Kaiden Manders finish the season as he started with win

Kaiden Manders finish the season as he started with win

Kaiden Manders

Kaiden Manders

Young Western Australian Kaiden Manders in the McAllen Motorsports entry finished the 2015/16 season on a high. Winning the final Feature on the Perth Motorplex program. Manders dominated the race and the win added another page to his impressive list of speedcar success.The 2016 season ended with the Team adding the Perth Track Championship to their 2016 list of wins

This year the promise Manders showed when he won the 2014 Magic Man 34 was carried forward with wins in the Western Australian Title, the Laurie Mathew Classic and the Sheehan Haulage Grand Prix Series plus a swag of feature wins at tracks around the West.Overcoming the talents of lee Redmond and Dyane Kingshott for most of this past season clearly stamps Manders as the leading driver in Western Australia.

Kingshott has been driving the Lee Redmond #52 as his car is well on the way to the US where Kingshott wil compete in the USAC and POWRi Midget Weeks .

Kaiden Manders

Kaiden Manders

The combination of the McAllen Motorsports and Kaiden Manders continues to grow and with the careful management from the McAllen’s the future will be filled with many more major wins and Titles.

The results from the final night at Perth Motorplex ,

Heat One – 10 laps: 1. Kaiden Manders, 2. Neville Lance, 3. Jason Tremeer, 4. Dayne Kingshott, 5. Phil Tremeer, 6. Glen Mears, 7. Daniel Golding, 8. Chris Telenta, 9. Ryan Condren, 10. Steven Henderson, 11. Rob Golding. DNF: Travis White (6). DNS: Chris Griffiths. Total Time: 2.44.533. Winning Margin: 0.060. Fastest Lap: 15.724 Kaiden Manders.

Heat Two – 10 laps: 1. Kaiden Manders, 2. Dayne Kingshott, 3. Neville Lance, 4. Glen Mears, 5. Ryan Condren, 6. Jason Tremeer, 7. Travis White, 8. Rob Golding, 9. Steven Henderson. DNF: Dan Golding (6), Phil Tremeer (6), Chris Griffiths (6). DNS: Chris Telenta. Total Time: No Time. Winning Margin: 0.905. Fastest Lap: 15.461 Kaiden Manders.

Feature – 20 laps: 1. Kaiden Manders, 2. Glen Mears, 3. Ryan Condren, 4. Travis White, 5. Rob Golding, 6. Jason Tremeer, 7. Chris Telenta. DNF: Steven Henderson (16), Dayne Kingshott (5), Neville Lance (5). DNS: Dan Golding, Chris Griffiths, Phil Tremeer. Total Time: No Time. Winning Margin: 14.110. Fastest Lap: 15.705 Kaiden Manders.

Podium Perth

Podium Perth

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Darwin Speedway ready for 2016 opener.

Darwin Speedway ready for 2016 opener.

With the 2016 racing season starting to close out for the year across most of Australia the top end, The Northern Territory Northline Speedway in Darwin is getting ready for their season opener on May 7th.

The track April 9

The track April 9

With the top end starting to dry out and vegetation growing freely around the track club members have got down and dirty as they unleashed their efforts and returned the track to top spec conditions .During the wet the vegetation grows freely relishing the freedom to spread and enjoy  the dirt before the howling roar and wheel spinning  winged monsters take control of the track.

The transformation of the racing surface in just two week is a credit to the many hours the volunteers and track management put into the project.Northline

The Roller Door Service Northline Speedway announced that one of Speedways most recognizable voices, Stu McCarthy track commentator at Sydney’s Valvoline Raceway will do track side commentary for the season .McCarthy will bring a level of expertise and enthusiasm to the race track that will be appreciated by all those race fans track side .Sydney based McCarthy will travel up throughout the season.

Stu McCarthy at work

Stu McCarthy at work

Teams will get their first taste of the track in 2016 during practice on April 30th before the season opener on May 7th; .The program the first of 13 for the season will host 410 Sprintcars, Wingless Sprints, Formula 500s, AMCA Nationals, Street Stocks, Junior Sedans and Speedway Karts.

