Meat Pies , dust and action that’s Speedway- love it !

.Meat Pies , dust and action that’s Speedway -love it !

Western Australian Speedcar action credit Perth Motorplex

Western Australian Speedcar action credit Perth Motorplex

Western Australia: Meat pies and dust will join the Speedcars over in Perth at the Motorplex when the final round of the Sheehan Haulage Grand Prix is set for decision.
One of Australia’s most outstanding youngsters Kaiden Manders will be defending his series lead as he heads towards another race win in the McAllen Motorsport rocket. Kaiden made the headlines last November when he beat an international field to take out the prized Magic Man 34 event.

 

Kaiden Manders

Kaiden Manders

Manders holds a handy lead over Todd Waddell and Alfi Gudagnino the two closes to Manders in points but the biggest challenge is likely to come from Western Australia Champion KIngshott, Sydney’s Mark Brown ,Lee Redman and former Australian and 7 times WA Champ Neville Lance .

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Jamie Veal the wonder from Warnambool will be joining the W2 Transport Equipment and Hire/Krikke Motorsports (Ex Tatnell) Team  for the opening round of the Sprintcar AHG Triple Crown on the same program.

Jamie Veal racing for Krikke Motorsports

Jamie Veal racing for Krikke Motorsports

Queensland: Three hours earlier as a result of daylight saving , Archerfield Speedway will host round 5 of the POWRi Speedcar Super Series. Recently crowned National Champion Adam Clarke will bring his JBR/POLAR ICE car to the Brisbane track with a handy lead over former POWRI and National Champion Nathan Smee and the BOC Team’s Troy Jenkins. Most race fans will be glued to the Clarke, Smee battle but  there will be a huge interest on how r young Rusty Whittaker will run after his recent win over Clarke and Co in the Queensland Championship. Brendan Palmer, Brett Thomas and Michael Kendall will also come into contention during the 30 Laps main event .The POWRi Super Series has attracted the best of Eastern Australia’s Speedcar teams

Clarke and Smee Pic credit Tony Powell

Clarke and Smee
Pic credit Tony Powell

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Joining the POWRi midgets on the program will be the Formula 500 State Championship. Heading the entries is Dave Shilletto, Charlie and Kirstin Brown .Travelling north to join the Queenslander in the Title chase are teams from NSW and Victoria.
NSW: At Valvoline Speedway the final of the Track Championship will be fought out between dual Champion Ben Atkinson and James Thompson. Atkinson with two main event wins for the season sits behind Thompson who is yet to win in 2015 but rewarded with the points lead due to his strong performance week in and wek out . The battle for the Championship and the $20,000 is simply Thompson v Atkinson.
Sprintcars at valvoline are always  exciting and entries strong , this weekend is no exception, 59 cars will sign inon Saturday night and with a lot of aggressive racing before the 30 Lap main events anything can happen, and it usually does. Valvoline media have made it easy to understand what it will take for Atkinson or Thompson to win.

Atkinson or Thompson for the Valvoline Track Championship Credit Valvoline Raceway

Atkinson or Thompson for the Valvoline Track Championship
Credit Valvoline Raceway

FOR BEN TO WIN:
– Ben has to finish 14 spots ahead of James to win track championship.
– So if Ben finishes 2nd, James has to finish 16th or worse.
– If Ben finishes 12th James would had to have finished 5th in B-Main or worse and not transferred.
– If Ben were to just win the A-Main, James would have to finish 14th or worse.
– If Ben were to win A-Main and lead most laps (4 bonus points), James would have to finish 12th or worse.
FOR JAMES TO WIN:
– Stay within striking distance – or 14 spots – of Ben all A-Main.
– Beat Ben.- Ensure he makes the A-Main
– If Ben wins and leads most laps, finish 11th or better.
Victoria: Round 6 of the of the Aussie Jay Campers Southern Speedcar Tour is set down for action at Western Speedway, Hamilton.
A busy weekend for Speedway down Under .. Results will be posted on our site and Facebook page .

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Mosen and Williams head Stateside

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Press release from Western Springs

Final preparations are being put together to send both Brad Mosen and Hayden Williams to compete in the mid-west in June 2015. The timing seemed to be right with both drivers currently at the top of their game.

