit the track at a high rate of speed. Appropriately, a full-course yellow was issued and the track was returned to safe conditions. This is also meant that the healthy seven- second lead Madsen had worked consistently each lap to accomplish, was out the window.
Shortly after the restart, traffic and another incident ahead from out-of-class cars caused Kevin to be passed.
"I knew I didn't have much time left, so I stuck to my lines, pushed as hard as I could without making any mistakes and it was enough to take back the win. It felt great." Kevin Madsen
An anxious crowd watched as with less than two laps to go, Madsen and his Mazda diced back through the field and ultimately into the Winners Circle. The victory is a great accomplishment for Kevin Madsen in his first year back to professional road racing and likely a sign of things to come for the up-and-coming driver.
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