October 21, 2014

Before he became a celebrated country music recording artist with a dozen Golden Guitar awards and over 500,000 album sales, Adam Brand raced a Speedway car.

And loved it.

Brand raced his tiny quarter midget car around the dirt ovals in WA wherever he could drag it to, and spent most of his youth (as thousands of West Aussies also did) watching in awe on Friday nights at the now defunct Claremont Speedway.

It’s not unfair to suggest that he dreamed of motor racing greatness, but the burning desire to write and perform music for a living pulled him in a slightly different direction.

To a different, but not a remotely different, location.

Moving to Sydney in 1997 where he began working on his debut self titled album (that would ultimately net him three Golden Guitars) Brand rediscovered his love of Speedway with regular visits to Parramatta Speedway.

He also made a connection with a fellow West Australian in Wade Aunger who was announcing at the Speedway and the pair collaborated on a song that would become the most recognized anthem in the sport’s history throughout many corners of the world – Dirt Track Cowboys.

It remains as one of Brand’s most popular live songs.

Over the years Adam has raced in the V8 Ute Series, the Suzuki Swift Series in The Shannon’s Nationals and driven many and varied Speedway cars at the insistence of fan/racers at the time.

“I get in and have a skid whenever I can,” he grins, “there’s nothing like it. If my music career hadn’t taken me on this path I’d definitely be out there somewhere racing something. Speedway is in my blood and it’ll never go away.”

It might not ever have to.

As long as there are people like Valvoline Raceway and the Speedway Legend Car Association to coerce him (not too hard mind you) into having a blast around the Speedway this Saturday night.

“I drove a legend car in 2012 and it was amazing,” recalls Brand, “they’re so light, so nimble and so quick. I was hooked from the minute I drove into the first corner. It’s been two years since then and I’m just as excited about racing this Saturday night. I can’t wait.”

This Saturday is by no means his only foray on the clay either, with the possibility of several other drives this season.

“I’m definitely talking with the Legend Car people about racing more often,” he promises, “this is far too much fun not to do it as often as my touring will allow.”

Brand will be plunged directly into the field of regular Legend Car racers at Valvoline Raceway in Parramatta when they support the third round of the Sydney Sprintcar Track Championship where Victorian racer Jamie Veal is attempting to make history.

Veal, if he wins, will become the first Victorian to ever win three consecutive main events at the Parramatta venue that has been regarded as the national home of Sprintcars in Australia since the 1980’s.

“I think we can do it,” explains Veal, “we have a good handle on the track right now and the car is running beautifully. I feel confident that we can give the hat trick a real shot. It’d be cool to have that kind of record on your resume for sure.”

History is by no means assured however with a crack field of NSW and visiting interstate stars desperate to prevent the 26 year old from breaking the record.

Currently the top 20 in points for the Track Championship is as follows:
Driver                                     State                          Points
Jamie Veal                            VIC                              508
Danny Reidy                         QLD                            486
Ben Atkinson                         NT                               482
Matt Dumesny                      NSW                           472
Max Dumesny                      NSW                           472
Robbie Farr                          NSW                           472
Toby Bellbowen                   NSW                           472
James Thompson              NSW                           464
Marty Perovich                      NSW                           452
Roddy Bellbowen                NSW                           448
Max Johnston                       NSW                           446
Andrew Wright                      NSW                           442
Trevor Green                         SA                               442
Jeremy Cross                      NSW                           439
Ryan Davis                           VIC                              438
Kelly Linigen                         NSW                           434
Darryl Campbell                  NSW                           431
Steve Caunt                          NSW                           418
Sam Walsh                           NSW                           416
Jordyn Brazier                      NSW                           411



Official release: Valvoline Raceway
October 18, 2014

Nathan Smee was a dominant victor for the second week in succession as he cleared out and won the 20-lap Speedcar main event at Valvoline Raceway tonight.

Smee took the American Tyre and Racer #7 SPIKE to almost every square centimeter of the hooky VR surface as he put on a racing clinic to lead home exciting Newcastle newcomer Matt Hunter in second place and Jamie McKinlay third.

“We tried a few really different things with our set-up tonight and most of them worked pretty well,” he conceded from victory lane, “some of the changes we might not try again but the track was really hooky tonight and we were able to race the car pretty well anywhere. Full credit to the track team for a great track.”

