New track surface a huge success
DANIEL List wouldn't expect to be a household name but the former Rockhampton racer gained fame on the drag strips again at last weekend's Benaraby race meet.
List, 19, was a fast reactor to the post-winning drive, taking out the Super Street division in the List Family Racing Torana.
"The crowd was excited, expectations and adrenalin were high as the cars delivered a night of thrilling racing," spokeswoman Sharyn Cowan said.
"The whole night was action-packed and the crowd loved it."
With record-breaking crowds, the newly surfaced track appeared to be a huge success.
"It was a great weekend for the Central Queensland Drag Racing Association and racers were very enthusiastic about the track surface," Cowan said.
"The crowd exceeded all the club's expectations.
"We think about 2500 people attended."
The Queensland Department of Sport and Recreation had given a substantial grant recently to the local club to upgrade the drag strip's track surface.
"Club members had worked for weeks digging up the old track and relaying concrete for the upgrade," Cowan said.
The weekend of racing attracted entrants from as far as Townsville and Mackay to race on the new quarter-mile strip.
"The track was exceptional to race on," Cowan said.
On Sunday the club hosted the Benaraby Autofest, which included Freestyle Motocross, Four Wheel Drive Competition, Dyno Competition and Power Skid action.
In Saturday's six events the following competitors won their divisions: Tom Parry (Competition), Daniel List (Super Street), Les Kyte (Street), Andrew Walker (Bike), Phil Earl (Twin Bike), and Jamie Tinney (Junior Dragster).