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Thursday May 10, 2018. All Stars Media
With the off season well under the Mainline DynoLog Dynamometers All Star Series has had a chance to look back on the past 11 seasons and what has been achieved since their conception back in 2007-08.
“My good friend Tom Schmeh who worked as an historian at the Knoxville Hall of Fame until recently told me in our first season – ‘Mandy you need to keep record of series winners & stats etc. so you can look back on your history’ I did wonder why back then but did as he suggested and now as the years have passed I get it and find it fascinating to look back on. By keeping records I also know when our special milestone events will happen. This season we get to celebrate our 100th series round; that’s a pretty big deal for us.
Who would have ever guessed at our first ever show at Bacchus Marsh and only18 cars in attendance that one day we would get the chance to celebrate 100 rounds.” Mandy Searle says.
• 211 drivers have competed overall.
• Phil Lock has only missed 1 show since we started. Chris Solomon, Paul Solomon, Brad Foster & Tony Moule make up the top 5 drivers that have raced the most with series. These 5 drivers are also the only ones who raced at the first ever show and been competing with us since.
• Tony Moule has won the most A Mains with Locky 2nd; Paul Solomon 3rd There has been 34 different feature winners overall.
• 3 sponsors have supported the series since the start - Max Dumesny Motorsport, GKR Transport & Sprintcar World. 6 other companies have locked in 10 seasons of support – Red Ed Sheds, Vortex Racing Products, Hoosier Tire Australia, Oval Express Magazine, IDIGIT & Maxam Printing. What an outstanding level of commitment from these companies.
• Timmis Speedway, Mildura has held the most series rounds running a total of 18 rounds, with Simpson Speedway next in line closely followed by Murray Bridge Speedway.14 different venues have held rounds.
• Both the All Star Challenge and Tyson Perez Memorial have run 8 times. The Challenge has had 7 different winners and one wash out. The Spud show has had 4 different winners. 100 different drivers have competed in the Challenge from every state in Australia and the USA. Phil Lock, John Vogels & Chris Solomon are the only 3 drivers that have competed in all 8 shows. Current Supercar Driver Tim Slade raced in the first ever Challenge. 107 different drivers have run the Spud Show.
• 10 different drivers have won the series with the first two time winner last season.
• 4 officials have been involved since day one.
• 160+ Rookies to 360 racing have competed over the years.
“When you look at these statistics you can see just some of what has been achieved over the past 11 seasons. The dedication of our drivers, sponsors and officials is amazing. The car count still stays strong even with all the miles we travel. Looking at these stats you can also see clearly the ‘family feel’ that we pride ourselves on shine through. Watching young 16 year olds doing battle with the 60 year olds, watching brothers, sisters, mums, dads and uncles compete against each other always makes me really proud of what we have achieved.
Giving young competitors the opportunity to race with their hero’s, for example watching a 17 year old Cory Lincoln line up beside a legend like Danny Smith or 16year old Cheian Perrett get to race against Terry McCarl is really cool. Every driver, crew, sponsor & official should take the time to be proud of their achievements because we are. I wonder what amazing stats I can add to our history next season.” Mandy says.
Below are podium winners from the first season and highlights the loyalty of All Star teams. Darren Hickman these days has his son racing and also sponsors the series. Tony Moule is still competing and Lauren White (Densley). Lauren has since retired from racing
Monday April 30, 2018. All Stars Media
The Mainline DynoLog Dynamometers All Star Series are pleased to announce their proposed schedule for the upcoming 12th season.
“We are very excited to release our dates early in the off season. Dates & venues have changed around this season to work in with venues and we have extended the season after listening to our teams last season. We are also pretty excited to continue our tradition and kick off at Mildura and finish at Mildura.
This season we are honoured to incorporate the prestigious “Ross Wright Memorial” in our second visit to Murray Bridge in March. This date also allow teams travelling over to WA for the 360 Australian Title to pick up a race meeting on their way home.” Searle says. “Also if any travelling teams want to come and run the Spud Show the can pick up the 360 Victorian Title at Simpson the weekend after.
I am really pleased the way the calendar has worked this season and will hopefully take some of the pressure of our teams also.”
Dates are –
November 3 - Timmis Speedway, Mildura. VIC
November 10 - Murray Bridge Speedway, Murray Bridge, SA
November 17- Heartland Raceway, Moama. NSW
December 8 - TBC
January 5 - Timmis Speedway, Mildura VIC
January 12 - $10K All Star Challenge, Heytesbury Stockfeeds Simpson Speedway, VIC
February 2 - Blue Ribbon Raceway, Horsham, Vic
February 9 - Heartland Raceway, Moama. NSW
February 16 - Sunline Speedway, Waikerie, SA
March 2 - Tyson Perez Memorial, Borderline Speedway, Mt Gambier, SA
March 23 - Ross Wright Memorial, Murray Bridge Speedway, Mt Gambier, SA
March 30 - Series Final Timmis Speedway, Mildura. VIC
Thursday March 8, 2018. All Stars Media
The Mainline DynoLog Dynamometers All Star Series were pleased to get the opportunity to acknowledge their Drivers, teams and Sponsors at the end of season Presentation Night on Sunday 4th on the picturesque Murray River. In what was a nail biting conclusion for the final round Paul Solomon and Mark Caruso tied on 5065 points and with a countback on A Main wins for the season Solomon pipped Caruso by 1 – Solomon -3 and Caruso 2. In doing so Solomon became the first driver to win the Championship two times. An exciting way to finish an exciting season. Teams were treated with DVD presentations reliving both the highs and lows of the 11th season.
Top 5 in the Drivers’ Championship - 1st V7 Paul Solomon, 2nd SA33 Mark Caruso, 3rd V83 Chris Solomon, 4th V16 James Wren, 5th SA95 Jarman Dalitz
H’s Star Award – James Wren
Best Presented Car & Crew – Michael Tancredi
Crew Chief of the Year – Ken Hutchins
Most Improved – Jarman Dalitz - Winning 4 Max Wheels from Max Dumesny Motorsport
Vortex Altitude Award – Daniel Evans - Winning an Outlaw Top wing from Vortex Racing Products
Rob Barker Encouragement Award – Cody Atkins.
