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The Race that Matters Most
Tuesday January 22, 2019. Archerfield Speedway
The last few weeks have seen Australian Sprintcar competitors tackling some of the biggest races on the annual summer schedule, with major events at four different venues providing teams with the ideal preparation for the most prestigious race of each and every. This weekend (January 26 and 27), all of Australias leading Sprintcar exponents will converge on Ausdeck Patios Archerfield Speedway for the 47th official running of the Australian Sprintcar Championship, with more than 60 cars set to tackle the challenge that Archerfield offers in a bid to win the grandest prize of all; the right to carry #1 and be formally recognised as Australias best Sprintcar driver.

Sure, there are other races that offer plenty of money and nice big shiny trophies, but there is no other event that delivers the right to be legitimately recognised as the best in the country. As such, the Archerfield venue is the ideal circuit to host a race that carries so much prestige as it is not a track on which speed alone will bring success. After all, anybody can go fast and the Archerfield layout certainly accommodates that with a lap record benchmark of 11.020 seconds, but the track is one that requires much more than a heavy right foot in the pursuit of victory. It is a track rewards the brave but can be utterly unforgiving and there are very few competitors who have ever enjoyed the spoils of victory on their first visit. In fact, given there are many very accomplished drivers who have found success at myriad other venues around the country but have struggled to master the Archerfield layout, it is not surprising that more than 30 drivers will be taking the opportunity to contest the Prelude to the Title race meeting on Wednesday night (January 23) as every lap completed during this special mid-week fixture will improve their chances of standing atop the podium on the biggest stage of all.

Seven previous winners of the event will contest the 2018/2019 championship and, of these, four will be bringing some very good form with them following results in Warrnambool last weekend. In the Grand Annual Classic, Robbie Farr emerged victorious ahead of Jamie Veal, Kerry Madsen, Brooke Tatnell and James McFadden. While Veal is the only one of this group who is yet to win an Australian Championship, he proved the best of the bunch when they last visited Archerfield, scoring a very narrow runner-up result behind World of Outlaws champion Donny Schatz. If Veal can replicate the pace and precision he demonstrated on that occasion, in what was his best performance ever in Brisbane, he might just be the next driver to have his name etched onto the Australian Championship honour board. Leaving no stone unturned in their bid for championship glory, Veal, Tatnell and defending champion Madsen are all amongst the entries for Wednesday nights Prelude event, as is another former titleholder in Garry Brazier.

Other interstaters taking advantage of the Wednesday fixture to secure some vital track time include a couple of young guns in Tasmanian Jock Goodyer and Western Australian Mitchell Wormall, both of whom will be the sole representatives for their state in the championship. Also hitting the track Wednesday night will be a septet of Sydneysiders in Max Johnston, Brendan Rallings, Ian Madsen, Jessie Attard, Jordyn Brazier and the brothers Dumesny in Marcus and Matthew. As a regular on the World of Outlaws tour in America, Madsen brings a wealth of international experience into his bid to create history by deposing Kerry from the throne, a feat which would make them the only brothers to have both won a national Sprintcar title. Of course, the Dumesny boys are looking to follow in the footsteps of father Max, who has won the title twice and will be competing again this weekend, while young Brazier is looking to be third member of his family to win the championship final, with granddad Steve and father Garry having won the event seven times between them. It is this rich history that makes the Australian Championship such a unique and prestigious event; a race steeped in tradition that has ensured a lasting legacy for those select few who have been fortunate enough to hold the championship trophy aloft.

Two-time champion Dave Murcott returns to Archerfield with a very good record of success at the circuit, while the South Australian duo of Steven Lines and Ryan Jones are also genuine title contenders. Driving for Brisbane-based team owner Dave Horrell, Lines has every reason to deliver a strong result, while Jones was sensational at his last Archerfield outing.

So, beyond the usual suspects, who might emerge from the shadows to cause an upset in the title race? Certainly the likes of Grant Anderson, who finished sixth at Warrnambool last weekend, is a genuine threat, while Sam Walsh comes to Queensland as one of the moist consistently strong performers in Sydney, although he is yet to really achieve the same level of success away from home. Likewise, Ben Atkinson, who hails from the Northern Territory but does most of his racing in Sydney, is another who could be considered a chance of upstaging the establishment if he can adapt to the tighter confines of the Archerfield layout. It is another couple of Sydney-based racers in Attard and Michael Saller who have given themselves every chance of featuring strongly this weekend by making regular visits to Brisbane for which they have been rewarded with good results that should instil them with confidence of a strong showing.

With Todd Wanless the only Queensland driver to have won this event, taking the title back in 1996 at Archerfield, there is plenty of incentive for the locals to send interstaters home empty-handed and etch their name/s in the annals of history. Luke Oldfield, Lachlan McHugh, Andrew Scheuerle and Peter Lack are all proven performers at the top level and will spearhead the home state challenge, while Queensland champion Mitchell Gee will also be a starter despite the recent closure of the Titan Garages team. Gee has secured a drive for the weekend and will use Wednesday night to find his feet with his new mount before attacking the weekend with all the gusto and determination that typifies his approach to racing and might just see him deliver a standout performance against the odds.

With the Queensland AMCA Nationals Championship also to be decided on Wednesday night, gates open at 4.00pm (3.30pm for online ticketholders) and action gets underway from 5.00pm. Sprintcar time trials are scheduled for 5.30pm and the main program will launch from 6.00pm.

Prelude to the Championship nominations: Allan Woods, Andrew Corbet, Andrew Scheuerle, Anthony Vanderreyden, Brendan Rallings, Brent Kratzmann, Brooke Tatnell, Clem Hoffmans, Dan Murray, David Whell, Garry Brazier, Ian Madsen, Jamie Veal, Jessie Attard, Jock Goodyer, Jordyn Brazier, Kerry Madsen, Kevin Britten, Kevin Titman, Lachlan McHugh, Libby Ellis, Marcus Dumesny, Mark Pholi, Matthew Dumesny, Max Johnston, Mitchell Gee, Mitchell Wormall, Nathan McFarlane, Peter Lack, Ryan McNamara, Sean Rose, Tony Wynne

BK Trading Australian Sprintcar Championship nominations: Adam Butler, Allan Woods, Andrew Corbet, Andrew Scheuerle, Anthony Vanderreyden, Ben Atkinson, Ben Hilder, Braydan Willmington, Brendan Rallings, Brent Aprile, Brent Kratzmann, Brock Dean, Brodie Tulloch, Brooke Tatnell, Bryan Zelinski, Clem Hoffmans, Dan Murray, Daniel Sayre, Danny Reidy, Darren Jensen, Dave Murcott, David Whell, Garry Brazier, Grant Anderson, Ian Madsen, Jack Lee, James McFadden, Jamie ONeill, Jamie Veal, Jason King, Jessie Attard, Jock Goodyer, Jordyn Brazier, Kerry Madsen, Kevin Britten, Kevin Titman, Kristy Bonsey, Lachlan McHugh, Luke Oldfield, Marcus Dumesny, Mark Pholi, Matthew Dumesny, Max Dumesny, Max Johnston, Michael Saller, Mitch Gowland, Mitchell Gee, Mitchell Wormall, Nathan Black, Nathan McFarlane, Peter Lack, Phil Foster, Randy Morgan, Robbie Farr, Ryan Jones, Ryan McNamara, Sam Walsh, Sean Rose, Steve Greer, Steven Lines, Tony Wynne

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Seven Champions Chasing Another Crown
Wednesday January 16, 2019. Archerfield Speedway
Winning an Australian Sprintcar Championship has long held the mantle as the pinnacle of achievement in the sport in this country and that reputation remains today. Harking back to 1963 with the first staging of what was then known as the Australian Hot Rod Championship, the event evolved through the Super Modified era of the late 60s before being formally branded the Australian Sprintcar Championship in the 1970s. Over the course of the 56 years that have passed since Bill Willis won that inaugural race at Windsor Speedway in Sydney, only 23 other drivers have emulated his achievement and stood atop the podium to be crowned Australian Sprintcar Champion. At Ausdeck Patios Archerfield Speedway on January 26 and 27, a field of 63 competitors from across the country will do battle in the 2018/2019 edition of Australias premier Sprintcar event, all of whom will be fixated on joining this elite group of winners and be anointed as Australias Sprintcar supremo for the next 12 months. Presented by BK Trading, the 2018/2019 Australian Sprintcar Championship is shaping as a classic clash in which preparation, determination and execution will prove the three critical elements in achieving the ultimate success.

Amongst the entries for the 2018/2019 championship weekend are no less than seven previous winners of the event with an accumulated tally of 23 wins between them, including defending and four-time champion Kerry Madsen. The winningest driver in the field at national championship level is Garry Brazier, the mercurial Sydneysider having snared six titles, the last of which came in 2009. Brooke Tatnell has the next best record with five title victories and is one of only three drivers – along with Madsen and ten-time champion Garry Rush – to have won the event three years in a row. Max Dumesny has three championship trophies in his possession and both David Murcott and James McFadden have two wins apiece, while Robbie Farr has also experienced the heady delights of a championship win.

So, if somebody new is to have their named etched into the championship honour board, who will it be? Of the nominated competitors, the only others to have secured a top-three finish in a championship final are Ian Madsen, Jamie Veal and Steven Lines. Madsen created history when he finished second behind his brother in 2017, the only time siblings have ever shared the championship podium. Veal, meanwhile, has finished third on two occasions and will return to Brisbane for the title weekend on the back of his best ever performance at the track when he finished second behind World of Outlaws champion Donny Schatz in a World Series round earlier this month, while South Australian Steven Lines also has two podium results in his resume, improving on his third-place finish in 2013 to finish runner-up behind Murcott in 2015. There is no doubt that this trio are capable of finding themselves in victory lane once the chequer falls on the 40-lap championship finale and have certainly earned their place among the favourites.

That leaves more than 50 other competitors also looking to produce something special on the biggest stage of all and emerge as Australias new Sprintcar top gun. Motorsport is an unpredictable beast and there are all manner of circumstances that can produce a result that might come as unexpected, but any such success is ultimately the result of synchronicity between those three key elements: preparation, determination and execution. Some would argue that luck plays a part as well, but good fortune is only of value if the recipient has the wits and wherewithal to take advantage of any opportunity that arises. As such, experience is a valuable asset that can prove the difference between success and failure and, as far as the local contenders are concerned, Luke Oldfield, Peter Lack and Andrew Scheuerle have got it in spades. Not only are they the only Queensland drivers to have won a round of World Series Sprintcars, but between them they share umpteen feature race wins at Archerfield and have, in all likelihood, completed more laps of the Archerfield circuit than the rest of the field combined. Given that Todd Wanless is the only Queensland driver to have ever won an Australian Championship, there could be no greater motivation for this trio than the prospect of emulating the Wanless effort in winning the big show in front of a packed house of hometown fans.

