Kerry Madsen to the Top of Midwest Thunder Sprint Cars Presented by Open Wheel 101 Standings, Four Race Week Coming Up!

Monday, June 5, 2017
Kerry Madsen sits atop the Midwest Thunder Sprint Cars standings (Rob Kocak Photo)Kerry Madsen sits atop the Midwest Thunder Sprint Cars standings (Rob Kocak Photo) Associate Sponsors:, Buckeye Threads,, Front Row Challenge
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(Bill W) June 5, 2017 – A win and two seconds at the Jackson Nationals in Minnesota last weekend has Kerry Madsen buoyed atop the Midwest Thunder Sprint Cars presented by Open Wheel 101 standings heading into a four-race week!  Ian Madsen matched Brian Brown’s win total this year in Midwest Thunder Sprint Cars events with his third victory, and Brad Sweet picked up the big $25,000 check in Saturday’s finale at Jackson.

Kerry Madsen is atop the standings, ahead of brother, Ian, Brown, Sweet and Donny Schatz.  Mark Dobmeier, Tim Kaeding, Austin McCarl, Brooke Tatnell and Lynton Jeffrey complete the current top ten.

The upcoming schedule will remain heavy with World of Outlaws events while they are in the Midwest.  Two of this weekend’s four events will be WoO sanctioned, as the Knoxville regulars take them on both Friday and Saturday. 

In other action, the IRA will vie for $5,000 at Angell Park Speedway in Sun Prairie, Wisconsin on Thursday.  The event is being made up as a result of the rainout there on May 21.  The car count should be very strong and will include Tony Stewart.  Sunday, Tony’s All Stars will be on hand in what should gather a fantastic field again vying for $5,000 to win at the racy 34 Raceway in West Burlington, Iowa.

Join us in supporting sprint car racing in the Midwest!

So far,, Buckeye Threads, and the Front Row Challenge have jumped on board as associate sponsors for the Midwest Thunder Sprint Cars presented by Open Wheel 101. 

EMi is providing a $500 gift certificate to the highest finishing EMi driver in the season point race, as well.

Whether you are just wanting to chip in or become a title sponsor for the series, there are several options for you.  Visit or e-mail Bill Wright at for more details!

Stay tuned to Open Wheel 101 all season long for point and race updates!
Next Up!
Thur, June 8 – Angell Park Speedway (WI) IRA
Fri, June 9 – Knoxville (IA) Raceway WoO
Sat, June 10 – Knoxville (IA) Raceway WoO
Sun, June 11 – 34 Raceway (IA) All Stars