For more information on the Roller Door Service Northline Speedway visit their web site

http://darwinspeedway.com.au/index.php

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Casey Shuman enters US Golf Open

Casey Shuman enters US Golf OpenCasey Shuman sprint

If you love your dirt track racing here how one of the sports best plans to improve his driving .Casey Shuman best known for his exploits on dirt in midgets and sprintcars , Shuman has entered the 2016 US Golf Open .

A keen golfer Shuman is remembered by Australian and Western Australian fans for his second in 2013/15 magic man 34 race in Perth behind country man Alex Bright. Casey Shuman is the force behind the BOSS Chassis Wingless Auto Racing Series WARS based out of Americas heartland , Missouri .

You can follow WARS  on these links https://twitter.com/WARSprintSeries   https://www.facebook.com/warsprintcarseries

With one of his car recently up for sale the racer from Rattlesnake Arizona will soon be realized a lifelong calling when he tees off in his qualifying rounds at the Oakmont Country Club on June 13th.Shuman US PGA

Shuman has entered the 116th running of the Open as an amateur and while most interest around the Golfing World will centre on names like Adam Scott, Jason Day and Jordon Speith Dirt Speedway fans will be keen to follow Casey’s progress as  he undertakes such a massive challenge.

You can show support for Casey Shuman in this quest on twitter https://twitter.com/caseyshuman https://twitter.com/hashtag/USPOPENorbust?src=hash

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Press Release World Series Sprintcars

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Apr 28, 2016

Positive Direction Achieved for ENZED World Series Sprintcars

“The recent review meeting held in Sydney for ENZED World Series Sprintcars has provided positive feedback and direction for the organizing body Speedway Australia.drivers small

Promoters, Team Owners, Drivers and the entire Speedway Australia Board led by Chair Ross Allen and General Manager Tim Savell attended the get together which has been described as very successful.

Speedway Australia was able to supply much insight into the administration of the Series with positive and passionate input from the Team Owners, Promoters and Drivers witnessed.

Former ENZED World Series Champion James McFadden said he is confident of what could be in the 2016-2017 Series.  “The new team from Speedway Australia provided detailed information that allowed us as Drivers and the Team Owners to seriously consider committing to the 30th Anniversary year of WSS.”

General Manager Tim Savell said he was pleased by the atmosphere of the meeting, “We received great direction from all stakeholders, it has us in a great place to organise and confirm detail early, with a draft calendar now released for consideration. We take on board driver comments in regards to the need for consistency and that’s what we will deliver.”

The tentative calendar sees an expanded 16 round program commencing at the Murray Bridge venue on November 4 winding up at the Perth Motorplex February 25, 2017. ”

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SPEEDCARS ADDED TO MAY 7 VALVOLINE RACEWAY EVENT

SPEEDCARS ADDED TO MAY 7 VALVOLINE RACEWAY EVENT

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Official release: Valvoline Raceway
April 26, 2015

Speedcars have been added to the Valvoline Raceway season finale on Saturday, May 7.

The May 7 event was originally slated as a rain date for the Carline Automotive 50-Lapper however in the light of last Saturday’s unfortunate rain-out of the Speedcar Super Series finale this brings about a unique situation.

“We have been keeping the May 7 date up our sleeve as a rain-out for the 50,” says VR MD Steven Green, “and that may still actually be the case if we need it for that race if the weather isn’t favorable this weekend. However in the meantime we have slated the Speedcar Super Series finale for May 7. If rain were to cancel the 50-lapper this Saturday we’d still re-schedule it on May 7. Hopefully we won’t need to do that and we can run the 50-lapper and the SSS final consecutively on April 30 and May 7. Either way, Speedcars are locked in, in some form, for May 7.”

SSS Principal Ken Jenkins is fully supportive.

“We’re (SSS) grateful for the chance to re-run our final at Parramatta on May 7 but we’re also aware that it’s first and foremost the rainout date for the 50-lap race. We’re hopeful that Parramatta can run both this weekend and next and that way we all get our races in. There’s nothing you can do about the weather. Finger crossed,” says Jenkins.

Remaining schedule for Valvoline Raceway is:

Saturday, April 30
Carline Automotive Speedcar 50-lapper / Late Models / Lightning Sprints / Caravan Derby

Saturday, May 7
Time Target Late Model Easternapolis / Speedcars / Wingless Sprints / Street Stocks

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Disappointments and surprises at POWRi Midget Shows

Disappointments and surprises at POWRi Midget Shows

There were disappointments and surprises at the POWRi Midgets shows firstly at Valvoline Raceway Sydney Australia and at the two night shows at Jacksonville and Macon Speedways in Illinois .

