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  • SIMPLY STEVE

    Steve Francis rounded out his Australian campaign in the best possible fashion last night at Manjimup Speedway as he claimed his fourth feature race in a row and in the process clinched the 2015 Rando’s Cane Furniture Invasion Tour.   Francis was simply in a class of his own in the feature, making the most of his front row start to race away with each start. The first attempt saw a few cars make contact, resulting in Devin Moran’s left rear tyre going flat and ending his race early. The next start went for just a few laps and Francis had built up a huge five second lead when he was bought back to the field after Craig Vosbergen slowed.    The race restarted with Francis again racing away, while behind him was a titanic battle for third with Kye Blight executing a brilliant pass on Jamie Oldfield to grab the position. Unfortunately it lasted only few laps as Blight spun infield, handing the position back to Jamie.   In the end though it was all Francis as he crossed the line first, recording his fourth feature win from as many starts. Jeep Van Wormer must be sick of seeing the rear of the Francis machine as for the third time in as many races he came second, while Jamie Oldfield claimed the final podium position.   By winning the final feature Francis secured the overall Rando’s Cane Furniture Invasion Tour, scoring 473 points to defeat Jeep Van Wormer on 443 and Jason Oldfield on 395. Paul Stubber and Brad Blake rounded out the top five finishers. In total 34 drivers competed in at least one round of the series, with the full final points standings published below.   Earlier in the night Francis, Jason Oldfeld, Craig Vosbergen and Kye Blight each won a heat race. Over the tour the ...

  • Americans Awesome at Albany!

        The American domination of the Rando’s Cane Furniture Invasion Tour has continued tonight, with the touring team going almost undefeated during the night. Not one Aussie was able to break through for a win in the heats, Steve Francis claimed his third feature from three starts so far and the podium was rounded out once again by Americans!   Francis, as he has become known for, drove a calculating race, sitting behind pole sitter Jeep Van Wormer for only a short time before making his move. The leading duo were into lapped traffic by lap five and then went on to survive numerous restarts, with Francis claiming the win from Van Wormer. Fellow countryman George Lee had his best result for the series to date, challenging Van Wormer at various stages during the race, but ultimately being forced to settle for third place.   The first restart of the thirty lap feature was actually bought on by Devin Moran who spun in turn three, leaving Clint Noakes nowhere to go. Noakes went infield, while Moran was sent rear. As the leading duo made their way into the traffic, ‘The General’ George Lee, who started sixth, was sitting in fourth and fighting with the ‘The 0 Show’ Brad Blake for third. Eventually Lee found his way through, making the most of a restart to close the gap between himself and Van Wormer.    Francis survived a hairy moment with a lapped car to bring on the yellows a third time, then a questionable pass further back in the field left Jay Cardy and Marc Giancola on the infield with damaged cars in another stoppage. Not long after, the yellows were out once more for spun cars and would then reappear twice more. In the end though, it was all Francis, crossing the line ahead of Van Wormer and ...

  • Are You Ready Albany?!?!

      After last weekend’s high quality, fast paced, wheel to wheel action, one could be forgiven for thinking that the Late Model Sedan division would be needing to take a break…. How wrong would they be?!?!   The Invasion Tour continues again this weekend with not one, but two more rounds of the Rando’s Cane Furniture Invasion Tour and all the stars and their cars are ready to go once more!   A great field of twenty four nominations has been received for the Albany Speedway round to be held this Saturday night, the 24th of January, while Manjimup Speedway will be holding the fourth and final round of the tour this Sunday night!   Headlining the list for Albany is of course the Invasion Tour point leader, ‘The Kentucky Colonel’ Steve Francis. Francis has won both feature races of the tour so far, besting Jamie Oldfield and Jeep Van Wormer in a brilliant feature race at QUIT Collie Speedway last Friday night, then defeating Van Wormer and Devin Moran in another solid drive the following night at QUIT Bunbury Speedway. The big question on everyone’s lips now is can Francis grab the final two rounds? Or is it possible that someone may end his dominance?   Of course fellow Americans Jeep Van Wormer, Devin Moran and George Lee will all be licking their lips in anticipation of hitting the clay way once again and will only have revenge on their minds as they search for their first feature wins of their down under tour.   Not only are the Americans wanting a win, but the local brigade are looking to improve their results, none more than Jamie Oldfield. After coming second in the first nights competition Oldfield was sitting strongly in the points before being struck down by a bee sting in hot laps at Bunbury and missing the entire night’s competition. ...

  • Francis Again!

