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Veal Wins The Battle, Milburn Wins The War – Just!

The Eureka Garages and Sheds Sprintcar Series came to a thrilling conclusion with the incumbent points leader, Brett Milburn was forced to come via the B-Main in the Series finale, before claiming the 2016-17 Crown by just 9 points or one A-Main position after an enthralling night of racing.

The 30 lap A-Main event was won by Jamie Veal who ran the Premier Speedway wall to perfection before switching to a preferred low line groove in the second half of the final, holding of a determined Grant Anderson, who once again showed why he is regarded as a genuine star of the Sprintcar division, especially on a slick and smooth surface such as that laid down tonight at Sungold Stadium.

Darren Mollenoyux’s amazing run of form continued with yet another impressive drive, finishing third, with Jack Lee also producing a strong night at the office with a fourth-place finish.

Amazingly the top four drivers were all out of contention for the Eureka Series Championship, so when Tim Van Ginneken appeared in fifth and needing to finish seven positions clear of Milburn to snatch the Championship be one single point, the head count was on in earnest.

With Milburn, having started from position 14 on the grid and Van Ginneken from 10, it was Van Ginneken who had to try and run and hide and to a degree he did, making his way to fifth by mid race distance, but once he reached that point, the margin between he and fourth placed Jack Lee barely changed.

So, with Veal and Anderson continuing to slice their way through lap traffic, it was Veal who held sway at the fall of the checkered flag leading home Anderson and Mollenoyux, with Lee and Van Ginneken rounding out the top five.

Young South Aussie Jake Tranter impressed as he finished in sixth, while Corey McCullagh would once again claim a top ten finish, with a seventh place run ahead of fellow top ten finishers Ian Loudoun, David Murcott and Brayden Parr.

Brett Milburn was officially credited with 11th, being enough to clinch the Eureka Series, while Tim Rankin 12th, Glen Sutherland 13th, Rusty Hickman 14th, Daniel Sayre 15th, Charles Hunter 16th, Jacob Smith 17th and Tim Hutchins 18th rounded out the field.

The B-Main was won by Ian Loudoun from Milburn, Jacob Smith, Daniel Sayre, David Murcott and Rusty Hickman, while the last chance C-Main went to Chad Ely from Adam King, James Gardiner and Jordyn Charge.

Earlier in the night some the heat racing certainly treated the fans on the hill, with heat wins going to Grant Anderson, Jamie Veal, Brayden Parr, Darren Mollenoyux, Daniel Sayre, Eddie Lumbar and Corey McCullagh while Mollenoyux backed up his earlier heat win with another in the final heat of the night.

Eureka Garages and Sheds Top Ten (Final Standings):
1. Brett Milburn 4530
2. Tim Van Ginneken 4521
3. Corey McCullagh 4352
4. Brayden Parr 4248
5. Glen Sutherland 4137
6. Dennis Jones 3717
7. Jacob Smith 3458
8. Sam Wren 3413
9. David Murcott 3346
10. Charles Hunter 3293

The Wingless Sprints were also a part of a huge night of racing and Luke Weel (V28) totally outclassed the A-Main field to record a runaway win, to not only collect the round win but also claim the Super Series Crown for 2016-17.

Weel’s win cam ahead of Geoff Cook (V95) and Warwick Taylor (V40) who also impressed many with his charge from position 11 on the grid.

The top three were followed by Daniel Storer (V43), and Peter Logue (V98) with the top ten be rounded out by Carly Walsh (V4), Nikki Briton who made the haul from Sydney in the N6 entry, the V33 of Luke Storer, Jason Langdon in the V78 who like Briton qualified for the A-Main via one of two B-Mains, with the top ten rounded out by Bhoe Paterson  (V45) who claimed the final B-Main transfer spot to start from position 20 before charging through the pack.

The Wingless Sprint heat race winners were Luke Storer (V33), Robert Heard (S57), Luke Weel (V28), Marcus Green (V61), Travis Millar (V2), Rhys Baxter (V81), Luke Weel (V28) and Geoff Cook (V95).

The Wingless Sprint B-Mains were taken out by Jason Langdon (V78) and Nikki Briton.

The next event at Sungold Stadium, Premier Speedway, Warrnambool is Night 3 of the Geelong Harley Davidson Easter Sprintcar Trail on Sunday April 16, featuring the Super Rod Cup and a Massive Fireworks Display.

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THE CHASE IS ON TO TOOWOOMBA!

Official release: Valvoline Raceway

March 23, 2017

The USC Chase is on to Toowoomba!

This Saturday night the fourth round of the 2017 USC Ultimate Sprintcar Championship "Chase" Series is scheduled for Hi-Tec Oils Speedway Toowoomba and some of the USC's stars on the rise and legends alike are lining up.

Tasmanian Shaun Dobson will make the big haul from the Apple Isle (his car is based in Sydney however) firm in the belief that he is a 'Chase chance'.

"This is by far our most consistent season in terms of being a major race contender outside of Tasmania or Victoria," says the Hobart based 24 year old, "we haven't raced in Toowoomba for three years but I think we can achieve some positive results and keep ourselves in with a shot at the Chase Championship."

Dobson, whilst confident in his own ability, is by no means complacent.

"You can't go into any USC event expecting to win, that would be foolish," he explains, "there's too many guys who can get the win."

Veterans Robbie Farr and Max Dumesny are a classic example of what Dobson is conceding.

Farr, the defending USC QLD Champion, is currently second in the QLD USC points and also second to Victorian Mollenoyux in the USC Chase standings as Toowoomba looms this Saturday night.

With the likelihood of Mollenoyux not attending Toowoomba the chance to nab the #1 spot after this Saturday night looms for the now Gold Coast based Sydneysider Farr.

Dumesny, the defending USC NSW Champion is currently 6th in the Chase points but there is every likelihood the Sydney based Victorian living legend can emerge from this weekend with the top three in sight.

Dumesny's son Matt currently sits in seventh but with a few weeks off since the last round of USC Chase action the third generation racer is literally champing at the bit to get racing.

Sydney firebrand Sam Walsh lurks with major intent in third place after the first two rounds in Murray Bridge and Warrnambool (the third round in Sydney was rained out last weekend) and looks to pounce on the lead spot after this Saturday night.

Though he's not in contention for "The Chase" as such Queensland hard charger Luke Oldfield will add some significant spice to the Toowoomba battle as points continue to count for the USC QLD battle.

Oldfield leads Farr, Andrew Scheuerle, Danny Reidy, Allan Woods, Kevin Titman and David Whell in the USC QLD Championship and that 'battle within a battle' will ensure there is twice as much on the line for Farr in particular.

There are only 50 points separating the top seven ranked drivers in the QLD USC battle.

When the things with wings line up Saturday night on the Toowoomba high banks two distinct Championships lay on the line:

USC Chase Series
Darren Mollenoyux 300
Robbie Farr   284
Sam Walsh   270
Jamie Veal    262
Shaun Dobson  250
Max Dumesny   236
Matthew Dumesny  170

USC QLD Championship
Luke Oldfield   452
Robbie Farr     440
Andrew Scheuerle  428
Danny Reidy     410
Allan Woods     408
Kevin Titman    404
David Whell    402
Mitchell Gee    398
Lachlan McHugh  390
Brent Kratzmann  388

The remaining two rounds of the USC Chase are scheduled for:

Saturday, March 25 – Hi-Tec Oils Speedway Toowoomba

Saturday, April 1 - Valvoline Raceway

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It’s Crunch Time in the Eureka Garages & Sheds Series Grand Final Race

By Ian Vale

The Eureka Garages & Sheds Sprintcar Series heads to Premier Speedway Warrnambool this weekend for the Series Grand Final with three drivers Brett Milburn the current Eureka Garages & Sheds Series Champions and current point’s leader, Tim Van Ginneken and Corey McCullagh are the drivers that will battle it out for the 2016-2017 Series Crown.

Once again a big field of nominations has entered for the Eureka Series Grand Final that will make the job for the top three drivers that bit harder to qualify into the A main event. Corey McCullagh would nearly have to clean sweep the night with maximum points to stop either Brett or Tim from taking the Crown but if all three drivers make the Eureka Garages and Sheds Main event that would pretty much eliminated Corey chances.

