Sam Walsh takes Round 4 USC – Sid Hopping Shootout at Valvoline Raceway

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All Images : Gary Reid greid@pacific.net.au

Words: VR PR

Sam Walsh scored his third Sid Hopping Shootout main event success at Valvoline Raceway to narrowly lead home James Thompson in second place and Jordyn Brazier third in a thrilling 30-lap final.

A huge crowd witnessed a nail biting finish to the USC Round Four main event as Thompson passed Walsh on the final lap only to see the Rocket #92 repass for the point position just in time for the chequers

“That was heart attack stuff,” Walsh grinned after the race, “I saw someone down there (on the low line) and so I had to get down there quick to shut the door. I didn’t realise it was James. I can always race hard with him.”

A Main Podium 2017 Sid Hopping Shootout

Donny Schatz’s daughter Savanna was a surprise guest at Valvoline Raceway on 11 November, helping with the trophy presentations for the Sid Hopping Shootout which saw Sammy Walsh (centre) defeat James Thompson (right) and Jordyn Brazier (left). Sid Hopping is pictured second from right.

Early in the night during the national anthem parade drivers Danny Reidy, James Thompson and Kiwi Dean Brindle carried the Australian, NZ and American flags to commemorate Remembrance Day and also to celebrate the memories of American legend Bob Kinser and much-loved Broken Hill car owner and identity Peter Ruhs.

USC Sprintcars Sid Hopping Shootout A-Main results:
1 Sam Walsh
2 James Thompson
3 Jordyn Brazier
4 Matt Dumesny
5 Max Dumesny
6 Daniel Sayre
7 Warren Ferguson
8 Jackson Delamont
9 Ben Atkinson
10 Michael Saller
11 Marcus Dumesny
12 Callum Williamson
13 Jessie Attard
14 Steve Rowell
15 Danny Reidy
16 Grant Tunks
17 Troy Little

USC Sprintcar B-Main
1 Marcus Dumesny
2 Robbie Farr
3 Alex Orr
4 Blake Skipper
5 Jackson Delamont
6 Matt Jackson
7 Brendan Scorgie
8 Matt Thomas
9 Chris McInerney
10 Mick Matchett
11 Courtney O’Hehir
12 Daniel Cassidy
13 Andrew Wright
14 Luke Stirton
15 Peter O’Neill

USC Sprintcar C-Main
1 Robbie Farr
2 Daniel Cassidy
3 Robert Seton
4 Jess Cassidy
5 Kaitlyn Anthony

Sammy Walsh

Sammy Walsh won the Sid Hopping Shootout

The flag parade on Remembrance Day contained Danny Reidy (5), Dean Brindle (22NZ) and James Thompson (22N)

The flag parade on Remembrance Day contained Danny Reidy (5), Dean Brindle (22NZ) and James Thompson (22N)

James Thompson

James Thompson in time trials

Blake Skipper (24) leads Danny Reidy

Blake Skipper (24) leads Danny Reidy in time trials

Mitchell Dumesny

Mitchell Dumesny, in his grandfather Sid Moore’s car, had a few obvious issues in his heat

Jordyn Brazier

Jordyn Brazier on the gas

Alex Orr (43) and Jackson Delamont (48) drive away from a luckless Kim Becker

Alex Orr (43) and Jackson Delamont (48) drive away from a luckless Kim Becker who got upside down at a restart of the A Main.

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