Monday April 25, 2016. Phil Michell
The 2015/16 Speedway City season came to a thundering end with the running of the 2016 Crane Services South Australian Late Model Title with the 30 lap finale providing one of the best races of the season as New South Welshman Ben Nicastri added the State Title to his growing resume. Second across the line was fellow Sydneysider Dean Hickey who edged past early race leader Matt Crimmins with only a handful of laps remaining.
After winning the Gauge Works top 6 Dash Nicastri started on the pole ahead of Crimmins, Tasmanian Brad Smith, Steve Vaughan, Hickey and Victorian Brendon Hucker.
The race didn’t get off to the best of starts for Hickey as he spun his Masters Built #91 in turn three of the opening lap but he was reinstated into his starting spot for the complete restart. Once the race got underway Nicastri paced the field and he led comfortably until he began to encounter lapped traffic and at the first opportunity Crimmins pounced in his #10 Rocket taking the lead on lap 13.
From this point it appeared that a home town victory was on the cards until with only five laps remaining the situation was reversed as Crimmins got hung up behind Mark McCarthy with Nicastri retaking the lead and going on to win.
The lapped car also cost Crimmins the runner-up spot as Hickey, who actually recorded the fastest lap of the final, also got by Crimmins with two laps remaining and he just fell short of rounding up Nicastri by .669 of a second.
Fourth place went to Brad Smith with Steve Vaughan, Mount Gambier’s Stuey Hill and Luke Raymond completing the cars on the lead lap. Mark McCarthy, Cary McCarthy, Fiona Verhoeven and Kristen Vermeulen rounded out the finishers. Brendan Hucker, Tony Howlett and Victorian Tim McPherson failed to finish.
Earlier in the night the heat winners were Nicastri, Crimmins, Vaughan and Hickey. The only real incident of the night occurred in heat three when Darryl Launer spun the car shortly after the green collecting the wall hard with Victorian Tim McPherson also involved. The damage sustained by Launer put him out for the rest of the night.
The final meeting of the season included a healthy support program with Wingless Sprints, Super Sedans, AMCA Nationals, Junior Sedans and Street Stocks.
The Wingless Sprints once again provided some top class entertainment but it was jake Ashworth who secured his third successive Speedway City A-Main event as he defeated Michael Spoljaric and Aaron Doe in the 25 lap decider. Fourth place went to Dan Evans followed by Victorians Adam Smith and Travis Beasley, while Kier Doe, Darryl Sloan, Robert Heard and Matthew Kennedy completed the top 10.
The heat winners on the night were Mildura racer Jason Bolitho, Spoljaric, William Caruso and Ashworth, who won his heat after starting from position seven.
The final night of competition also saw Round 15 of the JD Couriers Super Series, Presented by Universal Metal Cleaners, with the night being totally dominated by Ryan Alexander as he won both heats before smashing the 25 lap track record by over 11 seconds. Second in the final, more than a half a lap behind, was Michael Miller with Trevor Ware, Robbie Marchant and Graham Stewart completing the top five.
In the remaining classes Jake Armstrong won his second consecutive AMCA national feature event as he claimed Round 8 of the Michael Lowe Track Championship, Kooper Greig won the Junior Sedan final and Paul Hayes was victorious in the Street Stocks.
With the season now complete Bob and Wendy and the Speedway City Team would like to thank all of the Sponsors, Officials, Race Teams and Fans for their support throughout the 2015/16 season.
The proposed 2016/17 calendar is now out with the opening event scheduled to take place on Saturday October 8, 2016.
Friday April 22, 2016. Phil Michell
The Speedway City season will go out with a thundering roar this Saturday night (April 23) as the Adelaide venue hosts the 2016 South Australian Late Model Championship. Despite the class being established in South Australia for several years now this will be the first time that Speedway City has conducted the title event and the decision to run the title at the 430 metre venue has been well received with 18 drivers from four states set to compete this weekend.
Leading the strong local charge will be the likes of category veteran Matt Crimmins, “The Barossa Bandit” Steve Vaughan, last start feature winner Luke Raymond, Cary and Mark McCarthy and Mount Gambier’s Stuey Hill.
But the South Australian’s will find it tough to defend their home clay as the interstate contingent includes some of the best sedan pilots in the country. Ben Nicastri, who is the current New South Wales state champ, will be hard to beat as will Tasmanian star Brad Smith, Victorians Brendon Hucker and Michael Hetherington and Scott McPherson from NSW.
