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
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 .
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.
the pole alongside Robbie Farr with previous Champions McFadden and Madsen
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 .
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
was filled with damaged race cars and disappointed teams.
in a post-race interview.
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”
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 .
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.
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.
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 .
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.
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.
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 .
starting so well Rusty Hickman finished fourth nevertheless a mighty effort ahead of Brooke
Tatnell Luke Oldfield and Dave Murcott.
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.
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
Macedo superb last night at The George Tatnell Memorial
Carson Macedo was superb last night at Valvoline Raceway .Earlier in the night during qualifying and the Pole Shoot out the Californian was blasted off the track by Jamie Veal’s lighting starts and speed As the A Main got into the busy end and lap traffic started to a play its normal disruptive part Veal faltered . Macedo and Marcus Dumseny started to assume authority over the 35 lap Speed Week Final. Veal’s race would end after a tangle with Reutzel and the #35 would not be part of the finish, disappointment after such a lighting start.
Macedo would head to the finish with Dumsney looking a chance right to the end while Jackson Delamont again was quite, steady and arrived from under most peoples radar to end up finishing an rewarding third .Brad Sweet was disqualified after doing work on the car during the one of the many race stoppages .In the WoO rules it’s allowed but here. Rules are rules!
The Track was lighting fast as qualifying showed earlier but while corners three and four were wide one and two were tight .The pace through three and four particularly by Aaron Reutzel was electrifying as he tried to make up lost ground due to starting a long way back in the A Main .Reutzel had a problem in his heat where a side panel fell off his top wing rendering the car undriveable and stopping his charge to the front .From that point on in the B Main and until he had a problem late in the A Main he was a sight to behold ,every time through three and four I held on!
After a dusty but exciting race Carson Macedo crossed for a well-deserved win from Dumsney and Delamont.You must applaud Carson Macedo and the Dyson Motorsports Team, what a contribution they have made together this year at Valvoline raceway, simply brilliant!
race positions were:
Sprintcar A-Main results:
If the Sprintcar A main was fantastic then I have run out of words to describe the Speedcar Feature and battles that took place .The determined drive from the rear of the field by Macedo brought memories back from the 60s when it was the norm for the fast guys to start rear of the field .The night was in memory of the late Great George Tatnell and I am certain he would have approved
Michael Stewart and Macedo hit each other as they headed to the finish with Stewart hanging tough and getting the narrowest of victories and stopping Macedo earning the a big pay out cheque of $6,000for taking the challenge from the back in the George Tatnell Memorial Feature .Nathan Smee finished in third and Sam Walsh fourth and completing the top five was Harley Smee .Kaidon Brown was absent as his car in on route back was his recent duties over in New Zealand for their International Midget Series , Kaidon is off on Sunday to Tulsa in the US to represent Australia in the coming Chili Bowl . We wish him well in what must be one of the toughest Speedcar Race Series in the World .
Photo credits David Platt Phography and Garry reid Phography
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
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.
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
In Brisbane last night 10 times World of Outlaws Champion Donny Schatz had to di deep into his long experience to get the better of young Victorian charger Rusty Hickman before claiming yet another win during his lighting tour of the Sunshine State.
Hickman put in a mighty effort to hold of the 10 times Outlaw Champ and it was only in the closing laps that Schatz got the better of the young racer from south of the border .A mighty effort from Hickman but the class and experience of Schatz in those closing laps was the difference .
The defending WSS Champion McFadden finished in 6th bleeding points back to Kerry Madsen who rebounded back from his Warnambool disappointment with a creditable third. Brooke Tatnell retired after 6laps and slipped out of the top five on the WSS leader board.
Corey Eliason and the Diamond Motorsports team stayed in Sydney and raced at Valvoline last night and were rewarded with Corey’s first win at the historic track .After round 6 McFadden still holds onto his Series lead with 1531 points from Madsen on 1478 and Brock Hallet on 1316, Eliason 1237 and Lucas Wolfe on 1194
The team load up and head across to the garden City of Toowoomba for round seven then across to the Coast for the Series first appearance at Maryborough Speedway.
