Welcome to the weekly Weekend Wrap column. In this column, Totally Speedway’s Daniel Powell covers all of the hot topics from the weekend in Australian speedway and so much more.
McHugh’s East Coast Pipeline Racing Debut
Youngster Lockie McHugh (pictured right) made his much anticipated East Coast Pipeline Racing team debut during last Saturday’s first 2020-21 season practice night at Toowoomba’s Hi-Tec Oils Speedway in Queensland.
Steering the Qld # 7 East Coast Pipeline Racing Cool car, which was just a plain black colour scheme, the 22-year-old from the Gold Coast ran a total of three practice sessions and on each occasion ended up at the top of the time sheets. McHugh’s fastest lap out of those three sessions was a 10.467 seconds, which was sensationally a new track record after bettering Andrew Scheuerle's previous record of 10.482 seconds.
According to witness reports from the night, along with his recorded practice session lap times, McHugh adapted very well to his ride with one of the country’s leading 410 Sprintcar teams.
With the East Coast Pipeline Racing team not prepared to publicly confirm any of their 2020-21 season plans, especially with the coronavirus pandemic and the ensuing state border closures, it’s unsure of what the next step is going to be for the McHugh and East Coast Pipeline Racing duo but it’s encouraging to see them hit the track.
Following the current strict Queensland border closures, it’s not likely that McHugh and the East Coast Pipeline Racing team will be leaving their home state anytime soon.
Gilroy Brothers One-Two
The annual Dan’s Automotive Cup for Modified Sedans was fought out at Ayr’s Pioneer Park Speedway in Queensland on Saturday night and it resulted in a one-two finish for the Gilroy brothers, Wayne and Myles.
In what was an action-packed feature race, Wayne Gilroy (pictured below), from nearby Mackay, emerged on top at the fall of the chequered flag and in the process pocketed the $1500 top prize.
Following Wayne across the finish line was his brother Myles, while a determined David ‘Tangles’ Head completed the podium in third. The latter, who on the night also picked up the $50 fastest lap award from Clarko’s Performance, was right up there in front-running contention throughout the feature race but ended up coming off second best (or should we say third best) as he attempted to wrestle the lead away from Wayne Gilroy on the final lap but managed to spin out of contention.
Pre-race favourites, Adam Jorgensen, Tim Smith and Brodie Boss, all encountered misfortune during the feature race and consequently failed to finish.
In the support classes, Kaydon Iverson came out on top in the Formula 500s feature race, which made up for the previous weekend’s disappointment at Cairns Speedway, ahead of Josh Pokarier and youngster Brodie Davis, while in the Super Street Sedans, Sam Richardson scored the feature-race spoils by downing Nathan Mullins in second and Dean Dalgleish in third.
The remaining night’s feature-race winners were: Terry O’Brien (Formula 400s), Brady Heathcote (Formula 250s), Nicholas Gray (Speedway Karts - Seniors) and Sam Nucifora (Speedway Karts - Juniors).
Wingless Win for Goldoni
After finishing second at the previous race meeting, Daniel Goldoni picked up his first Wingless Sprint feature-race win of the 2020 season, which occurred last Saturday night at Katherine Speedway.
Goldoni (pictured below), who made the 300 kilometres south from his home base of Darwin in the Northern Territory to the Katherine Speedway track, proved too strong for his rivals throughout the feature race and went on to score what was a comfortable win.
Following Goldoni to the chequered flag in the 15-lap event was fellow Darwin-based racers Sean Tiedeman and Jamie McInnes in second and third place respectively. The top-five finishers were completed by Matthew McLennan and Shane Norman.
The previous Wingless Sprint feature-race winner at Katherine Speedway, Daniel’s younger brother, Jarrod, failed to repeat this performance and unfortunately failed to finish the feature race.
Scott Leonhardt (Formula 500s), Justin Brimfield (Street Stocks), Brian Flood (NT Sedans), Isaiah Strong (Junior Sedans) and Tim Feehan (Speedway Karts) were the other feature-race winners on the night.
Photo: Nakita Pollock Photography
Leviston’s Kellerberrin Win
Making it back-to-back feature-race wins, the in-form Wayne Leviston emerged on top in last Saturday’s joint Production Sedans and Street Stocks feature race at Kellerberrin Speedway in Western Australia.
After winning the feature race in Production Sedans the previous weekend at Pithara Speedway, Leviston (pictured below) continued his feature-race winning form at Kellerberrin Speedway. Pacing the field for the entire 15-lap distance, Leviston defeated John Castagna and Allan Barrow in second and third place respectively.
Tom Hooper made a return to Sprintcars after nearly a 12-month break on Saturday and he celebrated it by taking out the feature-race win. Hooper was in great form throughout the race meeting and was able to defeat fellow podium finishes Shane Fielder and Ron Burgess in the feature race.
In the other classes, Kristen Falconbridge emerged on top in the V8 Dirt Modified feature race by downing Bryn Lake and Peter Forbes, Ben Ludlow was too good in the Pro Modifieds feature race and outpaced Brendan McKeagg and Matt Bosveld, Matt Watkins won the West Coast Speedcar feature race ahead of Ken Reid and Simon North, and Bill Stocks won the Non-Winged Sprintcars feature race by defeating Lee Redmond and Rick Morrison.
Donny Archer Memorial
The annual Donny Archer Memorial was run and won over the weekend at Derby Speedway in the far north of Western Australia.