An interesting nomination is that of New Zealand lady racer Kristen Vermeulen, who will make her Speedway City debut after spending the summer racing in Victoria. Vermeulen is actually one of three female drivers nominated as she will be joined by Cindy McCarthy and Warrnambool’s Fiona Verhoeven.
The format for the South Australian Championship will include time trials during hotlaps, two rounds of 12 lap heat races, with fastest drivers being seeded to the front in the opening round, a top six dash and a 30 lap Championship finale.
The final meeting on the 2015/16 calendar will also include a massive support program with over 60 competitors set to compete in the remaining 5 categories.
The Wingless Sprints have once again attracted a quality line up with 19 drivers set to take on the Speedway City clay for the final time this season. After winning the past two feature events Jake Ashworth will seeking a hat trick to end the season but it will be a tough assignment as Robert Heard, fresh from a win at Murray Bridge, Matthew Kennedy, Michael Spoljaric, Dan Evans, Joel Heinrich, Brett Ireland, Spencer Taylor and William Caruso will all be out to finish the year on a high.
Several Victorian drivers will also take the opportunity to race at Speedway City this weekend with Travis Beasley, Jason Bolitho and Adam Smith all making the trip across the border.
The penultimate round of the JD Couriers Super Series will also be held with a field of seven cars entered. After finishing second in the South Australian Title last weekend Ryan Alexander will once again be the driver to beat but Michael Miller was victorious the last time the series was at Speedway City a fortnight ago. Trevor Ware will once again drive the Bill Miller owned #77 while the remaining nominations include Robbie Marchant, Paul Blenkiron, Graham Stewart and Riverland racer Kym Hammerstein.
The AMCA Nationals are set to finish the season strong with the best car count seen for several months as they contest the final round of the Michael Lowe Track Championship while Street Stocks and Junior Sedans will complete the schedule for the Grand Final meeting.
LATE MODEL NOMINATIONS: (18 cars): S4 Stuey Hill, S5 Luke Raymond, 5M Mark McCarthy, T6 Brad Smith, N7 Scott McPherson, V8 Fiona Verhoeven, V9 Kristen Vermeulen (NZ), S10 Matt Crimmins, S21 Darryle Launer, V23 Brendon Hucker, 24M Cary McCarthy, V40 Michael Heatherington, S48 Cindy McCarthy, S67 Steve Vaughan, N89 Liam Heaton, N91 Dean Hickey, N99 Ben Nicastri, S110 Tony Howlett.
Pit Gates Open: 1:00pm (General Admission available from Sign-In Box near the Pits)
Driver's Meeting: 4:00pm
Wheel Packing: 4:45pm
Racing Starts: 5:30pm
General Admission Prices:
12-15 years: $10
11 & Under: FREE
Monday April 11, 2016. Phil Michell
Strathalbyn’s Daniel Pestka drove into Speedway City’s “Jack Daniels Victory Lane” for the second time this season last Saturday night as he won a drama filled Sprintcar season finale. After starting on the pole for the City of Playford Mayors Cup Pestka pulled a massive wheel stand on the start forcing him to drop back into second but he was quickly back in front of the field as he made the pass on lap 6 and went on to win the 35 lap final ahead of Aidan Hall, who recorded a career best finish, and Mark Caruso.
Fourth across the line went to veteran Jamie Cobby, who just missed out on recording his second consecutive podium result after starting from position seven while Like Dillon, who was driving the Matt Muir owned #53, finished fifth after coughing up second place on the final corner.
With Pestka stuck in lapped traffic Dillon had one final lunge for the win in the final turn only to get all crossed up and as he got back on the gas the front wheels headed skywards with the end result being Dillon losing three spots in the final 100 metres of the gruelling race.
Unfortunately the field was reduced dramatically even before the green flag fell as Brad Keller, Justin Sloan and Michael Burford all failed to front for the final. Keller decided to call it quits after sustaining substantial damage during his final heat after Todd Wigzell literally landed on the front end of the #19 after Wigzell got airborne after contact in turn four.
Matt Egel, who was another pre-race favourite, also had a tough night after he made contact with Hayden Pitt in turn four during his final heat, with the end result being a steering failure that shot the #97 into the front straight wall and later onto its side.
