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FARR CLAIMS THE DOUBLE AT TBAR

Robbie Farr has claimed the Queensland Ultimate Sprintcar Championship by winning the Grand Final at Toowoomba's Hi-Tec Oils Speedway.

Farr started his campaign by posting a new track record of 10.550 seconds and subsequently qualified first ahead of a very impressive Ben Hilder who stunned onlookers with a 10.801.

In a perfectly written script, the top three in the championship in Farr, Luke Oldfield and Peter Lack all won their respective heats in the first round, while Mitty Gee, Tony Wynne and New South Wales newcomer Damien Hart filed wins in their second outings.

With Farr and Oldfield starting off the front row for the thirty lap final, the tension was palpable with Sammy Walsh paired on the second row with Ben Hilder while the outstanding crowd were stirred to backing their local hope in Peter Lack who would start from row three alongside Michael Saller.

Right from the outset, Farr looked good, but an incident for Brent Kratzmann in lap two ruined his opportunity to stay in the championship top five, while also spelling danger for Farr who only narrowly missed him on the next rotation.

Despite the track being so fast, the race was overloaded with position-swapping battles, some of which ended in disaster, with the next stoppage due to a tangle with Mitty Gee and Michael Saller in turn 2 on lap 13, which ended both their nights despite a partial red being opened for Gee to replace a damage header, but sadly just ran out of time before the restart.

Meanwhile at the front, Oldfield managed to pass Farr on two occasions while Sammy Walsh was poised to capitilize on any mistakes in third.

However the heartbreak of the night would come on lap 19 as Peter Lack who was travelling in fourth tangled with Lockie McHugh who'd driven from twelfth, ending Lack's chance to maintain third in the overall championship.

Lapped traffic would create some great opportunities for Oldfield to pounce in the final third of the race, but never made it stick, while Walsh was never out of the picture, however Farr would defend his lead to bank the $7,500 winners purse in addition to the $5,000 USC Series win.

"To win all three championships in SA, Sydney and now here is the best reward for Nick (Speed) and Neil (Kelly) who've worked really hard to keep producing great race cars for me, so that's a great result."

Luke Oldfield finished second in the championship, while Jayden Peacock moved into third to dislodge Peter Lack who still bagged fourth and Danny Reidy snuck into fifth.

The Queenland Ultimate Sprintcar Championship begins again on September 15 at Toowoomba which also be the first Sprintcar event on the south east Queensland calendar.

Toowoomba Top Guns dominated the support divisions with Keith Blatch reigning over Aaron Kelly and Kurt Wilson in the Lightning Sprints who displayed some great racing in a very unique twin-feature format, while Dalby's Terry Leerentveld held off Sam Gollschewsky and Klinton Hancey in a great night and big field of Modlites.

Toowoomba's final night of racing is next Saturday for the final IBRP.com Sportsman Event, with nine divisions on the card.

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The SRA 360 Diggers Cup to finish the season at Avalon Raceway
By Ian Vale

This Saturday night will see the final sprintcar event for the Sprintcar Racing Association of Victorian’s 2017-2018 season with the SRA 360 Sprintcar Diggers Cup sponsored by A Plus Powder Coating. Defending Digger Cup winner Brett Milburn will head the top class field of drivers nominated for this event that will also be the SRA 360 Victorian Title and the final round of the Indy Race Parts Triple Crown Series.

A strong mix of the regular 360 Sprintcar Drivers and some of the open drivers that have thrown their hat into the ring for the race meeting will see a tough night of racing to finish the season off.

Brenten Farrer, Paul Solomon, Michael Tancredi, Jessica Moulden, Chris Solomon, Daniel Scott will head the regular 360 Sprintcar drivers list while some of the open drivers that have put the 360 power plants in are  Domain Ramsay,  Chris Campbell,  Brayden Parr, Eddie Lumbar, Micheal Cunningham and David Aldersley.

As mentioned earlier Brett Milburn is the defending Diggers Cup winner and he will have the company of the current Victorian 360 Sprintcar Champion Jordyn Charge to contend with on Saturday night.

Brett will be driving the V29 A Plus Powder Coating car and will be out to keep his record in tack after winning round one of the Indy Race Parts Triple Crown Series a couple of weeks back at Heartland Raceway.

With last weekend’s round two of the SRA 360 Triple Crown Series that was to be conducted at Premier Speedway where the event was also to be the Parr Motorsports Victorian 360 Sprintcar Title being rained out the drivers are very eager to get this weekend’s meeting in that will see the crowning of the 2017-2018 Victorian 360 Champion.

