Austin McCarl Subs
by David Mills
The 2018 South West Conveyancing Grand Annual Sprintcar Classic, already has the iconic Dumesny Family Father and Son combinations, as well as the Brazier’s with Garry and Jordyn in addition to Steve as Crew Chief, but now the Classic will welcome an American Father-Son combination with Austin McCarl set to join his father Terry in the field next week.
McCarl, replaces Travis Rilat in the Phil Seymour owned USA29 entry, after it was revealed this week that Rilat was unable to make the trip to Australia.
Austin, who in 2017 finished a very impressive third in the Knoxville Raceway Track Championship, driving the TKS Motorsport 2KS Maxim, will be one of the many drivers hungry to claim not only the Classic win, but also the Skwid Signs Hard Charger Award!
The award, which is now a long running part of the Classic weekend, rewards the driver who passes the most cars in the Sunday night A-Main, a feat which was achieved by Cory Eliason in 2017.
The prize on offer is a complete Sprintcar design and wrap courtesy of the Mt. Gambier based Skwid Signs including one top and one front wing to the value of $2,500.00, which is to be claimed ahead of the 2018-19 season.
“To be honest we can’t thank Newton Bradley and the guys at Skwid Signs enough for their continued support of the Classic, we are very fortunate to again have them on board as we look forward to rewarding someone for putting on a show in the 40-lap Classic finale”, Premier Speedway General Manager David Mills said.
McCarl who will arrive in Australia on Monday, having hastily arranged his travel plans for his maiden visit to the Classic, enjoyed not only strong performances in the Knoxville Raceway Track Championship, but also during the famed Knoxville Nationals, where he qualified strongly on his qualifying night (11th) and managed to transfer through his heat and directly qualify for the A-Main.
Having a clot of mud, dislodge a plug wire as well as breaking the plug, saw McCarl wrestle with an ailing car, which despite being on only seven cylinders, was still good enough to record a fifth- place finish behind Kyle Larson, Donny Schatz, Greg Hodnett and Brad Sweet, all of whom Austin will now join as drivers to have contested the Classic.
In the Saturday night Knoxville Nationals finale, the 50 lap feature would eventually see a part failure resulting in McCarl’s 2017 National’s Dream go up in smoke, thus recording a 22nd place finish.
Arguably one of McCarl’s best performances of the season, came on the Sunday prior to the Knoxville Nationals when he placed fifth of the 70 cars that entered the Capitani Classic. The only drivers to place better than McCarl were the winner Brian Brown, Kerry Madsen, Brad Sweet and Greg Hodnett.
GARY ROOKE ROARS HOME IN NOWRA
Official release: Speedcar Association of NSW
January 9, 2018
By Shaun McDonald
Veteran Gary Rooke took a commanding victory at the very picturesque Nowra Speedway in steamy conditions on Saturday night.
Rooke was high-points man going into the final and led every lap to take the win on what is effectively his home track.
Second to the line was Donald Mackay and Braydan Willmington put on a great performance to snare third.
Although down on numbers with other drivers running events interstate, the Speedcars entertained the big Nowra crowd on what was a great surface.
Finishing fourth was Dan Biner followed by Bob Jackson, Jamie Hall and Mitch Brien. The only non-finisher of the main event was Jordan Mackay. Clint Leibhardt was unfortunately a non-starter. Earlier in the night, two entertaining heat races were conducted with Gary Rooke winning both of those, earning himself a clean sweep.
“It was a fun night tonight,” Gary said at the presentations. “It was good to get a win at Nowra in front of a great crowd as well.”
The Speedcar Association of NSW thanks the drivers for putting on a great show in very hot conditions.
The next event for the Speedcar Association of NSW is the much anticipated Australian Title at South Australia’s Murray Bridge Speedway. A number of local drivers will be heading to South Australia with the hope of bringing the A1 back to NSW.
SPRINTCARS AND STREET STOCKS HEADLINE REDLINE THIS SATURDAY NIGHT
By Dean Thompson
Racing at Redline Raceway returns this Saturday night January the 13th with the Victorian Sprintcar Association competitors returning after a couple of years absence from the venue to be one of the two main attractions, the other main attraction being the Duo Mobile Eliminator Cup for Street Stocks, where typically the competitors will swap paint as they get around the track four wide.
The Sprintcar field includes Redline member James Hennessy who has been a proven competitor amongst elite competition in recent seasons. He will have his hands full with the likes of Mitch Foster who recently had a win in Gippsland, Shane Steenholdt who has been at the top of the VSA ranks for the last few seasons and Adam Greenwood who is always amongst the leaders.
Gates open at 2pm racing begins at 5.00pm, prices for this meeting are adults $20- Aged & Disabled Pensioner $15, kids 5 to 15 years of age al at $5 each, whilst under 6 years of age is free & a family of 2 adults and 3 kids at paying age, $50-. Contact for information 0418 399 917
Macedo, Madsen and Co Add To Classic Talent
The number of entrants continue to grow with the talented duo of Carson Macedo and Ian Madsen amongst those to have beaten the nomination deadline as the list now exceeds 110 cars.
Having become a regular visitor to Australia over the past couple of seasons, Carson Macedo returns to our shores to drive for Sean and Felicity Dyson at the 2018 South West Conveyancing Grand Annual Sprintcar Classic.
Having raced since the age of four, Carson was always going to put his talents to good use and at just a tender 21 years of age, he has the racing world at his feet, having already campaigned for legendary American Car Owners or Teams including Keith Kunz, Tarlton Motorsports and Joe Gaerte Racing.
In 2017 Macedo kicked things off in the days prior to the Grand Annual Sprintcar Classic, by claiming what is arguably Australia’s toughest single night of competition, Avalon Raceway’s President’s Cup.
The 2017 Classic saw Dyson Motorsports finish 13th in the star-studded A-Main, before a return to the United States netted Macedo 11 feature race wins across a diverse range of tracks and series, even switching disciplines at times from Winged Sprints to Midgets.
His Knoxville Nationals saw him place 13th in the World Challenge on the Friday night program, also missing a transfer into the Friday night A-Main by just one spot. This meant he was confined to the C-Main on the final night of the Nationals, keeping pretty good company with the likes of Jamie Veal, James McFadden, Jordyn Brazier, Danny Lasoski and Jac Haudenschild amongst others.
His best World of Outlaws result for the season came at Silver Dollar Speedway where he finished 7th, having previously recorded his first WOO win in 2016.
Sean and Felicity Dyson know what it takes to win the Classic, having saluted with Tim Kaeding in 2014 and they will have all the ingredients to do it again in 2018.
Ian Madsen is coming off a stellar American season, where he captured the coveted Knoxville Raceway Track Championship s well as recording top ten finish in the 40 lap finale to the Knoxville Nationals.
With success comes opportunity and Madsen will now also be looking forward to a full-time tour with the World of Outlaws upon his return to the United States.
For the Classic Sydney based car owner James Matherson will join forces with the younger of the Madsen’s as he wheels the N49.
Madsen will be joined in the field by another New South Welshman, Peter Bourke.
Bourke campaigns the N79 entry and managed to qualify for the C-Main at the 2017 Classic, eventually being scored as 17th.
Queensland’s list of Classic entrants has also grown with regular Classic entrant Darren Jensen once again signaling his intent to be a part of the field.
The in-flux of South Aussies in the field has also grown with Sam Putland and Daniel Evans.
Terry Kelly, who hails from Cardross in Victoria will compete in the South Australian registered S27. Victorian, Adam King will also aim to improve on his 2017 result at the Classic, when he rolls into town. Robert Nicholas, another of the Victorian drivers, will also contest the Classic.
SCHATZ DOMINATES AUSTRALIAN OPEN
WoO stars Donny Schatz (15) and Logan Schuchart (1) battle at Archfield on Saturday. Paul Matthews Photo
by Bennie Bishop
Nine-time World of Outlaws Sprintcars Series Champion Donny Schatz has regained his authority on the Australian Sprintcar Open with a dominant flag to flag win at Brisbane's Archerfield Speedway.
Schatz started on the front row outside of Kerry Madsen who was aiming for hat-trick after winning the two previous years but Schatz led the 50 lap contest from start to finish with only one caution brought on by a spin from Bryan Mann on lap nine.
Despite his best efforts, Madsen couldn't reel-in the North Dakota native who was able to maintain a six second lead for the majority of the race, claiming his 25th World Series Sprintcars A-Main win since his first victory in the series in Kalgoorlie in 1999.
"This is a great way to finish off our trip to Australia. The track was way more slick then I expected so it turned out to be vital to get a good start over Kerry."
The remaining podium positions were decided somewhat controversially however, after Madsen was deemed to have made an illegal infield pass on Pennsylvanian Lucas Wolfe with a post-race ruling awarding Wolfe second place and Madsen relegated to 3rd.
"The chief steward made the right call there," Madsen said to the surprise of the huge crowd, "because on a track like that I had to try whatever I could to make a pass on Lucas and unfortunately I found myself across the bottom line. But this has been a massive few weeks for our team and they have worked extremely hard and I am so grateful to be on the podium and still having fun."
Wolfe was surprised about the ruling but thankful regardless. "Making the ruling after the race is a little bit different to what I am used to back in the States, but I am just pleased for everyone at Ayers Racing who gave me a great package for my whole Australian visit and I am really pleased to repay them with the podium on our last night in Brisbane."
Jamie Veal was the first World Series contracted driver home in fourth ahead of Californian Carson Macedo and defending series champion James McFadden. Lockie McHugh finished an impressive seventh ahead of David Murcott, Logan Schuchart and Darren Mollenoyux.
QSS World Series Sprintcars takes a short break for the remainder of January as the nation's best Sprintcar exponents embark on the month of money starting with the Scott Darley Challenge next weekend at Valvoline Raceway Sydney, the Australian Sprintcar Title at Mount Gambier on the following weekend before Warrnambool's Grand Annual Sprintcar Classic on the Australia Day weekend.
The QSS backed series resumes on Friday February 3 at Tasmania's Gulf Western Independent Oils Speedway Latrobe for a double header weekend with two separate rounds at the same venue on Friday and Saturday.
Madsen Powers to Preliminary Win
Archerfield Speedway Media Release
Kerry Madsen in action at BIS. Chris Metcalk Photo
By Chris Metcalf
Kerry Madsen staked his claim for back-to-back Australian Open successes with a rollicking race to victory in the Preliminary Feature on Friday night at Ausdeck Patios Archerfield Speedway on Friday night (December 5). It was World of Outlaws champion Donny Schatz who leapt from the second row to lead the opening two laps before succumbing to Madsen's highline heroics. Whilst the margin fluctuated, Schatz never lost contact with Madsen and the pair was separated by less than a second at the chequer. California's Carson Marcedo clinched third spot ahead of James McFadden, with Logan Schuchart the third American inside the top five. Lachlan McHugh secured sixth to be the first Queenslander home, with Lucas Wolfe, David Murcott, Jamie Veal and Shaun Dobson rounding out the top ten.
A far cry from the previous round in which he needed to execute an alphabet run to secure a spot in the feature, Marcedo all but booked his berth in the preliminary main when he topped qualifying with a best lap of 11.854, nudging Madsen (11.891) from the top spot. McFadden (11.948) was the only other to go under 12 seconds, with Veal (12.058) and Schatz (12.074) completing the five fastest. Schuchart, Sam Walsh, Murcott, Tim Van Ginniken and McHugh were the best of the other 40 runners, with Mitchell Gee ending his night early when a steering failure sent him into the turn three wall.
Brent Kratzmann got the heat action underway with a win over Andrew Scheuerle and Veal, with Marcedo storming from 10th to fourth in a feat that, whilst impressive, would be bettered several times in subsequent heats.
McFadden wowed in the second heat to advance from the back to the front, leading Peter Lack and Kevin Titman to the line. West Australia's Daniel Harding executed a high impact crash in turn three that left his car crumpled and out of action for the rest of the night.
Dominic Scelzi was untroubled from pole position in heat three, leading home teammate Mitchell Wormall and the 10th-starting Madsen.
Kaiden Manders claimed heat four from Dobson and Schatz, before Scheuerle romped home in heat five over Steven Lines and Schuchart.
Jack Lee downed Murcott and McFadden in heat six and then it was Allan Woods who outpaced Madsen and Darren Jensen in heat seven.
The final heat saw Scelzi double up with another win, this time ahead of Manders and Schatz, but it still wasn't enough to secure a place in the feature field.
A scrappy start to the B main saw Jason Pryde climb over Jye O'Keefe, who emerged from this incident unscathed only to exit three laps later when he and Kevin Titman crashed heavily in the main straight. Once back underway, the racing was intense with slidejobs aplenty as drivers jockeyed to be amongst the first four to secure a spot in the feature. It was Oldfield who led the way, taking Manders, Scelzi and Mollenoyux with him into preliminary final.
At the green, Schatz powered past Madsen and McFadden to lead the opening lap of the preliminary feature. Madsen, though, would charge around the outside of Schatz to take control. Even whilst engaged in a dice for the lead, the pair cleared away from the field in what might prove a precursor to the battle that will unfold on Saturday night. Marcedo was not quite mighty enough to chase down the leaders, settling for third ahead of McFadden, Schuchart and McHugh. Wolfe, Murcott, Veal and Dobson rounded out the top ten on night one, with plenty of potential permutations yet to be played out.
The Performance Wholesale Australian Sprintcar Open continues tonight (Saturday, January 6) at Ausdeck Patios Archerfield Speedway.
PPM Headlines Big Batch of Classic Entries, 100 Plus Now Entered
The 2018 South West Conveyancing Grand Annual Sprintcar Classic has once again broken into the rare air that is a 100 plus car entry list, with Parker Price-Miller headlining a big batch of drivers who nominated today.
With more entries still expected the Classic will again be one of, if not the biggest Sprintcar field of the year once again, as it becomes the sole qualifier for the Speed Sport News Challenge as held annually as an integral part of the Knoxville Nationals.
