Sprintcars pave the way for US trip
IT has been a season-long campaign for Wingless Sprintcar competitors as they go into the grand final of the Driver to America series at Castrol Edge Lismore Speedway tomorrow night.
On a big night of racing, the NSW V8 Dirt Modified Championship will also be decided.
An impressive entry list for the V8 Dirt Modifieds is headed by Australian champion Kevin Britten.
The Wingless Sprint points rounds at Lismore and Grafton determined the top 10 drivers to battle it out for the return airfares to the United States.
The winner will also receive two entry tickets to the world's most famous Sprintcar race, the Knoxville Nationals at the Marion County Fairground, Knoxville, Iowa.
It now gets down to one race - a 15-lap shootout between the top ten.
The Lismore Workers Club Queensland Speedway Spares sponsored Wingless Sprint series was conducted over 11 rounds, with several others washed out.
From the outset of the Driver to America premiership there has been little between the main contenders.
Leader David Eggins is followed by Kevin Willis, Mick Santin and Trent Martin.
Willis led the series until recently before being relegated to second by Eggins who completed the 11 rounds with a 45-point margin over Willis, with Mick Santin 25 points back and Martin another 50 points adrift.
But those points now count for nothing, with everything on the line in what is truly a "Race to the States.”
Eggins, Willis, Santin and Martin will start at the head of the field and are expected to continue their season-long battle.
Meanwhile, national champions Kevin Britten, Andrew Pezzutti and Scott Cannon share favouritism for the NSW V8 Dirt Modified Championship.
Britten retained his national title recently with a comprehensive victory at Rockhampton.
Former NSW champion Phil McNamara has also nominated for the state title and is sure to be in contention.
With 25 cars entered, qualifying heats will be important as points scored from these races will determine the field for the championship final.
The program tomorrow night also includes events for AMCA Nationals, Four-Cylinder Sedans, Junior Sedans and Production Sedans.
Gates open at 3pm with racing to start at 6pm.