Carlson dominates Stocksville 100

THE 2022-23 season concluded on Saturday afternoon for Hessions Auto Parts Grafton Speedway, and it was current NSW Champion Shane Carlson who managed to dominate proceedings in the meeting’s major event, the annual Stocksville 100.

Regarded as one of the major events on the RSA Street Stockers season calendar, the Stocksville 100, which saw drivers compete in three 20-lap heat races and then a 40-lap feature race, saw the Raymond Terrace-based Carlson prove too strong for his rivals in the feature race.

Carlson, who had earlier in the season at Grafton Speedway claimed the NSW Title spoils, took out two out of the three heat races, before going on to continue his winning ways by romping to victory in the feature race ahead of Matt Cobb in second and Connor Reeves in third. The top-five finishers were rounded out by Brendan Hayes and Dallas Barnier, while the remaining finishers were Adam Grill, Robert Grill, Nathan Diews, Gavin Wade and Tayler Lofthouse.

Apart from Carlson’s pair of wins in the hard-fought heat-race action for this season’s Stocksville 100, Chris Corbett was the other winner of the 20-lap events.

In the AMCA National action, the feature-race honours went the way of veteran racer Russ Hardy ahead of Tony Blanch and Jai Jones in second and third place respectively at the completion of the 20-lap journey. Earlier in the meeting, the heat-race wins were shared between Blanch, Paul Reeves and Mark Taylor.

For the RSA Four Cylinder Sedans, their mammoth 50-lap feature race was action packed and it was youngster Tyler Burnham who came away with the top honours. Burnham, who recently graduated out of Junior Sedans, was in great form throughout the feature race and managed to defeat Jeremy Wade and current NSW Champion Jaiden Healey to the chequered flag.

The support class feature races were claimed by Stuart Fawcett (Production Sedans) who proved too strong for Dale Corbett and Aaron Hall, Darren Ciesiolka (Street Stocks – SSA) outpaced Luke Gray and Ricky Gill, current South Australian Champion Jaiden Santin (Junior Sedans – Top Stars) finished ahead of Indi Butcher and Brock Stubbs, and Jackson Kunny (Junior Sedans – New Stars) managed to defeat Jackson Bailey and Poppy Airey.

The Grafton Speedway promotion team would like to thank everyone, including race fans, competitors and officials, for helping make the 2022-23 season a successful one. The team is now preparing to work on making the 2023-24 season even better.

Grafton Speedway would like to thank Hessions Auto Parts for their 2022-23 season support. Based in Grafton, along with their nearby Coffs Harbour location, Hessions Auto Parts stock a wide range of parts and accessories at competitive prices. To find out more about Hessions Auto Parts, contact them on 0266 423 085 (Grafton) and 0256 456 361 (Coffs Harbour) or visit their website at hessionsautoparts.com.au.

For more information, contact Grafton Speedway promoter Mick Corbett on 0427 310 009. You can also visit their website at graftonspeedway.com.au or LIKE them on Facebook by searching Grafton Speedway.

Photo: Butcher Photography

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