The 2018/2019 BK Trading Australian Sprintcar Championship will be contested at Ausdeck Patios Archerfield Speedway on Saturday, January 26 and Sunday, January 27. Tickets for both nights, including reserved grandstand seating, are on sale now at www.brisbanespeedway.com.au

2018/2019 BK Trading Australian Sprintcar Championship nominations: Kerry Madsen, Garry Brazier, Brooke Tatnell, Max Dumesny, David Murcott, James McFadden, Robbie Farr, Ian Madsen, Jamie Veal, Steven Lines, Luke Oldfield, Peter Lack, Andrew Scheuerle, Adam Butler, Allan Woods, Andrew Corbet, Anthony Vanderreyden, Ben Atkinson, Ben Hilder, Braydan Willmington, Brendan Rallings, Brent Aprile, Brent Kratzmann, Brock Dean, Brodie Tulloch, Bryan Zelinski, Clem Hoffmans, Dan Murray, Daniel Sayre, Danny Reidy, Darren Jensen, David Whell, Grant Anderson, Jack Lee, Jamie ONeill, Jason King, Jayden Peacock, Jessie Attard, Jock Goodyer, Jordyn Brazier, Kevin Britten, Kevin Titman, Kristy Bonsey, Lachlan McHugh, Marcus Dumesny, Mark Pholi, Matthew Dumesny, Matthew Thomas, Max Johnston, Michael Saller, Mitch Gowland, Mitchell Gee, Mitchell Wormall, Nathan McFarlane, Phil Foster, Randy Morgan, Ryan Jones, Ryan McNamara, Sam Walsh, Sean Rose, Steve Greer, Tim Hutchins, Tony Wynne

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Schatz Scores Another WSS Win
Thursday January 10, 2019. Archerfield Speedway
Another feature race at Ausdeck Patios Archerfield Speedway and another win to Donny Schatz, with the World of Outlaws champion wrapping up his 2018/2019 tour with victory in round seven of World Series Sprintcars on Wednesday night (January 9), presented by Performance Wholesale. Whilst the timesheets suggest a close result, Schatz always looked comfortable at the front of the field, even when Jamie Veal closed in over the concluding stages. Despite Veals best efforts, Schatz held firm to win his fourth feature race from five starts, with local favourite Luke Oldfield finishing in third spot. Australian champ Kerry Madsen finished fourth to emerge as the new series leader, with Peter Lack completing the first five.

In an ominous sign of what was to come, Schatz topped qualifying with a best lap of 11.354, edging out Oldfield (11.424) to clinch Revolution Racegear Quick Time. Jack Lee (11.439) was next best, followed by Brad Keller (11.457) and Brooke Tatnell (11.467), with Jock Goodyer, James McFadden, Mitchell Wormall and Andrew Scheuerle next best ahead of Veal.

Having topped time trials at the previous round, Jye OKeeffe could time no better than 24th on this occasion and just squeezed into the inversion to start the opening heat from pole position. Needless to say, he went on to take the race ahead of Danny Porter and Rusty Hickman, while WoO star Logan Schuchart saw his hopes for a strong result (or any result at all) evaporate when he detonated an engine.

Heat two saw Lachlan McHugh hold on to defeat Madsen and Lines, while heat three went to Carson Macedo in advance of Lack and Tim Farrell.

OKeeffe doubled up to take out an action-packed heat four, this time over Lack and McFadden. An overly ambitious passing move from Jock Goodyer saw the young Tasmanian finish upside down after riding over Mitchell Wormall, while both Andrew Corbett and Ryan McNamara were forced out with flat tyres.

Jessie Attard proved one hurdle too many for Oldfield in heat five, the young Sydneysider holding on to win as Oldfield stormed from eighth to finish second ahead of Brent Kratzmann. After a disappointing run in qualifying, McHughs recovery suffered a setback when he was helped into a spin by Jason Pryde and, although the Gold Coast-based youngster charged hard and climbed back to fifth, the incident ultimately saw him miss direct qualification into the feature race.

Macedo bagged a double with victory in the final heat, leading home Steven Lines and Jack Lee in a race that featured the biggest incident of the night when Tim Farrell flipped out through turn three, contacting Porter and leaving the Territorian with a flat tyre and no front wing but a determination to persevere regardless.

The B Main served as a reminder of the fearlessness of youth as Goodyer, Hickman and Attard became embroiled in a great dice for the minor placings behind McHugh. With three laps remaining, Attard surged past Goodyer and Hickman to snatch second, only to find himself back in fourth spot on the following lap as the trio showed scant regard for the fact they were already safely ensconced in a transfer position.

The opening round of the Pole Shootout saw Veal and Keller advance, leaving Tatnell and Lines to share row four. The second round produced an identical outcome when Veal and Kellor outpaced McFadden and Lee to earn a shot at Schatz and Oldfield in the final clash. Much to the delight of the local fans, Oldfield prevailed to secure pole position for the 35-lap feature race, to be joined on the front row by Schatz, with Veal and Keller to occupy row two.

Oldfield blasted out of the blocks to lead the feature race field field away, although the first interruption came after just two laps when Scheuerle stopped in turn one. Veal shot to the front on lap three and held the position through the next restart on lap five following an incident in the back straight that left Kratzmann and Pryde parked against the inside wall. Back underway and Schatz had grown tired of following the leaders and moved to the front. The margin fluctuated as lapped traffic became a factor, with several of the backmarkers seemingly determined to take on the race leader. Veal closed the gap considerably in the closing stages but there was no stopping Schatz as he cruised home to cap off another memorable Aussie tour. After being squeezed for room by McFadden through turn four that resulted in the latter advancing to third, Oldfield reclaimed the position when McFadden exited on lap 31. Madsen and Lack came next, followed by Tatnell, Keller, Lee and McHugh, who put in another barnstorming run from near the back of the field to emerge ninth at the flag, Mitchell Wormall rounded out the top ten ahead of Macedo, Scheuerle, Hickman, Attard and Lines, with Goodyer and O'Keefe the remaining finishers.

Sam Gollschewsky won two Modlite heat races but had no answer for Terry Leerentveld in the feature race. Leerentveld, who was also a heat winner, finished more than 2.5 seconds ahead of Gollschewsy, with a similar margin back to third-placed Chris Were, who also tasted victory in the heats. Scott Lehfeldt, Kyle Honour and Jac Carnall were the best of the rest.

The Compact Speedcar feature race saw Nick Gannon finish in first spot ahead of Dave Collins, Wayne Corbett, Trent Usher and Mitchell Rooke. Heat wins went to Glenn Wright (2) and Cody Maroske, but neither had much to offer in the feature race.

The next event at Ausdeck Patios Archerfield Speedway is the Prelude to the Title on Wednesday, January 23, with the Australian Sprintcar Championship to follow on January 26 and 27.

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World Series Wednesday at Archerfield
Tuesday January 8, 2019. Archerfield Speedway
This Wednesday night (January 9) is the final chance to catch World Series Sprintcars in Queensland this season when round seven of the championship is decided at Ausdeck Patios Archerfield Speedway. Following the huge weekend that was the Australian Sprintcar Open, the WSS teams will again face off against 10-times World of Outlaws champion Donny Schatz and fellow WoO star Logan Schuchart in a bid to avenge the dominant display from the American duo in the Australian Open final. Schatz will be determined to clinch another win in what will be his final appearance before returning home while Schuchart, having finished runner-up behind Schatz in his last two feature race starts, will no doubt have other ideas. The pair will again be joined by Californian hard charger Carson Macedo for a three-pronged USA assault.

It was hardly surprising that national champ Kerry Madsen emerged as the best of the Australians last weekend, racing into third place in the Australian Open final to narrow the gap in the chase for the World Series crown. Whilst Madsen was a cut above his countrymen on that occasion, a fourth-place finish from Steven Lines was enough for the South Australian to maintain his series lead. At the very least, Madsen needs to make sure he outpoints Lines again on Wednesday night to narrow the margin further with only the Western Australian rounds remaining. Also firmly in series contention is defending champion James McFadden, who currently sits third overall some 47 points adrift of Madsen. If the four-time WSS champion can produce something akin to his Preliminary feature race performance from last Friday night, he will leave Brisbane in a very strong position to retain his crown.

Other interstaters who performed strongly on the weekend and will be back in action on Wednesday night include Tasmanian youngster Jock Goodyer, Sydneys Jessie Attard and the Victorian trio of Rusty Hickman, Jamie Veal and Jye OKeeffe, while 9-times WSS champion Brooke Tatnell struggled to make much impression on the weekend and will be looking for a much stronger showing this time around in the lead-up to the Australian Championship, which will be staged at Archerfield on January 26 and 27. Of the locals, Lachlan McHugh is the man of the moment following his stunning run in Saturday nights 50-lap feature race that saw him surge from 16th to finish sixth, rounding up the likes of Macedo and McFadden along the way. It was a welcome return to form for McHugh and he looms as a real threat. Throw in Luke Oldfield, Peter Lack, Andrew Scheuerle and the rest of the local stars taking the fight to the visitors and another epic Sprintcar showdown seems a certainty.

Gates open at 4.00pm (3.30pm for online ticketholders) and, with Compact Speedcars and Modlites also on the program, there will be early racing from 5.00pm, with Sprintcar time trials scheduled for 5.30pm and the main program to get underway from 6.00pm.

WSS Titan Garages Australian Open nominations: Andrew Corbet, Andrew Scheuerle, Brad Keller, Brent Kratzmann, Brooke Tatnell, Carson Macedo, Clem Hoffmans, Danny Porter, Donny Schatz, Jack Lee, James McFadden, Jamie Veal, Jason Pryde, Jayden Peacock, Jessie Attard, Jock Goodyer, Jye OKeefe, Kerry Madsen, Lachlan McHugh, Logan Schuchart, Luke Oldfield, Michael Saller, Mitch Gowland, Mitchell Wormall, Peter Lack, Rusty Hickman, Ryan McNamara, Steven Lines, Tim Farrell

Modlite nominations: Anthony Stewart, Chris Crowe, Chris Were, Dan Lewis, Dylan Hunter, Jac Carnall, Jared Stephenson, Jason Dreaver, Joel Smith, Klinton Hancey, Kyle Honour, Luke Harrison, Nathan Politch, Neil Gregson, Sam Gollschewsky, Scott Lehfeldt, Sean Rose, Terry Leerentveld, Troy Carnall

Compact Speedcar nominations: Bodie Smith, Cody Maroske, Dave Collins, Dave Swan, Glenn Wright, Mark Maczek, Matt O’Neill, Mitchell Rooke, Nick Gannon, Trent Usher, Wayne Corbett

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Schatz Simply Too Good
Sunday January 6, 2019. Archerfield Speedway
In another masterful display that left his opposition floundering, World of Outlaws champion Donny Schatz won his ninth Australian Sprintcar Open with a dominant performance in the 50-lap feature race on Saturday night (January 5). Biding his time behind countryman Logan Schuchart through the early stages, Schatz pounced on lap 21 and was clinical in collecting another $20 000 payday. Schuchart remained second to the end, with Australian champ Kerry Madsen, a two-time winner of this event, finishing third on this occasion. Series leader Steven Lines was strong again in securing fourth ahead of Jamie Veal and Lachlan McHugh, who certainly earned his American Racer Hard Charger Award with a big run from 16th to sixth. Devoid of the pace he produced the previous night, James McFadden finished seventh, with Carson Macedo, Jessie Attard and Rusty Hickman rounding out the top ten.

On a night when all race categories delivered some fantastic racing for the huge crowd, feature winners were Robert Mazzer (Wingless Sprints), Matt Hardy (AMCA Nationals) and James Kennedy (Formula 500s).

