Sprintcars Back in Action at Archerfield
Archerfield Speedway Media Release
After an extended absence of some five weeks during which some teams took the opportunity to refresh and regroup, while others headed south to contest major events in New South Wales and Victoria, Sprintcars return to Ausdeck Patios Archerfield Speedway this Saturday night (February 18) for round eight of the East Coast Logistics Track Championship. No other speedway venue in the state delivers the consistently good racing that Archerfield produces each week and with 30 nominations received so far, it certainly seems as though the drivers are delighted to be back in action at Queensland's home of Sprintcar racing.
However, this Saturday night will be more than just Sprintcars with a big field of Dirt Modifieds also entered, ensuring that there will be 50 V8 race cars hitting the track and, with Lightning Sprints, Formula 500's and Ford v Holden v Sigma sedans also on the program, the scene is set for another fabulous night of dirt track action.
As always, the Sprintcar line-up is a potent mix of the old and the new; the fearlessness and raw talent of youth verses the guile and knowledge that only comes with experience. It is always a fascinating mix and this weekend promises to be especially interesting given the break in competition that should have all teams primed and ready to perform at the highest level.
Luke Oldfield has been the standout performer so far this season and it is only his absence from round four with an engine problem that has kept him from assuming the championship lead. In addition to his ECL series wins, Oldfield also prevailed in World Series Sprintcar competition in November and is one of only two local competitors to finish ahead of World of Outlaws superstar Donny Schatz in a Sprintcar feature race at Archerfield this season.
The only other track championship contender to defeat Schatz was Gold Coast-based teenager Lachlan McHugh, who stormed to a career-best WSS preliminary feature win on January 6, leaving Schatz, Australian champ Kerry Madsen, defending WSS champ Jamie Veal and current World Series points leader James McFadden in his wake. Continuing his great form, McHugh contested his first ever Australian Sprintcar Championship in Sydney last month against more than 100 other drivers from across the country and performed superbly to finish 12th overall in the feature race.
So, will it be the experience of Oldfield, defending track champion Andrew Scheuerle, Bryan Mann, Peter Lack, Kevin Titman or Brent Kratzmann that prevails in the 30-lap feature race, or will it be a young gun such as McHugh, Mitchell Gee (who scored his maiden feature race win here earlier in the season), Callum Walker, Jayden Peacock, Dylan Menz, Ben Hilder, Brett Minett or Cody Maroske who emerges triumphant? Perhaps somebody else will rise to the challenge and stake their claim because there are certainly plenty of candidates to be considered as potential feature race winners.
Dirt Modifieds are also out in force this weekend with a genuine QLD versus NSW battle looming as the field comprises 10 cars from each state. With Australian champ Kevin Britten stepping into Sprintcars for this weekend, the contest becomes a much more open affair with several potential feature race winners amongst the nominations. Former national champions Andrew Pezzutti and David Clark are obvious contenders, while Lee McKinnell has also earned a place amongst the pre-race favourites with some exceptional results of late. Mitchell Randall was outstanding here in the Paul Britten Memorial event in January, finishing third behind Kevin Britten and Pezzutti, with the likes of Trent Schofield, David Ohl, Garry Wathen, Chris Corbett and Nick Knott also expected to feature in the thick of the action.
As always, the Formula 500s will provide some great competition in the latest round of their KRE Race Engines Championship Series, with gates opening at 4.00pm. Early racing gets underway at 4.45pm, Sprintcar time trials are from 5.30pm and the the main program, featuring round eight of the East Coast Logistics Sprintcar Track Championship plus Dirt Modifieds, Formula 500s, Lightning Sprints and Ford v Holden v Sigma sedans, kicks off at 6.00pm.
East Coast Logistics Sprintcar Track Championship round eight nominations: Andrew Corbet, Andrew Liebke, Andrew Scheuerle, Ben Hilder, Brad Ayers, Brent Kratzmann, Brett Minett, Brock Dean, Bryan Mann, Callum Walker, Chris Harrison, Cody Maroske, David Whell, Dylan Menz, Jason Bottin, Jayden Peacock, Karl Hoffmans, Kevin Britten, Kevin Titman, Kristy Bonsey, Lachlan McHugh, Luke Oldfield, Mark Pholi, Mick Sauer, Mitch Gowland, Mitchell Gee, Paul Rooks, Peter Lack, Rob Hamilton, Tim Ford
Dirt Modified nominations: Andrew Firth, Andrew Pezzutti, Chris Corbett, Chris Holdt, Dale Corbett, David Clark, David Ohl, Garry Wathen, Greame Holland, Kevin Stow, Lee McKinnell, Marley Weller, Mitchell Randell, Nick Knott, Nick Stubbs, Sam Brown, Simon Blandford, Stuart Jeffries, Trent Schofield, Trevor Wiley
WHELL, WHELL, WHELL! DAVE CRACKS THE FIRECRACKER 50!
Toowoomba's own David Whell has claimed the race of his life by winning the Kratzmann Caravans Firecracker 50 at Toowoomba's Hi-Tec Oils Speedway for round six of the Queensland Ultimate Sprintcar Championship.
The 2012 Litre Sprintcar Australian Champion has slowly chipped away after his change to 410 Sprintcars, with sporadic top five results at various events, but has never stood on the podium, and now labels the Firecracker 50 win as the race of his career.
"The Queensland Litre Sprintcar Title and the Aussie Title were massive but to win a blue ribbon event open Sprintcar event in this company is amazing. To win against 34 cars is a massive achievement but the boys just gave me a fantastic car and we held on!"
With a fuel stop introduced after a caution with 28 laps to go, race leader Luke Oldfield opted to take new tyres, relegating him to the rear of the field.
Whell led from the restart and was ready to come under fire from Pottsville racer Mick Sauer and Robbie Farr, also fearing a late charge from Oldfield who was on fresh rubber, however the Toowoomba Car Wreckers proprietor perfectly timed the second half of the race to take the chequered flag over Sauer and Farr who held their positions.
The USC Queensland Series now takes a seven week break to return on March 25 with the USC Chase Round that will host racers from all across Australia's Eastern Seaboard in search of the Ultimate Sprintcar Championship.
Rico Abreu Clinches National Championship
Archerfield Speedway Media Release
Having dominated proceedings throughout the weekend, California's Rico Abreu led every lap of the Kratzmann Caravans Australian Midget/Speedcar Championship feature race at Ausdeck Patios Archerfield Speedway on Saturday night (February 4) to score a popular win. Abreu qualified his #97 Spike/Toyota on pole position for the championship finale and was faultless in powering to the fourth feature race win of his Australian campaign, finishing ahead of fellow American Brady Bacon and former champion Nathan Smee.
