McCullagh Wins While Hickman Takes Eureka Series Crown
By Ian Vale
Corey McCullagh continued his great form last night at Premier Speedway taking another Eureka Garages & Sheds A Main event win for the second time in a week while Rusty Hickman sealed the deal to become the 2017-2018 Eureka Garages & Sheds Sprintcar Series Champion.
The nights proceedings got under way with the group time trials that would see the first drama of the night when in the first group Tim hutchins who went into the event in second place in the Eureka Series point standings and had a slight chance to challenge Rusty Hickman for the Eureka Garages & Sheds Series Championship went up in smoke with an engine problem after setting his first time trial lap that would end his night and his title aspirations.
Thanks to Series sponsor Camden Signage & Building Service the drivers that set fast time in each time trial group received $200 cash for their efforts. John Vogels, Corey McCullagh, Jessie Attard, Robbie Farr and Rusty Hickman were all recipients of the Camden Cash.
With the ten heat races over Corey McCullagh topped the point’s sheet giving him pole position for the Eureka Garages & Sheds A Main event. The other direct qualifiers after the heats in starting order would be Jessie Attard, Peter Doukas, Robbie Farr, Luke Dillion, Darren Mollenoyux, Rusty Hickman, Jack Lee, John Vogels, Tim Rankin, Glen Sutherland and Charles Hunter.
Now before the Eureka A Main event the C Main and B Main events had to run, with fifty three sprintcars in the field qualify for the these events was important to many of the Series contenders and one of those drivers that would have to start in the C Main event would be Brett Milburn.
Now with Tim Hutchins who was sitting in second place of the Eureka Garages & Sheds point’s standing having his night over after time trials Brett Milburn was in the box seat to move from his third place in the Series points to take second from Tim Hutchins. All Brett had to do was make it to the B Main and any points gained in the B Main would be enough to take second in the Series.
Brett stated the C Main out of position four and a top four finish was all he needed but at the start of the race he dropped one placing that he could not get back to miss the transfer by a mere 0.145 of a second that would see Brett stay in third place of the Eureka Series.
The C Main was taken out by Grant Stansfield from Mike Van Bremen, Luke Walker and Domain Ramsay who all transferred to the last chance B Main before the Series Grand final A Main race.
The B Main event had a few big name drivers that include two Grand Annual Sprintcar Classic winners in it, Jamie Veal and Steven Lines along with some other name drivers. When the fifteen lap journey was over Jye Okeeffe took the race win from Brock Hallet, Jamie Veal took third place, Ryan Davis, Steven Lines and Bobby Daly would go to the Main event.
With the heat races and C and B Main events conducted the good news was that Rusty Hickman had locked up the 2017-2018 Eureka Garages & Sheds Series Championship so he could go into final race of the series without any pressure on him.
Eureka Garages & Sheds Main event time and as expected Corey McCullagh got the jump over Jesse Attard at the start while Robbie Farr quickly move into third place demoting Peter Doukas back to fourth. Darren Mollenoyux also moved pass Luke Dillion to go forward at the end of the first lap only for Luke Dillion to take fifth place back the next time around.
Corey McCullagh was in fine form once again and in full control of the race while Jessie Attard was doing a great job in second place leaving Robbie Farr a couple of cars lengths back. Peter Doukas lost a few places to both Luke Dillion and Darren Mollenoyux in the early part of the race to be in sixth place at one third distance.
Corey McCullagh was now moving into lapped traffic putting two cars between himself and Jessie Attard, Luke Dillion had also caught and passed Robbie far for third place.
John Vogels and Rusty Hickman were in an entertaining race for seventh place only for Rusty to get a little sideways off turn four that would see both Jamie Veal and Brock Hallet move past him.
Jamie Veal who started from position fifteen was the mover just after the half way mark into position eight and looking good. Brock Hallett was another driver moving thru the pack.
Ten to go and all cars were still running but Corey McCullagh now had three lapped cars between himself and Luke Dillion, Jessie Attard and Robbie Farr were still at it for third place while Darren Mollenoyux was running in fifth but he now had Jamie Veal on his tail. Five to go and Jamie Veal made the pass on Darren Mollenoyux just as Jessie Attard had slight loose that would see Robbie Farr take over third that would be short lived as Jamie Veal was fast up high on track took third place two laps latter.
Thirty laps raced nonstop with all drivers finishing Corey McCullagh was not going to be denied another great victory taking out the Eureka Garages Sheds Series grand final, to beat home Luke Dillion and Jaime Veal who passed the most cars in the race to take third place. Robbie Farr finished in forth place, John Vogels was also impressive during the race to move thru the field to finish in fifth place ahead of Darren Mollenoyux.
Rounding out the finishers in order was Brock Hallett, Rusty Hickman, Peter Doukas, Jessie Attard, Jack Lee, Steven Lines, Jye Okeeffe, Tim Rankin, Glen Sutherland, Charles Hunter, Bobby Daly and Ryan Davis.
Domenic Sabatino from Eureka was on hand to pass the trophies over to Corey McCullagh for taking another well deserved feature race win and also to Luke Dillion and Jamie Veal before congratulating Rusty Hickman on winning the 2017-2018 Eureka Garages & Sheds Series Championship, it was night of celebrations for Corey and Rusty and their Teams.
Now with the Series over for this season there are still some awards to won when it comes time for the presentation dinner when the KTM 350 EXC-F motorbike will be won by one of the locked in eligible drivers from the top ten in a random draw as will be the Western Nissan 11th to 20th cash will be draw.
The SRA congratulate the Series Top three, Rusty Hickman, Tim Hutchins and Brett Milburn along will all the other drivers and teams that supported the 2017-2018 Eureka Garages & Sheds Sprintcar Series and that all the Series sponsors that made this another outstanding Series.
Eureka Garages and Sheds Series – KTM Top 10:
1st – Rusty Hickman - 3975
2nd – Tim Hutchins - 3504
3rd – Brett Milburn – 3503
4th – Brayden Parr - 3093
5th –Charles Hunter - 3072
6th – Jacob Smith – 2989
7th – Grant Stansfield - 2814
8th – Peter Doukas - 2578
9th – Dennis Jones - 2502
10th – Corey McCullagh - 2483
11th – Sam Wren - 2464
12th – Jordyn Charge - 2397
13th – Bobby Daly - 1911
14th –Jye Okeeffe - 1876
15th – Jamie Veal - 1796
16th – Micheal Van Bremen - 1779
17th – Glen Sutherland - 1749
18th – Stephen Spark - 1719
19th – David Aldersley – 1714
20th – Andrew Hughes - 1677
Stars Return For Eureka Sprintcar Series Grand Final At Sungold Stadium This Sunday
The Grand Final of the Eureka Sprintcar Series is set to be conducted at Sungold Stadium, Premier Speedway, Warrnambool this Sunday Night with a host of Big Names set to converge on Warrnambool for the Labour Day Clash as presented by Wheelie Waste.
While, it would appear, that the Eureka Sprintcar Series $10,000 to win Championship is safely in the keeping of up and coming Star Rusty Hickman, there is still plenty to play for this Sunday, especially for those in the fight for the Parr Motorsports Premier Speedway Track Premiership as well!
Hickman currently holds a 274-point buffer over Tasmania’s Tim Hutchins who has enjoyed a career best season, that has yielded strong and consistent performances in the Eureka Sprintcar Series but also saw him qualify for the 24 car South West Conveyancing Grand Annual Sprintcar Classic final back in January.
Defending series champion Brett Milburn, currently sits third in points, 331 adrift of Hickman and with plenty of hard work and some luck required to see him close the gap!
In addition to this Hutchins is one of eight drivers competing this weekend that currently sit inside the top ten in points in the Parr Motorsports Premier Speedway Track Premiership, which also rewards the winner with a $10,000 Parr Motorsports voucher.
Currently leading the way, with two rounds to be completed is Jamie Veal, who will return to the cockpit of the family owned and backed V35 SWI Engineering entry this weekend, having completed his World Series Sprintcars commitment with Krikke Motorsport as well as having swept the prestigious Krikke Boys Shootout just last weekend at Bunbury.
Veal’s lead is currently just two points, with Darren Mollenoyux currently in second place. Veal has accumulated 834 points to Mollenoyux’s 832.
Of the current top ten in points, Veal and Mollenoyux will be joined in the field for this weekend’s $5,000 to win Eureka Sprintcars Series Final by Peter Doukas (760 points), Glen Sutherland (746), Corey McCullagh (716), Luke Walker (702), Hutchins (698) and Jye O’Keeffe (652).
A number of big name drivers not currently in the mix for either the Eureka Sprintcar Series or the Parr Motorsports Track Premiership will be aiming to spoil the party and walk away with the $5,000 pay day.
These include two-time Classic Champion Steven Lines, Dickson Motorsports Hired Gun Shaun Dobson, former Aussie Champion Robbie Farr, 2017-18 World Series Sprintcars Contracted Driver Jack Lee as well as Marcus Dumesny in his now familiar N47 entry.
A host of young up and coming stars such as Terry Rankin, Jessie Attard, Brayden Parr and Grant Stanfield will also be ready to battle it out against some of the established stars in John Vogels, Tim Rankin, Dennis Jones, Domain Ramsay, Brock Hallett and Jake Smith.
With the Victorian Title for Legend Cars also on the program as well as a Vintage Hot Rod demonstration, Sungold Stadium, Premier Speedway, Warrnambool is the place to be this Sunday night.
Public Gates will open at 4.00pm, with cars on track from 5pm.
Admission will be Adults $27.00; Concession (walk up sales only) $22.00; Children 10-15 $10.00; Children 9 and Under Free.
Tickets are available at the gate or on-line via www.premierspeedway.com.au
Kendrick the AHG champ!
By SEG Media
AFTER being runner up for the past couple of seasons Jason Kendrick has finally broken through to win his maiden AHG Sprintcar Series championship.
His second in the series grand final at Quit Bunbury Speedway on Saturday night was enough for him to clinch the series that was won the past two seasons by Brad Maiolo.
Only six points separated Kendrick and Maiolo heading into the final and it was going to be game on after Jamie Maiolo, who was third and due to start on the front row, was a non-starter in the feature race.
Brad started from P10 and Jason from P11 with the latter getting a better start and moving forward a few spots.
It was game over for Brad's challenge when he rolled with four laps to go.
Kendrick's second is on the back of his win in the World Series Sprintcars grand final at the Perth Motorplex last Sunday night.
He claimed 2364 points to edge out Brad Maiolo's 2334.
Third was sprintcar rookie Jamie Oldfield who finished seventh and earned 2256 points.
Jamie Maiolo dropped back to fourth with 2242.
Andrew Priolo was fifth on 1924 points, ahead of another in his rookie AHG Series season - AJ Nash - was fifth on 1774 points.
Rounding out the top 10 was Jason Pryde 1396, Daniel Hardding 1318, Shaun Bradford 1260 and Scott Chatwin 1250.
It might have been the grand final of the AHG Sprintcar Series but it was also the first round of the AHG Triple Crown.
Round two is the final of the Krikke Boys Shootout on Sunday night with the third round being the Perth Motorplex Grand Final on April 7.
Veal wins KBS Preliminary
By SEG Media
JAMIE Veal started from pole and despite losing some ground early to Daniel Harding and James McFadden, took the preliminary feature race in the Krikke Boys Shootout at Quit Bunbury Speedway on Saturday night.
He won the 25-lap feature race from Jason Kendrick and Darren Mollenoyux - in what was also the grand final of the 2017-18 AHG Sprintcar Championship that Kendrick won from Brad Maiolo, Jamie Oldfield and Jamie Maiolo.
Heading into the final the AHG championship could have been won by three different drivers - Kendrick and the two Maiolos.
Kendrick held a slender six point lead over Brad Maiolo and started from P11 in the final with Brad starting from P10.
Jamie Maiolo was to start from P2 and if he won the feature and his championship rivals finished in the back half of the field, he would have clinched the deal.
Unfortunately for Maiolo he had car issues as the field rolled around before the four-wide salute and pulled infield, failing to start.
The race only made it to the first corner before the first major incident saw Mick Saller crash and Kye Scroop also out of the action.
On the next attempt there was an incident at the opposite end of the track when Taylor Milling and Lisa Walker came together and also put out AJ Nash.
The race finally got in a groove before American Carson Macedo got out of shape and spun around coming out of turn four, going to the rear on the restart.
Harding, who started from P4 and was in control at the front of the field, looked very strong in the early stages until he was hit by McFadden, who started from P8 and got a big run down the inside of Veal before hitting Harding with 16 laps remaining.
It was a hard crash that put the two contenders out of the race.
Mitchell Wormall also got caught up in the tail end of the incident and was out with a punctured tyre.
Veal inherited the lead and led away David Murcott, who had switched to W95 for this event, Luke Dillon, Darren Mollenoyux and Kendrick.
Kendrick snapped up fourth on the restart and Dillon also looked promising for a podium finish but unfortunately he spun on lap nine and went to the rear.
Kendrick then got by Murcott and in the latter stages Mollenoyux was able to grab third.
It was a solid drive from Mollenoyux who started from P5 in the Cowara Motorsport entry.
Brad Maiolo who was languishing in the back half of the pack, rolled over with four laps to go in what was a tough night at the office for the LJM Racing boys.
Macedo put on a show in the second half of the race, running the high line and picking off rivals one by one to finish a very respectable fifth.
Another standout performer was Kris Coyle who hasn't raced for a few years and stepped into the Daryl Clayden W45.
He was impressive from the get-go and finished sixth.
Jamie Oldfield, in his rookie sprintcar season, started 14th and muscled his way into seventh and in the process, claimed third in the championship.
They were followed over the line by Jason Pryde, Glen Sutherland, Luke Dillon, Jamie Landrigan, Darren Mewett and Paul Peet.
Dillon set the Victory 1 Performance Quick Time after the team was plagued with engine dramas.
He also won the first heat with Jamie Maiolo being very strong early, taking two heat wins.
Veal, Nash and McFadden also claimed heat wins.
The Final Showdown
In what has become a tradition over the past 11 season’s the Mainline DynoLog Dynamometers All Star Series Champion will be decided this Saturday night when the final round is held at Timmis Speedway, Mildura. With only 41 points separating the top 3 drivers the pressure will be on and whoever takes it out will create history and become the first two times Series Champion.
