Can Jamie Veal make in three Eureka Garages & Sheds Feature Wins
By Ian Vale
The Eureka Garages and Sheds Sprintcar Series is off to Premier Speedway Warrnambool for round four of the Series and this is the home turf of Jamie Veal who has already won two Eureka Series rounds this season with his second win taken at the last round conducted at Premier Speedway. This event is a little different to the normal Series rounds that will see Twin feature races on the night and the competition level has stepped up with over sixty nominations with some of the best drivers from around Australia and two Americans drivers in field as well.
What a cracker of a field, Americans Kyle Hirst and Danny Holtgraver will be up against a host of feature race winners from around the country, Robbie Farr is returning from a successful campaign in New Zealand where he won both of his feature races. Ian Madsen is fresh from a feature win at Archerfield Speedway last weekend, Steven Lines took the win in round two of the Eureka Series at Mt Gambier then add 2012 Classic winner Ian Loudoun who is stepping into the Essendon Ford V3 car, World Series and Australian Champion James McFadden plus the present Eureka Garages and Sheds Series Champion Shaun Dobson along two other past Series Champions, John Vogels and Darren Mollenoyux and it is a field with plenty of talent that any promoter would like to have as well as a spectators delight.
The quality of nomination just keeps on going, add Grant Anderson, Tim Rankin, Trevor Green the 1997 Classic Champion and winner of many Easter trail rounds then you have from South Australia Daniel Pestka, the 2014 Australia 360 Sprintcar Champion Chad Ely running with a 410ci power plant this weekend, Stephen Bell, Nick Lacey and the list goes on.
The format for this round of the Eureka Garages and Sheds Series is a little different that will see two twenty lap feature races. This round of the Eureka Series will get under way with time trials to seed the drivers into their qualifying heats. With the ten heat races over the points will then place the drivers into the main events for the night. The top twelve drivers on point head to the A Main while the next twenty eight driver on points will grid up in either the C or B Main event to try and transfer to the back of the A Main. Any driver that ties on points will be separated by their time trial times. Then it is off to the Main events for the two twenty lap A Mains, the 1st A Main will have the drivers line as per there qualifying order on the night. The second A Main will be a reverse grid of the cars that finished in the 1st A Main and any non finishers will then line up as per the order where they dropped out of the first race.
While this is going to be one tough race meeting it is very important for the drivers that have committed to racing in the entire Eureka Garages and Sheds Series to win as many points as possible on the night.
Five of the drivers in the top six of the points standing have committed to the full Series and there is only one hundred and fifty five point separating them, Brett Milburn is on top of the table with Glen Sutherland only a few points behind, Nick Lacey and Daniel Pestka sit in third and fourth places while Jamie Veal is only a few points ahead of Rod Matthews who is in sixth place. Jamie has already nominated for round five and six of the Series as well and he could head to the top of the points over the next couple of rounds with his present form making life a little tough for some of the other drivers and it may encourage him to commit to more rounds of the Series.
But let’s not forget that this race meeting will more than likely see two different feature winners as it will not be easy for any one of the drivers nominated to be an outright favourite in either of the feature races. But if a driver is to win both feature races then they will be a deserving winner and will be rewarded by taking a possible $6000 home with them.
Nearly every State and Territory from around the country is being represented this weekend at Premier Speedway with the exception of the Northern Territory but with the two Americans in the field you could not ask for a better night of entertainment.
Premier Speedway is the place to be this Saturday night for round four of the Eureka Garages and Sheds Sprintcar Series, for more information on this event go to the Premier Speedway web site www.premierspeedway.com.au
Madsen Too Strong in Supercheap Series Round Six
Archerfield Speedway Media Release
Under threatening skies, more than 30 Sprintcars gathered at Ausdeck Patios Archerfield Speedway on Saturday night (December 13) for round six of the Supercheap Auto Track Championship. Whilst all other venues in the region opted to cancel their scheduled events given the unsettled weather conditions, Archerfield promoter John Kelly persevered and the event was ultimately completed with no interference from the elements. Making his first appearance on home soil since wrapping up his hugely successful American campaign â€“ which included winning the Knoxville Track Championship - Ian Madsen was unstoppable in the 30-lap feature event and saw off the challenge of national champ Dave Murcott to score an emphatic win. Despite Murcott’s best efforts, which included the briefest of moments in the lead immediately following a mid-race restart, Madsen could not be tamed and powered home to complete a perfect start to his Australian season.
Perennial front runner Andrew Scheuerle finished in third spot and expanded his lead in the track championship standings as a result, with Bryan Mann snaring fourth ahead of WSS-bound Brent Aprile. Previous round winner Luke Oldfield could do no better than sixth on this occasion, with Jamie Bricknell surging forward to finish seventh after qualifying through the B Main. Mick Sauer and Ben Hilder produced their best result for the season thus far to be next in line, with Kevin Titman recovering from a spin on lap 15 to round out the top ten.
Danny Reidy and Brent Kratzmann were the best of the rest, leaving Mark Pholi, Andrew Leibke, Paul Morris, Brodie Tulloch and Paul Rooks to complete the finishers. Terry Bracken was the only driver who failed to go the distance, riding out a wild flip through turn three with seven laps remaining.
Continuing the pace that has brought him such good results so far this season, Oldfield stopped the clock at 11.355 to secure KRE Fast Time, edging out Murcott, Mann and an impressive Morris. Bracken time trialled well once again to qualify inside the top five, with Hilder, Scheuerle, Bricknell, Rooks and Madsen the best of the rest.
