Musarra’s Maiden at the Nationals!

Tonight at the Perth Motorplex ‘Rocket’ Rod Musarra raced his way to his first ever Late Model feature race win on the big stage, and in what better fashion to do it other than claiming one of the biggest events on the calendar, the Late Model Nationals!
Twenty-three cars would return overnight after twenty-eight initially started the Nationals event yesterday, and all twenty-three would take the green in the feature races after the final round of heat racing held earlier in the night.
Kye Blight (Kye Blight Racing) looked to dominate the event once again, winning all of his preliminary races to start on pole for the thirty-lap feature in his quest to make it three Nationals in a row, and as the race went green it looked like that would be the status quo, Blight leading an all-orange assault as behind him Brent Vosbergen (Team Vosbergen Racing – TVR), Joe Chalmers (Team BCM Motorsport:) and Craig Vosbergen fought it out.
Brent would close on Kye quickly, diving through to take the lead but Blight fought back immediately to retake the point.
Behind them, Craig would drop back behind Chalmers, then again as Brad Blake and Jason Oldfield (Oldfield Racing) both got by him in the initial laps, while Musarra, who had started from position six, dropped to eighth.
With five laps complete Vosbergen, who had been trailing Blight, fought back once again and dove by him to take the lead, this time officially leading the fifth lap.
From here Vosbergen began to pull away, making his way into heavy lapped traffic with ten laps complete.
The race would come under caution five laps later as Bruce Mackenzie had a moment as he was being lapped, almost avoided by the field except for ninth placed Veronica McCann (Veronica McCann – Red Hot Racing) who was left with nowhere to go but into the side of Mackenzie, her race now over and joining Abbey Pickering (All About Racing) and Jamie Oldfield on the infield.
The next start would again see cars coming together, stewards opting to send the field single file for the next attempt.
Musarra was the big mover on the restart, making his way past Blake to grab fourth, Blake spinning to a stop a few laps later after contact with Jason Oldfield, stewards unable to determine who was at fault and both restarting in their positions.
Vosbergen would lead away Blight, Chalmers, Musarra and Blake for the restart and again Musarra got the best of it, charging around the outside and grabbing second and chasing Vosbergen hard.
With six to go Brent pulled high and slowed with what appeared to be a flat tyre, Musarra diving underneath and making the clean pass, Brent then diving low behind him and in the process baulking Blight and Chalmers, which allowed Musarra to break away.
Musarra really began to stretch his legs out front as behind him Blight and Chalmers were still fighting hard, when the yellows came out once again, this time for a spinning Nathan Richards.
The next few laps would see plenty of positional changes, Jason Oldfield momentarily grabbing third before another restart after Peter Walker spun infield and took the restart cone with him, while Victorian Champion Peter Nicola (NRT – Nicola Racing Team) retired infield under yellows joining the growing carpark.
A final stoppage would see an absolute scramble for the minors, Blight, Chalmers, Jason Oldfield and Warren Oldfield all in close quarters as Musarra again pulled away.
Blight would also suffer a flat tyre in the dying stages and slowed, Chalmers able to race by for second while Warren Oldfield (Oldfield Racing) raced into third place as the white flag flew.
Back up front, Musarra also blew a tyre as he came out of turn four, touching the front straight wall, but it didn’t matter, having enough of a lead to cross the line as a convincing and deserving winner of the eighth annual Late Model Nationals.
Chalmers would hold on for second ahead of Warren Oldfield while Jason Oldfield, Brad Blake and Craig Vosbergen would round out the finishers on the lead lap. Hard charger Peter Seaton (Peter Seaton Racing), Peter Walker, Nathan Richards, Damian Hudson (Hudson Racing Team) and Kye Blight would round out the finishers, albeit one lap down.
With the results all tallied from the nights racing, Kye Blight has also done enough to take out the overall Wild West Showdown points, defeating Joe Chalmers by thirteen points while Warren Oldfield was a further six points further behind in third overall.
Late Models in WA now have a bit of a break after what has been a very busy period of racing, the next show scheduled for the 17th of February at the Perth Motorplex.
Release by DTN Media.
Official Results
Heat Seven, 8 laps: 1. 31 Kye Blight, 2. V1 Peter Nicola, 3. 15 Warren Oldfield, 4. 0 Brad Blake, 5. 54 David Nylander, 6. 91 Michael Holmes, 7. 6 Peter Walker, 8. N6 Bruce Mackenzie. Total Time: 2.18.604. Winning Margin: 3.809. Fastest Lap: 17.161 Kye Blight.
Heat Eight, 8 laps: 1. 8 Craig Vosbergen, 2. 11 Jason Oldfield, 3. 23 Joe Chalmers, 4. USA14 Jeff Roth, 5. 94 Luke Halliday, 6. 39 Chris Barrow. Total Time: 2.18.414. Winning Margin: 0.697. Fastest Lap: 17.020 Jason Oldfield.
Heat Nine, 8 laps: 1. A1 Brent Vosbergen, 2. 50 Veronica McCann, 3. 21 Rod Musarra, 4. 51 Jamie Oldfield, 5. 52 Jay Cardy, 6. 80 Damian Hudson, 7. 65 Peter Seaton, 8. 95 Abbey Pickering, 9. 74 Nathan Richards (7). Total Time: No Time. Winning Margin: 1.683. Fastest Lap: 17.466 Brent Vosbergen.
Feature, 30 laps: 1. 21 Rod Musarra, 2. 23 Joe Chalmers, 3. 15 Warren Oldfield, 4. 11 Jason Oldfield, 5. 0 Brad Blake, 6. 8 Craig Vosbergen, 7. 65 Peter Seaton (29), 8. 6 Peter Walker (29), 9. 74 Nathan Richards (29), 10. 80 Damian Hudson (29), 11. 31 Kye Blight (29). DNF: 52 Jay Cardy (27), USA14 Jeff Roth (26), 94 Luke Halliday (25), V1 Peter Nicola (25), A1 Brent Vosbergen (25), 54 David Nylander (25), 91 Michael Holmes (19), N6 Bruce Mackenzie (18), 39 Chris Barrow (14), 50 Veronica McCann (15), 95 Abbey Pickering (11), 51 Jamie Oldfield (3). Total Time: No Time. Winning Margin: 0.703. Fastest Lap: 16.949 Brent Vosbergen.