The Australian Speedcar Championship trophy goes overseas

 

 

a1 overseasThe Australian Speedcar Championship trophy goes overseas for the second successive year following Rico Abreu’s dominance this weekend at Brisbane’s Archerfield Speedway.

 

Rarely headed in races on this tour Abreu went into the final night with high points after the heats on Friday night. Beaten to the checker only once on the final night and that was in the heats by Queensland’s Anthony Chaffey. The seasoned 25 year old USAC professional started the Championship Feature from that magic position P1 with Kiwi Hayden Williams out of P2 and defending Champion Michael Pickens in P3.

It was no surprise that Abreu raced into the early  lead with Williams running a steady pace to keep the Californian in check. By lap 12 Abreu was still maintaining a Championship winning lead but the defending Champion Pickens still had the bit between his teeth and closed then passed Williams for second on lap 12 .Pickens dream of a second A1 Plate was gone four laps later when he experienced engines problems and returned to the infield.Abreu flag

Abreu appeared untroubled in the lead but it was Brady Bacon who was starting to bring the crowd alive as he forced his way through the field and by lap 20 was in second and looking the only danger to Abreu.Bacon started to close the gap to Abreu but the two times Chili Bowl Champion had this race well under control , as brilliant as Bacon was Abreu and his Spike /Toyota had the challenge covered.

Passing the checker it was Rico Abreu the new Australian Speedcar Champion from the fast finishing Brady Bacon and Nathan Smee the first of the Australians across the stripe. Of the four New Zealanders in the field only Chris Gwilliams finished the race, Pickens, Williams and Mosen all were DNF..Alex Bright,finished in 4th ZachDaum in 8th and Andrew Felker in 9th..

Abreu and Keith Kunz set such a high standard during this tour and the Australian Championship is just reward .The Bullet by Spike /Toyota they prepared for this tour down under was “Gem”. Speedway fans should also applaud Todd Wanless and his Raw Metals Corp for their support of Keith Kunz and his Team.Abreu Brisbane

Well done Rico, as Australian Champion you will be wonderful ambassador for Australian Speedcars and Speedway.

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Want the hairs on the back of your neck to stand up this week end

Want the hairs on the back of your neck to stand up this week end then better get along to Brisbane’s Archerfield Speedway this week end for the Speedcar Championship of Australia. Get yourself down to the fence line where you will feel the sounds as the midgets get into the track and challenge the cushion. If you get clay in your hair and the smell of racing fuel in your lungs you will have had a get night no matter who wins.Brady Bacon

For seventy five years this prestige Championship has attracted not only the best Midget Speedcar drivers in Australia but the very bravest and talented from New Zealand and the USA.South Australia and Tasmania are the only States not represented but other Teams have been arriving after long hauls up the highways and across Oceans.

The defending Champion is seven times New Zealand Champion Michael Pickens. Fellow Kiwis Brad Mosen, Hayden Williams and Chris Gwilliam make up the Kiwi challenge.The favorite for the Championship must be Two times Chili Bowl Champion and 2014 USAC Midget Champion Rico Abreu base on current Australian form. Abreu will be joined by Brady Bacon, Zach Daum, Andrew Felker and Alex Bright, all have major US Title to their names and plenty of experience on Australian track.PickensA!

The Australian’s will be determined not to let another Title head overseas and they have plenty of fire power for the Kiwis and Yanks to get over first. Nathan Smee and Adam Clarke both former Champions desperately want another Title and Dayne Kingshott now with McAllen Motorsports will be out to improve on his strong second behind Abreu at the recent Lismore International Midget Show.

While it is hard to go past Abreu and Bacon I would not be surprised if Dayne Kingshott brings another Title home to Western Australia for the McAllan Stable.The two nights of racing starts with the preliminary night Friday February 3rd and the Championship night Saturday February 4th.

Let  the hairs dance on the back of your neck this weekend at Archerfield Speedway for the Kratzman Caravan’s Australian Midget Speedcar ChampionshipKatzman Caravans logo

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Michael Pickens is Australian Speedcar Champion

Australia one

Australia one

Valvoline Raceway: Michael Pickens packs the A1plate into his luggage and heads back home across the ditch with the most valuable and sought after prize in Australian Speedcar season .The Australian Championship will reside uncomfortably for many Speedcar fans in Auckland.
Whatever your view is on the International drivers competing in our National Title event there can be no question as to who has been the most outstanding driver cross all the international events both here in Australian and New Zealand .
Six Americans and 3 of his fellow Kiwis and 45 of Australia’s best have not been able to take the legendary 6 Times New Zealand Champ down.
Never far from the top of time sheets Pickens set the standard for others to match .Make no mistake this 40 lap Championship race had plenty of challengers for Pickens to overcome.

