Story and Photo by Les Taylor
The sixth round of racing for the 2014-15 speedway season at the Kings Auto Parts Cullen Bullen Raceway started on a somber note and accelerated rapidly with the Portland Automotive Services Sedan Car Shootout.
Hosted by the Portland District Motor Sports Club the small thirty two event program was to have featured the Quarter Midget NSW titles but they had to be postponed to next months meeting due to a lack of nominations.
A moving tribute to the speedway racing life of the late Ricky Quinn got the meeting underway with a full track of cars headed by Ricky’s father Dick, a pioneer of the Parramatta City Raceway, his sister Sharon, brother Darren, grandson Dylan, brother inlaw Shane Duggan along with grandchildren Shanyn and Mitchell, all regular competitors at Cullen Bullen.
Kevin Coleman was crowned king of the four cylinders after he beat four other combatants in that section of the Sedan Car Shootout while Andrew Blackley overcame ten contenders to win the exciting six cylinder section after some incredible dices.
Most memorable were clashes against Martin Blackley and Mitch Duggan plus Nigel O’Neill and Shane Duggan – sensational stuff with many thanks to Ray & Sue Healey of Portland Automotive Services.
The Stones Pest & Weed Control Junior Class gave the experienced Shanyn Duggan three wins and a second,beaten by Dylan Quinn,in the pointscore heats while new driver Sarah Bradley was impressive in her eye catching flaming Corolla taking third place in the feature race.
Tarah Swadling of Orange claimed two third placings while Amber Culverson took the other ahead of Natasha Spicer also of Orange.
Another Orange driver,Kevin Coleman, dominated the Tony Scott Plant Hire Four Cylinder Sedans winning a heat and the feature race in his Corolla with Travis Spicer and Craig Priestly each taking a heat victory in their Ford Lasers.
Another young driver, Slade Anlezark, claimed three second placings ahead of Mitchell Brown of Bathurst at the wheel of his Ford Telstar.
The Royal Hotel Cullen Bullen Series Production class had a field of eight cars and saw some tremendous dices throughout the field but it was Nigel O’Neill of Mudgee who won the feature race in his Falcon after winning two heats.
O’Neill was involved in a multi car melee off the start in the second heat which ended up sidelining the slideways Torana of Kevin Spencer.
Shane Duggan posted three heat seconds in his Commodore but was beaten by the Falcon of Mudgee’s Chris Warnock in the feature race.
Great dices also came from hard charging Mitchell Duggan,Bathurst’s Phil Noy,Dubbo’s Troy Hutchison and battling Bruce Bradley of Oberon.
The Lithgow City Council RSA Street Stock Class always produces ground pounding racing but this time Andrew Blackley managed to win two heats only to be upstaged by Sydney’s David Giffin who claimed victory in the feature race after narrowly winning the first heat.
Kevin Blackley was back after a meeting off to take second place in the feature from son Andrew while brother Martin Blackley posted a heat second infront of fellow Commodore campaigner Darren Quinn.
NSW Champion Darren Todd drove like a man possessed to claim two wins and the feature of the Brackenrig Haulage Quarter Midgets chased allthe way in heat two and the feature by Portland’s Rob Stephenson.
Also in the thick of the wheel to wheel action was heat three winner Jamie Dicker after sitting out two heats with a car that wouldn’t start leaving Brett Muller to take a heat second and third placing.
Ernie Havas dominated all three heats and the final of the Royal Hotel Cullen Bullen Microsprints while new girl on the block Sue Healey was super impressive and again continued to improve her performance greatly during the evening.
Rob Swain continued his domination by winning all three heats and the feature of the Modlites class,formerly Dwarf cars,with newcomer Adam Fisher taking four second places chased all the way by Glenn Hoogwaerts and Kenny Brooks.
Rounding out this amazing program were the Atlantic Performance Oils Go Karts with Andrew Beattie victorious in two heats,Victorian champion Ayden Elliott took the other while Brian Can Der Wakker won the feature after Nathan Cammileri and Keanu Da Palmer spun out off the start.
The 2014-15 speedway season continues at the Kings Auto Parts Cullen Bullen Raceway on Sunday 19th April commencing at 10am.