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Have you ever wondered what’s in the numbers?

Let’s take a look at hot laps and there’s some interesting times from the Nupave/Nexgen Quicktime 18/19 season

Now we all remember Adam Clarke blasting to the current one lap record with a 12.866 back on the 18th of May way back in 2013 ….. Seems so long ago!

He again laid down an impressive time in the opening round last season with a 14.709 pipping Rusty Whittaker on 14.873 and Darren Vine in the IBRP 35Q who locked in a 14.886

Round two of the same season a little later in October it was Rusty Whittaker clocking 13.374 the first of the “13’s” which would turn out to be one of the only two in the season and set by Whittaker in the 89Q car.

Whittaker backed up his QuickTime stanza in round three with a 14.170 leading the time charts over a huge 19 car field with just over 2 seconds from 1st to 19th …… everyone was very close!

Round four on the 8th of December saw Rusty Whittaker complete the hat trick of QuickTime’s with a 15.100 ahead of Charlie Brown and Tim Farrell.

Darren Vine edged out Adam Clarke on boxing night in round five of 2018 clocking a 14.071 to Clarkies 14.203 and Rusty Whittaker’s 14.312.

Viney in the 6Q again topped the timing monitors on a super heavy track early January 2019 with a 15.892 ahead of a season best time for Glenn Wright banking a 16.146 and Bodie Smith at 16.271

Tim “The Hitman” Farrell locked in a 15.457 on the 26th of January in the 51Q ahead of another season PB from Tom Clauss in with a 15.536 to Rusty Whittaker in 3rd at 15.965

Rusty then took the line honours in the only February show at Archerfield leading a huge 21 car field with a 15.517 from Brock Dean’s 15.545 and Vine on a 15.580

The 9th of March saw the 35Q Callum Walker rein clocking a 14.024 ahead of Scotty Farmer in the 22Q who ran a 14.058 and Vine’s 14.118

Walker then backed up another QuickTime on the 6th of April again in the IBRP 35Q at 14.944 literally a fraction in front of Brad Harrison’s 14.947 and Farmers 15.255

Change of numbers, same result saw Rusty Whittaker now in the re-numbered BOSS car which now carried the 78Q digits topping the 18 car ladder with the seasons only other “13” at 13.650 over Farmer at 13.703 and Sydney-Sider Kaidon Brown at 13.729.

Farmer took out the season ending QuickTime of our 18/19 season with a 14.811 from Brock Dean at 14.939 and Zac MacDonald banked his season best at 14.946 in the Seasons Hot lap Sessions.

11 rounds plus the 50 lapper we invaded the “13’s” only twice!
We topped the ladder by hitting the “14’s” six times and ventured into the “15’s” just four times to take the nights “QuickTime” Title

In the 19/20 season GSA Fastman Award came on board, the hot lap session had been moved to after the Sprintcars, the biggest field we have ever had on opening night in over a decade with 19 entries and it was Kaidon Brown already giving the lap record a nudge by laying down a 13.289 from Brock Dean 13.339 and Viney again showing a ton of pace with a 13.444.

Clarke 14.709
Whittaker 13.374
Whittaker 14.170
Whittaker 15.100
Vine 14.071
Vine 15.892
Farrell 15.457
Whittaker 15.517
Walker 14.024
Walker 14.944
Whittaker 13.650
Farmer 14.811

Brown 13.289

#gsafastman #areyoufastenough #qsra #atrsmidgetseries


Don’t forget racers nominations need to be into Brock Dean by 6pm THIS Sunday for round one of the Highbank Hussle in Toowoomba on the 26th of October

Riki Harrison (Nupave) and Dylan Byrne (Nexgen) are sponsoring a nice “Gold Pot” of 5K for the top three in the series where the winner will pocket $2,500 for first , $1,500 for second and $1,000 for 3rd plus a bite of the nomination pool (4th to 10th will receive a dollar per point figure like the ATRS Series)

Who will take the Joker Challenge? Graeme Flynn and his FWORD Speedshop are offering $500 to the highest point’s scorer each night of the three rounds (QLD Title not included) if they invert the top 10 and take the win!

You will need to pick the weapon of choice for the right rear either an American Racer SD38 or Hoosier D15

Nominations must be into Brock on 0410 195355 simply text your car number and the words “In for Toowoomba” it’s literally that easy!

Then complete the second part of the nomination and head to the try booking site on , click buy tickets, in the search type “QSRA” and hey presto there it is …… don’t forget to print the receipt for tax audit purposes if required.

