Big night set for season finale
By GREG COOMBES
LISMORE Speedway should be bursting at the seams on Saturday night with the season finale.
There are 113 cars nominated for the night and although it shows great signs for the popularity of the sport, it provides some problems for organisers.
Jamie Smith is chief steward for the Lismore track and is preparing himself for the huge task.
"With these types of nights there is pressure to accommodate all the divisions racing on the night," he said.
"The main division is the V8 Dirt Modifieds, being their NSW title, although there are other divisions with big car counts all looking to put on some great racing."
Support divisions on the night are production cars, speedcars, compacts, AMCAs, four-cylinders/streeters and juniors.
"The compacts are expecting 20 nominations and due to the tight schedule they will all be on the track at once," Smith said.
"Every heat race will be like a feature."
Because of the amount of racing on the night, organisers have moved the starting time to 5.30pm.
The NSW V8 Dirt Modified title has attracted 27 confirmed nominations.
Lloyd Hobson is representing Victoria, two drivers are visiting from Sydney, and Queensland will make its presence felt with eight cars.
Favourites for the event include Luke Oldfield, Mark Robinson and Stuart Herne.
However, if given the right starting position there are other drivers who could cause an upset.
Queenslander Matt Pascoe is among them.
Multiple NSW title winner and six-time Australian champion Stuart 'Hitman' Herne is out for a victory.
"The Summer Slam didn't fall our way and the Easter race at Lismore was the same. We have some work to do this weekend. The field is extremely competitive, but I think we can do it."