The opening heat of the night saw Pholi outpace Dave Fanning and Sauer, while heat two went to Reidy over Murcott - who advanced from position eight - and Brock Dean.
Titman triumphed in heat three in advance of Kratzmann and Liebke before Madsen stamped his authority on proceedings in taking out heat four in advance of Richard Morgan and Scheuerle.
Heat five produced a repeat win for Reidy, this time over David Whell and Oldfield, with Titman also doubling up in the final heat of the night, downing Dan Murray and Dean.
The East Coast Logistics B Main was always going to prove critical for many teams and with Bracken and Bricknell sharing the front row, it was the latter who proved too strong. A barnstorming finish from Liebke saw him elevate himself into second overall after starting 10th. With the likes of Dean and Murray erring while inside the top four, it was ultimately Bracken and Pholi who secured the final transfer spots.
On a slick track that some found much harder to master than others, Madsen revelled in the conditions and drove faultlessly throughout the feature. It was only in lapped traffic that Murcott was able to narrow the margin enough to put Madsen under any pressure. Scheuerle was untroubled in third once he disposed of Mann, who kept young Aprile and the always adventuresome Oldfield at bay. Bricknell earned the Darra Mechanical Hard Charger Award for his surge into seventh after starting 15th.
After surviving a spirited challenge from Emma Harris in the opening few laps, Nick Hudson took out the Compact Speedcar feature. Wayne Corbett finished second overall, with Harris holding on for third ahead of Gary Hudson, Kyle Collins and Dave Swann.
The next meeting at Ausdeck Patios Archerfield Speedway is on Boxing Night (December 26) featuring World of Outlaws champion Donny Schatz and Californian legend Brent Kaeding, along with monster trucks, fireworks and a big support program comprising Formula 500s, AMCA Nationals, Modlites and Open Sedans.
Two Of Oklahoma’s Finest On Track For Classic Tilt
Two of Oklahoma’s finest Sprintcar exports have both signaled their intentions to be at the 43rd Lucas Oil Grand Annual Sprintcar Classic with both men determined on greeting the chequered flag when it falls on the 40 lap Classic final!
Despite there being a gulf in experience between both Daryn Pittman and Christopher Bell, both have amazing respect for each other, with Pittman in particular all to aware of the talent that Bell possesses.
Despite being just 19 years of age, it was Bell who led home Pittman and multi time World of Outlaws Champion Donny Schatz to claim his maiden Outlaws at Jacksonville Speedway.
Aside from his first Outlaws triumph Bell has capped off an amazing 2014 by recording 26 feature race victories, with probably the most amazing statistic being that these wins came amidst a season that consisted of a number of racing disciplines.
Bell competed in Midgets in events such as the famed Chilli Bowl where he ran third behind Bryan Clauson and Kevin Swindell, 410 Winged Sprints, 360 Winged Sprints, Silver Crown, 410 Non Wing Sprints as well as Ashphalt Late Model Racing.
Bell, who will be driving for the ultra professional Consol Racing Team with the support of Construction Solutions, Kaeding Performance, KRE Race Engines and Elf Fuels, is undoubtedly excited about the prospect of joining Australia and some of the World’s best Sprintcar drivers at the 2015 Lucas Oil Grand Annual Sprintcar Classic.
“It's awesome to be able to race in Australia during our off time, and I'm really looking forward to running in the Classic for the first time. It's a very prestigious event that attracts the best in the world in sprint car racing”, Bell said.
“Jerry Russell, my crew chief that's going to be coming over with me to run these races, introduced me to Glenno (Brent Inglis) at Knoxville this year. Glenno and I stayed in touch and he introduced me to Gavin Rawlings and Michael Gee when he found out they were interested in running these events. I'm really thankful for the opportunity to travel to Australia and be able to compete for such a great amount of prize money”, he added.
“I was fortunate enough last year to get to travel overseas to New Zealand and Australia to run midget cars and really enjoyed it. I'm looking forward to going sprint car racing in Australia this time around, it's awesome to be able to race in front of a different fan base”, Bell concluded.
Pittman on the other hand needs no introduction to Australian Race Fans with the popular 2013 World of Outlaws Champion again headed Down Under for a hit run mission that includes yet another appearance at the 43rd Lucas Oil Grand Annual Sprintcar Classic.
Like Bell, Pittman enjoyed a successful 2014 American racing season which began with an outstanding run at the Chilli Bowl where amongst the 250 entries he was able to qualify for the A-Main finally settling for a very respectable 7th place finish.
His World of Outlaws season running for Kasey Kahne Racing was again a picture of consistency.
The numbers don’t lie with Pittman recording 14 World of Outlaws Feature Race wins and 50 top five finishes en-route to a runner up result in the overall points standings to eventual winner Donny Schatz.
The 36 year old also was a direct beneficiary of the Grand Annual Sprintcar Classic being a qualifier for the Speed Sport News World Challenge event as held at Knoxville each August, as he walked away with the win and the cool sum of $10,000.00 for his efforts.
For his visit to the Grand Annual Sprintcar Classic Pittman will again be aboard the USA9 Sprintshack, Eveready Technologies, Logical Property Solutions entry as supported by the Queensland based Aprile Racing outfit.
Joining Pittman in the two car Aprile Racing assault on the Classic will be the NQ42 of Brent Aprile who will return to the Classic having recorded a 10th place finish in C-Main 2 of last seasons event.
With the experience of Brent ‘Glenno’ Inglis in their corner Brent is sure to be one of the drivers to watch as a big improver come Classic time. He will again have great support from Sprintshack, Healthpoint Chemist Group, Eveready Technologies and East Coast Logistics.
