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Rain Ruins Aussie Open
Sunday January 12, 2020. Archerfield Speedway
Saturday night (January 11) at Ausdeck Archerfield Speedway saw Mother Nature achieve something that nobody else had been able to accomplish this season when a rain system swept in and deprived Donny Schatz of a sixth successive feature race victory. It was seemingly only the weather that could disrupt his winning run, denying him the opportunity to secure a 10th victory in the Titan Garages QSS World Series Sprintcar Australian Open.

With rain forecast and edging closer to the area as day turned to night, an early decision to condense the program by eliminating one round of heats was the right call, but it ultimately proved of little consequence as the event fell victim to the weather for the first time in its 24-year history, albeit the 2011 race was rescheduled to April in the wake of floods across Brisbane.

Of the heat racing that was completed, Brock Hallet kicked things off with a win over Rusty Hickman and Luke Oldfield in heat seven.

Glen Sutherland grabbed his second heat success of the weekend in heat eight when he downed David Murcott and Cody Maroske.

In what would prove to be the final Sprintcar race of the weekend, Adam Butler finally snared a win after coming close on two occasions the previous night. In a local trifecta, Andrew Corbet finished second ahead of Bryan Mann.

With neither Schatz nor Friday night points leader Lachlan McHugh making much progress in their respective outings, a fifth-place finish in his heat race was enough to propel Madsen to the top of the table, finishing the abbreviated weekend two points clear of McHugh. Third overall was Jock Goodyer, with Schatz finishing fourth in the standings ahead of James McFadden, Oldfield, Andrew Scheuerle, Jack Lee, Brent Kratzmann and Rusty Hickman.

All Wingless Sprint heats for round five of the Ian Boettcher Race Parts / Activated Industries Super Series were completed and it was Cody OConnell (2), Liam Atkinson, David Eggins, Scott Thomsen and Tim Harris who shared the spoils, with the B Main abandoned after just two laps in the wake of a nasty crash from Brady Baldwin in turn one.

The usual suspects featured in the heats for round six of the Shock Absorber Therapy AMCA Nationals Track Championship, with Nathan Durston, Thomas Vickery, Steve Potts and Tony Blanch recording wins. Interestingly though, it would be Bruce Marshall, Matt Hardy and Cody Simmons who finished equal top qualifiers.

In Formula 500 action, heat wins fell in favour of Brodie Davis, Brady Argles and Tarhlia Apelt.

The next event at Ausdeck Archerfield Speedway is on January 25 featuring round ten of the East Coast Logistics Sprintcar Track Championship and round six of the American Tire and Racing Services Midget Series, plus Compact Speedcars, Open Sedans, RSA Sedans, Ford vs Holden vs Sigma sedans, Fireworks and a Demolition Derby.

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Five Straight for Schatz
Saturday January 11, 2020. Archerfield Speedway
Donny Schatz scored his fifth consecutive feature race victory at Ausdeck Archerfield Speedway on Friday night (January 10) when he chased down Lachlan McHugh to win the Titan Garages QSS World Series Sprintcar Australian Open Preliminary A-Main. In was another dazzling display from Schatz that puts him in a very strong position to defend his Australian Open crown and secure his tenth win in the $20 000-to-win showpiece event. A late surge from Kerry Madsen carried him into second spot, with Lachlan McHugh finishing third in a welcome return to form from the Gold Coast youngster. James McFadden finished fourth ahead of Jock Goodyer Andrew Scheuerle and Luke Oldfield, the latter no doubt relieved to get through the night unscathed after a series of misfortunes in recent outings.

In round five of the American Tire and Racing Services Midget Series, Brock Dean was again a cut above the pack, racing to his third feature race win from as many starts. Pole qualifier Charlie Brown finished in second spot ahead of Darren Vine and the only other drivers to have won a feature race at Archerfield this season in Rusty Whittaker and Glenn Wright.

Dave Fanning outgunned Keith Blatch and Wayne Iacono to win the Lightning Sprint feature race, while Sam Gollaschewsky prevailed over Terry Leerentveld and Joel Smith in a very scrappy Modlite feature race.

Although 32 cars pitted for round nine of the 2019/2020 Queensland Speedway Spares World Series, only 31 would take on the clock in qualifying as Jai Stephenson was unable to fire the Cobar Steel #45 for time trials. Running early in the session as the sixth car to hit the track, McHugh topped the timesheets with a fastest lap of 11.733. Goodyer (11.788) was next best ahead of Jack Lee (11.839), with young Californian Kalib Henry (11.894) the last of the sub-12 runners. Kevin Titman, Rusty Hickman, Scheuerle, Mark Pholi, Brent Kratzmann and Madsen rounded out the top ten, with Schatz languishing in 15th but better placed than his compatriot Lucas Wolfe (17th) and the likes of Dave Murcott, Brooke Tatnell and Shaun Dobson, all of whom timed outside the top 20.

Tatnell started his fightback in the opening heat race when he launched from the outside front row to lead home Mitchell Gee and Brock Hallet.

The outside front row also proved fruitful for Glen Sutherland in heat two as he led throughput to defeat Randy Morgan and Murcott in another straightforward affair.

In contrast to the races that preceded it, heat three proved that passing was not particularly difficult as Schatz advanced from position six to chase down Adam Butler on lap five and surge into the lead. Butler finished second best, with Callum Walker clinching third.

Tim Farrell led much of heat four, only to be demoted by Dobson with two laps to run, leaving Hallet to keep Oldfield at bay to secure third.

Heat five saw Bulter again clear away from the field, only to be run down once more as McFadden and Madsen advanced to take the top two spots, leaving Butler third at the flag.

The final heat saw Schatz again surge through the field from the third row, although this time he could climb no higher than second behind Gee, with Bryan Mann besting Tatnell for third.

The B Main dished up the only incident of the night when Andrew Corbet pitched Ryan McNamara into a wild series of somersaults through turn one. From the restart, which proceeded without McNamara, Corbet and Walker, a great race developed at the front between Gee, Hallet, Mann and Murcott, all of whom had to first overcome Butler to secure a top four finish and a transfer into the main event. After starting a lowly 14th, Wolfe found a high groove that swept him into sixth to suggest that he might yet prove a real chance on Saturday over 50 laps.

Top qualifier McHugh outgunned his front row partner in Goodyer to lead the field away in the preliminary feature. From position four, Schatz was into second spot after two laps with Madsen in pursuit as Goodyer fell back. Madsen slipped ahead of Schatz briefly on lap four, only for the American to retake the position on the next lap and set out after McHugh. The lead change came on lap nine when Schatz swept McHugh aside to assume control. McHugh fought back but could not find his back to the front, ultimately coming under attack from Madsen as the laps wound down. At the chequer, Schatz finished more than 3.5 seconds ahead of Madsen, who usurped McHugh from second spot on the final lap. Although he moved ahead of Goodyer on lap nine, McFadden made no real inroads on the top three. Behind Goodyer, sixth-placed Scheuerle was the only driver whose position never changed at any stage throughout the race. Oldfield and Lee were next ahead of Henry, who arrived in Brisbane amid little fanfare but impressed from the outset in the Green Bros #4. Dobson, Tatnell and Kratzmann were the remaining runners on the lead lap, with Murcott, Hickman, Mann and Titman the final finishers as both Gee and Hallet failed to go the distance. Heading into night two, McHugh leads Schatz by a solitary point, with Madsen just two points further back on a congested leaderboard and, with only seven points separating the top five, the remaining heats are going to prove critical.

Nathan Mathers scooted clear of the field and looked on track to win the opening Midget heat, only for Dean to reel him in and slip into the lead on the final lap. A fast-finishing Scott Doyle finished third.

Resisting his penchant for running the highline, Brown prevailed in heat two in advance of Brad Dawson and Wright, who then took out heat three ahead of Whittaker and Brown with less than a second separating the trio at the chequer.

The final heat produced another narrow result as Vine resisted the efforts of Bodie Smith to grab the win, the pair leaving third-placed Dawson some six seconds in their wake.

Despite starting from the inside of row two behind Brown and Wright, it was Dean who led the field into the turn one and that is where he remained through the 20 laps that followed. Likewise, Brown remained second to the end, initially fending off Wright before Vine moved into third spot on lap 14. Having started back in 12th after failing to finish his opening heat, Whittaker advanced through the field and would finagle fourth from Wright with three laps remaining. Cal Whatmore stormed from even further back, surging from 16th to secure sixth spot ahead of Doyle, Matt ONeill, Audie Malt and Dawson, who recovered from a spin to salvage a top ten finish. With all 16 starters still circulating at the finish, Mitchell Rooke, Reid Mackay, Mathers, Bodie Smith, Barry Gibbes and Cody Stothard completed the field.

Last start feature winner Tyler Stralow won the opening Lightning Sprint heat from Wayne Iacono and Wayne Jukes before Dave Fanning prevailed in the remaining two heat races as a precursor to an emphatic victory in the feature race to win round eight of the Stockmans Civil and Plant Club Championship. Keith Blatch snared second spot in the feature race ahead of Iacono, with Jim Kennedy fourth to the flag. Stralow finished fifth, followed by Queensland champ Jason Rae, Adam Norton, Danny Stone, Wayne Jukes and the final finisher in Jason George.

After the completion of four largely incident-free heat races that went the way of Sam Gollschewsky (2), Terry Leerentveld and Trent McLean, the Modlite feature was plagued by a series of restarts that eventually saw the race ended prematurely with two laps remaining. Not surprisingly, Gollschewsky emerged as the victor over Leerentveld, with Joel Smith inheriting third place when Jac Carnall spun himself off the podium on lap 13 to trigger the restart that would force the hand of officials in abandoning proceedings. With McLean and Dan Lewis amongst those who failed to go the distance, Julian Olley, Chris Fing and Callum Beerling were the best of the rest.

Racing continues at Ausdeck Archerfield Speedway tonight (Saturday, January 11) with two more rounds of heats, B Main, Pole Shootout and 50-lap Titan Garages QSS World Series Sprintcar Australian Open feature race. Also on the program will be Formula 500s, AMCA Nationals and a big field of Wingless Sprints.
Can Donny Take Ten?
Wednesday January 8, 2020. Archerfield Speedway
This biggest annual speedway event in Queensland will be decided this weekend at Audeck Archerfield Speedway with the 24th staging of the Sprintcar Australian Open over two huge nights on Friday and Saturday nights (January 10 and 11). Bringing together the best local, national and international stars, the Titan Garages Australian Open is synonymous with breathtaking action as drivers strive to secure every advantage in their pursuit of the $20 000 prize that awaits the winner of the 50-lap feature race on Saturday night. World of Outlaws legend Donny Schatz is chasing his fifth feature race win in a row AND his tenth Australian Open victory in what will be his final weekend of racing before he returns home to contest the Chilli Bowl indoor Midget event in Tulsa, Oklahoma.

However, the event doubles as round nine of the QSS World Series Sprintcar Championship and there is plenty at stake for those chasing the WSS title, so rest assured they will be absolutely determined to deny Schatz another visit to victory lane, which is, of course, a challenge that will require perfect preparation, exemplary execution and perhaps a little luck. Whilst those sitting atop the WSS standings were unable to make any impression on Schatz in round six of the championship last Saturday night, young Victorian Rusty Hickman came closest of anybody to upstaging the North Dakota native at Archerfield this season, leading much of the feature race before Schatz zoomed to the front with two laps remaining. Hickman, who won the Friday night Australian Open Preliminary Feature race last season, seems to have a liking for the Archerfield layout that might just see him take the challenge to Schatz once again.

Having been engaged in battle for the WSS championship lead since the early rounds, James McFadden and Kerry Madsen will continue their duel that saw Madsen emerge with the upper hand last Saturday with a third-place finish. The following night at Toowoomba it was McFadden who fared best, albeit a long way from the leader in ninth position, one spot ahead of Madsen. Round eight in Maryborough on Tuesday night saw both drivers bounce back to finish at the front of the field. McFadden extended his lead further by winning the feature, with Madsen finishing in second spot. Others most definitely in the reckoning for success on Saturday night include Pennsylvanian hotshoe Lucas Wolfe, two-time national champion Dave Murcott, defending WSS champion Steven Lines, Gold Coast young gun Lachlan McHugh, opening round winner Brock Hallett and Tasmanian teenager Jock Goodyer, who finished third in Toowoomba and Maryborough just a couple of weeks after winning the Australian Formula 500 Championship.

Of the locals, it was no surprise that Australian Champion Andrew Scheuerle was the best performed last weekend, but not before Luke Oldfield threw away what seemed certain third place finish with a late-race spin. Oldfield bounced back at Toowoomba to finish fifth, with Goodyer the only WSS contracted driver to finish ahead of him. Unfortunately, after a brilliant start to the night in Maryborough that saw him set Quick Time in qualifying before blasting from the back of the field to win his opening heat race, Oldfield crashed out of his next heat and missed the feature race. As the only Queensland driver to have won the Australian Open, Bryan Mann should fancy his chances despite the depth of talent taking part, while the likes of Kevin Titman, Callum Walker, Brent Kratzmann and former Queensland champ Mitchell Gee will be primed to shine in front of their home crowd.