Faced with vastly different track conditions than the previous evening, racing got underway with Michael Saller leading all the way to win the opening heat of the night over Kevin Titman and Brooke Tatnell.

West Australian young gun Mitchell Wormall outpaced the field in heat eight, leading home Macedo and Danny Porter, with Schuchart and Schatz next in line.

A bustling run from Brent Aprile carried him to victory in heat nine, with Brad Keller and Jack Lee filling the minor placings.

Schatz was sublime in heat ten, starting from position nine and surging through the field to score a stunning win. Darren Jensen finished in second spot, with Lines advancing from row four to secure third.

Saller doubled up to win heat eleven in advance of Schuchart and Peter Lack, with Wormall also securing a second win when he downed Keller and Madsen to win the final heat.

With so much at stake, the B Main was always destined to be a torrid encounter and it took a while for the race to settle into a rhythm. The first attempt to get the race underway was halted when Saller spun in turn two, with the second effort only making it a few metres further before Ryan McNamara tipped over in turn two. When racing did get underway, Keller only led the opening lap before being usurped by Lee. Entering turn one on lap four, Titman tagged the back of McHugh and spun before being collected by both Porter and Wormall, leaving Titman on the infield while the others rejoined at the back of the field. Lee continued to hold sway out front as McHugh advanced into second spot after starting ninth, leaving Keller third at the flag. Aprile, Randy Morgan and Andrew Scheuerle completed the first six to secure their places in the feature race.

The Pole Shootout started with Madsen and Jye OKeeffe advancing from the opening round, confining preliminary feature winner Rusty Hickman and overnight point leader Jessie Attard to the fourth row. The second round saw Madsen advance again, this time taking Schuchart with him to make Luke Oldfield and OKeeffe a row three pairing. The final clash saw Madsens run end as Schuchart snapped up pole position from Schatz, with Lines to share the second row alongside Madsen.

Schuchart led Schatz through the first lap as the field jostled for position behind them, from which the big mover was Hickman as he leapfrogged Attard, Oldfield, OKeeffe and Lines to slot into fourth behind Madsen. Further back, Macedo had advanced to sixth and McHugh was already closing in on the leaders to be sitting inside the top ten after ten laps of racing, by which time Schuchart and Schatz hit traffic. Tatnell headed infield on lap 14 and was joined by Keller two laps later as Schuchart continued to hold sway at the front. However, on lap 21 as they loomed upon Scheuerle, Schatz pounced to grab the lead and skipped clear as Schuchart took several more laps to clear the Archerfield track champion. Madsen remained third ahead of Hickman and Lines as Oldfield started to backslide through the field, enabling Macedo and McHugh to continue their forward progress. As the race continued without interruption, Schatz expanded his lead and just when it looked as though it might run non-stop, Hickman and Lee had other ideas and brought about the only restart when they tangled and stopped in turn one with only one lap remaining, necessitating a green-white-chequer finish. The interruption was of little consequence to Schatz as he reeled off the final two laps to emerge triumphant once again. Schuchart remained second ahead of Madsen and Lines, with a late surge from Jamie Veal carrying him to fifth ahead of McHugh, with James McFadden also moving ahead of Macedo for seventh. Attard and Hickman were next best, followed by Jock Goodyer, Oldfield, Peter Lack, Scheuerle, OKeefe, Aprile, Randy Morgan and Lee.

Following heat wins to Jacob Jolley, Cody OConnell, Paul Robinson and Mason Cattell, it was Robert Mazzer and Jamie Usher who did all the front running in the Ian Boettcher Race Parts Wingless Sprint feature race. Mazzer led the feature race field away, with OConnell holding second momentarily before Usher took the position on lap six and quickly chased down the leader. The two engaged in a terrific scrap that eventually resulted in Mazzer sneaking home by a mere 0.080 as they hit the line together. OConnell filled third spot ahead of Cattel, Robinson, Matt Wright and series leader Dan Moes.

The 20-lap AMCA Nationals feature race followed an almost identical trajectory, with Matt Hardy taking an early lead and being reeled in by Steve Potts, who wasted little time in advancing from position 10. Emulating Usher’s effort in the Wingless Sprints, Potts ran the outside alongside Hardy and another thrilling finish ensued, with Hardy prevailing by just 0.089 in a side-by-side swoop under the chequer. Russ Hardy rounded out the podium ahead of Stuart Jefferies, Nathan Durston, Kevin Stow and Thomas Vickery.

Heat winners were Stow, Matt Hardy, Shane McKinnell and Steve Price, with neither McKinnell nor Price going the distance in the feature. Chasing a third consecutive feature race win, Price exited on lap six, while McKinnell headed infield following a spin on lap 14.

With Kristin Brown and Tarhlea Apelt both winning heat races, the 15-lap Formula 500 feature race would feature an all-female front row and it was Brown who got the best of the start to lead Apelt and James Kennedy. Having disposed of Apelt early, Kennedy chased down Brown and stole the lead on lap nine. Whilst the top two spots remained unchanged through to the finish, misfortune befell Apelt when she happened upon a spun Garry Edwards in turn one. Her efforts to take evasive action resulted in contact with another car that left her with a flat tyre and dashed her hopes of a podium finish. Nathan Pronger inherited third and held the position to the end ahead of Ryan Skennar, who was also a heat winner. Brady Argles filled fifth, with Jacob Gray, Ronnie Barber, Tristan Johnson, Cameron Bertuch and Tomas Partington rounding out the top ten.

The next event at Ausdeck Patios Archerfield Speedway is round seven of World Series Sprintcars on Wednesday night (January 9).

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Hickman Hauls to WSS Prelim Win
Saturday January 5, 2019. Archerfield Speedway
In his first ever appearance at Ausdeck Patios Archerfield Speedway and in his first year as a World Series contracted driver, Victorian young gun Rusty Hickman has etched his name into the record books with a win in the Titan Garages Sprintcar Australian Open Preliminary Feature Race on Friday night (December 4). Jamie Veal finished in second spot in advance of James McFadden, who put in a mighty run to snare third after starting 17th. Donny Schatz and Jessie Attard rounded out the top five ahead of Steven Lines and Australian champion Kerry Madsen, who also advanced from deep in the field.

In the Polar Ice Midget feature race, Darren Vine advanced from position 10 before fighting off a feisty Rusty Whittaker through some frantic final laps to win the Stan Burrow Stampede. Glenn Wright finished third ahead of Brad Harrison, Scott Doyle and Charlie Brown, who surged back to the front after an early spin.

With heavy rainfall overnight, a challenging track was inevitable and several of the fancied contenders found themselves languishing low on the time sheets. Of the 38 cars that raced the clock, it was Jye OKeefe who best mastered the conditions to set Revolution Racegear Fast Time with 12.059. Attard (12.199), Luke Oldfield (12.288), Hickman (12.269) and Andrew Corbet (12.371) were next quickest, with Jack Lee, Veal, Logan Schuchart, Schatz and McFadden rounding out the top ten.

Brent Aprile got the heat race program underway with a solid win in the first preliminary, leading home Mitchell Wormall and Danny Reidy, while Kevin Titman became the first to strike trouble when he whacked the wall in turn two on the opening lap.

Peter Lack pounced from the outside front row to run away from the field in heat two, downing Jason Pryde and Tony Wynne, while Corbets qualifying heroics came to nothing when he rolled out of the race on lap three.

The third heat only got as far as turn two before Andrew Scheuerle inverted after being squeezed for room by Brooke Tatnell. There was an abundance of youth in the final results with Mitchell Gee clinching the win over Jock Goodyer, Jayden Peacock and Ryan McNamara.

Titman bounced back to win heat four over Reidy and Danny Porter, another who was making his Archerfield debut.

Wormall wiped out in heat five, flipping in turn three and landing atop Aprile, whose run of misfortune continued as Scheuerle returned after repairs to prevail ahead of Peacock and Oldfield, whose outside charge from 10th made a mockery of those claiming the track was one-lane.

McNamara held firm at the front to win an action-packed final heat, leading Goodyer and Lines to the flag. Gee was the first casualty when he rode a wheel through turn two and crashed out, while Corbet achieved a rare feat when he rolled again, this time in the main straight.

With Madsen, McFadden, Tatnell and Lack occupying the first two rows of the grid, the B Main proved an exercise in futility for the remainder of the field as the quartet raced away to secure their advancement into the main event.

It was Oldfield who shot to the front at the commencement of feature race hostilities, leading Attard, Hickman and OKeefe through the opening laps. Oldfield remained in control until a power steering failure sent him backsliding through the field and elevated Hickman into the lead. Veal slotted into second spot ahead of McFadden, whose speed was remarkable as he sliced through the field to secure a place on the podium. Schatz finished fourth ahead of Attard, whose willingness to travel and take on different tracks is starting to reap rewards, with Steven Lines enjoying another solid result in sixth. Madsen, Logan Schuchart, Tatnell and OKeefe were next in line as Oldfield battled to stay afloat, eventually sinking to 16th behind Carson Macedo, Lachlan McHugh, Lack, Goodyer and Reidy.

The opening Midget heat saw rookie Bodie Smith upstage the field to take the race ahead of Brad Dawson and Mitchell Rooke, with Vine heading infield before a lap was completed.

Riki Harrison prevailed in heat two as Tom Clauss who edged out Wright by the narrowest possible margin for second spot, with Rooke outpacing Whittaker and Wright in heat three.

Scott Doyle looked to have the final heat wrapped up until a mistake in turn two on the final lap enabled Vine to pounce and take the race. Brown finished third in a race that saw Clauss, Brad Dawson and Audie Malt get upside down in a turn three incident.

In the the 20-lap Polar Ice Stan Burrow Stampede feature race, Rooke jumped clear to lead the field through the first ten laps until Vine surged to the front on lap 10. When Rooke exited on lap 13, Whittaker moved in to second spot and closed in on Vine, albeit to no avail. Having moved ahead of Whittaker early in proceedings, Wright wrangled third ahead of Harrison and Doyle, while Brown stormed back to salvage sixth, leaving Riki Harrison, Jason Bell, Nathan Mathers and Audie Malt to round out the top ten.

Sean Iacono won two Lightning Sprint heats and Michael Gollagher the other, but with Iacono exiting the feature after just one lap, Gollagher seized the moment and fended off the best advances from Keith Blatch to take the race. Queensland champ Jason Rae was only good enough for third on this occasion, with Scott Jukes and Andrew Sparks the best of the rest.

Junior Formula 500 success was shared around, with Taylor Morgan, Jy Corbet and Taylor Prosser all recording wins.

The Titan Garages WSS Australian Sprintcar Open continues tonight (January 5) at Ausdeck Patios Archerfield Speedway.
Fabulous Field for Australian Open
Thursday January 3, 2019. Archerfield Speedway
Whenever a list is compiled of Australias best Sprintcar drivers, there are some names that will inevitably appear, and with good reason. Their records of success, either here or overseas, make it impossible to leave them out of such a compilation and Brisbane speedway fans will get to see five of this elite group in action this weekend when they contest the Titan Garages Australian Sprintcar Open at Ausdeck Patios Archerfield Speedway on Friday and Saturday nights (January 4 & 5). Amongst the entries for the prestigious event, which doubles as round six of the World Series Sprintcar Championship, will be Kerry Madsen, James McFadden, Jamie Veal, Brooke Tatnell and Steven Lines, all of whom are certain inclusions on any list documenting the very best drivers in the nation. The fact that they will be taking on the worlds best driver in North Dakotas Donny Schatz sets the scene for a monumental showdown and, when you add fellow Americans Logan Schuchart and Carson Macedo into the mix, the 50-lap Australian Open feature race on Saturday night is shaping as something very special indeed.

