Underdog Ray could shed a tear if he does well this weekend
LISMORE'S Ray Eggins is very much an underdog heading into this weekend's Hernes Freight Service Australian V8 Dirt Modified Championship at Lucas Oil Lismore Speedway - but he wouldn't have it any other way.
"Mate, I don't have a choice," he said.
"You just get dealt the cards you get dealt in life sometimes. But I don't mind it.
"I think I'm there for the real reason, for the passion of the sport, not for the glory, I'm there because I really enjoy racing."
The 45-year-old is among a strong line-up assembled for the two-day meeting at the Lismore Showground, which will feature top racers from across the country.
Despite his laid-back demeanour, Eggins is very much out to win.
"My objective is to qualify in the top six and work the race out from there," he said.
"If you qualify in the top six you know if you've got half a chance or you're just a number really.
"But once I'm in that position it's pretty much just see how the cards fall as the race goes and if there's a car in front I'll want to pass it."
Eggins comes into the competition with what he says is his best shot of taking out the prestigious event.
An earthmover by trade, he admitted he could become quite emotional if he secures a podium finish.
"I'd say there would be tears for me," he said.
"It's not something I have had the ability to chase money-wise, but it has always been a dream of mine to finish on the podium at an Aussie title."
Gates open at 3pm both days, with action from 6pm.
Organisers will be buoyed by the success of Saturday night's meeting, which drew one of the biggest crowds seen at the Lismore speedway track.