On the other hand for Brett Milburn and Tim Van Ginneken they both must make the A Main to fight it out for the Crown. Based on the current points lead Milburn has Van Ginneken needs to finish around eight places ahead subject to their heat qualifying points.

Third place in the Series also has three candidates in the running, Corey McCullagh sit third in the standing, Brayden Parr had a good round last weekend at Horsham to move pass Glen Sutherland into fourth place and he is a chance to take third place if he has another good night. Glen Sutherland is only one hundred and twenty points out of third as well so there is plenty to race for and to be decide in the Eureka Garages & Sheds Championship and the final top five places in the Series.

Also on the line for the top ten drivers in the Series that have competed in twelve or more of the Series rounds is the chance to be locked into the KTM Australia draw for a top of the range KTM motorbike as well as many other Series awards.

The eligible drivers that finish outside of the top ten have a chance to take home an extra $1500 thanks to the Western Nissan from Caroline Springs.
 
The winner of the Series will pocket an extra $10,000 out of the $40,000 plus prize poole money.

While there is so much on the line in this weekend’s Eureka Garages and Sheds Sprintcar Series for the Series regular competitors it will not be a walk in the park to finish at the pointy end of the A Main when you add in the other main contender nominated for the outright win on the Night it will be one tough night of racings.

With ten drivers nominated that have won one or more rounds of the Eureka Garages and Sheds Series this season headed by Darren Mollenoyux, two times
Australian Sprintcar Champion David Murcott and Warrnambool hero Corey McCullagh, these three drivers have won two rounds of the Series each but then throw in another local hero Jamie Veal and Peter Doukas, Tim Rankin, South Australian Glen Sutherland and last round winner Tasmania’s Tim Hutchins, Ian Loudoun all these drivers have taken one of the Series A Mains as well this season.

All the Eureka Garages and Sheds Series regulars from near and far, Scott Reilly, Rod Matthews, Sam Wren, Charles Hunter, Dennis Jones, Jacob Smith, Brad Warren, Terry Kelly, Eddie Lumbar and many others will be at Premier Speedway putting their best foot forward looking to finish the Series off on a high.

Grant Anderson is also nominated and he must be in with a big shot of a top three or even a win on the night. Jack Lee has been doing a limited race program this season but on his last outing at Premier Speedway Jack showed a clean pair of back tires to lead that round of the Eureka Series before Darren Mollenoyux ran him down to take the race win, Jack should be in the mix once again.

One driver that has just returned to sprintcar racing after an early season injury is young Rusty Hickman, Rusty put in a big drive to nearly take a win at the recent Simpson round of the Series before having to settle for second place. Rusty is another young driver of the future to add to the likes of Braydan Parr and Jordyn Charge.

The format will once again be the seeded heat group time trials to set the heat races for the night’s action.

Forty nine nominations have been received at the time of writing and if this Grand Final round of the Eureka Garages and Sheds Sprintcar Series is half the excitement of the last round conducted at Premier Speedway you will be in for another special night of the best Sprintcar racing in the country.

One thing is for sure that there are so many drivers that are real chances of taking out the Eureka Garages and Sheds A Main it will be very difficult to pick a winner. But for Brett Milburn and Tim Van Ginneken along with Corey McCullagh these drivers would love nothing more than to take the A Main win but the 2016-2017 Eureka Garages and Sheds Series Crown would mean more.

Just to add something special to the event the place getters on the night will be presented with the trophies by the long time naming rights Series Sponsor Eureka Garages & Sheds principal, Domenic Sabatino.

The 2016-2017 Eureka Garages & Sheds Sprintcar Series Grand Final heads to Premier Speedway Allansford this weekend Saturday the25th of March with on track action from 5pm.

Eureka Garages and Sheds Series – KTM Top 10:
1st – Brett Milburn – 4254  
2nd – Tim Van Ginneken - 4182
3rd – Corey McCullagh - 3991
4th – Brayden Parr – 3947
5th – Glen Sutherland - 3871
6th – Dennis Jones - 3513
7th – Sam Wren - 3264
8th – Jacob Smith – 3250
9th – Charles Hunter – 2067
10th – David Murcott – 3048

Western Nissan
(End of Series random draw between 11th & 20th place)
11th – Brad Warren - 3044
12th – Jordyn Charge - 2997
13th – David McKay - 2845
14th – Scott Reilly – 2669  
15th – Terry Kelly - 2521
16th – John Vogels – 2478
17th – Tim Rankin – 2444
18th – Adam King - 2264
19th –David Aldersley – 2109
20th – Peter Doukas - 2016

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Midget, Sedan and Modified Triple Bill  

Archerfield Speedway Media Release

With three headline categories bringing more than 65 cars between them, this Saturday night (March 25) is shaping up as something special for race fans at Ausdeck Patios Archerfield Speedway with the Queensland Midget Championship, the Think Money Super Sedan Series and Dirt Modifieds sharing the spotlight on a huge triple-bill program. Bringing the three categories together on the same night ensures variety and action aplenty, with each group bringing their best drivers into battle.

Michael Harders will defend his Queensland Midget Championship against 25 drivers from three states and, having hardly raced this season, he will face a tough test from the likes of four-time national champ Adam Clarke, who won the last Midget feature race at Archerfield just two weeks ago and is a former winner of this event. In fact, at one stage, Clarke held every state title at the same time and has earned his status as pre-race favourite. Joining Clarke in travelling from NSW are Nathan Smee, Adam Wallis, Jason Bell and rookie racer Kaiden Brown, who has secured some very good results south of the border, with recently crowned Tasmanian champion Joe Lostitch making the journey from Victoria to take part.

The form locals of recent weeks have been Brock Dean, Reid Mackay and Troy Ware and former titleholder Rusty Whittaker, all of whom finished in the top five behind Clarke at the previous event. Dean was a feature winner at Archerfield a few weeks ago, while Darren Vine and Brendan Palmer also know their way to victory lane and possess a wealth of big race experience. Throw in Scott Doyle, another former champ in Mark George and Kiwi hotshoe Chris Gwilliam and there are myriad possible permutations with regard to the outcome of the championship feature race.    

Dirt Modifieds have secured 21 entries as well and their field is also stacked with champions, including the current Australian titleholder Kevin Britten. Fresh back from an interstate campaign that saw him successfully defend his Western Australian and South Australian titles, Britten will be desperate to carry that form into battle on his home track. Britten will take on former national champs Andrew Pezzutti and David Clark, along with regular front runners such as Gary Wathen, Scott Conlin and category stalwart Ray Klarich. Whilst these guys bring plenty of experience in to the mix, the depth in the ranks is stronger than ever with several drivers in the field capable of upstaging the big guns, including Trent Scofield, Nick Knott, Tony Dunn and Josh Rose, who has a feature race win on his home track at Grafton to his credit and would relish such a result in Brisbane against the best in the business.

Open Sedans and Formula 500 Juniors complete what will be a huge program of racing, with gates opening at 4.00pm. Early racing will get underway at 4.45pm, Midgets will hit the track for time trials from 5.30pm and the main program will kick off at 6.00pm.

2016/2017 Queensland Midget Championship nominations: Charlie Brown, Rodney Harders, Darren Vine, Adam Wallis, Tony Stephen, Michael Harders, Mark George, Joseph Lostitch, Kristy Bonsey, Adam Clarke, Cal Whatmore, Brendan Palmer, Corey Stothard, Tony Eickenloff, Darren Dillon, Nathan Smee, Troy Ware, Reid Mackay, Rusty Whitaker, Scott Doyle, Jason Bell,  Shayne McDowell, Kaiden Brown, Brock Dean, Chris Gwilliam

Dirt Modified nominations: Kevin Britten, Scott Conlin, David Clark, Lance Towns, Nick Knott, Garry Wathen, Kevin Stow, Graeme Holland, Andrew Pezzutti, Trent Scofield, Geoff Rose, Chris Holdt, Andrew Firth, Josh Rose, Phil Roberts, Trevor Wiley, Stu Jefferies, Anthony Ashen, Simon Blandford, Tony Dunn, Ray Klarich

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MAX IS BACK AT TBAR!

After a five-year absence, the legendary Max Dumesny will return to Toowoomba's Hi-Tec Oils Speedway this Saturday as part of the Chronicle Chase round.