Price-Miller who hails from Kokomo, Indiana, which is located a short distance from the Motorsport Capital of the World, Indianapolis, and also home to the famed Kokomo Speedway spent the early portion of the World of Outlaws Tour as a teammate to Paul McMahan at Destiny Motorsports.
After leaving the tour full-time at the end of April, the now 18 year-old , eventually re-joined the World of Outlaws full time in September replacing McMahan in a mutually agreed change.
Overall Price Miller finished 19th in World of Outlaws points, claiming one win along the way, in his home state of Indiana at the Tri-State Speedway in Haubstadt, Overall along with that win, the youngster finished with a further top 5 finish and another 4 top ten results.
In 2016 he stamped his class all over the Canadian Nationals , where he would claim the win and pocket a cool $12,000.00 for his efforts, a result that certainly shot him to prominence.
His 2017 Knoxville Nationals campaign ended after a positive start on his qualifying night, he finished 16th in the A-Main. After being forced to pull in during his heat, after earlier setting a strong qualifying time in the last chance Friday night portion of the Nationals, he was unable to partake in any of the Main events, effectively ending his campaign.
Price-Miller will be a teammate to West Australian Daniel Harding, having already completed a strong run of races over the hectic Christmas period at the Perth Motorplex, where he produced some strong results including a win on Boxing Night.
Sure to be a fan favourite, Price-Miller will make the trek to Warrnambool, after taking a break from his Australian racing duties to return home to contest the famed Chili Bowl, an event he did very well at in 2017.
Another of the 2017 Classic A-Main starters, Matt Egel, is also aiming to improve on his result when the green flag drops in two weeks time.
Egel, who claimed a World Series Sprintcars Speedweek win at Avalon on December 30, will again team up with the Downing Brothers as they shoot to improve on their 17th place finish of last year.
A pair of hard charging Victorians will also be on show with John Vogels and Brett Milburn. Vogels finished 11th in B-Main 2 in 2017, while Milburn went from driver to car-owner for American Star Shane Stewart, who qualified into the A-Main.
Another of the South Aussies to impress during Speedweek was Brock Hallett with the exciting former Formula 500 star using his preferred high groove with aplomb whenever the opportunity arose.
He will be joined in the field by another of the South Aussie’s with Chad Ely again securing the drive for Jamie Stark aboard the S72 Maxim.
Ely is another to have logged some laps during Speedweek and come the Classic will be ultra sharp as he looks to improve on his seventh place in C-Main 1 from 2017.
Former World Series Sprintcars contracted driver, Muswellbrook, New South Wales based Andrew Wright returns to the Classic having missed the 2017 edition through injury.
Wright won’t be alone in the trip down the Hume Highway, with a pair of Classic debutants, Matthew Thomas and Chris McInerney also making the journey to Warrnambool.
Eddie Lumbar who by his own admission had a disappointing 2017 Classic is back after having found some gremlins within his Maxim.
Young Victorian Jordyn Charge finished 13th in C-Main 1 in 2017, and he will be looking to improve on that, with his childhood dream of a Classic final start not out of his reach.
Having gained the support of world reknowned Car Owner and Racer, Tasmanian Robin Dawkins over the past off-season, Charge has shown considerable speed at times already this year.
Charge will also be joined by a trio of his fellow Garden State Gasmen with Brad Warren.
Daniel Newnham has made a comeback after previously not having turned a lap since the 2016 Australian Championship at Sungold Stadium. He will be joined by Werribee’s David Aldersley who will be at the wheel of his familiar FTW Transport, Total Tools backed V64, which will utilize a Foster Chassis.
Rounding out the century breaking list of entries is another New South Welshman, Guy Stanshall, who has entered aboard the N18. Interestingly N18 is the car number that Ian Loudoun ran with great distinction including a Classic victory.
SCHATZ LEADS AMERICAN INVASION AT ARCHERFIELD
Reigning World of Outlaws Champion, Donny Schatz has led home fellow American Lucas Wolfe to claim round six of QSS World Series Sprintcars at Ausdeck Archerfield Speedway, Brisbane.
Schatz started the night timing second quickest behind Revolution Racegear Quicktime recipient Luke Oldfield, and moved forward in his heats to bank enough points to start from pole after winning the Gold Shootout.
Wolfe however started from the inside of the third row for the 30 lap final and had to work much harder for his podium finish, patiently displacing Jamie Veal, Luke Oldfield and finally Hobart's Shaun Dobson to grab the runner up spot in the Ayres Racing #USA5W.
Dobson was the class of the Australians, graduating from the bronze shootout right through to second quickest in the Gold, rewarding him with a front row start beside Schatz.
Dobson held his own for three laps before a pass from Luke Oldfield, but then regained his spot until half race distance where Wolfe took over the second position.
Falling back into the clutches of Oldfield, the two traded blows for the remainder of the race swapping between third and fourth six times before Dobson cemented his claim on the final podium position with two laps remaining.
Schatz was never headed for the entire 30 lap journey, claiming America's 20th World Series win at Archerfield, but was just as happy to talk of his Australian holiday in the post-race celebrations.
"This is great, being able to race at night while getting plenty of time at the beach during the day, so we're having a ball and the win tonight just caps it off."
Pennsylvanian Wolfe was quick to congratulate his team, but was philosophical about the runner up result.
"I thought we may have had something for Donny but to come away with second is a good result."
Dobson however was suitably pleased with third, especially after a tough campaign in the latter part of Speedweek.
"Dad and Shane Finch have done a great job with the car and I haven't been in the seat for quite a while, so to be on the podium in this calibre of drivers is great for our confidence and a really great result for our team."
Luke Oldfield held on to fourth despite a final five lap charge from Kerry Madsen who'd advanced from ninth on the grid to fifth, with Logan Schuchart finishing where he started in sixth.
James McFadden got as high as fifth and as low as ninth after a quick pirouette on turn two just after midway in the race, but recovered to finish seventh ahead of Jamie Veal who had dropped from fifth to eighth after multiple battles.
Dave Murcott claimed ninth while Hoosier Hard Charger Carson Macedo moved from sixteenth to round out the top ten.
Kerry Madsen still leads the Championship ahead of McFadden by 85 points, while Jamie Veal has stepped up into the third position a further 305 points behind.
The series now remains in Brisbane and looks ahead to this weekend's 22nd running of the Australian Sprintcar Open where Kerry Madsen will aim to defend his title starting on Friday night for the two-night event.
Schuchart Delivers Again, Klarich Clinches Memorial
Ray Klarich was the Paul Britten 44 win last Saturday night. Photo by Chris Metcal
On another night of incredible racing at Ausdeck Patios Archerfield Speedway, Logan Schuchart raced to his second feature race victory in less than a week when he took out round ten of the East Coast Logistics Sprintcar Track Championship on Monday night (January 1). Starting from pole position in the 35-lap feature event, Schuchart had opened up a considerable buffer until 9th-starting Donny Schatz moved into second spot and chased down his WoO rival. With 10 laps to run, Schatz looked to slice underneath through turn one, only to find himself squeezed for room and pinched into a spin. With Schatz banished to the back, Schuchart was untroubled in leading the field through the final laps. West Australian young gun Kaiden Manders finished in second spot with a third American in Lucas Wolfe storming home to grab the final place on the podium, leaving Mark Pholi as the best of the locals in fourth spot ahead of Allan Woods and a barnstorming Mitchell Gee, who advanced from 19th to sixth with a mighty drive. Andrew Scheuerle snared seventh and Schatz surged back to eighth, with Bryan Mann and Lynton Jeffrey rounding out the top ten.
In the Dirt Modified feature race, five drivers accepted the invitation to start the Paul Britten 44 Memorial from the rear of the field and, of those, it was Jai Stephenson and Mark Robinson who came oh-so-close to pulling off a miraculous win. In the end it was Ray Klarich who stood firm in the face of immense pressure to emerge victorious, with Stephenson snatching second from Robinson on the final lap. Mitchell Randall finished fourth after leading early, with Kevin Britten climbing to fifth ahead of Chris Corbett, Scott Cannon, Ray Eggins, Terry Leerentveld and Zac McDonald. As is the case with this event each season, the race proved a thrilling spectacle as the backmarkers surged their way through the field to chase down the leaders.
In a remarkable form reversal, Steve Greer went from last in the C Main two nights earlier to KRE Quick Time in Sprintcar qualifying, making good use of the best track conditions to stop the clock at 12.650. Occasional racer Steven White was second quickest (12.712) ahead of Andrew Corbet (12.767), Manders (12.896) and Pholi (12.916), with Woods, Cody Maroske, Stewart Craig, Mitch Gowland and Bryan Mann completing the first ten. The best of the Americans was Schuchart with12th overall, just one spot ahead of Schatz and while Wolfe could do no better than 26th, he was in good company with the likes of Scheuerle, Gee, Luke Oldfield, Peter Lack, Brent Kratzmann and fast qualifier from the previous round in Callum Walker all languishing outside the top twenty.
Rain hit the complex prior to the opening round of heats getting underway and after a lengthy delay to get the track back into shape, the decision was made to amend the format to replicate the WoO qualifying system, with each driver to contest one of four heat races from which the first four placegetters would secure a berth in the feature race.
The first of the heats saw Pholi lock himself into the main event when he led home Greer, Schatz and Scheuerle.
Heat two saw Woods prevail in advance of Mann, Wolfe and White, while Peter Lack suffered a setback when he was forced infield on lap two.
Corbet scored his first ever Sprintcar heat win in heat three, outpacing Darren Jensen and Jeffrey, with Brodie Tulloch relegating Maroske on the final lap to secure the all-important fourth spot.
The final heat went to Schuchart ahead of Manders and Oldfield, leaving Stewart Craig to clinch the last direct transfer into the feature race field.
Schuchart followed up to also take out the Dash and secure pole position for the feature race, with Mann, Woods and Manders next in line. Greer finished fifth to secure his best ever feature race starting position, with Pholi, Corbet and Jensen at the back of the pack.
The B main was a humdinger as Lack chased down and relieved Maroske of the lead on lap 11. Having advanced from position 10, Gee looked on track to usurp Maroske from the final transfer spot, only to bring all his hard work undone with a spin in the final turn.
With Gee afforded a discretionary start at the rear, 19 cars hit the track for the feature event and, unfortunately for Jensen, his race would end on the opening lap when a kerfuffle in turn three left him stricken and sent Lack on an end-for-end ride from which he would recover to make the restart, leaving the luckless Jensen as the only non-finisher. Schuchart shot to the front and wasted little time in distancing himself from the field, with Manders slotting into second spot as Mann started a backward trajectory, falling behind Woods, Pholi and Schatz. Woods moved ahead of Manders on lap 15 but both were soon rounded up by Schatz, who was closing in on Schuchart when Oldfield spun in turn four with 11 laps to run. Just one lap into the resumption, Schatz charged underneath Schuchart through turn one but simply ran out of room. With Schatz now at the back, Manders reclaimed the runner-up spot from Woods, who would subsequently lose two more spots courtesy of Pholi and Wolfe. Pholi had no answer to Wolfe's late-race pace and had to settle for fourth, while Gee culminated his barnstorming run with a sixth-place finish ahead of Scheuerle and Schatz, who rounded up 10 cars in as many laps to salvage eighth. Mann and Jeffrey were next in line, followed by Tulloch, White, Maroske, Corbet and Oldfield, with Greer, Craig and Lack at the back of the queue.
Scott Cannon cruised home by more than eight seconds in the opening Dirt Modified heat, downing Jai Stephenson and Scott Quirk. Heat two was a much closer affair as Ray Eggins chased down Kev Stow, with Mitchell Randall third.
McDonald seemingly had heat three in is keeping, only to spin on the final lap to give Paul Booker the win ahead of Victoria's Steve Milthorpe and Robinson, with Leerentveld leading throughout heat four to defeat Stephenson and Cannon.
Enjoying a strong return to racing after an extended absence, Robinson took out heat five from Sam Bruggy and Milthorpe, while the final heat went to Britten over Randall and Dale Corbett.
The Top Six Shootout featured no less than four national championship winners and it was Cannon who proved the best of the bunch in this instance, leading Milthorpe, Stephenson, Robinson, Britten and Eggins to the chequer. After the race, each driver was invited to take the challenge of foregoing their qualifying position to start the feature from the back of the 20-car field and it was only Milthorpe who declined the offer and thereby secured himself pole position.
Not surprisingly, Milthorpe led the feature race field away as the backmarkers set forth on the challenge of carving their way to the front. Randall moved to the front on lap 10, only for Milthorpe to regain the ascendancy after another 10 laps. With 15 laps to go, Milthorpe's reluctance to move from the pole line proved very costly when he tagged the back of a slower car and spun himself out of contention, handing the lead to Klarich, who had advanced from 11th to dispose of Randall a few laps earlier. Robinson had climbed to second at this point and was menacing Klarich with serious intent, but the category stalwart was able to fend off each challenge. Stephenson joined the battle in the closing stages and, quite remarkably, the lead trio exited turn four side-by-side to take the white flag. Klarich held on though to score a memorable win from Stephenson and Robinson. Randall faded as the laps wound down but remained fourth at the chequer ahead of defending race winner Britten. Chris Corbett, Cannon, Eggins, Leerentveld and McDonald rounded out the top ten ahead of Anthony Ashen and Booker, while Milthorpe made little ground from the back to finish 13th ahead of the remaining finishers in Stow, Trevor Wiley and Mark Connolly.
The next event at Ausdeck Patios Archerfield Speedway in round six of World Series Sprintcars on Wednesday night (January 3), also featuring the Polar Ice Midget Track Championship plus Compact Speedcars and Modlites.
Big Entry Lists For Speedcars and Wingless As Dumesny Clan Join Classic Field
The 2018 South West Conveyancing Grand Annual Sprintcar Classic continues to prove popular amongst Sprintcar competitors from right around the country with entries continuing to flood in.
The trend of entries being strong in numbers is also evident for this coming Sunday nights Open Wheel Mayhem Night as presented by Chittick’s Bakery with 69 Wingless Sprint teams entered for a round of their Victorian Series, while extremely healthy Speedcar number has 30 plus cars set to contest their Victorian Championship on the same program.