The plan is to take both drivers as one team to race in both the POWRi National Midget Week and the USAC National Midget Week. “The schedule is tight, with 9 race meetings in 11 days” said Geoff Harper from Harper Leonard Racing. ‘We are taking everything we will need along with a comprehensive spares package including spare engines for both cars as it is tough up there and we want to be ready for anything” he said.

The cars have to be flown to the USA due to the west coast having a 3 month backlog due to a recent wharf strike.  “It doesn’t work out to be too bad” said Greg Mosen – Team BSL Manager, “we simply can’t afford to have the cars sitting in a port somewhere with the tight schedule we have on this trip and it is important we have both these drivers running their own cars’.

The pair off Aggressors will head off to LA in late April, where two new Esslinger engines will be waiting to be fitted into each car. HLR Racing had planned to purchase the extra engine anyway, and with the recent sale of Brads engine, this all seemed to work out perfectly.

There will be a number of Kiwi supporters in the US this year watching the boys run, with around 25 already booked through Tim Malone at House of Travel – Albany.

Race updates and general news about how the team is going will be posted on both –

https://www.facebook.com/HLRRacing and
https://www.facebook.com/pages/BSL-Racing-Team/179624382184704?fref=ts

 

The race schedule is:

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NATIONAL MIDGET SERIES

Jun 4th Quincy, Illinois Quincy Speedway
Jun 5th Jacksonville, Illinois Jacksonville Speedway
Jun 6th Macon, Illinois Macon Speedway
Jun 7th Belleville, Illinois Belle-Clair Speedway

NATIONAL MIDGET WEEK

Jun 10th Gas City, IN Gas City I-69 Speedway
Jun 11th Putnamville, IN Lincoln Park Speedway
Jun 12th Bloomington, IN Bloomington Speedway
Jun 13th Lawrenceburg, IN Lawrenceburg Speedway
Jun 14th Kokomo, IN Kokomo Speedway
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Bell dominates Turnpike Challenge at POWRi opener in Tulsa

Bell dominates Turnpike Challenge at POWRi opener in Tulsa
This past weekend Christopher Bell’s return to his home turf at Port City Raceway was the perfect start for his return to midget s has set up the Oklahoma peddler as he strives to win his first National POWRi Midget Championship and retain his USAC Title lost in 2014 to teammate Abreu.

Christopher Bell wins the opener at the Turnpike Challenge

Christopher Bell wins the opener at the Turnpike Challenge

Coming to Tulsa after his win in the Late Model Sedan Rattler 250 at South Alabama Bell started the Turnpike Challenge weekend in a shaky manner with an early incident during his heat race .Starting out of position 10 the team of Toyota/Kunz with Bell in the seat was the mover right from the drop of green.
Andrew Felker racing out of Carl Junction, Missouri with the Danny Felker owned team led the opener strongly right up until the 19th lap before Bell factor came into play. Two laps later and Bell’s teammate Kevin Thomas pulled the second place from Felker .

Andrew Felker

Andrew Felker

Bell out in front ,Thomas and Felker trying to bridge the gap but the Kunz driver managed the gap easily as he raced away to post the first of his two wins for the weekend . Thomas and Felker joined the 2013 USAC Champion on the podium. This podium presentation had no surprises for Bell unlike the Rattler 250 presentation a week ago.

Bell's Rattler suprise !

Bell’s Rattler suprise !

The final results for night one of the Turnpike Challenge,
POWRi Lucas Oil National Midget Series feature results (40 laps): 1. 71 – Christopher Bell 2. 67K – Kevin Thomas Jr. 3. 11A – Andrew Felker 4. 67 – Tanner Thorson 5. 5 – Zach Daum 6. 3F – Geoff Ensign 7. 35 – Matt Sherrell 8. 8K – Blake Hahn 9. 05 – Brad Loyet 10. 17 – Darren Hagen 11. 8J – Jonathan Beason 12. 3R – Daniel Robinson 13. 96 – Cody Brewer 14. 8 – Alex Sewell 15. 21 – Ty Hulsey 16. 5$ – Danny Smith 17. 7 – Austin Brown 18. 4M – Michelle Decker 19. 9K – Kyle Schuett 20. 7M – Chance Morton 21. 5C – Colten Cottle 22. 44X – Don Droud Jr. 23. 18P – Payton Pierce
Night two of the Turnpike Challenge
Another 40 laps around the 1/8 Port City bull ring and with Bell on pole it was a surprise to see his teammate Kevin Thomas Jr jump out into the early race lead .Bell started to push his authority over the race and by lap 8 he worked his Kunz/Toyota past Thomas and into the race lead . From this point on Bell had the speed and track advantage over the entire field. The interest was now on the move forward by Blake Hahn’s Hard 8 Racing, Esslinger-powered Spike. Lap 12 Hahn would get by Thomas and two laps later the second of the Kunz entries, Thomas would spin and bring out the yellow.
Bell continued to be untouchable right from the restart and within a couple laps the Rattler 250 winner was rattling off such a fast pace that soon he was back lapping the tail of the field . At the same time Hahn was struggling to get past lapped traffic .Hahn’s Hard 8 Racing teammate Jonathan Beason was now getting into the mix at the head of the field.