Pickens Clarke and Manders

Pickens Clarke and Manders

The defending Champion Adam Clarke returned to top form during the race and at times looked likely to get his hat trick of successive wins but tyre problems and the furious pace on the top by Felker and Pickens saw the Aussie No1 looking to get the best possible finish . .
The race was a stunner, no need for wings here but the determination and commitment at the front had the big crowd on their feet as the top four exchanged slides and traded positions.
For me the biggest surprise in the earlier Internationals and in the Championship Feature was the performance of Andrew Felker, he has been amazing.
The final laps of the race and it was impossible to predict the race winner and as it should be at all great Championships the winner emerged in the form of Pickens beating Felker by the smallest margin .With Clarke running the bottom trying to keep his tyres in shape Alex Bright drove around the outside to grab the final podium spot just ahead of the defending Champion.

Alex Bright and the Jones Contracting car

Alex Bright and the Jones Contracting car

Michael Pickens a worthy Champion and another reason why the Australian/New Zealand battle for sporting rivalry will continue to divide our two Nations in a positive and friendly way.This coming Saturday night at Western Springs Speedway the New Zealand Speedcar Championship will be run. Michael Pickens having already said in a tweet he might run the A1 could have divided loyalty particularly if he manages to record his 7thNew Zealand Title The question of eligibility will continue no doubt

Results 75th Australian Speedcar Championship

1. Michael Pickens New Zealand
2. Andrew Felker USA
3. Alex Bright USA
4. Adam Clarke
5. Zach Daum USA
6. Matt Jackson
7. Troy Ware
8. Brendan Palmer
9. Nathan Smee
10. Reid Mackay
11. Brad Mosen New Zealnad
12. Kaiden Manders
13. Troy Jenkins
14. Braydan Willmington
15. Leon Burgess New Zealand
16. Lee Redmond
17. Tyler Thomas (DNF) USA
18. Todd Waddell (DNF)
19. Dayne Kingshott (DNF)
20. Hayden Williams (DNF) New Zealand
21. Michael Stewart (DNF)
22. Michael Kendall (DNF)
23. Darren Jenkins (DNF)
24. Brady Bacon (DNF) USA

Michael Pickens 2016 Australian Speedcar Champion

Michael Pickens 2016 Australian Speedcar Champion

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Michael Pickens proves too strong Brisbane

Pickens on top in Brisbane

Pickens on top in Brisbane

New Zealand’s Michael Pickens ramped up the rivalry between Australia and New Zealand with his win in Brisbane at the Queensland round of the World Midget Series.
The multi Kiwi Champion continued his strong recent forms from the New Zealand rounds with a near perfect display over the 40 lap journey .Pickens well known and respected by Australia fans reminded us of his special talent in the mighty midget Speedcars.
Whenever Pickens gets behind the wheel of a speedcar you expect a powerful performance .With three Americans and three of his fellow countrymen also had their minds on taking the win.Coming into the second night of Brisbane show Pickens sat just adrift of expat New Zealand Champion Michael Kendall on points after the rain shortened first night.

Michael Pickens

Michael Pickens

Pickens raced to an early lead from pole sitter Tyler Thomas and the Kiwi were never headed for the duration of the race. Tyler Thomas looked like he may have an opportunity to press Pickens but with 6 laps to travel he was forced out .As good as Pickens was the standout on the night the 2013 POWRi Champion Andrew Felker .Felker was brilliant as he as he chased the lead .I would go so far as to say it was the best drive Felker has put down on any of his tours down under .

Lap 37 Felker was just stunning with his run around 2014 USAC Sprintcar Champ Bacon and Australian Nathan Smee to grab second behind Pickens.With the race entering the final stages Pickens had to deal with a flat right front and the charge from Felker. When the flag dropped after 40 laps Pickens was first across the stripe followed by Felker and Nathan Smee.