The top 5 in points going into the final round are:
1. Mark Caruso – 4575
2. Paul Solomon – 4555
3. Chris Solomon – 4534
4. James Wren – 4385
5. Jarman Dalitz – 4379
“It really is out of the top 3 guys and all 3 can win. We always seem to have fireworks on our final night and I wouldn’t expect anything else this season. Whoever it is – Mark, Pauly or Chrissy it will be very special to have our first 2 time Champion. They have all had fantastic seasons but unfortunately only one can win. I am pretty excited about it.” Promoter Searle says.
Tony Moule’s NT26 Maxim returns to Mildura again. Moule would love to lock in a feature win to finish the season off. Moule’s record for of winning the most A Main’s in the series still stands so adding another one would just strengthen this. V34 Brenten Farrer has had a challenging season but still managed to win 2 A Mains and loves the Timmis racetrack. 3 would just finish the season for him on a high. VA29 Michael Tancredi was fast last weekend at Mt Gambier and very capable of picking up an A Main win. Not forgetting young hard chargers SA44 Dan Evans, SA16 Jack Gartner, SA5 Trigga Gates and SA69 Cody Atkins all are chasing valuable points to improve their championship placings. Michael Lovegrove won the same round last season and after a podium at Waikerie early in February is another hot shot wanting a high note to finish his season.
To top off the weekend the Series is holding their Presentation Cabaret on Sunday night to recognise all the drivers & teams for their effort over the past couple of months.
Remember Timmis Speedway, March 3rd. on track action at 5.30pm.
KENDRICK WINS WSS GRAND FINAL
After failing to finish with an engine failure on the night prior, local favourite Jason Kendrick raced into victory lane at the Grand Final of QSS World Series Sprintcars at the Perth Motorplex.
"That's definitely on top of the list. The World Series final is a pretty big race here at the Motorplex so to have my name as a winner of the race and just to be a winner of a World Series race is pretty cool. That's what we came here for, but I couldn't have done it without my guys, they are great team" added Kendrick as he accepted his winner's trophy from series sponsor Bill Mann.
The race began with pole sitter Kerry Madsen electing to start on the outside of the front row putting Jason Kendrick on the inside. As the green flag fell Madsen got the jump over Kendrick and Shaun Bradford, but the race was only one lap old when Carson Macedo brought on the yellow lights as the car dropped out of gear in turn four.
On the restart the race would only get as far as turn two as both Andrew Priolo and Kaiden Manders rolled in the opening turn as they crashed out in separate incidents after they both bicycled simultaneously before rolling hard.
When the race got back underway McFadden quickly got by both Bradford and Kendrick and he set his sights on the leader with Madsen and McFadden in a class of their own out front, but it would all come to end on lap 14. As the leaders came through turn one, Lisa Walker hit the wall and rolled leaving both leaders nowhere to go.
As a result, Jason Kendrick inherited the lead ahead of Bradford, Jamie Veal, David Murcott and Lockie McHugh. From this point it was all Kendrick as he claimed his maiden World Series A-Main victory over Bradford, Veal, Brooke Tatnell, McHugh, Murcott and Brad Maiolo.
The heat races provided some great entertainment with the night kicking off with Carson Macedo just holding out Brad Maiolo in heat 1 while local rookie Tom Payet and Daniel Harding also claimed a heat win.
Heat four saw a big accident in turn three after Jason Kendrick and Tom Payet raced hard wheel to wheel for position three before Payet had a front-end failure sending him hard into the wall. Payet emerged from the wreck later clarifyng that there was no contact between the two cars. Victorian Darren Mollenoyux went on to win the heat before Carson Macedo, who had wrapped up the Bunyip Print Rookie of the Year title, backed up his opening round heat victory with a win in heat 5 while Ben Ellement won the final heat of the night after sneaking past early race leader Mitch Wormall with three laps remaining.
The Top 8 Shootout saw Dave Murcott, Jamie Maiolo, Shaun Bradford, Jason Kendrick, Lachlan McHugh, Jamie Veal, Kerry Madsen and James McFadden all qualify with Madsen emerging as the pole sitter with a stunning lap of 13.106.
Mitch Wormall won the B-Main resetting the 12-lap track record, that had stood since 2004, to 2:52.99
MCFADDEN CLAIMS FOURTH WORLD SERIES TITLE
Monte Motorsport's James McFadden has clinched his fourth QSS World Series Sprintcars crown by claiming Revolution Racegear Quicktime in qualifying for the series Grand Final at the Perth Motorplex.
With a lap of 13.867, McFadden edged out Australian Sprintcar Champion Kerry Madsen to claim the maximum points and create and unassailable championship lead to clinch the title.
"During my first lap I almost spun out but the second lap we got it all worked out thankfully."
"It's great to win this series again. I have just got to thank the Monte Motorsport guys. It's a long season doing this, we have had our ups and downs but to get the win last night was unreal and to get quick-time just then was pretty cool so now I have the Championship and I really looking forward to just ripping it tonight and hopefully put a show on" added the now four times World Series Sprintcars Champion.
"I'm really proud of this team and Milwaukee for sticking with us. James, and Buzzy have done a great job and I just so proud of my boys" added Team Owner Luch Monte.
McFadden went on to start from the second row of the A Main, but came to grief in lap 14 while pursuing Kerry Madsen for the lead, when South Australian Lisa Walker rode the wall in turn one leaving the leading pair nowhere to go.
Both Madsen and McFadden retired from the race, creating the opportunity for Jason Kendrick to claim his first ever WSS round win.
Pestka goes down in history
After a drizzly start to the night which forced Time Trials to be abandoned SA27 Daniel Pestka took out the 8th annual Tyson Perez Memorial at Borderline Speedway last night.
Pestka leased a Maxwill 360 Engine for the night and his effort was certainly rewarded. He led flag to flag for the 31 lap tribute race and even with several reds he didn’t look like he was going to be challenged. ‘Winning any memorial race is cool, I remember buying parts from Spud and I remember the day of his accident, it’s pretty cool to win his race and I am very thankful” a thrilled Daniel said at the Presentation.
Home in second was SA33 Mark Caruso who showed his nose a couple of times to Pestka but just couldn’t quite get the job done. Coming home strongly in third after starting in 9th was V83 Chris Solomon. NT26 Tony Moule 4th and V7 Paul Solomon rounding out the top 5.
V29 Michael Tancredi got off to a great start and was quickly in 2nd until he tried to take Pestka on for the led and the 2 had a coming together which unfortunately caused a red light. With major damage he sat the rest of the event on the infield. SA22 Chad Ely was also moving up thru the field running 9th after qualifying through the B Main. Ely dropped a heat and therefore was directly into the B. Running the highline in the A through 1 and 2 he got a bit too high and tagged the wall ending his night also. Young gun Jack Gartner was running the race of his career in 3rd for the first 29 laps until he also tagged the wall then bringing himself slowing into the infield with mechanical damage which was a very disappointing result for the youngster with only 2 to go.
SA5 Trigga Gates made a strong return after sitting out for the last few shows and was tied on high points with Caruso going into the Pole Shoot Out and giving him some well-deserved confidence back. Gates pulled infield with an ill handling car in the early stages of the main.
“The racing was hard and fast all night. There was thrills and spills and highs and lows for all. Everyone will go home with their own story to remember on the night and we are so pleased that we got to finish the show for Spud. We certainly were worried when the light rain started while we were doing hot laps, I was having visions of last year when we only got to run time trials and then were washed out and thinking – please not again.
We have to thank the Committee of Borderline Speedway for all the efforts to keep the night running and give us a great race track under these conditions. The support they give us for our show is fantastic and we really can’t thank them enough.” Promoter Searle said.
A Main results: 1. Daniel Pestka, 2. Mark Caruso, 3. Chris Solomon, 4. Tony Moule, 5. Paul Solomon, 6. Brenten Farrer, 7. James Wren, 8. Dan Evans, 9. Phil Lock, 10. Terry Rankin, 11. Jarman Dalitz, 12. Michael Holt, 13. Brendan Guerin, 14. Stacey Galliford, 15. Jack Gartner-DNF, 16. Chad Ely-DNF, 17. Ben Gartner-DNF, 18. Dave Donegan-DNF, 19. Michael Tancredi-DNF, 20. Trigga Gates-DNF.
Hickman Takes his Second Eureka Series Round Win at Heartland
By Ian Vale
It was a hot windy night at Heartland Raceway for round eleven of the Eureka Garages & Sheds Sprintcar Series that would put the drivers to the test for their car set up and driving on a track that slickened off during the night but in the end Rusty Hickman drove a faultless race to take the Eureka Series A Main feature win from his nearest rival in the Eureka Series championship Brett Milburn while Brayden Parr added his third straight podium place to his resume when he filled third place.
While South Australia’s Brock Hallett was top points scorer after the heat races were run his time in the top six shootout would send him from pole position to start out of position six in the A Main. Both Brayden Parr and Rusty Hickman were the winners in the shootout to start the Main event on the front row.
As the heat and Strong winds continued right thru the night drying the track out the venue operators did a good job trying to present a race track that could be used from the bottom to nearly all the way to the fence.
So with the order set for the Eureka Garages & Sheds A Main event it would be Brayden Parr on Pole position with the Series point’s leader Rusty Hickman along side, row two was taken by Tim Hutchins and Grant Anderson and row three was Brett Milburn with Brock Hallett. The other drivers that qualify direct to the main event were Grant Stansfield, Charles Hunter, Braydan Willmington, Jake Smith, Chris McInerney and Jackson Delamont.
Dennis Jones took out the win in the B Main event and transferred to rear of the A Main taking Sam Wren, Eddie Lumbar, Jordyn Charge, Bobby Daly and Travis Miller with him to the back of the A Main.
With the Western Nissan pace car bringing the field around for the race start the front row cars hit the white together for the Eureka Garages & Sheds Main event as the green flag dropped it was Hickman to get his nose in front of Parr as they entered turn one bringing with him Anderson to demote Parr back to third place.
The race settled down over the first few laps where Hickman seemed to be able to set a good pace keeping a clear gap back to Anderson from Parr. Milburn wasted no time to pass both Hutchins and Hallett to take fourth place, Stansfield was also quickly on the move making his way past Hutchins as well. With the cars running high on the track it was Hunter who made contact with back straight wall that would see the V73 sustain steering damage bringing on the caution lights.
With Hunter on the infield the order was set and ready to go again, once more Hickman was quickly back into the groove leading Anderson from Parr, Milburn, Hallett and Stansfield. Hutchins seemed to miss the setup for the track conditions and was passed by Delamont to drop him further down the field.
Back up front Hickman was closing on lapped traffic and Anderson who seemed to be biding his time on the slick track picked up the pace a little looking to have shot at Hickman as they started to lap the traffic only to enter turn three a little too high sliding up the wall and making contact that would see the V37 car roll to bring on the red lights.
Now with Anderson out the pressure would be on Hickman a little more with Parr now into third place and Hickmans closest rival in the Series points standing Milburn up to third place.
Underway once more and Hickman held his concentration to control the race leaving his chasers to fight over the minor placing’s, Milburn was keeping in touch with Parr while Hallet now had the company of Stansfield and Delamont to contend with.
With nine to go the track was taking rubber and Lumbar was lighting the tyres up trying to make ground on McInerney, as the laps wound down more and more drivers were now smoking up the rear tyres trying to go forward.
Back up front Hickman was holding his composure as he headed into lapped traffic once more, Parr was also moving into the traffic with Milburn now right on his rear nerf bar, four to go and Milburn made a move for second place on Parr to take the position.
For the second time in the last three Series rounds Rusty Hickman drove a calculating race to go on and take out the Eureka Series R11 Main event with Brett Milburn taking second place from Brayden Parr in a thrilling battle between these two to the flag. Brock Hallett managed to hold off Grant Stansfield for fourth place leaving Stansfield in fifth while Jackson Delamont came home in sixth place and passed the most cars in the race to take sixth place.
Tim Hutchins held on to take seventh from Jake Smith in eighth, rounding out the finishers were Braydan Willmington, Sam Wren, Chris McInerney who also picked up the Hoosier Tire award, Eddie Lumbar took position twelve from Jordyn Charge, Bobby Daly, Travis Miller and Dennis Jones who did a mammoth job to get his car back together after a heat race crash thanks to V37 team and other fellow competitors help.
While Rusty Hickman took the race win gaining more valuable series points to maintain the Eureka Garages & Sheds Series points lead his nearest rival the current Eureka Series Champion Brett Milburn only dropped eleven points on the night, Rusty will head into next week’s penultimate round at Avalon Raceway with a One Hundred & ninety points advantage over Brett Milburn.
Next Saturday night the Eureka Garages & Sheds Sprintcar Series round 12 the penultimate round of the Series will be conducted at Avalon Raceway on Saturday the 3rd of March that will pay $5000 to win.
Eureka Garages and Sheds Series – KTM Top 10:
1st – Rusty Hickman - 3295
2nd – Brett Milburn – 3108
3rd – Tim Hutchins - 3047
4th – Jacob Smith – 2644
5th – Brayden Parr - 2576
6th – Charles Hunter - 2469
7th – Grant Stansfield - 2456
8th – Dennis Jones - 2053
9th – Jordyn Charge – 2052
10th – Sam Wren - 2022
11th – Peter Doukas - 1929
12th – Bobby Daly - 1704
13th – Corey McCullagh - 1679
14th – Glen Sutherland - 1537
15th – Rhys Baxter - 1491
16th – Jamie Veal - 1450
17th – Jye Okeeffe - 1399
18th – Stephen Spark - 1388
19th – David Aldersley – 1369
20th – Eddie Lumbar - 1350
MCFADDEN WINS KWINANA NAILBITER
James McFadden has one hand on the 2017/18 QSS World Series Sprintcars trophy after a stunning drive on a carnage-filled night at the Perth Motorplex.
While many of those around him ended up in the wall, on their roof, on the tow hook or in some other spot of bother, McFadden was untroubled as he got the better of Australian champ Kerry Madsen in another epic battle between the two form drivers in the country.
Starting the Milwaukee Tools #17 on the second row, McFadden caught and passed QuickTime winner Madsen just after half race distance, and withstood a fierce last lap attack to secure the win. While disappointed he hadn't done enough to win the series with a night to spare, McFadden was looking forward to making the necessary moves in the early part of tomorrow's meeting.