The Formula 500’s will also be on track in a different format, which not only condenses their schedule but adds an exciting element to the event.
All told well over 100 cars will compete at Sungold Stadium, this Sunday night, with gates set to open at 4pm with cars on track from 5pm.
For pricing and ticketing information please see www.premierspeedway.com.au
The 2018 46th edition of the South West Conveyancing Grand Annual Sprintcar Classic which will be supported by Performance Racegear, KRE Race Engines, The Lady Bay Resort and KFC, continues to grow, with many drivers signaling their intention to compete.
Headlining the latest group of entrants is Max, Matt and Marcus Dumesny.
Three time (1992, 1994 and 2004) Classic Champion Max, will be a crowd favorite as he pilots the distinctive V5 Valvoline Maxim with support from GKR Transport, Red Ed’s Sheds, PWR and Blackshaw’s.
Continuing the Dumesny legacy at the Classic, will be Matt and Marcus with both young guns qualifying for the B-main portion of the 2017 Classic with Matt scored as 9th in B-Main 1, while Marcus impressed many good judges again with a 14th place finish in B-Main 2.
Another of the talented Sydneysiders to make the pilgrimage to the Classic will be Jackson Delamont, the likeable grandson of the Legendary “Mad” Harry Delamont.
West Australian Daniel Harding will again return to Premier Speedway aboard his HRP Specialties, Jolly Good Auto Electrics Kistler powered Maxim for another shot at the Classic.
Harding finished 10th in B-Main 1 in 2017 and would dearly love to be a amongst the top 24 cars come A-Main time on the Sunday of the Classic.
A pair of Queenslanders will also make the trek south, with neither having contested the Classic in 2017.
Dylan Menz will make his Classic debut aboard the sharp looking Q46, KRE Powered Maxim.
For the Classic Menz will enjoy the support of Auzprint, Auzsigns, Platinum Towing Service, Barellan Freighters, Nupave Asphalt, Real Air, Mud Mafia and Beenleigh Muffler and Brakes.
Steve Rowell will join his fellow Queenslander in the field for the Classic, with KRE providing the horsepower for the Q6 Maxim.
Rowell will be campaigning for his loyal band of supporters including Pacific Petroleum, Advanced Technology Grease, Valvoline, Carrols Tyres, Haulmax, Fleet Imaging and Rowell Logistics.
Rounding out the latest batch of entrants is a quintet of Victorians, with Charles Hunter set to try and recapture the excellent run he experienced during the 2017 Classic which saw him finish a very impressive 7th in B-Main in his family backed V73 entry.
The experienced Peter Milnes will also be back at the Classic, running the Upack Removals and Moving Containers backed V51 Cool.
Milnes finished 9th in C-Main 1 in 2017 and will be joined in the Classic field by David McKay who is another of the Eureka Sprintcar Series regulars. McKay didn’t contest the Classic in 2017.
Warrnambool’s Flying Plumber Robbie Paton is another of the local entrants aiming for a strong performance over the three nights of Classic competition.
Jamie Heyen is also nominated for the Classic weekend.
EGEL HOLDS OFF MADSEN FOR AVALON WIN
Matt Egle Does The Wing Dance Saturday Night at Avalon!
South Australian Matt Egel has claimed his second career QSS World Series Sprintcars win with an impressive victory over Kerry Madsen and James McFadden at Avalon Raceway, Victoria.
Egel clawed his way back from time trialling 7th in his flight, but moved forward 5 positions in his heats to make the seventh spot in the Top 8 Shootout, and then timed quickest in all three stages to claim pole position for the A-Main.
Despite a great start however, Egel was constantly under threat, with McFadden passing Madsen on the first turn of lap 11 and then Egel in the following straight, before the caution lights illuminated for a spin from Brock Hallett in turn three, allowing Egel to return to the front for the restart.
The stoppage would become a curse for McFadden who would never get within striking distance again of the lead pair, as the track rubbered down into a single lane contest.
A front straight collision between Shaun Dobson and Brayden Parr with only three laps remaining was the only other incident in the race, and provided some hope to Madsen of a chance to outplay Egel on the restart. The reigning Australian Champion came close on the second last rotation, however Egel never faltered and held on for a landmark win.
"This is huge for me and the Downing Brothers. They work so hard and I just had to make sure I didn't make a mistake because I knew that Kerry and James would jump on it straight away," Egel said, elated with the win.
Kerry Madsen praised Egel's efforts, revealing that all he could do was wait for him to make a mistake to have any chance of getting past.
"He's a great driver and if he even slipped up once I was going to the stick it in there, but he was too smooth tonight and I'm really rapt for the Downing Brothers, because they work so hard and this win is fully deserved.
Egel's $10,000 win was the first WSS win for the Downing Brothers, and now places him third in the KRE Speedweek points table on 1038 points, with James McFadden leading on 1172 points ahead of Kerry Madsen on 1129.
The QSS World Series Sprintcars tour moves onto Warrnambool's Sungold Stadium on January 1st for the Grand Final of KRE Speedweek, before heading north to Brisbane's Archerfield Speedway on Wednesday night for the "Sunshine Swing" that also includes the $20,000 to win Australian Sprintcar Open on the following Friday and Saturday.
Schatz Beats Rain and the Rest, Pascoe Wins Again
Archerfield Speedway Media Release
Donny Schatz in action at BIS. Photo Copyright Chirs Metcalf
On a night that saw some tweaking to the race format in an effort to stay ahead of impending rain that was moving towards the venue, World of Outlaws champion Donny Schatz was unstoppable in the 35-lap Sprintcar feature race at Ausdeck patios Archerfield Speedway on Saturday night (December 30), leading home Andrew Scheuerle and Brent Kratzmann to win round nine of the East Coast Logistics Track Championship. Scheuerle led the opening moments of the race after qualifying on pole position, but he was unable to counter when Schatz slipped underneath through turn two on lap five to take control.
In round three of the Super Sedan Summer Slam, Queensland champion Matt Pascoe continued his remarkable run of success this season to secure his second feature race win in 24 hours and his fifth for the season. Whilst Pascoe faced little resistance in leading all 40 laps, the action behind was intense from the outset with Sean Black and Jarrod Harper embroiled in a great scrap for the minor placings that ultimately saw Black prevail as Harper found himself edged out of third by Darren Kane in a frantic finish.
With rain forecast for later in the evening, promoter John Kelly opted for a change of format akin to the model used on the World of Outlaws tour whereby each driver contests one heat race, with the first four finishers in each heat transferring into the feature race field, the rest left to traverse the B and C Mains to secure their spot. The move proved a masterstroke and saw the completion of the race meeting before 9.30pm.
As always, time trial qualifying got things underway and, in stark contrast to the setbacks he endured at this point in proceedings just two nights earlier, it was Callum Walker (11.930) who emerged with KRE Fast Time, the only driver to go under 12 seconds. Scheuerle (12.093) and Kratzmann (12.131) were next quickest, followed by the American trio of Lucas Wolfe (12.157), Logan Schuchart (12.181) and Schatz (12.185).
The opening heat saw Luke Oldfield advance from position three to assume the lead on lap six, leading home Walker, Mark Pholi and Paul Rooks.
With Scheuerle taking out heat two from the front row, Schatz slotted into second spot and remained there to the chequer, with Jayden Peacock and Cody Maroske also booking a spot in the big show.
Kratzmann cruised home to win heat three in advance of Peter Lack, Allan Woods and Steven Rowell.
Wolfe enjoyed a inauspicious start to his Australian campaign when he was penalised for jumping the start in heat four, gifting US-based Lynton Jeffrey pole position. In his first race at Archerfield, Jeffrey took maximum advantage of his good fortune to lead home Brock Dean, Wolfe and Kaiden Manders.
Bryan Zelinski downed Adam Butler and Mitch Gowland in the C Main, while Dave Whell was untroubled in winning the B Main. In what was perhaps the drive of the night, Darren Jensen stormed from deep in the field to snatch the final transfer into the feature with a thrilling last gasp lunge under Dylan Menz.
Scheuerle got the initial jump to get the feature race underway, only for the race to be halted when Walker, who had been bounced around like a pinball in the first turn, found himself stranded in the same spot a lap later. Upon resumption, Scheuerle led away again from Schatz and the two leaders ran together – Scheuerle sitting mid-track and Schatz higher still – until the latter made his move with an inside run through turn two that took him to the front. Once in control, Schatz was unstoppable and only saw his lead diminish courtesy of restarts, the first of which came when Oldfield and Jeffrey tangled in a dispute over fourth spot. With Jeffrey out and Oldfield banished to the back, Kratzmann moved to third and held it to the end. In the wake of his B Main heroics, Jensen was on the charge again and had climbed into the top ten from 18th when contact with Peacock ended his run and halted proceedings. When Manders flipped out in turn one with just two laps to go, the race was declared with Schatz the winner from Scheuerle, Kratzmann, Lack, Wolfe and Woods, with Pholi, Dean, a recovering Oldfield and Walker rounding out the top ten ahead of Steve Rowell.
International Sprintcar Action Continues on Saturday
Archerfield Speedway Media Release
It is hard to imagine that anybody who witnessed the spectacle of USA stars Logan Schuchart and Donny Schatz duking it out at Ausdeck Patios Archerfield Speedway on Thursday night won't be returning on Saturday night (December 30) when the duo are joined by a third highly-credentialed American in Lucas Wolfe for round nine of the East Coast Logistics Sprintcar Track Championship. In a terrific drive, Schuchart chased down Schatz to score his first feature race win in Australia in front of a big Brisbane crowd and the challenge for the locals lies in trying to prevent a clean sweep of the podium by the international trio. In addition to a stellar 40-plus field of Sprintcars, the night will also feature round three of the Super Sedan Summer Slam Tour that has attracted drivers from every Australian state, including five Australian championship winners. With Lightning Sprints, AMCA Nationals and Ford vs Holden vs Sigma sedans also on the program, a veritable feast of speedway action will be served up on Saturday night.
On Thursday, Luke Oldfield, Mark Pholi, Peter Lack and Bryan Mann were the locals who stood tallest in the face of the international challenge, with Oldfield advancing into third place in the feature race to join the two Americans on the podium. Lack surged late to finish fourth, Pholi started the night strongly by setting fast time in qualifying and then maintained his form throughout the night to finish fifth in the feature, while Mann looked on target for a podium result in his first Archerfield outing for the season, before fading in the latter stages to sit sixth when the chequer appeared. Other standouts on the night were Brent Kratzmann, Callum Walker and Andrew Scheurele, although all three would ultimately finish the feature race on the infield, a circumstance that will no doubt serve as motivation for redemption this weekend. West Aussie youngster Kaiden Manders showed glimpses of the form that has carried him to considerable success in his home state and he will be looking to leave a bigger impression on Saturday, while US-based Australian Lynton Jeffery is also amongst 37 competitors who have nominated for a shot at upstaging the Americans.
Tickets can be purchased in advance from the track website – www.brisbanespeedway.com.au – with online ticketholders securing early entry to the grounds from 3.30pm. Early racing gets underway from 5.00pm, with Sprintcar time trials slated for 5.30pm and the main program to kick off at 6.00pm.
East Coast Logistics Sprintcar Track Championship round nine nominations: Adam Butler, Andrew Corbet, Andrew Scheuerle, Anthony Lambert, Brent Kratzmann, Brock Dean, Brodie Tulloch, Bryan Mann, Bryan Zelinski, Callum Walker, Cody Maroske, Dan Murray, Darren Jensen, David Whell, Donny Schatz, Dylan Menz, Jason King, Jayden Peacock, Kaiden Manders, Karl Hoffmans, Kevin Britten, Kristy Bonsey, Liam Atkinson, Logan Schuchart, Lucas Wolfe, Luke Oldfield, Lynton Jeffrey, Mark Pholi, Mitch Gowland, Mitchell Gee, Nelson Reddacliff, Paul Rooks, Peter Lack, Steve Greer, Steve Rowell, Steven White, Stewart Craig
FLAG TO FLAG WIN FOR MADSEN AT BORDERLINE
Kerry Madsen added another $10k pay day to this week's prizemoney tally with a dominant win at Mount Gambier's Borderline Speedway.
The reigning Australian Champion timed third quickest in qualifying behind Ryan Jones and Jamie Veal, and was eligible for the Top 8 bronze shootout after finishing both heats.
He advanced from the Bronze with the quickest lap, and carried the form on the Silver and Gold Shootouts to steal pole position from James McFadden, Darren Mollenoyux and Jamie Veal.
The start of the A Main was halted by early spins from Dave Murcott and Brad Keller before Madsen and Mollenoyux came together on the restart, with Madsen's right rear tyre dislodging Mollenoyux's front axle, sending him careering across the track and into the path of Jamie Veal.
Veal restarted but Mollenoyux's night was over, and the passionate #V52 pilot certainly made it clear to Madsen of his distaste with the move, however an unfazed Madsen continued his domination through to the chequered flag, with James McFadden held at bay from start to finish to take second, and Lemoore, Californian Carson Macedo in third after starting 20th in his best showing this season.
The race as littered with incidents with Jamie Veal retiring infield with a steering issue and Keller, Harding, Egel and Scelzi all falling victim to an uncharacteristic spin from Jason Johnson that left the surrounding racers with nowhere to go.
Tim Van Ginneken showed good speed early and may have had a challenge for James McFadden, however an unknown breakage sent the #V36 hard in to the turn 2 wall and ending his night.
Post-race, Madsen offered an apology to Mollenoyux in his victory speech, unsure of whether it was his fault or a simple "racing incident," but then chose to focus on his crew who had worked tirelessly to retrieve the team's spare car from Warrnambool over night after the Murray Bridge incident that left him hanging off the fence.
McFadden was philosophical about his runner up result, but conceded that was very little he could do but try and stay as close as possible to the back of the #A1.
Macedo however was elated, claiming the Hoosier Hard Charger Award with his 16 car passing haul, proudly displaying the talent that won him the King of the West Series in 2015 in his native California.