The three-time Australian Sprintcar Champion has claimed two World Series Sprintcars events in Toowoomba prior to the introduction of the banking just over five years ago, but has only run once on the reshaped track.

"It's always been a fun place, but when it was banked it got faster, so I'm looking forward to getting back up there and having some fun. It was always a great place to go back when we were doing World Series so it will be great to catch up with some old friends and fans!"

Dumesny will return to the Charlton venue pursuing the $10,000 winners purse as part of the Chronicle Chase, but will be flanked by fellow interstate challengers including his sons Mitch and Matthew and reigning Darley Challenge winner, Shaun Dobson who is eagerly anticipating his second visit to the "Hi-Tec Hi-Banks."

"I've been watching the rounds on ClayPerView at Toowoomba and the place looks mint, so I'm really keen to get up there and get some more USC Chase points."

When asked of his chances of taking the top step this Saturday, Dobson was quick to give credit to his new crew chief, Shane Finch for his new-found confidence and landmark Darley Challenge win.

"I've got a great car every time I get in it thanks to Finchy, and to get a big win so quickly in our partnership is massive, because we really have a long term plan before we expect things to really gel, so we're heading in the right direction and that's been great already!" the likable Tasmanian said.

The Chronicle Chase will be backed by an impressive trio of Queensland Titles, with Late Models, Mod Lites and Lightning Sprints all contesting their State Crowns.

For more details, check out www.toowoombaspeedway.com or the Hi-Tec Oils Speedway Facebook page. Action from 5pm. Tickets at the gate from 3pm or right now at speedwaytickets.com.au

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Milburn & Van Ginneken Set to Vie for Eureka Series Honours

The Eureka Garages and Sheds Sprintcar Series is set for a thrilling conclusion this coming Saturday night when defending series Champion Brett Milburn lays it all on the line in what has become an intriguing points battle with Allansford’s Tim Van Ginneken.

Heading into last Saturday night’s penultimate round of competition at Horsham’s Blue Ribbon Raceway, Milburn held sway over the chasing pack, leading by 110 points from Van Ginneken, with Warrnambool’s Corey McCullagh a further 208 points in arrears of Van Ginneken.

However, a topsy-turvy night of racing saw Tasmania’s Tim Hutchins collect his first Eureka Series A-Main victory, with the points leader, Milburn, and Van Ginneken both needing to transfer from the B-Main to even make the show!

Thankfully both could make the back of the feature race event with Van Ginneken progressing to and eventual sixth place finish, while Milburn gave up some of his points lead with a tenth-place run.

McCullagh was able to finish fifth behind Hutchins, Dennis Jones, Brayden Parr and David McKay to ensure that he remains a mathematical chance of claiming the Eureka Sprintcar Series.

The highest points scorer of the night was Young Gun Brayden Parr who was able to leap frog Glen Sutherland into fourth place in points courtesy of his third-place run, while Mt. Gambier’s Sutherland finished the A-Main in eighth.

So with a field of 30 plus cars already entered for this weekend and the likes of newly crowned Australian 360 Sprintcar Champion and defending Parr Motorsports Track Champion Jamie Veal in the field along with Darren Mollenoyux , Grant Anderson, David Murcott, Tim Rankin and John Vogels the battle for Grand Final honours is set to go down to the wire!

With public gates set to open at 4.00pm and cars on track at 5.00pm as well as an amazing support cast from the Wingless Sprints as more than 40 drivers and teams battle it out for a round of their Super Series, this is going to be a great night of Speedway action.

Tickets are available at the gate or on-line via www.premierspeedway.com.au.

Current Eureka Sprintcar Series Points – Top 20:
1.    V68 Brett Milburn – 4254 points.
2.    V36 Tim Van Ginneken – 4182 points.
3.    V90 Corey McCullagh – 3991 points.
4.    V77 Brayden Parr – 3947 points.
5.    S20 Glen Sutherland - 3871 points.
6.    V17 Dennis Jones – 3513 points.
7.    V84 Sam Wren – 3264 points.
8.    V72 Jacob Smith – 3250 points.
9.    V73 Charles Hunter – 3067 points.
10.    V88 David Murcott – 3048 points.
11.    V91 Brad Warren – 3044 points.
12.    V60 Jordyn Charge – 2997 points.
13.    ACT83 David McKay – 2845 points.
14.    W18 Scott Reilly – 2669 points.
15.    S37 Terry Kelly – 2521 points.
16.    V70 John Vogels – 2478 points.
17.    V47 Tim Rankin – 2444 points.
18.    V48 Adam King – 2264 points.
19.    V64 David Aldersley – 2109 points.
20.    V98 Peter Doukas – 2016 points.

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Eureka Series Penultimate Round Goes to Tim Hutchins

By Ian Vale

Tasmania’s Tim Hutchins took his first Sprintcar feature on the mainland in the penultimate round of the 2016-2017 Eureka Garages & Sheds Sprintcar Series
at Horsham’s Blue Ribbon Raceway last night but not without a few challenges from Brayden Parr and Dennis Jones before opening up a gap in the late stages of the race to take the win ahead of Dennis Jones and Brayden Parr.

With a lower car count than expected that did not detract from a good nights racing at the Blue Ribbon Raceway that was a very important race meeting for many of the drivers looking to lock themselves into the KTM top ten. But more importantly the battle between the top five drivers in the Series trying to get that edge over their rivals before heading in the Eureka Garages & Sheds Series Grand Final next weekend.

Well it was a tough affair that would see the current Eureka Series Champion & this season points leader Brett Milburn and his closest rival in the points Tim Van Ginneken having to start from the front row of the B Main to qualify for the A Main, Glen Sutherland who went into this round of the Series in fourth place was also in the B Main. These three drivers would all make the transfer to keep their Championship aspiration alive.

Now there was a little more pressure on the three drivers as the young driver of the V77 car Brayden Parr who just happened to be sitting in fifth place only just under four hundred points behind the points leader qualified as the top points scorer on the night and then backed that up to take fast time in the top six shootout to start form pole position giving him the golden opportunity to move up the points table.

With Tim Van Ginneken taking the win in the B Main he would start from positions thirteen and Brett Milburn from for fourteenth place, Act driver Brendan Scorgie, Glen Sutherland, Brad Warren and David Aldersley round out the final qualifiers for the Eureka Garages & Sheds A Main.

Tim Hutchins was also having a good night with second highest points and a good top six time trial that would see him line up beside Brayden Parr on the front row for the A Main, row two was Dennis Jones and David McKay, row three Sam Wren and Jacob Smith followed by Terry Kelly, Rod Matthews, Jordyn Charge, Corey McCullagh, Scott Rielly, Chris Campbell and the B main transferring drivers.

The 2016-2017 Eureka Garages & Sheds Sprintcar Series had already seen nine different A Main feature winners and round fourteen at Blue Ribbon Raceway was looking good to see yet another new round winner.

In the early part of proceedings the race track was a little slick but with the sun going down the drivers now had a different racing surface with a lot more drive.

The leaders approached the Eureka Garages & Sheds A Main start line together as the green flag dropped only for Parr to stand his machine up on the back wheels giving Hutchins a good break into the first corner before Parr sat his machine down on all four wheels to set off in pursuit.

Hutchins was looking good in the lead but the action was on behind with Parr closing in on Hutchins and Jones was also on the moved to close on Parr. A few laps in and Parr was trying to find a way past Hutchins putting the nose of the V77 machine up the inside of Hutchins going intro turn one but he could not go on with the pass. Hutchins was now into lapped traffic giving Parr more of a chance to make a pass but Jones was now on the scene and was duelling with Parr for seconds place.

Mid race distance and Hutchins was in control from the duelling pair of Parr and Jones that would see them trade places on three occasion during the race, further back and David MacKay was having a good run sitting in fourth place and keeping the leaders in site.

The order just over mid race distance was now, Hutchins, Parr, Jones, McKay, Smith, Charge, and Wren followed by the top four drivers in the points, McCullagh who was holding down seventh place from Van Ginneken then Milburn and Sutherland.

Rod Mathews pulled to the infield with shocker damage while the battle between Parr and Jones continued, Jones made the pass on Parr a lap prior to the only caution period of the race when Charge suffered front end damage and Aldersley came to stop avoiding the stricken V60 car.

