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World Midget Stars in Archerfield Showdown

Archerfield Speedway Media Release

With the international Sprintcar season having wrapped up last week, attention now shifts to the mighty Midgets as they embark on a series of big events that have lured drivers from Australia and New Zealand to Ausdeck Patios Archerfield Speedway to take on Australia's very best drivers. The action kicks off this weekend (Friday and Saturday, January 20/21) with the first Australian round of the 2017 World Midget Championship featuring two-time Chili Bowl winner Rico Abreu and three other American Midget superstars, plus New Zealand's very best in Michael Pickens, who also happens to be the current Australian Champion.

It is stellar line-up of Midget stars who will hit the track on Friday night for the first of two consecutive nights of competition, with drivers from as far afield as Western Australia trekking to Archerfield for an opportunity to take on the American and Kiwi stars. If the quality of racing produced so far this season in both the Polar Ice Track Championship and Super Series events is any indication, the action this weekend will be stupendous.

Joining Abreu in representing the United States will be Andrew Felker, Brady Bacon and Zac Daum, all of whom have raced in Australia previously with success. In addition to his remarkable exploits in Midget competition, which include a win in the prestigious Belleville Nationals, Abreu has also accumulated wins in Sprintcars and NASCAR Stockcars. In each of the last four seasons, Abreu has finished top ten in more than 50% of the events in which he has competed across the various racing categories and he returns to Australia firmly established as one of the very best in the dirt track business. Felker is a feature race winner in both the POWRi and Badger Midget championships and was superb in this event last year in finishing second behind Pickens.

Also returning to Archerfield for the second consecutive year, Brady Bacon will be looking to add an international feature race win to his litany of successes accumulated on home soil since debuting in the USAC National Midget Car Series in 2006. In addition to his success in Midget competition, Bacon has also found success in non-wing Sprintcars, taking out the 2016 USAC Championship. Zac Daum is a regular visitor to Australia and has, among other successes, won the Victorian Championship. The 2014 USAC National Midget champion returns to our shores fresh from a 7th-place finish in the Chili Bowl, the iconic indoor Midget event that attracts more than 300 competitors each year.

The Kiwi contingent might be small, but they have certainly sent their best in Michael Pickens, a feature race winner in three countries and widely regarded as the best Midget driver to come out of New Zealand. Pickens won this event last season in sensational fashion and followed up with his victory in the Australian Championship in Sydney. Chris Gwilliam is a familiar face to Archerfield fans, having already scored a feature race win here earlier this season and he brings good form into the event as the second New Zealander in the field, his familiarity with the track perhaps providing him with an edge over the other internationals.

If the overseas invaders look strong (and they most certainly are), the Aussie representation is certainly not lacking in quality with Sydney-based quartet of Nathan Smee, Matt Jackson, Troy Jenkins and Matt Smith bringing a wealth of experience and success into the mix. Lee Redmond is making the trek from Western Australia, while teenage rookie Kaydon Brown has been impressive and will relish the opportunity to take on the internationals. Of course, all of the local stars will be out to play as well, including current Queensland champ Michael Harders and former titleholder Rusty Whittaker, along with Brendan Palmer, Anthony Chaffey, Brock Dean and more than a dozen others over two nights of racing.

Also on the program this weekend is the Australian Compact Speedcar Championship in which Darren Vine will be chasing his 8th championship win. The strength of the Queensland Compact Speedcar scene at the moment has resulted in only a small interstate contingent backing themselves to upstage the locals on home soil. Whilst Victorian champion Justin Paull and the NSW-based duo of Jason Essai and Mark Heaton will be the only interstaters in action, the upside is that, should Vine be unable to snare his 5th consecutive win in the event, the likelihood of yet another Queensland win in the event seems very high. Whether it be Robbie Stewart, Wayne Corbett, Steve Swingler, Nathan Mathers or perhaps Emma Harris, there is no shortage of locals capable of emerging victorious in Saturday night's championship final.

Both the World Midget Championship and the Australian Compact Speedcar Championship will be staged over two nights of racing on Friday (January 20) and Saturday (January 21) nights. Lightning Sprints and Ford v Holden v Sigma sedans will provide the supporting action on Friday night, while Saturday will also feature Modlites and Open Sedans plus fireworks and the crazy chaos of the Caravan, Boat and Dunny Derby. Gates open at 4.00pm each day (3.30pm for online ticket holders) and early racing gets underway at 4.45pm both nights, with Midget time trials from 5.30pm on Friday. The main program kicks off at 6.00pm and the racing in both the World Midget Championship and Australian Compact Speedcar Championship promises to be something very special.

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Brazier’ Entry Has Car Count Growing

The 2017 Lucas Oil Grand Annual Sprintcar Classic may only be days away, however the car count continues to spike with entry today being confirmed for 1993 Champion and six-time Australian Champion Garry Brazier.

Whilst most the 2016-17 racing season has seen Garry tutoring son Jordyn as he continues to make steady progress in his own racing career, the Classic will again see the return of Brazier to Warrnambool, a venue that has been the scene for some of his most notable performances.

Having finished 22nd in the 2016 Lucas Oil Grand Annual Sprintcar Classic A-Main, Brazier will again make the familiar trip to Warrnambool with father Steve and Mum Kaye for his band of supporters including Castrol Edge, Cobra Skip Bins, Blackshaws, PWR Radiators, Racing Optics, GME Steering, Vortex Wings, Scott’s of Mt. Gambier and Weld Wheels.

No matter where your allegiances lie, it is fair to say that Garry Brazier is a polarizing character and is arguably one of Australia’s most talented as he showed simply in carving his way into the 40-lap feature just on 12 months ago.

Will the Classic see the Brazier of old or will it be merely an exotic test and tune for a tilt at a coveted seventh National Title? There is truly only one way to find out and that is to be at Sungold Stadium, Premier Speedway, Warrnambool this Friday, Saturday and Sunday for the 45th Lucas Oil Grand Annual Sprintcar Classic.

All pre-purchased ticket holders are reminded that they need to print their allotted tickets out and bring them to the venue for admission on race nights. For those still with tickets sitting idle in their in-boxes now is the time to open those files and be ready to witness another huge Classic field all vie for the right to be crowned Classic Champion!

For those travelling to Warrnambool the following is a proposed list of events that will be run throughout the weekend.

Friday January 20, 2017:
9.00am – Public one night ticket sales commence at Warrnambool side ticket boxes.
9.00am – Pit Ticket Sales Commence, from Pit Ticket Box.
9.30am – The Classic Brunch at the Flying Horse Bar and Brewery between 9.30am and 11.30am featuring MC Wade Aunger, Robbie Farr, Harli White, Greg Hodnett and others.
1.30pm: Gates open at venue for pre-paid ticket holders – one night sales cease until 2.00pm.
2.00pm: Walk Up Sales gates re-open.
4.30pm: Drivers Briefing.
5.00pm: Sprintcars to in-field –Engines Start, Hot Laps and Qualifying.
Heat Racing
C, B and A-Main. –

Saturday January 21, 2017:
9.00am – Public one night ticket sales commence at Warrnambool side ticket boxes.
9.00am – Pit Ticket Sales Commence, from Pit Ticket Box.
10.00am – The Standard Fan Appreciation Day at the Flying Horse Bar and Brewery between 10.00am and 12 noon.
Key Events:  Driver Interviews, Big Screen etc.
1.30pm: Gates open at venue for pre-paid ticket holders – one night sales cease until 2.00pm.
2.00pm: Walk Up Sales gates re-open.
2.00pm: Band Begins in Lucas Oil Live Site (behind Grandstand).
4.30pm: Drivers Briefing.
5.00pm: Band Completes Session
5.00pm: Sprintcars to in-field –Engines Start, Hot Laps and Qualifying.
Heat Racing
C, B and A-Main

Sunday January 22, 2017:
9.00am – Public one night ticket sales commence at Warrnambool side ticket boxes.
12.00pm – Pit Gates Open
1.30pm: Gates open at venue for pre-paid ticket holders – one night sales cease until 2.00pm.
2.00pm: Walk Up Sales gates re-open.
2.00pm: Band Begins in Lucas Oil Live Site (behind Grandstand).
4.00pm: Helicopter to arrive on-site.
4.30pm: Sprintcar Drivers Briefing.
4.50pm – Presentation prior to hot laps of Best Presented Car and Crew – Premier Speedway Maintenance Committee award – sponsored by R & M Security. And overall fastest qualifier over the two nights. Presentation of Alan Pollard Memorial.
5.00pm: Sprintcars to in-field –Engines Start.
5.50pm: National Anthem
6.10pm: Heat Racing
D Main, C Main and B Main’s.
Driver Intro’s from In-Field Stage.
A-Main:
Presentations:

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Qualifying Nights For the 45th Lucas Oil Grand Annual Sprintcar Classic

With entries now standing at 106 drivers and teams, the breakdown of who will qualify on which night at the 45th Lucas Oil Grand Annual Sprintcar Classic is keenly sought.

While late entries will still be considered, the list of 106 drivers, including 11 Americans, is a relative who’s who of Sprintcar Racing.

Former winners Jamie Veal (2016), Kyle Hirst (USA 2015), Steven Lines (2011-13), Ian Loudoun (2012), Shane Stewart (USA 2010), three time winners Brooke Tatnell (1995, 99 & 2009), Max Dumesny (1992, 94 and 2004) and Kerry Madsen (2005, 07 and 08) will all be looking to add little more silverware to their trophy cabinets!

Add to that list a Posse of America’s finest, with Hirst and Stewart to be joined by Terry McCarl, Greg Hodnett, Brad Sweet, Brian Brown, Cory Eliason, Dominic Scelzi, Harli White, Carson Macedo and 2016 Knoxville Nationals Champion Jason Johnson.

With every State and Territory represented across the weekend, defending Champion Jamie Veal will need to bring his best to Premier Speedway if he is to repeat his heroics of 2016, as James McFadden, Sam Walsh, Robbie Farr, Ian Madsen, David Murcott, Ben Atkinson, Grant Anderson and Co all strive to add their name to the Honour Roll for the first time.

With racing set to kick off on Friday night with Qualifying for the first 53 entrants, followed by eight heat races (TBC) and the all-important C, B and A-Mains, which will in 2017 carry passing points and increased points for the top five finishers, the need to race and racer hard every time a car hits the track will be paramount.