His rival in the series W2 Jamie Veal had to settle for fourth in the A Main, with W26 Brooke Tatnell securing the final podium spot with an assured drive. American Carson Macedo was as high as third momentarily but a late race spin and regather after trying to use the same space as Tatnell saw him finish fifth.
Daniel Harding was the Hoosier Hard Charger after advancing 14 places through the A Main field to take sixth, while Q23 Lachlan McHugh and N56 Mick Saller both also made double figure passes.
The depleted finishing order mainly came via two incidents in turn 4. V52 Darren Mollenoyux rotated on the first lap of the second restart and Jamie Maiolo, Jye O'Keeffe and Jack Lee all joined him on the infield. Soon after Glen Sutherland and Mitchell Wormall came together following an S20 spin.
Early pacesetter W11 Jason Kendrick's night ended in a cloud of smoke, after the crew had rushed to change an engine following the Shootout.
Earlier, the likes of AJ Nash and Kaiden Manders ended their nights with tough rollovers, with the recovery and push crews kept busy in most races.
The Grand Final resumes at 5pm Sunday, with second placed Jamie Veal looking for a miracle and Carson Macedo in third overall hoping to wrap up the Bunyip Print Rookie of the Year Award.
Big Shows Still To Come At Sungold Stadium
After somewhat of a hiatus since Corey McCullagh’s thrilling South West Conveyancing Grand Annual Sprintcar Classic victory back in January, it won’t be long now until the Sprintcars return to Sungold Stadium, Premier Speedway, Warrnambool with plenty going on the line!
Still to come are the Grand Final of the Eureka Sprintcar Series on Sunday March 11, as presented by local supporters Wheelie Waste on a program that will also feature the Victorian Title for Legend Cars.
Following on from that it will be all eyes on the Geelong Harley Davidson Easter Sprintcar Trail when Cassign presents all the excitement and colour that is the final night of the traditional Easter Extravaganza, which as always will feature a massive Fireworks Display and the Super Rod Cup.
The season will then be wound up with the return of 360 Sprintcars to Premier Speedway for round 3 of the Triple Crown Series, along with a high-class field of Super Sedans and the Grand Final of the VMPA Modified Production Series on Saturday April 14, on a night where just $30 will admit two adults and two children 15 and Under to the venue!
As the business end of the season approaches, several drivers and teams have so much to play for.
The Grand Final of the Eureka Sprintcar Series will pay $5,000.00 to the winner on March 11, while many drivers remain in contention for the $10,000.00 Championship purse courtesy of Eureka Garages and Sheds.
With Heartland Raceway, Moama set to host Round 11 of the Series tomorrow night, a slender 213 points separates first from third in the points battle, with Rusty Hickman, who impressed many with his performance at the Grand Annual Sprintcar Classic, leading the way with 2899 points.
Sitting in second, just 176 points adrift of Hickman is perennial contender and the defending Eureka Sprintcar Series Champion Brett Milburn. Milburn will be looking to bank another strong haul of points tomorrow night to set up his Championship defense in the run home to the Grand Final on March 11 at Sungold Stadium, Premier Speedway, Warrnambool.
A sixth-place finish last weekend and the accompanying 333 points that came with it, has Tasmanian Native Tim Hutchins well and truly in the Championship Hunt and one thing is for certain, the hard charging Hutchins will leave no stone unturned in his quest to fill the top spot in the points standings.
For the March 11 season defining, $5,000.00 to win Series Grand Final event, an influx of drivers and teams from right around the country can again be expected, with the likes of Jamie Veal, Jake Tranter and Shaun Dobson having already signaled their intention to upstage the Eureka Sprintcar Series regulars.
With a posse of drivers all contending for a coveted top-ten finish in the Eureka Sprintcar Series, thus making them eligible for the random draw for the magnificent KTM 350 EXC Motorbike. These drivers include Jake Smith, Charles Hunter, Brayden Parr, Grant Stansfield, Peter Doukas, Dennis Jones and Jordyn Charge, while knocking on the door of the top ten are Sam Wren, Corey McCullagh and Word Series Sprintcars regulars Jamie Veal, Glen Sutherland and Jye O’Keeffe.
The format for March 11 will see Qualifying Time-Trials, Two Rounds of Heats and a C. B and A-Main with as mentioned the winner walking away with $5,000.00 courtesy of Wheelie Waste.
The Geelong Harley Davidson Easter Sprintcar Trail also offers a mountain of Cash and Prizes over the three nights of competition, with the early entries of Grant Anderson, Jamie Veal, Shaun Dobson, Peter Doukas and Ben Gartner being amongst those that will compete for $5,000 to win on each of the three nights, with a $10,000 cash bonus going to any driver who can sweep all three nights!
This is in addition to the magnificent Geelong Harley Davidson Street 500, which will go the way of the overall Easter Sprintcar Trail Champion!
Add to that the $10,000 prize that is on offer courtesy of Parr Motorsports and the Premier Speedway Club for the 2017-18 Parr Motorsports Premier Speedway Sprintcar Track Champion and there is everything to play for over the next five or six weeks of competition.
Currently Jamie Veal holds a slender 2 point, or one racing position, lead over defending Track Champion Darren Mollenoyux, while just 118 points separates the top five of Veal, Mollenoyux, Peter Doukas, Glen Sutherland and Corey McCullagh.
There is certainly plenty to play for during the remaining events at Sungold Stadium.
Round 3 of the 2018 edition of the Geelong Harley Davidson Easter Sprintcar Trail on Sunday April 1, will be proudly supported by Cassign of Warrnambool.
Copies of the 2018 Easter Sprintcar Trail entry form have been forwarded to the 2017 entrants while a PDF version is available for download from the Premier Speedway website www.premierspeedway.com.au
The final event of the year will see a great field of Super Sedans roll into Warrnambool on Saturday April 14, after they have contested their South Australian Title at Borderline Speedway, Mt. Gambier the night prior.
Joining the ground pounding Super Sedans will be the 360 Sprintcars, as they do battle in for the third and final round of the SRA of Victoria’s Triple Crown Series, while the Victorian Modified Production Association Series will wrap up as well for 2017-18 with the staging of the Di Watson Memorial as a part of their series finale.
So much going on, be sure to pencil in March 11, April 1 and April 14 as must see events at Sungold Stadium, Premier Speedway, Warrnambool for what promises to be a thrilling finale to the 2017-18 season.
Open Wheel Extravaganza for Archerfield
Archerfield Speedway Media Release
By Chris Metcalf
Race fans will be served a feast of speedway action this Saturday night (February 24) at Ausdeck Patios Archerfield Speedway, with more than 100 competitors to hit the track in a huge open wheel program that includes round eleven of the East Coast Logistics Sprintcar Track Championship, round six of the Polar Ice Midget Track Championship and round eight of the KRE Formula 500 Championship Series. Also on the card is another big field of Compact Speedcars, along with Formula 500 Juniors, Microsprints and the Sprintcar Development Series.
The fact that Luke Oldfield, Andrew Scheurele and Mitchell Gee shared the podium at the last round of the of the East Coast Logistics Sprintcar Track Championship probably comes as no surprise given they have been the three standout performers throughout the season thus far and currently occupy the top three spots in the championship standings. The challenge now lies with the other 27 drivers in the field in finding a way to upstage the trio and stake their claim as a serious contender for Queensland's most prestigious Sprintcar series. Drivers such as Allan Woods, Callum Walker, Peter Lack and Brent Kratzmann have enjoyed moments in the spotlight with wins and/or top-three feature race results at selected rounds, but none have been able to summon such results with the consistency needed to stake a claim for series honours.
At the moment, Oldfield possesses a 33-point lead over Scheuerle, with Gee sitting 38 points adrift in third spot and just 8 points clear of quiet achiever Ben Hilder, who has been a model of consistency each week. Lack, Walker and Kratzmann are next in line ahead of Mark Pholi, who rode out a wicked wreck at the previous round and whose first priority will no doubt be getting through the night unscathed. David Whell and Brad Ayers round out the top ten at the moment but, with Ayers not amongst the entries this week, Nelson Reddacliff can climb into the top ten in what would be a worthy reward for his tenacity. Potential spoilers amongst the nominations include former track champion Bryan Mann and California's Geoff Ensign, who finished seventh at the previous round on a night interrupted by inclement weather but will no doubt be confident of better result with more laps on the Archerfield track.
The mighty Midgets have gathered one of their best fields of the season for the recommencement of the Polar Ice Championship with 20 drivers nominated, including series leader Scott Farmer. Despite his relative lack of experience, Farmer has enjoyed a fabulous season thus far and heads into the weekend as a firm favourite following his top-five finish in the Australian Championship just two weekends ago. No doubt Darren Vine disagrees with such an assessment and he will be out to make amends for the points he surrendered in the previous round when an engine problem forced his withdrawal from the feature event. Having hardly fired a shot so far this season, defending series champion Rusty Whittaker is looking to salvage some credibility in his championship defence, while Brock Dean, Mark George, Reid Mackay and Brendan Palmer, who is making only his second appearance for the season, should also feature in the thick of the action.
With Formula 500 Juniors and Microsprints also on the huge program, early racing gets underway from 5.00pm. Sprintcar time trials are scheduled for 5.30pm and the main program will kick off at 6.00pm.
East Coast Logistics Sprintcar Track Championship round eleven nominations: Allan Woods, Andrew Corbet, Andrew Marks, Andrew Scheuerle, Anthony Lambert, Ben Hilder, Brent Kratzmann, Bryan Mann, Callum Walker, Cody Maroske, Dan Murray, Darren Jensen, David Whell, Geoff Ensign, Jayden Peacock, Karl Hoffmans, Kris Jennings, Kristy Bonsey, Luke Oldfield, Mark Pholi, Mick Sauer, Mitch Gowland, Mitchell Gee, Nelson Reddacliff, Peter Lack, Randy Morgan, Scott Genrich, Steve Greer, Stewart Craig, Tony Wynne
Polar Ice Midget Track Championship round six nominations: Audi Malt, Barry Gibbes, Brad Dawson, Brad Young, Brad Harrison, Brendan Palmer, Brock Dean, Cal Whatmore, Dallas Sharp, Darren Dillon, Darren Vine, Lance Towns, Mark George, Michael Harders, Mitchell Rooke, Reid Mackay, Robbie Stewart, Rusty Whittaker, Scott Farmer, Shane Malt
All Roads Head to Heartland for the Eureka Garages & Sheds Series
By Ian Vale
Round eleven of the Eureka Garages & Sheds Sprintcar Series will be conducted this Saturday night the 24th of February at Heartland Raceway in Echuca / Moama with over thirty drivers from four States entered that includes nine of the top ten drivers in the Series. After last weekend’s round of the Series the points closed up between the top three in the Series, Rusty Hickman, Brett Milburn and Tim Hutchins, there is only two hundred and fifteen points’ now between the top three.
When we look a bit further down in the points Jacob Smith who sits in fourth place has Charles Hunter, Brayden Parr and last round winner Grant Stansfield in a battle of their own for fourth in the standings again the points are close with only two hundred and twenty seven points covering these drivers.
This round of the Series is very important for the Series contenders to gain as many points as possible as the next rounds of the Series is expected to have bigger car counts and a few of the name drivers that have been off doing World Series competition may be back to add a little more pressure to the regular Eureka Series contenders.
But have a look at this field, Grant Anderson will take some beating at Heartland Raceway, Grants form has been good of late where he took out a feature race win at the Classic. Both Brett Milburn and Rusty Hickman have tasted success at Heartland Raceway so they will be in contention as well along with Tim Hutchins.
New South Wales driver Jackson Delemont is more than capable of running at the pointy end of the field and taking the Eureka Garages & Sheds main event, Jackson is always strong at the Parramatta venue.
Brock Hallet is a competitive driver on any given night, Brock will make the trip over from South Australia this weekend as will Wayne Rowett who had his first run after a few seasons break last weekend at the Western Speedway Eureka Series round with a good finish. Now with those laps under his belt Wayne should be strong this weekend.
Ryan Davis is making a return to the Eureka Garages & Sheds Sprintcar Series this weekend. With work commitments over the last eighteen months has not allowed Ryan to do much racing although he did a few shows in our off season up in Darwin last year where he picked up a feature race win.
Some of the other Series regulars entered are David Aldersley, Sam Wren, Jordyn Charge, Eddie Lumbar and Adam King along with Dennis Jones.
Dennis was unfortunate to have his tow vehicle break down early in the Series that saw him miss a round and valuable points but his performance over the least few rounds have him back into the all important KTM top ten points and he is looking to stay in the top ten for a shot at winning the new KTM 350 motorbike thanks to KTM Australia.
Two New South Wales drivers that support the Eureka Series when possible and are always at the Heartland Raceway rounds of the Series are Brayden Willmington and Chris McInerney, look for a good showing from these drivers.
Heartland Raceway always seems to present a great Eureka Garages & Sheds A main final and with the quality field of drivers nominated it sure looking to be another top night of sprintcar action.
Heartland Raceway Echuca / Moama is the next stop for round 11 of the Eureka Garages & Shed Sprintcar Series to be conducted on Saturday the 24th of February 2018.
For more information go to the Heartland Raceway web site. www.heartlandracewaymoama.com
Eureka Garages and Sheds Series – KTM Top 10:
1st – Rusty Hickman - 2899
2nd – Brett Milburn – 2723
3rd – Tim Hutchins - 2686
4th – Jacob Smith – 2332
5th – Charles Hunter - 2245
6th – Brayden Parr - 2199
7th – Grant Stansfield - 2105
8th – Peter Doukas - 1929
9th – Dennis Jones - 1828
10th – Jordyn Charge – 1801
11th – Sam Wren - 1736
12th – Corey McCullagh – 1679
13th – Glen Sutherland - 1537
14th – Rhys Baxter - 1491
15th – Bobby Daly - 1469
16th – Jamie Veal - 1450
17th – Jye Okeeffe - 1399
18th – Luke Walker - 1251
19th – Stephen Spark - 1225
20th – Andrew Hughes - 1213
TWO VICTORIAN TITLES THIS SATURDAY NIGHT AT NYORA RACEWAY – SPRINTCARS ARE BACK
By Dean Thompson
This Saturday night Nyora Raceway hosts the biggest race of the local Sprintcar season with the Victorian title on the line for almost twenty of the big things with the wings all vying for that number one recognition and not to be out done the little cousins the Mini Sprints are on the show also and they too will be competing for their Victorian title, it is going to be a great night for open wheel dirt track fans.
