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Big Wins for Mann, Vine and O’Connell
Sunday March 15, 2020. Archerfield Speedway
An action-packed round 13 of the East Coast Logistics Sprintcar Track Championship at Ausdeck Archerfield Speedway on Saturday night (March 14) saw Bryan Mann break through for his first feature win of the season, leading from the outset and awarded the win when the track curfew forced race officials to declare an end to proceedings five laps short of the scheduled 30-lap distance. Track championship leader Aaron Kelly finished second and it was Andrew Scheuerle who would secure the final spot on the podium.

Round eight of the American Tire and Racing Services Midget Series produced a remarkable finish with three different leaders on the final lap before Darren Vine also secured his first feature race win for the season, leading home Brock Dean and Charlie Brown.

Surging from the outside of row four, Casey OConnell stormed to victory in the Queensland Wingless Sprint Championship to become the youngest winner in the history of the event. Brody Thomsen finished in second spot ahead of Dave Eggins in a race befitting the occasion.

Other feature winners on the night were Glen Lesslie (RSA Sedans), Ben Robertson (Open Sedans) and Terry Russell (Ford vs Holden vs Sigma).

Of the 24 drivers who hit the track for Sprintcar time trial qualifying, it was Callum Walker who stood tallest to emerge with KRE Fast Time, clocking a best lap of 13.744 to edge out Luke Oldfield (11.790) and Scheuerle (11.821). Mann (11.625) and Kelly (11.864) were next quickest ahead of a best ever effort from Andrew Baumber (11.872), with Cody Maroske, Dan Murray, Kevin Titman and Mitchell Gee rounding out the top ten.

From the outside front row, Brent Kratzmann was an easy winner of the opening heat, leading home Ryan McNamara and Mitch Gowland.

Andrew Corbet downed Adam Butler and Tim Farrell in heat two, with Kristy Bonsey outpacing Mann and Allan Woods to win heat three.

Back on track for heat four, Bonsey again proved too pacey, downing Nicholas Whell and Farrell to secure a spot in the Dash.

Heat five brought series combatants Kelly and Titman together and it was the latter who proved the quicker of the two on this occasion, finishing in second spot behind Adam Butler but ahead of Kratzmann.

Woods was untroubled in winning the final heat of the night, leading Corbet and Luke Oldfield to the flag.

The B Main was a straightforward affair at the front of the field with McNamara leading from the outset to defeat Whell and Gowland, while a frantic finish from Baumber saw him climb over Nelson Reddacliff as they crossed the line and, with a mere 0.001 separating them, both drivers would ultimately secure a start in the feature when Whell failed to make the grid.

Walker emerged from the heats as top qualifier, only to draw position six in the pre-race grid draw for the Trax Tyre and Auto Dash as Bonsey and Mann found themselves sharing the front row for the 6-lap sprint. From the outside, Mann blasted to the front and led every lap as Bonsey dropped another spot to Scheuerle, leaving Kelly, Oldfield, Titman, Walker and Butler to complete the field.

In the feature race, Mann again shot straight to the front and never encountered any real resistance, holding his position through a series of restarts before a final interruption when Tim Farrell crashed out brought an end to proceedings with 25 laps completed. Titman’s title aspirations suffered a setback when he nosed into the turn three wall on lap three to bring about the first stoppage, with further delays coming courtesy of spins from Woods and Baumber before another lap could be completed. Once underway again, Mann led Scheuerle, Kelly and Walker, who found himself swapping spots with Butler until the latter crashed out in turn four on lap 14. Back underway and Scheuerle occupied second spot until lap 19 when Kelly moved ahead and then, when Farrell wiped out in turn three on lap 26, the 10.30pm curfew intervened and Mann was declared the winner ahead of Kelly and Scheuerle. Maroske finished fourth but then debased himself with some pointless post-race histrionics that only served to undermine his effort in advancing from 10th, while a fifth-place finish from Walker saw him join Titman with more top-five results this year than anybody else. A surprisingly subdued Luke Oldfield finished sixth ahead of Woods and Kratzmann, with Corbet and Bonsey rounding out the top ten.

The opening heat of Midget action saw Chris Singleton home first ahead of Charlie Brown and Brock Dean, with Anthony Chaffey winning by an almost identical margin in heat two, leading home Vine and DJ Raw.

A scrappy start to heat three resulted in Brown tipping over in turn two and, whilst he would make the restart, he languished at the back as Glen Wright led home Chaffey and Rusty Whittaker.

Brad Dawson set the early pace in heat four, only to spin out of the lead on lap five. Vine would take maximum advantage to assume the lead, take the race and secure pole position for the feature, leaving Singleton and Matt ONeil to fill the minor placings.

Come feature race time, the outside front row again proved the prime position as Whittaker blasted away to lead Vine, Singleton and Chaffey. With each circulation, Whittaker extended his advantage as the race ran 15 laps without interruption before a spin from Kody Stothard brought about a restart. Whittaker quickly re-established a sizable lead and looked on track for his third win of the season, only to bounce over the turn three cushion on lap 22 and crash out, handing the lead to Vine with just three laps remaining and, whilst the lap charts show that Vine would lead each of these, he had to survive an attack from Brown and Dean, the latter having advanced from position nine. Through turn one on the final lap, Dean charged under both Brown and Vine to edge ahead, only to find himself third again as they hit the back straight. Through turn three, Brown surged into the lead, only to make an untidy exit from turn four that would enable both Vine and Dean to slip ahead in the sprint to the chequer. Further back, Singleton secured fourth and Nathan Mathers finished strongly to snare fifth ahead of ONeil, Wright and Chaffey, with Dawson and Tom Clauss completing the top ten.

The opening round of heats in the Queensland Wingless Sprint Championship were run at a cracking pace and it was Paul Robinson who got proceedings underway with a strong run to win the first qualifier by more than four seconds, outpacing Troy Carey and Jacob Jolley, whose subsequent disqualification would elevate Lachie Robertson into third.

Heat two saw Tim Harris down defending champ Scott Thomsen and Brock Gardiner, with Cody OConnell establishing a substantial lead in heat three before Dave Eggins found his way into second spot and started his chase. OConnell held on to win over Eggins, with Casey OConnell third.

No chasing required from Eggins in heat four as he led every lap to finish in advance of Brody Thomsen and Harris, while heat five fell in favour of Paul Freeman over Jarvis Menzies and the other Tim Harris.

Heat six saw Jamie Usher home first from Cody OConnell and Scott Thomsen, who then backed up to win heat seven and secure a front row start for the feature. However, a second-place finish ahead of Jayden OToole was enough for Cody OConnell to lock up pole position for the championship finale.

Brody Thomsen downed a Harris and Casey OConnell in heat eight before a jubilant Ian Milnes secured his first ever heat win in the final preliminary, leading home Michael Butcher and a Harris.

The B Main proved a race of contrasts as Liam Atkinson demonstrated exactly how races should be won, charging around the outside to lead Jolley, Mick Reid and Anthony Grant to the chequer and into the feature race. Conversely, Gardiner and OToole served up an exemplary exhibition of what not to do when, occupying the first two positions, they decided to run into each other in turn one and throw away any chance of a feature race start with neither able to make any progress from the rear after the restart.