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Andrew Felker

Andrew Felker

Smee overcame Bacon to win the battle for the final podium spot .After missing the first night Mosen and Williams charged into 5th and 7th with Brock Dean splitting the pair with his 6th place finish.

The Archerfield track proved a problem for Brady Bacon and Leon Burgess had a shocker in the opening heat, both spinning twice and being removed the race officials from the heat race.
Results

1 NZ38 Michael Pickens
2 USA42 Andrew Felker
3 N7 Nathan Smee
4 USA70 Brady Bacon
5 NZ1 Brad Mosen
6 Q99 Brock Dean
7 NZ27 Hayden Williams
8 Q41 Brendan Palmer
9 Q19 Darren Vine
10 NZ17 Leon Burgess
11 Q5 Rodney Harders
12 Q36 Callum Whatmore
13 Q48 Brad Young
DNF Q76 Reid Mackay
DNF N87 Aiden Corish
DNF Q58 Rusty Whittaker
DNF Q12 Tony Michell
DNF USA91 Tyler Thomas
DNF Q14 Michael Harders
DNF NZ89 Michael Kendall
DNF N65 Don MacKay

The next 2 round of the World Midget series heads down into the Northern Rivers to the Lismore Castrol Speedway this Friday /Saturday.lismore poster

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Lance lands Magic Man 34 in Perth

Lance lands Magic Man 34 in Perth

Lance Magic man 34 Winner 2015

Lance Magic man 34 Winner 2015

Neville Lance the 2013 Australian Speedcar Champion fought through cautions, crashes and final pressure from US POWRi star Austin Brown to take the ninth Magic Man 34 Title at the Perth Motorplex.
Lance a veteran of Western Australian Speedcars reminded fans that there is still life left in the old locksmith .The race promised so much after qualifying, heats and the pole shuffle. The build up to the 34 lap Feature saw some inspired racing topped off by the pole shuffle win by Darren Hagen over Queensland Troy Ware.

Troy Ware spinning

Troy Ware spinning

Adrenalin, enthusiasm at the start of any Championship race is part of the excitement and can generally lead to pile ups and damage to cars and driver‘s title aspirations .Such was the case for Ware and Hagen as they raced into the 3rd corner , lap one when Ware, the leading points scorer spun causing the early pile up and caution .The restart was called back and a third start finally had the field racing for Magic Man glory .Lee Redmond lead the restart with Hagen out and Ware forced back of field.
Redmond continued to lead with Tyler Thomas, Austin Brown and Davey Ray on the charge .Lap 7 and Thomas’s pressure finally opened the gap for the race lead.
For the next two laps Thomas exercise his authority over the field before suffering tire problems that had the American into the wall in turn one , nine laps in and once again Thomas is benched and an Aussie win goes begging , again for the likable young American.
Moving slowly forward from his 13th starting position Neville Lance was now challenging lee Redmond for the race lead and by lap 11 had the #14 racecar in the lead.
Behind Lance and Redmond the Americans were looking dangerous; they were coming .Davey Ray ahead of Brown while Kingshott and Smee were involved in their titanic battle.
Lap 18 was as far as Davey Ray’s race lasted forcing the 4 times winner infield and allowing Brown to start to chase down Redmond for second and to close down the lead Lance had built .The interest of the crowd was clear, could Lance withstand this late storming finish by Brown.
The charge to the finish was on, the crowd very clearly behind Lance .Last corner, last charge by Brown but the old master was not having any of it and closed out the American to cross the stripe as the ninth winner of the Magic Man 34 event. Lance a worthy Champion who in the past had race against the Magic Man but this was the first time that the Locksmith had made a Magic man podium .Redmond followed a close third with Kingshott holding off Smee for fifth .
Magic Man 34Podium 2015Magic Man 34 result: 1st Neville Lance, 2nd Austin Brown, 3rd Lee Redmond, 4th Dayne Kingshott, 5th Nathan Smee, 6th Todd Waddell, 7th Kaiden Manders, 8th Ben Hall, 9th Glen Mears, 10th Scott Glazebrook, 11th Alex Bright, 12th Phil Tremeer, 13th Domain Ramsay, 14th Jason Bell, 15th Graham Knuckey.
DNF: Davey Ray, Tyler Thomas, Troy Ware, Paul Farrell, Darren Hagen, Ryan Condren, Todd Bennett. DNS: Grant Draney and Chris Griffiths.
This year’s Magic man 34 was included as the opening round of inaugural Pro Speedcar Week with round two this Sunday at Moora Speedway in Western Australia followed by Kalgoorlie Speedway November 11 then moving into South Australia for Wyhalla Speedway November 13th and the Grand Final at Murray Bridge Speedway November
The five touring Americans and all the top Australian drivers will back in action at the remaining four rounds .Darren Hagen, Tyler Thomas and Austin Brown look to be the biggest threat to another Australian victory.
The Pro Speedcar Week team headed by Brett Thomas and Lee Redmond has put together a quality series that has brought 5 top class Americans to challenge many of Australia’s best over a short and sharp weeks racing.