In what will be a huge two nights of action, supporting events over the weekend will come courtesy of Midgets, AMCA Nationals, Wingless Sprints, Lightning Sprints, Formula 500s and Modlites.

Whilst a Friday night scheduling has left the Midget field a little less than what we have seen so far this season, all of the drivers who have been the standouts thus far in the American Tire & Racing Services Series will be in attendance for round five. Brock Dean has won the last two rounds and will again face off against Rusty Whittaker, Darren Vine and opening round winner Glenn Wright, with teenager Bodie Smith a potential spoiler if he can reproduce the form that carried him to a Compact Speedcar feature race win last weekend.

With feature race wins at four different tracks so far this season, including the last outing at Archerfield, Tyler Stralow is the man to beat in round eight of the Stockmans Civil and Plant Lightning Sprint Club Championship. Dave Fanning, who bounced back from a spin to finish second behind Stralow in their previous clash, Queensland champ Jason Rae and category veteran Keith Blatch loom as the biggest obstacles to another Stralow success story.

Rounding out the Friday action will be another big field of 20+ Modlites which, in the absence of last start winner Klinton Hancey, should see Terry Leerentveld and Sam Gollschewsky renew their battle from the last outing, perhaps this time for the win rather than the minor placings. Dan Lewis, Sean Rose and Scott Lehfeldt are also expected to feature amongst the front runners.

Having been relegated to third place after starting from the front row in the previous round, Australian Champion Matt Hardy will be desperate to reassert his authority in round six of the Shock Absorber Therapy AMCA Nationals Track Championship. Whilst the good news for Hardy is that the two drivers who beat him on that occasion are not amongst the nominations for Saturday night, the bad news from his perspective is the return of Nathan Durston and the fact that four-time national champion Shane McKinnell will be piloting the #85 that carried his son Lee to an emphatic win in round five. With Steve Potts, Bruce Marshall, Thomas Vickery and Nathan Tomkins also amongst the entries, another torrid round of racing seems assured.

As has been the case for each round, Wingless Sprints will gather in big numbers for round five of their Ian Boettcher Race Parts/Activated Industries Super Series. Having finished first and second respectively in the previous round, the NSW-based duo of David Eggins and Kevin Willis return in a bid to exert their authority over the Queenslanders once again. Dan Evans, who finished third in round four, is obviously one of the best local hopes, along with Cody OConnell, Casey OConnell, Tim Harris, Paul Robinson and Liam Atkinson, who scored an impressive heat win in round four only to crash out in his next heat and miss the feature race.

In Formula 500 racing, north Queensland youngster Brodie Davis and NSW top gun Scott Connole are joining the field to take on all the Archerfield regulars, which includes the likes of James Kennedy, Kristin Brown, Tarhlea Apelt, Ron Barber and Ethan Eyears.

Gates open both days at 4.00pm (online ticketholders from 3.30pm), with early racing from 4.45pm on Friday night and Sprintcar time trial qualifying from 5.00pm. On Saturday night, early racing will kick off at 5.00pm, with the main program to get underway at 6.00pm on both nights.

QSS World Series Titan Garages Australian Sprintcar Open nominations: Andrew Corbet, Andrew Scheuerle, Brent Kratzmann, Brock Hallett, Brooke Tatnell, Bryan Mann, Callum Walker, Cody Maroske, David Murcott, Donny Schatz, Glen Sutherland, Jack Lee, James McFadden, Jason Pryde, Jock Goodyer, Karl Hoffmans, Kerry Madsen, Kevin Titman, Kristy Bonsey, Lachlan McHugh, Lucas Wolfe, Luke Oldfield, Mark Pholi, Mitchell Gee, Randy Morgan, Ryan McNamara, Rusty Hickman, Shaun Dobson, Steven Lines, Tim Farrell

American Tire & Racing Services Midget Series round five nominations: Audie Malt, Barry Gibbs, Bodie Smith, Brad Dawson, Brock Dean, Cal Whatmore, Darren Vine, Glen Wright, Graeme Flynn, Matt ONeil, Mitchell Rooke, Nathan Mathers, Reid Mackay, Rusty Whittaker, Scott Doyle

Stockmans Civil and Plant Lightning Sprint Club Championship round eight nominations: Adam Norton, Danny Stone, Dave Fanning, Derek Wells, James Elliott, Jason George, Jason Rae, Jim Kennedy, Keith Blatch, Mark Peters, Scott Jukes, Tyler Stralow, Wayne Iacono, Wayne Jukes

Modlite nominations: Abi Meehan, Alex Coward, Anthony Stewart, Callum Beerling, Chris Crowe, Chris Fing, Dan Lewis, Howie Powers, Jac Carnall, Jamie Cornes, Joel Smith, Julian Olley, Luke Fraser, Sam Gollschewsky, Scott Lehfeldt, Sean Egan, Sean Rose, Steve Collins, Terry Leerentveld, Trent McLean, Troy Carnall, Warren Hooper

Ian Boettcher Race Parts/Activated Industries Wingless Sprint Super Series round five nominations: Ben Hull, Brady Baldwin, Brian Scott, Brody Thomsen, Casey OConnell, Chris Catchpole, Cody OConnell, Corey OToole, Dan Evans, Dave Eggins, Dave Ellis, Dave Jobe, Ian Milnes, Jacqui Salmon, James Barton, Jamie Usher, Jayden OToole, Kevin Willis, Lachie Robertson, Liam Atkinson, Michael Lampard, Mick Reid, Nathan Jones, Paul Robinson, Scott Graham, Scott Thomsen, Shaun Knight, Shaun Thompson, Tim Harris, Timothy Harris

Shock Absorber Therapy AMCA Nationals Track Championship round six nominations: Brett Robotham, Bruce Marshall, Dallas Czerwinski, Darren Miler, Graeme Holland, Jay Allen, Kevin Stow, Matt Hardy, Michael Denning, Nathan Durston, Nathan Tomkins, Robert Kynaston, Russ Hardy, Scott Hitchcock, Shane McKinnell, Steve Potts, Thomas Vickery

Formula 500 nominations: Aaron Finglas, Adrian Farrell, Brady Argles, Brock Thornton, Brodie Davis, Dekota Gay, Ethan Eyears, James Kennedy, Jonathon Gunn, Kristin Brown, Ron Barber, Royce Harvey, Scott Connole, Tarhlea Apelt, Zac Gaynor

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Another World Series Win for Schatz
Sunday January 5, 2020. Archerfield Speedway
Even the very best talent that World Series Sprintcars has to offer was no match for 10-time World of Outlaws champion Donny Schatz at Ausdeck Archerfield Speedway on Saturday night (January 4). The American star surged early from his third row starting position and then bided his time behind Rusty Hickman before roaring around the outside through turn four with two laps to run. Kerry Madsen finished in third spot ahead of Dave Murcott, with a late run from Lucas Wolfe elevating him into the top five at the expense of James McFadden. Fittingly, Andrew Scheuerle was the first of the locals home in seventh, followed by Lachlan McHugh, Steven Lines and Kevin Titman, who bounced back from a heavy heat race crash.

In the Modified Sedan Twin City Challenge, Aidan Raymont was in a class of his own throughout the 30-lap feature race, finishing more than eight seconds ahead of second-placed Darren Lester. Third home was Michael Shelford, with Kent Shelford finishing fourth ahead of Rodney Pammenter and Queensland champ Tim Weir.

Of the 31-car field that fronted for round six of Queensland Speedway Spares World Series Sprintcars, only 30 would tackle time trials as Anthony Vanderreyden failed to progress beyond hot laps. Running late in the session, Jack Lee would stop the clock at 11.571 to secure Revolution Racegear Quick Time. Local hero Luke Oldfield (11.609) was second quickest, with Wolfe (11.713), Madsen (11.791), Murcott (11.862), Lines (11.876) and McHugh (11.862) next best, leaving Bryan Mann, Schatz and Brock Dean to round out the top ten.

The opening heat saw Titman make easy work of proceedings from the outside front row, leading Hickman and Tim Farrell to the flag.

With Brooke Tatnell launching from pole position, there was never much doubt about the outcome of heat two as he raced away to finish ahead of McFadden and Callum Walker. Oldfield suffered a scare when a fuel leak resulted in a post-race fire and a subsequent tail tank change prior to his next heat.

Scheuerle also encountered little resistance in winning heat three from the front row, outpacing Randy Morgan as Madsen and Schatz worked their way forward to finish third and fourth respectively.

Heat four went the way of Glen Sutherland in advance of Jock Goodyer and Schatz before Brent Kratzmann downed McFadden and Tatnell to win heat five.

The final heat dished up the only major incident of the night when Cody Maroske made contact with Walker along the main straight and sent himself into a series of somersaults as Titman, in his effort to avoid any involvement, climbed the wall and also flipped in turn one. Walker was also a casualty with a flat tyre as Scheuerle doubled up with another win, this time ahead of Oldfield and Hickman.

The B Main served up a final chance to secure a place in the feature race field and it was Kratzmann who made the most of the opportunity, leading Titman, Farrell and Morgan into the big show.

Hickman was the big mover of the Pole Shootout, advancing from the Bronze round and outpacing the likes of Schatz, Wolfe, Murcott, Lines and Madsen to ultimately land on pole position for the Performance Wholesale feature race, with Oldfield starting alongside. Murcott snared third spot ahead of Lee, Madsen, Lines, Hickman and the two Americans.

At the drop of the green, Hickman shot clear of the field to lead through the opening lap and almost all of those thereafter. Murcott followed, pushing Oldfield back to third, which became fourth when Madsen advanced on lap two. By lap five, Oldfield was back in third ahead of Madsen, with Schatz having advanced to fifth. The order at the front remained unchanged until lap 14 when Oldfield grabbed second spot from Murcott, who dropped another spot to Schatz before the race was halted momentarily following a spin from Mann with 10 laps remaining. An untidy exit from turn four from Hickman on lap 25 enabled Schatz to snatch the lead, only for Hickman to fight back and retake the top spot. Unfortunately for Oldfield, the next restart would come at his expense when he spun in turn three with just six laps to run, moving Madsen to third. Hickman continued to lead upon resumption but there was a sense of inevitability about the how things would pan out, despite a mighty effort from the young Victorian. An outside swoop through turn four carried Schatz into the lead with two laps remaining and would bring him his fourth consecutive feature race win and 28th such result in World Series competition. Madsen and Murcott were next in line, with Wolfe moving ahead of McFadden for fifth with two laps to run. Scheuerle was next ahead of McHugh, who no doubt would have been hoping for a better result back on home soil. Lines had slipped back to ninth by races end, while Titman earned the Hard Charger Award for his effort in advancing from the B Main to tenth. Hallet, Mann, Oldfield and Morgan were next in line, leaving Dean, Goodyer, Kratzmann and Farrell as the remaining finishers. After such a strong start to the night, Lee was unable to consolidate his qualifying advantage and, having fallen out of the top ten, would ultimately head infield with just one lap remaining, joining Tatnell who had exited on lap 30 with a flat tyre.

Modified Sedan heat wins were shared between Lester (2), Raymont, Pammenter, Weir, Darren Baldwin, Michael Shelford and Max Clarke, who would emerge as the hero of the feature race. Heat five produced a thrilling finish when Lester came from behind on the final lap to outsprint Atkin from turn four to the chequer, sneaking home by a mere 0.002 to secure pole position for the feature.

Steve Jordan took out the B Main over Ash Volk, Peter White, Ty Francis and Shannon Blackburn.

The feature was over for Greg Worling before it even started when he inexplicably lost a wheel on the formation lap and, once underway, there was never any real doubt about the result as Raymont went straight to the front and never looked likely to lose, leading every lap to secure his second feature race win in less than seven days following his New South Wales Championship success in Sydney. With the field seemingly happy to run single file on the bottom and watch Raymont disappear into the distance, Clarke had other ideas and set about putting on a show with a terrific outside run to which he remained committed until he suffered the fate that too often befalls those willing to run the high line. Exiting turn four on lap 20, Michael Shelford moved up track and squeezed Clarke into the wall, ending what had been a mighty effort from the former national champion that was certainly deserving of a much better result. With Clarke out of the equation, the field played follow-the-leader to the chequer, the only exception being Jordan in his surge forward from 17th to ultimately finish seventh behind Raymont, Lester, the Shelfords, Pammenter and Weir. Rounding out the top ten were Baldwin, Atkin and Nathan McDonald, followed by Shane McDonald, Francis, Alex Sweeney, Nathan Lowe and the final finisher in White.

Compact Speedcars started the night with their biggest field of the season thus far and heat success went the way of Jayden Iacono and Bodie Smith who, having earlier been unable to avoid a spun Matt ONeill, somehow emerged unscathed and then rounded up both Steve Swingler and Rob Stewart on the final lap for an impressive win.

Unfortunately, only nine cars made it on track for the 15-lap feature race and just six would go the distance. Chris Pidgeon led the field away and remained out front until Smith surged ahead on lap seven, with Swingler relegating Pidgeon to third on lap 10. Richard Treanor and Andrew Parkes filled out the first five, with newcomer David Everitt the final finisher.

In Formula 500 Juniors, Ryan Newton won two heats and Jy Corbet won the other, with Taylor Morgan finishing in the top three on each occasion.

