There is no doubt about it, the Bathurst 1000 is Australia’s greatest motorsport event. This weekend, the 2020 running of the prestigious event is going to be fought out, and Totally Speedway's Daniel Powell has gone about putting together this in-depth feature article, profiling the Supercar drivers contesting this year’s event that have tried their hand at speedway.
Cameron Waters (Vic)
Waters has won a National Modified Sedan Title (2018) and also a South Australian Late Model Title (2015). Midway through last year, Waters (pictured right) sampled the NT # 21 Chace Karpenko-owned Sprintcar at Darwin’s Northline Speedway (NT). Waters’s dad, Chris, raced Modified Production Sedans, which was highlighted with a third-place finish in the 1999 National Title on home soil: Mildura’s Timmis Speedway (Vic).
Scott McLaughlin (Vic)
In 2014, he was scheduled to drive Max Dumesny's Vic # 5 Sprintcar at Sydney's Valvoline Raceway; however, it was unfortunately cancelled due to the wet weather.
Warren Luff (Qld)
During the mid-2000s, Luff raced an AMCA National at Valvoline Raceway for Kerry McCombs. His dad Ian drove in the Fender Bender class in the 1980s.
Chaz Mostert (Qld)
Mostert has driven a Sprintcar on a few occasions – with the most recent being 2015 at Northam’s Avon Valley Speedway (WA) with the Kendrick Racing team. His first start in V8 Supercars was with former Super Sedan and Sprintcar racer Wayne Miles as his car owner.
James Moffat (Vic)
Moffat has driven a Sprintcar a few times and attends speedway when the opportunity comes about. Moffat’s most recent Sprintcar stint came in 2015 at Valvoline Raceway, where he drove the SA # 49 Ryan Jones car.
Shane van Gisbergen (Qld)
A Sprintcar fan and he has driven one a few times – back in New Zealand and here in Australia – the most recent being 2015 at Archerfield Speedway in Queensland steering Andrew Scheuerle’s Qld # 25 car and the same year drove one of the Kendrick Racing team cars at Northam’s Avon Valley Speedway (WA). He attended speedway throughout his childhood back in New Zealand - but also raced Quarter Midgets and TQs (Compact Speedcars) in his younger days. His dad Robert is a former Sprintcar racer.
Garth Tander (Vic)
Tander was a regular attendee at Claremont Speedway (WA) in his younger days. Back in 2017 at Valvoline Raceway, he drove a Sprintcar (Max Dumesny's Vic # 5 car) for the first time. Tander, who started his motorsport career on the dirt via the Dirt Kart class, regularly attends speedway race meetings in Victoria as a pit crew member for the David Challons-owned team and he is also a neighbour of Sprintcar veteran Mike Van Bremen.
Jamie Whincup (Qld)
In 2012 at Warrnambool's Premier Speedway (Vic), Whincup drove a Sprintcar during a media day. He has attended Brisbane's Archerfield Speedway a few times over the Christmas- New Year period in recent years.
Garry Jacobson (Vic)
Before stepping into Supercars on a full-time basis, Jacobson (pictured below) dabbled in speedway racing GP Midgets and then Sprintcars. He is the son of Peter Jacobson – a three-time National Modified Production Sedan Title holder (1987, 1993 and 1997). Peter is also a former Sprintcar racer, who later went on to become the car owner of the first ever running Australian 360 Sprintcar Championship in 2004 with driver Stephen Bell.
Mark Winterbottom (Vic)
The son of two-time Australian Sprintcar Champion (1969 and 1974) Jim Winterbottom. Mark started in Honda Odysseys at Nepean Raceway, near Penrith in western Sydney (NSW), and later in his teenage years was given the opportunity to guest drive a Sprintcar at the Newcastle Motordrome by car owner Brian Linigen, before the launch of his V8 Supercar career.
Jonathon Webb (Qld)
Webb drove the Qld # 25 Andrew Scheuerle Sprintcar in 2015 during a media day at Archerfield Speedway.
Lee Holdsworth (Vic)
In 2015 at Valvoline Raceway, Holdsworth drove the Sid Moore-owned NSW # 95 Sprintcar that was at the time raced by Daniel Needham.
Jake and Brodie Kostecki (WA)
Jake Kostecki steered the Ryan Jones SA # 49 car at the Perth Motorplex (WA) in 2015. Meanwhile, Jake’s cousin, Brodie, between 2013 and 2014 competed over in America, where he ran various speedway events – mainly on the tar circuits.
Tim Slade (SA)
Slade (pictured below) absolutely loves Sprintcars, so much that he raced a 360 Sprintcar in his home state of South Australia for car owner Ray Bartlett during the 2010-11 season. Two years later, Slade guest drove the NSW # 86 Sprintcar normally driven by Matthew Craft at Valvoline Raceway during a media day.
Photo: Corey Gibson Photography
David Russell (NSW)
Russell (pictured below) won the 2001-02 season NSW V8 Dirt Modified Title – creating history at the time by becoming the youngest winner of the event that was held over two nights at two different tracks: Grafton Speedway and Lismore Speedway. He is the son of multiple Australian and State Champion in V8 Dirt Modifieds Geoff Russell.
Jack Perkins (Vic)
Perkins has steered a Sprintcar on numerous occasions over the years. He was a guest commentator of the World Series Sprintcar Championship television coverage with Wade Aunger during the 2012-13 season, along with being an on-track reporter during WSS Speedweek events and as a spectator over the years.
David Reynolds (Vic)
Reynolds has driven a Sprintcar at the Perth Motorplex (WA), along with a Legend Car back in 2016. A year later, he drove a Super Sedan owned by Paul Blenkiron at Adelaide Motorsport Park (SA) for a Penrite Oils promotional day.
Dale Wood (Vic)
In 2017 at Adelaide Motorsport Park (SA), he drove a Super Sedan normally driven by Paul Blenkiron during a Penrite Oils promotional day.
Chris Pither (Vic)
Pither attended Valvoline Raceway as a guest back in 2012 and is keen to get his butt into a Sprintcar sooner rather than later.
Will and Alex Davison (Vic)
Both Davison brothers have attended various speedway race meetings over the years in Queensland.
Michael Caruso (NSW)
Growing up in Sydney, Caruso was a regular spectator at Valvoline Raceway throughout the 1990s. In recent times, Caruso acted as a pit crew member for fellow Supercar racer Cameron Waters during his cameo Modified Sedan appearance last season at Valvoline Raceway.
Dean Fiore (WA)
Fiore contested a celebrity / legends race meeting in a Modlite at Brisbane’s Archerfield Speedway (Qld) during the early part of the 2013-14 season. He impressed many after he finished the feature race in a solid second place behind winner Michael Gee.
Nathan Herne (NSW)
Despite being unable to get approval from Motorsport Australia to compete in this year’s Bathurst 1000 with the Garry Rogers Motorsport team, the 18-year-old (pictured below) gained plenty of publicity in the lead up to Australia’s biggest motorsport event and is this weekend competing in the support category: TA2 Muscle Car. Herne’s connection to the sport of speedway is that he is the son of six-time Australian V8 Dirt Modified Champion Stuart Herne.
Team Owner - Rusty French (Vic)
French, who is a co-owner of the Ford Performance Racing Supercar team, loves speedway and he is the owner of various Sprintcars for his own personal use.
Team Owner - Rod Nash (Vic)
Nash, who is also a Ford Performance Racing team co-owner with French, competed in Super Sedans during the 1980s and 1990s throughout Victoria. He is the brother of former Sprintcar racer Darryl Nash.