Another Bell has also joined the ever growing list of nominations with Warrnambool’s very own Stephen Bell set to make a return to Classic competition.
Bell will be campaigning the ACT55 car for Adrian Flint and his Gippsland Motorsport operation.
The team will come to the Classic, sound in the knowledge that Bell’s vast experience will hold them in good stead along with the support of William Adams Cat, John Duff and Co Shell, DP Swampy Earthmoving, Jettco and Crib Civil.
Teams intending on competing are urged to get their entries in at their earliest convenience to allow for the seeding of nights and pit allocation to take place as soon as possible.
Famous Names Farr and Lacey Seek Classic Victory
For many long years Sprintcar entry lists right around the country have generally included the names Farr and Lacey, so it comes as no real surprise that once again the 43rd running of the Lucas Oil Grand Annual Sprintcar Classic will feature these two famous names, with Robbie Farr and Nick Lacey both committing to battle.
Robbie Farr, the West Australian based, New South Welshman driving a Queensland domiciled car, will return to Sungold Stadium aboard the Barry Waldron owned East Coast Pipeline Racing Maxim come January.
In 2014 Farr recorded a strong result finishing the Sunday night A-Main in 10th place, having finished in 19th position in his Friday night qualifying feature.
“To have Robbie and the popular East Coast Pipeline Racing Team here for the Classic is great news for us,” said Premier Speedway General Manager David Mills.
“Robbie’s crew chief Nick Speed and the team are always working on ways to improve and I know that last years 10th place finish will be the catalyst for them to come back and try and capture that elusive Classic Crown,” Mills added.
Joining Farr at the Classic will be third generation racer Nick Lacey.
Lacey of course comes from great stock with grandfather Ray “Nippa” Lacey being somewhat of a legend in his time before teaming with son Brett and the legendary John Sidney to form the Oval Track Racing Team that was very successful over a three season period.
Following that time Brett’s association with famous car owners and mechanics continued when he forged an allegiance to the iconic American Bob Trostle. This led to Brett racing in America and designing his own cars, which were known as the “Baretta”, Brett using his self-constructed car to achieve to great success at the 1987 National Title.
It was around this time that Nick Lacey was born and after the early exploits of Ray and Brett back in the day their grandson and son, Nick, will once again be a part of the biggest Sprintcar event in the nation when he takes to Sungold Stadium as a part of the 43rd Lucas Oil Grand Annual Sprintcar Classic.
Nick’s Classic history is full of ups and downs, as experienced by most, however the 2015 edition looks promising.
The 43rd Lucas Oil Grand Annual Sprintcar Classic will be held at Premier Speedway on January 23, 24 & 25, 2015.
New points leader in AHG Sprint Cars
SUNDAY, DECEMBER 7, 2014
PLAYING his Joker card at the start of the night proved handy for Daniel Harding when he contested round 6 of the AHG Sprintcar Series at the Perth Motorplex on Saturday night.
Harding, along with Lee Nash and Darren Mewett signalled they wanted to play the Joker at the drivers meeting, meaning they double their points for that round of racing.
Drivers have until the January 24 show to play the card.
As a result Harding now leads the AHG Sprintcar Series points on 894, despite finishing 13th in the WA Sprintcar Championship.
Cameron Gessner, who was leading the points heading into the event and finished seventh, is second now on 838 while Jason Kendrick, courtesy of his Championship winning drive, is third on 826 with Shaun Bradford on 822 and Nash rocketing up to 814 to round out the top five.
RYAN Farrell, chasing his eighth WA title, got his campaign off to a good start in qualifying by setting the fastest time of 13.908 seconds.
For his efforts he won this week’s Vortex Wings front wing award.
Farrell was fourth in the A Dash to start from P4 for the 30-lap race and he ultimately finished in fifth place.
He is now 11th in the AHG Series points.
MARK Wells was the winner of the Hoosier right rear tyre draw for members of the Sprintcar Entrants Group.
Wellsy will get to collect his Hoosier donut for the next show, that is the Boxing Day Bonanza at the Motorplex on December 26.
The Geraldton Jet was quickest qualifier in his ground and then won his first heat race before claiming ninth in the next one.
During the Bronze Dash, where he was third quickest, he experienced steering problems from a non-compliant steering box, and because he didn’t have another one available, he didn’t take his place (P7) in the championship final.
AHG points: Daniel Harding 894, Cameron Gessner 838, Jason Kendrick 826, Shaun Bradford 822, Lee Nash 814, Jamie Maiolo 808, David Priolo 802, Bradley Maiolo 776, Callum Williamson 762, Scott Reilly 750, Ryan Farrell 740, Ryan Lancaster 686, Jake Beard-Miller 682, Kye Scroop 678, Daniel Keen 636, Mark Wells 630, Daryl Clayden 514, Shane Norris 504, Carl Dowling 494, Darren Mewett 472, Brooke Tatnell 438, Kyle Hirst 400, Kris Coyle 398, Jason Pryde 358, Troy Beckingham 344, Jeff Leisk 344, Troy Lawson 328, Ryan Jones 326, Ken Sartori 322, Brodie Minchin 278, Trent Pigdon 260, Robert Watson 228, Jason Boland, Jamie Buszan 118, Steven Ford 100 and Sean Zemunik 50.
Kendrick wins WA Sprint Car title
SUNDAY, DECEMBER 7, 2014
JASON Kendrick is the WA Sprintcar Champion for the 2014-15 season after winning the prestigious event at the Perth Motorplex on Saturday night.
Kendrick started from pole position and led all 30 laps to win his second championship, this time from the fast-finishing Californian Kyle Hirst and Brooke Tatnell.
