David Eggins leads the Driver to America series.
David Eggins leads the Driver to America series. Doug Eaton

Race to America heats up at Lismore speedway

THE winner of the "Race to the States” will receive a return air ticket to America in the most important event of the season for the Wingless Sprintcar division at Castrol Edge Lismore Speedway this Saturday night.

The Wingless Sprints share top billing with the running of the annual New South Wales V8 Dirt Modified Championship featuring a strong entry list headed by reigning Australian Champion Kevin Britten.

The Wingless Sprintcar season premiership decider will be a 15-lap shootout.

It all comes down to one event after a season long points battle in the Lismore District Workers' Club-Queensland Speedway Spares sponsored Driver to America series.

One race, one return US air ticket, two tickets to the 2017 Knoxville Nationals in Iowa next August goes to the winner.

After 11 rounds David Eggins (645 points) commands a 45-point advantage over Kevin Willis. Just 25 points adrift of Willis is the consistent Mick Santin (575).

The top ten in the point standings are rounded out by Trent Martin (525), Mason Cattell (390), Matt Wright (325), Brad Claridge 320), Scott Marsh (320), Robert Mazzer (315) and Steve McInnes (303).

The highest point scorers will start from the front of the field and the remainder of the top ten start in order of points in the field.

It has been a battle for the entire 11 rounds between Eggins, Willis, Santin and Martin, so it is almost safe to say that the winner of the Driver to America season premiership may well come from this quartet. But nothing can be taken for granted in the highly competitive nature of Wingless Sprintcar racing.

V8 Dirt Modified organisers have received a 25-car entry list for the state title.

Kevin Britten returns to Lismore on a high after he recently retained his Australian Championship at the Rockhampton Speedway.

Meanwhile, Steve Milthorpe enters the NSW Championship a last start winner after his recent success in the Queensland title at Maryborough Speedway.

A series of heats will determine the starters in the title final.

Support categories are also programmed. Gates open at 3pm with racing from 6pm.

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