Photo credit Archerfield Speedway ,Rusty Hickman Racing
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
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
In the words of John Paul Ryan “The cream always rises to the top “never was it so true than last night at Premier Speedway for James McFadden and the Monte Motorsports Team.After a tough start to the World Series Sprintcar Series James McFadden bounced back to form claiming a superb win at the Warnambool round.
After sharing the front row with quick time winner Brock Hallett McFadden was never headed after the start and his tally of points on the night has moved him a share second with Corey Eliason just 46 points adrift of Series leader Kerry Madsen. Madsen and Eliason must be wondering when the checker Flag will fall for them in this series after finishing on the podium in all rounds so far.
McFadden was fast all night just missing overall quick time behind Brock Hallett. Strong heat results saw McFadden start on the front row from which he was never headed Last night’s win was McFadden’s 21st Main event WSS win.
The next round at Avalon Raceway was cancelled due to possible extreme weather conditions so the Teams will now head back to Warnambool for round five of the series. What can we expect at Warnambool ? Will we have a 5th different winner, will young Goodyer bring back his amazing pace or will Madsen or Eliason command the top step of the podium. We will get all the answers late on New Year’s Day 2020!
Everything old can new again and that was case last night for Australia’s Speedway legend Brooke Tatnell at round two of the 2019/20 World Series Sprintcar Show at Borderline Speedway.
With an unbelievable record in World Series the Minnesota based Sydney sider reminded fans of the Tatnell legacy with a resounding win, his first in two Series and some 27 rounds. The night might not have been so successful for the South Australian based Ray Scotts Transport Team had young Tasmanian Jock Goodyer managed to avoid other drivers’ misfortunes. Goodyer showed amazing pace as he stormed into the early race lead and in that short time looked unstoppable.
Speedway throws up many challenges for the driver to get over, some you just can’t avoid and this time Goodyear got involved in other drivers mess and it while it was good for Tatnell it ruined any chance for the Tasmania youngster to challenge for his first WSS win.
Although McFadden and Madsen raced hard, they had nothing for the veteran steerer as he ran unopposed to the take an emotional win in front of family and Ray Scott Team #55
With his third place Madsen and the Krikke Team continues to lead the Series as the Teams head back across the border to Premier Speedway for round three. Will we see a fourth different winner, can young Goodyer bring his amazing pace to Premier? We will see later tonight.
The top three in points as they enter round three are Kerry Madsen 699, Brock Hallett 684, Brooke Tatnell 673.
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Boxing Day night is a cracker across the ditch at Auckland’s Western Springs Speedway where no fewer than seven US Midget professionals including Kyle Larson and Christopher Bell headlined the annual Boxing day Classic.
But it was not the Americans that prevailed ,you guessed it the Kiwi’s favorite son Michael Pickens cleaned up the night .Leading his Kiwi Team to a win in the International Midget Series and then taking the Midget Feature from Zach Daum and our Kaidon Brown .Pickens backed up and took the flag in the Sprintcar Feature ,a successful return to new Zealand after his recent US Tour
The night saw the early departure of Kyle Larson and Christopher Bell with both crashing and destroying their respective cars. Both drivers were ok, but Larson appeared to be a bit shaken up after stepping from his crashed racecar. Latest reports are that both are recovering well with no serious injuries. There was a bit of criticism of the track from several patron’s trackside.
The next leg of the United Truck Parts International Midget Series will flag off at Bay Park Speedway December 28 before the return to Western Springs on December 30thfor the 48th running of the World Midget Derby!
Just look at the Americans taking part last night.
Larson, Christopher Bell, Tyler Courtney, Chris Wisdom, Logan Seavey, Zac Daum,
and seventeen-year-old Zeb Wise.
Australia was represented by Kaidon Brown, Travis Mills and Robert Heard.