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.

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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.

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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 !

 

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World Series Sprintcar Round three who will win

World Series Sprintcars all parked up in the pits at Borderline Speedway for round 3 of the World Series Sprintcars. Overnight and early this morning the roads into Mount Gambier witnessed a convoy of transporters hauling the 51 Teams from Murray bridge Speedway.

Will McFadden strike again with back to back wins or will Kerry Madsen recover from last night’s nasty meeting with the fence to grab his second WSS win for 2018.But with Jason Johnson feeling comfortable after two podiums can he squeeze the Diamond Bay Motorsports #26 across the line for his first WSS win. Jamie Veal will be hoping the Krikke #W2 fire ups and takes him to the top of the podium after last night’s disappointment.

All these question and many more will be answered later tonight after the chequer falls on round three of the WSS and Speed week.

The winner tonight will know he’s been in real scrap such is the quality of the field tonight at Borderline Speedway in Mount Gambier.

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MADSEN LIVID WHILE MCFADDEN TRIUMPHS AT MURRAY BRIDGE

 

MADSEN LIVID WHILE MCFADDEN TRIUMPHS AT MURRAY BRIDGE

A controversial incident between reigning Australian Sprintcar Champion Kerry Madsen and Victorian hotshot Tim Van Ginneken has brought a premature end to the A Main at the second round of QSS World Series Sprintcars at Murray Bridge, South Australia.

James McFadden claimed a convincing win over Louisianan Jason Johnson and Matt Egel after the race was declared with just 3 laps remaining, with the clash between Van Ginneken and Madsen leaving the Australia #1 car tangled in the catch fence in turn one.

Madsen had driven from 15th after coming from the B Main all the way to battle for 5th with Van Ginneken who had gradually slipped back after leading the first 12 laps from his front row start alongside McFadden.

At lap 32 however, Madsen drove around the V36 and tucked into turn one to close the door, however Van Ginneken fought to keep the position, making heavy contact and catapulting the A1 high into the catch fence and tangled in the mesh.

Madsen was quick to loosen his belts despite the car hanging off the fence, and wasted no time in exploding his frustrations on Van Ginneken as soon as was released from the wreckage.

“That’s the stupidest move I’ve ever seen at a speedway,” Madsen said, restraining himself from boiling over on the microphone, however TVG seemed unperturbed by his remonstrations.

“It’s not like Kerry’s never done that to anybody is it?” he responded, “so I’m certainly not going to lose any sleep over it.”

The controversy somewhat stole the limelight from a phenomenal race, with a track that became racey just at the right time of the night after being very heavy from an unexpected shower at the start of the evening.

“I wasn’t sure were going to get a racetrack like that after what it was like at the start, but hats off to the track crew because that was great fun,” a jubilant McFadden said after starting the night with Revolution Racegear Quicktime after a last-minute gear change by the crew on the infield to achieve some higher RPM.

Johnson was equally happy with his runner up result, taking him to the KRE Speedweek and WSS Championship points chase lead on 580 points, just four ahead of McFadden and Matt Egel on 557 points in third.

Jamie Veal was unable to take the start in the Krikke Motorsport TEH #2 with electrical issues taking the former champion to the infield before a lap had been turned.

The series heads to Mount Gambier’s Borderline speedway tonight for round three before a day off prior to round four at Avalon on December 30.

World Series Sprintcar Press Release / PICS: Courtesy of Stephen Pickering

 

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MADSEN WINS A THRILLER AT THE BRIDGE

 

MADSEN WINS A THRILLER AT THE BRIDGE

Reigning Australian Sprintcar Champion Kerry Madsen has claimed a $10,000 purse in a thriller at Murray Machining and Sheds Speedway, Murray Bridge for the opening round of QSS World Series Sprintcars for 2017-18.

Madsen qualified 8th quick in his flight in the 45-car field, while South Australian stalwart Jamie Cobby claimed Revolution Racegear Quicktime overall but was let down by a collection of incidents in heat races relegating him to a fourth row start in the Main.

Louisiana’s Jason Johnson started from pole sharing the front row with Matt Egel, with impressive local Ryan Jones and Warrnambool young gun Jye O’Keeffe on the second row.

However, O’Keeffe ended his campaign in the first turn, catching the wall and rolling over, before Aidan Hall made a similar mistake in the same spot six laps later with 34 laps remaining.

Jones was relentless in his pursuit of Johnson, while Madsen was needling away from his third row start, dicing with Jamie Veal and Luke Dillon before finding some grip low on the exit of turn four and shooting to the front.

James McFadden was aggressively charging forward from his 11th starting spot, finally boiling over at the half way mark when he and Veal came together in turn one, with both spinning, but only McFadden able to keep his engine alive.

Veal unceremoniously restarted from the rear of field, and as the track began to lightly take rubber, he fell into the clutches of Madsen who ironically met him in lapped traffic with only a handful of laps remaining.

In the meantime, Ryan Jones had outsmarted Jason Johnson to take over second while Johnson held on to third, Matt Egel fourth and James McFadden rounding the top five.

“That was a great racetrack,” Madsen said in Victory Lane, “and it was just a case of trying to find what moisture was out there, and we just struck it at the right times.”

Jones echoed thoughts, but was torn between being disappointed with second and jubilant of a podium finish.

“Without being cocky, we came in confident, so to not quite get there is disappointing, but when you consider the calibre of this field, we’ll take second!”

Johnson labelled the race track as “a dream come true,” claiming that “riding the cushion in three and four was great fun, but we just didn’t have the speed to keep up with those boys, but this a great way to start the week.”

