McFadden back with KKR!

McFadden resigned by Kasey Kahne Racing!

After a successful season with Kasey Kahne Racing in 2019 it was a no brainer that the Mooresville based team would secure McFadden’s signature on the contract for 2020.After winning seven-time last season including the Knoxville 360 Nationals .McFadden’s credentials are up there with the very best

The Team will contest around 50 events starting down in Florida at Volusia County Speedway February 5 through February 9, 2010.

Their 2020 program will take in NOS Energy Drinks World of Outlaw shows and the Ollies Bargin Outlets All Star Circuit of Champions events.

Photo from KKR

To have been retained by the Premier Sprint car team in the World is a mighty achievement and underlines the extortionary talent and commitment of the bearded racer from the top end of Australia!

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They say its bigger in the West

In the West, this weekend it is!

There is a saying its bigger in the west, well this weekend over in Perth Western Australia the Perth Motorplex has a monster Show

The Final General John Day Classic will be run over 50 Laps with $25K up for grabs plus an additional $25K for the high points driver on the night if he can win from the back mark. The John Day Classic in its final year has attracted interest from across the Nation, New Zealand and the US.

Current USAC Midget Champion Tyler Courtney and his touring partner the defending John Day Classic Champion Jason McDougal together with Alex Bright head up the challenge from Uncle Sam! Our favorite Kiwi Michael Pickens is back again after spending a successful few weeks racing in the US.

Tyler Courtney “Sunshine” USAC Photo

22 drivers have nominated and heading the Australians is Current Australian Champion Dayne Kingshott and on home turf the internationals will need to be right on their game .Former Australian Champion Kaidon Brown is all so looking for the cash !.A most interesting entry is young West Aussie Kaiden Manders who returns to Speedcar racing after having a term in the 360 Sprintcars .You might remember a few years back Kaiden surprise  a very strong field to win that very special Speedcar race  in memory of Michael Figliomeni known as the Magic Man34 !

If the John Day Classic is not big enough for you how about the return to Australian of the “Mad Man ” Kerry Madsen  as he defend his Western Australian Sprintcar Title .New car, new livery 2020 shapes as a hot season for the Krikke Motorsports Team as they try and secure their first World Series Sprintcar Title together .Photo credit Krikke Motorsports

Just glance down the entry list for the John Day Classic

𝗢𝗳𝗳𝗶𝗰𝗶𝗮𝗹 𝗡𝗼𝗺𝗶𝗻𝗮𝘁𝗶𝗼𝗻𝘀 – 𝟮𝟮            

A1 Dayne Kingshott

2 Ross Heywood

NZ4 Michael Pickens

USA4 Alex Bright

7 Tom Payet

9 Vaughan Manders

11 Kaiden Manders

N14 Nathan Smee

15 Rob Golding

16 Alfonso Guadagnino

17 Dan Golding

USA22 Tyler Courtney

23 Glen Mears

26 Keenan Fleming

27 Shaun North

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CJB Hires Brent Marks

Stewart and Marks photo by World of O

The seat swap has started at the World of Outlaws. Shortly after Shane Stewart had left the seat of the #5 CJB Motorsports car Brent Marks will slid into the CJB Motorsports beast for the 2020 World of Outlaws season starting down in sunny Florida with the Dirt Car nationals.

Since joining the Outlaw circuit in 2017 full time Marks has scored soundly in the points but it is interesting that he finished in 10th one spot behind the driver he replaces Shane Stewart.Both recorded one win each during the season.

Without the responsibilities of running his own team 2020 shapes as an exciting opportunity for the Pennsylvanian. During the past season Marks won the highly sought after National Open at Williams Grove, a nice earner of $65K.

During the 2020 season Marks and CJB Motorsports will run a part time World of Outlaw program including other events. As one driver secures his drive for 2020 others including Shane Stewart are still seeking opportunities!

Marks had this comment on his move to CJB ““You don’t get opportunities like these in the sport anymore,” Marks said. “And it’s just a really good deal. I’m excited and honoured to drive for the Clements family and to work with Barry Jackson. He’s a smart guy. We’re going to have a lot of success together.”

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Just give us a fair go Premier!

