We received a press release from Ray Solomon regarding some major issues that have been reported to appropriate authorities regarding the conduct and administration of Speedways self-appointed body.
Below is the release in full and YES it is explosive and clearly shows some very poor form from NASR/ Speedway Australia.
I also urge anyone wanting more information to contact Ray direct via the email address and the end of his release.
NASR - where did all the money go?
So where did all the money go? Speedway Participant’s who collectively paid millions and millions of dollars to NASR for Licence/memberships, may well ask.
NASR regularly claims in excess of 10,000 members. Based on current price of licences, NASR would receive up to $3,000,000 each year. This amount would be even higher when you include income from One Day Licences/memberships sold at the pit gate.
NASR constantly makes reference to membership of NASR Inc in media releases, comments from Annual General Meetings, annual licence application forms, and one day pit memberships (remember these).
There are many written examples of this misinformation including;
1) The General Manager of NASR, stating that you become a NASR member when you purchase a NASR Licence.
2) The General Manager of Premier Speedway (NASR Shareholder) stating that “I have become a one day member of NASR Inc when I purchased a One Day Pit Membership/Licence”.
NASR management has also made the following statement to ACCC (reported in the ACCC minutes); "there have been many misinterpretations surrounding the licence and membership of NASR. Mr McAvaney confirmed that a driver becomes a member of NASR once they obtain a NASR Licence"
The NASR Inc Rules of Association is very specific about how a person can become a member of NASR Inc.
Sadly, people who purchased a NASR Licence, (annual or one day) have never been individual members of NASR Inc.
Speedway participants should now consider whether all these statements have been a deliberate misrepresentation to enable NASR to secure your hard earned dollars to the benefit of the NASR organisation and not the sport.
Since inception 17 years ago, speedway participants have paid many millions of dollars to the NASR organisation. The income generated over the years has never been reported and no accounts been issued to NASR Licence holders.
This whole matter needs to be exposed for what it is!
A “Brief of Evidence” has been provided to; The Australian Taxation Office, Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC), South Australian Deputy Premier and Attorney General and other Federal Government Departments. The “Brief of Evidence” focused on;
1.False and misleading statements/documentation,
2.Inherent conflicts with organizational structures involving Pty Ltd Companies and Inc Associations,
3.Responsibilities of a Company Director,
4.Compliance with the Rules of Association and the requirements of the South Australian Office of Consumer & Business Affairs,
5.Multiple issuing of Tax Invoices by different organisations for the same transaction,
6.Possible breaches of accounting practices, loans and GST issues.
Your personal information Of further concern is that your private and confidential medical history may have been provided to a private company, based on a falsehood, i.e. membership to NASR Inc.
If the NASR Board of Management wishes to clarify these matters, now is the time to do it!
We call upon NASR to immediately;
Make a public statement clarifying if anyone who purchased a NASR licence (Drivers, Crew, Annual and One Day licence holders) has ever been an individual members of NASR Inc. Failure to do so will demonstrate that NASR are simply still trying to cover this matter up!
Provide a statement on how they are going to financially compensate those licence holders (Annual and One day Licence holders) who paid money in the belief they were becoming members of NASR Inc.
Advise all Speedway Licence holders how they are going to resolve the issue that personal information obtained and held by NASR, may have been obtained on a false premise (their individual membership to NASR Inc).
The “Brief of Evidence” gives rise to the following matters;
Possible basis for a class action against NASR.
Do NASR licence/member holders have a Constructive Trust over the assets of NASR (Property and Intellectual Property).
If any person or persons are found to have acted illegally, they should be dealt with under the full force of the law.
There is only one way to fix all this and that is for all competitor groups to develop and implement their own National Organisation.
To avoid the problems of the past, any new organisation should be; Honorary, Elected, Accountable,
Representative and Transparent (H.E.A.R.T.). The organization should be at the HEART of our sport.
Given the potential demise of the NASR Inc, if another National Speedway Associations suddenly appears in the market that does not meet the above criteria, competitors/competitor groups should be very wary.
Before giving any money to any other Australian Speedway Association, you are encouraged is to find out if they meet the above criteria, remembering that;
True membership to any future organisation is vitally important so members can elect their preferred representatives, have a direct say about the organisations direction and future and most importantly, control how the organisation’s finances will be managed.
