Stubbs too good at speedway

THE last speedway meeting for 2009 at Grafton Showground on Saturday was the last quest in preparation for one of AMCA Nationals’ premier events in NSW to be held at Grafton – the Andrew Walker Memorial on January 2, 2010.

Stuart Hall had only just taken the lead away from Tony Blanch on the previous lap when contact between the pair ended Hall’s chances of claiming his fifth straight win in the AMCA Nationals feature at Grafton, breaking the steering box on the number 40 race car.

With Blanch restarting the race at the rear of the field and Hall on the infield, Nick Stubbs took charge of the race, followed by Marcus Fleming and Will Butler.

The track conditions were not favourable for Fleming, who came unstuck in turn one more than once and lost his second place to Butler.

Blanch was using the entire track, clipping the wall under the officials’ tower in his bid to pass Butler. With only two laps to go Blanch took second position from Butler but had no chance of catching Stubbs who had a handy lead.

Turn one was causing a few headaches for leader Matt Moore in the Limited Sprinters feature, spinning out and bringing on the yellow lights.

Moore was back to the rear of the field with Will Newton resuming the race in the lead. Newton was under pressure from Brian Hyatt in lapped traffic, but Hyatt was no match for the power of Newton’s V8 in open spaces. Newton went on to win from Hyatt with Moore third.

Dallas Rose led the Junior feature from the green flag but on the last lap Brayd Stephenson passed Rose on the outside, getting too high out of turn four on the loose surface, tagging the wall and giving the lead back to Rose by the narrowest of margins.

Steven Quirk, in his first run this season, rounded up Luke Gray on the first turn in the Stockers and was never headed. Gray finished second with Scott Quirk third.

The Stockrods convoy from Brisbane returned once again to Grafton, with Ken Samway cruising to victory winning by half a lap over his nearest rival, John Melbourne, with Graeme Rangihuna rounding out the top three.

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