World Sprintcar Derby – Valvoline Raceway

All Images compliments of Gary Reid


Sydney’s Valvoline Raceway has had a couple of weather-induced false starts this season, but boy they have been smashing the events through of late and the shows have all combined large car counts, massive crowds and first class racing.

The double header “Sprintcar World Derby” run on 3rd and 4th of January was no exception with the American Invaders taking the spoils.

Please enjoy this race report from Valvoline Raceway’s Media centre.

Kraig Kinser, Dale Blaney and Steve Kinser delivered a mortal blow to sprintcar rivals in a thrilling finish to the 35 lap World Derby Grand Final at Sydney’s Valvoline Raceway Saturday night (4th Jan).

It was a giant turnaround from the previous night’s preliminary feature race where

Smiles all round for placegetters in the World Sprintcar Derby (l-r): Steve Kinser (3rd), Kraig Kinser (1st), Dale Blaney (3rd)

superman Steve finished upside down after hitting an outside ledge of the fourth turn three laps from the end.

Track conditions tonight were testy with a slick track that turned like pavement, but the moment it took rubber the fine dust disappeared and the real race was on.

Ian Madsen, the Australian international, took the lead and had to fight off a determined Dale Blaney who got stronger by the lap.

Kraig Kinser gave up trying the inside line and went to the high side where he immediately gained ground.

Kraig Kinser set quick time and won the World Sprintcar Derby, his first feature race on Australian soil

Starting from around 16th position in the 24 car field was the 20 times World of Outlaws champion Steve Kinser.

He was sensational to watch as the 58 year-old worked his magic in the traffic.

Steve ranged up on Max Dumesny and Ian Madsen who touched and Kinser split them in a flash.

Blaney succumbed to the constant pressure of Kraig who was in no mood to settle for second.

Once in front he drew away to win from Ohio’s Dale Blaney and his dad, the King of the sprintcar set Steve Kinser.

It was a great result for the Kinser clan, Bad Boy Buggies, Ohio’s Dale Blaney and Active Power Steering sponsor and car owner David Doherty.

“This is my first main event win in Australia and I’m really pleased to do it here at Valvoline Raceway,” Kraig confessed (as he proudly stood centre on the podium with Dale Blaney on his right and dad Steve on the left).

“I can’t say how good this feels for our team and with a little luck, we might get close to doing the same here on Wednesday night in the AGP,” he added.

Ben Atkinson won Friday's Preliminary A Main from Max Dumesny and Ian Madsen

Ben Atkinson leads Kraig Kinser in the preliminary A Main on Friday night

Steve Kinser in time trials

....... And this absolute ripper shot from Gary Reid : Brad Sweet in time trials Friday night gets some controlled attitude happening !


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