45 Entries For Australian Speedcar Championship

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45 Entries For Australian
Carson Macedo is one of 45 entries for the upcoming Australian Speedcar Championship. (Gary Reid photo)

WARRNAMBOOL, Australia – A high-class field will assemble at Premier Speedway for the Dutton Garage Australian Speedcar Championship presented by Dream Multimedia, Feb 28-29.

A total of 46 entries were originally received, but the field has been reduced to 45 due to the withdrawal of Queensland’s Callum Walker, who had an unforeseen issue with the No. Q35 Challenger/Toyota and will not make the journey south.

The entry list is littered with stars, with defending champion Dayne Kingshott set to put the title he won at Perth Motorplex last year on the line in his No. A1 Esslinger-powered Spike Chassis.

The Western Australian star will be joined in the field by 2017-18 national champion Kaidon Brown, who is fresh off an appearance at the famed Chili Bowl Nationals in the United States, where he recorded a solid C-main finish.

New Zealand superstar Michael Pickens will make the trek across the ditch to campaign his recent New Zealand title-winning machinery as he goes in search of a second Australian championship to sit alongside the one he captured during the 2015-16 season.

Pickens will be aboard the No. 1nz King Chassis, backed by a Toyota power plant.

Another former national champion, Nathan Smee, is also among the entrants as he looks to break an Aussie title-winning drought, one that has now extended into a 10th season.

The 2009-10 champion is a threat at Warrnambool and he is set to make a statement abord the No. N14 Spike/Fontana.

American star and reigning World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series Rookie of the Year Carson Macedo is no stranger to Premier Speedway, but the Australian Speedcar Championship will be his first visit to Warrnambool in a midget.

Macedo was the dominant force in Sydney in the Speedcar division over the Christmas and New Year period against some quality opposition, and he will be looking to replicate that form next week.

Having finished second in 2014 at Speedway City in Adelaide and third on three other occasions in the Australian Speedcar Championship, Pennsylvania’s Alex Bright is another of the American visitors that will be keen to take the coveted No. A1 home.

Bright will be in the No. W4 Esslinger-powered entry and has to be considered as one of the favorites leading into the event, as he aims to become the first American since Rico Abreu beat Brady Bacon and Smee in Brisbane in 2017 to win the Australian Championship.

A duo of American competitors will suit up for Victorian-based car owner Mike Griffiths.

Oklahoma’s Michelle Decker will form one half of the two-pronged, Griffiths-backed American attack, with the USAC Western States midget feature winner joined by Shannon McQueen from Bakersfield, Calif., in a pair of Simpson Race Products-supported entries.

Rounding out the international entrants is Auckland, New Zealand’s Kaleb Currie, who will pilot the Hardwyer Motorsport No. S6 entry with the support of the Speedway Shop.

Having won the Beasley Family Memorial at Sungold Stadium on Jan. 5, Matt Jackson will come to the Australian Championship brimming with confidence, albeit with a different team to that which he tasted success just under two months ago.

Aboard the No. N78 entry, Troy Jenkins returns to right some wrongs from Jan. 5, while the strong Victorian contingent headed up by Travis Mills, Mitch Whiting, Domain Ramsay, Andy Pearce and Justin McMinn will enjoy the familiar surrounds of Sungold Stadium as well.

The full entry list for the Australian Speedcar Championship is below.

Australian Speedcar Championship Entry List (45 cars)

Car No. – Driver

A1 – Dayne Kingshott
1NZ – Michael Pickens
W4j – Alex Bright
S6 – Kaleb Currie
W7 – Tom Payet
V8 – Jack Day
V9 – Matthew Balcombe
V10 – Travis Mills
V10m – Caleb Mills
N11 – Jay Waugh
T12 – Fred Freeman
V12 – Justin McMinn
N14 – Nathan Smee
V15 – Andy Pearce
V17 – Mitch Whiting
V21 – Adam Wallis
V22 – Joe Lostitch
W23 – Glen Mears
N24 – Clint Leibhardt
V26 – Taylor Gore
W26 – Keenan Fleming
V27 – Dillon Ghent
N34 – Jeffrey Burns
V39 – Nick Parker
N40 – Dave Lambert
Q41w – Glenn Wright
N42 – Warren Ferguson
N51 – Michael Stewart
V55 – Toby Smith
N57 – Harley Smee
S57 – Robert Heard
S71 – Troy Ware
V71r – Domain Ramsay
V72 – Glen Shaw
V75c – Shannon McQueen
V75ok – Michelle Decker
N78 – Troy Jenkins
S83 – Brett Ireland
S88 – Todd Wigzell
V88 – Craig Smith
Q89 – Rusty Whittaker
T91 – Brock Webster
N97 – Matt Jackson
V97 – Kaidon Brown
N99 – Carson Macedo

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