Bacon was brilliant in his charge through the field after starting 10th, surging into second spot on lap 20 and setting forth on a pursuit of Abreu that saw him narrow the margin considerably in the closing stages, ultimately finishing less than a second in arrears.
In finishing third, Smee was the best of the Australian contingent, with Pennsylvania's Alex Bright finishing fourth ahead of Michael Stewart, who advanced from position 11 in a very strong showing. Four-time champ Adam Clarke was next best ahead of WA's Dayne Kingshott, who was the last car on the lead lap in a race that saw just one interruption. Two more Americans in Zach Daum and Andrew Felker were next in line, with Matt Smith rounding out the top ten ahead of Brendan Palmer, who was the first Queenslander home in an event dominated by overseas and interstate competitors.
Kaidon Brown enjoyed a terrific national championship debut in finishing 12th, followed home by Anthony Chaffey, Brock Dean, Troy Jenkins, Rusty Whittaker and Chris Gwilliam, who was the only New Zealander to go the distance.
Defending champion Michael Pickens looked as though he might retain his title when he slotted into second spot on lap 12, only for his race to end four laps later when an engine problem forced him to the infield, joining fellow Kiwi Brad Mosen who had exited two laps earlier. Other casualties were Scott Farmer, Darren Vine and front row starter Hayden Williams who chased Abreu in the early going before dropping a spot to Pickens, only to regain it when Pickens expired. Williams was pushed back to third again when Bacon made his move, he dropped another spot to Smee and then found himself backsliding further before calling it quits on 28.
Needing a win to secure a place in the feature race field, 16-year-old Kaydon Brown did exactly that in the opening heat of the night (heat 13), fending off the spirited advances of Smith to score a narrow win, with Matt Jackson third in a NSW trifecta.
Scott Doyle may have momentarily believed he had Abreu's measure in heat 14, leading the first six laps before the inevitable pass came that brought Abreu his third heat win for the weekend and ensured he finished as top qualifier. An untidy last couple of laps saw Doyle slip to third behind Kingshott.
Heat 15 was one of the best races of the season with a stacked field putting on a surfeit of slide-jobs in a wonderful exhibition. It was a last lap pass from Bright that propelled him into the lead and the win, relegating Clarke to second ahead of Palmer, Bacon, Pickens and Daum.
Felker proved too fast in in the final heat of the weekend, giving his championship aspirations a boost with a win over Gwilliam and Victoria's sole representative in Travis Mills.
Michael Harders downed Darren Dillon in a hastily convened C Main, with both drivers progressing into the B Main.
Doyle romped home in the B Main, eventually finishing more than three seconds clear of Vine, Farmer and Jenkins, who looked to be the last of the transferees into the feature race until Doyle found himself unable to take his place in the field, elevating fifth-placed Whittaker into the main event.
The opening round of the Pole Shuffle saw Smee defeat Daum before being upstaged by Smith in round two. Smith was subsequently beaten by Clarke, who also downed Bright before jumping the start in the clash against Pickens and being ordered to the infield. Pickens was outpaced by Williams in the penultimate clash, setting up a best-of-three final clash against Abreu, who was untroubled in winning 2-0 to secure pole position.
Sure, had Bacon started closer to the front of the field, the 40-lap feature race may have taken on a different complexion, but Abreu was the form driver of the weekend and was not going to be denied, becoming the 10th American to win the event, much to the delight of the vocal crowd.
In Compact Speedcar action, Barry Gibbes won two heats and Nathan Mathers the other, but it was Robbie Stewart who emerged an easy winner in the Garnie Laffin TQ Classic Feature Race. Mathers finished second ahead of Wayne Corbett, Trent Usher and Audie Malt, with Gibbes next best in advance of Steve Swingler and American Ty Tilton.
A delighted Cody O'Connell collected his first ever Wingless Sprint feature race win, downing Glenn Wright, Adam Butler, Kyle Mock and Scott Thomsen in an entertaining display.
More Midget History to be Written this Weekend
Archerfield Speedway Media Release
For 75 years, Speedcars have been a staple of the Australian speedway landscape and the history and tradition of the category is unparalleled on Australia's dirt track ovals. Speedcars, or Midgets as they now more commonly known, have produced some of the greatest drivers in Australian motorsport, including three-time Formula 1 World Champion Jack Brabham, while others such as Johnny Stewart, Ray Revell, Blair Shepherd, Andy McGavin, Len Brock and many more became dirt track superstars in the halcyon days of the sport in the 1960's. To this day, Midget racing has continued to produce some of the finest speedway talent in the country and consistently delivers some the toughest, most intense competition on speedway circuits across the country.
As a truly international formula, the biggest names from overseas have regularly visited Australia to take on our best competitors. From the likes of American stars such as Bob Tattersall, AJ Foyt, Sleepy Tripp, Mel Kenyon, Davey Ray and Bryan Clausen to legendary New Zealander Barry Butterworth, international drivers have been a part of the Australian midget scene since the earliest days of the division and that tradition continues to this day. Furthermore, international drivers have always been welcome to participate in all of Australia's biggest Midget races and that tradition also continues this weekend when Ausdeck Patios Archerfield Speedway hosts the Kratzmann Caravans 76th Australian Midget Championship. To be staged over two nights of competition, the championship weekend has attracted more than 40 drivers from across Australia, New Zealand and the United States in what is shaping as an epic encounter from the very best in the business.
Leading the international charge and having earned the right to pre-race favouritism with three feature race wins already on his Australia tour this season is Californian ace Rico Abreu. Having won all three World Championship events staged at Archerfield and Lismore over the previous two weekends, Abreu is in superb form and the former USAC National Midget champion and two-time Chilli Bowl winner is the man to beat. Joining Abreu in representing the United States will be a quartet of ultra-talented professionals in Alex Bright (2016 ARDC Champion and a three-time podium finisher in this event), Andrew Felker (POWRi Midget Championship winner and runner-up in this event last season), Zac Daum (3-time POWRi champion and winner of the Victorian Midget Championship) and Brady Bacon (winner of more than 50 feature events in various open-wheel categories). As their records attest, each of these drivers bring a wealth of experience and abundant talent in their bid to join the likes of Tattersall, Ray and the seven other Americans who have won the event since it was first staged in 1935.
