Queenslander David Clark spent most of the weekend on the road pounding the pavement between Brisbane and Geelong.
The object of his fascination with the freeway was a three hour stopover at Avalon to compete in Saturday night's V8 dirt modified events and to get to know the local circuit that he will defend his national title on in January.
Give the guy a perfect score for dedication.
David does not want to be considered a Queensland one night wonder who happened to luck into a national title in his home State.
He charged into the lead in the 25 lap trophy event on Saturday night and fought a race long battle with local ace Brett Clarke and Daniel Scott.
The lead swung back and forth between the Clarkes until Brent nailed the main and stole the hardware from the Aussie champ.
"I learnt a lot tonight on our car set up and with a little touch of luck we'll turn a second into a win next time out here in the championship," David told everyone.
In the meantime smooth Sam Wren was after his fifth main event win of the season in the wingless class.
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The DMAWA Brigade headed to the lovely food and wine region of Margaret River on the weekend to do battle at the Augusta & Margaret River Speedway Club. A track like Ellenbrook last season and Albany this season is celebrating 50 years in operation. With 11 cars in attendance and some notable absences it was going to be an open and fast encounter.
While the 96 ASV Sales and Service/Copper Coast Utes Dominator of Vin Smith was surely the favourite after only a mechanical issue stopped the veteran of a chance at a hat trick last meeting, eyes were also on son of a gun Daniel Kennedy campaigning the familiar 32 associated with his father in the TKR family Best Tractor Parts Troyer. Daniel showed impressive pace during his first ever drive during a Motorplex practice season earlier in the week and with the family pedigree and Dad setting up the car it wouldn't be long until he showed the potential.
Daniel would have to wait however because heat 1 was taken out by a returning Leroy McKay in the 75. The heat victory was bitter sweet due to a radiator failure putting the car out for the night. 2nd place was the 96 of Vin Smith with the 27 Forbes Racing Engines Bicknell of Peter Forbes running third. Daniels drive however opening the eyes of the opposition charging from 11th at the green to finish 6th.
Heat 2 produced some of the best racing on the night with battles every were you looked on the track. Up front there was a dice for the lead between the 54 3x Products Troyer of Raz Pedersen and the ever consistent 24 Race Frame Repairs Foy of Peter Cox. Unfortunately the 54 come unstuck looping around in turn 3 sending Raz to the rear but bunching up the field again. The 76 Bridgetown Timber Sales Bicknell of Brad Cooper took up the mantle battling with Peter Cox until the checkered flag. The 27 of Forbes was again in 3rd place. Daniel once again charged to finish another credible 6th after a 10th place starting.
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BRIDGEPORT, N.J. ? On a chilly night in South Jersey, Rick Laubach bested a field of 57 cars to capture the win in Friday night's 358-Modified event over Wade Hendrickson and Ryan Watt. More news coming at press time.
WILDCARD WEEKEND FRIDAY NIGHT QUICK RESULTS 11/14
Outlaw Stock Feature:
1. Ron Frees, 2. Jeramy Doerr, 3. Bill Liedtka, 4. TJ Henry, 5. Jimmy Avery, 6. Pat Conaway, 7. Tom Wills, Jr., 8. Gary Klimeczak, 9. Tom Wills, Sr., 10. Ed Tinsman, 11. Tom Princiotta, 12. Billy Wroble, 13. Darren Cox, 14. Russell Wurst, 15. Joe Meron, 16. Scott Dugan, 17. Everett Taylor, 18. Terry Griffin, 19. Jack Beumont, 20. Json Saredy, 21. Jeff Dirkes, 22. David Kramer, 23. Ken Watson, Sr., 24. James Swanson, 25. Rick Broschard.
358 Modifieds Feature:
1. Rick Laubach, 2. Wade Hendrickson, 3. Ryan Watt, 4. Neal Williams, 5. Craig Von Dohren, 6. Jimmy Horton, 7. Ryan Anderson, 8. Frank Cozze, 9. Dominick Buffalino, 10. Anthony Preggo, 11. Lou Ciconi, 12. Brad Trice, 13. Ray Swinehart, 14. Steve Young, 15. Andrew Krause, 16. Richie Pratt, 17. Rusty Smith, 18. Ryan Grim, 19. Ryan Godown, 20. PJ Oliver, 21. Steve Searock, 22. Justin Grim, 23. Ryan Forte, 24. Tom Beamer, 25. Jimmy Blewett, 26. Scott Ambruster.
Read more: Rick Laubach Takes Wildcard Weekend Opener At Bridgeport Speedway
By Mike Mallett, photo by Dick Ayers
CONCORD, N.C. - Nov. 8, 2014 - There were two very happy drivers at the end of Saturday night's 40-lap Super DIRTcar Big-Block Modified Series feature at The Dirt Track at Charlotte. One being Danny Johnson who claimed his fifth series win of the season, his first ever at Charlotte, as well as an $8,000 check. The other was Billy Decker, took home his third career series championship on the back of a fourth-place run in the Bad Boy Buggies World Finals finale for the Modifieds.
"It's awesome to be here," said a very happy Johnson after his 77th career series triumph. "To finally get here in Victory Lane at Charlotte, I'm just excited for my team. This is a great accomplishment."
Decker was equally as excited after the main-event as he picked up his first series title since the 2008 season and his third overall. His first championship came back in 1998. Decker came into the night trailing Matt Sheppard by 20 points but he did just enough while Sheppard mustered a 10th-place effort after starting 19th.
"This is really sweet," said Decker, of Unadilla, N.Y. "This Gypsum Wholesalers team has worked really hard all year. I can't thank John Wight and LJL Racing enough. These Kevlar Engines run great all year. We just had a solid program this year; one conducive to putting us in this position.
"It is special. Unfortunately we've never been good point racers for a series. We've won a lot of races and just didn't win the points. To put together a season like we did speaks volumes to how hard these guys work. Scott (Jeffries) puts a lot of his heart and soul into this program. John Wight gives us great equipment. We should be here."
By virtue of the redraw Johnson started on the pole of the feature with New Jersey native and New Egypt Speedway champion Ryan Godown to his outside. Godown got the jump on Johnson and took the lead at the drop of the green on the extreme top of the race track. Godown put his Troyer car right up against the outside wall like Stewart Friesen had done the night prior. Godown led the first two laps before the first caution came out for Peter Britten as he had a mechanical failure causing him to lay down fluid around the race track.
After an extensive caution to clean up the liquid on the racing surface, green was again shown with Godown shooting back to the lead on the outside. Johnson meanwhile remained patient and continued to work the low lane around the fourth-tenths-mile facility. Godown opened the gap slightly as he pounded the cushion on the top of the racetrack.
As the race reached the 12 lap mark, Godown had to not only worry about Johnson and the rest of the drivers behind him, but he also had to find a way to navigate traffic. He made a couple of mistakes and he hopped the cushion which gave Johnson an opportunity to close in.
Johnson closed the gap on Godown as the race neared the midway point. As he moved in on Godown he found himself being challenged by teenager Tyler Dippel, who was making only his third Big-Block Modified start. The pair raced for second exchanging the position several times before Johnson cleared him on lap 17. All the while Godown continued to pace the field.
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