Yet again it was the outside front row that proved the prime piece of real estate for a feature race start as Scott Thomsen made easy work of securing the lead at the drop of the green, only to have the race halted immediately when Atkinson crashed out in turn one. Thomsen continued to lead through a series of early restarts following spins by Freeman, Butcher and Menzies, with Brody Thomsen also moving ahead of Cody OConnell, whose younger brother had advanced from eighth to be fifth behind Eggins. As the race ran uninterrupted for an extended period, Scott Thomsen continued to lead while both Eggins and Casey OConnell moved forward at the expense of Cody O’Connell. Having slipped ahead of both Eggins and Brody Thomsen by lap 15, Casey OConnell swept into the lead on lap 20 as, further back, Jolley was putting on a mighty charge through the field and had climbed from 18th to be eighth when Troy Carey tipped over in turn two to trigger a final restart with four laps to run. Underway again for the final time, Scott Thomsen found himself backsliding through the field as Casey OConnell charged to the chequer and finished more than two seconds clear of Brody Thomsen and Eggins, with Cody OConnell finishing fourth. A barnstorming finish from Jolley saw him round up Usher, the two Harris’s and Thomsen to end a remarkable run in fifth spot. Harris, Harris and Usher were next in line, with Butcher and Robertson also moving ahead of Scott Thomsen to secure a top-ten result.

After winning the opening heat and then finishing second to Brad Trussell in heat two, Ben Robertson was an easy winner in a sedate Open Sedan feature race, downing Bob Ware, Keith Craft, Ben Harris and John Woolf.

As the only Outlaw Sedan competitor in the combined RSA-sanctioned Sedan events, it was little surprise that Glenn Lesslie would win both heats and the feature with considerable ease. In the Limited Sedan ranks, Aaron Buchanan won both heats, but was outgunned by Rachel Hawkins in the feature race, with Greg Trezise, in third ahead of Shannon Knights and Michael Laver.

Following heat wins to Terry Russell and Maverick Dack, it was Russell who backed up to win the Ford vs Holden vs Sigma feature, leading home Dallas Dack, Brendan Mulcahy and the only other finisher in Kim Dack.

The next meeting at Ausdeck Archerfield Speedway is scheduled for next Saturday (March 21) featuring round 14 of the East Coast Logistics Sprintcar track Championship, Formula 500s, Compact Speedcars, Modlites, Microsprints, Late Models and Formula 500 Juniors. However, patrons are advised to follow Archerfield Speedway on Facebook for updates with regard to any subsequent changes to state/federal Government directives and/or advisories in relation to their COVID-19 (Coronavirus) containment protocols.
Three Times the Action for Archerfield
Wednesday March 11, 2020. Archerfield Speedway
This Saturday night (March 14), Ausdeck Archerfield Speedway plays host to an open-wheel extravaganza with a huge triple-bill program featuring round 13 of the East Coast Logistics Sprintcar Track Championship, round eight of the American Tire and Racing Services Midget Series and the Queensland Wingless Sprint Championship. With over 100 competitor nominations once again, sedan fans have certainly not been forgotten, with Open Sedans, RSA Sedans and Ford vs Holden vs Sigma also featuring on what will be another action-packed program of high octane motorsport entertainment.

Having spent a few weeks recovering from an injury sustained during his Australian Championship defence in Tasmania, current ECL track champion Andrew Scheuerle made a triumphant return to racing in Toowoomba recently and will be looking to replicate this success on Saturday night. Fit, refreshed and ready to rumble, Scheuerle will face off against more than 24 other competitors, including four other drivers who have also claimed feature race wins at Archerfield this season. Of these, Kevin Titman and Mitchell Gee lead the way with two wins apiece and, while Brent Kratzmann and Luke Oldfield have scored solitary successes, both have also suffered misfortunes whilst in a winning position and will be desperately hoping to cast aside such adversities and return to victory lane.

As the current ECL points leader, young gun Aaron Kelly deserves plenty of credit for the position in which he finds himself given that he has very quickly established himself as a genuine threat every time he hits the track. Having finished on the podium twice so far in his first full season of competition, Kelly was desperately unlucky to be denied a feature race win in round ten when he was forced into a spin to avoid contact with a lapped car that had rebounded off the turn four wall. However, such has been the level of competition thus far in the 2019/2020 championship, Kelly is just one of many to have found their way onto the podium, including the likes of Bryan Mann, Brock Dean, Callum Walker, Adam Butler and Ryan McNamara, all of whom are also in the field this weekend.

In the American Tire and Racing Services Midget Series, the winner of every round staged so far this season is amongst the entries, with Glenn Wright, Rusty Whittaker, Brock Dean and Charlie Brown set to lock horns once again. Whilst this quartet have shared the spoils thus far, recent rounds have seen several drivers emerge as potential spoilers, with Matt ONeill a standout in scoring a career-best result in the previous round when he chased down Dean to secure third place behind Brown and Whittaker. With Darren Vine still chasing his first feature race win for the season and the recent strong form coming from the like of Cal Whatmore Scott Doyle, Bodie Smith and Mitchell Rooke, the latter having finished inside the top five on four occasions but is yet to find his way to the podium, while Anthony Chaffey returns for one of his rare local outings, his first appearance since finishing fourth in round three back in November.

Not surprisingly given the status of the event, Wingless Sprints will provide the biggest field of the weekend with 29 drivers slated to contest the 2019/2010 Queensland Championship, including a strong contingent trekking from south of the border in a bid to steal the crown. The odds of Tim Harris taking the title are better than that of anybody else, namely because there are two drivers with the same name who have been amongst the form drivers so far this season. The pair finished first and second in the feature race at their last Archerfield appearance and a similar result in the championship feature race would create a unique piece of history. There are certainly contenders aplenty in the field, including Cody OConnell, Casey OConnell, Paul Robinson, Liam Atkinson, Michael Lampard and defending champion Scott Thomsen, however the form driver so far this season at Archerfield (and elsewhere) has been Dave Eggins from New South Wales. Eggins has produced remarkable speed at every outing and proven almost unstoppable. In fact, even after striking trouble at the last Archerfield show that saw him forced to make the feature race via the B Main, Eggins stormed through the field to finish fifth. Others from NSW who are expected to dish up some very serious competition for the locals include Michael Butcher, Jamie Usher and Jacob Jolley, who finished third here behind the two Tims just a month ago.

Backing up from a last-start feature race win, Ben Robertson will be the man to beat in Open Sedan competition, while a small field of RSA Sedans will see Glenn Lesslie also chasing back-to-back feature race successes.

In Ford vs Holden vs Sigma action, the three-car team Dack team comprising Dallas, Kim and Maverick might have the weight of numbers on their side, but Mickey Mitchell and Terry Russell have proven more than a match in recent shows.

Gates open at 4.00pm, with early racing from 5.00pm. The main program, featuring East Coast Logistics Sprintcars, American Tire and Racing Midgets and the Queensland Wingless Sprint Championship, gets underway at 6.00pm.

East Coast Logistics Sprintcar Track Championship round 14 nominations: Aaron Kelly, Adam Butler, Andrew Baumber, Andrew Corbet, Andrew Scheuerle, Brent Kratzmann, Brock Dean, Bryan Mann, Callum Walker, Cody Maroske, Dan Murray, Daniel Helmore, Dylan Menz, Jason King, Jayden Peacock, Kevin Titman, Kristy Bonsey, Libby Ellis, Luke Oldfield, Mitch Gowland, Mitchell Gee, Nelson Reddacliff, Nicholas Whell, Ryan McNamara, Tim Farrell

American Tire and Racing Services Midget Series round eight nominations: Anthony Chaffey, Audie Malt, Barry Gibbs, Bodie Smith, Brad Dawson, Brock Dean, Cal Whatmore, Charlie Brown, Chris Singleton, Corey Stothard, Darren Vine, DJ Raw, Glen Wright, Kody Stothard, Matt ONeil, Mitchell Rooke, Nathan Mathers, Rusty Whittaker, Scott Doyle, Tom Clauss

