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By BSCDA, Nov 6 2018 06:35PM

Frankie Wainman Jnr strengthened his National Points Championship Shootout position at the top of the table after winning the final at the penultimate round at Stoke, sponsored by Neil Stuchbury Motors, on Saturday.


Wainman Jnr led an historic Wainman family 1-2-3 in the final, with brother Danny finishing second and son Frankie Jnr Jr in third place. Wainman Jnr's daughter, Phoebe finished eighth.


While Wainman Jnr stacked up the points with a second-place finish in his heat behind Sam Jacklin, and followed up his final victory with 12th place in the Grand National, one of his main rivals for the silver roof, Mat Newson, had a meeting to forget.


After pulling off in his heat with mechanical issues, he suffered a flat tyre in the consolation, thereby not qualifying for the final. Newson finished a lowly 10th in the Grand National, and is now 40 points behind Wainman Jnr in the series in third place.


Danny Wainman had another ultra-consistent meeting, with a fifth in his heat, second in the final, and a win in the Grand National after eventual winner Paul Hines was disqualified after his car failed the scales.


A decent points haul moved Wainman up to second place behind his brother, 34 points off the lead.


Of the remaining Shootout drivers, Will Hunter won heat one, while Lee Fairhurst stayed mathematically in touch with second in the consolation event behind Mark Sargent and fourth-place finishes in both the final and Grand National.


Now the Shootout contenders head to Manchester this Sunday for the final round of the series, the National Points Championship Shootout Finale, sponsored by Richard Baldwin Motorhomes, with double points on offer.


Will Wainman Jnr finish the season off with a flourish to win the silver roof for the first time in ten years? Or will brother Danny Wainman or Newson pounce to take the first major title of their careers? Or can Fairhurst achieve what looks the impossible by coming from 108 points off the lead to snatch a remarkable, and what would be a memorable, National Points Championship Shootout success?


The only way to find out is to be at Belle Vue next Sunday for what promises to be a dramatic night of BriSCA F1 stock car racing.


Next round

Round 10 Shootout Finale: November 11, Belle Vue, sponsored by Richard Baldwin Motorhomes


By BSCDA, Oct 31 2018 07:59AM

After two intense rounds last weekend at Birmingham and Northampton for the National Points Championship Shootout there was nothing to separate two of the biggest rivalries in short oval racing.



Stuart Smith Jnr and Frankie Wainman Jnr – figureheads of two great stock car racing dynasties – stood at the top of the table tied for the lead.



But the battle for the silver roof has come at a cost for reigning National Points champion Smith Jnr, who has now been forced to curtail his challenge after suffering a season-ending spleen injury at Northampton on Sunday afternoon.



Having come away from the Sapphire Glass Merchants-sponsored round 7 at Birmingham with a 15 points lead, Smith Jnr was hoping to consolidate his position on Sunday afternoon at round 8, sponsored by Teng Tools, at Northampton.



The reigning world champion, who continued racing throughout the afternoon unaware of the injury he had sustained as a result of a multiple pile-up in his heat, was able to collect sufficient points during the remainder of the afternoon to share the lead in the series.



But now Smith Jnr is unable to race at the last two rounds, there will inevitably be a new National Points champion after the Shootout Finale at Belle Vue in two weeks time.



On Saturday night at Birmingham, it was Dan Johnson, currently restricted to competing on Tarmac after suffering engine damage to his shale car, who powered away to victory in the final, having also won the consolation event.



Will Hunter won the opening heat, chased home by Lee Fairhurst, while Mat Newson made his presence felt in heat two, moving Smith Jnr and Wainman Jnr aside to take the flag.



Smith Jnr bulldozed his way to the front to take victory in the Grand National and in so doing extended his lead at the top of the table.



The following afternoon at Northampton it was Hunter who led the way with a fine heat and final double, and followed up with an excellent fifth-place finish from the one-lap handicap in the Grand National.



In heat two Newson, Smith Jnr and Wainman Jnr were collected in a turn-one parking lot, with Smith Jnr and Wainman Jnr suffering major damage as a result. Danny Wainman survived to collect second place.



Newson and Smith jnr finished second and third in the consolation, with Wainman Jnr limping into the final with an outside rear flat tyre in eighth place.



Newson and Wainman Jnr posed the main threat to eventual winner Hunter in the final, finishing second and third respectively, while Smith Jnr collected vital points in fifth place.



Smith Jnr was forced to pull off with a flat tyre in the Grand National, while main rival Wainman Jnr took full advantage by winning the race.



With Smith Jnr now on the sidelines, the chase for the silver roof appears to be a three-way fight between Wainman Jnr, Newson and Danny Wainman, although it is still possible for Fairhurst – who suffered engine problems at Northampton – and in-form Hunter to spring a sensational last-gasp Shootout victory.



Next round

Round 9: November 3, Stoke, sponsored by Neil Stuchbury Motors

By BSCDA, Oct 30 2018 12:47PM

The BSCDA would like to announce that following an incident at Northampton on Sunday Stuart Smith is currently in hospital with an injury to his spleen and neck.


Stuart became unwell on Sunday evening and after medical care throughout Monday he has had surgery on his spleen and remains in hospital.


We all wish Stuart a speedy recovery and we are disappointed that this has cut short his season however his health comes first. We will keep you updated on his progress.


By BSCDA, Oct 22 2018 11:46AM

WAINMAN JNR FIGHTS BACK AS SMITH JNR AND HARRIS CLASH AT KING'S LYNN THRILLER


The battle for the National Points Championship Shootout entered its second half at King’s Lynn on Saturday, sponsored by Bensons Products Ltd, and produced an epic clash between the leading Shootout contenders.


On the night that eight-time world champion John Lund made his long-awaited return to the track after nearly two years away, it was Frankie Wainman Jnr who dominated the evening, with a heat and final double, to close the gap on Smith Jnr at the top of the Shootout leaderboard to three points.


Shootout leader and reigning world and National Points champion Stuart Smith Jnr came into the round with a sizeable lead in the series, but became embroiled in a costly clash with European champion Tom Harris in both the Final and the Grand National. Harris, who had his third-place finish in the Skegness final of the previous week reinstated, was aiming to win a £1,000 bonus for winning three King’s Lynn finals in a row.


Wainman Jnr kicked off the Shootout round with victory in heat one, ahead of Mat Newson. Smith Jnr chased Neil Scothern home in heat two, while Ryan Harrison won the consolation event ahead of Frankie Wainman Jnr Jr.


But it was in final when the sparks began to fly. While Wainman Jnr barged his way to the front, behind him Smith Jnr and Harris were trading blows, ending with Harris being spun by Mark Gilbank, courtesy of the Smith Jnr front bumper, into turn three. Smith Jnr would retire from the race with a puncture.


It was a good race for the Wainman family, with Danny Wainman finishing second in the final, with Newson third.


The Smith Jnr/Harris battle would continue in the Grand National with Harris hooking up with Smith Jnr down the home straight, before the world champion steered both into the inside marker tyres in turn one. This allowed Wainman Jnr to make further progress from his one-lap handicap, finishing fifth to collect a sizeable double-points haul behind flag-to-flag victor Richard Woods.


As the series heads to Birmingham and Northampton this weekend, Smith Jnr still leads the chase for the silver roof, but only just, from Wainman Jnr. Newson drops to third, with Danny Wainman fourth.