Jason gets jolleys in tough stuff
By BRUCE MAXWELL
LISMORE's Jason Jolley was all smiles after he wrapped up the Kingsbrae Bulk Haulage Production Sedan Feature at Bartercard Lismore Speedway on Saturday night.
Heavy rain leading up to the meeting set the stage for what was always going to be a tough night for the competitors, but as the saying goes 'When the going gets tough the tough get going', and that makes for some exciting action for the fans.
The conditions held no fear for Jolley, who was strong all night, along with clubmate Steve Downs, who revelled in the tough conditions to top score through the heats and start on pole.
Jolley started on three and immediately moved into second behind Downs, who held the lead until the hard-charging Jolley was able to make the pass when Downs drifted wide on the fourth turn.
As Jolley stormed into the lead Downs had to battle with the Queenslanders Darrin Shearn and Dale Grother.
As Downs fought to get clear of the battling duo Jolley showed scant regard for the bumpy conditions and never backed off.
Jolley took the win in his Quayside Holden Commodore from Downs (Lismore Engine Rebuilders Falcon) and Grother (Shock Doctor Cortina) making the pass on Shearn to snare third.
Wayne Carter Racing, co-sponsor of the feature, was delighted with the show put on by the sedans. "It was a tough track out there tonight but the boys handled it well and put on some great racing."
'Lightning' Luke Oldfield had to come from the rear of the field to snatch victory on the last corner of the last lap in the BVC V8 Dirt Modifieds feature.
Although two of the big guns ? Mark Robinson and Stuart Herne ? again had mechanical woes, it was still a class field that lined up for the feature.
Queensland's Mat Pascoe led them away with last-start winner Paul Booker, the 'comeback kid' Shawn Mortimer and David Conlon close behind.
But it was David Rodgie who threw caution to the wind to bounce and bump his way into the lead.
As the race leaders closed in on the lapped traffic, Toowoomba's Ray Klarich was making his move on the outside when Rodgie got crossed up in the third turn.
The ensuing melee resulted in Klarich and Booker being sidelined.
On the last corner of the last lap the mounting pressure finally told, as Oldfield charged around the outside; Rodgie spun and Oldfield went on to claim the win as Rodgie sat stalled on the track.
Mortimer and Newcastle's Tony Snedden slipped by for second and third.
Neil Lorenz took the win in the AMCAs from Jim Knight and Neil Wallace.
Kyle Armstrong lived up to his surname to beat the conditions and the field to win the Junior Feature Race ahead of Melina Rachow and Tommy Duncan.
In the Combined Feature, Matt Gamble took the win in the Four Cylinders from Steve Cox and Trent Dhu. Luke Gray won the Streeters with Tony Blanch first home in the Stockers, ahead of Steve Quirk and Geoff Rose.