Friday, May 06, 2011

...and that's all folks!

Stockcar & Streetstock Teams Racing
Kihikihi Speedway


How ironic that after a season full of cancelled or rain affected meetings, the final meeting I planned on attending turned out to be a stunner in the sun at Kihikihi Speedway. In fact the whole day was just spot on, and going by the postings I've read, I think quite a few other jaded speedway fans were just hanging out for one more decent meeting under a blue sky with plenty of biff and bash and some fierce Sprintcar action to top it off. Gisborne and Kihikihi contested three heats in the Streetstocks, and Ive gotta say 21k Brian Edwards was the entertainer in this section. Who would have thought such aggression was boiling under the surface! Get this guy into Streetstocks or Stockcars full time, star of the day! There was also Stockcar teams racing between Gisborne, Stratford, Waikato and the locals who stunned a few with two decent performances gaining them the runners up position to the Waikato Raiders. Stratford defeated the Gisborne Gladiators for third. Both Stratford and Gisborne deserve some major credit this season for the amount of teams racing they have completed, 16 races for Gizzy and 15 for Stratty, awesome stuff. Also it was encouraging to see a cohesive Kihikihi Crusaders team that looked the goods and hopefully can build on this effort. If they are ever short of a blocker, that 11k tank that was in the stockcar heats looks like one solid piece of heavy metal!

The other feature for me was the final Stockcar all in heat for the Rosetown Stockcar Classic 25 lapper. A field of about 25 cars fronted and I've got to say I really like these longer races, we don't see too many of these any more - anything over about 15 laps is pretty rare. 34a Mark Wearing took the win from 95h and 66g, managing to survive a last corner attack from the Huntly contingent. Sprintcars, Superstocks and Saloons filled out a strong programme and left the crowd satisfied and no doubt checking out what few meetings are left to get their last fix before the winter hibernation begins.


Tuesday, May 03, 2011

Final Standings, Teams Update XI

The final round of teams racing was completed at Kihikihi Speedway last weekend with Waikato Raiders taking out the final and moving up the table quite a few positions to finish in 4th place overall. The weekends racing was great for all four teams that competed moving them all up the ladder considerably. Overall though, this season belonged to the Palmerston North Pumas who finished unbeaten and 8pts clear of second placed Auckland. Gisborne competed in the most teams racing this season with 16 match-ups. Meeanee Maulers rounded out the top three with seven wins from their twelve races. Only two of the recognised track teams (Greymouth and Baypark) failed to make an appearance. I think the most interesting statistic from the table is the actual amount of teams racing that occurred in this class, way more than I would have guessed, and with the introduction of the Rees Shield and the continuing growth of South Island teams I think there will be even more racing next season. Congrats to the Pumas!


Oct 30:
Auckland Alleycats def Gisborne Gladiators

Nov 6:
Eastern States Titans 135 def KB Cowboys 34
KB Cowboys 130 def Canterbury Crushers 39
Eastern States Titans 124 def Canterbury Crushers 45

Nov 12:
Wanganui Vulcans def Canterbury Crushers
Canterbury Crushers def KB Cowboys
Wanganui Vulcans def Eastern States Titans
KB Cowboys def Eastern States Titans

Nov 19
Huntly Teams Meeting Night 1
Manawatu Steelers 140 def Meeanee Maulers 55
Gisborne Gladiators 180 def Waikato Raiders 0
Huntly Hawks 160 def Stratford Stormers 30
Auckland Alleycats 105 def Wanganui Vulcans 90
Meeanee Maulers 160 def Stratford Stormers 30
Manawatu Steelers 165 def Huntly Hawks 30
Wanganui Vulcans 150 def Gisborne Gladiators 40
Auckland Alleycats 100 def Waikato Raiders 95
Night 2
Auckland Alleycats def Stratford Stormers
Waikato Raiders def Huntly Hawks
Meeanee Maulers def Wanganui Vulcans
Manawatu Steelers def Gisborne Gladiators
Stratford Stormers def Huntly Hawks
Waikator Raiders def Auckland Alleycats
Gisborne Gladiators def Wanganui Vulcans
Manawatu Steelers def Meeanee Maulers

Nov 27
Palmy Teams Invasion
Palmerston North Pumas 135 def Wellington Young Guns 60
Manawatu Steelers 185 def Stratford Stormers 10
Palmerston North Pumas 140 def Stratford Stormers 55
Wellington Young Guns 150 def Manawatu Steelers 45
Manawatu Steelers 3rd def Stratford Stormers 4th
Palmerston North Pumas 1st def Wellington Young Guns 2nd

Dec 10
NZ Stockcar Teams Night 1, Wellington
Palmerston Pumas def Wanganui Vulcans
Meeanee Maulers def Canterbury Crushers
Eastern States Titans def Stratford Stormers
Wellington Young Guns def Waikato Raiders
Auckland Alleycats def Gisborne Gladiators
Waganui Vulcans def Canterbury Crushers
Palmerston Pumas def Eastern States Titans
Meeanee Maulers def Waikato Raiders
Gisborne Gladiators def Stratford Stormers
Wellington Young Guns def Auckland Alleycats

Night 2
Wanganui Vulcans def Stratford Stormers
Auckland Alleycats def Eastern States Titans
Auckland Alleycats def Wanganui Vulcans
Palmerston North Pumas def Gisborne Gladiators
Wellington Young Guns def Meeanee Maulers
Gisborne Gladiators def Meeanee Maulers
Palmerston North Pumas def Wellington Young Guns

World 240's Meeting, Rotorua
Rotorua Rascals def Gisborne Gladiators

At Gisborne Speedway
Foreign Legion def Gisborne Gladiators

South Island Teams, Woodford Glen
Canterbury Crushers def Reece's Rebels
Southern Sharks def Eastern States Titans
Eastern States Titans def Reece's Rebels
Canterbury Crushers def Southern Sharks

At Stratford, 12-02-11
Manawatu Steelers def Stratford Stormers

At Wanganui, 13-02-11
Palmerston North Pumas def Wanganui Vulcans

Peter Barry Teams, Meeanee Speedway
Meeanee Maulers 165 def Stratford Stormers 20
Waikato Raiders 155 def Gisborne Gladiators 35
Te Marua Terminators 155 def Auckland Alleycats 30
Palmerston North Pumas def Kihikihi Crusaders
North Island Select 140 vs Orange Roughies 20
Meeanee Maulers 170 def Kihikihi Crusaders 15
Palmerston North Pumas def Gisborne Gladiators
Waikato Raiders def Orange Roughies
North Island Select def Te Marua Terminators
Stratford Stormers def Auckland Alleycats

At Riverside Speedway, Invercargill
Canterbury Crushers def Southern Sharks

Peter Barry Teams Finals
Palmerston North Pumas def North Island Select
Waikato Raiders def Meeanee Maulers
Meanee Maulers def North Island Select
Palmerston North Pumas def Waikato Raiders

At Top of the South Speedway, Nelson:
Canterbury Crushers def Tasman Thunder

At Gisborne Speedway:
Auckland Alleycats def Gisborne Gladiators

At Kihikihi Speedway:
Waikato Raiders def Stratford Stormers
Kihikihi Crusaders def Gisborne Gladiators
Stratford Stormers def Gisborne Gladiators
Waikato Raiders def Kihikihi Crusaders