Queensland Wingless Sprint Championship nominations: Anthony Grant, Ben Hull, Blake Darcy, Brock Gardiner, Brody Thomsen, Casey OConnell, Chris Catchpole, Cody OConnell, Dan Evans, Dave Eggins, Dave Ellis, Errol Campbell, Ian Milnes, Jacob Jolley, Jamie Usher, Jarvis Menzies, Jayden OToole, Lachie Robertson, Liam Atkinson, Michael Butcher, Michael Lampard, Mick Reid, Paul Freeman, Paul Robinson, Scott Thomsen, Shane Thompson, Tim Harris, Tim Harris, Troy Carey

Open Sedan nominations: Aaron Wells, Ben Harris, Ben Robertson, Brad Hill, Brad Trussell, Colin Kaine, Glenn Willmott, Haiden Grantz, Jason Marshall, Joel Gilson, John Woolf, Keith Craft, Les Eismenger, Mark Anderson, Ricky Price, Steve Blackburn

RSA Sedan nominations: Aaron Buchanan, Glen Lesslie, Greg Trezise, Jamie Olsen, Michael Laver, Peta Lesslie, Russell Davis, Shannon Knight

Ford vs Holden vs Sigma nominations: Dallas Dack, Jake Besgrove, Kim Dack, Maverick Dack, Mickey Mitchell, Terry Russell

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McHugh Gets it Done
Sunday March 1, 2020. Archerfield Speedway
Gold Coast gun Lachlan McHugh joined the ever growing list of Sprintcar feature race winners at Ausdeck Archerfield Speedway this season when he survived a series of late-race restarts to win round 12 of the East Coast Logistics Track Championship on Saturday night (February 29). Following his win in the previous round, Kevin Titman maintained his fine form to finish second ahead of Mitchell Gee Ryan McNamara and Callum Walker.

A big field fronted for round seven of the Shock Absorber Therapy AMCA Nationals Track Championship and it was Lee McKinnell who prevailed in the feature, leading home Tony Blanch and Matt Hardy.

Dave Fanning and Bodie Smith prevailed in the Lightning Sprint and Compact Speedcar feature races respectively, while a packed program that saw 41 events completed well before the track curfew also produced feature race wins for Ben Robertson (Open Sedans), Glen Leslie (RSA Sedans), Ryan Newton (Formula 500 Juniors) and Barrie Tasker (Nostalgia Sedans).

In a scenario that proved quite prophetic in that all three would lead the feature race at some stage, it was McHugh (11.863) who edged out Luke Oldfield (11.668) and Brent Kratzmann (11.755) in Sprintcar qualifying to secure KRE Quick Time. Bryan Mann (11.844), Gee (11.917) and Adam Butler (11.933) were the only others to go under 12 seconds, with Walker, Aaron Kelly, Kristy Bonsey and Karl Hoffmans completing the top ten.

Mitch Gowland launched perfectly from the outside row in the opening heat and was untroubled in leading throughout to down Andrew Corbet and Bonsey.

McNamara motored home from pole position to win heat two in advance of Titman and Rob Hamilton, while Oldfield advanced from eighth to finish fourth.

While Corbet was untroubled out front in winning heat three, it was Oldfield once again on the charge from the fourth row, this time making it into the runner-up position ahead of McNamara.

The final heat of the night produced the closest finish as Nicholas Whell held on to down Titman by a narrow margin, with Kelly clinching third.

The pre-race grid draw for the Trax Tyre and Auto Dash proved fruitful for Kratzman and Whell as they secured the front row berths ahead of top qualifier Oldfield, Titman, McHugh, Kelly, Gee and Corbet. In the 6-lap sprint, Kratzmann was untroubled in leading throughout as Oldfield, Titman and McHugh would all find their way past Whell and finish in that order, leaving Gee, Kelly and Corbet to complete the field.

After a wretched start to the night that saw him fail to record a time in qualifying and subsequently anchored at the rear of the heat race grids, Tim Farrell stormed from seventh to win the East Coast Logistics B Main. Early leader Mitch Gowland finished in second spot, leaving Anthony Lambert and Brock Dean to secure the final transfers into the main event.

Sharing the front row for the feature, both Kratzmann and Oldfield were seeking to secure their second feature race win for the season and they both had every opportunity to do exactly that as Kratzmann launched best to lead the opening lap, only to succumb to Oldfield on lap two. Having wasted no time in distancing himself from Kratzmann, Oldfield saw his victory hopes evaporate when he spun to a halt in turn four to trigger a restart that would see him resume from the rear. On a mission to avenge his previous round result when a late-race penalty relegated him to fourth, McHugh charged to the front, leaving Kratzmann to fend off a pursuing pack comprising Titman, Walker, Corbet and Kelly. When Kratzmann rode the wall and crashed out on lap 19, Oldfield had already climbed back to eighth and was poised to pounce from the ensuing restart. With McHugh continuing to lead, Titman was now second ahead of Corbet and Gee as Oldfield zoomed into fifth before Butler stopped in turn three to halt proceedings again. Once underway, Oldfield was immediately on the move and charged underneath both Gee and Corbet along the back straight to snatch third, only for contact between Oldfield and Corbet to send the latter upside down in turn three. Whilst Corbet would restart from the rear and soldier on with a damaged top wing, Oldfield headed to the infield to end what had been another crowd-pleasing charge. Gee now found himself third, but the race only made it through one more circulation before a Kelly spin in turn four brought about another restart, during which Bonsey somehow found herself facing the wrong way in turn four before the field had even taken the green. Back underway for the final time, McHugh held firm at the front to defeat Titman, Gee, McNamara, Walker and Mann. In a mighty drive through the field, Farrell continued his B Main heroics to advance from 13th to seventh. Anthony Lambert and a recovering Kelly were next in line, followed to the flag by Whell, Bonsey, Dean, Gowland, Butler, Hoffmans and Corbet, leaving Oldfield and Kratzmann as the non-finishers.

Ron Hendrickson took out the opening heat of the Petzyo Development Sprintcars in advance of Jason King and Daniel Helmore, with Libby Ellis taking heat two from Hendrickson and Jason King.

Whilst the first of the AMCA Nationals heats produced a remarkable result for Blanch as he destroyed the field to finish 14 seconds clear of the field, the remaining heats were much more closely contested events from which Lee McKinnell emerged with pole position for the feature as a result of two wins. Other heat winners were Hardy, Steve Potts and Troy Price and, with 22 cars hitting the track for the feature, lapped traffic was always going to be a factor. McKinnell immediately assumed the lead and it wasn’t long before he reached the backmarkers. Although his margin fluctuated at times as the pursuing trio of Blanch, Potts and Hardy took advantage of the congestion without being able to wrest the lead, McKinnell maintained his advantage to the chequer, eventually finishing less than a second ahead of second-placed Blanch. A final lap pass propelled Hardy into third ahead of Potts, with Bruce Marshall, Thomas Vickery, Tim Gamble, Michael Denning, Graeme Holland and Scott Hitchcock rounded out the top ten.

Following heat wins to Dave Fanning, Scott Jukes and Keith Blatch, it was Fanning who outgunned the field to win round 10 of the Stockmans Civil and Plant Lightning Sprint feature Club Championship. Having led the first eight laps of the feature, Blatch ultimately found himself unable to keep pace with Fanning and had to settle for second place ahead of Kirsty Kelly, Jason Rae, Darren Baldwin and Tyler Stralow, who looked on track for a podium finish before slowing in the final laps.

Bodie Smith won the opening two Compact Speedcar preliminaries and then Bernie Clarke won the remaining heat before Smith trounced the field in the Boss Hoggs Steakhouse feature race. Midget ace Michael Kendall filled second spot in the feature, while third-placed Dave Collins was the only other driver to finish on the lead lap. Richard Treanor and Richard Rooke were the best of the rest in a small field.

