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We are pleased to announce the ‘Teams Racing’ is scheduled to run as part of the United Truck Parts International Midget Series in a slightly different format.
Unlike previous years, the plan is to run a single sprint race each night of the first five meetings. The drivers will accumulate team points from each of the meetings, and we will see the final race unfold at the King of the Springs – Bryan Clauson 39 Lapper event on Thursday 3rd January 2019.
The Team selection process is that the local lads will show the selectors what they are capable of in the first 4 meetings of the season, ready for Boxing Day. Team NZ will be announced after racing on the 8th Dec. This team of three drivers will race against the other two teams at all five meetings.
Team USA will be represented by Kyle Larson, Christopher Bell and Tyler Courtney. Team Australia has Matt Smith, Kaidon Brown and Scott Farmer.
“All indications are that we will witness some of the best open wheel midget racing we have seen here at Western Springs”, said Greg Mosen – Promoter, “the team line ups are next level” he said.
For all event details and tickets, go to www.springsspeedway.com

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Lance Dewease and Don Kreitz overpower Outlaws at National Open

Last weekend one of the seasons most important races on the US Sprintcar calendar took place  at Williams Grove Speedway. The National Open is a traditional clash between the Pennsylvania Posse and the World of Outlaws. The race with a big purse is a magnet for many Teams outside of the Outlaws and Posse groups

The National Open this year was an opportunity for race fans, Teams and Speedway officials to honor the recent death of Outlaw Star Jason Johnson and the very recent death of loved Posse member Greg Hodnett.

The emotional week end saw an outpouring of respect for the two Champions of the Sport with many race Teams and fans showing their support and respect in many ways.

Logo and messages on Race Cars and fans taking up the opportunity to buy merchandise to remember their lost hero.

Bragging right this week end are sought by the Posse and the Outlaws. The Outlaws are recognized across the Speedway World as the premier Sprintcar group, but the Posse fans and officials dispute this at every opportunity, this race week end is the perfect place to settle the argument where it matters on dirt at Williams Grove the home of the National Open,

Night one of the National Open went to the amazing teenager 16-year-old Giovanni Scelzi aboard the Indy Race Parts #71. The youngster became the youngest ever winner of a World of Outlaws A Main and on his way passed Outlaw star David Gravel to collect $10K for the win. Gio also clocked the fastest time during qualifying.

At this point of the meeting it was Posse Nil, World of Outlaws Nil and the invader from Indiana 1

Night two and the Teams regroup totally focused on preparing their race car for the big money on offer for the race win and the National Open Title, not the mention the bragging rights for the next year.

The pressure was intense with $56K up for grabs for the winners.

Night two started for the youngster in the Indy Parts #71 just like it ended the previous night with Giovanni Scelzi again posting the fastest time during qualifying. A strong second place in the dash gave Giovanni a start from P3 for the Main event and every chance to collect the $56K.

The competition on night two was going to be much harder with improved qualifying by many of the top Outlaws as well as the driver with the most wins at Williams Grove Lance Dewease in the Don Kreitz #69K.

Brock Zearfoss was on pole with lance Dewease on his outside. Scelzi in row three. Zearfoss won the start and lead the race for 23 laps before Dewease made a sensational pass between Zearfoss and lapped car. Dewease had dogged Zearfoss for most of the 23 laps and always looked in control. It’s a pity young Scelzi got lost in traffic and struggle and could not reproduce the sizzling pace and control of night one.

As the race continued Dewease strengthen his position and put space between his 69K and chasing Outlaw Pittman.

With the checker out Dewease easily cross for his fourth National Open win ahead of Pittman and Monteith who had been on the pace early challenging both Zearfoss and Dewease for the early lead.

Dewease and Kreitz Jr a team without the Glitz, glamour, fancy Transporter but with an imposing record.

Lance dedicated his win to his friend the late Greg Hodnett.

AS the lights fade at Williams Grove the Posse take the shine off the Outlaws, but they are very much aware of the talent that awaits them the next time they come up against Giovanni Sceliz and the Indy Race Parts #71.

