Shamrock Classic opens the USAC Season at Du Quoin.

Shamrock Classic opens the USAC Season at Du Quoin.

 

The USAC National Midget season hits the starter’s button for 2017 with the 2nd annual running of the Shamrock Classic at Du Quoin in the Southern Illinois Centre.It is fitting that Bryan Clauson Promotions should lead off the season with the Shamrock Classic attracting a 50 strong entry list.

Heading the entries is the current USAC National Midget Champion Tanner Thorson and together with Christopher Bell heads a 6 strong Keith Kunz entry .After their successful Chili Bowl campaign the Clauson – Marshall Racing brings the defending Shamrock Classic Champion Shane Golobic#17W, Tyler Courtney #7BC and Justin Grant #39BC to Du Quoin to start their assault on the 2017 National Midget Championship.

 On Saturday March 18th the Du Quoin Centre indoor dirt track will need to handle the best in USAC Midget, Sprint and Silver Crown drivers as they fight for first Midget season points and the $US3900.00 winner’s purse.

Indoor racing exciting and likely to cause unexpected upsets so be prepare for an unlikely winner. It all begins on Saturday before heading to Kokomo Grand Prix in April.

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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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Madsen starts the Big Game with Big Game Motorsports

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

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Aussie remembers Bryan Clauson

Aussie remembers Bryan ClausonRemembering BC

Speedway has been my most favorite sport ever since I was 16 years old and in that time I have had the real pleasure of watching some of the best dirt track racers .Covering Speedway meetings and writing reports has been my hobby and during this time I have met .watched and been thrilled by many of the best.Bryan Clauson

Bryan Clauson, USAC Champion in Midgets and Sprintcars was the one driver that always grabbed my attention and was the one I found myself cheering for. Watching via live streaming from the US or New Zealand or live in Australia there was something very special about BC.I have been reporting on Bryan Clauson’s race exploits for some time and back in 2013 I meet Bryan at the POWRi World Midget show at Lismore Speedway.

Wandering around the pits speaking with and photographing the teams I was desperately trying to find an opening to grab Bryan and introduce myself .With drivers meeting, car preparation taking priority finding Bryan on his own was difficult and frankly as the afternoon passed I was becoming a little nervous each time I tried to approach him only for another driver to attract his attention. Clauson was a  driver certainly in demand.Night one at Lismore for the POWRi Midget World Championship 013

Later that afternoon my opportunity arrived, Bryan sitting quietly on the rear wheel of the United Truck repairs Esslingler. I looked around, no one in sight, so boldly I approached him with a “good day Bryan “I am from Talking Speedway mind if I have chat. I had hundreds of questions but suddenly I was lost for words .Here I was talking to one of the greatest USAC drivers of all time. We chatted for what seems like hours but in reality it was 5 to 10 minutes .What a guy, warm and generous he made me feel completely at ease. After thanking me for my support he wished me well explaining he had changes to make to racecar, his team arrived immediately and they went to work and I wandered off to explore more and photograph the likes of Christopher Bell, Darren Hagen and Andrew Felker.Unfortunately the night did not go as planned and the Kiwi Brad Mosen won the feature.

We have lost many drivers over the times and with each track death we feel such heart break and sadness and we wonder if we will ever get over the pain. While our loss is nothing when compared to the loss the family of these brave and courageous racers have to deal with. As a speedway supporter we can only offer our deepest sympathy and hope their hearts will heal in time.

The memories left, the images of Bryan Clasuon at work together with the thousands of tributes on social media place o n record his greatness, generosity to fans and the energy he put into growing and advancing the sport of Speedway open wheel racing. Bryan’s life was Speedway and in death his organs have given life to five people who are blessed and will carry a small part of Bryan with them as they travel through life. Bryan will be remembered by his racing exploits and also by the donation of his organs. Chasing 200 continues only the goal has changed to saving saves by promoting the benefits of donating your organs so that others may benefits.

Most important of all a young man loved by his family and Lauren Stewart has left us all too soon. Rest in peace Bryan Clauson 15/6/1989 to 7/08/2016BC donations

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Kerry Madsen gets call up from Matt Wood racing

Kerry Madsen gets call up from Matt Wood racingElk Grove Ford

The late Bryan Clauson’s SprintcarTeam Matt Wood Racing has thrown a life line to Kerry Madsen after his US based Team closed their racing operation in the US. Kerry Madsen will team with Matt Wood Racing for up to 10 meetings .The first outing for the new team will be this coming weekend at the National Sprint Leagues event at Knoxville Raceway.