The Turnpike Challenge had 6 of the 40 laps left when Brad Loyet stalled in the middle of turns 3 and four, bringing out the final caution and causing 4 other cars to be involved in a late race pile up.With 6 left to run the restart would get underway without Peck, Motsinger , Loyet, and Sherrell .
The final restart saw Bell race away to win from, Jonathan Beason in second and Zach Daum in third. Coming in fourth was Blake Hahn and rounding out the top five was Andrew Felker.

Bell The Turnpike Challenge winner now unbeaten at his last four Port City outings

Bell The Turnpike Challenge winner now unbeaten at his last four Port City outings

Quotes from the podium after the final night of the Turnpike Challenge,
Christopher Bell“This place has definitely been good to me the last couple of years,” remarked clean-sweeping Christopher Bell. “That was really fun. The track definitely had similar characteristics [to last night’s track surface] but still different. Hats off to the track crew; the track was pretty wide tonight. I had a lot of fun and look forward to this event next year.”
Jonathan Beason“It was fun,” explained second place finisher Jonathan Beason. “I wish Blake could have stayed up there. There at the end of the race we both got going. I think he lost a cylinder or a piston went bad. I’m glad to finish second and I’m glad we’re out here. This is a fun track.”

Jonathan Beason Hard Eight Racing

Jonathan Beason Hard Eight Racing

Zach Daum “It’s never too early to start with momentum,” said third place finisher Zach Daum of Pocahontas, Illinois. “These fifths and these thirds and getting up on the podium and being in the top five every night is what pays off at the end of the year.”

 

 

 

 

Results from night two Turnpike Challenge Port City Raceway

1. 71 – Christopher Bell 2. 8J – Jonathan Beason 3. 5 – Zach Daum 4. 8K – Blake Hahn 5. 11A – Andrew Felker 6. 17 – Darren Hagen 7. 67 – Tanner Thorson 8. 9K – Kyle Schuett 9. 39 – Spencer Bayston 10. 67K – Kevin Thomas Jr. 11. 7 – Austin Brown 12. 3T – Kevin Battles 13. 88 – Terry Babb 14. 18P – Payton Pierce 15. 87F – Andrew Deal 16. 05 – Brad Loyet 17. 35 – Matt Sherrell 18. 2 – Seth Motsinger 19. 5X – Justin Peck 20. 21 – Ty Hulsey 21. 27 – Tucker Klaasmeyer 22. 96 – Cody Brewer
The nest event on the 2015 POWRi National Midget Championship is set down for Belle-Clair Speedway Friday April 10, 2015.

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Schatz, Stewart, then Schatz and controversy at Stockton

Schatz, Stewart, then Schatz and controversy at StocktonSchatz by a wisker
The first night of the Western Sprint Shoot out at the Stockton Dirt Track ended in the narrowest of wins for the 6 times World of Outlaw Champion from a very determined Shane Stewart ,
The last laps of the is 30 lap A Main was just fantastic ,close and aggressive but as clean as a whistle .Close wins particularly when a Champion is involved seem to be fodder for the so called expects in our sport

.When will race fans, journalists learn to accept the judge’s decisions .The controversy does little more than create headlines, headlines and social media comment Speedway can do without.
Referees, umpires appear to little more than punching bags when decisions go against their team or driver. Split second timing, logistic issues al makes their task difficult .In the case of the Stockton race the controversy takes the gloss of what was an awesome race and finish.