The margin at the end of the sensational race was just 0.495 of a second.
Kendrick earned the right to start from pole after winning the A Dash in what was a great recovery after the team was forward to change a motor mid-way through the night.
He claimed a third and a fifth in his heat races.
Hirst, started on the front row with Kendrick and put in his best drive yet for the Monte Motorsport crew, showing they will be a tough team when they start their World Series Sprintcars campaign in Adelaide on Boxing Day.
Brooke Tatnell took third after starting from P5 and it was the third successive podium finish for Krikke Motorsport, following up from another third at the Motorplex two weeks ago and a win in Bunbury last week.
David Priolo, Ryan Farrell, Shane Norris, Cameron Gessner, Callum Williamson, Shaun Bradford and Kye Scroop rounded out the top 10
Four-time WA champion Mark Wells, who qualified in P7 for the final, withdrew after the Bronze Dash with steering box issues.
Jake-Beard Miller was the first casualty in the feature race, getting out of shape and slamming in the main straight fence at the end of the first lap.
Troy Lawson got crossed up two laps into the final and was collected by Troy Beckingham who had nowhere to go and rolled over, damaging the car with one of the front wheels flying through the air.
Priolo, who started from P3, was locked in a great duel with Hirst for many laps as the pair of red cars traded slide jobs and positions in a high-speed game of chess that Hirst eventually won as Priolo dropped back as far as fifth at one stage.
Kendrick held his nerve and made smart decisions in heavy lapped traffic to maintain a handy buffer for much of the final.
Gessner was having one of those nights after have throttle problems in a heat race and started from P10.
He spun on lap 12 and was sent to the rear of the field on the restart but managed to make up some serious ground in the latter stages.
Shaun Bradford and two-time champion Jamie Maiolo were hustling in the middle of the pack and made up some ground, including passing Callum Williamson who go eventually got the better of that deal.
Ryan Farrell, chasing his eighth WA championship, started from P4 and was on the pace for most of the contest that included some great racing with Priolo but ultimately he was nearly nine seconds off the win.
Shane Norris put in a credible result to start and finish sixth in the prestigious race.
Group 1 qualifying: Ryan Farrell 13.908, Ryan Lancaster 13.963, Scott Reilly 14.327 and Rob Watson 14.354. Group 2 qualifying: Shane Norris 14.224, Ken Sartori 14.273, Cameron Gessner 14.304, Bradley Maiolo 14.441 and Daniel Keen (one lap) 15.442. Group 3: Kyle Hirst 14.196, David Priolo 14.257, Darren Mewett 14.312, Jake Beard-Miller 14.375 and Carl Dowling 15.257. Group 4: Mark Wells 14.230, Shaun Bradford 14.440, Daniel Harding 14.479, Jason Pryde 14.792, Brodie Minchin 14.862. Group 5: Jason Kendrick 14.142, Brooke Tatnell 14.164, Troy Beckingham 14.604 and Lee Nash 14.900. Group 6: Callum Williamson 14.448, Jamie Maiolo 14.517, Troy Lawson 14.860 and Kye Scroop 14.905.
Heat 1: 1st Mark Wells, 2nd Ken Sartori, 3rd Jason Kendrick, 4th Daniel Harding, 5th Ryan Lancaster, 6th Bradley Maiolo, 7th Brodie Minchin. DNF: Troy Beckingham and Robert Watson junior.
Heat 2: 1st Kyle Hirst, 2nd Shaun Bradford, 3rd Callum Williamson, 4th Brooke Tatnell, 5th Lee Nash, 6th Darren Mewett, 7th Troy Lawson, 8th Carl Dowling, 9th Jason Pryde.
Heat 3: 1st Shane Norris, 2nd Ryan Farrell, 3rd Jamie Maiolo, 4th David Priolo, 5th Kye Scroop, 6th Scott Reilly, 7th Jake Beard-Miller, 8th Daniel Keen, 9th Cameron Gessner.
Heat 4: 1st Lee Nash, 2nd Brooke Tatnell, 3rd Callum Williamson, 4th Troy Lawson, 5th Jason Kendrick, 6th Troy Beckingham. DNF: Ryan Lancaster and Robert Watson junior.
Heat 5: 1st Jake Beard-Miller, 2nd Carl Dowling, 3rd David Priolo, 4th Scott Reilly, 5th Kyle Hirst, 6th Ryan Farrell, 7th Shaun Bradford, 8th Darren Mewett, 9th Jason Pryde.
Heat 6: 1st Daniel Keen, 2nd Bradley Maiolo, 3rd Cameron Gessner, 4th Jamie Maiolo, 5th Ken Sartori, 6th Kye Scroop, 7th Daniel Harding, 8th Shane Norris, 9th Mark Wells, 10th Brodie Minchin.
B Main: 1st Kye Scroop,2nd Daniel Keen, 3rd Troy Beckingham, 4th Jason Pryde, 5th Carl Dowling, 6th Brodie Minchin. DNF: Robert Watsons junior.
A Main: 1st Jason Kendrick, 2nd Kyle Hirst, 3rd Brooke Tatnell, 4th David Priolo, 5th Ryan Farrell, 6th Shane Norris, 7th Cameron Gessner, 8th Callum Williamson, 9th Shaun Bradford, 10th Kye Scroop, 11th Ryan Lancaster, 12th Scott Reilly, 13th Daniel Harding, 14th Bradley Maiolo, 15th Carl Dowling, 16th Jason Pryde, 17th Daniel Keen, 18th Troy Lawson and 19th Darren Mewett. DNF: Jamie Maiolo, Ken Sartori, Lee Nash, Troy Beckingham, Jake Beard-Miller. DNS: Mark Wells, Brodie Minchin and RoberT Watson junior.