Earlier the heat winners were Steven Caruso, Mark Caruso, Hayden Pitt and Victorian Dion Bellman.
The evening also included a massive support program with Wingless Sprints, Super Sedans, Street Stocks, AMCA Nationals, Junior Sedans and Late Models.
In the Wingless Sprints Jake Ashworth captured his second consecutive Speedway City A-main victory as he defeated Robert Heard and Matthew Kennedy.
The Super Sedans were contesting Round 14 of the JD Couriers Super Series with Michael Miller defeating Ryan Alexander in the 20 final. The race proved to be an entertaining affair after they both elected to start from the rear of the field. Third place went to Robbie Marchant.
In the remaining feature events Jake Armstrong won Round 7 of the Michael Lowe AMCA Track Championship, Luke Raymond defeated the small field of Late Models, Nathan Thorne edged out Heath Thorne in the Junior Sedans while Paul Hayes dominated the Street Stock finale.
Track Records Set on the Night:
Wingless Sprints 10 lap – 2:33.26 Joel Chadwick
Late Models 10 lap – 2:32.56 Luke Raymond
Juniors 6 lap – 1:59.29 Heath Thorne
Super Sedans 8 lap – 2:02.55 Michael Miller (Heat 1)
Super Sedans 8 lap – 1:59.26 Ryan Alexander (heat 2)
Super Sedans 1 lap – 14.71 secs Ryan Alexander
The next and final event on the Speedway City calendar will be on April 23 with the running of the 2016 South Australian Late Model Championship with a field of over 20 drivers already confirmed.
Saturday April 9, 2016. Phil Michell
After nine rounds of the Revolution Racegear Speedway City Sprintcar Track Championship it has come down to battle between Steven Caruso and rookie Sam Putland for the overall crown and the Champion will be decided this Saturday night. Throughout the year Caruso has been a model of consistency but he stamped his authority on the series with a win in the previous round and he enters the double points final as the most likely to claim the overall prize as regardless who wins he only needs an eighth place finish in the 30 lap $5,000 to win City of Playford Mayors Cup, Presented by Jack Daniels A-Main.
Joining Caruso and Putland in the field this weekend will be one of the toughest domestic line-ups of the Speedway City season and Dion Bellman from Victoria, who will be making his Speedway City debut behind the wheel of the Jamie Stark, owned #72.
Along with Caruso the field includes a whole host of previous round winners with Daniel Pestka, Matt Egel, Mark Caruso and Keke Falland all hoping that they can add another victory to their 2015/16 season resume. Pestka will be searching for his second win in succession after claiming a win last weekend at the Redline Speedway at Ballarat.
After only contesting one previous event at Speedway City this season former Track Champion Luke Dillon makes a return in the Matt Muir owned #53 while Brad Keller, fresh from wrapping up the Murray Bridge Track Championship will also be present as he looks to add to his pair of podium results he has recorded at the venue this season.
Other drivers to keep an eye on will include Luke Bowey, Brock Hallett, who has clearly been the most improved driver this summer, Jamie Cobby, Aidan Hall, Hayden Pitt, Justin Sloan, Michael Burford, Shannon Barry and Todd Wigzell.
The penultimate event on the 2015/16 season will also feature the Wingless Sprints that will feature a field of 22 entries, Round 14 of the JD Couriers Super Series, Junior Sedans, AMCA Nationals, Street Stocks and Late Models.
Pit Gates Open: 1:00pm
(General Admission available from Sign-In Box near the Pits)
Driver's Meeting: 4:00pm
Wheel Packing: 4:45pm
Racing Starts: 5:30pm
General Admission Prices:
12-15 years: $15
11 & Under: FREE
Following the event this Saturday night the Grand Finale Meeting of the 2015/16 season will be held on Saturday April 23 with the running of the 2016 South Australian Late Model Championship. Currently the entry list includes 21 drivers with the likes of Ben Nicastri, Brad Smith, Michael Hetherington, Scott McPherson, Wayne Belk, Dean Hickey and Brendan Hucker all set to compete against the local contingent.
Speedway City – South Australia’s Home of Speedway!