Twenty eight drivers are nominated once again that will see three lady racers in the mix, Stacey Lagalle, Stacey Galliford and Jessica Moulden.

Two rookie drivers entered are Jacob Dickson and Scott Drew, while these two are rookies they both were impressive in their first outing in the sprintcar ranks.

With Jordyn Charge looking to retain his 360 Title there are three other past SRA 360 Champions in the field that would like to take the title back, Domain Ramsay, Chris Solomon and Michael Tancredi will be giving it their best shot.

Saturday night Avalon Raceway SRA 360 Sprintcars – The Diggers Cup sponsored by A Plus Powder Coating that is also round three of the Indy Race Parts 360 Triple Crown Series and the rescheduled SRA of Victoria 360 Sprintcar Title present by Parr Motorsports.

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HUGE NYORA SPEEDWAY EVENT THIS SATURDAY – 90 ENTRANTS!

By Dean Thompson

This Saturday night at Nyora Raceway motorsport fans will see over ninety entrants compete in a variety of classes that include open wheel, Sedan, Ladies and Junior classes with the visiting Wingless Sprints competing for association points and the Ladies of the Dirt series and Compact Speedcars competing in the President’s Cup and SDAV Hot Rods for association points the headline classes.

Wingless Sprintcars supported this weekend by ML Automotive come in strong numbers and this weekend is no different with more than twenty in the main event including regular front runners Brad Foster, Michael Skene, Scott Irons, Todd Hobson and Luke Schneider. There are a number of competitors down the list that are potentially going to figure well on Saturday night, it’s tough to pick a winner.

In the Ladies Wingless Sprints Ladies of the Dirt series Carly Walsh is entered and is hard to look past, however Renae Eastham has been mixing it up with the boys through Gippsland this season and she is ready to take on this series. Add in Samantha Miller, Bree Hall and Speedway Kart Queen Rachel Cooper and it should be a great battle for the girls.

WINGLESS SPRINTS VICTORIA ASSOCIATION EVENT supported by ML AUTOMOTIVE
Brad Foster – VX 20
Mark Hunt - VX 22
Michael Lovell – V24
Luke Schneider – V26
Bree Hall – VX 27
Jake Skilton – V29
Rachel Cooper – VX 34
Jason Andreatta – VX 42
Glen Harris – VX 44
Jordan Abbott – V46
Gavin Fitzpatrick – V47
Michael Skene – V48
Scott Irons – V52
Belle Robinson – V59
Marc Evans - V66
John Rotheram – V69
Aron Lawrence – V70
Todd Hobson – V83
Renee Eastham – V88
Christopher Temby – V89
Evan O'Bryan – NSW 90
Samantha Millar – V93

WINGLESS SPRINTS LADIES OF THE DIRT ROUND 1
Carly Walsh – V4
Bree Hall – VX 27
Rachel Cooper – VX 34
Kim Abbott – V38
Belle Robinson – V59
Renee Eastham – V88
Alisha Fielder – VX89
Samantha Millar – V93

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Premier Speedway’s April 14, 2018 Meeting Cancelled Due To Weather

Premier Speedway’s final race meeting of the 2017-18 season, which was to feature Super Sedans, The Victorian 360 Sprintcar Title and the Di Watson Memorial for Modified Production on Saturday April 14, 2018, has been cancelled.

The Management and Board of Premier Speedway apologise for any inconvenience caused and advise that the decision to cancel this meeting was not taken lightly, however with the rain and high winds of this evening and a forecast for more rain, extremely strong winds and cold temperatures tomorrow, it as thought it best to make an early call.

Premier Speedway would like to thank those competitors who had entered for the weekend, and to the patrons who had intentions of joining us for what promised to be a great night of racing, for their understanding and hope that the early call provides them with an opportunity to revise their racing plans for the weekend.

We look forward to seeing you all again at Sungold Stadium, Premier Speedway, Warrnambool for what promises to be a great 2018-19 season.

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Indy Race Parts SRA 360 Sprintcar Triple Crown Series

Media Release
10/04/2018

The SRA Victorian 360 Sprintcar Title Race Heads to Premier Speedway

Another big field of nominations has been received for this weekend’s round two of the Indy Race Parts SRA 360 Triple Crown Series that doubles as the SRA 360 Sprintcar Title sponsored by Parr Motorsports. Some of the drivers heading the nominations are the current SRA 360 Champion Jordyn Charge, last weekend’s 360 winner Brett Milburn and the current Victorian Open Sprintcar champion David Murcott.