Last year, New Zealand's Michael Pickens created history when he became the first Kiwi to lift the title, winning a thrilling championship finale at Sydney Speedway. Whilst he suffered an engine failure at Archerfield two weeks ago in an unfortunate setback in his bid to defend his title, he will bounce back big time this weekend because he is a world class competitor who has accrued six New Zealand Championships and countless feature race wins in three countries with organisations such as USAC and POWRi. The rest of the New Zealand contingent is also very impressive and includes Brad Mosen, Hayden Williams and Chris Gwilliam. Williams is a three-time track champion at Western Springs Speedway in Auckland and won a 50-lap feature race at Archerfield last season and Mosen is also a New Zealand Championship winner, while Gwilliam has been based at Archerfield this season and has already collected a feature race win in the Polar Ice Track Championship.
If the international line-up looks strong, then the interstate contingent converging on Brisbane for this event is as good as it can possibly be with drivers travelling from New South Wales, Victoria and Western Australia amongst the nominations, including three previous winners in Neville Lance, Nathan Smee and four-time champion Adam Clarke, the man who lost his crown to Pickens last season in the Sydney thriller. Along with Dayne Kingshott and Lee Redmond, Lance is trekking from WA for the event in search of a second title in a career spanning 30+ years, while Clarke and Smee lead an 11-strong NSW contingent into battle. With Travis Mills also trekking north to represent Victoria, more than half of the 42-car field will be from interstate or overseas.
It is perhaps fitting that this most prestigious event has been awarded to Ausdeck Patios Archerfield Speedway this season given that the venue, perhaps more so than any other track, has been a great supporter of Midget racing through the Polar Ice Series, World Championship rounds and other major events, such as the annual 50-lap feature race. As such, local drivers will be desperate to repay that support by bringing the championship trophy to Queensland by outpacing and upstaging the international and interstate drivers invading their territory. Amongst those expected to challenge for championship honours are Troy Ware, Scott Doyle, Brendan Palmer, Darren Vine and former Queensland champion Rusty Whittaker, while rookie Scott Farmer might prove a surprise packet after an excellent performance in the recent World Championship event when he emerged as the best placed of the locals despite his limited experience in the Midget ranks.
Regardless of the outcome, the racing will be red hot over both nights of competition as drivers fight for the right to carry the Australia #1 mantle for the next 12 months. Friday night will comprise time trials and qualifying heats, with Saturday action to include a final brace of qualifying heats, a B Main and the Kratzmann Caravans Championship Feature Race.
Support action on Friday will comprise Lightning Sprints, Modlites and Formula 500 Juniors, with AMCA Nationals, Compact Speedcars, Wingless Sprints and Open Sedans also featuring on Saturday night, along with fireworks and the car crunching craziness of a Demolition Derby. Another American racer in Ty Tilton will be doing double duty over the weekend, competing in Lightning Sprint competition on Friday night before taking on the local Compact Speedcar stars on Saturday.
Gates open at 4.00pm each day (3.30pm for online ticket holders) and early racing gets underway at 4.45pm both nights, with Midget time trials from 5.30pm on Friday. The main program kicks off at 6.00pm and the battle for championship honours will, as it always does, produce some superb Midget competition.
Kratzmann Caravans 76th Australian Midget Championship nominations:
Michael Pickens NZ
Chris Gwilliam NZ
Charlie Brown QLD
Alex Bright USA
Rodney Harders QLD
Darren Vine QLD
Anthony Chaffey QLD
Travis Mills VIC
Andrew Felker USA
Lee Redmond WA
Zach Daum USA
Michael Harders QLD
Neville Lance WA
Mark George QLD
Dayne Kingshott WA
Mitch Haynes QLD
Scott Farmer QLD
Jamie Hall NSW
Brad Mosen NZ
Adam Clarke NSW
Cal Whatmore QLD
Dallas Sharp QLD
Brendan Palmer QLD
Brad Young QLD
Michael Stewart NSW
Darren Dillon QLD
Scott Doyle QLD
Dan Biner NSW
Nathan Smee NSW
Matt Smith NSW
Brady Bacon USA
Troy Ware QLD
Reid Mackay QLD
Troy Jenkins NSW
Rusty Whittaker QLD
Hayden Williams NZ
Jason Bell NSW
Aidan Corish NSW
Matt Jackson NSW
Rico Abreu USA
Kaidon Brown NSW
Brock Dean QLD
Redline Raceway Presents the Eureka Series R9 this Saturday Night
By Ian Vale
The Eureka Garages and Sheds Sprintcar Series gets back into action after a month’s break and returns to Redline Speedway after a six year absence with most of the top twenty drivers in the Series points nominated and ready to move into the second half of the Series.
The Redline venue has undergone many changes since the Series last visited and the effort being put in by the club for round nine of the Eureka Garages & Sheds Series has been nonstop to put on a big night of Sprintcar Action.
Last round winner Corey McCullagh has been one of the most consistent drivers in the Series this season and sits only one hundred and twenty six points behind the Series point leader Glen Sutherland. Both the current Eureka Garages & Sheds Series Champion Brett Milburn and Tim Van Ginneken bagged some good points also at the last round conducted at Heartland Raceway back in early January to tighten up the top four places in the Series, there is only one hundred and thirty two points between Glen Sutherland in first place and Brett Milburn in fourth.
The Eureka Garages & Sheds Series has completed seven of the eight rounds so far this season with Simpson Speedways round seven being rained out and there has been seven different drivers that have taken a Eureka A Main feature win so far.
Now three of those drivers are entered for this weekend’s event, Glen Sutherland, Corey McCullagh and David Murcott who returns to the Series after having to miss a couple of rounds due to his Q83 Queensland Based Teams commitment, Murcott will be back in the Victorylane Racegear V88 for this weekends event.
While these drivers having a Series feature win on the board so far there is no assurance that they will get another this weekend when you look at Brett Milburn who’s form has turned after a poor start by Brett’s standards.
Tim Van Ginneken form seems to be improving with age with, he has shown the speed needed to take a win; a front row start would make it hard for any driver to run him down with his present form.
Brayden Parr continues to impress after a strong second place in the Series at Heartland, another top finish will not be out of the question for the young charger.
Marty Perovich in the Network Industry N17 is making the trip down from Sydney this weekend, Marty is one of the hard chargers in Sprintcar racing and he should be right in the mix on the night.
Charles Hunter is another driver that is enjoying one of his best seasons he has had for some time, Charles is a real chance to move into the KTM top ten this weekend.
The young Victorian 360 Sprintcar State Title Champion Jordyn Charges and his Western Nissan V60 Team will be working hard to continue his good run in the Series and also try to move into the top ten.
