Tatnell’s World Series crown is a Classic boost

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HangZhou Night Net

BROOKE Tatnell’s quest for a third The Standard Grand Annual Sprintcar Classic received a filip on Saturday night when he clinched a record-equalling seventh World Series Sprintcars crown.Tatnell finished seventh behind Kerry Madsen in Saturday night’s WSS final at Parramatta City Raceway but it was enough to close out the championship.Robbie Farr was second in the series while another seven-time WSS winner Max Dumesny was third.Dumesny was involved in a thrilling duel with his son Mitchell for second position for a large part of the final but couldn’t find a way around the protege, finishing the final in third. Madsen, Farr, Tatnell and Dumesny will headline the Australian contingent’s bid to upstage a host of Americans in the Classic at Allansford’s Premier Speedway this Saturday and Sunday nights.Premier Speedway general manager David Mills yesterday announced the official inclusion of American Terry McCarl ahead of today’s entry deadline.McCarl is a welcome addition to the field, coming fresh from the weekend’s Famed Chili Bowl event in the United States. McCarl, who also co-promotes the Front Row Challenge and Ultimate Challenge at Oskaloosa as a part of the Southern Iowa Speedweek, is returning after an eight-year absence from the Classic.His maiden Classic tilt in 2001 was unsuccessful. Ballarat driver Rod Matthews has hired McCarl to take the wheel of his car for the event. One of his former crewmen Glen Beaton also crewed for McCarl and suggested the exciting McCarl for a Classic seat.”We first and foremost wanted to put someone in the car that would give us our best chance of making the show and then giving it a real shake, whilst all the time learning from one of the best in the business,” Matthews said.Mills said club officials were delighted to have McCarl in the field.”Terry McCarl is a massive inclusion into the Classic,” he said. “He brings a fair bit of colour and personality to the show and I am hoping we can lock him in as guest at the Classic breakfast as well.”Another Victorian car owner, Colin Bulmer, is frantically preparing cars for American Shane Stewart, who has finished second and third in recent Classic attempts.”We have been flat out getting all of our gear together in readiness for Shane’s arrival,” Bulmer said.”With two new cars at his disposal we are hoping we have left nothing to chance so that we can give Shane every opportunity to stand atop the podium at the end of the weekend.”

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