Brett Milburn was in top form taking the win in the Indy Race Parts 360 Triple Crown Series last weekend at Heartland Raceway giving Brett two feature race wins from his last two start in the 360 sprintcar class, once again Brett must be a contender for this weekend’s double header event and a chance to add the Victorian 360 Title to this seasons achievements.

The defending Victoria 360 Champion Jordyn Charge had been mainly concentrating on the open Sprintcar events this season and putting in some strong performances. Jordyn has shown he has the ability and the speed to have a strong chance at defending his 360 Title.

Now David Murcott is more of an open Sprintcar racer with two Open Australian Sprintcar Titles to his name and is the current Victorian Open Sprintcar Champion, David won the Victorian Title earlier this season at Premier Speedway. This season David teamed up with the V88 Matt Eastham team and contested a few 360 Sprintcar events including the Australian 360 Sprintcar Title recently held in Western Australian. Premier Speedway has been good to David and he must be one of the favourites for the 2018 SRA Victorian 360 Title.

A few of the regular 360 Allstar runners, Brenten Farrer, Chris Solomon and Paul Solomon are all the pace after top five finishes last weekend and must also be classed as big chances for a win in the this round of the Indy Race Parts 360 Triple Crown Series / Parr Motorsports Victorian 360 Sprintcar Title.

Micheal Tancredi won the Victorian 360 Title a couple of seasons back and his form has continued to be very strong in the 360 class, don’t discount Micheal from being right in the mix once again.
 
Five time Eureka Garages & Sheds Sprintcar Champion John Vogels is also in the field, John has taken out the Open State Title on a couple of occasions and to win the Victoria 360 Title would make his resume of achievements in his speedway career just that bit more impressive.  Age has not slowed this champion driver down.

Three lady racers in the field are Stacey Galliford from New South Wales along with the Victorian duo of Jessica Moulden and Stacey Lagalle.

Rookie driver Jacob Dickson performed well last weekend, Jacob will be happy to get more valuable laps in and gain that bit more experience.

Mildura’s Shaun McClure will make the trip to Premier Speedway for his first visit there Shaun will be joined by some of the other regular 360 Sprintcar Drivers from around the state Anthony Foster, Travis Miller, Boyd Harris, Jason Domaschenz, Jesse Nicholas and Kane Newcombe.

Once again Daniel Evans will represent South Australia, Daniel recently raced at Premier Speedway in the annual Easter Sprintcar trail and he will have some good knowledge of the track for this weekend.

Add in a few of the open Sprintcar drivers that have change their power plants to the 360ci engine, Eddie Lumbar, David Aldersley, Domain Ramsay and Chris Campbell and we will have one of the best 360 Sprintcar fields assemble in the State for round two of Indy Race Parts SRA 360 Triple Crown Series / Parr Motorsports Victorian 360 Sprintcar Title.

Premier Speedway this Saturday night for the SRA of Victoria 360 Sprintcar Title presented by Parr Motorsports and round two of the Indy Race Parts 360 Triple Crown Series, on track Sprintcar action to commence at 5.45pm.

For more information on the event go to Premier Speedways website at www.premierspeedway.com.au on track action will be underway by 4.40pm.

Upcoming Indy Race Parts 360 Triple Crown Series race dates:

Round 2 14/4/2018 - Premier Speedway Warrnambool - 360 Vic Title / Shootout.

Round 3 21/4/2018 - Avalon Raceway Lara – The Diggers Cup.

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Amazing Fields Set To Contest Final Night Of Premier Speedway Season

Excellent fields in all three divisions have signed on for duty at Sungold Stadium, Premier Speedway, Warrnambool for the final night of the 2017-18 season, which will feature three amazing feature events.

The Victorian 360 Sprintcar Title has attracted a field of nearly 30 cars to this points in time, with David Murcott, Brett Milburn, Rusty Hickman, John Vogels, Brayden Parr, Eddie Lumbar and a host of other stars are set to try and arrest the Title from its current custodian Jordyn Charge, who will be as equally determined to go back-to-back!

The Di Watson Memorial for Modified Production will also be run on Saturday night as a part of the final round of the VMPA Tri-Tech Lubricants Series.

A stout field of cars has entered for the event with the recently crowned Australian Champion Cameron Waters headlining the stars of this exciting division along with former Aussie Champs Andrew Blackwell and David Smith while former Junior National Champion Brock Atkins will also pull on the helmet along with former Street Stock National Champ Robbie Faux.