Monday March 28, 2016. Phil Michell
In what was a dominant display on Easter Sunday 16 year old Tyson Williams emerged as the inaugural South Australian Legend Car Champion at Adelaide’s Speedway City as he defeated Rob Rawlings and Victorian Champion Glen Arnold in the 20 lap Jack Daniel’s supported finale. After remaining undefeated throughout his heat races Williams had to work hard for the win after losing the lead early to Rawlings but he was able to wrestle the lead back and he went on to record his second feature win in as many nights following his win at Murray Bridge.
Fourth across the line was Nathan Camilleri with Jacob Griffin and Hayden Pascoe, who was running inside the top three prior to a spin on lap 5, completing the top six.
In front of what was a great crowd the Legend cars put on a great display often racing three wide in what was an impressive debut at the Adelaide venue. In all a total of 23 cars from New South Wales and the Australian Capital Territory were present with the 8 lap heat races and the final thrilling the audience on hand.
In addition to the two heat races that went the way of Williams the remaining two heats were shared between Rob Rawlings and Shane Younger, with Rawlings ending the night with a new 8 lap record of 2:27.62.
Night 2 of the Easter Wingless Sprint Trail was the second major feature of the night with Jake Ashworth ending the unbeaten run of Joel Chadwick as he edged out Chadwick by less than a car length in the best Wingless Sprint main event of the current season. Third across the line in the Jack Daniels Easter Cup was Dan Evans with Chris Ferrall, Aaron Doe and Matthew Kennedy completing the top six. Earlier the heat wins went to Ferrall, Chadwick and Ashworth.
With Speedway City hosting round 2, following the opening nights racing at Renmark, Dan Evans was declared the overall Easter Trail winner.
The Speedway Shop Speedcar Stampede was also conducted with Queenslander Anthony Chaffey winning the final ahead of Nathan Squiers, Jamie Crouch, Mark Harrington and Todd Bennett. Bennett actually started on the front row alongside Chaffey but he threw a potential win away early in the race after he spun his #25 Eagle.
Once the overall points from the Speedcar Stampede and the event the night prior at Murray Bridge were calculated Squiers was declared the winner of the two night series ahead of Chaffey and Harrington.
A strong field of Junior Sedans were also on hand to race for the MJS Tree and Stump Easter Cup but it was a familiar sight on the podium as Nathan Thorne defeated his brother Heath in the 20 lap final with Josh Gwynne completing the podium. The top three B-Grade drivers were also rewarded with Tom Richter defeating Jake Richter and Drew Flatman.
The overall Easter Cup, that included points collected at Speedway City and Renmark, was awarded to Nathan Thorne over Heath Thorne and Ashlee McEwin.
Nathan Thorne also reset the 8 lap track record lowering the old mark set by Adrian Cottrell a decade ago to 2:39.57.
In the National Karate Academies V6 Sprints it was South Australian Champion Nick Hall who defeated Chris James while Whyalla racer Andy Maxwell Jr won the Tyrepower / Ultra Tune Campbelltown Street Stock Feature.
The night was also capped off by the annual Easter Sunday National Karate Academies Caravan Boat and Dunny Derby with Paul Penhall winning the 12 lap novelty event ahead of Geoff Flack and Adam Simons while Adam Stevens was given the Best Presented Award.
The next meeting at Speedway City will be conducted on April 9, 2016 with the final 410ci Sprintcar show of the year with the running of the Jack Daniels / City of Playford Mayors Cup.
Friday March 25, 2016. Phil Michell Motorsport Media
This Easter Sunday (March 27) night pack your chocolate eggs and Easter goodies in a basket and head out to Adelaide’s Speedway City for what will be a great Family Night out with the running of the annual “Easter Thrillerama”. This year’s event will feature the inaugural Jack Daniels South Australian Legend Car Championship, Wingless Sprints, Speedcars, Junior Sedans, Street Stocks, V6 Sprints, a Monster Fireworks Display and the always popular and hilarious National Karate Academies Caravan Boat and Dunny Derby. Over the years this event has become a tradition at Speedway City and it regularly attracts one of the biggest crowds of the season so if you plan to attend make sure you arrive early so you are not disappointed.
The Legend Car State Title has attracted a line-up of 24 drivers from across New South Wales and the Australian Capital Territory so the racing should be intense as they battle for the right to be called the South Australian Champion. Legend Cars are based on American Hot Rods from the 1930’s and 1940’s but they are only 5/8th the size of the original automobiles that they resemble. Over the past few years the “Legends” have proven to be very popular at the Valvoline Raceway in Sydney and now it South Australia’s turn to witness their exciting brand of dirt track racing.