Race Results Night one:

Feature (27 Laps): 1. 71-Giovanni Scelzi [2][$10,000]; 2. 5-David Gravel [1][$5,000]; 3. 24-Lucas Wolfe [5][$3,000]; 4. 51-Freddie Rahmer [8][$2,700]; 5. 2-Shane Stewart [12][$2,500]; 6. 44-Trey Starks [6][$2,200]; 7. 21X-Brian Montieth [3][$2,000]; 8. 49-Brad Sweet [17][$1,800]; 9. 21-Brian Brown [7][$1,600]; 10. 15-Donny Schatz [22][$1,450]; 11. 9-Daryn Pittman [13][$1,300]; 12. 19-Brent Marks [23][$1,200]; 13. 18-Ian Madsen [11][$1,100]; 14. 69K-Lance Dewease [19][$1,000]; 15. 27-Paul McMahan [21][$950]; 16. 17-Sheldon Haudenschild [25][$200]; 17. 11-T.J. Stutts [14][$850]; 18. 48-Danny Dietrich [24][$750]; 19. 1X-Chad Trout [27][$25]; 20. 1A-Jacob Allen [10][$700]; 21. 49X-Tim Shaffer [9][$700]; 22. O7-Gerard McIntyre [18][$700]; 23. 39-Cory Haas [26][$]; 24. 55K-Robbie Kendall [20][$700]; 25. 41-Carson Macedo [15][$700]; 26. 94-Ryan Smith [16][$700]; 27. 1S-Logan Schuchart [4][$700]; Lap Leaders: David Gravel 1-15, Giovanni Scelzi 16-27; KSE Hard Charger Award: 15-Donny Schatz[+12]

 

Race Results Night two:

Feature (40 Laps): 1. 69K-Lance Dewease [2][$56,000]; 2. 9-Daryn Pittman [8][$12,000]; 3. 21X-Brian Montieth [5][$7,500]; 4. 49X-Tim Shaffer [10][$4,000]; 5. 94-Ryan Smith [12][$3,500]; 6. 21-Brian Brown [4][$3,000]; 7. 11-T.J. Stutts [9][$2,700]; 8. 27-Paul McMahan [15][$2,500]; 9. 2-Shane Stewart [22][$2,200]; 10. 1S-Logan Schuchart [11][$2,100]; 11. O7-Gerard McIntyre [13][$2,000]; 12. 39-Cory Haas [16][$1,650]; 13. 71-Giovanni Scelzi [3][$1,550]; 14. 15-Donny Schatz [6][$1,200]; 15. 51-Freddie Rahmer [28][$100]; 16. 5-David Gravel [19][$1,050]; 17. 17-Sheldon Haudenschild [20][$1,000]; 18. 24-Lucas Wolfe [26][$]; 19. 18-Ian Madsen [24][$1,000]; 20. 41-Carson Macedo [18][$1,000]; 21. 19-Brent Marks [23][$1,000]; 22. 1A-Jacob Allen [25][$]; 23. 55K-Robbie Kendall [14][$1,000]; 24. 11K-Kraig Kinser [27][$]; 25. 15G-Jordan Givler [17][$1,000]; 26. 4-Brock Zearfoss [1][$1,000]; 27. 49-Brad Sweet [7][$1,000]; 28. 1-Logan Wagner [21][$1,000]; Lap Leaders: Brock Zearfoss 1-23, Lance Dewease 24-40; KSE Hard Charger Award: 2-Shane Stewart[+13]

 

Photos credit  : Williams Grove,World of Outlaws and Jack Kromer Photography 

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Milwaukee Tools and Monte Motorsports end six year Partnership

 

Monte Motorsports announces after 6 very successful years together the partnership will end at the conclusion of this current season. The association has been the benchmark in relationships between race team and corporate sponsor.
The partnership, six years is rare in the competitive world of Speedway and testament to effort the Team and its drivers have delivered both on the track and in the marketing and promotion of the Milwaukee Tools partnership.
The quality of this Team is revealed in the Statement released recently with the announcement. Monte Motorsports are a class act;

Here is the press release from Monte Motorsports

The sun sets on the Monte Motorsports/Milwaukee Tools partnership.

After six seasons with Monte Motorsports, five of those seasons as the naming rights partners, we now have to say thank you and goodbye to Milwaukee Tools.