World Series Sprintcar action continues at Ausdeck Archerfield Speedway next weekend with the running of the Titan Garages Australian Open on Friday and Saturday night (January 10 and 11). Also on the program over the two nights will be Midgets, Formula 500s, AMCA Nationals, Wingless Sprints, Lightning Sprints and Modlites.

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World Series Showdown on Saturday Night
Friday January 3, 2020. Archerfield Speedway
The big show is coming to town this weekend when the QSS World Series Sprintcars roadshow invades Ausdeck Archerfield Speedway on Saturday night (January 4), pitching Australia’s leading Sprintcar exponents into battle against two of Americas finest and the very best local talent. Since its inception back in the 1987/1988 season, World Series has been regarded as the pinnacle of Sprintcar competition in Australia and that level of prestige remains today as teams criss-cross the country in search of championship glory, something that has been achieved by only 11 drivers in the 30+ year history of the series. Having presented more WSS events than any other active circuit, Archerfield has played a pivotal role in the growth of the championship and Saturday night will be the first of two rounds at the venue this season.

Presented by Performance Wholesale, round six of World Series Sprintcars has attracted a stellar line-up of local, national and international talent, with four-time series champion James McFadden currently leading the championship after winning the previous round in Warrnambool. However, for McFadden and his championship rivals, which includes the likes of Kerry Madsen, David Murcott and defending series champion Steven Lines, this weekend presents their toughest challenge of the season thus far as they face off against Andrew Scheuerle, who has a WSS feature win to his name and defeated all of these guys here last season to win the Australian Championship, and 10-times World of Outlaws champion Donny Schatz, who is currently undefeated in feature race competition at Archerfield this season.

Of the four completed rounds, McFadden has won twice and holds a 97-point lead over Madsen, with South Australia’s Brock Hallett sitting in third spot in the wake of his sensational win in the opening round. Murcott and Lines have endured difficult starts to their championship campaign, with Lines riding out a spectacular wreck at Warrnambool on Wednesday night that left the catch fence in need of repair. However, both drivers have visited victory lane at Archerfield before and will be hoping that this weekend brings a change in fortunes.

Schatz has the second highest number of WSS feature race wins of any driver in the field and enjoys a remarkable record of success at Archerfield. His form so far this season has been as good as ever and it is going to take something very special to deny Schatz another WSS success. Fellow American Lucas Wolfe is amongst those trying to prevent Schatz from accruing a 26th World Series feature win and the Pennsylvania-based driver, who is embarking on his first ever WSS campaign and currently sits seventh in the championship standings, is no stranger to Archerfield, having finished on the podium here on more than one occasion.

Joining Schatz and Scheuerle in making things very difficult for the contracted series drivers will be Luke Oldfield, who is one of only four Queenslanders to have ever won a WSS round and has been the only driver to offer up any kind of resistance to Schatz so far this season. Oldfield looked on track to beat Schatz in the feature race here on Wednesday night before contact with the wall sent him crashing out of the lead with just 10 laps remaining. Whilst no doubt devastated at gifting Schatz his third consecutive win, don’t expect Oldfield to curb the hard charging style that is as effective as it is spectacular.

Others coming to town in search of success to advance their championship position are another South Australian in Glen Sutherland, plus young gun Rusty Hickman and fellow Victorian Jack Lee, along with Jason Pryde from Western Australian and a two-pronged Tasmanian challenge comprising Shaun Dobson and newly crowned Australian Formula 500 champion Jock Goodyer. The meeting will also serve as a homecoming for Gold Coast gun Lachlan McHugh, a former Queensland champion whose efforts so far for his Western Australia-based J&S Drilling team have him sitting eighth overall in the standings.

Of the locals looking to defend their territory, expect Kevin Titman, Callum Walker, Brent Kratzmann and Bryan Mann to be in the thick of the action, while Randy Morgan returns home from a southern sojourn that saw him contest all four WSS rounds to be sitting 16th overall. However, the Archerfield track can be a difficult beast to master and often dishes up anomalous results, so there will no surprises if somebody emerges from the shadows of the big names to stand tall atop the podium.

Also on the program is a stacked field of Modified Sedans contesting the opening round of the Twin City Challenge, with former national champ Aydan Raymont the man of the moment following his win in the New South Wales Championship in Sydney last weekend. Raymont, who is also a three-time Queensland Champion, has earned the right to favouritism, but there are myriad others in the 30+ car field who are a serious threat, including current state titleholder Tim Weir and two other former national championship winners in Greg Worling and Max Clarke. Having finished third in Sydney, Mick Shelford leads a strong Toowoomba contingent into battle, including Nathan McDonald and a pair of former state champions in Shane McDonald and Rodney Pammenter.

Compact Speedcars and Formula 500 Juniors complete the program and both categories have produced their biggest entry lists for the season thus far, no doubt wanting to showcase their racing in front of the large crowd that will pack the stadium and the interstate and international viewers who will catch all the action on the World Series live broadcast.

Gates open at 4.00pm (online ticketholders from 3.30pm), with early racing from 4.45pm. Sprintcar time trial qualifying will get underway from 5.00pm and the main program will kick off at 6.00pm.

QSS World Series Sprintcars round six nominations: Andrew Corbet, Andrew Scheuerle, Anthony Vanderreyden, Brent Kratzmann, Brock Dean, Brock Hallett, Brooke Tatnell, Bryan Mann, Callum Walker, Cody Maroske, David Murcott, Donny Schatz, Glen Sutherland, Jack Lee, Jai Stephenson, James McFadden, Jason Pryde, Jock Goodyer, Kerry Madsen, Kevin Titman, Kristy Bonsey, Lachlan McHugh, Lucas Wolfe, Luke Oldfield, Nicholas Whell, Randy Morgan, Ryan McNamara, Rusty Hickman, Shaun Dobson, Steven Lines, Tim Farrell

Modified Sedan Twin City Challenge round one nominations: Aaron Alcock, Aidan Raymont, Alex Sweeney, Ashley Volk, Cameron Taylor, Chris Hayden, Cory Stein, Darren Lester, Darren Baldwin, David Head, David Jacobi, Greg Worling, Jake Hawkins, Jamie Love, Jason Dreaver, Joseph Saporoshetz, Jordan Cunningham, Kent Shelford, Max Clarke, Mick Langton, Mick Shelford, Nathan Lowe, Nathan McDonald, Neil Crawford, Peter White, Rachel Hawkins, Rodney Pammenter, Russell Harris, Shane McDonald, Shannon Blackburn, Steve Blackburn, Steve Jordan, Steven Love, Steven Quirk, Tim Atkin, Tim Weir, Ty Francis

Compact Speedcar nominations: Andrew Rooke, Bernie Clarke, Bodie Smith, Chris Pidgeon, Connor McCullough, Dave Collins, Dave Swan, David Everitt, Jayden Iacono, Matt O’Neill, Richard Rooke, Richard Treanor, Rob Stewart, Steve Swingler, Trent Usher

Formula 500 Junior nominations: Blake Matthews, Jared Boys, Jy Corbet, Kacy Lee Black, Khiana Gay, Kyle Price, Ryan Newton, Taylor Morgan, Taylor Prosser

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Oldfield Stumbles and Schatz Wins Again
Thursday January 2, 2020. Archerfield Speedway
American Sprintcar superstar Donny Schatz started his New Year in the best possible fashion with his third consecutive feature race win in round nine of the East Coast Logistics Sprintcar Track Championship at Ausdeck Archerfield Speedway on Wednesday night (January 1). In what proved to be his toughest test yet on this current tour, Schatz inherited the race lead when Luke Oldfield, who has been the only driver to seriously challenge Schatz so far this season and had taken over the lead on lap 13, climbed the wall in turn four and was forced out with a flat tyre with only 10 laps left to run. After leading early and being shuffled back to fourth at one stage, Kevin Titman rebounded to secure a runner-up result ahead of Andrew Scheuerle, with Allan Woods advancing from position 10 to finish fourth ahead of Cody Maroske, Karl Hoffmans, Adam Butler and Brock Dean.

In the Paul Britten 44 Memorial Dirt Modified feature race, Andrew Pezzutti put in a stellar drive from position 15 to score a popular win in a race that never fails to deliver as drivers surge from the rear of the field. Mitchell Randall and Brayd Stephenson filled the minor placings ahead of Mark Robinson, with David Clark next best of the backmarkers, climbing from 16th to finish fifth.

The Shock Absorber Therapy AMCA Nationals Track Championship round five feature race saw Lee McKinnell emerge victorious over dual state titleholder Tony Blanch, with Australian champ Matt Hardy falling to third after leading early.

A 24-car field signed in for Sprintcar time trials and it was Oldfield who topped the timesheets to secure KRE Quick Time, clocking a best lap of 11.813 to outpace Scheuerle (11.916), Schatz (11.956) and Brent Kratzmann (11.995), who again found himself out of luck come feature race time. Mark Pholi and Karl Hoffmans were next quickest ahead of Titman and Mitchell Gee, with Callum Walker and Tim Farrell rounding out the top ten.

The opening heat of the night went to Woods as Oldfield surged from position six to finish second ahead of Andrew Corbet.

Toowoomba youngster Nicholas Whell held firm in the face of pressure from Gee to take out the second heat, with Gee finishing second but then never to be seen again for the rest of the night. Pholi finished third, but Bryan Mann enjoyed a far less successful start to the night, rolling over in turn four after contact with Scheuerle, who would also fail to finish as a result of another incident on the final lap.

Maroske made the most of a front row start in heat three, leading throughout to defeat Schatz, who emulated Oldfield in advancing from sixth to second, leaving Ryan McNamara third at the flag.

Oldfield was in a class of his own in heat four, again surging from position six to lead after just four laps and then clearing away to finish more than five seconds clear of Tim Farrell, with Andrew Baumber keeping Titman at bay to secure third.

Andrew Corbet led the opening lap of heat five before Dean took over momentarily, only to find himself unable to respond when Schatz, who had also started from the outside of row three, swept to the front on lap five despite a damaged top wing. Dean would fall to third by races end as Maroske moved to second on lap seven.

The final heat of the night fell in favour of McNamara in advance of Scheuerle and Kristy Bonsey.

Bonsey was back on track to contest the B Main and she never really faced any real competition on her run to victory, leading Corbet, Adam Butler and Mann in making the transfer into the feature race.

Having been gifted a front row start in the Trax Tyres and Auto Dash during the pre-race grid draw, Titman took full advantage of his good fortune to secure pole position for the main event. Pholi filled second spot ahead of Oldfield and Schatz, with Scheuerle, Kratzmann, Farrell and Maroske completing the field.

Titman got the best of the feature race start while his front row partner in Pholi was quickly shuffled back as Oldfield, Schatz, Scheuerle and Farrell moved ahead, with Woods also advancing after starting 10th. Mann was the first casualty, heading infield with a flat tyre on lap two and the first interruption came on lap six when Farrell hit the wall and was collected by the luckless Kratzmann, putting both cars on the infield. Titman continued to lead from the restart until Oldfield pounced on lap 13 to take over the front running and set about distancing himself from the field. Two laps later, Schatz also moved ahead of Titman, who would drop another spot to Scheuerle before regaining lost ground with a strong finish. Whilst Oldfield continued to hold sway at the front of the field, Schatz was closing in and a thrilling finish was looming until, on lap 25, Oldfield jumped the cushion in turn three, climbed the wall in turn four and ground to a halt with a flat left rear tyre. In front for the restart with clear track, Schatz led the field away and would have to survive one more interruption with just a lap remaining following a spin from McNamara in turn two. The green-white-chequer sprint to the line proved costly for Scheuerle as Titman was able to make a pass to secure the runner-up spot, while Woods also made a late surge to snatch fourth from Maroske, who had dropped back early and was able to regain some lost spots as others exited, only to follow up with some bizarre post-race histrionics that left onlookers somewhat bemused. Karl Hoffmans impressed in finishing sixth ahead of the best of the B Main transferees in Butler, who was followed home by Dean, Walker, Pholi, Bonsey, Whell and McNamara.

Fresh from a feature race win in Lismore, Mitchell Randall proved too pacey in the opening Dirt Modfied heat, leading home Andrew Firth and Marley Weller.

With Australian champ Kevin Britten launching from pole position, heat two was a forgone conclusion from the outset and most interest lay in the action further back as Pezzutti and Clark worked their way into the minor placings. Klinton Hancey saw his night end before it really started, spinning in turn four before being hit by Roydon Alcorn and turned upside down.

After a lengthy absence from competition, Darren Latimer launched from the front row to lead heat three, only to spin in turn four on lap two. Zac McDonald took over the lead but headed infield on lap five, handing the win to Stephenson ahead of Chris Corbett and the USA-domiciled Peter Britten, making his first appearance at home in five years.

Clark downed Sam Bruggy and Randall to win heat four, with Pezzutti upstaging Robinson and Peter Britten in heat five.

The final heat saw Terry Leerentveld bounce back from misfortunes in hot laps and his opening heat to salvage a win, downing McDonald and Phil Roberts.

The B Main become somewhat unnecessary once Kaleb Webb spun in turn four on the opening lap while leading, resulting in both he and Ash Hall being eliminated and leaving just fours to complete the remaining laps. Alcorn would emerge as the victor, followed home by Trevor Wiley and Latimer.

