Hirst Ensures Classic Trophy Heads To California Again!
California’s Kyle Hirst sped to victory in the 40-lap main event in the early hours of Monday morning to claim victory in the 43rd Lucas Oil Grand Annual Sprintcar Classic, smashing the 40-lap track record along the way.
Hirst’s race time on a heavy, locked down race track, which unfortunately endured a considerable amount of rain mid way through the first of two scheduled B-Main events, was 7:42.40 which eclipsed Kerry Madsen’s time of 8:55.57 as set back in 2008.
Upon resumption after the hour and a half rain delay Warrnambool’s Jamie Veal also slashed more than 15 seconds off of Skip Jackson’s 20-lap record during the second of the B-Main’s. Jackson recorded that time during the 1994 Australian Title.
The rain delay coincided with an earlier delay in the race program that resulted from a serious crash involving young South Australian Bradley Keller who had to be extracted from his racecar following an incident in the final heat of the night.
Keller was transported to Warrnambool Base Hospital where he discharged from on Tuesday morning.
With high points man and current Australian Champion David Murcott electing to start from the inside of the front row it was always going to be a drag race between and he fellow front row occupant Hirst.
On lap number four it all turned sour for Murcott when he suffered mechanical woes that ended a Classic that had promised and delivered so much up until that point for he, his crew and car owner Dave Horrell.
Murcott would later be presented with the Thommo’s Race Graphix Hard Luck Award as a very minor consolation prize.
From that point on Hirst began to check out as the chasing pack tried to find a way to peg him back as they entered lap traffic on a super quick Sungold Stadium.
The likes of Grant Anderson, Brooke Tatnell and Ian Madsen continued to pepper away at each other with Tatnell gaining the upper hand as he moved to second, with Anderson again impressing in a blue ribbon event at Premier Speedway despite his limited seat time this season.
The younger of the two Madsen’s, Ian, was doing his utmost to hold not only his brother Kerry at bay but also a pair of hard charging Americans in Daryn Pittman and Jac Haudenschild, while further in the pack B-Main one winner Daniel Pestka was slicing his way forward in an impressive performance.
Robbie Farr who was another to have enjoyed a stout weekend, was also moving forward, having started from position 12, Farr was now inside the top ten in eighth.
As the laps wound down a hungry pack of three to four drivers that were chasing Hirst had narrowed the gap but the lack of any caution periods certainly played into the hands of Hirst who hadn’t put a foot wrong.
Tatnell tried everything, attempting to use different racing lines to Hirst, sometimes above the fast groove on the racetrack to try and reel in the driver of the Milwaukee Tools W17 machine, while Anderson and Ian Madsen continued to do likewise.
There was to be no denying Hirst however, he and car owner Luch Monte along with Crew Chief Kim Buswell were provided with the opportunity to savor the sweet taste that is victory in a Grand Annual Sprintcar Classic.
Tatnell on the other hand lost no friends with his drive into second that will no doubt provide his team including car owner Shane Krikke and Crew Chief Dylan Buswell with a case full of what if’s over the coming weeks.
Grant Anderson ran a superbly consistent feature race to claim third place and, Hirst aside, was arguably the most satisfied driver in the 24 car field as he again showed the enormous talent he possesses in what is essentially a family backed operation, albeit a very professional one at that.
Ian Madsen, with Dave Sharman acting as crew chief on the Darren Goodyer backed car, was another to have tried everything, even riding the wall of death at one point during the feature event. The current Knoxville Raceway Track Champion finished fourth just ahead of his brother Kerry who was again prominent throughout the Classic weekend whose fifth place run was a credit to him, American Racing Custom Wheels and the Keneric Racing Team.
Sixth place went to the 1981 and 1982 Classic Champion Jac Haudenschild who at 56 years of age showed he had lost none of his ‘Wild Child’ characteristics as he excited the sell out crowd every time he hit the track!
Another American Daryn Pittman finished seventh having hovered around that point for a majority of the race, with his Aprile Racing team headed up by Brent Inglis giving the 2013 World Of Outlaws Champion a fast car. Robbie Farr’s eighth place run was a good reward for a hard working East Coast Pipeline Team.
Daniel Pestka was presented with the Skwid Signs Hard Charger Award for his brilliant run which saw him advance from position 17 to ninth in the Victory Lane Racegear V88 entry while the final spot in the top ten went to another of the weekend’s quiet achievers in Danny Reidy.
Sydney’s Max Johnston showed he has plenty to offer with an 11th place finish as he gets better and better each time he rolls out onto the high banks of Sungold Stadium while one of the real quiet achievers of the Classic weekend was Lucas Wolfe who gave popular Warrnambool based car owner Harry Droste a 12th place finish.
Brad Sweet’s hopes of being able to slice through the field from his starting spot of 14 were dashed by the ill-timed shower of rain as all he could do was join the procession as he wound up 13th one spot ahead of one of the pre-race favorites Jamie Veal who took his SWI Engineering Maxim forward to 14th after having started from position 18 courtesy of his win in the second of the B-Mains.
Another Warrnambool based driver, Darren Mollenoyux started 15th and finished 15th aboard his Parr Motorsports GF1, one spot ahead of outstanding American talent Christopher Bell whom impressed many both on and off track during the Classic weekend.
1997 Classic Champion Trevor Green was one of six former Champions to start the A-Feature event, taking the Natrad entry of Barry Lewis to a 17th place finish one spot ahead of current Australian 360 Sprintcar Champion Chad Ely who was 18th.
They were followed by Ryan Jones (19th) in the Murray Machining and Sheds S63 entry and American World of Outlaws Star Jason Sides (20th) who had started dead last in the 24-car field.
Max Dumesny, who the night before has been awarded a Life Membership from the Sprintcar Racing Association of Victoria for his services to Sprintcar Racing and Speedway in general, finished in 21st just ahead of Luke Dillon in the Hog’s Breath Café S81 car and Ian Loudoun in the David Dickson Essendon Ford backed V3.
Earlier in the night Jamie Veal and Daniel Pestka won the B-Mains while the twin C-Mains went the way of Terry McCarl and Stephen Bell.
The Main events were kicked off with a pair of D-Mains with Dennis Jones taking the first win with Eddie Lumbar heading to victory lane in the second.
Kyle Hirst then capped off a stellar weekend by claiming the Ian Sheppard Memorial Award. This award is presented to a driver for an outstanding contribution to the President’s Cup, the Kings Challenge and the Grand Annual Sprintcar Classic.
Parramatta Posse return from travelling weekend for Sydney Track Championship resumption
Official release: Valvoline Raceway
January 27, 2015
After the always enormous Grand Annual Sprintcar Classic over the Australia Day weekend in Warrnambool Victoria the battle weary but courageous Parramatta Posse members return to home base Valvoline Raceway this Saturday night for Round 15 of the 22 round competition.
Almost 20 of the ‘Posse’ competed over the three nights at Warrnambool plus the Avalon Raceway “President’s Cup” in Geelong on Wednesday night and the “Kings Challenge” at Mt. Gambier and came away from the grueling week on the road with a variety of encouraging and personal best results.
Best finish of the week was Robbie Farr winning the President’s Cup at Avalon on the Wednesday night though there were some very impressive personal bests at the Classic from some of the younger and lesser-experienced Posse members.
Max Johnston’s stirring effort to qualify on the sixth row of the grid (out of 108 cars) and to finish 11th in the 40-lap final was clearly one of the highlights for the NSW contingent and for the 21 year old Razorback hard charger.
But a stunning third place and podium finish for Albury’s Grant Anderson was the standout performance for the NSW domiciled competitors.
Sydney Brothers (though they both live in the USA for most of the year) Ian and Kerry Madsen finished fourth and fifth respectively whilst Robbie Farr moved from twelfth to eighth and Danny Reidy finished a solid tenth in the 40-lap final.
Individual results for some of the “Posse” drivers included:
Ben Atkinson – finished 5th in the D-Main driving for Victorian car owner Doug Downs
Toby Bellbowen – finished 4th in the D-Main making the transfer through to the C-Main.