Statement “World of Outlaws Statement on the Stockton Finish
A statement from the World of Outlaws regarding the finish of Saturday night’s series event the Stockton Dirt Track:
World of Outlaws officials reviewed the dramatic conclusion to last night’s event including analysis of video from the DIRT Vision camera and video provided by Sprint Car Stats, review of available photographs and confirmation of the visual line scoring. As a result of the review, the finish stands as posted.
The unique configuration of the Stockton Dirt Track, built inside an operating horse racing facility, requires a temporary flag stand and scoring loop placement. The scoring loop acts as the start/finish lane and is often marked on the outside retaining wall. The portable flagstand and lack of an outside wall does not make the loop location apparent. In the Saturday night event, the portable flagstand is slightly forward of the loop and both the loop and flagstand are past the center of the San Joaquin County Fairgrounds victory circle and the scoreboard where it may be assumed.
The World of Outlaws has utilized electronic AMB scoring since 1998

To finally settle the matter here is a tweet from Shane Stewart, true sportsman but a tough competitor .
Shane Stewart ‏@shanestewart_2 5h5 hours ago ” Thanks for all the love peeps but we got beat fair and square. Can’t take away that we had a great race.”

Sprintcar racing at its professional best, this is what the fans pay to see! And that’s my view this Monday Morning from Sydney
My final word, watch this clip fromSprintCarStats.com

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Seamount Racing NZ -Something Big is comming

PRESS RELEASE

SEAMOUNT RACING ACQUIRES AARON DREVER MOTORSPORT AND RETURNS TO NATIONAL SPEEDWAY SCENE

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Midget car racing in New Zealand is about to get a huge boost with the announcement that Seamount Racing will return to the local racing scene with a two car team of Aggressor/Esslingers for the 2015/2016 season.

Making the announcement from Seamount headquarters in Onehunga Seamount owner Brett Morris said “I feel the time is right to again become involved in the sport and even though it’s in the early stages of putting the team together some key decisions have been made”. Morris said that Taylor Clarke will be one of the team drivers and the other will be announced in due course. Clarke has a previous association with Seamount, having raced for the Team in a ¼ Midget in the 2001/2002 season at Western Springs.

The team will be managed by former Seamount Team driver Bryce Townsend. “Bryce has a vast knowledge of the game and with his wide experience he knows what is of the team both on and off the track”, Morris commented. Townsends on track achievements include winning the 50 lap Midget Classic at Western Springs, twice winning the NZ TQ Championships and stunning the Indiana TQ racing community in 2000 when he travelled there and waltzed away with a remarkable six UMRA TQ Feature race wins in the just nine starts.

Aaron Drever has been retained with Seamount Racing in the management role of marketing, promotion and public relations. Interconnectivity with Sponsors and fans as well as the responsibility of the seamount racing branding are key responsibilities that will fall into Aarons Lap. Having a close a close working relationship with Bryce and Brett will ensure that top level management of this team is in good hands. “Brett’s passion and professionalism changed the way speedway did business, I am excited to work with him and Bryce in this dynamic fresh team” said AaronAAron Drever media

The Seamount Team of the past, 1999-2005, engaged several drivers including Bill Clarkson Jnr, Taylor Clarke, Troy Kete, Lance Beale, Josh Franklin, former New Zealand Midget Champion Michael Pickens, Bryce Townsend, current Australian Midget Champion Adam Clarke and American drivers Dave Darland and Tony Elliott. The team boasted a remarkable winning record that most likely will never be equaled in Australasia; the team’s major Midget car title wins include winning the following titles on at least one occasion, the NZ Midget Championship, NZ Midget Grand Prix, North Island Midget Championship the 50 Lap Classic, World 30 lapper, and in Australia, the Australian Speedcar Grand Prix, the NSW Championship the Champion of Champions title and the Speedcar Super Series.

2006 brought big changes for Morris, though no fault of his own Seamount Racing was disbanded and Morris concentrated on his day to day business as CEO of New Zealand’s primary contractor for the distribution and warehousing of glass bottles.

Brett’s passion for midget car racing started early in his life, living locally to Western Springs Stadium his parents first took him along to the Speedway when he was just 3 or 4 months of age. “My love for the sport grew from there” Morris said. In the early/mid 1960’s as a teenager, while still attending school Morris worked several after school jobs to fund several trips to Australia to attend the weekly midget events at Sydney’s famed Showground’s. Barry Butterworth was part of the racing scene at the time that saw regular crowds of 30-35,000 attending the weekly racing events. “Watching Barry racing at the Showground’s was a sight to behold, essentially terrorizing the locals with his daredevil driving antics. The majority of the crowds loved him, and he was and will always be a legend in my eyes”. Those trips to Australia are when Morris first dreamed of owning a successful Midget Car team.