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November 7 we remember the Fig “and the “Preacher”

November 7 we remember the Fig “and the “Preacher”

Michael Figliomeni

Michael Figliomeni

Garry Patterson

Garry Patterson

On opposite sides of the World Speedway pays tributes to two great Champions .In Perth the ninth running of Magic Man 34 pays tribute to 4 times Australian Speedcar Champion Michael Figliomeni and 14,836 km away the Stockton Dirt Track California will for the 32nd year run the Garry Patterson Tribute race as the final meet in the King of the West Sprintcar Championship.
Figliomeni and Patterson both very different racecar drivers but both had that something special that set them apart from others. Both left us way too early but both left that special legacy that sees their fame continue long after their death.
I had the privilege of seeing both race, Patterson when I was only a youngster and the “Fig” as an as I grew into adulthood.
Each year when these special events come around I don’t need any video to recall the excitement and rush I felt back then, the human video my memory rewinds and images come thundering back .Both super wheelmen, different as chalk and cheese but both winners and Champions .
In Perth on Saturday night the Magic Man 34 field is amazing a real tribute .The race will be the first in the inaugural Pro Speedcar Week and features 5 Americans including four times Magic Man 34 winner Davey Ray, 2013 winner Alex Bright, Tyler Thomas, Austin Brown and 2012 USAC Midget Champ Daren Hagan.37 cars have been entered in what represents the strongest Magic Man 34 field for some time and in its own way a very special tribute to Michael Figliomeni .Revered on both sides of the Tasman and tracks in the US.

Magic Man 34 nominations

V2 Paul Farrell
W2 Ross Heywood USA3 Darren Hagen
W3 Scott Glazebrook
USA4 Alex Bright

Alex Bright

Alex Bright

USA6 Austin Brown
W7 Todd Waddell
Q9 Nathan Smee
W9 Paul Robinson
S10 Brad Warwick
W10 Dave Perry
S11 Graham Knuckey
W14 Neville Lance
S17 Todd Bennett
W19 Steven Henderson
W21 Kaiden Manders -Defending Champion

Kaiden Manders

Kaiden Manders

V22 Joe Lostitch
W22 Chris Telenta
W23 Glen Mears
W24 Dayne Kingshott
USA26 Tyler Thomas
W28 Ryan Condren
W35 Jack Alfirevich
W38 Travis White
W40 Chris Griffiths
W41 Jason Tremeer
W42 Phil Tremeer
W52 Lee Redmond
Q67 Grant Draney
Q69 Brett Thomas
Q71 Troy Ware
S71 Ben Hall
USA71 Davey Ray

Davey Ray

Davey Ray

V71 Domain Ramsay
Q82 Jason Bell W97 Nicholas Rowe
Q98 Matt Greenwood
.Past Champions of the Magic Man 34 since 2007/8,
2014/2015 Kaiden Manders
2013/2014 Alex Bright
2012/2013 Davey Ray
2011/2012 Davey Ray
2010/2011 Davey Ray
2009/2010 Davey Ray
2008/2009 Dene McAllan
2007/2008 Mark Brown
16 hours after the cheakered flag drops in Perth the Garry Patterson Tribute will be staging at the Stockton Dirt Track California

Garry Patterson"The Preacher "

