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James McFadden (9) rips around David Gravel Friday night at Kokomo Speedway. (Frank Smith photo)

McFadden Stops Sweet At Kokomo

KOKOMO, Ind. — Making his 100th World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car Series start Friday at Kokomo Speedway, Australian James McFadden led the final 30 laps for his first victory of the season.

McFadden held off his Kasey Kahne Racing with Mike Curb teammate, Brad Sweet, to secure a one-two finish for the team on the quarter-mile dirt track, ending Sweet’s four-race winning streak in the series.

McFadden earned $10,000 for the third WoO victory of his career.

“I’m just pumped to be here right now, man,” said McFadden. “I gotta thank Kasey [Kahne] and this whole KKR team; it’s a pleasure to drive this car. I’m glad I can do it justice and put in victory lane. It’s good to get one on that NAPA car. He’s been laying it on us, so hopefully we can get on our little roll now.”

Nearly perfect on the night, McFadden was the fast qualifier, won the first heat and finished second to David Gravel in the dash.

Aboard the Big Game Motorsports No. 2, Gravel paced the opening 10 circuits of feature action before lapped traffic allowed McFadden to capitalize. Moving up a lane as Gravel became mired on the bottom behind back markers, McFadden quickly swooped right by Gravel on lap 11 and never looked back.

Hampered by six cautions, Saturday’s feature saw a lap two mechanical issue for Donny Schatz, lap 21 problem for Logan Schuchart, lap 26 trouble for Tim Kaeding, lap 30 red flag for Carson Short,lLap 37 spin for Jason Sides and David Gravel’s lap 38 tire incident.

McFadden survived a green-white-checkered restart and ran off to a 1.059-second advantage at the checkered flag.

“The track was surprisingly tough tonight, it just changed around a bunch,” McFadden noted. “I was running the top to get around David, but it go so dirty that I felt like I needed to get to the bottom. We got through lap traffic really well, and I think that was big. Being in victory lane six races in is pretty awesome.”

Chasing McFadden to the stripe was Sweet, who rallied from 12th on lap one to finish in second, extending his career-best streak of consecutive podium finishes to a whopping nine races.

“I just shot myself in the foot during qualifying tonight,” Sweet said. “Once we got to third in the feature I think the track just moved down and we ran out of options. I tried the top on the green-white-checkered, but felt like I was gonna give up second and had to come back down. That’s what you have to do sometimes: get the best finish you possibly can. Tonight is a great testament to our team. It’s fun to be disappointed with second.”

Finishing third and landing on the podium for the first time in his World of Outlaws career was Justin Peck. The Monrovia, Ind., native drove from 11th-to-third aboard the Tom Buch-owned No. 13.

“Our team morale is pretty high right now, so it makes working with these guys super easy,” Peck noted. “We’ve got everything hooked up right now. It’s great to be on the podium, but obviously we want to be a little better. That KKR team is just outstanding right now. We’ve got a little bit to clean up on our end.”

Ian Madsen and Sheldon Haudenschild, who started 21st, rounded out the top five.

World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car Series, Kokomo Speedway, Kokomo, Ind., April 9, 2021

Slick Woody’s Qualifying – 1. 9-James McFadden, 11.243; 2. 7S-Jason Sides, 11.281; 3. 11-Ian Madsen, 11.329; 4. 2-David Gravel, 11.335; 5. 19-Parker Price-Miller, 11.337; 6. 17-Sheldon Haudenschild, 11.351; 7. 13-Justin Peck, 11.387; 8. 83-Aaron Reutzel, 11.396; 9. 14-Tim Kaeding, 11.408; 10. 1A-Jacob Allen, 11.485; 11. 55V-CJ Leary, 11.486; 12. 15-Donny Schatz, 11.496; 13. 11K-Kraig Kinser, 11.509; 14. 55-Hunter Schuerenberg, 11.528; 15. 41-Carson Macedo, 11.547; 16. 35-Zach Hampton, 11.565; 17. 7BC-Tyler Courtney, 11.567; 18. 49-Brad Sweet, 11.571; 19. 3Z-Brock Zearfoss, 11.582; 20. 26-Cory Eliason, 11.582; 21. 10-Zeb Wise, 11.589; 22. 15H-Sam Hafertepe, 11.631; 23. 20G-Noah Gass, 11.659; 24. 1S-Logan Schuchart, 11.662; 25. 17B-Bill Balog, 11.685; 26. 21-Carson Short, 11.75; 27. 18-Giovanni Scelzi, 11.758; 28. 2C-Wayne Johnson, 11.805; 29. 49D-Shawn Dancer, 11.957; 30. 21M-Brinton Marvel, 12.009; 31. 3-Ayrton Gennetten, 12.055; 32. 24-Rico Abreu, 12.129; 33. 98-Clinton Boyles, 12.213; 34. 33M-Mason Daniel, 12.298; 35. 96-Robert Ballou, 12.422; 36. 29-Brayton Lynch, 12.5