It should hardly come as a surprise that Schatz has been the dominant driver in the Australian Open since its inception, winning the event seven times, including his unforgettable performance in 2009 when he lapped the entire field. Schatz heads into the event as the defending champion with Madsen (twice), Tatnell and McFadden the only other drivers in the field who have won the race in its 22-year history. Although many have tried, no other American has won the race, which will no doubt serve as motivation for Macedo and Schuchart to create history and add their name to the Australian Open honour roll.

In addition to the big names, there is a heady list of drivers from across the country chasing the $20 000 first prize on offer to the Australian Open champion, with an entry list that includes a fertile mix of veterans and newcomers alike, with every state represented. Of course, all the local stars will be out in force to defend their territory and send the interstaters and the Americans home empty-handed. Amongst those contesting Queensland biggest annual Sprintcar event will be Sydney’s Jessie Attard and Michael Saller, who is a feature race winner at Archerfield, and a trio of Victorians in Jack Lee, Jye OKeefe and Rusty Hickman. Western Australian will be represented by Mitchell Wormall and Jason Pryde, with South Australia also fielding two entries in Glen Sutherland and Brad Keller. Tasmanias Jock Goodyer and Danny Porter from the Northern Territory complete the interstate component of a 38-car field that includes the return of local young guns Lachlan McHugh and Jayden Peacock, both of whom have been interstate in recent weeks contesting the opening five rounds of WSS competition.

It is Lines who currently sits atop the World Series standings heading into the Queensland leg of the championship, which concludes with another show at Archerfield on Wednesday, January 9. The South Australian won the annual Speedweek tournament that comprises the first five rounds and he sits 45 points ahead of Australian champ Madsen, with McFadden just 11 points further back in third spot.

Of the locals, the form drivers at the moment are indisputably Luke Oldfield, Mitchell Gee, Peter Lack and Andrew Scheuerle. Of these, Oldfield, Scheuerle and Lack have won World Series rounds, are feature race winners this season and have provided Schatz with his toughest opposition, while Gee’s Queensland Championship victory last season shows he can win at the highest level. Brent Kratzmann, Kevin Titman and Brent Aprile are certainly capable of featuring at the front of the field, but they will need to be at their very best every time they hit the track if they intend to contend, while Darren Jensen has produced a couple of really good runs in recent weeks and, having spent several years as a WSS contracted driver, he understands what is needed to be successful under this format.

In addition to the Sprintcar action, Friday night will also see a strong field of Midgets contest the Stan Burrow Stampede, which is also round six of the Polar Ice Track Championship, with previous round winner Adam Clarke from Newcastle returning to take on the likes of Darren Vine, Charlie Brown and Rusty Whittaker. Both Whittaker and Vine have also clocked feature race wins this season, while Brown brought the crowd alive at the last round with a terrific run on the highline that ultimately propelled him into second spot and he will relish the opportunity to replicate his heroics for an even bigger audience this weekend.

Lightning Sprints and Formula 500 Juniors will also feature on Friday evening, while the Saturday night support program will comprise AMCA Nationals, Formula 500s and Wingless Sprints.

Gates open at 4.00pm (3.30pm for online ticketholders), with early racing from 5.00pm. Friday night will see Sprintcar time trials from 5.30pm, with the main program will to get underway at 6.00pm on both nights.

WSS Titan Garages Australian Open nominations: Andrew Corbet, Andrew Scheuerle, Brad Keller, Brent Aprile, Brent Kratzmann, Brooke Tatnell, Bryan Zelinski, Carson Macedo, Clem Hoffmans, Danny Porter, Danny Reidy, Darren Jensen David Whell, Donny Schatz, Jack Lee, James McFadden, Jamie Veal, Jason Pryde, Jayden Peacock, Jessie Attard, Jock Goodyer, Jye OKeefe, Kerry Madsen, Kevin Titman, Lachlan McHugh, Logan Schuchart, Luke Oldfield, Michael Saller, Mitch Gowland, Mitchell Gee, Mitchell Wormall, Peter Lack, Rusty Hickman, Ryan McNamara, Sean Rose, Steven Lines, Tim Farrell, Tony Wynne

Polar Ice Midget Track Championship round six nominations: Adam Clarke, Audie Malt, Bodie Smith, Brad Dawson, Brad Harrison, Cal Whatmore, Charlie Brown, Darren Vine, Gary Hudson, Gavin McDowell, Glenn Wright, Michael Harders, Mitchell Rooke, Nathan Mathers, Ricky Robinson, Riki Harrison, Rusty Whittaker, Scott Doyle, Tom Clauss

Lightning Sprint nominations: Andrew Sparks, Ben Wright, Darren Baldwin, Jason George, Jason Rae, Jayden Iacono, Keith Blatch, Michael Gollagher, Scott Jukes, Sean Iacono, Tyler Stralow

AMCA Nationals nominations: Ben Manson, Brock Lehfeldt, Chris Wright, Dan Evans, Gavin Wootton, Jacob Belcher, Kevin Stow, Matt Hardy, Michael Denning, Michael Mason, Nathan Durston, Nathan Tomkins, Ray O’Neill, Russ Hardy, Scott Hitchcock, Shane McKinnell, Shaun Knight, Steve Potts, Steve Price, Stuart Jefferies, Thomas Vickery

Formula 500 nominations: Brady Argles, Brock Thornton, Cameron Bertuch, Ethan Eyears, Gary Edwards, Jacob Gray, James Kennedy, Kristin Brown, Luke Edwards, Nathan Pronger, Ron Barber, Royce Harvey, Ryan Skennar, Tarhlea Apelt, Tomas Partington, Tom Qualischefski, Tristan Johnson

Formula 500 Junior nominations: Blake Matthews, Dekota Gay, Jarred Harrison, Jy Corbet, Kacy Lee Black, Kyle Price, Taylor Morgan, Taylor Prosser

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Donny Dazzles Again to Win Round Nine
Wednesday January 2, 2019. Archerfield Speedway
In another remarkable display, World of Outlaws champion Donny Schatz has again decimated his opposition to score an emphatic win in round nine of the East Coast Logistics Sprintcar Track Championship at Ausdeck Patios Archerfield Speedway on Tuesday night (January 1). Starting from the outside front row, Schatz led every circulation of the 35-lap feature event, clocked a fastest lap almost a full second quicker than anybody else and lapped all but the top five in winning by more than eight seconds ahead of fellow WoO star Logan Schuchart. Bouncing back from a crash in his opening heat race, Mitchell Gee finished in third spot ahead of Peter Lack and Allan Woods.

Dirt Modifieds made every effort to upstage their V8 brethren with a thrilling Paul Britten 44 Memorial Feature Race that saw Jai Stephenson storm from 18th to score a remarkable win. Having led throughout until rounded up by Stephenson with just four laps to run, Scott Cannon finished in second spot ahead of Mitchell Randall, Anthony Ashen and Andrew Pezzutti.

In Formula 500 action, Nathan Pronger proved too quick in the feature race to lead home Kristin Brown and Jarrod Bampfield, with Cameron Bertuch and Ryan Skennar rounding out the top five.

A stout field of Sprintcar drivers fronted to kick off the New Year, with 37 cars racing the clock in time trials and, in a sign of what was to come, it was Schatz who emerged as the only driver to go under 12 seconds, securing KRE Quick Time with an 11.887. Luke Oldfield (12.022) was second best, followed by Gee (12.103), Andrew Scheuerle (12.122), Lack (12.143) and Brett Minett (12.190), with Woods, David Whell, Kevin Titman and Andrew Corbet the best of the rest.

Having qualified outside the top twelve, Schuchart started his climb back up the order with a win in the opening heat, downing Ben Hilder and Darren Jensen, with Schatz advancing from eighth to fourth.

Clem Hoffmans was too quick from the front row in heat two, leading Brent Kratzmann and Ryan McNamara to the flag.

Gee suffered a significant setback in heat three when a spin from Bryan Zelinski in turn two on lap two left the Queensland champion upside down. Scheuerle was also caught in the crossfire and forced to the infield while Zelinski emerged unscathed and was able to take his place at the rear for the restart, from which Kevin Titman emerged as the race winner ahead of Anthony Lambert and Andrew Corbet.

Jensen looked to heat have four in his keeping until he was bumped out of the lead by Woods through turn one on the final lap, the aftermath of which saw Schatz slip into second and left Jensen just one point short of direct qualification into the feature.

Dan Murray led home Oldfield, Lambert and a repaired Gee in heat five, with Scheuerle also bouncing back from his earlier setback to take the final heat in advance of Hilder and Zelinski.

The C Main saw Adam Butler survive a late-race surge from Paul Rooks, with both drivers securing a berth in the B Main, which was subsequently taken out by Jensen ahead of Lambert, Mark Pholi and McNamara to finalise the back two rows of the feature race grid.

The Spanloc Dash saw Schuchart take advantage of his pole position start to lead home Schatz, who topped qualifying but selected position four in the pre-race grid draw. Oldfield was the best of the rest in third spot, followed by Titman, Gee, Woods, Scheuerle and Lack. Like those in the same position at the two previous events, Schuchart declined the offer to take the BK Trading Challenge to invert the feature race field, thereby handing Schatz a front row start and the subsequent shellacking he inflicted upon the field.

Schuchart got the initial jump at the commencement of the feature race, only to have Schatz emerge from turn four with the lead before a skirmish in turn one resulted in Dean making an early exit as the race resumed with Schatz surging into the lead immediately. The next stoppage came as soon as lap two when Corbet somehow spun in the main straight and triggered a pile-up that put Murray, Minette and Lambert on the infield.

As Schatz cleared away out front, the racing further back was providing action aplenty as Schuchart and Oldfield swapped spots in a series of slide-jobs and counter attacks until the inexplicable happened when Oldfield looped the Shock Shack #17 in turn four on lap 15, a mistake that saw him slip back to seventh, the position he would hold until the end. With Oldfield no longer hassling him, Schuchart enjoyed a clear run home to snare second place as Gee surged into third to outpoint Lack and Woods, who were the the only others to finish on the lead lap. Jensen was next beast ahead of Oldfield, Mark Pholi, Titman and Ben Hilder.

Dirt Modified heat race wins were shared between Stephenson, Cannon, Randall, Kev Stow, Geoff Phillips and Ray Klarich, while Mark Robinson had the unfamiliar task of leading home the B Main field to secure his place in the feature race field. Phil Roberts, Chris Corbett and Zac McDonald also made the grade to secure the remaining feature race spots up for grabs.