The tour receives a well earned break today before embarking on Avalon Raceway In Lara, Victoria for the fourth round of the tournament.
MADSEN LIVID WHILE MCFADDEN TRIUMPHS AT MURRAY BRIDGE
Kerry Madsen's car is stuck in the catch fence after making late-race contact with Tim Van Ginneken (No. 35). Photo Stephen Pickering
A controversial incident between reigning Australian Sprintcar Champion Kerry Madsen and Victorian hotshot Tim Van Ginneken has brought a premature end to the A Main at the second round of QSS World Series Sprintcars at Murray Bridge, South Australia.
James McFadden claimed a convincing win over Louisianan Jason Johnson and Matt Egel after the race was declared with just 3 laps remaining, with the clash between Van Ginneken and Madsen leaving the Australia #1 car tangled in the catch fence in turn one.
Madsen had driven from 15th after coming from the B Main all the way to battle for 5th with Van Ginneken who had gradually slipped back after leading the first 12 laps from his front row start alongside McFadden.
At lap 32 however, Madsen drove around the V36 and tucked into turn one to close the door, however Van Ginneken fought to keep the position, making heavy contact and catapulting the A1 high into the catch fence and tangled in the mesh.
Madsen was quick to loosen his belts despite the car hanging off the fence, and wasted no time in exploding his frustrations on Van Ginneken as soon as was released from the wreckage.
"That's the stupidest move I've ever seen at a speedway," Madsen said, restraining himself from boiling over on the microphone, however TVG seemed unperturbed by his remonstrations.
"It's not like Kerry's never done that to anybody is it?" he responded, "so I'm certainly not going to lose any sleep over it."
The controversy somewhat stole the limelight from a phenomenal race, with a track that became racey just at the right time of the night after being very heavy from an unexpected shower at the start of the evening.
"I wasn't sure were going to get a racetrack like that after what it was like at the start, but hats off to the track crew because that was great fun," a jubilant McFadden said after starting the night with Revolution Racegear Quicktime after a last-minute gear change by the crew on the infield to achieve some higher RPM.
Johnson was equally happy with his runner up result, taking him to the KRE Speedweek and WSS Championship points chase lead on 580 points, just four ahead of McFadden and Matt Egel on 557 points in third.
Jamie Veal was unable to take the start in the Krikke Motorsport TEH #2 with electrical issues taking the former champion to the infield before a lap had been turned.
The series heads to Mount Gambier's Borderline speedway tonight for round three before a day off prior to round four at Avalon on December 30.
MR MODIFIED SERIES DATES CHANGED AFTER WASH OUT
BY DENNIS NEWLYN
THE Boxing Day wash out at Castrol Edge Lismore Speedway has resulted in a reshuffle of dates for the Mr Modified series.
The December 26 fixture was scheduled to be the opening round of the annual series however that meeting will now be transferred to January 6 for the first of two scheduled rounds to decide the annual tournament for V8 Dirt Modifieds.
Promoter David Lander is working the calendar to determine when he can run the final and deciding round.
The only viable date during the January high time of the season will be Saturday, January 27, which was set in place at the start of the season as a race night for V8 Dirt Modifieds.
The event was originally intended to be the running of the Summer Classic, however Lander has indicated the Summer Classic event will now become round two of the Mr Modified series.
“That in all probability will be how the calendar now looks after the December 26 washed out meeting,” David explained. “I am also looking at that Australia Day long weekend and moving the date of the annual 100 lap Australian Wingless Sprint Grand Prix.”
The annual Boxing Night spectacular was hit by late afternoon rain after clear skies for most of the day. A rain cell, that had hovered off Grafton for most of the day and appeared destined to head out to sea, changed direction mid afternoon and swept across Lismore early evening as the inclement weather brought with it heavy rain.
It was a bitter blow as the first round of the Mr Modified series was expected to be one of the best in the event's more recent history. Race officials received an entry list of over 30 cars with almost all of the big names on hand for the annual opening round. The defending Mr Modified Champion is Andrew Pezzutti.
Meanwhile, Lander also has added a couple of family entertainment attractions to his Lismore season schedule.
The spectacular flame-throwing jet car will make an appearance at the Lismore Showground Speedway venue on March 17, while the FMX high flying bikes will do their stunts on March 3 which will also feature a round of the Diamond Air Speedcar Super series.
A highlight of the congested January fixture scheduled will be the $2000-to-win Demolition Derby at Castrol Edge Lismore Speedway on January 13.
It is one of the biggest paying demolition derbies ever held in Australian speedway history and entries are still being accepted for the event.
As World Series Approaches, More Classic Entries Roll In
With less than a week now until Round 5 of World Series Sprintcars rolls into Sungold Stadium, Premier Speedway, Warrnambool, a number of the World Series teams have joined the rapidly growing list of entrants for January’s South West Conveyancing Grand Annual Sprintcar Classic.
World Series 2017-18 contracted driver Darren Mollenoyux has hit the road in his familiar Warrnambool Crane Hire backed V52, essentially with the same machinery and crew that saw him finish a gallant second behind James McFadden in the 2017 Grand Annual Sprintcar Classic.
However, in a case of success breeding opportunity, Mollenoyux has been signed as the hired gun for the West Australian based Cowara Motorsport team, with the schedule to include several of the East Coasts major events including the Classic from January 19 to 21, 2018.
Mollenoyux will have a Maxim chassis beneath him and plenty of support via JAK Civil, Australind Premix, MJB Industries, J & S Drilling, Perkins Builders, Penrite Oils, LEDGE Finance, Inglis Race Engines, Range Equipment, McMahon Services and City & Regional Fuels as he aims to go one better in 2018.
Another of the drivers to have qualified for the 2017 Classic A-Main was David Murcott, and like Mollenoyux, Murcott will find himself contesting the entire World Series Sprintcars schedule for car owner Mathew Eastham before competing in the Grand Annual Sprintcar Classic for his car owner of the past few seasons Dave Horrell.
Murcott was on the pace in 2017, eventually finishing tenth in the 40-lap Sunday night Classic finale.
In 2018, he will again be on the pace with Inglis Race Engines providing the horsepower for the teams Maxim Chassis.
Long time Horrell Motorsport supporters including Mainline Dynalog Dynamometers, East Coast Logistics, Inglis race Engines, Oval Express Magazine, Vortex Express and Dryden Signs will again be right behind Murcott and the team, which in a recent development has grown to include Steven Lines who will now also contest the Classic under the Horrell Motorsport banner, in the newly re-badged NQ3 entry.
In one of the more opportunistic car-owner – driver combinations, 23-year-old American Lawrance Kirkham will team with Victorian based car owner Kevin Reeves for a first up attempt at the Classic.
Kirkham who hails from Stanwood in the state of Washington in the far North West of the country, plies his craft predominantly at Skagit Speedway which is only a short drive from his home. He has one feature race win at Skagit, which came on September 3, 2015.
It is here that he races predominantly in 360 Sprintcar competition, while also being a very accomplished karter as well, competing in indoor dirt karts with some considerable success during the off-season.
For his first trip to Australia, the team is the first to admit that they have no expectations as to how they will go, although it wouldn’t surprise to see Kirkham bob up with a strong performance for his sponsors Truck Bras, KPro Auto, Action RV and The Coffee Barn.
The Titan Garages and Carports, ARD Doors, OvenU and Torco Oils Q36 has been a regular part of the Grand Annual Sprintcar Classic with some of the sports great names such as Daryn Pittman and Robbie Farr all producing strong results for car owner Reeve Kruck.
For the 2018 Classic, Mitchell Gee will return to Warrnambool and aim to break into the top 24 drivers who will contest the Sunday night final. In 2017 Gee was officially credited with a 13th place finish in B-Main 2.
Like Murcott and Mollenoyux, World Series Sprintcars is currently on the agenda for another of the West Australian based drivers in Jason Pryde.
Pryde is growing in experience and confidence with every race and despite enduring a horror run at the 2017 Classic, he will be looking to log as many laps as he can during World Series Sprintcars, especially Round 5 on January 1st at Sungold Stadium as he prepares for the Classic some three weeks later.
For his trip across the Nullabor and up and down the East Coast of Australia Jason Pryde will be supported by Austwide Communications, IBRP, Industor, AMPT Services, Scardifelds Smash Repairs, MM Electrical, Suncity Plumbing, Miniquip and Grays Online.
Tickets for both January 1 being round 5 of the World Series Sprintcars tournament and the South West Conveyancing Grand Annual Sprintcar Classic from January 19 to 21, 2018 are also available on-line via www.premierspeedway.com.au or at the gate on race day.
MADSEN WINS A THRILLER AT THE BRIDGE
Reigning Australian Sprintcar Champion Kerry Madsen has claimed a $10,000 purse in a thriller at Murray Machining and Sheds Speedway, Murray Bridge for the opening round of QSS World Series Sprintcars for 2017-18.
Madsen qualified 8th quick in his flight in the 45-car field, while South Australian stalwart Jamie Cobby claimed Revolution Racegear Quicktime overall but was let down by a collection of incidents in heat races relegating him to a fourth row start in the Main.
Louisiana's Jason Johnson started from pole sharing the front row with Matt Egel, with impressive local Ryan Jones and Warrnambool young gun Jye O'Keeffe on the second row.
However, O'Keeffe ended his campaign in the first turn, catching the wall and rolling over, before Aidan Hall made a similar mistake in the same spot six laps later with 34 laps remaining.
Jones was relentless in his pursuit of Johnson, while Madsen was needling away from his third-row start, dicing with Jamie Veal and Luke Dillon before finding some grip low on the exit of turn four and shooting to the front.
James McFadden was aggressively charging forward from his 11th starting spot, finally boiling over at the half way mark when he and Veal came together in turn one, with both spinning, but only McFadden able to keep his engine alive.
Veal unceremoniously restarted from the rear of field, and as the track began to lightly take rubber, he fell into the clutches of Madsen who ironically met him in lapped traffic with only a handful of laps remaining.
In the meantime, Ryan Jones had outsmarted Jason Johnson to take over second while Johnson held on to third, Matt Egel fourth and James McFadden rounding the top five.
"That was a great racetrack," Madsen said in Victory Lane, "and it was just a case of trying to find what moisture was out there, and we just struck it at the right times."
Jones echoed thoughts, but was torn between being disappointed with second and jubilant of a podium finish.
"Without being cocky, we came in confident, so to not quite get there is disappointing, but when you consider the calibre of this field, we'll take second!"
Johnson labelled the race track as "a dream come true," claiming that "riding the cushion in three and four was great fun, but we just didn't have the speed to keep up with those boys, but this a great way to start the week."
Cory Eliason claimed the Hoosier Hard Charger award, driving from 16th to 9th in the USA00 Devil Race Karts entry, while fellow Americans, Carson Macedo crashed out of the B Main and Dom Scelzi retired earlier in the night with a broken rear end that led to further issues.
The 31st World Series continues tonight at the same venue for night two of KRE Speedweek with another $10k on offer for the winner.
Round Eight Delayed by Rain
Archerfield Speedway Media Release
By Chris Metcalf
The annual Boxing Night action-fest at Ausdeck Patios Archerfield Speedway featuring American stars Donny Schatz and Logan Schuchart contesting round ** of the East Coast Logistics Sprintcar Track Championship has been temporarily curtailed by inclement weather, with rain sweeping across the venue before the completion of Sprintcar time trials. The event, which will also feature the opening round of the Ian Boettcher Race Parts Formula 500 Stampede, round four of the Modlite Pro Series and Compact Speedcars plus Monster Trucks and Fireworks has been rescheduled for this Thursday night (December 28).
On a track that had already endured significant rainfall overnight, the deluge that hit the circuit with just three events completed made it impossible for track promoter John Kelly to salvage a satisfactory racing surface and the postponement comes on the back of several other events already this season that have fallen victim to rainy conditions.
In the events that were completed, Sam Gollschewsky and Klinton Hancey collected Modlite heat wins before Nathan Pronger prevailed in the opening Formula 500 event.
It was during Sprintcar time trials when the rain began with two groups of drivers unable to complete their run against the clock. Running in the first group, Schatz received a warm reception from the crowd when he hit the track for his timed session in a continuation of the great support he enjoys from local fans.
For event updates and information, head to the track website at www.brisbanespeedway.com.au or follow Archerfield Speedway on Facebook.
Big Names, Big Fields for Boxing Day in Brisbane
Archerfield Speedway Media Release
Donny Schatz ready for action at Brisbane. Chris Metcalf Photo
By Chris Metcalf
The biggest name in the Sprintcar game headlines a stellar line-up of more than 100 competitor nominations for the annual Boxing Day blockbuster at Ausdeck Patios Archerfield Speedway on Tuesday night (December 26). Yep, none other than current and 9-time World of Outlaws Sprintcar champion Donny Schatz returns to Brisbane for another exclusive Archerfield campaign to take on more than 35 other drivers in round eight of the East Coast Logistics Sprintcar Track Championship. Schatz will be joined by fellow WoO ace Logan Schuchart, who is undertaking his second racing campaign in Australia, with Compact Speedcars, Modlites and Formula 500s also on the program, plus Monster Trucks and a spectacular fireworks show.
In addition to clinching his ninth WoO Championship in America this year, Schatz also won the famed Knoxville Nationals for the 10th time and clinched his fourth victory in the King's Royal, becoming the only driver to win the race in consecutive years. Schuchart also arrives in Australia on the back of some strong WoO form, winning four series rounds and finishing ninth overall in the championship standings. The American duo will face off against a collective of in-form locals comprising Luke Oldfield, Mitchell Gee, Callum Walker, Andrew Scheuerle, Peter Lack and Allan Woods plus another 30 drivers desperate to make their mark and upstage the world champion. Former track titleholder Bryan Mann and current Australian Dirt Modified champion Kevin Britten make their first appearance for the season, the likes of Ben Hilder and Brent Kratzmann have produced plenty of speed so far this season without yet breaking through to secure a podium result and WA young gun Kaiden Manders is a real threat to the locals and internationals alike.