Outstanding Achievement – Ken Hutchins
Rookie of the Year – Cheian Perrett - Winning a Helmet from Velocita Safety Apparel
Drivers Driver –V4 Phil Lock
Velocita Lucky Draw – Daniel Evans – Winning a Velocita Custom Driving Suit
All Star Legend’s – Murray Lock
The Drivers Driver Award was again won by Phil Lock which an amazing achievement winning this award 8 times in the short 11 seasons. Drivers are now calling this the Phil Lock Award instead of Drivers Driver. The respect he has earnt amongst his peers truly shows.
Murray Lock was inducted into the Hall of Fame with a heartfelt speech by Promoter Mandy Searle. “Murray has been a part of the series since we started, he is a quiet achiever but his efforts never go unnoticed. Murray will help any team he can and is one of the first to offer help and advice to our younger competitors. He has shared his young growing family with us over these years and it will only be a matter of time before we have another young Lock on the race track. His passion for us is second to none and is another deserving member to the exclusive Legends Hall of Fame.”
Thanks everyone for a fantastic night and congratulations to everyone!!
Monday March 5, 2018. All Stars Media
Paul Solomon created history last night at Maxi Moves Timmis Speedway, Mildura when he won an enthralling final A-Main of the series and in doing so become the first 2 time All Stars Series Champ. Heading into the meeting Solomon was a slender 20 points behind eventual runner up Mark Caruso. That margin was widdled away to just 15 points after the qualifying heats and set up what was to be an exciting 30 lap stanza.
Dan Evans started his SA44 on Pole after being high point’s man after the heats and was looking to capitalize on his A-Main starting spot. Lining up alongside him was Michael Tancredi. Tancredi had been having a great season after enlisting the services of Ace Spanner man Tony Bartlett since round 6. Former All Stars champion Brenten Farrer lined up on the second row alongside Solomon whilst Tony Moule and Caruso filled the 3rd row of the grid. Going into the A-Main Caruso just had to finish 6th or better and he would pick up the series win.
The start was a frenetic pace as the 19 combatants thundered into Turn 1. Unfortunately a few cars got together at the front causing Caruso to spin out and be sent to the rear of the field making his task seem even harder. The race restarted and set into a normal pace with Evans shooting away to an unassailable lead picking off lapped cars with ease.
Meanwhile Tancredi was having issues with an ill handling car and started to drift back through the pack before getting too high and clouting the turn 3 wall. Trigga Gates who was enjoying a good consistent and clean run had nowhere to go and unfortunately flipped after contact with Tancredi. Moule also involved and sat out the A-Main on the infield. Jack Gartner also watched from the infield.
Meanwhile the race was starting to hot up for the minor placings with James Wren, Brendan Guerin and Michael Lovegrove all battling for that final podium position with Wren eventually getting that positon at the fall of the chequers. ith the white flag coming out Solomon was right on the tail tank of Evans heading into turn 1. Lap traffic which had its say in everything throughout the race added one last twist to an already action packed final. After 29 and a quarter laps Solomon eased his way under Evans and assumed the lead and powered away with what would be a crucial victory.
The scenario at the start of the race had Solomon needing to win and Caruso to finish 7th or worse. With Caruso finishing 7th Solomon’s win was enough to hand him the overall series win. With points tied atop the leader board Solomon’s win was the tie breaker with his 3 A-Main wins edging out Caruso with 2 for the series.
Defending All Stars champ Chris Solomon finished 6th with Caruso, Jarman Dalitz, Daniel Scott, and Cody Atkins rounding out the top 10. They were followed by Tancredi, Ron Donaldson and Farrer who rode out a nasty ride in turn 3 causing damage to the fence. With the fence requiring some attention it was decided that there would be an open red allowing the teams to fix the damage and get Farrer back out there. Phil Lock and Stacey Galliford rounded out the finishes with Cheian Perret watching the conclusion from the infield.
A Main results: 1st V7 Paul Solomon, 2nd SA4 Dan Evans, 3rd V16 James Wren, 4th SA96 Brendan Guerin, 5th SA9 Michael Lovegrove, 6th V83 Chris Solomon, 7th SA33 Mark Caruso, 8th SA95 Jarman Dalitz, 9th VA91 Dan Scott, 10th SA69 Cody Atkins, 11th V29 Michael Tancredi, 12th V33 Ron Donaldson, 13th V34 Brenten Farrer, 14th V4 Phil Lock, 15th N46 Stacey Galliford, 16th SA98 Cheian Perrett-DNF, 17th SA5 Trigga Gates-DNF, 18th NT26 Tony Moule-DNF, 19th SA16 Jack Gartner-DNF,
Heat winners: Mark Caruso, Dan Evans, Brenten Farrer, Michael Lovegrove
IDIGIT Lucky $100 draw – Brendan Guerin - $100 cash
B&B Retaining Walls Lucky 10’s – Cody Atkins – drum of methanol
Bar Up Bull Bars 8 – Jarmin Dalitz
Hickmans Tree Maintenance Random Draw – Michael Lovegrove
Oval Express Magazine Quick Time Award –Brenten Farrer – a year’s subscription to Oval Express Magazine
Melbourne Stainless Steel Last man running Award – Stacey Galliford
Thursday March 1, 2018. All Stars Media
In what has become a tradition over the past 11 season’s the Mainline DynoLog Dynamometers All Star Series Champion will be decided this Saturday night when the final round is held at Timmis Speedway, Mildura. With only 41 points separating the top 3 drivers the pressure will be on and whoever takes it out will create history and become the first two times Series Champion.