The Pole Shootout is somewhat different for this event as, upon completion of the 6-lap sprint, each of the drivers is offered the opportunity to start from the rear of the field for the 44-lap feature face, with an additional $1500 on offer for anybody who can win the race from the back. Setting the ultimate example in the race staged in memory of his father, Kevin Britten had already declared he would start last and, of the six participants in the Shootout, Ray Klarich, Stephenson, David Clark and Geoff Phillips accepted the challenge, leaving Cannon and Anthony Ashen to share the front row for the main event.

With Cannon jumping into the lead from the start, all interest lay in the battles back in the pack with the likes of Stephenson, Britten and Clark making some progress. Stephenson, however, was on a charge and steadily worked his way into fifth by lap 23 and into third with 10 laps to run, before relegating Cannon with four laps remaining to score a win that earned him admiration aplenty from the fans. Randall finished strongly to secure third from Ashen and Pezzutti, who looked on track for a top-three result in the early stages. Klarich, Phillips, Zac McDonald and Andrew Firth rounded out the top ten as Britten unfortunately headed infield on lap 36 just as he seemed set to pounce on the first five.

Bampfield, Skennar and Pronger shared the spoils in the Formula 500 heats before the latter bested the field in the feature race. Brown chased Pronger through the feature and the initial margin between the two remained static to the end, while Bampfield had to work hard to regain third spot in the closing stages. Cameron Bertuch finished fourth ahead of Skennar, who started from the outside of row four as a result of his disqualification from heat three following a clash with Tarhlea Apelt that sent her upside down and out of action for the rest of the night. Behind Skennar came Ron Barber, Tom Qualischefski, Brady Argles, Thomas Partington and Royce Harvey.

Following heat wins to Dave Tookey, Michael Laver and Daniel Wright, it was Tookey who prevailed in the Ford vs Holden vs Sigma feature race, leading home Laver, Troy Price and Mickey Mitchell.

The next event at Ausdeck Patios Archerfield Speedway is the WSS Titan Garages Australian Open this Friday and Saturday night (January 4 and 5).
Sprintcar Showdown to Start New Year
Monday December 31, 2018. Archerfield Speedway
What better way is there to start a New Year than with a feast of V8 dirt track action at Ausdeck Patios Archerfield Speedway? That is a rhetorical question of course because obviously there is nothing better than a night at the speedway any time of year, especially when two of the world’s best Sprintcar drivers are in action against all of the local stars. Yep, thats right, World of Outlaws champion Donny Schatz and fellow WoO star Logan Schuchart return on Tuesday night (January 1) to contest round nine of the East Coast Logistics Sprintcar Track Championship. In what will be another massive night of motorsport entertainment, the Paul Britten Dirt Modified 44 will also feature on the program, along with Formula 500s, Fireworks and a Demolition Derby.

After striking trouble on Saturday night when contact from a lapped car sent him crashing out through turn three, Donny Schatz will be primed to make amends on Tuesday and return to that special place he visits with such regularity; victory lane. Although he wasn’t leading at the time of his accident, Schatz was lurking patiently behind Andrew Scheuerle and seemingly poised to challenge the defending track champion for the top spot until he happened upon Brock Dean and subsequently found himself upside down and out of action. The ensuing restart saw Luke Oldfield pounce to usurp Scheuerle and take the race, while Schuchart enjoyed a solid, and somewhat fortuitous start to his Australian tour, inheriting third spot when Brent Kratzmann hit the wall in the final turn.

So, beyond Oldfield, Scheuerle and Kratzmann, who can step up to take on the Americans come Tuesday night? The most obvious candidate seems to be Mitchell Gee given that, in consecutive events, he has finished very strongly to secure top-five results on both occasions. He will only need to better navigate the opening stages of the race to find himself in a position to challenge for a place on the podium. Toowoomba’s Peter Lack is another potential contender, his fight back on Saturday night particularly impressive as he surged from the back of the field to finish sixth. Like Gee, if he can qualify strongly and not give his rivals a free ride in the early stages of the race, he is most certainly capable of upstaging anybody. After such a strong run on Boxing Night, Allan Woods struggled to make any impact last weekend, while Kevin Titman has also shown glimpses of speed without the consistency required to be a regular front runner.

Meanwhile, the likes of Kristy Bonsey, Andrew Corbet, Ben Hilder, Brodie Tulloch and Mitch Gowland have produced some recent results that suggest they will be in a position to capitalise should the big guns misfire and, with another 20 drivers also hell bent on finding their best form just days out from the Titan Garages Australian Open (January 4 and 5) and less than a month before the Australian Championship (January 26 and 27), the first race meeting of 2019 might just prove to best of the season thus far.

Held in very high regard by Dirt Modified competitors, the Paul Britten 44 is one of the most sought after events on the schedule each season. The event always attracts the biggest names of the category and this year is no exception with no less than six Australian Championship winners in the 27-car field. Current national titleholder Kevin Britten leads the charge with an obvious determination to win the event staged in honour of his father, a category administrator who was passionate about Dirt Modified racing. Joining Britten in battle will be former national champs Mark Robinson, Andrew Pezzutti, Scott Cannon Jai Stephenson and David Clark, along with more than 20 others. In addition to the unusual 44-lap feature race distance, that race is unique in that the top qualifying drivers are invited (encouraged) to start from the rear of the field and fight their way to the front, which always make for a great spectacle. Such is the depth in the category at the moment, the likes of Geoff Phillips, Ray Klarich, Ray Eggins, Sam Bruggy, Klinton Hancey, Terry Leerentveld, Mitchell Randall and the Corbett brothers are all genuine contenders for a place on the podium.

In the absence of her fiancé Liam Williams from the line-up this week, Kristin Brown will lead the 14-car field into battle as they face the challenge of trying to rein in Ryan Skennar, whose form in recent rounds has been exceptional. Included amongst those trying to prevent Skennar from winning his third feature race win in a row will be Jarrod Bampfield, Tarhlea Apelt and Nathan Pronger.

Ford vs Holden vs Sigma Sedans are also on the program, which gets underway with early racing from 5.00pm. Gates open at 4.00pm (3.30pm for online ticketholders) and Sprintcar time trials will get underway from 5.30pm, with the main program scheduled to kick off 6.00pm.

East Coast Logistics Sprintcar Track Championship round nine nominations: Adam Butler, Allan Woods, Andrew Baumber, Andrew Corbet, Andrew Scheuerle, Ben Hilder, Brandon Haynes, Brent Aprile, Brent Kratzmann, Brett Minett, Brock Dean, Brodie Tulloch, Bryan Zelinski, Clem Hoffmans, Dan Murray, Darren Jensen, David Whell, Donny Schatz, James Grady, Kevin Titman, Kris Jennings, Kristy Bonsey, Libby Ellis, Logan Schuchart, Luke Oldfield, Mark Pholi, Mitch Gowland, Mitchell Gee, Nathan Black, Nathan McFarlane, Nelson Reddacliff, Paul Rooks, Peter Lack, Phil Foster, Ryan McNamara, Sean Rose, Steve Greer, Tim Farrell, Tony Wynne

Dirt Modified Paul Britten 44 nominations: Andrew Firth, Andrew Pezzutti, Ash Hall, Chris Corbett, Dale Corbett, David Clark, Geoff Phillips, Zac McDonald, Graeme Holland, Jai Stephenson, Kevin Britten, Kevin Stow, Klinton Hancey, Mark Robinson, Matthew Bellette, Mitchell Randall, Paul Booker, Phil McNamara, Phil Roberts, Ray Eggins, Ray Klarich, Sam Bruggy, Scott Cannon, Scott Quirk, Terry Leerentveld, Trevor Wiley, Zak Blanch

Formula 500 nominations: Brady Argles, Cameron Bertuch, Ethan Eyears, Jacob Gray, Jarrod Bampfield, Kristin Brown, Mitchell Whittaker, Nathan Pronger, Ron Barber, Royce Harvey, Ryan Skennar, Tarhlea Apelt, Tomas Partington, Tom Qualischefski

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Oldfield Pounces to Take Round Eight
Sunday December 30, 2018. Archerfield Speedway
Upon the demise of World of Outlaws champion Donny Schatz on lap 14, Luke Oldfield pounced almost immediately after the restart to wrest control of the race from Andrew Scheuerle before clearing away to win round eight of the East Coast Logistics Sprintcar Track Championship at Ausdeck Patios Archerfield Speedway on Saturday night (December 29). Scheuerle remained second at the fall of the chequer, while American ace Logan Schuchart found himself elevated to third when Brent Kratzmann crashed out on the final corner. Another late surge from Mitchell Gee saw him grab fourth at the flag, with Darren Jensen finishing fifth. Having started alongside Scheuerle on the front, Schatz was running second and under attack from Oldfield when he was sent into a flip through turn three by a lapped car.

There were no major surprises in the Super Sedan Summer Slam feature race as Darren Kane and Matt Pascoe were a class above the field, streaking away to finish first and second respectively in a race that produced few highlights beyond Sean Black’s gutsy outside running that carried him forward into what would eventually become fourth place behind Mark Pagel.

The AMCA Nationals feature race saw Steve Price again survive the persistent pestering of Nathan Durston to secure his second consecutive Archerfield success, leaving Steve Potts third ahead of Thomas Vickery and Tony Blanch.

A 37-car field fronted for Sprintcar qualifying and it was a very familiar story at the top of the timesheets as Oldfield emerged with KRE Quick Time, stopping the clock at 11.496 under a blazing sun. Having made the trek north after competing in Sydney the previous evening, Jessie Attard wasted no time in making his presence felt, clocking 11.723 to be second quickest ahead of Schuchart (11.778) and Schatz (11.793). Ben Hilder, Paul Rooks, Gee, Brock Dean and Andrew Corbet were next best, with Jensen rounding out the top ten as the likes of Scheuerle, Kratzmann and Peter Lack found themselves languishing in the bottom half of the top 20.

Kratzmann and Lack immediately set about improving their position, filling the first two spots in the opening heat ahead of Oldfield, who advanced from the outside of row four.

Clem Hoffmans led all the way from pole position to win heat two in advance of Dan Murray and Attard, with Titman likewise leading throughout from the front to take heat three ahead of Scheuerle and Brent Aprile.

Nelson Reddacliff led the opening stages of heat four until contact from Kratzmann in turn two sent him into a spin and subsequently out of the race. Emerging unscathed, Kratzmann inherited the lead and another win, leading Titman and Kristy Bonsey to the line.

Heat five saw Aprile outpace Jensen and Ryan McNamara before David Whell wrapped up the preliminaries with victory in the final heat over Scheuerle and Schatz.

It was Oldfield who emerged as the top qualifier, only to invert the entire field for the Spanloc Dash, punting himself to the back row and elevating Kratzmann and Scheuerle to the front for the 6-lap sprint. It was the latter who made the best of the opportunity, taking the race ahead of Schatz, Kratzmann and Oldfield, who managed to dispose of Hilder, Gee, Schuchart and Attard to regain some lost ground.

Kris Jennings and Adam Butler filled the top two spots in the C Main, with Trent Vardys charge from sixth to third leaving him one spot shy of making the transfer to the B Main.

Aprile set a cracking pace from the commencement of the B Main, only to spin himself out of contention and hand the lead to Lack, who went on to win from McNamara, Murray and Gowland. Looking to replicate his Boxing Night heroics, Brett Minett was again rounding up the field on the highline and had climbed to third before he whacked the wall and rode out a roll along the back straight.