In addition to the racing action, the Boxing Night spectacular will also feature Monster Trucks and Fireworks, with children aged 12 years or under admitted free when accompanied by an adult. Tickets can be purchased in advance from the track website – www.brisbanespeedway.com.au – with online ticketholders securing early entry to the grounds from 3.30pm.
East Coast Logistics Sprintcar Track Championship round eight nominations: Allan Woods, Andrew Corbet, Andrew Scheuerle, Anthony Lambert, Brad Ayers, Brent Kratzmann, Brett Minett, Brock Dean, Brodie Tulloch, Bryan Mann, Callum Walker, Cody Maroske, Dan Murray, David Whell, Donny Schatz, Dylan Menz, James Grady, Jason King, Jayden Peacock, Kaiden Manders, Karl Hoffmans, Kevin Britten, Kris Jennings, Kristy Bonsey, Logan Schuchart, Luke Oldfield, Mark Pholi, Mitch Gowland, Mitchell Gee, Nelson Reddacliff, Paul Rooks, Peter Lack, Phil Foster, Steve Greer, Steven Rowell, Steven White, Stewart Craig, Tim Ford
Eureka Series to Finish off 2017 with a Double Header
By Ian Vale
The Eureka Garages & Sheds Sprintcar Series will finish the year 2017 off with a double header for rounds seven and eight, on Tuesday the twenty sixth where Avalon Raceway will present round seven of the Series then the next night Wednesday the twenty seventh the Series heads to Simpson Speedway with strong fields for both rounds.
These two rounds are important to the regular Eureka Series drivers that will see valuable points gained heading into 2018 rounds of the Series giving a clearer picture of the drivers’ standings as some of the drivers that have been a part of the Eureka Series so far head off to race at other major events around the country at this time of the season.
Current Eureka Garages & Sheds Series point’s leader Rusty Hickman will lead the charge for these events along with Tim Hutchins who is sitting in second place from the current Eureka Series champion Brett Milburn. While both Brett and Tim have been Eureka Series round feature winners Rusty is yet to claim his first round win but consistent top placing’s in the rounds conducted so far have him at the top of the table.
Corey McCullagh took his fist round win at Simpson last season and this season his has been performing very well with a few podium finished in some event, Corey will be hard to beat at both of these rounds.
Past Victorian Title Champion Tim Rankin is in with a chance of another Eureka Series round win and a trouble free run will make him a major player at both rounds as well.
The battle off the regular Series drivers that are in the top twenty, the likes of Jacob Smith, Charles Hunter, Jordyn Charge, Dennis Jones, Brayden Parr and Sam Wren will be very interesting as the speed and performances from these drivers so far this season could see any of them pick up a podium place at one of these rounds.
Luke Walkers returned to sprintcar racing this season after missing most of last season due to injury, Luke has been quickly back up to speed and that shows he is going to be on the money in these events.
One of the crowd favourites and five time Eureka Garages & Sheds Sprintcar Series Champion John Vogels had a late start to this season, John is enters for both rounds and it is not out of the question to take a win or podium places.
Two drivers nominated for both events that could nearly call Simpson Speedway their home track are Grant Stansfield and Rhys Baxter, both drivers are rookies in sprintcar racing this season but there performances have been nothing short of sensational so a little home track advantage may be helpful.
Regular Series racers Fast Eddie Lumbar and his mate David Aldersley will continue their quest to try and beat each other at each round for bragging rights while also tryiny to be competitive at each round looking to make the Eureka A Main events and with finishes near the pointy end of the field.
Peter Doukas a Eureka round feature winner at Avalon will be in the field for the Avalon round only, joining him for this round only will be Brad Warren, David McKay and Adam King.
Lady Racers Georgia McLeod and Rhiannon Burleigh will be in action at Avalon Raceway, Kristy Ellis is nominates for both rounds and will be joined at Simpson by Jessica Moulden.
Some of the other drivers nominated for both rounds are Rod Matthews, Daniel Newnham, Bobby Daly, Steven Spark and Michael Tancredi.
Once again to pick the feature winners at these rounds would be a big call but one thing is assured there will be two nights of great Sprintcar action in the Eureka Garages & Sheds Sprintcar Series to finish out 2017 before heading into the 2018 part of the racing season.
Eureka Garages and Sheds Sprintcar Series at Avalon Raceway on Tuesday night the 26th of December then Simpson Speedway for Wednesday the 27th of December for round eight.
Eureka Garages and Sheds Series – KTM Top 10:
1st – Rusty Hickman - 1724
2nd – Tim Hutchins - 1574
3rd – Brett Milburn – 1573
4th – Glen Sutherland - 1537
5th – Jamie Veal - 1450
6th – Jacob Smith – 1449
7th – Jye Okeeffe - 1399
8th – Peter Doukas - 1214
9th – James McFadden - 1178
10th – Scott Reilly – 1150
11th – Charles Hunter - 1124
12th – Corey McCullagh - 1069
13th – Jordyn Charge - 1056
14th – Dennis Jones - 930
15th – Brayden Parr - 917
16th – Jamie Heyen - 865
17th – Stephen Spark - 864
18th – Sam Wren - 861
19th – Grant Stansfield - 837
20th – Andrew Hughes - 803
Three More Classic Entrants!
The seemingly almost daily update on entrants for the South West Conveyancing Grand Annual Sprintcar Classic continues with three more drivers coming on board and committing to making the pilgrimage to Sungold Stadium, Premier Speedway, Warrnambool from January 19 to 21.
South Australian young gun Jake Tranter will be at the wheel of his familiar S45 Maxwill. After failing to make his way into the feature events at the 2017 Classic last January Tranter has already shown this season that he is ready to make some giant in-roads at the 46th edition Classic.
Former World Series Sprintcars Contracted Driver and another of the strong South Aussie Posse, Ricky Maiolo will also be out to right some wrongs from the 2017 Classic.
The popular Maiolo managed to bring his S24 entry home in 7th place in C-Main 2 in 2017, so a stronger performance can be expected with the support of TRG Transport, Oval Track Imports, M.A.N and Active Motor Wreckers.
The final for today, taking the list of current entrants to 59, is Queensland’s Andrew Corbet.
Corbet will make his debut South West Conveyancing Grand Annual Sprintcar Classic appearance.
Young Gun Kofoid Adds More American Flavour To The Classic
Hailing from Penngrove California, Michael “Buddy” Kofoid may have only just turn 16, rendering him eligible to race a Sprintcar in Australia, but his addition to the entry list for the Grand Annual Sprintcar Classic from January 19 to 21 is certainly exciting.
Having already raced for 11 years and first practicing in a 360 Sprintcar at the age of 9, Kofoid has drawn comparisons to his fellow Californian’s Kyle Larson and Christopher Bell after becoming the youngest winner of the Johnny Key Classic at Ocean Speedway when he outlasted Andy Forsberg to take the 50-lap feature event.
Over the past couple of seasons respected Sydney based car owner Peter Gordon has worked closely with Buddy and his family and is now faced with the exciting prospect of bringing Kofoid to Australia for whirlwind month of racing which includes the 46th South West Conveyancing Grand Annual Sprintcar Classic.
For his visit to Australia Kofoid will be in familiar equipment with his own Maxim Chassis and Don Ott Racing prepared engine set to provide him with a competitive and comfortable car right out of the box.
The team will be supported by his American based car owner Gary Silva and Gary Silva Ranches, Essential Fabrication and Maintenance, Eliminator Race Wings, The Sign Centre and Blackshaw’s.
Joining Buddy Kofoid in another healthy batch of entries is West Australian Taylor Milling.
Milling who is no stranger to Sungold Stadium, having competed in Warrnambool for many seasons and will return aboard the familiar Totally Work Wear Midland and Vic Park backed, KRE Race Engines powered Maxim with further support coming from Westralian Diamond Drillers.
Milling finished with a 5th place run in C-Main 1 at the 2017 Grand Annual Sprintcar Classic.
Tasmania’s Tim Hutchins is always an exciting prospect on the track and being another of the competitors to finish his Classic campaign in the C-Main in 2017, he will be looking to improve significantly on that result, especially given his strong early season form at Sungold Stadium.
Hutchins will be at the wheel of his T7 Cool Chassis, with Inglis race Engines providing the horsepower as he looks for a strong result for his partners GBE Maintenance and Warrnambool Locksmith’s.
Another of the South Australian competitors set to join the Classic line-up is Keke Falland.
Falland drives the S78 Cool with the unique Ford Roush Yates 410 beneath the hood and having missed the 2017 Classic will be looking for a strong run for his long list of supporters including Shadetec, Ronco Motors, New Holland, Rivergraphics, Cool Chassis, Loxton Pizza Bar, Riverland Ford, Castrol, Ken’s Exhaust, Ruston Engineering and Steven Falland Electrical.
A trio of Classic Rookies rounds out the latest batch of entrants with Tasmania’s Jock Goodyer set to take the wheel of the D & B Goodyer Developments, DM Tiling T22 Maxim, James Inglis aboard the Holdfast, MechTech, Curtis Electrical, Waterboy, F45 Lockburn, LJS Equipment and Scardifield’s Smash Repairs W80 entry and De Paoli in the National Lubrication and Hydraulic Systems W96 J&J will all make their Classic debuts.
FARR GETS THE POWER AT TOOWOOMBA
Robbie Farr has finally etched his name on the Will Power 500 trophy in sensational fashion at Hi-Tec Oils Speedway's Ultimate Pink Night after the race has eluded him in the past two years.
Farr started from pole after scoring Quicktime at the start of the evening and encountered some awesome battles in heat races, particularly with Mark Pholi who beat the reigning USC Champion after dicing for the whole ten laps.
Farr's start from pole in the feature was quickly undermined by a super-impressive Andrew Wright who led from the start, with Farr trying every angle to pass, before Brett Minett and Dylan Menz came together to bring on the caution lights.
A few more stops and starts hampered the restart before Jayden Peacock and Mitchell Gee spun in separate incidents with 15 laps remaining. The stoppages were perfect for Luke Oldfield who was carving his way from sixth and had made it within striking distance of Farr after displacing Wright earlier.
The desperation boiled over for Oldfield however as he was reining in the leader, clouting the back straight wall with just two laps remaining and foiling any chance of stealing the lead.
Farr claimed the win with Oldfield hanging on for second and Andrew Wright a gallant third, with hometown hero, Peter Lack just off the podium in fourth and Allan Woods rounding out the top five.
The Wingless Sprints were outstanding in a stoppage-free feature race that produced a podium of David Eggins, Glenn Wright and Rob Mazzer who topped a class field from flag to flag.
Almost three thousand dollars was raised for Breast Cancer research on the night in an outstanding community event that is growing every year in its quest to "Race for a Cure."
Toowoomba's Best Family Night Out will host New Years Speed on December 31 featuring, Freestyle Motocross, Fireworks, a Demo Derby and over 40 of Australia's best Super Sedans in the Super Sedan Summer Slam.
Molly to the Max at Sungold Stadium
Warrnambool’s Darren Mollenoyux continued his recent run of outstanding results at Sungold Stadium, Premier Speedway, Warrnambool when he mastered the field and a racy Premier Speedway surface to walk away with the silverware and a $5,000.00 with thanks to South West Conveyancing.
After pole-sitter Kerry Madsen set the early pace, ahead of a hard charging pack including Mollenoyux, Brad Keller, two-time and defending Max’s Race Champion Jamie Veal and James McFadden it would be Mollenoyux who would stand best the field after taking the lead on lap six and never looking back.
Jamie Veal, hot on the heels of a win at the Perth Motorplex last Saturday night, showed once again that it will take no time to gel with his Krikke Motorsport outfit with yet another strong run for second, while Kerry Madsen displayed his world class talents ahead of what promises to be a fruitful Speedweek campaign before setting his sights on defending his National Crown.
The top three were followed by the always exciting James McFadden who again drove the wheels off the Monte Motorsport W17 car for fourth while Grant Anderson was again stout in fifth.
The top ten was completed by Carson Macedo (6th), who was making his 2017-18 Australian season debut for car owner Sean Dyson, Brad Keller (7th), Cory Eliason (8th), Corey McCullagh (9th) and Luke Walker (10th).
They were followed by Ben Atkinson (11th), Peter Doukas (12th), Marcus Dumesny (13th), Glen Sutherland (14th), Rusty Hickman (15th) and Grant Stansfield (16th).
Those unfortunate enough not to complete the 35-lap journey were Lachlan McHugh, David Murcott, Matthew Dumesny, Aidan Hall, John Vogels, Jake Smith and Shaun Dobson.
The Late Models, once again showed their liking for the Premier Speedway circuit putting on some fantastic racing in support of Max’s Race.
Their feature was taken out by Ryan Alexander who was super impressive all over the track, while Cameron Pearson was another to impress in the V10 car in second place while rounding out the podium was Steve Vaughan in the S67 entry.
The next meeting at Sungold Stadium, Premier Speedway, Warrnambool will be Round 5 of World Series Sprintcars on Monday January 1, 2018, which will feature an exciting line-up of World Series contracted drivers who will again take on the likes of Kerry Madsen, Cory Eliason and a host of stars.
TAKE TWO: SPRINTCARS TO DUKE IT OUT AT SPEEDWAY WANGARATTA THIS SATURDAY
By Dean Thompson
After a rain out cancellation a couple weeks ago, Speedway Wangaratta is ready to kick off its season with the Allstar Sprintcar show this Saturday night December the 16th and if the sound of big ground pounding Sprintcars wasn’t enough to encourage fans to put an X on the fridge calendar, then finishing the night with a Demolition Derby should!
That’s right, Sprintcars and a Demolition Derby this Saturday night at Speedway Wangaratta.
The All Star Sprintcar series hits town with twenty plus entrants from South Australia, Victoria and Canberra, a field that includes a former Australian Champion Tony Moule and no less than four former series champions including last year’s winner Chris Solomon along with Brenten Farrer, Mark Caruso from South Australia and Paul Solomon.
With the Victorian Sprintcar Association setting record times the last two seasons, expect the 360 variety of the division to do the same right from the start of the night. Picking a winner is tough in this one.