Michael Harders handed out 18 sets of rules and regs for both the Club series at the opening night of the ATRS Archerfield series so if this is your first show and you don’t have a copy please let us know in the comment section of this post
See you all at the Hussle!

Hussle Rounds are,

October 26th
December 7th
February 22nd
April 12th (In conjunction with the Queensland Title)

#nupave #nexgen #fword #qsra #hitechighbanks


SPRINGFIELD LAKES Glenn Wright opened his 19/20 race season in style picking up a main event victory in the American Tire and Racing Services Midget Series with his APC/DRE Breka Esslinger 41W at Archerfield Speedway.

It was Kaidon Brown the young gun from Sydney who showed the nights promise bagging the GSA Fastman with a 13.289 and was then revealed the highest point’s scorer after the heat rounds just ahead of Rusty Whittaker.

Brown and his TFH/United Truck Parts King Hawk 97V took out the night’s first 10 lap heat race with a blistering pace clocking a best lap speed of 105.279 KPH, Cal Whatmore JNR in the Rodney Singleton Racing 3Q Spike Esslinger crossed in 2nd with Scotty Doyle running the family owned John William Auto Sales BOSS Esslinger 80Q.

Glenn Wright ran home in 4th while compact Speedcar recruit Matt O’Neil in the 16Q Porsche Breka finished just ahead of Tom Clauss in 5th while another compact Speedcar hopper Barry Gibbes running the 66Q Spike Hawk ran the duration in7th as Brad Dawson rounded out the field.

It wasn’t a great start to the night for Darren Vine finding himself laying over in turn 2 after a small wall lick in the King Mopar 6Q and Gavin McDowell who DNF’d with one run on the board in his 95Q.

Heat two saw a smaller field by a couple after a hot lap session bingle that eliminated some cars while they were repaired however Rusty Whittaker in the Steelmart/RAW Metal Corp BOSS Esslinger 89Q set sail at the green he was hunted down by the 99Q of Brock Dean along with Zac McDonald in the 23Q, Mitchell Rooke’s new look 34Q Spike Esslinger as Lachy Paulger crossed in 5th at the flag while Bodie Smith was the only DNF recorded.

It was back on for the young guns in heat three with some “super fly” laps by Brown and Whittaker, Rusty crossing the eventual victor over Brown, Dawson, Rooke, Whatmore, O’Neil, McDonald and Audie Malt in the Shane Malt 5Q as the 3rd Compact Speedcar Recruit Graeme Flynn rounded out the field in his King Gaerte 82Q.

Glenn Wright began his run to the chequers with a win in the final heat of the evening ahead of Darren Vine’s 6Q, Tom Clauss put in another text book skid to run 3rd, Scotty Doyle ran in 4th while Bodie Smith, Barry Gibbes and Lachy Paulger rounded out the 7 car field as Gavin McDowell retired after 3 revolutions and Brock Dean didn’t start with a minor brake concern that needed rectifying for the feature.

The Bob Baker Challenge was up for grabs with 18 starters by far the strongest field we have had in over a decade on opening night for the newly crowned American Tire and Racing Services Archerfield Midget Series and it was an all young gun front row with Brown from P1 AND Whittaker in 2, Wright and Doyle filled the second row in front of Whatmore JNR and Dean.

Darren Vine and Zac MacDonald slotted into 7 and 8 while Lachy Paulger and Brad Dawson filled the 5th row, Mitchell Rooke and Matt O’Neil were allocated P11 and 12, Bodie Smith and Tom Clauss banked heat race points for grids 13 and 14 while Graeme Flynn and Audie Malt found themselves buried well in the field in 15th and 16th as Gavin McDowell rounded out the field.

On the formation lap the night dream run came to an end for Brown as the 97V headed infield with a suspected battery voltage drop concern with made the Hawk power plant sound like its wings had been clipped this giving the inside row a chance to move forward and promote Glenn Wright to the P1 spot.

At the drop of the green the 41W bolted while Rusty Whittaker had his handful of some major steering lock compliments of a tap from behind as the field jostled for track supremacy the 77Q of Bodie Smith looped off turn four which eliminated the cars of O’Neil, Gibbes and Flynn as well as the Smith car .
On the restart Vine passed Whittaker in turn 2 as the rest of the pack had their own battles McDonald was on a flyer in the 23Q Spike as well as Dean was coming on strong around the top in the 99Q, Vine and Whittaker both went to the top in the Colebard Street end finding a ton of pace as Wright ticked the laps away both Vine and Whittaker applied the torch only to both come unstuck on a yellow as a car park formed at the same end where the speed was found.

