AGM - Tuesday 11th June 2013 @ 7:30pm. Nomination forms are out now so make sure you get all your nominations and motions to the secretary by the deadline of 5pm Tuesday 29th May.
Thanks to all those who came along to prize giving. 281 people meant this was the biggest in quite some time and a good night was had by all. The trophy recipient list is avaliable here for those who would like to see who won what.
The latest Stratford Speedway newsletter is available for viewing here
Stockcar Teams Meeting
There will be a meeting held at the clubrooms in Stratford on 23rd May at 7:00pm for any drivers that are interested in teams racing during the 2013/2014 speedway season.
Final Meeting - Saturday April 27th
A big thanks must go out to all the drivers, staff, volunteers and spectators who persevered with us in out attempts to get the last meeting run. This meeting took three attempts to run and is probably one of the latest meetings held at Stratford for quite some time. Although car counts were down a bit it was good to see reasonable sized fields and a good crowd. Bevan Phillips won the Stockcar King of the West Champs three points ahead of Tyler Walker. Haydin Barker finished in third place and cemented in concrete his overall points victory for the season. Shane Kells won his first ever race in his own car in the class after twenty four years of racing while other race wins went to Haydin Barker and Mark Phipps. Neville Nolly, Mcihel Willemsen and Phil Ogle all won a race each in the nine car Superstock field which included a new driver to the class, Blair Johnson in the ex Carl Burns car from Wanganui. Eight Modifieds were present for the nights racing. Farron Lowry won the first race ahead of Paul Ward while the results were reversed for the next two with Ward winning ahead of Lowry. A slightly smaller field of twenty seven Youth Ministocks were on hand. Race wins went to Blair Uhlenberg, Joshua Perrett and Hamish Booker. Midget racing was dominated by Duane Hickman who won two races while Daryl Hughes won the other. In the Minisprint class, Dylan Waite won his first race since changing classes from Ministocks. Lance Mitchell and Sean Dickie won the others while Ben Kemsley probably wishes he stayed home after severely damaging his car when he rolled it three times in turn four. The Demolition Derby was won by Tyler Walker. Jeanette Shaw picked up the hard luck prize after her car caught fire. Lisa Salisbury won the award for best presented car and Steve Reed and Warren Riddick were chosen as the best stirrers.
Stormers Win Teams Race (March 16th)
The Stratford Stormers drove a calculated race to beat the Wanganui Vulcans on Saturday night. Stormers members Richard Hart and Haydin Barker used their heads and protected the race leader Tyler Walker while the remaining members of the team, Justin Robinson and Kurt Vickery kept the Vulcan blockers busy. To secure a much deserved hometown victory. In the supporting Stockcar races, the pairing of Andrew Dodunski and Barker collected enough points to take home the best pairs trophy, four points ahead of Kylee Symes and Wilson Gargan who finished second. The duo of Wanganui driver Wayne Wright and Mark Duthie were third. The Streetstock best pairs were won by Gordon Fowler and Harley Langl who was driving Chris Shingletons car for the night. The pair amassed a total of forty one points to finish on top, four points ahead of John Young and Karl Manderson who were second. A large field of twenty Saloons were on hand to compete for the Heritage Shield that was being run for the class. After the three heats, John Young was tied on points with current number 2nz Steve Cowling from Tauranga. Cowling beat Young in a four lap run off but the result was reversed by SNZ officials after it was deemed that Cowling drove over the pole line when he passed Young. Chris Cowling from, also from Tauranga finished third. A field of eight Midget’s raced on the night with Duane Hickman dominating the racing, recording two wins and a second place. Greg Jones won the other. Superstocks had a reasonable sized field of twelve cars, including newcomer to the class Gary Johnson who has purchased the ex Brett Boniface car. Neville Nolly won two races whil Paul Johnson took the chequered flag in the other. A full field of Youth Ministock’s were used the opportunity of racing to get in some track time before the Taranaki Championship at the next meeting. Bayley Betts won the first race, Blair Uhlenberg the second while Josh Evershed drove well to win his first ever race in the third.
