The 2018 South West Conveyancing Grand Annual Sprintcar Classic has once again broken into the rare air that is a 100 plus car entry list, with Parker Price-Miller headlining a big batch of drivers who nominated today.
With more entries still expected the Classic will again be one of, if not the biggest Sprintcar field of the year once again, as it becomes the sole qualifier for the Speed Sport News Challenge as held annually as an integral part of the Knoxville Nationals.
Price-Miller who hails from Kokomo, Indiana, which is located a short distance from the Motorsport Capital of the World, Indianapolis, and also home to the famed Kokomo Speedway spent the early portion of the World of Outlaws Tour as a teammate to Paul McMahan at Destiny Motorsports. After leaving the tour full-time at the end of April, the now 18 year-old , eventually re-joined the World of Outlaws full time in September replacing McMahan in a mutually agreed change.
Overall Price Miller finished 19th in World of Outlaws points, claiming one win along the way, in his home state of Indiana at the Tri-State Speedway in Haubstadt, Overall along with that win, the youngster finished with a further top 5 finish and another 4 top ten results.
In 2016 he stamped his class all over the Canadian Nationals , where he would claim the win and pocket a cool $12,000.00 for his efforts, a result that certainly shot him to prominence.
His 2017 Knoxville Nationals campaign ended after a positive start on his qualifying night, he finished 16th in the A-Main. After being forced to pull in during his heat, after earlier setting a strong qualifying time in the last chance Friday night portion of the Nationals, he was unable to partake in any of the Main events, effectively ending his campaign.
Price-Miller will be a teammate to West Australian Daniel Harding, having already completed a strong run of races over the hectic Christmas period at the Perth Motorplex, where he produced some strong results including a win on Boxing Night.
Sure to be a fan favourite, Price-Miller will make the trek to Warrnambool, after taking a break from his Australian racing duties to return home to contest the famed Chili Bowl, an event he did very well at in 2017.
His trip will be supported by HRP Specialties, Jolly Good Car Audio and Chalk Stix Torsion Bars.
Another of the 2017 Classic A-Main starters, Matt Egel, is also aiming to improve on his result when the green flag drops in two weeks time.
Egel, who claimed a World Series Sprintcars Speedweek win at Avalon on December 30, will again team up with the Downing Brothers as they shoot to improve on their 17th place finish of last year.
The Inglis Race Engines powered S97 Cool Chassis will have support from Mainline Dynalog Dynamometers, Vin’s Coaches and Moore Machining.
A pair of hard charging Victorians will also be on show with John Vogels aboard the V70 Mainline Dynalog Dynamometers, Ace Body Corporate, Vogels Motors, Warrnambool Auto Recyclers and Simpson Takeaway Cool and Brett Milburn in the Parr Motorsports, B&B Retaining Walls, IDIGIT and Midwest Imports number 68 entry.
Vogels finished 11th in B-Main 2 in 2017, while Milburn went from driver to car-owner for American Star Shane Stewart, who qualified into the A-Main.
Another of the South Aussies to impress during Speedweek was Brock Hallett with the exciting former Formula 500 star using his preferred high groove with aplomb whenever the opportunity arose.
For the Classic, Hallett has support from Allan Miller Transport Training, Castrol, Triple X Race Co, Parra Hills Fresh Cut Butchers, Finish Line Media, Taylor Made Wings, Allansford Hotel and KJR Racewear,
He will be joined in the field by another of the South Aussie’s with Chad Ely again securing the drive for Jamie Stark aboard the S72 Maxim.
Ely is another to have logged some laps during Speedweek and come the Classic will be ultra sharp as he looks to improve on his seventh place in C-Main 1 from 2017.
Former World Series Sprintcars contracted driver, Muswellbrook, New South Wales based Andrew Wright returns to the Classic having missed the 2017 edition through injury.
His welcome return to Sungold Stadium will be made with the backing of Eliminator Race Wings, Hitachi, Osborn’s Transport, Muswellbrook Landscape Supplies abd Ubeaut Signs.
Wright won’t be alone in the trip down the Hume Highway, with a pair of Classic debutants, Matthew Thomas and Chris McInerney also making the journey to Warrnambool.
Thomas, the driver of the N45 Maxim, will be campaigning for Western Sydney Mechanical, Thomas Fibreglass and Arthur Johnstone Engineering.
McInerney, who will follow literally in the tyre tracks of another Young, NSW resident Jackson Delamont, will get his first taste of the Classic aboard the Mad Harry’s Powerhouse, Young Powdercoating, C-Mac Concrete and JD Shock Repair N40 KPC Chassis as powered by KRE Race Engines.
Eddie Lumbar who by his own admission had a disappointing 2017 Classic is back after having found some gremlins within his N36 Maxim, as powered by a Scotty Inglis powerplant.
The popular resident of Deniliquin, New South Wales has Steelpipes Australia and Austbrokers on board.
Young Victorian Jordyn Charge finished 13th in C-Main 1 in 2017, and he will be looking to improve on that, with his childhood dream of a Classic final start not out of his reach.
Having gained the support of world reknowned Car Owner and Racer, Tasmanian Robin Dawkins over the past off-season, Charge has shown considerable speed at times already this year.
His sponsors, Western Nissan of Caroline Springs, Kart Magic, Mr Electrics, Adam Brand, Will’s Auto and Feedrite will give him all the go fast equipment to ensure he gives the Classic his best shot.
Charge will also be joined by a trio of his fellow Garden State Gasmen with Brad Warren, driving for Bruce Stevens in the Big Lloyd’s Used Cars, John Sidney Racing, D & F Race Products, Autobarn of Narre Warren, Ultimate Mobile Mechanic, Pakenham Towing and Heytesbury Stockfeeds V91.
Daniel Newnham has made a comeback after previously not having turned a lap since the 2016 Australian Championship at Sungold Stadium, as he preps his Boyles Livestock Transport of Mepunga and Eastern Auto Paint of Bayswater VA19 J&J Racing entry for the Classic. He will be joined by Werribee’s David Aldersley who will be at the wheel of his familiar FTW Transport, Total Tools backed V64, which will utilize a Foster Chassis.
Rounding out the century breaking list of entries is another New South Welshman, Guy Stanshall, who has entered aboard the N18 Triple XXX for PASS Powdercoating and First Class Aluminium, interestingly N18 is the car number that Ian Loudoun ran with great distinction including a Classic victory.
The 2018 46th edition of the South West Conveyancing Grand Annual Sprintcar Classic will be supported by the following sponsors; Performance Racegear, KRE Race Engines, The Lady Bay Resort and KFC.
Copies of the 2018 South West Conveyancing Grand Annual Sprintcar Classic entry form have been forwarded to the 2017 entrants while a PDF version is available for download from the Premier Speedway website www.premierspeedway.com.au