Expect top racing at Lismore as drivers chase tickets to USA
WITH a different point scoring structure for the final rounds of the Wingless Sprintcar Driver to America series, the main event at Castrol Edge Lismore Speedway Saturday night looms as one of the most vital in the tournament.
The series is far from decided with the winner receiving two return air tickets to Los Angeles.
Up until recently points earned by the top three feature race placegetters were awarded on a three, two, one basis, but for the final few rounds a bonus point system has been introduced.
The series now offers eight points for the win, five for second, three for third, two for the fourth placegetter in the feature race and one point for the driver who finishes fifth.
With only one point separating the top two, the series remains wide open.
It is primarily a battle between two local regulars at the Lismore Showground venue - Mick Santin and Mitchell Randall.
Santin, who currently holds a one point lead over Randall, took full advantage of the new points distribution after he took out the main event at Grafton Speedway on Good Friday.
There are other drivers still in the hunt for the big prize on mathematical calculations if Santin and Randall miss out on the major points in the events that remain.
Those drivers include Cameron Nixon, Kevin Willis, Warren King and Robbie Mazzer.
Meanwhile, the equivalent Driver to America series for the V8 Dirt Modifieds has been won by former Australian Champion Scott Cannon.
He was a main event winner and regular placegetter throughout the series and was always in contention.
The man who really came on strongly in the latter part was another former Australian titleholder Andrew Pezzutti who just pulled up short by one point finishing on the equal score of 11 points with Cannon.
Pezzutti really made a contest of it after he dominated the recent triple 20 night at Lismore and set himself up for a run at winning the season premiership heading into the Easter weekend before it was washed out.