Bryan Hulbert – KNOXVILLE, Iowa (August 3, 2019) Becoming the 16th different winner of the My Place Hotels ASCS 360 Knoxville Nationals presented by Great Southern Bank, and first from Australia, James McFadden added $15,000 to his pocket on Saturday night in the Wicked Energy Gum No. 9m.
McFadden’s second SawBlade.com A-Feature triumph with the Lucas Oil American Sprint Car Series presented by the MAVTV Motorsports Network, the 2019 My Place Hotels ASCS 360 Knoxville Nationals presented by Great Southern Bank winner is also the event’s Rookie of the year. Picking up a $500 bonus courtesy of JetCo and Pace Performance, McFadden joins 1998 winner Gary Wright, and 2002 winner Jeff Swindell, as the third event Rookie to win the ASCS 360 Knoxville Nationals.
“I’m over the moon!” said McFadden in Victory Lane beside the Kasey Kahne Racing No. 9m.
“I have to thank Mike Heffner for loaning us the motor for the weekend. Obviously, this thing ripped. That was a hard race. It felt like 40 laps, not 25! I’m just pumped! I was watching the big screen. I knew [Brown] was going to run the top. The bottom was fast; I just kept missing it a little bit, and that was enough for him to get next to us. I decided to pound the top and it worked out.”
Taking off with the lead from the start, McFadden was pursued by Brian Brown every step of the way. Taking the lead on Lap 3, the Casey’s General Store/FVP No. 21 dropped back to second as the pair rounded the first and second turn. Railing the cushion of the Knoxville Raceway, the pair went head to head again on Lap 7 with Brown leading the way, but the move was not enough as McFadden swapped up his line to the cushion to retake the point.
Building his advantage as the pair worked into slower traffic on Lap 13, Brown began to close.
Closing rapidly as the final five laps came into view, the pair began swapping up lines through traffic with Brown taking a massive head of steam to the white flag. Bumper to bumper racing into the first two turns, Brown tried to peel low, but couldn’t make move. Putting five car lengths on the No. 21 as they hit the backstretch for the final time, McFadden hugged the berm with Brown giving it everything he had on the cushion, but it wasn’t enough as McFadden crossed 0.296 seconds ahead of Brown.
“I’m just so proud of my team,” said Brown, whose team had to leave the track and replace their engine after not getting hot laps in. “Races are won, and teams are made over adversity. We went 25 laps as hard as we could go and got beat. Hat’s off to James. He moved when he saw me there, and he did a good job.”
Peddling from seventh, Wayne Johnson crossed third with Aaron Reutzel coming from sixth to fourth. Joey Saldana completed the top five. Making up five positions, Davey Heskin crossed sixth, followed by Cory Eliason from 13th. Thomas Kennedy in eighth had Dusty Zomer in pursuit. From 19th, Matt Juhl completes the top ten.
A field of 97 drivers made up the 29th annual My Place Hotels ASCS 360 Knoxville Nationals presented by Great Southern Bank. Starting with the E-Feature, Robbie Price grabbed the win with Spencer Bayston winning the D-Feature. Jack Dover won the C-Feature with the BMRS B-Feature going to Giovanni Scelzi. The biggest mover through the alphabet was Robbie Price who raced from the E-Feature to 17th in the C-Feature.
The next event for the Lucas Oil American Sprint Car Series presented by the MAVTV Motorsports Network is Tuesday, August 6 at Southern Iowa Speedway with the Sage Fruit Ultimate Challenge. The night includes the POWRi Lucas Oil Wingless Auto Racing League. Tickets are on sale by calling (515) 957-0020. There will not be an internet broadcast.
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Lucas Oil ASCS presented by MAVTV
Knoxville Raceway (Knoxville, Iowa)
29th ASCS Knoxville Nationals – Night 3
Saturday, August 3, 2019
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