The feature race got underway with Scheuerle leading Schatz through turn one and the order remained unchanged when an incident involving Attard, Corbet and Dean on lap three halted proceedings and put Corbet on the grass. Attard only lasted another three laps before a spin in the same spot brought an end to his race, with Scheuerle still in command from the ensuing restart. The next interruption came on lap 14 when Schatz fell victim to the perils of lapped traffic and was sent somersaulting through turn three. Schatz exiting elevated Oldfield into second and he wasted no time in disposing of Scheuerle once racing resumed. From here, OIdfield distanced himself from the field to secure his third feature race win for the season, with Scheuerle remaining second and Kratzmann seemingly secure in third until a final corner clash with the concrete cruelled his night and elevated Schuchart onto the podium. Gee finished fourth ahead of an under-the-radar Jensen, with Lack putting in a mighty drive from the back to surge into sixth. Titman, Bonsey, Hilder and McNamara rounded out the top ten, with Whell, Dean, Murray and Gowland the remaining finishers.

Super Sedan numbers were less than expected and were further reduced with several casualties in the heat races, the first of which saw Leigh Williams hold on to win from Pascoe and Fisher.

Black outpaced Kane and David Musch to win heat two and then Pascoe prevailed in heat three, downing Pagel and Wayne Randall.

The final heat was a scrappy affair that saw just five cars go the distance and it was Fisher who led the survivors to the line, with Darren Saunders and Darren Hawkings filling the minor placings.

The opening round of the Pole Shootout saw Black and Randall eliminated as Pagel and Musch advanced to the next stage. Pagel continued his progression to the final round, taking Kane with him for a showdown against Pascoe and Fisher. It was Kane who prevailed to secure pole position for the 40-lap feature event, to be joined on the front row by Pascoe.

Kane got the best of the start and led Pascoe through the opening moments of the feature before the first interruption came on lap two when Randall spun in turn four. Three laps later saw the race halted again when Randall, Saunders, Gavin Northfield and Nicholas O’Keefe tangled in turn three, leaving Randall a spectator with a flat tyre. After another restart on lap 11 to retrieve a stricken Bob McCosker from turn three, Kane and Pascoe were finally presented with an extended run that enabled them to clear away from third-placed Pagel. The only mover in the field was Black, whose highline heroics would ultimately see him rewarded with fourth place after starting eighth. The two leaders were a cut above the pack and whilst Pascoe would apply plenty of pressure at various times, he was unable to elicit an error from Kane that would bring a change of leadership. With nobody able to challenge the leading pair, a spin from Hawkings with nine laps remaining saw the race reduced to 35 laps as Kane and Pascoe led Pagel through four more circulations enroute to the chequer. Surging out of the final corner, Black outsprinted Fisher to snatch fourth, with Musch, Justin Randall, Tania Smith, Tony Brinkman and Williams rounding out the top ten.

As has been their wont this season, AMCA Nationals produced another thrilling feature race as Steve Price and Nathan Durston again locked horns at the front of the field. As was the case the last time, Price held firm to fend off everything Durston threw at him, leaving the state champ to rue another narrow loss. Steve Potts powered into third ahead of Thomas Vickery and Tony Blanch, who put in a sterling drive to slip into the top five after starting 17trh, relegating the likes of Matt Hardy and Shane McKinnell along the way.

Price, Potts, McKinnell and Kevin Stow won the heats, with Blanch taking out the B Main to clear the first rung in a climb that would ultimately take him much closer to the summit than he might have imagined.

Neil Crawford edged out Steve Bradford and Greg Town to win the Open Sedan B feature race, while Daniel Taylor piloted his mighty Monza to victory in the Open Sedan A feature, leading home Colin Kane and Daniel Mortimer.

The next event at Ausdeck Patios Archerfield Speedway is on Tuesday, January 1 featuring round nine of the East Coast Logistics Sprintcar Track Championship and the Dirt Modified Paul Britten 44, plus Formula 500s, Fireworks and a Demolition Derby.
Can Donny Do it Again?
Friday December 28, 2018. Archerfield Speedway
After kicking off his 2018/2019 Australian campaign with a most emphatic win in round seven of the East Coast Logistics Sprintcar Track Championship on Wednesday night, American superstar Donny Schatz returns to Ausdeck Patios Archerfield Speedway this Saturday night (December 29). On Wednesday, Schatz was a class above the 35+ other drivers who dared to dream of a win against the worlds best and Saturday will see a similar number of challengers taking on the 10-times World of Outlaws champion. However, amongst the entries this time will be fellow WoO star Logan Schuchart, who finished sixth in the 2018 World of Outlaws championship and, as a proven race winner at Archerfield, is another significant challenge for the locals in their bid for feature race success.

As always at Archerfield, a packed program is on offer with the final round of the Super Sedan Summer Slam also to be decided with upwards of 25 cars from Queensland and interstate amongst the entries, while AMCA Nationals have mustered another big field for the latest round of their Shock Absorber Therapy Track Championship. In fact, with Open Sedans also on the card, there are 120 competitors nominated.

In what was his best performance of the season, Brent Kratzmann took the challenge to Schatz in the early stages of the feature race on Wednesday and, despite being unable to match the Americans pace for the duration, he demonstrated a sustained level of determination and resolve to keep previous round winner Luke Oldfield at bay to secure a second-place finish. Allan Woods and defending track champion Andrew Scheuerle were the only other drivers who did not fall a lap in arrears to Schatz, although a late restart proved a reprieve for Gee and enabled him to usurp Scheuerle from the top five. Whilst it seems likely that this group will again be the biggest threat to Schatz and Schuchart, Brent Aprile will only need an ounce of luck to make an impact. Aprile has been super-quick every time he has made the trip from his North Queensland base this season, only to endure misfortunes of varying degrees that have prevented him from converting his pace into results. Other standouts from Wednesday include Peter Lack, who bounced back from a early setback to salvage another strong result, along with Brett Minett and Mitch Gowland, both of whom rose to the occasion and produced their best performances of the season. All of these guys (and plenty more) will be back on track this weekend in search of a win against the best in the business.

As the result of a rain-out earlier in the season, the Summer Slam will mark the first appearance of Super Sedans at Archerfield for 2018/2019 and they have marked the occasion by securing a very strong list of nominations, all of whom will hopefully make it through the opening night of Summer Slam action in Gympie on Friday night. The line-up includes three of the best drivers in the history of the division in Matt Pascoe, Darren Kane and Wayne Randall, a trio who have amassed an extensive collection of state and national championship wins almost impossible to tally. Toowoombas Sean Black is now a podium regular and is leading the next generation of sedan racers against the old guard, while the Rockhampton-based trio of Matt Williams, Leigh Williams and Gavin Northfield are also serious contenders for feature race honours. Others to watch include Mark Pagel, Justin Randall and Sam Roza, who recently contested several events interstate and is no doubt looking to make his mark on home soil, while Tania Smith leads a three-pronged attack from New South Wales.

It would be futile and foolhardy in attempting to predict who might prevail from amongst the 30-car AMCA Nationals field given the closeness of the competition that they have delivered the season and the number of proven race winners amongst them. Nathan Durston, Steve Potts, Matt Hardy, Steve Price, Lee McKinnell, Tony Blanch, Russ Hardy and Lewis Gamble were all in the mix at the previous round and there seems little reason to believe they wont be at the forefront of the action again on Saturday.

Gates open at 4.00pm (3.30pm for online ticket holders) and, with over 25 Open Sedans also nominated, the huge night of action will get underway with early racing from 5.00pm. Sprintcar time trials will commence at 5.30pm and the main program will launch from 6.00pm.

East Coast Logistics Sprintcar Track Championship round seven nominations: Adam Butler, Allan Woods, Andrew Baumber, Andrew Corbet, Andrew Scheuerle, Anthony Lambert, Ben Hilder, Brent Aprile, Brent Kratzmann, Brett Minett, Brock Dean, Brodie Tulloch, Clem Hoffmans, Dan Murray, Darren Jensen, David Whell, Donny Schatz, Jessie Attard, Kevin Britten, Kevin Titman, Kris Jennings, Kristy Bonsey, Libby Ellis, Logan Schuchart, Luke Oldfield, Mitch Gowland, Mitchell Gee, Nathan Black, Nathan McFarlane, Nelson Reddacliff, Paul Rooks, Peter Lack, Phil Foster, Ryan McNamara, Sean Rose, Steve Greer, Steven Johnson, Tim Farrell

Super Sedan Summer Slam nominations: Bob McCosker, Brendan Doyle, Craig Shaw, Dale Christensen, Darren Anning, Darren Hawkings, Darren Kane, Darren Saunders, David Musch, Ed Doherty, Gavin Northfield, Gordon Shaw, Graeme Elliott, Justin Randall, Leigh Williams, Mark OBrien, Mark Pagel, Matt Pascoe, Matt Williams, Nicholas OKeefe, Sam Roza, Sean Black, Tania Smith, Tony Brinkmann, Wayne Dick, Wayne Randall

Shock Absorber Therapy AMCA Nationals Track Championship round three nominations: Aaron Knox, Andrew Butcher, Brock Lehfeldt, Chris Wright, Cody Simmons, Damien Groer, Dan Evans, Gavin Wootton, Jim Knight, Kevin Stow, Lee McKinnell, Lewis Gamble, Mark Brownsey, Matt Hardy, Michael Denning, Nathan Durston, Nathan Tomkins, Neville Norton, Nick Storey, Paul Reeves, Russ Hardy, Scott Hitchcock, Shane McKinnell, Shaun Knight, Steve Potts, Steve Price, Stuart Jefferies, Thomas Vickery, Tim Gamble, Tony Blanch

Open Sedan nominations: Bob Ware, Colin Kane, Daniel Taylor, Dave Mortimer, Les Eisenmanger, Michael Taylor, Robin Bains, Wayne Kirkman, Greg Town, Greg Trezise, Aaron Buchanan, Ben Taylor, Chris Van Der Ryken, Haiden Grantz, Hans Van Der Ryken, Josh Manser, Mark Anderson, Maximo Hofmann, Neil Crawford, Rachael Hawkins, Ricky Price, Russell Davies, Scott Taylor, Shane Knights, Steve Bradford

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Schatz Too Strong
Thursday December 27, 2018. Archerfield Speedway
In a masterful display of the type for which he is renowned, World of Outlaws champion Donny Schatz completely dominated the 35-lap feature race to win round seven of the East Coast Logistics Sprintcar Track Championship at Ausdeck Patios Archerfield Speedway on Wednesday night (December 26). In a perfect start to his Australian campaign, Schatz left his opponents floundering as he led every circulation and lapped all but four of the 17 other cars that started the event. It was the usual suspects who emerged as the best of the locals with Brent Kratzmann prevailing over Luke Oldfield in an epic scrap for the minor placings, leaving Allan Woods fourth ahead of a fast finishing Mitchell Gee.

In round five of the Polar Ice Midget Track Championship, Adam Clarke chalked up his third Archerfield feature race win for the season with an untroubled run through the 20 laps. Much like the Sprintcar main, the real action was happening behind the leader as Charlie Brown earned himself a boisterous post-race ovation from the big Boxing Day crowd with a superb run into second place. Brayden Willmington finished third ahead of Glenn Wright, with Rusty Whittaker fifth at the flag.

