American quintet lead Albany invasion

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Five American drivers will headline a superb field of almost 30 late-model sedans for the final round of the USA Late Model Invasion Tour at Albany’s Attwell Park Speedway on Saturday night.

Albany will again host a round of the popular four-leg series, which has attracted 29 nominations including Americans Jason Fitzgerald, Tyler Erb, Devin Moran, Joe Godsey and Jeff Roth.

The American contingent will be out to continue their dominance of the series, having won all 19 feature races held in the tour dating back to 2012, with an Australian driver yet to land on the top step of the podium.

Fitzgerald, who is driving for WA’s Ryan Halliday, said he was excited to be coming to Albany for the second time after finishing 12th here in the final last season.

“We had a good time in Albany last year but had a few issues and didn’t finish that well,” Fitzgerald said. “I think we’ll be a lot more competitive this time.

“I’m ready to go and I feel really comfortable in this car.

“The competition is so tough here. It always is, so you don’t just roll in and expect to be on top and there are a lot more cars this year, which is a good thing.”

Jason Fitzgerald after his win in the series opener at the Perth Motorplex.
Camera IconJason Fitzgerald after his win in the series opener at the Perth Motorplex.

Fitzgerald hails from Middleburg, Florida, where he has raced late models for 18 years. He took out night one of the series at Perth Motorplex last Saturday.

The 42-year-old defeated countryman Erb and former Katanning resident Kye Blight in the 40-lap final before Erb went one better on Sunday, claiming the feature race at the same venue in round 2 from Paul Stubber and Blight.

“We are having a blast out here,” Fitzgerald said.

“We were pretty good on the first night. The car was good and on Sunday, I got us a bit off — I made some changes I shouldn’t have.

“But we are in good position and I can’t wait for this weekend.”

The series heads to Collie tomorrow night before the deciding night in Albany on Saturday.

American Jeff Roth in action.
Camera IconAmerican Jeff Roth in action.

This weekend’s huge field also includes four Eastern States competitors, along with leading WA hopes Warren Oldfield, Blight, Stubber, Craig Vosbergen, Michael Holmes and Mt Barker’s Chris Pavlovich.

Erb (228 points) leads the series standings from Stubber (222) and Fitzgerald (219) after two rounds, with all five Americans inside the top 10.

Leading WA driver Kye Blight.
Camera IconLeading WA driver Kye Blight.
Leading WA driver Kye Blight.
Camera IconLeading WA driver Kye Blight.

USA Late Model Invasion Tour nominations

W0 Brad Blake

W6 James Batley

USA7 Jason Fitzgerald

W8 Craig Vosbergen

V10 Cameron Pearson

USA10 Tyler Erb

W11 Nuno Mendes

W14 Willy Powell

USA14G Joe Godsey

USA14R Jeff Roth

W15 Warren Oldfield

W18 Matt Goodlad

W19 Simon McNab

W23 Joe Chalmers

N25 David Doherty

N29 Ryan Fenech

W31 Paul Stubber

W38 Jai Mazzini

W39 Jarrin Bielby

W41 Kye Blight

W42 Ken Melvin

USA51 Devin Moran

W52 Jay Cardy

W60 Jayden Meckenstock

W71 Jamie Moon

W83 Daniel Ameduri

W84 Chris Pavlovich

W91 Michael Holmes

N99 Ben Nicastri

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