Other movers and shakers in the field are Brad Warren and Jacob Smith along with David McKay, these drivers will work hard looking to qualify straight into the Eureka Garages & Sheds A Main and not thru the last chance B Main.
One Driver that could call this his home track and only lives a short distance from Redline Raceway is Rod Matthews, Rod had a run here last season and liked the venue, a good showing in front of his many friends and family from around the district will be his goal, a top three or four placing on the night for Rod is quite possible.
Sam Wren has cut many laps at Redline Raceway in his wingless car before stepping into Sprintcar, Sam is also another local driver.
Some of the other drivers nominated are the travelling Western Australian willbury Scott Reilly, Eddie Lumbar from New South Wales is back in the Series after an injury that put him out for the first part of the Series.
The likable one! David Aldersley is also entered along with Chris Campbell, James Gardiner, and Portland’s Adam King.
Ross Jarrad will make his first appearance in the Eureka Series to join a Series regular Stephen Spark, Robert Nicholas is doing a limited race program this season and also returns to the Series this weekend.
Eureka Garages & Sheds the Series Naming rights sponsor has one of their branches in Ballart at 202 Learmonth Street Alfredton, this branch has some very impressive sheds on display, well worth a look.
For the best Sprintcar Action in the State this weekend be at Redline Raceway Ballart for round nine of the prestigious Eureka Garages & Sheds Sprintcar Series.
On Track action will commence at approximately 5pm with the support classes and Sprintcar action to follow shortly afterwards.
Location: 569 Yankee Flat Rd Buninyong, for more information go to the Redline Raceway web site at www.redlineraceway.org.au
Eureka Garages and Sheds Series – KTM Top 10:
1st – Glen Sutherland - 2379
2nd – Tim Van Ginneken - 2352
3rd – Corey McCullagh - 2253
4th – Brett Milburn - 2247
5th – Dennis Jones - 1939
6th – Jacob Smith - 1934
7th – Jye Okeeffe - 1868
8th – Brayden Parr - 1843
9th – Sam Wren - 1747
10th – David Murcott - 1701
(End of Series random draw between 11th & 20th place)
11th – John Vogels - 1665
12th – Jordyn Charge - 1632
13th – Charles Hunter - 1586
14th – Brad Warren - 1431
15th – David McKay - 1426
16th – Peter Doukas - 1393
17th – Scott Reilly - 1384
18th – Adam King - 1327
19th – Terry Kelly - 1278
20th – Stephen Sparks - 1193
CAN OLDFIELD HOLD ON TO USC QLD LEAD?
Gold Coast gun Luke Oldfield still holds the lead in the Queensland Ultimate Sprintcar Championship that he acquired in November, and with the December and January USC rounds abandoned, the Highland Park racer only to hold on to the lead for three more rounds to secure the title.
Series contenders have just three more rounds to battle for the top five championship spots that carry a total prize pool of $12,000, with Oldfield a clear leader on 452 points, 42 ahead of Danny Reidy on 410, and Allan Woods just 2 points back on 408. Andrew Scheuerle currently sits on fourth on 400 and Kevin Titman on 394 rounding out the top five.
Peter Lack, Brent Kratzmann, Andrew Wright, Rob Hamilton and Dave Whell are in the top ten, while Robbie Farr and Bryan Mann are scattered through the remainder of the top 20 as a result of missing a round earlier in the season.
However, with the "drop-a-round" rule introduced for this year, Farr and Mann will have to figure prominently in the remaining three rounds to have a chance at the series championship, placing even more pressure on this Saturday's Kratzmann Caravans Firecracker 50 event.
Oldfield was guarded on his thoughts of retaining the lead, siting the "drop-a-round rule" as the great leveller in the competition.
"I've had a good run but 40 points isn't enough to make me sit back and relax, and Robbie and Bryan could easily pop back up in the standings after this weekend. The reality is, that with the ability to drop your lowest scoring round, we may not really know who is going to win this championship until the chequered flag drops on the final feature race on Good Friday!"
The next episode of the series will play out at Toowoomba's Hi-Tec Oils Speedway this Saturday with action from 5:30 and Ultimate Sprintcars from sundown. Tickets at the gate from 3pm or online now at speedwaytickets.com.au
MEASURED MADSEN CLEANS UP NIGHT ONE
Official release: Valvoline Raceway
January 26, 2017
A measured Kerry Madsen drove to a deliberate and concentrated win in the first night of the Rod Bowen's Prestige Smash Repairs Australian Sprintcar Championship tonight at Sydney's Valvoline Raceway.
Madsen ran down early leader Jordyn Brazier to clear out for the win in his Keneric Racing #1 to lead home a massive charge from long time friend Warren Ferguson in the Fruitwheels #32 in second and Jamie Veal rounding out the first night podium.
"It was fun tonight," grinned Madsen after the 30-lap A-Main, "I could move around anywhere on the track, the boys gave me a really good car. You can't afford to take too many chances in a title like this with so many cars so I did the best I could to stay out of trouble and gain as many points as I could."
Ferguson sizzled to 2nd place from his eighth row starting spot in one of the drives of the season.
"I knew that if the track was racy we'd have a good package for tonight," grinned the Sydney veteran, "I knew when I got to Kerry that it was probably the end of the line in terms of passing him but I was really pleased for my team and my Dad who does so much work on this car week in week out."
Third placed Jamie Veal salvaged a podium result and steadied the ship after initially setting Maxwell Industries Quick Time but struggling in his first heat.
"The track was really different tonight," conceded the current WSS champion, "we had to try something very different with our set up and I don't think we've really got it where we need it to be. We'll need to be better Saturday night."
A fierce battle between Shaun Dobson and David Murcott ended sourly when the two made contact and both DNF'd from the event whilst battling for a potential podium finish.
Murcott had started the #83 Mainline Dynalog Dynamometers entry on the front row with Brazier and had been looking strong for a third Aussie title bid on preliminary night.
Jordyn Brazier was superb early in the Cobra Bins #21 to qualify on the front row and lead for a large percentage of the main before surrendering to Kerry Madsen.
Though he faded slightly to fourth by the chequers the fourth generation racer showed plenty of confidence and car speed.
South Aussie youngster Jake Tranter was also racy in the East Coast Logistics #45 to place a career best fifth over a fast finishing Ian Loudoun in sixth, Jackson Delamont seventh, Marcus Dumesny who stomped from eighth from 20th, Grant Tunks ninth and James Thompson rounding out the top ten.