The Modlite feature race went the way of Sam Gollaschewsky over Scott Lehfeldt and Dylan Hunter, while Dave Collins clinched the Compact Speedcar feature race from Emma Harris and Cody Maroske.

The biggest Sprintcar field of the year assembled for duty, with 38 cars taking on the clock in time trials, from which Luke Oldfield emerged as KRE Fast Time with a best lap of 11.624. Schatz (11.789) was second best ahead of Gee (11.937), with Scheuerle (11.997) the last of the sub-12 second club. Kratzmann, Brent Aprile and Steve Greer were next quickest, with Andrew Corbet, Anthony Lambert and Brodie Tulloch rounding out the top ten.

The opening heat saw Dave Whell make the most of his pole start to lead throughout. Anthony Vanderreyden ran second for much of the distance but was ultimately demoted to fourth by Oldfield and Aprile, both of whom advanced from the fourth row.

Mitch Gowland led the largest portion of heat two, only to be rounded up by Peter Lack and Schatz over the final two laps to find himself third at the chequer.

Woods was untroubled from pole position in heat three, even lapping some of the tailenders on his way to downing Kevin Titman and Brock Dean. As the only driver to move forward, Andrew Scheuerle cut a fastest lap significantly quicker than anybody else on his way to finishing fourth after starting seventh.

A second win for Woods in heat four came in much different circumstances when he pounced on the final lap. Kristy Bonsey looked to have the race safely in her keeping until the merest of errors in turn two on the final lap also resulted in second-placed Dean being delayed momentarily, allowing Woods to split them and snatch the win.

Bonsey recovered best to salvage second, with Dean pushed back another spot by Oldfield in the charge to the line.

Schatz chased down Mick Sauer to win heat five, the American surviving a close call early in the race when contact from behind by Lambert sent the Toowoomba-based racer crashing out. Kratzmann climbed from seventh to snare third behind Sauer.

Gowland was not going to be denied again when found himself in front once more in the final heat, maintaining his position on this occasion to finish ahead of Ben Hilder and Dan Murray.

Steven Johnson took out the C Main ahead of Scott Genrich, with Sean Rose finishing third to snare the final spot in the B Main field.

Brett Minett put in a dazzling display in the B Main, planting the right rear of the #94 on the cushion and roaring around the high side of the track to storm from seventh and surge into the lead on lap 10. After being rounded up by Minett, Dean also moved up-track and advanced to second at the expense of Dan Murray, with Whell clinching the final feature race berth.

When top qualifier Schatz inverted the first four spots in the Sprintcar Dash, Kratzmann found himself in pole position and he raced away to take the 6-lap scramble from Oldfield. Schatz finished third ahead of Aprile, Scheuerle, Lack, Tulloch and Gee.

Despite starting third in the feature race, Schatz had moved into the lead before the first lap was completed. An early stoppage came on lap three following a tangle involving Lack and Aprile from which Lack recovered to restart from the rear, while Aprile again found himself out of luck after such a strong showing. With 27 uninterrupted laps from this point, Schatz was phenomenal as he expanded his lead beyond half a lap, was closing in on the Scheuerle/Woods fight for fourth and looking as though he might lap the entire field until Greer denied him the opportunity when his spin in turn two with six laps to run brought about a restart. Although the timesheets show that Kratzmann ran second for every lap, the reality was much different as he and Oldfield swapped the position on numerous occasions, often several times in a single lap. Kratzmann refused to yield though and Oldfield could never make a pass stick long enough to secure the position and had to settle for a fighting third ahead of Woods while, in the final dash to the chequer, Gee chased down Scheuerle to snatch fifth. Behind Scheuerle came Corbet and Tulloch, with Lack surging back to salvage ninth ahead of Minett, who climbed into the top ten after starting 15th. Titman, Hilder, Dean, Gowland, Murray, Greer and Whell completed the finishers with the luckless Aprile the only casualty.

Midget qualifying saw previous round winner Darren Vine (14.071) top time trials ahead of Clarke (14.203), Whittaker (14.312), Willmington (14.363) and Gary Hudson (14.380) and it is perhaps no coincidence that the biggest Midget field of the season also produced the best racing of the season thus far, with the heats producing plenty of highlights.

Clarke cleared out to win the opening heat comfortably over Brown and Mitchell Rooke, with Whittaker downing Vine and Scott Doyle to take heat two.

Having crashed out of his opening heat, Brad Dawson bounced back in emphatic fashion to triumph in heat three, leading home Wright, Vine and Brown.

Clarke consolidated his position atop the points when he doubled up to win the final heat from Rooke and Cal Whatmore.

Launching from pole position and with Vine failing to make the start, Clarke was never headed and, in a scenario akin to what played out in the Sprintcar feature, all the action was taking place in the battle for the minor placings. As he did at the previous round, Brown stuck firm on the highline and, despite a few close calls when rivals squeezed him for room in their efforts to keep him at bay, his efforts were rewarded on this occasion as he rounded up the likes of Whittaker, Glenn Wright and Willmington to surge into second place. Having finished on the podium here earlier in the season, Willmington was solid again in securing third behind Brown, while Wright was also impressive in finishing fourth in his first Midget outing for the season. Whittaker finagled fifth ahead of Rooke, Bodie Smith, Riki Harrison, Dawson and Whatmore, with Doyle, Nathan Mathers, Tom Clauss, Brad Harrison, DJ Raw, Gavin McDowell and Audie Malt completing the finishers.

It was Gollschewsky who stood tall in the Modlite events, winning two heats before also prevailing in the 15-lap feature race. Lehfeldt finished second in the feature ahead of Hunter, with the top three occupying those positions from the outset as Will Butler, Jac Carnall, Nathan Politch and Dan Lewis proved to be the best of the rest.

Although down in numbers, the Compact Speedcars made amends with some close competition that started with heat wins for Harris and Matt ONeill and culminated with Collins breaking free of a battle pack to take the feature race from Harris and Maroske, who started at the rear of the field. Mark Maczek and Trent Usher rounded out the first five ahead of Nick Gannon, Matt ONeill, Wayne Corbett and Dave Swan.

The next event at Ausdeck Patios Archerfield Speedway is this Saturday night (December 29) featuring round eight of the East Coast Logistics Sprintcar Track Championship plus the Super Sedan Summer Slam, AMCA Nationals and Open Sedans.
Schatz Set for Boxing Night Showdown
Sunday December 23, 2018. Archerfield Speedway
Is it really any surprise that the biggest field of the season thus far will descend upon Ausdeck Patios Archerfield Speedway on Wednesday night (December 26) for the annual Boxing Night Spectacular featuring World of Outlaws Sprintcar Series champion Donny Schatz? After all, any Sprintcar driver who takes their craft even remotely seriously will be relishing the opportunity to take on the world’s best driver at Queensland’s home of speedway. Arriving in Australia fresh from clinching a remarkable tenth WoO Championship, Schatz will face off against 38 other drivers on Wednesday and it is unlikely the North Dakota native will be satisfied with anything less than a feature race win in round seven of the East Coast Logistics Track Championship. In addition to 39 Sprintcars, Wednesday night action will also feature Monster Trucks, Fireworks and round five of the Polar Ice Midget Track Championship, plus Compact Speedcars and Modlites.

Whilst Schatz is the obvious favourite given his remarkable record of success at home and here in Australia, there will be plenty of local challengers who fancy their chances of springing an upset, with Luke Oldfield amongst the few who have upstaged Schatz in recent seasons. Following a dominant display at the previous round of the ECL Championship, Oldfield brings some outstanding form into the clash and he will receive strong support from the likes of Queensland champion Mitchell Gee and defending track champion Andrew Scheuerle in leading the local charge.

Others in the field who have produced some excellent performances so far throughout the season include Brent Kratzmann, Peter Lack, Allan Woods and Brent Aprile, with Kevin Titman also finding some form in recent weeks to suggest he might be a contender if he can find the consistent pace needed to be a regular front runner. There is a wealth of experience in the field and with every single driver looking to make their mark by upstaging the big guns, the intensity of the competition will be unprecedented as the rewards for success extend beyond a visit to victory lane. A win on Wednesday will be the perfect way to begin preparations for the big events to come, including the Titan Garages WSS Australian Open on January 4/5 and the Australian Sprintcar Championship on January 26/27.

Having struggled for numbers so far this season, Midget competitors have embraced the opportunity to feature on the Boxing Night show with 20 cars entered to contest the Danny Davidson Memorial. Former national champion Adam Clarke dominated the opening two rounds of the Polar Ice series with a win and a runner-up result respectively. However, with Clarke absent from the following two rounds, Rusty Whittaker and Darren Vine collected a feature race win apiece and Wednesday night will bring all three together for the ultimate battle for bragging rights in an event that carries plenty of prestige. Others to watch include Riki Harrison and Braydon Willmington, both of whom have featured on the podium this season, while the previous round demonstrated that Charlie Brown will also be a very strong contender who, regardless of his result, will be one of the most exciting drivers to watch given his love of the highline.

Modlites make their second appearance of the season and the absence of category top guns Klinton Hancey and Terry Leerentveld might just bring about the closest competition for some time with 28 drivers fired up to fill the void at the front of the field. Looking at the line-up, Sam Gollschewsky perhaps brings the best form into the contest, with the likes of Scott Lehfeldt, Nathan Politch, Neil Gregson and Chris Were looming as his biggest threats. Also amongst the starters in her rookie season of Modlite competition will be Junior Sedan graduate Abi Meehan, who will no doubt draw on the experience gained during her first ever Archerfield outing two weeks ago to continue her rise through the ranks.

An interesting nomination amongst the Compact Speedcar entries is former Sprintcar racer Cody Maroske, who will be piloting the #18 normally driven by Glenn Wright. Maroske will take on a field that includes the in-form Matt ONeill, who has proven very hard to beat in recent weeks. Wayne Corbett, Emma Harris, Trent Usher, Dave Collins and Nick Gannon are others likely to make Maroske work very hard in his bid for success.

With Raptors Rampage and Convict throwing down some Monster Truck mayhem throughout the night and a huge Fireworks extravaganza also on the program, Boxing Night at Ausdeck Patios Archerfield Speedway will be a night to remember. Gates open at 4.00pm (with online ticketholders securing entry from 3.30pm), with early racing from 5.00pm. Sprintcar time trials are scheduled for 5.30pm and the main program will launch from 6.00pm.

