Macedo Superb Last Night

Macedo superb last night at The George Tatnell Memorial

Macedo and Veal

Carson Macedo was superb last night at Valvoline Raceway .Earlier in the night during qualifying and the Pole Shoot out the Californian was blasted off the track by Jamie Veal’s lighting starts and speed As the A Main got into the busy  end  and lap traffic started to a play its normal disruptive part Veal faltered  . Macedo and Marcus Dumseny started to assume authority over the 35 lap Speed Week Final. Veal’s race would end after a tangle with Reutzel and the #35 would not be part of the finish, disappointment   after such a lighting start.

Macedo would head to the finish with Dumsney looking a chance right to the end while Jackson Delamont again was quite, steady and arrived from under most peoples radar to end up finishing an rewarding third .Brad Sweet was disqualified after doing work on the car during the one of the many race stoppages .In the WoO rules it’s allowed but here. Rules are rules!

Sprintcar Podium

The Track was lighting fast as qualifying showed earlier but while corners three and four were wide one and two were tight .The pace through three and four particularly by Aaron Reutzel was electrifying as he tried to make up lost ground due to starting a long way back in the A Main .Reutzel had a problem in his heat where a side panel fell off his top wing rendering the car undriveable  and stopping his charge to the front .From that point on in the B Main and until he had a problem late in the A Main he was a sight to behold ,every time through three and four I held on!

After a dusty but exciting race Carson Macedo crossed for a well-deserved win from Dumsney and Delamont.You must applaud Carson Macedo and the Dyson Motorsports Team, what a contribution they have made together this year at Valvoline raceway, simply brilliant!

Speedcar Podium

  Final race positions were:

Official Sprintcar A-Main results:

1. Carson Macedo

2. Marcus Dumesny

3. Jackson Delamont

4. Aaron Reutzel

5. Robbie Farr

6. Ryan Jones

7. Lynton Jeffrey

8. Daniel Sayre

9. Ian Madsen

10. Michael Stewart

11. Ben Atkinson

12. Matt Geering

13. Grant Tunks

14. Cory Eliason

15. Max Dumesny

16. Mick Saller

17. Daniel Needham

18. Chris McInerny

If the Sprintcar A main was fantastic   then I have run out of words to describe the Speedcar Feature and battles that took place .The determined drive from the rear of the field by Macedo brought memories back from the 60s when it was the norm for the fast guys to start rear of the field .The night was in memory of the late Great George Tatnell and I am certain he would have approved

Michael Stewart and Macedo hit each other as they headed to the finish with Stewart hanging tough and  getting the narrowest of victories and stopping Macedo earning the a big pay out cheque of $6,000for taking the challenge from the back  in the George Tatnell Memorial Feature .Nathan Smee finished in third and Sam Walsh fourth and completing the top five was Harley Smee .Kaidon Brown was absent as his car in on route back was his recent duties over in New Zealand for their International Midget Series , Kaidon is off on Sunday to Tulsa in the US to represent Australia in the coming Chili Bowl . We wish him well in what must be one of the toughest Speedcar Race Series in the World .

Photo credits David Platt Phography and Garry reid Phography

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Pickens perfect at the Springs

Pickens perfect at Western Springs

Boxing Day night is a cracker across the ditch at Auckland’s Western Springs Speedway where no fewer than seven US Midget professionals including Kyle Larson and Christopher Bell headlined the annual Boxing day Classic.

But it was not the Americans that prevailed ,you guessed it the Kiwi’s favorite son Michael Pickens cleaned up the night .Leading his Kiwi Team to a win in the International Midget Series and then taking the Midget Feature from Zach Daum and our Kaidon Brown .Pickens backed up and took the flag in the Sprintcar Feature ,a successful return to new Zealand after his recent US Tour

The night saw the early departure of Kyle Larson and Christopher Bell with both crashing and destroying their respective cars. Both drivers were ok, but Larson appeared to be a bit shaken up after stepping from his crashed racecar. Latest reports are that both are recovering well with no serious injuries. There was a bit of criticism of the track from several patron’s trackside.

The next leg of the United Truck Parts International Midget Series will flag off at Bay Park Speedway December 28 before the return to Western Springs on December 30thfor the 48th running of the World Midget Derby!

Just look at the Americans taking part last night.

Kyle Larson, Christopher Bell, Tyler Courtney, Chris Wisdom, Logan Seavey, Zac Daum, and seventeen-year-old Zeb Wise.

