American Superstars to highlight Simpson’s Allstar Sprintcars Challenge.

American Superstars to highlight Simpson’s Allstar Sprintcars Challenge.

Defending Champion and one of the brightest young stars of World Sprintcar racing, Ohio USA’s Sheldon Haudenschild, will once again saddle up in the Jack Lee Racing #25 out of nearby Terang for a shot at another $15,000 pay day in this weekends (January 13th) Mainline Dynolog Dynamometers Allstar Sprintcar Challenge. The Allstar Challenge is without doubt the crown jewel in the Heytesbury Stockfeeds Simpson Speedway calendar and is Australia’s richest 360 cubic inch powered Sprintcar race.

Last year Haud’ beat fellow young gun Chase Randall from Waco, Texas to the top prize but this year Randall, who scored his first Australian feature win at Gippsland’s Nyora Raceway driving the Mayson #USA9 just before Christmas, is looking to go one step better.
Haudenschild in action in 2023 winning the 15k- Aidan Freeman Photography
Adding to the high calibre international flavour will be Lemore, California’s Carson Macedo who’s already had a couple of wins on this current down under tour for Sean and Felicity Dyson in their #N99. This will, however, be Macedo’s first hit out at the elbows up “Avocado” Bowl.
Also from America’s West Coast will be fellow Sacramento’s Californian Kalib Henry and while his resume is nothing like that of Macedo or Haud’ he has tasted a stunning victory in this very event in 2020. Henery was not scheduled to race the event but after a rain out in Sydney and a rushed drive south to Simpson they trumped a strong field in which a trio of fellow Americans were sensationally excluded from the result after finishing 2nd (Tim Kaeding), 3rd Tim Shaffer and 5th (Shane Stewart) for not going over the scales at race end.
Indiana’s Justin Peck debuted here on Dec 27th and will be much better for having that hit out in the Domain Ramsey #V2 at a track that he likened to “A corn field!”
Completing the Yankee flavour will be Iowa based Riley Goono driving for Dave Challons in the #V45.
Like Peck, Goodno’s Aussie debut was right here, and he acquitted himself well considering he’s more used to the big, wide, flat-out half-mile track that is the spiritual home of Sprintcar racing, the famed Knoxville Raceway.
Nationally, the field of Aussies are tough too including Australian 360 Sprintcar Champions Mark Caruso (22/23) and Chad Ely both from Adelaide and Victorian Brett “the jet” Milburn. In fact, Milburn won his title here at Simpson back in 2020.
Throw in Allstar series Champions, Rusty Hickman, bothers Paul and Chris Solomon and the field gets tougher.
2022 winner Adelaide’s Brendan Quinn is good form with a victory already this season so keep am eye on the Quinn/Tony Bartlett combo
Then when you add in the current Grand Annual Sprintcar Classic Champion Brock Hallett from Portland just weeks away from defending his $50,000-win, former Aussie Champs and Classic winners Jamie Veal from Warrnambool and Robbie Farr (Qld) in the Matt Eastham #V88, and another Classic winner in Gold Coasts Lockie McHugh and the quality is almost insurmountable.
​2024 crowd is expected to Eclipse the 2023 edition- Aidan Freeman Photography
Simpson’s own local hero’s John Vogels and Phil Lock must be sentimental favourites with “Farmer” Phil recently hinting at impending retirement after returning from a devastating wreck, while “Johnny V” made a successful return to the seat post-Christmas right here with a strong finish in only his second or third race in the past three years.
With over 40 of the nations, and the worlds’ best drivers it’s going to be an awesome, action-packed event.
As supports will be the always exciting Super Rods, a division that was born and raised right here at Simpson. This is one division that is still a truly sideways affair and every visiting American racer who sees these unique Sedan bodied rods strut their stuff, wants to race one.
This weekends’ event is known as the Snoopy Slam in honour of local class veteran and stalwart John “Snoopy” Verhoeven and is a much sought after trophy so the slideways action is sure to be intense especially from the young Victorian Champion Jacob Pitcher and young hotshots Michael Coad and Jamie May as well as fast “take no prisoners” veteran Jason Kavanagh.
But probably no one out of the 20+ field would like to win it more than Paul Verhoeven for obvious reasons.
As a final deal clincher’ a stellar field of future stars have been invited to add to the action in the SSA Junior sedans.
Gates open at 4 with cars on track from 5pm with tickets available online from the website

Written by Brett Swanson-Pirate Media/Highline Magazine

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