The top 5 in points going into the final round are:
1. Mark Caruso – 4575
2. Paul Solomon – 4555
3. Chris Solomon – 4534
4. James Wren – 4385
5. Jarman Dalitz – 4379
“It really is out of the top 3 guys and all 3 can win. We always seem to have fireworks on our final night and I wouldn’t expect anything else this season. Whoever it is – Mark, Pauly or Chrissy it will be very special to have our first 2 time Champion. They have all had fantastic seasons but unfortunately only one can win. I am pretty excited about it.” Promoter Searle says.
Tony Moule’s NT26 Maxim returns to Mildura again. Moule would love to lock in a feature win to finish the season off. Moule’s record for of winning the most A Main’s in the series still stands so adding another one would just strengthen this. V34 Brenten Farrer has had a challenging season but still managed to win 2 A Mains and loves the Timmis racetrack. 3 would just finish the season for him on a high. VA29 Michael Tancredi was fast last weekend at Mt Gambier and very capable of picking up an A Main win. Not forgetting young hard chargers SA44 Dan Evans, SA16 Jack Gartner, SA5 Trigga Gates and SA69 Cody Atkins all are chasing valuable points to improve their championship placings. Michael Lovegrove won the same round last season and after a podium at Waikerie early in February is another hot shot wanting a high note to finish his season.
To top off the weekend the Series is holding their Presentation Cabaret on Sunday night to recognise all the drivers & teams for their effort over the past couple of months.
Remember Timmis Speedway, March 3rd. on track action at 5.30pm.
Sunday February 25, 2018. All Stars Media
After a drizzly start to the night which forced Time Trials to be abandoned SA27 Daniel Pestka took out the 8th annual Tyson Perez Memorial at Borderline Speedway last night.
Pestka leased a Maxwill 360 Engine for the night and his effort was certainly rewarded. He led flag to flag for the 31 lap tribute race and even with several reds he didn’t look like he was going to be challenged. ‘Winning any memorial race is cool, I remember buying parts from Spud and I remember the day of his accident, it’s pretty cool to win his race and I am very thankful” a thrilled Daniel said at the Presentation.
Home in second was SA33 Mark Caruso who showed his nose a couple of times to Pestka but just couldn’t quite get the job done. Coming home strongly in third after starting in 9th was V83 Chris Solomon. NT26 Tony Moule 4th and V7 Paul Solomon rounding out the top 5.
V29 Michael Tancredi got off to a great start and was quickly in 2nd until he tried to take Pestka on for the led and the 2 had a coming together which unfortunately caused a red light. With major damage he sat the rest of the event on the infield. SA22 Chad Ely was also moving up thru the field running 9th after qualifying through the B Main. Ely dropped a heat and therefore was directly into the B. Running the highline in the A through 1 and 2 he got a bit too high and tagged the wall ending his night also. Young gun Jack Gartner was running the race of his career in 3rd for the first 29 laps until he also tagged the wall then bringing himself slowing into the infield with mechanical damage which was a very disappointing result for the youngster with only 2 to go.
SA5 Trigga Gates made a strong return after sitting out for the last few shows and was tied on high points with Caruso going into the Pole Shoot Out and giving him some well-deserved confidence back. Gates pulled infield with an ill handling car in the early stages of the main.
“The racing was hard and fast all night. There was thrills and spills and highs and lows for all. Everyone will go home with their own story to remember on the night and we are so pleased that we got to finish the show for Spud. We certainly were worried when the light rain started while we were doing hot laps, I was having visions of last year when we only got to run time trials and then were washed out and thinking – please not again.
We have to thank the Committee of Borderline Speedway for all the efforts to keep the night running and give us a great race track under these conditions. The support they give us for our show is fantastic and we really can’t thank them enough.” Promoter Searle said.
A Main results: 1st SA27 Daniel Pestka, 2nd SA33 Mark Caruso, 3rd V83 Chris Solomon, 4th NT26 Tony Moule, 5th V7 Paul Solomon, 6th V34 Brenten Farrer, 7th V16 James Wren, 8th SA44 Dan Evans, 9th V4 Phil Lock, 10th VA29 Terry Rankin, 11th SA95 Jarman Dalitz, 12th V33 Michael Holt, 13th SA96 Brendan Guerin, 14th NSW46 Stacey Galliford, 15th SA16 Jack Gartner-DNF, 16th SA22 Chad Ely-DNF, 17th SA32 Ben Gartner-DNF, 18th VA75 Dave Donegan-DNF, 19th V29 Michael Tancredi-DNF, 20th SA5 Trigga Gates-DNF.
Heat winners: Jack Gartner, Daniel Pestka, Michael Tancredi, Tony Moule, Dan Evans, Mark Caruso
IDIGIT Lucky $100 draw – Stacey Galliford - $100 cash
B&B Retaining Walls Lucky 10’s – Terry Rankin – drum of methanol
Bar Up Bull Bars 8 – Dan Evans
Hickmans Tree Maintenance Random Draw – Brenten Farrer
All Star Hot Arse Award – Tony Moule - Fire Extinguisher
Oval Express Magazine Quick Time Award –not run – a year’s subscription to Oval Express Magazine
Melbourne Stainless Steel Last man running Award – Stacey Galliford
Thursday February 22, 2018. All Stars Media
A strong field of cars have nominated for this Saturday nights ‘Spud’ Show with entries from N.S.W, N.T, SA and Victoria with all the 360 hot shots wanting to be a part of this emotionally charged event.
“With the disappointment of a washout last year all the teams are keen to get a result this year. $3000 is on the line for winner and the honour of winning this very special memorial race. Tyson died at the age 30 and our feature is 31 laps, his age plus one for his memory. But his show isn’t about the money; it’s about holding a tribute to a good mate that is no longer with us.” Series Promoter Mandy Searle said.
SA22 Chad Ely was close mates with Tyson and will be there to be part of the night. Ely has been on the dais many times for this event and a win has been on his ‘bucket list ‘since the race was introduced but he hasn’t just quite managed it.
