Last Saturday night (April 22) the 2016/17 Adelaide Motorsport Park season came to an end with a big sedan double feature with the South Australian Late Model Championship and the MJS Street Stock Series Final. Both categories attracted quality line-ups with drivers from across Australia and at the end of the night it was Ben Nicastri who secured his second straight Late Model Championship and third overall while former Australian Champion Mark Jennings was victorious in the 30 lap Street Stock decider.
Throughout the heat races Nicastri was measured in his approach as he finished second and third in his two preliminary heats and during the pole shuffle he fell back a row after he failed to make it out onto the race track after sustaining a flat right rear on the dummy grid.
But early in the race he just sat back behind race leader Michael Holmes and when Holmes suffered a mechanical failure on lap 10 he inherited the lead and went on to win the 30-lap final ahead of Mount Gambier’s Stuey Hill, who recorded a career best title finish, with local Mark McCarthy rounding out the podium.
After starting from the back Paul Stubber charged to fourth with Victorians Brendan Hucker and Fiona Verhoeven rounding out the finishers.
Earlier the three heat races and the JD Couriers Pole Shuffle were dominated by the Western Australians with Paul Stubber winning two heat races while the third, and the pole shuffle, went to Michael Holmes. The shuffle for the pole position proved to be an anticlimax when Stubber failed to get past turn two after breaking the driveshaft in half forcing him to start from the back of the A-Main in the Roger Oliver #S31.
Despite not winning the Title Michael Holmes left the Adelaide venue and headed home with the 12 and 2 lap track records.
With 37 Street Stocks in the pit area, including four previous Australian Champions, the competition was extremely tough but it was Mark Jennings who remained undefeated in both of his heat races before leading all 30 laps of the MJS Street Stock Series Final.
Second across the line was Whyalla resident Andy Maxwell Jr while Australian Champion Rhys Heinrich, Jayden Edwards and Corey Sandow completed the top five. Grant Harris, who was the first of the weekly Amp racers, finished an impressive sixth ahead of Ballarat driver Darren Forrest, Neville Nitschke, Stuey Robinson and Steve Heinrich rounding out the top 10.
After challenging for the lead early Anthony Beare failed to finish after suffering a failure that sent the #46 spinning into the fence in front of the George Tatnell Stand while Brad McClure was another high-profile driver who failed to finish.