Sharing top billing for the event this Sunday will be The Speedway Shop Speedcar Stampede and the Jack Daniel’s Wingless Sprint Easter Cup and the MJS Tree & Stump Junior Sedan Easter Cup.
The Speedcar Stampede will unfortunately only have a small but quality field present but there will see some great drivers on hand including Ben Hall, last weekend’s South Australian Championship runner-up Todd Bennett, Jamie Crouch, Nathan Squiers, Western Australian Brad Warwick and Anthony Chaffey from Queensland.
The Wingless Sprints will be strongly represented with a field of 17 cars but they will all be chasing one man, South Australian Champion Joel Chadwick, who will be out to defend his unbeaten run at the venue this season. But if the most recent events are anything to go by Spencer Taylor, Jake Ashworth and Brett Ireland are the most likely challengers although the real wild card in the field will be the return of the highly talented Chris Ferrall.
The Junior Sedans will also have a strong field present for their Easter Cup with 16 entries including Heath and Nathan Thorne, Mac Caldecott, Kye Richardson, Drew Flatman Sharni and Tamika Pitcher,
Ashlee McEwin, Makayla Maxwell, Bradley and Tegan Sheridan, Josh and Lachie Gwynne and the Richter's from the Riverland (Tom, Dylan and Jake). Speedway City would like to thank Mark Simister from MJS Tree & Stump for sponsoring the Juniors.
The final racing categories include the return of the V6 Sprints are a lengthy absence and one of the biggest Street Stock fields of the current season with 18 nominations including Darren Flatman, Paul Hayes, Neville Nitschke, Sam Brumfield, Matt Maynard and Western Australian Damon Thomson.
Last but not least the Caravan, Boat and Dunny Derby with 14 drivers that will litter the race track with debris in a huge crash and bash finale to what should be a massive Easter Family night at the Home of South Australian Speedway, and remember Children 11 years and under are FREE when accompanied by a paying Adult. The Monster Fireworks Display will light up the sky around 8:30pm.
General Admission Prices... Adults: $25 Concession: $20, 12-15 years: $15 11 & Under: FREE Programme: $5
Wednesday March 16, 2016. Phil Michell
Steven Caruso has led the Revolution Racegear Speedway City Track Championship since round 3 through sheer consistency but last Saturday night he put an exclamation mark on his series lead by winning round 9 of the series. Caruso led the entire 25 lap finale after starting on the outside of the front row and with only one round remaining he now holds a lead of over 200 points over his nearest rival, Sam Putland.
Going into the final Brad Keller had actually won both of his qualifying heats and was clearly the fastest car at the racetrack but he was destined to start from position nine after failing to record a lap in Time Trials due to a magneto issue. Keller would eventually finish third in the final behind Caruso and Keke Falland but he task was made even harder after his car jumped out of gear five laps into the race sending him back to rear after making up five spots.
Despite the small field there was still plenty of drama on the night as in addition to Keller’s issues Luke Bowey was another who had a tough night. After he damaged his engine in his first heat the team headed back to his nearby workshop to bring the backup car to the track but it was all for nothing as he triggered a multi car accident on lap nine of the final after tagging an infield tyre barrier. As he spun in front of the field a number of cars including Brendan Quinn, Michael Burford and Justin Sloan were involved with Quinn rolling his #14.
Behind Keller the only other finishers in the race were Sam Putland, pole sitter Brock Hallett, Todd Wigzell, Shannon Barry and Sloan.
The night also saw a large number of support classes but the car numbers were unfortunately well down.
In the Wingless Sprints Joel Chadwick’s unbeaten run continued as he drove his SA #1 machine to the win over Spencer Taylor and Brett Ireland while Ryan Alexander won the JD Couriers Super Sedan event. Justin Demaine won the Street Stock Demonstration event while Brad Stell reset three Track Records on his way to the win in the Formula 500 Feature.
Prior to the final Stell reset the 8 lap Track Record on two occasions with the final mark being set at 1:54.84 before he lowered the 15 lap record, that was held by Brock Hallett, by almost 10 seconds to 3:34.71.