East Coast Logistics Sprintcar Track Championship round seven nominations: Allan Woods, Andrew Baumber, Andrew Corbet, Andrew Scheuerle, Anthony Lambert, Anthony Vanderreyden, Ben Hilder, Brent Aprile, Brent Kratzmann, Brett Minett, Brock Dean, Brodie Tulloch, Clem Hoffmans, Dan Murray, David Whell, Donny Schatz, Jason King, Justin Snellman, Kevin Britten, Kevin Titman, Kris Jennings, Kristy Bonsey, Libby Ellis, Luke Oldfield, Mark Pholi, Mick Sauer, Mitch Gowland, Mitchell Gee, Nathan Black, Nelson Reddacliff, Paul Rooks, Peter Lack, Phil Foster, Ryan McNamara, Scott Genrich, Sean Rose, Steven Greer, Steven Johnson, Tim Farrell

Polar Ice Midget Track Championship round four nominations: Adam Clarke, Audie Malt, Bodie Smith, Brad Dawson, Brad Harrison, Braydon Willmington, Cal Whatmore, Charlie Brown, Corey Stothard, Darren Vine, DJ Raw, Gary Hudson, Gavin McDowell, Glenn Wright, Mitchell Rooke, Nathan Mathers, Riki Harrison, Rusty Whittaker, Scott Doyle, Tom Clauss

Modlite nominations: Abi Meehan, Adam Walker, Andrew De Warrd, Anthony Stewart, Brayden Preston, Brendon Tucker, Chris Crowe, Chris Were, Dan Lewis, Dylan Hunter, Jac Carnall, Jared Stephenson, Joel Smith, Joshua Smith, Leroy Martin, Nathan Politch, Neil Gregson, Rachael Jenkins, Sam Gollschewsky, Scott Lehfeldt, Sean Butcher, Sean Egan, Sean Rose, Steve Collins, Tim Jackson, Trent McLean, Troy Carnall, Will Butler

Compact Speedcar nominations: Cody Maroske, Dave Collins, Dave Swan, Emma Harris, Mark Maczek, Matt ONeill, Matt Warn, Mitchell Rooke, Nick Gannon, Trent Usher, Wayne Corbett

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Its That Time of Year, For He Soon Will Be Here
Tuesday December 18, 2018. Archerfield Speedway
The countdown is on. There is much excitement in the air as we await his arrival. You know who I’m talking about; he arrives down under at this time every year amidst much anticipation, bringing joy to young and old alike. He always delivers something special and next Wednesday night (December 26) he does it all again. Sure, Christmas Day is a bit of a big deal, but Boxing Day is when the real excitement of the season begins when the greatest Sprintcar driver of the 21st century returns to Ausdeck Patios Archerfield Speedway. Yep, the inimitable Donny Schatz will be back in town. The current and 10-times World of Outlaws champion is returning for another exclusive Archerfield campaign that includes a bid to win his ninth Australian Sprintcar Open.

In a fitting welcome celebration for the North Dakota-based superstar, the Boxing Night extravaganza will also feature Monster Trucks, Fireworks and round five of the Polar Ice Midget Track Championship, plus Compact Speedcars and Modlites.

Schatz will then be joined by fellow WoO star Logan Schuchart on December 29 and January 1 before both drivers contest the Titan Garages Australian Open on January 4 and 5, which doubles as round six of QSS World Series Sprintcars. The final outing for the pair will be in round seven of World Series Sprintcars on Wednesday, January 9.

At this stage 36 drivers have accepted the challenge to take on Schatz next Wednesday night in round seven of the East Coast Logistics Sprintcar Track Championship. Can Luke Oldfield continue his winning form against the world’s best? Will defending track champion Andrew Scheuerle deny Donny a feature race win? Will it be Mitchell Gee, Brent Kratzmann or Peter Lack who prevail in the 30-lap feature race, or will Allan Woods or Brent Aprile or Kevin Titman find their way to victory lane? Perhaps somebody else will stand up and reign supreme? The only way to find out is to be at Ausdeck Patios Archerfield Speedway on Wednesday, December 26 to catch all of the best Sprintcar action at Queensland’s home of speedway.

Online tickets for the Boxing Day show and the Australian Open are on sale now at www.brisbanespeedway.com.au with online ticketholders securing early entry into the venue from 3.30pm.

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Oldfield Blitzes Archerfield
Monday December 17, 2018. Archerfield Speedway
Luke Oldfield was in a class of his own during round six of the East Coast Logistics Sprintcar Track Championship at Ausdeck Patios Archerfield Speedway on Saturday night (December 8), romping home in the 30-lap feature race, his second such win of the year coming at a very timely juncture with the imminent arrival of World of Outlaws stars Donny Schatz and Logan Schuchart. Behind Oldfield there was action aplenty as the battle for the minor placings heated up in the latter stages following the demise of Kevin Titman, who started from pole position and was running second before crashing out on lap 15. In the end it was Mitchell Gee who saw off a mighty effort from Brent Aprile to secure the runner-up spot, with Lachlan McHugh surging late to grab third, leaving Aprile fourth at the flag ahead of defending series champion Andrew Scheuerle.

In contrast, the Polar Ice Midget feature race never reached any great heights as Darren Vine raced to an easy win ahead of Rusty Whittaker, Riki Harrison, Charlie Brown and Mitchell Rooke.

AMCA Nationals were out in force and it was Steve Price who emerged on top in the feature race, leading home state champion Nathan Durston, Lewis Gamble, Matt Hardy and Steve Potts.

It was business as usual in the Modlite feature race with Klinton Hancey and Terry Leerentveld filling the first two spots, with Sam Gollschewsky third ahead of Nathan Politch and Jac Carnall.

From the moment he hit the track in qualifying, Oldfield made his intentions clear, stopping the clock at 11.605 to emerge with KRE Fast Time. Gee was next best with 11.663, with Brent Kratzmann clocking 11.730 to be third quickest. Steve Greer (11.839) and McHugh (12.001) rounded out the top five from the 32 cars that hit the track.

Andrew Corbet led throughout from pole position to win the opening heat ahead of Scheuerle and Titman, who recorded the fastest lap of the race in his advance from the outside of row three.

Randy Morgan likewise proved too swift from pole position in heat two, leading home Allan Woods and Anthony Vanderreyden.

Heat three saw Mark Pholi hang on to win ahead of Oldfield, who stormed from position eight to grab second from Darren Jensen.

Ryan McNamara got the best of the start in heat four, only to throw away the lead with a spin in front of the field in turn three on lap two. Miraculously, everybody avoided the rotating rookie and it was all Aprile from the restart. The North Queensland-based speedster finished almost three seconds clear of Scheuerle, with a third-place finish from Corbet securing him a spot in the Spanloc Dash.

Anthony Lambert downed Morgan and Anthony Vanderreyden in heat five, while a late-race spin on lap eight while running second proved very costly for Kristy Bonsey, relegating her to the B Main.

The final heat proved prophetic as Oldfield surged through the field after again starting from the fourth row and rounded up Mitch Gowland on the final lap to grab the win. Gowland remained second at the flag, with Paul Rooks finishing third.

A full 18-car field contested the B Main and, as is to be expected with so much at stake, there were several incidents in the opening stages, the most serious of which resulted in Scott Johnstone finishing upside down in turn one. McNamara replicated his earlier indiscretion with another spin from which he again emerged unscathed, albeit out of contention. Bryan Zelinski and Kris Jennings were also spinners, while Mark Pholi exited with a flat left rear tyre whilst in a transfer position. Ultimately, it was Vanderreyden and Greer who filled the top two spots ahead of Bonsey, who advanced from position nine to secure a feature race berth. Rooks finished fourth, while Mitch Gowland was also granted a start in the feature after a good run into fifth after starting eighth.

As top qualifier, Oldfield had the unenviable task of drawing the grid inversion for the 6-lap Spanloc Dash and when he selected the number eight marble, young Morgan found himself elevated to pole position. However, it was Titman who ran away with the race to secure pole position for the main event, with Oldfield slicing his way through the field to finish second. Morgan dropped further spots to Woods and Gee, with Scheuerle, Aprile and Corbet rounding out the field.

Titman carried that momentum into the feature race, leading Oldfield and Gee through the opening laps. A huge moment in turn four resulted in Rooks and Greer executing synchronised somersaults that left both cars extensively damaged but both drivers unharmed. From the restart, Oldfield decided the time was right to make his move and he faced little resistance as he swept past Titman to take control. Within a lap, Oldfield was over a second clear of Titman and that margin grew with each circulation. With Gee and Aprile engrossed in an epic battle for third, neither was able to make much impression on Titman. However, Titmans race was over come lap 15 when he crashed out through turn one, elevating Gee into second spot as he continued his duel with Aprile, who refused to move from the highline even as he lost contact with Gee. As the laps wound down, Oldfield was untroubled out front and cruised home ahead of Gee, with McHugh also moving underneath Aprile in the closing stages to pinch the final podium spot. A fifth-place finish for Scheurele should see him assume the championship lead, while Morgan snared sixth ahead of Lambert, Woods, Corbet and Bonsey. After executing a tyre change at the final restart, Kratzmann salvaged 11th for his efforts, while Brock Dean and Gowland completed the finishers.

Vine and Whittaker snared two wins apiece in the Midget heats and it would be the latter who started from pole position in the 20-lap Polar Ice feature race. However, it was Vine who launched best at the green from the outside, outpacing Whittaker to lead the opening lap. Having finished second in both of his heats, Charlie Brown seemed the most likely threat to the established order and he certainly played the part in the opening laps, running high on the track in a good duel with Whittaker. However, as the race progressed, Brown not only found himself unable to keep in contact with Whittaker, but also unable to fend off the challenge from Harrison. In the end, Vine emerged an easy winner from Whittaker, Harrison and Brown, with Mitchell Rooke finishing fifth. Bodie Smith, Tim Farrell, Cal Whatmore, Audie Malt and Gavin McDowell rounded out the top ten.

In the Shock Absorber Therapy AMCA Nationals feature race, the outside front row once again proved the place to be as Steve Price out-jumped polesitter Nathan Durston and subsequently held sway at the front of the field for the duration. A solitary surge from Durston late in the race carried him to the front for the merest of moments, but Price was back in control before the lap was completed. Lewis Gamble found himself under plenty of pressure from Matt Hardy and Steve Potts, but he held firm to secure third spot. After Potts came Tony Blanch, who put in a terrific drive that perhaps deserved a better result, with Russ Hardy, Lee McKinnell, Cody Simmons and Jim Knight the next in line.

Six heats were needed to sort the 24-car field for the feature race, with Price, Durston, Blanch, McKinnell, Matt Hardy and Stuart Jefferies snaring wins.

The B Main saw Michael Denning, Scott Hitchcock, Shane McKinnell and Darren Miller secure a place in the feature race field, although it was only the latter who would go the distance in the big race.

Following heat wins to Hancey, Gollschewsky, Chris Were and Neil Gregson, Hancey again proved unstoppable in the Modlite feature race. Leerentveld finished less than half a second adrift in second spot, with third-placed Gollschewsky emerging as a potential threat to the pecking order in future outings. Politch was safe in fourth, while a late-race pass elevated Carnall to fifth in advance of Steve Collins, who was followed home by Adam Walker, Rodney Pammenter, Dan Lewis and Dan Hunter.

Robert Kynaston won two of the three heats before also taking out the Ford vs Holden vs Sigma feature race. Dave Tookey finished in second spot ahead of Mickey Mitchell and Troy Price, who also snared a heat win, with Michael Laver fifth at the flag.

The next meeting at Ausdeck Patios Archerfield Speedway is on Boxing Night (December 26) featuring Monster Trucks, Fireworks and WoO Sprintcar champion Donny Schatz taking on all the local stars in round seven of the East Coast Logistics Sprintcar Track Championship. With Midgets, Compact Speedcars and Modlites also on the program, it is shaping as a massive night of motorsport entertainment.

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