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  • USA INVASION TOUR DRIVERS CONFIRMED

      The spectacularly successful Late Model USA INVASION TOUR is continuing to grow. This season fans will get the opportunity to see the USA stars at the Albany Speedway for the first time on 24 January 2015. Michael Holmes has been at Eldora Speedway for the Late Model World 100 last weekend and has confirmed that a very strong field of drivers will be coming down under for the series. Going on past performances this line up will send shivers down the spine of local competitors. At the top of the list is super star Steve Francis. Steve is a four time National Dirt Late Model Touring Series Champion and has won about all there is to win in the USA including the Knoxville Nationals and the World 100 at Eldora. To top this off he has also got 2 Australian Late Model Titles to his name.  “Michael and his team provide me with a real nice race car so I’m really looking forward to jumping in the Ozmine Barry Wright Race Car again” Steve said. Next is Jeep Van Wormer who stunned the locals with his pace and seemingly impossible outside passes when he raced here 4 years ago. Jeep is a fixture on the UMP Summer Nationals Tour with over 15 feature wins including the UMP Fall Nationals at Eldora “It’s great to be able to visit my Australian friends again – the Oldfield brothers have bought themselves a couple of real nice rockets – I’m looking forward to getting behind the wheel for them again” Another former visitor coming to make his mark is Devin Moran. Devin is a relative youngster in late model racing and has shown blistering speed both in the East and West of Australia. In 2012 he won the NSW State championship and feels at home on Australian tracks which ...

  • SPEED TORQUE ALLSTAR SERIES for LATE MODELS

    BONUS FOR UP AND COMING DRIVERS   To cater for the rapidly increasing number of Late Models in WA and to give newer drivers a realistic target to aim at the LMRWA has announced a new series to be run in conjunction with the 2014/2015 season calendar. A strict criterion has been developed to determine eligibility for the series and is entirely based on performance at the pinnacle of Late Model Racing prior to the start of the season. Drivers who have been on the podium of any National LM title or State LM title, Top 5 in the Pro Dirt series in any year since 2009/2010 or have won a Pro Dirt feature race are excluded. All other competitors are eligible to accumulate points for the SPEED TORQUE ALLSTAR SERIES. There have been no arbitrary decisions on any driver’s current or potential future racing skills. The series will be run over 4 meetings at selected events in conjunction with the normal LMRWA race calendar with all drivers, eligible or otherwise, treated equally for the event. All drivers will race for the same prize pool with the top placed ALLSTAR driver in the feature event receiving a SPEED TORQUE ALLSTARS $ 100 winners bonus. The top ALLSTAR point’s scorer over the series will receive the SPEED TORQUE ALLSTAR trophy at the annual LMRWA awards presentation. Speed Torque proprietor Rory Taylor has a long history in building racing engines and has a direct involvement in Late Models as the engine builder for the Giancola family for over 25 years. Rory is pleased to support the new series “We think it is important to help the guys who are making their way up through the ranks. They are the future of the sport.” This is an exciting opportunity for developing drivers to achieve a short term goal on their way to success at the top level of Late Model racing.   ALLSTAR EVENTS WILL BE AT THE FOLLOWING RACE MEETINGS Bunbury          Nov 8 Non pro dirt Kwinana          Dec 26 Non pro dirt Bunbury          Dec 27 Non pro dirt Bunbury          ...

  • KING OF THE DEVELOPMENT SERIES

      The 2014 Late Model Lucas Oils Development Series has been won by Dean King. He was Top Points scorer for eligible drivers in three of the 6 meetings conducted and had a consistent haul of points in other meetings. Dean ended the series as a clear leader with 675 points. Next placed was Steve Bond on 434 points followed by Lance Ferguson with 370 points. Of the other drivers eligible for trophies the outstanding performer was Brent Vosbergen who also topped the points tally at three meetings. Brent was unable to capitalize on his success as he missed a number of rounds whilst crewing for his father Craig in the USA. Ken McPherson also amassed a lot of points in a very consistent run but was ineligible for trophies as he has previously won the series. Since its inauguration in 2010 the series has continued to attract new blood to Late Model racing and has also provided the opportunity for more experienced drivers to improve their skills. This year 27 drivers took part over the six rounds of the series that were run. Unfortunately four rounds were cancelled due to poor weather. Dean’s success is a great example of the benefit of being involved in the Late Model Development Series. He sat out last year after his first attempt at Late Model racing in 2012. During this time he bought a new black front Rocket and recharged his batteries. “The first year was a mixed year and a bit trying” said Dean Dean is now happy to be back in the seat even though it is a struggle doing it out of his own pocket without sponsors. This season he has shown he can be fast and has demonstrated a never give up attitude. Dean is supported in his racing by his father Allen and son Bradley ...