Jay Waugh – finished 10th in the C-Main
Troy Little – finished 4th in the C-Main and then 10th in the B-Main
Jordyn Brazier – finished 3rd in the C-Main and then 15th in the B-Main
Andrew Wright – finished 8th in the B-Main
Jackson Delamont – finished 6th in the B-Main
Glen Saville – finished 5th in the B-Main
Sam Walsh – qualified from position seven in the B-Main but pulled in before the race had finished. Earlier in the weekend he’d won a preliminary night B-Main also.
Max Dumesny – finished 2nd in the B-Main and then 21st in the A-Main
Grant Anderson - finished 3rd in the A-Main
Ian Madsen - finished 4th in the A-Main
Kerry Madsen – finished 5th in the A-Main
Danny Reidy – finished 10th in the A-Main
Max Johnston – finished 11th in the A-Main
Robbie Farr – finished 8th in the A-Main
Trevor Green – finished 3rd in the B-Main then 17th in the A-Main
“We were extremely proud of all our weekly Parramatta Posse racers at the Classic,” explains VR Managing Director Steven Green, “they did a tremendous job in the biggest field for a one-off event in the country. We love seeing our guys travel and mix it with the country’s best drivers in other parts of Australia. We’re also really keen to see them all come home though and race this Saturday night.”
Though he’s not a regular competitor with the Parramatta Posse these days NSW driver Brooke Tatnell was a standout second place behind winner American Kyle Hirst in the Classic.
The attention turns back to Sydney this Saturday night for a large number of the travelling contingent however as they contest the next round of the Valvoline Raceway Track Championship with a Demolition Derby, Late Models and Wingless Sprints also on the calendar.
Kellyville’s James Thompson currently leads the track championship points narrowly from Ben Atkinson, Max Dumesny, Toby Bellbowen and Sam Walsh.
Top 15 in points are:
James Thompson 3116
Ben Aktinson 3061
Max Dumesny 3034
Toby Bellbowen 2988
Sam Walsh 2987
Trevor Green 2986
Jackson Delamont 2950
Danny Reidy 2928
Max Johnston 2918
Marty Perovich 2858
Darryl Campbell 2849
Matt Dumesny 2796
Grant Tunks 2764
Robbie Farr 2686
Jimmy Matchett 2573
A quality field of Late Models and Wingless Sprints will swell the pits whilst the always crowd pleasing Demolition Derby will round out the night.
Gates open at 2pm with hot laps from 5.20pm and qualifying for Sprintcars at 6pm – main racing commences from 7pm.
Clauson Wins Archerfield Midget Showdown
Archerfield Speedway Media Release
In an epic race that produced some of the most intense Midget competition seen at Ausdeck Patios Archerfield Speedway, American star Bryan Clauson emerged victorious in the POWRi World Midget Championship feature race last night (Sunday, January 25) to continue his domination of the international series. Combining oodles of talent with a little bit of luck, Clausen qualified on pole position for the 40-lap event but found himself trailing countryman Darren Hagen for the first half of the race. In fact, Clausen dropped to third at one stage but had regained second spot when a flat tyre befell Hagen, who persevered for a few laps before heading infield. Clausen assumed the lead upon Hagen’s demise and withstood the best efforts of New Zealand’s Michael Pickens, who bounced back from a penalty early in the race to finish in second spot. Barnstorming through the field from position 14, Auckland’s Hayden Williams threw everything at Pickens in the closing stages in a stellar drive into third to complete an international shutout of the podium for the second night in a row.
The Aussie contingent were certainly much more competitive on this occasion with Matt Smith advancing from position 7 to finish fourth ahead of Nathan Smee and West Aussie Lee Redmond, whose surge into sixth was something to behold. After a joyless opening night that saw him languishing near the bottom of the standings, Redmond started near the back of the B Main and seemed at long odds to make the feature until he set forth on a remarkable surge that saw him chase down his opponents at will and eventually finish in second spot to secure a berth in the main event. Starting 18th in the feature, Redmond continued his charge and eventually found himself on the cusp of the top five to in a remarkable result.
Kiwi pair Peter Hunnibell and Chris Gwilliam were next best, with Rusty Whittaker and Darren Vine rounding out the top ten as the best of the hometown contingent. Matt Greenwood, Anthony Chaffey, Brock Dean, Nicholas Rowe and Adam Wallis were the remaining finishers in a race that, despite its intensity, had very few major moments. With the exception of preliminary feature winner Brad Mosen’s liaison with the turn two wall that ended his race while occupying third sport, the various restarts all resulted from somewhat innocuous incidents.
The race was a superb spectacle as cars literally bounced off each other, bounced off the wall and bounced off the infield kerbing, using every inch of available track space in an effort to seek an advantage. With multiple lanes available, there were myriad three-wide moments and positional changes aplenty in a contest that left the large crowd enraptured.
With a few notable casualties from the night one hostilities, including the New Zealand trio of Michael Kendall, Leon Burges and Chris McCutcheon, and reduced further when Chris Singleton rolled in hot laps and failed to reappear, 34 cars contested the final round of heats and the ferocity of the competition was something to savour.
Having missed the opening night feature, Williams cleared out in the opening heat to score maximum points, leaving Michael Harders and Aussie champ Adam Clarke to fill the minor placings. A top five finish behind Smith was enough for Clauson to consolidate his position at the top of the points table.
Heat nine saw Smee round up race leader Nicholas Rowe on the penultimate lap to snatch a good win and advance his position on the feature race grid. Rowe held on to finish second ahead of Brayden Willmington.
Winning the final heat proved a godsend for Mark Brown as it confirmed that the problems discovered the night before had been rectified and it also propelled him into the feature field. Pickens and Hagen came from deep in the pack to fill the minor placings.
Overshadowed by Redmond’s heroics behind him, American teenager Tyler Thomas again proved too strong in the B Main. Michael Stewart and Rowe also secured a transfer into the feature and were subsequently joined by Greenwood, Brett Thomas, Adam Wallis and Troy Jenkins as promoter’s choices.
The Pole Shootout produced few surprises with Clauson, Hagen, Mosen and Pickens meeting in the final round, from which Clauson emerged with Pole Position. Smith and Gwillian were eliminated in the opening round, while Smee and Hunnibell advanced before being despatched by Mosen and Hagan.
Having opted to start from the outside front row for the feature, Clauson had no answer when Hagen skipped clear to lead the field away. A restart ensued before a lap was completed when Clarke, Anthony Chaffey and Whittaker tangled in turn four. With Clauson working hard to keep Pickens at bay, Hagen established a sizeable lead despite another restart on lap 4 following a Kaiden Manders spin and he looked in control until lady luck intervened and he was forced to exit the event on lap 20, having valiantly tried to persevere despite the deflated donut. With Pickens under attack from Williams - who advanced to second on lap 34 before surrendering the positon to Pickens just three laps from home – Clauson cruised to the chequer for his fourth win in succession in the POWRi championship.
Joining Mosen and Hagen on the infield were Manders, Clarke, Stewart, Jenkins, Tyler Thomas, Brett Thomas and Brown, who had surged into the top eight prior to his exit on lap 25.
The next event as at Ausdeck Patios Archerfield Speedway is round 10 of the Supercheap Auto Sprintcar Track Championship on February 21.
New leader in AHG Sprintcar Series points battle
SUNDAY, JANUARY 25, 2014
FINISHING fourth in Saturday night’s feature race and playing his Joker was enough to give Jason Kendrick the lead in the 2014-15 AHG Sprintcar Series points.
Kendrick rocketed from sixth to first courtesy of his double points haul.
Cameron Gessner was the leader heading into round 10 action and thanks to his second in the feature race, he was able to hold down second, having played his Joker at an earlier round.
David Priolo, who was a DNF after blowing a left rear tyre when leading on the last lap, is third in the points while Shaun Bradford, who was third in the 25-lapper and also played his Joker, has raced up from eighth to fourth.
Another big mover forward was feature race winner Jamie Maiolo who also played his Joker card and banked the maximum 300 points, moving up from ninth to fifth and in a good spot to pounce heading into the business end of the season.
