THEY'RE BACK: Rockhampton Speedway president Josh Keene with street stocks racer Scott Black.
THEY'RE BACK: Rockhampton Speedway president Josh Keene with street stocks racer Scott Black. Matty Holdsworth

The speedway pinnacle returns to Rocky

SPEEDWAY: After a decade's long impatient wait, sprint cars will grace the Rockhampton Showgrounds this Saturday night.

The country's pinnacle of the sedan racing has club president Josh Keene eagerly anticipating the event.

"Sprint cars are back after 10 long years,” Keene enthused.

"We have finally got Australia's premier speedway division back in Rocky and we cannot wait.

"It is huge for us. And something we have worked on for years, we got close before, but it didn't happen.

"When you think of speedway you think of sprint cars. They are 900 horse power and actually have a better power to weight ratio than formula one cars.”

The event is just a one off but is a jam packed night of entertainment supported by street stocks, juniors, super stockers and AMCA nationals divisions.

"It is a full race night, starts at 5.30pm and will go well after 10pm. There will be carnage right from the get go.

"Nathan McPharlane from Mackay is one of the hard chargers competing and Tony Winn from Gladstone. They are two racers who have gone against the best from the country.

"It is a big coup to get both of them and we are going to consider them locals,” he added.

Rockhampton local Scott Black is in the mix in the street stocks division vying with Gareth Keith.

He will use Saturday night's event as a tune up before he fights for the Australian title over New Years.

"I have to take out Gareth Keith. He has been on song this season and will give me a good battle,” Black said.

"I've been having some trouble with my power steering lately but I've been going okay. Came fourth in Kingaroy the last meeting.

"It will be good fun there on the track though. Every now and then you get into a big of niggle but what happens on the track stays on the track. Just have a beer afterwards.”

Gates open at 4pm with racing action from 5.30pm.



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