Ending the show will be the ever popular Demolition Derby, with cars crashing and bashing each other into submission to end the show! Demolition Derby’s are always a favourite of the fans and the crowd should be massive this weekend.
Compact Speedcar action will be fast and furious, the little pocket rockets are quite competitive at the moment with a number of racers capable of a win. The Hutchinson boys, Jamie Paull, Louis Rodriguez, Mark Cecil, Keith Astrella whose been racing Speedcars the big brother of Compacts, Jason Crawford whose been winning races in Grand Prix Midgets, Chris Curren who won at Redline and the returning Matt Brown.
Local heroes in Sedan racing will provide plenty of tin top action during the night with all fields extremely competitive. The Junior field will put Connor Donegan up against Daniel Powell who was great last season, Donegan has been strong this season with a second last weekend at Alexandra. Janie Patton and Zac Twomey are two Wangaratta racers keen to impress.
In Standard Saloons the Evans Brothers of Trevor and Gary bring their Station Wagons to do battle against last week’s winner at Alexandra, Trev Goldsworthy. Liam Powell, Jarred Burder a proven winner at Wangaratta and a host of local racers will be joined by one or two out of towners.
David Donegan has been in great form with a feature win and a night win on points to his credit so far this season at Alexandra, he brings his Holden powered V8 Cortina, yes you read that correct a Holden powered V8 Cortina to Wangaratta to compete with the locals.
Andrew Jordan from Alexandra Club like Donegan is in good form also and those two will along with Caleb Lincoln are keen to make the locals have a hard night. Luke Keam, Troy Peterson, Nathan Shortis, Tommy McDonald and Leighto Evans will all fly the Wangaratta flag in chasing the win.
Gates to enter will swing open at 12pm for fans with racing from 4pm & enquiries can be made to 0402 820 489. The venue operates with a licensed bar & as such BYO is strictly forbidden.
Entry for the event will cost fans the following: Adults $25, accept for club members and aged/disabled who pay $15 & $10 for teenagers and young adults between 10 & 18 whilst under the age of 10 will be free entry.
ALLSTAR 360 SPRINTCARS
VA 2 Boyd Harris
VIC 4 Phil Lock
SA 5 Trigga Gates
VIC 7 Paul Solomon
VA 15 Corey Lincoln
VIC 16 James Wren
SA 16 Jack Gartner
NT 26 Tony Moule
VIC 29 Michael Tancredi
SA 32 Ben Gartner
SA 33 Mark Caruso
VIC 33 Michael Holt
VIC 34 Brenton Farrer
NS 38 Shaun Forrell
SA 69 Cody Atkins
SA 77 Daniel Evans
VIC 83 Chris Solomon
VIC 85 Colin Lincoln
VA 91 Dan Scott
SA 95 Jarman Dalitz
SA 98 Cheian Perrett
SPEEDWAY TURNS PINK THIS SATURDAY!
"Toowoomba's Best Family Night Out" turns pink this Saturday as Queensland's Speedway community converges on Charlton for the third annual Ultimate Pink Night where women of all ages are free.
With the express goal to raise money for Breast Cancer Research, the biggest event on Hi-Tec Oils Speedway's calendar will be boosted by a class field gunning for the Will Power 500 honours, along with a legion of Toowoomba's Top Guns in Modified Sedans and a twenty car field of Wingless Sprints.
Event Manager Ben Bishop was buzzing with the best weather forecast the speedway has seen this season, and was tipping a large crowd to be at an event that was "all about giving."
"This is the season of giving, and the Toowoomba Region are known nationally for our ability to roll up our sleeves and help others, and this Saturday, our venue will once again host one of the coolest innovations in fundraising with an event that really draws everyone together in a special way."
"We've really battled with weather this season, and to have a clear forecast for the whole week has really boosted everyone's enthusiasm, This event has raised over $10,000 in the past and we hope to keep increasing our contribution to a cause that has touched so many people. Almost every car this Saturday will have a touch of pink, as they get in the spirit of sending the message to our women that we care and we're "racing to find a cure!"
With the event only nine days from Christmas, Mr. Bishop said that inviting all women for free was great timing ahead of the extra expenses of the festive season.
"The only people who have to pay to get in to general admission are boys and men 13 years old and over, so that makes a very economical night for the family right in the thick of the Christmas season."
The Christmas theme will be well absorbed at the event with a confirmed appearance by Santa, who has also been rumoured to be having a drive in a race car on the night.
"We've been hearing rumours that Santa has done a deal with a local Sprintcar racer who has a car in red, black and white like his suit, but I've never seen him race, so I think the kids will go crazy if Santa actually gets in a racecar on the night. I guess we will see how he handles horsepower when he's only ever experienced reindeer power!"
Tickets are now available at www.speedwaytickets.com.au or at the gate from 3pm with the opening ceremony from 6pm. For more details check out toowoombaspeedway.com and the Hi-Tec Oils Speedway Facebook page for daily updates.
McFadden Scores the Perfect Night in Eureka Series at Avalon
By Ian Vale
He came, he saw and he conquered, James McFadden had the perfect night at Avalon Raceway with the fastest overall Time Trial time, wins in both his heats to give him pole position in the main event to be followed by taking out the Eureka Garages & Sheds Sprintcar Series round six A Main event with faultless driving all night long, home in second place was Steven Lines and third place went to Corey McCullagh.
In a night that had plenty of action on a race track that was used from top to bottom all night long there was plenty of close hard racing along with a few disappointments for some drivers that were in attendance in the class field of forty eight entries.
Time Trials opened the nights proceedings that saw James McFadden set fast time in the first time trial group, Peter Doukas topped the times in group two, Glen Sutherland continued his new found form in time trial to set fast time in group three while in the final group Corey McCullagh did the job.
Six different drivers took the eight heat race wins, with the most spectacular heat win going to new season driver Terry Rankin who hit the wall and rolled his car as he crossed the finish line to take his first heat win in sprintcar competition. Other heat winners were James McFadden and Rusty Hickman who took two wins each while Peter Doukas, Steven Lines and Scott Reilly won one heat each.
The C Main event was declared after nine laps due to an incident between Brayden Parr and Andrew Hughes while they were running in third and fourth places respectively. Mike Van Bremen won the event ahead of Stephen Spark, Jordyn Charge and Eddie Lumbar who would transfer to the B main.
The B Main was a no stop flag to flag affair with Tim Hutchins taking the win to transfer to the Eureka Garages & Sheds A Main event. Joining Tim would be current Eureka Series Champion Brett Milburn, Scott Reilly, Lachlan McHugh, Luke Walker and Terry Rankin who did an amazing job to get his sprintcar repaired in time to start in the B main.
But all the attention was now on the Eureka Garages & Sheds Series A Main event that was also doubling as the Fireball Derby and the question was could James McFadden take the win to score the perfect night.
Seventeen other drivers lined up to try and deny McFadden from taking the win, the order for the main event was set and on the front row with James McFadden was Peter Doukas, row two was taken by Corey McCullagh and Glen Sutherland to be followed by Steven Lines, Rusty Hickman,, Jye Okeeffe, David Murcott, Grant Anderson, Charles Hunter, Jacob Smith, Lisa Walker and the B Main transferring drivers.
Under way for the main event and McFadden went straight into the lead ahead of Doukas by just over three quarters of a second at the end of lap one. A few moves were on straight away with McCullagh taking second place from Doukas on lap two and Lines moved into fourth place ahead of Sutherland. A littler further down the field Milburn moved ahead of Smith and McHugh passed Rankin.
As the race settled down the drivers were using all the track looking for the best drive, Sutherland dropped back a few spots allowing Hickman and Murcott to take up positions five and six just behind Lines, McFadden was now headed into lapped traffic.
McFadden was in top form passing lapped traffic to have four lapped cars between himself and McCullagh at one third distance. The order heading into two thirds race distance was McFadden, McCullagh, Lines, Hickman, Murcott, Doukas who had lost a few positions, Anderson was next from Milburn, Okeeffe and McHugh who rounded out the top ten when the caution lights came on for Murcott who has stopped on the track.
With Murcott out and sitting on the infield the race was back under way for another two laps when Hickman made contact with the turn four wall and rolled the V40 sprintcar that would finish his night, Glen Sutherland was also eliminated in the incident when he was left with nowhere to go as Hickman rolled.
So it was now a race to the flag and to see if Lines who made a pass on McCullagh prior to the red light had any tricks up his sleeve to take the lead from McFadden.
The answer was no McFadden was in his own league on the night and was back into lapping traffic once again within four laps of the restart to go and take the Eureka Garages & Sheds A Main feature race win as the red lights came on when Rankin rolled for the second time of the night in turn four but not before McFadden had received the chequered flag to end the event.
Just to cap of the perfect night for McFadden he also lead every lap of the race to beat home second place man Steven Lines, Corey McCullagh took third place ahead of Peter Doukas, rounding out the finishers in order were Grant Anderson, Lachlan McHugh, Scott Reilly, Brett Milburn, Tim Hutchins and Jye Okeeffe who finished in tenth place. Jacob Smith was home in eleven place while Lisa Walker finished twelfth ahead of Luke Walker and Terry Rankin.
While Rusty Hickman was disappointed to not finish the Eureka A Main event he scored enough points to retake the lead in the Eureka Garages & Sheds Series points standing from Tim Hutchins and Brett Milburn who also moved up the points table on the night.
The next round of the Series is on Boxing Day for round seven of the Eureka Garages and Sheds Sprintcar Series at Avalon Raceway on Tuesday night the 26th of December before heading the next night Wednesday the 27th of December to Simpson Speedway for round eight. For more information go the Avalon Raceway web site www.avalonraceway.com.au and the Simpson Speedway site www.simpsonspeedway.com.au
Eureka Garages and Sheds Series – KTM Top 10:
1st – Rusty Hickman - 1724
2nd – Tim Hutchins - 1574
3rd – Brett Milburn – 1573
4th – Glen Sutherland - 1537
5th – Jamie Veal - 1450
6th – Jacob Smith – 1449
7th – Jye Okeeffe - 1399
8th – Peter Doukas - 1214
9th – James McFadden - 1178
10th – Scott Reilly – 1150
11th – Charles Hunter - 1124
12th – Corey McCullagh - 1069
13th – Jordyn Charge - 1056
14th – Dennis Jones - 930
15th – Brayden Parr - 917
16th – Jamie Heyen - 865
17th – Stephen Spark - 864
18th – Sam Wren - 861
19th – Grant Stansfield - 837
20th – Andrew Hughes – 803
Two-Time Champ Lines, Scelzi and Wormall Return
Two of the Grand Annual Sprintcar Classic’s Top Ten from 2017 have entered for the South West Conveyancing supported 2018 version of the event at Sungold Stadium, Premier Speedway, Warrnambool.
Having previously stood on top of the podium in both 2011 with Monte Motorsport and 2013 with Hall’s Motorsport, Mt. Gambier’s Steven Lines managed a strong ninth place finish last January behind eventual Classic Champion James McFadden.
The Classic’s fifth place finisher from 2017 Dominic Scelzi is also set to return as a part of the impressive Wormall Motorsport outfit with teammate Mitch Wormall.
Lines is always fast at Warrnambool, however in 2018 a slightly new combination will be in play with the Hall’s Motorsport team enlisting the assistance of renowned crew chief Dave Sharman to weave his magic on the distinctive Morrison powered Cool Chassis.
As always Lines will have all the go-fast-bits to launch an attack on what promises to be a huge field come January 19 to 21 for the Classic.
Mitch Wormall who was another of the young guns to impress at the 2017 Classic, where he managed to qualify for the B-Main, will again look to soak up as much instruction and information as he can from his imported teammate.
Having also gathered more experience and knowledge betaking in an extended program of racing in the United States as well during this past off-season, which should see him continue to improve as the season progresses.
When Dominic Scelzi arrived on Australian shores for Wormall Motorsport from Fresno in California, last summer, few would have expected him to have the impact he did, given that he was to be joined at Wormall Motorsport by a second American in Brian Brown.
Scelzi however put together some impressive results including a stout 5th place finish in the 2017 Grand Annual Sprintcar Classic.
In 2018 he gets a chance to improve again on that result as the 2017 Rookie of the Knoxville Nationals, will again combine as a formidable team with Wormall Motorsport and teammate Mitch Wormall for not only an assault on the 2018 South West Conveyancing Grand Annual Sprintcar Classic but also a full World Series Sprintcars Tour!
Scelzi who began racing as a six-year old and cut his teeth in the Junior Micro Sprint division before progressing to Restricted Micro Sprints, during which time he secured 18 feature race wins and a maiden Track Championship at Plaza Park Raceway in Visalia, California.
Throughout 2017 Scelzi, embarked on a 70-race schedule that included regular competition with the World of Outlaws, earning a career first World of Outlaws podium finish (3rd) during the famed Gold Cup event in his native California.
Scelzi also recorded race wins at Calistoga Speedway where he won the Sprint Car Challenge Tour portion of the California Dirt Classic and then at Dubuque Fairgrounds in Dubuque, Iowa where he raced wheel-to-wheel with Terry McCarl en-route to victory. Scelzi was to round out his season in fine style by winning the Tribute to Gary Patterson Race at the Dirt Track at Stockton, California which is an event that carries much prestige and history.
If Scelzi can maintain this positive momentum through the early rounds of World Series Sprintcars and bring it all to the table for the Grand Annual Sprintcar Classic then there is no reason why he can’t be a contender again in 2018.
Round 6 of Eureka Sprintcar Series heads to Avalon this Saturday
By Ian Vale
Round six of the Eureka Garages & Sheds Sprintcar Series heads to Avalon Raceway this Saturday with a top class field of entries looking for glory, the event also doubles as the Fireball Derby just to add that little more prestige to this round of the Series.
After the disappointment of last weekend’s Eureka Series round planned for Redline Raceway being washed out the drivers are ready for a big night of action. A rescheduled date for the Redline Series round is yet to be confirmed.