Dawson, Paulger and Clauss were all parked on track the race drama unfolded on the back straight as Vine rode the right rear of the leader and headed to the pit wall at pace sustaining front end damage while Whittaker parked the 89 to avoid making it a 4 car wreck both requiring restarts so both sent to the back of the bus for the restart with 4 to run.

Wright led the field off again this time he had Whatmore JNR in pursuit and Brock Dean was up there ensuring the 41W worked hard for the win finally crossing and parking the APC/DRE Breka Esslinger in victory lane flanked by Whatmore JNR and Dean.

Mitchell Rooke crossed in 4th, Zac McDonald in 5th, Rusty Whittaker in 6th, Darren Vine 7th and Audie Malt crossed in 8th on track and as mentioned the winner of the Bob Baker Challenge!

Darren Vine crossed in 7th unfortunately unable to collect the American Tire and Racing Services “Lucky 7th” $100 voucher after not having racers on all four corners.

Well done to the top 3 on the night getting the job done it was a bitter sweet victory for Wright after showing pace in the 18/19 season only to have an engine failure cut his season short along with Cal Whatmore JNR also switching to Esslinger power this season.

Darren Vine showed some super pace in the new King SR11 package along with Zac MacDonald in the Warren Walker owned 23Q Hawk Spike.

This weekend we head to Toowoomba for the opening round of the Ultimate Speedway Challenge and then again on the 26th of October for the Nexgen/NuPave Highbank Hussle with round two in the American Tire and Racing Services Archerfield Midget Series back at Archerfield November the 2nd

See you trackside !

#atrsmidgetseries #raceprotrailers #mis #gsa #racerswinraces #bobbakerchallenge


Race Fans this October the 26th will see round one in the NuPave Asphalt Services Nexgen Hire High Bank Hussle at the Hi Tec Oils Toowoomba Speedway

Book in October 26, December 7, February 22 and in conjunction with the 2019/20 Queensland Speedcar State Title April 12 for the Hussle Dates

The first 3 rounds will have a joker option to invert the top 10 after the heats for the feature starting grid so who will take on the joker?

Who’s your pick to be the round one victor in a good old fashion Highbank Hussle!


Do you want a $100 gift card to spend in store at American Tire and Racing Services ?

Well these can be purchased not only as gifts for loved ones but if you run American Racers on all four corners of your hot rod and run 7th in any of the 11 round feature events at Archerfield Speedway then one of these bad boys is heading your way !!

#racerswinraces #atrsarcherfieldmidgetseries #gsa #raceprotraliers #mis #qsra


This weekend race fans we enter into another era in Midgets for Queensland not only the 2019/20 race season but we will be racing for the American Tire and Racing Services Archerfield Midget Series!

The finer details behind the scenes have been sorted and we are good to go for the 11 round series calendar.

Brad Dawson’s GSA Advanced Machining will be covering the “Fastman” award on the nights along with the combination of MIS-Mobile Injector Services/Racepro Trailers and Fabrication covering podium trophies we are good to take the green in the American Tire and Racing Services Archerfield Midget Series.

The series lucky place getter in 7th in the feature event’s will receive an in store $100 voucher at American Tire and Racing Services providing they have a racer on each corner.

A full colour copy of the rules and regulations will be available this weekend and handed to each driver/car owner for reference.

The right hand rear tire ruling remains the same as previous Polar Ice Rounds (SD38)

Rounds for the American Tire and Racing Services Archerfield Midget Series are

Round 1 Sat 5th Oct 2019

Round 2 Sat 2nd Nov 2019

Round 3 Sat 16th Nov 2019

Round 4 Thur 26th Dec 2019

Round 5 Fri 10th Jan 2020

Round 6 Sat 25th Jan 2020

Round 7 Sat 15th Feb 2020

Round 8 Sat 14th Mar 2020

Round 9 Sat 4th Apr 2020

Round 10 Sat 18th Apr 2020

Round 11 Sat 30th May 2020

Nomination fee for round one needs to be paid via the trybooking link on

Round one nominations are the strongest we have seen in years and include

3Q Cal Whatmore

5Q Audie Malt

6Q Darren Vine

16Q Matt O’Neil

23Q Zac McDonald

34Q Mitchell Rooke

37Q Lachy Paulger

41Q Glen Wright

45Q Tom Clauss

66Q Barry Gibbes

77Q Bodie Smith

80Q Scott Doyle

81Q Brad Dawson

82Q Graham Flynn

89Q Rusty Whittaker

94Q Jason McDowell

95Q Gavin McDowell

97V Kaidon Brown

99Q Brock Dean



Over the last 9 seasons here in Queensland we have been blessed to have a local series based at Archerfield Speedway which without any doubt not only lifted the profile of Midgets in the state but on a national level as well.

