WARRNAMBOOL, Australia — Jamie Veal claimed the 2016 Lucas Oils Grand Annual Sprintcar Classic at Premier Speedway on Sunday.
After starting from the front row Veal defeated one of the toughest fields in Australian sprint car history as he finished in front of Kerry Madsen in a dramatic two lap sprint to the end.
“I can’t believe it. The guys gave me a great car and I was able to hang on. I looked up at the big screen and I saw the 29 (Madsen) coming so I knew he was there. I couldn’t believe the caution came out on the last lap I was so close to the finish line. I just had to take a few deep breaths and get ready for the last two laps. I can’t thank my parents enough and the fans for coming out tonight,” said Veal.
After leading the race for nearly 30 laps Veal had the challenge thrown to him by Madsen, who tried everything he could to make the pass but he couldn’t get it done.
The caution came out for Steven Lines, who melted down his power plant and slowed dramatically, collecting Ryan Jones and John Vogels as a result.
Third place went to Robbie Farr, who got the better of Kyle Hirst in what was a great battle for the final podium position. Hirst actually led the race at one point until the yellow flag waved, negating the pass and handing the lead back to Veal.
Jamie Veal, Kerry Madsen, Robbie Farr, Kyle Hirst, Brad Sweet, Brooke Tatnell, Randy Hannagan, James McFadden, Jason Sides, Terry McCarl, Ryan Jones, Jason Kendrick, Brad Keller, Darren Mollenoyux, Grant Anderson, John Vogels, Steven Lines, David Murcott, Daniel Harding, Caryl Clayden, Tim Rankin, Garry Brazier, Ben Atkinson, Daniel Pestka, Max Johnston.