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All Star Circuit of Champions
McFadden conquers Fremont for $10,000 UNOH All Star Win
May 27, 2014

(Sunday, May 24, 2014) – Not many sprint car drivers have come to the historic Fremont Speedway and win 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 double-header, 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 #3G then had to survive a late race caution before driving to his first All Star win.
“Really have to thank Joe, Cindy and Tim for giving me this opportunity. It’s a big undertaking for them to get a young Aussie over. This is an awesome feeling for me and a dream come true,” said McFadden in the Engine Pro Victory Lane.
“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. 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,” continued McFadden who is only in his sixth season of racing sprint cars.
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. 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,” said Blaney beside his Kennedy Cattle/Ti22 Performance/Penske Shocks backed machine.
Greg Wilson, a two-time UNOH All Star champion, has been on the road all season and was making his first appearance at Fremont in 2014. It seems every time there’s a big race at “The Track That Action Built,” he is around the front and Sunday was no different as the Benton Ridge, Ohio driver would come home third.
“We’re normally pretty good here but we were definitely the third best car here tonight. I want to thank Doug Berryman at OC Shocks…he’s been helping me. Also Bob and Sue Williams at All Pro, Paul Kistler…they helped us put together a nice motor…it’s the third night on it and it’s a horse,” said Wilson beside his Hercules Tiers/All Star Plumbing and Heating/Ohio Logistics/DNC Hydraulics backed #w20.
“We’re pumped. We’re getting better and it was nice to be home in Fremont with all the cool fans and Farmer had a hell of a race track,” added Wilson.
Wayne Johnson and Blaney would bring the field of 24 cars to the green for the 50-lap feature but before a lap could be recorded Danny Holtgraver and Mike Linder would spin in turn three. On the ensuing restart Johnson was called for starting too soon and moved back a row, butting McFadden on the point with Blaney. Blaney would take the lead with McFadden racing to his inside with Brady Bacon, Wilson, Johnson and Jac Haudenschild in tow.
McFadden would drive around Blaney into the lead on lap two but the “Low Rider” would stay close with Bacon, Wilson, Haudenschild, Brandon Wimmer, Johnson and Gary Taylor in pursuit. McFadden pulled away but that lead went away quickly when he caught the back of the field on lap 10. Blaney would close while Bacon ran comfortably in third with Wilson, Wimmer and Haudenschild the running order. By lap 15 the leaders were in heavy lapped traffic that was often racing side by side. McFadden did a masterful job of working his way through the lapped cars as Blaney tried to stay close while Bacon and Wilson tried to slice through the lapped cars. The driver on the move was 13th starter Shane Stewart who had moved into seventh.
The non-stop action continued as McFadden continued to work the traffic. At the half-way point the running order was McFadden, Blaney, Bacon, Wilson, Stewart and Wimmer. By lap 32 Wilson began pressuring Bacon for third with Stewart closing as well. Johnson would bring out the first caution on lap 33 when he coast to a stop in turn four. On the ensuing restart McFadden had two lapped cars separating him and Blaney. When the green flew so did McFadden as Blaney tried to get around the lapped cars with Wilson moving into third.
McFadden would catch lapped traffic again with eight laps to go and Blaney again closed with Wilson, Stewart, Bacon, Wimmer and 18th starter Dean Jacobs in pursuit. Bacon would coast to a stop in turn one to bunch up the field. On the ensuing restart Broc Martin would stop in turn four and officials decided to stop for fuel with seven laps to go.
On the ensuing restart McFadden had only one lapped car separating himself from Blaney with Wilson about 4 lapped cars back in third with Stewart, Jacobs and Wimmer in tow. With the clear track McFadden would pull away for the win over Blaney, Wilson, Stewart and Jacobs. Wimmer, Taylor, Haudenschild, Tim Shaffer (up from 24th) and Brad Bowman would round out the top 10.
