PETERSEN MEDIA- James McFadden and the Roth Motorsports World of Outlaws team had a strong showing to close the series’ California swing. Friday night, McFadden charged from 22nd to fifth in Bakersfield, CA, and Saturday night he was challenging for the win until getting into the wall with four laps to go while running second at Perris Auto Speedway.
“Friday night the car was so fun to drive in the feature, and we passed a lot of cars,” James McFadden said. “You have to qualify well to avoid passing that many cars each night and we did that Saturday, but I made a costly mistake late that took us out of contention for a possible win.”
Friday night at Bakersfield Speedway, the Alice Springs, NT native timed the Roth Enterprises/HR Livestock Transportation/Roth Investments No. 83 entry in 20th fastest before finishing eighth in his heat race.
Forced into the ‘B’, McFadden would pick up a fourth-place finish which would move him into the feature event though he would take the green flag from the 22nd starting position.
Never competing at Bakersfield Speedway until Friday night, McFadden attacked the short track like he was a frequent visitor to the speedway when the feature event came to life.
Putting him Justin Adams prepared entry all over the speedway, McFadden was able to make up ground in a hurry. Using a couple of restarts to his advantage, McFadden would race to a fifth-place finish and earn KSE Hard Charger Honors.
Traveling south to Perris Auto Speedway for one final night of action in California until September, McFadden would time in 12th fastest in time trials, but would race to a heat race win and make his way into the DirtVision Fast Pass Dash.
A third-place finish in the Dash put ‘JMac’ in the second row of the feature event, and he would take full advantage of the prime starting position.
With Carson Macedo and David Gravel waging war on each other in front of McFadden, the reigning series Rookie of the Year would make the bottom work as he jumped into second and began chasing after Gravel.
Briefly pulling ahead of Gravel in turns one and two, Gravel would keep McFadden at bay as McFadden stayed glued to his rear bumper in the second position.
Continuing to apply pressure as he chased after his first win of the season, as lap 26 miscue saw McFadden contact the wall and causes suspension damage to his mount which ended his night early.
“I am really disappointed in our result Saturday night, but I feel like we are making huge gains each night,” McFadden said. “We are close to that first win together, and I am hopeful I can get Dennis and Teresa to their 100th Outlaw win very soon. I have to thank Dennis and Teresa Roth and everyone on this team for their hard work.”
The Roth Motorsports team would like to thank Roth Enterprises, HR Livestock Transportation, Roth Investments, Southern Pacific Farms, All Star Performance, FK Rod Ends, Vahlco Wheels, AL Drive Lines, Factory Kahne, Brown and Miller Racing Solutions, Wings Unlimited, Kent Performance, Kaeding Performance, and Smith Titanium for their support in 2022.
ON TAP: Roth Motorsports and James McFadden continue the World of Outlaws tour this Tuesday at Vado Speedway in New Mexico, before heading to Lawton, OK and Mesquite, Texas this weekend.
BY THE NUMBERS: Starts-10, Wins-0, Top-5’s-3, Top-10’s-6
STAY CONNECTED: Stay connected with Roth Motorsports by checking out their website, www.rothmotorsports83.com, following along on Twitter and Instagram @RothMotorsports.
To keep up with James, follow him on Twitter @JamesMcFadden25.
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