– As James McFadden’s 2014 North America tour winds down, the Australian pilot continues to impress onlookers, and that was the case last week, as McFadden won a 360ci race in Canada, ran third twice with the World of Outlaws, including a pair of KSE Hard Charger honors.
“It’s been an awesome time, and it’s great to be running well,” McFadden said.
A week ago, McFadden and his JG Racing team headed north of the border, and on Monday night, McFadden was in action for a 360ci event.
Moving from his fifth starting spot in heat race action, McFadden finished in the third spot, earning a spot in the redraw, where the four pill put the All Star Performance/Red Line Oil/Hoosier Tire backed No. 3G machine in the second row.
With Wayne Johnson getting out to the early lead, McFadden was in hot pursuit as he quickly jumped into the second spot, before taking over the top spot on the fifth circuit.
Once out in front, McFadden put his Gaerte Racing Engines/XYZ Machining/Shepherd’s Chevrolet entry in cruise control as he was in control over the next 20 laps, becoming the first ever Australian driver to win at the speedway, earning his first win in Canada, as well as his first in a 360ci power plant.
“It was a great night for us,” McFadden said. “Anytime you can win a race is good, and I cannot thank everyone on this team for their efforts.”
Tuesday night saw McFadden return to the Ohsweken Speedway, only on this night he would have his 410ci engine bolted in the frame rails as he took on the World of Outlaws.
Timing in second fastest during qualifications, McFadden would run fourth in his heat race, before a third place finish in the dash, put him in the second row for the feature event.
Running in the third spot when the green flag waived, McFadden chased after the lead duo of Donny Schatz and Shane Stewart, but was unable to get up to them, and battle for the top spot.
As they battled hard late in the race, McFadden closed in on them, but could not quite make it to them, and took the checkered in the third spot.
“It was a great result for us, but we just couldn’t quite get up to Shane (Stewart) and Donny (Schatz),” he explained. “It was a little frustrating, but all in all it was an awesome weekend for us.”
Heading back into the United States, McFadden and company checked in at the I55 Raceway in Pevely, MO on Friday and Saturday night for the Ironman 55.
During the ‘Prelude to the Ironman’ on Friday night, McFadden got off to a slow start as he adjusted to the small high-banked facility, as he timed his entry in 19th quickest.
Starting seventh in his heat race, McFadden was able to pick up a couple of spots, and finish in the fifth spot, putting himself directly into the night’s feature event.
Lining up in the 19th spot, McFadden had figured the speedway out, as he put on quite the charge in the feature event.
Following a lap four caution, McFadden was masterful during the 26-lap green flag run, as he was able to work his way inside the Top-10, and earn KSE Hard Charger honors by finishing in the ninth spot.
“Time trials hurt us on Friday, but we raced very well,” he said. “We started deep, and put on quite a charge, and had a blast doing so.”
Saturday night got off to a much better start for the Australian star, as he was eighth fastest in time trials, putting himself in a much better spot.
Finishing in the fourth spot of his heat race, McFadden again earned the transfer directly into the 55-lap feature event as he rolled off in the 11th position.
The first 16 laps clicked off with no issues, and McFadden worked his way inside the Top-10 when the caution waived.
Following a caution on the 20th lap, McFadden began to put on a charge to the front, as he found something in the middle that no one else was able to find, as he worked his way up as high as the second spot during the feature as he raced with Donny Schatz and Paul McMahan.
Continuing to turn in brilliant laps, McFadden would take the checkered flag on the 55th lap with a very strong third place finish, giving his KSE Hard Charger honors for the second consecutive night.
“I55 Raceway has always been one of my favorite tracks since I have been racing in the US, and we had a great racecar on Saturday night,” he said. “It was a good way for us to head into the Nationals, and hopefully we can make some noise this week in Knoxville.”
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-21, Wins-2, Top 5’s-12, Top 10’s-15.
ON TAP:McFadden will now close out his 2014 North America Tour in fitting style as he competes at the 54th Annual Knoxville Nationals. McFadden will be in action for his preliminary night on Thursday night, the World Challenge on Friday night and the finale on Saturday night.
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