The next round of the series will be part of World Series Sprintcars action at the Perth Motorplex on Saturday, February 7.
Points: Jason Kendrick 1546, Cameron Gessner 1540, David Priolo 1496, Shaun Bradford 1490, Jamie Maiolo 1484, Bradley Maiolo 1458, Callum Williamson 1408, Kye Scroop 1374, Ryan Farrell 1354, Daniel Keen 1142, Shane Norris 1126, Jake Beard-Miller 1124, Mark Wells 978, Troy Lawson 952, Ryan Lancaster 940, Daniel Harding 894, Lee Nash 814, Kris Coyle 808, Scott Reilly 750, Brodie Minchin 718, Troy Beckingham 704, Jason Pryde 610, Robert Watson junior 540, Daryl Clayden 514, Jason Boland 494, Carl Dowling 494, Darren Mewett 472, Ken Sartori 452, Brooke Tatnell 438, Rod Howe 428, Kyle Hirst 400, Sheldon Haudenschild 364, Jacob Lucas 364, Steven Ford 352, Sean Zemunik 344, Jeff Leisk 344, Ryan Jones 326, Trent Pigdon 260, Jamie Buszan 118.
Mosen Powers to Prelim Win
Archerfield Speedway Media Release
New Zealand’s Brad Mosen has taken an early advantage in the battle for the POWRi World Midget Championship event at Ausdeck Patios Archerfield Speedway with a faultless drive to victory in the preliminary feature last night (January 24). Starting from the outside front row alongside pre-race favourite and top qualifier Bryan Clauson, Mosen shot to the front from the outset and led the American throughout the 25-lap event. Clausen narrowed the margin at various times but was never close enough to launch a serious bid for the lead and has to settle for a runner-up finish on this occasion to consolidate his position atop the championship standings.
In a result that saw overseas drivers whitewash the first six placings, Kiwi Michael Pickens finished in third spot ahead of California’s Darren Hagen, with another pair of New Zealanders in Chris Gwilliam and Peter Hunnibell rounding out the top six. The first Aussie home in seventh spot was Matt Smith, followed by Nathan Smee, Anthony Chaffey, Darren Vine and national champ Adam Clarke, while Rusty Whittaker, Brock Dean and Brett Thomas were the only others to complete the distance.
Michael Kendall was in strong form throughout the heats, only to have his feature race challenge end on lap 4 when he stopped in turn one and subsequently headed infield. Others who failed to finish included Michael Stewart and a couple of young guns in Tyler Thomas and West Aussie Kaiden Manders.
On a night that produced some ferocious racing a hooky track fuelled by heavy rainfall in the days prior to the event, there was action aplenty throughout qualifying. In fact, there was drama as early as hot laps when Vine tipped over in turn four. Clausen staked his claim early in the night when he cut the quickest lap in time trials, edging out Hunnibell, Brett Thomas, Hagen and Mosen. Clarke, Manders and Smith were next best ahead of Troy Ware, who looked on track for a good result until lady luck intervened, with Hayden Williams completing the top ten.
Heat wins in the opening round were shared between Kendall, Vine and Leon Burgess, whose night ended in spectacular fashion with a wild ride through turn four in his next outing.
The second round of heats saw Vine complete a remarkable recovery from his hot laps blunder to collect another win and secure a spot in the feature field. Tyler Thomas and Mosen were also victorious.
The final round kicked off with Whittaker besting Pickens to win heat seven, while heat eight produced action aplenty, including a four-car melee in turn one that saw both Ware and Hunnibell get upside down. When Hayden Williams stopped and headed infield while leading, Dean took control of the race for a good win. It was another local who proved too strong in the final heat with Chaffey edging out McCutcheon.
Having been bounced around by all and sundry on the opening lap and shuffled back as far as sixth, Tyler Thomas drove splendidly to recover and surge through the field to win the B Main. Michael Stewart almost threw away the final transfer spot when he ran wide on the final corner before recovering to keep Mark Brown at bay and out of the feature.
Rob Stewart was untroubled in winning the Compact Speedcar feature race, finishing ahead of Emma Harris, Kyle Collins, Wyane Corbett and Bryan Schmoll.
In the Wingless Sprint feature that saw some argy bargy between the leading pair of Shane Heathcote and Neil Howard that ultimately put both drivers out of contention, it was Brant Chandler who ultimately prevailed over David Eggins, Rob Hamilton, Paul Robinson and Adam Butler.
The action continues tonight at Ausdeck Patios Archerfield Speedway with more marvellous Midget action in the POWRi World Championship that will include a final round of heats, pole shootout, B Main and 40-lap feature race. Also on the program are Lightning Sprints, Formula 500s, AMCA Nationals, Stockcars and the crazy Caravan, Boat and Dunny Derby.
Jamie Maiolo claims AHG Series Rd 10
SATURDAY, JANUARY 24, 2015
IT’S been a long time between drinks but Jamie Maiolo finally got to stand on the top step of the podium when he won round 10 of the AHG Sprintcar Series at the Perth Motorplex on Saturday night.
Maiolo won the 25-lap final from Cameron Gessner and Shaun Bradford but up until the last lap it looked like he was going to finish second to polesitter David Priolo who led for most of the event.
Priolo blew a left rear tyre as he raced into turns 1-2 on the last lap, spinning around before being tagged by Maiolo who managed to keep the car going and claim the win.
It was a tough night on the track with some of the big guns leaving the venue with heavily-damaged cars.
Ryan Farrell didn’t even make the feature race after major contact with Callum Williamson in a heat race that saw the #26 machine heavily damaged and the driver limping to the ambulance for medical treatment.
Seventeen-year-old Brodie Minchin started on the front row for a heat race and only lasted one lap after getting out of control and being clipped by another car on the back straight, also ending his night early.
The Williamson crew thrashed hard to get the #73 machine repaired in time for the feature race only to crash out with contact with Jason Boland at the start of the feature race.
Mark Wells, who started from P9 and raced up to sixth in the early laps, ran too wide in pits bend before flipping on his own.
Maiolo looked very strong, particularly in the middle part of the feature race when he closed the gap on Priolo before the leader managed to stretch the lead again.
Contact between Shane Norris and Troy Beckingham in pits bend four laps from home saw the field bunch up again and put Maiolo on the back of Priolo for the dash to the flag.
After Priolo’s tyre expired Maiolo didn’t hesitate as he raced to the line for his first feature race win in a few years.
It was reward for the LJM Racing team that has been consistent over a long period of time but unable to get the #99 machine a major win.
Group 1: Ryan Farrell 14.936, Shaun Bradford 15.248, Mark Wells 15.298, Steven Ford 15.305 and Rob Watson junior 15.377.
Group 2: Brad Maiolo 15.164, Shane Norris 15.294 Kye Scroop 15.380, Troy Beckingham 15.719, Rod Howe 17.236.
Group 3: Jake Beard-Miller 14.537, Jason Kendrick 14.576, David Priolo 14.702, Jason Boland 15.256, Brodie Minchin 15.262.
Group 4: Cameron Gessner 14.767, Jamie Maiolo 15.064, Callum Williamson 15.163, Troy Lawson 15.581.
Heat 1: 1st Brad Maiolo, 2nd Callum Williamson. 3rd Cameron Gessner, 4th Shaun Bradford, 5th Jason Boland, 6th Steven Ford, 7th Kye Scroop, 8th Rod Howe. DNF: Jason Kendrick.
Heat 2: 1st Ryan Farrell, 2nd David Priolo, 3rd Jamie Maiolo, 4th Shane Norris, 5th Troy Beckingham, 6th Mark Wells, 7th Troy Lawson, 8th Brodie Minchin. DNF: Jake Beard-Miller, Robert Watson junior.
Heat 3: 1st Troy Beckingham, 2nd Jason Kendrick, 3rd Cameron Gessner, 4th Mark Wells, 5th Shane Norris, 6th Jason Boland. DNF: Robert Watson junior, Callum Williamson and Ryan Farrell.
