Former Australian Champion Nathan Smee will compete against drivers from America and New Zealand this weekend at Castrol Edge Lismore Speedway
Former Australian Champion Nathan Smee will compete against drivers from America and New Zealand this weekend at Castrol Edge Lismore Speedway contributed

Smee heads Oz challenge

FORMER national champion Nathan Smee heads the entry list of Australian drivers against an international field in the World Midget-Speedcar Championship at Lismore Speedway tomorrow night.

The Sydney-based driver, who won the 2009-10 season Australian title recently, returned from international duty as a member of the national team in the tri-test series against America and New Zealand at Auckland's Western Springs Speedway.

Smee, the current Speedcar Super Series Champion in Australia, will challenge drivers from the US and NZ as well as Queensland and New South Wales competitors.

The Americans who will race at the Lismore Showground tomorrow and Saturday night, are Andrew Felker, Brady Bacon, Tyler Thomas, Zach Daum and Austin Prock.

Felker, who has been in the top three American standings since 2012, will drive a BOSS chassis Chrysler-Dodge Mopar for the Scott Wilson Racing Team from Brisbane.

He clinched the 2012 Performance Open Wheel Racing Incorporated (POWRi) National Championship in a title chase that went right to the end of the season.

He was crowned the POWRi 2012 season champ after he scored enough winning points over the opposition in the end-of-season main event at Belle Clair Speedway in Illinois.

Felker has been one of POWRi's most consistent performers on the championship trail in recent seasons. He was placed second in the 2015 championship, third in 2014 and second in 2013.

In 2014 he also finished runner-up in the season long mid-western Badger Midget Auto Racing Association championship.

The year 2013 represented a big season for Felker who also campaigned on the US Auto Club National Midget Championship trail and finished eighth in the national title standings that season.

Bacon is a former US Auto Club Sprintcar Champion and Thomas finished sixth in the 2015 USAC National Midget standings.

Daum, 24, has impressive credentials as the 2013 and 2014 POWRi champion.

Among his very impressive career highlights is a win in the 2011 Hut Hundred.

This Indiana midget event at Terre Haute is one of the most prestigious races in US auto racing and has been won by some of the all-time greats of midget racing.

Meanwhile, Prock is one of the up and coming drivers on the scene who comes from a family deeply entrenched in US auto racing after his father and grandfather raced.

Multi New Zealand champion Michael Pickens, who has entered for this weekend, is one of the best-ever to come out of NZ.

He has raced extensively in the US and is a former winner of the Australian Speedcar Grand Prix.



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