Shane Stewart, Kyle Hirst and James McFadden have all proudly worn the distinctive Milwaukee Tools branding on their race suits and driven to represent the brand to the best of their ability. Along the way we have been able to deliver a Classic crown with Kyle Hirst. James McFadden has also been a Classic champion along with back to back World Series Sprintcars champion during his time representing Milwaukee Tools and there have been countless race victories along the way.

We have had the most amazing relationship with the Milwaukee staff, dealers and end users, all who have supported this partnership and embraced sprintcar racing for the exciting sport that it is.

Milwaukee Tools delivered the most dynamic sprintcar promotion video we think that has ever been produced. This video was produced over 10 plus hours with parts of the sprintcar on track footage filmed in completed darkness and the end product was epic.

While we are sad to see the Milwaukee Branding leave our team we have nothing but complete respect for the people in the organization who believed in our team and our ability to showcase their brand to the best of our ability. To the Milwaukee management who we have worked with we cannot thank you enough, the past six seasons would have been so much less without this partnership.

To the sprintcar fans out there don’t be disappointed with Milwaukee Tools for leaving. Please be grateful as we all are for the opportunities that they have given our team and continue to buy their products as they are the best tools on the market and worth having in your tool box.

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Sweet victory for Veal & Krikke in the Apple Isle

Sweet victory for Veal and Krikke in the Apple Isle

The Jamie Veal /Krikke Motorsports combination has had what can only be described as average start to their racing relationship and the trip across Bass Straight would offer the Team the opportunity to throw off the gremlins that have that have hung around the Team for most of the season .Night one at Latrobe and those nasty gremlin crept back into the pits and Veal suffered from  more racing accidents and ended up driving with a racecar that was not straight. Veal finished 9th after starting 19th.

Night two , guess someone got rid of that nasty Gremlin as The Veal/Krikke combination started the night with authority and after all the preliminaries ended  the Team had won pole  for the A main.

Back on form Veal ran the A main flag to flag on a track taking rubber. A great return to form with some good racing luck and that play a massive part in the end result. Hard work, determination and the ability to brave the challenges that have face the West Aussie Team.have have ended in victory lane .

Following Veal across the stripe was night one winner Darren Mollenoyux with Brad Keller getting the final spot on the podium.

The final night on the Apple Isle will see the World Series Teams roll into Hobart Speedway for the final night of the “Devils Swing “ before the Teams head back to the Mainland for the start of the Western Swing and the final 4 Shows

Pic: Krikke Motorsports and WSS

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MOLLY” CLAIMS BREAKTHROUGH WSS WIN AT LATROBE

Warrnambool’s Darren Mollenoyux has claimed his first ever QSS World Series Sprintcars A-Main win in emphatic style at Latrobe’s Gulf Western and Independent Oils Raceway, Tasmania.

“Molly” started the night qualifying in second behind 16-year-old Jock Goodyer who became the first ever Tasmanian to claim WSS Revolution Racegear Quicktime at the venue, with an impressive 11.457 lap on a very tricky and moist race surface.

Despite only placing ninth and fifth in his heats, Mollenoyux still qualified on pole for the 30 lap A-Main alongside crowd favourite in Tasmanian-native Shaun Dobson.

Sadly Dobson did not complete a full circulation after what seemed like a minor contact with James McFadden in the back straight damaged the left side of the car, sending the VA21 into a mid-corner spin and into the path of West Australian James Inglis that retired both cars instantly.

Mollenoyux was aggressive on the restart and was never headed, however a brutal cushion formed below mid track at both ends, catching out a lot of racers including Californian Dom Scelzi who took a major tumble after skipping the berm and crunching the front straight wall in lap five.

Mount Gambian Glen Sutherland held onto second until lap 19 when a failed attempt for the lead unsettled the car and opened a gap for McFadden to inherit the spot through to the end, albeit with major damage to the front wing that would eventually completely fold over on the W17.

Lachlan McHugh also enjoyed a breakthrough podium result after originally starting from sixth, ahead of Steve Lines in fourth and Hoosier Hard Charger winner, Jamie Bricknall who advanced nine spaces to finish fifth.

Mollenoyux’s win bagged an impressive 326 points from the round, elevating him to seventh in the overall championship, while James McFadden banked 299 points to give him a substantial lead in the campaign to defend his crown.

