The standout performance of the Australian drivers currently competing over in America was without a doubt James McFadden’s podium finish with the World of Outlaws, and that highlights this week’s Aussie Watch column.
James McFadden (Vic - pictured right)
In what was his best performance so far of his 2020 American tour, McFadden put in an outstanding drive from the middle of the A main field in last Sunday night’s World of Outlaws Championship two-night event at Huset’s Speedway in South Dakota.
McFadden, driving for the Kasey Kahne Racing team, ended up charging from position 11 in the A main and finished with a wet sail in the 35-lap event to snare the second-place spot on the podium behind the dominant Kyle Larson.
The previous night, McFadden was able to overcome ongoing tyre issues during the preliminary A main and work his way forward from position 13 to greet the chequered flag in fifth.
It’s an exciting time for McFadden, as he is starting to hit some impressive form after only arriving in the country a month ago.
Kerry Madsen (NSW)
The weekend’s World of Outlaws Championship double header at Huset’s Speedway saw Madsen endure a mix run.
On the Saturday night opener, Madsen had qualified on the outside third row of the A main but struggled, which included a trip to work area due to a flat tyre, and he went on to finish towards the back of the field in 17th.
The Big Game Motorsports team driver enjoyed a better run on the Sunday night and after starting from position three in the A main and throughout the 35-lap he finished back in sixth place.
In the current World of Outlaws Championship point standings, Madsen has now moved up to 13th spot.
Ian Madsen (NSW)
Madsen made his second appearance with the Baughman Reutzel Motorsports team in last weekend’s two All Star Circuit of Champion Series rounds at Attica Raceway Park in Ohio.
After making an impressive debut a fortnight ago with the Baughman Reutzel Motorsports team, Madsen returned to the driver’s seat of the # 17 car normally steered by Josh Baughman. On Friday night, he started from position 14 in the A main and moved forward to finish in eighth, while the following night, he qualified out of position four in the A main and managed to just miss out on a podium spot to finish in fourth.
Despite not having a regular drive since departing from the KCP Racing team back in the middle of July, Madsen is showing his talent by adapting quickly to a new team and getting on the pace.
Lynton Jeffrey (NSW)
A former Huset’s Speedway regular, Jeffrey felt confident heading into last weekend’s World of Outlaws Championship round, and he managed to qualify into the A main on both nights.
Jeffrey earned his spot in Saturday night’s preliminary A main via the B main, after he had finished in third, and he then managed to work his way forward from position 23 to finish in 15th.
The following night Jeffrey impressively qualified out of position seven in the A main but didn’t have the best of runs and consequently dropped down the order during the 35-lap event to finish in 14th.
Scott Bogucki (SA)
It was a mixed run for Bogucki at Huset’s Speedway during the two nights of the latest World of Outlaws Championship round.
Running with the World of Outlaws for the second weekend in a row, Bogucki qualified for Saturday night’s A main out of position 12 but unfortunately, he was unable to reach the finish due to suffering a blown tyre in the closing stages.
The next night for Bogucki was a lot tougher after he had missed a direct A main transfer from his heat race. Attempting to qualify into the A main via the B main, he was unable to do so after he had finished fifth.
Brooke Tatnell (NSW)
Due commitments with his son Garrett’s speedway go karting, Tatnell didn’t contest the weekend’s World of Outlaws Championship round at Huset’s Speedway.
Subbing for Tatnell with the TKS Motorsport team for that one event only was Matt Juhl, who was unable to qualify into either of the nights A mains.
Peter Britten (Qld)
Britten once again appeared at Albany-Saratoga Speedway in New York with the Big Block Modifieds on Friday night and the three-time Australian V8 Dirt Modified Champion ended up coming away with a 12th place finish in the A main.
Scotty Farmer (Qld)
Farmer had been scheduled to run at Petaluma Speedway in last Sunday night’s latest USAC Western State Midget Series, but the event was forced to be cancelled due to the wild bushfires around the state of California. It was going to be Farmer’s second appearance with the Six8 Motorsports team.