Tony Bartlett has a history of winning this show as a car owner in the past and teamed up with a new driver for this season in Michael Tancredi’s V29, the team certainly has another good chance in repeating it. TB knew Tyson for many years and the show is extra special for him. Chris Solomon was the inaugural winner of the show back in 2011 and was also good mates with Tyson. He would dearly love to take out the honours again.
Competition will be hard and fast with V7 Paul Solomon, V34 Brenten Farrer, SA44 Dan Evans, SA33 Mark Caruso, SA69 Cody Atkins, SA27 Daniel Pestka, NT 26 Tony Moule just to name a few of the stars rolling out for the event .
Be a part of this very special event. The emotion is sure to be raw and the racing fast. Borderline Speedway, Mount Gambier Saturday night 24th February. On track action starts at 5.00.
Monday February 19, 2018. All Stars Media
In front of a packed house at Sunline Speedway Paul ‘Cyclone’ Solomon took out his second feature win for the season.
Solomon’s V7 kicked off RD9 of the Mainline DynoLog Dynamometers All Star Series winning the Oval Express Magazine Quick Time Award then backed it up winning his Heat and the Vortex Pole Shoot Out and finishing the night off with the A Main victory. Solomon was dominate and led the 30 laps flag to flag
SA69 Cody Atkins who qualified as high points lined up beside Paul Solomon on the front row of the main, SA96 Guerin and V29 Tancredi lined up on the second row.
The race didn’t get away smoothly with Guerin and Tancredi tangling on the first lap. Unfortunately Tancredi had to sit the race out on the infield, Guerin changed a tire and restarted from the rear. As a result SA95 Jarman Dalitz and the travelling West Australian WA30 Jamie Landrigan moved up a row as they lined up for the restart..
Atkins was fast on the tail of Solomon in second until front end failure sent him into the wall in Turn 2 three quarter way thru. Dalitz and Lovegrove were then running second and third with Landrigan fourth. With only a few laps left Dalitz spun in turn 4 but managed to keep going and recoup and finish in third place. Caruso moved on Landrigan at the same time and finished fourth and fifth respectively in what was an exciting finish to the race.
SA42 Jamie Hendry’s night didn’t start the way he wished discovering a vibration in the rear end in during hot laps. The team went back into the pits for repair and unfortunately missed time trials which relegated him to the rear of his heats.
“We have to thank the Sunline Speedway management for the great job they did on the night and the improvements they have made over the past 12 months. All the teams had good things to say about the track. Their advertising obviously paid off because they had a fantastic crowd and are talking about next season already.” Searle said.
Oval Express Magazine Quick Time Award – Paul Solomon – 14.307
A Main results: 1st V7 Paul Solomon, 2nd SA90 Michael Lovegrove, 3rd SA95 Jarman Dalitz, 4th SA33 Mark Caruso, 5th WA30 Jamie Landrigan, 6th SA16 Jack Gartner, 7th V16 James Wren, 8th V83 Chris Solomon, 9th SA77 Dan Evans, 10th V4 Phil Lock, 11th SA11 Scott Enderl, 12th SA98 Cheian Perrett, 13th SA69 Cody Atkins -DNF, 14th SA96 Brendan Guerin - DNF, 15th SA42 Jamie Hendry- DNF, 16th V29 Michael Tancredi - DNF
Heat winners: V7 Paul Solomon, SA33 Mark Caruso, V29 Michael Tancredi, SA69 Cody Atkins
IDIGIT Lucky $100 draw – Michael Lovegrove - $100 cash
B&B Retaining Walls Lucky 10’s – Phil Lock – drum of methanol
Bar Up Bull Bars 8 – Chris Solomon
Hickmans Tree Maintenance Random Draw – Dan Evans
All Star Hot Arse Award – Jarman Dalitz - Fire Extinguisher
Oval Express Magazine Quick Time Award –Paul Solomon – a year’s subscription to Oval Express Magazine
Melbourne Stainless Steel Last man running Award – Cheian Perrett
Thursday February 15, 2018. All Stars Media
This Saturday the Mainline DynoLog Dynamometers All Star Series head to the Riverland region of South Australia for RD9 at Sunline Speedway, Waikerie. Competing in N.S.W. last weekend and Victoria the weekend before teams are certainly clocking up the KS and at the same time putting some additional pressure on everyone involved.
Series Championship points are getting tighter with Mark Caruso’s SA33 holding a marginal 20 point lead from Current Series Champ Chris Solomon. Solomon’s confidence will be on a high after winning at Heartland last Saturday. Sitting in third is Paul Solomon who is only 7 points behind his brother. “All 3 guys have been series champions so it is really going to be exciting to see who will become the first ever two time champ.” Mandy Searle says.
Michael Tancredi’s V29 is showing a lot of speed and being under the wing of Crew Chief Guru Tony Bartlett will have his first run at Sunline. Tancredi picked up his first podium last weekend finishing second, but he would dearly love to move up one position and take out the win. “He has been knocking at the door and it will only be a matter of time before he gets a win”. Searle says. Hard charger Brendan Guerin’s SA96 makes a return to the series and is quite capable of winning.
The same goes for SA90 Michael Lovegrove. 18 cars will test their skill around the small 360mtr track and with it being 12 months since they last raced their no one will have a home track advantage. James Wrens V16, Dan Evans SA77, Jarman Dalitz SA95, Cody Atkins SA69, young guns Jacko Gartner SA16 & Ben Gartner’s SA32 and West Australian Jamie Landrigan will compete in his third show with the series. The WA 30 picked up a 6th place last weekend. All the stars will be there.
This is the opening show for Sunline for the season and they can be assured that the All Stars will put on some close and exciting racing for the night.
Racing from 5.00pm Sunline Speedway, Waikerie. SA
Sunday February 11, 2018. All Stars Media
Chris Solomon took out his first A Main win for the season last night in RD8 of the Mainline DynoLog Dynamometers All Star Series at Heartland Raceway. A calculated drive by Solomon after starting in P5 moving forward every lap until he was in a position to challenge for the lead. “I ran the early laps up high but after banging the wall several times I figured this wasn’t going to work so went down low. We started to figure the car out tonight which has taken us long enough but we finally got there.” Chris said at the Presentation.