The breakdown of the Qualifying Nights is as follows:

45th Lucas Oil Grand Annual Sprintcar Classic Night 1 – Friday January 20, 2017:
A1    Kerry Madsen
ACT2    Ben Atkinson
S2    Craig Vanderstelt
W2    Brooke Tatnell
V3    Ian Loudoun
W3    Steven Lines
T7    Tim Hutchins
V10    Kyle Hirst
T14    Mark House
V14    Chris Rodda
W14    Jason Pryde
S15    Aidan Hall
Q16    Bryan Mann
NQ17    Luke Oldfield
W18    Scott Reilly
NQ21    Jordyn Brazier
USA21    Brian Brown
T22    Callum Zizek
Q23    Lachlan McHugh
V25    Jack Lee
W25    Taylor Milling
V28    Andrew Hughes
V34    Brenten Farrer
N36    Eddie Lumbar
S37    Terry Kelly
V37    Grant Anderson
W44    Ben Ellement
S45    Jake Tranter
V47    Tim Rankin
N48    Jackson Delamont
V48    Adam King
V51    Peter Milnes
N53    Jessie Attard
V57    Matt Dumesny
V60    Jordyn Charge
V61    Robert Nicholas
V70    John Vogels
S71    Sam Putland
S72    Chad Ely
V73    Charles Hunter
Q75    Darren Jensen
W77    Bradley Maiolo
V78    Chris Campbell
Q83    David Murcott
Q84    Steven Greer
V88    Greg Hodnett
ACT89    Braydon Willmington
V89    Jamie Heyen
V90    Corey McCullagh
N92    Sammy Walsh
S96    Brendan Guerin
N99    Carson Macedo
SA99    Brad Sweet
    
45th Lucas Oil Grand Annual Sprintcar Classic Night 2 – Saturday January 21, 2017:
USA00    Cory Eliason
USA1    Dominic Scelzi
V2    Domain Ramsay
S4    Lisa Walker
NQ5    Danny Reidy
V5    Max Dumesny
N7    Toby Bell-Bowen
NQ7    Robbie Farr
N10    Harli White-Hines
W12    Daniel Harding
ACT15    Harley Bishop
N16    Daniel Sayre
V17    Dennis Jones
W17    James McFadden
S19    Brad Keller
S20    Glen Sutherland
ACT21    Shaun Dobson
NT21    Chace Karpenko
V23    Jimmy Gardiner
S24    Ricky Maiolo
W26    Jason Johnson
V29    Terry McCarl
V35    Jamie Veal
Q36    Mitchell Gee
V36    Tim Van Ginneken
N38    Max Johnston
N44    Shane Sheedy
S44    Daniel Evans
V45    Daniel Pestka
N47    Marcus Dumesny
V50    Darren Clarke
V52    Darren Mollenoyux
Q54    Richard Morgan
V55    Ashley Scott
V58    Rhiannon Burleigh
Q59    Kevin Titman
S63    Ryan Jones
V64    David Aldersley
W66    Ian Madsen
V68    Shane Stewart
N71    Courtney O'Hehir
V72    Jake Smith
V74    Michael Cunningham
N75    Glen Saville
V77    Brayden Parr
N79    Peter Bourke
S81    Luke Dillon
V81    Robbie Paton
V91    Bradley Warren
S97    Matt Egel
W97    Mitchell Wormall
V98    Peter Doukas
W99    Jamie Maiolo

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Classic Entries Soar

As the deadline for pre-entries draws near, only late nominations for the 45th Lucas Oil Grand Annual Sprintcar Classic remain with a large field of teams having signaled their intent to be at Premier Speedway in just under two weeks.

Last start Eureka Garages and Sheds Series Winner Corey McCullagh was amongst a flood of entries that have arrived at the office of Premier Speedway in the past couple of days.

Joining McCullagh in the field will exciting Sydney Speedway regular Toby Bell-Bowen in the always immaculately presented Hog’s Breath Café N7 entry.

The Classic wouldn’t be quite as Classic without a Brazier in the house and in 2017 it is the son of 1993 Classic Champion Garry, who will fly the flag with Jordyn Brazier set to make the tow to Warrnambool aboard the Cobra Skip Bins NQ21 car.

Current Western Australian Sprintcar Champion Tim Van Ginneken will also be a part of the field with support from Steve Crabbe and SJ Crushing along with his conglomerate of Warrnambool based supporters including South West Conveyancing and Lowe’s Automotive.

Having qualified strongly for the Classic A-Main 12 months ago, Ben Atkinson will be a part of the strong Rocket Industries, Aeroflow backed two car assault on Classic weekend.

Atkinson’s record at the Classic is strong and he will be keen to replicate that form as he strives to add a Classic win to his already impressive resume.

Current World Series Sprintcars Contracted Driver Daniel Harding will also take his place in the field come January 20-22, 2017.

Harding who at times this season has shown that anything is possible, will be keen to take up the fight to some of his more fancied rivals for Jollygood Auto Electrics, Diesel Motors, Rentco and Valvoline.

Multi-time National 360 Sprintcar Champion Ryan Jones not only made the A-Main in 2016 but also peddled his way to an 11th place finish, which out of 123 cars, was an outstanding performance.

In 2017 he will return to the seat of the familiar S63 entry with support from Murray Machining and Sheds.

Having missed the Classic last season after a run of bad luck, Pakenham resident Bradley Warren will again be at the controls of the Bruce Stephens owned and backed V91 entry for Autobarn of Narre Warren.

Domain Ramsay will return from the Chili Bowl in Tulsa, Oklahoma in time to wheel the Indy Race Parts, Midwest Imports V2 as a part of the 100 plus car field.

A recent change in circumstance has seen Chad Ely take over the driving duties of the distinctive SA72 Starky’s Fiberglass entry for car owner Jamie Stark. Ely finished 18th in the C-Main last year and will be looking to make it a few rungs higher at the 45th running of the Classic.

Popular Deniliquin based driver Eddie Lumbar has only recently returned from injury, however that won’t deter the ageless Lumbar as he pilots the Steelpipes Australia backed N36 in his usual exciting fashion.

A Posse of emerging talent will also take to the battle ground that is Premier Speedway at Classic time with Jordyn Charge (Western Nissan V60), Jessie Attard (Supreme Poultry N53), Daniel Sayre (Aussie Fork Lifts N16) and Brayden Parr (Parr Motorsports V77) all making the trip to Warrnambool for the Classic.

Several the regular visitors to Premier Speedway in James Gardiner (Western Ag V23), Brenten Farrer (Frijtek V34) and Andrew Hughes (Hughes Plant V28) will be joined by Sam Putland (Cairns Coconut Resort S71) in the field.

In the coming says the final qualifying nights draw will be announced, with any intending drivers still yet to nominate asked to do so as promptly as possible.
 
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Sammy Rockets To The Classic With Murcott, Dobson and Co.

One of the hottest young drivers in the country at the moment, Sammy Walsh, has entered to take on the best of the best at the 45th Lucas Oil Grand Annual Sprintcar Classic, however judging by the latest group of entrants he no certainty to have things his own way.

Driving the distinctive Rocket Industries, Fleck Earthmoving, Aeroflow Performance Products N92, Walsh’s recent form has been more than encouraging having tasted victory at Sydney Speedway and then backing it up at Sungold Stadium with a second place finish to Jamie Veal in the 2nd Annual Max’s Race on December 17.

Having finished 16th in B-Main 2 in 2016, the resident of Orangeville, NSW will be looking to improve on that performance to lock the immaculately presented N92 into the A-Main come Sunday night of the Classic.

Walsh is set to have to fight all the way though with David Murcott joining the hard charging Walsh in the Classic field of 2017.

The two 2014 and 2015 Australian Champion will once again be campaigning the Dave Horrell, Eastcoast Logistics backed Q83 as he goes in search of what would be a maiden Classic triumph.

Having made the show and subsequently finishing 18th at last years Classic, Murcott will as always leave nothing to chance as he wheels the Inglis Race Engines powered machine around Premier Speedway for Mainline Dynalog Dynamometers, Vortex Heavy Vehicle Maintenance, Oval Express Magazine and Dryden Signs.

Murcott’s East Coast Logistics teammate Bryan Mann will also make the trek south for the Classic aboard the Q16 Queensland Speedway Spares, Performance Wholesale and Joe Gibbs Driven Race Oil Q16.

Mann managed a B-Main start in 2016, eventually being credited with a 6th place finish, just two spots shy of a transfer into the A-Main.

Another of the young guns who seemingly churn out consistent results week in week out is Jackson Delamont from Young in NSW.
 
Being no stranger to the Classic, Delamont will again utilise KRE power between the down tubes on the Mad Harry’s Steel N48 entry.

Having been consigned to the C-Main in 2016, Jackson will no doubt be looking to emulate some of his contempories as he eyes an A-Main start in a fortnights time at Premier Speedway.

Another of the real live wire racers is Tasmania’s Shaun Dobson who comes to the Classic looking to put the Essendon Ford, Quantum Quartz, Albert Road Store, Road and River Motorcycles, Castrol, Cool Chassis, Joinery Supplies Tasmania and Revolution Racegear ACT21 entry into the show.

With luck set to play a major part for all competitors throughout the course of the three nights, should it shine on Dobson the Sky is the Limit for the likable Tasmanian.

Having formed part of a two car team with Randy Hannagan in 2016, Mt. Gambier’s Ashley Scott will carry the flag solo style in 2017 for his father’s Ray Scott Racing Team.

With the support of Ray Scott Transport and the Sign Depot, Scott has at times produced some excellent qualifying and racing efforts, the Classic however will require all of the pieces of the puzzle to come together for the quietly spoken Scott to post a career best performance.

Another of the Northern States visitors to the Classic will be Queensland’s Kevin Titman. Having endured a tough Classic experience in 2016 the popular Titman will be aiming high for team supporters Maxwill Racing Engines, John Titman Racing, RHK and Cronin Excavations.

On the back of an A-Main start and a subsequent 21st place finish in 2016 and a very strong recent qualifying effort at Sungold Stadium during World Series Sprintcars the Classic should hold no fears for Simpson’s Tim Rankin.

Having seat hopped between the Mal Davis owned ACT 66 and his family owned V47, it is the Riverbank Stockfeeds, Mark Benton Farm Machinery Repairs, Gulf Western Oil, D & J Contracting Services, J & K Haulagem Cool Chassis and DK Race Parts V47 that gets the nod for Classic duty.

Another of the Eureka Sprintcar Series regulars Adam King finished 15th in C-Main 2 at last years Classic.

This year the driver of the Port City Engines, Allstar Graphics, Tri-Tech Lubricants will be looking to put the always immaculate V48 entry into contention on his qualifying night and from there anything is possible.

Hailing from Green Valley NSW, Peter Bourke (Penrite Oil, Carline Automotive Caringbah) will haul his N79 entry south to join Robbie Paton (Ab-Tech Plumbing and Excavation V81) and Robert Nicholas (Benalla Bus Lines, Snap On Tools Benalla, I.A.N Mobile Repairs V61) in the ultra competitive Classic line-up.  

All intending competitors are reminded that pre-entries close as of 5.00pm on Monday January 9, 2017. Late entries will incur a late entry fee from that point forward.

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Murcott Wins Wild World Series in Brisbane

Archerfield Speedway Media Release

Two-time national champ Dave Murcott led throughout the 30-lap feature event to win a raucous round 11 of the 2016/2017 World Series Sprintcar Championship at Ausdeck Patios Archerfield Speedway on Wednesday night (January 4). On a night that saw numerous spectacular incidents and some frayed tempers, Murcott avoided the mayhem and methodically went about securing his first WSS win for the season. Championship contender Jamie Veal narrowed the gap in his pursuit of series leader James McFadden with a runner-up finish, a result made somewhat sweeter by McFadden's demise on lap 21. World of Outlaws champion Donny Schatz finished in third spot ahead of Andrew Scheuerle and Luke Oldfield who, for the second meeting in a row, had to undertake an extensive rebuild following a heat race crash in order to take his place in the field.

Logan Schuchart finished sixth ahead of current Australian champion Kerry Madsen, who stormed through the field after starting 15th, with Brooke Tatnell, Bryan Mann and Daniel Harding completing the top ten in the 30-lap feature race presented by Performance Wholesale. Lucas Wolfe was next best ahead of Darren Jensen, Jack Lee, Andrew Wright and Callum Zizek.  Joining McFadden in the non-finishers club were Peter Lack, Californian gun Carson Macedo, Lachlan McHugh and Brent Kratzmann, whose frustration was understandable but not articulated particularly well in the aftermath of his spectacular exit with just six laps remaining.