In the past, licences and insurance were the main income streams. These should be directly controlled by the organisation for the benefit of the members!
The licencing of competitors could and should be undertaken within the individual club or speedway class structures and the revenues remain within these organisations.
Briefings by the Investigation Team are available upon request. To arrange a briefing, contact the author of this media release. The Information provided at these briefings will be based on the evidence (NASR’s own documents) that has been referred to the above Government Agencies.
In his first NASCAR XFINITY Series race back from a broken right leg and left foot, Kyle Busch proved conclusively that he hasn't lost a step.
Taking advantage of contact between the Chevrolet of Kevin Harvick and the Ford of polesitter Joey Logano—as those two drivers were battling for the lead—Busch passed Chase Elliott for the lead on Lap 122 of 125 and held on to win Saturday's Great Clips 250 at Michigan International Speedway.
Busch's series-best 71st victory, his second at the two-mile track, came nearly two months after the driver of the No. 54 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota was sidelined by a brutal Feb. 21 crash into a concrete wall in Turn 1 at Daytona International Speedway.
Busch returned to NASCAR Sprint Cup Series action in the Sprint All-Star Race in May, but deferred his XFINITY Series comeback to Saturday's race at Michigan.
"It feels good," Busch said after climbing from his car in Victory Lane. "This is only a preliminary for what we’ve got to do on Sundays (in the Sprint Cup Series), but it's a start. You've got to start somewhere, right?
"I can't say enough about this team. (Crew chief) Chris Gayle did an awesome job today with this race car. We messed up a little bit today on a pit call, but we made up for it. Hard racing today, man. It was crazy, the side-by-side action we got here. The track's kind of widening out, lending itself to some cool action."
After a restart on Lap 116, the race unraveled for Logano and Harvick. As the two drivers fought for the lead in Turn 3, with Logano to the outside, Harvick's Chevrolet got loose and washed up the track into Logano's Ford.
The right rear of Logano's Ford brushed the outside wall, but both drivers were able to continue, albeit after losing several positions. Harvick finished sixth, and Logano, who led a race-high 54 laps came home seventh.
Harvick took responsibility for the incident.
"I just got loose underneath him," Harvick explained. "I had a huge run down the back straightaway. That late in the race, I figured I need to try to win the race, and I got in there, and he was on the outside of me, but it was too late to not have contact at that point.
"So totally my fault. I just got loose under him going for the win."
Harvick's mea culpa was little consolation for Logano, who had the race's dominant car for most of the day.
"We were racing for a win here, and it just seems like he drove in there pretty hard trying to slide me," Logano said. "I drove up in there, too, and he got loose underneath me and got into my left rear and up we both went into the race track.
"It's unfortunate. I had a fast Discount Tire Ford, obviously the winning car, leading a ton of laps and up there at the end of the race. I was racing hard, and he just drove over his head a little bit."
Despite his runner-up finish, Elliott left Michigan disappointed he couldn't find a way to keep Busch behind him in the closing laps.
"I'll be honest—second does not feel good, to me at least," Elliott said. "I thought we had a car good enough to compete today… We finally got ourselves in position there. We had two even-numbered restarts where we were six and fourth (in the preferred outside lane) that put us in position there to have an opportunity on that last restart.
"Obviously, the 22 (Logano) would have been really hard to beat, and Kevin got into him by accident and moved him up the race track. Obviously, that opened up our opportunity to have a shot at the win… (Kyle) is really good at what he does, and I don’t really have an excuse for it. So, yeah, he outran me."
Kyle Larson finished third, followed by Chris Buescher, who extended his series lead to 25 points over Ty Dillon, who came home 13th. Elliott is third in the standings, 35 points back.
Starting 24th in a backup car, Kurt Busch fought his way to the front of the field through intermittent rain showers and won Sunday's Quicken Loans 400 at Michigan International Speedway when a deluge halted the race after 138 of a scheduled 200 laps.
Dale Earnhardt Jr. was second when NASCAR red-flagged the event for the fourth time. Martin Truex Jr. was credited with third, followed by Matt Kenseth and Penske teammates Joey Logano and Brad Keselowski.
The victory was Busch’s second of the season. He won for the third time at Michigan and for the 27th time in his career.
"It's an unbelievable feeling to know what we went through, paced ourselves, and found the lead toward the latter part of the race when the rain came in," Busch said in Victory Lane.
