McFadden digs Deep

McFadden digs deep for win at Lismore

James McFadden had to dig deep into his talent box last night before securing his fourth win in this year’s World Series Sprintcar Championship at Lismore Speedway.

After qualifying poorly McFadden was unusually slow in the bronze shoot out and he is defending WSS Champion ending up starting Position 8 in the A Main.

Madsen had a less than impressive start to first Lismore appearance .The krikke Team driver after timing in 12th  then crashed after he crossed the line .The US based Australian recovered strongly  in the heats and went on to win the pole shoot out over young Victorian Rusty Hickman in the gold shoot out  for pole .

Masen started fast from pole and went into comfortable lead over Hickman. But as we have come to expect an early comfortable lead does not always mean a race win. McFadden was coming fast from his mid field starting position and on a track that suggested one-way traffic with limited passing opportunities some bold moves where underway.

McFadden was up to fourth after 5 laps were in the book, but Madsen still looked in control. The race soon started change after brodie Tulloch brought out the caution.On the restart Hickman made an incredible move around the outside of Madsen that had the crowding gasping and took control of the 35 lap A Main until lap 24 when changes started to happen very fast.

As Hickman approached traffic, McFadden let the W17 have its head and gained the race lead. Eliason was coming fast chasing after Madsen in thirdThe pace and the heat was rising as they entered the last laps of the A Main ,McFadden had a small lead and was working overtime to keep Madsen at bay while the Diamond bay Racer Eliason kept coming fast ,under Hickman pushing him back to fourth and finally getting by Kerry Madsen but McFadden would be safe getting  his fourth win for the series by just half a second ahead of Corey Eliason with Madsen just a whisker away in third .

After starting so well Rusty Hickman finished fourth nevertheless a mighty effort ahead of Brooke Tatnell Luke Oldfield and Dave Murcott.

McFadden’s fourth win has enabled the Team to extend their Championship lead over Kerry Madsen by 113 points Goodyer sits in 3rd ahead of Brooke Tatnell and Lucas Wolfe.

The Series now takes a break before restarting in Western Australia on February 14th .This break allows teams the chance to rest and ready themselves for the  Kings Challenge at Borderline Speedway ,the Australian Sprintcar Championships February 1st at Latrobe Speedway in Tasmania and the daddy of them all the Grand Annual Classic at wonderful Warnambool’s Premier Speedway starting January 24th

Photos courtesy of 44 Photographyand World Series Sprintcars

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Macedo Superb Last Night

Macedo superb last night at The George Tatnell Memorial

Macedo and Veal

Carson Macedo was superb last night at Valvoline Raceway .Earlier in the night during qualifying and the Pole Shoot out the Californian was blasted off the track by Jamie Veal’s lighting starts and speed As the A Main got into the busy  end  and lap traffic started to a play its normal disruptive part Veal faltered  . Macedo and Marcus Dumseny started to assume authority over the 35 lap Speed Week Final. Veal’s race would end after a tangle with Reutzel and the #35 would not be part of the finish, disappointment   after such a lighting start.

Macedo would head to the finish with Dumsney looking a chance right to the end while Jackson Delamont again was quite, steady and arrived from under most peoples radar to end up finishing an rewarding third .Brad Sweet was disqualified after doing work on the car during the one of the many race stoppages .In the WoO rules it’s allowed but here. Rules are rules!

Sprintcar Podium

The Track was lighting fast as qualifying showed earlier but while corners three and four were wide one and two were tight .The pace through three and four particularly by Aaron Reutzel was electrifying as he tried to make up lost ground due to starting a long way back in the A Main .Reutzel had a problem in his heat where a side panel fell off his top wing rendering the car undriveable  and stopping his charge to the front .From that point on in the B Main and until he had a problem late in the A Main he was a sight to behold ,every time through three and four I held on!

After a dusty but exciting race Carson Macedo crossed for a well-deserved win from Dumsney and Delamont.You must applaud Carson Macedo and the Dyson Motorsports Team, what a contribution they have made together this year at Valvoline raceway, simply brilliant!