Tatnell tames Bunbury
SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 30, 2014
BROOKE Tatnell dominated at the business end of the night to win round five of the AHG Sprintcar Series at Quit Bunbury Speedway on Saturday night.
The American-based professional powered the Krikke Motorsports #2 to a 3.488 second win over Cameron Gessner and Jason Kendrick (who started from P6) in the 30-lap race that took some time to get going but then became a high-speed shootout to the finish line.
It was a good night for Tatnell who was the quickest qualifier in his group and then won his first heat race before finishing third in the next outing.
Tatnell won the Gold Dash that set up his pole position alongside Gessner for the main event.
The first attempt at a start was quickly aborted after Californian Kyle Hirst got out of control, causing a chain reaction that saw Ken Sartori withdraw from the contest after starting from P7.
Hirst, who started from P5, had a flat front tyre and was sent to the rear of the field for the full restart where he joined by Ryan Jones who parked the #49 machine.
The red lights came on when Daryl Clayden flipped on the exit of turn four after contact with Jake Beard-Miller, parking another two cars on the infield.
Ryan Farrell, who struggled with engine gremlins earlier on and started from P19, was the big winner early on when drivers on the inside starting row dropped out and he was making some strong ground.
Callum Williamson, who started from P9, put a move on Mark Wells for sixth around midrace distance but was not able to hold down that sport after crashing out on eight laps to go.
There were some great moves up and down the order but the hero of the night was Tatnell who backed up his third at the Perth Motorplex last week with a great win.
Farrell finished crossed the line fourth but was disqualified from the event after he didn't return his car to scales after the feature race.
Fourth ultimately went to Jamie Maiolo who started from position 12 and was followed over the line by Brad Maiolo (started P10) from Wells (started P8), Daniel Harding (started P15), Shaun Bradford (from P3), David Priolo (from P4) and Scott Reilly (from P20).
Group 1: Brooke Tatnell 13.642, Brad Maiolo 13.733, Kye Scroop 13.851, Jamie Maiolo 13.864 Kris Coyle 13.929, Lee Nash 13.962.
Group 2: Jason Kendrick 13.521, Cameron Gessner 13.661, Daniel Keen 14.015, Callum Williamson 14.029, Ken Sartori 14.101, Ryan Jones 14.104, Daryl Clayden 14.304.
Group 3: Ryan Farrell 13.575, Kyle Hirst 13.629, Ryan Lancaster 13.755, Jake Beard-Miller 13.846, Daniel Harding 13.942, Darren Mewett 13.945.
Group 4: Shaun Bradford 13.692, David Priolo 13.834, Mark Wells 13.844, Troy Beckingham 13.965, Scott Reilly 14.038.
Heat 1: 1st Jason Kendrick, 2nd Shaun Bradford, 3rd Brad Maiolo, 4th Kye Scroop, 5th Jamie Maiolo, 6th Troy Beckingham. DNF: Daryl Clayden and Daniel Keen. DNS: Brodie Minchin.
Heat 2: 1st Ryan Farrell, 2nd Cameron Gessner, 3rd Jake Beard-Miller, 4th Lee Nash, 5th Ryan Lancaster, 6th Callum Williamson, 7th Kris Coyle. DNF: Ryan Jones.
Heat 3: 1st Brooke Tatnell, 2nd Kyle Hirst, 3rd Ken Sartori, 4th Mark Wells, 5th Daniel Harding, 6th David Priolo, 7th Scott Reilly, 8th Darren Mewett.
Heat 4: 1st Callum Williamson, 2nd Kris Coyle, 3rd Shaun Bradford, 4th Kye Scroop, 5th Troy Beckingham, 6th Ryan Lancaster. DNF: Daryl Clayden and Ryan Farrell.
Heat 5: 1st Ryan Jones, 2nd Daniel Harding, 3rd David Priolo, 4th Cameron Gessner, 5th Kyle Hirst, 6th Lee Nash, 7th Scott Reilly, 8th Jake Beard-Miller.
Heat 6: 1st Ken Sartori, 2nd Mark Wells, 3rd Brooke Tatnell, 4th Jamie Maiolo, 5th Jason Kendrick, 6th Brad Maiolo, 7th Darren Mewett. DNF: Brodie Minchin and Daniel Keen.
Feature: 1st Brooke Tatnell, 2nd Cameron Gessner, 3rd Jason Kendrick, 4th Jamie Maiolo, 5th Brad Maiolo, 6th Mark Wells, 7th Daniel Harding, 8th Shaun Bradford, 9th David Priolo, 10th Scott Reilly, 11th Darren Mewett, 12th Lee Nash, 13th Ryan Lancaster, 14th Brodie Minchin, 15th Troy Beckingham. DNF: Callum Williamson, Kris Coyle, Kyle Hirst, Kye Scroop, Jake Beard-Miller, Daryl Clayden, Ken Sartori, Ryan Jones. DNS: Daniel Keen.DQ: Ryan Farrell - for not returning his car to scale after the race.
Oldfield Gets it Done in Supercheap Round Five
Archerfield Speedway Media Release
Having appeared on the podium on numerous occasions this season, it seemed an inevitability that Luke Oldfield would snare a feature race victory and he did exactly that at Ausdeck Patios Archerfield Speedway on Saturday night (November 29), taking out round five of the Supercheap Auto Sprintcar Track Championship. Oldfield certainly had to work hard for his success, wresting the lead from Kevin Titman on more than one occasion before finishing in spectacular fashion when he became entangled with previous round winner Peter Lack as they raced under the chequer. It was a fitting reward for Oldfield, whose hard charging style and never-say-die attitude is spectacular to watch as he explores every inch of the track in search of the fastest way to the front.