On a track that was understandably soft given the amount of rain in Brisbane on the days prior to the event, it was Oldfield who best handled the conditions in time trials, stopping the clock at 11.496 to secure Revolution Racegear Fast Time. Veal (11.623) was second quickest ahead of Mann, Murcott and Kratzmann, with Callum Walker the last of the sub-12 runners, only to be stripped of his points for failing to take his car to scales immediately after his run against the clock. Harding, Lack, Schuchart and Tatnell completed the top ten. Schatz, Wright and Scheuerle were next best, with McFadden down the order in 19th and Madsen languishing back in 27th spot. Others to finish further down the order than expected included Wolfe (17th), McHugh (18th), Marcedo (23rd) and Mitchell Gee (25th).

The opening heat race saw Jensen begin his climb back up the overall order when he outgunned Wolfe, Schatz and Murcott.

Madsen was untroubled in winning heat two from the front row, downing McHugh and Schuchart in a race that ended Walker's night when whacked the main straight wall and flipped.

McFadden advanced from position five to win heat three, leading home Scheuerle and Brett Minett.

All four Americans hit the track together in a star-studded heat four, but it was Madsen who prevailed again, leading home Macedo, Schatz, Wolfe, Murcott, Veal and Schuchart.

McFadden also doubled up when he downed Jensen, Scheuerle and Gee in heat five, with Oldfield crashing heavily along the main straight to put his feature race prospects in jeopardy.

The final heat saw Dylan Menz produce his best performance in Sprintcar competition to grab a win over McHugh and Zizek. Both Bryan Mann and Brett Minett flipped out in separate incidents, but both would return to the track.

Jensen led for much of the B Main before Madsen pounced late in the race to secure the win, taking Jensen, Macedo, Wright, Lee and Zizek with him in transferring to the main event. Gee rode out another wild ride in his pursuit of a spot in the feature, with Paul Rooks also inverting after clashing with teammate Andrew Liebke in the final corner, a tangle that seemed unnecessary given that neither driver was in a transfer position at the time.  

Only seven drivers took part in the Pole Shootout with Oldfield still in the midst of effecting repairs to the Q17. It was Veal who emerged from the Gold round with pole position for the main event, to be joined on the front row by Murcott. Harding and Scheuerle would share row two, followed by McFadden, Schatz, Schuchart and Oldfield.

While many of those who struck trouble looked to blame the track or other drivers for their woes, the likes of Murcott, Veal and Schatz simply adapted to the conditions and got on with the job. Outpacing Veal into the first corner, Murcott hit the lead and never surrendered his ascendancy for the duration. Yet to win a feature race here despite his remarkable record of success elsewhere, Veal loomed large in his pursuit on a couple of occasions, but Murcott has completed plenty of laps of the Archerfield circuit and would not be denied. The race ran without interruption until lap 21 when 4th-placed McFadden collected the turn four wall. The ensuing restart only made it as far as the back straight before Lack and Macedo tangled and headed infield, to be joined by McHugh soon after when he clobbered the concrete and limped to the grass. The luckless Kratzmann was the final casualty, crashing out through turn four on lap 24 when a top-five result was looking likely.

World Series Sprintcars continues at Ausdeck Patios Archerfield Speedway this weekend with the prestigious 50-lap Australian Open over two nights of racing on Friday/Saturday (January 6 & 7).   

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Ian Madsen Amongst Latest Classic Entries

After yet another brilliant season plying his craft across the United States and at the famed Knoxville Raceway, Ian Madsen has returned to Australia for a stint behind the wheel of the Watson’s Express Transport W66 entry with a tilt at the 45th Lucas Oil Grand Annual Sprintcar Classic high on the agenda.

In 2016 Madsen was again prominent at Knoxville where he managed to finish third in the ultra-tough Knoxville Raceway Track Championship behind eventual winner Danny Lasoski and runner-up Brian Brown.

Despite only limited appearances with the World of Outlaws, Madsen was still good enough to finish 17th of the 419 drivers who accrued points throughout the season.

The hard charging Madsen’s performance on the final night of the Knoxville Nationals was also impressive with a run that saw him transfer to the 50-lap feature event via the B-Main, starting from position 23 before making his way through the field to finish inside the top 10 in ninth place.

His form since returning to Australia has also been strong with the Watson’s Transport Express machine having been strong amidst some stout competition in Sydney where Madsen has recorded two wins from his last four starts.

For his sojourn, south to the Classic, Madsen will enjoy the support of Watson’s Transport Express, Valvoline, Westcoast High Performance and WA Fuel Supplies.

Another of the Sydney Speedway regulars, Max Johnston, will also return to take on the three nights of the Classic with the likable native of Razorback NSW again set to take to the famed Warrnambool high banks aboard his familiar N38 entry.

The promotion savvy Johnston has several sponsors including Airplant Services, JMT Civil Contracting, Premier One Cleaning Products, LKI, The Kartworks, Off Axis Helmet Painting, Flair dancewear, Odell Bros. Farming, RPA, Active Vac, Camden Signs, Prompt Mowers and Simmons Civil, who will make his trip to the Classic and potentially an A-Main start a reality!

Having jumped between several rides so far, this season, Daniel Pestka will return to the familiar confines of the Camden Signage and Building Services, V45 for car-owner Dave Challons, Maxwill Motors, Essendon Ford and BR Motorsport.

Setting the bar high, Pestka will be looking to improve on his 24th place finish in the Sunday night A-Main from 2016.

Recently crowned Victorian Champion Aidan Hall from Gawler in South Australia will return to the scene of his greatest racing achievement, albeit with a much tougher assignment on the line come Classic time.

Rated by many very astute judges to be one of the best talents to emerge from South Australia in recent times, which is a massive compliment, Hall will be at the wheel of the South Australia 15 car with thanks to Automotive On-Site, Sailum Tires, L & M Paint and Panel, Speedliner, Seagrims Mechanical Services and Superior Cleaning Services.

Having been a regular visitor to Sungold Stadium in recent times, Western Australia’s Taylor Milling will return to Warrnambool for the first time this season aboard the Totally Work Wear Midland and Vic Park, Westralian Diamond Drillers W25 entry for Classic duty.

For so long a teammate to two-time Australian Champion James McFadden, Milling will be looking to improve on his 19th place finish in B-Main 1 from last January.

Another driver to have caught the attention of some highly-rated judges last summer was the pilot of the NT21 entry, Chace Karpenko.

At the completion of Darwin’s racing schedule, Karpenko loaded the Autosmart, HB Concrete, Bridge Toyota, Maley’s Solicitors, Sign City NT, Norton Abrasives, Mick’s Ally Fab, Opposite Lock Darwin and Lubrimaxx machine to Sydney where he has been super consistent.

Having finished mired (13th) in the second of the C-Mains last year, Karpenko will be keen to improve on that performance come January 20-22.

South Australia’s Lisa Walker has grabbed the opportunity provided to her by former World Series Contracted Star Wayne Rowett with both hands as she continues to learn the ropes of the Sprintcar caper.

Having displayed good car speed in her visits to Premier Speedway so far, this season, Walker simply needs an ounce of luck to make the journey with her at Classic time to potentially record a very strong result.

The diminutive Walker isn’t afraid to stand on the gas in the Murray Bridge Toyota, Action Line Marking, Kynoch Produce, Jolpac, Ennis-Flint and Edwardstown Powdercaoters SA4 entry and is sure to be a fan favorite.

Victoria’s Rhiannon Burleigh will join Walker and American Harli White-Hines in ‘Doing it For the Girls’ at the Classic with the former Junior Sedan graduate set to again be behind the wheel of the immaculately presented MDR Engineering, Mancine Cosmetics, Dawson’s Australia, Leahy Art Design, Ability Press, Lavner Engines and Peter Vorliceh Photography V58 entry.

Burleigh will be joined by another trip of Victorian’s headed up by Peter Milnes in the Wettenhalls Transport, Cinnabar Bakery and Total Fleet Imaging V51 entry. David Aldersley will also return to the Classic looking for a better result than was afforded he during the 2016 edition of the famed event, while Chris Campbell will also be looking for a career best performance aboard the V28 machine as backed by MAC Fire Systems and S & S Tyquin.

South Australia’s Brendan Guerin enjoyed a strong run at the 2016 Lucas Oil Grand Annual Sprintcar Classic and he will be looking to continue that upward form spike when he returns to Warrnambool in two weeks’ time.

Guerin managed a creditable 14th place finish in the B-Main which when considering there were initially 123 cars greet the starter, was a strong effort from th Century Batteries, Hi-Tec Oils, Mocare Australia, 7 Day Sparesm FK Australia and Silver City Motorcycles backed S44 entry.

The final entry of the current batch is Queensland’s Steve Greer who will make his maiden Classic appearance.

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SMEE MASTERS THE 66TH AGP
Official release: Speedcar Association of NSW
January 4, 2017

When describing the 66th running of the Australian Speedcar Grand Prix, it is hard to go past brilliant.

Nathan Smee outclassed a solid field and withstood a last lap pass by Darren Jenkins to take an emphatic win. His first career AGP.

The race started with Michael Stewart sitting on pole by virtue of winning the Dash earlier in the night. It was fair to say, too that Stewart would start the race as raging hot favourite. He showed that by setting off into the distance setting up a decent buffer over the rest of the field. Nathan Smee jumped into second and Darren Jenkins was third early in the race.

Ironically, all eyes weren’t on the front running trio till late in the race as the battle raged with around six cars including Matt Jackson, Michael Jordan, Adam Wallis and Tony Abson battling lap after lap for position. Mark Brown and West Aussie Lee Redmond were also staging their own battle for supremacy just outside the top three.

A caution after twelve laps saw the unfortunate demise of Reagan Angel, however another caution with around twelve laps to go is really what set up the final thrilling finish.

Darren Jenkins stormed past Stewart with only a handful of laps remaining, as did Smee. This left both Smee and Jenkins to fight it out. Four laps from home Smee clawed his way past Jenkins, but it wasn’t over by a long shot. As the cars took the white flag, Jenkins got past Smee, only for Smee to return serve on the last corner. As the cars raced to the line, fans were left in awe as less than two tenths of a second separated them as they crossed the line. Smee got the nod, only just over Jenkins and Michael Stewart was left wondering what could have been but still outstanding in third.

Matt Jackson finished fourth after a late race excursion off the track set him back, Lee Redmond placed fifth and Mark Brown finished sixth. Kaidon Brown did a great job finishing seventh followed by Queenslander Scott Doyle, Michael Jordan, Anthony Chaffy, Brett Ireland and Troy Jenkins came home in twelfth.

Tony Abson was next followed by Don Mackay, Gary Rooke, Jeremy Evans, Jay Hall, Cal Whatmore and Andy Hassan was the final finisher.

Non finishers were Clint Leibhardt, Reid Mackay, Adam Wallis, Robert Mackay and Reagan Angel.

Six heats were run during the night with wins going to Adam Wallis, Lee Redmond, Nathan Smee, Michael Stewart and Mark Brown was victorious in both of his heats.

As mentioned, Michael Stewart won the dash and Don Mackay took out the B-Main.