Heat 4: 1st David Priolo, 2nd Jamie Maiolo, 3rd Kye Scroop, 4th Shaun Bradford, 5th Bradley Maiolo, 6th Steven Ford, 7th Rod Howe.
Feature: 1st Jamie Maiolo, 2nd Cameron Gessner, 3rd Shaun Bradford, 4th Jason Kendrick, 5th Bradley Maiolo, 6th Kye Scroop, 7th Troy Lawson, 8 Rod Howe. DNF: David Priolo, Shane Norris, Troy Beckingham, Steven Ford, Mark Wells, Jason Boland, Callum Williamson. DNS: Brodie Minchin, Ryan Farrell, Jake Beard-Miller and Rob Watson junior.
Murcott Top Of The Tree On Night Two!
Current Australian Champion David Murcott has emerged as the dominant driver of Classic week, with the pilot of the Horrell Motorsport Q83 taking the win on night number two of the 43rd Lucas Oil Grand Annual Sprintcar Classic.
On a track that was the polar opposite to night one, the action came thick and fast, with the final containing a number of incidents, none more so than in turn four when a spinning Ryan Jones was collected by Luke Dillon and Jac Haudenschild just moments after Dillon had taken the race lead away from Murcott in lapped traffic.
None of the trio were able to re-start which promoted 2014 King’s Royal winner Kerry Madsen into second place with Daryn Pittman inheriting third.
Behind this trio of hard chargers Kyle Hirst was making up for a poor start and had made his way back inside the top five with Danny Reidy also moving forward.
Tim Van Ginneken was another to fall foul of the helter skelter action of the 30 lap feature as he rolled on the second lap, also collecting American Jason Sides, whose USA 7s entry sustained significant damage from what originally seemed like minor contact.
Tim Hutchins and Steven Lines then also made contact with Lines cutting down a right rear tyre and Hutchins also suffering damage.
From that point on it would be Murcott who would try and run and hide as he was stalked by the American Custom Racing Wheels, Keneric Racing entry of Madsen.
The three time Classic Champion left nothing in the tank as he tired and tried again to haul in Murcott, however it was all to no avail as Murcott did exactly what he had to do to ensure the win in the Night Two Oval Express Magazine Australia – America Challenge Cup.
Madsen was stout in second and Pittman all class in third while Kyle Hirst and Danny Reidy filled the top five.
Behind them Max Johnson was impressive in his run to sixth, Grant Anderson mustered a seventh place result while Jack Lee made a welcome return to form with a solid eighth place finish ahead of Sam Walsh and Max Dumesny.
American Randy Hannagan was 11th with Luke Walker and Brent Aprile rounding out the cars still circulating at races end.
Tomorrow will now see all drivers contest one final heat race for the weekend with an inversion, based on points for the first eight cars of each heat race in what promises to be a brutal culmination to the 43rd Lucas Oil Grand Annual Sprintcar Classic.
The top 20 in points after night two are as follows:
1. David Murcott 538
2. Ian Madsen 512
3. Kerry Madsen 508
4. Kyle Hirst 506
5. Brooke Tatnell 500
6. Daryn Pittman 500
7. Jac Haudenschild 492
8. Callum Zizek 484
9. Luke Dillon 484
10. Grant Anderson 480
11. Tim Rankin 478
12. Ian Loudoun 476
13. Daniel Pestka 476
14. Danny Reidy 476
15. Darren Mollenoyux 474
16. Robbie Farr 468
17. Jack Lee 466
18. Lucas Wolfe 462
19. Max Johnson 462
20. Max Dumesny 460
Night Three of the 43rd Lucas Oil Grand Annual Sprintcar Classic will be held on Sunday January 25, 2015, with cars on track from 5.30pm. Public gates open at 1.30pm for pre-paid ticket holders and at 2.00pm for walk up sales.
Tickets for night three only can be purchased at the Warrnambool side ticket booth from 9.00am. Tickets may be limited.
The 43rd Lucas Oil Grand Annual Sprintcar Classic as supported by Oval Express Magazine, GJ Gardner Homes, KRE Race Engines and the Lady Bay Resort Warrnambool will be held at Premier Speedway on January 23, 24 & 25, 2015.
Tatnell Wins Night One As Ian Madsen Tops Points
Brooke Tatnell tamed the high banks of Sungold Stadium, Premier Speedway, Warrnambool to claim night one honors in what was a non-stop 30 lap feature event on night one of the 43rd Lucas Oil Grand Annual Sprintcar Classic.
The three time Classic Champion started from position three behind pole sitter Ian Madsen and Tasmanian young gun Callum Zizek who gave car owner Darren Goodyer a two pronged front row assault in a dream result.
It wasn’t long though before Tatnell asserted his authority as the moves further back in the pack began to play out.
Ian Loudoun having started from position seven , Darren Mollenoyux from eight and Jamie Veal from position 17 were slicing their way forward as Tatnell went about taking care of business at the front of the pack.
Ian Madsen’s stellar night one run was also continuing as the pole sitter ran strongly throughout the 30-lap journey, holding down second place as Loudoun made his way inside the top three.
There would be no stopping Tatnell aboard the Krikke Motorsport Cool Chassis, as he powered to a fourth Oval Express Magazine Australia America Challenge Cup win.
At the drop of the checkers it would be Tatnell taking out night one, from the current Knoxville Raceway Track Champion – Ian Madsen with Ian Loudoun home in third, doing popular Geelong based car owner David Dickson proud with a podium finish.
The top five was completed by Darren Mollenoyux while Jamie Veal again impressed at his home track with a fifth place finish, salvaging something from a night that required a transfer from the B-Main.
Sixth would be Daniel Pestka who was followed home by Robbie Farr, Lucas Wolfe and Trevor Green with Tim Rankin rounding out the top ten.
Livewire American Christopher Bell fought his way to an 11th place finish ahead of Callum Zizek, Terry McCarl, Brad Sweet, Jackson Delamont, Bradley Keller, Danny Holtgraver, Chad Ely and B-Main transferees John Vogels and Jamie Hennessy.
Earlier in the night Robbie Farr set quick time in qualifying to earn himself an extra $1000.00 and a shot at taking out the prestigious Alan Pollard Memorial.
Heat wins then went the way of Farr, Terry McCarl, Tatnell, Daniel Pestka, Ian Madsen, Matthew Dumesny, Danny Holtgraver, Darren Mollenoyux, Brendan Balcombe and Trevor Green.
The night was marred by an injury to Tim Kaeding who was transferred to hospital as a precaution following a heat race incident.
The top in points after night one are as follows:
1. Ian Madsen 512
2. Brooke Tatnell 500
3. Callum Zizek 484
4. Tim Rankin 478
5. Daniel Pestka 476
6. Ian Loudoun 476
7. Darren Mollenoyux 474
8. Robbie Farr 468
9. Lucas Wolfe 462
10. Trevor Green 458
11. Terry McCarl 454
12. Jackson Delamont 448
13. Jamie Veal 442
14. Christopher Bell 436
15. Bradley Keller 430
16. Brad Sweet 428
17. Chad Ely 422
18. John Vogels 416
19. Jordyn Brazier 406
20. Danny Holtgraver 402
21. Jamie Hennessy 392
22. Peter Lack 388
23. James McFadden 380
24. Glen Saville 380
25. Corey McCullagh 378
26. Matt Egel 378
27. Quentin Tanner 372
28. Matthew Dumensy 354
29. Ricky Maiolo 346
30. Bradley Warren 338
31. Brendan Balcombe 336
32. Stephen Bell 332
33. Kristy Ellis 326
34. Daryl Clayden 318
35. Keke Falland 308
36. Scott Reilly 306
37. Mark House 300
38. Adam King 292
39. Daniel Harding 290
40. Eddie Lumbar 286
41. Phil Lock 286
42. Tim Kaeding 280
43. Domain Ramsay 278
44. Kris Lacey 272
45. Peter Doukas 272
46. Ben Atkinson 268
47. Andy Caruana 266
48. Jay Waugh 262
49. Paul Morris 240
50. Rhiannon Burleigh 226
51. Scott Bogucki 194
52. Darren Hickman 118
53. Ron Dalton 112
Night Two of the 43rd Lucas Oil Grand Annual Sprintcar Classic will be held on Saturday January 24, 2015, with cars on track from 5.30pm. Public gates open at 1.30pm for pre-paid ticket holders and at 2.00pm for walk up sales.
