Stampede proves to be wheel drawcard
Some of WA’s best sprintcar drivers were in town at the weekend for a racing showdown at the 2016 City of Karratha Northwest Sprintcar Stampede. Driver Trent Pigdon took top honours after a dominant run over the four-night event.
Ace driver Trent Pigdon has been declared king of the Northwest City of Karratha Sprintcar Stampede, with an emphatic victory over some of WA’s top racers.
This year’s event was held over four nights rather than two in a bid to attract more top drivers to the race. It paid off, with 18 of the 22 competing teams travelling for the event, including the WA 410, 360 and limited sprintcar champions.
The event attracted about 2500 people to watch the action each night.
The first night at Port Hedland Speedway saw Bunbury driver Michael Keen get out on the front foot, before Car 26 driver Trent Pigdon outpaced him and moved into top spot on the second meet.
The competition moved to Nickol Bay Speedway in Dampier for the final two nights.
Taylor Milling won the feature race on night three, but Pigdon remained the overall leader on points.
It went so smoothly there was time for an extra feature purely for entertainment rather than points, though unfortunately it finished with a crash between three cars which put the car of one of NBS’ own, Graham Wilson, out of the running. The final night of action was held up for an hour-and-a-half because there was too much water on the track and NBS president John Magerl’s car, owned by his wife, was one of the casualties, spinning out during an early hot lap.
But organisers still managed to pack in the key heats before fireworks started at 9pm.
Pigdon won the night’s pole shuffle, and kept the momentum going to storm home in the final 25-lap feature race.
Rod Snellin came in second and Brent Barndon was third overall.
Magerl said the Sprintcar Stampede had been a big success.
He thanked the NBS committee, support staff and volunteers for their work.
WA Open Sprintcar State Champion and Car 56 SJ Crushing driver Tim Van Ginneken saID driving one of the only limited sprintcars in the race against higher-powered 360s had been challenging, but had been a good experience to “have some fun and have some beers”.
Sprintcars off and racing at the 2016 City of Karratha Northwest Sprintcar Stampede.
Car 56 driver and WA Open Sprintcar State Champion Tim Van Ginneken.
Trent Pigdon was the winner of the 2016 Sprintcar Stampede.
Sprintcars racing during heat 11.