With a large field of competitors throughout the far northern region of the state, the biggest win of the two-night event came in the Modified Sedans. Broome's Ray Clifton (pictured below) came out on top in the feature race ahead of former Western Australian Champion Jeff Steele in second and Dale Edwards in third.
In the Street Stocks, Shayne Doust defeated Jake Hoath and Brinley McGaffin, while Production Sedans saw the feature race go the way of Greg Mills, who outpaced Liam Mackenzie and Prue Plowright in second and third place respectively.
The other feature-race wins were shared between Courteney Perry (Ladies Sedans), Rob Kirk (Modlites), Riley Dunne (Junior Sedans - Top Stars), Mia Dunne (Junior Sedans - New Stars), Max Lang (Junior Quarter Midgets) and Koby Rickerby (Sliders).
Continued Outlaw Growth
The newest class on the Australian speedway scene, Outlaw Karts, continues to go from strength to strength.
Over the weekend, the Outlaw Karts appeared once again at Pinjar Park Speedway, near Perth in Western Australia, and the talent on show, which included various second and third generation speedway racers, was in abundance.
In the Open class, the feature-race honours were claimed in impressive fashion by Jack Williamson (pictured above), who went on to defeat Sprintcar regular Tim Boujos in second and another Sprintcar racer AJ Nash in third.
The Immediate feature-race spoils went the way of Jorja Farrell. Harrison Peet and Indi Perry joined Farrell on the podium in second and third place respectively.
Braydee Monte (pictured below), who is the son of 410 Sprintcar Monte Motorsport team owner Luch Monte, scored the feature-race win in the Junior Box Stock class and he was able to finish ahead of Bentley Summers and newcomer Kye Turkington.
The fourth and final class on the day’s program were the Junior Beginner Box Stock, and the feature race was picked up by Jaxon Marshall, who outpaced Kye Turkington to the chequered flag.
Allen Ends Long Wait
After 350 World of Outlaws starts, Jacob Allen last Friday night at Dodge City Raceway Park (KS) broke through for maiden A main win.
The 26-year-old (pictured below) had been remarkably close to his maiden WoO A main win but just fallen short, but there was not one person that wasn’t happy for him following Friday night’s triumph. What made Allen’s $10,000 win even more special was the fact that he finished 1-2 with his Shark Racing team-mate and nephew Logan Schuchart. Completing the podium in third was Donny Schatz.
In what was his fifth World of Outlaws win of the year, Sheldon Haudenschild the following night romped to victory on the second night at Dodge City Raceway Park.
Haudenschild took over the lead of the A main on lap eight and from there was never headed as he collected the $10,000 top prize. Early pacesetter Parker-Price Miller finished behind Haudenschild in second, while David Gravel picked up the podium spot on the podium in third. The previous night’s A main winner Jacob Allen ended up finishing back in ninth.
Over the two nights at Dodge City Raceway Park, current WoO Championship point standings leader Brad Sweet was able to consolidate his lead with fifth and fourth place finishes in the two A mains.
Latest WoO Championship Point Standings
1 Brad Sweet - 5400 points
2 Logan Schuchart - 5390
3 Donny Schatz - 5320
4 Sheldon Haudenschild - 5296
5 Carson Macedo - 5278
Veteran Stars at Port Royal
Lance Dewease is regarded as one of Pennsylvania’s best 410 Sprintcar racers and showed that over the weekend throughout the three nights of the All Stars Circuit of Champions Series, which was the 53rd running of the annual Tuscarora 50, at Port Royal Speedway (PA).
Winning the A mains on two out of the three nights, Dewease (pictured below) won Friday night’s A main ahead of Anthony Macri and Kyle Larson, while he went on to back up that form the following night by defeating Macri in second and Dylan Cisney in third. Finishing just off the podium in fourth was Larson, after he had charged his way from position 22 in the field.
Thursday night’s A main resulted in Cory Eliason coming away with the spoils, and he was joined on the podium by Australian Kerry Madsen and Tony Stewart in second and third respectively. The A main was marred by a big crash by Kyle Larson, who recorded a rare DNF.
Latest All Star Series Point Standings
1 Aaron Reutzel - 5344 points
2 Cory Eliason - 5294
3 Zeb Wise - 4904
4 Paul McMahan - 4770
5 Skylar Gee - 4646
Lindgren Powers to SGP Lead
The third and fourth round of the 2020 Speedway Grand Prix was held over the weekend with the Gorzow Grand Prix of Poland and it resulted in Sweden’s Fredrick Lindgren taking control of the point standings lead.
On Friday night, Poland’s Bartosz Zmarzlik took out the final ahead of Australian Jason Doyle, Lindgren and Danish’s Leon Madsen. The next night, Lindgren improved on the previous night’s third-place finish on the podium to clinch the win in the final. He ended up defeating Madsen, Doyle and Russian Emil Sayfutdinov to the chequered flag.
Apart from Doyle’s outstanding form, fellow Australian Max Fricke endured a tough two nights and he was consequently unable to qualify into any of the semi-finals from the heat-race action.
Latest SGP Point Standings
1 Fredrick Lindgren - 66 points
2 Bartosz Zmarzlik - 59
3 Maciej Janowski - 57
4 Tai Woffinden - 53
5 Leon Madsen - 50
7* Jason Doyle (Aus) - 42
12* Max Fricke (Aus) - 24