Sunday, April 20, 2014

Limping to an end...

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John Webster XV
April 19, Waikaraka Park

The 15th running of the John Webster was slightly different to previous years with only 2 classes from each of the Auckland tracks, Sprintcars and Midgets from Western Springs and Superstocks and Supersaloons representing Waikaraka Park. There was also a demo derby and fireworks to pretty much guarantee a big crowd and a 6pm start to make sure all the ingredients were there for a great night. I don't know if its just me or if Im a bit jaded or what, but from there it all went pear shaped.  The night was late starting, the track was slushy (understandably though) for the first few races and then I felt the meeting never really lifted to any great heights, in fact it had the foul odour of "end of season" hanging about sadly.

Supersaloons were undoubtably the biggest let down, last year they managed to gather 5 cars and 2 Saloons to boost the numbers, this year it was 6 cars and not much action, 46m Matt Smith taking the Glen Turner Memorial after a race long tussle to get passed 96a Lance Jennings. If this class can't reach double figures they should be dropped from this event, its supposed to be the best of each track being showcased and there are other classes from WP that would fit the bill better than these guys. The other class representing WP were the Superstocks who at least managed to front with a decent field of 17 cars although the 49m Brown car never made it out on to the track. 95r Tony Fabish was the pick of the drivers along with 23r Lance Ashton. 11a Carl Hodge provided the only real action of the night hooking reverse while being spun and tipping 97r Pat Westbury over. The three heats were okay I guess, 5a Brad Ridland taking out the feature. Again nothing stunning to report here and so the two classes from the host track get a "must try harder" on their Webster report card. It was odd seeing the local cars all shoved down the far end of the pits at their own track while the Sprintcars and Midgets had the prime spots. Would this happen if the meeting was held at Western Springs... am I too late for stirrer of the year?

Midgets probably provided the best race of the night (but that's not saying much) with their 30 lap feature. 3nz Hayden Williams repeating his complete domination of the race in a carbon copy of last year. No one was even close to matching his pace and his win was made to look easy. I think he also took the decent cash prize for the shootout provided by the Outlaw Club. Sprintcars were similarly dominated by 3nz Jamie McDonald although 21w Stephen Taylor looked pretty good and lead for a while in the feature race until every car that challenged him decided to give him a shunt, nudge or tag until he was taken out of the race altogether! The track surface for these races was excellent and the saving grace of the show. The night finally dragged to a close with the fireworks and then a demo derby which was still going when I left after 10.30pm. The whole point of an early start lost on the organisers unfortunately. A pass mark then for the Springs two classes, but only just. As mentioned by Macgor on his website the other week, I too am getting a bit over endless shootouts, four wide salutes and jostling for positions on a restarts. These are all good when the programme is running swiftly but last night it wasn't. WP has one more meeting for the 2013/14 season, the King of the Park on April 26th.

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Thursday, March 27, 2014

Stockcar Teams Update 10

The Wellington Young Guns are making a late charge for the top spot, now just one win behind the unbeaten Rotorua Rascals. The Greymouth Grizzlies also picked up another impressive win and the Sunset Slayers tasted victory on their home track at Westport. With rainouts for the teams meetings at Palmy and Kihikihi it will be interesting to see if they are rescheduled or if we have seen most of the teams racing completed for 2013/14. A link to some photos on Facebook by Coast Photos of the Greymouth v Tasman race are HERE.