Tickets for night two only can be purchased at the Warrnambool side ticket booth from 9.00am.
Clauson Leads International Invasion
Archerfield Speedway Media Release
Whilst Sprintcars dominated the Ausdeck Patios Archerfield Speedway schedule over the Christmas/New Year period, this weekend it is the Midgets who take centre stage with the first Australian round of the POWRi World Midget Championship. Staged over a series of races in Australia, New Zealand and the United States, the POWRi World Midget Championship is the only series of its type that brings the top drivers from all three countries together. More than 40 competitors will take part in the two nights of competition, which will culminate with a $6000-to-win feature event on Sunday evening (January 25).
Midget racing harks back to the 1930's and the basic concept has always been the same; place the greatest amount of power into the available space and put on an exciting show. Typically, a Midget engine can produce between 325 and 350 horsepower and there are a variety of engine types currently being used. Ideally suited to Australia’s quarter-mile speedway tracks, the Midgets consistently put on some of the most exciting racing and their open-wheel configuration leaves little margin for error.
The best credentialed driver in the field this weekend is 25-year-old American Bryan Clauson. A two-time USAC National Midget Champion, Clauson has accumulated over 140 feature race wins, including some of the biggest Midget races in America; winning both the Belleville Nationals and the Turkey Night Grand Prix on two occasions. Clauson’s success in Midget competition has seen him named National Midget Driver of the Year on two occasions and he has also enjoyed considerable success in Sprintcar, Indy cars and NASCAR. In 2008, Clauson took Rookie of the Year honours in the NASCAR Nationwide Series, while 2011 saw him qualify on pole position in Indy Lights competition at Indianapolis. The following year, Clauson successfully made the step up to Indy Car and qualified into the Indianapolis 500, a feat he will attempt this year after securing a drive with Jonathon Byrd Racing. Clauson arrives in Brisbane on the back of four consecutive wins in New Zealand and this will be the only chance to see him in action in Queensland this season.
Also travelling from America for this event is fellow USAC National Midget Championship winner Darren Hagan from California. Like Clauson, Hagen is a prolific feature race winner in both USAC and POWRi events and has enjoyed considerable success in high profile races, including the Night Before the 500, the Rich Vogler Classic and the Gold Crown Nationals. In New Zealand recently, Hagen finished inside the top three behind Clauson in three events and the battle between these two will be something special.
The third American in the field is Oklahoma’s Tyler Thomas. In 2011, Thomas created history when, as a 15-year-old, became the youngest winner of a POWRi Midget Series feature race at West Plains Speedway in Missouri. In 2013, Thomas finished 4th overall in the POWRi National Midget Pointscore and spent last season alternating between his Midget duties and Late Model Stockcar commitments.
In New Zealand, Midget racing outstrips Sprintcars for popularity amongst both drivers and fans and it is no surprise to see a very large contingent of Kiwi racers in town for this event. Whilst current Polar Ice Archerfield Speedway Track Champion Michael Kendall, a five-time New Zealand champion, will be relishing the opportunity to represent his home country, it is Michael Pickens who possesses the most international experience amongst the New Zealand squad. Pickens, a four-time national champ, races professionally in America with great success and recently competed in the Chilli Bowl event in America as a teammate to Clauson. Pickens has raced extensively in Australia with great success, including a win in the Australian Grand Prix. Also representing New Zealand this weekend will be Chris Gwilliam, Chris McCutcheon, Leon Burgess, Peter Hunnibell, Ricky McGough and the experienced Brad Mosen.
Current and three-time Australian champion Adam Clarke from Newcastle headlines an Aussie contingent that will be determined to see off the international challenge. Clarke has been in splendid form so far this season and will be well supported by some of Australia’s very best. Nathan Smee, Mark Brown, Troy Jenkins and Michael Stewart are also travelling from New South Wales, while a very exciting entry is young West Australian Kaiden Manders who, at just 16 years of age, beat an international field to win the Michael Figliomeni Memorial in Perth earlier this season. Also making the long haul from Western Australia to take part are Lee Redmond and Nicholas Rowe.
There is no chance that the locals will kowtow to their interstate and international rivals on home soil, so expect plenty of action as the locals throw down the challenge and defend their territory. The likes of Michael Harders, Anthony Chaffey, Ken Stanaway and Brendan Palmer are proven front runners, with Matt Hefford and Darren Vine also very much on the pace this season.
With a big support program over the weekend that includes Compact Speedcars, Wingless Sprints, Lightning Sprints and Formula 500’s, all is in readiness for two fabulous nights of world class motorsport competition. Of course, Sunday night will also feature the crazy Car, Caravan and Dunny Derby and a spectacular fireworks show in addition to the POWRi World Midget Championship Feature Race.
FANS AND RACERS DIG DEEP FOR GARRY COLEMAN AND HIS MOTORSPORT MINISTRY
Official release: Valvoline Raceway
January 20, 2015
$13,975.45 was raised for Garry Coleman OAM’s Motorsport Ministry (MSM) on Saturday night during the Scott Darley Challenge at Valvoline Raceway as generous fans and racers alike joined in the mission to raise funds for the remarkable man and his chaplains across Australia.
Nominated by the Darley Family as the charity of focus for the Scott Darley Challenge over the weekend “Motor Racing Ministries – SCA” offer a wide variety of critical emotional, physical and spiritual services to motorsport racers and their greater family and friends network in their times of need.
Spectators dug deep on Saturday night as racers Daniel Sayre, Toby Bellbowen, Brooke Tatnell, Sam Walsh, Michaela Dumesny, Max Johnston, Jackson Delamont and Trevor Green (apologies to anyone not listed here) carried their helmets around the grounds during a break in the racing.
Roddy Bellbowen generously auctioned off the main and front wings from his Scott Darley tribute car he raced for the weekend after the main event on the Saturday night.
“I’m very grateful to Paul Jeffery from Vortex wings who made the donation of the wing for the auction possible, and also Ray from PASS Powdercoating, Max Dumesny Motorsports and my Dad Rod Bowen for their generosity with the Scotty car,” explained Roddy.
West Australians Sean Carren (Goldstar Transport) and Trent Pigdon (Pigdon Portables) successfully bid for the top and front wings between them for over $3,500 collectively.
The grateful race fan who pocketed $6,500 in the 50/50 raffle also generously donated $1000 of his winnings towards the cause.
Almost $10,000 was raised from generous race fans and teams on the night with the helmets – including a generous donation from the Sprintcar Association of NSW.
“It’s so humbling,” conceded an emotional Garry Coleman, “to first be nominated by the Darley Family and then have the speedway public and the racers respond like this proves to be yet again what a wonderful family Speedway really is. These resources will go a long way towards our costs associated with travel, phone calls, conferences and generally reaching a broader percentage of our calling. I can’t thank everyone enough on behalf us all.”
Valvoline Raceway salutes the teams and the fans for their incredible support on Saturday night.
WA's Stephenson takes out V8 Dirt Modified Title
Grafton's Jai Stephenson put on a driving clinic at Geelong's Avalon Raceway on Saturday night, taking out the 2015 Australian V8 Dirt Modified Championship.
Stephenson qualified his Big River Steel Troyer on pole position for the 35-lap Championship decider, mastering the slick track conditions and holding out a determined Mark Robinson over the entire race distance. Local hope Brett Clarke was third, with Kevin Britten and Mick Kiraly rounding out the top five.
Stephenson also scored enough points over the weekend to take out the first round of the Five Star Dirt Series.
"Anyone that knows my driving style would never think I could win an Australian title on a track like that" quipped Stephenson on the podium. " It usually needs to be hooky for me to win but we got it done"
Robinson, winner of the last Australian Championship to be held at Avalon (2012), started alongside his NSW counterpart and played the waiting game for the first 25-laps before mounting a challenge for the lead with ten laps remaining.