Garry Patterson”The Preacher “

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The Garry Patterson Tribute will be the final event for the King of the West Sprintcar Championship. Leading the charge to the Title is 19 year old Carson Macedo with Bud Kaeding just 3 points away in second . There will be strong competition for the win at Stockton and while Macedo and Kaeding will be watching each other Tyler Walker,Kyle Hirst and Jonanthan Allard will be ready to pounce .
Former winners of the “Tribute to Gary Patterson”
1984- Chuck Gurney
1985- Brent Kaeding
1986- Tim Green
1987- Jimmy Sills
1988- Jeff Swindell
1989- Jason Mcmillen
1990- Jimmy Sills
1991- Tim Green
1992- Tim Green
1993- Randy Tiner
1994- Brent Kaeding
1995- Paul Mcmahan
1996- Steve Kent
1997- Randy Tiner
1998- Randy Hannagan
1999- Brent Kaeding
2000- Steve Kent
2001- Brent Kaeding
2002- Jason Meyers
2003- Dennis Moore Jr.
2004- Sparky Howard
2005- Steve Kent
2006- Steve Kent
2007- Jonathan Allard
2008- Tim Kaeding
2009- Kyle Hirst
2010- Zach Zimmerly
2011- Peter Murphy
2012- Rico Abreu
2013- Rico Abreu
2014- Shane Golobic
The “Preacher”, Garry Patterson one of the original Outlaws running the cushion and leaving his signature on the sport, a signature that will never fade

Garry Patterson the early days

Garry Patterson the early days

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Big year ahead for Speedcars in Australia

Big year ahead for Speedcars in Australia

pws logo Speedcar super series logo
2015/16 is shaping as a monster year for Speedcar racing across Australia .A new exciting Series that will dovetail sweetly with the long established Speedcar Super Series as it enters it 11th concessive year of racing

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The Pro Speedcar Week is due to have its inaugural meeting at the magic man 34 event in Perth November 7th .The Pro Speedcar Week with its condensed racing schedules provides the ideal situation for teams run a lighting fast schedule of 5 rounds across 2 States, massive exposure with much reduced expenses for the teams .The Pro Speedcar Week will cover tracks in Western Australia and South Australia.

The dates for Rent a Fence Pro Speed car Week are:
Round 1 – Perth Motorplex, WA – Sat. 7th November 2015
Round 2 – Moora Speedway, WA – Sun. 8th November 2015
Round 3 – Kalgoorlie Speedway, WA – Wed. 11th November 2015
Round 4 – Whyalla Speedway, SA – Fri. 13th November 2015
Round 5 (Grand Final) – Murray Bridge, SA –Sat. 14th November 2015

Austin Brown in his Boss #7 from earlier in 2015

Austin Brown in his Boss #7 from earlier in 2015

The weeks racing has attracted gold leaf entries with many of Australia’s best pitted against USAC and POWRi drivers from the US .The international drivers contracted to the Pro Speedcar Week are a who’s who USA midget racing .Tyler Thomas, Darren Hagan, Austin Brown. Both Thomas and Hagan are well known to Aussie fans while Austin Brown will be making his first trip to Australia to race .Austin Brown and Darren Hagan both race Boss Chassis cars in the POWRi National Midget Series
Ensuring the Americans will not have an easy introduction to the RENTA-FENCE Pro Speedcar Week are many of our very best who have signed contracted to go head to head with the invading Yanks.The full list as of today of all the contracted drivers for the PWS,

Kaiden Manders WA

Kaiden Manders WA

The Rent a fence Pro Speedcar Week contracted drivers Ben Hall , Nathan Smee, Graham Knuckey, Tyler Thomas (USA), Chris Griffiths, Matt Greenwood, Austin Brown (USA), Brad Warwick, Brett Thomas, Lee Redmond, Todd Bennett, Paul Farrell, Dayne Kingshott, Grant Draney, Dave Perry, Darren Hagan (USA), Troy Ware, Domain Ramsay, Kaiden Manders, Joe Lostitch, Todd Waddell, Neville Lance and Nick Rowe

With the Pro Speeedcar Week covering the West and South Australian venues the East Coast of Australia will prepare to host the 5 rounds in Queensland, NSW and Victoria of the Speedcar Super Series

The Banner sponsor for the 11th season of the SSS is Diamond Air Conditioning and the Series first three place getters will earn a return fare to LAX as part of the Dare to Dream incentive. Departure /arrival dates are timed to fit in with the USAC and POWRi Midget week of racing.