Ben Robertson completed a clean sweep in the Open Sedan A events, winning both heats before leading home Brad Trussell, Glenn Willmott, Keith Craft and Les Eisenmenger in the feature race.

In the Open Sedan B ranks, Ricky Price and Greg Town snared a heat win apiece and then filled the top two spots in the feature, with Price leading Town, Hayden Grantz, Greg Akers and John Woolf to the flag.

Having won both heat races, Aaron Buchanan dominated the RSA Limited Sedans feature race, finishing more than seven seconds clear of Adrian Browne and Greg Trezise.

Glen Leslie and Michael Taylor shared the spoils in the RSA Outlaw Sedan heats before Leslie would go on to take the feature, leading home Michael Taylor, Daniel Taylor and Brad White.

The debut outing for Nostalgia Sedans resulted in a feature race win for Barrie Tasker, who also won all three heats. Ross Oliver and Eric Tasker filled the minor placings in the feature ahead of Anthony Harrison and Steve Foster.

Titman and Gee are Chasing Three
Wednesday February 26, 2020. Archerfield Speedway
This Saturday (February 29) might be the end of summer, but rest assured the action at Archerfield Speedway will be sizzling when round 12 of the East Coast Logistics Sprintcar Track Championship is decided, bringing together no less than five drivers who have secured feature race victories so far this season. In what has been of the most competitive seasons for some time with regard to the number of different drivers who have visited victory lane, Luke Oldfield, Brent Kratzmann, Mitchell Gee and Kevin Titman are amongst those who have tasted the spoils of victory and all five will be seeking further success when they hit the track this weekend.

On another packed program of motorsport entertainment that should satisfy open wheel and tin top fans alike, Lightning Sprints, Compact Speedcars, AMCA Nationals Open Sedans, RSA Sedans, Nostalgia Sedans and Formula 500 Juniors will also feature, with 120 competitors set to hit the track..

The previous round of the East Coast Logistics Sprintcar Track Championship saw Kevin Titman prevail, emerging unscathed from a clash with McHugh to secure his second feature race win for the season. For much of the race, it was McHugh who looked on track to finish atop the podium, only to incur a late-race penalty that cruelled his chances and left him fourth at the flag behind Titman, Gee and series leader Aaron Kelly, who has finished on the podium twice so far in his rookie season and come very close to securing his maiden feature race success (he was leading round 11 before spinning to avoid an errant tailender). Gee and Titman are the only drivers in the field to have won multiple rounds of the ECL Championship this season, with solitary successes falling the way of Kratzmann and Oldfield, the latter proving as spectacular and popular as ever any time he hits the track. McHugh, meanwhile, was superb for so much of the previous round and, having delivered another mighty drive into second spot last weekend in Toowoomba after suffering an early setback, a trouble-free run this weekend might just deliver the feature race win that has been so close, yet proven so elusive.

Kelly will be one of 18 other drivers looking to add their name to the winners list, including Adam Butler and Ryan McNamara, both of whom have scored their first ever podium results this season. Brock Dean is another who has featured on the podium this season, along with former track titleholder and Australian Open champion Bryan Mann who, by his own admission, has been less than his best in recent Archerfield outings and will be desperate to rediscover the type of form that has carried him to numerous feature race wins.

Anybody who dares to suggest that there is a stronger field (either in quality or quantity) of AMCA Nationals anywhere in the country outside of a national championship event would find it impossible to substantiate such a claim because the entry list for round seven of the Shock Absorber Therapy Track Championship is once again stacked with talent. Along with Australian champion Matt Hardy, the line-up also includes established front runners and feature race winners such as Steve Potts, Lee McKinnell, Steve Price, Russ Hardy, Nathan Durston, Thomas Vickery and dual state titleholder Tony Blanch, while Bruce Marshall has drawn on his wealth of experience to quickly establish himself as a serious threat in a very short time. With 25 drivers nominated and lapped traffic certain to become a factor, the 20-lap feature event will deliver action aplenty.

With the top ten finishers from the previous round amongst the nominations, round 10 of the Stockmans Civil and Plant Lightning Sprint Club Championship is shaping as another hotly contested event. In round nine it was Jim Kennedy who prevailed in the feature over Wayne Iacono and Keith Blatch, but with the likes of Dave Fanning, Kirsty Kelly, Sean Iacono and state champ Jason Rae also amongst the entries, there are myriad podium permutations that could play out.

An interesting, and very welcome, addition to the Compact Speedcar nominations this weekend is Michael Kendall, a five-time New Zealand Midget champion and a winner of the Archerfield Midget Track Championship on multiple occasions. Assuming he has good equipment at his disposal, there is little doubt that Kendall will be a very serious threat to Bodie Smith, Robbie Stewart and the rest of the category regulars.

The Super Sedan-mounted contingent of Barry Craft, Ron Hornbuckle, Glenn Willmott, Keith Craft. Ben Robertson, Colin Kaine and Les Eisenmenger are expected to dominate the results in the Open Sedan action, while the RSA Sedan events will again see a small contingent of Outlaw Sedans taking on the Limited Sedans in a combined field. Whilst Michael Taylor, Wayne Kirkman, Zane Williams and Glen Lesslie should dominate the results, both Adrian Browne and Aaron Buchanan have proven themselves more than capable of mixing it with their V8 rivals.

Gates open at 4.00pm with early racing from 5.00pm, while the main program, which also features the talented young stars of the Formula 500 Juniors and the debut appearance of blast-from-the-past Nostalgia Sedans, will get underway from 6.00pm.

East Coast Logistics Sprintcar Track Championship round twelve nominations: Aaron Kelly, Adam Butler, Andrew Baumber, Andrew Corbet, Brent Kratzmann, Brock Dean, Bryan Mann, Callum Walker, Daniel Helmore, Geoff Davey, Jason King, Karl Hoffmans, Kevin Titman, Kristy Bonsey, Lachlan McHugh, Libby Ellis, Luke Oldfield, Mitch Gowland, Mitchell Gee, Nicholas Whell, Rob Hamilton, Ryan McNamara, Tim Farrell

Shock Absorber Therapy AMCA Nationals Track Championship round seven nominations: Ben Manson, Brett Robotham, Bruce Marshall, Damien Groer, Graeme Holland, Jaime Czerwinski, Jay Allen, Kevin Stow, Lee McKinnell, Lewis Gamble, Matt Hardy, Michael Denning, Nathan Durston, Nick Lovell, Robert Kynaston, Russ Hardy, Scott Hitchcock, Steve Potts, Steve Price, Stuart Jeffries, Thomas Vickery, Tim Gamble, Tony Blanch, Troy Price, Wayne Stacey

Stockmans Civil and Plant Lightning Sprint Club Championship round 10 nominations: Adam Horton, Darren Baldwin, Dave Fanning, Derek Wells, Jason George, Jason Rae, Jayden Mathers, Jim Kennedy, Keith Blatch, Kirsty Kelly, Michael Gollagher, Scott Jukes, Sean Iacono, Wayne Iacono, Wayne Jukes

Compact Speedcar nominations: Andrew Parkes, Andrew Rooke, Bernie Clarke, Bodie Smith, Connor McCullough, Dave Collins, Dave Swan, David Everitt, Michael Kendall, Nick Gannon, Richard Rooke, Richard Treanor, Robbie Stewart

Open Sedan nominations: Aaron Wells, Barry Craft, Ben Harris, Ben Robertson, Brad Hill, Colin Kaine, Dylan Craft, Glenn Willmott, Greg Akers, Greg Town, Haiden Grantz, Jason Marshall, Joel Gibson, John Woolf, Keith Craft, Les Eisenmenger, Mark Anderson, Merv Price, Ricky Price, Ron Hornbuckle, Trevor Polzin

