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
Photo credits Jamie Veal Borderline Speedway https://www.facebook.com/SnapperificPhotography/
Brooke Tatnell Krikke Motorsports
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.
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
Veal fires night one of the krikke Boys Shoot Out
This special event that remembers the Krikke Boys had extra meaning this year as it was also a tribute to the passing of Shane Krikke.
Held at the Quit Bunbury Speedway over two nights with a cool $20,000 up for grabs. Jamie Veal heads into night two after claiming the win on the opening night from James McFadden and Brooke Tatnell.
The Bunbury track has had its share of critics over recent times but last night the track was awesome. Nominations for this year’s event were down on last year’s 33 starters but the 22 teams on hand were prepared for the contest and each looking for the chance to have their names in the record for this very special race.
Controversy is never far from Speedway and unfortunately track conditions will always be a an easy target for criticism .The Krikke Shoot Out is a wonderful race and the controversy over the Track managements refusal to accept Kent Robinson’s WX4 nomination for the meeting a unnecessary distraction .The decision drew plenty of comment on social media with opinion firmly on the side of Kent Robinson. It is alleged that Robinson had made unacceptable and detrimental remarks about the sport and the promoters deemed that to be unacceptable and refused his nomination for the Shoot Out.
The question of free speech is high on the political agenda in Australia and it is sad that it has found it’s way into the Sport of Speedway. Surely there was a better way for both parties to have handled the matter.The only question to answer is who will take the Krikke Boys Shoot Out for 2017.
Photo credit :Mark Brando
Outlaws on the move Florida to Texas.
With the first three events of the 2017 calendar already in the books the World of Outlaw Sprintcar teams haul their way up from Florida to the bad lands of Texas for two shows .The first at the Lone Star Speedway Kilgore and then onto the Gator Motorplex at Willis.
The defending Outlaw Champion Donny Schatz has two wins from the three starts and sits on top of the points from Chad Kemenah and Jason Johnson, Kerry Madsen and Brad Sweet.
Night one in Texas will be the Lone star Speedway a high banked 1/3 mile Clay oval and the following night at the Bullring at the Gator Motorplex. The Gator Motorplex is a ¼ Mile high banked with about the widest straight-a-ways the Outlaws encounter. The straight has been widened from 35 feet to 50 feet and the corners from 60 to 70 feet so expect plenty of aggressive passes. Jason Johnson goes into the Gator show having won there at his last two starts. Most of the contracted Outlaws will be making their first appearance at the bullring.
The 2017 season promises to be one of the most competitive in years and although Schatz has started more strongly than previous years the changed Team line ups are sure to spark some intense competition .New cars and Teams for Kerry Madsen and Joey Saldana has had some mixed results.Kerry Madsen already has put the Go Muddy unit in victory lane while Saldana has had a scare or two down in Florida.
The top 5 in the points heading to Texas ;
Kerry Madsen’s 2017 US Campaign kicks off this week end down Florida way at Bubba Raceway Park where he will take command of the Big Game Motorsports/Go Muddy #2 and takes up the challenge in the Arctic Cat All Stars Circuit of Champions.
New Team, New Livery and colors Madsen is perfectly placed to continue his stunning Bubba Raceway form .Madsen has won his last four start at the Florida track in 2015.Comming off a fabulous summer racing down under with back to back wins against many of the best includes Americans in the recent National Open plus the defense of his Australian Sprintcar Title at Sydney’s Valvoline Raceway.
During an interview with Shawn Miller’s Inside promotions Madsen had this to say: “For me it’s about getting out there and getting to know each other and trying to get that line of communication”, he said.”We have a lot to do in a short amount of time. The real part of the season is coming up pretty quick. Just try to get that ground base or a level of where we can get a good baseline for (crew chief) Guy Forbrook and I is the main thing”
Madsen continued “I’ve always come in straight off the Australian season so that helps” he said.”You’ve been racing for a bit so you’re up to speed. Turns one and two are sweeping and turns three and four are like the top of an egg. I guess my success has been in being able to adapt to the unique challenges of the track “
Kerry Madsen is scheduled to start Thursday and race through to Saturday
Pic credit Big Game Motorsports
It was Boom, Boom for the Madsen Bros at Valvoline Raceway
It was a case of double boom in the 55th running of the Australian Sprintcar Championship at Sydney’s Valvoline Raceway when Kerry Madsen successfully defended his Australian Championship and younger brother Ian raced his Watson’s Transport backed car into second ahead of Robbie Farr and Brooke Tatnell. Young Jordyn Brazier completed the top 5 and would go home well satisfied with his Championship performance.