The main event was marred by a spectacular rollover for Matt Jackson as he rode McKinlay’s wheel with two laps to go and flipped numerous times into turn three.

A remarkably composed Jackson emerged from the wreckage to thank the fans, thank his team and take responsibility for a ‘move that wasn’t going to work’.

Rounding out the remaining finishers in the Speedcar main event were Aiden Corish in fourth, Dean Meadows fifth, Brayden Willmington sixth, Brett Morris seventh, Anthony Collins eighth and Alan Day ninth.

DNF’s were Matthew Jackson, Troy Jenkins, Pierce Lehane and Bob Jackson.

The Wingless Sprint main event went the entire 20-lap distance without a stoppage and saw Dean Thomas collect a hard-fought win in one of the most entertaining races of the night.

“It’s great to get a win here after we wrecked the open Sprintcar on opening night,” Thomas grinned from the podium, “we were able to get past Clint (McCorquodale) with a couple of laps to go and never looked back. You’ve got to take these wins any way you can get them.”

Thomas took the win from Sean Mayo in second place, McCorquodale (who hooked the cushion in turn three and ran wide after leading for most of the race) third, Mark Blyton fourth, Damian Abbott fifth, Nathan Dicker sixth, Jeff Thomas seventh after winning the B-Main, Brian Briton eighth, Marshall Blyton ninth and Jason Bates tenth.

In all 22 finished the main event with the only DNF’s being Mark Garey and Michael Sammut.

Eleventh was Mikaela Blyton followed by Daniel Sayre, Adam Hourigan, Peter Granger, Ashleigh Jack, Courtney O’Hehir, Michael Gray, Sean Dicker, Nikki Briton. Rachel Neve, Graham Flood and Troy Carey.

The Street Stock main event was a nailbiter with Newcastle mum of two Kiona Sunerton almost stealing the win from dominant leader Brett Cotton.

The pair raced neck and neck for the last two laps with Cotton only just getting the nod as the chequers flew on the 20 lap A-Main.

“I saw her (Sunerton) on the outside of me in turn two and again in turn four and I thought you’re going to have to earn this if you want it girl,” laughed Cotton with his winner’s trophy.

Third place in a hotly contested podium was Ian Harris ahead of Denis Pana in fourth, Lindsay Cornwall fifth, Joel Carrington sixth, Michael Butt seventh, Charlie Dodson eighth, Rob Vide ninth, Max Cotton tenth and Kevin Birch eleventh.

DNF’s were Andrew Espener, Stephen Sharpe, Braydon Ford and Troy Dawes.

The next night of the season is next Saturday night October 25 with the third round of the Sydney Sprintcar Premiership as Victorian Jamie Veal seeks to win a hat trick of main events.

Country Music star Adam Brand will race a legend car in a big field of cars from the category and AMCA Nationals will also be on the program.



Sydney Speedway drivers Toby Bellbowen and Courtney O’Hehir share more than one thing in common, but it’s their need for speed that binds the two lovebirds together each summer.

The twenty year old thrill seekers, who have known each other since they first met at the Speedway as 9 year olds, have been ‘on again and off’ again partners for the last four years.

“It’s hard sometimes,” admits Bellbowen, “because there’s so much time you need to spend just preparing and maintaining Sprintcars that it doesn’t leave much time for socializing. If you want to succeed in this sport you really need to make as much effort as you can on keeping your racecar in the best condition. And that takes a lot of hours each night after work. Courtney finds that part of my commitment to Speedway a bit hard to take sometimes, and I can understand that, but I want to make this my living one day and I’m determined to achieve that goal. She’s lucky enough to have her stepdad Cam Burnham work on her car whereas I’m pretty much hands on with my team on the mechanical aspect.”

O’Hehir, a hairdresser from Wilberforce, is in her third season racing in the hectic ‘Wingless Sprint’ category – a class that features an enormous field each week, very competitive racing and some spectacular race incidents that can bring unsuspecting drivers undone.

“Courtney had a huge crash a couple of seasons ago where she injured her vertebrae,” recalls Toby, “and it knocked her around a bit. To her credit she’s come back and she’s racing really well. Racing is a confidence thing. If your confidence gets knocked around it affects your results. She’s got a good season ahead of her I’m sure.”