      The man they call the Kentucky Colonel; Steve Francis, has done it again as last night he raced his way to his second feature race in as many nights, this time at QUIT Bunbury Speedway, defeating fellow countrymen Jeep Van Wormer and Devin Moran. Francis was once again in devastating form, recording a win and a second place in the heats seeing him claim the Lucas Oils pole position. He then went on to race away from his opposition in the thirty lap final to bank another bundle of points that now sees him leading the Rando’s Cane Furniture Invasion Tour by seventeen points over second placed Jeep Van Wormer after two of four rounds. Jeep Van Wormer led the race as the green flag dropped and held onto it for a few laps as Francis bade his time, sitting behind Van Wormer waiting for the passing opportunity to strike. He moved outside Van Wormer on lap three, the two fighting side by side, before he pulled ahead as the fourth lap was complete and from here he worked to open up the gap. Despite a handful of restarts, during each of which that Van Wormer would apply the pressure, Francis kept his calm, driving away each time. Behind the leading two, Devin Moran worked his way into third place to make it an American trifecta and this is how they would finish at the completion of thirty laps. Once again, drama reared its ugly head, as has become expected from the Invasion Tour, this time with Jamie Oldfield, who was sitting in second place in the series coming into the second round. After completing hot laps Jamie was strung by a bee and suffered a severe allergic reaction, seeing him sent to hospital and ending his hopes of competing for the night. Try ...

  • Bunbury tonight

    A field of thirty one cars has nominated for the event, headlined by the four visiting Americans. Steve Francis was nothing short of brilliant last night as he raced wheel to wheel with Jamie Oldfield for the entire thirty lap feature race, grabbing the win and leading the points chart heading into the second round. Fellow American Jeep Van Wormer claimed third place and the Oldfield racing team have worked hard through the night to repair the rear end damage from the feature and he will be back ready to go tonight. In contrast to these two, Devin Moran and George Lee had nights they would rather forget. Lee suffered damage in a heat race and his night came to a premature end while Moran lost a wheel in the four wide salute and was unable to start the feature. Both will be looking for better runs tonight. Jamie Oldfield was the highest finishing Australian, pushing Francis to the limit and coming home with eventually a second place. He was followed by Brad Blake in fourth and Jason Oldfield in fifth, with Lee Watt running a strong sixth. All of these drivers will be looking to build on these results in tonight’s event. Of course last night wasn’t without its issues, with Craig Vosbergen, Brad Ludlow and Nathan Disney amongst those who didn’t start the features after various mechanical woes plagued their night. All three will bounce back strongly tonight and be looking for some better results. Ryan Ludlow is the extra car nominated for tonight’s actions and he is just one of a whole bunch of young drivers in a charge to get some results. Drivers such as Morgan Melvin, Rob Galloway, Dean King and Kye Blight kept their noses clean in the feature and should be commended for their efforts. Good luck to them all for ...

  • Francis draws first blood

    Steve Francis has tonight continued his winning ways in Western Australia, this time winning the thirty lap feature event at QUIT Collie Speedway. Francis however, didn’t have it all his own way, with Jamie Oldfield challenging him the entire distance, even leading twelve laps through the middle of the race. In the end though, Francis was simply too good and led the laps that mattered: the last four, crossing the line ahead of Jamie Oldfield, with Jeep Van Wormer in third, having lapped all but the top three cars. Of course what would an Invasion Tour event be without a little bit of drama and we sure had it at the start of the A Main! As the field lined up for the four wide salute, Devin Moran, who was slated to start out of position three, appeared to make contact with another car, leaving him without a front left wheel and seeing him parked on the infield before the race began! Francis assumed the lead at the drop of the green, with Jamie quickly settling into third, while Jeep Van Wormer moved into third place closely followed by Jason Oldfield. After just five laps, the leading group found themselves in heavy traffic and this is where the top three in particular began battling it out in incredibly close quarters. With fourteen complete Francis was forced wide in the traffic and this gave Jamie the opportunity he needed, ducking through to grab the lead. By the halfway point the leading trio were still locked together, until Van Wormer went high in turn one and clobbered the wall, seeing him drop back from the leading two, who then began an epic battle. The two lead competitors swapped the lead numerous times, with Francis only officially back in the lead with four to go. From here he ...

  • Huge Fields for Invasion Tour!

    As the Late Model season kicks into high gear this week, we have some of the biggest fields ever assembled in Australia for the opening two rounds of the Rando’s Cane Furniture USA Invasion Tour!   No less than thirty cars have nominated for the opening round stanza of the series, to be held at QUIT Collie Speedway on Friday, the 16th of January, while the following night at QUIT Bunbury Speedway we have thirty one machines nominated for action!   Four Americans, a New South Welshman and a huge field of local drivers make up a quality field that will contest the series and with so much talent across the board, it is going to be a hard task to pick a winner at any stage of the game.   The four American visitors will be looking for some solid results, particularly Jeep Van Wormer who is back once again, this time driving the USA #55 Rocket out of the Oldfield Racing stable. Van Wormer. From Pinconning, Michigan, the 39 year old has toured Western Australia with some solid results, including two feature wins a number of seasons ago, and he will be hoping to add to those this time around.       A man who needs no introduction is Ashland, Kentucky native Steve Francis. The 47 year old has also been to Australia on numerous occasions and absolutely dominated, including winning two Australian Titles. This will be the fourth invasion tour in a row he has contested,  and he is currently undefeated on his last two visits, where he firstly won two nights at the Motorplex, plus one each at Manjimup and Collie before winning the national title at Bunbury, then last year where he won rounds at Collie, Manjimup and Ellenbrook. The full time race car driver for Clint Bowyer Racing in the USA is a former ...