Australia was represented by Kaidon Brown, Travis Mills and Robert Heard.

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They say its bigger in the West

In the West, this weekend it is!

There is a saying its bigger in the west, well this weekend over in Perth Western Australia the Perth Motorplex has a monster Show

The Final General John Day Classic will be run over 50 Laps with $25K up for grabs plus an additional $25K for the high points driver on the night if he can win from the back mark. The John Day Classic in its final year has attracted interest from across the Nation, New Zealand and the US.

Current USAC Midget Champion Tyler Courtney and his touring partner the defending John Day Classic Champion Jason McDougal together with Alex Bright head up the challenge from Uncle Sam! Our favorite Kiwi Michael Pickens is back again after spending a successful few weeks racing in the US.

Tyler Courtney “Sunshine” USAC Photo

22 drivers have nominated and heading the Australians is Current Australian Champion Dayne Kingshott and on home turf the internationals will need to be right on their game .Former Australian Champion Kaidon Brown is all so looking for the cash !.A most interesting entry is young West Aussie Kaiden Manders who returns to Speedcar racing after having a term in the 360 Sprintcars .You might remember a few years back Kaiden surprise  a very strong field to win that very special Speedcar race  in memory of Michael Figliomeni known as the Magic Man34 !

If the John Day Classic is not big enough for you how about the return to Australian of the “Mad Man ” Kerry Madsen  as he defend his Western Australian Sprintcar Title .New car, new livery 2020 shapes as a hot season for the Krikke Motorsports Team as they try and secure their first World Series Sprintcar Title together .Photo credit Krikke Motorsports

Just glance down the entry list for the John Day Classic

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A1 Dayne Kingshott

2 Ross Heywood

NZ4 Michael Pickens

USA4 Alex Bright

7 Tom Payet

9 Vaughan Manders

11 Kaiden Manders

N14 Nathan Smee

15 Rob Golding

16 Alfonso Guadagnino

17 Dan Golding

USA22 Tyler Courtney

23 Glen Mears

26 Keenan Fleming

27 Shaun North

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Robbie Farr misses out on the $100K bonus

Robbie Farr misses out on the $100K bonus offered by Murray Bridge Speedway for the Hi Tec Oils Ultimate Speedway Challenge if any driver could win all three of the features on the same night.

With strong second place finishes in the Sprintcar and Speedcar A Mains and a fourth in the Late Model A Main behind Clayton Pyne ,Farr was just “too far away “from the bonus cash on offer.

Kaidon Brown returned to the winners list coming from behind to beat Farr, Mills and Adam Clarke. This form reminds us he is a past Australian Speedcar Champion.

Mat Egel recovered from his last lap argument with the wall at the 60 for 60 Show last weekend at the Bridge by heading both heading Farr and Keller at the flag.

In the Late Model Feature Clayton Pyne and Callum Harper argued over race lead for most of the race before Pyne crossed ahead of Harper Alexander and Farr.

 

Speedcar results:

  1. Kaidon Brown
  2. Robbie Farr
  3. Travis Mills
  4. Adam Clarke
  5. Matt Jackson
  6. Robert Heard
  7. Joel Chadwick
  8. Brett Ireland
  9. Norm Moore
  10. Adam Wallis DNF
  11. Dillon Ghent

Sprintcar results:

  1. Matt Egel
  2. Robbie Farr
  3. Brad Keller
  4. Marcus Dumesny
  5. Ryan Jones
  6. Daniel Pestka
  7. Luke Dillon
  8. Hayden Pitt
  9. Keke Falland
  10. Lisa Walker
  11. Mark Caruso
  12. Shannon Barry
  13. Steven Caruso
  14. Stephen Taylor
  15. Brett Sullivan
  16. Ben Atkinson Jr
  17. Tregan Gates
  18. Adrian Cottrell
  19. Nick Rachwall
  20. Bryaden Cooley (DNF)

Late model Results:

  1. Clayton Pyne
  2. Callum Harper
  3. Ryan Alexander
  4. Robbie Farr
  5. Darryl Grimson
  6. Lachlan Onley
  7. Mark McCarthy
  8. David Doherty
  9. Tim Bink
  10. Nathan Disney
  11. Fiona Verhoeven
  12. Roger Oliver
  13. Andy Maxwell Jr
  14. Jason Robinson

Pics provided by Stephen Pickering. Picko’s Photos.

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Pickens’s picks up back to Back Butterworth Memorial Classics.