What a great race it was and looked like going flag to flag. Michael Tancredi’s V29 leading the early stages of the race before he was passed by Brenten Farrer. Tancredi not giving in passed Farrer back again but not for long. It was Farrer’s turn to lead while Chris Solomon was wheeling him and Tancredi in and with lap traffic coming into play was waiting for the chance to make his move and with only 3 laps to go made the pass for the lead.
Farrer’s V34 Frijtek Maxim was fast all night again winning the Oval Express Magazine Quick Time Award and winning both of his heats. Unfortunately with only 1 lap to go Farrer running in second tangled with a spinning Jack Gartner’s SA16 bringing on the yellows. Farrer received right front shocker damage but was able to continue with Gartner on the infield. At the restart with an ill handling car Farrer and ended up upside down in turn one bringing on the red and finishing his night. The race then went green, white, checker. Tancredi was unable to pass Chris and settled for second. NT26 Tony Moule, V7 Paul Solomon and V77 Brayden Parr were also sliding each other for position constantly throughout the entire race with Moule finally taking out third from Paul Solomon in fourth and Brayden Parr rounding out the top 5.
After flying in from Pt Headland on the day WA30 Jamie Landrigan was rewarded with 6th place finish after dropping a heat and transferring thru the B. Current series leader Mark Caruso didn’t have the best of night finishing 9th but managed to lock in more points for the Championship by being consistent and finishing.
SA95 Jarman Dalitz, SA69 Cody Atkins & SA77 Dan Evans all were rewarded after each spending the week in their sheds with Dalitz replacing an engine, Atkins replacing a Diff and Evans rebuilding a complete car after Horsham last weekend. All finishing mid pack in the A.
Heat races were hard and fast and the night started off badly with young Ben Gartner having mechanical problems and missed hot laps and did not finish his first heat. Jack Gartner was another to have problems not finishing his first heat and not being able to make it out for his second, losing valuable points towards the Championship.
Oval Express Magazine Quick Time Award – Brenten Farrer – 15.191
A Main results: 1st V83 Chris Solomon, 2nd V29 Michael Tancredi, 3rd NT26 Tony Moule, 4th V7 Paul Solomon, 5th V77 Brayden Parr, 6th WA30 Jamie Landrigan, 7th SA95 Jarman Dalitz, 8th V6 Eddie Lumbar, 9th SA33 Mark Caruso, 10th SA77 Dan Evans, 11th SA69 Cody Atkins, 12th VA91 Dan Scott, 13th SA32 Ben Gartner , 14th V64 David Aldersley, 15th V9 Jason Domaschenz, 16th V34 Brenten Farrer, 17th V16 James Wren, 18th SA16 Jack Gartner -DNF, 19th V78 Chris Campbell-DNF, 20th V4 Phil Lock
Heat winners: V34 Brenten Farrer, V29 Michael Tancredi, V7 Paul Solomon, V16 James Wren, VA91 Dan Scott.
IDIGIT Lucky $100 draw – Ben Gartner - $100 cash
B&B Retaining Walls Lucky 10’s – Dan Evans – drum of methanol
Bar Up Bull Bars 8 – Eddie Lumbar
Hickmans Tree Maintenance Random Draw – Phil Lock
All Star Hot Arse Award – Dan Scott - Fire Extinguisher
Oval Express Magazine Quick Time Award –Brenten Farrer – a year’s subscription to Oval Express Magazine
Melbourne Stainless Steel Last man running Award – James Wren
Friday February 9, 2018. All Stars Media
As the hectic month of February continues the All Star Series heads back to Heartland Raceway for RD8 of the Mainline DynoLog Dynamometers All Star Series this Saturday 10th February. Holding the second round their back in November drivers are keen to get back to the big almost half mile complex. The wide open track is always popular amongst the teams and this weekend will be no exception.
“We have a fantastic car count with nearly 30 cars nominated. Paul Solomon took out the feature last November and wants to double up again this weekend, and with the points getting really serious now it is even more important to all the top teams. Caruso still holds a marginal lead of 43 points from Paul Solomon and Chris Solomon in 3rd only 3 points behind his brother. ” Mandy Searle said.
It is the last long drive for all the South Australian teams before they get to run closer to home for the next 3 shows. Crossing the Victorian border again will be Mark Caruso’s SA33, Dan Evans SA77, Jarman Dalitz SA95, Cody Atkins SA69, young guns Jacko Gartner SA16 & Ben Gartner’s SA32, newcomer SA38 Lachlan McDonough and young female racer Cheian Perrett’s SA98. An impressive effort from the South Aussie teams.
Brenten Farrer’s V34 is back in form after winning at Horsham last weekend. Farrer is another that loves the Heartland track and would love to make this his third A Main win for the season. Locky picked up a podium last weekend finishing 2nd and would dearly love to get another A Main win and in doing so he would tie with Tony Moule as the driver to win the most A mains in the history of the Series.
Hard charging Brayden Parr’s V77 is back with the series as is V6 Eddie Lumbar & V64 ‘Buzzard’ Aldersley. Throw in Tancredi, Moule, Campbell and all the series regulars the racing will be hard and fast as always.
Racing from 6.00pm Heartland Raceway, Moama. NSW
Thursday February 8, 2018. All Stars Media
With the 8th annual Spud Show running at the end of February we are very pleased to announce that South West Conveyancing have come on board as a corporate sponsor. “Tania Jasper & Alistair McKean are new sponsors to the All Stars and we are very happy to have them join us.
Their generosity towards speedway racing is amazing with the number of race teams they support and recently as naming rights sponsor for the Grand Annual Sprintcar Classic. With the withdrawal of Lucas Oil from Australia mid last year it left us looking for another company to support the Spud show and South West Conveyancing has helped out with this.”