Kelly Linigen qualified straight into the A-Main in what is suggested will be her last Australian title performance to finish eleventh (after earlier timing in 9th in qualifying) ahead of Troy Little in 12th, Daniel Sayre 13th, Mitchell Gee (who won the B-Main in emphatic fashion) 14th, Ben Atkinson 15th, Matt Thomas (a career best night in many terms) 16th, Jeremy Cross 17th, Jamie Maiolo 18th ahead of Glen Sutherland and Ben Ellement placed as the last car running.
1. Kerry Madsen (started 3)
2. Warren Ferguson (started 16)
3. Jamie Veal (started 9th)
4. Jordyn Brazier (started 2nd)
5. Jake Tranter (started 12th)
6. Ian Loudoun (started 15th)
7. Jackson Delamont (started 4th)
8. Marcus Dumesny (20th)
9. Grant Tunks (started 8th)
10. James Thompson (started 14th)
11. Kelly Linigen (started 17th)
12. Troy Little (started 13th)
13. Daniel Sayre (started 5th)
14. Mitchell Gee (started 19th)
15. Ben Atkinson (started 21st)
16. Matt Thomas (started 23rd)
17. Jeremy Cross (started 11th)
18. Jamie Maiolo (started 24th)
19. Glen Sutherland (started 18th)
20. Ben Ellement (started 7th)
21. David Murcott (DNF)
22. Shaun Dobson (DNF)
23. Mitchell Dumesny (DNF)
24. Steven Lines (DNF)
TEAMS ROLL IN AS MADSEN AUSTRALIAN TITLE DEFENCE LOOMS
Official release: Valvoline Raceway
January 25, 2017
Perhaps it's fitting that tomorrow, Australia Day 2017, is the day that the current Australian Sprintcar Champion Kerry Madsen begins his title defence at Sydney's Valvoline Raceway.
The two-times National champion will steer his #1 Keneric Racing entry into the heat of battle in the first night of the 2017 SCCA Rod Bowen's Prestige Smash Repairs Australian Sprintcar Championship.
Interestingly, he's won his current and previous Aussie titles at Premier Speedway Warrnambool but has yet to win the coveted #1 here at his home track Parramatta.
Perhaps, come Saturday night January 28, he'll have changed all that but not without one hell of a fight it would seem.
Previous Australian Championship victors in the field include Max Dumesny (three wins) James McFadden (two wins) Brooke Tatnell (five wins) Garry Brazier (six wins) David Murcott (two wins) and Robbie Farr (one win).
From that group only the six times title holder Garry Brazier would seem to be a rank outsider.
James McFadden comes into the event as a raging joint favourite after his commanding win in the Grand Annual Sprintcar Classic last weekend in Warrnambool.
"I got him a Classic, now he's gotta get me a National title," grinned McFadden's car owner Luch Monte, "we're coming to Sydney to get the number seven (17 currently) off our tail and leave the one there."
Kerry Madsen is not a man you ever underestimate.
Although he's winless this season in Sydney since he arrived for the December 26 kick off of the International Season the USA based Sydneysider is blisteringly quick and along with younger brother Ian (who is in exceptional form) the pair have every chance of ensuring the name "Madsen" remains on the perpetual Aussie title trophy in one form or another.
With a field of 104 cars entered over the three nights the field is split in half on Thursday and Friday nights with the highest scoring 84 going into the final night on Saturday, January 28.
The top finishing 24 cars from that field of 84 then go into the Australian Championship $20,000 to win 40-lap feature race.
Over the three nights fans will be treated to some truly memorable racing, some beautifully restored nostalgic Sprintcars, some cool fireworks, some memorable driver introductions, a significant 50/50 prize-pool, a BBQ Brekky and Calcutta function on the Saturday morning at the Mercure Sydney Parramatta and much more.
Whilst the focus is certainly on the current and previous Australian Champions the list of 'who has yet to win one' is also mouthwatering in its possibilities.
Certainly leading that field is 2016 WSS Champion Jamie Veal who amazingly didn't qualify or last weekend's Warrnambool Classic A-Main field and will certainly be back with a vengeance for the Australian title.
Veal is undeniably good around the Valvoline Raceway clay and should use the disappointment of last Sunday night to his advantage.
Another driver yet to win an Australian title yet is South Aussie Steven Lines who was also disappointed with his end result at last weekend's Classic.
Lines and Veal head a group of livewire yet-to-be-national champions including Ian Madsen, Grant Anderson, Scott Darley Challenge winner Shaun Dobson, Troy Little, Sam Walsh, Ben Atkinson, James Thompson, Jamie Maiolo, Ian Loudoun, Danny Reidy and so many more.
Here's the field for Night One of the 2017 SCCA Rod Bowen's Prestige Smash Repairs Australian Sprintcar Championship - Thursday night, January 26.
* Indicates driver of interest as a potential winner, podium finisher or dark horse/wild card!
N6 MATT GEERING
N45 MATTHEW THOMAS
N56 MICK SALLER
N51 SEAN RICHARDS
N52 MARK ATTARD
N34 MICHAEL JORDAN
N32 WARREN FERGUSON
N13 WAYNE MCKENNA
N3 DAVID CRAFT
N25 KELLY LINIGEN
N47 MARCUS DUMESNY
N20 TROY LITTLE*
N77 MITCHELL DUMESNY
N22 JAMES THOMPSON*
N53 JESSIE ATTARD
N61 MICK MATCHETT
NQ21 JORDYN BRAZIER*
N48 JACKSON DELAMONT
N41 JEFF LAWLER
A1 KERRY MADSEN*
NQ28 LYNTON JEFFREY
N16 DANIEL SAYRE
N81 GRAHAM LAGERLOW
N54 GRANT TUNKS
N18 GUY STANSHALL
ACT89 BRAYDEN WILMINGTON
N96 BRUCE WHITE
N71 COURTNEY O'HEHIR
N9 KYLE CAUNT
ACT2 BEN ATKINSON*
W44 BEN ELLEMENT*
N93 BEN HILDER
N24 BLAKE SKIPPER
NT51 AJ NASH
ACT72 ANTHONY VANDERREYDEN
S2 CRAIG VANDERSTELT
NQ5 DANNY REIDY
N39 JEREMY CROSS
Q83 DAVID MURCOTT*
S20 GLEN SUTHERLAND
V3 IAN LOUDOUN*
S45 JAKE TRANTER
Q40 JAMES GRADY
W99 JAMIE MAIOLO*
V35 JAMIE VEAL*
Q17 LUKE OLDFIELD*
N74 MATTHEW REED
Q36 MITCHELL GEE
Q54 RICHARD MORGAN
W3 STEVEN LINES*
S37 TERRY KELLY
Here are the nominations for Night Two of the 2017 SCCA Rod Bowen's Prestige Smash Repairs Australian Sprintcar Championship - Friday, January 27, 2017.
