Yanks set to put on a show
OKLAHOMA'S Brady Bacon is no egg when it comes to driving a midget-speedcar at high speed around a speedway circuit.
Bacon and three other Americans - Rico Arbeu (California), Zach Daum (Illinois) and Andrew Felker (Missouri) - have arrived in Lismore to prepare for the final two rounds of the 2017 World Midget competition on January 26 and 28 at Castrol Edge Lismore Speedway.
Bacon, who celebrates his 27th birthday tomorrow - Australia Day - is a legitimate American champion after an extremely successful season racing with the United States Auto Club.
In 2016 he was crowned USAC National Sprintcar Champion for the third time in three years following his initial success in 2014.
He is an extremely versatile driver who also had a big season in USAC Midget Car racing and finished third in the final national championship standings. He also drove the bigger Silver Crown cars and was 10th overall in final title points.
Promoter David Lander said Bacon had what it took to go on to even greater things in America in future years.
"He is a talent - there's no doubt about that - and he knows how to win races. He is one of the best midget- speedcar drivers America has produced over the past 30 years and I am confident he will put on a show for us at Lismore,” Lander said.
Meanwhile, 25-year-old Zach Daum, driving for Sydney's Graham Racing Development team, has already won in Australia this season after he took out the 2016 Magic Man 34 at Perth Motorplex.
In America, Daum competes in the high profile Performance Open Wheel Racing Incorporated (POWRi) series. It's a season-long championship trail with races from coast to coast and in 2016 he was crowned POWRi National Champion.
Arbeu took out the 2014 United States Auto Club National Championship and recorded back-to-back wins (2015- 2016) in America's prestigious Chili Bowl Indoor Midget Nationals, while Felker was the 2012 POWRi American Champion.
Felker turned in another strong US season last year and finished sixth in the final POWRi National Championship standings.
The four high-ranking Americans will take on the best midget-speedcar drivers from Australia and New Zealand.
Gates for the Australia Day Speedway Spectacular, which will feature a massive fireworks display, will open at 3pm and racing starts at 6pm.