RSA Sedan nominations: Aaron Buchanan, Adrian Browne, Brad White, Glen Lesslie, Greg Trezise, Jamie Olsen, Jose Nicholas, Michael Laver, Michael Taylor, Shannon Knight, Wayne Kirkman, Zane Williams

Nostalgia Sedan nominations: Anthony Harrison, Barrie Tasker, Eric Tasker, Luke Frisina, Ross Oliver, Shane Bullen, Steve Foster

Formula 500 Junior nominations: Amanda Chaffey, Jared Boys, Kacy Lee Black, Khiana Gay, Kinser Claridge, Ryan Newton, Taylor Morgan

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A Second Success for Titman, Brown Takes Midget Main Archerfield
Sunday February 16, 2020. Archerfield Speedway
Some ten rounds after his season-opening feature race success, Kevin Titman returned to victory lane at Ausdeck Archerfield Speedway on Saturday night (February 15), chasing down runaway leader Lachlan McHugh to win round eleven of the East Coast Logistics Sprintcar Track Championship. With McHugh relegated by race officials during a late restart, Aaron Kelly would find himself second at the chequer, with Mitchell Gee finishing third ahead of McHugh and Tim Farrell in a race the delivered some terrific racing in challenging conditions.

In round seven of the American Tire and Racing Services Midget Series, it was Charlie Brown who stood tall atop the podium after 25 gruelling laps, the last portion of which were spent in a spirited battle with the eventual runner-up in Rusty Whittaker. Under enormous pressure from both Callum Walker and Brock Dean, Matt ONeill held firm to finish third in his best ever result.

Other feature race winners on the night were Liam Williams (Formula 500s), Tim Harris (Wingless Sprints), Jim Kennedy (Lightning Sprints) and Mickey Mitchell (Ford vs Holden vs Sigma).

With several late withdrawals, 20 cars hit the track for Sprintcar qualifying and the end result was quite remarkable when Kelly emerged with KRE Fast Time, stopping the clock at 12.075 to edge out Brent Kratzmann (12.076) by the merest possible margin. McHugh (12.136) was next best, followed by Gee (12.227), Farrell (12.234) and Karl Hoffmans (12,299), with Peter Campbell, Titman, Mitch Gowland and Mark Pholi rounding out the top ten.

Ryan McNamara had little difficulty in leading throughout the opening heat from pole position, finishing ahead of Nelson Reddacliff and Titman.

Heat two saw Butler home first in advance of Allan Woods and Kratzmann, while heat four saw Farrell execute a superb outside pass through turn four on the penultimate lap to round up Dan Murray and Adam Butler and steal the win.

McHugh was clinical in heat four, surging from the fourth row to assume the lead before a series of restarts in the final laps ultimately saw the race declared. The first moment came when Titman tipped over in turn four with two laps remaining, which was followed by a spin from Woods in the same spot before the race was finally abandoned when Woods halted proceedings again with a lap still to run. Despite another front row start, McNamara had to settle for second on this occasion, with Nicholas Whell snaring third.

As top qualifier into the Trax Tyre and Auto Dash, McHugh consolidated his position when he selected pole position in the pre-race grid draw before trouncing the field to finish more than two seconds clear of Kratzmann after six laps of racing. Kelly finished third ahead of Gee, Farrell and Titman, leaving McNamara and Butler to occupy the fourth row of the feature race grid.

From the moment the green flag flew, McHugh looked on track to recording an emphatic feature race win, clearing away from the field with ease and encountering little difficulty in dealing with lapped traffic, which came into play as early as lap five. Any hopes Kratzmann had of repeating his previous round success seemed to disappear as early as lap two when he launched onto the infield in turn two while running second and rejoined down the order. Gee assumed second at this point ahead of Kelly, who dropped a spot to Titman soon after. Just as McHugh was looking untouchable out front, Kratzmann spun to halt in turn four to trigger a restart. Titman wasted no time upon resumption, grabbing second from Gee before proceedings were halted again to remove a stricken Campbell from turn one. Seemingly devoid of the pace he possessed in the first half of the race, McHugh was unable to keep Titman at bay, the two making contact along the back straight as Titman emerged with the lead. It was a final restart on lap 26 after Kratzmann and Mark Pholi parked on the main straight that saw McHugh penalised two positions, kyboshing his victory aspirations as Titman led the final circulations to become only the third driver to score multiple Sprintcar feature race wins at Archerfield so far this season. Having moved ahead of Gee prior to the final restart, Kelly clinched second spot, with Gee third home from McHugh and Farrell, who finished with a flurry. McNamara and Butler were next best, followed by Hoffmans, Gowland, Whell and Kristy Bonsey, who advanced from 16th to finish ahead of Murray, Pholi, Reddacliff, Andrew Baumber, Rob Hamilton and Libby Ellis, leaving Kratzmann and Campbell as the only casualties.

In his first Midget race of the season, Walker was instantly on the pace for the opening heat, leading home Dean and Mitchell Rooke.

Heat two saw Brown chase down Brad Dawson and ONeill before disappearing into the distance and then backed up to win easily again in heat three, this time over Scott Doyle and Reid Mackay.

However, the biggest winning margin of the night came in the final heat when ONeill easily accounted for Audie Malt, Nathan Mathers and the rest.

Brown blasted away from pole position to lead the field away in the feature race, with ONeill quickly moving ahead of Glenn Wright and the front row-starting Mathers. Having started deep in the field after failing to finish either of his heats, Whittaker was third after just five laps of racing and then moved ahead of Dean for second on lap ten. When Kody Stothard spun in turn four on lap 11, Brown found himself under pressure for the first time on the night, with Whittaker poised to pounce. The pass came on lap 13 but was short-lived because Brown surged back to the front on the next lap and then withstood everything Whittaker threw at him to score a hard earned success. Both ONeill and Walker would round up Dean in the run to the chequer, with Whatmore putting in a mighty drive from the rear of the field to secure sixth. Mathers slipped to seventh by the fall of the chequer, with Wright, Dawson, Doyle, Mackay, Stothard and Malt completing the field.

A big field, which included New Zealander Finley Cleveland, fronted for round eight of the Ian Boettcher Race Parts / Activated Industries Wingless Sprint Super Series and heat race successes were shared around between Timothy Harris, Dave Ellis, Tim Harris, Liam Atkinson, Scott Thomsen and Jamie Usher, resulting in the two Harris boys sharing the front row for the feature.

Despite finishing second in his opening heat, a DNF in his next outing saw series leader Dave Eggins forced to negotiate the B Main, during which he encountered little resistance in taking the race ahead of Michael Butcher, who endured misfortunes in both of his heats.

Whilst the Harris namesakes maintained their positions at the head of the field for the duration of the feature race with Tim leading home Timothy, Jacob Jolley moved from the outside of row three to secure third ahead of Paul Robinson. In a mighty run that culminated with a fabulous fifth-place finish, Eggins surged through the field with Butcher in pursuit. Over the closing stages, Butcher found himself unable to keep pace with Eggins and ultimately finished eighth behind Brody Thomsen and Usher. Jayden OToole and Chris Catchpole completed the top ten ahead of Ian Milnes, Ben Hull, Lachie Robertson, Dave Ellis, Michael Lampard and Troy Carey, with Cleveland the final finisher.