Titman scored his best result in Brisbane so far this season with a strong run into second spot, with pole qualifier Brent Kratzmann also putting the disappointments of previous weeks behind him to snare third place. Paul Rooks advanced from position seven to secure another strong result in fourth, with American tyro Cap Henry also impressing again with a solid run into fifth spot after starting alongside Rooks on the fourth row. Meanwhile, Andrew Scheuerle was the biggest mover through the field, advancing from 13th to finish sixth and earn the Darra Mechanical Hard Charger Award.
Bricknell’s night started very well indeed when he topped time trials with a 12.288 circulation on a track that was in remarkably good fettle considering it had been underwater (again) just 48 hours earlier. Lack was second quickest ahead of Richard Morgan, Kratzmann, Titman and the unheralded Matthew Butler. Next best were Rooks, Dan Moes and Terry Bracken, with a career-best result from Stephen Greer denying Sprintcar rookie Dave Fanning a spot inside the top ten.
Out to make amends after an atypical qualifying performance, Robbie Farr romped home in the opening heat, downing Andrew Liebke and Ben Hilder.
Henry downed Steve Johnson and Fanning in heat three, with Scheuerle edging out a rim riding, wall banging, crowd pleasing Oldfield in heat three. Pholi finished third.
Heat four saw Oldfield go one better when he defeated Bricknell and Mick Sauer to climb his way into the dash after qualifying a lowly 15th. Scheuerle doubled up to win heat five in advance of Henry and Titman.
The final heat saw Paul Morris enjoy a winning return to dirt track competition, leading home Kratzmann and Rooks.
Kratzmann secured pole position for the feature race when he raced away to defeat Lack, Titman, Oldfield, Bricknell and Richard Morgan in the Lucas Oils Dash.
After failing to finish his second heat race, Farr found himself amongst the starters for the East Coast Logistics B Main and he was untroubled in winning ahead of Bryan Mann, who surged from position 10, while Pholi and Sauer secured the final transfer spots.
A frenetic start to the 30-lap Supercheap Auto feature race saw Titman emerge with the lead at the end of the opening lap as Kratzmann slotted into second spot ahead of Bricknell, Lack and Oldfield. By lap four, Oldfield was up to third and closing fast, with Bricknell and Lack struggling to keep pace and losing touch with the leaders. Titman amassed a considerable buffer before lapped traffic became a factor and assisted Oldfield in his pursuit. As the lead duo embarked on the almost unprecedented action of putting Farr a lap in arrears, Oldfield pounced and surged to the front. Titman regained the lead again for a few laps before Oldfield found his way to the front for a second – and final – time, clearing away to establish a four second margin, a buffer that proved critical given the tangle he found himself in when Lack proved less amenable to the idea of going a lap down, even it was only for the final few metres of the final lap.
Krtazmann actually muscled his way into second spot at one stage, only to allow Titman to repay the gesture a few laps later. Rooks was untroubled for the most part in finishing fourth, while Henry and Scheuerle got stronger as others faded. Bricknell was unable to sustain his pace of the opening laps and fell back to seventh by race’s end, with Dan Murray, Mann and Pholi rounding out the first ten finishers.
Morris was next in line, followed by Farr, Morgan, Fanning, Bracken and Butler, with Moes and Lack – a far cry from his triumph two weeks earlier - completing the finishers in a race that ran without interruption.
Whilst the Sprintcars revelled in the conditions, the supporting categories found the going a little tougher. In round four of the Tyrepower 600 Formula 500 Series, Kristin Brown was faultless at the front of the field but had to endure several interruptions in the first half of the feature before scooting clear of pole sitter Kayden Iverson to score an overdue win. Iverson remained second in front of Scott Farmer, while Charlie Brown made steady progress through the field to ultimately finish fourth ahead. Nathan Pronger, David Muir, Ryan Skenner and Brooke Wanless were next best, leaving Cody Maroske, Nick Scholes and Adrian Farrell to complete the finishers.
Heat winners were Royce Harvey, Kristin Brown, Skennar and Farmer, while Iverson proved too strong in the Dash.
Following heat wins by Scott Genrich (2) and Emma Harris, it was Tony Norton who raced away to win the CRS Electric Lightning Sprint feature race. Genrich finished in second spot in front of David Van Vegchel, Sean Iacono and Wade Pascoe.
Rob Stewart and Wayne Corbett were the standouts in the Compact Speedcar heats but had to settle for second and third respectively in the feature race behind Gary Hudoson. Enduring a busy night on double duty in two categories, Emma Harris filled fourth spot ahead of Sarah Walker.
David Eggins accounted for a very small field to win the Wingless Sprint feature race over Mitch Gowland and Brant Chandler.
All Stars wide open at Sonic Speedway
The Mainline DynoLog Dynamometers All Star Series have been clocking up the K’s recently and will add a few more travelling to Swan Hill this Saturday night. RD 3 will be held at Sonic Speedway and everyone is excited about visiting the venue again this season.
“The big 500mtr track will give our cars and another opportunity to run wide open again like they could at Heartland. “This is also the 2nd leg of our ‘King of the River’. Points for the 3 round $1000 bonus will start to take shape at Sonic Speedway.” Mandy Searle says. “We are also having a car display Saturday morning to give locals a chance to check out our race cars and promote the event. This should be pretty cool!”