In the modern era of midget car racing Morris has undeniably been one of the most successful team owners the sport has seen. His passion, commitment and willingness to help others succeed is unquestionable and with his approach of doing things properly and professionally the local Speedway scene can only benefit.

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Remember Marshall Sargent in Sydney

Sargent Sizzles

January 22, 1966. For those who can remember and for those would never witnessed this man’s greatness. I have reproduced a report from the Australian & Overseas Speedway News from January 22, 1966

Sargent front page new January 22 , 1966

Sargent front page new January 22 , 1966

Bill Warner in the  absence of Dick Briton with his Corvette not yet completed) was expected to be the “Wilde Wheel s “ main challenger, but Billy Sportsman just wasn’t handling—or going well—undoubtedly due to his working day and night late in the week to carry out alterations. On top of this wasn’t driving well and his overall efforts was a spin before his record attempt, another at the start of the match race with Sargent and another one at the top corner on the second lap after the restart and a fourth in the feature

Marshall Sargent

Marshall Sargent

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Garry Rush moved to a handy lead early and looked a possibility when Tatnell half spun at the pit on lap 5 and Nev Wills spun to miss. The race was “wrecked “when a red flag was shown.Rush and Bob Tunks were restarted 1-2 all right, but Tatnell was put in fourth spot after being approximately 9th at the of lap 4.This cost Don Parker, looking the best of the back boys and Clive Sevenoaks all chances as, not only did they lose good margin over George and see him in front of them, but Sargent was positioned on their heels.
By lap 7, Sargent had made “mincemeat” of the opposition and shot under Rush to lead .Rush dropped out after striking trouble in the bullpens on lap 9, with Tatnell and Sevenoaks dicing for second spot.
Parker was holding off Warner, until Bill rode over his front wheel, bending Parker’s axle-be spun entering the next corner. By then, however, the interest was over, with Sargent easily wheeling his wide-tyred, ugly monster with the same on-off throttle control a half lap clear. Tatnell, Sevenoakes, Warner and Stan Phillips trailed the Yank in.” End of story, author Dave Booth
Special notes. This story was reproduced “word for word “from the orginal Speedway New date January 22nd , 1066. Tatnell is George Tatnell, father of current World Series Sprintcar Champion Brooke. Dick Briton and Bob Tunks have only recently been honored during the March Month of Money at Valvoline Raceway.

This Saturday night another legand Jim Winterbottom will be honoured at Valvoline Raceway . .

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Stewart leads outlaws to Stockton – Saldana looking for change of luck

Shane Stewart Larson Marks Racing

Shane Stewart Larson Marks Racing

Stewart leads the Outlaws into Stockton-Saldana looking for change of luck
Shane Stewart and his Larson Marks Team head the pack as they roll into the Stockton Dirt Track by a slender 21 points over defending and 6 time Champion Donny Schatz.. 2014 Rookie of the year Brad Sweet sit a further 1 point back in third.
Stewart’s constancy is what has the Bixey Oklahoma wheelman on the top and it a combination of bad luck and poor constancy that has the Brownsburg Bullet Joey Saldana sitting back in 6th place 36 points in arrears of Stewart.

Shane Stewart leads the Outlaws into Stockton

Shane Stewart leads the Outlaws into Stockton


With eight different winners this season the indications are that this might well be a very open and close Championship.
At the same point in 2014 Donny Schatz and Brad Sweet had taken four of the 8 wins between them.


Saldana has been lighting fast continuing his pace from 2014 where the Motter #71 M driver picked up 24 fast times only to convert 7 into race wins. Saldana needs to lift his conversation rate and with an ounce of luck he might become the 9th different winner this weekend at Stockton during the two nights of the Western Spring Shootout.


In an interview with onedirt.com Joey Saldana had this to say.
“We’re in the dash every night and we’re qualifying well. That is what you have to do to be successful out here. You have to qualify well, you have to put yourself in position and we’re doing that – we really can’t do anything different than what we’re doing.”
“We just got to have a little bit of racing luck on our side,” Saldana said. “We’ve been in position to win three or four of these races – so it’s not like we’re doing anything wrong, we’re just not finishing it off. We can’t get discouraged on ourselves, we just have to keep doing what we’re doing and hopefully it pays off eventually.”