Back under way with only seven laps to run, Hutchins was in clear air and opened a big gap over both Jones & Parr on the restart, McKay now had both Smith and Wren on his case while a little further back Van Ginneken passed Rielly to move away from Milburn who was then passed by Sutherland. With two to go Smith pulled into the centred and out of the race.

Heading into the last lap and Hutchins had the race in the bag but Parr was not quite done yet with one last shot to take second place back from Jones only to get very sideways in turn two and lose ground to Jones but Parr gathered it up to retain third place ahead of McKay as Hutchins greeted the chequered flag.

As the drivers crossed the line in the Eureka Garages & Sheds main event the  order was Tim Hutchins, Dennis Jones, Brayden Parr, David McKay, Corey McCullagh, Tim Van Ginneken, Scott Reilly, Glen Sutherland, Sam Wren, Brett Milburn ,Brad Warren, Chris Campbell, Terry Kelly, Brendan Scorgie and David Aldersley.

The heats winners on the night were V17 Dennis Jones, T7 Tim Hutchins, V84 Sam Wren and V77 Brayden Parr.

With the top point’s event tighter and one round to go the Eureka Garages & Sheds Series Crown is still wide open as it has been in the past few seasons going into the final round.

The 2016-2017 Eureka Garages & Sheds Sprintcar Series Grand Final heads to Premier Speedway Allansford this weekend Saturday the25th of March.

Eureka Garages and Sheds Series – KTM Top 10:
1st – Brett Milburn – 4254  
2nd – Tim Van Ginneken - 4182
3rd – Corey McCullagh - 3991
4th – Brayden Parr – 3947
5th – Glen Sutherland - 3871
6th – Dennis Jones - 3513
7th – Sam Wren - 3264
8th – Jacob Smith – 3250
9th – Charles Hunter – 2067
10th – David Murcott – 3048

Western Nissan
(End of Series random draw between 11th & 20th place)
11th – Brad Warren - 3044
12th – Jordyn Charge - 2997
13th – David McKay - 2845
14th – Scott Reilly – 2669  
15th – Terry Kelly - 2521
16th – John Vogels – 2478
17th – Tim Rankin – 2444
18th – Adam King - 2264
19th –David Aldersley – 2109
20th – Peter Doukas - 2016

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Easter Triple Treat

Triple Challenge Media Release

Why do we have a long weekend every Easter? For Sprintcar racing of course and this year is no exception with the Clay-Per-View Easter Triple Challenge once again set to be unleashed across three tracks over three consecutive nights of racing from April 14 to 16. The series will be decided on three distinctly different circuits and, for the first time, will visit two states, as drivers chase the $4000 series winner's purse that is on offer in addition to the minimum $4000 paid to the winner of each individual round. In fact, should anybody be able to clean sweep all three nights, they will collect a cool $18 000 for their efforts.

The 2017 Clay-Per-View Easter Triple Challenge will get underway at Hi-Tec Oils Toowoomba Speedway on Good Friday (April 14), with round two to be decided at Ausdeck Patios Archerfield Speedway on Saturday, April 15. This year, the final round of racing will be decided at Castrol Edge Lismore Speedway in northern New South Wales on Sunday, April 16. Three distinctly different circuits that will prove a true test of drivers and crews alike as they chase the ideal set-up each night that will carry them to the front of what is expected to be a stellar field.

Each night of competition will kick off with time trials as cars race against the clock in groups of four, seeking to record the quickest lap and score maximum points. Two rounds of heats will follow with an 8-car inversion in each heat race, with points from time trials and the heats combined to determine the starting order for the main events. The top 16 pointscorers will qualify directly into the 40-lap feature event, with the remaining drivers to contest the B Main and/or C Main depending on their overall position at the completion of the heats. The drivers who qualify in positions 1 to 8 will contest the Pole Shootout over three rounds, with the winner of the Gold Shootout securing pole position in the big show.

Given the influx of new drivers in Queensland this season, along with all the established stars of the region and the interstate drivers expected to take on defending Triple Challenge champion Robbie Farr, strong fields are expected to contest each round. From the high banks of the reconfigured Toowoomba track to the tight confines of Queensland's home of Sprintcar racing at Archerfield to the circular showground layout in Lismore, winning this series will require talent, tenacity, preparation and maybe just a little bit of luck.

This is a great opportunity for teams to test themselves on different tracks, secure exposure for their sponsors and pick up some prizemoney along the way. Competitors interested in taking part in the 2017 Clay-Per-View Easter Triple Challenge can download an information pack from the Sprintcars Queensland website – www.sprintcarsqueensland.com.au

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Molly Leads Parr Motorsports Track Premiership – But It’s Tight!

Leading into Sunday night’s big night of racing, Darren Mollenoyux trailed James McFadden by fifty points with three rounds remaining of the Parr Motorsports USC Victoria Track Premiership at Sungold Stadium, Premier Speedway, Warrnambool – that would soon change.

With McFadden battling the World of Outlaws in Las Vegas at the weekend, it appeared the battle for the Track Premiership and the $10,000 pay day that will go the of the victor, was set to open-up, with the likes of Mollenoyux, Jamie Veal and David Murcott all in the mix.

What was to transpire was Mollenoyux would take the A-Main on Saturday night picking up a further 150 Track Premiership points for his trouble, while runner up Jack Lee would collect 146 points and a bonus 4 points for the most laps led in the 30 lap feature event.

As Mollenoyux greeted the checkered flag both Veal (114 points) and Murcott (116 points) were left to rue what might have been, had they not been forced to watch from the in-field having both crashed out on lap seven.

Corey McCullagh despite having to make the Main event via the last chance B-Main, a then failing to complete the entire A-Main remains in contention for the Track Premiership as he currently sits 78 points in arrears of Mollenoyux with two nights remaining.

Steven Lines despite being a non-starter on Sunday night also remains right in the battle for the $10,000 prize prior to Sunday his previous worst points haul was 104 back on the first night of the Grand Annual Sprintcar Classic – he currently sits third on 790 points, just 48 adrift of Mollenoyux.

With all drivers being afforded the luxury of dropping their worst round of the season from their final points tally, it is well worth noting that Darren Mollenoyux has contested every event at Sungold Stadium thus far this season and his worst points haul is 126 – the equivalent of a 12th place A-Main finish!

The current top 10 in the point standings are as follows:
1.    V52 Darren Mollenoyux 964 points – 126 points (worst round) = 838 points.
2.    V35 Jamie Veal 802 points – 0 points = 802 points.
3.    W3 Steven Lines 790 points – 0 points = 790 points.
4.    V88 David Murcott 774 points – 0 points = 774 points.
5.    V90 Corey McCullagh 858 points – 98 points = 760 points.
6.    W17 James McFadden 738 points – 0 points = 738 points.
7.    V47 Tim Rankin 678 points – 0 points – 678 points.
8.    V70 John Vogels 736 points – 84 points = 652 points.
9.    S45 Jake Tranter 646 points – 0 points =  646 points.
10.    V17 Dennis Jones 690 points – 54 points = 636 points.

So, with two nights of competition remaining, and a host of drivers still in with a chance of claiming the Parr Motorsports Track Premiership and a maximum of 154 points to be garnished by any one driver on any given night, plus the anticipated changes in certain drivers’ worst rounds, this is going to be one battle that won’t be decided until Easter Sunday night.    

The next round is set down for decision as a part of the Grand Final of the Eureka Garages and Sheds Sprintcar Series on Saturday March 25, 2017.

Tickets are available on-line via www.premierspeedway.com.au or can be purchased at the gate on race night.

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Can the Top Three be Tamed?

Archerfield Speedway Media Release

After the disappointment of last weekend's early end to proceedings as a result of inclement weather, teams will be itching to get back on track this Saturday night (March 11) for round 11 of the East Coast Logistics Sprintcar Championship at Ausdeck Patios Archerfield Speedway. Also on the program this weekend is a strong field of Midgets contesting the Polar Ice Midget Track Championship, plus Compact Speedcars, AMCA Nationals, Wingless Sprints and Lightning Sprints.

