Missing my Speedway

Being a resident of Sydney and starved for Speedway with Valvoline raceway closed the regular updates from my interstate friends is a welcome spark that helps to keep Speedway ignited in my blood.

After a year of turmoil political and health wise in the US the World of Outlaws, the American Circuit of Champions has started thrilling crowds again. Here in Australia States except NSW are staging great events despite the many difficulties faced and put in their paths by Governments particularly with ruthless border shutdowns and unrealistic restrictions.

While James McFadden US Boss Kasey Kahne is holding down the set in the #9 Car James is keeping his hand in with some great drives and wins down under in the Monte Motorsports #17. including wins in the Sprintcar Super Series at Warnambool, South Australian Sprintcar Title at Wyhalla and wins at Avalon and Murray Bridge ,Perth Motorplex and Simpson Speedway

Here are some snaps from the Australia Day Meeting at Murray Bridge:

Photo from Snapperific Photography

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Photo 1 Marcus Dumsney ,Photo, 2David Murcott Photo 3 James McFadden

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Veal Australian Champion

Jamie Veal Australian Champion

Jamie Veal Australian Sprintcar Champion 2020

Last night at Latrobe Speedway Jamie Veal won a battle against the best in Australian to win the right to carry the most prestigious number in Australian speedway ,  the A1 on the SWI  Engineering family owned Maxim .

With mother nature making the weekend tougher than needed points on the first night we restricted and a race against time to get the Latrobe Track ready for the Championship night saw a beaver like effort  from track staff.

Veal won the pole alongside Robbie Farr with previous Champions McFadden and Madsen close behind.

Veal first battled with McFadden and Shaun Dobson as the trio ran four wide in pursuit of the race lead. McFadden and Dobson ‘s efforts went unrewarded on lap 17 when they came together .After that  Veal had to deal with Kerry Madsen, determined to improve his recent run of podiums but again Veal protected his race lead .Finally it was Marcus Dumseny’s chance and Marcus’s recent form offered up a real challenge for Veal,  Dumnesy has be so very fast all year .I remember him taking Veal apart in one of the A Main over the Christmas racing at Valvoline but not this time as Veal again protected his Australian Tile lead .

In a Championship race that had many casualties Veal remained strong and focused and protected his lead to the finish with Marcus Dumnesy grabbing second and Kerry Madsen getting another podium. Steven Lines and Jack Lee filled the top five spots. Brooke Tatnell made the Championship Final from the B Main and finished in 6th .

The infield was filled with damaged race cars and disappointed teams.

Jamie Veal in a post-race interview.

“Yes, it’s been a while, 13 years I think, so I been chasing this win for a long time. Over the years we haven’t been close to winning it, but we have always been in the hunt” commented Jamie following the race.

“I think we got a bit lucky there at certain stages but it’s a long race. During the middle stages we faded a little bit with James (McFadden) and Shaun (Dobson) who was very quick and unfortunately, they came together. Then Kerry showed his nose late, but the late cautions really helped”

After fighting Mother Nature early and the best Australian could offer Jamie veal and  WSI racing are our Australian Sprintcar Champion for 2020 and the A1 will replace the V35 on the tail of the SWI Engineering Maxim .

Images from Phil Mitchell Sprintcar Australia

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McFadden digs Deep

McFadden digs deep for win at Lismore

James McFadden had to dig deep into his talent box last night before securing his fourth win in this year’s World Series Sprintcar Championship at Lismore Speedway.

After qualifying poorly McFadden was unusually slow in the bronze shoot out and he is defending WSS Champion ending up starting Position 8 in the A Main.

Madsen had a less than impressive start to first Lismore appearance .The krikke Team driver after timing in 12th  then crashed after he crossed the line .The US based Australian recovered strongly  in the heats and went on to win the pole shoot out over young Victorian Rusty Hickman in the gold shoot out  for pole .

Masen started fast from pole and went into comfortable lead over Hickman. But as we have come to expect an early comfortable lead does not always mean a race win. McFadden was coming fast from his mid field starting position and on a track that suggested one-way traffic with limited passing opportunities some bold moves where underway.

McFadden was up to fourth after 5 laps were in the book, but Madsen still looked in control. The race soon started change after brodie Tulloch brought out the caution.On the restart Hickman made an incredible move around the outside of Madsen that had the crowding gasping and took control of the 35 lap A Main until lap 24 when changes started to happen very fast.

As Hickman approached traffic, McFadden let the W17 have its head and gained the race lead. Eliason was coming fast chasing after Madsen in thirdThe pace and the heat was rising as they entered the last laps of the A Main ,McFadden had a small lead and was working overtime to keep Madsen at bay while the Diamond bay Racer Eliason kept coming fast ,under Hickman pushing him back to fourth and finally getting by Kerry Madsen but McFadden would be safe getting  his fourth win for the series by just half a second ahead of Corey Eliason with Madsen just a whisker away in third .

After starting so well Rusty Hickman finished fourth nevertheless a mighty effort ahead of Brooke Tatnell Luke Oldfield and Dave Murcott.

