Smee avoids rough and tumble to take title
By Dennis Newlyn firstname.lastname@example.org SYDNEY'S Nathan Smee took out a rough and tumble New South Wales Speedcar Championship at the Lismore Speedway on Saturday night.
Smee drove a cool, calculated race to lead home fellow Sydneysiders Darren Jenkins and defending champion Mark Brown.
It was a night with plenty of action, with the racing marred by several spectacular crashes.
Victorian star Troy Jordan was taken to hospital with a broken shoulder after he rolled his car in a crash, while Brendan Fox also finished the night in hospital with concussion.
Brown turned in one of the big drives of the night. He struggled in a car with a suspension set-up that left him uncompetitive.
After adjustments, Brown was right on the pace in the final and at one point late in the race he looked destined to reach the lead before a yellow light caution period slowed the action.
Despite a big effort in the remaining laps, he settled for third.
Runner-up Darren Jenkins was also impressive driving an unfamiliar car. Jenkins was hired to steer the Ed Pink Ford No 81 Lennon Team car from Brisbane. It was his first drive with the team and he ran strongly.
WA's Dene McAllan finished fourth. Although in contention, he never looked likely to threaten race leader Smee.
Brisbane star Todd Wanless appeared set for a top-three finish until he was involved in a melee that forced him to re-start after the yellow light at the back of the field.