Other than the demise of the two best presented cars in the field when Ethan Eyears and Tarhlea Apelt tipped over in separate incidents before a lap was completed, the Touch Ups Done Right Formula 500 feature race was rather unremarkable in its processional predictability. With Liam Williams starting from pole position after two heat wins, he skipped clear of the field and cruised home to defeat James Kennedy, who had won the other heat. Not surprisingly, most interest centred on the drive into third from Taylor Prosser in only his second outing since stepping up from the Junior ranks. Kristin Brown filled fourth ahead of Brock Thornton, Ronnie Barber, Brady Argles and Tomas Partington.

Following heat wins by Dave Fanning, Scott Jukes and Wayne Iacono, an inversion of the first two rows of the grid for the Stockmans Civil and Plant Lightning Sprint feature race put Darren Baldwin and Jim Kennedy at the front of the pack and it was the latter who launched from the outside to lead all 15 laps. Iacono finished second ahead of Keith Blatch who, having fallen to sixth at one stage and still running fifth at the start of the final lap, unleashed a last gasp outside pass, rounding up Scott Jukes and Baldwin to snatch the final spot on the podium. Adam Norton was sixth home, followed by Michael Gollagher, Kirsty Kelly, Jason Rae and Wayne Jukes.

Mickey Mitchell won both heats on his way to also taking the Ford vs Holden vs Sigma feature race. Maverick Dack finished in second spot and was followed to the flag by Terry Russell, Daniel Hillhouse, Jake Besgrove and Jesse Allen.

The next meeting at Ausdeck Archerfield Speedway is on February 29 featuring round 12 of the East Coast Logistics Sprintcar Track Championship, along with AMCA Nationals, Lightning Sprints, Compact Speedcars, Open Sedans, RSA Sedans and Formula 500 Juniors.
The Big Guns are Back in Town
Wednesday February 12, 2020. Archerfield Speedway
Having spent the last few weeks contesting interstate events with varying levels of success, several of Queensland’s standout Sprintcar competitors are returning home this weekend to contest round eleven of the East Coast Logistics Track Championship at Ausdeck Archerfield Speedway on Saturday night (February 15). The likes of Andrew Scheuerle, Lachlan McHugh, Mitchell Gee and Kevin Titman are back in action, taking on series leader Aaron Kelly, previous round winner Brent Kratzmann and another 19 drivers hell bent on breaking through for that most elusive of achievements; a Sprintcar feature race win. Also on another stacked program will be round seven of the American Tire and Racing Services Midget Series, along with Wingless Sprints, Formula 500s, Lightning Sprints and Ford vs Holden vs Sigma sedans.

In his first outing since surrendering his Australian Championship crown in Tasmania, Scheuerle returns to the venue that has hosted so many of his career successes. Far from disgraced in his national title defence, Scheuerle qualified seventh for the championship final, only to make an early exit when he crashed out on lap three. Of course, the best way to banish any lingering disappointment will be to reacquaint himself with victory lane, so expect the former track titleholder to serve up something special this weekend. Likewise, Gold Coast gun Lachlan McHugh will be out to put a frustrating World Series experiment behind him and return to his best form. Since returning to the cockpit of his trusty Sedl Civil Contracting #23 Triple X, McHugh has shown glimpses of the form that has carried him to several feature race wins against the very best in the business and a return to home soil might prove the final ingredient in the recipe for success.

As the only driver in the field who has won multiple rounds of the series so far this season, Mitchell Gee has every reason to be oozing confidence, while opening round winner Kevin Titman is another who should fancy his chances of making another visit to victory lane. Of course, buoyed by the success that came his way in the previous round, Brent Kratzmann will relish the opportunity to do it again against an even tougher field, while Kelly will no doubt be aware that a feature race win is the best possible way to silence those who question the legitimacy of his championship lead and he certainly looked on track to do exactly that at the previous round before he was forced into a spin to avoid an errant lapped car. Meanwhile, Adam Butler, Allan Woods, Callum Walker and Ryan McNamara have all appeared on the podium this season and are again expected to feature prominently in proceedings.

Midget action will hopefully dish up a duel between Rusty Whittaker and Brock Dean, a clash that was denied at the last outing when Dean succumbed to engine gremlins early in the night. Dean and Whittaker have won five of the six rounds between them and there is no reason to think they won’t be the pacesetters once again. Opening round winner Glen Wright most certainly has other ideas, while Darren Vine will be desperate to secure his first win for the season. A prolific feature race winner in seasons past, Vine has produced plenty of pace again this season but has cruelled his chances with a series of errors that have been as costly as they been uncharacteristic. Maybe this weekend will see Vine bounce back to his best and impose himself on proceedings in a manner more in keeping with what we have come to expect from him. Having nominated but failed to front at the previous round, Callum Walker is again amongst the entries and will certainly be a threat if he can successfully navigate the logistics of running two categories on the same night.

As has been the case all season, Wingless Sprints will be out in force once again with more than 25 drivers nominated for round eight of the Ian Boettcher Race Parts/Activated Industries Super Series. Despite the strength of the fields that have contested each round, northern NSW-based racer Dave Eggins has been the dominant figure from the outset and he currently sits atop the series standings. Also from over the border, Jamie Usher is second overall at the moment and the pair will lead a six-strong contingent from NSW into battle. Paul Robinson, Lachie Robertson and Dave Ellis are the best placed of the locals and they, along with Michael Lampard, Scott Thomsen and Brody Thomsen, loom as the best chances of upstaging the interstaters.

With the absence of arch rival James Kennedy from the entry list for round five of the Touch Ups Done Right Formula 500 Series, the best likelihood of Liam Williams being beaten now rests firmly in the hands of his fiancé Kristin Brown. Make no mistake, when they hit the track, both are focussed on beating whoever stands in the way of victory, including each other. Whilst Liam has continued to dominate the results this season, Kristin has proven to be one of his biggest threats and she would love nothing better than to upstage her hubby-to-be in the feature race, while Tarhlea Apelt, Ronnie Barber and Tomas Partington will be ready to take advantage of whatever opportunity comes to spring an upset.

Dave Fanning, Keith Blatch and Tyler Stralow look the trio most likely to set the pace in round ten of the Stockman Civil Lightning Sprint Club Championship. Stralow has been the standout performer so far this season with multiple feature race victories on a variety of tracks and he leads the championship as a result. However, Fanning and Blatch possess a potent combination of speed and experience and both have recently scored feature race wins, with Blatch victorious during their last Archerfield appearance.

Gates open at 4.00pm and the on-track action gets underway with early racing from 5.00pm. The main program, which will also feature Ford vs Holden vs Sigma sedans, kicks off at 6.00pm.

East Coast Logistics Sprintcar Track Championship round eleven nominations: Aaron Kelly, Adam Butler, Allan Woods, Andrew Scheuerle, Brent Kratzmann, Callum Walker, Dan Murray, Jason King, Karl Hoffmans, Kevin Titman, Kristy Bonsey, Lachlan McHugh, Libby Ellis, Luke Dougherty, Mark Pholi, Mitch Gowland, Mitchell Gee, Nelson Reddacliff, Nicholas Whell, Peter Campbell, Rob Hamilton, Ryan McNamara, Sean Rose, Steve Greer, Tim Farrell

American Tire and Racing Services Midget Series round seven nominations: Audie Malt, Barry Gibbes, Brad Dawson, Brock Dean, Cal Whatmore, Callum Walker, Corey Stothard, Darren Vine, Glen Wright, Matt ONeil, Mitchell Rooke, Nathan Mathers, Reid Mackay, Rusty Whittaker, Scott Doyle, Tom Clauss

Ian Boettcher Race Parts/Activated Industries Wingless Sprint Super Series round eight nominations: Ben Hull, Brian Scott, Brody Thomsen, Chris Catchpole, Danny Evans, Dave Eggins, Dave Ellis, Finley Cleveland, Ian Milnes, James Barton, Jamie Usher, Jayden OToole, Lachie Robertson, Liam Atkinson, Michael Lampard, Mick Reid, Nathan Jones, Paul Robinson, Scott Graham, Scott Thomsen, Shane Thompson, Shaun Knight, Shaun Thompson, Tim Harris, Troy Carey, Tim Harris