  • USA INVASION TOUR – Raffle

    WE NEED YOUR HELP The awesome USA INVASION TOUR is on again this January. The LMRWA needs your help to finance this outstanding international event. You could win the NAMING RIGHTS for the series and the associated BUSINESS EXPOSURE by purchasing a ticket. Only limited numbers are available so chances of winning are very high. Details and contact information are on attached flyer.

  • LATE MODELS EVERYWHERE IN WA – CALENDER RELEASED

      LMRWA has released the calendar for the booming Late Model division in WA. With a mix of Metropolitan and Regional events at the major speedway venues in WA this coming season will showcase the popular Late Models to a wide audience. The centre piece of the season is the Prodirt series which will see the best Late Model drivers in the country competing in one of the toughest series you can imagine in Australia. Seven different round winners in each of the previous 2 seasons is a fair indication of the intensity of the action that will unfold in front of the fans. Everyone is looking forward to the USA INVASION TOUR in January which will see the sensationally fast professional drivers from the USA taking on the best that Australia can throw at them. In addition drivers will be chasing silverware for the PERTHMOTORPLEX TRACK CHAMPIONSHIP and the recently announced new series the TRANSPACIFIC CLEANAWAY BUNBURY LATE MODEL TRACK CHAMPIONSHIP supported by Dynamite Dans Cleaning Services. LMRWA CEO Michael Holmes is very excited to be taking the USA tour to Albany for the first time. “With a healthy mix ofProdirt rounds, the Kwinana & Bunbury Track Championship, the USA tour and of course the 18th running of the State title at Collie there is something there for everyone”     LATE MODEL RACING WA CALENDER Ellenbrook     Oct 11 Pro dirt Kwinana          Oct 18 Pro Dirt Kwinana          Nov 1 Pro dirt Bunbury          Nov 8 Non pro dirt Kalgoorlie        Nov 22 Pro dirt Kwinana          Dec 6 Pro dirt Kwinana          Dec 26 Non pro dirt Bunbury          Dec 27 Non pro dirt Collie               Jan 16 USA INVASION Bunbury          Jan 17 USA INVASION Albany             Jan 24 USA INVASION Manjimup      Jan 25 USA INVASION Collie               Feb 21 State title Pro dirt Bunbury          March 21 Pro dirt Kwinana          March 28 Pro dirt Kwinana          April 18 Pro dirt Grand final   By Ray Hale for LMRWA      

  • Vosbergen Claims Another!

      Brent Vosbergen returned to the drivers seat of the thunder and lightning Late Model Sedans over the weekend and made an impact straight away as he claimed a heat win and two seconds before going on to claim the feature race. Northam Speedway was the host of the latest round of the Lucas Oils Late Model Development Series and though only a small field was on hand, there was some great racing throughout the day   The opening heat saw Vosbergen and last round winner Dean King fighting it out for the lead, with the two side by side for much of the race, King resisting the great pressure to claim the opening win.   Heat two saw Vosbergen get the nod over youngster Tyson Bryden and Steve Bond, while the third heat saw Clint Philip cross the line first ahead of Vosbergen King crossed in third but was later relegated two positions by the stewards, seeing Bryden awarded third place.   Unfortunately both Terry Haines and Steve Bond made heavy contact with the wall during the day and weren’t able to continue.   Vosbergen built up a big lead early in the feature, but there were a number of restarts due to spins and also another for when  Dean King and  Clint Philip came together on the back straight. Lance Ferguson was very lucky not to be involved and did well to avoid the accident.  Luckily there was no serious damage and all were able to restart.   King then worked his way back from rear to a hard fought second come the fall of the chequers, while Vosbergen crossed first as a clear winner. Tyson Bryden showed a lot of composure all day and finished a solid third in the feature and in the process he also claimed the Lucas Oils Award.   The next round of the Late Model Development ...

  • Brent Vosbergen “NOT IN A HURRY – JUST FAST”

      The rapid rise of Brent Vosbergen to the front group of the new generation of Late Model drivers in the development series is clear evidence that the unusual path he has taken is likely to be very successful. Brent and his famous father Craig plotted a path several years ago that would develop the skills that Brent would need if he was to pursue his dream of following his father and grandfather into Late Model racing. They decided not to enter the sport of speedway via the juniors but through Dirt Karts instead. Craig firmly believed that would provide the best platform to build on “The power to weight ratio of Dirt Karts is higher and the left and right turns help develop car control. They are twitchy and fast” said Craig. While Brent has done well in the Dirt Karts, with a second place in the National titles to his name, the real purpose was to develop his driving skills and race craft in an affordable way. With that foundation in place the next step was to attend the Dale McDowell Late Model driving school in the USA. “The diving school definitely put my development into fast forward and with Dad helping me I feel like I am adapting to the late Models reasonably quickly. We don’t change too much so that I can get used to the thing.” Brent is in no rush but has bought a car from the USA which is due to arrive in the New Year. The plan from there is to do some laps at Kwinana and then do next year’s Late Model Development Series. Running two cars together is seen as too hard so the next step will be to convince Craig that he has had enough fun. ”When Dads had enough I will have a go.” ...