Current Point Standings (Through 6/3/17)
Driver, Hometown, Points (Wins)
Kerry Madsen, St. Mary’s, NSW, Aust., 353 (2)
Ian Madsen, St. Mary’s, NSW, Aust., 289 (3)
Brian Brown, Grain Valley, MO, 270 (3)
Brad Sweet, Grass Valley, CA, 138 (1)
Donny Schatz, Fargo, ND, 135 (1)
Mark Dobmeier, Grand Forks, ND, 132
Tim Kaeding, San Jose, CA, 129
Austin McCarl, Altoona, IA, 120
Brooke Tatnell, Sans Souci, NSW, Aust., 110
Lynton Jeffrey, Sydney, NSW, Aust./Prairie City, IA, 107
Pittman, Daryn, Owasso, OK, 86
Paul Nienhiser, Chapin, IL, 85 (1)
David Gravel, Watertown, CT, 85
Joey Saldana, Brownsburg, IN, 82
Brad Loyet, Sunset Hills, MO, 75 (1)
Aaron Reutzel, Clute, TX, 75
Josh Schneiderman, West Burlington, IA, 72
Terry McCarl, Altoona, IA, 70
Shane Stewart, Bixby, OK, 70
Jake Blackhurst, Hanna City, IL, 58
Cap Henry, Bellevue, OH, 58
Jason Sides, Bartlett, TN, 53
Kraig Kinser, Bloomington, IN, 52
Bill Balog, Hartland, WI, 49
Matt Juhl, Sioux Falls, SD, 48
Danny Lasoski, Dover, MO, 41
Spencer Bayston, Lebanon, IN, 40
Tasker Phillips, Pleasantville, IA, 38
Davey Heskin, St. Michael, MN, 38
Jason Johnson, Eunice, LA, 38
Sheldon Haudenschild, Wooster, OH, 38
Scott Winters, Butterfield, MN, 35
Jacob Patton, Bethalto, IL, 30
Chad Kemenah, Arvada, OH, 30
Logan Schuchart, Hanover, PA, 28
Jim Moughan, Springfield, IL, 25
Joe B. Miller, Millersville, MO, 20
Paul McMahan, Nashville, TN, 20
Scotty Thiel, Sheboygan, WI, 18
Rager Phillips, Pleasantville, IA, 18
Jimmy Hurley, Springfield, IL, 16
Craig Dollansky, Elk River, MN, 16
Chris Urish, Elkhart, IL, 14
Bret Tripplett, Lincoln, IL, 14
Andy McElhannon, Nesbit, MS, 12
Jordan Goldesberry, Springfield, IL, 12
Wayne Johnson, Oklahoma City, OK, 12
RJ Johnson, Tampa, FL, 12
Ryan Bunton, Morton, IL, 10
Steve Meyer, Sheboygan Falls, WI, 10
Travis Whitney, Blaine, MN, 10
Paige Polyak, Tiffin, OH, 10
Robbie Standridge, Springfield, IL, 8
Kyle Marten, Sheboygan Falls, WI, 8
Dakota Hendrickson, Omaha, NE, 8
Howard Moore, Memphis, TN, 6
Blake Nimee, Oswego, IL, 6
Josh Baughman, Odessa, TX, 6
Dustin Selvage, Indianola, IA, 6
Logan Faucon, Elkhart, IL, 4
Ryan Jamison, Mediapolis, IA, 4
Tyler Bear, Elliottsville, PA, 4
Kaley Gharst, Decatur, IL, 4
Skylar Prochaska, Lakefield, MN, 4
Jeremy Standridge, Springfield, IL, 2
Scott Neitzel, Beaver Dam, WI, 2
Brent Marks, Myerstown, PA, 2

