The Flying Mullet Gets His First Scratch Main Win (6-8-2024)

The Flying Mullet Takes First Scratch Main at Champion!
By Jason Bonsignore
Photos by Kelly Klees (Speedway podium is Caleb Stewart center, Casey Donholt left and Lenny McBride right) Quad rider in yellow is Toby Relyea
Action Photo was taken by Brian Walsh of Caleb Stewart
On June 8th Champion Speedway played host to its annual Jagger Roberts Memorial to honor the young boy who had raced at Champion previously but tragically lost his life at a local hare scramble event several years ago. The track awards a perpetual trophy in Jagger’s name to the winner of the Quad Pro division each season on the evening but the speedway riders also race hard in his memory, and this year was no different!
Last season there was a Handicap Main ran on the night that young teenager Caleb “Flying Mullet” Stewart won. He has been very fast in certain races the past two seasons and many felt he could be knocking on the door of his first scratch main event soon at age 18!
Stewart would take a 2nd place in his semi to transfer to the Main behind Casey Donholt. Lenny McBride, a 5-time track champion, won the other semifinal with “Smokin” Dave Oakden 2nd.
The last chance saw “GP” Jonny Oakden sweep around the outside into the lead and it was a lead he never relinquished as he took the final spot for the feature.
Casey Donholt, also a 5-time track champ, would jump into the lead off the start of the scratch main with young Stewart on his tail! Donholt held the lead for 3 laps but on the final lap going down the backstraight, with Donholt on the outside, Stewart caught some traction and a massive wheel stand ensued in which many thought Stewart would end up looping out due to! Instead, he pulled it down and got a burst of traction that powered him under Donholt going into the corners and he passed and got a good shot out of turn 4 heading to the checkered flag for his first ever scratch main! Donholt on his Matrafailio Racing powered GM was second and Lenny McBride, riding a Justice Brothers/ODI Grips/TANKS AUTO/Joe V’s Auto powered GM took third!
Champion Speedway hosts The Hurricane Hank Bassett Cup June 22nd at 7pm! The action has been hot and the track has had over 40 speedway riders 3 times this season, the most of any track in the Country!

Toby Relyea would take his second Jagger Roberts Victory in the Pro Quad Wars with a real smooth ride in the feature!

Bradley Wilson-Dean Flawless in Title Race (5-26-2024)

New Zealander Takes National Title at Champion’s 50th Anniversary Event!
By Jason Bonsignore
International Racer, Bradley Wilson-Dean, of New Zealand, flew in to take part in Champion Speedway’s 50TH Anniversary Outlaw National Championships and did not disappoint as he won every race he did not have mechanical failure in over the two-day Memorial Day weekend show.
Due to a couple of DNF’s on Saturday, Wilson-Dean found himself in the B Final/last chance, along with current track champion, Casey Donholt, Mike Cortese of NJ and Caleb Stewart of Apalachin. Wilson won that event which moved him into the A Final, joining…Chris Kerr of Northern California, former 2-time US National Champion, Aaron Fox, from Southern California and past East Coast Champions, Len McBride and Spencer Portararo.
On the first attempt of the Main Event, Kerr got into Wilson-Dean off turn two and he went down hard. After some deliberation the referee ordered a full restart, which many felt was the correct call. Wilson-Dean, riding a borrowed bike, went around the outside off an outside gate to swoop the field and did not look back, taking overall win for night one!
On Sunday Wilson-Dean would win his first 3 heats and then threw a chain in his 4th. He would still make the 4 round robin Finals, along with Kerr, Portararo, Fox and McBride. To add excitement his bike again tossed a chain in the first Main which added to Kerr’s point lead for the title. He would rally back to win Main 2 and then go onto win Main 3 and 4. With 3 point increments between 1st and 2nd place for the Main Event points, he and Kerr would eventually conclude on a tie at 57 points and bring about a runoff for the title!
With both riders being very tired at this stage after an unconventional 4 Main events, they both agreed to do 2 laps for the runoff. Wilson-Dean made the start again and Kerr kept close distance but could not catch him as the International rider took the 50th Anniversary OUTLAW NATIONAL TITLE!
Champion’s next event is the Jagger Roberts Memorial race June 8.