The build up to the final round of the Lucas Oils POWRi Speedcar Super Series sponsored by Diamond Air Conditioning was full of enthusiasm and excitement .A field of 33 cars with the best from across Australia plus the appearance of current Western Springs Track Champion Hayden Williams added fuel to what was already a red hot field. Series Leader and defending Champion Nathan Smee, and four times Australian Champion Adam Clarke are just a part of the sensational field assembled.

Valvoline wet track

Valvoline wet track

The weather looked shaking early but prediction of it clearing could not have been more wrong and the heavens opened forcing promoters to call it off early .A decision on a reschedule date will be announced shortly.

Programming so late in the season might pose some problems but the immediate focus is on this Saturday night when the track will host the Carling 50 Lapper. This event is high on the agenda of all speedcar driver’s schedule with good prize money. The field will be strengthened by the addition of current Australian Champion  Michael Pickens in the Bret Morris owned car .To see the A1 go around will be sure to heighten the energy and determination of every Aussie keen to prevent the Kiwi rustler from capturing another of our prestige’s races .

The POWRi two night show in the States at Illinois opened with friday nights Jacksonville POWRi show. The show attracted all the top POWRi racers and the quality field was swamped by the invasion of a six car Keith Kunz Motorsports Team headed by the return of 2015 /16 Chili Bowl Champ and current NASCAR Truck racer  Rico Abreu.

Headed by Abreu and backed by Thorson, Bayston, Macedo, Robinson and Holly Shelton the program looked stacked in the KKM favour.Could anybody have ever expected the best the team could deliver over the two nights was a second to Bryan Clauson in the Jacksonville opener and  a best place of fourth to Rico Abreu over the two nights. It was not only the KKM team that found themselves beaten but also the former POWRi Champ and Chili Bowl place getter in 2016 Zach Daum .  Clauson’s win at Jacksonville was his 30th POWRi Lucas Oils win from 77 starts and his 44th race in his 2016 200 race schedule.

The Jacksonville  results.

Great Clips Feature Winner: 63 – Bryan Clauson

Bryan Clauson Jacksonville

Bryan Clauson Jacksonville

POWRi Lucas Oil National Midget Series Feature Results (30 laps): 1. 63 – Bryan Clauson 2. 67 -Tanner Thorson 3. 91T – Tyler Thomas 4. 97K – Rico Abreu 5. 5D – Zach Daum 6. 32 – Garrett Aitken 7. 11A – Andrew Felker 8. 11AG – Dave Darland 9. 97 – Spencer Bayston 10. 71 – Ryan Robinson 11. 3N – Jake Neuman 12. 5X – Justin Peck 13. 91 – Dereck King 14. 41 – Austin Prock 15. 7 – Austin Brown 16. 67K – Holly Shelton 17. 9K – Kyle Schuett 18. 1K – Brayton Lynch 19. 31 – David Budres 20. 22 – Andy Malpocker 21. 88 – Terry Babb 22. 56Y – Daniel Robinson 23. 71K – Carson Macedo

Most of the established stars got into the action at Jacksonville but the Macon results would have been a surprise, particularly the way Andrew Felker went about his work and rounding up some of the more fancied stars in his run to the checker and the Feature win.

It is not often, in fact very rare for the Kunz Team to miss out on major Hardware. The efforts of Tucker Klaasmeyer, Austin Brown to get their spots on the podium were a reward for some hard work in preparation and steely determination. Klaasmeyer’s second was a career best and Browns podium was his first for the year. The fourth placed finish by Justin Peck was a fine result after starting way back in position 15. It was a night when the BOSS Chassis really BOSSED the field.

Klaasmeyer and Brown's BOSS Cars

Klaasmeyer and Brown’s BOSS Cars

Drivers interviews after the Macon show ,

ANDREW FELKER

“I knew we had a good car, but [Tanner Thorson] was getting better restarts than me,” explained a victorious Andrew Felker.  “I knew we had a good car, just a matter of finding our time to make it.  It’s hard to beat Keith Kunz cars any night and to have all BOSS cars up here is pretty special.  Right now we’re fighting for our lives, we’re out of sponsorship, and so as long as we keep winning races, we’ll be out here every week.”

