ROSE IN A CLASS OF HIS OWN
BY DENNIS NEWLYN
JOSH Rose was untroubled to win the 25-lap V8 Dirt Modified Stampede at Hessions Auto Parts Grafton Speedway Saturday night, November 25.
Rose took full advantage of his pole position starting spot as he raced to victory over local star Andrew Firth and Jeff Rose (who is Josh’s father.)
Firth split the father and son combination with a good drive that was pressured at times to retain the runner-up spot.
There was plenty of carnage in the early laps of the main event. Nick Knott spun coming out of turn three and was hit by Mark Griffiths as his car sustained front end damage that eliminated both cars from the restart.
When the lights went green again Josh Rose, who was fast all night and dominated the earlier heats, hit the go pedal hard and held command.
But another spin – this time by Geoffrey Bowling – brought the second caution after only three laps.
Rose had control again at the green light, though hotly pursued by Phil McNamara, Firth, Tony Dunn and Jeff Rose.
Just as the race looked set to settle into a pattern, Russell Ward hit the safety fence at the pit gate area and rolled his car.
He was okay, but the same could not be said for his V8 Dirt Modified.
Twenty laps still remained in what was an accident-strewn commencement to the feature race.
After this point some laps ran trouble-free, but all that worked in Josh’s favour as he established a good lead. Then with 11 laps to run Bowling spun again and brought out the yellow light.
The running order remained the same at the restart as Tony Dunn looked for an outside sweep of McNamara but ultimately hit the safety wall and withdrew from the event.
Then with a lap to go, McNamara quit the race with a blown tyre.
It was now becoming a case of last man standing, but nobody was going to take the race away from Josh Rose as he drove to a convincing victory. In some ways it could be considered a fortunate win. If the race had been any further in laps, he may not have reached the chequered flag first – or even completed the event.
His right rear tyre was bald and not far from blowing!
McNamara and Josh Rose dominated the heats with two wins each, while other heats winners were Jeff Rose and David Blanch.
The Dash was won by Josh Rose as he headed toward a perfect night’s racing.
The first round of the Sportsman Triple Challenge, which caters for the 350 Chevy crate engined cars, was taken out by Trevor Wiley.
Jacob Jolley had a rough and tumble night after he rolled his Wingless Sprint while he held second in the feature race. Andrew Gordon, who was the fastest all night, led from start to finish.
Points leader in the Lismore Workers’ Club Wingless Sprint Driver to America series, Trent Martin, worked his way up to second at race end, while Mason Cattell was third.
Other main event winners were: Aaron Hall (Production Sedans), Josh Boyd (Junior Sedans) and Street Stocks (Nathan Fisher).
Dash events were also won by Boyd (Junior Sedans) and Jolley (Wingless Sprints.)