The series stability secured car numbers as well as a lot of outside interest which resulted in fans and ultimately at the end of the day bums on seats.

Jack Berry wasn’t just an ex racer he was and still is a very mad Midget supporter so when approached to look at a long running series he grabbed the chance like a racer out of P1 for the main event and ran with it ……the rest was history being written for our state.

Todd Wanless drew first blood back in 2010/11 with a series victory running his Spike Hawk 39Q as Brendan Palmer chased and claimed his name in the record books with a title in 2011/12 running a JBR 29Q machine.

A lone Kiwi by the name of Michael Kendall flew in from Auckland and set the scene on fire in Queensland taking the next four crowns consecutively in 2012/13 2013/14 2014/15 2015/16 not without some tough hard fought laps from the likes of Brett Thomas , Michael Harders and Darren Vine to name a few.

Kendall departed for the UK in 16/17 so it was Sunny Coaster Rusty Whittaker’s time to shine running his Dad’s 78Q King car taking his first series crown.

Back to a Kiwi winner in 2016/17 and this time young gun Scotty Farmer took out the title running the 22Q Spike Esslinger TFH car.

Rusty Whittaker again claiming another Polar Ice Midget Series crown in 2018/19 this time with the team that went to 4 title’s with Kendall in the 89Q Boss Esslinger.

With heavy work commitments in the 2019/20 season Jack and his Polar Ice Company like the series need to ensure the next project is a success and feed the business as the business needs so that being said the Polar Ice Midget Series comes to a close as the most successful series Queensland has ever had to date.

Everyone here in the QSRA , The Racers and The Fans we would like to thank Jack Berry and the entire Polar Ice team in Ipswich for their support over the last 9 seasons because without you guys we wouldn’t have had the Polar Ice Midget Series

Take a bow Jack Berry you are a legend and again thank you very much!

With that being said stand by for news to this morning on another series with more info to be released as soon as some finer details are confirmed!

Rest assured fans the QSRA are going racing in the 19/20 season and if the past few years anything to go off we are all in for one heck of a ride!

Previous Polar Ice Midget Series Winners are,

Todd Wanless 2010/11
Brendan Palmer 2011/12
Michael Kendall 2012/13
Michael Kendall 2013/14
Michael Kendal 2014/15
Michael Kendall 2015/16
Rusty Whittaker 2016/17
Scotty Farmer 2017/18
Rusty Whittaker 2018/19


Nominations are now open race fans for next weekends grand opening night at Archerfield speedway to get our season underway for the 19/20 show down.

Nominations must be into Brock Dean 0410 195 355 by 6pm this Sunday so its super easy simply text your race number and a message nominating I.E (99Q In for Archerfield) this will allow the track to allocate a pit bay for yourself so theirs no confusion on parking on the night secondly once you nominate follow the link and pay the nomination fee on line (that way you don’t have to worry at the track) all nominations will appear immediately via the try booking portal and you will be ticked off (don’t forget to print your receipt for tax purposes )

The season is nearly upon us racers are you ready ?…


Race fans with the new race season on our door step for 2019/20 show down so we have a recap on last season’s top ten updates kicking off with Current Polar Ice and QSRA Champion Rusty Whittaker

Returning for the Neilson Motorsport team Rusty slots back into the controls of the 89Q BOSS Chassis Craig Thompson Esslinger the car has been freshened and will style a host of new colours and names to suit Craig Thompson has spun some magic in the engine department with Scott Inglis completing the dyno before being relocated between the rails of the BOSS. The team looking to complete in all the local shows before heading south to the National Title in February and the big shows in Sydney are on the cards.

Runner up in last season’s Polar Ice Series was veteran gasman Darren Vine in a fleet of various rockets however all Thompson Esslinger powered. The 35Q IBRP car kicked off then swapping to the 6Q and 19Q family cars to complete the season. In the new season “Viney” returns again in the family cars however both will run under the “6Q” branding and swapping to the Kiwi made King Chassis brand one will house a fresh Stanton SR11 while one retains the super strong Turbo Slinger. The 6Q guys are looking to compete in the local shows as well as the Australian Title.