Memorial Day weekend 2024
Champion Speedway, one of the oldest racetracks in the Country still in operation, celebrates a huge milestone this season and is planning a big Memorial Day weekend to celebrate! This is the 50th Anniversary season of the legendary local track and they’re pulling out all the stops this weekend with a two day US National Championship event Saturday and Sunday. Top racers are coming in from the West Coast, Colorado and multiple states in the East to compete, including two-time US National Champion, Aaron Fox, and former US Open Champions…Austin Novratil and Chris Kerr! The current US Open Champ, International star, Bradley Wilson-Dean, is flying in from New Zealand as well. Four-time World Champion, Greg Hancock’s son will be taking part.
Legendary riders from both coasts who have played a major role in the track’s history will be attending, including such famous names and Champions as “Rocket” Rodney Payne, “Mean” Gene Bonsignore, George “Lazorbeam” Lazor, “Stormin” Norman Robinson and his brothers, “Rowdy” Rick Stone, “Fast” Frank Watson, Ivan “The Terrible” Blacka, “Pistol” Pete Atwater, Tommy “Gator” Sephton, Joey Sephton, Tuff McBride and many more! A large group of former Canadian racers are making the trek down including National Champions Lightning Len Dillon, John Kehoe and Aaron Hesmer. Bonsignore, Lazor, Watson, Blacka, Tommy Sephton and McBride will be inducted into The East Coast Hall of Fame on Saturday evening prior to the races as this year’s inductee class. Some of the legends may take to the track for some exhibition laps, including retired CA great and two-time US Open winner, Jimmy Sisemore from Woodland, CA. Former Nor Cal star Devin Defreece and other friends and supprters are traveling in support of the event too!

The races blast off at 7pm Saturday night for Round One and 6pm for the Finals Sunday. There will be a vintage memorilia display, souvenir programs detailing the 50 year history and the live band WRECKLESS MARCI will be playing after the Main event Saturday evening at 10:30! Monday at Noon would be used as a raindate possibly if needed.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sideways Spencer Blasts to Victory in Champion Opener on 5/4/2024

Champion Speedway decided at the last minute to try and kick off its 50th Season a week earlier than originally planned and it proved to be the right decision as a huge turnout of competitors showed up for the Patrick Ahlund Spring Classic, along with a larger than expected, with the overcast weather, spectator crowd. Nearly 40 Speedway racers, including 11 Junior riders, plus 28 ATV’s had the pits full!
The track staff ran all those races in exactly 3 hours and the program concluded at 10:30. The last 20 minutes of events, including the features, ran in the rain which made for a different type of traction than norma for most.
Despite the heavy downfall, the track remained raceable with a slick inside and heavy outside.
In Division two, newcomer Albert Smith, in his second season, came all the way from the 60 yard line to pass the Red Rooster Brian McManamon on the last lap for the win! Rooster, last season’s Track Point Champion, had also overcome a 40 yard handicap and passed 4 other riders for second.
In the scratch main, former track champion, Spencer Portararo blasted a borrowed JAWA powered bike into the lead and rode the track super fast as though it were dry conditions. Casey Donholt, the current track champion from last season, made a good start but slid out and fell and was officially credited with 4th as he got up and finished. Former 5-time track Champion, Adam The Missile Mittl, made a solid start and followed Portararo around but could not overtake the Justice Brothers/Harman Boyz Racing/Cloud 9/Tanks Auto/Joe V’s Auto Repair sponsored rider and Portararo took home his first ever Ahlund Spring Classic which honors the former Canadian/Swedish rider and friend, who was killed in an auto accident in 2003 in Sweden. Mittl was second. Young Levi The Hornet Harris of Windsor took 3rd overall. Caleb Stewart of Apalachin was 5th. 
Champion runs again Saturday May 11th, before taking a week break prior to its HUGE 50th Anniversary Celebrations and OUTLAW US NATIONALS, May 25 and 26th! Current and former star riders are coming from all over the Country and Canada for it and the live band Wreckless Marci will be paying Sat after the races along with special hall of fame inductions and vintage displays, it promises to be a great weekend!!!
May 4th, 2024 – Well considering I only confirmed we were racing this event 7 days ago and the weather forecast was very dodgy, the Patrick Ahlund Spring Classic was very successful! Huge thanks to everyone that came out and supported it. For the weather, the spectator crowd was pretty decent, the rider turnout was awesome! The pits were packed! Nearly 40 speedway riders, including 11 Juniors!!! 31 sign ins between trikes, and ATV’s. We ran all of that in exactly 3 hrs! Thanks to the riders who completed the program in the rain and put on a good show! I could not believe how fast our Support Riders and Jr’s were, with ZERO practice!!! Great job!