  • Late Models Return to Northam!

      The Late Model Development Series will this weekend head to Northam Motorsports Park for another round of action. Although only a small field of nominations at this stage, Late Models always put on a good show at Northam, with the track configuration ideal for the division. Last round winner Dean King heads the nomination list and will be looking to build on his recent victory at Kellerberrin Speedway. King has been in red hot form and has really come along in leaps and bounds, showing that he is a threat whenever he rocks up to compete. Adding some spice to this weekends field will be Brent Vosbergen who makes his first appearance in the #13 machine after having missed a few rounds due to other commitments. The younger Vosbergen will be looking to continue his development after already showing a lot of talent behind the wheel. Terry Haines is another who will be competing this weekend, and after some solid heat wins and good finishes, he will be looking to record a solid feature finish come Saturday afternoon. Bryn Haythornthwaite is another one who has recorded a string of good finishes and would love nothing more than to improve again and grab the win. Lance Ferguson, Clint Philp and Steve Bond are all regulars in the series and although they haven’t broken through for a win yet, have all shown significant talent and will be looking to continue the development. Drivers are to be in the pits by 10am sharp this weekend, with racing from 12pm. The Northam Speedway is located on Fox Road, just before Northam on the highway, with entry $15 per person, with kids under 12 for free. See you all there!   Release by DTN Media.   Official Nominations 13 Brent Vosbergen 21 Dean King 32 Terry Haines 44 Lance Ferguson 69 Bryn Haythornthwaite 96 Clint Philp 97 Steve Bond  

  • JAMIE MOON – A MAN ON A MISSION

    With a top ten finish in his first year racing a Late Model in the Pro dirt series last year Jamie Moon is looking forward to even better results in the coming season. Even with Jamie’s vast experience in speedway sedans and Sprintcars he has had to learn the art of setting up a Late Model whilst at the same time adapting to the brute power and a very different driving style. It was a fitting reward for his efforts to win the Rookie of the Year award at the annual Late Model awards presentation night. “Last year was all about getting our head around the Late Model and we started to get the hang of it by the end of the year.” Jamie had retired from racing and didn’t expect to be pulling on a helmet again. Understandably he made the mistake of going to watch some speedway meetings. “I did the wrong thing and I watched some events. Then I saw the Australian Late Model Title in Bunbury and decided I want to be part of that.” In order to give himself the best possible chance of success Jamie is importing a new Revelution Race Car which will be powered by a 415ci SB2 Hershey Chev motor. There is more to this team’s motor racing background than most people would be aware of. In addition to Jamie’s extensive speedway experience he has also got State Motocross titles under his belt. Furthermore his father John, who swings the spanners, has raced speedcars and circuit racing cars. With the learning year out of the way Jamie is aiming for consistent Top 5 finishes. “I enjoy the competition and the adrenalin rush plus the challenge of setting up and driving the cars. I would like to get consistent results and in the longer run win ...

  • King makes it two at Kellerberrin!

      Dean King followed up on his last win at Kellerberrin Speedway as he today claimed his second development series feature. Indeed, King showed his class all day as he stayed out of trouble and finished consistently in the top three throughout the heats. In the feature event he managed to chase down and pass early race leader Ken MacPherson and is proving to be the class of the field with consistent podium finishes.   Ken Macpherson, despite leading the feature for a time, was unable to capitalize on two good heat wins and came home with a fourth place finish in the feature, while Bryn Haythorthwaite finished on the  podium in all four of his races, including a second place finish in the feature.  Jeff Rogers also had a good day with a fine third place in the feature after two prior third places in his heats.   The opening heat saw Nathan Penn and Steve Bond make  contact on back straight, leaving Bond stranded at the start. The race restarted and a few cars then found themselves infield after some contact throughout the pack. Penn meanwhile worked his way through the pack and into the lead, setting about building the distance between himself and the rest of the field until he too succumbed to mechanical dramas and handed the lead and the win to Phillip over Bond and Rogers.   The second heat saw Haythornthwaite in the early lead, while behind him King and MacPherson battled it out. Suddenly the battling duo were in front, with Haythornthwaite back in third and from there the order didn’t change.    The third heat saw Clint Phillip into the lead early, with Bond quick to apply the pressure. Out of nowhere Terry Haines made his presence felt and ducked through to grab the lead. After a number of spins, the race was ...