Tentative Races that will be counted for Points with the Midwest Thunder Sprint Cars presented by (Winners)
Fri, April 7 – Jacksonville Speedway (IL) MOWA (Brad Loyet, Sunset Hills, MO)
Sat, April 8 – 34 Raceway (IA) IRA (Paul Nienhiser, Chapin, IL)
Sat, April 15 – Knoxville (IA) Raceway (Rain)
Sat, April 22 – Knoxville (IA) Raceway (Brian Brown, Grain Valley, MO)
Sat, April 29 – Knoxville (IA) Raceway (Rain)
Fri, May 5 – Missouri State Fair Speedway WoO (Donny Schatz, Fargo, ND)
Sat, May 6 – Knoxville (IA) Raceway (Ian Madsen, St. Mary’s, NSW, Aust.)
Fri, May 12 – Jackson (MN) Motorplex (Kerry Madsen, St. Mary’s, NSW, Aust.)
Sat, May 13 – Knoxville (IA) Raceway (Brian Brown, Grain Valley, MO)
Sat, May 20 – Knoxville (IA) Raceway (Rain)
Sun, May 21 – Angell Park Speedway (WI) All Stars/IRA (Rain)
Fri, May 26 – Jackson (MN) Motorplex (Brian Brown, Grain Valley, MO)
Sat, May 27 – Knoxville (IA) Raceway (Ian Madsen, St. Mary’s, NSW, Aust.)
Thur, June 1 – Jackson (MN) Nationals WoO (Ian Madsen, St. Mary’s, NSW, Aust.)
Fri, June 2 – Jackson (MN) Nationals WoO (Kerry Madsen, St. Mary’s, NSW, Aust.)
Sat, June 3 – Jackson (MN) Nationals WoO (Brad Sweet, Grass Valley, CA)
Thur, June 8 – Angell Park Speedway (WI) IRA
Fri, June 9 – Knoxville (IA) Raceway WoO
Sat, June 10 – Knoxville (IA) Raceway WoO
Sun, June 11 – 34 Raceway (IA) All Stars
Tue, June 13 – Eagle Raceway (NE) WoO
Fri, June 16 – River Cities Speedway (ND) WoO
Sat, June 17 – Knoxville (IA) Raceway
Sat, June 17 – Red River Valley Speedway (ND) WoO
Tue, June 20 – Granite City Speedway (MN) WoO
Fri, June 23 – West Liberty (IA) Speedway WoO
Fri, June 23 – Jackson (MN) Motorplex
Sat, June 24 – Knoxville (IA) Raceway
Tue, June 27 – The Dirt Oval at Route 66 (IL) WoO
Thur, June 29 – Deer Creek Speedway (MN) WoO
Fri, June 30 – Jackson (MN) Motorplex
Sat, July 1 – Knoxville (IA) Raceway
Fri, July 7 – Cedar Lake Speedway (WI) WoO
Sat, July 8 – Knoxville (IA) Raceway
Fri, July 14 – Jackson (MN) Motorplex
Sat, July 15 – Knoxville (IA) Raceway
Fri, July 21 – Jackson (MN) Motorplex
Sat, July 22 – Knoxville (IA) Raceway
Wed, July 26 – Peoria Speedway (IL) MOWA
Thur, July 27 – Tri-City Speedway (IL) MOWA
Fri, July 28 – Jackson (MN) Motorplex
Fri, July 28 – Jacksonville Speedway (IL) MOWA
Sat, July 29 – Knoxville (IA) Raceway
Sat, July 29 – Macon Speedway (IL) MOWA
Fri, Aug 4 – I-55 Raceway (MO) WoO
Sat, Aug 5 – I-55 Raceway “Ironman 55” (MO) WoO
Sun, Aug 6 – Knoxville (IA) Raceway Cappy Classic
Mon, Aug 7 – Southern Iowa Speedway Front Row Challenge
Wed, Aug 9 – Knoxville (IA) Raceway Nationals
Thur, Aug 10 – Knoxville (IA) Raceway Nationals
Fri, Aug 11 – Knoxville (IA) Raceway Nationals (Friday feature only)
Sat, Aug 12 – Knoxville (IA) Raceway Nationals
Fri, Aug 18 – River Cities Speedway (ND) WoO
Fri, Aug 25 – Jackson (MN) Motorplex
Sun, Aug 20 – Nodak Speedway (ND) WoO
Sat, Aug 26 – Knoxville (IA) Raceway
Fri, Sept 1 – Jackson (MN) Motorplex
Sat, Sept 2 – Jackson (MN) Motorplex
Fri, Sept 8 – Superior Speedway (WI) IRA
Fri, Sept 8 – Jacksonville Speedway (IL) MOWA
Sat, Sept 9 – Cedar Lake Speedway (WI) Jerry Richert Memorial
Sat, Sept 9 – Spoon River Speedway (IL) Tom Knowles Memorial
Fri, Sept 15 – Clay County Fair Speedway (IA) IRA
Sat, Sept 16 – Deer Creek Speedway (MN) IRA
Sat, Sept 30 – St. Francois County Raceway (MO) Queen’s Royale
Fri, Oct 6 – Fairbury American Legion Speedway (IL) MOWA/IRA
Sat, Oct 7 – Fairbury American Legion Speedway (IL) MOWA/IRA
Fri, Oct 13 – Jacksonville Speedway (IL) MOWA
Sat, Oct 14 – Jacksonville Speedway (IL) MOWA
Fri, Oct 20 – Lakeside Speedway (KS) WoO
Sat, Oct 21 – Salina Highbanks Speedway (OK) WoO
Point System
The top fifteen finishers in the feature event each night receive points:
Winner - 50 2. 40 3. 35 4. 30 5. 25 6. 20 7. 18 8. 16 9. 14 10. 12 11. 10 12. 8 13. 6  14. 4 15. 2
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Photo: Kerry Madsen sits atop the Midwest Thunder Sprint Cars standings (Rob Kocak Photo)

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