"We were there to win it" said Robinson. "Jai was good early, we were better on a long run and I got alongside him there and then the yellow lights came on and I thought there goes our only chance. With these guys if you want to make a pass you need to make it there and then, otherwise they are gone"
Indeed Robinson had his hands full in the early going, with Brett Clarke making his intentions clear from the drop of the green flag.
" I got underneath him (Robinson) there at the start, and I thought hello, I'm in with a shot here!" offered Clarke. "I was pretty excited, but once he got underneath me and we started train tracking I just had to stick to the bottom and bring it home"
Perth driver Travis Kennedy raced his way into sixth, with Paul Tindal (7th), Geoff Phillips (8th), Tony Moule (9th) and Darren Clarke rounding out the top ten.
It was a tough night for defending Champ David Clark, who finished in 12th position after starting from the fourth row (8th), while a spin from Daniel Scott with just seven laps completed triggered a three-car pile up with Lloyd Hobson and Daryl Hickson, with the latter retiring with a flat right-rear tyre. Lloyd Hobson, Ray Klarich and Steve Milthorpe were also forced to retire from the main event.
In addition to his Championship win, Jai Stephenson also took out his second consecutive Steve Robinson Silver Fox Award for pole position, taking home an $800 Thomas Sabo watch for his troubles. Stephenson's Crew Chief, Frank McLaughlin was also recognised, being awarded the Morse Power Crew Chief Award as winning Crew Chief.
2015 AUSTRALIAN V8 DIRT MODIFIED CHAMPIONSHIP FINAL (35-LAPS)
1st Jai Stephenson, 2nd Mark Robinson, 3rd Brett Clarke, 4th Kevin Britten, 5th Mick Kiraly, 6th Travis Kennedy, 7th Paul Tindal, 8th Geoff Phillips, 9th Tony Moule, 10th Darren Clarke, 11th Matt Kennedy, 12th David Clark, 13th Andrew Pezzutti, 14th Brayd Stephenson, 15th Dallas Czerwinski, DNNF: Lloyd Hobson, Steven Milthorpe, Daniel Scott, Ray Klarich, Daryl Hickson
GREEN STEAMS TO EMPHATIC SCOTT DARLEY REPEAT WIN
Official release: Valvoline Raceway
January 17, 2015
South Aussie Trevor Green was a jubilant back-to-back winner of the Scott Darley Challenge tonight after romping home with the $19,000 winner’s cheque at Valvoline Raceway in the 40 lap A-Main in his new colour-schemed Natrad #11 Maxim.
“Evergreen” led for much of the epic main event and almost succumbed to a sensational play for the top spot from Victorian Jamie Veal and NSW youngster Jackson Delamont in the last two laps.
Delamont had led for a large portion of the race in his Mad Harry’s Steel #48 KPC in what was his best performance in his short career to date to hold off Brad Sweet, Green, Veal, Steven Lines and Brooke Tatnell in the early stages.
“He did a really good job,” said Brooke Tatnell later of Delamont, “lately he’s been a really fast car and he’s improved so much since last year. To finish on the podium like this is such a great result for him and his Dad and Granddad. He made us all work really hard to try and get by. A podium finish in a field like this is a major achievement.”
For Green, and his trusty motor “snowflake” it was a moment to stop and savor, and an incredible result for Sydney car owner Barry Lewis who now has three consecutive Scott Darley Challenge wins to his credit (two with Green and one with Ian Madsen in 2011).
“It’s such an honour to win this race again,” grinned Green on the podium, “Barry (Lewis) and I are just about broke, so it’s great to get a good payday like this. We’ve had a shocking month so it’s good to get a bloody win! I can’t thank Barry Lewis and all our guys for a huge effort this month. We’ve been chasing our tails for such a long time but tonight we really got going and I knew we had a fast car.”
Jamie Veal came on like gangbusters in the last five laps in his SWI Engineering Maxim, as did Delamont who clawed his way out of the fingertips of Lines and Tatnell to gather up the lead duo with the white lights flashing.
Veal threw several desperate attempts at Green using the cushion and almost pullet off the pickpocket victory as the chequers flew.
“We were probably a bit cautious in the middle of the race,” Veal explained, “but then Trev slowed down a bit towards the end and I thought I’d better get rolling and have a crack. We almost got him, I wasn’t going to let him have it easy.”
Kerry Madsen bravely took the #D19 Challenge accepting the lure of double the $19,000 prize money if he could win the race from position #19 (a right he earned after winning Night One).
Passing was difficult from the tenth row of the grid and the American Racing Custom Wheels #29 fought bravely back to twelfth but was never really a factor for the win.
His electrifying drives from the night before however still lived large in every fan’s memory regardless of the Saturday night finish.
The night was peppered with personal best performances from several drivers.
Pennsylvanian Danny Holtgraver really got going in the #36 Titan Garages Maxim and came from deep within the pack to score a rapid fourth place and almost nudge his way on to the podium with a handful of laps remaining.
The top four finish was a confidence boosting result for the Titan Team and the affable PA youngster.
Brad Sweet certainly had his chances throughout the race but an eventual fifth place after battling in a hectic pack for much of the 40-lap affair was all the talented Californian could muster in his final night at Valvoline Raceway for the season.
Steven Lines also showed blistering speed, particularly around the cushion in his #3 Halls Motorsport KPC where he consistently showed potential to claim the win before eventually succumbing in sixth.
“We had our chances for sure,” Lines conceded later, “we were fast at times but we ran off the track in turn three and four and coughed up several positions that we had to scramble back for later. You can’t lose positions like that in a field like this and not pay for it.”
Brooke Tatnell was lively in the KMS #2 COOL and arm-wrestled his way throughout the top two, top three and eventually top ten for seventh in his final VR race this season also.
Muswellbrook’s Andrew Wright’s improvement since going out on the road with WSS was clearly evident with the #78 Hitachi entry looking very racy and qualifying into the Pole Shootout before eventually recording a career best eighth in the main event in front of his rabid and passionate fan club in the corporate area.
American Kyle Hirst rallied for a top ten finish in the Milwaukee Power Tools Monte Motorsport #17 and certainly had his chances.
“There were a couple times there where we really got going but it wasn’t easy out there and we couldn’t seem to move forward later in the race,” conceded the Californian post race.
20 year old Sydney racer Matt Craft was superb in the Craft Differentials #86 looking the raciest he’s been all season for an eventual tenth place finish behind Hirst with a result that probably belies just how competitive he was all weekend.
Ben Atkinson brought the #2 Pick n Payless J&J home in eleventh place behind Craft with Kerry Madsen in twelfth, Max Johnston in thirteenth and Jeremy Cross (who flew under the radar) placing fourteenth and getting some confidence boosting track time in A-Main trim under his belt.
South Aussie Dylan Jenkin faded to fifteenth by the chequers but throughout the weekend the classy South Aussie certainly showed his potential even though he was disappointed to get disqualified from the Pole Shootout for an alleged jump-start.
Blake Skipper finally seems to have mastered the differential problems that the One Steel #24 has been suffering and his sixteenth place finish in the main event was a just reward for what has been a season of frustration until now.
Americans Jason Sides and Jac Haudenschild were nineteenth and twentieth respectively.
DNF’s were posted for Toby Bellbowen, Brent Aprile, Grant Anderson and Robbie Farr.
Steven Lines pocketed a cool $1900 for winning the most amount of Pole Shootouts thanks to KCP Racing (Ian Madsen’s Des Moines Iowa team).
Trevor Green picked up the $1900 on offer for the Network Industry Quick Time and the spectacular trophy provided by Marty Perovich of the D19 logo.
Kerry Madsen picked up a further $350 from KCS catering for passing seven cars from his original #19 starting spot
Ian Madsen unfortunately made the TV highlights reel for all the wrong reasons when he rode Jason Sides’ right rear wheel in turn three in his heat race and flipped violently into the tyre wall, completely destroying his #10 D&B Goodyer entry in the process.