The next event for the Speedcar Association of NSW is Saturday, February 11 at Valvoline Raceway.

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World Series Showdown for Madsen and Schatz

Archerfield Speedway Media Release

The last time World Series Sprintcars visited Ausdeck Patios Archerfield Speedway in November, the contracted stars were handed a hiding by local ace Luke Oldfield and when the series returns to Brisbane this Wednesday night (January 4), those chasing the WSS championship are going to be faced with any even tougher proposition with Oldfield being joined by no less than World of Outlaws champion Donny Schatz, Australian champ Kerry Madsen and three more American stars in Logan Schuchart, Lucas Wolfe and Carson Macedo, along with 20 more locals determined to emulate Oldfield, who remains the only non-contracted Australian driver to win a round of the championship so far this season.  

Since the November event, Oldfield has continued a run of success that culminated with a stunning win over Schatz here on Sunday evening despite a crash earlier in the night. In addition to the highly-credentialed American quartet, Wednesday night's action will see Oldfield take on drivers from five states and territories in his bid for repeat WSS wins. Current WSS points leader James McFadden returns to Archerfield on the back of some red hot form during the Speedweek portion of the WSS championship and, having finished second here in November, he will be looking to expand his advantage over his championship adversaries with another strong result. For defending champion Jamie Veal, the only man now likely to deny McFadden a third WSS crown, Archerfield has not been the scene of much success and he really needs to find his way to victory lane to give his championship defence a timely boost.

Of the other WSS teams hauling to Brisbane for the event, Brooke Tatnell is obviously the most successful with nine WSS championship wins to his name, but WA's Daniel Harding performed very strongly here at his last appearance with a third-place finish behind Oldfield and McFadden. However, the inclusion of Madsen in the field brings an extra dimension to the event and sets up a fantastic stoush between the Australian champion and the man widely acknowledged as the best in the world. A Madsen versus Schatz showdown is a mouth-watering proposition and Archerfield Speedway is the only place where such a clash will take place in Australia this season. Although beaten on Monday night, Schatz was at his sublime best and he will rise to the challenge of taking on Australia's most accomplished drivers. In fact, given the history of success that the other Americans bring to the event, an international clean sweep of the podium is a distinct possibility.

Drivers from every Australian state are nominated, including two-time national champion David Murcott and fellow Victorian Jack Lee, South Australian Glen Sutherland, Northern Territory's Chris Harrison, Tasmanian youngster Callum Zizek, West Australia's Jason Pryde and the NSW-based duo of Andrew Wright and Brayden Willmington. Needless to say, the local line-up that awaits them includes our very best Sprintcar exponents, with Andrew Scheuerle, Lachlan McHugh, Mitchell Gee, Peter Lack, Bryan Mann, Brent Kratzmann and Darren Jensen in the field and determined to etch their name into the WSS history books.

In addition to the stellar Sprintcar line-up, the mighty Midgets are also out in force for the latest round of their Polar Ice Track Championship, with three-time national champion Adam Clarke taking on New Zealand hotshoe Chris Gwilliam and another 18 drivers. The field includes Queensland championship winners Rusty Whittaker, Mark George and Michael Harders, who is fresh from a win in Toowoomba on New Year's Eve, plus Darren Vine, Troy Ware, Charlie Brown, Brendan Palmer, Brock Dean and Adam Wallis in what is the strongest field for a Polar Ice round so far this season.

Gates open at 4.00pm (3.30pm for online ticketholders) and early racing gets underway from 4.45pm. World Series Sprintcar time trials will kick off at 5.30pm and the main program roars into action from 6.00pm. For more information, follow Archerfield Speedway on Facebook or head to the track website at www.brisbanespeedway.com.au to purchase online tickets and secure early entry.
 
World Series Sprintcars round 11 nominations: Andrew Corbet, Andrew Liebke, Andrew Scheuerle, Andrew Wright, Braydan Willmington, Brent Kratzmann, Brett Minett, Brooke Tatnell, Bryan Mann, Callum Zizek, Carson Macedo, Chris Harrison, Daniel Harding, Darren Jensen, David Murcott, Donny Schatz, Dylan Menz, Glen Sutherland, Jack Lee, James McFadden, Jamie Veal, Jason Pryde, Kerry Madsen, Lachlan McHugh,  Logan Schuchart, Lucas Wolfe, Luke Oldfield, Mitchell Gee, Paul Rooks, Peter Lack

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Speedweek Winners, Former Classic Champs Return and More!

As the teams travel north to continue the sojourn that is World Series Sprintcars, the 2016-17 Speedweek Champion has been crowned while a popular South Aussie also claimed the Privateers Cup as more big names continue to roll in for the 45th Lucas Oil Grand Annual Sprintcar Classic!

On a night that saw Sungold Stadium, Premier Speedway, Warrnambool reveal that it still can have a slightly nasty streak, James McFadden put on a display in front of large audience that yet again confirmed just how talented the pilot of the Milwaukee Tools Monte Motorsport W17 is.

On a fast and demanding race surface McFadden made the most of his front row starting position to out duel defending World Series Sprintcars Champion Jamie Veal and claim a third win for the week, a result that could quite easily been four wins from four completed rounds except for some misfortune at Avalon on December 30.

McFadden’s win confirmed his standing as the World Series Sprintcars Speedweek Champion adding another $10,000 to his week’s winnings!

Veal did enough to hang onto second, a position he held for the entire 35-lap journey as Brad Keller displayed his talents behind the wheel of the S19 entry to claim an impressive third place finish.

Steven Lines survived some epic mid pack battles to finish fourth and claim the $3,000.00 bonus as the highest placed non-contracted team throughout Speedweek, a result that saw him finish second overall, just ahead of another of the Privateers, Luke Dillon, who again showed his consistency throughout the week.

Third place in the Privateers Cup went the way of the Diamond Bay Motorsports Team and current Knoxville Nationals Champion Jason Johnson.

Johnson finished fifth on Sunday night and was followed home by Dillon, Darren Mollenoyux, Matthew Reed, Brooke Tatnell and Jake Tranter.

While the large crowd on hand witnessed an exciting night of racing, most will still be keeping a keen eye on the entry list for the Grand Annual Sprintcar Classic, which continues to grow.

The latest batch of entries includes not one but two American Classic Champions.

Shane Stewart the 2010 Champion and two-time runner up is set to return to Classic duty along with 2015 Champion and perennial crowd favorite Kyle Hirst who will re-unite with Kyneton based car owner Michael Cunningham to form the second part of the two car PRP Engineering team.

Stewart will make his Classic return at the wheel of the Brett Milburn owned V68 entry, in what potentially is a potent combination.

Hirst and Cunningham will not only enjoy the support of PRP Engineering but also the backing of Penrite Oil and CGDM.

Having finished fourth in 2016, Hirst would dearly love to add a second Classic crown to his resume, on the back of what was another stout season in his native California in the King of the West Sprintcar Series.

Stewart, whose day job it is to pilot the sublime Larson Marks number 2 on the legendary World of Outlaws Tour will campaign a familiar Cool Chassis with the support of Essendon Mitsubishi and Parr Motorsports.

A sixth-place finish in the driver standings in 2016 was reward for a season that produced an impressive tally of eight World of Outlaws feature race wins for Stewart as his fledgling team continued to find its feet on the toughest Sprintcar proving ground in the World.

With Milburn set to provide all he needs to be successful, it would not surprise to see Stewart produce the types of performances we became accustomed to seeing as he wheeled his way around Australia for car owners such as Bill Mann, Luch Monte and Colin Bulmer.

Having finished 16th in the A-Main at the 44th running of the Classic last January, Simpson’s John Vogels will again be looking to put the distinctively familiar Mainline Dynalog Dynamometers V70 into the big dance again in 2017.

Vogels form has been impressive, albeit without any luck, so far this season, so it wouldn’t surprise to see the Lucas Oil, D & J Contracting, Vogels Motors, Ace Body Corporate Management Cool in amongst the action when the whips are cracking again come Classic Sunday!
Livewire South Aussie Jake Tranter has invested many hours on the road as he goes in search of additional seat time and racing experience so far throughout the 2016-17 season.

Having knocked on the door of an A-Main appearance in 2016 (finishing 14th in the B-Main), Tranter may just be the Classic wild card of 2017, flying under the radar to secure a coveted A-Main start.

The S45 of Tranter will be adorned with the sponsorship decals of East Coast Logistics, Battery World, NATRAD Radiators and Auto Air as well as Sunnyside Instant Lawn for his visit to Sungold Stadium from January 20 to 22.

Another driver to have found himself in the B-Main in 2016 was Morwell’s Dennis Jones, with the pilot of the DJE CNC Machining, Sandvik, Gatts Panel Works Transall Motors, OMT and the Weld Spot backed V17 set to return to the Classic on the back of some good recent form.

The much travelled and hugely experienced Darren Jensen will make the long haul from his Queensland base for his seemingly annual trip south for the Classic.

For so long a part of the furniture with the travelling World Series Sprintcars Tour, Jensen will again utilise some potent KRE Horsepower as he looks to better his C-Main result of 2016.

Joining KRE Race Engines in the Jensen camp will be BHR Fabrications, Cometic, Valvoline, Dryden Signs, Bolt King and Thermal Edge Coatings.

Matt Egel aboard the Downing Brothers S97 orange rocket had a Classic he would prefer to forget in 2016, so it goes without saying that the hard charging Egel will be looking to stamp his class on the field over the three nights of competition.

With Mainline Dynalog Dynamometers, National Karate, Moore Mechanical, Vin’s Buses and Regency Screens all throwing their support behind the cause, all the South Aussie based team needs is that element of luck to see them prosper this time around.

Charles Hunter, the son of the legendary Victorian hard–charger Butch Hunter, continues the family tradition of campaigning competitive equipment on a shoe-string budget, an effort that has seen the likable Hunter become somewhat of a fan favorite in Victoria.

Having finished a creditable 11th in C-Main 2 in 2016, Hunter will no doubt take it one event at a time as he goes in search of an improved 2017 result for his supporters R.A.K Davis and Sons Cartage Contractors, AAC Electrical and Telecommunications, Auspac Exhausts, Parr Motorsports and Brand FX.

Tasmania’s Callum Zizek, will fly the flag for the Apple Isle as he launches his 2017 Classic campaign aboard the DB Goodyer Developments and MK Excavations T22 entry,

Zizek missed the 2016 Classic and will be another the young guns looking to take it right up to some of their more experienced rivals this year.

The S37 of Terry Kelly has shown excellent car speed at times throughout the season thus far and after failing to qualify in 2016 and with an increased racing program of late, Kelly could well be one of the big improvers in 2017.

With a plethora of support coming from Inland Crane Hire Mildura, Bridgestone Mildura, Snap-On Mildura, Parsons Diesel Services, Artworx Mildura, Kamstra Rock and Soil Drilling along with Sunraysia Pipes and Products, Kelly will be ready to stand on the gas when the green flag drops of January 20.

Another South Aussie Daniel Evans aboard the Chris Evans Transport and Scott’s Electrical SA44 machine and Victoria’s Harley Bishop in the Lucas Oil and Kerbrider Kart Centre ACT15 will also take their place in the Classic field – all primed to try and make the final cut of 24 starters for the Sunday night A-Main event.

The 2017 45th Lucas Oil Grand Annual Sprintcar Classic will be supported by the KRE Race Engines, The Lady Bay Resort, Oval Express Magazine and GJ Gardner Homes.