Currently leading the Series points is Chris Solomon. He will want to increase his lead in the Championship. Sam Putland is running 2nd and will be looking to take out the feature win. 3rd is Scott Bogucki, 4th Harley Bishop and 5th is Brenten Farrer. All hard chargers and all will want to take out naming rights on the A Main.
The list of high profile names continues with Liam Williams, Wayne Logue, Cyclone Solomon, Jimmy Gardiner just to mention a few and they will also be trying to stand on the stage at the end of the night taking out the 1st place trophy.
Young Dion Bellman is again driving for talented car owner Darren Hickman in the ACT40. Bellman shows talent for such a young driver and with Hickman as his mentor will gain knowledge every time he hits the track. Another talented youngster is Corey Lincoln in the V8 Eagle. Lincoln raced most of the series last season after just stepping out of Junior Sedans and certainly has some talent in the winged division.
DAVID HITS THE TARGET
Official release: Valvoline Raceway
November 22, 2014
David Murcott doesn’t get to Valvoline Raceway much but when he does he sure makes it count.
The Australian Sprintcar Champion recorded his first ever win in New South Wales (and naturally Valvoline Raceway) in tonight leading home a stellar field in the 30 lap main event.
Murcott is the second Victorian to score victory in Sydney this season joining Jamie Veal with three successes.
Sam Walsh is the only Sydneysider to win at this point.
“We don’t come here a lot but I’ve always loved racing here and obviously now I love it even more,” grinned the affable Murcott, “the track had a few different options that you could take and fortunately I was able to move the car around a bit to take whatever line we needed.”
Murcott lead home the first of the Parramatta Posse in Troy Little for second, Darwin’s Sydney racing resident Ben Atkinson in third, South Aussie “evergreen” Trevor Green fourth and Sydney hard charger James Thompson rounding out the top five.
“There’s a reason why there’s a number one on that fuel tank,” said Troy Little pointing to Murcott’s car, “that’s why it’s a pretty cool deal for us to run second to him with such a great crowd here tonight.”
Ben Atkinson was disappointed overall even though he made the podium.
“I’m frustrated,” he conceded, “my guys are doing a great job to give me what I need to win and I just can’t get the job done at my end. I’m pleased for our team that we finished on the podium but I know that I should be doing better.”
The hard luck stories of the night came thick and fast, including then race leader Darryl Campbell and rapidly closing Jamie Veal.
Rookie Tom Jeffrey spun coming out of turn four leaving Campbell and Veal nowhere to go with Campbell rolling over and Veal taken out with front-end damage.
At the time Veal had been on a massive charge from the fifth row of the grid and looked almost certain to be headed into the lead.
“You take these things on the chin I guess,” said a dejected Campbell, “we’ll get back in and put on a show as best we can but the car’s pretty beaten up.”
World Series Sprintcars champion Steven Lines was at times lively in the Halls Motorsport #3 KPC and wound up sixth ahead of Robbie Farr in seventh, Sam Walsh eighth, Marty Perovich ninth and Toby Bellbowen tenth.
Bellbowen and his elder brother Roddy were in the wars throughout the night with both rolling over in spectacular fashion in an earlier heat (Toby) and the B-Main (Roddy).
Adrian Maher was eleventh ahead of Max Dumesny, Jackson Delamont, Warren Ferguson Matt Young, Paul Laskaseski and Darryl Campbell the last classified finisher.
DNF’s were Jordyn Brazier, Kelly Linigen, Jamie Veal, Thomas Jeffrey, Jimmy Matchett, Max Johnston (who unfortunately rolled over in turn two) and Bryan Mann.
Jamie Veal convincingly won the B-Main from Toby Bellbowen (who set quick time in the Network Industries Qualifying) Max Johnston and Adrian Maher.
Maher managed to escape a major melee in the B-Main when he made contact with Jack Lee that saw Lee spin up track into the path of the hapless Ryan Davis with numerous cars being involved and DNF as a result.
Danny Reidy was desperately unlucky too being tagged by Lachlan Abbott in turn two of the opening lap, which saw Reidy spin into the path of a rapidly closing in Matt Thomas and Michael Matchett.
Thomas rolled heavily in the #45 car was fortunately unhurt.
Heat wins went to Ben Atkinson, Kelly Linigen (who qualified on the second tow for the A-Main) Steven Lines and Troy Little.
The Pole Shuffle was again a popular affair with some tremendous wing-to-wing action and Darryl Campbell emerging victorious to take pole position in the 30-lap main event.
Mark Attard claimed the C-Main from fellow transferee Guy Stanshall in second place.
The Time Target Late Model main event was a hum-dinger with Todd Bayley putting together a sizzling drive in the #19 car to claim a strong win over Ryan Fenech in second place and Nathan Disney rounding out the podium.
Finishing fourth in his first race back in several years was “The Cisco Kid” Clayton Pyne in Dad Ron’s #9 ahead of fellow second generation racer David Robertson in fifth.
Jeff Searle’s wild green machine was sixth ahead of 17 year old Daniel Cassidy in seventh, Ed Borg eighth, David Doherty ninth, Robert Carrig tenth and Michael Hickey the last placed finishing car.
DNF’s were Katelyn Hickey (who had a bruising night) Scott Haynes, Wade Carter (who was really in the wars tonight) Barry Kelleher and Liam Heaton.
The Late Models put on some stirring racing throughout the night and despite some big crashes entertained the fans with their unique combination of wild cornering and thunderous V8 sounds.
The Mittagong Smash Repairs Legend Car main event was one of the best races in any category in recent memory.