Promoter Mandy Searle said. “Long time sponsor GT Bobcat has supported this show for many years now and we couldn’t be happier to have them back again this year also. GT & Tracy Douglass have been with us since we moved the Spud show to the Mount and again we cannot thank them enough for the support.”
The date is later in February this year being the 24th. “With Mt.Gambier holding the Australian 410 Sprintcar Title at the end of January they asked if we could move our normally early February show till later in the month. The work load on all the volunteers of the club was enormous so a couple of weeks off suited them better. We were only too happy to work with them. Searle also says.
With $3000 on offer again for the win this show is a must attend for 360 teams so make sure you lock it in your calendar. February 24th, Tyson Perez Memorial, Mt Gambier Speedway.
Sunday February 4, 2018. All Stars Media
In what was an almost perfect night Brenten Farrer’s V34 Frijtek Maxim quick timed, won his heat and led the 30 lap A Main from flag to flag for RD7 of the Mainline DynoLog Dynamometers All Star Series at Blue Ribbon Raceway. With a dominating lead Farrer took out his second feature win for the season. Following home in second was V4 Phil Lock with Jack Gartner’s SA16 in third. Paul Solomon’s V7 fourth and Chris Campbell’s V78 rounding out the top 5.
Farrer and Campbell were tied for high points after the heats and Farrer’s quick time came into play allowing him to start in pole position for the A with Gartner & Lock in three and four. Farrer got the start but the yellows were soon out with Landrigan and Donaldson tangling in turn 1. Both cars were able to restart from the rear. Campbell was running second and Gartner third for the majority of the A until a charging Lock slipped past both of them after a restart moving up into second. Michael Tancredi, Paul Solomon, Mark Caruso were having their own battle changing positons in the dying laps. James Wren, Scott Enderl & Jarman Dalitz all fast but Dalitz’s night ended abruptly in the middle of turn 1 and 2 in the wall and he was not able to restart again.
Heat races were hard and fast and the night started off badly with young Ben Gartner taking a big hit in Heat two after riding the rear wheel of Tancredi sending Gartner into a series of rolls landing hard back on his wheels. The young gun was unhurt and unperturbed about the incident.
Cody Atkins night was marred by rear end problems forcing him to drop his first heat and then rolled to the infield in the A with a broken rear arm. Dan Evans was another to have mechanical problems forcing him head straight into the concrete fence in his second heat. The team worked hard and fast to repair the damage allowing him to start the A. His night then got better starting out of 18 charging up to ninth in the final placings.
“We have had a shocker of a season so for even with winning at Murray Bridge, we have had engine issues, torn up cars and it’s really good to get some results. Starting off with the Quick Time gives you a good kick start for the night. I have to thank Mum & Dad, all my crew & sponsors for all the work they put in thru the week and on race nights. ” Farrer said at the Presentation.
Oval Express Magazine Quick Time Award – Brenten Farrer – 14.017
A Main results: 1st V34 Brenten Farrer, 2nd V4 Phil Lock, 3rd SA16 Jack Gartner, 4th V7 Paul Solomon, 5th V78 Chris Campbell, 6th SA33 Mark Caruso, 7th V29 Michael Tancredi, 8th SA11 Scott Enderl, 9th V83 Chris Solomon, 10th V16 James Wren, 11th SA77 Dan Evans, 12th SA32 Ben Gartner, 13th V11 Brad Foster , 14th SA38 Lachlan McDonough, 15th WA30 Jamie Landrigan, 16th VA2 Boyd Harris, 17th Ron Donaldson, 18th SA98 Cheian Perrett, 19th SA95 Jarman Dalitz -DNF, 20th VA8 Shaun McClure – DNF, 21st SA69 Cody Atkins - DNF
Heat winners: V34 Brenten Farrer, V4 Phil Lock, S11 Scott Enderl, V33 Ron Donaldson
IDIGIT Lucky $100 draw – Shaun McClure - $100 cash
B&B Retaining Walls Lucky 10’s – James Wren – drum of methanol
Bar Up Bull Bars 8 – Scott Enderl
Hickmans Tree Maintenance Random Draw – Jackpot to next weekend
All Star Hot Arse Award – Lachlan McDonough - Fire Extinguisher
Oval Express Magazine Quick Time Award –Brenten Farrer – a year’s subscription to Oval Express Magazine
Melbourne Stainless Steel Last man running Award – Cheian Perrett
Friday February 2, 2018. All Stars Media
The month ahead is hectic for the All Stars with racing at 5 different tracks in 3 different states over a 5 weekend period. Hundreds of kilometres will be clocked up and many hours of mid-week work in the shed to make it all happen.
To kick off this period RD 7 of the Mainline DynoLog Dynamometers All Star Series will be run this Saturday night at Blue Ribbon Raceway, Horsham. The Series heads to their 6th race track in 7 shows. “So many different tracks challenge’s every driver and keeps everyone on even ground – no home track favourites for our guys!” Searle tells us. “We love to take our show to so many different tracks & fans and show off our talented drivers. Blue Ribbon Raceway is an awesome track to visit. The Committee have done so much work there over the past couple of seasons.”
Series champ Chris Solomon’s V83 currently sits in 2nd place in the Championship and wants to secure top points for Saturday night. Mark Caruso’s SA33 is leading the series but only has a 30 point buffer over Solomon. Elder brother Paul Solomon’s V7 sits in 3rd place. All of the top 3 are past Series Champions and you can guarantee there will be a battle between them all to become the first two time winner of the Series.
Newcomer to the All Stars is WA30 Jamie Landrigan. Landrigan is making the long haul from Port Headland in West Australia – yep that’s only 4500ks. Landrigan is a regular on the scene in WA running both 360 and 410’s and getting some good results for his short racing career. The team plan on catching about 3 shows before heading back home.