New Zealand Midget Grand Prix
Auckland driver Brad Mosen won the New Zealand Midget Grand Prix on Saturday night, After qualifying top on points he started the one race, twenty five lap final from pole position and lead for the duration of the race. Mosen had the fastest car on the night and was unchallenged by Duane Hickman who had started on grid two and finished second overall. Hayden Williams, who started on grid thirteen in the final made his way through the field to finish third. He made the podium changing pass on Alvin Cobb with a do or die move with five laps to go. Only ten of the twenty starters finished the race that was filled with incidents and cautions.
In the supporting classes Bevan Phillips won the King of the Mountain Stockcar champs after finishing seventh in the first race and winning the next two. Richard Hart finished second, just two points behind Phillips and Wilson Gargan finished third, a further eight points back.
The Superstock class saw Rebecca Barr having her first race in the class, driving very well too. The smaller than expected field of twelve cars were dominated by Neville Nolly who won the first two races while Graeme Barr won the third.
The Saloon car racing at times resembled that of Stockcars. What started out as a field of thirtenn cars was down to eight by the third race. Winners of the three carnage filled races were John Young, Craig Korff and Mark Hinton.
The Adults Ministocks had a good size field of twenty four cars, including three visitors from Palmerston North. Race wins went the way of Shane Denham, Mike Shaw and Cieran Rose.
The March Newsletter can be downloaded here
Stratford Scrappers T-Shirts
New season Scrappers T-shirts are now available. Adults sizes are $30. Kids are $25. Please email size and details to email@example.com
A short meeting review and New Zealand Modified Championship final places are available here
Ministock Competitors please note that from now on you must have the window nets installed in your cars. If you turn up at the next meeting without them, you will not be permitted to race.
Youth Ministock Spectacular groups are available here
Under23 Stockcar Champs results and brief meeting review available here
Saturday 16th February
Richard (Bunter) Pierce won both the Taranaki Modified Championship and the Ginge Hayward Memorial at Stratford Speedway on Saturday night. Pierce, who was the most consistent driver on the night ran away from the ten car field to win the first heat of the New Plymouth Steel Supplies sponsored Taranaki Championship from a grid two starting position before finishing fifth in heat two and then winning heat three after a drive from the near the rear of the field in grid eight.
Pierce won the championship two points clear of Craig Ward who placed fourth in the first heat, then went unchallenged to win the second after slipping up the inside of Paul Blinkhorne early in the race and then again finishing fourth in heat three. Craig’s brother, Paul ended the night in third after a coin toss with Neil Marshall with whom he was tied on points with.
Defending Taranaki Champion John Jackson and Blair Luscombe both had their chances evaporate in the first heat when Jackson blew his engine and Luscombe blew his clutch.
With the Ginge Hayward Memorial starting order being inverted from the finishing order of the Taranaki Championship this meant a rear of the field starting position for Pierce in the fifteen lap race. Jackson, Luscombe and Tony Reade were all missing from the start and Pierce weaved his way through the seven starters to record a popular win.
Duane Hickman won the Midget Heritage Shield from an eight car starting line up. Hickman, who blitzed the field to win the first two heats, struggled in the third and only managed fourth place in the race after wearing out his right rear tyre. The fourth place was enough for him to win the title just one point ahead of Greg Jones who recorded two second places and a third.
In the Superstock class, Taranaki Champion Michel Willemsen won the first race from the fourteen car field. Nik Kiser and Neville Nolly won the others.
The Saloon class provided plenty of drama for race fans when Alistair Lilley and Alistair Stewart collided and crashed into the wall in front of the grandstand in race two. Brett Barron, in only his second race meeting this season then hit the wall and barrel rolled his car while trying to make an outside pass on Jarrod MacBeth in the third race. Race wins went the way of Barron, Thomas and Craig Korff.
Chris Shingleton dominated the ten car Streetstock field, winning two of the races in his Ford Falcon while Richard Kettle won the other in his Holden Commodore.
Seventeen Adult Ministocks were on hand to compete for their races, wins going the way of Shane Denham, Tony Shaw and Neil Riddick.