For Bellbowen, now in his fifth season in Sprintcars, the new summer promises plenty as well.

In last Saturday night’s opening event of the season at Valvoline Raceway the apprentice fitter and turner for UGL in Auburn led many laps of the feature race before eventually finishing third behind eventual winner Victorian Jamie Veal and Toby’s older brother Roddy Bellbowen.

“Any time you can lead a race at Valvoline Raceway it’s a good night,” he smiles, “I’ve just got to learn how to finish off and get the win. This year I want our first big win and I hope a few more will follow after that happens.”

Bellbowen is the son of former Compact Speedcar, Speedcar and Sprintcar hard charger Rod Bowen – a man who also spent time as a part owner of the Sydney Speedway until late this year when a new group purchased it.

“Dad raced for eleven years on and off,” says Toby, “and in that time he scored some significant results both in Australia and in New Zealand. He had a reputation for always charging hard and for preparing an immaculate racecar. Its things like that I hope have been instilled in me as well.”

This Saturday the 900hp winged monsters return for the second night of the Valvoline Raceway Track Championship with a stellar field including the Warrnambool Victoria based Jamie Veal who won the feature race last weekend.
Veal outclassed a 54-strong car field including interstaters Jaaon Pryde (WA) Daniel Harding (WA) Trevor Green (SA) Ryan Davis (VIC) Danny Reidy (QLD) Ben Atkinson (NT) Jack Lee (VIC) and many others.

Bellbowen, who qualified on the front row for last Saturday night’s 30-lap Brian Healey Cup, knows that his work is cut out for him to score the victory this time around.

“We don’t come here to make up the numbers, we’re always out there to win, but it’s not easy to win here in Sydney. There are always top drivers and anything can happen on the night.”

Top 20 in Points for the Track Championship this Saturday night are:

Jamie Veal                Warrnambool VIC                254
Roddy Bellbowen      Cranebrook NSW                 246
Toby Bellbowen        Cranebrook NSW                 244
Danny Reidy             Gold Coast QLD                   242
Jack Lee                     Terang VIC                           240
Max Johnston           Picton NSW                           238
Ben Atkinson            Darwin NT                            236
Matt Dumesny          Nelson NSW                         234
Robbie Farr               Iluka WA                               232
Max Dumesny           Nelson NSW                         230
James Thompson      Guildford NSW                     228
Ryan Davis                Winchelsea VIC                    226
Jimmy Matchett       Londonderry NSW               224
Steve Caunt              Albion Park Rail NSW        222
Marty Perovich         Denham Court NSW           220
Andrew Wright         Muswellbrook NSW             218
Kelly Linigen            Londonderry NSW               216
Peter Gordon             Auburn NSW                        214
Trevor Green            Two Wells SA                       212
Jackson Delamont    Young NSW                          210

Courtney O’Hehir faces a similar fate to that of her boyfriend in her wingless sprint as she attempts to get her career first A-Main win this Saturday night.

With strong fields in the wingless category, Sprintcars and also the brutishly powerful 400 plus cubic inch motor powered Late Model Sedans; fans will be treated to some hectic racing this Saturday night.

Gates open at 2pm this Saturday
Action on track starts 6pm
Valvoline Raceway – located at 21 Wentworth Street Granville.
Phone: (02) 9637 0411

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Prices are:
Adults - $30
Pensions - $20
Juniors (13-15yrs) $15
Kids 12 and under free – accompanied by an adult
Family Pass (2 adults and 2 juniors) $70


All Stars Drivers Meeting with guest speaker

The Mainline DynoLog Dynamometers All Stars Series would like to remind 360 drivers and teams to attend a meeting being held at Tullamarine next Saturday October 4th  10.00am.

“These meetings are a positive way for teams that compete in the series to express their thoughts and ideas. Getting together this way gives everyone a chance to have a voice and keep drivers up to date with what is happening with the series.” Searle tells us.  “After the meeting is finished we will again be holding a training session covering set up & maintenance.

This year we have Kev Panazzolo. Kev‘s experience with 360’s has been extensive. Last season he was the spanner man on the All Stars Series Champion & winner of the 360 Australian Sprintcar Title Chad Ely.