Michael Pickens back to Back Butterworth Memorial Classics.

 

 

What can we say that has not already been said before about Michael Pickens? He just keeps giving to race fans in New Zealand, Australia and across the world.

Wins across the World under pins his greatness. A stack of New Zealand Titles and an Australian Speedcar Title under his helmet and now back to Back Barry Butterworth Memorial Classic.

As defending Champion Pickens had to start rear of the 21 car field .A field full of determination, the Butterworth Memorial is one they all want to have their name of the trophy and that included visiting  USAC and Powri Campaigner Zach Daum

In a drive that would have received applause from Butterworth himself Pickens drove to the front on lap 20 and was never headed.

Final placing Barry Butterworth Memorial Classic
1st 1nz Michael Pickens (20)
2nd 5a Brock Maskovich (15)
3rd 9usa Zach Daum (17)
4th 27a Hayden Williams (16)
5th 91a Hayden Guptill (14)
6th 3nz Shayne Alach (18)
7th 6a Jayden Worthington (10)
8th 96a Chris McCutcheon (13)
9th 8a Caleb Antonio-Rooney (4)
10th 22a James Earl (12)
11th 41a Ricky McGough (7)
12th 93a Kayne Buck (6)
13th 56a David Pellow (2)
dnf 71a Breyton Davison (21)
dnf 2nz Brad Mosen (19)
dnf 61a Brad Hollier (5)
dnf 58a Joe Malone (3)
dnf 87a Leon Burgess (11)
dnf 25a Scott Buckley (8)
dnf 7a Calvin Worthington (1)
dnf 95s Duane Hickman (9)

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The Yanks came the Yanks conquered the John Day Classic

The Yanks came the Yanks conquered the John Day Classic

 

As a very young boy I was at the Sydney Royal Speedway every Saturday night and a season did not pass where the Yanks failed to take home our spoils. Last night over in Perth at the second John Day Classic it was no different as Jason McDougal and Tucker Klaasmyer took over the top two spots on the podium with Aussie Adam Clarke 3rd

The 40 lap Feature had a bonus pay out of $7,000 for the Holt.y Challenge if any drivers agreed to start rear of the field and make the podium after the 40 laps .You would have figured that the Yanks would have been up for the challenge but I guess with $10K cheque for the winner  both  McDougal and Klaasmyer had eyes on the cash.

It was the Hunter Valley Hurricane the multi Australian Speercar Champion Adam Clarke and local hero Dyane Kingshott who accepted the challenge and move to the rear of the Feature field .A bit like in the old days when the fastest  was always rear of the field .It was brave move by Clarke after wining the pole shuffle with wins over both Alex bright and Jason McDougal to gain the coveted pole position for the 40 lap feature .The Clarke challenge move McDougal up to pole alongside fellow tourist Alex Bright .

McDougal got the better of Bright at the Start, Bright would retire on lap 8 and Klaasmeyer would move into second. Kingshott and Clarke were busy moving through from the back marks and McDougal was making the most of clean.

The race would run nonstop for the 40 laps limiting Clarke’s opportunities to move further ahead and he would finish the 40 laps in third just behind Klaasmeyer and Jason McDougal.

Pictures Courtesy Bruce Russell.

Official Results John Day Classic.

Heat One, 8 laps: 1. 17 Dan Golding, 2. USA7 Tucker Klaasmeyer, 3. USA4 Alex Bright, 4. 9 Vaughan Manders, 5. 19 Steven Henderson, 6. 23 Glen Mears, 7. V15 Andy Pearce, 8. S57 Robert Heard, 9. 51 Beau Doyle. DNF: 26 Keenan Fleming (5). Total Time: 2.26.204. Winning Margin: 0.648. Fastest Lap: 17.762 Alex Bright.

Heat Two, 8 laps: 1. 24 Dayne Kingshott, 2. USA38 Jason McDougal, 3. Q29 Adam Clarke, 4. S83 Brett Ireland, 5. 10 Dave Perry, 6. 52 Lee Redmond, 7. 15 Rob Golding, 8. 75 Steve Doyle, 9. 47 Dene McAllan, 10. 32 Stuart Yates. Total Time: 2.17. 582.Winning Margin: 0.953. Fastest Lap: 16.805 Dayne Kingshott.

