Locals to defend Blue Water comp

SPEEDWAY: A big field is expected to contest the running of the Blue Water Mechanical Stocksville 2016 classic at Trevan Ford Grafton Speedway, Saturday night.

Stocksville is the biggest event in New South Wales for the Street Stock division and it has come to Grafton in recent seasons after being held over the years at various other tracks throughout the state.

A contingent of drivers from Sydney is expected to head up the highway for the event, while several provincial tracks throughout the state also will be represented in the race.

The program will consist of qualifying heats and a 40-lap final - one of the longest races of the season for Street Stocks.

"I think there will be good representation not only from our Grafton and Lismore drivers but elsewhere. The Street Stocks are a low budget category of speedway and very popular with not only drivers but fans alike," promoter David Lander said yesterday.

Organisers are confident an impressive entry list will be received for Stocksville 2016 after an event featuring Street Stocks at the Tamworth Speedway scheduled for this weekend was cancelled.

It is expected several prominent drivers from Tamworth will now head to Grafton.

In the years it has been held tracing back to the early 90s, Stocksville has been conducted in Sydney, Lismore, Gunnedah and Newcastle.

The Street Stock division serves a purpose in speedway as a feeder category. The class of racing represents a low cost entry into the sport for drivers who aspire in the future to move up the ladder into a dominant fully national class of racing.

Street Stocks are an ideal category for participants to "learn the trade" in speedway, however many drivers are happy to remain in Street Stocks because of regular racing at so many venues across the state.

The division comprises mainly late model Holden and Ford Falcon sedans in a classic confrontation of the old enemies in the battle for automotive supremacy.

Meanwhile V8 Dirt Modified and Wingless Sprintcar competitors will contest another round of their Driver to America series.

There also is a big support program comprising racing for National Four Cylinder Sedans, Junior Sedans, Production Sedans and Limited Sedans.

Gates open at 3pm and first race is at 6pm.



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