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November 2
Top of the South Speedway, Nelson
Tasman Thunder def Greymouth Grizzlies

November 9
Eastern States Speedway, Blenheim
Ken's Cowboys defeat Eastern States Titans
Canterbury Crushers def Ken's Cowboys
Eastern States Titans def Canterbury Crushers

November 15 & 16
Woodford Glen, Christchurch
Eastern States Titans 140 def Team Heibner 45
Ken's Cowboys def 150 def Canterbury Crushers 25
Ken"s Cowboys 150 def Eastern States Titans 35
Canterbury Crushers 150 def Team Heibner 35

November 15 & 16
Huntly Speedway, Waikato
Rotorua Rascals def Gisborne Gladiators
Stratford Stormers def Meeanee Maulers
Auckland Alleycats def Manawatu Steelers
Wanganui Vulcans def Waikato Raiders
Rotorua Rascals def Meeanee Maulers
Stratford Stormers def Gisborne Gladiators
Manawatu Steelers def Wanganui Vulcans
Auckland Alleycats def Waikato Raiders
Night 2
Manawatu Steelers def Gisborne Gladiators
Huntly Hawks def Baypark Bulldogs
Waikato Raiders def Meeanee Maulers
Auckland Alleycats def Stratford Stormers
Rotorua Rascals def Wanganui Vulcans
Meeanee Maulers def Gisborne Gladiators
Manawatu Steelers def Waikato Raiders
Wanganui Vulcans def Stratford Stormers
Rotorua Rascals def Auckland Alleycats

November 24th
Oceanview Speedway
Stratford Stormers def Wanganui Vulcans
Baypark Bulldogs def Huntly Hawks

November 30th 
Rotorua Rascals def Auckland Alleycats (Rees Shield)
Huntly Raiders def Gisborne Gladiators
Nelson Thunder def Canterbury Crushers

December 14th
Palmerston North Pumas def Wellington Young Guns
Wanganui Vulcans def Stratford Stormers

January 2nd
NZ Stockcar Teams Champs Qualifying
Rotorua Rascals 175 def Waikato Raiders 20
Wellington Young Guns 160 def Gisborne Gladiators 35
Canterbury Crushers 160 def Baypark Bulldogs 35
Tasman Thunder 185 def Auckland Alleycats 0
Stratford Stormers 135 def Eastern States Titans 60
Meeanee Maulers 165 def Wanganui Vulcans 0
Palmerston North Pumas 145 def Waikato Raiders 50
Rotorua Rascals 150 def Wellington Young Guns 45
Gisborne Gladiators 160 def Canterbury Crushers 35
Auckalnd Alleycats 110 def Baypark Bulldogs 85
Stratford Stormers 165 def Tasman Thunder 30
Wanganui Vulcans 145 def Eastern States Titans 50
Palmerston North Pumas 155 def Meeanee Maulers 40

NZ Stockcar Teams Finals
Wellington Young Guns def Canterbury Crushers
Gisborne Gladiators def Meeanee Maulers
Rotorua Rascals def Tasman Thunder
Palmerston North Pumas def Stratford Stormers
Stratford Stormers def Gisborne Gladiators
Wellington Young Guns def Tasman Thunder
Rotorua Rascals def Palmerston North Pumas

At World 240's, Paradise Valley Raceway
Rotorua Rascals def Waikato Raiders

Jan 31
Peter Barry Teams, Meeanee Speedway
Wellington Young Guns def Waikato Raiders
Palmerston North Pumas def Meeanee Maulers
North Island Select def Stratford Stormers
Wanganui Vulcans def Gisborne Gladiators
Waikato Raiders def Hasbeens
Baypark Bulldogs def Meeanee Maulers
Wellington Young Guns def North Island Select
Meeting abandoned due to rain.

Feb 2 Sunset Speedway, Westport
Greymouth Grizzlies def Sunset Slayers 

At Waikaraka Park
City Sinnerz def Huntly Hawks

At Greenstone Park, Greymouth
Greymouth Grizzlies def Canterbury Crushers

At Oceanview Speedway
Wanganui Vulcans def Ken's KB Cowboys

Peter Barry Teams Meeting Rerun
Meeanee Speedway Hawkes Bay
Wanganui Vulcans def Palmerston North Pumas
Wellington Young Guns def North Island Select
Hasbeens def Waikato Raiders
Meeanee Maulers def Gisborne Gladiators
Wellington Young Guns def Palmerston North Pumas
Wanganui Vulcans def North Island Select
Waikato Raiders def Gisborne Gladiators
Meeanee Maulers def Hasbeens
Hasbeens def Wellington Young Guns
Meeanee Maulers def Wanganui Vulcans