Despite the steady flow of entries all intending competitors are reminded that pre-entries close on Monday January 9, 2017 with a late nomination fee to be incurred thereafter.

Copies of the 2017 Lucas Oil Grand Annual Sprintcar Classic entry form have been forwarded to the 2016 entrants while a PDF version is available for download from the Premier Speedway website www.premierspeedway.com.au

Both three night and individual night tickets are available on-line via www.premierspeedway.com.au, while single night tickets will also be available on the specific race days from 9am at the Warrnambool side ticket box on the day of the event.

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The Eureka Sprintcar Series Returns to Heartland Raceway

By Ian Vale

Round eight of the Eureka Garages & Sheds Sprintcar Series heads to the big wide open spaces of the Heartland Raceway venue this Saturday night with a healthy list of nominations that will see all the main players in the Series in action plus USA driver Kyle Hirst making his first appearance in Australian for this season driving for the PRP Organisation.

With round seven of the Eureka Series that was scheduled to run at Simpson Speedway being washed out the drivers are ready to resume their battle in the Series.

Many of the drivers nominated for this weekend competed in the a few rounds of the World Series Sprintcar competition with over the past week with some very creditable performances.

Glen Sutherland heads the points table from Tim Van Ginneken and Brett Milburn, both Tim and Brett had mixed fortunes in the early part of the Series but both drivers are right back in the game after Avalon’s round six of the Series where Tim stormed home to second place just missing the feature win while Brett came home in third with Dennis Jones taking a well deserved fourth place.

Charles Hunter is in good form this season with many good performances although the opening round of the Series which was at Heartland Raceway was a poor night by Charles’s standards he is sure to be right in the mix this Saturday night.

Grant Anderson is a regular visitor to Heartland Raceway and he is always a big threat when he runs there.

The young guns Jordyn Charge and Brayden Parr have been opening peoples eye’s with their strong performance in the Series. The sportsmanship between these two drivers shone at Avalon Raceway in the World Series event when Brayden qualified into the A Main only to suffer mechanical problems that would put him out of the race. Jordyn and the V60 Westside Nissan Team quickly offer Brayden their car so he could be in the WSS main event. After having to start from 20th place Brayden brought the V60 machine home in 13th with a great drive in the unfamiliar equipment and he was quick to thank Jordyn and the his farther Mark for giving him the opportunity.

One of the Series regulars Jye Okeeffe was up to second place in the Series points only to be involved in a nasty crash in round six that will see him on the side lines for some time.

South Australia’s Glen Sutherland in the S20 Gambier Earthmover car had the lead of the Eureka Garages & Sheds A Main at round one of the Series at Heartland only to make a small mistake that saw him having to settle for second place at the venue once again, Glen will want to protect his Series points lead but a win at Heartland Raceway will be something he wants to tick of his bucket list.  

Another driver that very much likes the Heartland Venue is Brenten Farrer, Brenten had to come from position eleven in the B Main in round one to qualify for the Eureka A Main event and he then drove thru the field to finish in fifth place. A top six start in the A Main this weekend could put him in as one of the main contenders for a feature win.

Micheal Cunningham recently returned to racing after being on the sidelines due to an injury but this did not stop him from preparing the V10 Pennzoil, PRP Engineering car for the likable American Kyle Hirst for his down under campaign thru the month of January. Kyle is no strangers to the Australian soil and has driven for the PRP team previously before driving for the Monte Motorsports Team last Season.

Kyle will have to be one of the favourites for this event. Warrnambool’s Corey McCullagh is a top three contender as well, Brett Milburn, Dennis Jones, Tim Van Ginneken, Grant Anderson, Brenton Farrer along with Glen Sutherland are in the main contenders bag.

The Solomon brother of Chris and Paul are back in the Eureka Garage & Sheds Series for this round as is Eddie Lumbar who is retuning after a leg injury, David Aldersley, West Aussie Scott Reilly will be in the field along with lady racer Rhiannon Burleigh, David McKay, Sam Wren, Jacob Smith, Terry Kelly, Brad Warren are just some to the drivers nominated for what will be another tough night of competition at Heartland Raceway for this round of the Series.  

So far the Eureka Garages & Sheds Series has completed six rounds and there have been six different winners, could we see yet another new name added at the completion of this weekend event?

Heartland Raceway Echuca / Moama for round eight of the Eureka Garages & Sheds Sprintcar Series round 6 to be conducted at Avalon Raceway on Boxing Day Saturday the 7th of January 2017. On track action will commence at approximately 5.45 pm.

Eureka Garages and Sheds Series – KTM Top 10:
1st – Glen Sutherland - 2134
2nd – Tim Van Ginneken - 1972
3rd – Brett Milburn - 1936
4th – Jye Okeeffe -1868
5th – Corey McCullagh - 1840
6th – Dennis Jones - 1710
7th – David Murcott - 1701
8th – John Vogels - 1665
9th – Jacob Smith - 1597
10th – Sam Wren – 1471

Western Nissan
(End of Series random draw between 11th & 20th place)
11th – Brayden Parr - 1441
12th – Brad Warren - 1431
13th – Charles Hunter - 1393
14th – Peter Doukas - 1393
15th – Jordyn Charge - 1388
16th – Adam King - 1327
17th – Scott Reilly - 1127
18th – Terry Kelly - 1120
19th – David McKay 1108
20th – Tim Rankin - 1091

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MICHAEL STEWART TAKES THRILLING NEW YEAR SPEEDCAR MAIN EVENT
Official release: Speedcar Association of NSW
January 3, 2017

Michael Stewart could not have found a better way to start 2017 after taking a thrilling Speedcar main event at Valvoline Raceway on Monday night.

Stewart had to fight hard for the win though as the top five battled it out for the lead. Stewart led home Mr. Consistent Matthew Jackson and Reid Mackay, who has really found some top form.

The race was red flagged after just three laps when the luckless Jordan Mackay had an axle snap in turns three and four, sending the young driver into a vicious series of flips. Thankfully he emerged A-OK. The only other incident in the main event occurred on lap six when Kaidon Brown lightly tipped over, also in turns three and four. Sadly for Brown, there was too much damage to continue.

Following the top three home was Queenslander Scott Doyle and fifth was Jay Hall. A special mention must go to Hall who withstood the challenge from the cars behind him for the opening nine circuits.

Matt Hunter finished sixth ahead of Mark Brown who was making his comeback on this night, Gary Rooke, Michael Jordan and Adam Wallis rounded out the top ten.

Tony Abson was eleventh, ahead of Jack Black, Bob Jackson, South Australian Brett Ireland, Dan Biner, Queenslander Cal Whatmore, South Australian Clint Leibhardt, Don Mackay, Alan Day and Jamie Hall was the final placed finisher.

Non finishers were Kaidon Brown, Andy Hassan, Trevor Malouf and Jordan Mackay,

Six exciting heat races were run on a super-fast Valvoline Raceway surface. Wins went to Stewart, Hall, Mark Brown, Michael Jordan, Hassan and Matt Jackson. The B-Main transferees were Don Mackay, Tony Abson, Alan Day and Clint Leibhardt.

The next event is the Speedcar Association of NSW is scheduled for tonight, January 3 for the running of the 66th Australian Speedcar Grand Prix.

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66th AUSTRALIAN SPEEDCAR GRAND PRIX FOR SPEEDCARS AND DEVIN'S DOMINATION IN LATE MODELS

Official release: Valvoline Raceway

January 2, 2017

Tomorrow night's Valvoline Raceway event is very much a "Two-for Tuesday" with two fantastic race categories co-headlining, plus the Wingless Sprints and Fender Benders.

The time-honored 66th Australian Speedcar Grand Prix has attracted a stellar field of NSW Speedcar stars and a smattering of interstate talent to create an 'anyone can win this' situation for both those entered and watching from the stands.

The return of Nathan Smee in the Brett Thomas Illuminated Industries #69 is a major boost for the race as is the welcome introduction of VR regular Queenslander Anthony Chaffey (who is also the defending AGP champion) and 2016/2017 Sydney first timers Victorian Andy Pierce and West Australian Lee Redmond.

Redmond will fly in and fly out with excitement looming for his impending debut at the famed Chili Bowl in Oklahoma USA from January 10.

"I can't think of a better way to prepare for the Chili Bowl than running in the AGP at Parramatta the week before," smiles the versatile Redmond who is running Sprintcars and Speedcars back in his home state, "it's a great field in Sydney and I'm excited about running."

NSW drivers contesting the 66th AGP in with a shot at title glory include Matt Jackson, Michael Stewart, Bob Jackson, Matt Hunter, Darren and Troy Jenkins, Michael Jordan, multi AGP Champion Mark Brown, Gary Rookie and Reagan Angel to name only a few.

A 'special guest' on Tuesday night will be a sixty-year-old AGP trophy!

The 1956 winners trophy, won by Englishman Bill Reynolds will be on display thanks to AGP and trophy custodian Terry King.

The stunning old goblet will receive a polish and facelift soon but was graciously loaned to Valvoline Raceway for tomorrow night.

The return of American Late Model throttle bender Devin Moran has the pits and the stands buzzing after his simply incredible display last Wednesday night.

Moran simply thrashed the field in his second heat and dominated the main event in his Nicastri-owned ACM Parts #3 but to his great credit Sydney veteran Darryl Grimson never let the Ohio speedster too far out of his sight.

Central Coast gun Ryan Fenech was also impressive in his beloved #29 Tumbi Tyres entry and will relish the chance to have another crack at the pair who led him home on Wednesday night.

Throw in QLD Champion Nick Girdlestone (hoping to avenge a horror night on Wednesday) Indiana USA racer Jason Smith, David Robertson, Bruce Mackenzie, Nathan Disney, Jessica Cassidy, David Doherty (hoping to avenge a disappointing Wednesday by his own standards) Todd Bayley and Ben Nicastri to name only a few and you have a very impressive lineup.

Another huge field of Wingless Sprints is entered and after a typically hectic night of action on Wednesday night when Dubbo veteran Mark Blyton looks to score back to back wins.

Gates open at 2pm, with cars on track for hot laps at 5.15pm

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Oldfield and Britten Blitz Archerfield

Archerfield Speedway Media Release

Having upstaged Australia's finest earlier this season in a round of World Series Sprintcars, Luke Oldfield has now beaten the world's best Sprintcar driver with a stunning drive to victory in round eight of the East Coast Logistics Track Championship at Ausdeck Patios Archerfield Speedway on Monday night (January 1). In a remarkable performance given his #17 Lucas Oils Cool lay crumpled and twisted earlier in the night after a heat race altercation, Oldfield climbed from position seven to become the fourth different driver to lead during the 35-lap event and then withstood the best efforts of World of Outlaws champion Donny Schatz in the closing moments to score a memorable win.

Schatz was sensational again, advancing from ninth on this occasion with another display of precision passing on a challenging track, but Oldfield proved one hurdle too many and he finished less than half a second shy of another visit to victory lane.  Having led the more laps than anybody else after wresting the lead from Lachlan McHugh on lap 15, current track champ Andrew Scheuerle was left ruing what might have been after falling behind both Oldfield and Schatz in the closing moments of the race. McHugh finished fourth ahead of Bryan Mann, Peter Lack and Allan Woods, who started the event from pole position and led the first 10 laps before succumbing to McHugh's advances. The Pennsylvania-based pair of Lucas Wolfe and Logan Schuchart were next in line, with Darren Jensen rounding out the top ten.