The rain out of round ten will have no doubt proved a frustration for the likes of Luke Oldfield and Peter Lack who, having qualified on the front row for the first of the two 20-lap feature races, were denied the opportunity to close the gap even further in their pursuit of Andrew Scheuerle in the battle for the championship. Although Lack and Oldfield were the standouts, Scheurele also qualified at the front of the field (despite failing to finish his opening heat) in what has been a recurring theme so far this season as the wait for somebody to step up and challenge the top three extends into another week. There have been several drivers who have proven themselves capable of taking on and beating this trio, but nobody has been able to do so with any regularity. Whilst it is Oldfield who has the most feature wins, his absence from round four sees him placed third overall at the moment just six points behind Lack, who is just 35 points adrift of Scheuerle.  

Lachlan McHugh and Mitchell Gee have won feature races this season and, whilst their talent is undeniable, perhaps it is just a lack of experience that has prevented the teenagers from securing the consistently good results they need to challenge the series leaders. Gee sits fourth overall at the moment but is more than 100 points behind Oldfield, while McHugh is currently sixth in the standings behind Brent Kratzmann. Yet to visit victory lane this season, Kratzmann is always in the mix, has been desperately unlucky on several occasions and must be due a change in fortunes. Others who have impressed in recent weeks include Callum Walker, Ben Hilder, Cody Maroske and Dylan Menz, while current Dunlop Supercar Series champion Garry Jacobsen returns to the dirt fresh from the start of his championship defence in Adelaide last weekend.

Four-time national champion Adam Clarke headlines the entry list for round seven of the Polar Ice Midget Track Championship, with an 18-car field confirmed so far. The Newcastle-based Clarke will be joined by fellow New South Welshman Adam Wallis in taking on a strong Queensland contingent. Leading the local charge will be last start feature winner Brock Dean who, along with Kristy Bonsey and Scott Doyle, have opted to step away from their Sprintcar commitments for this week to focus on their Midget endeavours. Troy Ware, Darren Vine, Rob Stewart and a couple of former Queensland champions in Rusty Whittaker and Mark George will also be amongst the starters.

For more information, follow Archerfield Speedway on Facebook or head to the track website at www.brisbanespeedway.com.au for event information and updates.

East Coast Logistics Sprintcar Track Championship round ten nominations: Andrew Corbet, Andrew Scheuerle, Anthony Lambert, Ben Hilder, Brad Ayers, Brendan Parker, Brent Kratzmann, Brett Minett, Brett Thomas, Callum Walker, Chris Harrison, Cody Maroske, Dan Murray, Darren Silcock, Dylan Menz, Garry Jacobsen, Karl Hoffmans, Kevin Hill, Kevin Titman, Lachlan McHugh, Luke Oldfield, Mark Pholi, Mitchell Gee, Nathan McFarlane, Neil Howard, Nelson Reddacliff, Paul Rooks, Peter Lack, Phill Foster, Steve Greer

Polar Ice Midget Track Championship round seven nominations: Adam Clarke, Adam Wallis, Brad Harrison, Brock Dean, Callum Whatmore, Corey Stothard, Darren Dillon, Darren Vine, Kristy Bonsey, Mark George, Reid Mackay, Rod Stewart, Rodney Harders, Rusty Whittaker, Scott Doyle, Tony Eickenloff, Tony Stephen, Troy Ware

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Parr Motorsports Premier Speedway Track Premiership Is Up For Grabs

This Sunday night promises to be a huge night of Speedway action at Sungold Stadium, Premier Speedway, Warrnambool when the Eureka Sprintcar Series rolls into town for Night Two of the Labour Day Clash, which also doubles as Round 2 of the Ultimate Sprintcar Championship Chase as presented by Zambrero – Mexican With a Mission.

With Sunday nights A-Main paying a cool $5,000.00 to win, there is also some further added incentive for several drivers who are currently in with a big chance of taking home the Parr Motorsports USC Victoria Premier Speedway Track Premiership, which comes inclusive of a $10,000 pay day come the seasons end!

The battle is on in earnest, with all drivers having their worst round eliminated from their end of season total, the fight for supremacy is sure to continue not only this Sunday night but right through until night three of the Geelong Harley Davidson Easter Sprintcar Trail.

As it currently sits, the 2017 Grand Annual Sprintcar Classic runner-up, Darren Mollenoyux has amassed a very impressive 814 points so far, this season, while opening night winner Steven Lines has also been consistent having collected 790 points in the battle for the Parr Motorsports Track Premiership.

The curve balls start to been thrown around when each drivers worst round for the season is removed from the points tally. It is worth noting that each drivers qualifying night for the Lucas Oil Grand Annual Sprintcar Classic counts, unless of course it is their lowest score of the season.

When the adjustments to this stage of the season are done, Mollenoyux finds that the points battle intensifies, remembering the likes of 2017 Classic Champion James McFadden and 2016 Classic Champ Jamie Veal missed the Victorian Title night on November 26, due to World Series Sprintcars commitments, meaning they could drop that round from the equation.

Two-Time Australian Champion David Murcott is another who benefits from the ‘drop your worst round’ condition, as he missed the January 1 World Series Sprintcars meeting.

So how does the points battle look as we speak? Well considering the mathematical equations of certain drivers’ worst rounds being maybe yet to come along with matters such as James McFadden’s USA Tour being imminent, the list is sure to take many twists and turns over the final three nights of competition in the Parr Motorsports USC Victoria Premier Speedway Track Premiership.

The current top 10 in the point standings are as follows:

1. W17 James McFadden 738 points – 0 points (worst round) = 738 points.
2. V52 Darren Mollenoyux 814 points – 126 = 688 points.
2. V35 Jamie Veal 688 points – 0 points = 688 points.
4. W3 Steven Lines 790 points – 104 points = 686 points.
5. V88 David Murcott 658 points – 0 points = 658 points.
6. V90 Corey McCullagh 740 points – 98 points = 642 points.
7. W2 Brooke Tatnell 572 points – 0 points – 572 points.
8. S45 Jake Tranter 558 points – 0 points = 558 points.
9. V70 John Vogels 632 points – 84 points = 548 points.
10. V47 Tim Rankin 536 points – 0 points = 536 points.

So, with three nights of competition remaining, a host of interstate invaders hitting the track at Sungold Stadium, Premier Speedway, Warrnambool this weekend and a maximum of 154 points to be garnished by any one driver on any given night, plus the anticipated changes in certain drivers’ worst rounds, this is going to be one battle that won’t be decided until Easter Sunday night.    

No matter what you have planned this Labour Day long weekend, be sure to be at Sungold Stadium, Premier Speedway, Warrnambool this Sunday night with gates opening at 4.00pm with car on track from 5.00pm.

The Sprintcars will be supported by the V8 Dirt Modifieds as well as for the very first time at Premier Speedway – the Legend Cars – will be a part of the show.

Sunday nights admission prices are Adults $25.00; Children 10-15 $10.00 and Children 9 and Under Free.

Tickets are available at the gate or on-line via www.premierspeedway.com.au.

Rain Routs Round Ten

Archerfield Speedway Media Release

With cars on track and circulating in readiness for the first of two scheduled 20-lap features that would decide round 10 of the East Coast Logistics Sprintcar Track Championship at Ausdeck Patios Archerfield Speedway on Saturday night (March 4), a light shower of rain swept across the venue and ultimately brought proceedings to a premature end. Until the weather intervened, it had been Luke Oldfield who again emerged as the standout, securing pole position for the twin features with another dazzling display in qualifying. However, with the features not run, there will be little change in the championship standings with Andrew Scheuerle maintaining his series lead ahead of Peter Lack and Oldfield.

As he has done so often of late, Oldfield recorded the fastest lap in time trials, leaving it until his final run against the clock to set 11.733 and edge out Bryan Mann (11.753), Scheuerle (11.878), Ben Hilder (11.930) and an impressive Cody Maroske (11.950). Brock Dean and David Whell were the only others to go under 12 seconds, with Dan Murray, Lack and Paul Rooks rounding out the top ten. Unfortunately for Brent Kratzmann and Mark Pholi, neither driver would take any further part in proceedings, leaving 35 cars to tackle the heats.

The opening heat saw Anthony Lambert launch from the front row to lead while Lachlan McHugh and Mitchell Gee engaged in the first of their battles for the night, the two teenagers finishing behind Lambert in that order.

In only his second outing for the season, Brad Ayers took out heat two ahead of Andrew Marks and Simon Jupe.

