Classic Boil Over Corey McCullagh Wins

Corey McCullagh the young low budget racer from Warnambool arrived on the big stage last night with a Classic drive from position 9 to claim the 46th running of the Grand Annual Classic at Warnambool’s Premier Speedway

The biggest Sprint car event outside of the Knoxville Nationals draws an International field from the US and every State of Australia .  A Classic race win sought after by every racer who has ever strapped him or herself into a Sprintcar.

World of Outlaw winners, Current and past National Champions and former Classic winners would have been the punters favorites but the money men had not counted on the commitment, determination and the drive to fulfill a lifetime dream of the young Warnambool racer.

Rolling to the starting line in 9th position with many seasoned professional ahead McCullough certainly had the job ahead .Passing many of our best included past Classic winner McFadden and getting the better of both pole sitters Carson Macedo and Brooke Tatnell.

To get to the top step of the podium McCullock had to best 110 drivers over three days to collect the biggest prize and create the biggest upset in Australian Speedway history before collecting the $30,000 and for Bread delivery driver McCullagh that’s real dough!

Congratulation to Corey McCullagh and his team ,truly a great achievement !

Next stop for the 2018 SWC Conveyancing Grand Anual Classic Champion will now head back across the border to compete for the Australian Sprintcar Championship at Borderline Speedway Mount Gambier .in South Australia.

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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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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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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.

 Release from World Series Sprintcars
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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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It’s Veal and Krikke Motorsports together in 2017

It’s Veal and Krikke Motorsports together in 2017



In a major announcement Krikke Motorsports principal Ryan Krikke announces that Jamie Veal will be joining the Team full time  for the 2017 Australian season. Veal will replace Brooke Tatnell behind the wheel of the Western Australian based Transport Equipment Hire  backed #WA2 Sprintcar Team.


This is great news for the future of World Series Sprintcars and will see * Australia’s two leading drivers continue their rivalry in the *top two Sprintcar teams in the Country.

American based Australian Legend Brooke Tatnell departs the team after 12 years in which the team shared many special and emotional victories. Tatnell and Krikke Motorsports together have won many A Mains including an Australian Title, World Series Championships and the Grand Annual Classic most importantly the Krikke Boys Shoot Out

This would have been a very difficult decision for the team but with the Monte Motorsports signing last year of James McFadden this decision gives the team more fire power to take the challenge up to the 2016/17 World Series and Classic Championship Team in the coming season.

Veal’s signing came as the Warnambool based team had decides to scale back their Australian racing operation to focus on the teams US campaigns.Veal and Krikke will contest all major shows around the Country including the World Series Sprintcar Championship, the Australian Title and the Grand Annual Classic at Warnambool.

This is exciting news for Sprintcar fans across Australia and Talking Speedway wishes Krikke Motorsports, Jamie Veal great success in season 2017.We are also hopeful that we will get see Brooke Tatnell back in Australia as he is truly a legend and a fan favorite

*Authors view

Photo credits Jamie Veal Borderline Speedway

Brooke Tatnell Krikke Motorsports

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Madsen,Madsen and McFadden tackle Outlaws in Las Vegas

 Australian Sprintcar Champion Kerry Madsen returns to the heat of the World of Outlaw action this weekend at Las Vegas Speedway Dirt Track after missing the Texas round at Lone Star Speedway .With a win in the Go Muddy/Big Game car already in his pocket Madsen should be primed for another big result.

With season only weeks old and with a limited World of Outlaw events on his schedule the Australian Champion will be out to remind the regulars his appetite for Outlaws wins is still as strong as ever.

Madsen will be joined in Las Vegas by Brother Ian and the KCP Team together with the recently arrived James McFadden in the Factory Kahne/Sean Dyson #51.All three Australians have had success down under in 2016/17 beating many of the tough Americans along the way.

An all Australian podium at Las Vegas is not out of the question.

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McFadden takes Krikke Boys Shoot Out then US Bound

McFadden takes Krikke Boys Shoot Out then US Bound 

The 2016/17 OZ season ended on a high for James McFadden after taking the 20th Krikke Boys Shoot Out at Bunbury Speedway. The Krikke Shoot Out was an awesome prize for McFadden and his Milwaukee Tools backed Monte Motorsports team. and topped off a great season .

The switch of race Teams early in 2016 has been an outstanding success with numerous Feature wins  which included the World Series Sprintcar Championship for the  3rd time and his massive win in the Grand Annual Classic at Warnambool’s Sungold Stadium.

The Krikke Shoot Out trophy stays in Western Australian after two night of exhilarating racing. McFadden had the pole starting position with arch rival Jamie Veal sharing the front row. Night two had its fair share of crashes but that’s speedway.

The Krikke Team had hoped that their Shane Krikke tribute car with Brooke Tattnell at the wheel might have taken the win but no one would have been too disappointed with the McFadden win .Tatnell ran a strong second after fuel problems robbed Steven Lines of an assured runner up position. Jamie Maiolo completed the Kirkke podium. Jamie Veal’s year of bad luck continued with ignition problems forcing his DNF.

McFadden’s celebration of the Krikke Shoot out Trophy was short lived as he had to prepare to head across the Pacific to race this weekend with the World of Outlaws at the Dirt Track Las Vegas. McFadden will wheel the factory Kahne’s #51 with the support of Sean Dyson and Phil Durst.The Outlaw show will be run Thursday and Friday. McFadden will run the West  Coast World of Outlaw schedules in the #51

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