The 6-lap Dash is always important at the Paul Britten 44 as it provides those taking part with an opportunity to accept an invitation to start from the rear in the 44-lap feature race. Whilst the Britten brothers were always going to start at the back of the race that commemorates their father, race winner David Clark and Andrew Pezzutti also took on the challenge, while Randall and Stephenson proved party poopers by electing to start from the front row.

The feature race only made it to turn four at the first attempted start because of a spin from Weller in turn four. Randall led the field away at the restart, leading Stephenson and Leerentveld through the opening laps. There was to be no fairytale homecoming for Peter Britten, a radiator leak ending his race on lap eight. By lap 10, Pezzutti had climbed to fifth from 15th, with Kevin Britten occupying eighth after starting from position 17. Stephenson swept into the lead on lap 16, only for Ranall to regain the ascendancy two laps later. By lap 20, Pezzutti had moved into second spot, with Britten now fourth and looking ominous. On lap 36, the lapped car of Trevor Wiley literally latched itself onto the rear bumper of Britten, who had just moved into second spot. Unable to dislodge his passenger, Britten found himself flung into the path of the pursuing pack in the back straight, with Clark and Robinson involved in the ensuing melee. His car a crumpled mess, Britten was out of the restart, while Robinson, Clark and Wiley were able to continue. In exactly the type of result that Paul Britten himself would have liked, Pezzutti became the latest to execute a back-to-front victory, leaving Randall to finish second ahead of Stephenson, Robinson and Clark, who started 16th. Bruggy and Roberts were next in line, with Wiley, David Blanch and Mark Connolly rounding out the top ten.

AMCA National heat race wins were shared between McKinnell, Bruce Marshall, Steve Price and Thomas Vickery, however it was a pair of runner-up results that landed Hardy on pole position for the feature race. Starting from the outside front row, presumably by choice after finishing as top qualifier, McKinnell pressured Hardy through the opening stages before assuming the lead and taking control of the race on lap six. Having failed to finish his second heat race, Blanch found himself starting from position nine but was able to make his way through the field with little resistance before rounding up Hardy to take over second spot on lap 15. Hardy fought back to reclaim the position before Blanch moved ahead again with three laps remaining to secure the runner-up result behind McKinnell. Hardy remained third at the flag, with Steve Potts fourth in advance of Marshall, Vickery, Paul Reeves and Nathan Tomkins.

Small fields in the sedan categories saw the two RSA Sedan classes combined with the Ford versus Holden versus Sigma contingent and the respective feature winners were Daniel Wright (FvHvS), Adrian Browne (Limited Sedans) and Michael Taylor (Outlaw Sedans).

Racing continues at Ausdeck Archerfield Speedway on Saturday night (January 4) with round six of QSS World Series Sprintcars presented by Performance Wholesale and the return of Modified Sedans for the opening round of the Twin City Challenge, plus Compact Speedcars and Formula 500 Juniors.

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Schatz Seeking Three in a Row
Tuesday December 31, 2019. Archerfield Speedway
Sprintcar action returns to Ausdeck Archerfield Speedway on Wednesday night (January 1) with round nine of the East Coast Logistics Track Championship to welcome in the New Year. Having won the previous two rounds in contrasting fashion, 10-time World of Outlaws champion Donny Schatz will be chasing his third feature race win within seven days. On Saturday night, Schatz delivered a dazzling display to win round eight of the championship from position 14 as the first driver so far this season to accept the BK Trading Challenge and invert the feature race field after qualifying on pole position. On Wednesday night, more than 20 other drivers will again take on the challenge of subduing Schatz, with Luke Oldfield thus far emerging as the man most likely to upstage the American star. Californian Dominic Scelzi was also scheduled to appear on Wednesday night, but a family illness has unfortunately prevented him making the trip to Australia.

Also on the program will be the Paul Britten 44 Memorial for Dirt Modifieds, with a strong entry list secured for what is the most prestigious non-championship race on the annual Dirt Modified calendar, while AMCA Nationals will contest round five of the Shock Absorber Therapy Track Championship. RSA Sedans and Ford vs Holden vs Sigma sedans and Fireworks will also feature on another variety-packed program.

Whilst Schatz has been unstoppable in the last two rounds of Sprintcar Track Championship racing, Oldfield has been the shining light amongst the locals, emerging as biggest threat to Schatz in both events. Last Thursday, Oldfield out-qualified Schatz to start the feature race from pole position before ultimately finishing in second spot, while Saturday night saw Oldfield again chasing Schatz, although this time they had to fight their way through the field. Whilst others who found their qualifying position upended as a result of the inversion struggled to make forward progress, Oldfield was able to advance to third spot to join Schatz on the podium once again. Will it be a Schatz versus Oldfield battle once more on Wednesday night, or is there somebody else ready to step up and prevent Schatz from again marching into victory lane?

As the reigning national titleholder and track champion, Andrew Scheuerle is obviously a threat and, having finished third in round seven behind Schatz and Oldfield, he will be far from satisfied with his 10th-place finish on Saturday night and determined to show that the Australia #1 can match it with the best in the world. Of the rest, Callum Walker, Kevin Titman and Cody Maroske have been the standouts, although both Bryan Mann and Brent Kratzmann have produced plenty of pace but have been without much luck, while the addition of Mitchell Gee is a boost to the local chances given the fact that he is the only driver other than Schatz to have scored two feature race wins at Archerfield this season.

With no less than five Australian Championship winners in the field, the Paul Britten 44 is shaping as an epic showdown once again. With a unique format that, more often than not, sees the big names racing from the rear of the field, the event serves as the ultimate showcase for Dirt Modified racing. Now racing professionally in America, Peter Britten has returned home to contest the event that commemorates the contribution of his father as an administrator and passionate advocate of the category. A three-time national champion, Peter will face off against his younger brother Kevin, a familiar face at Archerfield competing in Sprintcars and Dirt Modifieds, who is the current Australian titleholder and the only person to have won the Australian Dirt Modified Championship four years in a row.

Add three more former national champs in Mark Robinson, David Clark and Andrew Pezzutti into the mix and you have the five top drivers in the country ready to do battle. If they negotiate their way through the qualifying heats and secure a place in the Dash, they will be afforded an invitation to start from the rear of the field in the 44-lap feature. Past years have seen most drivers accept the offer and it has rarely proved an obstacle in ultimately emerging victorious. Others who should fancy their chances include Mitchell Randall and Marley Weller, both of whom are fresh from feature race wins at Lismore and Grafton respectively, along with Sam Bruggy, Trent Scofield, Chris Corbett, Dale Corbett and a couple of prolific feature race winners from the Modlite ranks in Klinton Hancey and Terry Leerentveld.

With Matt Hardy, Tony Blanch, Steve Potts, Steve Price, Lee McKinnell and Thomas Vickery in the field, it seems inevitable that the AMCA National racing is going to be spectacular. The control-spec class has served up some sensational action so far this season and this sextet of speedsters will find themselves under plenty of pressure from the likes of Paul Reeves, Tim Gamble, Nathan Tomkins and former Sprintcar and Super Sedan competitor Bruce Marshall, who was impressive at the previous round until his challenge was curtailed by a flat tyre.

Backing up just four nights after a wild night of racing, RSA Sedan numbers are down somewhat, with the Taylor family expected to dominate the results, while the lone Mitsubishi of Daniel Wright will be outnumbered but undaunted in the Ford vs Holden vs Sigma racing.

Gates open at 4.00pm (3.30pm for online ticketholders), with early racing from 5.00pm. Sprintcar time trial qualifying is scheduled for 5.30pm and the main program, which will get underway from 6.00pm.

East Coast Logistics Sprintcar Track Championship round eight nominations: Adam Butler, Allan Woods, Andrew Baumber, Andrew Corbet, Andrew Scheuerle, Anthony Vanderreyden, Brent Kratzmann, Brock Dean, Brodie Tulloch, Bryan Mann, Callum Walker, Cody Maroske, David Kenway, Donny Schatz, Jai Stephenson, Karl Hoffmans, Kevin Titman, Kristy Bonsey, Libby Ellis, Luke Oldfield, Mark Pholi, Mitchell Gee, Nicholas Whell, Ryan McNamara, Tim Farrell

Dirt Modified Paul Britten 44 Memorial nominations: Andrew Firth, Andrew Pezzutti, Ash Hall, Brayd Stephenson, Chris Corbett, Dale Corbett, David Blanch, David Clark, Kaleb Webb, Kevin Britten, Klinton Hancey, Mark Connelly, Mark Robinson, Marley Weir, Mitchell Randall, Peter Britten, Phil McNamara, Phil Roberts, Sam Bruggy, Terry Leerentveld, Trent Schofield, Trevor Wiley, Zac McDonald

Shock Absorber Therapy AMCA Nationals Track Championship round five nominations: Ben Anderson, Brett Robotham, Bruce Marshall, Chris Wilson, Dallas Czerwinski, Graeme Holland, Kevin Stow, Lee McKinnell, Matt Hardy, Nathan Tomkins, Paul Reeves, Russ Hardy, Scott Hitchcock, Steve Potts, Steve Price, Thomas Vickery, Tim Gamble, Tony Blanch

RSA Sedan Nominations: Adrian Browne, Brad White, Chris Van Der Ryken, Daniel Taylor, Michael Laver, Michael Taylor, Peter Van Lissum, Russell Davis, Scott Taylor, Shannon Knight

Ford vs Holden vs Sigma nominations: Dallas Dack, Daniel Hillhouse, Daniel Wright, Jake Besgrove, Kevin Maher, Kim Dack, Maverick Dack, Terry Russell, Will Kelly

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Schatz Unstoppable at Archerfield
Sunday December 29, 2019. Archerfield Speedway
There are plenty of American Sprintcar drivers competing on Australian soil at the moment, but only Ausdeck Archerfield Speedway can genuinely lay claim to hosting the very best of them, evidence of which was in abundance on Saturday night (December 28) when 10-time World of Outlaws champion Donny Schatz dished up a dazzling demonstration of his sublime skills to win round eight of the East Coast Logistics Track Championship. Despite starting from position 14 after accepting the BK Trading Challenge to invert the field, Schatz had moved to the front by half race distance and left the field in his wake to clinch his second consecutive feature race win. As was the case in the previous round just 48 hours earlier, Luke Oldfield proved to be Schatz’s biggest threat throughout the night and would advance from the sixth row to finish third behind Cody Maroske, who took maximum advantage of the good fortune that the inversion bestowed upon him to score his best result thus far for the Erhart Motorsport team. Series leader Kevin Titman was solid again in finishing fourth, as was Callum Walker in fifth, with Bryan Mann bouncing back from a spin to snare sixth ahead of Brent Kratzmann, Andrew Scheuerle, Mick Sauer and Dan Murray.

In the final round of the Super Sedan Summer Slam, national champ Matt Pascoe delivered another dominant display to win a 30-lap feature race that ran without interruption and in which all 22 starters were still running at the fall of the chequer. Sean Black finished in second spot ahead of Justin Randall, who edged ahead of Matt Williams in the final laps. The first of the interstaters was Tyson Moon in fifth spot, followed by Gary Higgs, Daryl Moon and David Musch, with Nicholas OKeefe and Wayne Randall rounding out the top ten.

It was New South Wales drivers who dominated the results in Wingless Sprints, with Dave Eggins leading home Kevin Willis, Dan Evans, Michael Butcher and Jamie Usher

Tyler Stralow continued his strong season with another Lightning Sprint feature race win, downing Dave Fanning and Keith Blatch on this occasion.

In RSA Sedan action, Michael Taylor led home a family trifecta in the Outlaw class, while Ricky Price prevailed in the Limited ranks over Luke Gray and Josh Boyd.

The first step to what would ultimately become a perfect score for Schatz came in time trial qualifying when he stopped the clock at 11.986 to secure KRE Quick Time as the only driver to drop under 12 seconds. Mann was second best with 12.063, followed by Oldfield (12.196), Kratzmann (12.212) and another impressive performance from Tim Farrell (12.237), with Brock Dean, Scheuerle, Nicholas Whell, Kristy Bonsey and Dan Murray completing the first ten.

Starting seventh in the opening heat, Schatz had assumed the lead after six circulations and would finish three seconds clear of Brodie Tulloch, with Allan Woods third home.

Maroske was untroubled from pole position in winning heat two in advance of Sauer as Mann advanced to third from the back of the pack.

Heat three was also won from the front row as Titman kept the hard charging Oldfield at bay, with Callum Walker third.

The Schatz masterclass continued in heat four when he again came from the fourth row to win, this time with Scheuerle in pursuit as they relegated Tulloch to third on this occasion.

Another front row start for Maroske brought another win in heat five as Oldfield again advanced into second spot, with Woods third on this occasion.

When Sauer shot into the lead of the final preliminary, he would have been hoping that his run of second-place heat race finishes was about to end and, whilst that was ultimately the case, it was not in the manner he would have preferred as both Walker and Britten would make their way past to leave him third at the flag.

Tulloch bolted in the B Main, clearing away from the field to finish more than four seconds clear of Sauer and Brock Dean, who had whacked the wall in his opening heat, leaving Britten to snare the final transfer spot into the feature race, although Libby Ellis would also be granted a start in the main event.