As for the Series Points, Blackwell leads the way with 701 points, from Atkins on 635 and Kye Walters on 623. They are followed by Robbie Faux and Trevor Mills on 570 with Nick Cockerill rounding out the top five on 569.

One of the highlights of the night is sure to be the return of the rampaging Super Sedans to Sungold Stadium, Premier Speedway, Warrnambool.

Once again, the current Australian Champion will be in the field with Tasmania’s Callum Harper returning to a circuit he has excelled at in the past. Joining Harper will be some of the biggest names in Super Sedan Racing with Darren Kane, the current Queensland Champion Matt Pascoe, the Victorian Champ Dave Gartner and the likes of Mick Nicola Snr, Lachlan Onley, Peter Nicola, Ash Bergmeier and Mick Nicola Jnr amongst the list of entries.

This will be a night of Speedway Racing not to be missed with a huge program of events scheduled.

All race fans are reminded that tickets for this event are available only on a walk-up basis, with a family of two adults and two children being admitted for just $30.00.

Single Adult admission will be $15.00.

360 Sprintcars
V2    Domain Ramsay
VA2    Boyd Harris
V3    Jacob Dickson
V7    Paul Solomon
VA8    Shaun McClure
VA9    Jason Domaschenz
V16    Kane Newcombe
V18    Anthony Foster
V29    Michael Tancredi
VA29    Brett Milburn
VA33    Vernon Wiley
V34    Brenton Farrer
N36    Eddie Lumbar
V40    Ron Donaldson
V40    Rusty Hickman
S44    Daniel Evans
N46    Stacey Galliford
VA50    Jesse Nicholas
V60    Jordyn Charge
V64    David Aldersley
VA68    Jessica Moulden
V70    John Vogels
V74    Michael Cunningham
VA75    David Donegan
V77    Brayden Parr
V78    Chris Campbell
V83    Chris Solomon
V88    David Murcott
VA91    Daniel Scott
V93    Travis Millar

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The SRA 360 Sprintcar Series Heads to Heartland Raceway
By Ian Vale

The Sprintcar Racing Association of Victoria heads to Heartland Raceway this Saturday night for round one of the Indy Race Parts 360 Sprintcar Triple Crown Series with the support of Lumbars Transport and a very strong field of competitors from around the State.

The SRA of Victoria is pleased to announce that Indy Race Parts in Geelong have come on board as the naming rights sponsor of the inaugural SRA 360 Sprintcar Triple Crown Series to be conducted over three rounds at Heartland Raceway, Premier Speedway and Avalon Raceway.

This round of the Series also doubles as the annual Heartland Raceway SRA 360 Sprintcar Challenge that is supported by Lumbars Transport from Deniliquin.

A good mix of the regular 360 Sprintcar drivers with a few open drivers have entered for this weekend, some of the drivers heading the nominations list are Chris Solomon, Brenton Farrer, Domain Ramsay, Brett Milburn the current Victorian 360 Sprintcar Champion Jordyn Charge, Paul Solomon, Michael Tancredi, South Australia’s Daniel Evans along with Brayden Parr and Jessica Moulden.

Lady racer Jessica Moulden runs well at the Heartland Venue where she took third place in last season’s event to finish just behind Rusty Hickman and Paul Solomon, another strong performance is not out of the question.

Four past Victorian Champions are in the field for Saturday night, Domain Ramsay, Chris Solomon, Michael Tancredi and the current Victorian 360 Sprintcar Champion Jordyn Charge, all these drivers have been in good form of late and they are all more than capable of taking the Lumbars Transport 360 Challenge win this weekend.

Brett Milburn’s last time in the seat of a 360 Sprintcar was at Avalon Raceway last season where he took out the 360 Sprintcar Diggers Cup in fine style driving the Phil Seymour A Plus Powder Coating car, Brett will be back in the same car looking for another feature race win.

Chris Solomon is one driver that will take some beating in this event, Chris is always fast at Heartland Raceway and was successful winning the 360 Challenge in 2016. One challenger for Chris will be his brother Paul who will want to finish one place better this time after taking second place least season, Paul has been strong this season where ever he has raced.

Eddie Lumbar enjoyed his last run at Heartland Raceway in the Allstars with his 360 Sprintcar that boosted his confidence, a top three place could be on the cards.

Brenton Farrer has been in good form over the last two seasons and must be in with a real chance of a top placing, Brenton got a late call up to drive the VA55 sprintcar this weekend instead of his own V34 machine. Both Chris Campbell and David Aldersley are two drivers that are definite top six contenders as well.