In 2012 he was Crew Chief for Series Champion Brad Foster. His many years of hands on experience at race tracks the Series competes at will be valuable to our drivers. It will be a great opportunity for teams to learn more about car setup and any other issues regarding their racing that they might need help with.  Hopefully we will get another good turnout of teams and that they make the most of this day.”

When – Saturday 4th October 2014
Where – M.D. Motorsport, Factory 2, 35 Lillee Crescent, Tullamarine.
Time – 10.00am


Brent Aprile signs-on for season 2014/15

Sep 19, 2014

The latest driver to become contracted for the upcoming World Series Sprintcars season is Queensland’s Brent Aprile.

The young, but extremely experienced, sprintcar driver is thrilled to be contracted for the 28th edition of World Series Sprintcars.

“I’m extremely excited to be involved in a race series that features the best drivers in sprintcar racing in Australia,” said Aprile.

“It’s going to be a fantastic experience, and very exciting, to be only twenty-two years of age and to be able to race with the most talented and experienced drivers, every week.

“This is really a dream that I have had since I was five years of age.”

Along with his crew chief, “Glenno” Inglis, Aprile is pursuing a solid year of racing, and is looking to build upon his current experience with a number of positive results in the upcoming World Series Sprintcars season.

“I have Glenno Inglis and a great team supporting me at every race,” continued Aprile.

“We’ll constantly discuss our car set-up and adapt with every heat, at every track, and every race condition possible.

“I’m really looking forward to the opportunity to race on different tracks all over the country, throughout a compacted racing period – it’s something I can’t wait to experience.”

Brent Aprile and his team at Aprile Racing are well prepared for an exciting season ahead.



Official press release: Valvoline Raceway
September 16, 2014

Valvoline Raceway begins another phase of its radical evolution and revolution this Saturday night as the official practice for the 2014/2015 season kicks off.

With so many projects still underway in revamping and revitalising the facility Valvoline Raceway Managing Director Steven Green is excited about the practice session ahead but has a message for teams and fans planning to attend.

“As far as the racing surface is concerned nothing will appear out of the ordinary,” explains Green, “but we’re in the middle of the biggest expansion and revamping project ever undertaken at the Speedway since Sid Hopping built it, so there’s still many things we won’t have completed until we’re ready for October 4’s grand opening event. People shouldn’t be confused by what they see on Saturday, we’re on target for our opening event but we’ve still got plenty to do over the next three weeks.”

Many teams have already indicated their intention to turn laps on Saturday night as growing expectation and excitement swarms around the unveiling of the new season under the new owners and management structure.

“We’re all very excited,” continues Green, “there’s so much going on here with earthworks, concreting, bitumising and so many other processes that it’s like a construction site on a skyscraper. You can’t help but get excited when you see it all being carried out.”

There are several guidelines attached to Saturday’s official practice and those are attached herewith below.

Fans and teams should read these carefully before attending on Saturday…

PRACTICE EVENT 20th September 2014.
Gates Open – 2pm

Adults, Pensioner and 13-15 years entry fee is $15
Children 12 years and under are free (with a paying Adult).
No family pass offered.    

Pit entry is $40 with a FULL licence shown on entry to the Pit Gate Staff.
Pit entry is $60 if a ONE-DAY licence is required on the day of the event (This does not cover anyone going onto the track – please see Competitor Licence information above).

You must physically have proof of a FULL LICENCE to be able to buy a pit pass at the $40 rate.
Speedway Australia does not provide us with a list of those who have paid, or if they are in the mail etc.   If you do not have your licence with you at the time, you must purchase a ONE-DAY LICENCE/INSURANCE POLICY. All licences need to be organised prior to the event with Speedway Australia or authorised Speedway Australia licencees such as the Sprintcar Control Council of Australia and the Australian Wingless Sprints Racing.  

At the Sprintcar Pit Box – 2.15pm until 4.30pm.
All cars must have relevant registration with clubs, prior to requesting a driver armband.
Competitor armbands are $50 per driver. Please register your car to the staff.  We will provide you an on-track competitor armband.
You must show your LICENCE at the time of registering.
NO licences are available at the track. All licences need to be organised prior to the event, with Speedway Australia or authorised Speedway Australia licencees such as Sprintcar Control Council of Australia or the Australian Wingless Sprints Racing.
You must physically have proof of a FULL or ONE-DAY LICENCE on you.  If you are unable to show proof, you will unfortunately not be able to participate on the track. Speedway Australia does not provide us with a list of those who have paid, or if they are in the mail etc.
Drivers Briefing 4.45pm
START - Wheel Packing – 5.30pm.
Practice sessions commence after Wheel packing.
FINISH - approximately 10pm.