Dayne Kingshott during last years Speedcar pro Series

Dayne Kingshott during last years Speedcar pro Series

The Speedcar Super Series will first share the dirt with race fans on October 10 at the new HiTec Oils Speedway in Toowoomba .The scheduling of the PSW and the SSS has avoided any conflict of dates and makes scheduling easier for drivers to run both series .Brett Thomas, Nathan Smee and Dayne Kingshott are running both the SPW and the SSS giving the 11th running of the Spedcar Super Series the feel of a National Title series.

Contracted drivers for the SSS in 2015/16 as of today are Nathan Smee, Adam Clarke, Brett Thomas, Dayne Kingshott, Michael Stewart, Aiden Cornish and returning after limited appearances the last two season is five times Speedcar Super Series Champion and 6 times Australian Grand Prix winner Mark Brown in the Peter Ghent entered Spike/Hawk with the engine magic of one John Sidney.

Mark brown returns looking for Title number 6

Mark brown returns looking for Title number 6

Diamond Manufacturing Speedcar Super Series schedule
October 10- Hi-Tec Oils Speedway Toowoomba Qld
November 21st Ausdeck Patios Archerfiled Speedway Archerfield Qld
December 5th Valvoline Raceway Granville NSW
February 13th Avalon Raceway Lara Vic,
April 23rd Valvoline Raceway Granville NSW
No matter where race fans live there is the chance to share the dirt and atmosphere as the mighty midget speedcars thrash the cushions on tracks across the country. Make sure you grab your ticket and dodge the flying clay, it will be Fun!

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King size news from Kingshott Racing

Dayne Kingshott to fly the Australian flag in the USA in  2015

Dayne Kingshott to fly the Australian flag in the USA in 2015

King size new from Kingshott Racing

This news is what I have been waiting to hear from one if not the classiest young racer in Australia .So dominating right across Eastern and Western Australia .Multiple winner of the Speedcar pro Series Dayne Kingshott takes the next step in his career.

The following is the press release from Kingshott Racing

It’s with great excitement that we can announce our racing plans for the next 12 months.

Unfortunately for our local fans, it will be a limited season in the Kingsport Racing #24. Only taking in the new Pro Speedcar Week in November, with only 3 races in WA.

Later in the season Dayne will jump into the Bobby Smith owned Spike Esslinger for the Australian Speedcar Championship, with the possibility of some other races in the Smith owner car.

Dayne Kingshott Perth

Dayne Kingshott Perth

After some serious thought and discussion the team decided that the time was right to try their hand against the world’s best.

So…..

Following the Australian summer the team will pack their bags and head to the USA for a month long tour taking in both the Powri and USAC Midget weeks a hopefully getting in a few other races along the way.

This, funnily enough, was a difficult decision to make as it will affect racing for us in the Kingshott Racing #24 in Australia for some time.

This is a massive undertaking for our team, but is something that we feel we need to do.

Stay tuned for further updates and thank you for your support.” End release

Talking Speedway wishes Kingshott Racing ,Dayne and his entire crew great success with their POWRi and USAC programs.

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Carline 50 Lap Classic at Valvoline

Carline logoSaturday night May 16th Granville and Valvoline Raceway is set to re-run the washed out Carline Automotives & Exhaust 50 Lap Classic for speedcars.
The interest in the re-run event is very high and has attracted a entry list of 40 teams .Fans will remember the washed out event for the horrific accident that forced US POWRi National Champ Zach Daum to return home injured .Later in the night mother nature played her unbeatable hand with a massive down pour to end the night .

Kiwi Michael Pickens N71

Kiwi Michael Pickens N71

Michael Pickens the kiwi Champion return to challenge the local again in the Brett Morris owned Esslingler .Last time out Pickens had a terrible run early forcing the Kiwi to race out of the B main to gain his transfer to A main . Pickens will be charged up for a fourth Sydney 50 Lap win after his last start Sprintcar win at Waikaraka Park Speedway the final New Zealand race for season 2015.
Entries from Queensland , NSW, Victoria, South Australia and Western Australia underlines the importance of the Carling Automotive & Exhaust 50 Lap event.

