The heat is on, it’s on track

February 22, 2018

Local racer Tristan McGraw is the one to watch on Saturday night in the junior events.

This Saturday night Rushworth Speedway heats up fans with another ripper show when the popular SDAV Hot Rods return.

Also featuring at the meeting will be the local heroes in club sedan action, the prestigious Ray Welsh Memorial for hot rods that will crown a new winner, while the Junior Sedans feature race will continue the exciting season-long tussle between the youngsters.

The hot rods are in a busy part of their season, having just competed in the Latrobe Valley last Saturday night and moving to the Goulburn Valley this weekend.

Competition is strong with a number of equipment upgrades and driver development putting new names up against accomplished drivers at the head of the pack.

Michael Coad from Victoria’s south-west coast leads the fray after winning at Rosedale Speedway last weekend and he will find stiff competition from the likes of Stan Marco Sr and his son Stan Jr, Jamie May, Dean West, Russell Hovey and Shannon Meakins.

Due to the long friendship and on-track competition Marco Sr shared with the late Ray Welsh, this is a race he would dearly love to win.

The veteran is quietly confident of a strong result.

‘‘Everybody knows this is the event, yes there is a Victorian title and the Legends Cup, however, Ray was the man, I just hope everybody has a good night and that we can do as well as we are capable of and you never know, we could be holding that trophy in honour of Ray,’’ Marco said.

In the Junior Sedans feature, Tristan McGraw finds himself at the top of the tree after picking up a win over Lachie Fitzpatrick at the last show.

Fitzpatrick will be keen to climb back ahead of McGraw, but the result is anybody’s guess.

Add to the frame the Cecil boys, Josh and Luke, Jordan Simmonds and Daniel Smith and the competition will be frantic.

The ‘‘Maverick’’ Peter Fitzpatrick returns to Open Saloon competition and he hopes to be instantly in the frame when it comes to the podium results, with Paul Lamb and Thomas Conboy just some of the tough competition in the class.

Production Sedan racing continues to be a tight, hard-fought battle and it is hard to tip who will win.

Mark Cecil is due for a win, but so is Geoff Lee and Ian Wilson.

The Hutchins lads Bevan and Shane will have something to say as will Leigh Jeffery and others.

Finally, in Ladies Saloon action Chloe Lamb continues to set the bar and the girls around her keep her on her toes.

Belinda Chalcraft, Kelly Lamb, Felicity Roycroft and the Hodge girls among those in the thick of the action.

Racing begins from 4pm with entry $25 an adult, aged pensioners $15, children 12 to 16 are $12.50 and under 12 is free, while a family of two adults and two children 12 to 16 is $60.

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