Madsen and McFadden were the two top points scorers and had the honor of starting on the from row of the 24 car field for the 40 Lap Championship decided. In the build up to the final race there was lots of activity on the twitter feeds from the Madsen fans boldly predicting a win for Kerry. Clearly they were on the money.
By lap seven the defending Champion was already leading from younger brother Ian with McFadden sitting in third. By lap 22 McFadden’s chances had slowly diminished courtesy of a deflating left front tire that had been damaged during his earlier battle for the race lead and would force his retirement from the race.
In front a huge crowd the Madsen brothers will go down in the Sprintcar history as the first brothers to run the quinella at the Australian Sprintcar Championship..Sadly as was the case last year the A1 might not be seen on Australian Speedways until Kerry Madsen returns home late 2017.With back to wins in the National Open and now the Aussie Title his confidence will be high as he plans for his return to the US and his debut in the Big Game Go Muddy back Team. Kerry will have his first race in the seat of the new Team car in Florida this February.
Photos credit Valvoline Raceway
A-MAIN Results 2017 SCCA Rod Bowen’s Prestige Smash Repairs Australian Sprintcar Championship
- Kerry Madsen
2. Ian Madsen
3. Robbie Farr
4. Brooke Tatnell
5. Jordyn Brazier
6. Jackson Delamont
7. James Thompson
8. Grant Anderson
9. Ian Loudoun
10. Grant Tunks
11. Sam Walsh
12. Lachlan McHugh
13. Matt Dumesny
14. Warren Ferguson
15. Ben Atkinson
16. Darryl Campbell
17. Brad Maiolo
18. Marcus Dumesny DNF
19. Allan Woods DNF
20. James McFadden DNF
21. Garry Brazier DNF
22. Jake Tranter DNF
23. Daniel Sayre DNF
24. Max Dumesny DNF
25. Jamie Veal DNF
It’s McFadden, Monte and Milwaukee’s night at Valvoline Raceway
The spanking recent form of James McFadden and his Monte Motorsports backed Milwaukee Tools W17 continues with a powerful win on night two of the 55th Australian Sprintcar Championship at Sydney’s Valvoline Raceway.
The Team has brought their Classic winning form up the highway and onto the clay at Valvoline Raceway. Starting on the front row after impressive heat form the W17 never looked backed from his front row starting position.
Never headed throughout the 30 lap journey and never seriously challenged he crossed ahead a late arriving Ian Madsen who was fortunate to take advantage of a Robbie Farr cushion banging exercise and slip through for second. Robbie Farr finished in third.
The stage is now set for a thrilling Championship night .The road to the Title still has a long way to go and the chance have your name engraved on the Championship Trophy for 55th time will be all the motivation required.
Kerry Madsen leads the points 104 into the Championship night by 1 point from James McFadden, then Farr and Brazier on 101, Tatnell and Ian Madsen 97, Veal 96, McHugh and Delamont on 95 and Ferguson on 94.
This is one race you can’t afford to miss, who will be the 55th Australian Sprintcar Champion ?
Photo credits Monte Motorsports and Valvoline Raceway
Kerry Madsen takes first step in retaining the A1 Plate
Kerry Madsen takes first step in retaining his AU1 Plate with win in the opening night of the 55th Australian Sprintcar Championship last night at Sydney’s Valvoline Raceway from Warren Ferguson and Jamie Veal
Along the way Madsen gathered a solid haul points to sit on top of the standing at the end of night from Jordyn Brazier and Jamie Veal.
With back to back wins in the National Sprintcar Open against the Americans Madsen is perfectly primed to add a fourth Australian Sprintcar Championship to his impressive list of achievements .