Young cousins Jack and Ben Gartner are both improving each time they hit the track and with Jack’s SA16 Cool sitting in 4th place is proof. V29 Michael Tancredi has had Crew Chief guru Tony Bartlett on the spanners for the past couple of shows and is really getting confidence in the car.
Brenten Farrer’s V34 will also be working towards a podium after having a mixed season so far with mechanical issues dampening his season. SA95 Jarman Dalitz and SA69 Cody Atkins are a couple more that are making the trip across the South Australian border. Throw in hard charger SA44 Dan Evans and Mr. Consistency James Wren’s V16, V78 Chris Campbell who has run nearly every weekend this season in either a 410 or 360 and racing is guaranteed to be exciting.
Give aways for the kids, Driver autograph signing and exciting racing – what else can you wish for on a Saturday night. February 3rd Blue Ribbon Raceway, Horsham , 1650 Blue Ribbon Rd, Kalkee – 18k north of Horsham. Hot Laps start from 6.30pm.
Monday January 15, 2018. All Stars Media
But not in the way we hoped for and the only winner on the night was probably the farmers in the region with rain constant on Saturday.
After completing 6 heats back to back VA68 Jess Moulden lined up alongside US00 Cory Eliason on the front row of the A. It was shaping up to be a fantastic race before the rain hit again and unfortunately the 35Lap event was abandoned with only a few laps completed. A night like this leaves everyone disappointed and wondering what might or could have been.
A very disappointed Mandy Searle tells us “I have to thank all of the Simpson Speedway Committee, the track crew and all their volunteers for the 110% effort they put in to getting our show completed. The commitment they show their club is amazing. They really wanted to make this show happen and worked so hard to try and achieve it.
This is the third rain effected show they had had for the season and as this was only their third show so far for the season that’s pretty horrible odds for them. I want to thank my team, working under these difficult circumstances put so much pressure on them and they all take it on their shoulders and keep going.
Thanks also to all the 30 teams that supported us. Everyone one of them wanted to get the show done working with us all night. The clean-up they all have after nights like this is mammoth. All our teams work hard to be able to compete in this show some making plans 12 months in advance to lock in lease engines, bring International drivers over or just be at their best for the night.
Also we have to thank all our sponsors, supporters and spectators who came and stayed. While most of us have trucks to shelter in during the rain they sit out in the open with tarps and umbrellas and wait. They are a truly dedicated group. Cory Eliason came up to me in my office and made me laugh at about 1.30 in the morning and said – Mandy I really wanted to get my name back on that Perpetual Trophy but I guess now you will have to put 2017-2018 winner – Mother Nature, at that stage I really I needed a bright comment that made me smile.”
So now the Monday after there is really only one thing to do – get ready for our next show and start working on next year’s Mainline DynoLog Dynamometers All Star Challenge.
Thursday January 11, 2018. All Stars Media
With USA & Aussie Stars the magnitude of the Mainline DynoLog Dynamometers All Star Challenge increases every year and with $10K on the nose makes the event the richest A Main for 360’s in Australia. The 8th running of this event is a highlight for the season. Series regulars get to mix it with the best in the world and line up alongside their heroes.
Defending Champ Cory Eliason has teamed up again with Adam Curry’s Maxwill Engines/Devil Race Karts USA00. Eliason cleaned up last year in his first Australian visit and will looking for a repeat performance.
Terry McCarl is back driving for the Hutchins Team. This will be the first 2018 outing in Australia for T-Mac and his second trip to the Bungador Bullring. McCarl is a past winner of the 360 Knoxville Nationals and regular 360 runner in the States. McCarl managed a 2nd last year and has come back to take out the big money.
Travis Rilat has just flown in from Forney, Texas. Rilat is driving the PJS Motorsport USA29. Rilat is multiple winner of the Tyson Perez Memorial event but this will be his first trip to Simpson track. Rilat always put’s on a show and we expect nothing less from him this trip. We wonder if anyone has warned him about the flies!
“What a cool honour it will be our All Star contracted teams – Caruso, Farrer, Tancredi, Lock, Solomon’s, Gartner, Evans, Atkins, Wren, Dalitz & Forrell to race with these guys. A life time experience for them and all of them are capable of winning.” says Mandy Searle.
This is also RD 6 of the Series with Championship points starting to become important our All Stars will not only want to take the money from the yanks but also secure top points towards their championship battle.
If you’re looking for an action packed Saturday night the place to be is Heytesbury Stockfeeds Simpson Speedway for the All Star Challenge where the racing will hard and fast. Time Trials kick off at 5.00 and racing at 6.00pm.
Sunday January 7, 2018. All Media
Mark Caruso’s SA33 extended his series points lead when he dominated the A Main with a flag to flag win in RD5 at Timmis Speedway last night. In what can only be described as oppressive heat with temperatures in the high 40’s throughout the day tested all teams. V77 Brayden Parr came home strongly in second after charging through the field from 9th spot. Rounding out the top 3 was James Wren. This was Wren’s first podium in the All Stars Series and he had a smile to match.
Due to time constraints the feature was declared 4 laps from the finish line. Caruso was under siege on numerous occasions with lap traffic causing a few difficulties to get passed. The racing was hot and fast in the pack with multiple 3 wide racing all through A-Main. Michael Tancredi was enjoying a welcome return to form early on after starting in 6th and running down Caruso in the early sector of the race. The car was spannered by Tony Bartlett but got caught up with lapped traffic and spun causing him to go to the rear of the field in the dying stages.
The Solomon Brothers, Paul and Chris continued their rich vein of form rounding out the top 5 after putting on a thrilling show battling with Parr and Wren on multiple occasions for the minor spots on the podium.
Jack Gartner had another good night behind the wheel of the SA16 finishing in a strong 6th. Shaun Forrell enjoyed his best result in quite some time with a 7th place finish. He was followed Trigga Gates, Phil Lock and Jarmin Dalitz rounding out the top 10.