* Indicates driver of interest as a potential winner, podium finisher or dark horse/wild card!
N28 DARRYL CAMPBELL
N5 DEAN THOMAS
N75 GLEN SAVILLE
N68 JAMES DUCKWORTH
N49 JAMIE MATHERSON
ACT35 KAITLYN ANTHONY
N55 KIM BECKER
N17 MARTY PEROVICH
N57 MATTHEW DUMESNY*
N43 ALEX ORR
N38 MAX JOHNSTON*
N88 JIMMY MATCHETT
N92 SAMMY WALSH*
N23 SCOTT ALEXANDER
N46 STACEY GALLIFORD
N99 SEAN DYSON
N12 THOMAS JEFFREY
N7 TOBY BELLBOWEN
N11 MATTHEW SMITH
N50 RYAN JONES
Q84 STEVE GREER
T7 TIM HUTCHINS
Q23 LACHLAN MCHUGH*
S72 CHAD ELY
W97 MITCHELL WORMALL
Q7 ROBBIE FARR*
N21 GARRY BRAZIER*
T21 SHAUN DOBSON*
Q59 KEVIN TITMAN
Q42 KRISTY BONSEY
N95 DANIEL NEEDHAM
NT24 JAMIE ONEILL
NT18 JASON GEBERT
W14 JASON PRYDE
ACT99 JAY WAUGH
V37 GRANT ANDERSON*
W66 IAN MADSEN*
V25 JACK LEE
W17 JAMES MCFADDEN*
T22 CALLUM ZIZEK
NT21 CHACE KARPENKO
W12 DANIEL HARDING
Q75 DARREN JENSEN
N44 SHANE SHEEDY
V74 MICHAEL CUNNINGHAM
Q74 BRODIE TULLOCH
W2 BROOKE TATNELL*
Q16 BRYAN MANN
V5 MAX DUMESNY*
Q28 ALLAN WOODS
W77 BRADLEY MAIOLO
ACT57 BRENDAN SCORGIE
Night Three Is McFadden's Classic
James McFadden buried some demons of Classic’s past when he wheeled his Milwaukee Tools W17 to victory lane on night number three of the 45th Lucas Oil Grand Annual Sprintcar Classic.
McFadden entered the 40 lap feature event as the high points man, narrowly eclipsing Brooke Tatnell for that honour after the final eight heats of the program.
In front of a full house, McFadden was able to outrun Tatnell and current Aussie Champ Kerry Madsen before Madsen began to fade as Darren Mollenoyux staked a claim for third place with Brad Sweet also beginning to make some.
However there was to be no denying McFadden, with second half of the 40 lap journey being punctuated by a number of caution periods and two red light stoppages.
In the end it would be McFadden home in first claiming the $30,000.00 pay day for his efforts, while Warrnambool’s own Darren Mollenoyux claimed a career best Classic result with a late race pass on Tatnell for second with the three time Aussie Champion wheeling his KMS Hot Rod into third.
They were followed by Brad Sweet (4th), Kerry Madsen (5th), Luke Dillon (6th), Kyle Hirst (7th), Ian Madsen (8th), Steven Lines (9th) with David Murcott in 10th.
The Skwid Signs Hard Charger Award of the A-Main was Cory Eliason (USA00), who progress eight positions to finish 12th, while the Thomo’s Race Graphix Hard Luck Award went to Bradley Keller (S19) after he was unable to avoid a racing incident with another car whilst running inside the top ten.
The Ian Sheppard Award as presented to the Driver whom accumated the most A-Main points over the President’s Cup (Avalon Raceway), King’s Challenge (Borderline Speedway) and Grand Annual Sprintcar Classic (Premier Speedway) also went to James McFadden.
Abreu Annexes World Championship Finale
Archerfield Speedway Media Release
It was the international stars who dominated the World Midget Championship finale at Ausdeck Patios Archerfield Speedway on Saturday night (January 21), with two-time Chili Bowl champion Rico Abreu racing to victory in a terrific feature event. Abreu qualified on pole position for the 40-lap feature race presented by Speedcars Australia and took command of the race from the outset, seeing off an initial challenge from Zach Daum and then withstanding a late race surge from fellow statesider Brady Bacon to secure victory. An American trifecta looked to be on the cards until Daum exited on lap 28, enabling preliminary feature winner Nathan Smee to snare the final spot on the podium.
In a remarkable run through the field, Scott Farmer somehow secured fourth ahead of New Zealander Chris Gwilliam and Brock Dean, with Reid Mackay, Jason Bell, Kaiden Brown and Rodney Harders rounding out the top ten. Having moved ahead of Smee on lap 28, Troy Jenkins looked set to repeat his podium result from Friday night until he slowed and exited just five laps later, joining Daum, Matt Smith, Chris Singleton, Scott Doyle, Brad Young and Brendan Palmer on the infield.
On the same program, Darren Vine maintained his stranglehold on the Australian Compact Speedcar Championship, taking maximum advantage of the turbo-charged power at his disposal to score a comfortable win in in the 30-lap championship final. Robbie Stewart settled into second early and faced little threat for his position once Wayne Corbett exited on lap nine after shedding a wheel. As a spectacle, all of the action came courtesy of the battle for third as Nathan Mathers kept Victorian champion Justin Paull and Mark Heaton at bay to secure third and ensure a Queensland trifecta.
Starting the weekend with only 22 cars, a few absentees on the second night resulted in just 17 cars facing the starter in the championship final, only ten of whom made it to the chequer, with Jim Kennedy, Mitchell Rooke, Nick Gannon, James Barton and Dave Swan completing the finishers.
Having finished the opening night as top poinstcorer, Daum consolidated his position in the opening heat of the night when he downed Singleton and Dallas Sharp.
Heat eleven saw the locals prevail with Rodney Harders leading home Young and Dean, while the final heat proved an emphatic win for Abreu over Mackay and Gwilliam.
In the pole shootout, Abreu advanced from the bronze round and then took out the silver showdown before completing his climb up the order when he outpaced Daum in the gold shootout to secure pole position, the two Americans outpacing Smee and Jenkins by half a second.