Touch Ups Done Right Formula 500 Series round five nominations: Aaron Finglas, Adrian Farrell, Brock Thornton, Dekot Gay, Ethan Eyears, Jonathan Gunn, Kristin Brown, Liam Williams, Ronnie Barber, Royce Harvey, Tarhlea Apelt, Taylor Prosser, Tomas Partington, Tony Bailey

Stockman Civil and Plant Lightning Sprint Club Championship round ten nominations: Dave Fanning, Derek Wells, James Elliott, Jason George, Jayden Mathers, Jim Kennedy, Keith Blatch, Kirsty Kelly, Michael Gollagher, Rob Holmes, Scott Jukes, Tyler Stralow, Wayne Iacono, Wayne Jukes

Holden vs Ford vs Sigma nominations: Daniel Hillhouse, Jake Besgrove, Jesse Allen, Kim Dack, Marin Kusturin, Maverick Dack, Mickey Mitchell, Terry Russell

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Kratzmann Cleans Up in ECL Round Ten
Monday January 27, 2020. Archerfield Speedway
In hot, humid conditions at Ausdeck Archerfield Speedway on Saturday night (January 25), Brent Kratzmann took maximum advantage when good fortune finally fell his way, racing to victory in round 10 of the East Coast Logistics Sprintcar Track Championship. Taking over the lead when series leader Aaron Kelly spun to a halt in his effort to miss a crashed car in turn four, Kratzmann led Allan Woods and Adam Butler to the chequer in race that dished up heroics and hard luck stories in equal measure. A crazy final lap enabled Callum Walker to snatch fourth ahead of Mitch Gowland, with both drivers having started on the sixth row of the grid.

The American Tire and Racing Services Stan Burrow Midget Stampede certainly delivered a spectacle befitting a race held in such high regard by the local Midget community. Rusty Whittaker and Troy Ware engaged in a fabulous fight for the lead that eventually fell in favour of Whittaker, with opening round winner Glen Wright finishing in third spot ahead of Mitchell Rooke and Reid Mackay.

Other feature winners on the night included Bodie Smith (Compact Speedcars), Michael Taylor (RSA Sedans), Ben Harris (Open Sedans) and Maverick Dack (Ford vs Holden vs Sigma).

Whilst the absence of several regular front runners on interstate duty had little impact on the quality of the racing that transpired, there were some new faces at the top of the timesheets in qualifying with Dan Murray clocking KRE Quick Time with a12.191 lap against the clock. Brodie Tulloch (12.293) was next quickest ahead of Karl Hoffmans (12.327), Kratzmann (12.438) and Gowland (12.501), with Bryan Mann, Woods, Tim Farrell, Butler and Kristy Bonsey rounding out the top ten.

Kelly was untroubled in winning the opening heat from pole position as Kratzmann charged from sixth to secure second ahead of Anthony Lambert.

Walker was also an all-the-way winner in heat two, pouncing from the outside front row to lead home Kristy Bonsey, who withstood a strong late surge from Mann.

Heat three brought the two previous heat winners together, but neither was able to chase down Lambert. While Kelly finished second ahead of Bonsey, Walker was unable to make much impression on this occasion, falling to sixth behind Kratzmann and Hoffmans. Mann was charging hard again, only to ride the back straight wall and flip out in what would be the first of several frustrations for the former track champion.

After triggering a skirmish in turn two of the opening lap of the final heat that resulted in Gowland and Murray tangling and restarting from the rear, Woods emerged unscathed and actually found himself promoted to the front row when Butler was deemed to have jumped the start. Woods took full advantage of his good fortune to lead home Butler and Tim Farrell.

An eventful B Main went to Scott Genrich ahead of Nicholas Whell and Sean Rose, with Libby Ellis also securing a transfer into the main event. Geoff Davey rode out a wild wreck along the back straight after contact with Ron Hendrickson, who was also forced out, while Peter Campbell tipped himself over in turn four while in a transfer position.

It was Hendrickson and Davey who shared the spoils in the Petzyo Development Series heats with a win apiece.

The Trax Tyre and Auto Pole Shootout started with Kelly and Butler advancing from the Bronze round, leaving Bonsey and Murray to start from the fourth row of the feature race grid. Kelly advanced again from the Silver round, taking Woods with him to meet Kratzman and Tulloch in the final showdown as Butler and Hoffmans bowed out. It was Woods who emerged with pole position in the Gold round, with Tulloch to share the front row, leaving Kelly and Kratzmann to launch from row two.

It was Tulloch who surged from the outside front row to lead the field away in the 30-lap feature event, with Woods slotting into second as Kelly immediately moved ahead of Kratzmann, who made contact with main straight wall at the end of the opening lap. Riding the ragged edge up high on the track, Tulloch continued to lead when Mann spun to a halt in turn three to bring about a restart. Immediately after the resumption, Kelly pounced to relegate Woods and then rounded up Tulloch four laps later to take over the lead. When Bonsey crashed out in turn three on lap 10, Walker found himself with nowhere to go and was forced to halt the Cylinder Head Warehouse #33 and restart from the rear. At this stage, Tulloch had dropped to fourth behind Kratzmann and Butler, both of whom had demoted Woods earlier, with Farrell also closing in. Lap 15 proved costly for Kelly as he spun to a halt when confronted with Nelson Reddacliff bouncing back to earth after a climbing the turn three wall. With Kelly banished to the back, Kratzmann would lead the restart ahead of Butler, Woods and Farrell, who had moved ahead of Tulloch a lap earlier. Kelly spun again on the next lap, this time in turn one, and then Tulloch forced another halt to proceedings with 12 laps remaining when he rode the back straight wall before stopping in turn three and limping to the infield. A final restart came with four laps to run following contact between Whell and Genrich that sent the latter bouncing to a stop in the main straight and the interruption certainly proved costly for Butler, with Woods pouncing to snatch second spot. When Farrell and Mann, who had surged back to fifth, somehow found themselves askew in the back straight on the final lap, Walker, Gowland and Lambert all pounced to advanced their positions, leaving Farrell to salvage seventh ahead of Kelly, Murray and Genrich, with Ellis the only other finisher as Mann was left stranded with the chequer in sight.

Unbeknownst to anybody at the time, the opening Midget heat race would provide a preview of the feature race results with Whittaker leading Wright to the line. Mackay finished in third spot, while Darren Vine ended his night before it really began when he executed a wild series of rolls through turn three.

Charlie Brown proved too quick in heat two, finishing ahead of Matt ONeill and Cal Whatmore.

Tom Clauss triumphed in heat four in advance of Wright and ONeill, with Brad Dawson the only other finisher. Brock Dean saw his hopes for a fourth consecutive feature race win evaporate when he headed infield with an engine problem that would bring his night to a premature end.

Brown doubled up to win heat four and secure pole position for the feature race, leading home Troy Ware and Mackay on this occasion.