The Bronze round of the Pole Shootout resulted in Kratzmann and Woods advancing to the next stage as elimination befell both Farrell and the over-achieving Bonsey who would unfortunately exit the feature without completing a lap. Woods continued his progress in the Silver round, climbing above Kratzmann and Mann to join Scheuerle in moving into the final showdown. For a moment, it looked as though Scheuerle might have the Gold round in his keeping, only for Schatz to snatch provisional pole position in his final lap against the clock, the only person to run a sub-14 second lap on a track that had slickened considerably but afforded multiple lanes.

With Schatz opting to accept the $2500 bonus and five extra laps on offer for the BK Trading Challenge, the inverted grid would plant Titman on pole position for what would now be a 40-lap feature race. Ryan McNamara found himself promoted to the outside front row, with Maroske and Murray to launch from row two ahead of Whell, Walker, Bonsey, Farrell, Mann, Kratzmann, Oldfield, Woods, Scheuerle, Schatz and the transferees from the B Main. Schatz wasted no time in surging forward, advancing six spots on the opening lap as McNamara bested Titman to lead the field away. After 10 laps, McNamara continued to lead from Titman and Maroske, but Schatz was now fourth and closing in. When Kevin Britten clobbered the turn four concrete on lap 14, the ensuing restart saw Schatz pounce to pass Titman and Maroske and advance to second spot. With McNamara still leading, the race was halted again on lap 20 when Mann, Kratzmann and Oldfield tangled in turn four, although the latter was somehow able to escape without stopping as the others found themselves at the rear of the field for the restart. The inevitable occurred soon after the resumption when Schatz pouncing to usurp McNamara, who subsequently threw away a potential podium when he spun in turn one to earn himself a rear-of-field placement for the restart. Titman moved to second spot as a result, with Maroske third and Oldfield now fourth ahead of Walker, Murray, Scheuerle, Farrell, Woods and Tulloch. With Schatz charging away into the distance, Maroske moved ahead of Titman and Oldfield followed soon after, with Walker holding firm in fifth. At the chequer, Schatz was more than four seconds clear of Maroske, Oldfield, Titman and Walker. A big charge back through the field would carry Mann into sixth ahead of Kratzmann and Scheuerle, with Sauer and Murray rounding out the top ten. Woods was next best and the last car on the lead lap, leaving Dean, Farrell, McNamara and Ellis as the remaining finishers. A solid run from Tulloch ended on lap 32 when he joined Whell, Britten and Bonsey on the infield.

The Super Sedan heats produced some of the best racing seen from the category in recent times and the night started with a nice moment as 17-year-old Zac Pascoe rounded up early leader Phil Barton to score his first ever heat win with his father Matt finishing second ahead of Sean Black.

Kyall Fisher produced plenty of pace to lead much of heat two before succumbing to Higgs with two laps to run, with Justin Randall finishing in third spot.

Bob McCosker was the early leader in heat three before Wayne Randall assumed control to take the race. Williams charged from the back to grab second in advance of Nicholas OKeefe as McCosker fell to fourth.

In a scenario that proved almost identical to the previous contest, Colin Kaine led through the opening laps of heat four before backsliding to fourth as Daryl Moon made his way to the front to defeat David Musch and Higgs.

Tyson Moon would then emulate his fathers effort in taking out heat five ahead of Justin Randall and Michael Hally, while a moment of madness would prove costly for Fisher when he found himself banished to the infield after a clash with Ed Doherty.

The final heat of the night saw Black emerge victorious ahead of Williams and Matt Pascoe.

Wayne Randall and Musch were the first eliminated from the pole shootout as Justin Randall and Daryl Moon advanced from the Bronze round to take on Matt Pascoe and Higgs. The Silver showdown saw Randall advance again, joined by Pascoe on this occasion, who would then go on to secure pole position. Williams was second quickest ahead of Black and Randall.

Given what transpired in the heats, it was surprising that so few drivers were prepared to take advantage of a race track offering up the multiple racing lines that the Sprintcar competitors utilised to such great effect. From pole position, Matt Pascoe was untroubled for the duration of the 30 laps and cruised home to score his second feature race win in 24 hours. With only Williams, Wayne Randall and Zac Pascoe willing to spend any significant time off the pole line, the field behind Pascoe ran in single file with Black and Williams leading the pack. In fact, the only changes at the front of the field came late in proceedings, the first of which saw Tyson Moon advance to fifth ahead of Higgs on lap 22. Then, with just two laps to run, Justin Randall found a way under Williams to snatch third behind Black to replicate the podium results from the previous night in Gympie. Williams and Tyson Moon completed the first five ahead of Higgs and Daryl Moon, with Musch, OKeefe, Wayne Randall, Fisher and Pascoe Jnr next in line. Hally, McCosker, Barton, Doherty, Kaine, Gary Pagel, Craig Hammond, Josh McLaren, Tony Brinkmann and Brendon Kelly completed the field.

Wingless Sprints were out in force and delivered some close racing in the heats, which saw wins shared around between Eggins, Willis, Evans, Usher, Liam Atkinson and Robert Mazzer.

Come feature race time though, Eggins was a cut above the rest and led all 20 laps with a minimum of fuss. Willis was similarly untroubled in finishing second, with third-placed Evans the only Queenslander inside the top five. Butcher and Usher were next best ahead of Casey OConnell, Mitch Bootland, Mazzer, Brock Gardiner and Dave Ellis.

Lightning Sprint heat wins went the way of Keith Blatch, Jason George and Dave Fanning before Tyler Stralow trumped them all to take out the 15-lap feature race. Having accumulated a series of feature race successes in Queensland and interstate over the last few months, this would be the first such success for Stralow at Archerfield this season. Following a spin early in the race while running second, Fanning fought his way back through the field to find himself again in the runner-up position at the fall of the flag, rounding up Blatch on the final lap to do so. George and Danny Stone were next best, followed home by Wayne Iacono, Dave Collins, Scott Jukes, James Elliott and Jason Rae.

The RSA Outlaw Sedan feature ended in somewhat farcical fashion with Michael Taylor the only driver to go the full distance, finishing a lap clear of Daniel Taylor and Scott Taylor. Thankfully, the Limited Sedan feature produced a much closer result as Price edged out Gray and Boyd after a race-long scrap, with Adrian Browne and Greg Trezise filling out the first five.

Racing continues at Ausdeck Archerfield Speedway on Wednesday night (January 1) with round nine of the East Coast Logistics Sprintcar Track Championship featuring Donny Schatz. Californian Sprintcar gun Dominic Scelzi was also scheduled to appear but has had to cancel his Australian trip due to an illness in the family. However, the meeting will feature US-based Australian Dirt Modified star Peter Britten in the Paul Britten Memorial 44, the most prestigious non-championship race on the annual Dirt Modified schedule. Also on the program will be another big field of AMCA Nationals, plus RSA Sedans and Ford vs Holden vs Sigma sedans.
Sprintcar Action Continues on Saturday
Saturday December 28, 2019. Archerfield Speedway
Just 48 hours after their feature race battle on Boxing Night, World of Outlaws legend Donny Schatz and local favourite Luke Oldfield will face off again at Ausdeck Archerfield Speedway on Saturday evening (December 28) in round eight of the East Coast Logistics Sprintcar Track Championship. On Thursday night, Oldfield topped qualifying, started from pole position and led the first half of the 35-lap feature race, but it was the experience and sublime skills of Schatz that ultimately prevailed come the fall of the chequer. Andrew Scheuerle finished third on that occasion and leads a field of 22 others on a mission to prevent the pair from dominating once again.

Also on a massive program will be the final round of the Super Sedan Summer Slam and a huge field of Wingless Sprints, plus Lightning Sprints and RSA Sedans, with more than 100 competitors set to hit the track for the final meeting over the year.

In addition to Schatz, Oldfield and Scheuerle, other standouts from Thursday nights hostilities backing up on Saturday include Callum Walker, Brent Kratzmann, Cody Maroske, Keviin Titman, Tim Farrell, Bryan Mann and Kristy Bonsey, all of whom finished inside the top ten in the feature race. Fresh from scoring back-to-back Midget feature race wins, Brock Dean joins the field and brings some pretty strong Sprintcar form into the mix as well, having finished on the podium in his last start. Adam Butler is another whose presence only serves to strengthen the field further, while both Mark Pholi and Kevin Britten will be hoping for a better run of luck to ensure they avoid a repeat of the misfortunes that befell them on Thursday night.

In excess of 20 Super Sedans are expected to contest the Summer Slam finale, with drivers from as far afield as Western Australia amongst the nominations. Whilst Matt Pascoe and Darren Kane are once again expected to be at the forefront of the results, there are plenty of potential spoilers in the pack who will be primed to make their mark. Wayne Randall brings a wealth of experience into the contest, as does WA veteran Gary Higgs, whose Queensland campaign has produced some strong results thus far. Sean Black and Matt Williams are proven feature race winners who are well established as genuine contenders whenever they hit the track, while Daryl Moon (NSW) and Phil Barton (WA) loom as potential spoilers who would love to upstage the locals.

Wingless Sprints will be out in even bigger numbers with 30 competitors having nominated for the night in a continuation of the big fields that they have delivered this season that have been the catalyst for some great racing. A strong contingent from south of the border that includes the likes of Michael Butcher, Dave Eggins, Jamie Usher and Kevin Willis will face off against local aces such as Paul Robinson, Casey OConnell, Tim Harris and Michael Lampard in a battle for bragging rights.

Dave Fanning will be the man to best in the Lightning Sprint ranks, although he will face some tough competition in the form of Wayne Iacono, Tyler Stralow, Sean Iacono, Keith Blatch and Jason Rae.

Gates open at 4.00pm (3.30pm for online ticketholders), with early racing from 5.00pm. Sprintcar time trial qualifying is scheduled for 5.30pm and the main program, which will also feature RSA Sedans, will get underway from 6.00pm

East Coast Logistics Sprintcar Track Championship round eight nominations: Adam Butler, Allan Woods, Andrew Baumber, Andrew Corbet, Andrew Scheuerle, Anthony Vanderreyden, Brent Kratzmann, Brock Dean, Bryan Mann, Callum Walker, Cody Maroske, Dan Murray, Donny Schatz, Karl Hoffmans, Kevin Britten, Kevin Titman, Kristy Bonsey, Libby Ellis, Luke Dougherty, Luke Oldfield, Mark Pholi, Mick Sauer, Nicholas Whell, Ryan McNamara, Tim Farrell

Super Sedan Summer Slam nominations: Bob McCosker, Brendon Kelly, Colin Kaine, Craig Hammond, Darren Kane, Daryl Moon, Dempsie Pails, Ed Doherty, Gary Higgs, Josh McLaren, Kyall Fisher, Leigh Williams, Mark Towers, Matt Williams, Matt Pascoe, Nicholas OKeefe, Phil Barton, Sam Roza, Sean Black, Tony Brinkmann, Travis Barron, Tyson Moon, Wayne Randall, Zac Pascoe

Wingless Sprint nominations: Ben Hull, Casey OConnell, Chris Catchpole, Corey OToole, Danny Evans, Dave Eggins, Dave Ellis, Des Rowe, Errol Campbell, Ian Milnes, James Barton, Jamie Usher, Jayden OToole, Kevin Willis, Lachie Robertson, Liam Atkinson, Michael Butcher, Michael Lampard, Mick Reid, Mitchell Bootland, Nathan Jones, Paul Robinson, Rob Hamilton, Robert Mazzer, Scott Graham, Shane Thompson, Shaun Knight, Tim Harris, Timothy Harris

Lightning Sprint nominations: Adam Norton, Andrew Parkes, Danny Stone, Dave Collins, Dave Fanning, James Elliott, Jason George, Jason Rae, Keith Blatch, Laurie Deagan, Scott Jukes, Sean Iacono, Tyler Stralow, Wayne Iacono, Wayne Jukes

RSA Sedan Nominations: Adrian Browne, Brad White, Daniel Taylor, Geoff Campbell, Glen Lesslie, Luke Gray, Michael Laver, Michael Taylor, Nathan Forbes, Peta Lesslie, Peter Van Lissum, Ricky Price, Russell Davis, Scott Taylor

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Schatz Too Strong and Dean Doubles Up
Friday December 27, 2019. Archerfield Speedway
World of Outlaws superstar Donny Schatz wasted no time in reacquainting himself with victory lane at Ausdeck Archerfield Speedway, chasing down Luke Oldfield to take out round seven of the East Coast Logistics Sprintcar Championship on Thursday night (December 26). Schatz was superb in his pursuit of Oldfield, pouncing on an error from the local hero to take control of the race on lap 17, with Australian champ Andrew Scheuerle finishing in third spot ahead of Callum Walker and Cody Maroske.

In round four of the American Tire and Racing Midget Series, Brock Dean pounced late in the race to grab his second consecutive feature race win, leading home Rusty Whittaker, Bodie Smith, Cal Whatmore and Darren Vine.

After a series of largely incident-free heat races, the Modlite feature race was plagued by interruptions and delays, none of which had any bearing on the outcome as Klinton Hancey saw off a strong challenge from runner-up Terry Leerentveld, who would find himself third at the flag behind Sam Gollschewsky.