Kristy Bonsey led every lap of heat three except the one that matters most, with Lack swooping around the outside on the final corner to snatch a last gasp win, with Callum Walker finishing in third spot.

A stunning run from Oldfield in heat four saw him charge from position eight to emulate Lack's effort with a last lap pass on Jupe to score a rousing win. Kevin Titman finished in third spot.

Determined not to be upstaged by his championship challengers, Scheuerle upped the ante in heat five when he also charged to victory, rounding up McHugh, Gee, Lambert and Anthony Vanderreyden in his charge to the front. McHugh bested Gee again to finish in second in spot as Vanderreyden fell to fourth after leading the opening laps.

The final heat also proved a thriller with Callum Walker keeping Lack at bay to take the race, leaving Rob Hamilton some three seconds further back in third spot.

In a race that saw five rookies in the six-car field, Mitch Gowland motored home to win the Lucas Oils C Main over Neil Howard, Scott Johnston, Kevin Hill, Tim Ford and Brendan Parker, with only the first two advancing to the back of the East Coast Logistics B Main, which was halted for an extended period following a heavy crash from Vanderreyden on the opening lap.

Once the B Main got underway though, it proved a cracking race between Gee and McHugh that saw the pair not only skip clear of the field but put on a fine exhibition of two-wide racing that produced another great finish. The two swapped positions throughout the race in pursuit of victory, despite the fact that they were both guaranteed a feature race start simply by filling the top two spots. McHugh looked like he had snatched the win when he moved ahead of Gee on the final lap, only for Gee to surge through the final turn to take the race by a mere 0.221. Ayers and Andrew Liebke secured the final transfer spots, with their efforts ultimately going unrewarded once the rain arrived.

Contesting their first ever Queensland Championship, the RSA Street Stocks presented with 26 cars, all of whom were from south of the border and it was Sydney's Andrew Espener who prevailed in the opening heat over Josh Donnelly and Nigel O'Neill.

Shane Carlson downed Andrew Fuller and Tim Cartwright in heat two and then Ben Cartwright cleaned up in heat three, leading home Chris Marino and Daniel Forbes.

Andrew Fuller triumphed in heat four from Ben Cartwright and Steve Hall, while recently crowned ACT champion Aaron Barnes proved too quick in heat five, finishing in advance of Luke Gray and Tim Cartwright. After a lacklustre opening race, national champ Blake Everleigh bounced back to win heat six, leading O'Neill and Donnelly to the line.

Ashley Hall annexed heat seven over Brendan Meyers and Everleigh, with Steve Hall matching his son's effort with a win in heat eight ahead of the consistent Donnelly and Barnes. The final heat of the night saw an ailing Shaun Devoodi keep Carlson at bay to snare a win, with Espener finishing third.

The only feature race completed on the night saw Ronnie Young cruise home in the Ford vs Holden vs Sigma event to defeat Bernie Wright, Thomas Hunter, David Tookey and Mickey Mitchell.

Sprintcars return next Saturday night (March 11) for round 11 of the East Coast Logistics Track Championship, along with the Polar Ice Midget Track Championship plus AMCA Nationals, Lightning Sprints, Compact Speedcars and Wingless Sprints.

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Mollenoyux Had the Perfect Night in the Eureka Series R11

By Ian Vale

The 2011-2012 Eureka Garages & Sheds Sprintcar Series Champion Darren Mollenoyux had the perfect night at Avalon Raceway last night in round eleven of the Eureka Garages & Sheds Sprintcar Series to set fast time in his Time Trial session then go on to win both his heat races and follow them up with the A Main win that payed $5000 with the event doubling as the Great Southern Show Down.

Darren Mollenoyux has now become the ninth different Eureka Series main event winners so far this season.

While Darren Mollenoyux took the lead from the first lap he had the constant company of Shaun Dobson keeping him in his sights and with three caution periods the chance was there for Dobson to try and take lead from Mollenoyux but that did not materialize. David Murcott closed on Dobson a few times during the race but had to settle for third place the race end.

While it took two attempts to get the Main event under way due to poor starts from the front row cars once the race was under way the moves were on straight away in the pack, Mollenoyux, Dobson and Murcott were in clean air but it was Tim Hutchins and Brayden Parr who both started on the second row that was dropping back thru the field. Current Eureka Series champion Brett Millburn passed both Hutchins & Parr to move into fourth place.

Tim Van Ginneken was working overtime to try to catch the leaders but he was in a battle with Parr for fifth place that went to half race distance before he found a way past the young charger and then set his sights on Milburn.

Further back in the pack Jacob Smith and Brad Warren who had to transfer to the A main via the B main were also going in the right direction, mid race distance and Smith was into seventh place while Warren who started from position eighteen was now into eleventh place.

Back up front the order was still Mollenoyux from Dobson and Murcott then Milburn who now had the company of Van Ginneken who was looking for a way past. Parr was holding down sixth place from Smith and Corey McCullagh which was turning into a three way battle as the laps wound down.

Van Ginneken was working hard to take fourth place from Milburn to eventually succeed with only a few laps to go.

But the night belonged to Darren Mollenoyux when the chequered flag fell to give him the perfect night, Shaun Dobson was second from David Murcott while Tim Van Ginneken’s late race pass on Brett Milburn moved him into fourth place and extended his lead in the Eureka Garages & Sheds Series points score, Brett Milburn took fifth place, Braydan Parr sixth, Corey McCullagh finished in seventh ahead of Jacob Smith in eight while Brad Warren picked up ninth place after passing the most car in the race (nine cars) tenth went to Terry Kelly rounding out the finishers were David Aldersley, Jordyn Charges, Tim Hutchins and Rod Matthews.

Naming right sponsors Eureka Garages & Sheds Sprintcar were having a corporate night at Avalon Raceway for this event and Eureka’s principal Domenic
Sabatino was on hand to present the winners with their trophies at the presentations.

Four groups of seeded heat time trials opened the night’s proceedings  to set the heat races on the night for the forty eight car field that was on hand for round eleven of the eureka Series. Fast times in the four session went V36 Tim Van Ginneken, V52 Darren Mollenoyux, T7 Tim Hutchins and Act 21 Shaun Dobson.

The C Main was won by V17 Dennis Jones from S20 Glen Sutherland, W18 Scott Rielly and Act83 David MacKay, these drivers then transfer to the last chance B Main.

Tim Rankin took the win in the B Main to transfer to the back of the Eureka Garages & Sheds A Main event, the top six finishers all transferred to the A main, joining Tim Rankin was Jacob Smith, David Aldersley, Brock Hallett, Charles Hunter and Brad Warren.
 
Heat wins on the night went to V52 Darren Mollenoyux (2 wins) V36 Tim Van Ginneken, V88 David Murcott, Act21 Shaun Dobson, V84 Sam Wren, V60 Jordyn Charge and V64 David Aldersley (1 win each)

Next weekend will see a Eureka Garages & Sheds Sprintcar Series Double header with Round 12 at Simpson Speedway on Saturday the 11th followed the next night by Round 13 at Premier Speedway on Sunday the 12th. Both rounds of the Eureka Series will pay $5000 to win.

Eureka Garages and Sheds Series – KTM Top 10:
1st – Tim Van Ginneken - 3437
2nd – Brett Milburn - 3348
3rd – Corey McCullagh - 3212
4th – Glen Sutherland - 3096
5th – Brayden Parr - 2939
6th – Jacob Smith - 2501
7th – Sam Wren - 2481
8th – Dennis Jones - 2466
9th – Charles Hunter - 2455
10th – David Murcott – 2442

Western Nissan
(End of Series random draw between 11th & 20th place)
11th – Brad Warren - 2326
12th – Jordyn Charge - 2312
13th – John Vogels - 2050
14th – David McKay - 2040
15th – Scott Reilly - 2021
16th – Terry Kelly - 1934
17th – Adam King - 1920
18th – Jye Okeeffe - 1868
19th – Peter Doukas - 1815
20th – Chris Campbell – 1750

The Eureka Series Next Stop - Avalon with $5000 to win On The Line

By Ian Vale

The Eureka Garages and Sheds Sprintcar Series heads to Avalon Raceway this weekend for round eleven of the Series that will pay $5000 to win on the night.
A strong field of nominations have been received for this event that also doubles as the annual Great Southern Showdown that will see all the main contenders in the Series booked in for the event.