Consistently one of the most entertaining classes on the program each night at Valvoline Raceway the little pocket rockets raced their way into everyone’s hearts with a six-car battle for the lead that lasted for most of the 20-lap final.
James Duckworth brilliantly took out the nail-biting affair from a vastly improved Harley Smee over the always fast Mark Heaton in third, Rob Rawlings fourth, Glen Philpott fifth, Brett Mitchell sixth, Glen Arnold seventh, Warren Maybury eighth, Scott Keane ninth and Clinton McKenzie rounding out the top ten.
The biggest crowd of the season so far packed into the venue to see 59 Sprintcars, 24 Legend Cars, 17 Late Models and a Demolition Derby amongst an atmosphere that was festive to say the very least.
Next Saturday night at Valvoline Raceway the attention turns to the return of V8 Super Sedans and the NSW Wingless Championship, Litre Sprints, Street Stocks and Fender Benders.
Vine and Britten Share the Spoils
Dirt Modified feature race winner Kevin Britten. Photo copyright Chris Metcalf.
Archerfield Speedway Media Releas
In what was a sensational night of racing at Ausdeck Patios Archerfield Speedway on Saturday night (November 22), Darren Vine (Midgets) and Kevin Britten (Dirt Modifieds) emerged victorious in a pair of thrilling feature races on a track that provided both challenges and opportunities in equal measure. In the Polar Ice Midget Series feature race, Darren Vine withstood a gung-ho charge from Brock Dean that fell short by the barest of margins as the pair raced under the chequer. Michael Harders continued his run of podium results to finish third ahead of Scott Wilson and Troy Ware.
Meanwhile, the Dirt Modified feature was a drama-charged affair in which a frenetic five-car scrap for the lead ultimately resulted in Britten emerging victorious over David Clark and Mark Robinson, but not before Jai Stephenson had put in one hell of drive that ultimately went unrewarded. Veteran Ray Klarich finished in fourth spot, with Steve Verboort again finishing as the best placed Sportsman competitor in fifth position.
Back behind the wheel of his familiar #89, defending Polar Ice Series champion and current points leader Michael Kendall proved too quick in time trials with a best lap of 13.717. Ware, Harders, Vine and Dean were next best.
Vine provided evidence of what was to come when he romped home in the opening heat race before Kendall upped the ante by taking out the next two preliminaries. The final heat race was won by Harders.
The Dash mixed things up a bit when top qualifier Kendall drew a four inversion and handed the front row to Vine and Dean; the latter racing away to take the win and secure pole position for the main event. Vine finished second ahead of Kendall, Harders and Matt Hefford, with Palmer unfortunately flipping out of contention. Despite the best efforts of his crew in getting the car back on track for the feature, Palmer ultimately failed to make the start.
Both Vine and Kendall outpaced Dean at the drop of the green to get the 20-lap feature underway, with Harders consolidating fourth ahead of a fast starting Wilson. Kendall’s challenge ended on lap six when the Kiwi headed infield, giving Vine a momentary respite until Dean closed in. As the race continued, their duel intensified as Dean persisted with an outside run that saw him draw alongside Vine on numerous occasions, unable to make the pass stick. The duo raced wheel-to-wheel for the duration with Vine ultimately holding on for a narrow win. Harders finished almost five seconds clear of Wilson in third, with Ware charging hard to secure a top five finish. Brad Young, Brett Foreman, Reid Mackay and Hefford completed the finishers.
Dirt Modified heat race wins were shared around with Britten, Stephenson, Klarich and Geoff Phillips visiting victory lane. Clark was consistent with runner-up results in his two outings, while Robinson and Andrew Pezzutti also finished inside the top three in each of their starts.
The feature race proved to be something special with no less than four different leaders. Klarich was the early pacesetter until Clark took control on lap three. Stephenson was on a charge though and he quickly zoomed into second and set his sights on the top spot. In his efforts to reel in Clark, Stephenson planted his Big River Steel #45 on the high side of the track and refused to compromise as he slowly but surely edged ever closer to the lead. After a dozen laps, some contact between the pair and several more near misses, Stephenson made the pass stick and assumed control. Just when he looked on track to secure a hard earned victory, Stephenson jumped the cushion in turn four and allowed Clark to surge underneath. With neither driver willing to give an inch, the pair became entangled and brought the race to a halt, with officials relegating Stephenson to the rear and handing the lead back to Clark. However, there was plenty more action to come with Britten pouncing at the restart to depose Clark, who suddenly found himself under pressure from Robinson and Klarich. At the end of a spectacular 25 laps of racing it was Britten, who described the race as “one of the best Dirt Modified races I have seen”, who stood atop the podium, flanked by Clark and Robinson. Klarich was a gallant fourth ahead of Verboort, with Stephenson salvaging a sixth-place finish after deserving a much better result for his efforts. Dallas Czerwinski, Barry Ashen, Paul Crossley and Brian Scott rounded out the top ten.
In the 360 Sprintcar feature, an overly ambitious move from Anthony Vanderreyden on the opening lap left the front row starting Luke Manttan stricken against the fence and out of action. From the ensuing restart, Steve Johnson proved too strong and raced to victory with minimal fuss, his second such success in as many outings. Wayne Lemon snared second spot, while a late race spin by Nelson Reddacliffe ensured Kristy Bonsey secured her first podium finish in third spot. Vanderreyden, Brandon Burrows and Scott Johnson were the only others to go the distance.
Next week at Ausdeck Patios Archerfield Speedway will see an open wheel extravaganza featuring round five of the Supercheap Auto Sprintcar Track Championship, along with Formula 500’s, Wingless Sprints, Compact Speedcars and Lightning Sprints.