COVID Canceled NEW Zealand Midget Title, with assistance from the Government!

Across the ditch COVID has struck again assisted by the New Zealand Government when it was announced from midnight last night Auckland will be locked down level 3 for a long 5 days. No doubt there will be many casualties and many disappointed locals at their Governments overreaction. One casualty was the New Zealand Midget Title set down for decision last night.

One case of transmission and the joint is locked down gives one little confidence in the Governments contract tracing and confidence in the people of Auckland to follow social distancing and good health practices.

The Title was postponed after a couple of heats on the final night once the announcement was made and now will have to be completely rerun.

With vaccine run out well underway and the virus well contained it is hard to understand how some Governments think. New Zealand you are not alone we have our share of dictators in Aussie land .

No one will convince me that these reactive decisions are not simply Politicians flexing their newly acquired power rather than from logical thinking based on the real situations.

So sorry the fan missed out and for the efforts put in by Teams to ready them self’s for the Title. We now wait for the reschedule event. No matter what our views rules must be followed so stay safe everyone

Image Brock Maskovich being interviewed at the track ,

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Veal wins for the bakery

Warnambool Saturday February 27 ,2021

Beautiful Warnambool on the road to Melbourne with borders opened presented the Chitticks Bakery Showdown on the oval to beat all ovals Premier Speedway.

Current Australian Sprintcar Champion and local hero Jamie Veal dominated on his hometown track.

30 laps around the clay, always in control Veal won the contest from Darren Mollenoyux and Grant Anderson.

Image from Premier Speedway

Questions how were the pies look yummy!

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Oh what a Feeling Callum!

Callum Williamson is still feeling it today after claiming the Maddington Toyota Sprintcar Series final last night at Bunbury Speedway.(Image Peter Chis Roebuck)

With Manders and Kingshott his Series challengers Williamson night was made just that little easier when Kaiden Manders crashed out of the opening Feature and was done for the nigh suddenly the three-car race was reduced to two.

With a margin over Kingshott and starting on the front row the task for Williamson in the deciding Feature was simple just to finish in from of the Krikke Motorsports driver and the Championship is his and the Teams.

The feeling was extra special for Williamson and his Team as this was their maiden Championship win.

Maddington Toyota Sprintcar Series final five : Williamson first Kingshott finished the series in second and Kris Coyle in third.  Defending Champion Jason Kendrick was fourth ahead of a disappointed Kaiden Manders in fifth.

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Battle at Bunbury

Who will come out on top after tonight’s final two rounds of the Maddington Toyota Sprintcar Series at Bunbury Speedway Perth .Kaiden Manders ,J& S Drilling , Cullum Williamson , Williamson Motorsports or Dyane Kingshott ,Krikke Motorsports

.Williamson is the form driver heading into the night but Manders has a slight lead ,Going to be a sensational battle at Bunbury

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Race declared, Good for Goodyer

Hi-Tec Oils Speedway Toowoomba 20th February 2021

Last night at the Hi-Tec Oils Toowoomba Speedway Jock Goodyer was in the lead at the right time and it pays to be there especially if the race is declared. The annual Lord Mayors Cup was set for an exciting race and it certainly did not disappoint.

With just three laps before the checker Luke Oldfield crashed and caused race ending damage to the catch fence. Oldfield had worked hard to come within striking distance of both McHugh and race leader Goodyer. Oldfield was uninjured we can only guess at the disappointment.

The race was declared with three laps left gifting the win to Goodyer. Although McHugh lead the race early and maintained a lead it was the harassment from Goodyear that gave him the late race lead and had the number #22 in the lead at the right time. Second was awarded to McHugh and third to Cody Maroske. Kratmann and Kelly completed the top five.

Image 44 Photography

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Callum takes the Big Chap 57

Callum takes the BIG CHAP 57

Some 4,000KM from Sydney way across Australia Callum Williamson won the BIG CHAP 57 Sprintcar Main event at the Perth Motorplex. The night was to honor the Ampol Legends

Williamson continued his sparking form to lead home Daniel Harding and David Priolo in the 57 lap Feature named in honor of the late Noel Bradford who had many memorable races carrying the #57.

Series leader Kaiden Manders had a D&F and saw his lead reduced to 2 points over Dyane Kingshott and Cullum Williamson.

The Title race will be decided on February 27 during a double Header at Bunbury Speedway.