A couple of late withdrawals, and a late arrival, left 27 cars to contest Sprintcar time trial qualifying. On a heavy track as a result of rain across Brisbane in the 24 hours prior, Oldfield (11.835) set the early benchmark and looked as though he might have done enough to remain on top, only for Bryan Mann (11.715), Tim Farrell (11.777) and Walker (11.820) to take advantage of their later run and relegate Oldfield to fourth. Schatz (11.892) was fifth quickest ahead of Scheuerle (11.896), with Mitchell Gee, Maroske, Mitch Gowland and Dan Murray rounding out the top ten. Unfortunately for Mann, he struggled to convert his advantage into a strong result.

The opening heat race went the way of Kevin Britten over Brent Kratzmann and Mark Pholi before heat two brought the crowd alive when Kristy Bonsey saw off the best efforts of Allan Woods to grab the win, with Schatz advancing to third.

Heat three was a cracker as Oldfield, at his barnstorming best, chased down Mick Sauer and charged around the outside in the final turn to snatch a thrilling win, leaving Walker third at the flag.

Oldfield was at it again in heat four, this time surging through the field to run down Woods and grab the lead along the back straight on the final lap, only to magnanimously move aside in the final turn and allow Woods to sneak home by just 0.088. Ryan McNamara finished third while, in contrast to her earlier heroics, a 7th-place finish proved costly for Bonsey, confining her to the B Main.

Having endured a setback early in proceedings that compromised his qualifying run, Titman bounced back strongly to win heat five from the front row, downing Schatz and Gee.

Sauer again led the field in the final heat, only to be rounded up this time by Kratzmann, with Farrell completing his best ever qualifying performance to finish third and secure a spot in the Dash.

Kevin Britten had the B Main safely in his keeping, only to find himself unable to avoid a spun Karl Hoffmans in turn four on lap 10, handing the lead and the race to Bonsey. Andrew Corbet and Murray were next best ahead of Jai Stephenson, whose persistence under adversity was rewarded. Having arrived at the circuit late and thereby missing time trials, Stephenson subsequently endured a roll over in his first heat and then a power steering failure in his second preliminary to leave him languishing. However, whilst many would have thrown in the towel under such circumstances, Stephenson soldiered on and advanced from the rear of the field to secure the final transfer spot into the feature race.

The Trax Tyre and Auto Dash saw Oldfield outpace the field to secure pole position for the feature before declining the opportunity to take the BK Trading Challenge and invert the field for the feature race, a decision that surprised many as it handed second-placed Schatz a front row start for the main event. Kratzmann finished third ahead of Scheuerle, Walker, Gee, Maroske and Farrell.

At the drop of the green, Oldfield wasted no time in distancing himself from Schatz as he led the field through the opening laps, surviving a scare on lap five that saw him launch onto the infield to avoid a spun Corbet in turn two. From the restart, Oldfield remained in control with Schatz in pursuit ahead of Scheuerle and Walker. As the race approached the halfway point, Schatz was closing in and pounced when Oldfield made an untidy exit from turn four on lap 16. From this point, Schatz was untroubled, despite a final restart on lap 29 following a spin from Andrew Baumber in turn three. Recording his fastest lap of the race just four laps from the finish, Schatz would lead Oldfield and Scheuerle to the flag, with Walker remaining in fourth. A last lap pass from Maroske would elevate him to fifth ahead of Titman, Kratzmann and Farrell. No doubt further back than he might have expected to be after setting KRE Quick Time at the start of the night, Mann finished ninth and was followed home by Bonsey, Murray, Ryan McNamara, Sauer and Baumber, with Stephenson, Gee, Woods, Corbet and Mitch Gowland failing to go the distance.

The opening heat in Midget competition saw Darren Vine chase down Brad Dawson before clearing away to win by more than five seconds, with Dawson remaining second ahead of Audie Malt.

Victorian visitor Ashley Booker upstaged the locals in heat two, leading throughout to defeat Matt ONeill and Smith.

Vine doubled up to win heat three in advance of Rusty Whittaker and Smith, with Brock Dean prevailing in the final preliminary over Glenn Wright and ONeill.

Dean started the feature race from pole position but found himself shuffled back to fourth on the opening lap, as Vine launched into the lead, only to spin himself out of contention on lap two and hand Whittaker the lead from the restart ahead of Smith and Dean. Having quickly disposed of Smith, Dean set out after Whittaker as both drivers chased their second feature race win for the season. Running high on the track, Whittaker was seemingly able to counter every challenge from Dean, who was planted firmly on the pole line. However, when Dean edged ahead momentarily on lap 20, Whittaker adopted a defensive strategy and dropped to the bottom of the track, a decision that backfired immediately when he erred in his attempt to put Malt a lap in arrears, enabling Dean to snatch the lead and secure back-to-back feature race wins. Smith remained in third spot ahead of Cal Whatmore, with Vine surging back to finish fifth. Climbing as high as fourth at one stage, Chris Singleton would finish sixth, followed by ONeill, Nathan Mathers, Scott Doyle and Dawson.

Whilst Modlite heat wins were shared around between Hancey, Leerentveld, Gollschewsky, Chris Were, Dan Lewis and Kyle Honour, the feature race was business as usual with Hancey and Leerentveld fighting it out at the front of the field and seemingly destined to fill the top two spots yet again. Whilst Hancey would ultimately emerge the victor, a last gasp surge from Gollschewsky enabled him to edge past Leerentveld in the sprint from the final turn to the chequer and snatch second spot by a mere .003 in a thrilling finish. Dan Lewis and Dylan Menz were the best of the rest, with Joel Smith, Scott Lehfeldt, Jac Carnall, Trent McLean and B Main winner Steve Collins rounding out the top ten.

Each of the four heats of Formula 500 Juniors produced a different winner, with Jy Corbet, Taylor Prosser, Ryan Newton and Kacy Lee Black sharing the spoils. Not so fortunate were Kyle Price and Kinser Claridge, both of whom crashed out in the opening heat.

Racing continues at Ausdeck Archerfield Speedway on Saturday night (December 28) with round eight of the East Coast Logistics Sprintcar Track Championship plus the final round of the Super Sedan Summer Slam, along with Lightning Sprints, Wingless Sprints and RSA Sedans.

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Schatz Back in Brisbane for ECL Showdown
Monday December 23, 2019. Archerfield Speedway
He is the best in the business, he loves turning laps on Ausdeck Archerfield Speedway and he loves to win, so the locals should expect no mercy when World of Outlaws superstar Donny Schatz joins the field for round seven of the East Coast Logistics Sprintcar Track Championship on Thursday night (December 26). As part of a huge Boxing Night extravaganza of motorsport entertainment, Schatz will take on current national champ Andrew Scheuerle and a field of more than 25 local and interstate Sprintcar stars. Also on the program is round four of the American Tire and Racing Services Midget Series, plus Monster Trucks, Fireworks, Modlites and Formula 500 Juniors.

He may have finished second in the World of Outlaws Championship this year in America (by a mere four points after 70+ nights of racing), but Schatz remains the benchmark performer in world Sprintcar competition and anybody who can upstage the North Dakota native in the 30-lap feature event will have accomplished something that very few others have been able to achieve. Of course, the likes of Scheuerle and Luke Oldfield should be confident of their chances given their form at home and interstate so far this season, which includes feature race wins for them both, and there are several others whose performances so far this season should see them confident of causing a Boxing Night boilover. Kevin Titman won the opening round of the track championship and has consolidated upon that result to remain atop the series standings, while former Queensland champ Mitchell Gee is enjoying a terrific season for car owner Simon Hansen, having secured two feature race wins thus far. Other standouts in the early rounds of racing have included Callum Walker, Brent Kratzmann, Ryan McNamara and former track champion Bryan Mann.

Meanwhile, former Australian Dirt Modified champion Jai Stephenson will make his Archerfield Sprintcar debut, joining current and four-time national Dirt Modified titleholder Kevin Britten in the field, while another NSW-based competitor in Darren Saillard is surprise addition to the field, no doubt lured north by the opportunity to take on the best in the business.

The Midget field might be a little down in numbers compared to what we have seen so far this season, but the series standouts from the opening three rounds are amongst the entries and that sets the scene for some magic action. Fresh from a podium finish in the Sprintcar feature at the previous race meeting, Brock Dean has opted to focus on his Midget objectives for this event aboard the DTR Mechanical King/Hawk #99 that carried him to victory in the round three. The other round winners so far this season in Glenn Wright and Rusty Whittaker will obviously be contenders again, as will Darren Vine who, somewhat inexplicably given his record of success, is yet to score a feature win this season. Chris Singleton, Cal Whatmore, Mitchell Rooke and Bodie Smith have certainly produced plenty of pace at times, Victorian Ashley Booker brings a wildcard element to proceedings and the return of Reid Mackay will no doubt be well received by fans and fellow competitors alike.

A bumper field has been secured for the opening night of the Menz Trade and Hire Modlite Mayhem, with Terry Leerentveld coming into the event fresh from a feature race win in Kingaroy. Whilst Leerentveld and Klinton Hancey have been the dominant drivers for several seasons, such is the depth in the category now that there are half a dozen other drivers (or more) who can be considered genuine contenders on any given night. Look for Sam Gollschewsky, Nathan Politch, Scott Lehfeldt, Dan Lewis, and Neil Gregson to feature in the fight for the right to stand atop the podium, although they will also have to overcome current national champ Kyle Honour if they are to do so.

The future stars of the Formula 500 Juniors round out the huge racing program and if the action they delivered at their last outing is any indication, things could get very interesting indeed.

Gates open from 4.00pm (3.30pm for online ticketholders) and early racing will hit the track from 4.45pm. Sprintcar time trial qualifying is scheduled for 5.00pm and the main program, featuring 10-time World of Outlaws champion Donny Schatz, Monster Trucks and Fireworks, will get underway from 6.00pm.

East Coast Logistics Sprintcar Track Championship round seven nominations: Andrew Baumber, Andrew Corbet, Andrew Scheuerle, Anthony Vanderreyden, Brent Kratzmann, Brett Minett, Bryan Mann, Callum Walker, Cody Maroske, Dan Murray, Darren Saillard, David Whell, Donny Schatz, Jai Stephenson, Karl Hoffmans, Kevin Britten, Kevin Titman, Kristy Bonsey, Libby Ellis, Luke Dougherty, Luke Oldfield, Mark Pholi, Mick Sauer, Mitch Gowland, Mitchell Gee, Ryan McNamara, Sean Rose, Tim Farrell

American Tire and Racing Services Midget Series round four nominations: Ashley Booker, Audie Malt, Barry Gibbs, Bodie Smith, Brad Dawson, Brock Dean, Cal Whatmore, Chris Singleton, Darren Vine, Glen Wright, Graham Flynn, Matt O’Neill, Mitchell Rooke, Nathan Mathers, Reid Mackay, Rusty Whittaker, Tom Clauss

Menz Trade and Hire Modlite Mayhem round one nominations: Abi Meehan, Anthony Stewart, Brayden Preston, Chris Fing, Chris Were, Dan Lewis, Dylan Hunter, Dylan Menz, Jac Carnall, Joel Smith, Josh Smith, Klinton Hancey, Kyle Honour, Max Collins, Nathan Politch, Neil Gregson, Rachael Jenkins, Sam Gollschewsky, Scott Lehfeldt, Sean Butcher, Sean Rose, Steve Collins, Terry Leerentveld, Tim Jackson, Warren Hooper

Formula 500 Junior nominations: Jared Boys, Jy Corbet, Kacy Lee Black, Kinser Claridge, Kyle Price, Ryan Newton, Taylor Prosser

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Gee Grabs Last Gasp Win in ECL Round Six
Sunday December 15, 2019. Archerfield Speedway
With five different winners from as many rounds of racing in the East Coast Logistics Sprintcar Track Championship, it took a last corner pass to deliver the first repeat feature winner for the season when Mitchell Gee slipped underneath Randy Morgan to snatch victory in round six at Ausdeck Archerfield Speedway on Saturday night (December 14). Morgan led from the outset and looked on track to become the sixth different winner for the season until the slightest moment of hesitation approaching lapped traffic enabled Gee to surge underneath to snatch victory. Brock Dean finished in third spot ahead of Aaron Kelly, with Chad Ely rounding out the first five in what was another fabulous night of racing.

The AMCA Nationals feature race also featured plenty of action at the front of the field as Nathan Durston surged to the lead to defeat Lee McKinnell, Steve Potts, Nathan Tomkins and Darren Miller.

Other feature race winners on the night were Robbie Stewart (Compact Speedcars), Wayne Kirkman (RSA Sedans) and Bernie Wright (Ford vs Holden vs Sigma).

In what would prove to be the only highlight of his night, Bryan Mann topped the timesheets in Sprintcar qualifying, a best lap of 12.169 proving out of reach for the rest of the field. Callum Walker (12.180) and Dean (12.290) were next best ahead of Cody Maroske (12.407) and Brent Kratzmann (12.456), neither of whom would go the distance in the feature race.

Kelly cleared away to win the opening heat, leading all the way to defeat Tim Farrell and Gee, while Mann ended his night after just three laps when he was pitched into the turn two wall.