After the terrible loss at Belleville of their driver Bryan Clauson the decision to keep the car running was a nice call and the inclusion of Kerry Madsen as Team driver will be welcomed by Bryan Clauson’s fan as a fitting tribute .Clauson achieved so much in the W17 race car in such a short time and the debut of the Madsen / Matt Wood racing at the home of Sprintcar Racing is fitting.

The short term schedule with Matt Wood Racing comes after 17 World of Outlaw a Main wins with Keneric Racing from 2012 thru to 2016.Madsen will continue to run for the Keneric team during the Australian season.Clauson at Plymouth

The Wood /Madsen team will chase the big events now that he is not committed to the World of Outlaws and the NSL. Whatever races the team enters they are sure to receive a massive welcome.

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Australians came but Schatz won the Kings Royal.

King DonnyAustralians came but Schatz won the Kings Royal.

 Tonight at Eldora Donny Schatz lifted the Kings Royal Crown and Trophy for the third time .After running second in the Jokers Wild and the night before the Kings Royal Schatz would have had the bookies shortening his odds. A field of 60 started through qualifying and the heats the best 24 drivers had earned the right to run the 40 Lap $50,000 to win Feature .

The field had all the big hitters ready to pounce including three Australians, Jamie Veal, Ian Madsen and former Kings Royal winner Kerry Madsen.  James McFadden and Daniel Harding were unable to make the Show despite strong performances. Ian Madsen was the best of the Australians finishing 10th , brother Kerry 15th and Jamie Veal DNF.Ian Madsen Eldora

With the biggest purse in the 33 years of the Kings Royal the stage was set for one hell of a race. The pressure was right on from the time the green lights came on and the intensify of the battle can been seen from the number of race leaders during the re first 20 laps .First it was Brown then it was Swindell having his turn before  Sweet came thundering past and the defending Champion looked comfortable out front .

But as we have all come to expect Schatz started to lay down his challenge for the crown. Schatz soon stormed past Sweet but coming fast to stake his claim was Christopher Bell and was at one point looking like he might be a concern for Schatz. Bells surge came to nothing after making second he got into the wall, climbed the wall, caught the fence and was done for the night. Behind Bell it was Abreu who was arriving fast and would present more concern for the checker would come out. Many can catch Schatz but passing is art not many have perfected

As hard as Abreu charged and worked the track he would be denied the pass  and would have to settle for a position behind Schatz for the night at the Kings Royal, third behind Gravel and Schatz at the Jokers Wild and third behind Pittman and Schatz at the night before the Kings Royal.

Post race with Donny Schatz,Rico Abreu and Brad Sweet  : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hz8wZbiKGZE

Schatz’s third Kings Royal win takes his season wins to 15 and as the Outlaws head into the month of money the team has increased his points lead to 186 over second place Brad Sweet.King Donny

.A-Main – (40 Laps) – 1. 15-Donny Schatz [3] [$50,000]; 2. 24-Rico Abreu [8] [$20,000]; 3. 49-Brad Sweet [6] [$15,000]; 4. W20-Greg Wilson [5] [$12,000]; 5. 21-Brian Brown [2] [$10,000]; 6. 2-Shane Stewart [21] [$7,500]; 7. 9-Daryn Pittman [23] [$6,500]; 8. 41-Jason Johnson [9] [$6,000]; 9. 83-Joey Saldana [7] [$5,500]; 10. 18-Ian Madsen [11] [$5,000]; 11. 5-David Gravel [20] [$4,750]; 12. 1-Sammy Swindell [4] $4,500]; 13. 49X-Tim Shaffer [13] $4,000]; 14. 7-Paul McMahan [10] [$3,750]; 15. 29-Kerry Madsen [19] [$3,500]; 16. 19M-Brent Marks [12] [$3,450]; 17. 11N-Randy Hannagan [18] [$3,400]; 18. 7S-Jason Sides [24] [$3,350]; 19. 10H-Chad Kemenah [17] [$3,300]; 20. 71-Jamie Veal [1] [$3,250]; 21. 14-Christopher Bell [14] [$3,200]; 22. 33-Danny Lasoski [15] [$3,150]; 23. 1B-Dale Blaney [22] [$3,100]; 24. 17W-Bryan Clauson [16] [$3,000]. Lap Leaders: Brian Brown 1-9, Sammy Swindell 10-12, Brad Sweet 13-19, Donny Schatz 20-40. KSE Hard Charger Award: 9-Daryn Pittman [+16]

Credit Photo: Vince Vellelle @VinnieV77 and Jeremy Elliott 2jelliott101

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Kings Royal 2016 record prize purse

Press release from Eldora Speedway

Record $320,975 Posted For 33rd Annual Kings Royal Weekend At Eldora

World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Car Series Return For Expanded Three-Day Event July 14-15-16

2016KingsRoyalROSSBURG, Ohio (July 7, 2016) – The 33rd running of Kings Royal Weekend, expanded this year to include a full World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Car Series race on Thursday, July 14, already promises fans more racing and Eldora Speedway officials today announced more prize money for the racers.