The Dirt Modified Paul Britten Memorial feature race also proved to be the most memorable of events as Australian champ Kevin Britten barnstormed his way from the back row of the grid to score a remarkable win in the race that honours his father. Suffering a flat tyre on lap two, Andrew Pezzutti's race looked over before it really began, however the former national champion opted to continue and he somehow manhandled his #25 with sufficient finesse to finish second, having led through the middle stages of the race. Mitchell Randall, who inherited the lead when Lee McKinnell spun himself out of contention, led for more than 15 laps until succumbing to Pezzutti and then Britten for a third-place finish. David Clark and Scott Cannon rounded out the first five and, with only half of the field still circulating at the completion of the 44 laps, it was Kevin Stow who secured sixth spot ahead of Trent Schofield, Nick Knott and David Blanch.

Bouncing back from a big crash just two nights earlier, Mitchell Gee stopped the clock at 11.824 in Sprintcar qualifying to secure KRE Fast Time. McHugh was next quickest ahead of Woods, Scheuerle, Oldfield and Brent Kratzmann, with Wolfe the best of the Americans in 12th position. Schatz was sitting further back in 19th overall, while Schuchart was hampered by a misfire that had him languishing in 28th.

Heat winners were Schatz (2), Oldfield, Brock Dean, James Grady and Brett Minett.

Despite scoring maximum points in time trials, Gee found himself in the B main after failing to finish either of his heats. Not surprisingly, he proved too pacey for the rest of the field and took out the 15-lapper in advance of Schuchart, who started deep in the field, with Maroske and Tasmania's Callum Zizek also securing a place in the feature race field.

The Lucas Oils Dash mixed things up a bit with McHugh, as top qualifier, inverting the first six to put Woods in pole position. Woods embraced the opportunity and led throughout to also start from pole in the feature. McHugh, Brent Kratzmann, Titman, Scheuerle, Murcott, Oldfield and Jensen completed the field.

The opening laps of the feature race saw Woods shoot to the front and lead the field through the opening laps with McHugh in pursuit. On lap 10, McHugh moved ahead of Woods, but only until held sway until Scheuerle demoted both of them five laps later. The race ran without interruption until lap 28 when Murcott and Gee, who had advanced from 15th to fourth, tangled and stopped in turn two. Further incidents, including a spin by Murray in turn three and a turn four stacks-on that put Murcott, Zizek and Titman on the infield, disrupted the closing stages of the race that saw both Oldfield and Schatz move ahead of Scheuerle. Although Mann and Lack also relegated Woods, neither made much impression on the lead trio, but are no doubt happy to have beaten both Wolfe and Schuchart to the chequer. Behind Jensen came Brent Kratzmann, Gee, Whell, Maroske and Murray to complete the finishers.

Whilst missing a few of the nominated competitors, 19 Dirt Modifieds fronted for competition to tackle one of the most prestigious and gruelling races of the year in the Paul Britten Memorial.

Britten, McKinnell, Garry Wathen and Trent Schiofield shoired the spoils in the heat races

Britten was a cut above the pack in the Pole Shootout, finishing four seconds clear of McKinnell, Clark, Wathen, Bruggy and Schofield after just 6 laps. However, at the completion of the race all six drivers were offered the challenge of starting from the back of the grid in the feature for the chance to collect an additional $1000 should they emerge victorious. Britten, Clark, Wathen and Bruggy accepted the challenge, leaving McKinnell to start from pole position with Schofield alongside.

It was McKinnell who led the opening laps but, in what proved to be a somewhat karmic series of events, both he and Schofield would spin themselves out of contention, leaving Randall at the front of the field with the three-wheeling Pezzutti in pursuit. Bruggy was the first of the backmarkers to make inroads on the leaders, but the 18th-starting Britten was making some big moves high on the track and looking ominous. Randall held sway until lap 23 when Pezzutti pounced with what looked to be a winning pass, especially when he remained in command at the 40-lap mark.  However, Britten was resolute in his determination and exacting in his execution as he pounced late in the race to round up both Randall and Pezzutti and score a remarkable win.    

In the Lightning Sprints Silver Cup, Australian champion Kurt Wilson was untroubled in the 20-lap feature event, moving into the lead on lap four and expanding his advantage with each circulation to ultimately finish more than six seconds clear of Dave Fanning at the fall of the chequer. Having emerged unscathed from an opening lap tangle with Keith Blatch for which she was banished to the rear of the field, Kirsty Kelly had climbed back to third by races end, slipping under Jason George in the final turn.

Randy Morgan dominated proceedings in the Formula 500 Junior events with three wins, while the other went to Nick Hodges.    

Ben Robertson won the Open Sedan B feature and it was Wayne Kirkman who triumphed in the A feature.

The next meeting at Ausdeck Patios Archerfield Speedway is this Wednesday night (January 4) when World Series Sprintcars returns, plus the Polar Ice Midget Track Championship and Compact Speedcars.

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MADSEN MEN MAKE IT HISTORIC NSW 1-2
Official release: Valvoline Raceway
December 30, 2016

Ian Madsen pulled off a stunning last restart win in the 2016/2017 USC NSW Sprintcar Championship to lead home brother Kerry in second place and American Kyle Larson in third, along the way sealing an historic Sydney 1-2 in the process.

Ian netted his second NSW Championship win driving the Watsons Express Transport #66 by sliding Kyle Larson with three to go in turn one on the final restart.

"I wasn't expecting Ian there," Larson explained, "I thought the #22 was behind me and so I wasn't really expecting a slider. Credit to Ian he drove a good race to get by me."

Madsen was elated for his team.

"I can't thank my boys enough," he smiled, "we didn't really have a handle on this car the last two nights but tonight we really got it rolling. I'm really happy we can win this title for Robert Watson, the Watson family and the crew."

Kerry Madsen was hectic in the last few laps as his Keneric #1 came on gangbusters within the last fifteen laps.

Kerry came from the eighth row of the grid whilst Ian zoomed from the fifth to score what many believe is the first Parramatta podium the pair have shared.

Kasey Kahne claimed fifth behind the ultra consistent of late James Thompson who came from the fourth row to claim fourth place in his #22 Blacktown Scrap Metal entry.

Brad Sweet screamed from the tenth row to an eventual sixth place finish to miss the chance for his third consecutive podium finish in as many events at VR.

Robbie Farr came from eleventh to seventh, Sammy Walsh faded from the front row to an eventual eighth ahead of Max Dumesny in ninth and Grant Anderson rounding out the ten.

Matt Smith had his best night to date for some time going into the A-Main starting on the second row but would wind up running eleventh ahead of 2005 NSW Champion Troy Little in twelfth, Max Johnston hustled the #38 Airplant entry from the last spot on the grid to a solid thirteenth ahead of Grant Tunks fourteenth and Jackson Delamont coming from 22nd to fifteenth.

A-Main finishing positions

1. Ian Madsen started 10th
2. Kerry Madsen started 15th
3. Kyle Larson started pole
4. James Thompson started 7th
5. Kasey Kahne started 3rd
6. Brad Sweet started 20th
7. Robbie Farr started 11th
8. Sam Walsh started 2nd
9. Max Dumesny started 13th
10. Grant Anderson started 12th
11. Matt Smith started 4th
12. Troy Little started 9th
13. Max Johnston started 24th
14. Grant Tunks started 14th
15. Jackson Delamont started 22nd
16. Lynton Jeffrey started 17th
17. Warren Ferguson started 8th
18. Carson Macedo started 21st
19. Jay Waugh started 23rd
20. Ben Atkinson started 6th
21. Toby Bellbowen started 18th
22. Shaun Dobson started 5th
23. Alex Orr started 19th
24. Marcus Dumesny started 16th

Qualifying Top Ten from 55 cars

1. Troy Little 12.275
2. Kyle Larson 12.288
3. Kasey Kahne 12.317
4. Ben Atkinson 12.360
5. Max Dumesny 12.445
6. Ian Madsen 12.447
7. James Thompson 12.463
8. Lynton Jeffrey 12.494
9. Sam Walsh 12.524
10. Toby Bellbowen 12.526

Heat Race winners included Kasey Kahne, Kyle Larson, Shaun Dobson and Matt Smith.

The Pole Shootout was won by Kyle Larson but not before Sam Walsh had come from the first battle until the last moving from the fourth row of the grid to the first row.

The C-Main was won by Daniel Sayre from fellow transferee Steve Greer followed by AJ Nash, Jeff Lawler, Damien Hart, Jack Lee, Adam Hourigan, Jesse Attard, Danny Vassall and Kaitlyn Anthony rounding out the ten.

The B-Main was a confidence-boosting win for Californian Carson Macedo in the Sean and Felicity Dyson KPC over Jackson Delamont, Jay Waugh and Max Johnston picking up the final transfer spot to the A-Main.

Ohio Late Model devastator Devin Moran was in a mean mood in the 3-99 Motorsports Barry Wright entry as he stormed to victory in the A-Main.

Moran literally thrashed the field in his second heat race after an initially ginger 'feel my way' session in the first heat.

The Ohio based steerer who starts with a full time ride in the Late Model World of Outlaws when he returns home accounted for a determined Darryl Grimson in second place and Ryan Fenech in third.

"I really enjoyed racing here tonight," Moran explained later, "my brother Tristan was my crew chief tonight and we could really move around on this race track. It was a fun track to race on."

Second placed Grimson paid tribute to his younger adversary.

"He's very quick isn't he," smiled the Sydney veteran, "I think we were hanging in there behind him but then a lapped car came out of nowhere and slammed me. I'm still not really sure what happened."

Third placed Ryan Fenech looked like he might have the speed to match Moran earlier in the night but could only manage third in the A-Main despite success in his heat races.

"I'd rather have my car parked where Devin's is (Victory Lane) but I guess we'll have to work on that and come back for January 3 when we get another crack."

The Legend Car main event went to exiting Shellharbour youngster Hayden Pascoe who successfully staved off the advances of Dan Morris in second place and Glen Arnold filling the final podium position.

Jacob Griffin trailed one spot from the podium ahead of Kyle Angel in fifth, Graham Keats sixth, Linden Martin seventh, Steve Elliott eighth, Paul Opray ninth and Nathan Camilleri tenth.

The race was marred by a frightening crash in which Chris Freeman flipped his #41 violently down the back straight bringing a premature conclusion to the main event.

The next event at Valvoline Raceway is this Sunday night, January 1, for the Firecracker 50 Lapper USC event featuring the final appearance of Kyle Larson and Kasey Kahne.

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Donny Dazzles in Archerfield Win

Archerfield Speedway Media Release

World of Outlaws Sprintcar champion Donny Schatz delivered a master class at Ausdeck Patios Archerfield Speedway on Friday night (December 30) with a superb drive to victory in round seven of the East Coast Logistics Sprintcar Track Championship. Having won the Lucas Oils Dash to secure pole position for the feature, Schatz took on the Kratzmann's Caravans Challenge and inverted the field, putting himself out of position 13 for the 40-lap event. However, he only needed 20 laps to scythe his way through the field and take control of the race, securing an additional $3000 for his efforts.