The series remains at Latrobe for round nine tonight before heading to Hobart next Saturday to close out the series’ first visit to Tasmania since December 2010.

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Classic Boil Over Corey McCullagh Wins

Corey McCullagh the young low budget racer from Warnambool arrived on the big stage last night with a Classic drive from position 9 to claim the 46th running of the Grand Annual Classic at Warnambool’s Premier Speedway

The biggest Sprint car event outside of the Knoxville Nationals draws an International field from the US and every State of Australia .  A Classic race win sought after by every racer who has ever strapped him or herself into a Sprintcar.

World of Outlaw winners, Current and past National Champions and former Classic winners would have been the punters favorites but the money men had not counted on the commitment, determination and the drive to fulfill a lifetime dream of the young Warnambool racer.

Rolling to the starting line in 9th position with many seasoned professional ahead McCullough certainly had the job ahead .Passing many of our best included past Classic winner McFadden and getting the better of both pole sitters Carson Macedo and Brooke Tatnell.

To get to the top step of the podium McCullock had to best 110 drivers over three days to collect the biggest prize and create the biggest upset in Australian Speedway history before collecting the $30,000 and for Bread delivery driver McCullagh that’s real dough!

Congratulation to Corey McCullagh and his team ,truly a great achievement !

Next stop for the 2018 SWC Conveyancing Grand Anual Classic Champion will now head back across the border to compete for the Australian Sprintcar Championship at Borderline Speedway Mount Gambier .in South Australia.

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Steven Lines King of Borderline Speedway

Steven Lines got over the top of a cracker field stacked with many of the US’s best to win the Kings Challenge at Mount Gambier’s Borderline Speedway.

Winning against such a top class field last night should position Lines well for his next Borderline outing the Australian Sprint Car Champion over the weekend of January 25-27.

Steven Lines

Lines has settled into his new Team and to take a Major Title so early in the relationship must be very satisfying .

After an unlucky Presidents Cup race in Avalon James McFadden was back inform bringing the W17 of Monte Motorsports home in second ahead of Carson Macedo the first of the Americans home .

It’s wonderful to welcome the yanks to our tracks but so much better when our boys come home with the trophy.

Carson Macedo

With the King’s Challenge trophy in hand Lines heads across the Border to Warnambool for the Grand Annual Classic, possibly the biggest Sprintcar outside of the US

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SCHATZ LEADS AMERICAN INVASION AT ARCHERFIELD

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.

Pic: Clint Purdie iPhotos

WSS Press Release

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EGEL HOLDS OFF MADSEN FOR AVALON WIN – WSS

EGEL HOLDS OFF MADSEN FOR AVALON WIN – WS

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.

Press release World Series Sprintcars

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Kerry Madsen from wreck to winner at World Series Sprintcars.

Kerry Madsen from wreck to winner at WSS Borderline Speedway
What a recovery by the Keneric/American Racing Custom Wheels Team and Kerry Madsen from a wreck pinned in the Murray Bridge Speedway’s  Fence to a dominate winner last night at Borderline Speedway.

Never far from the action or controversy on the way to the win Madsen and Mollenoyux had a coming together that resulted in damage to Mollenoyux’s front axle .Unable to control the car Mollenoyux ended up getting into Jamie Veal.

Veal managed to restart but the V52 was done for the night .Mollenoxyu let Madsen know his feeling but Madsen saw it differently, in fact very differently . I am amazed our the drivers attitude changes from accident to accident the night before Madsen was livid with Van Ginneken’s effort that saw the A1 hang in the fence while Van Ginneken saw it as a racing incident only.

Madsen was always in control and had the measure of both McFadden and Macedo right down to the finish .McFadden is certainly picking up the early points and on current form must be an early favorite to retain the Title

Jason Johnson and fellow American Dominic Sceizi ended each other’s night .Ryan Jones was quickest in the time trials from Veal and Madsen.

The top five across the line were 1st Kerry Madsen, 2nd James McFadden, 3rd Carson Macedo then followed Steven Lines and Shaun Dobson.

The Teams get a short breach before heading across to Victoria for round 4 at Avalon Raceway in Lara .The Transporter are loaded and  Avalon fans here they come !

 

Photos by Steve Walters Snapperific Photograph.

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