At the drop of the green to get the feature underway, Abreu shot to the front ahead of Smee, who had slipped ahead of Daum. The two highest qualifiers amongst the locals in Doyle and Young had their race end after just one lap when they tangled in turn four, taking Palmer with them to the infield. Back underway, Daum pounced to usurp Smee and set off in pursuit of Abreu while, back in the pack, Bacon was riding the cushion in his forward charge, rounding up the likes of Matt Smith and Gwilliam on his surge to the front. Bacon deposed Smee on lap 12 and then relegated Daum on lap 25, only for the latter to reclaim the position momentarily before grinding to a halt in turn two and retiring. Further back, Jenkins found a way past Smee to secure what would have been third until he too headed infield, leaving it to Smee to try and reel in the American duo. Bacon made significant inroads on Abreu, but was unable to wrest the lead, while Smee couldn't repeat his Friday night heroics and had to be content with third place.
The mighty Midgets return to Ausdeck Patios Archerfield Speedway on February 3 and 4 for the Kratzmann's Caravans Australian Midget Championship featuring more Americans, more New Zealanders and all of the best drivers from across Australia.
Ian Madsen Steals The Show On Night Two
Ian Madsen exactly why he is a genuine contender for the 2017 Lucas Oil Grand Annual Sprintcar Classic with a commanding performance aboard the Rob Watson Jnr W66 entry on night number two of the 45th running of the Classic.
Madsen made every post a winner as he led all 30 laps to take out the Oval Express Magazine Australia-America Challenge Cup from a persistent Jamie Veal while Shane Stewart showed exactly why he, like Veal has already tasted Classic success, with a solid third place result.
James McFadden carried good car speed in the early going before slipping to fourth before a very healthy audience who were earlier wowed by McFadden’s performance in the final heat of the night, as he continues to vie for the crown of crowd favorite.
Earlier in the night two program drivers were confronted with a sun baked track which saw the drivers and crews scrambling for the optimum set-up as Ian Madsen set quick time in the opening flight, with Jamie Veal and Terry McCarl also posting good times.
The second flight recorded unusually slow qualifying times, with Luke Dillon, despite a late marble draw, finding a little patch of rubber to ensure he went quick time with a pass of 13.027 seconds.
He was followed by James McFadden and Shane Stewart.
The heat winners were Terry McCarl from Ian Madsen and Jason Johnson in the opening heat of the night while heat two went the way of Jamie Veal while Mitchell Gee backed up his strong qualifying effort to run second with Matt Egel in third.
Luke Dillon won heat three, with Dominic Scelzi showing all his class in advancing from deep in the field to second while Shane Stewart amassed another nice bounty of points in third.
James McFadden was another to take home maximum points from his heat race, leading home Robbie Farr and Garry Brazier.
The slick racing surface was always going to throw up some curve balls in the second round of heats and Darren Mollenoyux was the first to het in done in heat five as he essentially stole the heat race win from race long leader Brad Warren in the shadows of the checkered flag while Cory Eliason was again impressive in third with Ian Madsen again running strongly to pick up more points with a fourth-place finish.
Mitch Wormall parked the W97 in Victory Lane in heat 6 while Harli White-Hines flew the American flag in second and Kevin Titman was third.
Bradley Keller’s recent strong car speed at Premier Speedway continued in heat 7 as he took the win from James Gardiner and Marcus Dumesny who had strung together a solid night of qualifying.
James McFadden saved the best for last as he took out the final qualifying heat of the night when he cut through the field in heat number eight, coming from position 12 to take the win to the delight of the large crowd.
The last chance C-Main saw Dennis Jones make the transfer to the back of the B-Main along with Domain Ramsay, Jacob Smith and Glen Saville who had endured a tough qualifying night.
The B-Main saw the 20-lap journey pass by in the blink of an eye as Ryan Jones took the win from Mitchell Gee and Brayden Parr while Danny Reidy was able to secure the final transfer spot in the 30 lap A-Main.
From there it was the Ian Madsen show as he led home Veal and Stewart.
McFadden’s fourth place run was enough to have him finish as the night’s top points scorer while Brad Keller’s fifth place run also him in a strong position heading into the third and final night.
The top ten was then made up of Dominic Scelzi who advanced from 12th to 6th, Jason Johnson, Robbie Farr, Matt Egel and Luke Dillon who ran 10th.
They were followed by Cory Eliason, Darren Mollenoyux, Terry McCarl, Ryan Jones and Max Johnson, while 16th through to 20th were filled by Danny Reidy, Daniel Sayre, Mitchell Gee, Brayden Parr and Brad Warren.
DNF’s were recorded by Kevin Titman, Garry Brazier, Toby Bell-Bowen and lap 8 casualty Marcus Dumesny.
Tatnell Takes Night One At The Classic
Brooke Tatnell made a return to form on night number one of the 45th Lucas Oil Grand Annual Sprintcar Classic when he claimed a non-stop 30-lap feature event in front of a healthy crowd at Sungold Stadium, Premier Speedway, Warrnambool.
After Thursday night’s rain, which dumped 30mm of rain on the Allansford venue, the track conditions proved to be conducive to good racing with plenty of action right from the start of the program.
With the format consisting of two flights of qualifying 52 starters embarked on qualifying with Kerry Madsen sounding an ominous warning as he claimed quick time in flight one, before the hard charging Brad Sweet was the quickest in the second flight.
The opening four heat races saw the fastest qualifiers to the front of their respective line-ups with Kerry Madsen winning the opening heat from pole position ahead of Grant Anderson (started position 4) and Corey McCullagh (2).
Tatnell who was second fastest in his qualifying flight stormed to a win in heat race two, leading home Bryan Mann (2) and the N99 of Carson Macedo (6).
Brad Sweet continued from where he left off in qualifying taking out heat 3 from pole position while Brian Brown showed glimpses of his best with a second placed run ahead of Matt Dumesny (4).
Steven Lines was able to win the battle between he and fellow front row occupant Ian Loudoun to capture the final heat of the opening bracket, with Loudoun doing enough for second with Kyle Hirst in third.
With a 12-car heat race inversion, the second round of heats with the fastest qualifiers to the rear was always going to produce high excitement as Jackson Delamont captured heat 5 from Jake Tranter and Chris Campbell. Madsen again showed his class in advancing from position 12 at the drop of the green flag to eventually finish seventh.
Braydon Willmington took out heat 6 while Jordyn Brazier impressed in advancing from position seven to second while Charles Hunter also moved forward from position five to run third.
Peter Milnes was a happy man after taking out heat seven from the impressive young Queenslander Lachlan McHugh and Kyle Hirst who was another to make some serious inroads in the points battle as he came from position nine to third.