Kristy Bonsey outgunned her front row partner Ryan McNamara to win heat two, with Morgan moving forward from fifth to finish third.

Aboard a brand new car prepared in readiness for the hectic Christmas/New Year schedule, Mark Pholi proved too strong in heat three, downing Andrew Corbet and Ryan McNamara.

Gee almost saw his night take a decidedly different turn when he was squeezed into the main straight wall by Allan Woods as the pair argued over the lead in the final heat. Both cars emerged unscathed and Woods would go on to win the race from Gee and Bonsey.

The opening heat of the Petzyo Sprintcar Development Series went to Ron Hendrickson over Geoff Davey and David Kenway, while the second heat saw Libby Ellis score her first ever win when she led Davey and Hendrickson home.

From the field assembled for the B Main, the result went largely as expected with Mitch Gowland leading home Adam Butler, Andrew Baumber and Scott Genrich, all of whom would the transfer into the main event. Hendrickson was the best of the Development Series drivers in fifth spot.

When Gee, as top qualifier, drew a position four start for the Trax Tyre and Auto Dash, it was suddenly Dean who found himself on pole position. However, it was Morgan who proved unstoppable from the outside front row, leading Dean to the flag. Both Gee and Ely moved ahead of Maroske to secure their places on the second row for the feature, with Maroske, Kratzmann, McNamara and Walker completing the order.

Launching from pole position on this occasion, Morgan led the feature race field through the opening lap, only for the race to be halted on lap two when Maroske looped in turn two and sent the field scattering before being collected by Kratzmann, who took no further part. Maroske, meanwhile, rejoined at the rear for the restart but would ultimately exit the race on lap 20. Back underway and Kelly was the big mover, advancing from 10th to be fifth after five laps before moving into fourth on lap 11. Meanwhile, having moved ahead of Dean for second, Gee was closing in on Morgan and the margin dwindled as the two young guns headed into lapped traffic. Morgan repelled every Gee advance and was still in control when Woods spun to a halt in the main straight with eight laps to run. The restart ensured clear track for the leaders and it seemed as though Morgan had the race safely in his keeping. Gee, of course, had other ideas and was ultimately rewarded for his refusal to give up when the merest moment of hesitation from Morgan through turn three on the final lap proved an invitation that Gee could not refuse, surging underneath and emerging from turn four with the lead and leaving Morgan to rue what could have been. Dean completed his best night of the season with a third-place finish ahead of Kelly, with Ely delivering a strong result as a substitute for series leader Kevin Titman. The final restart proved a godsend for McNamara who, following a spin early in the race from which he was able to extract himself without causing a restart, he found himself towards the back of the field and in danger of going a lap in arrears. During the final segment, he started picking off his rivals and would eventually rebound to sixth ahead of Walker, Woods, Pholi and Bonsey. Next came Farrell, Corbett, Gowland and Butler, with Genrich the only other finisher.

Heat wins in round four of the Shock Absorber Therapy AMCA Nationals Track Championship were shared between McKinnell, Bruce Marshall, Kevin Stow and Australian champion Matt Hardy. Such was McKinnells confidence heading into the feature race, he opted to start from the outside front row as top qualifier, handing pole position to Hardy. The decision proved a masterstroke in that McKinnell easily outpaced Hardy off the line and assumed the lead. McKinnell held the top spot until lap 10 when Durston, having rounded up Hardy two laps earlier, swept to the front. McKinnell survived a moment in turn two when he was squeezed for room and launched off a lapped car, dropping two spots as he bounced back to earth. McKinnell wasted no time in charging back to second spot as Potts, having spent 10 frustrating laps behind Miller, broke free and set off after the leaders, moving to third when Hardy headed infield on lap 15. Despite the best efforts of McKinnell and Potts, Durston remained in control of the lead through to the chequer as a final lap pass moved Tomkins to fourth ahead of Miller, with Lewis Gamble, Kev Stow, Michael Denning, Terry Pankhurst and Spano Gutierrez the best of the rest.

In a small field of Compact Speedcars, Robbie Stewart played a waiting game in the feature race as Connor McCullough led the early stages before retiring to the infield and handing the lead to Mark Maczek. Stewart pounced on the penultimate lap to usurp Maczek from the lead, with Trent Usher snaring third ahead of Dave Collins, Richard Rooke and the only other finisher in newcomer David Everitt.

On the back of two heat wins, Wayne Kirkman followed up to win the RSA Outlaw Sedans feature race, downing Glen Leslie and Michael Taylor. In the Limited Sedan ranks, it was Adrian Browne who prevailed over Aaron Buchanan and Brock Armstrong.

In the Ford vs Holden vs Sigma sedan feature race, Bernie Wright would emerge victorious in advance of Daniel Wright, Terry Russell and Kim Dack.

The Formula 500 Juniors served up some very spirited racing that resulted in heat wins for Boyd Chaffey (2), Ryan Newton and Jy Corbet, with Taylor Morgan and Kacy-Lee Black very much in the thick of the action.

The next event at Ausdeck Archerfield Speedway is on Boxing Night (December 26) and will feature USA star Donny Schatz in round seven of the East Coast Logistics Sprintcar Track Championship, along with Monster Trucks, Midgets, Modlites and Formula 500 Juniors.

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Final Fling Before Donny Arrives Down Under
Wednesday December 11, 2019. Archerfield Speedway
With the arrival of World of Outlaws superstar Donny Schatz just two weeks away, round six of the East Coast Logistics Sprintcar Track Championship at Ausdeck Archerfield Speedway this Saturday night (December 14) is the final opportunity for teams to fine-tune their preparations under race conditions. As such, the entry list for this event offers considerable insight into just how the various teams feel with regard to their readiness to take on the worlds best Sprintcar driver. While some teams are seemingly very confident of their chances in the big shows scheduled for the weeks ahead and have opted to take the weekend off, the 25+ drivers who have nominated for Saturday night are not only looking to improve their overall position in the track championship standings, but also seeking to achieve a level of synchronicity between car, driver and the Archerfield track that will (hopefully) elevate them above their absent rivals and emerge as the biggest threats to Schatz and the other national and international stars who are coming to town during the Christmas/New Year period.

Also on the program this Saturday night will be round four of the Shock Absorber Therapy AMCA Nationals Track Championship, along with Compact Speedcars, RSA Sedans, Formula 500 Juniors and Ford vs Holden vs Sigma sedans.

Despite crashing out of the previous round, Kevin Titman continues to lead the ECL Track Championship ahead of Aaron Kelly, Ryan McNamara, Adam Butler and Brent Kratzmann. However, whilst his four nearest rivals are in the field this weekend, Titman is stepping out of the cockpit for the night, entrusting his JTR #59 to former Australian 360ci Sprintcar champion Chad Ely. In Titmans absence, the South Australia-based Ely is tasked with consolidating, or expanding, the 25-point advantage that the Titman team currently enjoys in the championship chase. Of the chasers, Kelly, McNamara, Kratzmann and 6th-placed Callum Walker have all featured on the podium at various rounds thus far, while Butler has been a model of consistency whose mighty drive through the field in the previous round saw him climb to fourth, only to incur a post-race penalty for a restart infringement.

Also in the mix will be Mitchell Gee, Bryan Mann, Allan Woods, Brett Minett, Mitch Gowland and Randy Morgan. Gee is a former Queensland champ and was a winner here in round four, Mann is a former track champion and Woods is a proven feature race winner at Archerfield, while Minett has produced plenty of pace on several occasions so far this season but has been dogged by misfortune and bad luck. Meanwhile, Morgan and Gowland occupy eighth and ninth respectively in the standings and will be desperate to improve their position, as will crowd favourite Kristy Bonsey, who sits just three points outside the top ten. Meanwhile, after an inauspicious start to his stint as the replacement for Peter Lack in the Erhart Motorsport operation that saw him take a wild ride through turn four before finishing atop the concrete wall, Cody Maroske will be looking to deliver the team a much more resplendent result.

With most of the drivers who missed the previous round of the AMCA Nationals Track Championship back in action, a solid 20-car field will take to the track for round four, with Nathan Durston and category newcomer Troy Price heading into the event on the back of recent feature race wins at Bundaberg and Lismore respectively. Of course, this event poses a far greater challenge for the pair as they face off against Australian champion Matt Hardy and a collective of highly credentialed local aces such as Steve Potts, Thomas Vickery, Lee McKinnell, Russ Hardy and Nathan Tomkins, along with interstate challengers in the form of Terry Pankhurst, Lewis Gamble and Spano Gutierrez.

RSA Sedans will see a continuation of a rivalry that has revved up this season involving Wayne Kirkman, Michael Taylor and Daniel Taylor, while the three-pronged Dack attack of Dallas, Maverick and Kim will provide action aplenty as they face off against Bernie Wright and the rest of their Ford vs Holden vs Sigma rivals.

Robbie Stewart and Trent Usher are expected to set the pace in the Compact Speedcar events, while the Formula 500 Juniors numbers continue to grow as the next generation stars showcase their talents.

Gates open at 4.00pm, with early from 4.45pm. Sprintcar time trial qualifying is scheduled for 5.00pm, with the main program to kick off from 6.00pm.

East Coast Logistics Sprintcar Track Championship round six nominations: Aaron Kelly, Adam Butler, Allan Woods, Andrew Baumber, Andrew Corbet, Brent Kratzmann, Brett Minett, Bryan Mann, Callum Walker, Chad Ely, Cody Maroske, Cody Reynolds, David Kenway, Erin Vanderreyden, Geoff Davey, Kristy Bonsey, Libby Ellis, Luke Dougherty, Mark Pholi, Mitch Gowland, Mitchell Gee, Randy Morgan, Ron Hendrickson, Ryan McNamara, Scott Genrich, Tim Farrell

Shock Absorber Therapy AMCA Nationals Track Championship round four nominations: Ben Anderson, Brett Robotham, Bruce Marshall, Darren Miller, Graeme Holland, Jay Allen, Kevin Stow, Lee McKinnell, Lewis Gamble, Matt Hardy, Michael Denning, Nathan Durston, Nathan Tomkins, Robert Kynaston, Russ Hardy, Scott Hitchcock, Spano Gutierrez, Steve Potts, Terry Pankhurst, Thomas Vickery, Troy Price

RSA Sedan nominations: Aaron Buchanan, Adrian Browne, Daniel Taylor, Glen Lesslie, Greg Trezise, Jose Nichols, Michael Laver, Michael Taylor, Peter Van Lissum, Robert Donnelly, Russell Davis, Scott Taylor, Shannon Knight, Wayne Kirkman

Compact Speedcar nominations: Chris Podgeon, Connor McCullough, Dave Collins, David Everitt, Kirsty Kelly, Mark Maczek, Richard Rooke, Robbie Stewart, Trent Usher

Formula 500 Junior nominations: Boyd Chaffey, Jared Boys, Jy Corbet, Kacy Lee Black, Khiana Gay, Kyle Price, Ryan Newton, Taylor Morgan

Ford vs Holden vs Sigma nominations: Bernie Wright, Dallas Dack, Daniel Hillhouse, Daniel Wright, Jack Besgrove, Kim Dack, Maverick Dack, Terry Russell

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Happy Homecoming for Oldfield
Sunday December 1, 2019. Archerfield Speedway
Having spent a few weeks competing interstate, Luke Oldfield and Andrew Scheuerle returned home to contest round five of the East Coast Logistics Sprintcar Track Championship at Ausdeck Archerfield Speedway on Saturday night (November 30) and the expected resistance from those who have dominated in their absence never really eventuated as they assumed their customary positions at the front of the field. On this occasion it was Oldfield who prevailed in the 30-lap feature race, scoring his first win for the season after a series of runner-up results, both at home and away. Scheuerle finished in second spot, with Bryan Mann scoring third ahead of Andrew Corbet and Mick Sauer.

In the McCosker Super Sedan feature race, Australian champ Matt Pascoe was untroubled in leading all 30 laps after snaring pole position in the pre-race grid draw. Darren Kane advanced from the fourth row to finish second, with Trent Wilson scoring third ahead of Gary Higgs and Sam Roza.

In other feature race results, Dave Fanning proved far too quick in winning the Lightning Sprints and likewise Liam Williams was untouchable in the Formula 500s, with Jason Glynn and Dallas Dack also comfortable winners in Microsprints and Ford vs Holden vs Sigma respectively.

Oldfield was a cut above the field in qualifying, stopping the clock at 12.060 to set KRE Fast Time. In his first outing for the Erhart Motorsport team, Cody Maroske (12.111) was second quickest ahead of Callum Walker (12.172), Kevin Titman (12.279) and Mitch Gowland (12.301), in what might just be his best ever time trial performance. Ryan McNamara, Scheuerle, Brett Minett, Corbet and Kristy Bonsey rounded out the top ten.

In his first Archerfield appearance for the season, Sauer sailed home to win the opening heat over Tim Farrell and Scheuerle, with Oldfield advancing from seventh to finish fourth.

Bouncing back from a heavy crash in the previous round, Adam Butler pounced from the outside front row to win the second heat in impressive fashion, leading Anthony Lambert and Brent Kratzmann to the flag.

Heat three followed an identical trajectory with Mann also jumping clear from the outside front row to lead throughout and defeat Randy Morgan and Titman.