DRYDENE Heat #1 (10 Laps) – Top 5 Transfer – 1. 9-James McFadden [1]; 2. 19-Parker Price-Miller [2]; 3. 7BC-Tyler Courtney [5]; 4. 14-Tim Kaeding [3]; 5. 10-Zeb Wise [6]; 6. 11K-Kraig Kinser [4]; 7. 98-Clinton Boyles [9]; 8. 17B-Bill Balog [7]; 9. 49D-Shawn Dancer [8]

DRYDENE Heat #2 (10 Laps) – Top 5 Transfer – 1. 7S-Jason Sides [1]; 2. 55-Hunter Schuerenberg [4]; 3. 49-Brad Sweet [5]; 4. 21-Carson Short [7]; 5. 1A-Jacob Allen [3]; 6. 17-Sheldon Haudenschild [2]; 7. 15H-Sam Hafertepe [6]; 8. 21M-Brinton Marvel [8]; 9. 33M-Mason Daniel [9]

DRYDENE Heat #3 (10 Laps) – Top 5 Transfer – 1. 11-Ian Madsen [1]; 2. 41-Carson Macedo [4]; 3. 13-Justin Peck [2]; 4. 3Z-Brock Zearfoss [5]; 5. 3-Ayrton Gennetten [8]; 6. 55V-CJ Leary [3]; 7. 18-Giovanni Scelzi [7]; 8. 20G-Noah Gass [6]; 9. 96-Robert Ballou [9]

DRYDENE Heat #4 (10 Laps) – Top 5 Transfer – 1. 2-David Gravel [1]; 2. 15-Donny Schatz [3]; 3. 83-Aaron Reutzel [2]; 4. 26-Cory Eliason [5]; 5. 1S-Logan Schuchart [6]; 6. 2C-Wayne Johnson [7]; 7. 24-Rico Abreu [8]; 8. 29-Brayton Lynch [9]; 9. 35-Zach Hampton [4]

DIRTVision Fast Pass Dash (8 Laps) – 1. 2-David Gravel [2]; 2. 9-James McFadden [3]; 3. 7S-Jason Sides [1]; 4. 19-Parker Price-Miller [4]; 5. 55-Hunter Schuerenberg [5]; 6. 41-Carson Macedo [8]; 7. 15-Donny Schatz [6]; 8. 11-Ian Madsen [7]

Last Chance Showdown (12 Laps) – Top 4 Transfer – 1. 17-Sheldon Haudenschild [1][-]; 2. 11K-Kraig Kinser [3][-]; 3. 24-Rico Abreu [8][-]; 4. 15H-Sam Hafertepe [6][-]; 5. 2C-Wayne Johnson [4][$300]; 6. 17B-Bill Balog [9][$250]; 7. 98-Clinton Boyles [5][$225]; 8. 20G-Noah Gass [11][$200]; 9. 33M-Mason Daniel [14][$200]; 10. 35-Zach Hampton [16][$200]; 11. 21M-Brinton Marvel [10][$200]; 12. 29-Brayton Lynch [12][$200]; 13. 96-Robert Ballou [15][$200]; 14. 49D-Shawn Dancer [13][$200]; 15. 18-Giovanni Scelzi [7][$200]; 16. 55V-CJ Leary [2][$200]

NOS Energy Drink Feature (40 Laps) – 1. 9-James McFadden [2][$10,000]; 2. 49-Brad Sweet [10][$6,000]; 3. 13-Justin Peck [11][$3,500]; 4. 11-Ian Madsen [8][$2,800]; 5. 17-Sheldon Haudenschild [21][$2,500]; 6. 41-Carson Macedo [6][$2,300]; 7. 11K-Kraig Kinser [22][$2,200]; 8. 19-Parker Price-Miller [4][$2,100]; 9. 7BC-Tyler Courtney [9][$2,050]; 10. 83-Aaron Reutzel [12][$2,000]; 11. 26-Cory Eliason [16][$1,600]; 12. 2-David Gravel [1][$1,400]; 13. 3Z-Brock Zearfoss [15][$1,200]; 14. 7S-Jason Sides [3][$1,100]; 15. 55-Hunter Schuerenberg [5][$1,050]; 16. 15H-Sam Hafertepe [24][$1,000]; 17. 2C-Wayne Johnson [25][$]; 18. 3-Ayrton Gennetten [19][$1,000]; 19. 10-Zeb Wise [17][$1,000]; 20. 1A-Jacob Allen [18][$1,000]; 21. 24-Rico Abreu [23][$1,000]; 22. 1S-Logan Schuchart [20][$1,000]; 23. 21-Carson Short [14][$1,000]; 24. 14-Tim Kaeding [13][$1,000]; 25. 15-Donny Schatz [7][$1,000]. Lap Leaders: David Gravel 1-10, James McFadden 11-40. KSE Hard Charger Award: 17-Sheldon Haudenschild[+16]

 

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