It was a stunning first half performance from young Brazier leading from a well earned pole before fading late in the race to finish fourth. The other stunner was Warren Ferguson running out of position 16 to finish in second position behind Madsen.Warren Ferguson is a much under rated driver,super drive by the #32N
A number of fancied runners had problems, Former dual Aussie Champ Murcott and Shaun Dobson came together and both were forced to retire. Steven Lines was also a DNF
Night two of the Championship gets underway tonight with James McFadden, Brooke Tatnell and Robbie Farr all looking to add another Australian Championship to their resumes. Ian Madsen will be out to emulate big brother but there will be plenty of others with a night two win clearly on their minds.
Pics from the lens of “Full Throttle and Gaged Heat ” Publisher Anthony Loxley
POINTS AFTER NIGHT ONE OF ROD BOWEN’S PRESTIGE SMASH REPAIRS AUSTRALIAN SPRINTCAR CHAMPIONSHIP
Kerry Madsen 104
Jordyn Brazier 101
Jamie Veal 96
Jackson Delamont 95
Warren Ferguson 94
Jake Tranter 93
Ian Loudoun 91
Grant Tunks 91
Daniel Sayre 89
James Thompson 87
Troy Little 85
Marcus Dumesny 85
David Murcott 84
Kelly Linigen 84
Jeremy Cross 81
Mitchell Gee 81
Ben Ellement 80
Ben Atkinson 80
Shaun Dobson 78
Matt Thomas 77
Mitchell Dumesny 76
Glen Sutherland 76
Jamie Maiolo 73
AJ Nash 65
Michael Jordan 64
Lynton Jeffrey 63
Mick Saller 62
Steven Lines 62
Danny Reidy 61
Kyle Caunt 55
Matt Geering 54
Guy Stanshall 53
Terry Kelly 52
Craig Vanderstelt 50
Mark Attard 48
Braydan Willmington 48
Richard Morgan 46
Sean Richards 43
Bruce White 43
Jeff Lawler 42
Graham Lagerlow 35
David Craft 35
Cordi O’Hehir 34
Anthony Vanderreyden 33
Mick Matchett 32
Jesse Attard 31
Blake Skipper 28
James Grady 26
Luke Oldfield 11
McFadden adds Classic win to collection.
James McFadden and his Monte Motorsports Team climbed the winner’s podium after sweeping the 45th Lucas Oils Classic at Warnambool’s Premier Speedway last week end .
Over the past couple of seasons McFadden has had his share of unlucky breaks on the track both here and in his US campaigns. Over the course of the weekend at Warnambool McFadden made the most being in the right place at the right time .The problems from past Classic’s were avoided.
The biggest advantage possible was his when he topped the points in his Milwaukee Tools Monte Motorsports W17 to gain the pole over Brooke Tatnell for the start of the Final 40 lap Classic A Main
Once they Started gave them the green McFadden immediately stamped his authority on the race outgunning Tatnell and Kerry Madsen to take the race lead.
The second half of the 40 Lap final was full of incidents, a number of cautions and two red flag stoppages.As the race moved into the final stages Kerry Madsen started to fade and local Warnambool drive Darren Mollenoyux started to apply pressure on Tatnell for the runner ups position. A late race pass gave the spot to Mollenoyux with Tatnell finishing the 45th Classic in third.
McFadden had been perfectly dialed in all weekend and his maiden Classic win and the $30,000 purse could not gone to a more deserving Champion .Beside McFadden great win special mention must go to Warnambools own Darren Mollenoyux for an amazing weekend particular In a field stacked with 11 US professionals.
First American home was Brad Sweet in fourth position, Kerry Madsen 5th, Luke Dillon 6th, Kyle Hirst USA 7th, and Ian Madsen 8th, Steven Lines 9th and David Murcott in 10th.
The Classic once again proved that our Australian Sprintcar drivers and teams can match and beat regularly the best in the World .One,Two Three at the Classic it does not get better than that!
So another Lucas Oils Classic is done and the Australians now prepare for the Australian Sprintcar Championship at Sydney’s Valvoline Raceway over three days starting Australia Day Thursday January 26 and running through to Saturday January 28th.Kerry Madsen is the defending Champion.