Michael Cunningham has only raced a few meetings this season with good results so far, he will be looking for another good night at the speedway this weekend.

Now Domain Ramsay has some unfinished business at Heartland Raceway after
leading one of the Eureka Garages & Sheds Series rounds last season when a tire exploded and sent into the wall with a only a few laps to go. Domain is normally on the money in his 360 sprintcar.

Brayden Parr’s season did not start off well for him but his fortunes changed in the second part of the season and he has great speed and is driving well, Brayden must go into this meeting with a real shot at taking out the Lumbars Transport 360 Challenge and the Indy Race Parts Triple Crown Series round one win.

Daniel Evans will make the trip over from South Australian, Daniel supports the SRA of Vic 360 Sprintcars regularly and he is always a fast and tough competitor.

Some of the other drivers nominated are Bendigo’s Ron Donaldson, Michael Holt, Daniel Scott and Kane Fitzgerald, who will be joined by couple of travelling drivers Shaun McClure and Boyd Harris.

Time Trials, heats races, dashes and two Main events will be the order of the night and with over twenty two nominations received so far plus a few more to be confirmed the Lumbar Transports 360 Challenge and round one of the Indy Race Parts Triple Crown Series will be a great night of racing at Heartland Raceway Moama.

With Indy Race Parts as the naming rights sponsor the SRA of Vic Inc is also please to have Lumber Transports, Parr Motorsports and A Plus Powder Coating as support sponsors of the 360 Sprintcar Triple Crown Series.

On track action this Saturday night the 7th of April at Heartland Raceway will commence at approximately 6pm with sprintcar hot laps before the group times are conducted.

Indy Race Parts 360 Triple Crown Series race dates:
Round 1 7/4/2018 - Heartland Raceway Echuca/ Moama – the 360 Challenge.

Round 2 14/4/2018 - Premier Speedway Warrnambool - 360 Vic Title / Shootout.

Round 3 21/4/2018 - Avalon Raceway Lara – The Diggers Cup.

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Premier Speedway Says Thanks To Race Fans For Bushfire Support

The Management of Premier Speedway would like to extend a-massive-thanks you to the Race Fans, Drivers and Teams that supported the Tin Rattle in aid of the South West Bushfire Appeal, which will send funds direct to the families that were devastated by the South West Victoria Fires of just on three weeks ago.

Thanks to the generosity of everyone who chose to donate, a sum of $4,000 has subsequently been donated to the on-going South West Victoria Community Relief Fund.

“We had a number of families impacted by the recent fires, that have a direct link to the greater Speedway Family, so it is with great pleasure that we can add $4,000 to the fund, that will go straight to those in need”, Premier Speedway General Manager David Mills said.

“Our Fans and the Race Teams never disappoint, in recent times we have been able to support Robbie Gordon and Liam Parr and now our Fire Victims. It speaks volumes for the good people we have both in this sport and supporting this sport”, Mills concluded.   

The next race meeting at Sungold Stadium, Premier Speedway, Warrnambool will be held on Saturday April 14, 2018 and will feature the Victorian Title for 360 Sprintcars, as well as a Super Sedan Feature that so far has attracted a stout line-up of cars along with the final round of the Victorian Modified Production Association Series.

All race fans are reminded that tickets for this event are available only on a walk-up basis, with a family of two adults and two children being admitted for just $30.00.

Single Adult admission will be $15.00.

More information is available at www.premierspeedway.com.au

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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

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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

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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

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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.

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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.

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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

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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.

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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.

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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

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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

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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.

NOMINATIONS
VSC SPRNTCAR VICTORIAN TITLE
Alistair Bastian
Vince Charter
David Dennison
Michael Evans
Michael Fallon
Mitch Foster
Adam Greenwood
Gerry Hoekstra
Mark Laity
Jason Langdon
David Moore
Wayne Nicholls
Andrew Nielsen
Mark Noonan
Shane Steenholdt
Danny Milton
Dillon Siely

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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

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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.

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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

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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.

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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.

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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

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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

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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.

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"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.

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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.

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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!

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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.

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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.

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 FINAL
1. James McFadden 3416
2. Jamie Veal 3193
3. Carson Macedo 2798
4. Kerry Madsen 2643
5. Dave Murcott 2602
6. Brad Keller 2557
7. D. Mollenoyux 2550
8. Lachlan McHugh 2505
9. Daniel Harding 2109
10. Glen Sutherland 2097
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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