  • KORAN ATKINSON LEADS SPEED TORQUE ALL STAR SERIES

      Koran Atkinson has grabbed the lead in the SPEED TORQUE ALL STAR SERIES for Late Models with two very impressive drives over the Xmas period with victory at Quit Bunbury Speedway following on from a solid second place at The Perth Motorplex on Boxing night. Jamie Moon is only two points behind after winning the Perth Motorplex event and a strong third place at Bunbury. The SPEED TORQUE ALL STAR SERIES is set up for a big finish at the March race meeting at Quit Bunbury Speedway. Eight drivers have a realistic chance of winning the series after completion of the third round at Bunbury last weekend. With three separate round winners in the first three rounds the competition is closely matched and the points system rewards a driver for consistency. POINTS AFTER ROUND 3   Koran Atkinson                 47   Jamie Moon                      45   Phil Zuidema                     42   Nat Muir                            37   Paul Stubber                     37   Jeff Rogers                        36   Morgan Melvin                35   Kye Blight                          22   Ken McPherson                20   Dean King                          20   Brent Vosbergen              19   Jai Mazzini                         15   Peter Seaton                     15   Jayden Meckenstock       15   Mark Webster                  15   Bryn Haythorthwaite       15   Rob Galloway                    15  

  • Cardy survives the carnage

    Last nights Late Model feature at QUIT Bunbury Speedway took us back to the days of old, as the twenty five lap event was a torrid affair with no less than ten stoppages. In the end it was Jay Cardy who claimed the win and banked some solid points for the Cleanaway Track Championship supported by Dynamite Dan’s, from a fast closing Michael Holmes, while Koran Atkinson rounded out a consistent night in third, but the feature race certainly had more than it’s fair share of casualties. The first attempt at green for the feature lasted less than five seconds as Jayden Meckenstock found himself spinning in turn one, bringing out the yellows and ending his night as he was unable to refire. The second start saw the front row of Cardy and Jamie Moon get all crossed up, leaving second row starter Morgan Melvin nowhere to go. Melvin half spun and was collected by the rest of the field, with Ken MacPherson climbing over the top of Melvin and coming to a rest on top of Melvins car, his nose pointing skyward. David Nylander cannoned in and suffered chassis damage, while Tyson Bryden was also involved and his night too was bought to a premature end. Paul Joss, Alec Melvin and Jeff Rogers also got involved, spinning to avoid or making slight contact but all three were able to restart. The third attempt at a restart saw the front row come together once again, leaving Moon spinning across the track and third placed starter Koran Atkinson going with him. The front row were warned and given once last chance and on the fourth restart we were able to complete a lap before we came under yellows again for Jamie Oldfield who had a rare spin in turn four. The field lined up for ...

  • Let’s Do It Again!

    The Late Model Sedans will back up last nights efforts at the Perth Motorplex with a race meeting tonight at QUIT Bunbury Speedway as part of the Cleanaway Late Model Track Championship!   A number of competitors will be in a race against time to make the meeting, while others will be looking to back up a strong night with some more consistent results.   Ryan Halliday grabbed the feature win last night but hasn’t nominated for Bunbury, while fellow podium finishers Marc Giancola and Jay Cardy will be looking for an even better night as they have thrown their hats in the ring for tonight‘s show.   Morgan Melvin had the best night of his short career, claiming his first ever heat win and setting himself up with a front row start for the all important feature. Unfortunately things didn’t quite pan out the way he had hoped and he will tonight be looking for a measure of redemption.   Peter Seaton found himself crunching the turn three wall very hard at the end of heat one last night and will be in a race against time to be ready for tonight‘s show, while Nat Muir and Michael Holmes will be just two of the drivers hoping to get some improved results.   There are also a few names making a return appearance tonight,  including Matt Nylander back in the seat of the #54 machine, while Tyson Bryden will be racing in the #34. Alec Melvin also returns after a short break.   Jeff Rogers had his first official hitout with the Late Models at the last Bunbury meeting and impressed everyone including the chief steward as he kept his nose clean. He will be looking to build on that performance tonight.   Adding some spice to the field is that former Modified Sedan driver Kye Blight, a multiple state champion in the division, has nominated after recently making the switch ...