McFadden takes on Warrnambool!
Luck may not have been on the side of the NAPA Auto Parts-supported Hodges Motorsport entry spearheaded by local ace James McFadden, but the potential was proven during the 2023/24 Speedway season. In its second year of partnership, NAPA Auto Parts and James McFadden proved it was a frontrunner during a competitive season of speedway competition.
A collision at Max’s Race at Premier Raceway, Warrnambool kickstarted the season after finishing fifth in the opening heat before the new Toyota engine was installed post-Christmas for the annual Speedweek beginning at Borderline Speedway in Mount Gambier where third was the result.
McFadden was quickest overall in the second night action at Avalon as the narrative of the summer continued where strong pace was curtailed by further contact as the Hodges Motorsport crew repaired the entry ahead of another trip to Premier Speedway in Warrnambool.
A superb drive from 11th led to third for McFadden as the President’s Cup at Avalon was scheduled next, though adverse weather led to it being delayed until later in the campaign, though Hodges Motorsport elected to skip this to prepare for the Australian Sprintcar Championships.
But before this, it was time for the prestigious Grand Annual Classic at Warrnambool and McFadden was once again near the front scoring second, but in the main event the leader lost control in front of the NAPA Auto Parts entry leaving nowhere to go.
One more event as this edition goes to print is the Australian Sprintcar Championship to be run again at Premier Speedway in Warrnambool where McFadden is certain to be a contender.
It’ll cap off a superb season for NAPA Auto Parts and Hodges Motorsport as it continues to build the profile of this discipline through McFadden’s various media appearances no matter if it was in print, podcast or video.
The Flying Horse Hotel in Warrnambool has been a keen supporter through the Speedway season by activating the J-Mac Bar, a beer dedicated to the local driver on tap and McFadden’s Knoxville Nationals winning entry on display.
McFadden continues to demonstrate why he is regarded as one of the best Australian drivers and will this year return to the United States to contest the World of Outlaws Series.