The Saldana bad luck was evident last week in Tulare .After posting 2nd quick time behind Shane Stewart the Bullet worked his way through the heat and dash process to find the pole position for the 35 lap A Main.The bullet had the yellow 71M heading he field for the first 11 laps then lady luck deserted him when Australian Ian Madsen tagged him sending him into a spin and having the second placed Brad Sweet crash into him. Madsen and Sweet went to the work area and returned to racing; Saldana’s car was a wreck, no points after such a great start.

Saldana looking for change of luck

Saldana looking for change of luck

 Aussie Kerry Madsen, The American Racing Custom Wheels #29 will be hoping for a repeat performance from last year when he gave Donny Schatz a start and drove around him on the last lap for a memorable race win.


The return to selected Outlaw event in the second of the Roth Motorsports car by Tim Kaeding is another wildcard and together with Stewart now campaigning a full season for Larson Marks in 2015  the number one position on the podium will be very competitive

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Whittaker anything but rusty wins Qld Midget Title

Whittaker anything but rusty wins Qld Midget Title

Adam Clarke , Rusty Whittaker,Matt Greenwood

Adam Clarke , Rusty Whittaker,Matt Greenwood

Last Saturday night Toowoomba Speedbowl was the venue for the 71st running of the Queensland Midget Speedcar Championship. What better time and place to record your first Feature race wins and the bonus was the Queensland Championship and the right to wear the Qld 1 on the tank of the Whittaker Speedcar’s tank
Even more special for young Whittaker as well joining the ranks of many of the past legends and Champions of Australian Speedway .Rusty now joins his dad Sid a winner in 2012 as only the second father and son to have claimed the coveted Title. The only other father and son to win the Championship were Ron and Todd Wanless
Standing in young Whittaker’s way was 2015 Australian Champion Adam Clarke, 5 times New Zealand and defending Champion expat Kiwi Michael Kendall and current POWRi Speedcar Super Series Champ Brett Thomas. Michael Kendall started his night in a positive frame of mind and posted quick time in qualifying over Clarke. The night started badly for the four times Australian Champion with minus points due to missing the drivers meeting. Despite his heat wins Clarke would start the Championship Feature from deep in the pack. Clarke most recent win was on the high banks of the Warnambool Speedway so the Aussie Champ would have fancied his chances.
After the heats it was young Whittaker who had the front row with  Brett Thomas and fellow youngster Matt Greenwood in row two.
30 laps and at the end the Queensland Title .Thomas was first to make the statement and raced into lead with both Whittaker and Greenwood chasing the POWRi Champion. The pair of young bucks attacked Thomas with Whittaker riding the outside and Greenwood punching in on the bottom .The Toowoomba crowd was witnessed to some super fast and close racing as the three looked for the point. The pair harassed Thomas with Whittaker finally grabbing the lead off Thomas and immediately started to build a lead over the chasing pack.
Not long after Greenwood made his move and passed Thomas, he had given Whittaker a handy lead and now started the chase.
Whittaker clear in the lead and Greenwood trying to bridge the gap without much success. Meanwhile Adam Clarke had started his march forward.
New Zealander Kendall was now in third position and Brendan Palmer fourth.
15 laps down and the Title in sight Whittaker continued to lead and by now had extended it to a third of lap over Greenwood and Kendall. By this stage Clarke had moved to sixth and by lap 20 had finally pass Thomas after a duel that had crowd captivated

Michael Kendall Pic Neilson Motorsports

Michael Kendall
Pic Neilson Motorsports

The Title chase stopped on lap 24 for the first yellow when Scott Doyle slowed forcing a restart. 24 down 6 to race and the Title was so close but still far away. Whittaker restarted with the same purpose and went straight back to work rebuilding his lead over Greenwood and Kendall who by now had to deal the fast arriving Clarke.
Three laps later and Chaffey losses a tire and another caution and you can feel the frustration in the the Whittaker pit.
Another restart and once again Whittaker appeared composed as he bounced back to the point with both Greenwood and Clarke looking for a late challenge. Yet another yellow for Thomas in turn 4 that saw the run to the finish under a green white chequered.
Whittaker ran a mistake free race and while some may have been surprised I have been following Rusty performances over the couple of years and recent runs suggested to me a win was not too far away.

