The 2018 South West Conveyancing Grand Annual Sprintcar Classic, already has the iconic Dumesny Family Father and Son combinations, as well as the Brazier’s with Garry and Jordyn in addition to Steve as Crew Chief, but now the Classic will welcome an American Father-Son combination with Austin McCarl set to join his father Terry in the field next week.
McCarl, replaces Travis Rilat in the Phil Seymour owned USA29 entry, after it was revealed this week that Rilat was unable to make the trip to Australia.
Austin, who in 2017 finished a very impressive third in the Knoxville Raceway Track Championship, driving the TKS Motorsport 2KS Maxim, will be one of the many drivers hungry to claim not only the Classic win, but also the Skwid Signs Hard Charger Award!
The award, which is now a long running part of the Classic weekend, rewards the driver who passes the most cars in the Sunday night A-Main, a feat which was achieved by Cory Eliason in 2017.
The prize on offer is a complete Sprintcar design and wrap courtesy of the Mt. Gambier based Skwid Signs including one top and one front wing to the value of $2,500.00, which is to be claimed ahead of the 2018-19 season.
“To be honest we can’t thank Newton Bradley and the guys at Skwid Signs enough for their continued support of the Classic, we are very fortunate to again have them on board as we look forward to rewarding someone for putting on a show in the 40-lap Classic finale”, Premier Speedway General Manager David Mills said.
McCarl who will arrive in Australia on Monday, having hastily arranged his travel plans for his maiden visit to the Classic, enjoyed not only strong performances in the Knoxville Raceway Track Championship, but also during the famed Knoxville Nationals, where he qualified strongly on his qualifying night (11th) and managed to transfer through his heat and directly qualify for the A-Main.
Having a clot of mud, dislodge a plug wire as well as breaking the plug, saw McCarl wrestle with an ailing car, which despite being on only seven cylinders, was still good enough to record a fifth- place finish behind Kyle Larson, Donny Schatz, Greg Hodnett and Brad Sweet, all of whom Austin will now join as drivers to have contested the Classic.
In the Saturday night Knoxville Nationals finale, the 50 lap feature would eventually see a part failure resulting in McCarl’s 2017 National’s Dream go up in smoke, thus recording a 22nd place finish.
Arguably one of McCarl’s best performances of the season, came on the Sunday prior to the Knoxville Nationals when he placed fifth of the 70 cars that entered the Capitani Classic. The only drivers to place better than McCarl were the winner Brian Brown, Kerry Madsen, Brad Sweet and Greg Hodnett.
For his first visit to the Classic, Austin McCarl will be aboard the USA 29 with support coming from car owner Phil Seymour and his loyal sponsors Lumley Special Vehicles, Hydraulic Maintenance Engineering, A Plus Powder Coating and Proctor Accounting.
The 2018 South West Conveyancing Grand Annual Sprintcar Classic is proudly supported by KRE Race Engines, The Lady Bay Resort, KFC and Performance Racegear.
The Best Presented Car and Crew of the Classic will receive $2,500.00 with thanks to R & M Security and The Premier Speedway Maintenance Committee,
The Skwid Signs Hard Charger in the A-Main on Sunday Night will receive a Free Sprintcar Design and Wrap courtesy of Skwid Signs in Mt. Gambier.
Thomo’s Race Graphix will present the Hard Luck Award.
The fastest qualifier on each night will receive $1000.00 with the Overall fastest qualifier to be names as the recipient of the Alan Pollard Memorial Award.
The Ian Sheppard award for the Highest Point Scorer over the President’s Cup, King’s Challenge and South West Conveyancing Grand Annual Sprintcar Classic will also receive $1000.00.