The UNOH All Stars head to the NAPA Wayne County Speedway in Orrville, Ohio on Saturday, May 31st. For more information go to All Star Circuit of Champions
Fremont Speedway - 5/25/2014
UNOH All Star Circuit of Champions (44 Cars)
[#]-Starting Position
Qualifying – Kistler Engines
1. 9W-Jac Haudenschild, 12.783; 2. 1ST-Gary Taylor, 13.041; 3. 21-Dallas Hewitt, 13.098; 4. 40DD-Caleb Griffith, 13.103; 5. 2-Shane Stewart, 13.158; 6. 99-Brady Bacon, 13.165; 7. W20-Greg Wilson, 13.169; 8. 3G-James McFadden, 13.194; 9. 14K-Dale Blaney, 13.207; 10. 77X-Wayne Johnson, 13.250; 11. 35-Stuart Brubaker, 13.294; 12. 24H-Brandon Wimmer, 13.294; 13. 45L-Brian Lay, 13.316; 14. 80-Trey Gustin, 13.320; 15. 55-Brad Bowman, 13.353; 16. 83M-Broc Martin, 13.363; 17. 63-Chad Kemenah, 13.390; 18. 9X-Rob Chaney, 13.410; 19. O7X-Dain Naida, 13.445; 20. 97-Dean Jacobs, 13.460; 21. 312-Mike Linder, 13.465; 22. 10H-Danny Holtgraver, 13.478; 23. 16-Chris Andrews, 13.480; 24. 49-Cole Duncan, 13.498; 25. 14H-Todd Heller, 13.506; 26. 40-Caleb Helms, 13.529; 27. 60K-Jody Keegan, 13.593; 28. 53-D.J. Foos, 13.595; 29. 93-Sheldon Haudenschild, 13.615; 30. 81-Lee Jacobs, 13.617; 31. O9-Craig Mintz, 13.642; 32. 5T-Travis Philo, 13.653; 33. 9Z-Duane Zablocki, 13.773; 34. 11X-Brandon Martin, 13.791; 35. 45-Tim Shaffer, 13.822; 36. 35M-Wes McGlumphy, 13.832; 37. 57X-Andrew Palker, 13.865; 38. 2+-Brian Smith, 13.951; 39. 39M-Matt Merrill, 13.977; 40. 5K-Adam Kekich, 14.004; 41. 40I-Mark Imler, 14.016; 42. 5R-Byron Reed, 14.040; 43. 2S-Nathan Skaggs, 14.071; 44. 10-Carl Bowser, 14.172
Heat 1 – Kear’s Speed Shop (10 Laps - Top 5 finishers transfer to the A-feature)
1. 63-Chad Kemenah[2] ; 2. 45L-Brian Lay[3] ; 3. 14K-Dale Blaney[4] ; 4. 9W-Jac Haudenschild[6] ; 5. 312-Mike Linder[1] ; 6. 2-Shane Stewart[5] ; 7. 14H-Todd Heller[7] ; 8. 9Z-Duane Zablocki[9] ; 9. 93-Sheldon Haudenschild[8] ; 10. 57X-Andrew Palker[10] ; 11. 40I-Mark Imler[11]
Heat 2 – All Pro Aluminum Heads (10 Laps - Top 5 finishers transfer to the A-feature)
1. 9X-Rob Chaney[2] ; 2. 10H-Danny Holtgraver[1] ; 3. 77X-Wayne Johnson[4] ; 4. 99-Brady Bacon[5] ; 5. 80-Trey Gustin[3] ; 6. 2+-Brian Smith[10] ; 7. 1ST-Gary Taylor[6] ; 8. 5R-Byron Reed[11] ; 9. 81-Lee Jacobs[8] ; 10. 40-Caleb Helms[7] ; 11. 11X-Brandon Martin[9]