Any thoughts that, in the absence of Vine and Dean the feature race would fail to meet expectations, were quickly dispelled once the field was unleashed. It was Whittaker who got the best of the start in the 25-lap Stan Burrow Stampede feature race, pouncing from the second row to lead the opening lap, only to find himself relegated to third on lap two as Ware and Wright moved ahead. Having been shuffled back to fourth in the opening exchanges, Brown brought about the first restart when he spun in turn four on lap five and, whilst he was no doubt cursing himself for the mistake, it did prove the catalyst for an exciting charge back through the field that saw him run the outside line to climb as high as fourth and clock the fastest lap of the race before another spin denied him any reward for his efforts. The only other interruption came on lap seven when Dawson rode a wheel and flipped out. Whittaker moved into second spot behind Ware on lap 11 and from here the pair engaged in a furious battle with slide jobs and lead changes aplenty, with Wright situated in third spot and ready to pounce should an opportunity arise. Despite his very best efforts that saw him edge ahead of Whittaker on more than one occasion, Ware could not make the pass stick and Whittaker would emerge the victor, his second series win for the season. Behind Ware and Wright came Mitchell Rooke, Mackay and Clauss, with ONeill, Nathan Mathers, Whatmore and Barry Gibbes rounding out the top ten ahead of the only other finishers in Ashley Booker and Kody Stothard.

Bodie Smith was the standout in the Compact Speedcar events, winning two heats before also taking out the feature race. Rob Stewart, who won the other heat, finished in second spot ahead of Mark Maczek, Dave Collins and Chris Pidgeon, who salvaged a reasonable result in the wake of a spin on lap two that resulted in a rear-of-field restart.

Michael Taylor and Zane Williams collected heat wins in RSA Sedan action and then went on to fill the top two spots in the feature, with Taylor emerging a narrow victor. Daniel Taylor finished in third spot ahead of Adrian Browne, Brad White, Michael Laver and Shannon Knight.

Following heat wins to Bob Ware and Ben Robertson, the Open Sedan feature race descended into farce when all of the Super Sedan-mounted A Grade competitors found themselves on the infield after just one lap following a series of incidents, the most serious of which saw Robertson force Ray Lane into the main straight wall rather than concede the lead, a move for which he was rightfully ordered to the infield to join Lane, Brad Trussell, Keith Craft and Ware, who had earlier crunched the concrete. In the end, Bern Harris avoided the chaos to emerge as the feature race winner.

Producing their biggest field of the season also delivered the best racing thus far from the Ford vs Holden vs Sigma competitors, with heat wins shared between Terry Russell, Bernie Wright and Dallas Dack. However, it was only Russell who backed up to finish on the podium in the feature race, clinching third behind Maverick Dack and Kim Dack.

The next event at Ausdeck Archerfield Speedway is on Saturday, February 15 featuring round 11 of the East Coast Logistics Sprintcar Track Championship and round seven of the American Tire and Racing Service Midget Series, plus Lightning Sprints Formula 500s, Wingless Sprints and Ford vs Holden vs Sigma.

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Track Championship Resumes on Saturday
Wednesday January 22, 2020. Archerfield Speedway
It is Sprintcar time again this Saturday night (January 25) as the battle for the East Coast Logistics Track Championship heats up in the wake of the Donny Schatz domination over the Christmas/New Year period and the disappointment of the Australian Open being curtailed by inclement weather. The absence of several series regulars contesting the Grand Annual Classic in Warrnambool should only serve as extra motivation for competitors to secure themselves a place on the podium. In fact, there has never been a better opportunity for drivers to step up and stake their claim as championship contenders. Also on the program will be round six of the American Tire and Racing Services Midget Series, plus Compact Speedcars, Open Sedans, RSA Sedans and Ford vs Holden vs Sigma sedans.

Currently in his first full season of Sprintcar competition, Aaron Kelly sits atop the East Coast Logistics Track Championship standings following the remarkable run of success from perhaps the best substitute driver ever in Donny Schatz. With three round wins from as many starts, Schatz propelled the Kelly Racing #7 to the top of the points table, but leaving the youngster with plenty to do if he is to maintain his position through the remaining eight rounds of racing. Having also called upon a substitute driver in Chad Ely to keep himself in championship contention, Kevin Titman sits second overall at the moment, just 36 points behind Kelly. Since winning the opening round back in October, Titman has been a model of consistency in what has already been his best ever season regardless of what unfolds in the weeks ahead.

With Ryan McNamara not amongst the nominations, both Brent Kratzmann and Callum Walker are in a position to take over third spot in the standings, with Kratzmann currently sitting just three points ahead of Walker, who is set for a very busy night competing in both Sprintcars and Midgets Both drivers are regular front runners and, whilst neither should have too much trouble accumulating the points necessary to advance their championship position, it is unlikely that either will be satisfied with anything less than a podium finish in the feature race. Kristy Bonsey and Adam Butler are also faced with an opportunity to improve their respective positions in the series, separated by just four points and certainly within reach of the top five, which would be a fitting reward for their efforts.

In ATRS Midget action so far this season, Brock Dean has been the standout and is chasing a fourth consecutive feature race win this weekend. Dividing his time between Midget and Sprintcar commitments, Dean has been impressive in both categories this season, but his Midget exploits have been exceptional. In all conditions and against all-comers, Dean has been all but untouchable, leaving his rivals to ponder their shortcomings and somehow plot a plan of attack that will deliver them to victory lane. Having taken out the first and second rounds of the series respectively before Dean began his domination, Glenn Wright and Rusty Whittaker will be desperate to rediscover their formula for success, while Darren Vine enjoyed his best result of the season at the previous round with a runner-up result. Likewise, Charlie Brown was also impressive in round five, qualifying on pole position and putting plenty of pressure on Dean for much of the feature race, only to find himself third at the chequer. With Troy Ware also in the field and always competitive despite making only sporadic appearances, plus the return of Walker aboard the Ian Boettcher Race Parts #35, Dean most certainly faces his biggest test since his winning streak began.

Compact Speedcars have gathered another solid line-up for their events and will be hoping to avoid a repeat of their last outing when only a handful of cars survived the heats to take their place in the feature race.

Gates open at 4.00pm (3.30pm for online ticketholders), with early racing from 5.00pm. The main program, which will also feature Open Sedans, RSA Sedans, Ford vs Holden vs Sigma sedans, Fireworks and a Demolition Derby, will get underway at 6.00pm.

East Coast Logistics Sprintcar Track Championship round ten nominations: Aaron Kelly, Adam Butler, Allan Woods, Brent Kratzmann, Brodie Tulloch, Bryan Mann, Callum Walker, Dan Murray, David Kenway, Erin Vanderreyden, Geoff Davey, Jason King, Karl Hoffmans, Kristy Bonsey, Libby Ellis, Luke Dougherty, Mark Pholi, Mitch Gowland, Nelson Reddacliff, Nicholas Whell, Peter Campbell, Ron Hendrickson, Scott Genrich, Tim Farrell

American Tire and Racing Services Midget Series round six nominations: Ashley Booker, Audie Malt, Barry Gibbs, Brad Dawson, Brock Dean, Cal Whatmore, Callum Walker, Charlie Brown, Corey Stothard, Darren Vine, Glen Wright, Kody Stothard, Matt O’Neil, Mitchell Rooke, Nathan Mathers, Reid Mackay, Rusty Whittaker, Tom Clauss, Troy Ware

Compact Speedcar nominations: Andrew Parkes, Andrew Rooke, Bernie Clarke, Bodie Smith, Chris Pidgeon, Connor McCullough, Dave Collins, Dave Swan, Jayden Iacono, Mark Maczek, Matt Warn, Richard Rooke, Richard Treanor, Rob Stewart, Steve Swingler

Open Sedan nominations: Aaron Wells, Ben Harris, Ben Robertson, Bob Ware, Brad Hill, Jason Marshall, Joel Gilson, Keith Craft, Les Eisenmenger, Mark Anderson, Merv Price, Ricky Price, Ron Hornbuckle

RSA Sedan nominations: Adrian Browne, Brad White, Daniel Taylor, Michael Laver, Michael Taylor, Peter Van Lissum, Russell Davis, Shannon Knight

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

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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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