TUCKER KLAASMEYER

Tucker Klaasmeyer heading back to pits after 2nd at Macon

Tucker Klaasmeyer heading back to pits after 2nd at Macon

 

“I can’t thank KBR and BOSS Chassis enough,” said Tucker Klaasmeyer with a career-best second.  “The car was awesome and this is actually my best finish in a midget, which is pretty cool.”

AUSTIN BROWN

“I knew it was going to be fast up top and it was,” Austin Brown said.  “Everybody kind of lined up, but we had to look out for all the wrecks, but we got through most of them.  Congrats to Andrew Felker on the win.”

The Macon results , .

Great Clips Feature Winner: 11A – ANDREW FELKER

Andrew Felker Macon

Andrew Felker Macon

POWRi Lucas Oil National Midget Series Feature Results (30 laps): 1. 11A – ANDREW FELKER 2. 27 – TUCKER KLAASMEYER 3. 7 – AUSTIN BROWN 4. 5X – JUSTIN PECK 5. 88 – TERRY BABB 6. 5D – ZACH DAUM 7. 97K – RICO ABREU 8. 32 – GARRETT AITKEN 9. 3N – JAKE NEUMAN 10. 41 – AUSTIN PROCK 11. 50 – DANIEL ADLER 12. 67 – TANNER THORSON 13. 56Y – DANIEL ROBINSON 14. 56X – MARK CHISHOLM 15. 67K – HOLLY SHELTON 16. 31 – DAVID BUDRES 17. 28 – KORY SCHUDY 18. 97 – SPENCER BAYSTON 19. 91 – DERECK KING 20. 9K – KYLE SCHUETT 21. 71 – RYAN ROBINSON 22. 71K – CARSON MACEDO 23. 91T – TYLER THOMAS

The next event on the POWRi Lucas Oils 2016 schedule is Bell-Clair Friday April 29th .

Photo credits Valvoline Raceway,POWRi , Klaasmeyer Racing

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Outlaws return to where it all started

They say go west young man and this weekend the World of Outlaws returns to the birthplace of the World of Outlaws the Devils Bowl, Mesquite Texas.Devils Bowl

It seems like only yesterday but March 28 1978 was the night these wild beasts were released and dirt track racing with the winged monsters became the game to be in.The Devils Bowl still under the same management of Lanny Edwards had returned to the WoO schedule in 2014 after being off the Outlaw’s schedule for 11 years. This is a special place in the history of the Outlaws .The first race was won by Jimmy Boyd and Sammy Swindell heads Steve Kinser with 11 win to 10 at birthplace of the Outlaws. The only contracted Outlaws to record wins here are Schatz, and Saldana with 2 wins each and Pittman with one win in 2014.

Joey Saldana Roth Motorsports

Joey Saldana Roth Motorsports

Brad Sweet heads the points as the Outlaws park their haulers in the pits .Sitting just 93 points adrift in second is Stewart followed by Schatz, Pittman and Saldana.

The lap record around the ½ mile high banks dirt oval is still held today by Mark Kinser set April 24 1999. Mark Kinser was a three times winner at the Bowl.While the Outlaws will have lots of support there will be locals cheering for 2014 Track Champion Raven Culp as he makes his first World of Outlaw start.

The Devils Bowl will feature a two night show Friday April 22nd and Saturday April 23rd.

Series point’s leader Brad Sweet was asked what it means to you as a driver to return to this historical track

Brad Sweet with 5 wins in 2016

Brad Sweet with 5 wins in 2016

“For me, I am a little younger so I wasn’t around when the Outlaws started. It’s obviously a very prestigious track being the place the Outlaws started. I always heard about some of the shows that Steve Kinser, Sammy Swindell, Doug Wolfgang and all those older guys had, so the fact that we get to go back there and keep the series going there after all these years is pretty awesome. It’s a historical racetrack so anytime you can win there and put your name on that list of winners is an honor.”

Thanks to Craftmans World of Outlaws here is a link that will take you back to 1984 and some rare footage of Steve Kinser being beaten at the devils Bowl,

http://woosprint.com/video/throwback-thursdays/3750-throwbackthursday-world-of-outlaws-craftsman-sprint-cars-devils-bowl-speedway-march-3rd-1984 

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POWRi midgets racing both side of the World

Friday and Saturday nights will be awakened by the sounds of the POWRi Midgets racing on both side of the World .Friday night at Jacksonville Speedway is the first of a two night schedule finishing on Saturday at Macon Speedway.

