Big season ahead for Grafton speedway
THE opening meeting of the season will be held at Trevan Ford Grafton Speedway this Saturday night with the Jacaranda Sprintcar Cup the featured attraction.
Sprintcar drivers from the Northern Rivers region and south east Queensland will contest the event.
David Lander is starting his second season as promoter of the venue and has scheduled nine meetings in six months.
Lander has put together an attractive race card for the opening show. Litre cars, Australian Motor Contest Association (AMCA) sedans, Wingless Sprints, Street Stock, Limited and Junior Sedans are also programmed as support to the Sprintcars.
Lander is expecting a good line-up of 360 cubic inch Chevy V8 powered Sprintcars for the main event.
"We have had plenty of interest from competitors for their annual event, so I think we will see a good field of cars on hand for the Cup," he said.
Lander has organised a big season of racing at Grafton Speedway, with two state titles and an international Late Model Australia versus America clash the highlights. The NSW Junior Sedan Championship - featuring the speedway stars of tomorrow - is scheduled for the second meeting of the season on November 23, while the state title for the four cylinder sedan class is set down for later in the season.
Two of America's leading Late Model sedan drivers, Kentucky's Steve Francis and Steve Casebolt from Richmond, Indiana, will race for honours in the international trophy series on January 1.
That particular meeting falls in the middle of the Speedweek series with three meetings scheduled in seven days. December 28 sees the running of the V8 Dirt Modified tournament as well as an appearance by the KAOS stunt bike team, while January 4 will feature the monster trucks and massive fireworks display in addition to speedway racing action.
Lander, with 25 years speedway promotional experience under his belt, has put a big season in place between now and the final meeting on April 18 with plenty of variety and entertainment throughout the 2013/14 racing term.
"I want to give the people an enjoyable night at the speedway and to finish our shows at a sensible hour to cater for families with children.
"I have always believed a night at the speedway is a night of family entertainment," Lander said.
To celebrate the opening of the new season, first meeting sponsor Grafton Automotive will host a sausage sizzle on their premises at 39 Villiers St this Saturday morning. Racecars will be on display in addition to appearances by some of the competitors.