MECHANICSBURG — Australian champion James McFadden won his first ever World of Outlaws sprint car feature on Friday night while also scoring his first ever win at Williams Grove Speedway, scoring $10,000 for the victory in night two of the 2017 Champion Racing Oil National Open.
Aboard the Highlands No. 3, McFadden earned the pole for the 25-lap main event by winning the dash.
The initial start of the feature saw Greg Hodnett take the lead from McFadden as the pair raced out of the fourth corner to complete Lap 1 before a light rain shower hit the track, halting action.
A complete restart with no laps completed was ordered after a 20-minute delay.
And this time McFadden took a solid lead over Hodnett. He was trying to open up substantial distance when the red flag unfurled with just three laps recorded for a four-car accident in the third turn.
The cars of Danny Dietrich, Trey Starks and Brian Montieth connected and saw Jac Haudenschild blast into the pile, getting the worst of the damage.
Haudenschild was escorted back to the pit area by ambulance.
The rest of the 22 laps would go non-stop with McFadden driving out to a near two-second lead by Lap 10.
But even lapped traffic didn’t allow Hodnett to close in as McFadden was still 1.85 seconds ahead with 10 laps to go.
With three laps left McFadden misjudged Brian Brown’s entry into the first corner, the result saw him hard on the binders.
This put Hodnett and Schatz in prime position to drive by but somehow McFadden emerged from turn two still the leader with second and third breathing down his neck.
Hodnett made a last turns move to steal the win as the pair headed through the fourth corner, dipping to McFadden’s inside as the pair swooped around the cushion but McFadden was able to beat Hodnett back to the stripe by just .24 seconds for the prestigious victory.
Heats for the 46-car field went to Johnson, McFadden, Wolfe and Hodnett with Cory Haas taking the C Main and Lance Dewease taking the B Main.