Saturday 2nd February
Taranaki Superstock Champs
1st - Michel Willemsen - 49 points
2nd - Michael Kiser - 48 points
3rd - Phil Ogle - 45 points
Taranaki Sprintcar Champs
1st - Skinny Colson - 29 points
2nd - Tony Uhlenberg - 24 points
3rd - Wayne Wilson - 19 points
Saturday December 8th
Craig Korff (8s), fresh from a week long tour of the South Island proved to be the man to beat when the Saloon class raced for their Taranaki Championship title on Saturday night. The track which has been ripped and subsequently rutted up did not worry Craig as he went on to win the first and last race and finish second in the second race to record a near perfect score of 59 points. Tauranga Visitor Paul Cressy (3nz) finished second overall with 56 points while another Tauranga driver, Jeff Barron (1nz) finished third with 52 points. Nigel Perrett (96s) won the second race in his new Skinny built car. The Taranaki Adult Ministock Champs were won by Gary Preston (62s). He recorded two seconds and a sixth to end the night at the top of the points table on 83. Alex Patterson (18s) was second with 80 points and Karl Uhlenberg (28s) was third with 77 points. Race wins in the class went to Tony Shaw (71s), Jayden Meyer (79s) and Karl Uhlenberg while new driver Mikayla Clark (25s) rolled in the first race. Justin Robinson (132s) had a good night in the Stockcar class, a win and two fourth placings being enough for him to win the Heritage shield. Other race wins in the class went to Mark Duthie (32s) and Mark Woods (517s). Midgets fronted with a good field of thirteen cars, including Greg Jones (42s) who has been waiting for egine parts to be released from customs. Duane Hickman (95s) won two races whil Daryl Hughes (15s) won the other. Lydia Dickinson rolled in the first race after hitting one of the ruts the wrong way. Modifieds had eleven cars present for the nights racing, including Matty Hareb makin his first appearance for the season in the 44s car. Bunetr Peirce (1nz) won two races whil Farron Lowry (31s) won the other. Youth Ministocks only completed one race due to the roughness of the track. CArol Podjursky (69s) won this race by a huge margin from Blair Uhlenberg (28s)
Saturday November 10th
There were no weather worries this weekend as a large number of cars filled the pits and a large number of fans filled the stands to witness a big night of speedway. There were three titles up for grabs, City of New Plymouth Classic for both Superstocks and Midgets, Taranaki Stockcar champs plus a Stockcar teams race and the Midget Challenge cup. The Stockcar teams race, between the Stratford Stormers and Manawatu Steelers was run over twelve laps and throughout the race there was plenty of contact and action. Jay Knight (510p) was leading for the Steelers for several laps and his team mates were doing a great job blocking the opposition. He did get taken to the wall eventually but as the Stormers had no one running for their team it did little to help their cause. Knight continued on and won the race ahead of 557p Darrel Wallace, 29p Stuart Rackham and 17p Shane Simpson. Willie Bolland (405s) was the first Stratford car home in 5th place and two laps down from the leader. The Taranaki Stockcar Champs saw a large field of thirty two cars grid up for the first heat. This was a fairly tame race but did see some dissapointing incidents of Stratford cars taking out Stratford cars! (There were plenty of Palmy targets out there guys) Jay Knight won ahead of 15p Rob Miers and 574s Kieran Hussey. Heat two saw a bit more action and victory to a local car, 408s Tyler Walker. 