Hickle Runs Down Madsen In Kansas

J.J. HIckle (Richard Bales photo)

KANSAS CITY, Kan. — Rebounding after losing the lead early on at Lakeside Speedway Tuesday night, J.J. Hickle stormed to victory on the opening night of the Lucas Oil ASCS Sprint Week presented by Smiley’s Racing Products.

“He got me on the bottom, and I could see it was getting thin down there, so I just kept hitting my marks on the top,” stated Hickle. “I knew we were going to be good late, and you know, Ian (Madsen} is one of the best in the game, so I just bided my time just hoping to get an opportunity in traffic and you know, it didn’t exactly shake out very good for either of us, but it seemed like I was there at the right time.”

Earning the pole, Hickle led the opening two revolutions. Working the cushion at both ends of the half-mile oval, the bottom was wide open for Ian Madsen to get the lead working the third lap.

Growing his advantage to nearly two seconds as he hit traffic, Madsen’s lead started to shrink as the race came to the final 10 laps. Weaving around the backmarkers, the No. 63 of Hickle closed rapidly with five laps to run. On the back bumper of Madsen’s No. 35m with three laps to go, Hickle shot to the race lead with twin flag showing in the stand.

Peddling for all he had, the final two turns saw Madsen with a huge run, but no time as Hickle hit the checkered flag 0.282 seconds ahead.

Blake Hahn crossed third with Harli White coming from seventh to fourth in the Life of Hope Ministries No. 17w. Seth Bergman climbed nine spots to complete the top five.

The finish:

Feature (25 laps): 1. 63-JJ Hickle[1]; 2. 35M-Ian Madsen[3]; 3. 52-Blake Hahn[5]; 4. 23-Seth Bergman[13]; 5. 17W-Harli White[7]; 6. 33-Colton Heath[8]; 7. 18T-Tanner Holmes[10]; 8. 21P-Robbie Price[14]; 9. 76-Jay Russell[2]; 10. 5H-Michael Faccinto[9]; 11. 115-Nick Parker[4]; 12. J2-John Carney II[19]; 13. 17B-Ryan Bickett[12]; 14. 22X-Riley Goodno[15]; 15. 9-Chase Randall[18]; 16. 1X-Jake Bubak[11]; 17. 11-Austin O’Neal[17]; 18. 81A-Chris Morgan[20]; 19. (DNF) 1B-Chelsea Blevins[6]; 20. (DNF) 95-Matt Covington[16]



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