Arnold continues winning streak at Rocky speedway on weekend
DAMIEN Arnold rode his luck to claim the McCosker Contracting Aaron Smithwick Memorial Super Stocker Title for the second year in a row.
The Rockhampton-based driver steered his purple sedan to the chequered flag at the Rockhampton Car Club Speedway on Saturday night, despite a fierce challenge from long-term rival Anthony Ohl. Arnold started mid-field in the 30-lap final, inheriting a late lead after former Queensland title holder Michael Johnson blew a tyre.
The night held special value for Arnold who lined up in the sedan of his good friend and mentor Aaron Smithwick, who passed away in 2011 from cancer.
More than 20 entrants stirred up dust in the 40-lap Spencer Race Engines Queensland Street Stock Title, with Hervey Bay's Josh Arthur reigning supreme.
The 19-year-old crept to a convincing lead ahead of Jarrod Ash and newcomer Gareth Keith.
Matty Smith came in ahead of Daniel Johnson and Brooke Etherden in the junior sedans, while Nick Girdlestone won a thrilling late models contest.
RCCS president Gillian Kosch said it was a night of ups and downs for drivers, with Justin Jansen hospitalised after a crash in the street stock feature.
"Our AMCA Nationals and Fender Benders were cancelled due to the amount of accidents in our feature events," she said.
Fifty-five cars will line up for the Rocky Resort-Cloud 9 Australian Formula 500s Title to be held at the Rockhampton Showgrounds on the Easter weekend.