Aussie remembers Bryan Clauson

Aussie remembers Bryan ClausonRemembering BC

Speedway has been my most favorite sport ever since I was 16 years old and in that time I have had the real pleasure of watching some of the best dirt track racers .Covering Speedway meetings and writing reports has been my hobby and during this time I have met .watched and been thrilled by many of the best.Bryan Clauson

Bryan Clauson, USAC Champion in Midgets and Sprintcars was the one driver that always grabbed my attention and was the one I found myself cheering for. Watching via live streaming from the US or New Zealand or live in Australia there was something very special about BC.I have been reporting on Bryan Clauson’s race exploits for some time and back in 2013 I meet Bryan at the POWRi World Midget show at Lismore Speedway.

Wandering around the pits speaking with and photographing the teams I was desperately trying to find an opening to grab Bryan and introduce myself .With drivers meeting, car preparation taking priority finding Bryan on his own was difficult and frankly as the afternoon passed I was becoming a little nervous each time I tried to approach him only for another driver to attract his attention. Clauson was a  driver certainly in demand.Night one at Lismore for the POWRi Midget World Championship 013

Later that afternoon my opportunity arrived, Bryan sitting quietly on the rear wheel of the United Truck repairs Esslingler. I looked around, no one in sight, so boldly I approached him with a “good day Bryan “I am from Talking Speedway mind if I have chat. I had hundreds of questions but suddenly I was lost for words .Here I was talking to one of the greatest USAC drivers of all time. We chatted for what seems like hours but in reality it was 5 to 10 minutes .What a guy, warm and generous he made me feel completely at ease. After thanking me for my support he wished me well explaining he had changes to make to racecar, his team arrived immediately and they went to work and I wandered off to explore more and photograph the likes of Christopher Bell, Darren Hagen and Andrew Felker.Unfortunately the night did not go as planned and the Kiwi Brad Mosen won the feature.

We have lost many drivers over the times and with each track death we feel such heart break and sadness and we wonder if we will ever get over the pain. While our loss is nothing when compared to the loss the family of these brave and courageous racers have to deal with. As a speedway supporter we can only offer our deepest sympathy and hope their hearts will heal in time.

The memories left, the images of Bryan Clasuon at work together with the thousands of tributes on social media place o n record his greatness, generosity to fans and the energy he put into growing and advancing the sport of Speedway open wheel racing. Bryan’s life was Speedway and in death his organs have given life to five people who are blessed and will carry a small part of Bryan with them as they travel through life. Bryan will be remembered by his racing exploits and also by the donation of his organs. Chasing 200 continues only the goal has changed to saving saves by promoting the benefits of donating your organs so that others may benefits.

Most important of all a young man loved by his family and Lauren Stewart has left us all too soon. Rest in peace Bryan Clauson 15/6/1989 to 7/08/2016BC donations

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McFadden shook it up but Schatz won the Doty Classic .

McFadden shook it up but Schatz won the Doty Classic schatz dody winner.

Aussie James McFadden back in the Garete Engines 3G won the right to start the Doty Classic at Attacia from pole and shook up the field in a tremendous drive before an unlikely spin on lap 28 while running second ended his Doty chance .McFadden accounted for Holtgraver from the start and then had to defend his position from a charging  Haudenschild .The battle between the two young chargers was intense before the young Hud found a way passed on lap 13.McFadden and Sheldon Haudenschild held the crowd’s interest for the early part of the Classic before the amazing Donny Schatz started to imposed his authority over the race and score his 3rd Dody Classic win from Dale Blaney and Daryn Pittman Dody podium.

The Brad Doty Classic , one of the most sought after wins on the Sprintcar circuit brings together the Outlaws and the All Star as they battle for the right to hold aloft the Doty Classic trophy. The 28th running of the Ohio Logistic Brad Doty Classic honors the career and talent of Brad Doty. This was he biggest entry list 59 for an Outlaw show this year.

Australia had  a strong present at the Doty with the Madsen brothers, James McFadden, Jamie Veal and Daniel Harding .An indication of just how difficult it was to qualify for A main can be illustrated by the failure of Shane Stewart, Rico Abreu, David Gravel  who joined Aussies Jamie Veal and Daniel Harding as spectators’ for the A Main . Ian Madsen was the best placed Australian finishing in 7th.Ian Madsen Dody

The podium of Schatz,Blaney and Pittman was quite an achievement considering all three came from deep in the field to share the spoils, Schatz drove from P15,Blaney from P10 and Pittman after taking a provisional from P 25. Pittman had the most disastrous start to a race you could image .Doing an engine before qualifying set the 2013 Outlaw Champ a huge hill to climb and climb it he did!