The three hottest drivers in recent weeks of racing in the Sprintcars include Mitch Foster from Moe, Adam Greenwood from Bairnsdale and Shane Steenholdt from Paynesville, however they will have keen challengers including Wayne Nicholls from Pakenham a two times 360ci Sprintcar Victorian champion in the past, Gerry Hoekstra the big Canadian Bear now from Ferntree Gully and previously accomplished in Tasmania and Mark Noonan also from Bairnsdale a multiple times state champion in Limited Sportsmans and plenty of top results in the 360 ranks also.
Foster is the most accomplished of the competitors and his entry into the fray this season kicked off with a couple of wins including a sensational victory at very high speed at Ballarat’s Redline Raceway, this seemed to lift Greenwood up another gear and the battle is on. Nyora is an elbows up raceway, a racers track and drivers are going to need to have their whits about them and be prepared to try the mid track to high line up the top end of the track to make moves stick.
In Mini Sprints two new New South Wales based members Danny Stone and Peter Styles have been welcomed into the club and their performances at Redline recently suggest they will be hard to beat. Owen Schnoor is piloting the best Victorian equipment and is the man most likely, however his dad Darren took out a recent win and has reminded us not to forget about him when it comes to the Mini Sprint Victorian title.
Support action comes from all the local club classes including the Standard Saloons with cousins Mark and Brendon Miles up against each other however former Victorian champion Micheal Ardley will have something to say about things when it comes to heading for the chequered flag.
Junior Sedan action comes by way of the national Junior Sedan category and Nick Cherry who was second at the most recent show leads the nominations with Rhys Meakins one of Victorians most improved B graded drivers competing also. Throw in Pakenham’s Jack Ramsdale who has not done much racing this season, however did have a ripper run recently in Queensland finishing on the podium at Kingaroy.
Ladies Standard Saloons and Sports Sedans also share the program in what will be a great event.
Racing starts from 5pm on Saturday evening costing $20 for an adult, Kids 12 to 16 are $10 each whilst all other children are free, Pensioners are $10 & a Family ticket is $50 for 2 adults and three 12 – 16 kids & others less than 12 in age.
VSC SPRNTCAR VICTORIAN TITLE
MICHAEL STEWART CLAIMS SPEEDCAR VICTORY
Official release: Speedcar Association of NSW
February 19, 2018
Michael Stewart had a busy night on Saturday night at Valvoline Raceway.
Competing in his Speedcar, he also made his debut in a Sprintcar, and performed very well in both. It was the Speedcar however that he was most dominant in, taking a great feature race victory over Matt Jackson and Matt Smith who returned to the driver’s seat after a substantial break.
Stewart didn’t have it all his own way in the feature race after starting towards the rear of the 20 lap main event and having to battle hard with Matt Jackson for the win.
The battle was intense and provided some great racing.
Ultimately as both drivers battled heavy lapped traffic, Stewart came out on top and claim yet another Speedcar feature race victory.
Another highlight of the feature race was it ran 20 laps non-stop and was a great spectacle.
Further back in the field, the dicing for positions was entertaining.
Finishing just off the podium was newly-crowned Australian Champion Kaidon Brown and Mitch Brien was placed fifth. The two had a battle that wasn’t decided until the final two laps. Reid Mackay, Michael Jordan, Dean Meadows, Gary Rooke and Alan Day rounded out the top ten.
Jordan Mackay was eleventh followed by Dan Biner, Jamie Hall, Stephen Birkett, Dom Mackay and Jeffrey Burns rounded out the field. The only non-finisher was DJ Raw who was making his debut in the division.
Four qualifying heats were contested with wins going to Matt Smith (2 wins), Mitch Brien and Kaidon Brown.
Congratulations must go to all drivers who put on a great show.
The next event for the Speedcar Association of NSW will be Saturday, March 10 when the Speedcars return to Valvoline Raceway
WHELL IN DEFENCE MODE FOR 50 LAPPER
Toowoomba born and raised Sprintcar driver Dave Whell is preparing to back up last season's breakthrough win at Hi-Tec Oils Speedway, Charlton this Saturday.
Just over 12 months ago, Whell drove a calculated tyre-conserving race to claim the hard fought "Firecracker 50" and this week will be focussed on repeating his performance at the renamed "Pitstop 50."
"It's a unique concept where it's a 50 lap race with a fuel stop, but none of the teams will know prior to the race when that compulsory stop will be. As a result, no one will know whether to set their car up for a shorter first segment and longer second segment or vice versa, or maybe they will draw the 25 lap ticket out of the hat and it will an even split. Either way, everyone wants to be quick for the last segment, but they don't want to be too far back in the pack with too many cars to pass," Whell said.
"Last year we took it easy and watched while other racers used up their tyres battling for position, while we just stayed consistent and were perfectly positioned on the only lap that matters!"
Speedway Event Manager Bennie Bishop still remembers last season's event well, rating it as one of the best upsets he's seen in speedway in the nation.
"Whell and the team brought the house down last year with that win. It was smart, calculated, and it caught a lot of people off guard, and the crowd response when he got the win was euphoric!"
"It certainly is a format that opens up all sorts of possibilities and can completely mess with even the most experienced racers and teams, and that's why we love it!"
The Ultimate Sprintcars will be joined by Modified Sedans and AMCA Nationals, providing a great cross section of dirt racing entertainment, with the opening ceremony scheduled just after 6pm.
Tickets are available from 3pm at the gate or right now from speedwaytickets.com.au with the pits open to the public until 4pm.
Western Speedway Comes Alive with the Eureka Sprintcar Series
By Ian Vale
The Eureka Garages & Sheds Sprintcar Series is off to Western Speedway Hamilton this weekend the 17th of February for round ten of the thirteen round Series and all the main players for have entered. Rusty Hickman, Brett Milburn, Tim Hutchins, Jacob Smith, Charles Hunter, Grant Stansfield plus a few other name drivers, add the night two Classic A Main front row drivers of Peter Doukas and John Vogels plus one of South Australia’s best Daniel Pestka and you have one classy field.
While Rusty Hickman is the young man at the top of the Eureka Series tree he may have his work cut out to conquer Hamilton’s Western Speedway, this will be Rusty first venture to Hamilton with a 410ci power plant.
Now some of Rusty’s main contenders in the Eureka Garages and Sheds Sprintcar Series have done quite a few laps around this track, Last season Brett Milburn took second place in this event while Brayden Parr finished one of his best drives of last season to finish third and Dennis Jones raced to a strong fourth place, these drivers are sure to be strong again for this round of the Series.
With these drivers all nominated once again there might be a little pressure added to the V40 driver Rusty Hickman.
Tim Hutchins has been showing good speed recently and with some strong performances. Tim’s last outing at Western Speedway two seasons back didn’t go to plan but on resent form he must be a real contender for another podium place.
As stated two drivers that were stars at the 2018 Grand annual Sprintcar Classic, John Vogels who is also a five times Eureka Garages & Sheds Sprintcar Series Champion and the Classic A Main front row starter Peter Doukas are in good form and will be right in the mix at this event.
While Brayden Parr has returned to form after a poor start to the season he and another young charger, the current SRA Victorian 360 Sprintcar Champion Jordyn Charge are more that capable of giving any of the drivers nominated a run for their money on the night. Jordyn the current SRA 360 Champion took that victory here at Western Speedway last season with a faultless drive.
Brayden Cooley made a big impression at Wangaratta having his first drive in a 410ci powered sprintcar owned by Peter Milnes, based on that performance it should not take Brayden long to come to terms with the Hamilton venue.
Once again Charles Hunter, Jacob Smith and Grant Stansfield will continue their quest looking for top six placing’s and just as importantly to gain good points to keep themselves locked into the Eureka Series KTM Top ten for a shot at winning the new KTM motorbike and a good slice of the Series points fund.
Western Australian Scot Reilly is looking to make his return to the driver seat this weekend after a big crash back at Premier Speedway in mid December put him on the side lines for a while. Scott raced at the venue last season so he will have some good knowledge of the track.
Daniel Pestka is a driver that is more than capable of taking the win at Western Speedway, a couple of season back Daniel driving the V88 J&J took a heat win on his first visit to the track before the weather stopped the night proceedings, Daniel has unfinished business here!
Other Series regulars Sam Wren, David Aldersley and Eddie Lumbar will be on hand looking for a good night of racing action, these drivers will be joined by Rhys Baxter, Mark Carlin, Chris Heard and two time SRA Series Champion Mike Van Bremen.
With such a strong field of competitors and nearly half the field of entries that are already sprintcar feature winners it will hard to pick a winner and with the depth of the new talented racers we may just see another driver add his name to the feature winners list, in the words of Mike Raymond “BE THERE”
On track action for the sprintcars will commence at approximately 6.15pm for engine starts and hot laps.
Eureka Garages and Sheds Series – KTM Top 10:
1st – Rusty Hickman - 2647
2nd – Brett Milburn – 2447
3rd – Tim Hutchins - 2353
4th – Jacob Smith – 2084
5th – Charles Hunter - 1880
6th – Brayden Parr - 1833
7th – Grant Stansfield - 1699
8th – Corey McCullagh - 1679
9th – Glen Sutherland - 1537
10th – Peter Doukas - 1533
11th – Jordyn Charge - 1529
12th – Dennis Jones - 1485
13th – Sam Wren - 1474
14th – Bobby Daly - 1469
15th – Jamie Veal - 1450
16th – Jye Okeeffe - 1399
17th – Luke Walker - 1251
18th – Rhys Baxter - 1243
19th – Stephen Spark - 1225
20th – Andrew Hughes - 1213
Luke Weel Takes Wingless Feature at Sungold Stadium
With more than 100 cars in the pits and with three feature events on offer, tonight’s racing at Sungold Stadium, Premier Speedway, Warrnambool always promised to produce and for Luke Weel it proved to be just that as he claimed Round 5 of the Wingless Sprint Super Series.
Weel was joined on the podium by second place finisher Glenn Watts and Luke Storer who finished third.
During the night there were ten heats contested with wins going the way of David Cook, Luke Weel, Daniel Storer, William Caruso and Christopher Temby in the first round before Mitchell Broome, Weel, Michael McDonald, Luke Storer and Alex Thomson secured wins in th second round of heats.
The unique Wingless Sprint Super Series format also saw not one, not two, but three B-Main’s contested with Joel Heinrich, Mitchell Broome and Todd Hobson all claiming victory and making their way to the A-Main.
The final finishing order for the A-Main was: 1st: V28 Luke Weel, 2ND: V35 Glenn Watts, 3RD: V33 Luke Storer, 4TH: VX98 Ben Doukas, 5TH: S16 Joel Heinrich; 6th: V43 Daniel Storer, 7th: V14 Alex Ross, 8th: V77 Alex Thomson; 9th V36 David Cook, 10th: V83 Todd Hobson; 11th: V11 Matthew Symons; 12th: V23 Matthew Balcombe; 13th: W42 Mitchell White; 14th: V26 Luke Schneider; 15th: W77 Daniel Hartigan, DNF VX46 Michael McDonald; S35 Mitchell Broome; S10 William Caruso; V95 Geoff Cook and V2 Travis Millar.
The next race meeting at Sungold Stadium, Premier Speedway, Warrnambool will be held on Sunday March 11, 2018 and will feature the Grand Final of the Eureka Sprintcar Series as well as the Victorian Legend Car Title.
HOBART WSS RAINED OUT
Rain has forced the cancellation of Round 10 of QSS World Series Sprintcars at Solo Hobart Speedway before a wheel was even turned.
A downpour just after 4pm dissolved any hope of the series return to the venue for the first time since 2010, and continued showers throughout the afternoon sealed the decision.
As a result, the series has encountered a tightening of the points chase, with only four rounds remaining in Western Australia to decide the 2017-18 Champion on February 25 at the Perth Motorplex.
The team haulers will cross the Bass Strait Sunday morning before heading across the Nullarbor for round 11 at Albany next Friday and onto Bunbury the next night.
Allstar Sprintcars Head Back To Heartland
As the hectic month of February continues the All Star Series heads back to Heartland Raceway for Round 8 of the Mainline DynoLog Dynamometers All Star Series this Saturday 10th February.
Holding the second round their back in November drivers are keen to get back to the big almost half mile complex. The wide open track is always popular amongst the teams and
this weekend will be no exception.
“We have a fantastic car count with nearly 30 cars nominated. Paul Solom on took out the feature last November and wants to double up again this weekend, and with the points getting really serious now it is even more important to all the top teams. Caruso still holds a marginal lead of 43 points from Paul Solomon and Chris Solomon in three rounds
only three points behind his brother.” Mandy Searle said.
It is the last long drive for all the South Australian teams before they get to run closer to home for the next 3 shows. Crossing the Victorian border again will be Mark
Caruso ’s SA33, Dan Evans SA77, Jarman Dalitz SA95, Cody Atkins SA69, young guns Jacko Gartner SA16 & Ben Gartner’s SA32, newcomer SA38 Lachlan McDonough and young female racer Cheian Perrett’s SA98. An impressive effort from the South Aussie teams.
Brenten Farrer’s V34 is back in form after winning at Horsham last weekend. Farrer is another that loves the Heartland track and would love to make this his third A Main win for the season. Locky picked up a podium last weekend finishing 2nd and would dearly love to get another A Main win and in doing so he would tie with Tony Moule as the driver to win the most A mains in the history of the Series. Hard charging Brayden Parr's V77 is back with the series as is V6 Eddie Lumbar & V64 'Buzzard' Aldersley. Throw in
Tancredi, Moule, Campbell and all the series regulars the racing will be hard and fast as always. Racing from 6.00pm Heartland Raceway, Moama. NSW
Rusty Hickman takes Eureka Series R9 Win at Wangaratta
By Ian Vale
The Sprintcar Racing Association of Victoria returned to the Wangaratta Speedway after fifteen years to conduct round nine of the Eureka Garages & Sheds Sprintcars Series that was won by Series point’s leader Rusty Hickman in a very entertaining feature race from Tim Hutchins and Brayden Parr.
With warm conditions greeting the competitors once again the question was how would the track hold up? The venue operators did their best to give the sprintcar drivers a good track, after the first two rounds of heat race the track widen out that would produce some good racing in the third round of heats and a top Eureka Garages & Sheds A Main event with plenty of racing two wide throughout the event.
