Shaun Bradford, Jason Kendrick and Ben Ellement – top 3 in the Gold Cup Sprintcar feature race. Pic by Bruce Russell.
That’s about the only way to describe the final sprintcar race meeting of the season at the Perth Motorplex on Saturday night – the Merger Contracting Gold Cup.
Initially slated for 30 laps, a series of dramas, crashes and even a disqualification saw the second of the feature races trimmed to 20 laps.
Jason Kendrick, who started from P4, won from Shaun Bradford and Ben Ellement.
Andrew Priolo, who started on pole, spun around as the field took the green, causing Kye Scroop, Jason Pryde and Luke Dillon to be innocent victims.
Dillon and Scroop got a restart and Pryde was initially out, but managed to get a restart after a subsequent restart gave him extra time.
This was after Brad Maiolo spun around in turn two.
Drama then unfolded when Jamie Maiolo, who started on the outside of the front row, was deemed by officials to have jumped the start twice and sent to the rear of the field.
On the next restart Maiolo was ruled by officials to be the cause of an incident in turn 1-2 that saw Kye Scroop and David Priolo damaged and out of the contest.
Priolo was not happy and remonstrated with Maiolo who was then disqualified from the rest of the event.
Luke Dillon and Darren Mewett were rubbing wheels for a while before Dillon rode his rival’s wheels and went over on the main straight.
Daniel Harding banged the wall and limped to the infield.
Once the race settled down it was a tame affair with Kendrick taking the win by just under five seconds.
Feature race 1
On his last show before retiring David Priolo has claimed the first of the two feature races.
He started from P8 in the 20 lap Silver Cup but powered to the lead on lap 15 to set up the win from Daniel Harding and Jason Kendrick.
At the end of the race Priolo performed a serious of celebration donuts on the bike track in front of a very appreciative crowd.
Luke Dillon, who started on the front row with Shaun Bradford, got the jump at the start and led for most of the race.
Bradford pulled infield with a flat right rear on lap 10.
Harding and Carl Dowling looked strong in the latter stages and were both hounding Dillon after Priolo grabbed the lead.
Harding grabbed second and as Dowling was looking strong for a podium his brake rotor exploded, pulling up on the back straight and forcing a restart.
The big mover in the dash to the line was Kendrick who started at the back of the pack after struggling in qualifying and then withdrawing at the start of his heat race.
The team changed an engine and while he struggled early in the feature he passed a handful of cars to take third.
Brad Maiolo took fourth after starting from P11, while Dillon held on for fifth from Jamie Maiolo (P3), Ben Ellement (P9), Andrew Priolo (P6), Jason Pryde (P10), Danny Porter (P7), Scott Chatwin (P14) and Darren Mewett (P13).
Qualifying: David Priolo 13.869, Shaun Bradford 13.916, Jamie Maiolo 13.941 Luke Dillon 13.951, Daniel Harding 14.046, Jason Kendrick 14.049, Carl Dowling 14.120, Ben Ellement 14.126, Jason Pryde 14152, Andrew Priolo 14.250, Bradley Maiolo 14.261, Kye Scroop 14.565, Danny Porter 14.675, Darren Mewett 14.913, Scott Chatwin 15.066.
Heat 1: 1st Danny Porter, 2nd Luke Dillon, 3rd Daniel Harding, 4th Ben Ellement, 5th Kye Scroop, 6th Jason Pryde, 7th David Priolo.
Heat 2: 1st Shaun Bradford, 2nd Andrew Priolo, 3rd Carl Dowling, 4th Jamie Maiolo, 5th Brad Maiolo, 6th Darren Mewett, 7th Scott Chatwin. DNS: Jason Kendrick.
Feature 1: 1st David Priolo, 2nd Daniel Harding, 3rd Jason Kendrick, 4th Bradley Maiolo, 5th Luke Dillon, 6th Jamie Maiolo, 7th Ben Ellement, 8th Andrew Priolo, 9th Jason Pryde, 10th Danny Porter, 11th Scott Chatwin, 12th Darren Mewett. DNF: Carl Dowling, Kye Scroop, Shaun Bradford.
Feature 2: 1st Jason Kendrick, 2nd Shaun Bradford, 3rd Ben Ellement, 4th Bradley Maiolo, 5th Carl Dowling, 6th Darren Mewett, 7th Jason Pryde, 8th Danny Porter, 9th Scott Chatwin. DNF: Daniel Harding, David Priolo, Luke Dillon, Andrew Priolo, Kye Scroop. DQ: Jamie Maiolo.
QUEST APARTMENTS LATE MODELS
PAUL Stubber was pretty pleased with himself after winning the Quest Apartments Late Model feature race over 25 laps.
It was his first Late Model feature race win at the Motorplex and he took victory from Kye Blight and Michael Holmes.
Stubber started from P5 for the main event and worked his way to the front to take the popular win.
Blight started on the outside of Jamie Oldfield on the front row for the main race and held on for second.
Holmes came out of P6 while Veronica McCann put in a hell of a drive to take fourth after starting from P11, picking off Warren Oldfield in the latter stages.
Heat 1: 1st Warren Oldfield, 2nd Michael Holmes, 3rd Paul Stubber, 4th Brad Blake, 5th Ryan Halliday, 6th Hayden Norman, 7th Jason Bond. DNF: Ryan Ludlow. DQ Jeremy Hale.
Heat 2: 1st Kye Blight, 2nd Jamie Oldfield, 3rd Matt Goodlad, 4th Marc Giancola, 5th Veronica McCann, 6th Paul Joss, 7th Jay Cardy, 8th Morgan Melvin, 9th James Batley.
