McFadden gets 2nd All Star win to open Fremont Speedway double-header
Clark nabs 3rd 305 sprint victory; Sautter earns 3rd late model victory
May 23, 2015
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Saturday, May 23, 2015
Contact: Brian Liskai
By Brian Liskai
FREMONT, Ohio – A year ago, James McFadden blew into Fremont Speedway and earned his first University of Northwestern Ohio All Star Circuit of Champions victory. The Brisbane, Australia resident returned to Fremont Saturday and led all 30 laps to capture his second career series win on Abdoo Brothers Demolition Night.
In fact, in the past 48 hours McFadden has two podium finishes with the All Stars, having captured a third place run Friday at Plymouth Speedway.
McFadden will try to make it a sweep as the UNOH All Stars are back at Fremont Speedway Sunday for a 50-lap $10,000-to-win affair which will be the series 118th appearance at “The Track That Action Built.”
“The cautions fell right for me. The car was awesome on the bottom. The track took a little rubber there at the end and thankfully I found it. There’s just something about this track that suits my driving style,” said McFadden beside his Gaerte Engines, XYZ Machining, Red Line Oil, All Star Performance backed #3G.
“The guys gave me a great car. It’s great to be back in the States and we’re picking up right where we left off last year,” added McFadden.
Local driver Cap Henry, who spent four years chasing the UNOH All Star title, continued his hot streak of late. After winning features at Attica and Fremont last weekend, the Bellevue, Ohio driver would take home the runner-up honors.
“I knew James would be hard to beat. On that last restart he had found the rubber and I just didn’t have anything for him. This is a great run for the Genzman Racing Team and we are going to get one of these All Star wins,” said Henry beside his Level Performance, Ludwig Propane, Kear’s Speed Shop, Handy Grafix backed #53.
Two time All Star champion Greg Wilson would drive from 11th to a third place finish.
“I love racing in front of these awesome fans. We crashed some cars earlier and we came back home and regrouped and Paul Kistler gives us an awesome motor and here we are. The track was racy and you can’t ask for much better than that. We qualified better and I’m excited about tomorrow night,” said Wilson beside his Hercules Tire, DNC Hydraulics, All Star Plumbing Heating and Cooling, Ohio Logistics, Gear Alloy Wheels backed #W20.
Fremont’s Bobby Clark would take the lead on lap four of the Fremont Federal Credit Union 305 Sprint feature and held off a hard charging Steve Rando to score his third victory of the season. It was Clark’s 32nd career feature at Fremont and moves him into a tie for 12 on the track’s all-time win list with hall-of-famer Wally Heminger.
“I was getting slower and slower. I was just trying to hug the bottom. Dave (Foos) and them really know how to hook a car up, especially when it gets slick like this. We’re pretty good this year,” said Clark beside his Fremont Fence, Nagy Construction, B&L Plumbing, Kear’s Speed Shop, Miller Rigging, Shellukes Bar, Big D’s Pizza, Kistler Engines backed machine.
“To tie Wally…that’s something else. I grew up watching Wally race. This car here is brand new. This is the car Mark’s (Keegan) going to run in the hall of fame race. Last year he won in my car before I did so now I have one up on him,” added Clark in the Engine Pro Victory Lane.
In the McCullough Industries 602 Late Models, Dustin Sautter took the lead from Chester Fitch with just three laps to go and went on to score his third win of the season and second in a row.
“My car was a piece of crap at the beginning. I thought ‘I’m screwed now…I’m going to get last out here.’ After that caution I went in really hard into one and I’m like ‘holy crap I’ve got something here.’ That caution helped my out a bunch,” said Sautter beside his Rusty Schlenk Racing, Sautter Farms, Shipley Auto and Towing backed machine.
Cody Darrah and McFadden would bring the field to green for the 30-lap All Star feature and the pair battled for the lead the opening laps. Travis Philo, Brian lay, Chris Andrews, Nate Dussel and Chad Kemenah would stay close.
Just as the leaders were set to get into heavy lapped traffic Andrew Palker would bring out the caution on lap nine. The restart order was McFadden, Darrah, a closing Chris Andrews, Lay and Henry. Andrews would drive under Darrah for second on lap 10 with Henry moving into fourth.
Andrews would challenge McFadden for the lead on lap 13 with Henry taking third a circuit later. Heavy lapped traffic was on tap by lap 17 with McFadden leading Andrews, Henry, Darrah, Wilson, Lay, Kemenah and 21st starting Dale Blaney.
With seven laps to go Henry drove under Andrews for the runner-up spot, with Darrah also getting by Andrews for third. The second and final caution of the race came with six laps to go when Caleb Helms, Parker Price-Miller and Rob Chaney got together in turn one.
When the green flew so did McFadden as he pulled away the final six laps for the win. Henry, Wilson, Darrah and Blaney would round out the top five.
In the 25 lap 305 sprint feature, Jamie Miller and Dan McCarron would bring the field to green with Miller gaining the upper hand over McCarron, Clark, Rando, T.J. Michael and Kyle Peters. Clark wasted little time moving to the front, taking second on lap two and immediately pressured Miller for the lead when the caution flew for a Ricky Peterson spin. When the green reappeared, Clark would pounce to take the lead with Miller, McCarron, Rando, Michael, Kyle Capodice and Jordan Ryan in pursuit.
Clark would begin to put some daylight between himself and Miller as they prepared to hit lapped traffic with 10 laps scored. However, McCarron would spin, ending his great run. On the restart Clark would pull away from Miller who would surrender second to Rando a lap later as Ryan raced into third. The car on the move was Alvin Roepke who had moved from 13th to fifth.
As Clark tried to hold off a charging Rando, Roepke continued his march to the front and took third on lap 17 as the leaders raced into lapped traffic. Rando would drive to Clark’s outside several times with Roepke, Ryan, Capodice and Miller in pursuit. John Ivy was also on the move, driving from his 17th starting spot to 7th with five laps to go.
Clark picked his way through the traffic and drove to the win over Rando, Roepke, Ryan and Capodice.
In the 15-lap late model feature, Chester Fitch would grab the lead from his pole starting spot with Steve and Tim Sabo battling for second. Fitch pulled away from the field as Tim Sabo took second on lap five. Tim Sabo began closing on Fitch but would spin with five laps to go.
On the restart Fitch pulled away from Steve Sabo, Sautter, Dale Cole, Dustin Keegan and Jeff Hites. Sautter would take second a lap later and closed quickly on Fitch. Sautter drove around Fitch for the lead on lap 13.
Sautter would pull away the final three laps for his second straight win with Fitch, Steve Sabo, Cole and Tim Sabo rounding out the top five.
Fremont Speedway will be back in action Sunday, May 24th as Budweiser Night includes the 50-lap, $10,000-to-win UNOH All Star feature with the 305 sprints and dirt trucks also in action. For more information go to www.fremontohspeedway.com
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