The Whittaker car with number one .

The Whittaker car with number one .

I first saw Rusty Whittaker in Lismore at the POWRi World Midget Championship and at that meeting had the great pleasure of speaking to a very proud grand father.
The podium presentation a special time for the Whittaker family. Rusty Whittaker 2015 Queensland Champion

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1 Rusty Whittaker 2 Matt Greenwood 3 Adam Clarke (NSW)
4 Brendan Palmer 5 Michael Kendall 6 Michael Harders 7 Jason Bell 8 Scott Wilson 9 Reid Mackay 10 Mark George 11 Brad Young 12 Rodney Harders 13 Darren Vine

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Blair Shepherd’s report on his Kiwi tour 1966

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January 22nd 1966 Legendary Queensland and Australian Speedcar champion Blair Sheperd writing in a column in “The Australian & Oversea Speedway News “about his tour to New Zealand January 1966 with fellow Queenslander Bill Goode

. I reproduce the story from the January 1966 edition of Australian & Overseas Speedway news as it is as current today as it was way back then.
The experience of both Bill Goode and Blair Shepherd during their racing tour echo’s those of our recent tourists Nathan Smee, Adam Clarke and others. The message is clear under no circumstance should you ever under estimate the Kiwis.

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“Hello Australia,

It’s great to be back on solid earth after two weeks on the Shaky Iles.I, for one am still getting over the shock received on arriving there.From the reports we had received both Bill Goode and myself went there not expecting such tough competion, but from the moment racing started it was staggering .

Top driver in New Zealand without a doubt is Barry Butterworth , who drives the immaculatedly preparedOffenhauser owned by Fussell and Cartwright , Aucklands leading car dealer .

A very strong field of repco Holdens and V8-60’s provide hard and fast competion in all races .Unlike Australia New Zealand put their top cars and drivers together in all the races, so that the four heats have the same fields racing as the feature over 6 laps .

Match races have anything up to 10 cars in them so you can see it’s no pleasure pinic, but really top racing .I must admit I went there a little unprepared for the onslaught and was caught napping .

Merv Neil another top driver there, came out the last week  of our tour in a twin cylinder car and set a new 6 lap record.Merv received burns to his arms the first week after his V8-60 blew a radiator hose .

I was disappointed that I could’t make Sydney last week m but my car needed alterations and was unable to be finished in on time .

Bill Goode was most disappointed on his showing  – all through the wrong gear ratio.

That’s it for the momentfolks,

regards to all, Blair Shepherd ”

Blair Shepherd #99 and Bob Morgan at the Ekka in the 1960s

Blair Shepherd #99 and Bob Morgan at the Ekka in the 1960s

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Atkinson had the ammunition at Valvoline Raceway

Atkinson arrives at Victory lane

Atkinson arrives at Victory lane

Ben Atkinson who hails from Darwin should be well conditioned to the heat, but the heat during the pole shuffle was something else The Pick& Payless driver was cool.
Good old style match racing over two laps saw the Darwin dymo at his very best moving forward from mid pack to the final shoot out for pole with Bellbowen.

Ben Atkinson fires up .

Ben Atkinson fires up .

One and a bit laps of the most ferrous match racing I have seen, Once the pair received the green Bellbowen had the early advantage as the inside pole position had more grip and the Bellbowen’s launch was perfectly timed .It was amazing to watch the speed, the closeness of the pair as they raced with centimeters of each other tries in an effort to win the point before the top corner. Atkinson was working for the outside pass but Bellbowen held his ground as they blasted down the back straight to the delight of the crowd .As they raced passed the stripe for the first time Atkinson was hounding the outside and the pair of roaring dirt busting Sprintcars came together as they entered  turn one .
There are many different views, depending on who you support but from my view right on the corner Bellbowen appeared to move up ever so slightly and contact was made. At the speed these guys are going, the split second timing their skill is put to the limit . Bellbowen’s car was launched high into the darkness of the night and returned to the track with a massive thump. In the process Atkinson’s front end was ripped apart. Both drivers were unhurt and returned to their pits to begin repairs with their crews. .The effort that both teams went to get their driver back out for the feature was extraordinary.