“I’m really sorry for Darren and Belinda Goodyer and Dave Sharman for destroying the car,” he explained at the scene, “I was pushing really hard to get the transfer and got over Jason’s right rear. We’ve had a great run with this car here and it’s a shame we can’t take it on to our next week down south.”
Madsen actually returned later that night in a gutsy effort driving his team car of Callum Zizek in the C-Main but he struggled with the unfamiliar car and never really made an impact on the event from there.
Highlight of the night was many of the drivers carrying their helmets into the huge crowd on hand to collect contributions towards Garry Coleman’s Motorsport Ministry – Valvoline Raceway are particularly grateful to the drivers and the fans for their time and effort in assisting this wonderful cause.
The biggest crowd of the 2014/2015 season was on hand to witness some courageous Sprintcar racing on the night in difficult hot conditions where the track team had to re-work the track several times.
“We apologise for the dusty conditions early in the night,” said VR Managing Director Steven Green, “it was 40 degrees plus all day and to have so many cars here in those conditions plus racing last night made it very difficult to keep moisture in the surface. The racing was excellent despite the conditions and I’m proud of our team for working so hard and for our fans for being so patient.”
Final finishing positions in the A-Main were
1. Trevor Green (SA
2. Jamie Veal (VIC)
3. Jackson Delamont (NSW)
4. Danny Holtgraver (USA)
5. Brad Sweet (USA)
6. Steven Lines (SA)
7. Brooke Tatnell (NSW)
8. Andrew Wright (NSW)
9. Kyle Hirst (USA)
10. Matt Craft (NSW)
11. Ben Atkinson (NT)
12. Kerry Madsen (NSW)
13. Max Johnston (NSW)
14. Jeremy Cross (NSW)
15. Dylan Jenkin (SA)
16. Blake Skipper (NSW)
17. Sam Walsh (NSW)
18. Jason Sides (USA)
19. Jac Haudenschild (USA)
20. Garry Brazier (NSW)
21. Toby Bellbowen (NSW)
22. Brent Aprile DNF (QLD)
23. Grant Anderson DNF (NSW)
24. Robbie Farr DNF (NSW)
The next event at Valvoline Raceway is on Saturday night, January 31.
Robinson, Stephenson, lead V8 Dirt Modified Title after Night 1
The NSW pair of Mark Robinson and Jai Stephenson have topped the preliminary point’s standings in the 2015 Australian V8 Dirt Modified Championship.
Stephenson, runner up in the 2014 Championship, and Robinson, the victor in last Australian Championship staged at Avalon (2012), each won their respective Silver Dollar Sprint Features and are tied on 100-points each heading into the final night of competition tomorrow (Saturday).
Paul Tindal (87pts), Mick Kiraly (79pts) and Kevin Britten (76pts) complete the top five pointscorers at the completion of the preliminary night.
“You defiantly need a little bit of luck,” said Jai Stephenson. “In the first heat we almost got taken out but I hit the brakes and it turned the right direction and I missed the accident. If I had got in that accident it might have been a different story.”
Robinson meanwhile was relentlessly chased by local hope Paul Tindal throughout his 20-lap Silver Dollar Feature.
“We just got off it there a little to make sure we didn’t put it in the fence said Robinson. “It was defiantly a tough track out there being rough in three and four and slick in one and two. But we kept it straight and had no damage and that’s the main thing.”
Earlier in the evening, two rounds of qualifying heats were completed, with Robinson, Daniel Scott, Geoff Phillips, Kevin Britten, Paul Tindal, Brett Clarke, Jai Stephenson and David Clark all recording victories.
The Championship continues on Saturday night, with a further two rounds of qualifying heats, a last-chance qualifier and the all-important 35-lap Australian V8 Dirt Modified Championship final.
2105 Australian V8 Dirt Modified Chanpionship Qualifying points after Night 1:
1 N9 Mark Robinson 100
2 N45 Jai Stephenson 100
3 V17 Paul Tindal 87
4 V48 Mick Kiraly 79
5 Q12 Kevin Britten 76
6 V11 Brett Clarke 76
7 V92 Daryl Hickson 74
8 V91 Daniel Scott 72
9 Q303 Geoff Phillips 67
10 A1 David Clark 66
11 W56 Travis Kennedy 58
12 N25 Andrew Pezzutti
13 Q66 Dallas Czerwinski
14 V84 Lloyd Hobson 46
15 N82 Brayd Stephenson 41
16 V31 Darren Clarke 41
17 V22 Tony Moule 40
18 Q95 Ray Klarich 36
19 W18 Matt Kennedy 36
20 V39 Tony Moore 22
21 V78 Harley Tindal 21
22 W27 Peter Forbes 20
23 V16 Steven Milthorpe 17
24 V19 Andrew Katz 16
25 V43 Stephen Hopkins 16
26 V89 Peter Temby 14
27 V94 Graeme Galvin 4
28 V36 Ebony Hobson 0
29 V59 Steven Redcliffe 0
KERRY KNOWS HIS A, B, C’s.
For immediate release: Valvoline Raceway
January 16, 2015
Kerry Madsen was simply stunning in his come from behind win in the first night of the Scott Darley Challenge at Valvoline Raceway tonight.
In front of his delighted hometown crowd Madsen put on a clinic to come from first the “C Main” then the “B Main” and eventually put his stamp on the 40 lap A-Main to pocket the $19,000 winner’s purse.
“I’ve seen Kerry do things like that all year,” smiled eventual second placed Brad Sweet, “he’s such a phenomenal driver when he’s on like that. That’s why he’s one of the best in the world.”
“I still can’t believe it,” glowed Madsen from victory lane, “it felt like we must have done 100 laps tonight and passed so many cars. I really enjoyed racing like that though, the car was fast and the track allowed me to come through. It’s a really satisfying feeling to win this for the Darley Family and for my team who gave me such a great car.”
Quizzed on emotion behind this race for Scott Darley the winner was instantly overcome.
“Of course you want to win a race because you’re a racer but then you stop and think about what this one means and it’s much more special. It’s an honour to win this.”
Sentimental favourite for the event was early leader and budget racer James Thompson as he bravely fought off the advances of some of the most talented racers on the planet in his family owned #22 Stahlwille Tools entry.
“I did my best to hold them out,” grinned the eventual third placed Sydneysider, “but when you’re racing with guys like these you can’t afford to put a wheel wrong. It’s such a buzz to race in this kind of competition.”
Sweet paid tribute to Thompson’s drive.
“I’ve been watching him (James) since we started racing here this year and he’s definitely fast. He did a great job to hold out some really impressive teams.”
Brad Sweet did his share of leading too in the #99 Ruhs Brothers entry but he bent the front end of the car when he got into the lapped Matt Dumesny’s rear and nearly spun.
In the end, he did spin across the finish line where only just registered the finish.
“I gotta apologise to the flagman if I scared him,” Sweet explained, “I didn’t have much car control in the end.”
Sam Walsh was another driver who starred in his #92 Fleck Earthmoving entry as the livewire Sydney youngster steered from a B-Main start to an eventual and gutsy fourth place finish just outside the podium result.
For the race’s entirety it was a swashbuckling affair from second place to tenth as Jason Sides, Jamie Veal, Ben Atkinson, Tim Kaeding, Grant Anderson and Jac Haudenschild traded lines and positions.
American Jason Sides placed fifth ahead of Jamie Veal in sixth, Ben Atkinson seventh, Jac Haudenschild eighth, Jackson Delamont ninth and Tim Kaeding rounding out the top ten.
Brooke Tatnell was looking very fast in the KMS #2 entry until he was sent to the rear for tagging Davey Heskin and causing a yellow in turn two.
Tatnell charged back to an eventual eleventh by the fall of chequers to edge out James McFadden in twelfth, Grant Tunks thirteenth, Ian Madsen fourteenth, Peter Gordon fifteenth, Grant Anderson sixteenth, Max Dumesny seventeenth, Davey Heskin eighteenth, David Murcott nineteenth and Shaun Dobson rounding out the twenty.
Steven Lines was twenty first, Matt Dumesny twenty second and Dylan Jenkin was the last placed finisher in twenty third.
