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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Michael Pickens now a 7 times New Zealand Champion.

Michael Pickens now a 7 times New Zealand Champion.pickens nz 1

Nelson Speedway at the top end of New Zealand played host to the running of the New Zealand Midget Car Championship.The stage had been set on Friday night with Pickens leaving the Speedway the top point’s man. With possibly the best ever field for the National Title assembled .All the pressure was on Pickens as he chased a seventh Championship and the chance to equal the feats of that past great New Zealander Fred Tracey.

Pickens continued to gather points throughout Saturday night and ended the heats on top of the points. The race plan was on track after he won the Dash to gain that vital pole spot.In the early part of the race Pickens was devastatingly quick but his race lead was interrupted when Dayne Maxwell said hi to the wall and the yellow was displayed. The break in the race did little for Pickens and on the restart he made a mess of the start allowing Hayden Williams to grab the race lead.

For the first12 laps it appeared that Pickens dream of a seventh Title might be last. Williams made Pickens work hard, he remain determined to spoil Pickens night. At one point Pickens had fallen to third behind Spencer Bayston and with Mosen, Daum, Thomas and Bright all charging.

Pickens charged back to second and then took advantage of a Williams’s error to gain the race lead; Mosen had shaken off the Americans and took Williams for second. Fans were getting excited not only as it looked like a Pickens win was now well and truly on but the chance of an all Kiwi podium .Sadly for Williams Spencer found a hole in Williams defense to sneak past meters from the flag for third.Kiwi podium,jpeg

Michael Pickens now a seven time New Zealand Midget Champion equaling the feat of Fred “Cylcone”Tracey.Brilliant, amazing Champion now holds both the Australian and New Zealand Midget Speedcar Championships, admired and supported across the Speedway World.

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Smee smacks down the field in World Midget opener

  Smee smacks down the field in World Midget OpenerNathan Smee Brisbane

The Preliminary night of the World Midget Championship in Brisbane was a Smee affair after the former Australian Champion took the field apart in the opening contest for the World Midget Championship in Brisbane’s Archerfield Speedway.

The field featured four of the best Americans Rico Abreu, Brady Bacon, Zach Daum and Andrew Felker..Current Australian Champion New Zealander Michael Pickens and Chris Gwilliam rounded off the powerful field of imports.

Both Abreu and Bacon started their nights off ending upside down in their heats while both would find trouble later during the feature. Michael Pickens was fastest during the time trials ahead of Sydney’s Troy Jenkins but had motor problem during the Feature .

Smee and Daum shared the front row and it was the Australian who set the early pace .Daum managed to sneak into the race lead momentarily but Smee soon regain the lead and was never headed,

Sydney’s Troy Jenkins was spectacularly fast all night and closed fast on Daum with two laps to runthen  took advantage of a Daum error to grab second. Jenkins deserved his second place after a stirring drive.

Although Smee took the Preliminary Feature it was Zach Daum who left the Speedway on top of points after consistent performances in his heat race.

 

The top five in points after night one Daum 155,Smee144,Jenkins 130,Gwilliam(NZ) 120 Doyle 113

Racing continues tonight at Archerfield .

Photo credit Archerfield Speedway

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McAllan Motorsports and Kaiden Manders part Company

McAllan Motorsports and Kaiden Manders part Companymanders

Only recently announced by Keith and Peta McAllen is the news that young Kaiden Manders will not be returning to the Team in 2017.The seat of the McAllen Mobil 1 Mac 21m KRE Eagle will be taken over by Dwayne Kingshot..

Kingshot’s first outing with the Team will be  at the Kwinana Motorplex on 14th January, 2017 to contest the New Year Speedcar Derby.The Team will then move up to Queensland to contest the big Speedcar events against many of the best Speedcar/Midget drivers from the US, New Zealand.KIngshott

With recent USAC and Powri experience last year Kingshot will be a strong contender. The McAllen race cars are proven winners .Who can forget the fantastic performance put in by Adam Clarke holding every State Title in the one year. After Clarke young Kaiden set the Speedcar World alight and along the way in a short career behind the wheel  won 15 feature races, numerous heat races, State Title, Kaiden was the youngest ever winner of the Michael Figliomeni Memorial the Magic Man 34 .Stunning performance by any reckoning .

manders-360-winnerKaiden’s commitments with the J&S drilling team 360 Sprintcar program made it difficult to meet the schedules and commitments the McAllen Team required .On 12 December Kaiden won his first 360 Sprintcar race, the first of many I would suggest.

The McAllen Team could not have made a better choice and the combination will certainly continue the success of the McAllen Motorsports Team.

2017 a new year and a new beginning for the Team.

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