The next event at Speedway City will be conducted on Easter Sunday (March 27) with the National Karate Academies EASTER THRILLERAMA!!! The night will feature a Caravan, Boat and Dunny Derby, Monster Fireworks, the SA Legend Car Championship, The Speedway Shop Speedcar Stampede, Easter Cups for Wingless Sprints and Junior Sedans, V6 Sprints and Street Stocks.
Thursday March 10, 2016. Phil Michell
This Saturday night (March 12) the Sprintcars are back at Speedway City with Round 9 of the Revolution Racegear Track Championship. In addition to the 410ci Sprintcars the Wingless Sprints will also share top billing with competitive fields in both classes set to take on the 430 metre Speedway City clay oval.
With only three rounds of the series remaining Steven Caruso remains in the box seat to take out the Track Championship but rookie 410ci racer Sam Putland is emerging as his major threat along with Luke Bowey, who currently sits in fourth. Third placed Mark Caruso has taken himself out of contention as he will miss his second consecutive event this weekend.
But in addition to the top drivers in the overall points all eyes will be on two of the best young talents in Australian Sprintcar racing who have nothing to race for other than the win on Saturday. Matt Egel and Brad Keller are not chasing points so all they care about is capturing another feature race victory.
Other drivers who will be keen for a strong run include last start winner Keke Falland, Brock Hallett, last round runner-up Brendan Quinn, Justin Sloan and Michael Burford.
The Wingless Sprints have produced some outstanding racing this season and that trend is set to continue with another quality line-up of drivers. South Australian Champion Joel Chadwick is back from his recent trip to the Australian Championship with his main aim being to continue his unbeaten run this season. Joining Chadwick will be the likes of Matthew Kennedy, Brett Ireland, Michael Spoljaric, Spencer Taylor and William Caruso therefore it should be another entertaining night from the V6 powered Sprintcars.
The Formula 500’s will complete the open wheeled theme with a field of 11 drivers nominated. Considering the category was only added to the program in the last week this is a great turn out. The field includes some of the best in the state with Lachie Cates, Ross Miller, Rory Stevenson and Brad Stell all expected to be towards the front.
Unfortunately this Saturday night will see a slightly depleted field of Super Sedans with series leader Dave Gartner racing in Victoria and several other local competitors choosing not to race. But despite a small field the racing should still be intense as Michael Miller and Ryan Alexander attempt to capitalise on the opportunity that Gartner has provided and take over the JD Couriers Super Series lead. They will be joined by veteran Robbie Marchant, Kaleb Perrett and rookie Kym Jury.
The support classes will be rounded out by a small field of Street Stocks due to fact a majority of the locals will be racing at Ballarat this weekend as they contest the Australian Street Stock Championship.
General Admission Prices:
12-15 years: $10
11 & Under: FREE
Racing at “South Australia’s Home of Speedway” will kick off at 5:30pm.
Don’t forget about the huge Easter Kids Night to follow on Sunday March 27, 2016 that is set to feature a CARAVAN, BOAT & DUNNY DERBY, a MONSTER FIREWORKS DISPLAY, the SA LEGEND CAR TITLE and THE SPEEDWAY SHOP SPEEDCAR STAMPEDE along with the MJS Tree & Stump Junior Sedans Easter Cup, Wingless Sprints Easter Cup, V6 Sprints and Street Stocks.
Sunday February 21, 2016. Phil Michell
Last night Loxton’s Keke Falland won his first ever 410ci Sprintcar main event victory as he won a titanic flag to flag battle in Round 8 of the Revolution Racegear Speedway City Track Championship. After starting on the pole courtesy of his two heat victories he lost the lead early to pre-race favourite Daniel Pestka but at the mid race point he made the decisive move in turn three after Pestka hesitated as he attempted to lap the slower car of Michael Burford.
“When Daniel got hung up behind Burford I knew I had to pounce. I didn’t have a good start and once Daniel got in front I didn’t really think I could win but I just sat back and waited and once the chance opened up I just took it. We learnt a lot doing Speedweek and the races at Warrnambool and we bought all of that back and used it tonight and here we are” added a delighted feature winner.
Second place went to a revitalised Brendan Quinn who came up .164 of a second short of victory after making a last corner lunge at Falland. Quinn was clearly the fastest car on the race track in the latter stages as he railed the fence passing Pestka on the high side before setting sail after the race leader.