McFadden’s fourth win has enabled the Team to extend their Championship lead over Kerry Madsen by 113 points Goodyer sits in 3rd ahead of Brooke Tatnell and Lucas Wolfe.

The Series now takes a break before restarting in Western Australia on February 14th .This break allows teams the chance to rest and ready themselves for the  Kings Challenge at Borderline Speedway ,the Australian Sprintcar Championships February 1st at Latrobe Speedway in Tasmania and the daddy of them all the Grand Annual Classic at wonderful Warnambool’s Premier Speedway starting January 24th

Photos courtesy of 44 Photographyand World Series Sprintcars

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McFadden waves Flag Again

McFadden waves flag Maryborough

Tuesday night James McFadden raised the flag after winning the first ever World Series Sprintcar Show at Maryborough Speedway on the Fraser Coast in Queensland. Luke Oldfield reordered fast time, but his promising night ended when he climbed with wall in turn four during heat three and that unfortunately ended his WSS Maryborough assault!

McFadden jumped fast from pole and built up a race winning lead early with Brock Hallett battling to stay in touch. Madsen then Goodyer would pass and push Hallett back to fourth position as the as the race headed to the finish.

I have read  some press people are questioning the quality of the WSS but from where I sit the racing has been enormous and what is pleasing for me as a fan and a race reporter is the class of the younger drivers who are pressing the more established team for race honors. Race wins so far this series to Hallett, Hickman and strong performances from young Tasmanian Jock Goodyer makes this Series as competitive as ever.

As we write the Teams are loaded and, on the way, down to Archerfield for the next round which is headlined as the 24th running of the Titan Garages Australian Sprintcar Open a classic event inside the World Series printcar Calendar

Photo credits 44 Photography


1 James McFadden 2099
2 Kerry Madsen 2027
3 Brock Hallett 1754
4 Jock Goodyer 1717
5 Lucas Wolfe 1688
6 Brooke Tatnell 1663
7 Lockie McHugh 1575
8 Rusty Hickman 1500
9 Dave Murcott 1435
10 Cory Eliason 1237

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Mac Again, at Warnambool!

Mac! Again, at Warnambool

After his poor early start to the WSS Series James McFadden scored his second win on the trot last night at Premier Speedway down in beautiful Warnambool beating Grant Anderson and US Import Corey Eliason. Controversy is never too way away in the big money sprintcar shows and last night was no exception.

After grabbing the early lead Madsen caught lapped traffic after five laps , first there was an encounter with Jake Tranter and that offered up an opportunity for McFadden to pounce and pounce he did with a slider for the lead but at that pace judgement is critical , misjudge by centimeters and contact is made .

McFadden apologized after the race, accidents happen in racing and now the Teams regroup and ready themselves for the long haul from Victoria to Queensland for four rounds at Brisbane’s Archerfield Speedway then heading further North to The Garden City of Toowoomba and then across to Maryborough. A tough journey of some two Thousand kilometers.

Round Five Results

Sprintcar A-Main (35 laps No Time): 1st W17 James McFadden; 2nd V37 Grant Anderson; 3rd W26 Cory Eliason; 4th V90 Corey McCullagh; 5th V25 Jack Lee; 6th V55 Brooke Tatnell; 7th W60 Lachlan McHugh; 8th V60 Jordyn Charge; 9th T22 Jock Goodyer; 10th V88 David Murcott; 11th USA5w Lucas Wolfe; 12th V3 Darren Mollenoyux; 13th V42 Jye O’Keeffe; 14th S45 Jake Tranter; 15th W25 Taylor Milling; 16th S14 Brendan Quinn (DNF); 17th V70 John Vogels (DNF); 18th W2 Kerry Madsen (DNF); 19th V77 Brayden Parr (DNF); 20th S13 Brock Hallett (DNF).

McFadden leads the Series on 1283 from Eliason 1237 with Kerry Madsen dropping to third on 1184.Brock Hallett sits fourth on 1107 and Brooke Tatnell on 1021

Photo Credit World Series Sprintcars and Monte Monte Motorsports Sprintcar Team

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Mixed results for the US Raiders!

Mixed results for the US Raiders!

Brad Sweet at Valvoline photo by Garry Reid

The day after Christmas, Boxing Day is when Australian relax in front of the Television, it’s tradition to watch the start of the Sydney to Hobart Ocean Yacht Classic and then the start of the Boxing Day Cricket Test Match. With beer and chips in hand we settle in for the day but very much aware that Speedway will fires up in the cool of the evening across Australia with the appearances of many of the top US professionals.

Australian’s welcomes the US raiders, drivers from across the US team up with their Aussie Teams in an assault on our Major races across our wide drought and fire affected Nation.

The Americans had mixed results last night headed by wins in Sydney to Brad Sweet the current World of Outlaw Champion and in Brisbane where Donny Schatz continues to rule .The first round of the 2019/20 World Series down at Murray Bridge in South Australia was won by local Luke Dillon with US based Aussie Kerry Madsen second and Corey Eliason US third  .