At Baypark Speedway
Mount Mavericks def Baypark Bulldogs

At Greenstone Park, Greymouth
Greymouth Grizzlies def Tasman Thunder

At Sunset Speedway, Westport
Sunset Slayers def Nelson B Team

At Te Marua Speedway, Wellington
Wellington Young Guns def Palmerston North Pumas


2012/13 Season Final table HERE  Winners Eastern States Titans
2011/12 Season Final table HERE  Winners Waikato Raiders
2010/11 Season Final table HERE  Winners Palmerston North Pumas

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Hazelton Gillan Memorial Stockcars, Huntly

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George Hazelton Alex Gillan Memorial Stockcars
PlaceMakers Huntly Speedway, March 22, 2014

Huntly Speedway seems to have been 'off the radar' as far as my speedway season has gone with rainouts and conflicting events, it feels like I haven't seen much racing at the Waikato track lately. Up against the War of Stocks meeting at Rotorua I decided the budget had taken a beating and so Rotovegas was a no go and a quick trip down to Huntly last night was the go. For me the event I wanted to see with the Stockcar Memorial for Alex Gillan and George Hazelton which over the last few years has been a must see. Numbers weren't too bad (27 stocks) considering the event at Rotorua, but with 87a Charles Day the lone Auckland visitor, 18m and 22m from Baypark, 5k and 17g Ben Patrick the only other out of towners it was going to be a major upset if the trophy left town!

Three heats ensued with plenty of action, 87a Day left parked in the wall in heat one only to be collected by two locals ending his night, Baypark drivers 22m Les Hepworth rolled in heat three by Nevin Shrubb, 18m Joseph Carter taken care of also in heat three left stranded in the wall on turn 2 after attacks by 42h Lance Gribble, 83h Tyson Wootton and 12h Lionel Halse leaving only Patrick stirring things up for the visitors. So it basically came down to a last lap close finish for 88h Justin Hutchby and 36h Mark Caldwell which looked as though it had ended with tied points, although Hutchby announced as the victor. 5h Dave Moore had the tank flying and took out the heat three win and 3rd overall ahead of 27h Brett Aitkin and 17h Glen Paton. Heat wins went to Caldwell, Hepworth and Moore.

The programme also featured the Waikato Supersaloon title with a depleted field of only 6, Lance Jennings adding the win to an impressive season for the veteran. The Huntly Midget Championship, TQ's, Production Saloons and Minisprints rounded out the programme and fortunately a 6pm start and a fairly warm (for this time of year) evening meant the night didn't drag on despite the TQ's first heat which was eventually abandoned as they seemed unable to complete a single lap without a yellow light. They made up for it with the next two heats though but Im betting there were some stern words in the pits after heat one!

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Thursday, March 13, 2014

Stockcar Teams Update 9


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November 2
Top of the South Speedway, Nelson
Tasman Thunder def Greymouth Grizzlies

November 9
Eastern States Speedway, Blenheim
Ken's Cowboys defeat Eastern States Titans
Canterbury Crushers def Ken's Cowboys
Eastern States Titans def Canterbury Crushers

November 15 & 16
Woodford Glen, Christchurch
Eastern States Titans 140 def Team Heibner 45
Ken's Cowboys def 150 def Canterbury Crushers 25
Ken"s Cowboys 150 def Eastern States Titans 35
Canterbury Crushers 150 def Team Heibner 35

