SWEET AND MACEDO DOUBLE UP IN VALVOLINE RACEWAY THRILLERS
Americans Brad Sweet and Carson Macedo doubled up on their A-Main successes tonight in Ultimate Sprintcars and Speedcars respectively on a spectacular but challenging night at Parramatta’s Valvoline Raceway.
Sweet backed up his Boxing Day night success with a nail-biting win in the 35-lap A-Main to narrowly defeat Jamie Veal and Carson Macedo in second and third respectively.
It was Sweet’s second win and Veal’s second runner-up finish in as many rounds of Speedweek so far.
Macedo backed up his Speedcar A-Main success on December 14 for the Ultimate Speedway Challenge round with a stirring win over Sam Walsh and Michael Stewart.
Had he won the Sprintcar A-Main also he would have become the only person in the 42-year history of Valvoline Raceway to win ‘double duty’ on two separate occasions.
The Speedcar podium was filled by drivers doing ‘double duty’ in Speedcars and Sprintcars with Sam Walsh impressing all present with a fantastic drive for second in the Brett Morris owned TRD powered King chassis.
Walsh and Macedo traded passes for much of the main as Michael Stewart, Matt Jackson and “Uncle” Nathan Smee and nephew Harley went at it.
Troy Jenkins was a top four proposition as well before a flat left rear tyre on the “Swap n Go” #78 ended his race prematurely.
The Modified Sedan 15-lap Twin A-Mains for the first night of the 2019 NSW Championship went to Aidan Raymont (Odds A-Main) and Max Clarke (Evens A-Main).
The ‘evens’ A-Main in particular was one of the most entertaining races of the season with a stirring three wide late race battle between Mildura duo David Smith and Jacob Drewett with Max Clarke sneaking through for the victory on the final lap.
Brad Sweet came from the second row of the grid to win the Ultimate Sprintcar A-Main but not without an absolutely torrid battle with Jamie Veal for much of the race.
Macedo started on the front row with Marcus Dumesny but it was Veal who looked the raciest early.
Texan Aaron Reutzel really had his six shooters out with a blazing run in the Saller Motorsport Triple X and he pulled off a Houdini 360-degree spin in turn two whilst challenging for the top three after clipping a left rear with his right front only to loop it again shortly after bringing on the yellows.
Sent to the rear Reutzel literally screamed back to sixth by the fall of the chequers in a barnstorming run in the new car the team put together after the chassis was destroyed on Boxing Day.
Marcus Dumesny continued his consistency with a top four result which will no doubt preserve his lead in the USC NSW Championship as Round Three of Speedweek looms this Monday might December 30.
Robbie Farr came from the fifth row to score fifth at race’s end while Alex Orr was looking every bit a chance for a podium before eventually finishing in the American Tire & Racing Services “Lucky Sevens” position just behind Reutzel.
Grant Tunks placed eighth with Lynton Jeffrey in ninth and Ian Madsen barely scraping through for the transfer from the B-Main with a deflating right rear tyre to run top ten in the A-Main.
Official Sprintcar A-Main results: 1. Brad Sweet 2. Jamie Veal 3. Carson Macedo 4. Marcus Dumesny 5. Robbie Farr 6. Aaron Reutzel 7. Alex Orr (American Tire & Racing Services Lucky Sevens award) 8. Grant Tunks 9. Lynton Jeffrey 10. Ian Madsen 11. Jeremy Cross 12. Jessie Attard 13. Jordyn Brazier 14. Michael Stewart 15. Daniel Sayre 16. Warren Ferguson 17. Max Dumesny 18. Daniel Cassidy 19. Shaun Dobson 20. Troy Little 21. Andrew Wright 22. Jackson Delamont DNF 23. Sam Walsh DNF 24. Ryan Jones DNF
Official Sprintcar B-Main results: 1. Michael Stewart 2. Troy Little 3. Jackson Delamont 4. Ian Madsen 5. Matt Geering 6. Brendan Scorgie 7. James Thompson 8. Darren Salmon 9. Brett Sullivan 10. Ben Atkinson Jr 11. Chris Mcinerney 12. Mick Matchett 13. McKenna Haase 14. Blake Skipper 15. Peter O’Neill 16. Luke Geering 17. Guy Stanshall DNF 18. Coby Elliott DNF 19. Jimmy Matchett DNF
Official Speedcar A-Main results: 1. Carson Macedo 2. Sam Walsh 3. Michael Stewart 4. Matthew Jackson 5. Nathan Smee 6. Harley Smee 7. Dean Meadows (American Tire and Racing Services Lucky Sevens Award) 8. Bob Jackson 9. DJ Raw 10. Jeremy Evans 11. Dan Biner 12. Ayden Elliot 13. Jamie Hall 14. Stephen Birkett 15. Cameron Malouf 16. Glen Shaw 17. Alan Day 18. Jeffrey Burns 19. Troy Jenkins DNF 20. Jordan Mackay DNF 21. Ben Morgan DNF 22. Andy Hassan DNF
Official Modified Sedan “Odds” A-Main 1. Aidan Raymont 2. Kye Walters 3. Matt Nelson 4. Justin Drew 5. Darren Lester 6. David Head 7. Jeff Leahy 8. Peter McCarthy 9. Brad Wicks 10. Allan Nash 11. Trevor Mills 12. Andrew Dike 13. Peter White 14. Calvin Watts 15. Brad Wise 16. Gerry Flood 17. Cameron Waters DNF 18. Adam Lloyd DNF
Official Modified Sedan “Evens” A-Main 1. Max Clarke 2. David Smith 3. Jacob Drewett 4. Tim Atkin 5. Mick Shelford 6. Matt Gerlach 7. Todd Atkins 8. Greg Stevenson 9. Shane MacDonald 10. Brody Chrystie 11. Rachel Pratt 12. Kent Shelford 13. Ricky Cornwall 14. Daniel Simpson 15. Alex Sweeney 16. Daniel Patton 17. Robert Nelson 18. Tim Weir DNF 19. Shane Murphy DNF
The next night of the Ultimate Sydney Speedweek is this Monday night, December 30 for the third round of the Ultimate Sprintcar Speedweek which is also the NSW Sprintcar Championship, the final night of the NSW Modified Sedan Championship and the NSW Late Model Championship.
Photo: Gary Reid Photography
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