Having beaten Australia's best a few weeks ago in World Series competition, Luke Oldfield again proved himself the pick of the locals at the moment, finishing in second spot after starting fourth. Toowoomba's Peter Lack finished in third spot ahead of Logan Schuchart and Dave Murcott, who was running second until he clipped the restart cone and incurred a penalty. Andrew Scheuerle was next ahead of early leader Dan Murray and Lachlan McHugh, who was on target for a better result until a late spin muted his momentum.

In round two of the Super Sedan Summer Slam, the top two spots were an exact replica of the opening round with Darren Kane again leading home Matt Pascoe. In fact, the first five placegetters from the opening round again filled the top five spots, with young South Australian Ryan Alexander improving on his fifth-place result in the opening round to finish third on this occasion. Persistency paid off for Matt Williams as he advanced to fourth at the completion of the 35 laps, with another strong drive from Sean Black netting fifth on this occasion.

Sprintcar qualifying got things underway and it was Kevin Titman who emerged with KRE Fast Time, stopping the clock at 11.851 to edge out Bryan Mann (11.908) and Oldfield (11.985). Schatz was next best ahead of Mitchell Gee, Andrew Scheuerle, Brent Kratzmann, Scott Doyle, Schuchart and Murcott.

The opening heat produced a remarkably close finish when Lack edged out Scheuerle by the barest possible margin of just 0.001. Brock Dean finished third.

Heat two saw the first of several wild incidents that would leave hopes dashed and cars crumpled. Contact between Pholi and pole starter Sean Richards pitched Pholi into a heavy flip, with Gee also finishing upside down. Ben Hilder went on to win over Brett Minett and McHugh.

Murcott finished ahead of Schatz and Schuchart in heat three, while heat four saw Schatz prove himself to be both fallible and freakishly good. Having got out of shape in turn four, Schatz was collected by Murcott, who crashed heavily. Banished to the rear for the restart with 7 laps remaining, Schatz surged back to the front to take the win over Hilder and Kristy Bonsey.

Heat five produced more mayhem with both Scott Doyle and Kevin Britten finishing upside down, leaving McHugh to lead David Whell and Mitch Gowland home.

In a sign of what was to come, Murray took out the final heat, leading home Lucas Wolfe and Schuchart.

The pre-race draw for starting spots in the Lucas Oils Dash saw top qualifier Schatz select position three, but it made little difference to the outcome with the 9-time Knoxville Nationals champion securing provisional pole position before ultimately taking up the challenge to flip the field and put himself in position 13, albeit with an additional 5 laps added to the race distance to afford him and the others every opportunity to secure a place on the podium.

The B Main saw Brock Dean assume the lead in lap three and race away to finish four seconds clear of David Whell. Callum Walker and Anthony Lambert were next in line, with Dylan Menz snaring the final transfer spot ahead of Bonsey.

Having been gifted pole position in the feature via the inversion, Murray made easy work of outpacing front row partner Wolfe to lead the field away and remained out front until Murcott swept into the lead. By this stage, Schatz had already advanced to fifth and it was lap 16 that produced the final lead change when Schatz took control. A restart at lap 15 after Callum Walker ground to a halt in the main straight proved costly for Murcott when he clipped the restart cone and was subsequently relegated two spots at the next restart on lap 20 when Mann, Titman and the luckless Kratzmann wiped out in the back straight. Oldfield moved into second at this point, with Lack slotting into third. The 12th-starting Schuchart advanced to fourth on lap 25, with Murcott fifth ahead of Scheuerle, Murray and McHugh. Whell and Dean completed the top ten ahead of Wolfe, who struggled to make much impression and finished a lap in arrears, with Menz and Lambert the remaining finishers.   

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SWEET THREE-PEAT FOR MURPH'S RACE

Official release: Valvoline Raceway

December 29, 2016

Brad Sweet scored a three-peat in the Peter Murphy Appreciation Night by scoring his third consecutive win in the annual affair at Valvoline Raceway tonight.

The Californian led home the 2014 VR Track Champion James Thompson in second place and Kasey Kahne in third in the grueling 35-lap A-Main.

"It's so cool to win this race for Peter," grinned Sweet, "I really wish he was out here so I could get one of those congratulation hugs. Josh and Isaac gave me a really fast racecar tonight and I'm hoping I can defend my NSW title on Friday night."

Sweet has launched his 2016/2017 USC NSW campaign in fine style with a 2nd place on Monday night and now this $10,000 win tonight.

For Thompson it was a satisfying result for a hard night's racing.

"We're really building towards something," he conceded, "over the last few weeks in particular things have been really coming along nicely with our program. It's great to get up on the podium."

Thompson set Quick Time in Qualifying, ran strongly in his heat and stormed through to run behind Sweet and often challenge for the lead.

Kasey Kahne ran from 8th to 3rd and was clearly pleased with the result.

"I love this place. The cushion was narrow but the track was wide and you could really get around it. I had a blast coming from the fourth row to get a podium. I was watching that #99 car up in front hoping I could get a little closer."

Matt Dumesny was solid in the #57 Valvoline Maxim to fun fourth ahead of Dad Max in the Valvoline V5 in fifth, Sam Walsh sixth, Kerry Madsen seventh, Warren Ferguson eighth, Marty Perovich ninth and Robbie Farr rounding out the top ten.

Grant Tunks was stellar in the #54 entry to run second in the Dash to outstanding Queensland teenager Lachlan McHugh.

The pair, polar opposites in their experience began the A-Main alongside each other on the front row after showing considerable car speed throughout the night.

A new right rear tyre (which they rarely buy) and unlocking the puzzle with their Triple X chassis saw Tunks improve massively and although he faded to eleventh by the chequers it was a banner night for the Windsor Downs second generation racer.

Lachlan McHugh showed why he's becoming one of the most promising drivers in the country with a fast time trial, an impressive heat race win and the win in the Dash.

McHugh would struggle somewhat in the main and end up 18th as the last car running after 35 laps however.

Following Tunks home in 11th was Matt Smith in 12th, Troy Little in the Peter Murphy tribute car 13th, Alex Orr 14th, Danny Reidy 15th, Carl Dowling 16th and Grant Anderson 17th.

DNF's were Thomas Jeffrey, Kyle Larson, Ben Atkinson, Mick Matchett, Ian Madsen and Jason Gebert.

West Australian Carl Dowling was rapid setting fast time in his Flight and second overall in the 66-car field.

Heat winners were Lachlan McHugh, Brad Sweet, Grant Tunks and Kasey Kahne.

18 year old West Aussie AJ Nash took a strong win in the first non-qualifiers race whilst Adam Hourigan was credited with the win in the second when Jesse Attard was disappointingly relegated two positions for jumping the start.

The Dash was won by Lachlan McHugh from Grant Tunks in second and Brad Sweet third.

Jamie Matheson won the D-Main from Matt Geering and Damien Hart.

Dean Thomas won the C-Main from Max Johnston and Shaun Dobson in one of the races of the night.

The B-Main was won by Matt Smith from Ian Madsen in second, Ben Atkinson third and Alex Orr fourth.

A-Main final placings:

1. Brad Sweet (started 3rd)
2. James Thompson (started 5th)
3. Kasey Kahne (started 8th)
4. Matt Dumesny (started 7th)
5. Max Dumesny (started 6th)
6. Sam Walsh (started 4th)
7. Kerry Madsen (started 10th)
8. Warren Ferguson (started 15th)
9. Marty Perovich (started 11th)
10. Robbie Farr (started 12th)
11. Grant Tunks (started 2nd)
12. Matt Smith (started 21st)
13. Troy Little (started 17th)
14. Alex Orr (started 24th)
15. Danny Reidy (started 18th)
16. Carl Dowling (started 9th)
17. Grant Anderson (started 20th)
18. Lachlan McHugh (started 1st)
19. Thomas Jeffrey (started 16th)
20. Kyle Larson (started 14th)
21. Ben Atkinson (started 23rd)
22. Michael Matchett (started 13th)
23. Ian Madsen (started 22nd)
24. Jason Gebert (started 19th)

The Wingless Sprint main event saw Mark Blyton double up on his win from the corresponding event last year making "Blyto" a repeat winner for his good buddy Peter Murphy.

The Dubbo veteran scored a gritty win after a great battle with Sean Dicker in second place and Troy Carey rounding out the podium in third.

Sean Mayo battled hard for fourth ahead of Daniel Flood in fifth, Jason Bates sixth, Ashleigh Jack seventh, Michael Gray eighth, Kyle Mock ninth and Mitchell O'Brien finishing out the ten.

It was a typically hard fought Wingless main event.

Earlier in the night popular lady racer Nikki Briton took a wild ride in her AQL entry when she rode a wheel and flipped several times into turn one.

Briton emerged unscathed from her once pristine racecar much to the relief of the crowd.

Street Stocks turned up in strong numbers and Dungog bearded bullet Brendan Wakeman stormed to victory in his PBOZ Race and Rodeo Holden to lead home the ever consistent Ray Tyler in second place and Rob Vide making it a Holden trifecta on the podium.

The next event at Valvoline Raceway is this Friday night, December 30, for the NSW USC Sprintcar Championship, the return of the Late Models with American stars Devin Moran and Jason Smith and Queenslander Nick Girdlestone.

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Three American Stars for Archerfield

Archerfield Speedway Media Release

The inclusion of Pennsylvania's Lucas Wolfe in the field for round seven of the East Coast Logistics Sprintcar Track Championship at Ausdeck Patios Archerfield Speedway this Friday night (December 30) will see three Americans taking on the local stars, with World of Outlaws champion Donny Schatz and fellow WoO hotshoe Logan Schuchart looking to bounce back from the misfortunes that befell them on Boxing Night. In what was a very rare DNF result for Schatz, the 9-time Knoxville Nationals winner rode out a wild ride after contact from Bryan Mann. Schuchart, meanwhile, looked to have the feature race in his keeping until an electrical fault intervened and forced him to the infield, enabling Mitchell Gee to score his maiden feature win after advancing from position 10 and withstanding the advances of two-time national champion David Murcott.

With his victory moving him into second overall in the track championship standings, Gee will be bristling with confidence when he hits the track on Friday night determined to reel in series leader and defending track champion Andrew Scheuerle, who finished third on Monday night after starting from the back row of the grid. Gee (292) is now just 25 points behind Scheuerle on the championship table, equal with Toowoomba's Peter Lack, who finished fourth in the previous round just two nights ago. The most fancied of the locals heading into the Boxing Night showdown, Luke Oldfield endured the frustration of a flat tyre that ended his feature race early and he now sits fourth overall in the chase for the championship. Despite having endured a series of setbacks so far this season Brent Kratzmann sits fifth in points at the moment and, despite his strong position in the standings, he must be frustrated beyond measure with how his season has panned out. Having top qualified on Monday night, Kratzmann initially struck trouble at the hands of others in the Lucas Oils Dash and then found himself caught up in a first corner melee in the feature that ended his race before it even began.

Gee, Scheuerle, Murcott, Oldfield, Lack, Mann and Kratzmann will all be back in action on Friday night, along with another 25 drivers including Lachlan McHugh, Callum Walker, Paul Rooks and Australian Dirt Modified champion Kevin Britten. It is hard to imagine that Schatz won't back to his brilliant best and with Schuchart having established his bona fides before the gremlins set in, the inclusion of Wolfe, who is a former WoO Rookie of the Year, in the line-up amps up the pressure on the locals to again defend their territory against the American stars.

