Grafton points battle for Driver to America Series
SPEEDWAY: This Saturday night at Trevan Ford Grafton Speedway looms as one of the most important for V8 Dirt Modified and Wingless Sprintcar competitors chasing points in the Driver to America season premiership.
There is little in the standings between the major contenders as the tournament gets down to the business end of the season.
There are only a few more rounds remaining before the season is completed.
Brent Hall (5 points) and Chris Corbett (8 points) need to get among the major placings in this weekend's main event to stay in touch with the top two on the points chart, former National champions Scott Cannon (11 points) and Andrew Pezzutti (10 points).
Pezzutti made up considerable ground in the series after a domination of the triple main events last weekend at the other track operated by Grafton promoter David Lander, Castrol Edge Lismore Speedway.
Corbett is a strong performer on the Grafton circuit and has already earned feature race success there this season.
A big showing - and a main event victory - potentially can take him to the top of the leaderboard.
Hall also has been consistent, though definitely needs a feature race victory to stay in touch with the top runners.
It sets the scene for an intriguing fixture in the battle for points.
The current top ten in the V8 Dirt Modified standings are: Scott Cannon (11 points), Andrew Pezzutti (10), Chris Corbett (8), Jai Stephenson (6), Phil McNamara (5), Brent Hall (5), Mark Robinson (5), Tim Luscombe (3), Andrew Firth (3) and Anthony Ashen (3).
It is a similar story in the Wingless Sprints Driver to America series. The contest is even at the top with Cameron Nixon and Mick Santin joint leaders on seven points.
But what makes this Saturday night's meeting so interesting is the trio of competitors just one point off the lead as Warren King (6 points), Robert Mazzer (6) and Mitchell Randall (6) remain in strong contention.
Whoever wins this weekend's feature race will be in a prime position to head into the remaining races with a point advantage.
All of the top runners in the Wingless series are well performed and in form, which adds to the unpredictability of the season premiership.
Next in line on the standings are 100 lap Australian Wingless GP winner Kevin Willis (5 points), Adam Bailey (4), David Eggins (4), Jamie Usher (3) and Mitchell Haynes (3). With only four points separating the top two and tenth placed Haynes, the series remains wide open.
The support categories are Production Sedans, Street Stocks, National Four Cylinder Sedans, Junior Sedans and Limited Sedans.
Gates open at 3pm and first race commences at 6pm.