Clarke after his ATRS 50 Lap win in Brisbane

Clarke after his ATRS 50 Lap win in Brisbane

The rivalry between National Champion Clarke and Speedcar Super Series Champ Smee will continue . Last time the pair faced off Clarke had just that little extra when he pounced to take the Queensland , American Racing & Tire Service 50 Lap event last weekend at Archerfield .While all the headlines might be all about Clarke and Smee there are 38 other chance for the Classic trophy and the cash bundle.
Nathan Smee will be driving the Q9 instead of his normal ARTS N7 .Smee will be heading State Side after the Sydney event to race for third time in four years in the Indiana “Midget Week” schedule, the POWRi Series in Illinois and a USAC double-header weekend in Indiana.Smee will join Kiwis Mosen,Williams and Maskovich on the quest for USAC and POWRi glory .

Mark Brown SA3

Mark Brown SA3

There a plenty of drivers with the credentials to take this win, past winners like Mark Brown know their way around the Valvoline track. Who can forget the race between Clarke and Brown in the 2013 50 Lapper, some of the best match racing I have ever seen. In that race Brown emerged the winner.This time Mark Brown will be the chauffeur of SA3, with elbows up

!Valvoline Sprintcar Track Champion James Thompson has entered and will hammer down  in the Terry and Debbie King owned N6 around a track he knows so well

James Thompson to driver the Terry and Debbie King N6

James Thompson to driver the Terry and Debbie King N6

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Adam Clarke wins in Warnambool

Adam Clarke and the Jack berry/Polar Ice Racing

Adam Clarke and the Jack berry/Polar Ice Racing

Warm sun, clouds closing in with thunder, lighting and heavy rain tortured the Championship night of the 74th Australian Speedcar Championship before the hurricane arrived in the shape of Adam Clarke.adama Clarke back to back Au Champ
The defending Champion after an ordinary start on the preliminary night turned that around on a very fast race track, lots of cautions to win the 74th Australian Championship. This was back to back wins making Clarke a four time winner of this most sought Title.
The banked Premier oval offered plenty for the drivers and Oklahoma’s Tyler Thomas continued his previous nights blistering high line style to chase aggressively after Clarke early . Alex Bright was also lighting up the track as he chased his first Australian Speedcar Championship. The former Magic Man 34 Winner had the Graham Jones Racing, really buzzing!

Alex Bright  Graham Jones Racing

Alex Bright Graham Jones Racing

Towards the end of the 40 lap Championship Nathan Smee started to pressure Clarke, his American Racing Tires Service Spike appeared to be a handful for the former Champion as he worked overtime to keep the pressure of the Jack Berry Racing /Polar Ice car.
There were two races on the night the first the race by the Club officials to ensure that the fans and race teams did not have to return on the Sunday and their efforts in keeping the meeting running despite the challenges of the weather was the right call and the meet promoters beat the weather for once

.The work behind the fences by track staff goes unnoticed in many cases but one who appreciated their efforts was Adam Clarke, standing in victory lane with his crew and car Owner.
Starting the year with a new team, new staff offered some challenges to Clark as he struggled to get on terms and the early result would certainly been below both his and the teams expectations. Saturday night the Polar Ice team was white hot and Clarke again stamping himself as Australian Champion and number one!

While there can only be one Champion there were many efforts during the Championship that need to be recognized. The Americans lead by Bight and Thomas. The determination of Davey Ray with his back of the field rushes. Brendan Palmer the Preliminary Night winner who finished 6th and the mighty effort by Mark Brown coming from deep in the B main to finish fifth in the Championship decider .

The 10 lap record was smashed during the heats first by Tyler Thomas and finally by Dayne Kingshott
A field of 52 started the Championship on Friday night and there was room for only 24 in the Feature .The grueling 40 laps had plenty of causality with only 15 of the 24 car completing the Championship journey finished

Final placing 74th Australian Speed car Championship – Premier Speedway WarnamboolAussie Champ Logo
Adam Clarke (1) ,Nathan Smee (2),Alex Bright (3) ,Tyler Thomas (4) , Mark Brown(5) ,Brendan Palmer (6), Jamie McKinlay (7),Davey Ray (8),Matt Greenwood (9), Jerry CoonJr (10),Ben Hall (11),Kaiden Manders (12),TRavis Mills (13) ,Dayne Kingshott (14), Paul Farrell (15) ,Nicholas Rowe (DNF),Todd Waddell (DNF),Scott Wilson (DNF),Gabe Goode (DNF),Lee Redmond (DNF),Neville Lance (DNF),Anthony Challe (DNF), Domain Ramsey (DNF),Troy Jenkins (DNF)

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February 2015  Brady Bacon on the cover

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