Now, if an international field of 30+ Sprintcars isn't enough to whet your appetite, perhaps the fact that Friday night will also feature round two of the Super Sedan Summer Slam might do the trick. There have been 30 nominations received for the event from four states, including three national championship winners and seven current or former state titleholders. The biggest names in the game such as Darren Kane, Matt Pascoe, Michael Nicola, Lachlan Onley, Peter Nicola, Steve Jordan and South Australian ace Ryan Alexander, who is undefeated in feature races so far this season, are amongst the entries in what will be the biggest gathering of Super Sedan talent in Brisbane this season.

East Coast Logistics Sprintcar Track Championship round seven nominations: Andrew Corbet, Andrew Liebke, Andrew Scheuerle, Anthony Lambert, Anthony Vanderreyden, Ben Hilder, Brent Kratzmann, Brett Minett, Brock Dean, Bryan Mann, Callum Walker, Cody Maroske, Dan Murray, David Murcott, David Whell, Donny Schatz, Dylan Menz, James Grady,  Jayden Peacock, Kevin Titman, Kristy Bonsey, Lachlan McHugh, Logan Schuchart, Lucas Wolfe, Luke Oldfield, Mark Pholi, Mitch Gowland, Mitchell Gee, Paul Rooks, Peter Lack, Sean Iacono, Sean Richards, Tim Ford

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Internationals Falter as Gee Grabs Maiden Win

Archerfield Speedway Media Release

On a wild night of racing that saw several fancied competitors strike trouble, Mitchell Gee raced from position 10 to victory in round six of the East Coast Logistics Track Championship at Ausdeck Patios Archerfield Speedway on Monday night (December 26). Gee avoided the mayhem that unfolded around him and then withstood a late-race surge from David Murcott to score his first ever feature race success, beating Murcott to the line by a mere 0.335 seconds. Only securing a place in the feature race field with a third-place finish in the B Main, defending track champion Andrew Scheuerle stormed onto the podium with a final lap pass on Peter Lack.

Behind Lack came Lachlan McHugh and Paul Rooks, who started alongside Pennsylvania's Logan Schuchert on the front row, with Allan Woods, Dan Murray, Kevin Titman and Mark Pholi the only others to go the distance.

Schuchert and World of Outlaws champion Donny Schatz enjoyed mixed fortunes but both ultimately failed to finish the feature race, as did the likes of Luke Oldfield, Bryan Mann, Callum Walker and Brent Kratzmann who, having finished as top qualifier after the preliminaries, found himself out of luck once again.

A light shower that passed over the complex just prior to the start of proceedings made for some interesting results in time trials as the track conditions improved with each session. It was Kratzmann who fared best, stopping the clock at 12.199 to secure KRE Fast Time, marginally quicker than Rooks (12.283), Murray (12.335), Steve Greer (12.403) and Oldfield. Next best were Brock Dean and Schuchert, with Woods, Pholi and Dylan Menz rounding out the top ten. Murcott was 13th quickest and Gee was 16th, while Scheuerle and Lack were even further back. Schatz, meanwhile, could do no better than 23rd overall, one spot better than McHugh.

Scheuerle looked on track to win heat one until contact from a lapped car deflated his left rear tyre and left him languishing at the back as McHugh inherited the lead and subsequently finished ahead of Murcott and Schuchert.

Heat two saw Lack chase down an uncharacteristically out of sorts Schatz and relegate the 9-times Knoxville Nationals winner to runner-up status, with Mann finishing in third spot.

The third heat went to Wayne Iacono over Gee and Brett Minett before Scheuerle bounced back to take out heat four ahead of Mann and Gee.

McHugh doubled in heat five, leading home Murcott and Lack in a race that saw Andrew Corbet ride out a wild ride that commenced in the main straight and through turn one, the second big wreck of his rookie season.

The final heat saw Schatz back to his best with an effortless win from the front row in advance of Callum Walker and Anthony Lambert.

With top-five results in each of his heats, Kratzmann remained at the top of the standings at the completion of the preliminaries, only to draw a four inversion for the Lucas Oils Dash, elevating Rooks to pole position alongside Schuchert, with Oldfield sharing row two. Having only arrived in the country earlier in the day, Schuchert now found himself on pole position for the feature race when he led Rooks to the chequer in the 6-lap sprint. The order seemed settled until a final lap kerfuffle elevated Oldfield into third ahead of Woods and Murray as Kratzmann, Murcott  and Greer, who was making his Dash debut, found themselves stranded in turn four with the chequer fluttering in the distance.

In a most unusual sight, Schatz occupied pole position for the East Coast Logistics B Main and was a class above the field, clocking the fastest lap of the night and looking on track to lap the entire field until a late race restart intervened and saved Pholi, Scheurele and Titman – all of whom also transferred to the main event - from such a fate.

The feature race only made it as far as turn one before a multi-car melee resulted in the demise of Kratzmann and Greer, with Oldfield joining them on lap six courtesy of a flat right rear tyre. In those early laps, Schuchert assumed control at the front of the pack as Schatz set forth in advancing through the field, having climbed as far as high as ninth and looking likely to reel in the leaders in rapid time until he found himself crashing hard through turn one in an incident that also eliminated Mann. Having experienced a good night to this point, Kristy Bonsey exited on lap 10, leaving just 11 cars with Schuchert still in control. However, just one lap later, an electrical fault sent Schuchert to the grass, handing the lead to Gee with more than 20 laps still to run. Despite the looming presence of Murcott in the closing stages that set up a thrilling finish, Gee held his nerve amidst lapped traffic to park the Titan Garages #36 in victory lane.

Sprintcars are back in action Ausdeck Patios Archerfield Speedway this Friday night (December 30) for round seven of the East Coast Logistics Track Championship with Lucas Wolfe joining the field to form a three-pronged USA attack looking to make amends.  A big field of 30+ Super Sedans have also nominated for round two of the Summer Slam series, with Formula 500's and AMCA Nationals also on the program.

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Ian Loudoun is the Sixth different winner In the Eureka Series

By Ian Vale

The Eureka Garages & Sheds Sprintcar Series has been run over six rounds so far this season and there have been six different winners, round six of the Series was conducted at Avalon Raceway last night with Ian Loudoun taking out the win in convincing style to be the sixth different winner so in this seasons Series.

A tough night at the office it was for many drivers that would see six drivers roll their machines throughout the night, the first casualty of the night was V72 driver Jacob Smith who suffered a mechanical problem that would send him home early. But it was heat seven that had Jye Okeeffe take the first roll of the night that would put a holt to his proceedings for him and a chance to move to the top of the Eureka Series points table.

After the very hot weather the day prior this hampered the Avalon Raceway’s track preparation that would see a rare track preparation required half way thru the night.

But this did not stop Ian Loudoun from being the man to beat after topping the qualifying points to earn pole position for the Eureka Garages & Sheds A Main event.

As time was getting on before the Main events the top six shootout was dropped leaving the top six qualifiers to line for the Eureka A Main as follows, V3 Ian Loudoun, V17 Dennis Jones, row two, V68 Brett Milburn and Act83 David McKay, row three S20 Glen Sutherland and V91 Brad Warren who were followed by the V36 driver Tim Van Ginneken, T7 Tim Hutchins, V73 Charles Hunter, V92 Matthew Reed, V9 Rod Matthews and V78 Chris Campbell.

The final six starting positions were taken by the B Main transferring drivers of Peter Doukas V98, John Vogels, V70, Jesse Nicholas V66, Sam Wren V84, Braydan Parr V77 and V58 lady driver Rhiannon Burleigh.

Both the C Main and B Main were decaled before full race distances were completed due to incidents and due to the lateness of the night to make sure the A Main stated on time. The C Main event was taken out by Dion Bellman from Brenten Farrer, Scott Reilly and David Aldersley who transfer to the back of the B main.

Ian Loudoun took the lead as the green flag waved for the start of the Eureka Garages & Sheds R6 A Main that was also the Avalon Raceway Gold Cup, Loudoun was quick to open a gap back to Dennis Jones before the first red light when Chris Campbell rolled on lap four. One lap latter and Matthew Reed pulled to the infield before he red light was back on for Brad Warren when he rolled in turn two, Glen Sutherland received wing damage in the is incident as he tried to avoid Warren.

Take three and Loudoun was in good form taking a clear lead at the restart to leave Dennis Jones and Tim Van Ginneken who was up to third from starting position seven and Brett Milburn fighting the second place. A few laps latter and it was Jesse Nicholas that brought the red lights back on again for the final time in the race.

Under way once more and Ian Loudoun was in control gapping his rivals, Jones, Van Ginneken and Milburn would engage  a war between themself for the entire race, Glen Sutherland was keeping these drivers in his sights but with a little car damage from the earlier incident with Warren the car was not handling the best.

The mover of the pack  was John Vogels who was moving thru the field after having to qualify to the back of the A Main from the  B Main, Vogels was up to seventh place by mid race distance.

As the laps were winding down Loudoun was moving thru lapped traffic doing this with relative ease looking for his first feature win for some but Van Ginneken could see lapped traffic could work for him and started to close in on the race leader leaving Millburn still in third place to fend the late charges of Jones and Vogels.

Two to go and no lapped traffic separation the two leaders, Van Ginneken was on the charge but Ian Loudoun held on to take the win buy just over a quarter of a second from Tim Van Ginneken while the rest of the back lead by third placegetter Brett Milburn were a further five seconds back.

Home in fourth place was Dennis Jones who had to fend off the fast finishing John Vogels, Sutherland took sixth place, Tim Hutchins had one of his best runs in the Series so far to finish seventh, Charles Hunter, Peter Doukas and Sam Wren rounded out the top ten. The other finisher in order was Brayden Parr, Rhiannon Burleigh, Rod Matthews and the luckless David McKay.  Mackay qualified for the Eureka Garages & Sheds A Main in fourth place but a mistake that saw him spin on the way to race start for the main event had him sent to the rear of the field for a second push start.   

Heat wins on the night went to T7 Tim Hutchins, V3 Ian Loudoun, V9 Rod Matthews, V42 Jye Okeeffe, V73 Charles Hunter, V78 Chris Campbell, Act83 David McKay and V17 Dennis Jones.

The Eureka Garages & Sheds Sprintcar Series moves on today for the second night of the double header to Simpson Speedway Simpson for round 7 on Tuesday the 27-12-2016.

Eureka Garages and Sheds Series – KTM Top 10:
1st – Glen Sutherland - 2014
2nd – Jye Okeeffe - 1868
3rd – Tim Van Ginneken - 1852
4th – Brett Milburn - 1816
5th – Corey McCullagh - 1720
6th – David Murcott - 1701
7th – Dennis Jones - 1590
8th – John Vogels - 1545
9th – Jacob Smith - 1477
10th – Brad Warren - 1431

Western Nissan
(End of Series random draw between 11th & 20th place)
11th – Peter Doukas - 1331
12th – Sam Wren - 1351
13th – Adam King - 1327
14th – Brayden Parr - 1321
15th – Charles Hunter - 1273
16th – Jordyn Charge - 1268
17th – David McKay - 1108
18th – Scott Reilly - 1007
19th – Terry Kelly - 1000
20th – Tim Rankin - 971

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Dec. 20
1. James McFadden 1003
2. Jamie Veal  984
3. Brooke Tatnell 962
4. Robbie Farr  808
5. Daniel Harding 754
6. Jake Tranter 622
7. Andrew Wright 567
8. Mitchell Gee 527
9. Jason Pryde  515
10. Luke Oldfield  499
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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