Atkinson in the lead

Atkinson in the lead

With no result from the final shoot out for pole Toby Bellowed by virtue of his seeding had the pole. 30 laps with $5,000 to win plus bonus lap money of $100 for every lap lead.
In anyone’s book this was a strong and classy field .The Aussie Champ David Murcott was starting mid pack, Sammy Walsh who has been the class act over recent events, Max and Matt Dumseny and current track Championship leader Jackson Delamont.

The start of the A main  4 wide salute

The start of the A main 4 wide salute

24 cars faced the starter , 30 laps with a total of $8,000 available his you can win and lead all 30 laps .There is nothing like standing near the fence at the first corner as these winged beasts thunder through two and three wide .The dust the energy you feel as they blast past , just unreal . Bellbowen held the point for 5 laps before Atkinson found a way past #70 cars. From this point on Atkinson was in the grove and dominated the race right through to the black and white checker. Bellbowen faded and fell back and finished in 6th position. Sam Walsh again was on mission and finished a strong fourth driving from P18 to finish behind Jackson Delamont and Grant Anderson.
30 laps of nonstop high energy, spectacular racing all in front of the five times Australian Sprintcar Legend Dick Britton who had the honor of being named Grand Marshall for the event .Dick now well into his 70’s presented the trophy to Atkinson.
Earlier in the night Dick was presented to crowd driving the #14 Wingless Sprint.

Dick Britten 5 times Australian Sprintcar Champion leading the parade lap at Valvoline Raceway

Dick Britten 5 times Australian Sprintcar Champion leading the parade lap at Valvoline Raceway

After the event the drivers made the following comments.
Ben Atkinson “I didn’t think about that (the money) during the race because my focus was just on getting some feature wins before the end of the season. My guys have done a great job, JB always does a great job (his crew chief John Barrett), he’s getting a little older now but he hasn’t lost any of his drive to win races. I’ve had the pleasure of working with some good crew chiefs and working with JB is pretty special.

Grant Anderson “We don’t get to run here very often but it’s always so much fun when we do,” said Anderson, “I can’t be sure how many more races we’ll make here this month but we’ll do as many as we can.”

Jackson Delamont “The track was nice tonight and that allowed me to zip around the bottom on my own little line. It’s a great result for our team and I can’t thank my Dad enough for all the effort he puts in every week on this car. It should really be him up here getting this trophy.”
Final placing in the 30 Lap A Main

1 2N Ben ATKINSON Pick N Payless PCR Australia J&J

2 37V Grant ANDERSON “Latrobe Valley Bandag, D&F Ra .

3 48N Jackson DELAMONT “Mad Harrys Steel, Steel Suppl KPC

4 92N Sam WALSH “Fleck Earthmoving, Walsh Cons MAXIM
5 1A Dave MURCOTT “Mainline Dynalog Dynamometers .
6 70N Toby BELLBOWEN “Rod Bowen’s Prestige Smash Re MAXIM
7 39N Jeremy CROSS “GT Radial, Inglis Race Engine MAXIM
8 7Q Robbie FARR “Hi Tec Oils,Vermeer, East Coa MAXIM
9 22N James THOMPSON “Stahlwille, Harry’s cafe’ De MAXIM
10 11N Trevor GREEN “Australia Wide Towing, Natrad KPC
11 54N Grant TUNKS The Tunks Family COOL
12 42Q Brent APRILE “GT Radial, Inglis Race Engine MAXIM
13 9N Steve CAUNT MJ Rowles Landscaping, C1 Spee KPC
14 10N Adrian MAHER “A One Air Coolers, Blackshaws MAXIM
15 32N Warren FERGUSON “Fruitwheels Transport,GM Pole MAXIM
16 88N Jimmy MATCHETT “Ian Cubitts Classic Home Impr JEI
17 82N Matt JACKSON Hawksbury Valley Smash Repairs
18 8N Kyle CAUNT “C1 Speed Electric Indoor Kart KPC
19 78N Andrew WRIGHT “Hitachi Construction Machiner MAXIM
20 25N Kelly LINIGEN “Linigen Pallets, MSCN Mobile, .
21 67N Clayton HART “WESCRANES, Western Truck & Tr .
22 52N Mark ATTARD “Summerland Poultry, Prompt Mo EAGLE
DNF 43N Alex ORR “Meander Village, Marland Fire EAGLE
DNF 74N Craig BRADY “KC Tools,Muswellbrook Nissan, MAXIM

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