Saturday’s tradition of $50,000-to-win and the pomp and circumstance that surrounds racing’s most unique victory remains untouched – but that is the only position that does not see a major increase for 2016. Over half of the 40-lap Kings Royal finishers will earn double the money posted in previous years.  Highlights include: 2nd) $20,000; 5th) $10,000; 10th) $5,000; 24th) $3,000 and the first non-transfer from the B-Feature will receive $2,000.  All B-Feature and C-Feature positions received healthy increases as well.

Thursday’s “Jokers Wild” will pay $10,000 to the winner while Friday night’s “The Knight Before” has been increased to $12,000-to-win.

Eight different drivers have won the Kings Royal over the past eight years.  Shane Stewart is the defending winner of both the Kings Royal and The Knight Before.

Tickets and camping for all three nights of the 33rd Kings Royal Weekend, sprint car racing’s annual showcase featuring the stars of the World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Car Series versus Ohio’s best, including the Arctic Cat All Star Circuit of Champions, are available now at www.EldoraSpeedway.com or by phone at (937) 338-3815.

Full Kings Royal Saturday Purse Breakdown:
Kings Royal A-Feature
1)$50,000; 2)$20,000; 3)$15,000; 4)$12,500; 5)$10,000; 6)$7,500; 7)$6,500; 8)$6,000; 9)$5,500; 10)$5,000; 11)$4,750; 12)$4,500; 13)$4,000; 14)$3,750; 15)$3,500; 16)$3,450; 17)$3,400; 18)$3,350; 19)$3,300; 20)$3,250; 21)$3,200; 22)$3,150; 23)$3,100; 24)$3,000;

Kings Royal B-Feature
1)Transfer; 2)Transfer; 3)Transfer; 4)Transfer 5)$2,000; 6)$1,750; 7)$1,500; 8)$1,250; 9)$1,000; 10)$750; 11)$650; 12-24)$600.

Kings Royal C-Feature
1)Transfer; 2)Transfer; 3)Transfer; 4)Transfer; 5)Transfer  6)Transfer; 7)$500; 8)$450; 9)$400; 10)$375; 11-24)$350.

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About Eldora Speedway:
Since carved from a cornfield in the natural amphitheater that existed between the Eldora Ballroom and the Wabash River by bandleader Earl Baltes in 1954, Eldora Speedway has grown to be a frontrunner in motorsports growth and stability. Baltes chose to sell the legendary high-banked clay oval to motorsports entrepreneur and NASCAR, IndyCar and USAC champion Tony Stewart in 2004.  Celebrating its 63nd season in 2016, Eldora hosts the biggest events in short-track racing including the 22nd annual Dirt Late Model Dream by Ferris Mowers; the 33rd annual Kings Royal Weekend; the fourth NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race on dirt – the Aspen Dental Eldora Dirt Derby; and the 46th annual World 100. The complete schedule for Eldora’s 63rd consecutive season, including ticket and campsite information, is available at www.EldoraSpeedway.com and can be requested by phone at (937) 338-3815. Fans can get behind-the-scenes access of Eldora Speedway by following @EldoraSpeedway on Twitter, hitting ‘Like’ at www.facebook.com/EldoraSpeedway and on www.youtube.com/EldoraSpeedway.

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McFadden shook it up but Schatz won the Doty Classic .

McFadden shook it up but Schatz won the Doty Classic schatz dody winner.

Aussie James McFadden back in the Garete Engines 3G won the right to start the Doty Classic at Attacia from pole and shook up the field in a tremendous drive before an unlikely spin on lap 28 while running second ended his Doty chance .McFadden accounted for Holtgraver from the start and then had to defend his position from a charging  Haudenschild .The battle between the two young chargers was intense before the young Hud found a way passed on lap 13.McFadden and Sheldon Haudenschild held the crowd’s interest for the early part of the Classic before the amazing Donny Schatz started to imposed his authority over the race and score his 3rd Dody Classic win from Dale Blaney and Daryn Pittman Dody podium.

The Brad Doty Classic , one of the most sought after wins on the Sprintcar circuit brings together the Outlaws and the All Star as they battle for the right to hold aloft the Doty Classic trophy. The 28th running of the Ohio Logistic Brad Doty Classic honors the career and talent of Brad Doty. This was he biggest entry list 59 for an Outlaw show this year.