The only DNF of the event was Trevor Green with driveline issues.
The 12-car Pole Shootout was a huge hit with the large and vocal crowd as James Thompson edged out Jason Sides to start on pole position in the main event.
Within the Pole Shootout however was some truly inspired driving from Tim Kaeding, James McFadden and Jamie Veal that really got the place jumping.
The B-Main was won by Ben Atkinson (his eventual 7th place in the A-Main was excellent) from Kerry Madsen (who came from the back) Peter Gordon and Trevor Green listed as the four transferees to the A-Main.
Kerry Madsen won the C-Main convincingly from Roddy Bellbowen from Mick Saller and Darryl Campbell.
Matt Jackson won the D-Main from American Danny Holtgraver in second whilst the E-Main was claimed by Sebastian Johnston over Steve Johnson.
James Thompson claimed the Network Industry Quick Time whilst an emotional highlight for the night was the appearance of the Roddy Bellbowen #7 Scott Darley tribute car in the national anthem parade lap.
The crowd stood and cheered the huge effort invested by Bellbowen to turn out a stunning rolling masterpiece of images of Scotty.
Tomorrow night is the second and final night of the Scott Darley Challenge.
More Big Names Now On Board For 2014 Lucas Oil Grand Annual Sprintcar Classic
As the list of drivers nominated for the 43rd Lucas Oil Grand Annual Sprintcar Classic continues to grow, the numbers have been bolstered by the current Australian Champion, three more high quality Americans and a former Classic Champion, along with some of the hottest talent in Australia!
Jason Sides, Randy Hannagan and in an exciting development Sheldon Haudenschild have added their names to the list of American drivers all set for the Classic, while current Aussie Champ David Murcott has also confirmed his entry along with 1993 Classic Champion Garry Brazier.
Sides and Murcott will attend the Classic with the support of Dave Horrell and the team at East Coast Logistics. Sprint Shack, Mainline Dynalog Dynamometers, Vortex Express, RE Technologies and Power Plus Fuels are also amongst the list of generous supporters for these two popular racers.
Sides knows his way around Sungold Stadium having finished 20th in the Sunday night 40 lap feature event in 2014 while Murcott’s Australian Championship was won at Latrobe in Tasmania last February speaks volumes of his talents.
Hannagan, the winner of the 1999, Australia – America Challenge Cup, has been another to make the Classic a regular stop on what is a busy and demanding race schedule.
In 2015 Randy will join forces with Ray Scott Racing, campaigning the USA55 machine with the support of Scott’s Transport, Ray Scott Livestock Transport and Shell Oils. Just last January ‘The Hurricane’ was able to qualify the Matt Muir owned W53 entry into the A-Main field where he finished 16th. Hannagan will be joined by Ashley Scott in the V55 entry also enjoying the support of Scott’s Transport, Ray Scott Livestock Transport and Shell Oils.
Sheldon Haudenschild adds an exciting dimension to the 43rd Lucas Oil Grand Annual Sprintcar Classic, where he will join his two time Classic Champion father Jac in the field.
The 21 year old hails from Wooster, Ohio and is an excitement machine behind the wheel of a Sprintcar, plied his trade initially in motocross.
West Australian based Keen Motorsport are responsible for providing some excellent equipment for Sheldon after he arrived with his helmet bag and race suit on a whim and a prayer earlier in the Australian summer.
The team will have support from Keen’s Driver Training, Keenquip Race Gear, Dynamite Dans Cleaning, Panelworx and Diesel Force.
1993 Classic Champion Garry Brazier will make a welcome return to the Lucas Oil Grand Annual Sprintcar Classic where he will join forces with his son Jordyn in a two car assault.
Jordyn has been in good form predominantly in Sydney so far this season with some spasmodic appearances at venues around the country intertwined.
The father – son Brazier duo will enjoy the long time support of Castrol, Capalaba Wreckers, Racing Optics, Vortex Wings, PWR Radiators, Butlerbuilt, EFX Signs and Design 500.
Daniel Pestka who has shown excellent early season form campaigning for Victorian based car owner Matthew Eastham so far in the 2014-15 season will be back and aims to improve on his 8th place finish in B-Main 1 from 2014.
It is worth noting that Eastham teamed with American David Gravel in recording a 9th place finish in B Main 2 in 2014, a result that could have been so much better had a line ball decision not gone against them in an earlier heat race.
For the Classic Pestka has a wealth of backing from Eastham and the Victory Lane Racegear Team with usual sponsors Drysdale’s Chaff Mill, Lucas Oil Products, Bass Contracting, Inverloch Motor Body Works, Midwest Imports, Andy FX, Inglis Racing Engines, Diablos Motorsport, BMRS Hoses, Crow Seat Belts, HPC Coatings, HRP Wings, Astro Titanium, Zemco Headers, Indy Race Parts and Race Gear X all on board.
Darren Mollenoyux who was very impressive in setting quick time and recording a second placed finish on his qualifying night in 2014 before eventually settling for 23rd place on Sunday night, is back as one of the leading Victorian chances.
Mollenoyux will again be in his familiar Parr Motorsports, Warrnambool Crane Hire, MBO Financial Group, Valvoline and Winters Performance backed GF1 V77 machine.
The Warrnambool based Mollenoyux, who enjoyed a stint of racing in the United States back in July, will be joined by fellow Victorians Michael Cunningham (PRP Engineering V74), Bradley Warren (KFC Warrnambool, Total Autos Pakenham, Kriehn Transport, Powermax, Victory Lane Racegear, Prince Industries V54), Tim Rankin (West Vic Sheds and Garages, Webber & Chivell Fertilisers, J&K Haulage, Adzweld, DJ Contracting, M & V Savage Earthmoving, Vogels Motors and Ken Buck Excavations V47) in the field for the Classic on January 23 to 25, 2015.
The Parramatta Posse, have sent some more of their delegation south for Classic duties with the hard charging Max Johnston leading the way in NSW38 Ultimate Karting Sydney, Fincar Automotive/Finance, KTM Australia, Active Vac, Toys Collective Clothing, Summerland Poultry, Camden Signs, DJS Qualicoaters, Johnston Automotive, Jim's Building Services, Prompt Mower Service, Pixel Designs, Joust Racewear, Jigsaw Photography, Motoradco, Direct Pallets, SNR Logistics and Wray Transport supported entry.
Johnston will be joined by Glen Saville who has become somewhat of a part time racer here in Australia as he prefers to compete regularly at the famed Knoxville Raceway as a part of their track championship series.
Saville will be supported by G.P.S, Hawksbury Valley Smash Repairs and A.P.M for his regular visit to the Classic while Jimmy Matchett will also make the trek from his Londonderry home base to contest the three night Classic extravaganza.
Matchett will be supported by Ian Cubitts Classic Home Improvements, Mercatroyd Painting and Decorating and Blockhead.
The ever present South Aussie representation will again make their way across the state line with Dylan Jenkin set to be in action aboard his Tatiara Truck and Trailer, Peter Horne Transport and Gericke Bulk Handling S51 machine along with the hugely impressive Bradley Keller who has shown phenomenal car speed at times this season.
Keller who is from Hewett in South Australia will enjiy the backing of RMGH, Shadetec, Peter Page Holden, Nortins Transport, FUCHS, GT Bobcat and Spitwater as he once again returns to Sungold Stadium.
West Aussie Trent Pigdon will be aboard the Lower Norton Transport, Hitch Haulage, Compass Powder Coating, Kirschner Trucks and Mass Drill and Blast SA62 entry in his return to the Classic, having missed the inaugural three night event in 2014.
The Awesome Landscapes, Donegal Engineering, Maxwill Race Engines, Boss Differentials, LMC Products and Primrose Valley Tavern S59 machine is the ride of choice of up and coming South Aussie Adam Currie, while Terry Kelly will again be aboard the Inland Crane Hire, Empire Racing Supplies, Artworx, Edge Hotel Motel and Snap On Tools Mildura S37 car for the 43rd Lucas Oil Grand Annual Sprintcar Classic.