The format for this round of the Series will start off with the popular Heat Group Time trials that will give the drivers there starting positions in their two heat races each to qualify for the Main events.

Six of the drivers entered, David Murcott, Peter Doukas, Glen Sutherland, Ian Loudoun and Tim Rankin have all won one of the Eureka Series A Main events so far this season with the exception of Corey McCullagh who is the only driver to have won two Main events.

All these drivers have a strong chance for yet another win but there are two other drivers that are looking for their first feature win in the Series.

The current series point’s leader Tim Van Ginneken has been so close to taking a win, he has shown the speed is there to do it while the current Eureka Garages & Sheds Series Champion Brett Milburn who is sitting in second place in the points standing is showing the form needed to win.

Add these two drivers to the drivers that have taken a feature win in the Series far this season and you have one of the toughest nights of the Series so far this season.

Two other past Eureka Garages & Sheds Series Champions that have also nominated for this round of the Series is five time Series Champion John Vogels and the 2011-2012 Series Champ Darren Mollenoyux will certainly be major contenders on the night.

Jackson Delamont from New South Wales put in a good performance at the recent Australian Sprintcar Title in Sydney taking sixth place in the event, Jackson while only a young driver has ventured to the Avalon venue a few times in the past couple of season’s, a strong result is on the cards for him.

Brayden Parr continues to shine this season, Brayden was last season’s most improved driver of the year and he has stepped it up another notch again this season. Brayden currently sits in fifth place in the Series after a strong run over the last few rounds of the series that has seen him finish in third place at the last round at Hamilton, Redline he came home in fifth place and in second place at Heartland Raceway, another top three placing will not be surprising.

Brad Warren is sitting just outside the KTM to ten, after having to miss a couple of rounds due a big crash in the Series, he is clawing his way back into contention once again, a top three placing at Redline was a strong result, unfortunately though a front row start at the last round did not go his way where Brad failed to finish and lost some valuable points but he is only twenty three points out of the KTM top ten.

With all the top twenty drivers in the Eureka Garages & Sheds points standings with the exception of Jye Okeeffe who is out injured  nominated for this round of the Series it will be another tough night of racing and once again just to qualify for the Eureka Garages & Sheds A main will be a feat in itself.

And there is a bit of a bonus for the forty plus drivers that have nominated and for the spectators attending round eleven of the Series as well as the Eureka Garages & Sheds personal attending for their corporate, just across the road will be the Avalon Air show during the day and into the evening that will see some aerial activity during the day and night.

To the teams and spectators it is advised to allow plenty of time to get to Avalon Raceway for this round of the Eureka Series that also doubles as the Great Southern Showdown due to the heavy traffic anticipated for the International Air show being on.

Avalon Raceway Saturday the 4th of March, Eureka Garages & Sheds Sprintcar Series R11 / Great Southern Showdown, engine stars at approximately 5.30 pm with heat time trials to follow shortly afterwards.

For more information go to the Avalon Raceway web site at www.avalonraceway.com.au
 
Eureka Garages and Sheds Series – KTM Top 10:
1st – Tim Van Ginneken - 3081
2nd – Brett Milburn - 2997
3rd – Glen Sutherland - 2926
4th – Corey McCullagh - 2884
5th – Brayden Parr - 2585
6th – Dennis Jones - 2291
7th – Sam Wren - 2274
8th – Charles Hunter - 2227
9th – Jacob Smith - 2197
10th – David Murcott – 2062

Western Nissan
(End of Series random draw between 11th & 20th place)
11th – Brad Warren - 2039
12th – Jordyn Charge - 2022
13th – John Vogels - 1882
14th – Jye Okeeffe - 1868
15th – David McKay - 1858
16th – Scott Reilly - 1847
17th – Adam King - 1764
18th – Peter Doukas - 1686
19th – Terry Kelly - 1676
20th – Chris Campbell – 1540

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NURSING AND SPEEDWAY ARE A WAY OF LIFE FOR BRENT HALL

BY DENNIS NEWLYN

LOCAL racer Brent Hall, who will compete in the final round of the Mr Modified Series at Castrol Edge Lismore Speedway on Saturday night, February 25, leads a daring and caring life.

For most weekends in summer he can be seen manhandling a fire-breathing, wheel hiking, brute horsepower V8 Dirt Modified running the ragged edge on the speedway track. Brent, 31, transforms that image during the week into a more gentle, placid occupation, working as a nurse at the Lismore Base Hospital.

It is almost as though he leads two lives, but the most important factor here is that Brent gets so much satisfaction out of both his speedway involvement and daily employment.

He has worked as a nurse for five years and enjoys his job.

“I do like my job, there’s no doubt about that,” Brent said yesterday. “It is in stark contrast to my racing interests but the mixture of both is what I like. It also gives me a good feeling that I enjoy.”

Come tonight he puts on the race face – where winning is the prime objective – and he will chasing a main event victory.

He certainly knows the fastest way around the Lismore Showground track and enters the meeting as a definite contender for main event honours. When he started his speedway career eight years ago his ultimate objective was one day to race in the Modified division, but the learning curve meant starting off in the AMCA Nationals class before he later moved into Wingless Sprintcars to further develop his skills before he finally got “to where I wanted to be in a V8 Dirt Modified.”

Brent also has a flare for showmanship and something a little bit different than the normal way of doing things. Several years ago he wanted to propose to his wife, so what better way of doing it than out on the Lismore speedway track in front a big crowd.?

It was the ultimate “feel good” speedway story after his bride-to-be Tonia accepted.

Fast forward to today, and Brent and his wife recently became proud parents after Tonia presented him with a baby girl.

Brent will drive a car out of the American Troyer chassis company in Rochester, New York. Car was previously owned and driven to NSW title success by Andrew Pezzutti.

Pezzutti also has entered tonight in an impressive list of nominations. Lee McKinnell, Tim Morse and Trent Scofield filled the top three placings in the opening round and head the points chart entering the night of the final.

Morse, a five times Australian Champion, will be chasing victory after having dominated the V8 Dirt Modified events earlier in the season at Lismore and is one of the strong pre-race favourites.

Brent Hall, Andrew Pezzutti, Phil McNamara, Ray Eggins and Scott Quirk also cannot be discounted in what looms as a keenly contested main event.

The support race card will feature events for Street Stocks, Junior, Production and National Four Cylinder class sedans as well as AMCA Nationals cars.

Racing commences at 6PM and gates open at 3.

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"LIKEABLE LUCH" TO BE HONOURED AT WSS GRAND FINAL

Likable West Australian Market Gardener, Luch Monte will be honoured this weekend at the Perth Motorplex, as the 30th Annual World Series Sprintcars Grand Final arrives in his hometown.

The Wanneroo based owner of Monte Motorsport will present the winner of the Gold Shootout on Saturday night in front of his home crowd, where he will be honoured for his amazing contribution to the series that has entered a team in the series for thirteen seasons.

"I grew up going to the speedway with mum and dad, but it all started when my wife shouted me a drive in a Sprintcar as a birthday present back in 1999 with Sean Curran and the bug bit me hard. I went back six more times and Sean reckoned I was good enough to race, so I leased a car off him on the proviso I could find enough sponsors, and we had that sorted in half an hour, so my first race was at Ellenbrook in the off-season of 2000 in a 360."

"Dad wasn't a big fan of me going racing so I didn't tell him, but after I won on my third race at Ellenbrook, there was a story on the back page of the paper and all hell broke loose! He said that if I kept racing that I'd be out of the business and he'd disown me!"

Despite the ramifications, Luch's hunger to race led him to Claremont Speedway where he tried to keep a low profile, until he won his first heat.

"I'll never forget that. I came in after the race and dad came running up to me and hugged me and told me how proud he was. I didn't even know he was there! He told me to stop leasing the car and buy my own! It was a big shift for dad to go from cutting me out of the will, to telling me to buy a race car!" he says, now laughing, but subtly letting on that it was tough at the time.

"We got right into it and started bringing Americans out the next year to drive in a two car team, but I was terrible. I was worse than anyone starting out these days," he laughs, "but you just keep doing laps and you get better, but what I enjoyed was having the guys I watched in the States drive my car and get the big wins, like Danny Lasoski winning our first Classic in 2000. That's still my highlight to this day."