Attacia victory lane interviews

A-Main – (40 Laps) – 1. 15-Donny Schatz [15] [$10,000]; 2. 1B-Dale Blaney [10] [$5,500]; 3. 9-Daryn Pittman [25] [$2,400]; 4. 93-Sheldon Haudenschild [6] [$2,800]; 5. 70-Danny Holtgraver [2] [$2,500]; 6. 83-Joey Saldana [5] [$2,300]; 7. 18-Ian Madsen [18] [$2,200]; 8. 33M-Caleb Griffith [3] [$2,100]; 9. 7-Paul McMahan [14] [$2,050]; 10. 5R-Byron Reed [26] [$1,200]; 11. 5T-Travis Philo [11] [$1,500]; 12. 49-Brad Sweet [24] [$1,200]; 13. 7S-Jason Sides [20] [$1,100]; 14. 41-Jason Johnson [21] [$1,050]; 15. 45L-Brian Lay [7] [$1,000]; 16. 3G-James McFadden [1] [$900]; 17. 17-Josh Baughman [16] [$800]; 18. 10H-Chad Kemenah [23] [$800]; 19. 29-Kerry Madsen [17] [$800]; 20. 2X-Parker Price-Miller [8] [$800]; 21. 21-Cap Henry [9] [$800]; 22. 9X-Rob Chaney [13] [$800]; 23. 49D-Shawn Dancer [22] [$800]; 24. 26-Willie Croft [19] [$800]; 25. 1A-Jacob Allen [4] [$800]; 26. 11N-Randy Hannagan [12] [$800]. Lap Leaders: James McFadden 1-12, Sheldon Haudenschild 13-26, Donny Schatz 27-40. KSE Hard Charger Award: 9-Daryn Pittman [+22]

The Outlaws will stay in Ohio for the next big show, three nights at Eldora ending with the Kings Royal on July 16th .It is expected the Australians will all be present .James McFadden will be back in the Highlands Tires Service  #3 for the Eldora shows

 

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Breaking news-Larson to Race Ohio

Breaking news-Kyle Larson to Race Ohio Speed Week.Six of the eight days of the Ohio Speed Week just got a little more interesting and just that more competitive.

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Australians on for Ohio Speed Week

Veal Schatz KnoxvilleAUSTRALIANS ON FOR OHIO SPEED WEEK !

Attica Raceway Park opens the eight nights of racing at eight tracks for the Ohio Speed Week. The Australian flag will be unfolded and fly over the rigs as Jamie Veal’s Indy Parts #71 and James McFadden’s Garete 3G roll into Attica raceway Park.

Sean Zemunik justin richardsSean Zemunik and Bruce White both currently are racing at Attica Raceway Park and we expect both to take their places during the eight nights of racing.The driver roster for the week is unknown as we post but you can bet Ohio’s best will be on hand. Heading the entries that we know are Dale Blaney and Chad Kemenah who have between them 46 career wins at Attica Raceway Park. Coming off a last start win at Attica 7 times track Champion Bryon Reed is in form at the right time. .Dale Blaney

Local Ohio base drivers have recently proved to be a problem for the Outlaws particularly Chad Kemenah and Greg Wilson both with Outlaw wins in 2016 and you can be certain the locals will protect their territory with terrier like pride.

The Australians have the equipment, speed and crew backing to be a major player in the week’s results and I am looking forward to McFadden exchanging sliders with Blaney. Last time McFadden came off second best and Blaney went on to win.McFadden

With so many top class teams expected the Ohio Speed Week promised to be of a cracker of a series.

The Ohio Speed Week schedule:

17 June Attica Raceway Park

June 18 Waynesfield Speedway

June 19 Millstream Speedway

June 20 Wayne County Speedway

June 21 Sharon Speedway

June 22 Atomic Speedway

June 24 Limaland Speedway

June 25 Eldora Speedway

ohio speed weekPic credits :Mark Funderburk, Dirtho Fotos 2016,Dirtrack Memories.com

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Indy race Parts releases Veal Schedule

Indy race Parts releases Veal ScheduleVeal black

Jamie Veal’s race schedule for the remainder of his US tour has been released .Veal will be back racing against the Outlaws for three nights in June before before joining up with the All Stars for their Speedweek series .Veal will have company during the All Stars Speedweek Series when James McFadden joins the field in his Gaerte Engines #G3 while Jamie returns to the seat of the Indy Race Parts #71

Here is a question for Veal fans Black or White which Indy race parts #71 looks the best ?Veal white

 Jamie’s schedule :

Wednesday 8th June – Lincoln Park Speedway – World Of Outlaws
Friday 10th June – Knoxville Raceway – World Of Outlaws
Saturday 11th June – Knoxville Raceway – World Of Outlaws
Friday 17th June – Attica Raceway Park – All Stars Speedweek
Saturday 18th June – Waynesfield Raceway Park – All Stars Speedweek
Sunday 19th June – Millstream Speedway – All Stars Speedweek
Monday 20th June – Wayne County Speedway – All Stars Speedweek
Tuesday 21st June – Sharon Speedway – All Stars Speedweek
Wednesday 22nd June – Atomic Speedway – All Stars Speedweek
Friday 24th June – Limaland Motorsports Park – All Stars Speedweek
Saturday 25th June – Eldora Speedway – All Stars Speedweek

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