Speedcar Podium

  Final race positions were:

Official Sprintcar A-Main results:

1. Carson Macedo

2. Marcus Dumesny

3. Jackson Delamont

4. Aaron Reutzel

5. Robbie Farr

6. Ryan Jones

7. Lynton Jeffrey

8. Daniel Sayre

9. Ian Madsen

10. Michael Stewart

11. Ben Atkinson

12. Matt Geering

13. Grant Tunks

14. Cory Eliason

15. Max Dumesny

16. Mick Saller

17. Daniel Needham

18. Chris McInerny

If the Sprintcar A main was fantastic   then I have run out of words to describe the Speedcar Feature and battles that took place .The determined drive from the rear of the field by Macedo brought memories back from the 60s when it was the norm for the fast guys to start rear of the field .The night was in memory of the late Great George Tatnell and I am certain he would have approved

Michael Stewart and Macedo hit each other as they headed to the finish with Stewart hanging tough and  getting the narrowest of victories and stopping Macedo earning the a big pay out cheque of $6,000for taking the challenge from the back  in the George Tatnell Memorial Feature .Nathan Smee finished in third and Sam Walsh fourth and completing the top five was Harley Smee .Kaidon Brown was absent as his car in on route back was his recent duties over in New Zealand for their International Midget Series , Kaidon is off on Sunday to Tulsa in the US to represent Australia in the coming Chili Bowl . We wish him well in what must be one of the toughest Speedcar Race Series in the World .

Photo credits David Platt Phography and Garry reid Phography

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McFadden waves Flag Again

McFadden waves flag Maryborough

Tuesday night James McFadden raised the flag after winning the first ever World Series Sprintcar Show at Maryborough Speedway on the Fraser Coast in Queensland. Luke Oldfield reordered fast time, but his promising night ended when he climbed with wall in turn four during heat three and that unfortunately ended his WSS Maryborough assault!

McFadden jumped fast from pole and built up a race winning lead early with Brock Hallett battling to stay in touch. Madsen then Goodyer would pass and push Hallett back to fourth position as the as the race headed to the finish.

I have read  some press people are questioning the quality of the WSS but from where I sit the racing has been enormous and what is pleasing for me as a fan and a race reporter is the class of the younger drivers who are pressing the more established team for race honors. Race wins so far this series to Hallett, Hickman and strong performances from young Tasmanian Jock Goodyer makes this Series as competitive as ever.

As we write the Teams are loaded and, on the way, down to Archerfield for the next round which is headlined as the 24th running of the Titan Garages Australian Sprintcar Open a classic event inside the World Series printcar Calendar

Photo credits 44 Photography

WSS CHAMPIONSHIP TOP 10

1 James McFadden 2099
2 Kerry Madsen 2027
3 Brock Hallett 1754
4 Jock Goodyer 1717
5 Lucas Wolfe 1688
6 Brooke Tatnell 1663
7 Lockie McHugh 1575
8 Rusty Hickman 1500
9 Dave Murcott 1435
10 Cory Eliason 1237

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Schatz claims 28th WSS

Schatz claims 28th WSS Win in Brisbane

Schatz post race interview

In Brisbane last night 10 times World of Outlaws Champion Donny Schatz had to di deep into his long experience to get the better of young Victorian charger Rusty Hickman before claiming yet another win during his lighting tour of the Sunshine State.

Rusty Hickman second behind Schatz

Hickman put in a mighty effort to hold of the 10 times Outlaw Champ and it was only in the closing laps that Schatz got the better of the young racer from south of the border .A mighty effort from Hickman but the class and experience of Schatz in those closing laps was the difference .

The defending WSS Champion McFadden finished in 6th bleeding points back to Kerry Madsen who rebounded back from his Warnambool disappointment with a creditable third. Brooke Tatnell retired after 6laps and slipped out of the top five on the WSS leader board.

Corey Eliason and the Diamond Motorsports team stayed in Sydney and raced at Valvoline last night and were rewarded with Corey’s first win at the historic track .After round 6 McFadden still holds onto his Series lead with 1531 points from Madsen on 1478 and Brock Hallet on 1316, Eliason 1237 and Lucas Wolfe on 1194

The team load up and head across to the garden City of Toowoomba for round seven then across to the Coast for the Series first appearance at Maryborough Speedway.

Photo credit Archerfield Speedway ,Rusty Hickman Racing

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Mac Again, at Warnambool!

Mac! Again, at Warnambool

After his poor early start to the WSS Series James McFadden scored his second win on the trot last night at Premier Speedway down in beautiful Warnambool beating Grant Anderson and US Import Corey Eliason. Controversy is never too way away in the big money sprintcar shows and last night was no exception.

After grabbing the early lead Madsen caught lapped traffic after five laps , first there was an encounter with Jake Tranter and that offered up an opportunity for McFadden to pounce and pounce he did with a slider for the lead but at that pace judgement is critical , misjudge by centimeters and contact is made .