Since then, the Monte Motorsports driver roster has claimed six Grand Annual Sprintcar Classics and multiple blue ribbon events around the nation, boasting a list that reads like a "who's who" of the Sprintcar zoo. Schatz, McMahan, Wilson, Meyers, Kauffmann, Jason Johnson, Wayne Johnson, Stewart, Hirst and the late great Jesse Hockett have all affixed their American names to the Monte cockpit, along with Farr, Farrell, Maiolo, Lines, Veal and McFadden domestically.

"We had one night where we had four cars running in West Australia with me, McMahan Johnson and Wilson in the USA versus Australia Speedweek, while Schtaz was running at Parramatta for the $50k. It grew pretty quickly!"

However, Luch's driving career that claimed both the Gold and Silver Cups in Perth would only last about twelve seasons after a mid-race tangle with Mark Wells at the Krikke Boys Shootout some six years ago left him severely in pain from a knee injury, requiring a replacement and rendering him unable to race again.

"I don't miss it one bit. I get more of a buzz from watching my car going around the track, because I just love it. My great friend Jeff Grubisa takes care of all the management and the whole family loves it."

Speaking of "buzz's" it seems that Luch's retirement from the sport has been placed in the hands of his crew chief, Kim "Buzzy" Buswell who has been given the authority to call it all to a halt when he's had enough.

"Buzzy and I get on great and I've told him that when he's done, I'm done. But I reckon he'll be around for a while," Luch concedes.

This Saturday, Monte Motorsport has their best opportunity yet to claim their first World Series Sprintcars Championship, with James McFadden in a commanding points lead, and Luch couldn't be more excited, especially with a blue-chip sponsor like Milwaukee.

"We came close with Shane Stewart when James won a few years back, but I've told him to just drive smart and bring it home for Milwaukee who are fantastic sponsors"

McFadden leads the series on 3377 points, 235 ahead of Jamie Veal with a further 277 points back to Brooke Tatnell.

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TWO ROUNDS IN ONE LEAVES WSS POINTS BATTLE OPEN

This weekend’s World Series Sprintcars Grand Final will provide the equivalent of two rounds of points, leaving the championship battle well and truly open between James McFadden, Jamie Veal and Brooke Tatnell.

Perth Motorplex Speedway Manager, Gavin Migro was excited by the prospect of two rounds over two nights, leaving the championship anything but resolved.

“With the first ever round of World Series held at Claremont, it’s fantastic to have the Grand Final of the 30th year at the Motorplex, and unlike previous years, this is two separate rounds over two nights, so it leaves the championship undecided potentially right up until the last race. Then throw into that the current Australia #1 and #2 in the Madsen brothers and we have some very talented spoilers in the pack to upset the apple cart.”

Series Leader James McFadden said he wasn’t completely comfortable with his substantial lead, but knew he had to be smart to claim the championship.

“People think that we will just play it safe now that we are defending our lead, but it hasn’t been like that so far and we had great car speed at the Motorplex at the beginning of the season, so don’t think we will be conservative, because that’s just not how we race!”

Reigning champion and current runner up in points, Jamie Veal was philosophical about his chances of defending his title despite being less than one A-main win behind McFadden, however Warrnambool’s new favourite son is embracing the idea of a full points payout after the racers put the idea forward at last year’s WSS Stakeholders meeting.

“With the previous two-night format where we ran a preliminary A-main, it didn’t carry many more points than a heat race, which was tough when you’re going hard for 20 laps. But this weekend, it’s essentially two rounds with full points on offer for both nights, so it’s great for the fans and the series.”

“But I’m not sure it will help our chances though, because all three of us seem to finish close together anyway. Last Saturday at Bunbury we were the top three in qualifying, shootout and main so if that trend continues, the gap will stay pretty similar to what it’s been since I was disqualified at Brisbane for missing the scales.”

McFadden leads the series on 3377 points, 235 ahead of Veal with a further 277 points back to Tatnell.

The show starts at 6pm West Australian time with Clayperview coverage from 5pm with Sprintcar hot laps. Venue tickets are available at the gate or from Motorplex.com.au and clayperview.com for the live online broadcast.

Nominations
A1 Kerry Madsen
W2 Brooke Tatnell
W3 Steven Lines
W8 David Priolo
W10 Andrew Priolo
W12 Daniel Harding
W14 Jason Pryde
W17 James McFadden
W19 Trent Pigdon
W25 Taylor Milling
W26 Chad Ely
W30 Jamie Landrigan
V35 Jamie Veal
W41 Cameron Gessner
W44 Ben Ellement
W45 Daryl Clayden
W46 Lee Nash
W66 Ian Madsen
W73 Callum Williamson
W77 Bradley Maiolo
W79 Scott Chatwin
W80 James Inglis
V86 Tim Van Ginnekin
W87 Carl Dowling
W89 Kye Scroop
W92 Jason Kendrick
W97 Mitchell Wormall
W99 Jamie Maiolo

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36 DRIVERS QUALIFY FOR THE CHASE SO FAR

Official release: Ultimate Sprintcar Championship

February 18, 2017

An impressive list of 36 drivers has qualified for the various rounds of the 2016/2017 "USC Chase".

The 'class of 2017' represent SA, QLD, VIC, NSW, NT, TAS and the USA.

By finishing first, second or third in their respective State USC rounds in SA, VIC, QLD and NSW they have registered their eligibility for the Chase Series that kicks off in March.

Whilst organisers are not expecting the majority of the 36 to enter the Chase in it's entirety (several of the qualifiers have gone back to the USA for example) the first round at Murray Machining & Sheds Speedway on March 11 for the Ross Wright Memorial will still be a spectacular affair.

"Regardless of whether anyone in the field of 36 so far compete in all the rounds of The Chase it's still quite a feat just to qualify," says USC spokesman Steven Green, "we still have several events to go where drivers can score points towards entry. It's going to be exciting to see whoever else gets in."

There are three remaining events of USC before The Chase between Murray Bridge and Parramatta and they include:
February 18 Valvoline Raceway NSW

February 25 Murray Machining & Sheds Speedway SA
March 4 Valvoline Raceway NSW

The Chase then commences and concludes on the following dates and venues:

March 11 Murray Machining & Sheds Speedway SA
March 12 Premier Speedway Warrnambool VIC
March 18 Valvoline Raceway NSW
March 25 Hi-Tec Oils Speedway Toowoomba QLD
April 1 Valvoline Raceway NSW
April 8 Ultimate Sprintcar Championship Grand Final Valvoline Raceway NSW
April 14 USC QLD Final Hi-Tec Oils Speedway Toowoomba QLD
April 16 USC VIC Final Premier Speedway Warrnambool VIC

CHASE QUALIFIERS SO FAR:
Aidan Hall (SA)
Andrew Scheuerle (Qld)
Brad Keller (SA)
Brad Sweet (USA)
Brooke Tatnell (NSW)
Carson Macedo (USA)
Darren Mollenoyux (Vic)
David Murcott (Vic)
David Whell (QLD)
Grant Anderson (Vic)
Ian Madsen (NSW)
James McFadden (NT)
James Thompson (NSW)
Jamie Veal (Vic)
Jason Johnson (USA)
Jye O'Keefe (Vic)
Kasey Jahne (USA)
Kerry Madsen (NSW)
Kevin Titman (Qld)
Kyle Hirst (USA)
Kyle Larson (USA)
Luke Dillon (SA)
Luke Oldfield (Qld)
Matt Dumesny (NSW)
Matt Egel (SA)
Max Dumesny (NSW)
Max Johnston (NSW)
Mick Sauer (QLD)
Peter Lack (Qld)
Robert Farr (NSW)
Sam Walsh (NSW)
Shane Stewart (USA)
Shaun Dobson (Tas)
Steven Lines (SA)
Troy Little (NSW)
Warren Ferguson (NSW)

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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

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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.

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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.

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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

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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
    
Western Nissan
(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

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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

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1. J. McFadden 2795
2. Jamie Veal 2555
3. Brooke Tatnell 2239
4. Daniel Harding 1984
5. Jason Pryde 1450
6. Andrew Wright  1426
7. Steven Lines 1397
8. Luke Dillon 1288
9. Jake Tranter 1243
10. Matt Egel 1071
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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