Sprintcar rumble returns to dirt tracks

Simpson racer John Vogels will make his season debut this weekend.

THE Sprintcar fraternity is set for a monster 2010/11 season in Victoria.
Not only is there a jam-packed domestic schedule with the Eureka Garages and Sheds Super Sprint Series, along with the usual rounds of World Series Sprintcars, but Warrnambool’s Premier Speedway will be the focus of the nation during January.
The traditional Grand Annual Sprintcar Classic is set down for January 22 and 23, with the world’s best drivers set to battle it out for a $30,000 pay day on the Warrnambool clay.
If that’s not enough, then the Australian Sprintcar Championships on January 28 and 29 should satisfy the appetite of any speedway follower, as the high banks host the event for the first time since 2003.
These two high profile events back-to-back during the school holiday period will ensure bumper crowds at arguably the country’s leading speedway venue.
The traditional pre-Classic events will again attract some top competitors, with Avalon Raceway’s President’s Cup on January 19 and the Kings Challenge at Borderline Speedway in Mount Gambier on January 21.
The travelling World Series Sprintcars visit Victoria on December 30 at Avalon Raceway and the traditional New Year’s event at Premier Speedway on January 1.
The domestic Eureka Series will be contested over 12 rounds beginning at Avalon on October 30.
Rounds two and three will hit the road for a double header, with Bordertown’s Tolmer Speedway having its first taste of the series on Friday night November 12 followed by racing at Borderline Speedway in Mount Gambier on November 13.
Round four returns to Avalon on December 11, before a pre-Christmas hit-out at Premier Speedway on December 18.
Boxing Day at Avalon is again a feature on the calendar for round six of the series, while round seven sees cars travel to Moama’s Heartland Raceway on January 8.
The series roars back into life on February 19 when the racy confines of Western Speedway in Hamilton host their annual event.
A new edition to the schedule is Twin Features night at Premier Speedway on February 26, which also doubles as round nine of the points chase.
Rounds 10 and 11 will be held over the Labour Day weekend, with Simpson Speedway and Avalon Raceway getting a slice of the action.
Both nights will double as the Great Southern Showdown while the Avalon event will also see the Victorian champion crowned for 2011.
The series finale will be held back at Premier Speedway on March 26.
The season-ending Easter Trail follows its customary route, visiting Avalon Raceway on Good Friday (April 22), Mount Gambier Easter Saturday (April 23) and Premier Speedway Easter Sunday (April 24).
On top of the 410 Sprintcar hype, 360 Sprintcars also have a big season planned.
The continually growing 360 Sprintcar All Stars Series is set to be decided over nine rounds beginning at Premier Speedway on November 27.
The schedule includes three visits to South Australia (Murray Bridge, Bordertown and Mount Gambier), along with twice competing at Redline Speedway in Ballarat and single events at Nyora Speedbowl and Mildura’s Timmis Speedway.
Simpson Speedway hosts the inaugural $5000 to win All Star Challenge on January 15, which is set to be the richest 360 event in the state.
The Victorian 360 Title will be held at Horsham’s Blue Ribbon Raceway on November 20, while the SRA will sanction events at Hamilton (Gold Cup – April 2) and back at Horsham (360 Challenge – April 16).
All the Sprintcar action begins this Saturday night with Avalon Raceway hosting the Sprintcar Jackpot Invitational, featuring current national champion James McFadden, along with Max Dumesny, Robbie Farr, David Murcott and a host of other interstate and local stars.

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