CALIFORNIAN TAKES A SWEET SPRINTCAR GRAND PRIX A-MAIN
An enormous crowd turned out to see Californian Brad Sweet win his third Valvoline Australian Sprintcar Grand Prix at Valvoline Raceway Parramatta tonight in one of the best feature races seen at the venue in some time.
The 2019 World of Outlaws champion was in stellar form wheeling the #USA7 American Tire & Racing Services Spike chassis to victory over a fast finishing Jamie Veal in second place and Marcus Dumesny third.
Sweet and early leader Sam Walsh engaged in a torrid battle for the lead for most of the 35-lap affair with the pair swapping slide jobs much to the delight of the huge crowd in attendance.
Walsh would eventually finish sixth but his speed and ability to duke it out with the world’s #1 driver impressed both Sweet himself and the fans in attendance.
“American fans might not know names like Sam Walsh and Marcus Dumesny yet but they will do,” Sweet conceded, “I have so much respect for the guys who race here week in and week out. I’m really looking forward to racing here for the next few nights of Speedweek.” Carson Macedo made a late play for the top three but came up one spot short behind Dumesny.
Ben Atkinson was a solid fifth place with Walsh, Jordyn Brazier, Michael Stewart, Robbie Farr and Ian Madsen rounding out the top ten.
Michael Stewart came from deep in the field to finish a creditable eighth place ahead of Robbie Farr who came from the B-Main to finish in ninth.
2019 All Stars Circuit of Champions champion Aaron Reutzel was set to play a major part in the A-Main after looking seriously fast in qualifying and his heat only to roll over in turn three and four on the opening lap.
Reutzel’s teammate Mick Saller set a career best quick time in qualifying in the #56 KRGS Triple X and Reutzel set the quickest time in his group which got the team off to a great start on debut.
Heat wins went to Brad Sweet, Sam Walsh, Marcus Dumesny and Jamie Veal.
The C-Main transferees were Coby Elliot, Matt Geering, Jimmy Matchett and McKenna Haase.
The B-Main transferees were Jeremy Cross, Robbie Farr, Warren Ferguson and Andrew Wright.
Official A-Main results:
1. Brad Sweet 2. Jamie Veal 3. Marcus Dumesny 4. Carson Macedo 5. Ben Atkinson 6. Sam Walsh 7. Jordyn Brazier 8. Michael Stewart 9. Robbie Farr 10. Ian Madsen 11. Lynton Jeffrey 12. Grant Tunks 13. Jeremy Cross 14. Daniel Cassidy 15. Jessie Attard 16. Warren Ferguson 17. Michael Saller 18. Daniel Sayre 19. Ryan Jones 20. Andrew Wright DNF 21. Troy Little DNF 22. Danny Reidy DNF 23. Alex Orr DNF 24. Aaron Reutzel DNF
Texan Tyler Erb was a jubilant victor in the first round of the Ultimate Sydney Late Model Speedweek taking the honours from Ben Nicastri (in the throwback #3 colour scheme that tributes his Dad Ross’ NASCAR Late Model from the late nineteen eighties) in second and Victorian Cameron Pearson home in third.
Tasmanian supremo Callum Harper led early and looked to conquer his VR demons but Erb put a sweet outside move on him going into turn one and pulled away never to be headed in the HDD Racing Rocket chassis.
Harper wound up fourth ahead of Lachlan Onley in fifth, Michael Hickey sixth, Daniel Cassidy seventh, Nathan Disney eighth, Ed Borg ninth and Joel Carrig rounding out the top ten.
Heat wins went to Callum Harper, Lachlan Onley, Ben Nicastri and Robbie Farr.
A-Main Speedweek Round One Official results:
1. Tyler Erb 2. Ben Nicastri 3. Cameron Pearson 4. Callum Harper 5. Lachlan Onley 6. Michael Hickey 7. Daniel Cassidy 8. Nathan Disney 9. Ed Borg 10. Joel Carrig 11. Aaron Barnes 12. Barry Kelleher 13. Clayton Pyne DNF 14. John Lodge Jr DNF 15. Robbie Farr DNF
Shaun Davoodi drove a smooth and calculating race to lead home two leadfoot ladies and win the Street Stocker A-Main despite the best efforts of Sarah Bradley and Kiona Sunerton in second and third place respectively.
“Shake your booty” Davoodi held on to score a good win in a brilliant race to lead home Bradley, Sunerton, Max Cotton, Steve Walsh, Brayden Ford, Alan Hollier, Ray Tyler, Shannon Alexander and Sean Isherwood rounding out the top ten.
Heat wins went to Ben Cartwright, Kiona Sunerton, Sarah Bradley, Chris Campbell, Mark Eveleigh and Shannon Alexander.
Street Stocker A-Main results:
1. Shaun Davoodi 2. Sarah Bradley 3. Kiona Sunerton 4. Max Cotton 5. Steve Walsh 6. Brayden Ford 7. Alan Hollier 8. Ray Tyler 9. Shannon Alexander 10. Sean Isherwood 11. Anthony Attard 12. Matt Hope 13. Rhiannon Brotherstone
The next night of the Ultimate Sydney Speedweek is Saturday night, December 28 and features the USC Sprintcars Round 2, the first round of the Ultimate Sydney Speedcar Speedweek and the first night of the NSW Modified Sedan Championship.