So who have we in the list of nominations, two past Australian Sprintcar Champions, David Murcott and James McFadden, four Eureka Garages & Sheds Series Champions, the current champ Brett Milburn along with John Vogels, Shaun Dobson and Mike Van Bremen. Between these four drivers they have won ten Eureka Series Championships.
Add in a host of Eureka Series round feature winners that join the list of round winner above, Corey McCullagh, Glen Sutherland, Tim Hutchins, Grant Anderson and Tim Rankin and you have a top class field.
While Rusty Hickman missed out last weekend to try and take the Series points leads back a good showing this weekend will still give him that chance. With the four rounds completed so far Rusty’s results have been impressive, R1 second place, R2 third place and rounds three and four Rusty took out sixth place amongst some of the best competitors in the country at each round.
Last round winner James McFadden took the win at Mt Gambier in his W17 sprintcar, he will be hard to beat but in saying that David Murcott took out the recent Victorian open sprintcar Title to lead home Jamie Veal and James McFadden at Premier Speedway and David also took the win at round two of the Eureka Series at Heartland Raceway recently.
John Vogels makes a welcome return to this season’s action after being forced to miss the opening part of the season due to a shoulder operation in the off season.
Brad Warren is another driver having a late start to his season but Brad will be quickly into stride.
Last season Peter Doukas took the win in this round of the Series to claim his first Eureka Garages & Sheds feature win and also captured the Fireball Derby title on the night.
Five lady drivers will grace Avalon Raceway as well this weekend, Lisa Walker is making the trip over from Adelaide, Kristy Ellis who is hoping for a turn of luck, Jessica Moulden, Rhiannon Burleigh and rookie driver Carly Walsh is also entered.
We have the interstate travellers continuing to support each round of the Eureka Garages and Sheds Series, Tim Hutchins and Scott Reilly looking for a strong finish and good points that will see them firmly into the KTM top ten. Another traveller joining the Series for the second time this season is Lachlan McHugh from Queensland.
The format for this weekend is once again the popular Group Time Trail and heat race format for the forty six drivers nominated.
With a full contingent of the Series regulars nominated, the likes of Brayden Parr Charles Hunter, Dennis Jones, Jake Smith, Jordyn Charge, Luke Walker, Sam Wren Stephen Spark, David Aldersley and Terry Kelly the action is sure to be another top night of racing.
A strong entry list of some of the new drivers for this seasons racing are entered for this event, Terry Rankin, Mark Carlin, Grant Stansfield and Rhys Baxter, these drivers have stepped up from other classes that they were all very successful in and so far have been putting some very good performances at each event in the sprintcar ranks..
So who will be standing on the top step of the podium for round six of the Eureka Garages & Sheds Sprintcar Series at Avalon Raceway is the question? Such a strong line up it will hard to pick an outright favourite!
Don’t Miss this one, Eureka Garages and Sheds Sprintcar Series round six Avalon Raceway this Saturday night the 9th of December. For more information go the Avalon Raceway web site www.avalonraceway.com.au
Eureka Garages and Sheds Series – KTM Top 10:
1st – Jamie Veal - 1450
2nd – Rusty Hickman - 1434
3rd – Glen Sutherland - 1290
4th – Tim Hutchins - 1283
5th – Brett Milburn - 1274
6th – Jacob Smith – 1160
7th – Jye Okeeffe - 1092
8th – Charles Hunter - 907
9th – Jordyn Charge - 880
10th – Peter Doukas - 844
11th – Scott Reilly - 819
12th – James McFadden - 778
13th – Brayden Parr - 772
14th – Dennis Jones - 727
15th – Jamie Heyen - 717
16th – Sam Wren - 713
17th – Corey McCullagh - 698
18th – Stephen Spark - 681
19th – Domain Ramsay - 676
20th – Shaun Dobson - 676
J-Mac Aims for Back-to-Back Classics
Leading into the 2017 Grand Annual Sprintcar Classic, James McFadden could have been forgiven for thinking that the Classic may just have been that one event that he couldn’t tick from his bucket list!
However, the two-time Australian Champion, hadn’t factored in that he would be joining arguably the most professional team in the land, when he inherited the coveted Monte Motorsport, Milwaukee Tools W17 from Kyle Hirst, a ride which has a rich tradition of Grand Annual Sprintcar Classic success.
Not only did McFadden add a third World Series Sprintcars Championship to his resume, backing up his previous triumphs from the 2011-12 and 2012-13 season, but he also ticked the Classic from his bucket list, giving Monte Motorsport team principal – Luch Monte – an amazing sixth win!
McFadden’s weekend was near perfect, he accumulated points in his heats and recorded a solid, if not spectacular fourth place finish in his Saturday night Qualifying A-Main.
Sunday was however his time to shine as he moved forward again in his final heat race of the weekend, a result that good enough to see him start the 40-lap Classic final from the front row, alongside great rival and friend Brooke Tatnell.
From there as they say the rest is history, with McFadden delivering over the ensuing forty laps to take home the $30,000.00 pay day, becoming a Classic Champion in the process.
Now McFadden, Luch Monte and Crew Chief Kim Buswell will take aim at the 2018 South West Conveyancing GASC as a part of what again will be a hectic tour of duty for the Milwaukee Tools W17.
Having already shown outstanding early season form since returning from the United States where he claimed an impressive career first World of Outlaws feature race win, at the famed Williams Grove Speedway on September 29 as a part of the National Open. McFadden’s drive was super impressive, leading home Greg Hodnett, Donny Schatz, Brad Sweet and Shane Stewart and collecting $10,000.00 along the way.
During our off-season James also very nearly righted some previous wrongs in his on-going love-hate relationship with the Knoxville Nationals!
This year it was defending Nationals Champion Jason Johnson and a mere 0.774 seconds that stood between McFadden and a coveted A-Main starting position. He would eventually qualify for the Saturday night B-Main.
For their 2018 tilt at the Classic, James and the Monte Motorsport team will again enjoyable the enviable backing of Milwaukee Tools Australia, while also enjoying the support of Aleabrax Systems, Daimler Trucks Perth, Kaeding Performance, Factory Kahne, KRE Race Engines, Performance Racegear and Allstar Performance.
Joining McFadden in the Classic field will be another of the 2017-18 World Series Sprintcars Contracted Drivers – Kevin Titman.
Hailing from Capalaba in Queensland, Titman impressed many with his strong qualifying night run in 2017, where he managed to qualify into the A-Main as a part of the Australia-America Challenge Cup.
From there he again performed strongly to eventually finish just shy of a transfer into the Classic finale, finishing 7th in B-Main 2 as a part of the Sunday night program.
A genuine rookie of the 2018 Classic will be Warrnambool based former Formula 500 driver Chris Heard.
Heard has enjoyed some mixed fortunes so far in his brief Sprintcar career, but come the Classic will have had some additional seat time under his belt.
Sprintcar Showdown for Round Seven
Archerfield Speedway Media Release
With Super Sedans and Dirt Modifieds having produced a dazzling display last weekend, Sprintcars take centre stage once again this Saturday (December 9) to contest round seven of the East Coast Logistics Track Championship, their final hit-out before the start of the international season. The impending arrival of 9-times World of Outlaws champion Donny Schatz and fellow Americans Logan Schuchart and Lucas Wolfe should have every team primed to produce peak performance this weekend, which will ensure a spectacular night of action. With Development Sprintcars, Compact Speedcars, AMCA Nationals, Formula 500 Juniors and Ford vs Holden vs Sigma sedans also on the program, race fans are again blessed with another huge night of dirt track competition at Queensland's premier speedway venue.
Although he continues to lead the East Coast Logistics Track Championship, Luke Oldfield would, by his own admission, be much happier if he had been able to finagle a feature race victory (or two, or more) so far this season. With three runner-up finishes from the four completed rounds thus far, Oldfield has been by far the most consistent of the 40 drivers who have contested the opening rounds and he holds a 17-point lead over previous round winner Mitchell Gee in the series standings. In taking out round six, Gee joined Andrew Scheuerle and Allan Woods as feature race winners so far this season and narrowed the gap to Oldfield in the chase for the championship.
Despite failing to finish the previous round following contact with the wall that seemed innocuous but ultimately forced him to the infield, Andrew Scheuerle still sits third overall in the standings but has slipped more than 30 points adrift of Gee and finds himself under threat from Peter Lack, who is just 13 points further back. A mere four points behind Lack is Brent Kratzmann, with Ben Hilder sixth overall ahead of Callum Walker, who has already featured on the podium this season. Rounding out the top ten heading into the weekend are David Whell, Mark Pholi and Brad Ayers, all of whom are amongst the nominations. Woods will also be chasing another feature win, while the inclusion of former track championship winner Bryan Mann certainly adds an extra level of competition for the series protagonists. Throw in the likes of Mick Sauer and Sydney's Michael Saller and the scene is set for a fabulous night of Sprintcar action.
Of course, the annual kids pushbike races will also feature on the program, with gates opening at 4.00pm and early from 5.00pm. Sprintcar time trials are scheduled for 5.30pm and the main program will get underway at 6.00pm.
East Coast Logistics Sprintcar Track Championship round seven nominations: Adam Butler, Allan Woods, Andrew Marks, Andrew Scheuerle, Anthony Lambert, Ben Hilder, Brad Ayers, Brent Kratzmann, Brett Minett, Brock Dean, Bryan Mann, Callum Walker, Cody Maroske, David Whell, Dylan Menz, Karl Hoffmans, Kristy Bonsey, Luke Oldfield, Mark Pholi, Michael Saller, Mick Sauer, Mitch Gowland, Mitchell Gee, Nathan McFarlane, Nelson Reddacliff, Peter Lack, Steve Greer, Stewart Craig
Britten Tops Dirt Modified Field at Archerfield Speedway
By Chris Metcalf
In Dirt Modified action, Australian champ Kevin Britten proved too classy in their 25-lap feature event, chasing down early leader Ray Eggins before ultimately leading home Mitchell Randall, Chris Corbett, Andrew Firth and Graeme Holland.
Last round winner Andrew Pezzutti made it no further than hot laps when Dirt Modifieds hit the track and it was fellow veteran Ray Klarich who outgunned Eggins and Sam Bruggy to win the opening heat.
Firth impressed in winning heat two over Britten and Corbett before Randall again relegated Britten to runner-up in heat three, with Bruggy again annexing third. The final preliminary went to Graeme Holland over Eggins and Kev Stow.
Eggins started strongly in the feature race and proved a formidable challenge for Britten to overcome before spinning himself out of second place on lap 18. With Eggins no longer a factor at the front, Mitchell Randall took possession of second spot and was closing in on Britten when the chequer appeared. Corbett climbed from sixth to third, leaving Firth fourth ahead of Holland, Gary Wathen and Terry Leerentveld, who efforts to compete in two categories on the night left him below par in both. Stow, Eggins, Trevor Wiley and Marcus McKenzie rounded out the finishers. Amongst those who failed to go the distance were Russell Ward, Nick Knott, Anthony Ashen, Dale Corbett and Ray Klarich, who was using the high line to surge through the field before running out of room exiting turn four and clouting the wall to end his charge after eight laps.
Sprintcars return to Ausdeck Patios Archerfield Speedway next Saturday night (December 9) for round seven of the East Coast Logistics Track Championship, along with AMCA Nationals, Compact Speedcars, Formula 500 Juniors and Ford vs Holden vs Sigma sedans.
Drivers Primed for Racing Return
Archerfield Speedway Media Release
With inclement weather having curtailed the last two Sprintcar events scheduled for south-east Queensland, drivers will be itching for action when they gather for round six of the East Coast Logistics Track Championship at Ausdeck Patios Archerfield Speedway this Saturday night (November 25). Round five was washed out after the completion of the opening round of heats, while the event at Toowoomba last weekend was also abandoned, leaving teams with just two more opportunities to fine-tune their preparations for the upcoming international season. In what will be another huge program, the meeting will also feature round four of the Polar Ice Midget Track Championship, round three of the Shock Absorber Therapy AMCA Nationals Track Championship and the largest field of Lightning Sprints so far this season, plus Ford vs Holden vs Sigma sedans.
Of the three rounds of racing completed thus far (round three on October 14 was also washed out), Andrew Scheuerle and Allan Woods have been the victors, but it is defending champion Luke Oldfield who leads the series pointscore as a result of more consistent results across qualifying and feature races. No doubt competitors have been buoyed by Woods' success at a time when it looked as though the series might again become a battle in two between Oldfield and Scheurele, who has actually slipped to equal third in the standings as a result of a 9th-place finish in round four. The format this weekend will see two 20-lap feature races run, providing even more opportunity for drivers to stake their claim as championship contenders. Having moved into second overall on the back of consecutive podium results, Mitchell Gee is edging ever closer to his first feature win of the year, while Toowoomba's Peter Lack has also moved into contention and sits equal third with Scheuerle. Can Woods do it again? Will Scheurele take three? Will Oldfield, Gee or Lack break through for their first win of the year or will somebody else stand up and make their mark?
Callum Walker and Ben Hilder occupy fourth and fifth respectively in points at the moment ahead of Brent Kratzmann, Dave Whell and Mark Pholi, all of whom will be in action this weekend. In a series already blessed with an abundance of young talents in the likes of Gee, Walker and Jaydon Peacock, Saturday night sees the arrival of some more young guns into the mix. Western Australia-based racer Kaiden Manders will make his series debut and returns to Brisbane as a feature race winner in both Midgets and Sprintcars, while both Dylan Menz and Cody Maroske are also amongst the nominations. Mick Sauer, Brent Kratzmann, Brock Dean and Dan Murray have shown glimpses of speed without yet converting that pace into strong feature race results, while World Series-bound Kevin Titman will be hoping to find some form after looking decidedly out of sorts in his truncated season debut at the previous round.
Peter Campbell will be looking to extend his unbeaten run in the Sprintcar Development Series and it seems it will be sooner, rather than later, that Campbell makes the transition to the East Coast Logistics Championship given his domination at this level.
