Crack fields of Late Model sedans, Wingless Sprints, Street Stocks and AMCA Nationals will highlight this Saturday night’s second round of the Valvoline Raceway and if practice night numbers two weeks ago are anything to go by it’s going to be a cracking night this Saturday, October 7.
The thunderous Late Model sedans have embraced their first night back at VR with a stout field of 19 cars including several interstate stars and former Australian and State champions.
Queenslanders Darren Kane and Brett Watson and Tasmanian Brad Smith will take on the might of the NSW Late Model fraternity and there’s some serious firepower and some sweet new cars set to line-up.
Kane’s reputation for winning at Valvoline Raceway is never questioned and Brad Smith’s willingness to tackle the highways and various tracks across Australia make him a wild card at any circuit he competes.
Clayton Pyne’s new generation USA XR1 Rocket was purchased from the USA less than two months ago and with a grunty 430ci Chevy being prepped and readied by Steve Smith the second-generation racer is armed to the teeth with reasons to win.
The 35-year old hard charger is a mover and shaker on track and in business and is the Director for South Asia Pacific for Cisco Systems in Sydney. He recently won the prestigious “Young CEO of the Year” coordinated and celebrated by The Financial Times and Boss Magazine.
Potential A-main victors are plentiful including David Doherty, Ben Nicastri, Ryan Fenech and Darryl Grimson to name only a few.
With the Australian Wingless Sprint Championship scheduled for February 2/3, 2018 the fields for every Wingless date at Parramatta will be fiercely contested as each team fights for that competitive prior to Christmas.
This Saturday night’s season opener for the class boasts a typical 50-car field with a broad cross section of young guns, hardened racing veterans and newcomers alike in Speedway’s most gender-equal category where men and women compete with equal footing.
Dubbo veteran Mark Blyton returns to the fray with son Jamison along with fellow A-Main protagonists Daniel Flood, Jason Bates and Dean Thomas – the latter returning as part of his regular Flair Dancewear three-car team with brothers Steve and Jeff for the first time since Jeff broke his arm in December last season.
Street Stockers return for their first run and it’s a typically jam-packed pit area for the Ford vs Holden battles with 29 cars entered for the season-opener for the class.
Newcastle lady racer and mum of two Kiona Sunerton will begin her first attempt to regain the #1 mantle for the season but it will be far from an easy proposition with the rapidly improving Shaun Davoodi, Denis Pana’s gorgeous late model Commodore, the always consistent Andrew Espener and also a history making father, brother and sister combination in Butch, Troy and Ashley Dawes lining up.
AMCA Nationals will complete the program with a small but spirited entry of cars including the charismatic big man of the Northern Territory Spano Gutierrez, Shane Cartwright, Raymond Kime and Terry Pankhurst as potential feature race winners.
Gates open at 2pm this Saturday night.
Racing commences from 5.20pm.
Adults: $30 Concession: $20 Juniors (13-15yrs): $15 Children (12 and under): FREE Family (2 adults, 2 juniors): $70
Valvoline Raceway is located at 21 Wentworth Street in Clyde. Phone (02) 9637 0411. www.valvolineraceway.com.au Valvoline Raceway – Facebook, Instagram and Twitter
LATE MODEL NOMINATIONS:
5 CARRIG Robert 6 SMITH Brad 9 PYNE Clayton 9 WATSON Brett 12 GRIMSON Darryl 15 CARRIG Joel 22 KIME Darrell 23 CASSIDY David 25 DOHERTY David 28 GOMAN Brad 29 FENECH Ryan 36 KANE Darren 41 BINK Tim 67 BORG Ed 90 HICKEY Katelyn 96 WHITE Bruce 99 NICASTRI Ben 181 GIFFEN Brad 219 LUTIGER Blake
WINGLESS SPRINT NOMINATIONS:
NX3 Mitchell Pyne N4 Jason Davis NX5 Max Risbridger N5 Mark Blyton N7 Jeff Neve NX9 Andrew Seery N11 Kevin Willis NX11 John Newman N12 Brock Gardiner N14 John McRae N15 Jamison Blyton NX15 Amy Shute N16 Ashleigh Jack N17 Lawrence McDougall N19 Cody Boulding NX22 Jake Ionn N23 Jamie Dicker N24 John Webb N27 Parker Eveleigh N29 Michael Sammut N30 Jack Gray N31 Jason Martin N32 Wayne Arnold N35 Sean Mayo N40 Lou Pacchiarotta N41 Jason Bates N42 Zac Pacchiarotta N45 Troy Carey N50 Graham Flood N51 Dean Thomas N52 Steven Thomas N53 Jeffrey Thomas N57 Harley Smee N58 Luke Sayre N60 Daniel Flood N61 Peter Granger NX62 Christopher Collins N70 Christopher McInerney NX72 Troy Baker N72 Coby Elliott N74 Mitch Manning N76 Rodney Thomas N78 Mathew McRae N83 Darryl Marshall N84 Jarrad Rust N86 Nick Tatnell N89 Jacqui Salmon N94 Shane Chippindale N97 Kyle Mock N99 Mitchell O'Brien
STREET STOCK NOMINATIONS:
10 Upston John 11 Dodson Charlie 13 Sunnerton Kiona 14 Vanderveen Huey 16 Milton Blake 17 Dawes Troy 23 Doyle Blake 24 Hope Matt 27 Sharpe Steven 33 Pana Denis 42 Kurtz Stephen 44 Mcphee Shane 46 Parish Nathan 53 Attard Anthony 62 Ward Shane 65 Walsh Steven 69 CJ Reedy 75 Dryburgh Jarrett 77 Dawes Butch 81 Marino Chris 84 Alexander Mark 85 Jones Rodney 86 Jones Kai 89 Alexander Shannon 91 Alexander Mat 92 Espener Andrew 95 Dawes Ashley 99 Davoodi Shaun 73 Brown Gregg
AMCA NATIONALS NOMINATIONS:
0 CORNWELL Lindsay 11 CARTWRIGHT Shane 21 PANKHURST Terry 22 KIME Raymond 33 O'MARA Mitch 46 GUTIERREZ Spano 51 GEORGE Ken 71 SIMPSON Wayne 76 DEAHM James 89 BATCH Joe