PETERSEN MEDIA- James McFadden put together three very strong runs with the All Star Circuit of Champions to close out Ohio Speedweek, and rallied his JG Racing team to third overall in Speedweek points when the dust settled after Saturday night’s 50-lap feature event.
“We had an okay start to our week, but we were really good the last three nights, definitely good enough to win a race, but we just came up short,” McFadden said.
With two of the three final nights taking place at the Fremont Speedway, a track McFadden has had tremendous success at, he and his team felt very confident heading into the final stretch.
Thursday night at the aforementioned Fremont Speedway , McFadden timed his All Star Performance/Red Line Oil/Hoosier Tire backed entry in eighth fastest over the 51 cars entered in the event.
Charging his way from fifth to third in his heat race, McFadden earned a spot in the Dash, and finding himself on the pole, he won the race, putting himself again on the pole of the 40-lap feature event.
Starting alongside Lee Jacobs, McFadden fell to the second spot as he chased after the Fremont Speedway track record holder, only to take advantage of his misfortune on the seventh lap, and assume the lead of the race.
Out in front, McFadden had the always tough Dale Blaney right on his bumper, and a charging Jac Haudenschild back in the third spot, but the Australian pilot remained strong out in front.
As the laps clicked off Blaney was all over McFadden, and a caution on the 19th lap bunched the entire field back up.
The ensuing restart saw Blaney get around McFadden for the top spot, but McFadden stayed right on his bumper as he chased after him, looking to regain the lead.
A restart with five to go saw Blaney get away, but McFadden found himself with a very entertaining battle with Jac Haudenschild for the second spot, and after exchanging a few slide-jobs, McFadden was able to fend him off at the line, and take home the second spot.
“The team gave me an awesome car, and it was a pleasure to drive,” McFadden said. “I had a blast racing with Jac Haudenschild and Dale Blaney. Dale got the best of us, but it was fun. I have to apologize to Jac Haudenschild because on the last lap, I used him up a little. I didn’t’ expect the car to move up, but it got away from me.”
Friday night at Limaland, McFadden timed in 13th fastest, before running third in his heat race.
Lining up in the ninth spot of the feature event, McFadden slowly worked his way forward, and had cracked the top-five by the halfway point of the 40-lap feature event.
Over the final laps, McFadden gave fourth running Travis Philo all he could handle, but could not get around him at the stripe, as he pocketed a fifth place finish.
Back at Fremont on Saturday night to close out Speedweek with the big 50-lap feature event, McFadden’s night got off to a great start as he was the quick time qualifier.
Getting through his heat race, McFadden lined up in the third spot of the Dash, and picked up the win, again putting his Gaerte Racing Engines/XYZ Machining/Sherpherd’s Chevrolet on the pole for the 50-lap feature event.
Bringing the field to green, McFadden jumped into the lead over Danny Holtgraver, and quickly took command of the race on the slicked off Fremont Speedway surface.
Getting into lapped traffic that was racing hard for position in front of him by the 15th lap, McFadden kept his cool and he picked through the slower cars, and maintained a healthy lead.
The race went non-stop for 36 laps, and as the field bunched back up, McFadden nailed his restart, as he continued to lead as Dale Blaney worked into the second spot, and began his chase for the lead.
The yellow flag flew on consecutive laps setting up a restart with just 10 to go, and fans grew excited for another McFadden/Blaney battle.
Jumping out to the lead, McFadden would make a slight mistake on the 42nd lap, and that was all Blaney needed as he jumped into the lead, but McFadden would give it all he had over the final eight laps, but came up just short, and finished second in the race, and by way of his trio of Top-Five’s, finished third in the Speedweek standings.
“We had an awesome car again at Fremont, and I feel terrible that I let the team down,” he said. “I think it was my race to lose, and I messed up. Dale Blaney is so good here, you have to be perfect, and I congratulate him on the win.”
James and the JG Racing team would like to thank All Star Performance, Red Line Oil, Hoosier Tire, Gaerte Racing Engines, XYZ Machining, Shepherd’s Chevrolet, SST, Brodix, Comp Cams, Diamond Pistons, Dyer’s Rods, Kinsler Fuel Injection, Astro Titanium, Fibertec, DMI, Brown and Miller, Cool Chassis, Barnes Oil Pumps, and www.sprintcarworld.com.au for their support.
2014 BY THE NUMBERS: Starts-10, Wins-1, Top 5’s-5, Top 10’s-7.
ON TAP: McFadden and team will be in action at Waynesfield on Wednesday night before taking part in Knoxville Raceway’s Twin Feature Night on Saturday night in Knoxville, IA.
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