The 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 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.
Well done Rico, as Australian Champion you will be wonderful ambassador for Australian Speedcars and Speedway.
Photo credits :Rampage Speedway Photos
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.
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.
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 Championship
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
Michael Pickens now a 7 times New Zealand Champion.
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.
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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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.
Smee smacks down the field in World Midget Opener
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
Brooke Tatnell and Krikke Motorsports take first night win at the 45th running of the Lucas Oils Grand Annual Classic at Premier Speedway. Away from the winners circle for while Tatnell put his Krikke racecar on the front row of the grid with World of Outlaws Star Brad Sweet.
Tatnell took the W2 into the early race lead and held the point until Sweet finally reached and passed the W2 on lap 14 of the 30 lap A Main. Some unfortunate luck has followed the team in 2016/17 but tonight the luck changed as Sweet’s car started to slow and Tatnell was able to regain the race lead .Luck plays such an important part in any sport and tonight at Warnambool it was on Tatnell’s side for a change .Sweet was able to maintain his second position to the flag as both Kerry M and Madsen and local Grant Anderson closed .in..Kyle Hirst and Carson Macedo followed Anderson across the stripe.
With most attention focused on the top Aussies and the visiting Americans it was pleasing to see young Brayden Willington in his ACT#89 take a heat win and make the B Main. The Goulburn youngster is coming to grips with the Sprintcar after his recent move from the Speedcar.
The night one A main results :
P1 – W2 Tatnell P2 – USA99 Sweet P3 – A1 Madsen P4 – V37 Anderson P5 – N99 Macedo P6 – V10 Hirst P7 – Q83 Murcott P8 – NQ21 Brazier P9 – ACT2 Atkinson P10 – USA21 Brown P11 – Q23 McHugh P12 – V90 McCullagh P13 – V3 Loudoun P14 – V47 Rankin P15 – V25 Lee P16 – N48 Delemont P17 – V73 Hunter P18 – V70 Vogels P19 – S45 Tranter P20 – Q17 Oldfield P21 – S2 Vanderstelt P22 – Q16 Mann P23 – W3 Lines (ret. lap 8) P24 – W12 Harding (ret. lap 1)
Night two of the Lucas Oils Annual Classic continues tonight at premier Speedway Warnambool .Photo credit :Premier Speedway
McAllan Motorsports and Kaiden Manders part Company
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.
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 .
Kaiden’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.