The final heat race on the opening night was won by Ben Atkinson, from Tasmania’s Callum Zizek and David Murcott.
The 15-lap C-Main saw four cars transfer to the 20 lap B-Main with Mark House doing enough to get the win from Jordyn Charge, Tim Hutchins and Sam Putland.
Next on the program was the last chance B-Main with Luke Oldfield, Jackson Delamont, Jake Tranter and Craig Vanderstelt all making the transfer, with Sammy Walsh unlucky one to miss out having advanced from 11th on the grid to fifth.
That led to the A-Man over 30 laps and it was Tatnell and Sweet who made the most of their front row starting positions with Tatnell making the early running.
The race appeared set for a caution as Steven Lines slowed after the opening six circulations, before being able to limp to the in-field – his night was done.
From there it was all eyes on Tatnell and Sweet as the talented Californian tried to run down the three-time Classic Champion, and run him down he did as Sweet took the race lead on lap 14.
From there most would have though how far Sweet as the likes of Kerry Madsen, Kyle Hirst and the ever-present Grant Anderson worked their craft in the battle for third.
Then almost inexplicitly Sweet slowed on the exit of turn two and Tatnell as always was on the spot set to pounce as he took back the race lead as he careered away to win the opening nights feature event.
Sweet was able to hang tough for second while Kerry Madsen did what Kerry Madsen does and produced another high-quality night of point accumulation with a third-place finish to boot.
Anderson was again super on a slick race track advancing from position nine to fourth while rounding out the top five was the N99 of Macedo.
2015 Classic Champion Kyle Hirst was sixth, while David Murcott (7th), Jordyn Brazier (8th), Ben Atkinson (9th) and Brian Brown rounded out the top ten.
They were followed by Lachlan McHugh, Corey McCullagh, Ian Loudoun, Tim Rankin, Jack Lee, Jackson Delamont, Charles Hunter, John Vogels, Jake Tranter, Luke Oldfield, Craig Vanderstelt and Bryan Mann with Lines and Daniel Harding being scored as DNF’s.
World Midget Stars in Archerfield Showdown
Archerfield Speedway Media Release
With the international Sprintcar season having wrapped up last week, attention now shifts to the mighty Midgets as they embark on a series of big events that have lured drivers from Australia and New Zealand to Ausdeck Patios Archerfield Speedway to take on Australia's very best drivers. The action kicks off this weekend (Friday and Saturday, January 20/21) with the first Australian round of the 2017 World Midget Championship featuring two-time Chili Bowl winner Rico Abreu and three other American Midget superstars, plus New Zealand's very best in Michael Pickens, who also happens to be the current Australian Champion.
It is stellar line-up of Midget stars who will hit the track on Friday night for the first of two consecutive nights of competition, with drivers from as far afield as Western Australia trekking to Archerfield for an opportunity to take on the American and Kiwi stars. If the quality of racing produced so far this season in both the Polar Ice Track Championship and Super Series events is any indication, the action this weekend will be stupendous.
Joining Abreu in representing the United States will be Andrew Felker, Brady Bacon and Zac Daum, all of whom have raced in Australia previously with success. In addition to his remarkable exploits in Midget competition, which include a win in the prestigious Belleville Nationals, Abreu has also accumulated wins in Sprintcars and NASCAR Stockcars. In each of the last four seasons, Abreu has finished top ten in more than 50% of the events in which he has competed across the various racing categories and he returns to Australia firmly established as one of the very best in the dirt track business. Felker is a feature race winner in both the POWRi and Badger Midget championships and was superb in this event last year in finishing second behind Pickens.
Also returning to Archerfield for the second consecutive year, Brady Bacon will be looking to add an international feature race win to his litany of successes accumulated on home soil since debuting in the USAC National Midget Car Series in 2006. In addition to his success in Midget competition, Bacon has also found success in non-wing Sprintcars, taking out the 2016 USAC Championship. Zac Daum is a regular visitor to Australia and has, among other successes, won the Victorian Championship. The 2014 USAC National Midget champion returns to our shores fresh from a 7th-place finish in the Chili Bowl, the iconic indoor Midget event that attracts more than 300 competitors each year.
The Kiwi contingent might be small, but they have certainly sent their best in Michael Pickens, a feature race winner in three countries and widely regarded as the best Midget driver to come out of New Zealand. Pickens won this event last season in sensational fashion and followed up with his victory in the Australian Championship in Sydney. Chris Gwilliam is a familiar face to Archerfield fans, having already scored a feature race win here earlier this season and he brings good form into the event as the second New Zealander in the field, his familiarity with the track perhaps providing him with an edge over the other internationals.
If the overseas invaders look strong (and they most certainly are), the Aussie representation is certainly not lacking in quality with Sydney-based quartet of Nathan Smee, Matt Jackson, Troy Jenkins and Matt Smith bringing a wealth of experience and success into the mix. Lee Redmond is making the trek from Western Australia, while teenage rookie Kaydon Brown has been impressive and will relish the opportunity to take on the internationals. Of course, all of the local stars will be out to play as well, including current Queensland champ Michael Harders and former titleholder Rusty Whittaker, along with Brendan Palmer, Anthony Chaffey, Brock Dean and more than a dozen others over two nights of racing.
Also on the program this weekend is the Australian Compact Speedcar Championship in which Darren Vine will be chasing his 8th championship win. The strength of the Queensland Compact Speedcar scene at the moment has resulted in only a small interstate contingent backing themselves to upstage the locals on home soil. Whilst Victorian champion Justin Paull and the NSW-based duo of Jason Essai and Mark Heaton will be the only interstaters in action, the upside is that, should Vine be unable to snare his 5th consecutive win in the event, the likelihood of yet another Queensland win in the event seems very high. Whether it be Robbie Stewart, Wayne Corbett, Steve Swingler, Nathan Mathers or perhaps Emma Harris, there is no shortage of locals capable of emerging victorious in Saturday night's championship final.
Both the World Midget Championship and the Australian Compact Speedcar Championship will be staged over two nights of racing on Friday (January 20) and Saturday (January 21) nights. Lightning Sprints and Ford v Holden v Sigma sedans will provide the supporting action on Friday night, while Saturday will also feature Modlites and Open Sedans plus fireworks and the crazy chaos of the Caravan, Boat and Dunny Derby. Gates open at 4.00pm each day (3.30pm for online ticket holders) and early racing gets underway at 4.45pm both nights, with Midget time trials from 5.30pm on Friday. The main program kicks off at 6.00pm and the racing in both the World Midget Championship and Australian Compact Speedcar Championship promises to be something very special.