ARCHERFIELD, Australia — James McFadden’s barnstorming run in World Series Sprintcars continued last night with a flag to flag $20,000 victory in the 50-lap Australian Open at Super Cheap Auto Archerfield Speedway.
In front of a huge parochial Queensland crowd McFadden, who lives in Brisbane, remained just out of the grasp of American Donny Schatz, Robbie Farr and initial second placed American Tim Kaeding (before he faded to fourth) to score an enormously popular victory in the No. 25 Totally Workwear Cool Chassis.
The win tonight was his third in row, counting Friday night’s preliminary main event and the Warrnambool Speedweek finale on January 1.
“This car is perfect right now,” smiled the now $20,000 richer feature race winner, “Glen (Beaton) has done a fantastic job with the set-up over the last few nights and I can pretty well put it anywhere on the track. Thanks to John Kelly too tonight because the track was awesome to drive, you could run from the top to the bottom.”
The $20,000 payday came hot on the heels of a further approximate $30,000 in winnings during Speedweek for McFadden and came with the added satisfaction of beating the best driver on the planet — Donny Schatz in the No. 17 Prosser Toyota J&J.
“I knew Donny would be back there, he was always going to be, but thankfully we got through most of the traffic cleanly and there weren’t any hold ups. Fortunately I didn’t have to see too much of him.”
McFadden lapped up to sixth place in the 50-lap affair.
Schatz conceded on the podium that he’d simply been beaten by the better man on the night.
“I threw everything at him (McFadden) but he didn’t hardly make a mistake,” Schatz explained. “I got close enough a couple times to think about making a pass but there’s a difference between thinking about a pass and actually making one. I can’t say enough about these Monte Motorsport guys in my team. I guarantee you they have worked harder than any teams here this week but I couldn’t get the race win they deserved. I’m sorry for that.”
Trailing home the lead duo was gritty former WSS champ Robbie Farr in the East Coast Pipeline No. 7 Maxim who showed some good car speed on the eve of the Australian Championship next weekend.
“Considering I put us in a huge, huge hole in qualifying last night this third place finish is a major comeback for us and I’m pleased I could get it for our boys. I always go well at this place (Archerfield) so it’s nice to get some runs on the board before the Aussie title next weekend.”
Fourth place across the line was Californian Tim Kaeding in the Krikke Motorsport No. 2 Cool Chassis after the second-generation throttle stomper originally started on pole for the 50 lap final by earlier winning the Vortex Wings Pole Shootout.
David Murcott brought the Dave Horrell Motorsport No. 83 Eagle home in fifth ahead of American Shane Stewart in the Monster Energy J&J.
Andrew Scheuerle came in seventh ahead of Americans Jason Johnson and Kyle Hirst and South Aussie Steven Lines rounded out the top 10.