Time Trial groups set the heats ready for the nights racing with the top two drivers in the Series, Rusty Hickman and Tim Hutchins setting the fastest times in their groups to gain a front row start in their first heat race. An early casualty was Eddie lumbar to have a magneto failure to miss his time trial and his night didn’t get any better.
Heats race over and Rusty Hickman topped the points table in the V40 J&J to start on pole position for the Eureka Garages & Sheds A main event, alongside Rusty on the front row would be Tim Hutchins, the order for the main was set, row two was taken by V88 Grant Stansfield and V8 Bobby Daly with V77 Brayden Parr and V68 Brett Milburn in row three to fill the top six positions.
The speed that Rusty Hickman has been showing of late indicated he would be hard to beat but at the drop of the Green Flag for the Eureka A Main Tim Hutchins was ready and beat Rusty into the first turn and the lead of the race. Such was Hutchins race pace he was opening a gap in the first five laps before the race settled down.
Behind the leading pair was Grant Stansfield while both Brayden Parr and Bobby Daly raced hard side by side looking for fourth place leaving Brett Milburn and Charles Hunter in a battle of their own for sixth.
One third race distance and the leaders were into lapped traffic where Rusty Hickman saw his chance and pounced to take the race lead and quickly put a lapped car between himself and Tim Hutchins.
Both Parr and Daly continued to put on a show running two wide up track before Parr got the break to set out after Grant Stansfield for third place. The order was now Hickman, Hutchins, Stansfield, Parr, Daly, Milburn, Hunter, Dennis Jones, Mike Van Bremen and Brayden Cooley filling the top ten position when the caution lights came on for Rod Matthews when he tagged the turn three while running high on the track.
Back under way and with a clear track Hickman opened a gap to Hutchins leaving Parr to challenge Stansfield for fourth place, but the real action was further back in the pack. The condition of the race track was allowing some great two wide racing between many of the drivers but it was Brayden Cooley driving the Peter Milnes V51 that had everyone’s attention racing high up on the track passing car after car to be in reach of the top five cars in the run to the flag.
As the laps wound down the racing action would go all the way to the chequered flag with drivers making passes around the top and down low, Cooley could get up beside Daly lap after lap but could not quite make the pass. Parr would win his battle with Stansfield to take third place and set his sight on Hutchins while Milburn and Hunter continued their battle leavening Mike Van Bremen, Dennis Jones and Jacob Smith in a top battle of their own changing placing’s lap after lap as was Chris Heard and Sam Wren.
Up front Hickman was in control passing traffic wherever he please but Parr was working on Hutchins to take second place with two to go, Hutchins was not taking any of this and regained second place next time around, Hunter also got the better of Milburn to move into third place with two to go.
Thirty racing laps done and Rusty Hickman greeted the chequered flag to take his first Eureka Garages & Sheds Sprintcar Series win this season, second home after a tough fight went to Tim Hutchins, Brayden Parr settled for third place and a return to good form, Grant Stansfield with another top drive took fourth place ahead of Bobby Daly in fifth, Braden Cooley in sixth with a very impressive performance all night. Home in seventh was Charles Hunter leaving Brett Milburn in eight place, ninth went to Mike Van Bremen and Jacob Smith finished in tenth place, rounding out the finishers were Dennis Jones, Sam Wren, Chris Heard, Mark Carlin, Robert Nicholas and David Aldersley.
Heat winners on the night were V40 Rusty Hickman, T7 Tim Hutchins, V8 Bobby Daly (2 wins), V51 Brayden Cooley, V77 Brayden Parr.
The Eureka Garages & Shed Sprintcar Series returns to Western Speedway Hamilton for round ten to be conducted on Saturday the17th of February 2018.
For more information go to the Simpson Speedway site. www.westernspeedwayhamilton.com.au
Eureka Garages and Sheds Series – KTM Top 10:
1st – Rusty Hickman - 2647
2nd – Brett Milburn – 2447
3rd – Tim Hutchins - 2353
4th – Jacob Smith – 2084
5th – Charles Hunter - 1880
6th – Brayden Parr - 1833
7th – Grant Stansfield - 1699
8th – Corey McCullagh - 1679
9th – Glen Sutherland - 1537
10th – Peter Doukas - 1533
11th – Jordyn Charge - 1529
12th – Dennis Jones - 1485
13th – Sam Wren - 1474
14th – Bobby Daly - 1469
15th – Jamie Veal - 1450
16th – Jye Okeeffe - 1399
17th – Luke Walker - 1251
18th – Rhys Baxter - 1243
19th – Stephen Spark - 1225
20th – Andrew Hughes - 1213
VEAL BACK IN VICTORY LANE AT LATROBE
Jamie Veal in action at Latrobe. Photo Copyright Angryman photos
Krikke Motorsport's Jamie Veal has claimed his first QSS World Series Sprintcars win of the season at for round 9 at Latrobe, slightly closing the points gap on series leader James McFadden who drove from the B Main to salvage 10th.
Fellow Warrnamboolian Darren Mollenoyux backed up his win last night with an impressive runner-up result, while Adelaide's Brad Keller claimed third for his first WSS podium of the season.
Veal's return to victory lane began by qualifying 7th while West Australia's Jason Pryde collected his first ever Revolution Racegear Quicktime as the only driver to circulate under fourteen seconds on a racetrack that was already taking rubber.
Veal showed his form in the first heat of the night when he passed four cars in one move to win emphatically, backing it up with a 4th in the second round, and advancing to pole in the gold shootout.
The Transport Equipment Hire #W2 led from start to finish in the 30 lap feature race, while the remaining positions were shuffled between Mollenoyux, Keller and Steve Lines who traded blows for the first half of the race.
Jye O'Keeffe claimed the Hoosier Hard Charger award advancing from 13th to 7th.
The series remains in the Apple Isle for round 10 at Solo Hobart Speedway next Saturday before heading across the Nullarbor for the Western Swing the following weekend.
"MOLLY" CLAIMS BREAKTHROUGH WSS WIN AT LATROBE
Warrnambool's Darren Mollenoyux has claimed his first ever QSS World Series Sprintcars A-Main win in emphatic style at Latrobe's Gulf Western and Independent Oils Raceway, Tasmania.
"Molly" started the night qualifying in second behind 16-year-old Jock Goodyer who became the first ever Tasmanian to claim Revolution Racegear Quicktime in his home state, with an impressive 11.457 lap on a very tricky and moist race surface.
Despite only placing ninth and fifth in his heats, Mollenoyux still qualified on pole for the 30 lap A-Main alongside crowd favourite in Tasmanian-native Shaun Dobson.
Sadly Dobson did not complete a full circulation after what seemed like a minor contact with James McFadden in the back straight damaged the left side of the car, sending the VA21 into a mid-corner spin and into the path of West Australian James Inglis that retired both cars instantly.
Mollenoyux was aggressive on the restart and was never headed, however a brutal cushion formed below mid track at both ends, catching out a lot of racers including Californian Dom Scelzi who took a major tumble after skipping the berm and crunching the front straight wall in lap five.
Mount Gambian Glen Sutherland held onto second until lap 19 when a failed attempt for the lead unsettled the car and opened a gap for McFadden to inherit the spot through to the end, albeit with major damage to the front wing that would eventually completely fold over on the W17.
Lachlan McHugh also enjoyed a breakthrough podium result after originally starting from sixth, ahead of Steve Lines in fourth and Hoosier Hard Charger winner, Jamie Bricknall who advanced nine spaces to finish fifth.
Mollenoyux's win bagged an impressive 326 points from the round, elevating him to seventh in the overall championship, while James McFadden banked 299 points to give him a substantial lead in the campaign to defend his crown.
The series remains at Latrobe for round nine tonight before heading to Hobart next Saturday to close out the series' first visit to Tasmania since December 2010.
Hectic month of February
The month ahead is hectic for the All Stars with racing at 5 different tracks in 3 different states over a 5 weekend period. Hundreds of kilometres will be clocked up and many hours of mid-week work in the shed to make it all happen. To kick off this period RD 7 of the Mainline DynoLog Dynamometers All Star Series will be run this Saturday night at Blue Ribbon Raceway, Horsham. The Series heads to their 6th race track in 7 shows. “So many different tracks challenge’s every driver and keeps everyone on even ground – no home track favourites for our guys!” Searle tells us. “We love to take our show to so many different tracks & fans and show off our talented drivers. Blue Ribbon Raceway is an awesome track to visit. The Committee have done so much work there over the past couple of seasons.”
Series champ Chris Solomon’s V83 currently sits in 2nd place in the Championship and wants to secure top points for Saturday night. Mark Caruso’s SA33 is leading the series but only has a 30 point buffer over Solomon. Elder brother Paul Solomon’s V7 sits in 3rd place. All of the top 3 are past Series Champions and you can guarantee there will be a battle between them all to become the first two time winner of the Series.
Newcomer to the All Stars is WA30 Jamie Landrigan. Landrigan is making the long haul from Port Headland in West Australia – yep that’s only 4500ks. Landrigan is a regular on the scene in WA running both 360 and 410’s and getting some good results for his short racing career. The team plan on catching about 3 shows before heading back home.
Young cousins Jack and Ben Gartner are both improving each time they hit the track and with Jack’s SA16 Cool sitting in 4th place is proof. V29 Michael Tancredi has had Crew Chief guru Tony Bartlett on the spanners for the past couple of shows and is really getting confidence in the car. Brenten Farrer’s V34 will also be working towards a podium after having a mixed season so far with mechanical issues dampening his season. SA95 Jarman Dalitz and SA69 Cody Atkins are a couple more that are making the trip across the South Australian border. Throw in hard charger SA44 Dan Evans and Mr. Consistency James Wren’s V16, V78 Chris Campbell who has run nearly every weekend this season in either a 410 or 360 and racing is guaranteed to be exciting.
Parr Motorsports Track Premiership Gets A Classic Shake Up!
By David Mills
The Parr Motorsports Premier Speedway Track Championship, has really tightened up with just two rounds to be run following the three nights of competition during the South West Conveyancing Grand Annual Sprintcar Classic.
With drivers able to secure points, not only in the Classic final, but also in the A-Main of the two qualifying nights, the battle has certainly tightened up at the top of the table.
For the 2017-18 season, drivers no longer have the luxury of dropping their worst result, thus meaning the winner will be rewarded for season long consistency, in the chase for the prize worth a cool $10,000.00 courtesy of Parr Motorsports.
Having recorded an eighth-place finish in the re-scheduled Saturday night preliminary feature, Darren Mollenoyux was able to back that up with another eighth place run in the 40 lap Classic final to close the gap on Jamie Veal, who had held a 38-point lead on the eve of the Classic weekend.
This 38-point lead has now been reduced to just two points, or one racing position, with only the Eureka Sprintcar Series Grand Final on Sunday March 11 and the finale to the Geelong Harley Davidson Easter Sprintcar Trail remaining to be run!
Peter Doukas, who also produced a Classic weekend to remember, is still within reach, albeit that he will need everything to fall into place if he is to challenger Veal and Mollenoyux for the Parr Motorsports Track Premiership Crown.
Doukas secured a total of 276 points for his two A-Main appearances at the weekend to move to third in the points standings, 74 points adrift of Veal.
Glen Sutherland and 2018 Classic Champion Corey McCullagh round out the top five, with both drivers securing a strong bounty of points over the Classic weekend, with Sutherland adding 234 points to his tally while McCullagh secured 292 in what was a weekend for the ages for the Warrnambool based driver.
The current top 10 in the point standings are as follows:
1. Jamie Veal 834
2. Darren Mollenoyux 832 (-2)
3. Peter Doukas 760 (-74).
4. Glen Sutherland 746 (-88)
5. Corey McCullagh 716 (-118)
6. Luke Walker 702 (-132)
7. Tim Hutchins 698 (-136)
8. James McFadden 678 (-156)
9. Jye O’Keeffe 652 (-182).
10. Grant Anderson 652 (-182)
So, with two nights of competition remaining, the Parr Motorpsorts Track Premiership at Sungold Stadium, Premier Speedway, Warrnambool is going to be one battle that won’t be decided until Easter Sunday night.
With potential for anyone driver to claim a maximum of 154 points from each of the remaining events and with points only paid out for A-Main starters, whoever has designs on claiming the 2017-18 Parr Motorsports Track Premiership still needs everything to go their way!
Miraculous Win for Smee in Stan Burrow Stampede
Archerfield Speedway Media Release
By Chris Metcalf
Photo Copyright Chris Metcalf.
In a remarkable race that featured as many heroic performances as it did hard luck moments, Nathan Smee climbed from position 10 to win the Stan Burrow Midget Stampede at Ausdeck Patios Archerfield Speedway on Saturday night (January 20). Making the most of their moment in the spotlight, the Midgets put on a mighty show as Smee chased down New Zealand's Hayden Williams, who controlled much of the race despite a deflating rear tyre that eventually ended his campaign just two laps from home. In a stunning Midget debut, Sprintcar ace Callum Walker stormed into second spot, with another youngster in Kaiden Brown surging back to third after a spin early in the race. Brock Dean finished fourth ahead of Anthony Chaffey, with Brad Young and Mitchell Rooke both producing what is perhaps their best-ever performances to snag sixth and seventh respectively, with Mark George, Scott Farmer and Cal Whatmore rounding out the top ten.
Time trials kicked things off and, quite remarkably, it was Walker who set the early benchmark with a best lap of 13.499, a time that would only be bettered by Farmer with a 13.425 circulation, leaving Vine (13.518) third best ahead of Dean (13.573) and Chaffey (13.687). Adam Clarke, Young, George, Williams and Reid Mackay were the best of the rest, with Smee languishing in 16th overall.
Williams made his intentions clear in the opening heat, advancing from the third row to win ahead of Vine and Clarke.
Rob Mackay made the most of a pole position start in heat two to lead all the way in downing Chaffey and George, with Smee outpacing Brown and Cal Whatmore to win heat three.
Clarke cruised home to win heat four from Andy Hassan and Mitchell Rooke before Audie Malt snared his first Midget win in heat five, leading home Young and Brad Harrison.
Williams wrapped up the preliminaries with another win in the final heat, this time ahead of Smee and Vine, and it was the latter who emerged as the top qualifier heading into the Pole Shootout.
The Bronze round of the Shootout saw Dean and Walker advance as Farmer and Young resigned themselves to sharing the fourth row of the feature race grid. Williams was far too swift in the Silver showdown, taking Chaffey with him into the final clash as Dean and Walker exited. In the Gold Shootout, Williams was again too strong, securing pole position for the 40-lap feature race. Clarke was second best, leaving Chaffey and Vine to come from row two.
