Incredible things happen when you really don’t expect them and that’s what went down at Morris Park Speedway Dubbo last Saturday night with the NSW Street Stocker Championship.
Twenty seven cars were entered in the championship with three eight lap heats and a twenty lap final deciding the eventual winner but only five cars received the chequered flag.
The Blackley family of Cullen Bullen launched a four pronged attack on the title with Kevin and Jodie joining sons Martin and Andrew in the assault along with fellow Portland District Motor Sports Club member Nigel O’Neill.
Three races made up heat one with Newcastle’s Andrew Fuller taking out the first in his Commodore from Nigel 4th in his Falcon,John Lodge jnr took the second in his Falcon after the race was red flagged due to a massive fire in reigning champion Shane Carlson’s Falcon with Andrew Blackley taking the third race from brother Martin in second spot,Kevin 5th and Jodie 7th.
Heat two gave Kevin a victory after a collision involving wife Jodie’s Commodore on the second lap in race one with Andrew taking the second race while Lodge took the third encounter in a super close finish from Martin and Nigel.
Kevin won race one of heat three by almost half a lap with Nigel taking out the second race but Martin was forced to make a smoky retirement while younger brother Andrew suffered the same fate after leading the third race thus giving the victory to Fuller with Jodie 5th.
Starting from second grid position Kevin almost collected the wall off the start dropping him back to the rear of the hard charging field in the twenty lap feature.
In the meantime Nigel had slipped through into second place behind Fuller followed by Lodge tangling with Andrew in a massive battle for third place.
Andrew’s Commodore was mobile but had suffered extensive front damage thus not allowed to restart which then inturn enabled Kevin to fight through the field to 4th place chased by son Martin.
Nigel finally put Fuller behind him to snatch the lead as Kevin’s Falcon slammed the wall with a flat right rear tyre but he too would be dealt the same deflating fate mid race distance to be robbed of victory.
Martin took up the race leading dice with Fuller but again he was forced to retire in plumes of smoke while Fuller was forced out a few laps later with a flat tyre.
Gunnedah driver Trent Keeler then inherited the lead in his Falcon to eventually take the chequered flag after twenty torrid laps from Newcastle’s Lindsey Cornwell with Jodie Blackley capturing a well deserved third place.
The infield was strewn with dead and smoking cars as Keeler toured the speedway with the chequered flag to collect the accolades.
Fellow father and son club members Bruce and Scott Bradley took on the Open Six division at Dubbo with young Scott claiming the laurels in heat one in his Falcon followed up with a string of second places including the feature chased all the way by father Bruce also pedalling a Ford.