Asparagus Cup Worth $10,000 To McFadden

James McFadden won Saturday's Aspargus Cup at California's Stockton Dirt Track. (Joe Shivak photo)

STOCKTON, Calif. — James McFadden walked away with the inaugural Asparagus Cup at the Stockton Dirt Track on Saturday night.

The 27-year-old Australian, driver of Willie Kahne’s No. 51 sprint car, had to qualify thru the B Main in order to start the feature. By winning the B, he secured the 11th starting position and slowly worked his way thru a field of top notch drivers to take home $10,000 in cash.

McFadden passed leader Willie Croft midway through the 30-lap event. Croft tried to put up a battle but got forced into the high groove because of a lapped car. He would spin out after leading most of the race until then, causing the race’s final caution period.

With a single-file restart and clear track ahead, McFadden clicked off the remaining laps without any further threats.

The win added an international flavor to the sprint car racing on the second day of the Asparagus Festival at the San Joaquin County Fairgrounds.

Gio Scelzi, the polesitter, would finish second ahead of Tanner Thorson who spent most of the race battling Sean Becker and Tim Kaeding.

Scelzi had led from the drop of the green until the first caution waved. Croft got around Scelzi on the single file restart but would be the race’s second and final caution when he spun battling for the lead with McFadden.

Croft led the 31 cars in the pit area in qualifying. Heats were won by Dominic Scelzi, Kaeding and Justin Sanders. Gio Scelzi won the Dash over Croft setting up the front row for the A-Main. McFadden won the B-Main over Garen Linder.