INTERSTATE ENTRIES CHALLENGE FOR NSW TITLE HONOURS
BY DENNIS NEWLYN DRIVERS from Queensland and Victoria will take on the best from New South Wales in the State V8 Dirt Modified Championship at Castrol Edge Lismore Speedway this Friday night (January 26). This weekend represents one of the busiest on the local calendar for the V8 Dirt Modified division with two consecutive nights of racing at the Lismore Showground venue. The following night (Saturday, January 27) the final round of the annual Mr Modified series will be contested. Both nights represent plenty of laps for the Modifieds. The NSW Championship final will be held over 35 laps, while the Mr Modified decider Saturday night is set to be run over a 45-lap distance. On both nights there will be heat races as well, so the top drivers face a busy weekend on the track. Race officials have received over 30 entries for the championship, while upward of 39 drivers have nominated for the Mr Modified decider. The double header is all part of the Australia Day celebrations and speedway promoter David Lander also has organised a massive fireworks display honouring the historic day in this nation’s history. It will not only be fireworks in the sky, but also on the track as Lismore regular Andrew Pezzutti puts his state title on the line. Some of the best V8 Dirt Modified drivers in Australia have entered. Pezzutti will race the likes of Mark Robinson, Scott Cannon, Jai Stephenson, Phil McNamara and Victorian star Steve Milthorpe which makes it a tough assignment as all of these drivers are either a state title winner or Australian title victor (in some cases, both). In the case of Phil McNamara he won his state crown as far back as the 2009/10 season at the Grafton Speedway. Dirt Modified Australia national governing body president Darren Tindal from Victoria has nominated, while Queensland entry Ray Klarich heads a contingent from north of the border. “The standard of V8 Dirt Modified racing is very good, and I have high expectations for the two major events this weekend. There’s no doubt whoever wins the state title and the final of the V8 Modified series will have earned the victory,” David said yesterday. Wingless Sprintcar racing also will be featured over the two nights with rounds of the Lismore Workers’ Club Driver to America series up for decision. Racing for Junior Sedans, National Four Cylinder Sedans and Production Sedans also will be featured Friday night. Gates open at 3PM and racing commences at 6.