Nathan Mathers prevailed in the B Main, leading Malt, Dallas Sharp, Hassan and Don Mackay to the line.
At the drop of the green, Clarke catapulted from the outside to lead Williams though the opening laps and the order at the front remained unchanged until lap 11 when Williams moved ahead, only for a spin by Brown in turn four to trigger a restart that put Clarke back in front. However, Williams wasted no time after the resumption in reversing the positions and reclaiming the lead, with his advantage growing as the action further back intensified. Smee was making steady progress through the field and had advanced to fourth after 15 laps, the leaders bunching again for another restart on lap 16 after Rob Mackay and Farmer parked in turn two.
A lap later, Smee surged into third and then reeled in Clarke to secure second spot on lap 22. Out front, Williams still looked very comfortable despite the fact that his left rear tyre had been deflating for several laps, with nobody really making much progress in their attempt to chase him down. However, when Williams climbed the kerb in his efforts to negotiate a lapped car, the impact on the wheel proved the death knell for the Kiwi ace and the tyre shredded with just two laps remaining, elevating Smee into the lead. Despite claims from several of the top eight qualifiers in pre-race interviews that the highline would be their preferred option if the track was conducive, Vine was the only one who backed his words with actions and it looked likely to pay off with a podium place seemingly secured until he too exited in the closing stages.
Elevated back to second place upon Williams exiting, Clarke threw away his spot with a spin in turn three as Smee swept under the chequer to score a hard fought result. Clarke's demise moved Walker into second spot ahead of Brown, whose fight back was impressive indeed. Dean narrowly missed a podium berth, while Chaffey, Young, Rooke and George all finished ahead of Farmer, who has been the standout in local competition so far this season. Behind Whatmore came Rob Mackay and Audie Malt, with Clarke classified 13th ahead of Hassan and Harrison.
The next event at Ausdeck Patios Archerfield Speedway is on Saturday, February 10 featuring the East Coast Logistics Sprintcar Track Championship plus AMCA Nationals, Formula 500s, Compact Speedcars, Wingless Sprints and Ford v Holden v Sigmas sedans.
Classic Night 3 Information
By David Mills
After a trying night, where the competitors and teams need to be applauded for their resilience along with our loyal fans, the Night 2 program was unfortunately terminated due to rain, with just the 30-lap A-Main to run on Night 2 of the South West Conveyancing Grand Annual Sprintcar Classic.
The A-Main will be run tomorrow, proceeding the Night 3 program, which still isn’t finalised due to the all-important A-Main points and passing points.
The program of events will be:
Gate Opening: 1.30pm for ticket holders.
Tickets: Night Three Ticket Holders will be admitted to the venue.
Officials Meeting: 3.00pm
Sprintcar Drivers Briefing 3.20pm
Super Rods Drivers Briefing 3.40pm.
Cars on Track at 4.00pm for the conclusion of the Night 2 program.
It is anticipated that the usual Night 3 program will commence from 5.00pm as previously advertised.
Once again we thank everyone for their understanding and co-operation.
Austin McCarl Subs
by David Mills
The 2018 South West Conveyancing Grand Annual Sprintcar Classic, already has the iconic Dumesny Family Father and Son combinations, as well as the Brazier’s with Garry and Jordyn in addition to Steve as Crew Chief, but now the Classic will welcome an American Father-Son combination with Austin McCarl set to join his father Terry in the field next week.
McCarl, replaces Travis Rilat in the Phil Seymour owned USA29 entry, after it was revealed this week that Rilat was unable to make the trip to Australia.
Austin, who in 2017 finished a very impressive third in the Knoxville Raceway Track Championship, driving the TKS Motorsport 2KS Maxim, will be one of the many drivers hungry to claim not only the Classic win, but also the Skwid Signs Hard Charger Award!
The award, which is now a long running part of the Classic weekend, rewards the driver who passes the most cars in the Sunday night A-Main, a feat which was achieved by Cory Eliason in 2017.
The prize on offer is a complete Sprintcar design and wrap courtesy of the Mt. Gambier based Skwid Signs including one top and one front wing to the value of $2,500.00, which is to be claimed ahead of the 2018-19 season.
“To be honest we can’t thank Newton Bradley and the guys at Skwid Signs enough for their continued support of the Classic, we are very fortunate to again have them on board as we look forward to rewarding someone for putting on a show in the 40-lap Classic finale”, Premier Speedway General Manager David Mills said.
McCarl who will arrive in Australia on Monday, having hastily arranged his travel plans for his maiden visit to the Classic, enjoyed not only strong performances in the Knoxville Raceway Track Championship, but also during the famed Knoxville Nationals, where he qualified strongly on his qualifying night (11th) and managed to transfer through his heat and directly qualify for the A-Main.
Having a clot of mud, dislodge a plug wire as well as breaking the plug, saw McCarl wrestle with an ailing car, which despite being on only seven cylinders, was still good enough to record a fifth- place finish behind Kyle Larson, Donny Schatz, Greg Hodnett and Brad Sweet, all of whom Austin will now join as drivers to have contested the Classic.
In the Saturday night Knoxville Nationals finale, the 50 lap feature would eventually see a part failure resulting in McCarl’s 2017 National’s Dream go up in smoke, thus recording a 22nd place finish.
Arguably one of McCarl’s best performances of the season, came on the Sunday prior to the Knoxville Nationals when he placed fifth of the 70 cars that entered the Capitani Classic. The only drivers to place better than McCarl were the winner Brian Brown, Kerry Madsen, Brad Sweet and Greg Hodnett.
GARY ROOKE ROARS HOME IN NOWRA
Official release: Speedcar Association of NSW
January 9, 2018
By Shaun McDonald
Veteran Gary Rooke took a commanding victory at the very picturesque Nowra Speedway in steamy conditions on Saturday night.
Rooke was high-points man going into the final and led every lap to take the win on what is effectively his home track.
Second to the line was Donald Mackay and Braydan Willmington put on a great performance to snare third.
Although down on numbers with other drivers running events interstate, the Speedcars entertained the big Nowra crowd on what was a great surface.
Finishing fourth was Dan Biner followed by Bob Jackson, Jamie Hall and Mitch Brien. The only non-finisher of the main event was Jordan Mackay. Clint Leibhardt was unfortunately a non-starter. Earlier in the night, two entertaining heat races were conducted with Gary Rooke winning both of those, earning himself a clean sweep.
“It was a fun night tonight,” Gary said at the presentations. “It was good to get a win at Nowra in front of a great crowd as well.”
The Speedcar Association of NSW thanks the drivers for putting on a great show in very hot conditions.
The next event for the Speedcar Association of NSW is the much anticipated Australian Title at South Australia’s Murray Bridge Speedway. A number of local drivers will be heading to South Australia with the hope of bringing the A1 back to NSW.
SPRINTCARS AND STREET STOCKS HEADLINE REDLINE THIS SATURDAY NIGHT
By Dean Thompson
Racing at Redline Raceway returns this Saturday night January the 13th with the Victorian Sprintcar Association competitors returning after a couple of years absence from the venue to be one of the two main attractions, the other main attraction being the Duo Mobile Eliminator Cup for Street Stocks, where typically the competitors will swap paint as they get around the track four wide.
The Sprintcar field includes Redline member James Hennessy who has been a proven competitor amongst elite competition in recent seasons. He will have his hands full with the likes of Mitch Foster who recently had a win in Gippsland, Shane Steenholdt who has been at the top of the VSA ranks for the last few seasons and Adam Greenwood who is always amongst the leaders.
Gates open at 2pm racing begins at 5.00pm, prices for this meeting are adults $20- Aged & Disabled Pensioner $15, kids 5 to 15 years of age al at $5 each, whilst under 6 years of age is free & a family of 2 adults and 3 kids at paying age, $50-. Contact for information 0418 399 917
Macedo, Madsen and Co Add To Classic Talent
The number of entrants continue to grow with the talented duo of Carson Macedo and Ian Madsen amongst those to have beaten the nomination deadline as the list now exceeds 110 cars.
Having become a regular visitor to Australia over the past couple of seasons, Carson Macedo returns to our shores to drive for Sean and Felicity Dyson at the 2018 South West Conveyancing Grand Annual Sprintcar Classic.
Having raced since the age of four, Carson was always going to put his talents to good use and at just a tender 21 years of age, he has the racing world at his feet, having already campaigned for legendary American Car Owners or Teams including Keith Kunz, Tarlton Motorsports and Joe Gaerte Racing.
In 2017 Macedo kicked things off in the days prior to the Grand Annual Sprintcar Classic, by claiming what is arguably Australia’s toughest single night of competition, Avalon Raceway’s President’s Cup.
The 2017 Classic saw Dyson Motorsports finish 13th in the star-studded A-Main, before a return to the United States netted Macedo 11 feature race wins across a diverse range of tracks and series, even switching disciplines at times from Winged Sprints to Midgets.
His Knoxville Nationals saw him place 13th in the World Challenge on the Friday night program, also missing a transfer into the Friday night A-Main by just one spot. This meant he was confined to the C-Main on the final night of the Nationals, keeping pretty good company with the likes of Jamie Veal, James McFadden, Jordyn Brazier, Danny Lasoski and Jac Haudenschild amongst others.
His best World of Outlaws result for the season came at Silver Dollar Speedway where he finished 7th, having previously recorded his first WOO win in 2016.
Sean and Felicity Dyson know what it takes to win the Classic, having saluted with Tim Kaeding in 2014 and they will have all the ingredients to do it again in 2018.
Ian Madsen is coming off a stellar American season, where he captured the coveted Knoxville Raceway Track Championship s well as recording top ten finish in the 40 lap finale to the Knoxville Nationals.
With success comes opportunity and Madsen will now also be looking forward to a full-time tour with the World of Outlaws upon his return to the United States.
For the Classic Sydney based car owner James Matherson will join forces with the younger of the Madsen’s as he wheels the N49.
Madsen will be joined in the field by another New South Welshman, Peter Bourke.
Bourke campaigns the N79 entry and managed to qualify for the C-Main at the 2017 Classic, eventually being scored as 17th.
Queensland’s list of Classic entrants has also grown with regular Classic entrant Darren Jensen once again signaling his intent to be a part of the field.
The in-flux of South Aussies in the field has also grown with Sam Putland and Daniel Evans.
Terry Kelly, who hails from Cardross in Victoria will compete in the South Australian registered S27. Victorian, Adam King will also aim to improve on his 2017 result at the Classic, when he rolls into town. Robert Nicholas, another of the Victorian drivers, will also contest the Classic.
SCHATZ DOMINATES AUSTRALIAN OPEN
WoO stars Donny Schatz (15) and Logan Schuchart (1) battle at Archfield on Saturday. Paul Matthews Photo
by Bennie Bishop
Nine-time World of Outlaws Sprintcars Series Champion Donny Schatz has regained his authority on the Australian Sprintcar Open with a dominant flag to flag win at Brisbane's Archerfield Speedway.
Schatz started on the front row outside of Kerry Madsen who was aiming for hat-trick after winning the two previous years but Schatz led the 50 lap contest from start to finish with only one caution brought on by a spin from Bryan Mann on lap nine.
Despite his best efforts, Madsen couldn't reel-in the North Dakota native who was able to maintain a six second lead for the majority of the race, claiming his 25th World Series Sprintcars A-Main win since his first victory in the series in Kalgoorlie in 1999.
"This is a great way to finish off our trip to Australia. The track was way more slick then I expected so it turned out to be vital to get a good start over Kerry."
The remaining podium positions were decided somewhat controversially however, after Madsen was deemed to have made an illegal infield pass on Pennsylvanian Lucas Wolfe with a post-race ruling awarding Wolfe second place and Madsen relegated to 3rd.
"The chief steward made the right call there," Madsen said to the surprise of the huge crowd, "because on a track like that I had to try whatever I could to make a pass on Lucas and unfortunately I found myself across the bottom line. But this has been a massive few weeks for our team and they have worked extremely hard and I am so grateful to be on the podium and still having fun."
Wolfe was surprised about the ruling but thankful regardless. "Making the ruling after the race is a little bit different to what I am used to back in the States, but I am just pleased for everyone at Ayers Racing who gave me a great package for my whole Australian visit and I am really pleased to repay them with the podium on our last night in Brisbane."
Jamie Veal was the first World Series contracted driver home in fourth ahead of Californian Carson Macedo and defending series champion James McFadden. Lockie McHugh finished an impressive seventh ahead of David Murcott, Logan Schuchart and Darren Mollenoyux.
QSS World Series Sprintcars takes a short break for the remainder of January as the nation's best Sprintcar exponents embark on the month of money starting with the Scott Darley Challenge next weekend at Valvoline Raceway Sydney, the Australian Sprintcar Title at Mount Gambier on the following weekend before Warrnambool's Grand Annual Sprintcar Classic on the Australia Day weekend.
The QSS backed series resumes on Friday February 3 at Tasmania's Gulf Western Independent Oils Speedway Latrobe for a double header weekend with two separate rounds at the same venue on Friday and Saturday.
Madsen Powers to Preliminary Win
Archerfield Speedway Media Release
Kerry Madsen in action at BIS. Chris Metcalk Photo
By Chris Metcalf
Kerry Madsen staked his claim for back-to-back Australian Open successes with a rollicking race to victory in the Preliminary Feature on Friday night at Ausdeck Patios Archerfield Speedway on Friday night (December 5). It was World of Outlaws champion Donny Schatz who leapt from the second row to lead the opening two laps before succumbing to Madsen's highline heroics. Whilst the margin fluctuated, Schatz never lost contact with Madsen and the pair was separated by less than a second at the chequer. California's Carson Marcedo clinched third spot ahead of James McFadden, with Logan Schuchart the third American inside the top five. Lachlan McHugh secured sixth to be the first Queenslander home, with Lucas Wolfe, David Murcott, Jamie Veal and Shaun Dobson rounding out the top ten.
A far cry from the previous round in which he needed to execute an alphabet run to secure a spot in the feature, Marcedo all but booked his berth in the preliminary main when he topped qualifying with a best lap of 11.854, nudging Madsen (11.891) from the top spot. McFadden (11.948) was the only other to go under 12 seconds, with Veal (12.058) and Schatz (12.074) completing the five fastest. Schuchart, Sam Walsh, Murcott, Tim Van Ginniken and McHugh were the best of the other 40 runners, with Mitchell Gee ending his night early when a steering failure sent him into the turn three wall.