Australia had  a strong present at the Doty with the Madsen brothers, James McFadden, Jamie Veal and Daniel Harding .An indication of just how difficult it was to qualify for A main can be illustrated by the failure of Shane Stewart, Rico Abreu, David Gravel  who joined Aussies Jamie Veal and Daniel Harding as spectators’ for the A Main . Ian Madsen was the best placed Australian finishing in 7th.Ian Madsen Dody

The podium of Schatz,Blaney and Pittman was quite an achievement considering all three came from deep in the field to share the spoils, Schatz drove from P15,Blaney from P10 and Pittman after taking a provisional from P 25. Pittman had the most disastrous start to a race you could image .Doing an engine before qualifying set the 2013 Outlaw Champ a huge hill to climb and climb it he did!

Attacia victory lane interviews

A-Main – (40 Laps) – 1. 15-Donny Schatz [15] [$10,000]; 2. 1B-Dale Blaney [10] [$5,500]; 3. 9-Daryn Pittman [25] [$2,400]; 4. 93-Sheldon Haudenschild [6] [$2,800]; 5. 70-Danny Holtgraver [2] [$2,500]; 6. 83-Joey Saldana [5] [$2,300]; 7. 18-Ian Madsen [18] [$2,200]; 8. 33M-Caleb Griffith [3] [$2,100]; 9. 7-Paul McMahan [14] [$2,050]; 10. 5R-Byron Reed [26] [$1,200]; 11. 5T-Travis Philo [11] [$1,500]; 12. 49-Brad Sweet [24] [$1,200]; 13. 7S-Jason Sides [20] [$1,100]; 14. 41-Jason Johnson [21] [$1,050]; 15. 45L-Brian Lay [7] [$1,000]; 16. 3G-James McFadden [1] [$900]; 17. 17-Josh Baughman [16] [$800]; 18. 10H-Chad Kemenah [23] [$800]; 19. 29-Kerry Madsen [17] [$800]; 20. 2X-Parker Price-Miller [8] [$800]; 21. 21-Cap Henry [9] [$800]; 22. 9X-Rob Chaney [13] [$800]; 23. 49D-Shawn Dancer [22] [$800]; 24. 26-Willie Croft [19] [$800]; 25. 1A-Jacob Allen [4] [$800]; 26. 11N-Randy Hannagan [12] [$800]. Lap Leaders: James McFadden 1-12, Sheldon Haudenschild 13-26, Donny Schatz 27-40. KSE Hard Charger Award: 9-Daryn Pittman [+22]

The Outlaws will stay in Ohio for the next big show, three nights at Eldora ending with the Kings Royal on July 16th .It is expected the Australians will all be present .James McFadden will be back in the Highlands Tires Service  #3 for the Eldora shows

 

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The Indianapolis Motor Speedway is giving Tony Stewart one heck of a retirement gift.

The Indianapolis Motor Speedway is giving Tony Stewart one heck of a retirement gift.

Story by  curt.cavin@indystar.com 9:03 p.m. EDT June 28, 2016

“Indianapolis Motor Speedway is building Tony Stewart a going away present of sorts, a 3/16th-mile dirt track inside Turn 3 of the big oval. Scott Horner/IndyStar

Tony Stewart, who is retiring from NASCAR at season’s end, will receive a going-away gift from Indianapolis Motor Speedway next week that will encourage him to return.
IMS is giving Stewart a dirt track inside Turn 3.

Yes, that Turn 3.

The plan, IMS president Doug Boles said Tuesday, is to install a 3/16th-mile oval for Stewart’s media appearance July 5. Several teams that own  dirt midgets have been invited for what amounts to an exhibition. It stands to reason Stewart will take anyone’s offer to take a spin around the new oval, and he might even be the first to do so.

Stewart was told of the plan last weekend, Boles said.

Assuming things come together as expected, IMS will modify the track so it’s large enough to host sprint cars, too.

“Tony doesn’t want gifts, per se, but we thought this was a great way to marry his love for dirt-track racing with his love for racing at Indianapolis Motor Speedway,” Boles told IndyStar.

For the July 5 test run, the dirt track will not have fencing, and the banking will be minimal – maybe 6 inches, Boles said – but all aspects of the presentation will be considered for the final product.

As for the real estate the dirt track will encompass, Boles said it will still be able to serve as primary infield parking area for major oval-track events such as the Indianapolis 500 and the Brickyard 400.

Stewart has twice won the Cup race at IMS, but the July 24 race is scheduled to be his final start on the oval. Well, the big oval, anyway.”

Follow IndyStar reporter Curt Cavin on Facebook and Twitter: @curtcavin

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