November 15 & 16
Huntly Speedway, Waikato
Rotorua Rascals def Gisborne Gladiators
Stratford Stormers def Meeanee Maulers
Auckland Alleycats def Manawatu Steelers
Wanganui Vulcans def Waikato Raiders
Rotorua Rascals def Meeanee Maulers
Stratford Stormers def Gisborne Gladiators
Manawatu Steelers def Wanganui Vulcans
Auckland Alleycats def Waikato Raiders
Night 2
Manawatu Steelers def Gisborne Gladiators
Huntly Hawks def Baypark Bulldogs
Waikato Raiders def Meeanee Maulers
Auckland Alleycats def Stratford Stormers
Rotorua Rascals def Wanganui Vulcans
Meeanee Maulers def Gisborne Gladiators
Manawatu Steelers def Waikato Raiders
Wanganui Vulcans def Stratford Stormers
Rotorua Rascals def Auckland Alleycats

November 24th
Oceanview Speedway
Stratford Stormers def Wanganui Vulcans
Baypark Bulldogs def Huntly Hawks

November 30th 
Rotorua Rascals def Auckland Alleycats (Rees Shield)
Huntly Raiders def Gisborne Gladiators
Nelson Thunder def Canterbury Crushers

December 14th
Palmerston North Pumas def Wellington Young Guns
Wanganui Vulcans def Stratford Stormers

January 2nd
NZ Stockcar Teams Champs Qualifying
Rotorua Rascals 175 def Waikato Raiders 20
Wellington Young Guns 160 def Gisborne Gladiators 35
Canterbury Crushers 160 def Baypark Bulldogs 35
Tasman Thunder 185 def Auckland Alleycats 0
Stratford Stormers 135 def Eastern States Titans 60
Meeanee Maulers 165 def Wanganui Vulcans 0
Palmerston North Pumas 145 def Waikato Raiders 50
Rotorua Rascals 150 def Wellington Young Guns 45
Gisborne Gladiators 160 def Canterbury Crushers 35
Auckalnd Alleycats 110 def Baypark Bulldogs 85
Stratford Stormers 165 def Tasman Thunder 30
Wanganui Vulcans 145 def Eastern States Titans 50
Palmerston North Pumas 155 def Meeanee Maulers 40

NZ Stockcar Teams Finals
Wellington Young Guns def Canterbury Crushers
Gisborne Gladiators def Meeanee Maulers
Rotorua Rascals def Tasman Thunder
Palmerston North Pumas def Stratford Stormers
Stratford Stormers def Gisborne Gladiators
Wellington Young Guns def Tasman Thunder
Rotorua Rascals def Palmerston North Pumas

At World 240's, Paradise Valley Raceway
Rotorua Rascals def Waikato Raiders

Jan 31
Peter Barry Teams, Meeanee Speedway
Wellington Young Guns def Waikato Raiders
Palmerston North Pumas def Meeanee Maulers
North Island Select def Stratford Stormers
Wanganui Vulcans def Gisborne Gladiators
Waikato Raiders def Hasbeens
Baypark Bulldogs def Meeanee Maulers
Wellington Young Guns def North Island Select
Meeting abandoned due to rain.

Feb 2 Sunset Speedway
Greymouth Grizzlies def Westport Slayers 

At Waikaraka Park
City Sinnerz def Huntly Hawks

At Greenstone Park, Greymouth
Greymouth Grizzlies def Canterbury Crushers

At Oceanview Speedway
Wanganui Vulcans def Ken's KB Cowboys

Peter Barry Teams Meeting Rerun
Meeanee Speedway Hawkes Bay
Wanganui Vulcans def Palmerston North Pumas
Wellington Young Guns def North Island Select
Hasbeens def Waikato Raiders
Meeanee Maulers def Gisborne Gladiators
Wellington Young Guns def Palmerston North Pumas
Wanganui Vulcans def North Island Select
Waikato Raiders def Gisborne Gladiators
Meeanee Maulers def Hasbeens
Hasbeens def Wellington Young Guns
Meeanee Maulers def Wanganui Vulcans

At Baypark Speedway
Mount Mavericks def Baypark Bulldogs


2012/13 Season Final table HERE  Winners Eastern States Titans
2011/12 Season Final table HERE  Winners Waikato Raiders
2010/11 Season Final table HERE  Winners Palmerston North Pumas