Speedcar Stampede comes to Lismore

LEADING drivers from Queensland will return to Lismore Speedway tonight for the annual Speedcar Stampede in a varied program that also features a spectacular bash and crash Demolition Derby.

The speedcar line-up is headed by Sid Whittaker, who recently finished third in the Australian Speedcar Championship at Geelong’s Avalon Raceway.

Whittaker is enjoying his best season in speedcar (midget car) racing and will be a strong contender for line honours in the Speedcar Stampede.

Some of the Queensland drivers involved in the Lismore action this weekend return to domestic competition after coming off a gruelling nine-round Speedcar Super Series national tournament.

Nineteen drivers have nominated for the Stampede, but race officials are expecting a few later-comers.

“It’s great to have the speedcars back with us again at Lismore,” Lismore Speedway promoter David Lander said yesterday.

“These cars have an incredible power-to-weight ratio and present an exciting spectacle when a big field comes together to contest a major race.”

Speedcars are one of the most traditional categories in Australian speedway – this is the 75th anniversary of speedcar racing in New South Wales.

Meanwhile, a no-holds barred Demolition Derby will present a spectacle at the other end of the speedway spectrum.

These metal-crunching events are a battle to the finish with the last car running declared the winner.

While all cars must pass a strict machine examination by race officials in the interest of safety at all times, the contest rules are very basic: Bash and crash the opposition into submission.

Other more legitimate car racing sections on the program tonight are lightning sprints, street stocks, four-cylinder sedans, junior sedans and wingless sprints.

The appearance of the Restricted Sedan Association (RSA) street stockers takes on special significance after their Australian title at Lismore Speedway last weekend.

In a great result for the locals, Steve Quirk won from Scott Owen and Scott Quirk, followed by Matt Bidner and Warren Dhu.

Children aged 12 years and under will be admitted free of charge tonight when accompanied by an adult.

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