Heath Simpson pushed at high speeds in the recent speedway fender bender event.
Heath Simpson pushed at high speeds in the recent speedway fender bender event. Chris Isson

Racing to good fortune

SPEEDWAY: Danny Lennon has had his fair share of bad luck on the tracks recently but is expected to break out of that dreaded rut in tonight’s speedway.

Lennon will break back into his natural competitive style in the super stockers class and will face father and son Jeff and Chris Ohl in the event.

Jeff Ohl made his name known when he raced in good form in the last meeting where he won two heats, but was unable to go through to the finals with the shutdown of the speedway.

But what will get the crowd pumping is round two of the Advanced Metal Turning Super Street Sedan Challenge, which will be the headline event.

The round one race was won by Steve Cook who is expected to stir up the dust again in round two against ex-Rockhampton driver Joel Thomas and brother Matt.

Shane Howkins and Warren Johnson will also take the track after he recently moved to the class from fender benders.

Publicity officer for Rockhampton Saloon Car club, Mark Hogan, said the race should run close with little room to breathe because of the restrictions on the vehicles.

“There are limits and restrictions so this means it will be a close and fast race,” he said.

“The competitors will not be relying on horse power but rather the driver’s skills.”

The leading race will be supported by super stockers, fender benders and V8 AMCA Nationals.

Beau Saunders is a favourite in fender benders after recent successes.

But Clay Crouch is also expected to travel in the front after recently installing a V8 engine in his falcon, which gave him success in the last meeting.

“Milton Prembath has certainly been up there as well and we can assume the same for this event,” he said.

Spectators were sorely disappointed in last weekend’s event when it was shut down after V8 AMCA racer Mike Callaghan’s car collapsed the fence.

Two-thirds through the night Callaghan’s car rode up the safety fence and when he retreated he brought the fence and five poles with him.

The race was then shut down for safety reasons.

“Unfortunately, in the last meeting, the safety fence was damaged severely and we didn’t want to run the risk on keep racing and put the public and competitors at risk,” said Hogan.

“We want to give something back to the crowd so this time we have significantly reduced the entry fee.”

The action will start at 5pm at the Showgrounds.



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