Whilst the Midgets have been a little inconsistent with regard to the number of cars competing at each round of their track championship thus far, the quality of the field at each event has been very strong and the racing has been exceptional. This Saturday night will again see current points leader Darren Vine (who won rounds one and three) take on round two winner Scott Farmer and a loaded line-up that includes the likes of Troy Ware, Adam Wallis, defending series champion Rusty Whittaker and another dozen daring dudes determined to find their way to the top of the Polar Ice podium. Vine and Farmer have been outstanding in the opening rounds, leaving Wallis, Whittaker and Ware in search of a little extra oomph in their bid to satiate in the spoils of victory.
East Coast Logistics Sprintcar Track Championship round six nominations: Adam Butler, Allan Woods, Andrew Corbet, Andrew Liebke, Andrew Marks, Andrew Scheuerle, Anthony Lambert, Ben Hilder, Brad Ayers, Brent Kratzmann, Brett Minett, Brock Dean, Callum Walker, Cody Maroske, Dan Murray, David Whell, Dylan Menz, Jayden Peacock, Kaiden Manders, Karl Hoffmans, Kevin Hill, Kevin Titman, Luke Oldfield, Mark Pholi, Mitchell Gee, Nelson Reddacliff, Peter Lack, Phil Foster, Stewart Craig, Travis Woods
Polar Ice Midget Track Championship round four nominations: Adam Wallis, Audi Malt, Brad Young, Brad Harrison, Cal Whatmore, Corey Stothard, Dallas Sharp, Darren Dillon, Darren Vine, Mark George, Mitchell Rooke, Nathan Mathers, Rodney Harders, Rusty Whitaker, Scott Doyle, Scott Farmer, Troy Ware
Borderline Speedway Mt Gambier presents R4 of the Eureka Series
By Ian Vale
After a short break the Eureka Garages & Sheds Sprintcar Series heads to Borderline Speedway Mt Gambier for round four of the Series with a big field of entries with many big name drivers nominates, Brett Milburn, Jamie Veal, Steven Lines, Tim Van Ginneken, Daniel Pestka, the current Eureka Series points leader Rusty Hickman, Corey McCullagh, Matt Egel and the list goes on.
Over forty eight entries once again for this round at the popular Mt Gambier Venue.
Two local drivers have taken out four Eureka Garages & Sheds feature win over the past five season here at Borderline Speedway, Steven Lines has three Series round wins and last season Glen Sutherland was the successful driver to take the Series round win in front of his home crowed. Both Steven and Glen will not want to disappoint the locals and must go into the meeting as two of the favourite.
Now with this round of the Series planned to run the popular Heat / Group Time trial qualifying it will be tough for any competitor to qualify direct into the Eureka A Main event without some good results in the driver’s two heat races.
Once again Jamie Veal will be one of the main favourites in this round but the Series points leader Rusty Hickman showed he can handled the Borderline venue after a very impressive performance in the annual Easter Trail round here last season.
While these drivers Brett Milburn, Corey McCullagh, Daniel Pestka, Tim Van Ginneken, Tim Hutchins and Tim Rankin that are all Eureka Garages & Sheds Series feature winners all these drivers have also put in some strong runs at the Mt Gambier Venue and are more than capable taking another Series win.
You could nearly be forgiven for thinking this round is like a State of Origin event when you look at the calibre of the South Australian drivers nominated that will go up against a big list of Victorian drivers, as mentioned earlier, representing South Australia will be Steven Lines, Glen Sutherland, Daniel Pestka plus Chad Ely, Ryan Jones, Jake Tranter, Brad Keller and the list goes on.
South Australia’s Lisa Walker and Victoria’s Kristy Ellis will be flying the flag for the ladies, both are very accomplished drivers and will be right in the mix on the night.
Queensland’s Lachlan McHugh will be making the trip down for this event and a few other race meetings in the next month or so, Lachlan has visited this area before and knows what it will take to make the main event, keep an eye on the hard charger.
Speaking of hard chargers the young guns of Brayden Parr and Jordyn Charges keep on impressing with their performances as do two of this seasons rookies drivers Rhys Baxter and Grant Stansfield.
Add in series regulars Charles Hunter, Jacob Smith, Dennis Jones, Terry Kelly who have all been quick this season and the action be on right from the start.
Eddie Lumbar will make the trip down from New South Wales, while Eddie is based in Deniliquin in NSW his long time friend and Crew chief Adrian Ferguson is from Mt Gambier, these two do a lot of travelling. Scott Rielly is no different commuting from Western Australian each weekend and his Team is based in Cobden Victoria, a big effort by all parties. Then we have Tim Hutchins from Tasmanian who also travels over from Tassie each weekend with his team helper Donna.
Another rookie that has made a big commitment to the Eureka Garages & Sheds Sprintcar Series is Bobby Daly. Bobby is based down in the Gippsland area of Victoria and also has some serous amount of travel to do, Bobby sits in nineteenth place in the points standings in his rookie season.
Dumesny’s Set to Vie for Vic Title Father-Son Honors
The field for this Saturday nights Victorian Sprintcar Title at Sungold Stadium, Premier Speedway, Warrnambool has swelled to 50 entrants with both Matthew and Marcus Dumesny now attempting to add their names to the record books with thanks to event partner Go Traffic.
The original list of entrants included both Jamie Veal and Grant Anderson, whose fathers both secured Victorian Sprintcar Title wins during their illustrious careers, with Ken Veal winning the event in 1991, while Anderson’s father David recorded a hat-trick of wins from 1996 to 1998.
Now two young stars of the sport who carry one of the most famous Sprintcar pedigrees will aim to emulate their father Max Dumesny, who is the most crowned Victorian Champion with nine career wins in the event.
With a high-quality field of entrants for the 2017 Victorian Sprintcar Title this Saturday nights promises to be another high-class night of Speedway entertainment with the coveted Jack Willsher Cup also on offer in the Formula 500 division.
All drivers in the Victorian Sprintcar Title will be vying for the Graeme McCubbin Trophy which is named in honor of the highly respected two-time Victorian Champion.
Public gates will open at 4.00pm with cars on-track from 5.00pm.
Admission is: Adults $27.00; Concession $22.00 (Aged, Disability and VA only), Children 10-15 $10.00; Children 9 and Under are Free.
Trio of South Aussies Adds Class to Vic Title Field
South Australian duo Brad Keller and Ryan Jones have added their names to the entry list for this Saturday nights Victorian Sprintcar Title at Sungold Stadium, Premier Speedway, Warrnambool as presented by Go Traffic.
Keller, who will pilot his familiar James Rosenberg Racing / Brad Keller Racing, Shadetec S19, in what will prove to be yet another invaluable hit out for the 2017-18 World Series Sprintcars contracted driver.
Four-time Australian 360 Sprintcar Champion, Jones, needs no introduction to Victorian Race Fans, having himself been a contracted World Series Sprintcars Driver and a regular visitor to Premier Speedway.
Chad Ely who will be at the wheel of the Jamie Stark owned S72 car, is another former Australian 360 Sprintcar Champion and will be most determined to add some more silverware to his trophy cabinet this weekend.
Since Ron Clark claimed the first Victorian Sprintcar Title back in 1968, there have only 25 different drivers who have claimed the right to be crowned as Victorian Champion.
Since claiming his first Title in 1984, the legendary Max Dumesny has claimed nine wins, the most recent being in 2002. Ron Smith is next on the list after he too enjoyed a golden run during the 1970’s where he tasted success with a hat-trick of victories from 1970-72, before returning to the top step of the podium again in 1974 and 1975.
David Anderson and Garry Brazier both secured a hat-trick of wins as well, with Anderson saluting in 1996, 97 and 98, while Brazier enjoyed his golden run from 1993 to 1995.
This weekend, five drivers will try to add their names to the record books for a second time, with David Murcott (2006), Tim Rankin (2011), Darren Mollenoyux (2013), Daniel Pestka (2015) and last years winner Aidan Hall all aiming to collect a second Victorian Title.
Of the entrants for this weekend, both Grant Anderson and Jamie Veal will be trying to emulate the deeds of their fathers, in becoming Victorian Champions, with David Anderson as mentioned above being a three-time winner, while Ken Veal was able to claim his maiden Victorian Title back in 1991.
This weekend’s entry list is a star-studded line-up with Keller, Jones and Ely set to be joined by Veal, Anderson, Mollenoyux, Murcott, Rankin, Hall, Pestka, while Ben Atkinson, Brett Milburn, Corey McCullagh, Jye O’Keeffe and current Western Australian and Northern Territory State Champ Tim Van Ginneken will be in the field which is rapidly approaching 50 cars.
All drivers in the Victorian Sprintcar Title will be vying for the Graeme McCubbin Trophy which is named in honor of the highly respected two-time Victorian Champion.
Public gates will open at 4.00pm with cars on-track from 5.00pm. The Formula 500 Jack Willsher Cup will run in conjunction with the Victorian Sprintcar Title, with more than 30 entries, including the defending Jack Willsher Cup winner and current Aussie Champion Liam Williams headlining an impressive entry list.
Admission is: Adults $27.00; Concession $22.00 (Aged, Disability and VA only), Children 10-15 $10.00; Children 9 and Under are Free.
Victorian Sprintcar Champions:
1968 Ron Clark
1969 Bill Willis
1970 Ron Smith
1971 Ron Smith
1972 Ron Smith
1973 Dave Conlin
1974 Ron Smith
1975 Ron Smith
1976-77 Les Harrower
1977-78 Bill Wigzell
1978-79 Graeme McCubbin
1979-80 Graeme McCubbin
1981 Daryl Jago
1982 Garry Rush
1983 Bill Barrows
1984 Max Dumesny
1985 Danny Smith
1986 Ian Lewis
1987 Max Dumesny
1988 Brett Lacey
1989 Max Dumesny
1990 Max Dumesny
1991 Ken Veal
1992 Max Dumesny
1993 Garry Brazier
1994 Garry Brazier
1995 Garry Brazier
1996 David Anderson
1997 David Anderson
1998 David Anderson
1999 Max Dumesny
2000 Max Dumesny
2001 Max Dumesny
2002 Max Dumesny
2003 Kurt Winker
2004 Ken Satori
2005 Robbie Farr
2006 David Murcott
2007 Matthew Reed
2008 John Vogels
2009 Matthew Reed
2010 Stephen Bell
2011 Tim Rankin
2012 Stephen Bell & Robbie Farr (Dead Heat)
2013 Darren Mollenoyux
2014 Kyle Hirst
2015 Daniel Pestka
2016 John Vogels
2017 Aidan Hall
2017 Victorian Sprintcar Title Entry List:
D2 Ben Atkinson
NT2 Damian Throne
S4 Lisa Walker
T7 Tim Hutchins
V8 Bobby Daly
V9 Rod Matthews
S13 Brock Hallett
V14 Chris Rodda
S14 Brendan Quinn
S15 Aidan Hall
V17 Dennis Jones
VA18 Scott Reilly
S19 Brad Keller
S20 Glen Sutherland
V22 Terry Rankin
W25 Taylor Milling
S27 Daniel Pestka
V28 Andrew Hughes
V32 Stephen Spark
V35 Jamie Veal
V36 Tim Van Ginneken
V37 Grant Anderson
V42 Jye O'Keeffe
V45 Mike Van Bremen
S45 Jake Tranter
V47 Tim Rankin
V48 Adam King
V52 Darren Mollenoyux
V58 Rhiannon Burleigh
V59 Chris Heard
V60 Jordyn Charge
V61 Robert Nicholas
S63 Ryan Jones
V67 Luke Walker
V68 Brett Milburn
S71 Sam Putland
S72 Chad Ely
V72 Jacob Smith
V73 Charles Hunter
V75 Nigel Harding
V77 Brayden Parr
VA81 Rhys Baxter
V81 Robbie Paton
V88 David Murcott
VA88 Grant Stansfield
V90 Corey McCullagh
W96 Aldo DePaoli
V98 Peter Doukas
TOP GUNS WEAR THEIR STRIPES THIS SATURDAY
Toowoomba' Speedway racers have united under one banner as the covers have come off the new "Toowoomba Top Guns" logo ahead of this weekend's Ultimate Pink Night at Hi-Tec Oils Speedway, Charlton.
Racers across all divisions will adopt the logo on their race cars, signalling a united approach to promoting speedway across the Darling Downs and beyond.
Likable Withcott legend, Peter Lack proudly applied the decal on Monday and was upbeat about the area's current depth of talent in the sport.
"This is a great initiative and something we can all be proud of, in representing this awesome part of Australia, wherever we go to race. I remember as a kid going to the racing and always barracking for the racers from my own town, and I hope that Toowoomba's Speedway fans, young and old, can cheer for us wherever we race because there's enormous talent in this city."
Fellow Toowoomba region raised Sprintcar ace, Andrew Scheuerle echoed Lack's comments as he applied the logo to his Ausdeck Group Q25 tail tank.
"We are all very parochial and proud of this region, and even though I lived away from the area for a few years, I feel very much at home living back on the Darling Downs and this label just puts us into one big group of racers who are very proud of our part of the world and what we've achieved in the sport."
Reigning NSW and QLD Modified Sedan Champion, Rodney Pammenter embraced the idea, predicting that bringing every racer from the area under one umbrella could foster a territorial approach to racing in other regions.
"If the Toowoomba Speedway fans get behind this, it may just create another rivalry at our events that we didn't bargain for, and what I'd love to see is some "Teams Racing" in the future, where the best racers from Toowoomba take on teams from Kingaroy, Brisbane, the Sunshine Coast – wherever! I loved Teams Racing when I was younger and I'd love to bring that back and represent our region!"
The Toowoomba Top Guns will be well represented this weekend at the annual "Ultimate Pink Night" where all General Admission women receive free entry, as Hi-Tec Oils Speedway raises money for breast cancer research. The Opening Ceremony begins at 6pm after qualifying and pre-program racing, before Ultimate Sprintcars contest the 3rd Annual Will Power 500 and Modified Sedans and Wingless Sprints enter another round of their respective club championships. Check out the Hi-Tec Oils Speedway Facebook page for news and weather updates.