Ticket Gate 1 – selling General Admission tickets plus Pit Passes.
Pit Gate (Deniehy Street) – selling Pit armbands, and General Admission tickets.
VIP Corporate Entrance – Hostess available from 2pm until 6.30pm only.  
Assisting with Sign on Sheets for volunteer lists, staff access, and VIP car parking spaces if allocated. This gate is also used for PASS OUTS and CAR PARKING access.
No Corporate Suites are in use for Practice Events.
Food - No commercially packaged foods (e.g. KFC, McDonalds, Pizza Hut etc.)
Drinks - No glass / No Alcohol allowed to be brought into the venue.

CANTEENS:  The PIT CANTEEN operated by KCS Catering, will be open for food/drink sales.

No alcohol is available for sale at this event.  

COMPETITOR LICENCES:  Speedway Australia issued.
NO licences are available at the track. All licences need to be organised prior to the event, with Speedway Australia or Authorised Speedway Australia licencees such as Sprintcar Control Council of Australia, or The Australian Wingless Sprints Racing.

At the end of the night, we will host a BBQ for all Volunteers in the pits.   This will be a good chance for Steven Green to have a catch up with everyone.  He will be able to advise more information relating to the upcoming season of racing etc.   At that time we will collect any outstanding Volunteer Forms and discuss any other related issues relevant to the Volunteers Program. Volunteer Forms are available at the Sprintcar Box from 2.15pm to 4.30pm.  Please ensure you complete and return to the raceway office ASAP, so that your name can be included on Gate Lists ready for our opening night on Saturday the 4th October 2014.

Truck parking only.  
Limited car parking spaces available for track-authorised officials etc.
Our pit gates will be open during the day.  
At approximately 1.30 – 1.45pm we will usher all patrons out of the Pit Area to the Pit Gate, for them to purchase appropriate ticketing.  
Pit Gate opens at 2pm.
, As we need to ensure there is enough parking spaces for competitor’s trucks for each event, we need to limit the actual car parking spaces being used in the Pit area.  
Only authorised persons on a Car Parking List will be allowed access, those being Club and Track Officials.   

For the Practice event we will only have a limited amount of space, and will not be offering car parking spaces to everyone.  Please find alternative car parking spaces for this event.
For events commencing 4th October 2014 onwards, we will email each club who is scheduled for the upcoming event, and we will advise how many pit parking spaces they are allowed to use for Official use.  These will be authorised by the raceway office and be available from the Pit Gate Staff.
If you are expecting to have a car parking space please ensure you apply ASAP via contacting the raceway office. Your name will only be on the car-parking list, if you have applied and have been authorised. The gate staff will only allow authorised persons, all others will be kindly asked to find alternative car parking arrangements, outside of the pit area.  
Thank you.

RACEWAY OFFICE: We will not be staffing the Raceway Office with a full quota of staff at the Practice event.   We aim to complete our race set up paperwork, by 3pm Fridays.  If you can be mindful that all information would be appreciated prior to this time. Please ensure you follow up with the raceway office during business Monday to Friday, if you have any questions regarding the Practice event, gate lists, licencing questions etc. we are happy to assist you, prior to event dates.   

Matt Egel, Muir Motorsport join World Series Sprintcars 2014/15

Sep 16, 2014

Matt Egel – driving for Muir Motorsport – is the second driver to be announced, as a contracted driver, in this season’s highly anticipated World Series Sprintcars.

Egel has achieved three podium positions in previous WSS campaigns, and the South Australian driver is endeavouring to capitalise on past experiences this season under the guidance of Western Australian team owner, Mat Muir.

“World Series Sprintcars is the elite series in Australia,” said Muir.

“I have wanted to be a part of the full series for a few years now – however, it hasn’t been possible until this point of time.

“I’ve supported the series, when and where possible, generally by participating in Speedweek and the Western Swing, with both Randy Hannagan and Matt Egel.

