Three Time Classic Champion and fifth place finisher from the 2017 Classic, Kerry Madsen headlines the latest batch of hard chargers to officially nominate for the South West Conveyancing GASC on from January 19 to 21, 2018.
Madsen, whose Classic wins came in 2005, 2007 and 2008, most recently tasted success at Sungold Stadium when he claimed the 2016 Australian Sprintcar Championship for car owners Bob and Peter Gavranich as a part of the powerful Keneric Racing organization.
Madsen will again be coming off a strong American season, where he again showcased his talents at the biggest event of them all the 2017 Knoxville Nationals.
Driving for Tod Quiring’s Go.Muddy.com team, Madsen was able to finish third behind Donny Schatz and Kyle Larson, giving Madsen yet another outstanding Knoxville Nationals Result.
In 2017 the current Australian Champion also recorded five World of Outlaw feature race wins, which were coupled with 18 top five results, outlining again just how competitive he is on the toughest tour of them all.
For 2018 Kerry Madsen will enjoy the support of American Racing, Keneric Healthcare and Daniel Trucking as he straps into the immaculately presented Morrison Race Engines powered KPC as he goes in search of a fourth Classic win.
Jamie Veal is another of the contenders whenever the Sprintcars roll into Sungold Stadium and now that he has joined Krikke Motorsport, it is easy to determine that there is no reason why he won’t continue to be one of the men to beat on any given night.
Having claimed an historic Classic win in 2016, veal was involved in a heat race incident that essentially denied him the opportunity to try for a repeat after he was forced into the second of the B-main events.
Eventually Veal would fall two spots shy of a coveted transfer position, a result that he will be determined to correct in 2018.
With highly respected crew chief Dylan Buswell, Veal will be aiming to deliver Krikke Motorsport their first Classic triumph since Brooke Tatnell saluted back in 2009.
The Krikke Motorsport’s Classic will see the team run a Maxim Chassis, with Maxwill Race Engines continuing to supply the mumbo with support coming from TEH, Pumpa Manufacturing, Bunbury Toyota, Valvoline, Redline Media and PWR.
Having finished on the podium in 2016, the ultra-experienced Robbie Farr backed it up with another A-main appearance in 2017, eventually being scored as 17th in the Sunday night finale.
Farr will return with the professional East Coast Pipeline Racing Team in what is becoming a rare appearance at Warrnambool.
Hi-Tec Oils, Cool Chassis, Golden City Trucks, Vermeer, Australia Wide Group and Revolution Racegear will provide all of the support the Q7 entry needs to launch a serious assault on the 2018 South West Conveyancing Grand Annual Sprintcar Classic.
Of all the young guns currently competing domestically in Victoria, Rusty Hickman is showing all the traits of becoming a very, very good race car driver.
Having been unable to contest the Classic in 2017 due to injury, Hickman will be keen to make up for lost time and if his early season form is anything to go by then the sky is the limit as far as a result goes.
Campaigning the familiar Hickman number 40, Rusty will have support from Hickman’s Tree Maintenance, Peerless Products, Camden Signage and Building Solutions, J&J Racing, Jackal Fencing, Victory Lane Racegear, A1 Auto Parts and Bandit Chippers.
Another of the drivers to partake in the 40 lap Classic finale in 2017 was Luke Oldfield who was ultra consistent throughout the entire Classic weekend.
Oldfield ran a very impressive 15th from the 100 plus car field and will again saddle up to try and improve on that effort in 2018.
With support coming from Advanced mobility, Mud Buddy and Revolution Racegear, it will be exciting to watch whether history repeats and Oldfield can again stamp his class over what promises to be another huge field aboard his KRE Powered Cool Chassis.
Sydney based racer James Thompson from Kellyville in NSW is another who missed the 2017 Classic, but will return in 2018 aboard his Quicktime Chassis with a Kriner powerplant.
Having been a super consistent performer at his home track at Sydney Speedway, Thompson will be looking to bring that same competitive edge with him to the South West Conveyancing Classic.
His support will come from Global Speedway Tours, Harry’s Cafe De Wheels, Stahlwille Tools, Blacktown Scrap Metal, Motoradco, Mudford Family, Quicktime Chassis and Walker Race Engines.
Braydan Willmington who finished 10th in C-Main will also be on duty for the Classic come January.
Willmington, who is on the lookout for some support for not only their Classic campaign but the season in general will be joined in the field by another of the Sydneysiders, Jessie Attard who also made it as far as C-Main 1.
In 2018 Attard will be joined by Kim Becker in their familiar family based two-car team with support coming from Supreme Poultry, Blackshaws Smash Repairs, Hoosier Australia and TF Kart Engines.
Another of the entrants for 2018 to have missed contesting the Classic in 2017 was Kristy Ellis with the young lady who hails from Lockwood in Central Victoria now again a familiar sight behind the wheel of her V12 Maxim. The Ellis Family backed team also will enjoy support from Combined Waste Services, Hickman’s Tree Maintenance and Sutton Tools.
The 2018 46th edition of the Grand Annual Sprintcar Classic will be supported by the following sponsors; Performance Racegear, KRE Race Engines, The Lady Bay Resort and KFC.
Copies of the 2018 Grand Annual Sprintcar Classic entry form have been forwarded to the 2017 entrants while a PDF version is available for download from the Premier Speedway website www.premierspeedway.com.au