Dear Premier

The NSW voters are made up of many different types with many different needs and requirements and for your Government to satisfy all theirs needs must be a very difficult and demanding task.

Many follow Football, NRL AFL Cricket all very well-funded and supported codes. A much lesser number of us follow Speedway but Speedway is just as important in their lives as Football, Cricket and the many other Sports that form part of our entertainment.

The recent announcement that your Government will acquire the site that the Valvoline Raceway sits on is devastating to the followers of Speedway while your Government spends Billions on new facilities for other codes! Speedway appears to be way down on your list of priority. Promoters and fans might not have the dollar muscle of the other sports that forces you to act but we have many votes when it comes to an election.

Photo credit Valvoline Raceway

Speedway in Sydney has been a tradition handed down and enjoyed by generations of families .Most of our facilities have been taken from us in the name of progress and the big end of Town is in there with their deep pockets with little interest in what these decisions mean for the local Speedway fan. There are thousands of fans all voters who can decide the fate of your or any Government particularly when they feel they are being ignored and don’t matter. The difference between being in Government and opposition can be a very small number of votes in crucial seats

The recent reply of the Honorable Mr. lees the Acting Minister for Sport to a question in Parliament  from the Opposition Leader was less than convincing and builds fear in the minds of Speedway fans and Valvoline Raceway that the Government is not really committed to building a new facility by 2021 or what ever date you decide to take over the site .

Do you or any of your Government understand the benefits that Speedway brings to both the National and State economies, Mr. Lees appears not to.

Sydney Speedways fans ,have lost most all of their Speedways venues over time with almost no support from Government to replace them .They have been pushed out of Sydney and in the last 60 odd years we have lost the Sportsground Speedway the Showground Speedway, Westmead Speedway and  Liverpool Speedway .Of course there were many  others before these closures .

What do the Speedway fans want, just a fair goes and some certainty for the future of our Sport in Sydney. By now I guess you have either binned this email or maybe handed it down to an under Secretary to reply in typical Government waffle, I hope not!

Your Government made a very public commitment, you can’t blame us lacking trust in your commitment. 

This email will be posted on my Speedway web sites and on my social media platforms.

Just give us a fair go Premier!

Thank you,

David Platt

http://www.talkingspeedway.com/

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Farewell Mike Raymond

This morning as I woke from my overnight slumber and dreams my bedside radio told me the saddest news,Mike Raymond Mr. Speedway known to many of us had passed away.

Mike Raymond was a giant in the Motorsport Commentary and Speedway Management field. There will be lots of tributes from all those inside Speedway and Motorsports, but my tribute is from that of just a Speedway and Touring Car fan in Australia.

Mr. Raymond gave us color, lots of information as he introduced local and international drivers to us live at the Speedway or through his many interesting Newspaper columns and across our televisions screens and the radio dial.

A Big Man, big in his knowledge and support of Speedway always immaculately dressed. To me and many others you were and will always be Mr. Speedway. Thank you for your work from the inside of the Tracks.

This current journey will be at a slower pace ,rest in peace Mr Raymond

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The Race for the Championship

As Brad Sweet heads into the Championship battle at the Dirt Tack with Donny Schatz all the scribes are chatting about what is to come over the three days of the Cam Am World Finals but there is another race of equal importance., the race of Championship Owner!

The race between the team owners Kasey Khane and the unpredictable and Speedway benefactor and legend Tony Stewart for the honor of being the Owner of the Championship winning car.

For Kasey Kahne this is the chance of adding to Title won when Daryn Pittman was driving the #9 car back in 2013 and for Smoke a win for Schatz will take his Title wins as an owner to 10! Incredible effort for a mighty talented driver by committed Speedway supporter.

While the drivers take center stage and that’s only right the Team owner’s desire is just as great with the tag Championship owner of the year sure to attract and secure sponsorship support for the coming season notwithstanding the personal prestige and glory it brings.

Who ever comes out on top one thing is for sure this year has been the most exciting and closest I can remember?

Images from World of Outlaws

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The Enemy strikes at Port Royal

Port Royal Speedway’s final  for 2019 with the Outlaws challenging the Posse and the race for the Outlaw Championship was  put to the sword ed by speedways greatest enemy Mother Nature .Constant rain during the early part of Saturday forced the promoters to call the meeting off .Even with a rain date thin place for Sunday the meeting could not be rescheduled .