"You know what’s more special about this? Winning in Chevrolet's backyard. That’s what's most important about winning in Michigan, so thanks to Chevrolet."
That his team had put in extra hours to ready a backup car after Busch hit the wall in Friday’s opening practice was not lost on the winning driver.
"Yeah, you have to get down and dirty," Busch said. "You have to really roll up your sleeves, get your elbows dirty, and put the work into it. And (crew chief) Tony Gibson makes these guys work a little extra hard.
"I always say thanks. I'm always there early with them. And it's a great team chemistry feel."
Busch grabbed the lead for the first time on Lap 133 when Kyle Larson's gas-mileage gamble came up short and the No. 42 Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet was forced to pit road for fuel just as a storm cell was advancing toward the speedway.
Busch had pushed Larson to the lead after a restart on Lap 130, but Larson hadn’t gotten fuel since Lap 88, and crew chief Chris Heroy was gambling that the rain would arrive before Larson ran out of gas. As it turned out, the rain came three laps too late for Heroy's strategy to bear fruit.
The heavy thunderstorm arrived on Lap 136, forcing NASCAR to throw a caution and then to red-flag the race for the fourth time two laps later, with Busch out.
Busch also got an unintended assist from teammate Kevin Harvick, who led 63 laps in the race’s dominant car.
Harvick held a lead of roughly four seconds when he brought his No. 4 Chevrolet to pit road on Lap 120, but the reigning NASCAR Sprint Cup Series champion had to return to his pit stall two laps later because of a flat right front tire. Harvick lost two laps in the process and was 29th when NASCAR called the race shortly after 6 p.m.
Earnhardt was on the inside beside Larson for the final restart, but the push from Busch propelled Larson to his short-lived lead, and Busch followed to the outside of Earnhardt's car.
"When it came to the restarts, we didn't take off as well as the 41," Earnhardt said. "We saw the same thing at Charlotte, the 78 (Truex) and the 41 take off real good.
"We were just kind of tight waiting on the front to work, don't have the good speed that they have the first three or four laps, and that was the difference today, and the 4 (Harvick) having the trouble he had. He had the field covered."
If fortune favored Kurt Busch on Sunday, the same can't be said for brother Kyle Busch, whose car slipped on damp asphalt in Turn 3 and shot into the outside wall to bring out the third caution on Lap 52. In what may be the decisive blow to his prospects of making the Chase after missing the first 11 races because of injuries sustained at Daytona in February, Busch finished 43rd.
The now 55-car Le Mans grid has seen seven cars, including four LMP1s moved to the rear today.
The 2015 Le Mans grid has been shuffled following a steward's decision on Friday. The Nissan LMP1 trio, the No. 4 ByKolles CLM P1/01 AER, and No. 45 Ibanez Racing Oreca 03R Nissan have all been moved to the rear of the LMP2 field.
All four aforementioned LMP1 cars listed were more than 110% off the pace of the polesitting time at 3:16.887. The time they needed to reach was 3:36.575 and the closest Nissan was still four tenths off that.
The ByKolles entry had qualified 11th, but will now start 29th. Nissan's new LMP1 fleet timed in 12th, 13th and 15th but will now be sent back to 30th, 31st and 32nd.
The Ibanez LMP2 ORECA (penalized for same reason) has been placed in 33rd.
Going to the back of the GTE field will be the No. 71 AF Corse Ferrari F458 Italia and No. 68 Team AAI Porsche 911 RSR, which was damaged by a fire on Thursday. The Ferrari failed to get within 120% of the LMP1 pole-sitting Porsche. They will start 54th and the AAI Porsche 55th.
The No. 63 Corvette has withdrawn from the race after a qualifying crash, leaving the field down one entry.
263 500 spectators! Le Mans again attracted a bumper crowd this year, which set a new record. Porsche scored a magnificent 17th victory thanks to Hülkenburg, Bamber and Tandy in no. 19 while no. 17 in the hands of Bernhard, Webber and Harley finished second giving the German make a double.
Four major manufacturers were entered in the blue riband category, LM P1, for the 83rd Le Mans 24 Hours. Audi and Porsche defended German colours with almost equally-powered cars against a Japanese duo Toyota, the reigning world champion, and Nissan, making its comeback to top-level racing, with a greater performance disparity.