BIG CHAP 57 Results: 1st Callum Williamson, 2nd Daniel Harding, 3rd David Priolo, 4th Jason Pryde, 5th Kris Coyle, 6th Ben Butcher, 7th Dayne Kingshott, 8th Darren Mewett, 9th Cameron McKenzie, 10th Aldo De Paoli, 11th Matthew Cross. DNF: Jason Kendrick (54 laps), Kaiden Manders (53 laps), Brad Maiolo (49 laps), AJ Nash (40 laps), Andrew Priolo (38 laps), George Eaton (38 laps), Trevor Jolly (32 laps), Trevor Reynolds (27 laps), Shaun Bradford (16 laps).

Upcoming rounds:

Rd12 Maddington Toyota Sprintcar Series – Bunbury Speedway – Feb 27

Final Maddington Toyota Sprintcar Series – Bunbury Speedway – Feb 27

Maddington Toyota Sprintcar Series Triple Crown

Rd1 Perth Motorplex – March 13

Rd2 Perth Motorplex – March 27

Rd3 Perth Motorplex – April 17

Image from Perth Motorplex and Maddington Sprintcar Series

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Speedcars in South America

While I am missing my Speedway here in Sydney bailed up by COVID Restrictions I realize how lucky I am to have friends around the World who kindly share information and best of all images. One of my recent fiends is Adrian Franza from Bueno Aires in Argentina and he regularly shares images of Speedcar racing or if you are in the US Midgets from his homeland Argentina , South American,

I though today I would share some images, the race cars appear a little different to what we are used to here in Australia /New Zealand or even in the US. Nevertheless, dirt flies just the same with plenty of wheel lifting and backing into the corners. No matter where you are the thrill is just the same.

Wherever you are logging from I hope you will enjoy these images.

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Missing my Speedway

Being a resident of Sydney and starved for Speedway with Valvoline raceway closed the regular updates from my interstate friends is a welcome spark that helps to keep Speedway ignited in my blood.

After a year of turmoil political and health wise in the US the World of Outlaws, the American Circuit of Champions has started thrilling crowds again. Here in Australia States except NSW are staging great events despite the many difficulties faced and put in their paths by Governments particularly with ruthless border shutdowns and unrealistic restrictions.

While James McFadden US Boss Kasey Kahne is holding down the set in the #9 Car James is keeping his hand in with some great drives and wins down under in the Monte Motorsports #17. including wins in the Sprintcar Super Series at Warnambool, South Australian Sprintcar Title at Wyhalla and wins at Avalon and Murray Bridge ,Perth Motorplex and Simpson Speedway

Here are some snaps from the Australia Day Meeting at Murray Bridge:

Photo from Snapperific Photography

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Photo 1 Marcus Dumsney ,Photo, 2David Murcott Photo 3 James McFadden

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Veal Australian Champion

Jamie Veal Australian Champion

Jamie Veal Australian Sprintcar Champion 2020

Last night at Latrobe Speedway Jamie Veal won a battle against the best in Australian to win the right to carry the most prestigious number in Australian speedway ,  the A1 on the SWI  Engineering family owned Maxim .

With mother nature making the weekend tougher than needed points on the first night we restricted and a race against time to get the Latrobe Track ready for the Championship night saw a beaver like effort  from track staff.

Veal won the pole alongside Robbie Farr with previous Champions McFadden and Madsen close behind.

Veal first battled with McFadden and Shaun Dobson as the trio ran four wide in pursuit of the race lead. McFadden and Dobson ‘s efforts went unrewarded on lap 17 when they came together .After that  Veal had to deal with Kerry Madsen, determined to improve his recent run of podiums but again Veal protected his race lead .Finally it was Marcus Dumseny’s chance and Marcus’s recent form offered up a real challenge for Veal,  Dumnesy has be so very fast all year .I remember him taking Veal apart in one of the A Main over the Christmas racing at Valvoline but not this time as Veal again protected his Australian Tile lead .

In a Championship race that had many casualties Veal remained strong and focused and protected his lead to the finish with Marcus Dumnesy grabbing second and Kerry Madsen getting another podium. Steven Lines and Jack Lee filled the top five spots. Brooke Tatnell made the Championship Final from the B Main and finished in 6th .

The infield was filled with damaged race cars and disappointed teams.

Jamie Veal in a post-race interview.

“Yes, it’s been a while, 13 years I think, so I been chasing this win for a long time. Over the years we haven’t been close to winning it, but we have always been in the hunt” commented Jamie following the race.

“I think we got a bit lucky there at certain stages but it’s a long race. During the middle stages we faded a little bit with James (McFadden) and Shaun (Dobson) who was very quick and unfortunately, they came together. Then Kerry showed his nose late, but the late cautions really helped”

After fighting Mother Nature early and the best Australian could offer Jamie veal and  WSI racing are our Australian Sprintcar Champion for 2020 and the A1 will replace the V35 on the tail of the SWI Engineering Maxim .

Images from Phil Mitchell Sprintcar Australia

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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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