The Kunz team lined up at the Turnpike Challenge

The Kunz team lined up at the Turnpike Challenge

The POWRi fields at Jacksonville and Macon will be headed by the powerful Keith Kunz Motorsports Team with 2015 Chili Bowl and USAC Champion Rico Abreu making a rare but welcomed returns to the midget. Supporting Abreu will be Thorson, Macedo, Bayston, Holly Shelton and Robinson.

A six car invasion by Midgets most powerful and successful Team will not automatically guarantee top spot on the podium.The last POWRI meet at the Turnpike Challenge at Port Royal Speedway saw locals get the better of Tanner Thorson on both nights of the Challenge.

Saturday night down under at Valvoline Raceway the final round of the POWRi Lucas Oils Speedcar Super Series sponsored by Diamond Air-Conditioning .The final has attracted a field of 33 midgets with the entries from all States plus New Zealand .

Hayden Williams after winning the Barry Butterworth Classic

Hayden Williams after winning the Barry Butterworth Classic

The current Western Springs Track Champion Hayden Williams will cross the ditch to team up with Moree based team of CJR in the Q82 Mopar .Williams hardened by the his many tough campaigns at Western Springs and backed by recent US experiences will be difficult to beat .The past Western Springs season has catapulted the BMW Technician to the head of the NZ Speedcar standings. Williams is expected to stay on and race the following week in the annual 50 lapper when Michael Pickens will be back at Valvoline .

Heading into the series final defending Champion Nathan Smee cannot be beaten for the series but to get the final feature win he will need to overcome his biggest rival former national Champion Adam Clarke who is return after a short rest where his Jack Berry Racing Polar ice rocket has been refreshed.Smee, Williams and Clarke will have no shortage of challengers once qualifying is finished.

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Young racer dies after fiery crash in Southern Ohio

Young racer dies after fiery crash in Southern OhioCharlieFloyd

Last Friday night April 16th at the Southern Ohio Speedway a young man with a passion for life, family and dirt late model racing lost his life after suffering horrendous injuries during a fiery crash at the Speedway.

Charlie Ford headed out to the Speedway looking forward to pushing his #99F Dirt late Model thru the corners and down the straight at the Southern Ohio track fulfilling one of his passions.A horrible accident would take his young life away, this is just so sad. A young man lost from his family and the young family enduring the pain of their broken hearts.

The details of the accidents are to horrific to report here and out of respect for all those involved in the rescue and recovery I will leave it unsaid.In these heart wrenching times when hearts and spirit are forever damaged the wonderful support the Speedway Families steps up with is amazing .No matter where it is groups join with a common good to support in real ways the families that suffer.

A young man lost, partner and small child left behind but because of the love, generosity of support they will find the umbrella of love and support always overhead.While we all share the lost, we can’t for one moment take the pain away. Only time and love will bring happiness back but the loss remains in our hearts forever.

Rest in peace Charlie Ford and May god bless and care for Quinn and baby Liam

Safe in God's care #99forever

Safe in God’s care #99forever

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You can support Charlie Ford’s family with your donations at this site.  https://www.gofundme.com/tczduhg4

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JAMIE VEAL STEPS INTO THE MILWAUKEE TOOLS #17

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Jamie Veal to drive the #W17 for Monte Motorsports

Jamie Veal to drive the #W17 for Monte Motorsports

JAMIE VEAL STEPS INTO THE MILWAUKEE TOOLS #17 DRIVERS SEAT FOR GOLD CUP AT THE PERTH MOTORPLEX – APRIL 23Veal and Monte Motorsports

“Monte Motorsport is pleased to confirm that Jamie Veal will pilot the Milwaukee Tools #17 for the Gold Cup to be held at the Perth Motorplex on Saturday 23rd April.

Fresh from wrapping up the USC Championship last night at Valvoline Raceway with his SWI Engineering team Jamie’s racing schedule for the Australian season is complete. With our teams racing commitments for the season finished the opportunity presented itself and our team led by crew chief Kim Buswell are looking forward to working with Veal to round out our WA season ”

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