Daniel Evans who was running 5th in the series before Round 5 was again challenging the lead pack before being squeezed against the wall coming off turn 4 giving the flag man an exciting but scary view of the action with Evan flipping across the Start line. He was joined on the infield by Brenten Farrer who made contact with a lapped vehicle whilst running second earlier in the race.
The Mildura track staff did an amazing job in preparing a multiple groove race track and the heat races showed this with side by side racing. Heat wins went to Paul and Chris Solomon, Michael Tancredi and Trigga Gates.
Oval Express Magazine Quick Time Award – not awarded as Time Trials we cancelled.
A Main results: 1st SA33 Mark Caruso, 2nd V77 Brayden Parr, 3rd V16 James Wren, 4th V 7 Paul Solomon, 5th V83 Chris Solomon, 6th SA16 Jack Gartner, 7th NS38 Shaun Forrell, 8th SA5 Trigga Gates, 9th V4 Phil Lock, 10th SA95 Jarman Dalitz, 11th SA69 Cody Atkins, 12th VA2 Boyd Harris, 13th V29 Michael Tancredi, 14th VA91 Dan Scott, 15th VA55 Georgia McLeod, 16th V33 Ron Donaldson, 17th SA38 Lachlan McDonough, 18th SA98 Cheian Perrett, 19th- S77 Dan Evans-DNF, 20th V34 Brenten Farrer – DNF.
Heat winners: SA95 Jarman Dalitz, SA33 Mark Caruso, V7 Paul Solomon, NT26 Tony Moule
IDIGIT Lucky $100 draw –James Wren- $100 cash
B&B Retaining Walls Lucky 10’s –Jarman Dalitz– drum of methanol
Bar Up Bull Bars 8 – Trigga Gates
Hickmans Tree Maintenance Random Draw – Georgia McLeod
All Star Hot Arse Award – Brayden Parr- Fire Extinguisher
Oval Express Magazine Quick Time Award –not given – a year’s subscription to Oval Express Magazine
Melbourne Stainless Steel Last man running Award – Cheian Perrett
Friday January 5, 2018. All Media
We always speak of the young guns that run with us throughout the season. Young and talented 16/17/18 year old’s. They have no fear and always race hard. They may only have a few race meetings of experience and we love having them as part of our Series.
So with that in mind we also need to recognise the ‘older’ or more ‘mature’ drivers, the ones that have a wealth of experience. This Saturday night we welcome back one of our All Star Series members and regulars. Ron Donaldson is having his first run since an accident at Moama ended his season last year. ‘Why is this special people might ask? – Well Ron turns 65 in March. You really have to admire his passion, dedication and desire to still compete.” Mandy Searle says.
“Ronnie has been competing with us since back in 2009. No spring chicken even then but that didn’t stop him. I remember one year he won our Vortex Altitude Award for the biggest roll over for the season. His dedication to 360’s is amazing. If he isn’t racing he is crewing for Michael Holt, Chris Campbell, Rusty Hickman, Darren Hickman or anyone else that needs a hand on the night.
Over the past few months he has put a new J & J car together, purchased a 360 engine, and refurbished his race transporter even staining the timber floor boards in it. Ronnie will be the oldest driver to compete with us. We wish him well, appreciate his efforts and hope the night goes well for him in his beloved V33. ”
Ron started racing when he was 19 in a FB Holden sedan. He then took time out with a young family and business and recommenced racing in the wing division in the early 1990’s and he has been a competitor/crew member/supporter ever since.
Thursday January 4, 2018. All Media
After breaking for Christmas the Mainline DynoLog Dynamometers All Star Series returns to Timmis Speedway this Saturday night 6thJanuary and with another good car count of 23 cars teams are prepping to battle the heat and kick off their 2018 season.
With teams travelling from Adelaide, Melbourne and surrounding areas Mildura is half way for all our teams and like a home base to them. “One thing we can always guarantee at Mildura is plenty of hard and fast action and this Saturday will be exactly the same. Our teams always race hard and they all love the venue” Searle says.
Mark Caruso’s SA33 has a one point lead on Championship points over defending Series champ Chris Solomon. Solomon is driving the family owned FMG V83. Caruso is also a past Series Champ and the duo will put on some great racing. Currently sitting in third in the Series is Paul Solomon just 35 points behind his younger brother who will also be looking at locking in another A Main win for the season.
Jarman Dalitz’s SA95 has been showing improvement this season and with guru spanner man Tony Bartlett occasionally helping the team will continue to do so.
Young gun Brayden Parr makes a return to the Series for the first time this season. Parr is driving for the Skidmore - Parr Racing V77 and is always exciting to watch. Parr has been racing 410’s all season and its fantastic to have him return to the Series. Hard charging SA77 Dan Evans, SA96 Brendan Guerin, V34 Brenten Farrer, SA69 Cody Atkins, all have their own goals for this Saturday.
Then we have the under 20’s talent of VA15 Corey Lincoln, SA16 Jack Gartner, SA32 Ben Gartner, VA55 Georgia McLeod, SA98 Cheian Perrett trying to beat the “oldies” or “veterans” for want of a better word - V4 Lock, NS38 Forrell, V11 Foster just to name a few.
With the forecast of hot weather in Mildura on Saturday there will be a later than normal start at 7.00pm. Time Trials have been cancelled in an attempt to look after all the teams and the race track. Come along and be part of the family friendly action. Timmis Speedway, 3342 Deakin Ave, Mildura.
Wednesday December 27, 2017. All Media
Travis Rilat normally makes his 30hr flight to Australia in February for the Spud Memorial but this year plans have changed.
Unfortunately with the date change at Mt Gambier for the Spud show being run later in the month Rilat could not make this date due to prior commitments in the states.
But luckily car owner Phil Seymour has decided to run the big shows in January incorporating the Challenge and the Classic. Rilat has won multiple Spud shows and will be looking for a $10k pay day for this trip . Seymour has wanted to run the Classic for a long time and this year plans have fallen into place.
“While we are disappointed Travis cannot make our Spud show we are pretty excited to have him run with us for the Challenge.” Searle says.
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