Heat Three, 8 laps: 1. Q29 Adam Clarke, 2. 26 Keenan Fleming, 3. 24 Dayne Kingshott, 4. USA4 Alex Bright, 5. 17 Dan Golding, 6. 15 Rob Golding, 7. 19 Steven Henderson, 8. 51 Beau Doyle. DNF: 32 Stuart Yates (2). DNS: 75 Steve Doyle. Total Time: No Time. Winning Margin: 0.741. Fastest Lap: 16.527 Dayne Kingshott.

Heat Four, 8 laps: 1. USA38 Jason McDougal, 2. 52 Lee Redmond, 3. 47 Dene McAllan, 4. USA7 Tucker Klaasmeyer, 5. S57 Robert Heard, 6. 10 Dave Perry, 7. 9 Vaughan Manders, 8. S83 Brett Ireland, 9. V15 Andy Pearce. DNF: 23 Glen Mears (4). Total Time: 2.12.072. Winning Margin: 5.042. Fastest Lap: 16.347 Jason McDougal.

Pole Shuffle 1, 2 laps: 1. 52 Lee Redmond, 2. 10 David Perry. Total Time: 34.348. Winning Margin: 2.028. Fastest Lap: 17.147 Lee Redmon

Pole Shuffle 2, 2 laps: 1. USA4 Alex Bright, 2. 52 Lee Redmond. Total Time: 34.189. Winning Margin: 1.089. Fastest Lap: 16.912 Alex Bright.

Pole Shuffle 3, 2 laps: 1. USA4 Alex Bright, 2. USA7 Tucker Klaasmeyer. Total Time: 33.791. Winning Margin: 0.295. Fastest Lap: 16.741 Alex Bright.

Pole Shuffle 4, 2 laps: 1. USA4 Alex Bright, 2. 17 Dan Golding. Total Time: 33.592. Winning Margin: 0.202. Fastest Lap: 16.781 Dan Golding.

Pole Shuffle 5, 2 laps: 1. Q29 Adam Clarke, 2. USA4 Alex Bright. Total Time: 33.498. Winning Margin: 0.666. Fastest Lap: 16.546 Adam Clarke.

Pole Shuffle 6, 2 laps: 1. Q29 Adam Clarke, 2. 24 Dayne Kingshott. Total Time: 33.101. Winning Margin: 0.338. Fastest Lap: 16.439 Adam Clarke.

Pole Shuffle 7, 2 laps: 1. Q29 Adam Clarke, 2. USA38 Jason McDougal. Total Time: 33.311. Winning Margin: 0.246. Fastest Lap: 16.458 Adam Clarke.

Feature Jon Day Classic 40 laps: 1. USA38 Jason McDougal, 2. USA7 Tucker Klaasmeyer, 3. Q29 Adam Clarke, 4. 17 Dan Golding, 5. 47 Dene McAllan (39), 6. S83 Brett Ireland (39), 7. 23 Glen Mears (39), 8. 10 Dave Perry (39), 9. 15 Rob Golding (38), 10. 9 Vaughan Manders (38), 11. S57 Robert Heard (38), 12. 51 Beau Doyle (37). DNF: 52 Lee Redmond (29), 26 Keenan Fleming (23), V15 Andy Pearce (19), 75 Steve Doyle (17), 24 Dayne Kingshott (12), USA4 Alex Bright (10), 32 Stuart Yates (1), 19 Steven Henderson (0). Total Time: 11.08.740 RECORD. Winning Margin: 3.220. Fastest Lap: 16.264 Jason McDougal.

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Western Springs -News

We are pleased to announce the ‘Teams Racing’ is scheduled to run as part of the United Truck Parts International Midget Series in a slightly different format.
Unlike previous years, the plan is to run a single sprint race each night of the first five meetings. The drivers will accumulate team points from each of the meetings, and we will see the final race unfold at the King of the Springs – Bryan Clauson 39 Lapper event on Thursday 3rd January 2019.
The Team selection process is that the local lads will show the selectors what they are capable of in the first 4 meetings of the season, ready for Boxing Day. Team NZ will be announced after racing on the 8th Dec. This team of three drivers will race against the other two teams at all five meetings.
Team USA will be represented by Kyle Larson, Christopher Bell and Tyler Courtney. Team Australia has Matt Smith, Kaidon Brown and Scott Farmer.
“All indications are that we will witness some of the best open wheel midget racing we have seen here at Western Springs”, said Greg Mosen – Promoter, “the team line ups are next level” he said.
For all event details and tickets, go to www.springsspeedway.com

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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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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.

Photo credits :Rampage Speedway Photos

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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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