Sam right in Sprintcar mix
Walsh enters the event with a distinct advantage over many of his rivals after he competed at Lismore earlier this season.
He knows what to expect and how to race on the tight Lismore bull ring in the face of opposition from some of the best sprintcar drivers in Australia.
In his previous appearance in Lismore he was extremely fast and adapted to the track layout very quickly before engine problems ended his main event winning chances.
"Sam really impressed everyone at his previous appearance here at Lismore and he will be so much better for the outing earlier in the season when he takes to the track again," Lismore Speedway promoter David Lander said.
Sam, whose father John Walsh was one of the Sydney sprintcar stars of the 1980s and '90s, is another driver whose early years in racing were spent in the karting ranks.
In a few short years in sprintcar racing as a teenager he has really become noticed and his performances during the recent international sprintcar season at Parramatta City Raceway in Sydney were impressive.
He ran strongly against the best Americans and distinguished himself as a driver with great potential on the world sprintcar stage.
He has already spent time in the United States crewing and working in a racecar engine shop to aid his learning process, and the time surely is not too far away when he mounts a serious racing assault in the US.
For another second generation sprintcar driver, Roddy Bell-Bowen, the race presents a final opportunity for him to compete at the elite national level before he leaves for an extensive racing campaign in the US which will include 50 races in three months.
The young star moved into sprintcar competition several years ago after racing karts.
The impressive field set to contest the lucrative Gold Cup tonight, which pays $5000 to the winner, is headed by three-times Australian sprintcar champion and seven-time World Series Sprintcars title winner Max Dumesny.