Brent Kratzmann got the heat action underway with a win over Andrew Scheuerle and Veal, with Marcedo storming from 10th to fourth in a feat that, whilst impressive, would be bettered several times in subsequent heats.
McFadden wowed in the second heat to advance from the back to the front, leading Peter Lack and Kevin Titman to the line. West Australia's Daniel Harding executed a high impact crash in turn three that left his car crumpled and out of action for the rest of the night.
Dominic Scelzi was untroubled from pole position in heat three, leading home teammate Mitchell Wormall and the 10th-starting Madsen.
Kaiden Manders claimed heat four from Dobson and Schatz, before Scheuerle romped home in heat five over Steven Lines and Schuchart.
Jack Lee downed Murcott and McFadden in heat six and then it was Allan Woods who outpaced Madsen and Darren Jensen in heat seven.
The final heat saw Scelzi double up with another win, this time ahead of Manders and Schatz, but it still wasn't enough to secure a place in the feature field.
A scrappy start to the B main saw Jason Pryde climb over Jye O'Keefe, who emerged from this incident unscathed only to exit three laps later when he and Kevin Titman crashed heavily in the main straight. Once back underway, the racing was intense with slidejobs aplenty as drivers jockeyed to be amongst the first four to secure a spot in the feature. It was Oldfield who led the way, taking Manders, Scelzi and Mollenoyux with him into preliminary final.
At the green, Schatz powered past Madsen and McFadden to lead the opening lap of the preliminary feature. Madsen, though, would charge around the outside of Schatz to take control. Even whilst engaged in a dice for the lead, the pair cleared away from the field in what might prove a precursor to the battle that will unfold on Saturday night. Marcedo was not quite mighty enough to chase down the leaders, settling for third ahead of McFadden, Schuchart and McHugh. Wolfe, Murcott, Veal and Dobson rounded out the top ten on night one, with plenty of potential permutations yet to be played out.
The Performance Wholesale Australian Sprintcar Open continues tonight (Saturday, January 6) at Ausdeck Patios Archerfield Speedway.
PPM Headlines Big Batch of Classic Entries, 100 Plus Now Entered
The 2018 South West Conveyancing Grand Annual Sprintcar Classic has once again broken into the rare air that is a 100 plus car entry list, with Parker Price-Miller headlining a big batch of drivers who nominated today.
With more entries still expected the Classic will again be one of, if not the biggest Sprintcar field of the year once again, as it becomes the sole qualifier for the Speed Sport News Challenge as held annually as an integral part of the Knoxville Nationals.
Price-Miller who hails from Kokomo, Indiana, which is located a short distance from the Motorsport Capital of the World, Indianapolis, and also home to the famed Kokomo Speedway spent the early portion of the World of Outlaws Tour as a teammate to Paul McMahan at Destiny Motorsports.
After leaving the tour full-time at the end of April, the now 18 year-old , eventually re-joined the World of Outlaws full time in September replacing McMahan in a mutually agreed change.
Overall Price Miller finished 19th in World of Outlaws points, claiming one win along the way, in his home state of Indiana at the Tri-State Speedway in Haubstadt, Overall along with that win, the youngster finished with a further top 5 finish and another 4 top ten results.
In 2016 he stamped his class all over the Canadian Nationals , where he would claim the win and pocket a cool $12,000.00 for his efforts, a result that certainly shot him to prominence.
His 2017 Knoxville Nationals campaign ended after a positive start on his qualifying night, he finished 16th in the A-Main. After being forced to pull in during his heat, after earlier setting a strong qualifying time in the last chance Friday night portion of the Nationals, he was unable to partake in any of the Main events, effectively ending his campaign.
Price-Miller will be a teammate to West Australian Daniel Harding, having already completed a strong run of races over the hectic Christmas period at the Perth Motorplex, where he produced some strong results including a win on Boxing Night.
Sure to be a fan favourite, Price-Miller will make the trek to Warrnambool, after taking a break from his Australian racing duties to return home to contest the famed Chili Bowl, an event he did very well at in 2017.
Another of the 2017 Classic A-Main starters, Matt Egel, is also aiming to improve on his result when the green flag drops in two weeks time.
Egel, who claimed a World Series Sprintcars Speedweek win at Avalon on December 30, will again team up with the Downing Brothers as they shoot to improve on their 17th place finish of last year.
A pair of hard charging Victorians will also be on show with John Vogels and Brett Milburn. Vogels finished 11th in B-Main 2 in 2017, while Milburn went from driver to car-owner for American Star Shane Stewart, who qualified into the A-Main.
Another of the South Aussies to impress during Speedweek was Brock Hallett with the exciting former Formula 500 star using his preferred high groove with aplomb whenever the opportunity arose.
He will be joined in the field by another of the South Aussie’s with Chad Ely again securing the drive for Jamie Stark aboard the S72 Maxim.
Ely is another to have logged some laps during Speedweek and come the Classic will be ultra sharp as he looks to improve on his seventh place in C-Main 1 from 2017.
Former World Series Sprintcars contracted driver, Muswellbrook, New South Wales based Andrew Wright returns to the Classic having missed the 2017 edition through injury.
Wright won’t be alone in the trip down the Hume Highway, with a pair of Classic debutants, Matthew Thomas and Chris McInerney also making the journey to Warrnambool.
Eddie Lumbar who by his own admission had a disappointing 2017 Classic is back after having found some gremlins within his Maxim.
Young Victorian Jordyn Charge finished 13th in C-Main 1 in 2017, and he will be looking to improve on that, with his childhood dream of a Classic final start not out of his reach.
Having gained the support of world reknowned Car Owner and Racer, Tasmanian Robin Dawkins over the past off-season, Charge has shown considerable speed at times already this year.
Charge will also be joined by a trio of his fellow Garden State Gasmen with Brad Warren.
Daniel Newnham has made a comeback after previously not having turned a lap since the 2016 Australian Championship at Sungold Stadium. He will be joined by Werribee’s David Aldersley who will be at the wheel of his familiar FTW Transport, Total Tools backed V64, which will utilize a Foster Chassis.
Rounding out the century breaking list of entries is another New South Welshman, Guy Stanshall, who has entered aboard the N18. Interestingly N18 is the car number that Ian Loudoun ran with great distinction including a Classic victory.
SCHATZ LEADS AMERICAN INVASION AT ARCHERFIELD
Reigning World of Outlaws Champion, Donny Schatz has led home fellow American Lucas Wolfe to claim round six of QSS World Series Sprintcars at Ausdeck Archerfield Speedway, Brisbane.
Schatz started the night timing second quickest behind Revolution Racegear Quicktime recipient Luke Oldfield, and moved forward in his heats to bank enough points to start from pole after winning the Gold Shootout.
Wolfe however started from the inside of the third row for the 30 lap final and had to work much harder for his podium finish, patiently displacing Jamie Veal, Luke Oldfield and finally Hobart's Shaun Dobson to grab the runner up spot in the Ayres Racing #USA5W.
Dobson was the class of the Australians, graduating from the bronze shootout right through to second quickest in the Gold, rewarding him with a front row start beside Schatz.
Dobson held his own for three laps before a pass from Luke Oldfield, but then regained his spot until half race distance where Wolfe took over the second position.
Falling back into the clutches of Oldfield, the two traded blows for the remainder of the race swapping between third and fourth six times before Dobson cemented his claim on the final podium position with two laps remaining.
Schatz was never headed for the entire 30 lap journey, claiming America's 20th World Series win at Archerfield, but was just as happy to talk of his Australian holiday in the post-race celebrations.
"This is great, being able to race at night while getting plenty of time at the beach during the day, so we're having a ball and the win tonight just caps it off."
Pennsylvanian Wolfe was quick to congratulate his team, but was philosophical about the runner up result.
"I thought we may have had something for Donny but to come away with second is a good result."
Dobson however was suitably pleased with third, especially after a tough campaign in the latter part of Speedweek.
"Dad and Shane Finch have done a great job with the car and I haven't been in the seat for quite a while, so to be on the podium in this calibre of drivers is great for our confidence and a really great result for our team."
Luke Oldfield held on to fourth despite a final five lap charge from Kerry Madsen who'd advanced from ninth on the grid to fifth, with Logan Schuchart finishing where he started in sixth.
James McFadden got as high as fifth and as low as ninth after a quick pirouette on turn two just after midway in the race, but recovered to finish seventh ahead of Jamie Veal who had dropped from fifth to eighth after multiple battles.
Dave Murcott claimed ninth while Hoosier Hard Charger Carson Macedo moved from sixteenth to round out the top ten.
Kerry Madsen still leads the Championship ahead of McFadden by 85 points, while Jamie Veal has stepped up into the third position a further 305 points behind.
The series now remains in Brisbane and looks ahead to this weekend's 22nd running of the Australian Sprintcar Open where Kerry Madsen will aim to defend his title starting on Friday night for the two-night event.
Schuchart Delivers Again, Klarich Clinches Memorial
Ray Klarich was the Paul Britten 44 win last Saturday night. Photo by Chris Metcal
On another night of incredible racing at Ausdeck Patios Archerfield Speedway, Logan Schuchart raced to his second feature race victory in less than a week when he took out round ten of the East Coast Logistics Sprintcar Track Championship on Monday night (January 1). Starting from pole position in the 35-lap feature event, Schuchart had opened up a considerable buffer until 9th-starting Donny Schatz moved into second spot and chased down his WoO rival. With 10 laps to run, Schatz looked to slice underneath through turn one, only to find himself squeezed for room and pinched into a spin. With Schatz banished to the back, Schuchart was untroubled in leading the field through the final laps. West Australian young gun Kaiden Manders finished in second spot with a third American in Lucas Wolfe storming home to grab the final place on the podium, leaving Mark Pholi as the best of the locals in fourth spot ahead of Allan Woods and a barnstorming Mitchell Gee, who advanced from 19th to sixth with a mighty drive. Andrew Scheuerle snared seventh and Schatz surged back to eighth, with Bryan Mann and Lynton Jeffrey rounding out the top ten.
In the Dirt Modified feature race, five drivers accepted the invitation to start the Paul Britten 44 Memorial from the rear of the field and, of those, it was Jai Stephenson and Mark Robinson who came oh-so-close to pulling off a miraculous win. In the end it was Ray Klarich who stood firm in the face of immense pressure to emerge victorious, with Stephenson snatching second from Robinson on the final lap. Mitchell Randall finished fourth after leading early, with Kevin Britten climbing to fifth ahead of Chris Corbett, Scott Cannon, Ray Eggins, Terry Leerentveld and Zac McDonald. As is the case with this event each season, the race proved a thrilling spectacle as the backmarkers surged their way through the field to chase down the leaders.
In a remarkable form reversal, Steve Greer went from last in the C Main two nights earlier to KRE Quick Time in Sprintcar qualifying, making good use of the best track conditions to stop the clock at 12.650. Occasional racer Steven White was second quickest (12.712) ahead of Andrew Corbet (12.767), Manders (12.896) and Pholi (12.916), with Woods, Cody Maroske, Stewart Craig, Mitch Gowland and Bryan Mann completing the first ten. The best of the Americans was Schuchart with12th overall, just one spot ahead of Schatz and while Wolfe could do no better than 26th, he was in good company with the likes of Scheuerle, Gee, Luke Oldfield, Peter Lack, Brent Kratzmann and fast qualifier from the previous round in Callum Walker all languishing outside the top twenty.
Rain hit the complex prior to the opening round of heats getting underway and after a lengthy delay to get the track back into shape, the decision was made to amend the format to replicate the WoO qualifying system, with each driver to contest one of four heat races from which the first four placegetters would secure a berth in the feature race.
The first of the heats saw Pholi lock himself into the main event when he led home Greer, Schatz and Scheuerle.
Heat two saw Woods prevail in advance of Mann, Wolfe and White, while Peter Lack suffered a setback when he was forced infield on lap two.
Corbet scored his first ever Sprintcar heat win in heat three, outpacing Darren Jensen and Jeffrey, with Brodie Tulloch relegating Maroske on the final lap to secure the all-important fourth spot.
The final heat went to Schuchart ahead of Manders and Oldfield, leaving Stewart Craig to clinch the last direct transfer into the feature race field.
Schuchart followed up to also take out the Dash and secure pole position for the feature race, with Mann, Woods and Manders next in line. Greer finished fifth to secure his best ever feature race starting position, with Pholi, Corbet and Jensen at the back of the pack.
The B main was a humdinger as Lack chased down and relieved Maroske of the lead on lap 11. Having advanced from position 10, Gee looked on track to usurp Maroske from the final transfer spot, only to bring all his hard work undone with a spin in the final turn.
With Gee afforded a discretionary start at the rear, 19 cars hit the track for the feature event and, unfortunately for Jensen, his race would end on the opening lap when a kerfuffle in turn three left him stricken and sent Lack on an end-for-end ride from which he would recover to make the restart, leaving the luckless Jensen as the only non-finisher. Schuchart shot to the front and wasted little time in distancing himself from the field, with Manders slotting into second spot as Mann started a backward trajectory, falling behind Woods, Pholi and Schatz. Woods moved ahead of Manders on lap 15 but both were soon rounded up by Schatz, who was closing in on Schuchart when Oldfield spun in turn four with 11 laps to run. Just one lap into the resumption, Schatz charged underneath Schuchart through turn one but simply ran out of room. With Schatz now at the back, Manders reclaimed the runner-up spot from Woods, who would subsequently lose two more spots courtesy of Pholi and Wolfe. Pholi had no answer to Wolfe's late-race pace and had to settle for fourth, while Gee culminated his barnstorming run with a sixth-place finish ahead of Scheuerle and Schatz, who rounded up 10 cars in as many laps to salvage eighth. Mann and Jeffrey were next in line, followed by Tulloch, White, Maroske, Corbet and Oldfield, with Greer, Craig and Lack at the back of the queue.
Scott Cannon cruised home by more than eight seconds in the opening Dirt Modified heat, downing Jai Stephenson and Scott Quirk. Heat two was a much closer affair as Ray Eggins chased down Kev Stow, with Mitchell Randall third.
McDonald seemingly had heat three in is keeping, only to spin on the final lap to give Paul Booker the win ahead of Victoria's Steve Milthorpe and Robinson, with Leerentveld leading throughout heat four to defeat Stephenson and Cannon.