Heat 3: 1st Ryan Halliday 2nd Jay Cardy, 3rd Paul Stubber, 4th Kye Blight, 5th Veronica McCann, 6th Paul Joss, 7th Warren Oldfield, 8th Jeremy Hale. DNS: Ryan Ludlow.
Heat 4: 1st Marc Giancola, 2nd Jamie Oldfield, 3rd Brad Blake, 4th Matt Goodlad, 5th Michael Holmes, 6th Hayden Norman, 7th Morgan Melvin, 8th Jason Bond, 9th James Batley.
Feature: 1st Paul Stubber, 2nd Kye Blight, 3rd Michael Holmes, 4th Veronica McCann, 5th Jamie Oldfield, 6th Warren Oldfield, 7th Brad Blake, 8th Matt Goodlad, 9th Marc Giancola, 10th Ryan Halliday, 11th Jay Cardy, 12th Hayden Norman, 13th James Batley, 14th Jeremy Hale, 15th Jason Bond. DNF: Morgan Melvin and Paul Joss. DNS: Ryan Ludlow.
GLENN Holdaway was the victor in the Formula 500 feature race, taking the exciting win from Steven Ellement and Glenn Carstairs.
The margin at the end of the race was just 0.342 of a second.
It was a big recovery after he took a 12th in the first heat race and was then 11th in the next event.
Heat 1: 1st Jeff Ross, 2nd Glenn Carstairs, 3rd Troy Johnson, 4th Brock Nanovich, 5th Jamie Pages, 6th Steven Ellement, 7th Jamie Nardini, 8th Steven Gay, 9th Luke Nardini, 10th Jeff Hedington, 11th Ash Kent, 12th Glenn Holdaway, 13th Gavin Connelly.
Heat 2: 1st Troy Johnson, 2nd Glenn Carstairs, 3rd Luke Nardini, 4th Jamie Nardini, 5th Jeff Ross, 6th Brock Nanovich, 7th Jamie Pages, 8th Steven Ellement, 9th Ash Kent, 10th Jeff Hedington, 11th Glenn Holdaway. DNS: Gavin Connelly.
Feature: 1st Glenn Holdaway, 2nd Steven Ellement, 3rd Glenn Carstairs, 4th Brock Nanovich, 5th Troy Johnson, 6th Luke Nardini, 7th Ash Kent, 8th Jamie Nardini, 9th Jeff Ross, 10th Gavin Connelly, 11th Jamie Pages, 12th Jeff Hedington. DNS: Steven Gay.
HARRIS ENGINES WINGLESS SPRINTS
FORMER national champion Daniel Hartigan proved too strong for his rivals in the final of the Harris Engines Wingless Sprints, taking the final from Kyle Beard and Brendon Wedge.
This after he took a sixth and a seventh in the heat races.
Beard also had a good night in the 57 machine, with a pair of thirds in the heats before his second in the feature.
There were a few tense moments earlier on in the night when Tom Payet spun around on the first lap of the first heat race, taking out a couple of cars in the process.
Heat 1: 1st Adrian La Macchia, 2nd Mitchell Harris, 3rd Kyle Beard, 4th Bradley Fitzgerald, 5th Brendon Wedge, 6th Daniel Hartigan, 7th Ashley Pittard, 8th Tom Payet, 9th Blair Goodall, 10th Katelyn Wright. DNF: Brad Taylor. DQ Daran Humfrey.
Heat 2: 1st Brad Taylor, 2nd Tom Payet, 3rd Kyle Beard, 4th Ashley Pittard, 5th Brendon Wedge, 6th Daran Humfrey, 7th Daniel Hartigan, 8th Blair Goodall, 9th Katelyn Wright. DNF: Mitchell Harris, Bradley Fitzgerald and Adrian La Macchia.
Feature: 1st Daniel Hartigan, 2nd Kyle Beard, 3rd Brendon Wedge, 4th Tom Payet, 5th Adrian La Macchia, 6th Mitchell Harris, 7th Brad Taylor, 8th Daran Humfrey, 9th Blair Goodall, 10th Ashley Pittard. DNF: Katelyn Wright. DNS: Brad Fitzgerald.
There was plenty of drama at the start of the night in the speedcars.
In the first heat race Keenan Fleming lost a left rear wheel on lap six and at that time Chris Telenta and Alfie Guadagnino went over in turns 1-2.
That race was eventually won by Neville Lance from Dayne Kingshott who then won the Indian File ace and the feature race.
The newly-crowned WA champion won the main event from Todd Waddell and Rob Golding.
Heat 1: 1st Neville Lance, 2nd Dayne Kinghsott, 3rd Todd Waddell, 4th Travis White, 5th Rob Golding, 6th Steven Henderson. DNF: Chris Telenta, Glen Mears, Alfonso Guadagnino, Keenan Fleming and Jack Alfirevich.
Indian file: 1st Dayne Kingshott, 2nd Todd Waddell, 3rd Travis White, 4th Glen Mears, 5th Neville Lance, 6th Rob Golding, 7th Steven Henderson, 8th Keenan Fleming, 9th Alfonso Guadagnino. DNS: Chris Telenta, Jack Alfirevich.
Feature: 1st Dayne Kingshott, 2nd Todd Waddell, 3rd Rob Golding, 4th Alfonso Guadagnino, 5th Travis White, 6th Glen Mears, 7th Keenan Fleming. DNF: Steven Henderson, Neville Lance. Chris Telenta and Jack Alfirevich.