McFadden apologized after the race, accidents happen in racing and now the Teams regroup and ready themselves for the long haul from Victoria to Queensland for four rounds at Brisbane’s Archerfield Speedway then heading further North to The Garden City of Toowoomba and then across to Maryborough. A tough journey of some two Thousand kilometers.

Round Five Results

Sprintcar A-Main (35 laps No Time): 1st W17 James McFadden; 2nd V37 Grant Anderson; 3rd W26 Cory Eliason; 4th V90 Corey McCullagh; 5th V25 Jack Lee; 6th V55 Brooke Tatnell; 7th W60 Lachlan McHugh; 8th V60 Jordyn Charge; 9th T22 Jock Goodyer; 10th V88 David Murcott; 11th USA5w Lucas Wolfe; 12th V3 Darren Mollenoyux; 13th V42 Jye O’Keeffe; 14th S45 Jake Tranter; 15th W25 Taylor Milling; 16th S14 Brendan Quinn (DNF); 17th V70 John Vogels (DNF); 18th W2 Kerry Madsen (DNF); 19th V77 Brayden Parr (DNF); 20th S13 Brock Hallett (DNF).

McFadden leads the Series on 1283 from Eliason 1237 with Kerry Madsen dropping to third on 1184.Brock Hallett sits fourth on 1107 and Brooke Tatnell on 1021

Photo Credit World Series Sprintcars and Monte Monte Motorsports Sprintcar Team

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McFadden back on Top!

The Cream always rises to the  top!

In the words of John Paul Ryan “The cream always rises to the top “never was it so true than last night at Premier Speedway for James McFadden and the Monte Motorsports Team.After a tough start to the World Series Sprintcar Series James McFadden bounced back to form claiming a superb win at the Warnambool round.

After sharing the front row with quick time winner Brock Hallett McFadden was never headed after the start and his tally of points on the night has moved him a share second with Corey Eliason just 46 points adrift of Series leader Kerry Madsen. Madsen and Eliason must be wondering when the checker Flag will fall for them in this series after finishing on the podium in all rounds so far.

McFadden was fast all night just missing overall quick time behind Brock Hallett. Strong heat results saw McFadden start on the front row from which he was never headed Last night’s win was McFadden’s 21st Main event WSS win.

The next round at Avalon Raceway was cancelled due to possible extreme weather conditions so the Teams will now head back to Warnambool for round five of the series. What can we expect at Warnambool ? Will we have a 5th different winner, will young Goodyer bring back his amazing pace or will Madsen or Eliason command the top step of the podium. We will get all the answers late on New Year’s Day 2020!

Photos from Snappertriffic Photography

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Everything old can be new again

Everything old can be new again!

Everything old can new again and that was case last night for Australia’s Speedway legend Brooke Tatnell at round two of the 2019/20 World Series Sprintcar Show at Borderline Speedway.

With an unbelievable record in World Series the Minnesota based Sydney sider reminded fans of the Tatnell legacy with a resounding win, his first in two Series and some 27 rounds. The night might not have been so successful for the South Australian based Ray Scotts Transport Team had young Tasmanian Jock Goodyer managed to avoid other drivers’ misfortunes. Goodyer showed amazing pace as he stormed into the early race lead and in that short time looked unstoppable.

 Speedway throws up many challenges for the driver to get over, some you just can’t avoid  and this time  Goodyear got involved in other drivers mess and it while it was good for Tatnell it ruined any chance for the Tasmania youngster to challenge for his first WSS win.

Although McFadden and Madsen raced hard, they had nothing for the veteran steerer as he ran unopposed to the take an emotional win in front of family and Ray Scott Team #55

With his third place Madsen and the Krikke Team continues to lead the Series as the Teams head back across the border to Premier Speedway for round three. Will we see a fourth different winner, can young Goodyer bring his amazing pace to Premier? We will see later tonight.

The top three in points as they enter round three are Kerry Madsen 699, Brock Hallett 684, Brooke Tatnell 673.

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Pickens perfect at the Springs

Pickens perfect at Western Springs

Boxing Day night is a cracker across the ditch at Auckland’s Western Springs Speedway where no fewer than seven US Midget professionals including Kyle Larson and Christopher Bell headlined the annual Boxing day Classic.