In the German-Japanese battle the German camp came out on top in terms of speed and endurance thanks mainly to Porsche. The two German manufacturers were locked in a no-holds-barred fight throughout the race. The Audi R18 e-tron quattro and Porsche 919 Hybrid drivers rivalled each other in terms of daring at over 240 km/h when allowed to do so by track conditions.
Logically speaking, the only car that didn’t run into trouble won the race. The no. 19 Porsche 919 Hybrid scored the German make’s 17th victory in the Le Mans 24 Hours. It got the better of Audi, but not without a few difficulties, as the latter’s cars were delayed by a succession of glitches. The first Audi to drop back was no. 8 on late Saturday afternoon after hitting the guardrail between Mulsanne and Arnage. After taking the fight to the no. 19 Porsche all night no. 7 lost its engine cover at 06h55 on Sunday morning. As a result of a slight contact with a Ferrari during the night and problems with its left-hand front hybrid system, no. 9 was the last of the Audi Team Joest cars to run into trouble, which prevented the Ingolstadt manufacturer from scoring its 14th victory.
In the meantime, the two rookies German Nico Hülkenberg, the only current F1 driver in the race, New Zealander Earl Bamber and Englishman Nick Tandy (2 Sarthe outings), continued racking up the stints without faltering, and took a lead they were never to lose on lap 252 on Sunday morning when the no. 7 Audi fell back.
The No. 17 Porsche driven by Webber, Bernhard and Hartley finished on the second step of the podium. The car held the lead in the early stages of the race, but it too lost ground in the evening after being hit by a 1-minute penalty for overtaking under yellow flags. At the chequered flag it was only 1 lap behind its sister car that had covered 395 laps, only two fewer than the overall distance record for the race!
In the Japanese camp Toyota put on a good show although the TS040 Hybrid was outpaced by the German cars. No. 2 in the hands of Sarrazin-Wurz-Conway was the highest placed (6th) eight laps behind the winner. Only one of the three Nissans on the grid finished after nos 21 and 23 had retired early on in the night and two hours before the finish respectively. No. 22 took the flag, but was an unclassified finisher as it hadn’t done at least 70%, of the distance covered by the winner.
Clean sweep for the Hong Kong-based team KCMG that won the race after setting the fastest time in qualifying. Frenchman Nicolas Lapierre and his British team-mates Matthew Hewson and Richard Bradley in the no. 47 Nissan-engined Oreca 05 had to fight hard to beat their rivals, especially the armada of Ligiers, which were hit with a string of race incidents (fire on no. 26 and penalties on no. 28). KCMG then had to cope with the threat from another Oreca 05 entered by Thiriet by TDS Racing. It gave the blue and silver car a run for its money in the opening stages of the race before a collision in the middle of the night in the Forza Motorsport chicane. The no. 99 Aston Martin leading its category rear-ended the no 46 Oreca driven by Tristan Gommendy. While no.99 was able to restart the French car suffered terminal damage in the incident. The no. 38 Gibson O15S run by English team Jota Motorsport, victorious in 2014, finished second less than a minute behind the winners followed by the no. 26 G-Drive Racing Ligier JS P2.
LM GTE Pro
The race got off to a flying start in the LM GTE Pro category, which had lost one of its potential victory contenders in qualifying when the no. 63 Corvette crashed heavily, and the car couldn’t be repaired in time for the race. The title defender, the no. 51 Ferrari, led first time round, but it was soon overtaken by the Aston Martins. Porsche lost a car early on when no. 92’s engine caught fire on Les Hunaudières at 15h18 with Patrick Pilet at the wheel. Thus, all the hopes of Team Porsche Manthey reposed on no. 91 that was in third place on Sunday morning before having to pit with a leak in the gearbox. The no. 51 Ferrari let the no. 64 Corvette fight it out with the nos 99, 95, and 97 Aston Martins, and then retook the lead at 05h00 on Sunday morning after which it became involved in a ding-dong battle with the Corvette. But the Italian car ran into problems, and at 11h00 it was pushed into its garage for repairs to the gearbox. It rejoined in third place behind its sister car no. 71 under threat from the no. 95 Aston Martin.