32s Mark Duthie was Second and 15p Rob Miers third. Jay Knight was looking good for a top five finishing spot when he was excluded from the race as his wing was hanging off the back of the car. Going into the third heat, it was Rob Miers leading on 77 points and just behind him were several competitors that were close on points. Mark Woods (517s), Tyler Walker, Mark Duthie (32s), Darrel Wallace and Chris Knight (509p) were all in with a chance. This race was carnage from start to finish and more or less turned into a large teams race between Stratford and Palmerston North. Mark Woods was taken out early in the race and with damaged steering was unable to continue. Mark Duthie kept his nose clean throughout the race to finish first. Brodie Kelsen (11s) was second and Haydin Barker (84s) third. Duthie amassed a total of 113 points which was enough to win the Taranaki Champs. Rob Miers, despite being on the recieving end of several attacks finished 7th in this race which gave him a points total of 111 and second place overall. Tyler Walker was third with 107 points. It was good to see the locals taking on the visitors at stages throughout the night and particularly in the last heat. Drivers to be noted mixing it up were 134s Daniel Nagle, 17s Kurt Vickery, 84s Haydin Barker, 754s Lucas Maxwell and 124s Andrew Dodunski among others. Thanks to these guys for woking to keep the trophy at home. The Midget field numbered eleven cars for their City of New Plymouth Classic title and included visiting drivers from Huntly and Auckland. Duane Hickman (95s) won the first race, very nearly setting a new lap record in the process. Jimmy Greenhough (27s) was second and former NZ Minisprint Champion, Dayne Maxwell (26a) was third. Heat two and it was a flying Lydia Dickinson (75s) who took the win from Hickman and Maxwell. Heat three had the exact same finishing order. Hickman's first and two second placings were good enough to give him the title with 58 points. Lydia Dickinson was second with 57 points and Dayne Maxwell third with 54 points. The Midget Challenge cup, which was the last race of the night saw four Stratford cars take on four Huntly cars. The Stratford team consisted of Hickman, Dickinson, Greenhough and 51s Daniel Jensen while the Huntly team was made up of 5h Alvin Cobb, 67h Simon Styles, 17h Jarvis Tidd and Aucklander Maxwell. Hickman shot into the lead at the start but spun, causing a five car pile up which saw Alvin Cobb tip onto his side. No major damage was done however and all cars were able to be restarted for a race restart. Jarvis Tidd rolled on the back straight mid race but it was 26a Maxwell at the front from start to finish and he won this race for Huntly, however with Stratford competitors Dickinson, Greenhough and Hickman filling the next three spots, the locals tallied enough points to keep the trophy at home. Superstocks numbered 16 cars for the City of New Plymouth Classic. Michel Willemsen (39s) won the first heat ahead of 282s Phil Ogle. Kihikihi visitor, former Midget competitor Tony Fabish (23k) finished third. In heat two Neville Nolly stormed away to the front and that is where he stayed to pick up his first win of the season. Michel Willemsen was second and Tony Fabish once again third. Phil Ogle was up near the front but retired with a flat right front tyre. In heat three, Nolly was again leading with Willemsen chasing and catching him. In the closing laps, Nolly spun which allowed Willemsen to take the win ahead of Phil Ogle and Tony Fabish who once again finished n third place. Overall placings saw Michel Willemsen at the top of the podium with 59 points. Tony Fabish was second with 54 points and 75s Carl Shearer was third with 46 points after beating Paul Shotter (8s) in a run off. Streetstocks numbered eleven cars for the night. 888s Richard Kettle won the first race. 6s John Young was second and 9s Chris Shingleton third. Race two saw Chris Shingleton win ahead of 8s Wayne Barron and John Young. Race three and 15s Gordon Fowler lead for most of the race but being chased by John Young. On the second to last lap, while side by side they both crashed into the wall. This allowed Richard Kettle to come through and take his second win of the night. 16s Chris Hall was second and Wayne Barron third. Modifeds numbered an impressive ten cars. Race one and it was the flying Paul Ward (55s) who took the chequered ahead of 72s Merv Julian and 1nz Bunter Pierce. Race two was won by Farron Lowry (31s) Bunter Pierce was second and 77s Craig Ward finished third. Race three again saw Paul Ward finish first ahead of Bunter Pierce and 6s Neil Marshall. Adult Ministocks had a very large field of twenty seven cars present. Race wins were shared between 99s Mark Phipps, 79s Jayden Meyer and 14s Dylan Waite.