But it was not the Americans that prevailed ,you guessed it the Kiwi’s favorite son Michael Pickens cleaned up the night .Leading his Kiwi Team to a win in the International Midget Series and then taking the Midget Feature from Zach Daum and our Kaidon Brown .Pickens backed up and took the flag in the Sprintcar Feature ,a successful return to new Zealand after his recent US Tour

The night saw the early departure of Kyle Larson and Christopher Bell with both crashing and destroying their respective cars. Both drivers were ok, but Larson appeared to be a bit shaken up after stepping from his crashed racecar. Latest reports are that both are recovering well with no serious injuries. There was a bit of criticism of the track from several patron’s trackside.

The next leg of the United Truck Parts International Midget Series will flag off at Bay Park Speedway December 28 before the return to Western Springs on December 30thfor the 48th running of the World Midget Derby!

Just look at the Americans taking part last night.

Kyle Larson, Christopher Bell, Tyler Courtney, Chris Wisdom, Logan Seavey, Zac Daum, and seventeen-year-old Zeb Wise.

Australia was represented by Kaidon Brown, Travis Mills and Robert Heard.

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Mixed results for the US Raiders!

Mixed results for the US Raiders!

Brad Sweet at Valvoline photo by Garry Reid

The day after Christmas, Boxing Day is when Australian relax in front of the Television, it’s tradition to watch the start of the Sydney to Hobart Ocean Yacht Classic and then the start of the Boxing Day Cricket Test Match. With beer and chips in hand we settle in for the day but very much aware that Speedway will fires up in the cool of the evening across Australia with the appearances of many of the top US professionals.

Australian’s welcomes the US raiders, drivers from across the US team up with their Aussie Teams in an assault on our Major races across our wide drought and fire affected Nation.

The Americans had mixed results last night headed by wins in Sydney to Brad Sweet the current World of Outlaw Champion and in Brisbane where Donny Schatz continues to rule .The first round of the 2019/20 World Series down at Murray Bridge in South Australia was won by local Luke Dillon with US based Aussie Kerry Madsen second and Corey Eliason US third  .

While over in Perth Local Daniel Harding beat Shane Stewart home while fellow tourists Harli White 4th and Bud Keating failed to finish. The top five finishes in the major races last night were:

Valvoline Raceway: Brad Sweet (US), Jamie Veal, Marcus Dumseny, Carson Macedo (US) Ben Atkinson .US based Aussie Ian Madsen finished in 10th

Perth Motorplex:    Daniel Harding, Shane Stewart (US), Jamie Oldfield, Harli White (US), Jason Kendrick

Brisbane: Donny Schatz (US), Luke Oldfield, Andrew Scheuerle, Cullum Walker, Kevin Titman

Murray Bridge World Series Sprintcars Round 1/

Luke Dillon, Kerry Madsen (US Based Australian), Corey Eason (US), Rusty Hickman Steven Lines James McFadden finished in 6thwhike Brooke Tatnell cut a tire and failed to finish while running strongly.

Dillon takes round one WSS at Murray Bridge

No matter where you live you just have to find your way to a Speedway and cheer on our locals as they face off with the US Raiders .The weather might be hot but I can guarantee the racing will be hotter!

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Kyle Larson Headed Down Under

Kyle Larson is headed down under for a tour of New Zealand and Australia .Initially Larson will complete over the Christmas period in New Zealand in the United Truck Parts International Midget Series at Western Springs and Bay Park and Huntley Speedways .Larson has been a regular visitor to New Zealand and has an impressive record with  a local fan base in the land of the big white clouds.

A quick return trip back home to complete in the Chili Bowl before Larson jets back across the big pond to Australia to join up with his KLR World of Outlaws Team driver Carson Macedo at Dyson Motorsports. Larson will run events at Avalon, Borderline and Warnambool. Four of Australia’s biggest events, The Presidents Cup, The Kings Challenge and the Grand Annual Classic.

Larson had this to say on his web site abut his pending tour down under

“I am really looking forward to getting back to New Zealand next week,” said Larson. “It is a trip I look forward to every year. The fans that come out to each event are great and the racing is always exciting. Harley [Taylor] and I have had a lot of success together the past couple of years and I hope we get to continue that this season”

“This is something that came together just a few days ago and I can’t thank Sean [Dyson] enough for the opportunity to get back to Australia,” said Larson. “Carson has driven for Dyson Motorsports the last few seasons and they’ve always been competitive, so I can’t wait to get behind the wheel of the USA99 and hopefully win my first race down under.”!

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