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An almost perfect night
All Stars Media posted Sunday January 19, 2020.
In what can only be described as a fairy tale finish for the Perrett Family Racing/Adrad/Green team with young 20 year old American Kalib Henry taking out the $10K.
Greens crew made the overnight drive from Sydney on Friday as soon as Valvoline Raceway was washed out. Arriving in Warrnambool at 4.00am the team got a couple of hours shut eye then proceeded to swap their engine from the 410 to a 360 and head to the track. “I’m still trying to catch my breath; it seems a little bit surreal. I have to thank all the team and without them I wouldn’t even be in this great country. I love racing with Tim, he is a hard racer, he will give you an inch but that’s about all and you have to take it when it’s there cause he won’t give it to you again.
I’ve grown up looking up to Tim same with Shane and Tim Shaffer. Being able to race with some of my idols let alone run up the front with them. It sucked that Valvoline got rained out but I guess it played out in our favour tonight” Henry said at his post-race interview.
In front of a packed house at Heytesbury Stockfeeds Simpson Speedway drivers put on an absolute clinic for 35 laps of the All Star Challenge. USA6 Kaeding and USA3 Stewart lined up on the front row with the two 29’s behind them, VA29 Milburn and V29 Tancredi in 3 and 4. USA4 Henry started 5th with V90 McCullagh 6th. Kaeding got the start but the yellows were to be bought on after 1 lap by a spinning car. At the restart USA19 Shaffer had already worked his way up to 4th from 7th. Kaeding continued to lead but when lap traffic came into play positions started to change.
Stewart lost 2nd to Henry and the contest was on for the lead. Henry and TK exchanged positions a couple of times but when the reds came on at two thirds race distance that allowed Henry to get the run at the restart. TK gave it his all banging his right rear wheel hard against the concrete wall and throwing the car in as hard as he could to make a move on the youngster until he just ran out of laps and the race way over.
Tim Shaffer came across the line in third only meters from the leaders. Matt Reed in the NT7 was no doubt the hard charger of the night after qualifying from the B Main to finish 4th. After losing some ground Shane Stewart worked his way back up to 5th. V60 Jordyn Charge, V83 Chris Solomon V34 Brenten Farrer next in line. Unfortunately Kaeding, Shaffer and Stewart did not go to the infield to weigh at the mandatory top 5 post race weigh in and therefore had to be penalised.
Simpson are known for providing a fantastic race track that allows for passing and slide jobs, also not wearing tyres and last night was no different. Hats off to them for providing a fantastic race track, with a record car count for the show fans got to enjoy nail biting racing to celebrate the running of the 10th All Star Challenge.
Heat wins went to –Kaeding, Evans, Milburn, Stewart, Smith, Dalitz, Guerin and Ely
A Main results: - 1st USA4 Kalib Henry, 2nd NT7 Mathew Reed, 3rd V60 Jordyn Charge, 4th V83 Chris Solomon, 5th V34 Brenten Farrer, 6th v70 John Vogels, 7th VA8 Dan Evans, 8th V7 Paul Solomon 9th SA95 Jarman Dalitz 10th SA22 Chad Ely, 11th V29 Michael Tancredi, 12th V39 Brett Smith, 13th SA11 Scott Enderl, 14th VA29 Brett Milburn-DNF, 15th SA14 Brendan Quinn-DNF, 16th V90 Corey McCullagh, 17th SA96 Brendan Guerin-DNF, 18th USA6 Tim Kaeding, 19th USA19 Tim Shaffer, 20th USA3 Shane Stewart
IDIGIT Lucky $100 draw –- $100 cash, Jarman Dalitz
Bar Up Bull Bars 8 – Paul Solomon, Vortex Front Wing
Hoosier Hero – Kalib Henry– Hoosier WAV tyre
Flocon Lucky 7 – Dan Evans - $100 cash
Central Vic Earthworks Random Draw – not won - $200 cash
All Star Hot Arse Award –John Vogels - Fire Extinguisher
Oval Express Magazine Quick Time Award –Tim Kaeding – a year’s subscription to Oval Express Magazine
Melbourne Stainless Steel Last man running Award – Scott Enderl
BK Racing Ti Components - Chris Solomon
Winners are grinners. Team Green/Perrett
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