Lambert led every circulation to win heat four in advance of Farrell, Scheuerle and Oldfield, while Brett Minett saw his night end when he rode out a flip through turn three.

Mann doubled up in heat five to defeat Kratzmann and Dan Murray, with Sauer also snaring a second success when he downed Morgan and Corbet in the final preliminary.

The B Main went the way of Nicholas Whell from Murray, Butler and Morgan, all of whom would transfer to the feature race, while Karl Hoffmans would take a provisional and also join the field for the main event. Meanwhile, having finished on the podium at the previous round, Aaron Kelly made no impression on this occasion and was languishing in ninth when the chequer dropped.

In a bid to stay ahead of storms lurking close to the venue, the Trax Tyre and Auto Dash was scrapped and the feature field would line up in accordance with their qualifying points, putting Oldfield on pole position with Titman alongside. At the green it was Titman who launched best to assume the lead, extending his margin through the opening laps as Oldfield settled into second spot. The lead change came on lap 13 when Oldfield moved to the front, only for the race to be halted a lap later as a result of a Lambert spin in turn four. The race was delayed further on lap 19 when Maroske took a wild ride through turn four, coming to rest atop the turn four concrete. Back underway and Oldfield continued to lead Titman and Scheuerle as, further back, Butler was putting in a mighty drive from 17th and had moved ahead of Sauer to be sixth. Along the back straight on lap 27, Oldfield and Titman both looked to dive underneath a lapped car and the ensuing contact between them sent Titman crashing out and elevated Scheuerle to second. Mann moved to third and that is how they finished, with Butler crossing the line fourth in a sterling drive, only to be penalised two spots for an infringement at the final restart. This would elevate Corbet to fourth and Sauer into fifth, leaving Butler to rue his misjudgement. Bonsey, Kratzmann and Farrell rounded out the top ten, followed by Gowland, Murray, Hoffmans, Lambert, Whell and McNamara, who was another to fall a long way short of the very strong performances he served up in the opening rounds.

Trent Wilson took out the opening Super Sedan heat by more than five seconds as the rest of the field found themselves snookered behind Justin Randall, who would hold on to finish second ahead of Pascoe.

Bob McCosker bested Roza and Tania Smith to win heat two, with WA veteran Gary Higgs passing Kane to take the lead and subsequently win heat three, leaving Black third despite being the fastest car on the track.

Barry Craft led much of heat four before Pascoe launched an outside run turns three and four that saw him draw alongside Craft. Contact between the pair pitched Pascoe into a spin and resulted in Craft being banished to the back for the restart. Despite damaged steering that brought a noticeable drop in pace, Pascoe held on to win from Ed Doherty and Randall.

The first attempt to get the feature race started only made it to turn one as Rosa opted to turn right, only to find the wall, and a rear-of-field restart, waiting for him. As the field re-formed for take two, Black stopped on the main straight and would take no further part in proceedings. Once underway, Pascoe took complete control and never looked likely to lose, leading Randall, Wilson, McCosker and Higgs. Despite having a multi-lane track at their disposal, the field remained glued to the pole line and, as a result, not a lot transpired over the course of the 30 laps. The only action came courtesy of Kane as he steadily worked his way forward, moving into the top three on lap 15 and then advancing to second spot when Randall spun in turn one. Wilson was now third and under plenty of pressure from Higgs, but there would be no change over the final laps. A great recovery from Roza would be rewarded with fifth ahead of McCosker, Smith, Justin Smithwick, Doherty and Craig Hammond, leaving rookie Zac Pascoe to complete the finishers as Randall, Craft and Colin Kaine joined Black on the infield.

A superb effort from the Lightning Sprint brigade saw them deliver more cars than promised, with a 20-car field hitting the track for round five of the Stockmans Civil and Plant Club Championship. Four heats would sort the feature race field and it was Fanning who topped the results with two wins in his return to the track. Scott Jukes and Jason George were also heat winners, but a pole position start for Fanning in the feature would result in him clearing away from the field, only to have his advantage negated on several occasions as a series of incidents eventually resulted in the race initially being shortened to 15 laps and then declared with two laps remaining. Wayne Iacono emerged the best of the rest in second spot, followed by Jukes, George, Sean Iacono, Dave Collins, Keith Blatch and Jason Rae.

It was a similar story in the Formula 500 feature race in that a pole position start was always going to make Williams almost impossible to beat and that is exactly how it played out. Williams zoomed away from the field at the drop of the green, leaving it to those back in the pack to create some excitement. Having shared heat race wins with Williams, Kristin Brown would finish second for the second time in as many Archerfield appearances, with James Kennedy surging through the field to snare third. Ronnie Barber, Brady Argles and Brock Thornton were next best, followed to the flag by Dekota Gay, Tarhlea Apelt, Tony Bailey and Adrian Farrell.

Jason Glynn romped home in the Microsprints feature race, finishing more than seven seconds clear of John Lawson, with Matt Hanford third home ahead of Keirah Hawkins and Andrew Carrick.

The Ford vs Holden vs Ford feature produced the biggest winning margin of all when Dallas Dack finished more than 14 seconds clear of Jake Besgrove, Terry Russell and Kim Dack.

The next event at Ausdeck Archerfield Speedway is on Saturday, December 14 featuring round six of the East Coast Logistics Sprintcar Track Championship, plus AMCA Nationals, Compact Speedcars, RSA Sedans, Formula 500 Juniors and Ford vs Holden vs Sigma sedans.

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National Champs Leading the Charge
Wednesday November 27, 2019. Archerfield Speedway
In what has already been a remarkably exciting season at Ausdeck Archerfield Speedway, this Saturday night (November 30) might just be the best yet with both Sprintcars and Super Sedans on the program. Only at Archerfield can you witness the very best drivers from the two leading race categories in action on the same night, with both divisions pitching their current national champions into battle against strong fields. Lightning Sprints, Formula 500s, Microsprints and Ford vs Holden vs Sigma sedans will also feature on another packed program.

The return of Australian Champion Andrew Scheuerle and crowd favourite Luke Oldfield from successful interstate campaigns certainly raises the stakes in the chase for the East Coast Logistics Sprintcar Track Championship. Of the four rounds completed thus far, Kevin Titman, Steven Lines, Scheuerle and Mitchell Gee have secured feature race wins and it is Titman who, as the current series leader, is the man with the most to lose when the cars hit the track this weekend. Whilst Titman is yet to rediscover the pace that carried him to victory in the opening round, he has accumulated sufficient points at each round to maintain his position at the top of the leaderboard, daring his rivals to catch him if they can. Third-generation racer Aaron Kelly has certainly taken up the challenge and, in the wake of his first ever podium result at the previous round, he sits just seven points behind Titman in the championship standings and, should he finish ahead of Titman on Saturday night, the title fight will be very tight indeed.

Having dominated the track championship in recent seasons, Scheuerle and Oldfield will no doubt be determined to reassert their authority on proceedings and start their climb towards the top of series standings. In fact, despite some typically spectacular performances, Oldfield is yet to register a feature race win this season, having recorded a series of runner-up finishes at venues as diverse as Archerfield, Toowoomba and Warrnambool that, whilst having cemented his reputation as one of Australia’s very best, will no doubt have him feeling somewhat disappointed about the fact that he has been unable to convert any of them into a victory. Scheuerle also returns home on the back of some strong interstate performances, having competed in Sydney and at Murray Bridge in South Australia where he finished third in the feature race to silence those who have dared to undermine his national championship success simply because his achievement came on home soil.

Callum Walker, Bryan Mann, Ryan McNamara, Brent Aprile and Brent Kratzmann have all featured on the podium this season and are in the field again this weekend. In fact, Walker has been so strong since returning from injury that he currently sits sixth in the standings despite missing the opening round. Having qualified on pole position at the previous two rounds, Kratzmann will be ruing lost opportunities and determined to cultivate a change in fortunes. However, the driver whose efforts have perhaps gone unnoticed is former Wingless Sprint racer Adam Butler. Although he is yet to make his way onto the podium, Butler has been so consistently strong across all four rounds that he currently sits fourth overall in the standings behind Titman, Kelly and McNamara.

In the Super Sedan ranks, current and three-time Australian Champion Matt Pascoe remains the dominant force and he heads the entry list for round four of the McCosker Championship Series as both a competitor and the manufacturer of the Sweet chassis brand that is now the weapon of choice for more and more competitors. Of the three rounds completed thus far this season, Pascoe has won one and finished second in the other two, although any disappointment over being relegated to runner-up status were no doubt tempered somewhat by the fact that both events were won by Sweet–mounted competitors. However, on his home track, it is unlikely Pascoe will be satisfied with anything less than success, particularly given the quality of the field that has been assembled.

Darren Kane is the most obvious threat because, like Pascoe, he has also won the national title on three occasions and attained a remarkable level of achievement across the country on the back of a very strong record of success at Archerfield. Sean Black, meanwhile, comes fresh from a win in the previous round in Rockhampton, while the likes of Tania Smith, Justin Randall and Trent Wilson have featured on the podium here in recent seasons. However, the driver who might just prove the biggest hurdle for the locals is Western Australian veteran Gary Higgs. Kicking off an extended east coast campaign, Higgs brings a wealth of experience and a history of success into the mix and, with his last Archerfield appearance ending early due to an engine ailment, Higgs will be looking to make amends and start his season with the best possible result. A particularly pleasing development this season is the addition of several rookies to the category with Colin Kaine, Craig Hammond and Zac Pascoe, who impressed in Toowoomba last weekend with a heat race win and the fastest lap of the night in Open Sedan competition, all making their Archerfield debut in the Super Sedan ranks.

In what has been a remarkable resurgence for a category that has really struggled to for cars in recent years, Lightning Sprints have enjoyed a terrific start to the season and have gathered 19 nominations for round four of their Stockmans Civil and Plant Club Championship. High in quality and quantity, the field is littered with potential feature race winners, including Tyler Stralow, who won the opening two events, and veteran Keith Blatch, who prevailed in the previous round. Dave Fanning and Sean Iacono, both of whom are former national champions, are also very much in the mix, as is Queensland champ Jason Rae and a previous state titleholder in Wayne Iacono,

Following his victory over the all-conquering Liam Williams in Toowoomba last weekend, James Kennedy will be very confident of delivering another such performance in round four of the Done Right Touch Ups Formula 500 Series. For Williams, who was only able to secure victory in the previous round at Archerfield with a late-race pass on Kristin Brown, the prospect of suffering consecutive defeats will have him primed for peak performance, while Brown is expected to prove a serious threat once again.

After a slow start to the season, Microsprint numbers have been boosted by a couple of interstate entries for round four of their Club Championship, while Ford vs Holden vs Sigma will deliver another dose of the low budget tin top competition that continues to serve as an ideal introduction to speedway racing for so many competitors.

Gates open at 4.00pm, with early racing from 4.45pm. Sprintcar time trials are scheduled for 5.00pm and the main program will get underway from 6.00pm.

East Coast Logistics Sprintcar Track Championship round three nominations: Aaron Kelly, Adam Butler, Allan Woods, Andrew Baumber, Andrew Corbet, Andrew Scheuerle, Anthony Lambert, Brent Aprile, Brent Kratzmann, Brett Minett, Brock Dean, Bryan Mann, Callum Walker, Cody Maroske, Dan Murray, Karl Hoffmans, Kevin Britten, Kevin Titman, Kristy Bonsey, Libby Ellis, Luke Dougherty, Luke Oldfield, Mitch Gowland, Nicholas Whell, Randy Morgan, Ryan McNamara, Tim Farrell

McCosker Super Sedan Series round four nominations: Barry Craft, Bob McCosker, Colin Kaine, Craig Hammond, Darren Kane, Ed Doherty, Gary Higgs, Justin Randall, Justin Smithwick, Matt Pascoe, Nicholas O’Keefe, Rodney Craft, Sam Roza, Sean Black, Tania Smith, Tony Brinkmann, Trent Wilson, Zac Pascoe

Stockmans Civil and Plant Lightning Sprint Club Championship round four nominations: Adam Norton, Andrew Parkes, Danny Stone, Daren Baldwin, Dave Fanning, Derek Wells, James Elliott, Jason George, Jason Rae, Jayden Mathers, Keith Blatch, Laurence Deegan, Mark Peters, Michael Gollagher, Scott Jukes, Sean Iacono, Tyler Stralow, Wayne Iacono, Wayne Jukes

Done Right Touch Ups Formula 500 Series round four nominations: Adrian Farrell, Brady Argles, Brock Thornton, Dekota Gay, James Kennedy, Kristin Brown, Ronnie Barber, Royce Harvey, Liam Williams, Tarhlea Apelt, Tomas Partington, Tony Bailey

Queensland Microsprints Club Championship round four nominations: Adrian Wren, Andrew Carrick, Cameron Munro, Eddie Schwehla, Ernie Havas, Jason Glynn, John Lawson, Joseph Penkeyman, Kierah Hawkins, Matt Hanford, Shane Munro

Ford vs Holden vs Sigma nominations: Bernie Wright, Dallas Dack, Daniel Hillhouse, Jake Besgrove, Kim Dack, Marin Kursturin, Maverick Dack, Terry Russell

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