Mitchell Rooke took out the third place honours in the 18/19 showdown with Rodney Singleton in the Singleton Racing/RJR Kitchens Spike Esslinger #3Q .This new season will see the “silent assassin” in the family owned 34Q which incidentally is the car driven to multiple victories and strong placings at the hands of Darren Vine in last season’s battles that being a Spike RSI Esslinger. The RJR Kitchens team are looking to head to Warrnambool also to contest the Australian Title as well as the local scene.

Cal Whatmore JNR had another stellar run throughout the 18/19 season finishing 4th overall in the 9th year of the Polar Ice Midget Series running the Speedy Air Conditioning 36Q Spike Gaerte. Cal not only supported the local shows but also travelled south a fair bit punching out a classic heat race win at Parramatta and while some may say “it’s only a heat race” the ones who know that’s a huge feat at that super-fast speedway this season Whatmore JNR joins forces with the team who took out 3rd overall last season and drops his seat into the 3Q Singleton Racing Spike. Cal and the team are looking to do the local shows as well as Sydney with Warrnambool “pencilled” in at this stage they are seeing how the laps turn.

The Bandit Brad Dawson who took out 5th overall in last season’s Polar Ice and QSRA Championship had a very “topsie turvey” season in 18/19 however with a new Spike Chassis powered by a very strong SR11X the Bandit will be a force to look out for backed by his GSA Advanced Machining, HI Tech Oils/Corporate Protection Australia/LIST Consulting/United Waste Services/Stanton Racing Engines also ride along with the 81Q machine. Ausdeck Patios Archerfield Speedway, HI Tech Oils Toowoomba Speedway, Valvoline Raceway Parramatta and Premier Speedway Warrnambool are on the hit list for the boys in 19/20.

The 2018/19 Rookie of the Year also had another season of fast laps as well as his fair share of bad luck however persistency and consistency paid off in the end with the 45Q Tom Clauss team and their Eagle Chassis Inglis Eagle combination, Tom showed more and more serious race pace on each outing in the TPC Earthmoving/Springfield Lakes Panel and Paint car so this season he will again be aiming for the pointy end looking to compete in the local Queensland shows only at this stage.

One of the NuPave Racers who took out 7th in Polar Ice and 9th in the QSRA Championship last season was none other than “Little Hardcore Hendo” Riki Harrison in the 67Q King Mopar, Riki ran a handful of shows with some very fast laps laid down however a couple of on track “woopsies” saw him robbed of some better results other than DNF’s ,At this stage it’s unclear as to the racing scene as Riki focuses on his Nupave Asphalt Services business and its growth however 19/20 isn’t ruled out yet ….. Watch this space.

8 for #8! Brock Dean finished the 18/19 season after only a handful of shows in the brand new 8Q King Chassis car powered by a DTR Hawk in 8th for Polar Ice and the club points score. Brock is certainly no stranger to victory lane visiting the podium on a number of occasions in the few shows they completed during the later stage of the season however in true Dean Form they certainly turned some super-fast laps. 19/20 is unclear at this stage weather it’s in the 8Q Midget or Sprintcar you can guarantee they will be fast.

“If he didn’t have bad luck he would have had none at all” was thrown around our 9th place getter and that was Scotty Doyle in the 89A BOSS Esslinger, Finishing in the QSRA Points score a bit better with a 6th however a lot of DNF’s hindered the Southside Tornado. The team are reverting back to the 80Q number once seen on the Family owned Beast Chassis along with an array of names on the car and also a power plant owned by the Doyle Family however yet another Craig Thompson assembled Esslinger will be under the hood of this car. In the 19/20 season they are looking to all the local Queensland racing, some southern State Titles, The Big One in Warrnambool and International shows in Sydney.

Rounding out the top ten in the 18/19 season was “The Captain” and roving part time race reporter Chris Singleton regular pilot of the 26Q Spike Esslinger. Singo unfortunately “having a wild old time” ending the Spikes career not before showing a tonne of promise with a strong fresh Craig Thompson Esslinger and the car being spannered by kiwi Matt Black. An ex- Dean Aggressor was purchased by Singo to be assembled to see the remainder of the season however the ride with the Nexgen Hire 46Q Team became available and this is where Singo saw the season out, In the 19/20 season they are running the same Aggressor Chassis this time powered by an DTR Race Engines Eagle and plan to take the season as it comes racing where and whenever possible.

That’s a wrap race fans on last season’s top ten this season we have new drivers, new sponsors, new race dates, new colours …… and a new season!! See you track side