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Robbie Farr stomped his Hi-Tec Oils COOL Chassis to victory lane (Monday 28th Dec) at Valvoline Raceway to claim the tenth round of USC NSW and edged out NASCAR hero Kasey Kahne in second and USA domiciled Sydneysider Ian Madsen in third.
Farr took the unusual step of running the lowline for much of the 35-lap Feature event and later admitting it was hardly the way he wanted to get the victory.
“You know me, I don’t like running the lowline at the best of times, but we’ll certainly take the win tonight and get some more Chase points,” grinned the soon to be Queensland based former Australian Champion.
The victory was Farr’s 39th for his career at Valvoline Raceway and his 100th career podium finish at the iconic Parramatta venue.
Kahne, who set quick time earlier in qualifying to kick off the night, led the main event early before Farr moved by on lap four and shot off initially into the distance.
By the time the chequers flew later on the American star was perilously close to the rear of the Hi-Tec Oils Cool.
The second place finish was made even sweeter by the fact that Kahne’s former Hendrick Motorsport teammate and childhood hero Jeff Gordon was also in attendance watching the action at VR.
“This is great to get a finish like this early in our campaign,” he smiled, “and it was really cool to have Jeff here to see it. I’m glad he could come out and get some Sprintcar action in during his Australian holiday and I’m really pleased for my guys working so hard on this car.”
Third placed Ian Madsen recorded his best result so far in the International Series in finishing third but the fiercely determined Sydneysider was clearly already thinking about the next race in two nights time.
“I know we’re starting to get rolling now after a slow start. I know we have good speed we just need to get a better result in qualifying and give ourselves a better chance with our starting position in the A-Main.”
Californian Brad Sweet, who dominated the previous night’s competition, had to settle for fourth place in the Highrace Towing KKR.
“It just wasn’t our night tonight,” he later conceded, “sometimes it’s like that.”
James Thompson was the first of the local heroes home in fifth place who, despite having a fast run in qualifying, suffered all sorts of motor complications throughout the night leading into the A-Main.
Jackson Delamont trailed Thompson home with a solid sixth place over Sam Walsh in seventh and Marty Perovich with his best International Series result so far in eighth place.
Matt Smith trailed home in ninth place ahead of Max Dumesny in tenth, Matt Dumesny eleventh, Grant Anderson twelfth, Ben Atkinson thirteenth, Kelly Linigen fourteenth, Toby Bellbowen fifteenth, Grant Tunks sixteenth, Jeremy Cross seventeenth, Kraig Kinser eighteenth, Jordyn Brazier nineteenth, Warren Ferguson twentieth, Jay Waugh twenty first and Marcus Dumesny twenty second.
DNF’s were Danny Reidy and Garry Brazier.
The racing was spectacular but also marred by some frightening crashes including a truly gut wrenching wreck for Max Johnston in the Flair Dancewear #38 entry.
Johnston rode a right rear wheel in turn two of his heat race and crashed at full speed into the tyre wall at the exit to the corner, completely destroying his car in the process.
Though he was able to escape serious injury Max was visibly emotional in realizing his racecar was beyond repair.
Kraig Kinser was in the wars too, flipping heavily in qualifying and requiring a major rebuild of most of the Natrad Maxim by several teams who pitched in to lend a hand before then having to come through the C-Main, the B-Main and eventually into the A-Main to reward everyone’s efforts.
“I gave my guys a lot more work to do tonight than they should have,” Kinser admitted, “so I kinda had to get up in the saddle and try get us a win.”
Though he didn’t get to the podium Kinser passed many cars in the recovery process and impressed a lot of fans.