Fireworks Spectacular - Saturday November 3rd
With the amount of rain that fell in Stratford around 12pm on Saturday and the resulting lake on the infield and turn three at the track, no one would have thought that the meeting would be able to go ahead. But after checking and rechecking of the weather on several websites, the grounds, the track, the flow of water from the lake and the river in the pits that is exactly what happened. A good crowd was on hand for the Hinton Contracting sponsored Fireworks Spectacular meeting and to witness the City of New Plymouth Classic titles being fought out over three classes, Stockcars, Modifieds and Minisprints. Sandy Flett (898s) was looking good to retain the title in the Stockcar class but an attack in the last race by Kylee Symes (229s) put paid to that. Haydin Barker (84s) was the winner with 84 points, earned from a 3rd, 2nd and 4th placing. New driver Brenton Hurliman (78s) was second with 78 points and former Ministock competitor Kieran Hussey (574s) was third with 76 points. Tyler Walker (33s) picked up two wins on the night but as he didn't finish the first race he couldn't aquire enough points to stand on the podium. In the Modifeds, Bunter Pierce (1nz) scored two wins and a second to win the Classic woth 59 points, just one point ahead of second place getter Farron Lowry (31s) who had one win and two seconds. Neil Marshall (6s) rounded out the top three with 52 points. Minisprints had a field of 10 cars present and former Modified pilot Sean Rice (7s) won the Classic with 58 points, gained from one win and two second placings. New competitor Sean Dickie (10s) scored a 3rd, 2nd and 1st to finish second overall with 57 points. Brett Giles (31s) picked up a win and two third places to finish third overall with 56 points. Supporting classes on the night were Superstocks, Saloons and Youth Ministocks. The Superstocks had a quiet night with very little contact. Phil Ogle (282s) picked up wins in race two and three while Mike Willemsen (39s) was the winner in the first race. Unlike the Superstocks, the Saloon class had plenty of contact. Former Streetstock competitor Russell Gorrie (51s) won the first race with an impressive drive. Craig Korff (8s) won the second race and new driver Joe Ingram (27s) won the third. Youth Ministocks had a large field of cars present. Two wins went the way of Bailey Betts (58s) while the other went to Regan Gernhoefer (62s). The night ended with yet another awesome fireworks display put on by the Theatre Lamp and Lighting team from New Plymouth.
Opening Night - Saturday October 27th
The large crowd that was in attendance at the opening meeting witnessed a great nights racing on what was a rather chilly night. Stockcars were the first class to race for the night and the new season and were an impressive sight when all thirty five lined up on the grid. Hayden Barker (84s) started on pole and showed good pace as he went on to win the first race. Taranaki resident but Palmerston North contraced Jay Knight (510p) won the second race while brother Chris (509p) won the third in the new Graeme Barr built car. The third heat also saw the first roll over of the season when Daniel Nagle (134s) rolled Mike Zilwood in the 96p car. Superstocks had an impressive field of fifteen cars. Graeme Barr (32p) was in top form as he pushed cars aside to win the first two races. Phile Ogle won the third in the 282s rocket. Saloons had a thirteen strong field and Mark Hinton (46s) lead the first race from start to finish to secure a good start to the season, that good start was short lived however as in race two he had nowhere to go but into the back of a spinning Craig Korff (8s) when Korff lost control in turn one. Dave Hinton (24s) won this race and the next, showing good speed in doing so but as he had a DNF in the first heat he couldn't aquire enough points to place on the podium for the City of New Plymouth Classic. Mike Fale (56s) won the classic with three strong drives. Ash Cook (4s) was second and Russell Gorrie (51s) third. The Streetstock class also raced for their City of New Plymouth Classic title and with plenty of spins throughout the races, it was never obvious who was going to win. In the end it came down to a run off between Chris Shingleton (9s) and John Young (6s). Shingleton started on the outside for the run off but he was able to get away after the start and race away to the chequered, leaving Young to be content with second spot. Richard Kettle (888s) was third. The Adult Ministocks had a large field of cars with numbers exceding the twenty car mark and were the third class to be racing for their City of New Plymouth Classic title on this night. The experienced Tony Shaw (71s) won the classic from Dylan Waite (14s) and Mark Phipps (99s). Someone must have put some magnets in club president Scott Shaws 36s car as the second race had to be stopped after he got stuck to a Palmerston North car. Midgets were the other class racing on the night. Duane Hickman (95s) was flying in the first heat but so was Lydia Dickinson (75s) and as much as he tried, Hickman was unable to pass Dickinson for the win. In race two Hickman got his win, passing Jimmy Greenhough (27s) on the last lap. He won the third race also.
10 Meeting Passes
10 meeting passes are once again available this season. The cost is $135 (pay for nine entries, get one free). Please contact Michelle Hughes on (06) 765 8336 or see Joan Parker at the pit gate to purchase.
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