Enjoying a strong return to racing after an extended absence, Robinson took out heat five from Sam Bruggy and Milthorpe, while the final heat went to Britten over Randall and Dale Corbett.
The Top Six Shootout featured no less than four national championship winners and it was Cannon who proved the best of the bunch in this instance, leading Milthorpe, Stephenson, Robinson, Britten and Eggins to the chequer. After the race, each driver was invited to take the challenge of foregoing their qualifying position to start the feature from the back of the 20-car field and it was only Milthorpe who declined the offer and thereby secured himself pole position.
Not surprisingly, Milthorpe led the feature race field away as the backmarkers set forth on the challenge of carving their way to the front. Randall moved to the front on lap 10, only for Milthorpe to regain the ascendancy after another 10 laps. With 15 laps to go, Milthorpe's reluctance to move from the pole line proved very costly when he tagged the back of a slower car and spun himself out of contention, handing the lead to Klarich, who had advanced from 11th to dispose of Randall a few laps earlier. Robinson had climbed to second at this point and was menacing Klarich with serious intent, but the category stalwart was able to fend off each challenge. Stephenson joined the battle in the closing stages and, quite remarkably, the lead trio exited turn four side-by-side to take the white flag. Klarich held on though to score a memorable win from Stephenson and Robinson. Randall faded as the laps wound down but remained fourth at the chequer ahead of defending race winner Britten. Chris Corbett, Cannon, Eggins, Leerentveld and McDonald rounded out the top ten ahead of Anthony Ashen and Booker, while Milthorpe made little ground from the back to finish 13th ahead of the remaining finishers in Stow, Trevor Wiley and Mark Connolly.
The next event at Ausdeck Patios Archerfield Speedway in round six of World Series Sprintcars on Wednesday night (January 3), also featuring the Polar Ice Midget Track Championship plus Compact Speedcars and Modlites.
Big Entry Lists For Speedcars and Wingless As Dumesny Clan Join Classic Field
The 2018 South West Conveyancing Grand Annual Sprintcar Classic continues to prove popular amongst Sprintcar competitors from right around the country with entries continuing to flood in.
The trend of entries being strong in numbers is also evident for this coming Sunday nights Open Wheel Mayhem Night as presented by Chittick’s Bakery with 69 Wingless Sprint teams entered for a round of their Victorian Series, while extremely healthy Speedcar number has 30 plus cars set to contest their Victorian Championship on the same program.
The Formula 500’s will also be on track in a different format, which not only condenses their schedule but adds an exciting element to the event.
All told well over 100 cars will compete at Sungold Stadium, this Sunday night, with gates set to open at 4pm with cars on track from 5pm.
For pricing and ticketing information please see www.premierspeedway.com.au
The 2018 46th edition of the South West Conveyancing Grand Annual Sprintcar Classic which will be supported by Performance Racegear, KRE Race Engines, The Lady Bay Resort and KFC, continues to grow, with many drivers signaling their intention to compete.
Headlining the latest group of entrants is Max, Matt and Marcus Dumesny.
Three time (1992, 1994 and 2004) Classic Champion Max, will be a crowd favorite as he pilots the distinctive V5 Valvoline Maxim with support from GKR Transport, Red Ed’s Sheds, PWR and Blackshaw’s.
Continuing the Dumesny legacy at the Classic, will be Matt and Marcus with both young guns qualifying for the B-main portion of the 2017 Classic with Matt scored as 9th in B-Main 1, while Marcus impressed many good judges again with a 14th place finish in B-Main 2.
Another of the talented Sydneysiders to make the pilgrimage to the Classic will be Jackson Delamont, the likeable grandson of the Legendary “Mad” Harry Delamont.
West Australian Daniel Harding will again return to Premier Speedway aboard his HRP Specialties, Jolly Good Auto Electrics Kistler powered Maxim for another shot at the Classic.
Harding finished 10th in B-Main 1 in 2017 and would dearly love to be a amongst the top 24 cars come A-Main time on the Sunday of the Classic.
A pair of Queenslanders will also make the trek south, with neither having contested the Classic in 2017.
Dylan Menz will make his Classic debut aboard the sharp looking Q46, KRE Powered Maxim.
For the Classic Menz will enjoy the support of Auzprint, Auzsigns, Platinum Towing Service, Barellan Freighters, Nupave Asphalt, Real Air, Mud Mafia and Beenleigh Muffler and Brakes.
Steve Rowell will join his fellow Queenslander in the field for the Classic, with KRE providing the horsepower for the Q6 Maxim.
Rowell will be campaigning for his loyal band of supporters including Pacific Petroleum, Advanced Technology Grease, Valvoline, Carrols Tyres, Haulmax, Fleet Imaging and Rowell Logistics.
Rounding out the latest batch of entrants is a quintet of Victorians, with Charles Hunter set to try and recapture the excellent run he experienced during the 2017 Classic which saw him finish a very impressive 7th in B-Main in his family backed V73 entry.
The experienced Peter Milnes will also be back at the Classic, running the Upack Removals and Moving Containers backed V51 Cool.
Milnes finished 9th in C-Main 1 in 2017 and will be joined in the Classic field by David McKay who is another of the Eureka Sprintcar Series regulars. McKay didn’t contest the Classic in 2017.
Warrnambool’s Flying Plumber Robbie Paton is another of the local entrants aiming for a strong performance over the three nights of Classic competition.
Jamie Heyen is also nominated for the Classic weekend.
EGEL HOLDS OFF MADSEN FOR AVALON WIN
Matt Egle Does The Wing Dance Saturday Night at Avalon!
South Australian Matt Egel has claimed his second career QSS World Series Sprintcars win with an impressive victory over Kerry Madsen and James McFadden at Avalon Raceway, Victoria.
Egel clawed his way back from time trialling 7th in his flight, but moved forward 5 positions in his heats to make the seventh spot in the Top 8 Shootout, and then timed quickest in all three stages to claim pole position for the A-Main.
Despite a great start however, Egel was constantly under threat, with McFadden passing Madsen on the first turn of lap 11 and then Egel in the following straight, before the caution lights illuminated for a spin from Brock Hallett in turn three, allowing Egel to return to the front for the restart.
The stoppage would become a curse for McFadden who would never get within striking distance again of the lead pair, as the track rubbered down into a single lane contest.
A front straight collision between Shaun Dobson and Brayden Parr with only three laps remaining was the only other incident in the race, and provided some hope to Madsen of a chance to outplay Egel on the restart. The reigning Australian Champion came close on the second last rotation, however Egel never faltered and held on for a landmark win.
"This is huge for me and the Downing Brothers. They work so hard and I just had to make sure I didn't make a mistake because I knew that Kerry and James would jump on it straight away," Egel said, elated with the win.
Kerry Madsen praised Egel's efforts, revealing that all he could do was wait for him to make a mistake to have any chance of getting past.
"He's a great driver and if he even slipped up once I was going to the stick it in there, but he was too smooth tonight and I'm really rapt for the Downing Brothers, because they work so hard and this win is fully deserved.
Egel's $10,000 win was the first WSS win for the Downing Brothers, and now places him third in the KRE Speedweek points table on 1038 points, with James McFadden leading on 1172 points ahead of Kerry Madsen on 1129.
The QSS World Series Sprintcars tour moves onto Warrnambool's Sungold Stadium on January 1st for the Grand Final of KRE Speedweek, before heading north to Brisbane's Archerfield Speedway on Wednesday night for the "Sunshine Swing" that also includes the $20,000 to win Australian Sprintcar Open on the following Friday and Saturday.
Schatz Beats Rain and the Rest, Pascoe Wins Again
Archerfield Speedway Media Release
Donny Schatz in action at BIS. Photo Copyright Chirs Metcalf
On a night that saw some tweaking to the race format in an effort to stay ahead of impending rain that was moving towards the venue, World of Outlaws champion Donny Schatz was unstoppable in the 35-lap Sprintcar feature race at Ausdeck patios Archerfield Speedway on Saturday night (December 30), leading home Andrew Scheuerle and Brent Kratzmann to win round nine of the East Coast Logistics Track Championship. Scheuerle led the opening moments of the race after qualifying on pole position, but he was unable to counter when Schatz slipped underneath through turn two on lap five to take control.
In round three of the Super Sedan Summer Slam, Queensland champion Matt Pascoe continued his remarkable run of success this season to secure his second feature race win in 24 hours and his fifth for the season. Whilst Pascoe faced little resistance in leading all 40 laps, the action behind was intense from the outset with Sean Black and Jarrod Harper embroiled in a great scrap for the minor placings that ultimately saw Black prevail as Harper found himself edged out of third by Darren Kane in a frantic finish.
With rain forecast for later in the evening, promoter John Kelly opted for a change of format akin to the model used on the World of Outlaws tour whereby each driver contests one heat race, with the first four finishers in each heat transferring into the feature race field, the rest left to traverse the B and C Mains to secure their spot. The move proved a masterstroke and saw the completion of the race meeting before 9.30pm.
As always, time trial qualifying got things underway and, in stark contrast to the setbacks he endured at this point in proceedings just two nights earlier, it was Callum Walker (11.930) who emerged with KRE Fast Time, the only driver to go under 12 seconds. Scheuerle (12.093) and Kratzmann (12.131) were next quickest, followed by the American trio of Lucas Wolfe (12.157), Logan Schuchart (12.181) and Schatz (12.185).
The opening heat saw Luke Oldfield advance from position three to assume the lead on lap six, leading home Walker, Mark Pholi and Paul Rooks.
With Scheuerle taking out heat two from the front row, Schatz slotted into second spot and remained there to the chequer, with Jayden Peacock and Cody Maroske also booking a spot in the big show.
Kratzmann cruised home to win heat three in advance of Peter Lack, Allan Woods and Steven Rowell.
Wolfe enjoyed a inauspicious start to his Australian campaign when he was penalised for jumping the start in heat four, gifting US-based Lynton Jeffrey pole position. In his first race at Archerfield, Jeffrey took maximum advantage of his good fortune to lead home Brock Dean, Wolfe and Kaiden Manders.
Bryan Zelinski downed Adam Butler and Mitch Gowland in the C Main, while Dave Whell was untroubled in winning the B Main. In what was perhaps the drive of the night, Darren Jensen stormed from deep in the field to snatch the final transfer into the feature with a thrilling last gasp lunge under Dylan Menz.
Scheuerle got the initial jump to get the feature race underway, only for the race to be halted when Walker, who had been bounced around like a pinball in the first turn, found himself stranded in the same spot a lap later. Upon resumption, Scheuerle led away again from Schatz and the two leaders ran together – Scheuerle sitting mid-track and Schatz higher still – until the latter made his move with an inside run through turn two that took him to the front. Once in control, Schatz was unstoppable and only saw his lead diminish courtesy of restarts, the first of which came when Oldfield and Jeffrey tangled in a dispute over fourth spot. With Jeffrey out and Oldfield banished to the back, Kratzmann moved to third and held it to the end. In the wake of his B Main heroics, Jensen was on the charge again and had climbed into the top ten from 18th when contact with Peacock ended his run and halted proceedings. When Manders flipped out in turn one with just two laps to go, the race was declared with Schatz the winner from Scheuerle, Kratzmann, Lack, Wolfe and Woods, with Pholi, Dean, a recovering Oldfield and Walker rounding out the top ten ahead of Steve Rowell.
International Sprintcar Action Continues on Saturday
Archerfield Speedway Media Release
It is hard to imagine that anybody who witnessed the spectacle of USA stars Logan Schuchart and Donny Schatz duking it out at Ausdeck Patios Archerfield Speedway on Thursday night won't be returning on Saturday night (December 30) when the duo are joined by a third highly-credentialed American in Lucas Wolfe for round nine of the East Coast Logistics Sprintcar Track Championship. In a terrific drive, Schuchart chased down Schatz to score his first feature race win in Australia in front of a big Brisbane crowd and the challenge for the locals lies in trying to prevent a clean sweep of the podium by the international trio. In addition to a stellar 40-plus field of Sprintcars, the night will also feature round three of the Super Sedan Summer Slam Tour that has attracted drivers from every Australian state, including five Australian championship winners. With Lightning Sprints, AMCA Nationals and Ford vs Holden vs Sigma sedans also on the program, a veritable feast of speedway action will be served up on Saturday night.
On Thursday, Luke Oldfield, Mark Pholi, Peter Lack and Bryan Mann were the locals who stood tallest in the face of the international challenge, with Oldfield advancing into third place in the feature race to join the two Americans on the podium. Lack surged late to finish fourth, Pholi started the night strongly by setting fast time in qualifying and then maintained his form throughout the night to finish fifth in the feature, while Mann looked on target for a podium result in his first Archerfield outing for the season, before fading in the latter stages to sit sixth when the chequer appeared. Other standouts on the night were Brent Kratzmann, Callum Walker and Andrew Scheurele, although all three would ultimately finish the feature race on the infield, a circumstance that will no doubt serve as motivation for redemption this weekend. West Aussie youngster Kaiden Manders showed glimpses of the form that has carried him to considerable success in his home state and he will be looking to leave a bigger impression on Saturday, while US-based Australian Lynton Jeffery is also amongst 37 competitors who have nominated for a shot at upstaging the Americans.
Tickets can be purchased in advance from the track website – www.brisbanespeedway.com.au – with online ticketholders securing early entry to the grounds from 3.30pm. Early racing gets underway from 5.00pm, with Sprintcar time trials slated for 5.30pm and the main program to kick off at 6.00pm.
East Coast Logistics Sprintcar Track Championship round nine nominations: Adam Butler, Andrew Corbet, Andrew Scheuerle, Anthony Lambert, Brent Kratzmann, Brock Dean, Brodie Tulloch, Bryan Mann, Bryan Zelinski, Callum Walker, Cody Maroske, Dan Murray, Darren Jensen, David Whell, Donny Schatz, Dylan Menz, Jason King, Jayden Peacock, Kaiden Manders, Karl Hoffmans, Kevin Britten, Kristy Bonsey, Liam Atkinson, Logan Schuchart, Lucas Wolfe, Luke Oldfield, Lynton Jeffrey, Mark Pholi, Mitch Gowland, Mitchell Gee, Nelson Reddacliff, Paul Rooks, Peter Lack, Steve Greer, Steve Rowell, Steven White, Stewart Craig