Third place went to Pestka with Steven Caruso extending his series points lead with a fourth placed result over Sam Putland, who moved into second overall behind Caruso. Brendan Guerin had a solid run in sixth with Brock Hallett, Luke Bowey, Todd Wigzell and Dan Evans completing the top ten.
Along with Falland heat wins went the way of Pestka and Putland while Quinn set the fastest time in Time Trials.
Matt Egel had a tough night after rolling the Downing Brothers #97 in the opening heat after Brock Hallett spun in front of the field in turn four before finishing fifth in his second heat. Therefore he only qualified 11th in the 14 car field and he retired after only a handful of laps in the 20 lap finale.
In addition to the Sprintcars the meeting also feature a massive support program including the Bert Fenton Speedcar Cup, Super Sedans, AMCA Nationals, Wingless Sprints, Street Stocks and Junior Sedans.
Unfortunately the Speedcar field was reduced considerably for the 20 lap final after a multicar accident in the second heat in the opening turn resulted in the demise of Jamie Crouch, who slammed the wall hard, after trying to avoid Angelo Karoussis and Brett Ireland, who had made contact.
But despite the small field the feature race was a tight contest as Todd Wigzell won his second feature of the season defeating Ben Hall in the non-stop race by a car length. Third place went to Nathan Squires who made an exciting last corner pass on Todd Bennett. Fifth place went the way of Whyalla racer Angelo Karroussis.
With the Super Sedans being a late addition to the program the numbers were down slightly but the racing was still entertaining with Michael Miller claiming his first feature win of the season after he had earlier won both heat races. Second place went to veteran Robbie Marchant with Kaleb Perrett, Graham Stewart and Kym Jury completing the top five.
In the remaining classes Michael Spoljaric won his first ever Wingless Sprint A-Main with William Caruso and Brett Ireland completing the podium while Jason Robinson was awarded the AMCA Nationals feature after Wayne Vickers was relegated two spots for an aggressive pass for the lead. Therefore Leanne Turner was elevated to second with Vickers in third.
After a season that had been totally dominated by Holden drivers the Ford fans finally had something to cheer about in the Street Stocks as Carey Weston duplicated the performance of Keke Falland as he won in a Ford. Darren Flatman looked set to win again but Weston had other ideas as he chased him down and passed the multi time winner much to the delight of the crowd on hard. Third place went to a fellow Ford racer Daniel Karpinski. Finally Kooper Grieg proved too good in the Junior Sedan feature.
Thursday February 18, 2016. Phil Michell Motorsport Media
Following the successful George Tatnell Cup a fortnight ago the Sprintcars are back at Speedway City this Saturday night (February 20) for round 8 of the Revolution Racegear Track Championship. Currently Steven Caruso holds the points lead by a little over 60 points over his older Brother Mark Caruso, but with Mark not competing this weekend the points chase is set to be shaken up.
Rookie 410ci racer Sam Putland currently sits in third only 69 points behind Mark Caruso while Luke Bowey is a further 82 points back. With four rounds remaining, including the round this weekend, it has really become a race in four but Matt Egel can’t be discounted despite the fact he has missed two rounds. He currently sits sixth overall just behind Steven Lines, who will miss round 8 with his Western Australian racing duties.
Along with Caruso, Putland, Bowey and Egel, the field this Saturday night will consist of a further 12 competitors but there is still the possibility of a couple of late entries that could push the field to at least 18 cars.
Round 4 winner Daniel Pestka will be back in action this weekend and he won’t be chasing points, just the overall win so he will definitely be one to watch along with the likes of Keke Falland, Brendan Guerin, Hayden Pitt, Brock Hallett, Shannon Barry, Brendan Quinn and Justin Sloan.
Mildura based competitor Terry Kelly will make his first appearance at Speedway City for the season becoming the 42nd driver to compete at one or more Revolution Racegear Track Championship rounds this summer.
To this point in the series the round winners have been Steven Lines (3), Mark Caruso, Daniel Pestka, Matt Egel and Brooke Tatnell (1).
The meeting will also feature a huge support program including the mighty Speedcars, who will contest the Bert Fenton Memorial, Super Sedans, Wingless Sprints, AMCA Nationals, Street Stocks and Junior Sedans.
General Admission Prices:
12-15 years: $10
11 & Under: FREE
Speedway City – South Australia’s Home of Speedway – Celebrating 20 Seasons in 2015/16.