While over in Perth Local Daniel Harding beat Shane Stewart home while fellow tourists Harli White 4th and Bud Keating failed to finish. The top five finishes in the major races last night were:

Valvoline Raceway: Brad Sweet (US), Jamie Veal, Marcus Dumseny, Carson Macedo (US) Ben Atkinson .US based Aussie Ian Madsen finished in 10th

Perth Motorplex:    Daniel Harding, Shane Stewart (US), Jamie Oldfield, Harli White (US), Jason Kendrick

Brisbane: Donny Schatz (US), Luke Oldfield, Andrew Scheuerle, Cullum Walker, Kevin Titman

Murray Bridge World Series Sprintcars Round 1/

Luke Dillon, Kerry Madsen (US Based Australian), Corey Eason (US), Rusty Hickman Steven Lines James McFadden finished in 6thwhike Brooke Tatnell cut a tire and failed to finish while running strongly.

Dillon takes round one WSS at Murray Bridge

No matter where you live you just have to find your way to a Speedway and cheer on our locals as they face off with the US Raiders .The weather might be hot but I can guarantee the racing will be hotter!

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Kyle Larson Headed Down Under

Kyle Larson is headed down under for a tour of New Zealand and Australia .Initially Larson will complete over the Christmas period in New Zealand in the United Truck Parts International Midget Series at Western Springs and Bay Park and Huntley Speedways .Larson has been a regular visitor to New Zealand and has an impressive record with  a local fan base in the land of the big white clouds.

A quick return trip back home to complete in the Chili Bowl before Larson jets back across the big pond to Australia to join up with his KLR World of Outlaws Team driver Carson Macedo at Dyson Motorsports. Larson will run events at Avalon, Borderline and Warnambool. Four of Australia’s biggest events, The Presidents Cup, The Kings Challenge and the Grand Annual Classic.

Larson had this to say on his web site abut his pending tour down under

“I am really looking forward to getting back to New Zealand next week,” said Larson. “It is a trip I look forward to every year. The fans that come out to each event are great and the racing is always exciting. Harley [Taylor] and I have had a lot of success together the past couple of years and I hope we get to continue that this season”

“This is something that came together just a few days ago and I can’t thank Sean [Dyson] enough for the opportunity to get back to Australia,” said Larson. “Carson has driven for Dyson Motorsports the last few seasons and they’ve always been competitive, so I can’t wait to get behind the wheel of the USA99 and hopefully win my first race down under.”!

Talking stay connected will keep you up to date on Larson’s results both here in Australia and across the ditch so stay connected on Facebook and Twitter

Photo credit WoO and 3DB Image

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The Helmets of Speedway

We are lucky that we receive many images of beautiful race helmets, but rarely do we stop and think about the special meaning behind the design. Since starting our Facebook Page, the Helmets of Speedway, I have been delighted with the response. We have posted many fabulous helmets designs.

The creative minds that design and paint these Helmets holds me in awe of them .There is always a story behind the design and the latest contributions are no exceptions .This Helmet was designed and painted by Troy Davis from DirtsporT and the story behind is best told in his own words

‘’ Hi David.  Not sure if you’re interested in this helmet I completed just recently? But it is one of my favourites, I painted it for a good friend of mine in Damien Eve. Damien has been around speedway for ever and has raced many classes. from sidecar, dirt modified, 360 sprintcars and now is piloting a v6 sprintcar. and has been super competitive in all these classes. his father Barry Eve crewed for many years on Dean Write’s hot rod back in the day out of Murray Bridge. on the back of the helmet is a tribute to Damien’s good mate in Matt Buderrick who was a state champion in moto x, his life was tragically taken in a road accident at Monarto many years ago. So, this helmet has a lot of meaning, and even brought Damien to tears when I presented it to him on the hill at Murray Bridge at the beginning of this season. which was proof enough for me that it was more than just a helmet paint 😁 thanks David 👍

Troy can be contacted at Troy Davies dirtsport75@gmail.com

You can see lots more helmets of Speedway at https://www.facebook.com/brainprotector/

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McFadden back with KKR!

McFadden resigned by Kasey Kahne Racing!

After a successful season with Kasey Kahne Racing in 2019 it was a no brainer that the Mooresville based team would secure McFadden’s signature on the contract for 2020.After winning seven-time last season including the Knoxville 360 Nationals .McFadden’s credentials are up there with the very best

The Team will contest around 50 events starting down in Florida at Volusia County Speedway February 5 through February 9, 2010.

Their 2020 program will take in NOS Energy Drinks World of Outlaw shows and the Ollies Bargin Outlets All Star Circuit of Champions events.

Photo from KKR

To have been retained by the Premier Sprint car team in the World is a mighty achievement and underlines the extortionary talent and commitment of the bearded racer from the top end of Australia!

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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

𝗢𝗳𝗳𝗶𝗰𝗶𝗮𝗹 𝗡𝗼𝗺𝗶𝗻𝗮𝘁𝗶𝗼𝗻𝘀 – 𝟮𝟮            

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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