Heat 3 – Dragon Race Fuels (10 Laps - Top 5 finishers transfer to the A-feature)
1. 16-Chris Andrews[1] ; 2. 55-Brad Bowman[3] ; 3. W20-Greg Wilson[5] ; 4. 45-Tim Shaffer[9] ; 5. O7X-Dain Naida[2] ; 6. O9-Craig Mintz[8] ; 7. 35-Stuart Brubaker[4] ; 8. 21-Dallas Hewitt[6] ; 9. 60K-Jody Keegan[7] ; 10. 39M-Matt Merrill[10] ; 11. 2S-Nathan Skaggs[11]
Heat 4 – Kinsler Fuel Injections (10 Laps - Top 5 finishers transfer to the A-feature)
1. 49-Cole Duncan[1] ; 2. 97-Dean Jacobs[2] ; 3. 24H-Brandon Wimmer[4] ; 4. 3G-James McFadden[5] ; 5. 83M-Broc Martin[3] ; 6. 40DD-Caleb Griffith[6] ; 7. 53-D.J. Foos[7] ; 8. 5T-Travis Philo[8] ; 9. 5K-Adam Kekich[10] ; 10. 10-Carl Bowser[11] ; 11. 35M-Wes McGlumphy[9]
Dash – Donovan Engineering (6 Laps, finishing order determined first 6 starting positions of A-feature
1. 77X-Wayne Johnson[1] ; 2. 14K-Dale Blaney[2] ; 3. 3G-James McFadden[6] ; 4. 99-Brady Bacon[3] ; 5. W20-Greg Wilson[5] ; 6. 9W-Jac Haudenschild[4]
B-Main – MSD Ignitions. (12 Laps - Top 4 finishers transfer to the A-feature)
1. 1ST-Gary Taylor[1] ; 2. 40DD-Caleb Griffith[3] ; 3. 2-Shane Stewart[4] ; 4. O9-Craig Mintz[12] ; 5. 81-Lee Jacobs[11] ; 6. 21-Dallas Hewitt[2] ; 7. 60K-Jody Keegan[8] ; 8. 14H-Todd Heller[6] ; 9. 35-Stuart Brubaker[5] ; 10. 93-Sheldon Haudenschild[10] ; 11. 2+-Brian Smith[18] ; 12. 40-Caleb Helms[7] ; 13. 11X-Brandon Martin[15] ; 14. 2S-Nathan Skaggs[23] ; 15. 5T-Travis Philo[13] ; 16. 9Z-Duane Zablocki[14] ; 17. 53-D.J. Foos[9] ; 18. 57X-Andrew Palker[17] ; 19. 5K-Adam Kekich[20] ; 20. 10-Carl Bowser[24] ; 21. 40I-Mark Imler[21] ; 22. 39M-Matt Merrill[19] ; 23. 35M-Wes McGlumphy[16]
A-Main - UNOH (50 Laps)
1. 3G-James McFadden[3]; 2. 14K-Dale Blaney[2]; 3. W20-Greg Wilson[5]; 4. 2-Shane Stewart[13]; 5. 97-Dean Jacobs[18]; 6. 24H-Brandon Wimmer[7]; 7. 1ST-Gary Taylor[11]; 8. 9W-Jac Haudenschild[6]; 9. 45-Tim Shaffer[24]; 10. 55-Brad Bowman[10]; 11. 40DD-Caleb Griffith[12]; 12. 80-Trey Gustin[9]; 13. 10H-Danny Holtgraver[20]; 14. O9-Craig Mintz[23]; 15. 45L-Brian Lay[8]; 16. 16-Chris Andrews[21]; 17. 49-Cole Duncan[22]; 18. 9X-Rob Chaney[16]; 19. 99-Brady Bacon[4]; 20. 83M-Broc Martin[14]; 21. 63-Chad Kemenah[15]; 22. 77X-Wayne Johnson[1]; 23. O7X-Dain Naida[17]; 24. 312-Mike Linder[19]
Hard Charger: 45-Tim Shaffer[+15]
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