Jason McDougal is $10,000 richer after winning the John Day Classic at Perth Motorplex on Saturday.
McDougal took the chequered flag in a Speedcar race that went 40 laps without a stoppage, testing the endurance of the drivers and their equipment.
Countryman Tucker Klaasmeyer finished second while Queensland racer Adam Clarke claimed third. McDougal might have claimed first prize but it was Clarke who went home with the best bank balance, earning a $7,000 bonus for getting to the podium from the back of the field, in addition to his $4,000 for third place.
The other headlining event for the night was the Poolshop Group WA Sprintcar Championship, which went to New South Wales driver Kerry Madsen.
Madsen is the reigning national Sprintcar champion and spends much of his time racing in the USA, but the Motorplex became his focus on Saturday night as he held off Jason Kendrick for the win in a rare race that went ‘flag to flag’ – finishing without a stoppage.
“We were pretty close (with the setup) straight out of the box,” he said. “When you go to any track you need to tweak through the night but we didn’t many any big changes.
“I committed to the middle-bottom line (in the feature race) and kept working it. You could keep the tyres at a nice stable temperature and I got a good rhythm going.”
Madsen only arrived in the country the day before the event. Driving for Krikke Motorsport, Madsen said team crew chief Dylan Buswell had prepared the car well.
“I’m pretty excited to drive for Krikke Motorsport, there is a lot of heritage there. I just wanted to come here and make laps and stay out of trouble.
“Dylan did a great job in the off season and got the car pretty focused. I was able to get in and go.”
The victory marked the second time Madsen has won the WA Sprintcar Championship.
Jamie Maiolo may not have secured a podium place on the night but he still holds the overall points lead in the Maddington Toyota Sprintcar Series with 1016 points, from brother Brad on 994, Jason Pryde on 928, Mitchell Wormall on 846 and Jason Kendrick on 844.
It wasn’t just the open wheelers providing entertainment on the night with the Late Model division also bringing the action. Ryan Halliday took a narrow win over Michael Holmes in the feature race, crossing the finish line first by just three tenths of a second.