The race for the 2019 Title n ow heads to the Dirt track in Charlotte for three nights of all or nothing   between Sweet and Schatz. Does  Sweet go all out for the win or look for points ,guess it depends on the strategy played Tony Stewart Racing and Schatz himself but the unknown factor is what the remaining Outlaws will have to say .They all be looking to increase their haul of points and grab as much of the prize pool as possible .

What ever happens Brad Sweet will end the year with the most race wins, we are in for one hell of a show!

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Schatz wins at Port Royal Gap just 8 points to Sweet

Schatz wins at Port Royal Gap is just 8 points to Sweet
Donny Schatz records his 11th win of the season and 3rd straight at Port Royal and reduces the gap to Sweet to just 8 points.


The final night of the Nittany Showdown at Port Royal is Saturday night with more than cash on the line points are vital for both Sweet and Schatz as the chase for the Championship enters its final four nights.
It is amazing just how close and exciting this Championship has been all season long and its fitting that the two leading contenders will head into the World Finals after tonight’s Nittany Showdown with the Championship on the razors edge.
Team and driver rivalry could nor be higher but the level of sportsmanship around the pits is special with teams eager to assist each other in times of need, you see it at most shows and last night they all pitched in again to help get Jason Sides damaged car back for the last chance showdown !

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The Killing of a Speedway

Today the breaking news in Australian Speedway is the news that the NSW
Government finally advised what we have all feared for years that the
Parramatta Speedway (Valvoline Raceway ) will be flattened by the demolishers as Government prepares to make way for the marshalling yards for the New South West Metro .

The promoters were advised yesterday by phone in typical Bureaucratic style with little interest in the history and effort of the promoters who have spent millions in building and staging such a world class facility.

Progress is important, infrastructure needs to keep pace with population growth but better planning by all Governments State and Federal with decentralization of business would reduce the massive push for more and more facilities for more and more residents and their needs.

As recent as this morning after massive public response the Government is
talking about a possible new Speedway but can they be trusted?

Governments forget Speedway is a business, creates jobs and adds value to
our economy and the recreational benefits for families can’t be underestimated.

It had to happen, but how much better would it have been to have announced first that a new facility would be built rather than cause all the anxious moments for race fans, teams and the promoter.

Here is a thought, how many Speedways have been closed over the years, lots. But how many Football Stadiums and Racecourse have been closed for  PROGRESS can you name one ?

Photo Credit   Full Throttle Publishing and ABC News

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The Race for the Top Outlaw

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The Race for the Top Outlaw in 2019 has never been closer

Five races left in Season 2019 and Brad Sweet leads the 10 Times Champion Donny Schatz by just 32 points. The pair will go at it again next weekend where the Posse headed by Dewease and Dietrich will try and better the Outlaws and play interference between the top three Title chance in the two night show the  Nittany Showdown at Port Royal Speedway .Then its on to the final three shows  of the Cam – Am World Finals at the Dirt Track Charlotte where the Champion will be crowned!

Sweet moment before the challenge WoO Photo

Out of the 69 events decided so far, the top two in the Championship race have finished in the top five 45 times each with Sweet sitting on top with 16 wins follow by Schatz with 10. Third running Gravel sits 102 points behind Sweet and shares 10 wins with Schatz but has only finished in the top five 42 times.

Gravel winning Jason Johnson Classic DB3 Image

While most of the interest will be on the Championship battle there are plenty of other contenders for wins in the remaining five events .With 16 different winners so far in 2019 trying to predict the winners over these last 5 races will be extremely difficult with the Posses on hand at Port Royal and the World Finals attracting a wide level of entry

Just look at the last three races, Christopher Bell took his own car to a first ever Outlaw win at Tri – State. Schatz won at Lakeside with new Ford Motor and Gravel punched back in the Jason Johnson Classic at Ozark Speedway.

As the Outlaws head into the Port Royal double header weekend the spread of points over the top 5 drivers in the chase for the Championship looks like this looks like this .

1/ Brad Sweet 9586, 2/ Donny Schatz 9554, 3/ David Gravel 9484, 4/ Daryn Pittman 9260, 5/ Logan Schuchart.

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