Blackwater draws quality racers

A TIDY prizewinning cheque should be enough to pull a few racers out of the woodwork on Saturday evening at Blackwater's Coal Capital Speedway track.

Organiser for Blackwater speedway, Ross Ballard, said he was expecting high quality fields, especially in the Super Stockers event where racers were chasing a $1000 payout as a part of the celebration for the track's 21st birthday.

“We even have the Australian number one nominated,” Ballard said.

The Blackwater man was talking about Chris Ohl who took the Super Stockers circuit by storm last year when, towards the end of the program, he began to get the better of his illustrious father Jeff to firstly finish third in the State and then make another big step by claiming the “big prize”.

Not that Jeff Ohl is stepping to one side to allow Chris to take the glory.

Ohl senior was racing at the Rockhampton Showgrounds recently and even though Chris did not attend and some of his traditional rivals were suffering teething problems with their machinery, he looked good and certainly worthy of his win.

Now there is every chance a third Ohl will join the contest with Anthony, the brother of Chris, about to nominate.

There will also be a welcome return to the Blackwater track for Kev Young.

It is fitting that Young, who was a teenager in 1988 when the track opened, will be competing as he was one of the founder members when the track was constructed.

A big question mark will hang over the head of Danny Lennon as he is going through a spell where he is finding different methods of finishing each race early.

Towards the end of last season Lennon was rarely finishing with all four wheels attached but more recently has gone in for blowing motors and other drive mechanisms.

Ballard said he would not like to try and pick a winner in the Super Stockers.

“Any one of about eight are quick punters,” he said.

Other entertainment will include the V8 AMCA Internationals which, as always, have attracted a large field of racers.

Ballard said there will be 13 AMCAs in the field including the competitive Ben Genrich who was a notable absentee when they raced at Rockhampton two weeks ago.

Genrich was one of the main improvers of the past season and as he is still only a youngster that progression can be expected to continue.

Also on the track will be Ballard in his new choice of category of racing, the V6 Wingless Sprintcar.

It is early days for this category to start catching the imagination but with eight nominations for Saturday they should provide plenty of excitement as these cars will fly around the fast Blackwater circuit..

The Blackwater club is also hoping to run the Fender Benders although Ballard had to admit the response for this section has, so far, been slow.

“With it being the track's 21st birthday we are planning a carnival atmosphere,” Ballard said.

Organisers have done their best to make entry to the speedway acceptable with prices kept to just $15 per adult.

Gates open at 4.30pm with racing set to start at 6.30pm.

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