Cory Eliason claimed the Hoosier Hard Charger award, driving from 16th to 9th in the USA00 Devil Race Karts entry, while fellow Americans, Carson Macedo crashed out of the B Main and Dom Scelzi retired earlier in the night with a broken rear end that led to further issues.

The 31st World Series continues tonight at the same venue for night two of KRE Speedweek with another $10k on offer for the winner.

“World Series Sprintcars press release”
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Ian Madsen Going Full-Time Outlaw Racing in 2018

Ian Madsen Going Full-Time Outlaw Racing in 2018

CONCORD, NC – November 11, 2017 – It is with great excitement that the World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Car Series announces that Australian Ian Madsen will join the Series full-time in 2018. Madsen, the 2017 Knoxville Raceway Track Champion, scored his second career World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Car Series victory during the running of the 39th Annual AGCO Jackson Nationals at the Jackson Motorplex in Minnesota in June of this year.

“We’ve been gearing up to go full-time Outlaw racing the past few years,” the 32-year old Australian said. It’s true. In 2017, the KCP Racing No.18 raced 90 times with Madsen able to secure 11 victories throughout the season. “We’ve been committed to Knoxville on Saturday’s the past few years, but outside of that we’ve run everywhere. Running with the Outlaws will give us more structure,” Madsen added.

Madsen was a familiar face with the World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Car Series in 2017, scoring 21 top-ten finishes. Most recently, Madsen competed with The Greatest Show on Dirt at the Textron Off Road World of Outlaws World Finals at The Dirt Track at Charlotte Motor Speedway and came home with a second-place finish on Night 2.

Madsen is accomplished in his native land Down Under as well, scoring a preliminary night win at the Grand Annual Sprint Car Classic this season and following that up with a second-place finish in the Australian Title Finale, an event that saw over 100 cars compete.

In 16 Features at Knoxville Raceway this season, Madsen was in the top-ten all 16 times and added 12 top-five finishes, nine podiums and five wins en route to the track championship. On sprint car’s biggest stage, the 5-Hour ENERGY Knoxville Nationals, Madsen was strong all weekend, finishing inside in the top-ten of the 50-lap finale.

Madsen, crew chief Kyle Ripper and the KCP team have worked seamlessly together, becoming one of the most potent teams in the country. But Madsen knows next year will be different, “We don’t have any result orientated goals. We will do the best we can and perform to the best of our ability.”

“If you want to be the best, you’ve got to race with the best,” Madsen simply stated for the main reasoning behind joining the World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Car Series as a platinum member.

The World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Car Series is pleased to welcome Ian Madsen and the entire KCP Racing team to the Series full-time in 2018 and for many years in the future.:

World of Outlaws Sprintcar Press Release

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Americans in for the Sunshine

Americans in for the Sunshine.

Ausdeck Patio’s Archerfield Speedway Promoter John Kelly confirmed today 5 American drivers will take the green during the Sunshine Swing segment of QSS World Series Sprintcars commencing January 3.

Speedway’s best kept secret being the return of 10 times Knoxville Nationals winner Donny Schatz to the home of the Performance Wholesale Australian Sprintcar Open.

Joining Schatz will be QSS/WSS contracted drivers Carson Macedo and Dominic Scelzi plus Logan Schuchart and Lucas Wolfe.

The ‘Open’ becoming an event targeted by international stars as a ‘must do’ considering its rich 22 year history and the domination of the event by Schatz.

Kelly is proud the event is sought after. “We have offered good prizemoney, provided consistency in the administration of the event and prepared a racetrack that has provided a great racing Spectacle,” Kelly said.” The 50 lap A-Mains over the past 2 years have raced green to Chequer without a stoppage.”

Schuhart returns to race for the John Weatherall Motorguard Team with Wolfe joining the Bruce and Linda Ayers #1Z.

With 16 QSSWSS contracted drivers including home grown Kevin Titman and Lockie McHugh plus Queensland Sprintcar Association Champion Luke Oldfield, Andrew Scheuerle, Peter Lack, Brent Kratzman, Mitchell Gee and last start winner Allan Woods to name a few of the casual nominations expected, The Sunshine Swing for World Series Sprintcars is expected to provide a feast of Sprintcar action at its best for the Queensland and Northern NSW Speedway fan.

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It’s arrived, my Bryan Clauson handmade midget model

It’s arrived, my Bryan Clauson handmade midget model

We all have our favourite Speedway driver and mine is  Bryan Clauson. Sadly last August Speedway lost this wonderful young racer as a result of an accident in his #63 Midget race car at the Belleville Midget Nationals.

Heart break was felt around the Speedway World and the devastating effect on his family trying recovering from this tragic loss is only softened by the memories of his selfless actions in being an organ donor.

Today I have unpacked the handmade die cast of Bryan’s #63 and must admit to a fair bit of emotion as I slowly and carefully unpacked the parcel.Beautifully crafted by John Stewart of Retro Racing Custom Model Cars,  it now sits proudly with my other speddway model collections .I had the pleasure of meeting Bryan  in 2013 at Lismore Speedway during a POWRi World Midget Show, short chat during a break in the pits, meeting Bryan is something I will always remember and cherish.

You can honor Bryan’s memory and help many other families by discussing with your family your wish to be an organ donor. This is a wonderful thing to do. Thanks John Stewart Retro Racing Custom Models the model has arrived and is truly fantastic, great craftsmanship.

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