With a five-lap lead with two hours to go to the finish Gavin-Taylor-Milner in no. 64 were able to ease off as 15h00 approached. They took the flag to give General Motors its eighth victory at Le Mans, the first for the Chevrolet Corvette C7 that covered 337 laps and finishing 17th overall. The nos 71 and 51 Ferraris completed the top 3.
LM GTE Am
The no. 98 Aston Martin, which dominated qualifying in the hands of Dalla Lana, Lamy and Lauda, led the category in the race although the no 72 SMP Racing Ferrari and the no. 83 458 Italia entered by AF Corse posed a threat to the English car. Throughout the night the no. 72 Ferrari was never far behind and went into the lead whenever no. 98 refuelled.
On Sunday morning no. 72 driven by Viktor Shaiter went straight on at Indianapolis. This incident looked like it had handed victory to the Aston Martin until 46 minutes from the finish Canadian driver Paul Dalla Lana lost control of his car and hit the guardrail in the Ford corners. Although he got out of the Vantage V8 unhurt he was unable to restart. It proved to be a very cruel race for Aston Martin that had already lost a car, no. 96, at 07h39 on Sunday morning. Roald Goethe had a big shunt in the Karting corner and was taken to the Le Mans hospital centre to undergo examinations. Behind the leaders there was a superb scrap between the no. 77 Porsche entered by Dempsey Proton Racing and the no. 62 Ferrari run by American squad, Scuderia Corsa. They finished in this order behind the no. 72 Ferrari of Basov, Shaytar and Bertolini who had taken the lead in LM GTE Am. So Patrick Dempsey fulfilled a dream by appearing on the podium of the Le Mans 24 Hours with his fellow-countryman, Patrick Long, and German Marco Sieefried after a great race.
The No.9 Audi headed the times in the 45-minute morning warm up for the Le Mans 24 Hours later today. The session was held in dry and sunny conditions and the forecast for the majority of the race is for much the same.
Filipe Albuquerque, on his 30th birthday, set the time of 3m19.423s to sound a warning to Porsche that they can produce a mighty race pace from the defending Le Mans champions.
Audi finished 1-2-3 with the No.8 Audi driven by Oliver Jarvis and the No.7 with Marcel Fassler setting the second and third fastest time.
Timo Bernhard’s No.17 Porsche had headed the times before Albuquerque set his lap, and the Porsche 919 Hybrid was eventually bumped down to fifth place just behind the No.18 which had Romain Dumas in the cockpit for the majority of the session.
Nico Hulkenberg was on schedule to possibly top the Audi time in the final minutes but elected to pit, perhaps keeping Porsches true pace hidden for tactical purposes.
The race is thus set up to be a fascinating battle between the two German manufacturers.
Toyota Gazoo Racing bettered its qualifying pace in the session with Sebastien Buemi maxing out on a 3m23.361s in the No.1 Toyota TS 040 HYBRID.
Close battle in LMP2, LMGTE Pro, LMGTE Am class
Mitch Evans claimed the top time for JOTA Sport in LMP2 with a 3m39.559. It was a Gibson 1-2 as Jon Lancaster stopped the clocks at 3m39.960 in the Greaves Motorsport example.
Remarkably, Matt Howson equalled Lancaster’s time to the thousandth of a second in the pole sitting KCMG ORECA 05-Nissan.
Stefan Mucke was fastest in the LMGTE Pro class in the No.97 Aston Martin V8 Vantage. The German set a 3m57.311s lap in the final moments of the session to deny the No.51 AF Corse Ferrari.
LMGTE Am finally saw something other than an Aston atop the timing screens. The No.88 Proton Porsche driven by Klaus Bachler was quickest on a 3m59.456s.
This car was earlier penalised for a track limit violation and received a stop/go penalty.
Incidents ahead of the race
Incredibly for a warm-up session there was plenty of incidents. The most serious of which befell the Larbre Competition Corvette which crashed heavily at the Porsche Curves, ironically at the very same spot as Jan Magnussen’s Le Mans ending shunt on Thursday.
Gianluca Roda smote the wall, damaging the front right of the car, ensuring the team will have a race against time to ready the car for the 15.00 CET start time.
Other less serious excursions included Jeff Segal spinning the Scuderia Corse Ferrari 458 Italia, a trip down the escape road for Alex Wurz in the No.2 Toyota TS 040 HYBRID and the Ibanez ORECA-Nissan stopping on the track with a mechanical problem.