Aussie McFadden Rules Fremont All Stars
FREMONT, Ohio — Not many sprint car drivers have come to the historic Fremont Speedway and won in their first visit.
Australia’s James McFadden not only accomplished that feat, but did it against the tough University of Northwestern Ohio All Star Circuit of Champions on Budweiser Night to the tune of a $10,000 payday.
Before the weekend doubleheader, McFadden had never seen “The Track That Action Built,” which is known throughout the country as one of the toughest places to win on a weekly basis let alone when the UNOH All Stars are in competition.
The 25-year-old driver didn’t seem to worry about the reputation as he took the lead from four time series champion Dale Blaney on the second lap and then diced his way through traffic throughout the 50-lap feature. McFadden, piloting the All Star Performance, Gaerte Engines, XYZ Machining backed No. 3g then had to survive a late-race caution before driving to his first All Star win.
“I really didn’t know where the fastest part of the track was. The lapped cars were just as fast as we were. It was pretty tough,” McFadden said. “On that red light (for refueling on lap 43) I asked the crew if I was doing the right thing and they said yes so I just tried to keep doing that and hit the bottom as good as I could coming out of two and that set us up.”
For Blaney, he could get close to McFadden but could never get to where he could move past for the lead. It was the third straight race at Fremont for Blaney to finish second.
“He’s a top 10 guy in the country,” Blaney said. “He’s won a lot of races over in Australia and he came over the last couple of years and has done really well. He’s run up front in a bunch of outlaw races. He’s as good as there is. I couldn’t do anything. Once we got about two or three laps going I just stayed the same. I really struggled in one and two…I couldn’t catch the bottom off of two. We weren’t great and he ran a great race and that’s a good car and I look forward to running against them for the next six or seven weeks.”
Greg Wilson, a two-time UNOH All Star champion, has been on the road all season and finished third in his first Fremont appearance of the season.
“We’re normally pretty good here but we were definitely the third best car here tonight,” Wilson said.
Steve Rando won the 305 sprint car race and Shawn Valenti won the dirt truck race.
James McFadden, Dale Blaney, Greg Wilson, Shane Stewart, Dean Jacobs, Brandon Wimmer, Gary Taylor, Jac Haudenschild, Tim Shaffer, Brad Bowman, Caleb Griffith, Trey Gustin, Danny Holtgraver, Craig Mintz, Brian Lay, Chris Andrews, Cole Duncan, Rob Chaney, Brady Bacon, Broc Martin, Chad Kemenah, Wayne Johnson, Dain Naida, Mike Linder.