“Finally, I get to live this dream that I have wanted for many years; this is finally going to happen, bring it on.”

Muir Motorsport’s driver, Matt Egel, said he is excited to drive for the Western Australian team in the W53 sprintcar this season.

“It’s a really good feeling to be a part of World Series Sprintcars as a contracted driver - not just as a driver that races WSS when it comes to town,” said Egel.

“It’s something that I’ve worked towards for a few years now – and finally, it’s happening.”

The announcement of the two-time South Australian State Titles champion is a major coup for World Series Sprintcars 2014/15.

Stay tuned for further announcements.

2014-2015 WSS calendar released

The World Series Sprintcar (WSS) management group from Speedway Australia are excited to announce the schedule for the 2014/15 and the 28th running of the championship.

Again the huge launch of the series will be Speedway City on Boxing Night, in the first night of Speedweek, with 5 rounds to be run over the ensuing 7 days the start of the series is always a gruelling affair.

If that’s not tough enough they then immediately pack up and head straight to Brisbane with 3 nights of competition including the big 50 lap Australian Open on Saturday the 10th of January. This year the WSS will then take a small recess before embarking back in South Australia with a double header of Murray Bridge and Adelaide over the final weekend in January before embarking in one of the biggest months of Sprintcar Racing in WA’s history.

“The WSS schedule follows a nice neat tradition of past series and the flow works well for other National events also. We never lose sight of the fact that this series at the end of the day is for the sport of speedway and the division of Sprintcars to prosper in Australia and combining with other national iconic events are very important to the whole speedway landscape” said WSS co-ordinator Shane Collins

With 4 x rounds of WSS to be conducted amongst the Australian Title and the annual Krikke Boys Challenge, it would seem that WA is the place to be in February if you have any Sprintcar blood in your veins.

The excitement of heading back to the ever delightful town of Albany, and the immaculate facilities combined with a new racing surface means this will be a great kick start for WA Sprintcar month. You then throw in a round at the impressive Perth Motorplex before heading to the beach town of Bunbury as a lead up to the big National Title and then returning for the massive ‘ONE NIGHT’ WSS Grand Final at the Perth Motroplex on February 21 will round out a great series.

“We are very excited again about the entire series, we all know the toughness of Speedweek is a great kick off and now the enormous ending with a huge month of Racing in WA, really bookends what is a very challenging championship. Unfortunately WSS management tried our utmost to have Sydney in our calendar, but with the late management change and a few issues, both parties have amicably agreed to revisit it for next year, and we are confident this can come to fruition. ” said Collins

WSS Series Schedule 2014-2015
Rnd 1     Friday Dec 26th                  Speedway City, Adelaide (SA)
Rnd 2     Saturday Dec 27th             Murray Bridge (SA)
Rnd 3     Sunday Dec 28th                Mt Gambier (SA)
Rnd 4     Tuesday Dec 30th              Avalon (VIC)
Rnd 5     Thursday Jan 1st                Warrnambool (VIC) – SPEEDWEEK GRAND FINAL
Rnd 6     Sunday Jan 4th                   Brisbane (QLD)
Rnd 7     Friday Jan 9th                      Brisbane (QLD) – AUSTRALIAN OPEN, Night 1
                Saturday Jan 10th              Brisbane (QLD) – 50 Lap AUSTRALIAN OPEN, Night 2
Rnd 8     Friday Jan 30th                   Murray Bridge (SA)
Rnd 9     Saturday Jan 31st              Speedway City, Adelaide (SA) – George Tatnell Cup
Rnd 10 Friday Feb 6th                        Albany (WA)
Rnd 11  Saturday Feb 7th                  Perth Motorplex (WA)
Rnd 12  Wednesday Feb 11th          Bunbury (WA)
Rnd 13  Saturday Feb 21st                Perth Motorplex – WSS GRAND FINAL





























































WSS points
1. Steven Lines  3453
2. Brooke Tatnell 3385
3. James McFadden  3204
4. Luke Dillon 3097
5. Jamie Veal  2901
6. Shane Stewart 2422
7. Dylan Jenkin 2382
8. Robbie Farr  2369
9. Daniel Pestka 2344
10. Jackson Delamont 2063
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